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Progress, distractions and balance

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I've been reading a lot of things from people who are slightly dissatisfied with how things have been going for them lately. It is not a bad thing to assess where you're at. In fact, it's something I aspire to do regularly. Being the last day of the month, I've done my monthly progress picture and updated the front page.

In the font that Spark shows, those abs look good. When I look at the master photo, what I see is loose skin.


Yes, that's what I see. The abs are there, they are defined, they keep getting stronger with training, but you can't hide the fact that there is some "empty bag" where there used to be packed fat.

Still, I cannot be dissatisfied. I love my abs. I love them for what they can *do* for me. Think about it. Your abdominal muscles are what protects your inner organs in case of injury. They help you in *everything* you do, from sitting to standing to walking to running, swimming and biking, and putting groceries away. What's not to love? Whatever they look like. They are functional.

And that is the goal, for me: to have a functional, healthy body, doing what a functional healthy body is intended to do. Even when there is illness or injury to deal with, if you start out as fit as you can, or continue to work on improving fitness, it is a boon. Our bodies are indeed "fearfully and wonderfully made". Let's treat 'em with respect and love.

Distractions: Kitties! What a pair I have taken on. Yesterday afternoon late, one of my sisters and her daughter came over to visit the kitties. Within a very short time, my sis had swelling nose and dripping eyes. Oh, yes... allergies. Well, now we know why there are no kitties at *their* house.

After they left, I sat on the couch and both kittens decided to treat me a bit like a jungle gym. They crawled up on my shoulder, purred in my ear and generally made a fuss over ensuring that I was their mommy now. Talk about heart-melting. I won't have them sleeping in my room, but it's so great to be greeted in the morning when I come downstairs. Empty house now resolved.

Balance... ahhhh! Priceless. The trick will be keeping up the "one thing" initiative and the training while dealing with the transition to having furry distractions in the house.

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MSLZZY 8/2/2011 7:41AM

    Try to keep up with those two! You look great!

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BUGGYS 8/2/2011 7:17AM

    Wow...you look amazing!!! I have been out of the loop most of the summer and just read about your kitties...you'll have years of love and fun with them!!! I know how much you missed your dog and giving these kitties a home is so great! My granddaughter got a kitty from the humane society in June...an 8 month old male and although both my daughter and SIL were not cat people, this little feline has captured their hearts as I'm sure yours will also!

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KASEYCOFF 8/2/2011 2:50AM

    Mmm hmm. Not in your room. I hear you. I was never gonna allow the dog on the sofa, either...
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MEDDYPEDDY 8/2/2011 12:56AM

    If I ever lose my overweight I will have a lot of skin hanging around - the only thing that worries me is that it is probably going to be a physical burden with skin irritation in the folds... the cosmetic aspect I will try to overcome!

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SUNNYWBL 8/1/2011 4:56PM

    I aspire to abs like that again! Loose skin? No big deal!

Kitties? Priceless!

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LINDAJOYWK 8/1/2011 6:23AM

    It is encouraging that even one who looks great to the rest of us-still sees flaws-
kind of makes one wonder- is reality is what we see in the mirror?
I am so glad you got the kitties! I had one for 18 yrs(after 2 yrs I found I was
allergic-lots of asthma attacks ,but by then I was hooked)! I miss her-realize I
can't have another,but I will pet & love on other peoples every chance I can!

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2011 8:28PM

    Abs look superb!
And who said kitty control can't be that one thing a few days?

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WATERMELLEN 7/31/2011 8:05PM

    You look great!! Love your attitude: your acceptance of what is and joy about what you can do. And clearly those kittens have made their decision about you!! So sweet!!

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DEBRITA01 7/31/2011 2:46PM

    You are looking good ...and healthy emoticonIf we look hard enough, there is always going to be something we are dissatisfied with. That's human nature. Continue to be proud of the awesome progress you've made...and if a little loose skin is the price to pay for losing unhealthy fat it's a small price to pay.
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PENNYAN45 7/31/2011 12:26PM

    I believe that if ever I were really sick, I would want two kittens in the room with me - because then I would have the healing effects of watching those sweet, adorable little creatures play and frolic as only kittens can do. What a joy!

When it comes to loose skin - I tell myself it's the price I pay for losing the weight so late in life. But better late than never!

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FITFABJENN 7/31/2011 9:58AM

    Your abs look awesome! I am starting to see some loose skin on my abdomen and arms now that I've lost a lot of weight, but I am happy to see those muscles emerging underneath it all.

Thanks for posting!

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MOBYCARP 7/31/2011 9:10AM

    Love the look, and the series of pics is very impressive. I've never taken pics of myself . . . until today. When I figure out how to get an honest shot, I'll have a "before" picture.

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_LINDA 7/31/2011 8:46AM

    You look awesome to me!! I too, have that wrinkled loose bag of skin on my abdomen. It prevents me from getting into a smaller pant size, I am small top, medium pants, but also have that pear shape, so all my weight naturally goes to the hips and waist. Can't help the body you have, just move on like you have and accept the wonders you can do with it! At least cats don't require all the care and attention dogs do..Just the kitty litter must be cleaned out regularly or your house will get that 'cat' smell. My Mom monitors that closely, always checking for dumps..Maybe that will be your new one thing lol.
Enjoy your Sunday pampering the kitties!

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TORNADO40 7/31/2011 8:21AM

    We have 2 kitties like that! You are looking good and healthy. I wonder if we knew that we would have all this loose skin after we lost weight if we would have allowed ourselves to get overweight to begin with. emoticon

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Lovely morning

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The heat wave seems to have broken, especially if you get out early to move. This morning "Becky's Bikers" were getting together. I don't know if that's their official name & I don't want to get Becky in trouble for claiming them in her name, but she's the one who invited me to join them, so I'll call them that for now.

I checked the tire pressure and headed out, meeting Becky (KALIGIRL) and one of her friends at the entrance to the bike trail from her side of the neighborhood. The three of us rode together to the meeting point, then FOUR MORE ladies joined us for a ride through some more of the town's bike trails, ending near the University campus downtown, where we took a talk and coffee break before riding back. Total mileage for me? 9 1/4 out, 8.4 miles back. A good start for cross-training.

And it was a blast... like having a Spark party right there at the coffee-shop... swapping health and fitness tips and encouragement. All levels. Some were complaining that they didn't do a whole lot the past month, like it might be something unworthy... it's not. It's that balance thing we talk about. The problem is not that we take a few days off or have a slow week or month... it's when we convince ourselves that this means that WE don't take our fitness seriously and don't deserve or want it any more!

Nothing could be further from the truth. Coming back from a break to a good workout? Doesn't it feel terrific? Yeah, maybe it was harder than when you were at your peak... but you can remember that peak. You did it before... you can get back there. Think about it! Look at the pluses... there are so many!

And, as Becky just said in her blog... we're plotting... to make those TRI dreams come true next year. If there are TWO of us working on it, aren't we less likely to toss in the towel? Can't let each other down here. We shall follow in Diane (JUST_TRI_IT)'s footsteps and pedal steps and swim strokes!

We can do this. It's on the bucket list. Beware... Spark People are a force to be reckoned with! We're worth it.

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THISYEARSMODEL 7/30/2011 9:57PM

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Congrats! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 7/30/2011 9:39PM

    emoticonWhat a great way to start your morning...and weekend. How nice to have a Spark Bud and friends to ride with and help you train. I have a feeling now that you have TRI fever and your Biker Girls you will be crossing that off of your Bucket List in the near future. emoticon

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PENNYAN45 7/30/2011 5:46PM

    How fortunate you and Kaligirl are to get together in 3D. Enjoy having your SP friend so nearby.

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SUNNYWBL 7/30/2011 5:45PM

    What fun it must be to have nearbye friends that enjoy the same active life that you do!

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KALIGIRL 7/30/2011 3:46PM

    Here's to coming back in style!
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MOBYCARP 7/30/2011 2:50PM

    Ah, the balance thing. I struggle with that. It's not realistic for me to be training to be competitive in any sport, and it's silly to train to a point where I get injured trying to achieve personal bests. But it's a puzzle how to keep up enough training to be healthy without being sucked into overdoing it.



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KASEYCOFF 7/30/2011 2:43PM

    That is so terrific - charge on, girlfriend, charge on!
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GOHUSKERS2 7/30/2011 2:15PM

    I'm glad I read this blog today. I just completed one month of swimming, walking and other cardio, after having heart surgery and was rather pleased with my progress....at least until I got on the scale. One month, to the day and not another pound difference. Discouraged doesn't even to explain how I have felt. But I read this, and you're right. So I think I can get my head back on straight and not give up. Thanks. Carolyn

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2011 1:40PM

    Sounds like such a supportive group: and so much fun!!

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New kitty pictures

Friday, July 29, 2011

"I am not a number, I am a free cat." If there is such a thing. Alternately, you can call me Stripes. The keepers call me Number 6.

Who are you?
The New Number 2. Or you can call me Patches.

We are exploring and trying to figure out this new playground.


By the way, Patches already hit the "color copy" button on the printer and managed to print out a blank page. And tried to chew on the tag on the fan's electrical cord. Sigh. Young things in the house.

  
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LINDAJOYWK 7/31/2011 3:18PM

    Are they your new fur babies? They are so cute! I know they will bring you happiness!

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SUNNY332 7/31/2011 1:47PM

    Arethey sisters? I have two cats - sisters and have had them for many years. They don't look like they came out of the same litter.

Hugs, Sunny

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KARIDIAN1 7/30/2011 6:13PM

    They are so cute. Haven't had a kitten around for a while. Enjoy this special time.

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SUNNYWBL 7/30/2011 5:39PM

    Fortunately, a kitten's chewing days don't last a long as a dog's! It must be so much fun to have new kittens! Enjoy them!

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KALIGIRL 7/30/2011 12:51PM

    Patches and (prisoner) Stripes so fits!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/30/2011 11:56AM

    aw aw aw!!! They are adorable!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/30/2011 11:55AM

    aw aw aw!!! They are adorable!

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CONCHA77 7/30/2011 10:30AM

    Stripes and Patches are ADORABLE. Makes me want to go and get some kitties myself! I am planning on getting a Kittie or maybe two when we get back from visiting Joel and family in Guam. I would hate leaving them for more then a couple of days if I got them before our trip.
Enjoy your new family members! MEOW!

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REJ7777 7/30/2011 6:52AM

    Are those little kitties ever cute!

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KASEYCOFF 7/30/2011 3:22AM

    He'll keep you busy!
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PUDLECRAZY 7/29/2011 9:14PM

    That is a REALLY cute kitty!

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WATERMELLEN 7/29/2011 9:13PM

    Oh oh oh oh oh!! Is there anything cuter than a kitten?? Two kittens!! Love those blue blue eyes!!

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DEBRITA01 7/29/2011 9:04PM

    emoticonThey are cute...enjoy them!

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MOBYCARP 7/29/2011 8:22PM

    They're adorable! Of course, they'll be all grown up by the time I get to meet them. emoticon emoticon



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FITGRL124 7/29/2011 8:19PM

    Aww - how ADORABLE!!!!!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2011 7:43PM

    Very cute! Gotta watch that printer now -- and a lot of other things, too, I'm sure. Keeps life interesting, though, doesn't it?

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PONYFARMER 7/29/2011 7:42PM

    Ah, I love the grey striped one. So adorable. You are a great person for taking in #s 1 and 2. They give back so much more than we know.

Bless you for giving them a home until they find their forever home.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/29/2011 7:40PM

    Very cute


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ELSEEBEE 7/29/2011 7:27PM

    Too cute! Patches looks like my elderly Jynx (except Jynx is a manx with only a stub of a tail). Enjoy those cuties!

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And the heat goes on...

Friday, July 29, 2011

emoticonand the heat goes on...
emoticonthe temps keep pounding a rhythm in my bra-ain...
emoticonand the heat goes on...

So, after work today I shall be picking up Number 6 emoticon and Number 2 emoticon and I have a whole weekend to introduce them to their new "Village" emoticon before leaving them alone in it while I head back to work. The litter box is prepped. The food mat and water and food bowls are set but not yet filled. Moving loose cables to secure positions is my next "one thing" so their little teething impulses don't shred them!

I may have to make some modifications in the systems / routines of the house, but I have this sense of anticipation. There is a lot to be said for fur-babies. And they will need a fit strong "mom"... another motivation to maintain, huh? emoticon

  
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GOHUSKERS2 7/29/2011 4:45PM

    Lots of preperation and anticipation for such special guests! Enjoy!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/29/2011 2:16PM

    Hurray!! Such anticipation!! And a whole weekend to enjoy them and settle them in!!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2011 12:40PM

    Maintaining for your fur babies is a great motivation!! Take care.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/29/2011 9:49AM

    Little, needle-sharp teeth!

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PENNYAN45 7/29/2011 9:42AM

    What fun! Two new little kitties coming to live with you. You are in for a great time!

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WORDLILY 7/29/2011 9:40AM

    I do love furbabies! Hope the transition is smooth.

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KALIGIRL 7/29/2011 8:50AM

    Super motivation - can't wait to see pics!

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_LINDA 7/29/2011 8:33AM

    Enjoy your new fur babies! Hope the heat breaks for you (and everyone else) soon!!

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CONCHA77 7/29/2011 8:08AM

    Congrats on getting your new "fur babies!" They always bring such joy, don't they? I am really missing mine after losing my last cat this year and will be getting a new pet sometime after our vacation.
Enjoy!
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Real life

Thursday, July 28, 2011

If you have to choose between living your real life and writing about it on Spark, clearly, LIVE!

This morning found me growling at my weather radio that awakened me at 3 something to inform me of severe thunderstorms in the northern part of the county. Grumble, grumble, roll over, go back to sleep. Twenty minutes later, it invades my dreams to inform me the storms are moving north and east... away from me. Grumble, grumble... etc. So I wasn't happy to greet the alarm, and decided to snooze on for a while. By the time I was showered, lunch prepped, breakfast in hand and ready to Spark it was nearly time to head to work... so here I am after work instead.

Today at work I managed to get drawn in by some furry faces in need of homes... and this evening's "one thing" entries are getting ready to receive two new members of the household, tomorrow after work. I've spent four months pet-free, nearly five. I know I said I wanted to go a year before deciding... but these little ones need homes now.

This is how kitties come into my life. I don't go looking for them. They somehow find me. A friend at work has a farm, where people tend to abandon animals by the roadside. This past year, two pregnant cats were "dropped off". One of the litters is now three months old, spayed/neutered, wormed and rabies shots behind them. I'm getting a brother and sister... grey and white. He has stripes, she has patches. I'll do photos later.

I think I shall call him "Number 6". I shall call her "Number 2". I'm a fan of The Prisoner, you see. And his rabies papers say "kitten number 6", and hers say "kitten number 2". It's too cute. And since they will be brought to "The Village" (my house) from which they shall not be allowed to escape for the first couple of months anyway...

Yes, it doesn't take much to amuse me. emoticon emoticon

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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RONOSOF 7/30/2011 8:22AM

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REJ7777 7/30/2011 7:04AM

    That's how I got my cat. Someone just "dumped" a box of kittens on a country road. The family who rescued the kitty discovered that one of her children was allergic to cats, and was looking for a new home. I think that we've both got a soft spot for needy critters. I've had "Beauty" for about 5 years now, and I'm really glad to have her!

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KALIGIRL 7/29/2011 8:53AM

    emoticon trading a shorthair for some long-hairs?
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SUNNYWBL 7/29/2011 12:41AM

    emoticon on your new fur babies! emoticon emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 7/29/2011 12:01AM

    Congrats on the new fur-babies, Barb! Wow....I can't believe it's been that long since Diamond has been gone. Where does the time go?

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_LINDA 7/28/2011 11:50PM

    Wow! The same thing happens to my sister on her farm, people are always dumping unwanted cats on her and she can't afford to look after them all :( That sure was kind of you to step up and help. At least, cats are a lot less work if you allow them to roam and do their own thing. But nothing beats a dog for companionship though. You have gone to the other side lol. Kitty photos are sure cute..

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SHARON2014 7/28/2011 10:12PM

    And who is Number One? We just watched the entire Prisoner series on Netflix! So glad you are getting the kitties!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/28/2011 9:01PM

    Kitten pictures: we're waiting eagerly!!

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MOBYCARP 7/28/2011 8:58PM

    Wow, you went five months! You're tenacious.

Watch out for kitties jumping into your lap. That's a prime way for me to avoid getting exercise, because I don't want to disturb the cat.

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