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The weather is mild for the season... but...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

BUT... I still feel a little like hibernating! I really need my morning pep talk today!

The high today is supposed to be in the 50's, and tomorrow near 60 degrees Fahrenheit! Amazing. A part of me can't help having that ominous feeling that we'll pay for this later. In the meantime, it sure doesn't feel like a normal Nebraska January. I remember a few when we didn't see 0 F from below. Those minus 20's and minus 30's are nasty, but we endured them.

Somehow, though, temperature isn't as big a trigger for the hibernation in me as the sunlight. Gotta get out in the sunlight. And for that, I have to wait, because sunrise is nearly an hour away yet. Today's resolution / plan is to take my work walking breaks outdoors.


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SUNNY1432 1/4/2012 8:08PM

    I've been loving this warmer weather, the snow can wait! emoticon
I hope you had some wonderful outdoor walks today and enjoy the weather tomorrow!

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KARIDIAN1 1/4/2012 5:45PM

    We are warm today to, upper 30's in MN. Feel like I am waiting for the other show to drop and the bad weather will hit us like a ton of bricks.

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BUGGYS 1/4/2012 2:44PM

    I just got back from a walk with the dog and although it was a little breezy, it wasn't as bad as I thought and half the winter is over!!! I hope we don't get stuck having snow in May!!!!

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ANDI571 1/4/2012 12:09PM

    I was thinking the same thing. It was so cold yesterday, but the sun was out and shining so bright and pretty. I was up doing laundry and feeling so good. Today it is warmer, but all cloudy and gloomy. I haven't gotten anything done. I am just moving so slow.

We are having a mild winter here in Ohio also. It has been 40 and 50's. The past two days have been in the 20's, but is moving up today and is suppose to be 51 on Friday. Your weather must be moving our way.

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MSLZZY 1/4/2012 12:01PM

    I got up later than normal but it is the first day back to school for DS and he was moving like a slow boat to China.
The sun is brightly shining but my desk work will keep me
grounded. Lunch time is busy, trying to make sure DS2 get enough
to eat before going back to work. I'll be organizing supper
so the walk will have to wait until later.
Have a great day! HUGS!

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DEBRA0818 1/4/2012 10:47AM

    I'm getting out in the relatively cool sunshine this morning for a nice, long walk with the dog! I need my daily dose of sunshine too, but the water aerobics was out this morning as it was only 40 degrees at 9:00 a.m.! A rare cold snap in Florida.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/4/2012 10:45AM

    Can you send some of that mild weather towards the Northeast ? It was a balmy 11 degrees with a -7 degree wind chill when I woke up this morning. brr.....

I do have to agree that it has been a milder than normal winter around here too, except for this bitter arctic blast.

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KRISZTA11 1/4/2012 10:31AM

    Outdoor walking is a great idea, it will help you wake up and cheer up,
especially if you get to see some blue sky and sunshine!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/4/2012 8:42AM

    There has been many years in my life where the weather has been as mild - but the two last years has been really cold early so this year feels different than usual... but I am happy my electriacl bill will be nothing compared to last year! (And I am talking about Sweden Europe)

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MNTWINSGAL 1/4/2012 8:05AM

    It sure is a strange year, isn't it? Here in Minnesota's hard to wrap my head around the idea that it is January and there are really only 3 months left before we will be breaking out the lawn furniture, waiting for the last of the snow to melt. It feels more like late October, when the holiday season is coming up on us. Maybe that's why I don't feel the urge to de-decorate the house and get back to "normal?" This year is anything but!

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Tuesday tireds

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

OK, first workday of 2012 for me... I started out with anticipation that I'd pick up a spinning class after work. But it just didn't call to me. I examined what I'd been doing the past couple of days (strength workout Sunday, 4 mile run yesterday) and decided on a rest day today.

In fact, to avoid overtraining, I'm thinking of dropping into a nine-day training cycle: Strength, Cardio Sport, off. Repeat three times, varying the cardio sport between running, swimming and spinning.

I don't want to trap myself into trying to reach too far, nor to undermine being prepared for any of the planned events of the year. It is important, say all of the training plans I've read, to have off days. Particularly if I'm training for endurance, which I am.

So... today became rest day. Tomorrow becomes strength. Thursday cardio other than running. Friday rest... which works out perfectly as Saturday I have an appointment with the personal trainer for strength, and Sunday one with my son to run.

Of course, understand that for me a rest day has about 12,000 steps in it. My work stress breaks don't take a day off. emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/4/2012 5:27AM

    Your workouts are so inspirational - if you can do it, so can I! (I do, but you are part of the reason I try for my personal best each time I work out).

I haven't tried running yet, though I do simulate it without the hard pounding on the gazelle. Feels very powerful to move my entire body like a sprinter!

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KRISZTA11 1/4/2012 3:35AM

    It's great you do so many kinds of training!

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_LINDA 1/4/2012 12:23AM

    Very sensible plan to follow!! 12000 steps on a off day??? That is pretty amazing for a person with a desk job (I seem to recall you said you were a computer programmer? would that be spending hours staring at a screen? how do you fit the steps all in?) I know I tend to spend too much time on the computer without taking a break. Supposed to do one every hour..
Looking forward to hearing about your progress..

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MSLZZY 1/4/2012 12:19AM

    Rest is good but beating stress is better. HUGS!

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COMETER 1/3/2012 10:23PM

    Criminy! 12,000 steps on an off day? People would pay for that kind of daily exercise. Actually, they DO pay for that kind of exercise. :)

Off days are critical--I have a hard time making sure to get those in, so I appreciate your reminder.

Best wishes for the success of your plan!

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WATERMELLEN 1/3/2012 8:28PM

    Great plan. And your "days off" are pretty darn impressive!!

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Four miles in the chilly air

Monday, January 02, 2012

Having begged off on Saturday, not feeling well, today was the day I went out with my son on the trails. Wore my Christmas running tights, they performed perfectly. Today's high is supposed to rise to all of 35F. It was sunny, though, and not too windy. And of course, having my son by my side chatting as we kept it slow for his old mom... Hallmark Commercial stuff.

We completed four miles in 42:40, for a 10:40 pace per mile. Felt good about that, and he promises me another run next Sunday. Weather permitting, of course. Mom does not run in slick. At this point it's looking like cloudy and 38 in the forecast, and no precip between now and then. And I will take every mom-son bonding chance I get in the next few weeks, which are disappearing far too fast for my liking.

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BUGGYS 1/3/2012 10:18AM

    How special is that...spending time with your kids and getting in some exercise at the same time!!! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 1/3/2012 5:12AM

I wish my daughter came with me too!

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_LINDA 1/3/2012 1:41AM

    Brrr. That is a bit cold for outdoor cardio for my liking, well done keeping up a great pace!
May the weather behave and give you many more running opportunaties with your son!!
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MSLZZY 1/2/2012 8:00PM

    What a neat day. Looks like the weather will be in you favor for at least another week.
Is this really January? HUGS!

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WILMASOTO 1/2/2012 7:53PM

    How awesome is that!! Spending time with your son is so amazing! So glad for you!! Hope you have many many more!!

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FITFABJENN 1/2/2012 7:47PM

    Absolutely awesome! It is so wonderful you get to share those active moments with your son. Kudos!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/2/2012 7:25PM

    Way to go! Great pace!!

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MOBYCARP 1/2/2012 6:08PM

    35 and sunny with no wind is good running weather. 38 and cloudy isn't bad, either. And the chance to bond with your son is, as you well know, priceless!

The news here is full of talk about lake effect snow tonight and over the next two days. I'll find out in the morning whether it's real or another case of over-forecasting.

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COMPUCATHY 1/2/2012 6:05PM

    That's so awesome! I love that your son ran with you! That's so sweet! Glad you got your game on for 2012! Enjoy! Let's rock the new year! Thanks for all your encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 1/2/2012 5:11PM

    That's awesome!!!!

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HOT4FITNESS 1/2/2012 4:54PM

    Nice way to start out the year. I did 3 miles yestereday evening at antelope park trail. Was with a friend so kept me company. That is a great pace. You will surely be ready for that half in May.
keep it up!!

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REJ7777 1/2/2012 4:52PM

    Kudos to both of you! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2012 4:19PM

    Oh, that is fantastic, Barb, that you run with your son!! Hallmark moment, as you say. You are wise to cherish that time.

Wish I could get my daughter running. She's done much better than I did at that age managing her weight. She works out at the Y, primarily doing the classes with light weights. The last time I worked out with her, though, I pulled something and it took me 2 weeks to recover. Oh, well. I do run with 25 year old niece from time to time. She's suppose to run the Komen 10K on Jan 14th with me.

I'm a little jealous of your cool weather. I know you have good running weather far longer than we do. We have many months when it doesn't get below 75 degrees and the humidity is up there. I ran in the morning or on treadmill even when it was hot & humid. But right now it is pretty good. We're suppose to have a cold snap in a couple days, but it will probably still be good running in the afternoon. We don't have to worry about ice, although rain and lightning are big here. Guess we all have different challenges.

Still smiling about the prospect of the Lake to Lake 10K in Nov!! Wish me luck on my first 10K on Jan 14th! -Marsha

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KARIDIAN1 1/2/2012 4:14PM

    Cold and slippery side roads here in Mn. Also very windy still, but not as bad as yesterday.

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Endorphin-filled New Year's Blog

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I went to the gym at 8 this morning, not remembering exactly when it would open, if it would open later than its usual 6 and not wanting to make two trips. In fact, it did open at 6 today, but even at 8, only the die-hards like me, who went to bed on time last night were there... all bright-eyes and determination. The included a range of current fitness levels, but mostly what I saw were people who had a plan and were going about executing it.

No problems getting the equipment you want. You know the best part for me? I felt STRONG! Going into the new year, I bumped up the dumbbell weights by a couple of pounds for my flyes, kick-backs, and squats. I did 15 reps instead of 12 on the later circuits involving bands, but I didn't move to a bigger band. And as I said, I just plain felt strong... and that to me says that everything I did in 2011 to maintain was worth it.

In 2011 my theme was "majority rules" for behavior. In 2012 my theme is "Strong just feels so good." Strong mind, strong spirit, strong body. In balance. It's going to be a great year. As Jean-Luc Picard would say, "Make it so!"

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/2/2012 5:16PM

    Love it! Keep on inspiring us, Barb! Happy, Strong New Year!

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WATERMELLEN 1/2/2012 4:48PM

    Strong does feel so good: and like you, I will make it so.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2012 4:23PM

    Strong does feel so good! You've got a great mantra for 2012. Congrats on achieving strength and feeling strong. Strong is healthy, strong is happy! -Marsha

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COMETER 1/2/2012 8:57AM

    I'm enjoying your blogs, and look forward to more this year.

Thanks for the positive outlook, and for your ability to describe what's everyday, and yet meaningful in it. I'm grateful that you're sharing your skill at that.

Happy New (strong) Year!

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ANDI571 1/1/2012 7:53PM

    I still think you are so awesome. I also like "Make it so"!

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MSLZZY 1/1/2012 6:35PM

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WILMASOTO 1/1/2012 5:12PM

    WAY TO GO!! awesome start to the New Year! emoticon

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SUNNY1432 1/1/2012 4:41PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are ready for the New Year! Hope you keep hitting it in Full Force! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 1/1/2012 1:54PM

    emoticon start to 2012!
Being and feeling strong is so good : )

The runners in my area seem more dedicated: almost as many runners out on the forest path this morning as on normal week end days.

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MOBYCARP 1/1/2012 1:01PM

    Glad you enjoyed New Year's at the gym! It may be the last time it's easy to avoid crowds at the gym until Valentine's Day.

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_LINDA 1/1/2012 12:57PM

    Way to start out your New Year! You ARE strong Barb, and you are going to show us how much as you expand your frontiers, trying for new achievments a lot of us could never dream of.
Looking forward to cheering you on!
I did my first 1/2 hr outdoor walk since my hip replacement, went over some icy ground, grassy area, no problem, not at the speed I am used to, but fairly good compared to what I have been doing. New Year, new restart, same old, same old. Will I be able to get back to where I was, only my surgeon knows and I will see what he has to say Jan 3.
Enjoy your STRONG start to 2012!!

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DEBRITA01 1/1/2012 11:28AM

    "Make it so"...I like that. We are the only ones who can make it happen. All the best to you in 2012, Barb!

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MRS.DOYLE 1/1/2012 11:13AM

    I'm going to love reading your blogs. They are so POSITIVE.

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SEESKO 1/1/2012 11:10AM

    Sounds like my kind of gym time. I hate waiting for equipment. I am working out at home today. Off to it now. Have a great day. You certainily started it well.

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Ready to start a New Year?

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I am about to enter the third year in which I considered my major goal to be maintenance. I sort of declared myself "done" at this point, looking for fitness more than weight loss going into 2010:

Well, what I didn't expect was that I would continue to slowly lose throughout 2010, and I ended 2010 with a waist that was 5 inches smaller!

This morning, while the scale may be a couple of pounds up from a year ago (2.4, to be precise) the tape measurements are the same. I have to consider 2011 to have been a successful year of maintenance!

As for 2012, about to start? I plan on once again having FUN in this healthy body. I plan on enjoying and embracing my second childhood.

What does it mean to this little old lady in training to have fun? It's to do things one doesn't expect of a soon to be 60-year-old. It means I want to ice skate at least once this Winter. Ride a horse at least once in the Spring or Fall. And of course, keep on training, don't stop training, you want to run a race someday... (oh, yes, that last bit to the tune of "Keep on singing").

Race already signed up for: half Marathon in early May. I was lucky. I signed up the first day. It's already filled, so anybody who dragged their feet will have to find a different race to register for.

Race that's MINE, barring huge life events getting in the way: Triathlon in late July, sprint distance, my first official one.

Race that is in logical prep training spot for that half: a ten-mile outing in late March.

Race that is purely for fun... if I can get myself signed up for it... a color run in June. They tie-dye your shirt as you run, I guess.

Other races may come into my life, but that's the starting line up of stated intention. I have a half thought to start looking for races in the home cities of Spark friends... to give myself the double treat of meeting some of you all that aren't necessarily local to me here. Meeting Mary on her way through town Sparked this thought!

New Year's is a time to dream and plan, to assess and evaluate. And to start making those plans and dreams come to fruition. May 2012 be kind to each of us, and may we be kind to ourselves: mind, body, soul, in balance... building our lives, one day at a time!

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_LINDA 1/1/2012 12:25PM

    Fabulous year Barb, and setting yourself up for an even better 2012!! Can't wait to hear of all your accomplishments!! That would be super awesome if you were to travel to races to meet other Spark friends! I hope that works out for you!
Enjoy your rocking New Year!

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MSLZZY 1/1/2012 8:53AM

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Happy New Year-New You!

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MIZCATHI 1/1/2012 8:21AM

    I am so glad you are here with your inspirational blogs that lift my spirits and makes me know my goals are possible! I have 50 lbs to go and in 2012 I will make it! I will! Thank you for reminding me that I CAN!

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SUNNY332 1/1/2012 8:16AM

    You are definitely my SHERO for 2011.

Thanks for being such an inspiration.

Hugs, Sunny

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/1/2012 4:34AM

    Wonderful year ahead of you Barb! We will meet up during one of our events!!

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FROGGGY13 1/1/2012 4:10AM

    Happy New Year, Barb! The new picture is great, and those are nice goals, especially the ice skating and the horseback riding. I wish for all your goals to come true this year. emoticon

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ANDI571 12/31/2011 10:17PM

    You are such an inspiration. You let me know that I can do anything I put my mind to. Now where did I set that mind? emoticon

You are so awesome. Keep those blogs and pictures coming.

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2011 9:39PM

    Love to read about your accomplishments . . . and your plans for more!! You look great!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/31/2011 9:18PM

    Central Florida is a great place to visit, Barb. I'd love to run a race with you!! If you google on Lakeland Runners Club you'll find the site and some race listings in my hometown. Mayfaire 5K is in May(duh), the Lake to Lake 10K is Nov, Faster w/FitNiche is in Sept. Oh, and if you'd want to do a Disney race, I've been looking for someone to do one with. I don't think I'll be ready for the half in February, though. I'm doing the Komen 10K on Jan 14th if you are ready to come!!!

Very impressive list of your accomplishments and plans. You just look awesome. Way to go!! and weigh to go!!! -Marsha

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KARIDIAN1 12/31/2011 9:14PM

    Sounds like you have a fun year already mapped out.

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NEWKAREN43 12/31/2011 8:23PM

    Soon to be 60 year old...a half marathon and a triathlon, my first...tie dying your shirt as you run (sounds like wet t-shirt to me but who am I to say?) and traveling to cities of SP friends?!?!? repeat the "soon to be 60 year old" part to me I'm not really all...though I welcome you to the SGK Race for the Cure or the Women's Celebration walk/run in Boise, ID and I will not only kill myself to RUN it with you (I promise quietly not to die, really), I will put you up in my own home and get you to the race, feed you and love on you while in Boise....I'll bet there are other SP who are more than willing to do the same. We have a wonderful, active, supportive Nampa-Caldwell Idaho team, a Boise Idaho team and an ALL Idaho team...we are Sparkers at heart!!!!

Let me know if you are interested or want more info! You are completely inspiring me to actually run, not walk fast, not jog but RUN in 2012...Karen

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