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Four days out

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Last night I did my five miles on the treadmill... to watching The Biggest Loser at its scheduled broadcast time, for a change. I'm normally an NCIS watcher, but it was a re-run, and I was restless.

I have never been a huge follower of the Biggest Loser, considering it to be unrealistic (as most so-called reality shows are). Many of them are psychology experiments, televised and produced for entertainment of the voyeur in all of us. BUT... since weight *is* an issue for me, and I've been working on this puzzle for essentially my entire adult life, even highly-produced psychology experiments might have *something* I can glean for my own use. Even if it's just the music and artificial tension that keeps me walking on the treadmill to finish out my five miles. emoticon

One HUGE lesson, though, from all of these shows, and all of the programs, and even from the low percentage of long-term success in the arena of weight management: in the end, it's all about YOU... you, deciding you're worth it. You, choosing action over inaction. You deciding that even though you had a bad day, or week, or month, you're not giving up. You... choosing life. Nobody can make that choice for you, but you can make it for yourself.

In a family culture and a work culture that prizes self-sacrifice... self-nurture can be an alien concept. When surrounded by others who flatteringly ask your help and your time and your attention... self-nurture can be hard to come by.

But today is the only day you have. And YOU are worth the investment of self-nurture. Today. emoticon

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SUNNY1432 4/27/2011 9:02PM

    Great blog!! You have to want to make the change and than put the effort into that is necessary to make the change!! emoticon
Good Luck on your Race!! emoticon emoticon

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NEAN789 4/27/2011 10:57AM

  Thank you for your post. I have so much success and strength when helping others and just almost pathetically fizzle when it comes to me. Well, I'm changing that...yesterday I was getting ready to do a workout dvd in my living room and my daughter was on the couch studying. She said oh mom if you do your workout now I won't be able to concetrate...well I realized, see, this is one of my problems. I just told her she could take her books to the basement and study there for awhile because this was my time to do something for me! It sure felt good!

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_LINDA 4/27/2011 10:38AM

    Being single, I really had no excuses, I was putting me first, allowing myself anything I wanted, so I alone was responsible for my weight gain, and I alone made the choice to take it off and keep it off too. Here is to all the married, working and people with kids finding the time to put themselves first!
I like listening to music while on the elliptical. I avoid watching TV completely. I find the beat of the music very motivating to keep up with as I like fast, hard music with a good beat.
Keep up the great work!

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DEBRA0818 4/27/2011 9:32AM

    The dedication of purpose is the only thing that can overcome all the pulls in the other direction. You're right on (to borrow a phrase from the 60's)


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DONNALYNN22 4/27/2011 9:30AM

I started watching Biggest Loser but realized I can't possibly model that as I have NO personal trainer, nobody fixing my meals and I have to live my life every day, and not take a break from it for a few months to hyper focus on "ME". People rely on me to be here for them and I have priorities. YES, I am one, but not the only one.
I'm happy for their success and wonder when they get off the show, will they too, be able to continue with it just as it was...they'll be back where I am, in REAL LIFE.
So I'll catch the show sometimes, but YES, it is all about me and my ability to cope in my real life situations.
THANK YOU for that reminder, Barb!
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WATERMELLEN 4/27/2011 9:03AM

    I agree that the culture of self-sacrifice (highly gendered, focused primarily on women) is an impediment to spending the time on self-care essential to weight loss maintenance.

However, it can be helpful to think about personal health care as a form of caring for those who depend upon us: I am not much use to my family/friends/colleagues when I'm too ill to function. And so I'm "required" and not just "entitled" to exercise and eat properly and all the rest of it . . .

All best on your big day coming up!!

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HOT4FITNESS 4/27/2011 8:48AM

    All the hard work, all the training. we are worth it!! See ya in four days

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2011 8:32AM

Here's to all of us taking care of #1 first - then we can 'serve' better. Maybe that's why they say put your oxygen mask on before assisting others?

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FITFABJENN 4/27/2011 8:30AM

    Yep, that's about the size of it. Absolutely worth it! Thanks.

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MSLZZY 4/27/2011 8:11AM

    Powerful and positive message! Thank you!

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WVFAITH 4/27/2011 8:00AM

    YEAH! You've figured it out. Thanks for sharing it with me. Its very inspiring!!

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Full disclosure: not my tulips

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The tulips that now grace my background that several kind folks have commented on are not my work... and I don't just mean the Almighty made them... I mean I took the photo a few blocks from my house where someone else put in the hard work of burying the bulbs! They clearly were rewarded with this fine blast of Spring!

And here we are at Tuesday... five days out. I did my strength routine last evening, like a good little girl, once again observing the positive impact of keeping a promise to oneself. I've written about that a few times, but I'm still impressed by it. It's more than just exercise endorphins. It's a victory over the lazy that lives in me, and it's also a statement that I value this: it's important to keep promises to me. I value me.

To prolong the feeling, I put stickers on my calendar to show it... in a good month, the calendar is covered with stickers that tell me I'm worth it. I have a variety of them, from Snoopy dogs to smiley faces to flags and stars, and I make up little schemes of what they represent: a heart sticker for cardio, a smiley for strength... long walks got big Snoopy, shorter walks a smaller Snoopy... etc.

Is there some little thing you do that gives you that boost? What gives YOU the message that you're worth it, and proclaims that you know it?

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VTORIA3 4/30/2011 7:40AM

    I like your context for achievement...."a victory over the lazy that lives within me." I think, yes, that's what I need victory over. I am perfectly content to just sit most of the time and being semi retired sets me up perfectly for that. So, with your helpful context, it's time for me to get real about what I need to do to achieve what I set out to do a year ago. I am glad you are not shy about revealing your age....since I am the same gives me hope that I can conquer the lazy within and be a healthy trim me. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/26/2011 11:16PM

    Fun idea with the stickers! Happy 1/2 marathon-ing!

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DANSMOMTPM2 4/26/2011 10:22PM

    The tulips are beautiful, and it is your work. You took the picture and posted it so we too could enjoy the beauty. Thanks. And thanks for the calendar idea. Thats awesome!

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WATERMELLEN 4/26/2011 8:20PM

    Love the sticker concept!

And: I bet your neighbour who planted the tulips would be thrilled to know how famous they are!!

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DEBRA0818 4/26/2011 2:14PM

    Good job, Barb! I think just doing it is its own reward. I haven't come up with anything clever yet to mark success. Still working on that. The success too. LOL!


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_LINDA 4/26/2011 1:34PM

    Well done getting in your exercise! That is an excellent idea with the stickers!! Reminds me of grade school when you used to get starts on a calender :)
My background photo is always my Mom's yard :) I live in an apartment so you have to borrow what you can.
Keep up the great work!!

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MSLZZY 4/26/2011 10:14AM

    Maybe I should start a sticker calendar but I think my grandchildren would want to take it home with them LOL! I just do a mental note but something concrete woudl be a
better idea! Good for you and your stickers. HUGS!

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MOMOF2TONI 4/26/2011 9:25AM

    Great idea with the stickers. I've been thinking I need to do more things like that to encourage and 'reward' ME. Have a great day!

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    You are worth it. We all are.

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It's taper week... the last week before the HM!

Monday, April 25, 2011

You want to know the thing that I was most concerned about for the half marathon? Don't laugh: parking. Seriously, the starting line is just outside the football stadium, and parking on campus, in my memory, is a nightmare. Since I'm local, this is something I have to consider. There is no bus service on Sundays, and certainly not in the hours preceding a 7 a.m. start!

I have a pre-paid parking spot in a downtown garage, but the walk to the starting line is a little over a mile. Not a bad warm-up, really. Not a bad cool-down, either. So, maybe that will be my plan. I reserve the right to change it.

As for the training plan, I'm looking at the forecast and seeing Thursday as the best day to do my walking as transportation bit, my last "long" walk before the event. Today's rest and strength training. Tuesday and Wednesday will be treadmill medium distances. And then some strength training on Friday, a rest day on Saturday and SUNDAY, May 1st... the half marathon itself.

I'm pumped for this. I bubbled at my sister over Easter brunch about it... we also oohed and ah'd over photos of her grandchildren... the latest addition only a couple of weeks old now. Gotta love kids. Anyway, that's it for me this morning. Now it's off to work with a fresh energy that comes from a good weekend.

Here's wishing all my Spark friends a happy and healthy new week!

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MSLZZY 4/25/2011 10:15PM

    The week will fly by and you will do great in the HM! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 4/25/2011 5:53PM

    You too, Barb. Best wishes for a great week.


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KALIGIRL 4/25/2011 1:09PM

    Great plan - You will do fabulous!!!!

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CASJ57 4/25/2011 12:25PM

    I am another one with parking anxiety - your plan to walk from the garage sounds pretty good. Beautiful flowers! And YAY for taper week!


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DEBRA0818 4/25/2011 11:15AM

    Love the photo and excited for you Barb!


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CONCHA77 4/25/2011 10:06AM

    I am excited for you, Barb! This is going to be a great week. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/25/2011 9:13AM

    Beautiful flowers there! A mile walk is actually a great warm up. University parking is really bad. Doesn't seem like you have a lot of choices, unless you can find some nice person to drop you off and pick you up.. Enjoy your week!

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REJ7777 4/25/2011 8:10AM

    I know what you mean about parking at big events! I've sometimes not gone to an event because I didn't want to deal with the hassle of the parking. It's nice that you have the option of your paid parking spot.

Things are really coming together. Pretty exciting! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 4/25/2011 8:03AM

    Your flowers are beautiful---- Good luck with the race! I know you will enjoy it!--- You are my inspiration!-Lynda

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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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