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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.

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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 pairs...lol). 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 overall...like 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.
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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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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/challenge...be 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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Because it's been a while - 50 questions

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lee, you started this!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
First name no, Middle name after my aunt.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Surprise, same as Lee: when my dog had to be put down, in March.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yes and no. I can write beautifully, but don't always.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Smoked turkey.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
One, grown, married and flown.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I find it hard to imagine being another person, to be honest. As another myself would I be friends with a person exactly like me? I honestly don't know... I might flee in terror!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
Not usually... I am the ultimate "straight" man (woman) in comedy sketches.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Me? With my fear of open heights? Well... maybe... with the right incentive... never say never.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Steel cut oats, simmered in skim milk with fruit. Ahhhh!

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Yes!

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes and no. For my age and size, I do OK. Oh, did you mean emotionally? Not really, but I get by.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Don't get me started. Starbuck's Java Chip, maybe? I don't keep ice cream in the house. I cannot be trusted with it.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Um... their presence?

15. RED OR PINK?
Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
That's a hard one. Part of me wants to accept all of who I am and say, "nothing." Another part of me wants to tear myself to shreds and point out all my flaws... insensitivity, self-centeredness, perfectionism. If I have to pick just one, let's call it perfectionism, because it gets in the way of every blessed thing in life.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
If I have to pick just one, probably my dad. I'd like to know what he's learned since moving beyond this plane.

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
No clue, never heard of it.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Gray.


20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Steel cut oats, simmered in skim with with cocoa powder, with fresh strawberries. Yum!

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The white noise of the house.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Periwinkle.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Fresh coffee, spring rain, mowed grass - Lee had these, I'll keep 'em, as they are among my faves, too!

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Sister

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Beach house.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Horse racing.

27. HAIR COLOR? Strawberry blonde.

28. EYE COLOR? Brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Love too many to pick just one.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Secretariat

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Purple.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Flavored yogurt (low fat) with graham crackers and fruit.

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Yes, both, please.

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Computer.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Confession, by John Grisham

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Light house on one, waterfall at work.

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
These were Lee's, I love 'em, too: Waves hitting the beach at night; spring frogs & crickets; wind through the trees

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles!

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Italy

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Puzzle solving

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Small town Nebraska

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Nebraska

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Brown and brick

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
The manufacturer calls it green, but I don't see it.

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Lee's answer, that brought me here: Not really, but I am hoping my Spark Friends will copy it so we can learn more about each other!!

  
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KASEYCOFF 4/24/2011 11:46AM

    Same thing I asked Deb - where's #41? Us OCDs gotta have the lot, lol--!
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SHARON2014 4/19/2011 9:28PM

    Great to learn these things and how much we have in common! I copied it from MARIEN. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/19/2011 3:47PM

    Thanks for letting us get to know you better! With you and Lee when we had to put our dog down in March..

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SUNNY332 4/19/2011 3:14PM

    I love Periwinkle color too and I too love the smell of fresh mowed lawn.

What fun today!

Sunny

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MOMOF2TONI 4/19/2011 2:43PM

    I love the Periwinkle crayon too! Always have. Do they still make it? lol...

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KALIGIRL 4/19/2011 8:55AM

    Fun stuff - way to enjoy your 'free' hour!

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SAMI199 4/19/2011 8:24AM

    It is fun to get to know you better- emoticonI think the color of your favorite crayon was very interesting-lol.
have a great day!

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DEBRA0818 4/19/2011 8:14AM

    I'm on board for tomorrow or maybe the next day! There are a lot of questions there!!!
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It's about time

Monday, April 18, 2011

At least a lot of the time, it's about time. How to spend it, how to save it, how to organize it.

My "walking as transportation" takes a LOT of time, living where I live and working where I work. You don't just go 6.2 miles in an eyeblink. When I get home, there isn't much day left. So, I only do this one or two days a week, and when the weather is suitable. This week... today might have been one of the better bets, but I'm unwilling to give it the couple of hours investment. And, I am not lacking mileage this week on the shoes... I did my 12 on Saturday and my 6.7 yesterday. So... today is a "rest" day, meaning my 3 ten minute walk breaks at work, and probably some strength training this evening.

I've been pondering, though, as I tend to do... if a couple of days a week I can invest two hours in walking for transportation... what could I do with those two hours on the days I am NOT walking for transportation? Ah... "free" time that only costs the fuel in the car!

If you had an extra hour a day, what would YOU do with it?

  
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REJ7777 4/20/2011 7:42AM

    The value of time! I read that we should replace the word *time* with *life*, because our time IS our life. We can spend it, waste it, enjoy it, lose it, invest it...

I find that walking to work is a good time investment, and in my case, it only takes 10 minutes. I wouldn't have the stamina or courage to walk 6 miles to work. But I sure do admire someone who does it!

I waste time on the Internet. I haven't had a TV in years, because I think that most of it is a waste of time. But I do have the Internet, and sometimes I waste valuable time surfing the Net. There's so much valuable information on there! But when I'm surfing instead of doing something else I should be doing, I'm not making the best use of my time.

Speaking of time, I'll be leaving for work in 10 minutes. I'll be taking the car, because the weather today is freezing rain.

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KALIGIRL 4/18/2011 8:05PM

    Interesting question - I'm still so far behind that most days I feel like I'm leading the race!
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SUNNY332 4/18/2011 3:30PM

    If I had an extra hour a day, I would use it to do something just for me - read a book or take a long bubble bath. I am always trying to find some "me time".

Keep up the GREAT work.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 4/18/2011 2:59PM

    I could easily burn two hours a day with fix-up projects. I have the whole upstairs to clean,
paint and remove carpeting. I could finish cleaning the basement and setting up the
shelves I have on hand. Rest? That would probably come a few years down the road.
But thanks for the chance to dream. HUGS!

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DEBRITA01 4/18/2011 2:01PM

    I would hope to spend it wisely, however, that's not always the case. Ah, time...your blog is food for thought...thanks!

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FITFABJENN 4/18/2011 10:58AM

    These days, I'd probably spend that extra hour Sparking!

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_LINDA 4/18/2011 10:37AM

    As I always walk for transportation, not having a driver's license, I am used to less free time on a regular basis. My club work and bridge keep me very busy, so my extra hour would be on me that is for sure.

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SAMI199 4/18/2011 8:52AM

    I love the way you always get me thinking....I will spend that hour today planning how to make better ue of my time! Have a great day!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/18/2011 8:46AM

    I've never had the luxury of the extra hour in the day....my life has been go-go-go. I thrived on it, yet obviously the stress has taken a toll on my body. I'm soon to find out though. I wonder how I will fill the days when I am out of work? I wonder how long it will be, because if I knew my time was short, I'd quickly fill the days with all the things I've been "meaning to do." On the other hand....if my time was to be long, I also would be pondering what to do with the extra hour(s) to make them meaningful.

Where's a crystal ball when you need it?

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DEBRA0818 4/18/2011 8:43AM

    Would it be cool to say if I had an extra hour every day I would do something truly useful with it? The sad truth is that sometimes I would and sometimes I wouldn't. I'm only consistent inconsistently.

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WATERMELLEN 4/18/2011 8:32AM

    In my job, it's all "billable hours" -- so that makes me very conscious of the value of my time. I joke about my "$50,000 body" because that's the amount in gross billings (no, no, no, NOT net income!!) it might cost me to spend the time at the gym instead of at work.

And yeah, it's worth it.

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Inspiration comes in many forms

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yesterday my Netflix selection finally came, the one that was marked "very long wait" for some time: Secretariat.

For those of you who are younger than me, this may not mean a lot to you, but in 1973, when Secretariat won the triple crown, I was a college student. I had followed horse racing ever since I started reading books like The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. I used to purchase candy cigarettes, if you can imagine that... back before the Surgeon General's warning... and pretend to smoke while I watched the TV coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes races. Each year I would cheer and observe and feel my heart lift as these gorgeous animals flew around the track. Each year I would hear stories of Man O' War and Citation and Whirlaway. Each year I would hope.

Then came Secretariat. It wasn't history or fiction, it was current events to me. He was gorgeous. He was incredible. And the way he turned on the gas and ran from behind, accelerating through each successive quarter... oh, how it lifted my heart. You could see it coming. I was most worried about the Preakness, since he was a come from behind runner, and that is the shortest of the three. When he pulled that one off, I had great hope... and when he blew Sham away in the Belmont Stakes... accelerating the way he did... he proved himself the greatest race horse of all time, before or since.

The movie brought back all those memories of being inspired... the same emotions. It got me up on the treadmill to move to the race scenes, as horse racing generally does. Nowadays I watch the triple crown from my treadmill... to feel that lift to move with them, to fly.

Another form of inspiration came this morning, as I was reading blogs of folks who come post on my page or my blogs. I found a person or two who are just starting their journey to fitness and health... their re-commitment. These folks also inspire me, because I've walked in those shoes. And blogs of those who are re-committing following a lapse... and blogs of those who are continuing a successful journey: we share something. We are sisters and brothers under the skin: battling tendencies in ourselves, striving for the victory... and as long as we keep striving, and never give up... we are winners!

Spark on, my friends! Find inspiration where it lands for you... lift your hearts, and live your lives. You can do it... and you're worth it!

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MSLZZY 4/17/2011 11:32PM

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REJ7777 4/17/2011 9:05PM

    I had to laugh, because I remember buying those candy cigarettes too!

You're so right that Inspiration comes in many forms. Thank you for your inspirational blog!

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LUNADRAGON 4/17/2011 2:17PM

    Wow, you said it all here! Very inspirational blog!

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2011 2:11PM

    Just love the image of you on your treadmill running with Secretariat . . . and all of us "running" together!!

(I read ALL of those horsey books as a little girl too!!)

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MNTWINSGAL 4/17/2011 1:35PM

    Horse racing was a big part of my growing up too.....my dad was from Iowa, my mom from Nebraska, and we used to go down to Ak-Sar-Ben at least once a year, and sometimes to see the dogs run (I think that was in Sioux City?) too. My folks were so thrilled when Canterbury opened here in Minnesota. It's the one "fun" thing my workaholic dad ever did, go to the races just about every Sunday. Such good, good memories. To this day I make it a point to see all three triple crown races on TV, and I most certainly do remember Secretariat.

Thanks Barb!

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 12:25PM

    I was old enough to remember those days:) It was awesome!! Unfortunately, I don't watch TV, but I will see movies and one of the most memorable was of that courageous Australian horse Phar Lap. Against all odds, having everything stacked against him all the time, he was my kind of horse, the one they didn't expect anything from, but showed them wrong time and time again..
Just like this site shows when the odds are stacked against you, it is possible to beat them! And it does help, having all the wonderful support!!
Enjoy your races and your run along with your champions!

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FITFABJENN 4/17/2011 11:42AM

    Okay, now I must add Secretariat to MY Netflix list. Thanks for the tip!

I completely agree. We never know where we will find our inspiration. As always, great blog!

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THIAGRAM 4/17/2011 11:31AM

  I do remember Secretariat, but only a little bit. Thanks! You are always an inspiration!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/17/2011 11:21AM

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PRIMAVERA_81 4/17/2011 11:10AM

    I didnt live through the real events, but that movie made me cry. I was so inspired by both the horse and the determination of the horses owner. I was so afraid that his heart would burst out of his chest, or he would get sick, I wanted him to win, but afraid it would have been too much. I was rejoiced when he won the race and he was a healthy horse.

I watched it like 12 times that weekend!!!

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