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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

It's Tuesday! I've been "off" exercise for over a week now, except for walking (which I refuse to give up), having stopped when the hives episode began. During this time I've been evaluating time and enjoying having a little more of it to putter around the house and do things *other* than exercise that support healthy living.

Chopping up veggies and fruit, for example. Pre-packing carefully weighed out portions of nuts for snacks. Contemplating that "line in the sand" beyond which I refuse to move.

For me, the line in the sand is often that "walk 30 minutes a day"... even when that 30 minutes is 3 ten minute walks. I got through a very stressful work time doing this, a couple of years back, and continued to lose weight down to my goal.

The athletic dreams? Secondary. One of my best mental tricks that keeps me going is giving myself permission to "fail". I have given myself permission to drop back to just the two main events: the half marathon... and WALKED, as opposed to jogged... with no time goal; and the triathlon... similarly reduced expectations.

Granted, often when I give myself this permission to fail, it ends up resulting in success. As counter-intuitive as that sounds, taking the pressure off tends to make me wonder by how far I can exceed my lowered expectations! I firmly remind myself of where "enough" lies, and yet I press those limits of "enough".

Let's see where it gets me this time. Life's good... Spark on!


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SUE_2U 2/9/2012 3:17AM

    emoticon You are definitely sparking on!
Get all well very soon. And keep warm.

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PATRISNA 2/8/2012 4:11PM

    Hope you feel better soon. I have been making myself walk Ginger at least once a day so that works out to 20 minutes. If we go twice then I have 40 minutes in. I will be glad when my SP team starts walking in the park.

I won't be able to take Ginger because she'll try to get to other dogs. She spins in a circle trying to get way from us. The spinning thing is a trait of the Keeshond.
She is a real character. We finally decided she must be a mix of Keeshond and Australian Shepherd. She looks like a Keeshond. Both breeds are very smart and stubborn so she got a double dose of the stubborn.


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CEHALLA 2/8/2012 11:42AM

    I am intrigued by the way you have learned to trick your brain! I need to use something like that to get around my brain.
Thanks for the idea!

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FROGGGY13 2/8/2012 1:30AM

    This is a very healthy, non-obsessive attitude, and I am not in the least surprised that it works in the long run. Kudos to you! And get better soon.

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COMETER 2/7/2012 9:46PM

    I try to think about getting at least a few little things in so that I don't come to a full stop, and that liberates me from thinking it all has to be done, and done perfectly, right now.

Thanks for the reminder!

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KARIDIAN1 2/7/2012 9:45PM

    Good goals and plans of attack. I have the head cold now. Still walked today and yesterday. Really miss when I don;t get a chance to do that due to life or weather.

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MIZCATHI 2/7/2012 4:57PM

    You are getting to know yourself so well, and I am inspired by the care you proceed with in self treatment!

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_LINDA 2/7/2012 4:51PM

    Its possible your inner self doesn't like being told 'no'.
But taking the pressure off is a good way to go. As Sparks says, baby steps, but if you happen to take an adult step while doing them, that is a bonus ;)

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DEBRA0818 2/7/2012 1:38PM

    Some people work better with the pressure on; some people with the pressure off. It's good to know which one of these you are and when!

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MSLZZY 2/7/2012 12:47PM

    You are so right! Take the pressure off and
and still succeed! HUGS!

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LEANJEAN6 2/7/2012 8:21AM

    you will succeed--as you are so motivated!--- Great to read all the planning you put into it--Reading my blog helps me to carry on here and I appreciate it-Lynda

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HOT4FITNESS 2/7/2012 7:58AM

    Thanks for the little Tuesday pick up. I am slowly getting back to normal, I guess baby steps will have to get us there for now. Keep up the good work.

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SUE_2U 2/7/2012 7:36AM

    You may well have pointed out something that stymies me every time. I get stuck trying to do things perfectly then get discouraged. I hate failing and I have to admit that giving oneself permission to fail just never occurred to me. I'm so very glad that I read this. I'm going to think on it and see how I can apply this to myself. It's a pretty deep thing to think on, too! Thank you, my friend!
I like how you've drawn yourself lines in the sand, too.
Hope you are getting better fast. Take good care. emoticon

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THEIS58 2/7/2012 7:14AM

    Good to keep moving!

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Fresh new Monday!

Monday, February 06, 2012

I had a pretty decent weekend, all told. Didn't go anywhere, except the grocery store, made good food choices, kept on healing, got extra rest, shoveled snow for exercise, and walked on the treadmill to the Super Bowl on TV.

Now it's Monday morning. Lunch is packed. Breakfast cooked and savored. Coffee at the sip.

What do I need to focus on today? Is it "safe" to be on auto-pilot? Never! Be ever vigilent!

Today's focus will be managing stress at work, as there will be several people in line for my attention. They were already lining up in the e-mails and in-person cube visits on Friday, but I firmly shut all thoughts of them out for the weekend.

Now it time to prioritize and get the most important things done first... and don't forget that at the top of that priority list is taking care of my health: that means taking time to breathe, take those breaks away from the desk and walk, and nurture myself with healthy snacks and meals at appropriate intervals.

For some people this is normal and natural. For me, right now it is habitual, but it never hurts to remind myself of why it's so important to me.

Life's good, my friends! Spark on! emoticon

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    I've been battling stress at work also. I enjoy my routines like fixing portioned snack and lunches, my exercise routine.It gives me that control I keep feeling I'm loosing.
And in all my ranting, raving and otherwise grumpy talk...I lost 2 lbs in the past few weeks!
That cold was such a killer I think those of us who got it got slammed.
Have a great day!

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SUE_2U 2/6/2012 10:59PM

    You've got your ducks in a row, there!
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Sometimes we really do not put ourselves first, when we should be. '
Good that you are taking care of yourself.

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KARIDIAN1 2/6/2012 9:11PM

    Keep smiling! Sounds like you have a game plan at least.

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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2012 7:59PM

    Love the idea of Neapolitan oatmeal -- that was always my mother's fave flavour of icecream (bought in the brick and sliced in stripes . . . ).

And: trust you were able to stave off stress at work thanks to your advance planning AND determination. Lots of pent-up demand for your attention after you'd been away itching!! THEY were itching for you to get back, I suspect!!

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_LINDA 2/6/2012 12:47PM

    So glad you know what is really important -yourself and your health. I can see it would be hard to say no to all these people clambering for your attention, but am happy to see you are prioritizing!!
Good work!!

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KNITLEIGH 2/6/2012 11:02AM

    I admire your wonderful steady attitude! Keep up the awesomeness!

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MIZCATHI 2/6/2012 10:21AM

    I definitely believe in prioritizing, but I am surrounded by people who believe that every item in a #1 priority!

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MSLZZY 2/6/2012 9:44AM

    Keeping yourself first is difficult as there are
so many people who want a chunk of your time
and attention. Tend to business, so to speak,
and be a little greedy when it comes to the
"me" time. Less stress and less aggravation.
Keep smiling and SParking!

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KALIGIRL 2/6/2012 8:56AM

    Here's to prioritizing and keeping yourself first!

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Snow business

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I had this cleared off yesterday, to the curbs... but the plow came through and gave me work for today! My arms and back are somewhat tired after yesterday's efforts... but I managed to blast my way through the soft-slushy ridges and go to the grocery store. So now my kitchen is full of healthy options for the week ahead!

Now the plow has been by again, and the place where I drove through before is filled in too.

It's pretty, though, you have to admit that:

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MIZCATHI 2/6/2012 5:46AM

    The first day of snow is gorgeous, and I even remember enjoying the satisfaction of shoveling snow (to a degree) but... what a mess it becomes, and traffic is a killer! But yes, it is pretty.

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REJ7777 2/6/2012 5:42AM

    Shoveling is hard work! But you're right about the beauty of snow. Especially when it's heavy, sticky snow that sticks to the trees. It can be breathtakingly beautiful in it's beauty and purity. I've often thought of how differently we'd see snow if we could just enjoy the beauty and not have to shovel it... which is NOT the case.

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SINISTRAL 2/5/2012 11:52PM

    Congrats on the fun shoveling! The area, it is definitely beautiful especially as I don't have to see it here. I have to say - I don't miss that! I do have a semi-equivalent job -- I am mowing the lawn year-round :D I second and third the "be careful" wishes; Walk and drive safely!

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COMETER 2/5/2012 10:58PM

    I have to say that I enjoyed my work outside this afternoon, moving snow around--and I expect to move more tomorrow after the second swipe of the plow.

And I liked the fresh air.

Crazy snow thought--those first few inches were HEAVY. Good workout.

Happy Week!

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KARIDIAN1 2/5/2012 8:25PM

    That is what we normally see this time of year in MN. Hardly any snow round this year. We are dealing with the disappointment though.

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FITFABJENN 2/5/2012 6:09PM

    So beautiful. We rarely get snow in my part of Texas, and never like that. We get hurricanes instead.

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MOBYCARP 2/5/2012 4:29PM

    Today in Bible study after church, the minister asked who wanted to live in Nebraska or Colorado? I don't think he expected to hear from someone who would like to live there, but for the job here.

Yeah, the weather there is less than ideal right now. But in a few weeks it will just be pictures and bragging rights.

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SUNNY1432 2/5/2012 4:08PM

    That's a lot of snow. I'm glad that you were able to make it to the store and I hope the re-shoveling isn't too hard. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/5/2012 2:12PM

    It does look pretty with the sun shining, fresh and clean.
Silly snow plow could have moved it somewhere else LOL!
Take care of your back! HUGS!

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ANDI571 2/5/2012 2:00PM

    Very pretty, but you can have it. I like this year of hardly any snow. But winter isn't over yet. I am hoping for the best.

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SUE_2U 2/5/2012 1:56PM

    Snowplows sometimes do seem to just go by and bury us again! Ugh... I hope you don't have to go out much today. Stay warm! Be well.
How are you feeling? I hope you are over your nasty bug. ((((hugs)))

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_LINDA 2/5/2012 1:47PM

    WoW!! Absolutely beautiful and so clean looking!!
Those nasty plows -thought they were supposed to leave clearance for driveways..Its great you get service so quickly though. Even though I live on a bus/snow route, they didn't get to plowing our street until two weeks after the little snow we had, all they were doing was scraping up the ice melt really, but it was nice to see that gone.
Enjoy the view! Wish I had some!!

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NEWKAREN43 2/5/2012 1:33PM

    Oh, it's just gorgeous! I'm sure it's a ton of work, a huge workout too! We haven't had any snow this winter so yours looks especially inviting to me! Just be careful, not only getting around but while you are out shoveling! Blessings!

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Bike ride rescheduled - have to share snow cat photos

Saturday, February 04, 2012

They wimped on the forecast, and rescheduled the frosty bike ride to the 18th. Unfortunately, I won't be able to ride that day, but, it was nice to see there is SOME level of sanity in the organizers.

And this morning, woke to the forecast in progress. The cats have been hilarious. We hadn't had much snow this season, and Patches started chasing snowflakes on the deck.

The Prisoner was less eager to step out on wet cold white stuff.

And once he did, opening the door to take the photos brought him streaking back in.

So today... the workout is most likely clearing walks and drive.

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SUNNYWBL 2/9/2012 1:05AM

    What wonderful pictures! I have cats, actually, they have me!

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SUE_2U 2/5/2012 6:36AM

    Brrrr! gave me the shivers to just look! But kitty is having a great time! I bet Dexter would, too... but Zola would expect someone to go out and shovel a path so that she could pee without getting her feet too wet. She hates going out in anything but sunshine. Spoiled by the weather, here, I think.
emoticon Don't dispair - Spring is on it's way!

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BARBAELLEN 2/4/2012 11:21PM

    Awwwwwww. So cute!

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SUNNY1432 2/4/2012 11:14PM

    Love the photos!! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 2/4/2012 8:59PM

    Fun pictures of the kids.

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MOBYCARP 2/4/2012 8:40PM

    Love the cat pics; and no, I wouldn't ride a bike in that snow either!

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DEBRITA01 2/4/2012 3:39PM

    Cute photos...I love to watch pets in the snow. Take it easy with the shoveling today! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/4/2012 2:29PM

    Thank goodness sping is closer now than it was in November.
Enjoy the snow, not the shoveling. We missed out but I think
everyone is okay with that. We'll get ours, eventually! HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2012 12:05PM

    IF it ever ends.....
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_LINDA 2/4/2012 11:46AM

    Cool photos!! Nothing like fresh falling snow and a soft, sparkling carpet of white! Hope its not too heavy and wet to shovel.. Would LOVE to go for a walk in it and be the first to put prints in it :)
Sorry the rescheduled bike ride time isn't convenient for you :(
Enjoy your Winter Wonderland!

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KANOE10 2/4/2012 9:10AM

    The cat pictures are adorable. My cat looks outside at the snow and won't go out. Have a great day.

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ANDI571 2/4/2012 9:01AM

    They are so adorable. MEOW!

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CONCHA77 2/4/2012 8:48AM

    Your cats have gotten so big. Seems like just yesterday they were little. Nice looking. I still haven't had our one cat, Otis, come out of hiding yet. It's been 4 full days :( Our other kitty is playful and we have already bonded. Just wish Otis would join us.
Have a great weekend. Don't hurt your back shoveling that snow. We still don't have much up here. emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/4/2012 8:35AM

    emoticon emoticonSnow and Cats are ALWAYS a Great Combination!! So glad to see that the Bike Ride was rescheduled. You can just do the "Ride" on your own.
Enjoy your Day and your Free Entertainment!! emoticon

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JAYDEE925 2/4/2012 8:25AM

    Cute, cute, cute! I wish we'd get some snow...I just love sled riding and ice skating, and it hasn't even been cold enough to freeze this year.

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MIZCATHI 2/4/2012 8:22AM

    So cute! I love "The Prisoner" name for one of your cats - hilarious!

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Weather and Whether...

Friday, February 03, 2012

Tomorrow a local organization is sponsoring the "Frosty Bike Ride". I will not be riding. First, because of the spots. Second because we're predicted to have 6 to 12 inches of "heavy wet snow". Yuck! I can't think of a worse surface for biking!

Meantime, back at the ranch... made it through an entire work day yesterday. Hope to do the same today. Itchiness gets relatively better or worse, spots fade and intensify... healing is happening, but of course I would prefer it was instantaneous. Patience, Barb, patience.

I am getting in my break walks, but not more... rest is an important element of healing.

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LJCANNON 2/4/2012 12:33AM

    emoticonThanks for Taking Care of YOU!! The Bike ride sounds Crazy! You will live to ride another day, indeed!!

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2012 11:19PM

    Sorry I haven't been more diligent about checking in...
Do you need anything this weekend?
Just down the street you know and can walk supplies to you - even the girls if they'd bring some joy the kittens haven't provided.
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GOHUSKERS2 2/3/2012 11:00PM

    Would think they would cancel the bike ride in that much snow. it just started snowing here in Columbus an hour ago. Hope you are getting better each and everyday!!!

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_LINDA 2/3/2012 1:03PM

    So glad you are getting better, slowly but surely..
6-12 inches of heavy wet snow???? Nothing should be moving in that, let alone a bike ride!! You aren't missing a thing. I hope they do the sensible thing and reset it for another day, better to live to ride another day!!
So now you are done with work and its the weekend. I hope you can find some mental or light physical activity that is fun for you to take your mind off the itchy spots..I would get lost in my online games personally, lose all track of time doing those..
Hope you can enjoy your rest!

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MIZCATHI 2/3/2012 10:43AM

    I hope you heal up soon, but you will, you will. Patience seems to be a theme today!

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MSLZZY 2/3/2012 9:53AM

    When healing becomes instant, I would like to know.
Patience is not one of my virtues but I do try to
practice on it.
Hope the weather doesn't get so bad but I do know
they took us out of the rough stuff and kept it down
south. Hope the next two days aren't so bad.

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KRISZTA11 2/3/2012 8:28AM

    I'm happy you feel well enough to work : )
Biking in snow, that sounds too hard and dangerous for me - I wouldn't do it either.

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KANOE10 2/3/2012 8:11AM

    I would stay out of biking in the snow also. I hope you are healing and that the itching is getting better.
Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2012 7:46AM

    Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not!

Remember this one? And: patience optional (since we'll weather it anyhow, I suppose). But patience makes it easier if summonsable!!

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LEANJEAN6 2/3/2012 7:40AM

    Oh Barb--I finally got to your blog--I assume you must have an allergy--thus the spots--Hang in ---- You are a hearty exerciser!---I see Kasey is back blogging--- Hava good day Barb!-Lynda

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MAGGIE101857 2/3/2012 7:29AM

    Glad you are on the mend!

Yes, patience is a virtue, and it is hard to listen to it's voice....proud of you that you are listening and making the right choices for you at this time!!! emoticon

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EMGERBER 2/3/2012 7:29AM

    I would not want to bike in the snow either. Take good care of yourself that will guarantee a great a healthy life.

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