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Friday, August 19, 2011

Anybody else have a doctor born after you reached "adulthood"? I found out today that mine (who has been my doctor for six or seven years) was born AFTER I got out of high school, and still hasn't seen 40! He started sporting *braces* last year. And he still looks oh, so young. Yeah, he has three young children at home, he's a good family man, and has a great patient rapport. In short, I like my doctor.

And nothing made me happier than seeing his broad grin over my weight history, particularly over the past two years. BP is great. RHR is 42-43. Everybody asks me am I a runner when they take my pulse. We'll see how the blood work comes back, but in short, he sees me as healthy, and is real happy with HOW I lost the weight, not just THAT I lost it.

So, yeah, I was super pleased to hear him say, for the second year in a row, "You have made your doctor very happy and proud."

Well, Doctor, I have made ME pretty happy and proud, too. Now don't get cocky, Barb.

Life's good... Spark on!


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_LINDA 8/20/2011 1:56AM

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That is fantastic news! Well done!!
Fortunately, I have had my family DR. since I was 16, so we have 'grown old' together. I don't know what I would make of these young whippersnappers. I would tend to ask, how many times have you done this procedure already?? What a dilemma, young with all the latest advances and techniques or old and very experienced in performing the basics with a sure and knowledgeable hand..
Keep on Sparking!
Like braces, wow, I could not get that lol.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/20/2011 1:20AM

    Yes, I meet a lot of doctors that was born after I reached adulthood, if I think of that age as 20, any doctor 39 years and younger is in that sector.

As I have returned to my home town and worked as a yout leader/riding teacher at an animal farm when I was 25-28 I am waiting to meet any of my pupils in a authority position - I imagine it will be weird to be examined (and adviced to get healthier) by someone that I once have told to sit straight and be softer with their hands on the reins...

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BARBAELLEN 8/20/2011 1:16AM

    Funny. I also have a doc with braces, a 58-year-old woman!

More important, your results are great, and you SHOULD be proud of taking such good care of yourself. Hope the blood work is just as good! Congrats on a job well done!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/20/2011 12:48AM

    Congrats, Barb....that's just the reaction we all hope for when we see our doctors. You deserve to be just a wee bit cocky. (just don't let it get out of hand! emoticon )

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DRB13_1 8/20/2011 12:19AM

    As a (retired) doctor, may I add "I am very proud of you, too!"

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2011 10:32PM

    Well done! Maybe he'll ask to hand out your number to his other patients so you can coach them!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/19/2011 9:38PM

    You have every reason to be happy and proud, Barb. You rock! Congratulations.

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/19/2011 9:23PM

    Pretty cool! We're proud of you, too!

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MOBYCARP 8/19/2011 8:43PM

    I think my doctor is more or less my contemporary, perhaps a bit younger than me. She appeared to be just building her practice when I rolled into town almost 20 years ago; by the time my daughter needed an adult doctor instead of a pediatrician, she wasn't taking new patients.

Of course, if I live long enough I will some day have a doctor who is clearly much younger than I am. The day that happens could be hastened if I had to move to another town and the only doctors accepting new patients are youngsters still building their practices.

Good job keeping your doctor happy. Do that enough years in a row, and you might get to see him retire.

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Thunder storms outside...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Reminder to self: don't let kittens outside right before it starts to rain. They tend to hide under the deck and not want to come out to come in when the raindrops are falling.

On the plus side tonight... I got on the treadmill to prove to myself I can still do a 5K. My workouts had not been in that length recently! And I have this Mud Run coming up on the 27th. If anybody wants to see an old lady crawl in the mud... I can provide details. If my son comes to take pictures, no doubt I'll post them!


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/19/2011 10:00AM

    A mud run? Oh, that sounds fun. And this coming from someone who doesn't like to sweat, much less get dirty. LOL! For sure post pictures.

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KALIGIRL 8/19/2011 8:28AM

    I love it! and who says you're an OLD lady?

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_LINDA 8/19/2011 12:11AM

    Good for you! That mud run will be fun! You can't tell what age anyone is caked under all that mud ;) Its a good idea to keep yourself in shape for that..Will look forward to some photos!

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JULESRINCON 8/18/2011 10:40PM

  It was raining on my side of the world this afternoon as well. I had to rescue my cat who was hiding in a cupboard under a leaky window meowing because it was so confusing for her to be getting wet! So I made her a shelter on the couch with pillows and covered it with a heavy blanket, and she stayed there during the whole thunderstorm.

A mud run sounds like fun! Hope you nail it! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 8/18/2011 10:25PM

    Dogs don't like rain either...I pushed mine out the door, only to have her stand there and refuse to do anything! Yours won't come in, mine won't go out. Guess we know who's the boss...

Good luck with your Mud Run...sounds interesting...and messy! emoticon

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SUNNY1432 8/18/2011 10:24PM

    The Mud Run sounds like fun!! I think I might have to try one sometime. emoticon

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Ain't much a good night's sleep doesn't improve...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Life goes on. Self-nurture works. A good night's sleep. A nourishing breakfast (still experimenting with the grits about once a week... this morning it was with fresh strawberries and chocolate, cooked in skim milk... and it turned out pretty good). A little exercise. And my "one thing", which this morning included vacuuming the master bedroom and the upstairs hall.

Why "one thing"? Besides of course dealing with the sense of being overwhelmed? It had its roots in wanting to have more free time on weekends, and not feel overwhelmed by my endless to do list which was causing me to toss in the towel at the beginning of Saturday!

Problem solving: I pondered back over the years when my son was young. How *did* we do all that we had to do to support a growing child with sports and school and all that? Well, we *used* the work days. Before and after work, there were things that we did that constituted living. School projects, transport to games, all that goes with it. Cooking meals, bedtime rituals, conversations with the family over a TV show, dish washing (we did not have a machine)... it all somehow happened. Yes, clutter built up, it was not always smooth... but we were a family and we lived life. Every day, not just on weekends.

A lot of that changed over time, particularly since I became a true "empty nester". Since I had infinite time (so goes the thought)... things could be put off for later. Then the weekend would get here, and there would be this huge pile of uncompleted tasks that keep a house going... and just me. Why do them at all?

It dawned on me, post-weight loss, during maintenance, that I needed to start living *every day* again. Enter the "one thing" concept... something my stress-cleaning sister had dropping in a conversation some holiday or other. She had read about it somewhere, and she practices it. HER home is almost always at least close to ready for an impromptu gathering.

Never mind that she's an extrovert and I'm an introvert: she has choices! She can say yes or no, based on whether she wants company, not on whether her home is in order!

So... that's the story behind my motivation: I want to be able to have that choice... and when the weekend gets here, if my "one things" have the house pretty much there, guess what? I have time to play AND a clear conscience to go with it!

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/18/2011 12:47PM

    emoticon you remember how quickly I ushered you in one door and out the other to meet the girls?

I like the idea though - having the choice and not letting things pile up to the point of inertia.

Here's to your one thing!

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BARBAELLEN 8/18/2011 12:34AM

    Barb, I could have written this blog. That is, everything except for the grits (yuk!) and the vacuuming.

Some day, I'd like to hear how your "one thing" works. I always do at least "one thing" that needs to be done, but I think I'm not getting it right. I'm keeping up with the daily essentials, but not seeing progress. Sounds like you've got a good thing going.

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MSLZZY 8/17/2011 11:36AM

    I will have the time for "one thing" activity when DS3 goes off to college.
I am living the life you did when your son was at home. I would expect I'll
have to adopt the "one thing" mentality then. Thanks for the seed of an
idea that can turn into a plan in the future. HUGS!

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SUNNY332 8/17/2011 9:59AM

    Thank you. I need to get busy and do just one thing a day. I am not one of those that is ready for an impromptu anything. I am a planner and also a procrastinator. Thanks for a great post. I needed it.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/17/2011 9:30AM

    Amen! I agree with your blog 100%. Procrastination can be a killer, whether it be related to household chores, exercise or diet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and inspiring us all!

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_LINDA 8/17/2011 8:59AM

    Awesome! A fantastic Spark concept. Do one thing, one step at a time until its set into a habit. So its not overwhelming. So its doable and doesn't take your whole life up.
I can't get past the good night's sleep. Its been impossible to me. I know a lot of things would improve if I could ever get this one thing solved.

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PATRISNA 8/17/2011 8:42AM

    Good for you! I have been trying to tame the clutter in my home. I kept our house we sold clean for months on end while trying to sell it. I asked myself why did I let the clutter take over this house?

There are two adult males also living here so I am not the only one guilty of scattering and stacking stuff. We are all guilty of not putting things away. Maybe I just need to do the "one thing." I also like your idea of living *everyday* not waiting for the weekend to catch up.

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SWELL10 8/17/2011 8:15AM

    great idea!

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ELRIDDICK 8/17/2011 8:05AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Things I cannot change... things I can...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

and wisdom to know the difference.

This is a boundaries thing, and a heartstrings thing. How many of us are carrying more than our physical size around? Burdens of wanting to run the rest of the human race, or more likely, a selected few of them? Preserve me from trying to run the lives of others!

I am bracing myself for the next year and a half or two years. Practicing my tongue-biting skills. I am taking deep breaths and planning how I have to not give up fitness and nutrition because I will need strength to get through this. Regaining and carrying extra pounds will NOT help it. Losing fitness will NOT help it. Making myself ill by neglecting myself will NOT help it.

Last night in an IM conversation my son broke news that I had been semi-anticipating. He had previously foreshadowed that this was a possibility. His next "business trip" is a go. He starts pre-trip training next February. He has time to get one more University semester in before he goes. Then he will be gone and I will have to support his mission by handling things on his behalf, and his wife and I will once again be asked to look after one another for a year of his absence.

These things add mega-stress... I lost most of my weight while he was gone. I have maintained for a year with him back. Maybe this time I'll be able to lose the clutter from the house? My older sister is a stress cleaner. I was a stress eater, but some levels of stress are beyond what food will help. And I chose exercise and self-nurture as my stress management system.

Breathe deep: living in and of itself is a good thing! Taking care of oneself, physically, mentally, and emotionally is essential. I'm counting this as a new emoticon... of I don't know how many, but each of them counts!

Keep praying, and Spark on! emoticon

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KATIE33MAHALA 8/17/2011 6:10PM

    Being tough doesn't mean that every day isn't hard, or a constant struggle. It also does not mean that we never fall, or fail. Thats what makes us tough, and the proof is how we rebound and get back up and into the fight. We do this, with a mix of emotions, because tough or not, we are human! Prayers to you Barb, for extra strength and a very fast yr for you.

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MNTWINSGAL 8/16/2011 8:26PM

    Barb, even if you sort of knew this was going to be, it's a shock anyway. Hang in there, and know we'll be with you praying for him during this mission. I feel selfish for moping because Jeff left to go back to Hawaii today. I realize it could be so much more scary than that!

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MOBYCARP 8/16/2011 7:30PM

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You've done this before. You can do it again. This time, you're going into it in great physical shape, at an appropriate weight, and with the knowledge of what worked well and what was a mistake last time.

You can do this. You won't be perfect at it, but perfection is not required.

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BARBAELLEN 8/16/2011 6:25PM

    Wish I could say something helpful, but I can only imagine the stress of this. Those words reflected in your title say it all.

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You can do it!

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MSLZZY 8/16/2011 12:52PM

    So soon already but he was expecting this current turn of events. My SIL has
the same shadow hanging over his head but since he just became a captain, there is hope that he will not have to make another "trip". Stay strong and
focus on what you can do. You bear an awesome burden as a mother but your
strength lies within and you have proven that you can do it. HUGS!

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_LINDA 8/16/2011 11:04AM

    You have done really well with your program. Simply can't imagine the stress of having a loved one in danger :(({ To lose weight while he was away is phenomenal. It shows you have the wherewithal to beat the stress monster of bingeing.
I am with your sister on the cleaning, as that is what I did when I was upset, but now I perfer exercise as it includes feel good endorphins. Staying the course with your goals, adding or changing them will give you something to focus on. Dive into your life and live it to the fullest! You will get through this as you have before. Keep your loved ones close, know that everyone sends thoughts and prayers for his safety.
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/16/2011 9:42AM

    Prayers are sent for you, your son and DIL. I cannot imagine the stress that having a loved one "over there" causes. But, you have lost a lot of weight and have managed to maintain it for a year now. Way to go! And, you've pretty much made it a lifestyle. Not that that makes it any easier, but you have the mental "wiring" for it now, which should help you make good decisions. I'm quite confident you'll remain active and living the healthy lifestyle while your son is overseas. And you will find a way to manage the stress. Just take it one day at a time.

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KALIGIRL 8/16/2011 8:27AM

    Mega Prayers Barb, Mega Prayers.
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BUSYGRANNY5 8/16/2011 7:47AM

    Greetings, I enjoyed reading your positive blog! It sounds like you know what you need to do to not only maintain the path you are on, but to thrive along the way! I wish you continued success on your journey and positive thoughts and prayers for your entire family during your son's deployment!

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BUGGYS 8/16/2011 7:38AM

    Staying connected to yourself and your goals will help the stress you are about to have come so far, Barb and your son and his family will need your strenghth! I continue to pray for all our servicemen who sacrifice so much!

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DEBRITA01 8/16/2011 7:28AM

    Praying for you and your son as he prepares to return to active duty... emoticon

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Work before play

Monday, August 15, 2011

I've written about this before, but it's worth resurrecting from time to time:

One of the great strengths of becoming fit is that more active things start being "fun". And many of us were raised with the "work first, play later" mind set. This can get in the way of being active for the purpose of health maintenance, if your "work" is not active!

I found this to be the case yesterday as part of my "one thing" was more active (closet cleaning), but the evening part was stitching up some pockets in an overcoat... very sedentary activity, but still counts towards my "one thing" goal. If I get too many of those sedentary tasks on my to do list and I get to procrastinating on them, I am subject to the temptation NOT to "play", i.e. exercise!

Well! Back to basics when that happens. As much fun as being active is, it is also ESSENTIAL to good health. And those sedentary tasks aren't getting done while you're procrastinating on them anyway! So, yes, if the body needs to move... move it, already! emoticon

And what are we back to, friends and Sparklers? (Do I hear a "balance" out there?)

Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 8/15/2011 10:35PM

    Oh, boy! After reading this, I'm reminded that I'm really in need of balance. Unfortunately, the things I don't want to do but need to be done are more than I care to think about. Another thing to work on. Sigh!

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KALIGIRL 8/15/2011 12:38PM

    Here's to balanced movement! (and getting those one things done)

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MSLZZY 8/15/2011 11:26AM

    Balance is key to a long and happy life. Thanks for reminding me that the
more active I am, the better. But some of those sedentary activites creep in
on occasion and still need to be done. HUGS!

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_LINDA 8/15/2011 10:39AM

    I far and away prefer performing physical chores then sedentary ones. I feel more like I have accomplished something. But my main motivating factor is I feel a lot better moving then sitting. These hours and hours of sitting I have been doing waiting for my foot to heal have not only given me a sore butt, its driving me batty not to be doing something physical. At least Mom is starting to allow me to do dishes again. I love cleaning up the kitchen, scrubbing counters, cleaning the microwave, etc. Just love being a gal in motion. Couch potato just isn't appealing to me :( But I have always loved exercising, my problem was I liked eating too much too :)

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/15/2011 10:09AM

    Balance! I'm with you, Barb!

Must admit my mind started to go a different direction as I read this ... I was thinking how "work before play" could be a picture of our fitness journey. In the beginning, fitness minutes felt like work, not they feel like play. So for those starting out, it could be an encouragement ... Keep at it, and be surprised one day when you find you look forward to it!

Have a super day with all kinds of work and play!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/15/2011 9:43AM

    Good blog. And oh, so true, too! Yesterday I did not get up in time to take my walk and I found that I actually missed going. How strange is that? LOL!

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