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Happy Winter, people!

Monday, February 13, 2012

What? It wasn't an anomaly? It snowed *again*? Hey, by middle of January, I was thinking I had re-located, the Winter had been so mild. Then we had that wet, heavy snow a week ago, the deep freeze lows the weekend just ended... and a nice, fresh white coating this morning.

Anyway, that scotched my plotting on possibly swimming after work, as the legal homeowner "clear the walks" ordinance sort of dictated I needed to do something else active, instead.

I cooked down some cabbage and onion and added a beef bouillion cube to it... tastes almost like Runzas... only without the bread bakes around it. Nums! Good cold weather comfort foot.

The cats are rather clingy this evening. I think one of them bonded with my son yesterday, and wants me to be as interactive as he was (wore the cat out). But they shall have to wait, as Ariel the siren treadmill is calling my name. Must build mileage... gently!


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SUNNY332 2/14/2012 7:30PM

    I love Runzas. In Kansas, we call them Bierocks.

Anyway you look at it, they are pretty good and your version was a great substitute.

Hugs, Sunny

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LJCANNON 2/14/2012 10:42AM

    Definitely prefer the Snow to the Ice!! Stay safe while you are out there Shoveling!!
emoticonThe Cat / Heating Pads sounds like a Great Idea!!

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LEANJEAN6 2/14/2012 10:30AM

    Hi there!!--Happy Valentine's Day to you---- inspirational Lady!!--Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 2/14/2012 9:04AM

    I love the four seasons, and I'm glad it finally snowed. How else can I pine for Spring to get here... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 2/14/2012 8:23AM

    Here's to opportunities to play or work-out!

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_LINDA 2/13/2012 10:39PM

    You are actually getting some winter? Wow? I thought we were too, but the temperatures are back up to near freezing and what little snow we had this winter melted yet again, adding to more icy streets and sidewalks. Its impossible to walk anywhere without encountering it. Oh how nice it would be to have a good heavy snow dump to cover this mess!!! There is nothing more fun then walking through a fresh fall of carpet like snow or have the snowflakes floating down, although with our usual winds, more like being piledrived in your face. I don't have to shovel, that is the caretaker's job, one of the few benefits of living in a mass dwelling unit. Sorry you missed the pool, I know I am missing my therapy pool already..
Never heard of Runzas. I would have cabbage boiled with some butter, that was all I needed to eat it :) The way you are having it sounds good though!
You can always use the cats as heating pads for your muscles after your workout if they are in a clingy mood ;)
Have a good evening!

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KARIDIAN1 2/13/2012 9:23PM

    Very light dusting that started around 4pm here in MN. Hopefully it will end soon, Have been very spoiled this winter without much snow.

Dinner sounded yummy.

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MSLZZY 2/13/2012 9:14PM

    Just a light dusting to us as we were north of the
snowline. It warmed up enough so even sweeping
was ruled out. The cats got clingy after one day,
huh? Poor things miss him already.
Hope your workout with Ariel went well. HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2012 8:53PM

    Lots of fluffy white stuff yesterday here too . . . and sparkly with today's sunshine too.

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SUNNY1432 2/13/2012 8:40PM

    So you missed your swim but Way To Go with hitting the treadmill. Find a laser for the cat and hit will be hours of entertainment for you and it'll wear him work too.
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Sunday afternoon

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spend a "semi-productive" visit with my son, while he borrowed my garage for a painting project. We walked over the hill to Subway for some lunch, while we waited for the primer coats to dry, then walked around the neighborhood while waiting for the top coat to dry.

I made arrangements to chauffeur him to the airport Thursday morning (at O-dark-thirty), so he won't have to leave a car there. Instead, he'll leave his vehicle in my garage, probably at this point "for the duration". I've promised to exercise it while he's gone, rotating between my own vehicle and his. Guess I'd best get that side of the garage good and cleaned out before Thursday, huh?


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SUNNYWBL 2/13/2012 3:54PM

    What in the world was he painting with the short waits between coats?

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KALIGIRL 2/13/2012 1:26PM

    Sending hugs to you both.

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MSLZZY 2/13/2012 10:16AM

    I know you will miss him but you had some
quality time together. HUGS!

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KATHRYNLP 2/13/2012 9:10AM

    Our children always have need for us... for life! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/13/2012 8:01AM

    You are a good Mom to herlp your son----- Happy Valentine;s Day to you too!--Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 2/12/2012 11:37PM

    So glad you got an afternoon with your son before he goes! I love Subway too, but as I don't have one near me, never get to go :(
Hope you can get some sleep tonight..
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KARIDIAN1 2/12/2012 9:30PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Sunday.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 2/12/2012 6:59PM

    Good luck and God's blessings to your son. Happy to hear you had a good afternoon with him.

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APRILLSCOTT 2/12/2012 6:16PM

    Much prayers for your son. Love how you have made a project out of this though. I know it helps.

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ANDI571 2/12/2012 5:51PM

    I had the same question as Sunny. Send him lots of love and thanks from Ohio. Love to mom too. emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/12/2012 5:46PM

    Is it this week he goes back to duty? Wow - seems like the time has flown. Is he going to Afganistan?

Let me know so I can put him in my prayer journal.

Love Subway.


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Workout #4 - it's about trust and balance

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This was not a challenging workout in terms of the weights lifted. Heaviest was a 15 pound kettlebell. Several of the exercises were body weight only. BUT... there was this one done on this funky machine where I was sitting on this pad about chest high for me. The exercise calls for me to have my lower legs between pads to hold them in place while I lean back into the void, and crunch back up.

For most folks, this might not sound like a big deal, but for those of us who are a bit on the "scared of heights" side... ummmm.... errrr... That's where the "trust" comes in... see, a part of me is scared if I let myself lean back, I'll overbalance and bring the whole contraption crashing down, me head first with my back arched.

Didn't happen, of course. The trainer cajoled me into it, and I found if I closed my eyes, I didn't freak out as much.

The rest? Lots of balance things... like a one-legged deadlift with a kettlebell. Cross-over reverse lunges. Stepups with a lunge on the step off. A couple of plank exercises, including T-planks. Oh, and "shelving" a 10 pound kettle bell... starts in a squat, extends to an overhead shelf on the opposite side.

One of my legs is *not* fond of the lunge... kept wanting to tilt me over and lose balance. Same leg has just as much to say about that one-legged deadlift. I swear I was wind-milling and then starting to laugh at myself, which is fatal to balance, let me tell you.

Still, we soldiered through. I'm back in the gym. And glad to be there.

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SUNNYWBL 2/13/2012 3:48PM

    Whoops, my comment went on the wrong blog!

It sounds like you are getting wonderful and varied workouts. Yea for you!

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MSLZZY 2/12/2012 2:48PM

    Sounds interesting! Can I be a mouse in the corner
and watch? If I was a fly on the wall, I know what
would happen LOL! Good luck and enjoy the gym.

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SUNNY332 2/12/2012 7:27AM

    Sounds to me like you did good with Workout 4.

Awesome. Do have a good day.


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_LINDA 2/12/2012 12:46AM

    What a tough workout!! I have the same problem with lunges. I have good on balance on one side of my body, but look out for the other side!!
I wonder why that contraption had to be so high? I have seen something similar, but you lie back on a tilted table and lift up from there,so no chance to fall back into nothing. Don't know if I would ever be advanced enough to try those moves.
Good for you!!!

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FITFABJENN 2/11/2012 9:24PM

    Sounds to me like you rocked workout #4!

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SUE_2U 2/11/2012 9:09PM

    emoticon You rocked it out! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 2/11/2012 8:45PM

    Sounds like a good workout.

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MOBYCARP 2/11/2012 7:58PM

    OMG. Next thing I know, you're going to be a hardcore Crossfit addict!

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BARBAELLEN 2/11/2012 6:47PM

    Good going!

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WATERMELLEN 2/11/2012 5:47PM

    Nice workout! Hope you enjoy your son run tomorrow!!

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Things are looking up

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Another good night's sleep, feeling rested as I contemplate the day ahead. Last night I e-mailed the trainer and confirmed my next session with her for Saturday morning. Yes!

I might just do a "light" strength workout after work tonight, to remind my muscles they have jobs beyond the snow shovel... guess *that* episode last week has to count! emoticon emoticon

Knock wood, it's Thursday already and I've worked every day... only two more to go and I can say I've worked my second full five day week in 2012... gee, this year is flying already!

Step count is increasing again, back to the normal break walk totals, as my pace picks up. And son has invited me to jog with him Sunday, which will probably be my last opportunity to do this in 2012, and I'm counting it as a bonus, because I thought the one we did January 15th was going to be the last.

Life *is* good. We *are* worth taking care of! Spark on! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2012 5:42PM

    We are all SO worth it! emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/10/2012 5:28PM

    Awesome news, Barb. You have really had a tough start to 2012 but now are on the mend.

Way to go continuing your walking no matter what.

I am totally impressed.


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KARIDIAN1 2/9/2012 9:36PM

    Glad you are on the mend and getting back to normal.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 2/9/2012 7:28PM

    Glad to hear that you're feeling better and getting closer to 100%. I have to admit that now that we're back home, I'm actually looking forward to getting back on the elliptical again.

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COMETER 2/9/2012 7:16PM

    So glad that you're doing better, and able to enjoy doing the things you like with the people you love.

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_LINDA 2/9/2012 1:09PM

    Great news!! Enjoy getting back into exercising, especially that wonderful bonus jog with your son!!

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MSLZZY 2/9/2012 10:19AM

    Things are getting back to normal. Enjoy your
jog and have a great weekend!

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KALIGIRL 2/9/2012 8:33AM

    Sounds like things are indeed looking up - glad to have you back 100%!

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Elements, quadrants, three legged stools

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Thoughts tumble around in the brain as I sit waiting for the steel cut oats to simmer to perfection. First, though, a giggle for your day:

I have never fed the cats milk. Ever. This morning, when I put the pan of milk on the stove to heat, I went about my normal lunch packing activity, only to turn around and find the cheeky Prisoner had leapt to the counter and was lapping from the pan! emoticon He was unceremoniously dumped outside to "chill" but it was all I could do to stop myself from giggling over the episode. Fresh milk. New pan... simmering continues.

Three elements of wellness are what's tumbling around in the head.

emoticon - sleep. I've been sleeping really, really well this past week. Maybe it's the Benydril at bedtime? Whatever, I've been exceeding my target 7 hours a night, getting more like 7 1/2 or 8.

emoticon - nutrition. I've had to reduce my calore intake due to the lessened activity imposed by the illnesses the past three weeks. Not by a whole lot, just a couple of hundred calories. It's been fairly easy to do... an extra bread serving from dinner, an ounce of cheese from the salad at noon... and voila, we're there.

emoticon - exercise. Obviously this has suffered the most, in terms of having to be put on the back burner. Still, I have continued my line in the sand walking whenever I am well enough to do it... meaning the worst days I didn't even get this done! One week I didn't even average my 10,000 steps... but I did manage to average over 7,000 even in the week that I was "flat" three days.

emoticon - spiritual awakening. A fourth element / quadrant really needs to be part of wellness... and we don't usually talk a whole lot about it on Spark, at least in the "official" and "expert" parts, but that is the spiritual side of life. To be fully balanced, all four have to be tended. Sometimes an illness or injury gives one the breathing space (and motivation) to tend this aspect of life, if it's been neglected. Daily meditation, prayer, or whatever one's personal practice of the spiritual side life is important to overall well-being.

In short, the goal is still very much a whole and balanced life... breathe, drink your water, exercise when you're able, nourish your body with real food, and seek spiritual wholeness. What could be more natural?

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 2/11/2012 9:27PM

    Great! Sleep & food are going well. And the mere fact that you miss exercise bodes well for you. When you're healed, you'll be fine.

Enjoy the weekend.


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    Nice! Also a bit inspiring so, thanks.

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MIZCATHI 2/9/2012 4:56AM

    The observations from your daily life encourage me to find balance and hearing how you do it inspires me to remember how important that is. You'll be feeling like new before you know it!

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_LINDA 2/8/2012 10:52PM

    It looks like you are succeeding on your goal on all fronts! Well done!
Mom's cat loves to get up on the kitchen counter, not to steal anything, but to look out. The window is above our drying rack for the clean dishes. Long haired, furry cat butt over the clean dishes doesn't appeal to me :-/.
I am very envious of your ability to sleep, hope the trend continues for you. Three weeks is a long time to be sick, hope you are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel..

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KALIGIRL 2/8/2012 9:56PM

    Here's to balance!

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MOBYCARP 2/8/2012 9:38PM

    At least my last annoying cat wasn't a jumper. Operative word is "wasn't." Apparently my daughter's other cat has taught him to jump up on counters that he wouldn't jump on when he lived with me.

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KARIDIAN1 2/8/2012 7:45PM

    Balance is a big part of life and enjoying yourself. You have stated it well here.

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PATRISNA 2/8/2012 4:00PM

    When we had cats they were usually pretty good. One of our cats stole a few slices of turkey off a platter on the counter one year. I was so shocked all I could do was point and stutter! One cat fished a gold fish out of the tank, we found it behind the book case. It had teeth marks in it.

Maggie the Siamese would push our German Shepard Odie away from his food bowl so she could eat some of his food. Of course we kept the cats food up on a small table so the dogs would not eat it, but I caught Odie many a time with his front feet up on the table eating the cat food.


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CEHALLA 2/8/2012 11:46AM

    I have been neglecting my spiritual side for a few weeks, and I can tell. I appreciate your pointing it out, I agree that it doesn't get much focus here on Spark, probably because people have such differing views of "Spirituality".
But I know it is key for me to read scriptures and pray daily, to perform acts of service to others, and to focus on my spiritual side overcoming my "natural man" side of things.

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DEBRA0818 2/8/2012 10:07AM

    Life is good! It's good to reflect on that simple fact -- we probably don't do it enough.


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MSLZZY 2/8/2012 9:56AM

    It is all about balance and I like that you included
the spiritual aspect as well. Continue to get better
and life will get back to normal. HUGS!

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CELEST 2/8/2012 9:12AM

    Cutting back on calories since you are sick is such a smart idea. If you aren't busy then I guess you need less. You are truly a smart woman!

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