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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

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emoticonthe temps keep pounding a rhythm in my bra-ain...
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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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Balance and one thing

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It rained overnight. When I stepped out on my deck this morning, I saw a whole raft of weeds that had appeared seemingly overnight in the cracks on my patio. I decided my "one thing" this morning would include pulling a few of them. The soft, moist ground made extracting them fairly easy. There was this surge of "I did it" good feeling, immediate. Why? Because I truly dislike yard work... and when I do something I dislike, in a small amount, see the good result, and pat myself on the back, I feel a surge of victory.

Doing well in the 5K was a thrill of victory... but athletic competition is not the only way to get that feeling of living victoriously. Every day victories need to be recognized, cherished, and celebrated. Keeping small promises to oneself is the most empowering thing there is. So when you *do* the ten minutes of strength training, when you decide to have a smaller portion or make a healthier choice in a restaurant, when you alter a recipe to make it better for your family... toot your horn, if only to yourself.

Celebrate living your life victoriously. You are worth it!

Life's good. Spark on!

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SUNNYWBL 7/29/2011 12:49AM

    emoticonOn both!

I love to garden! I don't like weeds in cracks, I use a spray That kills and retards thiir return. I use a heavy layer of mulch to stop garden weeds from sprouting! emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/28/2011 9:07PM

    emoticonGreat Blog!! I might start applying this Theory to Killing the Clutter in my house!!

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SEATURTLE86 7/28/2011 9:34AM

    Great Blog! Celebrating the little things keep us going.
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~Pam

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/28/2011 12:27AM

    Thank you so much for this, just what I needed to read this morning!

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SUNNY1432 7/27/2011 10:07PM

    emoticon on the 5K and killing the weeds, I hate yard work too! emoticon
Hope you had a great Thursday!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2011 8:32PM

    Great concept: keeping the small promises to yourself is believing in yourself . . . and that matters. Lots.

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PENNYAN45 7/27/2011 5:31PM

    This is a very inspirational message.

We can focus on the everyday victories and on keeping the small promises to ourselves -- and then basking in our surge of victory.

Thanks!

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DEBRA0818 7/27/2011 5:08PM

    I love the idea of "small ball" which, as you proved, leads to great victories!

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KASEYCOFF 7/27/2011 2:35PM

    That is a great message, hon - excelsior!!!
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BESTSUSIEYET 7/27/2011 2:20PM

    "Keeping small promises to oneself is the most empowering thing there is." That is so very true! Keeping my promise to myself says, "I matter" and there are times I have tried to please everyone but ME. I don't want to live selfishly, but there is a happy in between, a place where I am free to take care of me, so that I am able to take care of others. I don't have to do it all, but I can do one thing to care for myself each day, and those I love will probably be better off for it, too!

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_LINDA 7/27/2011 9:01AM

    emoticon Well done!! It is always easier to pull weeds after rain. Each step we take in this healthy lifestyle is a victory. Trying to do all I could in that sculpting class yesterday was a victory as I have sore muscles to prove I tried hard lol. That which doesn't kill you will make you stronger.
Savor your victory!!

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KALIGIRL 7/27/2011 8:44AM

    emoticon I too have been 'grabbing' opportunities to pull those weeds - only wish I could do the same with the crab grass...
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JOURNEYTO60 7/27/2011 8:29AM

    Really, really a terrific thought. I love the thought of keeping "small promises to yourself" and celebrating all those little victories in the day! What an exciting way to look at life! Thanks for sharing...have a wonderful day!

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