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Strength training re-added

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yesterday marks three weeks post-surgery, and even the most conservative things on-line told me that at this point it's OK to resume an exercise plan. Provided, of course, no complications. Well, there aren't any.

I had no excuses, and even though it took a certain amount of oomph to overcome the inertia of three weeks "off", on Sunday I did my first upper body workout, and Wednesday during the pre-game coverage of the World Series I did my first lower body workout. It feels good to be back!

  
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SMARTIEBEE 10/29/2009 11:20PM

    Good for you! That first workout does feel great, doesn't it!
Just don't get carried away! Take it a little easy to start with!

Keep the Spark!

Shirley




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NELLIEC 10/29/2009 5:26PM

    Sounds great that you are back to strength training!

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LAURABARDA 10/29/2009 11:37AM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend and ablt to resume your workout routines. Good for you!

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MSLZZY 10/29/2009 10:14AM

    WTG! Good for you! Activity makes such a big difference in how we feel! Just be careful and be kind to yourself!

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Happy for no reason

Sunday, October 25, 2009

While I was wandering those bookstore aisles yesterday, one of the titles that jumped off the shelf at me was "Happy for No Reason". That just came back to me as I started to write this... because that is how I feel today: grateful, without something flashy to point at.

I am grateful for my health. I am grateful for this day. I am grateful for having got through yesterday without lapsing from my program. There is a tricky balance to treating yourself with compassion... finding what your soul mind and body truly need and yearn for.

I am taking particular care to store up this feeling for whatever future tough times might require it. emoticon

  
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CHRISTARTIST 10/29/2009 7:26AM

    To me, you have just decribed JOY.....true Joy....no reason to explain it, just the presence to enjoy.

I know that our Joy comes from Jesus - and thank you for reminding me! emoticon

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NELLIEC 10/25/2009 10:47PM

    That is a wonderful feeling!

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MSLZZY 10/25/2009 4:28PM

    That is a great feeling-bottle some for later!

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LAURABARDA 10/25/2009 10:51AM

    I love that feeling! I hope it lasts for a long while.


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VMEDINA87 10/25/2009 9:39AM

    its always a good day when ur just genuinly happy!

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BOO-SHAY 10/25/2009 9:37AM

    What a GREAT feeling. Enjoy the day!

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The Danger Zone

Saturday, October 24, 2009

For some people, the danger zone is a big event or a large stress factor. For me? I get through those pretty well. My particular danger zones in terms of self-care are leading up to and event or following it. With large stress factors, I power through as a strong woman, but when I've got "past" it... ding-ding-ding-ding!

Well, that's the phase I'm in right now. I went to my Jenny Craig consultation today, found I had essentially maintained for the week, got lots of praise for progress to date. When asked about my confidence level for success in the next week and the next four weeks, though, on a scale of 1 (no confidence) and 5 (very confident)... I had to say, a "3", maybe.

So strategize, already! For the first thing - get through today. So, I left the house. It wasn't safe to stay here for the afternoon. I went and put myself into total sticker shock at the appliance store. My stove needs replacing. OMG, the prices. And it won't be a simple swap out, as the current stove is a built-in that came with the house. Methinks I'll live with this one for a while longer... maybe years.

Then I allowed myself to browse the aisles of a book store. Now that's another of my addictions. I hung in with the self-help aisle, the psychology aisle, and the calendars and date books. Amazingly, I left without buying anything.

And I made it through the day--Victory!! I came home to my planned supper. As for the rest of the week: one day at a time.

  
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NELLIEC 10/25/2009 12:28AM

    Definitely one day at a time -- and if necessary 5 minutes at a time!!!

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SMARTIEBEE 10/24/2009 8:13PM

    Wow Barb, Good for you! I don't know that I would have been able to do that! I think I could have gotten by without eating - but spending money is another thing altogether! LOL Particularly books! I am currently bookless - and have read every magazine in the house. I couldn't be in a bookstore unsupervised!

I am proud of you! Maybe the key to the whole thing is just what you said "Get Through Today"!

Keep Sparking!

Shirley


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I love baseball this time of year

Thursday, October 22, 2009

For some reason, I don't care to work out to football, but I love walking on the treadmill to a championship series baseball game. Those rallies make me walk a little faster. If it's my team coming up with the rally, great, if not, that's OK, too.

So, even if my team loses tonight, it means another game later... until the vacuum of the end of the season... which is a lot later than it used to be. Anybody else remember when the world series was the beginning of September?

  
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MSLZZY 10/23/2009 5:35PM

    Years ago, I remember when the World Series was in September. We went to a convention and as soon as the banquiet was over, we went back to our rooms to watch the games.
That was so exciting! May the best team win!

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MOOKBALL 10/22/2009 10:15PM

    I have been following the Phillies and I am sure glad they have another chance at the World Series.

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NELLIEC 10/22/2009 10:10PM

    I'm not sure exactly when it was, but I do remember that my grade school allowed us to watch the world series on a TV in the gym during our recess time. (It was the Yankees vs. the Dodgers.) Oh, boy, that was many years ago!

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SMARTIEBEE 10/22/2009 9:58PM

    Yeah, I remember that! I enjoy baseball, but I never watched it while on the treadmill! Of course, maybe if our Mariners were a bit better......... (LOL)

Shirley


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Love those endorphins

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I told myself I'd just walk the Yankee half of the second inning, but they started to put something together and before you know it, I was up on that treadmill 36 minutes. I stretched after, and I feel wonderful.

  
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SMARTIEBEE 10/21/2009 11:21AM

    Isn't that a great feeling? I just love it after a good workout, the way it feels to stretch and relax! Good for you! It sounds like your recovery is coming along nicely!

Keep on Sparkin'!
Shirley


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MSLZZY 10/20/2009 10:46PM

    Exerciose makes you feel much better! Good for you.

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AMACUBA 10/20/2009 9:23PM

  LOVE ENDORPHENS! HAVE THEM RIGHT NOW IN FACT! WHOOOOOO!

Keep up the good work!

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