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Camera walk on Easter afternoon

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wanted to show you what my allergies are up against, right in my own little neighborhood! emoticon emoticon Yup! Flowering tree city... one of the major boulevards is lined with flowering pear. And we love Spring around here.

Thankfully, I remembered to take the Zyrtek before facing the bank of Easter lilies at the front of my sister's church. Lovely service... moving music... and rejoicing. I love it when Easter is later in the year, as it is this year... because more things are in bloom and I don't freeze quite so much wearing a dress!

And someone in the neighborhood put up their own bunny on a bike... have I mentioned we are a cycling town?

Hope that everyone had a great day.

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LJCANNON 4/25/2011 9:42AM

    Poor Allergies!! Bless the people who make Zyrtek!!! emoticon

Our church used artificial Lilies at Easter for many years because of so many people who had allergy issues.

Loved your Picture Walk!! emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 4/25/2011 8:11AM

    Beautiful blossoms! This is such a beautiful time of year, except for the allergies, of course. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/25/2011 2:09AM

    Awesome flowering trees! Sorry about your allergies..
Fun bike photo -that is great your town is more fitness focused!

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SUNNY1432 4/24/2011 10:31PM

    The trees are lovely!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!!

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MSLZZY 4/24/2011 9:28PM

    Love the pics! And I did have a wonderful day! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2011 9:11PM

    What a pretty neighbourhood you live in! Loved the biking bunny too!!

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DEBRITA01 4/24/2011 8:37PM

    Achoo! Our flowering trees are in bloom, too. Despite the allergies, I love this time of pretty! Thanks for sharing your photos...

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HANSRICO 4/24/2011 7:08PM

    Trees are pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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I was bubbling with endorphins earlier today...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

they've worn off by now. They were at their strongest after my 8 mile treadmill workout. While I was doing my thing, I channel surfed and found an interview of the Marathon organizers on the government access channel... lots of good information for folks in town about what to expect next Sunday. Our town's really got pretty good at this over the past 25 years or more they have run this race here. I've always loved going and watching the runners, giving them a shout out as they approached mile 20 and turned for home.

This year, I won't be there doing that... because I'll be on the half marathon course myself. emoticon

I've been to the library to pick up a new book, been to the grocery store, and on impulse picked up a half dozen regular real hen's eggs. Four of them are now boiling. Don't know if I will color them. But it's tradition, right? emoticon I remember as a kid we colored a dozen... that was four eggs apiece for the three kids participating. And mom would make entrees that featured the eggs later: Welsh Rarebit, anyone? Tuna and noodles with hard boiled eggs? Packed 'em in our lunches, too.

Anybody else boil eggs for Easter this year?

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LINDAJOYWK 4/25/2011 5:42PM

    Got a craving for hard boiled eggs myself today-bought a nifty egg cooker a while
back-love that thing!

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THISYEARSMODEL 4/23/2011 10:15PM

    I didn't dye eggs this year, but even though I don't have kids I often do! My mom always made potato salad and deviled eggs and egg salad out of them. Happy Easter to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/23/2011 10:02PM

    I don't boil them specially for Easter. I have boiled eggs on hand about half the time. I have some ready to boil right now. Thanks for reminding me.

Happy Easter!!!


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DEBRITA01 4/23/2011 9:39PM

    emoticonI have a grandson so I got to color eggs with him this year. Last year, he was too small. It was fun and at 3 years-old he was totally amazed, especially when he cracked them a few days later and they were colored inside!

Happy Easter! emoticon

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SHARON2014 4/23/2011 9:04PM

    My mom boiled a dozen and made deviled eggs for Easter (mmm mispelled as Eater till I caught it...some slip huh?) Anyway, she makes them Southern style, just vinegar, salt and pepper. Love em! Happy Easter!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/23/2011 7:23PM

    Glad you had such a good day! GD and I dyed 10 dozen eggs for Easter breakfast and about
10 years ago, we would dye 30 dozen. The congregation is getting smaller. The extras
that are not eaten will given to those who want them. I usually have about 1 1/2 dozen to
take home so that's okay. Have a great and glorious Easter! HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/23/2011 7:15PM

    Oh yeah.....DD Lisa and I still do them every year. We make about a dozen and then have egg salad sandwiches, hard boiled egg lunches, etc. Love the tradition. DS Jeff quit helping a couple of years ago, but even my big tough Marine enjoyed it until he went away to school, and now Hawaii.

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_LINDA 4/23/2011 5:54PM

    Great workout! I used hard cooked eggs for only one thing -egg salad! Yummy!!
My Mom did something different. She took a large goose egg that had been left alone, cooked it up and decorated it and gave it to her son-in-law as a gag :)

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KIMFISH76 4/23/2011 5:45PM

    I'll be doing it later today, all 12!

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FRAN0426 4/23/2011 5:24PM

    I will be boiling eggs, but not to color. Instead boil them for potato salad for Easter main meal, it's a tradition in my family. If I plan anything else, someone is bound to ask about potato salad, so stick with it. It seem to be one of the few times I make it each year, the amount gets smaller each year, now that I try to stay away from eating to much of mayo based foods.

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FITFABJENN 4/23/2011 5:23PM

    I sure did! And we are going to color them as soon as my son wakes up from his nap. We'll color Easter eggs while we barbecue. I cannot wait!

Kudos on that 8-mile treadmill trip! My longest is 5 miles. You inspire me so much!

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What's with this

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sheesh... it was bad enough when we wimped out on Merry Christmas, but when I went for a little stroll in my neighborhood after work tonight, I found this sign on the nearby park: Spring Egg Hunt, Saturday, 2 p.m.

SPRING Egg hunt? Enough already.

Happy Passover to those of you who celebrate that. Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate that. Happy Spring to the skeptical and non-religious among you.

May we all recognize the spiritual meaning of whatever holiday or holy day we celebrate... for me Easter is the fulfilment of the promise of Christmas... the overcoming of evil with supreme love and forgiveness. May its blessings be upon all.

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REJ7777 4/25/2011 8:13AM

    I sure do agree with this blog! Thank you for posting it. emoticon

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    The egg is a symbol of life in most spiritual beliefs, not just Christianity, and it has been depicted as such in art throughout the ages, long before Christianity, so if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. For this reason I like egg hunts and bunnies and celebrate them as a renewal of Spring, but I don't celebrate Easter as a religious holiday. I think including everyone is always the way to go.

Edited to clarify: I truly don't think anyone is trying to take anything away from Christians, and are instead trying to find a way to include more people and spread more joy.

Comment edited on: 4/23/2011 10:23:13 PM

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KARENE10 4/23/2011 8:34AM

    Happy Easter!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 4/22/2011 11:45PM

    I agree. I did notice on tv today how everyone was talking about it being Earth Day, and hardly any mention that it was Good Friday. (even though school children was out of school today for it)

Happy Easter! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 11:25PM

    Enjoy your day how ever you choose to celebrate it!
Have a great weekend!

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DEBRITA01 4/22/2011 10:26PM

    emoticonHappy Easter!

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SHARON2014 4/22/2011 9:39PM

    Well said. Have a blessed Easter, or Resurrection Day as my friend Marien says in Germany. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/22/2011 9:37PM

    To each his own but for me, Easter fulfills the meaning of Christmas! HUGS!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 4/22/2011 8:47PM

    Preach it Girl Preach it!!!!

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777GRACE 4/22/2011 8:33PM

    preach it girl, I'll help ya and get the soap box. Good for you for saying it!!!

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New Shoes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

No one would ever accuse me of being a fashionista. I have trouble identifying with the stereotype of the female with thousands of pairs of shoes in her closet... Imelda Marcos or Cathy in the comics... it's just never tripped my trigger, sorry. If someone were to say "cute shoes" to me, I would automatically thank them, but it wouldn't give them brownie points.

In my mind the purpose of shoes is to protect my feet and give me a solid basis for standing and walking. I'm not into the torture that comes with most women's shoes. About two years (maybe more) ago, I just flat out stopped buying shoes other than New Balance or Sketchers. Even men's dress shoes now hurt my feet. I still have a couple of pair of heels that I can pull out of the closet in a pinch for special occasions (read that as Weddings and Funerals), but I'm even wearing my New Balance to the office.

With that background, though, I have to say I just bought a new pair of shoes... Sketcher's Shape-Ups. They arrived on my doorstep yesterday. First time I've bought shoes on line. Love 'em, walked my five miles in them on the treadmill. May wear them in the half marathon (or their matching pair in a different color that's well worn in).

See? There is a tiny bit of the shoe thing in me...

Anybody else have a thing for shoes?

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SHARON2014 4/22/2011 9:36PM

    Support for my high instep is key. Found Baretrap and a pair of
Clark sandals on sale - hope they work out...I just started wearing Skechers this week as well...great feeling and a bit more strenous to walk which is good. I did get a cramp in my thigh and knee tonight so am hoping it is not the shoes. If so, I'll send you my size 8's if they fit!!

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KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 1:20PM

    So glad you love them - I've been meaning to try out a pair!

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GRYPHONQUEST 4/22/2011 12:29PM

    I'm on my last pair (*sniff!*) of New Balance 560s - for no discernable reason, a whole bunch of size 8s showed up at our local TJ Maxx two years back. I got four pair, and each has lasted about six months (of full-time use!).

I'm going to have to find new shoes in October... may try this "on-line" thing of which you speak!!

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REJ7777 4/22/2011 7:56AM

    I started wearing comfortable shoes to the office a couple years ago too. Because of that, I'm more likely to walk to work, and to do more walking at the office. Before that I always wore low-heeled dress shoes. I do buy good quality shoes, but I only have the very basics.

I'm very grateful for my hard-working feet that support all my weight and get me where I want to go! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 1:31AM

    I wear nothing but running shoes because of my foot problems. When my feet are fixed, I will once again purchase hiking boots which I used to wear year round. Dress shoes have never touched my feet.. Comfort is first and only priority. Glad you like those Shape Ups -I tried them on, but they felt too weird to me..

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MNTWINSGAL 4/22/2011 12:20AM

    I love 'em too...and like you, I'm not much of a shoe snob. I've been known to pop into Payless for a quick "occasion" pair of shoes, because I don't consider myself cheap, but I can't believe the price of shoes these days! I do have a pair of the shape-up shoes though (knock off brand, but still very good) and try to do all my walking in them.

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MSLZZY 4/21/2011 10:47PM

    I gotta get a pair of these! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2011 10:08PM

    Love love love shoes -- incorrigibly girly shoes (pink quilted kitten heels with tulle bowes??) and cute shoes (bright red rubber ballet flats?) and all manner of shoes (over the knee black leather stilletos?).

Just a frivolous type, I'm afraid. And: your Sketchers sound lots of fun!!

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DEBRITA01 4/21/2011 6:37PM

    emoticonLove, love, love shoes! DH doesn't get it and always questions why I need so many. I like New Balance for fitness and have some Sketcher's for every day casual (won't say how many Let me know about the Shape-Ups...there may be a new shoe purchase in my future... emoticon

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GRACEZN 4/21/2011 5:23PM

  My 'daughter' who is a Hospice nurse bought a pair of those shoes a year ago and loves them-wears them most of the time. She said that the following week a number of the other staff memberrs went out and bought a pair. Hope you enjoy them!

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DEBRA0818 4/21/2011 10:17AM

    Comfort is king in my shoe decisions; love Merrell sports sandals at the moment (Merrell Via III)! So great for long walks even the treadmill, not to mention every day and the beach.

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KIMFISH76 4/21/2011 9:53AM

    I have not jumped on that bandwagon yet, but I still haven't written them off. But I LOVE a good pair of shoes!

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SUNNY332 4/21/2011 9:49AM

    I have 5 pairs of New Balance in my closet - all 845's and I love them. I have seen advertisements for the Sketches but haven't tried them. The concept of them "shaping my bottom" has me very interested. Hehe

Other than the occasional dress flat I wear to church, I am not a "shoe person".

Off to the treadmill.


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FITFABJENN 4/21/2011 8:44AM

    Like you, I am not really into shoes. I'm pretty practical to wear things that are comfortable, especially my shoes. I do own a pair of Shape-ups, though.

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KALIGIRL 4/21/2011 8:23AM

    So glad you like your Sketcher's Shape-Ups. I've been thinking about purchasing and your testimonial did it for me.
BTW - have you thought about seeing a podiatrist? My one visit did worlds of good for me.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/21/2011 8:07AM

    I got a pair of Asics "Rockers" and i love them. My knees don't hurt and the shoes tone my calves and butt.
How are you?

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Where do you think you're going?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This phrase popped into my head this morning after I'd stepped on the scale and seen my maintenance number: solidly the same as yesterday... solidly where I want it to be. But why was there this feeling of "let down"?

I had done my five miles on the treadmill last night after work, covering the distance in a little under 70 minutes, and cooling down after. My body media fit gadget told me I was running a calorie deficit so I ate an extra piece of fruit and some cottage cheese, to be safe. After all, the goal is NOT to lose any more weight at this point, and it is certainly not to under eat to the point of undermining my metabolism.

So... when I see the scale stay the same, it should be exactly what I want. Perhaps this feeling has little to do with the scale, and more to do with "being at goal" in general. It's eleven days until that infamous half marathon. Is this another phase of "finish line" jitters? Maybe.

There is a need to reconnect, again, daily, weekly, however often one can with the inner identity... the question our mothers used to ask as we swung out the screen door into summer: "Where do you think you're going, young lady?"

And I don't have a good answer beyond the half, right now. But I'm thinking. I'm thinking. And I'm telling myself it's OK to feel this unsettled stirring, because it will lead to the next phase, the next adventure of life.


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CONCHA77 4/22/2011 8:44AM

    I can't wait to see what your next goal(s) will be after your marathon, you are a inspiration, Barb!

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WATERMELLEN 4/20/2011 9:23PM

    I love the SP site but if there were one area in which it's "less strong" it would be -- "rewards" and recognition for maintainers. Maintaining is tough work particularly when friends in the "real" world are no longer commenting favourably on your weight loss, you're no longer acquiring new wardrobe items to fit the shrinking body, and the scale isn't going down anymore (even if you don't want it too). So: it would be great to see SP recognition that instead of saying ONEKIDSMOM lost 2 pounds reads ONDKIDSMOM maintained her weight for 1 month . . . or whatever!!

Setting new goals is a great strategy. Taking up new activities like your half marathon. But as you say -- just generally being open to the new adventure!!

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MSLZZY 4/20/2011 7:09PM

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LJCANNON 4/20/2011 2:00PM

    emoticonStaying 'plugged in' with SparkPeople and Spark Friends will give you the tools to answer those questions and set new Goals which will keep you in the small per-centage of people who keep their weight off permanently.

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REJ7777 4/20/2011 1:46PM

    I wonder if part of the "let down" might not come from previous programming. Rationally, you KNOW that you don't want to lose any more weight, and even take (wise) steps ensure that you don't. But for how many years did a lower number on the scale represent a *reward* for a job well done? I LOVE to see the number on the scale go down. It really feels like a reward! But you no longer have that reward to look forward to. It's so emotionally satisfying, that I wonder if I didn't sometimes unconsciously re-gain lost weight just for the thrill of losing it again. I know it sounds nutty, but it wouldn't surprise me! It must be hard, emotionally, when the scale doesn't move, even when, rationally, you don't want it to move.

You're smart to get your thrills from other challenges... like half-marathons! Knowing you, it won't be long before you come up with another challenge to work on!

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STEPHIEKNITS 4/20/2011 1:08PM

    Awesome job on maintaining!

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ANDI571 4/20/2011 11:00AM

    Great job on maintaining. I remember that feeling with the scale years ago. Basically I think that got me into trouble. I thought, if this is good, just a few more pounds. I put to much pressure on myself. I look at pictures now, and thing, what was I thinking.

I'm glad you recognize the feeling and are aware. Good job Barb.

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DEBRITA01 4/20/2011 10:40AM

    Congrats for maintaining! You will refocus all of that energy towards a new goal/ proud of your scale victory. You're doing a great job staying in tune with your body and mind which will ensure your continued success.

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DEBRA0818 4/20/2011 10:21AM

    When the fight with the scale is over, where does all the energy go that was once so devoted to that epic battle? A very, very good question!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/20/2011 9:36AM

    Great topic! I'm sure its hard to curb the initial bummed feeling for not seeing the scale move when that has been the goal for so long. Id say it'll just take time to fully move into this new chapter. You have done so great and thank you for sharing this with us to remind those of us still losing that the work really isnt over and we need to prepare for maintenance.

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_LINDA 4/20/2011 9:23AM

    You are highly successful at your maintenance because you are a goal setter. You need something to shoot for, to look forward to. All your attention should be on the big marathon coming up, that is an incredible, tough and challenging goal!!

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HOT4FITNESS 4/20/2011 9:23AM

    great job on maintaining your weight. I think the half marathon jitters are getting me to. The closer we get the more anxious I get. Am I really ready? We are ready and the next jitters we get are going to be the I am so excited jitters when we hit that finish line. Oh what you have accomplished!!! And the best is yet to come!

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KALIGIRL 4/20/2011 8:51AM

    I can totally relate and applaud you for continually setting goals. The weight issue doesn't exist for me anymore - I go by fit of clothes - so it leaves me feeling a little empty. I too need to figure out "Where do you think you're going, young lady?" to stay young at heart.
Namaste my friend.

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FITFABJENN 4/20/2011 8:44AM

    Enjoy that next adventure! You're an inspiration!

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777GRACE 4/20/2011 8:04AM

    You inspire me, girl.
Keep going. You find out what you are supposed to do
until then, keep going!!!!
half marathon? shame on me!!!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/20/2011 8:04AM

  at your goal and maintaing great job

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