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Pep talk for a Wednesday?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Halfway through the first week of Daylight Savings. More tired today than I've been up until now. It is an adjustment, that much we know for sure.

Last night after work I put in a gentle 4.25 miles on the treadmill, as I cannot ignore the need to keep building my weekly miles for the 10 mile on the 31st and the Half Marathon come May. I may not get a lot of strength training in, but I will build those miles. Not quickly, mind, that's not the essential. Endurance is. Speed, what there will be of it, comes on race days. The legs are feeling tired, so I jolly them along by going slower, and ususally by the end of the workout, they are moving better as well as faster.

Now you might ask, "why the treadmill, when your weather outside was so gorgeous?" Well, two reasons. One, allergens. Two, it's part of that jollying along... if I start, I tell myself I can stop any time... and then I end up hitting my target distance while distracting myself with a TV show or music or something. Ah, the mind games we play to keep us going!

Speaking of the treadmill... got to lubricate the belt again... I had put enough time on it that it nagged me. Interesting process, and not difficult... the guys at the shop I bought it at sold me a do it yourself kit and gave instructions. The hardest part was figuring out how to get rid of the nag message, and thankfully I remembered which button they really meant this time and got it, first time out of the chute.

Lunch is packed, and the clock is saying it's time to pack up, but I had to say a quick "Hi" to my Spark buddies. And remind myself that life is good... let us Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 3/15/2012 3:07PM

    I sure hope you never stop your blogs. They're always a pick-me-up. You're reminding me that I've got to stop dwelling on this spring-fever stuff and do what I gotta do anyhow!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2012 8:44AM

    Whatever works - right?
So glad to hear about your 'bonus' walk with DS.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/15/2012 3:02AM

    It seems to me that you have a good plan emoticon

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COMETER 3/14/2012 9:04PM

    Good luck, allergen-wise. I'm sorry that you can't be outside comfortably--which is pretty funny coming from me. I get a little put out when it's really nice out, and everybody acts like it's a sin to be inside, because sometimes I WANT to be inside, like with a good book. But not to have a real choice--that's not so great. I admire your can-do about doing what you can.

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_LINDA 3/14/2012 7:38PM

    Good for you to find a way to work around your allergies.. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. Outside, a lot of the ice has melted, but the high winds are stirring up the dust and snow mold so I can't tolerate being outside in spite of the warmer temperatures. Meanwhile, inside my apartment, the cigarette smoke is pouring in thanks to the wind and I am so stuffed I have to mouth breathe :( Not something I want to inhale working out either..
I am with you, they should leave the clocks alone. Why bother? Its a big hassle for everyone, from businesses on down..
Hope you can adjust soon to the difference..
Have a Terrific Thursday!!

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SUE_2U 3/14/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon Just keep away from the pollen!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/14/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon If I just go downstairs and get on my Wii and tell myself I ONLY have to do 10 minutes, I usually end up doing 30. But if I'm in a certain mood and think I have to do 30 I may not make it downstairs. So, yea, I understand.

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ANDI571 3/14/2012 2:09PM

    I don't even work outside the home, and I have a hard time adjusting to DST. I really wish they would leave our body clocks alone.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2012 11:44AM

    Oh, the allergens are kicking butt! SHEESH and it's only MARCH! Not a good sign. BUT it beats Winter, so I'll deal.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/14/2012 9:54AM

    I do the same thing with the elliptical. I'll set a low target for time and then when I reach it I know I can quit but I tell myself to try another minute or two, and so and and so forth. Whatever we have to do to trick ourselves is fine with me. Have a good day -- it's going to be sunny and 73 today. I think it's time to get my bike out of the basement. . .

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MSLZZY 3/14/2012 9:20AM

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MERRYWON 3/14/2012 8:02AM

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Here's hoping you enjoy lots of sunshine today! I am not able to walk outdoors yet as we still have snow and ice and water all over but it is on its way out. Love the picture of your kitty! Great job on the treadmill! Keep up the good work!

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Monday's reward wasn't the swim...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

which I never got to. Phone call from son changed my plans. Instead, I got a bonus visit. I had been carefully managing my mom expectations to not see him until Friday, but he called because he was "in my neighborhood" about the time I got off work, and he caught me before I headed over to the gym.

So I drove on home instead and took a little stroll around the neighborhood (weather was great, shirt sleeves) with my son while he broke in his new boots. This is the last week this year that we'll have him, and this is a leave he didn't get the last time he deployed.

I'll still get my visit on Friday, but it was so nice to have a bonus visit and extra hugs. We moms live for this, you know! We now return you to the regular training plan... which today includes a little bit of walking on air? emoticon emoticon

And of course remembering each and every day... to take care of ourselves... so we *can* be there for our loved ones! Life's good. Spark on. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/14/2012 3:02AM

    It seemes like a true walk on sunshine...

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ANDI571 3/13/2012 11:21PM

    So glad you got that extra visit today. Let your son know someone in Ohio really appreciates and thanks him for his service for our country. I also appreciate mom. I think we sometimes take our military for granted. I don't want to ever do that. emoticon

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COMETER 3/13/2012 9:54PM


And I wonder what kind of calorie count there is for walking on air??

Spark on!

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KARIDIAN1 3/13/2012 6:24PM

    What a nice surprise for you. And you still have Friday to look forward too.

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SUE_2U 3/13/2012 5:18PM

    What a wonderful surprise, and I am so glad you got time with him! Wishing he was home more but oh so very thankful for what he does. Bless him! And keep him safe, always! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 3/13/2012 4:34PM

    Awesome that you got to spend some bonus time with your boy!

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_LINDA 3/13/2012 12:17PM

    So wonderful you got this perk! Just what you needed to make a perfect day!
The guys are starting to wear shorts here, a sure sign of spring. The sandals are coming out. Temperatures are 39 + and as long as its sunny and the wind not too much, it feels warm! We are actually supposed to hit 57 by Friday! Bathing suit weather!! ;)
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/13/2012 10:57AM

    Sooooo glad you got the bonus visit with your son. Prayers for his safety and for YOU.

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MSLZZY 3/13/2012 10:24AM

    Awesome! What a bonus! HUGS!

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SHARON10002 3/13/2012 10:12AM

    You are so right . . . Those are some of our most cherished moments!
Oh, I'm so very happy for you right now! I can feel your happiness!
Wish him Godspeed for all of us Blue Star moms!

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SUNNY332 3/13/2012 9:56AM

    How wonderful for you to have this time with your Son.

God is good. Know Barb, that not a day will go by that I don't pray for his well being. Do tell him thanks for his service.

Hugs to you my friend.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/13/2012 9:46AM

    God always gives us what we need, when we need them. I'm happy that He blessed you with a bonus visit. And yes, we moms do live for those little moments with our children. SO glad you had that time with him yesterday.

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Made it to Monday

Monday, March 12, 2012

Got the miles in... reluctantly on Friday, in the Sunshine on Saturday, and with determination on Sunday. And my lousy emoticon metal monster is doing "normal fluctuations" which I'm telling myself is at least partly related to daylight savings Spring forward messing with my routine. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Speaking of DST Spring Forward, I seem to be doing OK with it. I didn't have anything that couldn't be "adjusted" over the weekend, so I just went to bed earlier, got up when the alarm said, and went about my business. Only hiccup was the car's clock, that I didn't set ahead of time... so it lied to me about what time it was when I tripped over to the grocery store. No excitement here.

Today is an off day from mileage building... putting the bag in the car to swim after work. emoticon Now that I've said it, gotta do it, right?

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LEANJEAN6 3/13/2012 7:21AM

    Now you have to do it--- You said it--LOL---- You are so good to keep at the exercising--That must be how to ""maintain""-I enjoy yer blogs--Determination is your "'key"" girl---- No Robins there either-- --hopefully soon---Lynda

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_LINDA 3/13/2012 1:57AM

    Good for you getting it done!
I hate this time change. It made me miss my favorite online freecell tourney on Sunday, grr. I have enough trouble figuring out the different time zones for when it actually starts, but the clever programmer for the site has it now set up that it somehow shows the times of games for your own time zone. But I hadn't checked it of course becaue I wasn't expecting it to move. Yep, still in the dinosaur age..

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1CRAZYDOG 3/12/2012 4:51PM

    Good for you, my swimming sparkler! Good for you.

I have to say, generally it takes me a few days to get adjusted to DST as well, but not so bad. Was tired on Sunday and went to bed a little earlier, so not so bad today.

Have a great swim!!!

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SUE_2U 3/12/2012 3:56PM

    Swimming is so much fun! emoticon
Have a wonderful week!

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MSLZZY 3/12/2012 11:39AM

    Have a great day!

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MIZCATHI 3/12/2012 11:35AM

    I don't recall having issues with time change last year, but I wasn't working then either. Hah. I couldn't fall asleep last night and I don't use the alarm to wake up ... I tossed and turned all night and when I peeked at the clock at 5:30 am it was too late to grab coffee and get to the gym. I've been a grouch all morning. Hmmmm...

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ANDI571 3/12/2012 9:22AM

    Well, I woke up earlier, but it was gloomy, so I put my head under the blanket and went back to sleep. Terry called at 9:15 and woke me up. I hate time change. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 3/12/2012 8:03AM

  Sounds like you are one determined person! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Marching into the madness...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yes, basketball fans, it is that time of year again! emoticon My siblings remember that basketball was my favorite spectator sport. My son would remember that it was MOM that patiently stayed at the playground with him until his kindergartner arms managed to make ONE basket while the sun set and it got dark.

I myself remember my own mom, shooting hoops with the neighborhood kids, showing us her Iowa State Girls' bench-warmer skills (underhand freethrows, anyone? They still do 'em!)

Anyway, if you're going to do 8 miles on a treadmill, it behooves you to have something to look at besides the walls, and for me, that's college basketball, today. Kentucky and Vanderbilt? Mixed, of course, with the fitness infomercials, because they really keep me pumping. Jillian Michaels was on for the first half hour of my stepping. Then basketball.

What's the point of this? I guess to find what will keep YOU moving. This is one of mine. Still love the thrill of a fast break, the breath-hold while you watch the arc of a jump-shot. Despite living in the Cornhusker state, where (American college) emoticon football is King... round-ball has always been my passion.

So for the next few weeks, my treadmill sessions will be to some amazing sights... the usual suspects and the Cinderella teams, the defensive and offensive efforts, the race against the clock... I shall march into the Madness with them... grinning all the way!

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Spark on!

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_LINDA 3/12/2012 1:38AM

    Basketball was the only sport I participated in while at elementary school -loved it, for me it was all about wrestling the ball to get a jump ball lol -I was the center if you can believe it at only 5' 6". I did nothing in high school -the start of my couch potato days.
What ever gets your motor running -just do it! For me that is pounding music with a beat -the faster the song, the faster I go. I think I would be too distracted if I tried to watch TV. I especially don't know how people can read and workout on a machine...
Enjoy the games!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/12/2012 1:21AM

    I love the words "marching into madness"!

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MSLZZY 3/11/2012 11:12PM

    That is quite a plan and one that works for you! HUGS!

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COMETER 3/11/2012 9:40PM

    My in-laws are from Kentucky originally, and can hardly believe that anyone west of the Mississippi knows what basketball is. In their friendly bracket competition, it works best to choose the western teams, and then hope that they win.

And I'm always pleased when an underdog wins.

It does make for some great diversion--I hope it keeps you on the treadmill cheerfully!

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EBEAMS 3/11/2012 8:57PM

    Good for you! I have absolutely no idea what season it is so I'm always glad when someone else does! emoticon Whatever keeps you moving is a GREAT thing!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2012 8:00PM

    Good for you! It definitely is all about what is going to keep you motivated!!!

Today I was just starting to get going on the treadmill and the phone rang. Didn't recognize the phone # so almost didn't answer it, but DH did. TURNED OUT TO BE MY SON! So we had a 2 min. conversation. He sounds good, but tired. Not unexpected. So, wanted to share that excitement with you.


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SUE_2U 3/11/2012 7:48PM

    I always liked basketball better than football, too. I love softball little league games, also.
Sounds like you're definitely on the move and in the groove! Go, Barb, Go!
Love Jillian Michaels! She's so very nice. Did you ever see her blog on FB? She really was blogging a lot about her upcoming wedding, before she got married. She's not blogging as much now that she is on The Doctors.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/11/2012 7:21PM

    The only time I'm interested in college basketball is during the NCAA tournament. My two boys got me hooked and I do look forward to the games. I do enjoy watching the game -- probably because it's one of two (baseball being the other) sports that I actually understand the best. Enjoy your walks/runs while you watch the games!

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CONCHA77 3/11/2012 7:15PM

    Oh Yes! And Michigan State (MSU) is still in the game too!!! I LOVE this time of year.
Have fun on the tread, I will be jumping on this week along with you watching.
Have you seen your son yet? Hugs.

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A full Saturday

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Today's activity included a gym session with the personal trainer: y'all remember the one I bought six sessions with to celebrate my birthday last November. This was the next to last session... the final one will come on April 14th.

This one was kind of fun, actually. It was mostly exercises with the ball, the Suisse Ball or Exercise ball we know and love. emoticon emoticon She had me do planks on the ball, squats a couple of different ways with the ball, lunges with the ball and a twist, reverse crunches, crunches, and a "ball toss" that kind of combined things. I made the mistake of thinking I could still do 10 pound bicep curls after a month's layoff... HAH! Had to reduce the reps. Sigh.

This afternoon my daughter in law came over for our weekly check in, and then, since the weather was soooo nice, I took son's car over to their place to leave it for the next few days. I walked the 4.38 miles home in the sunshine.

The rest of the day's plan? Early to bed... and remember what to do about the clock tonight! emoticon Because tomorrow is Sunday... and that means long walk day. Target: 8 miles. And the goal is to get it done early, since son comes home tomorrow and I don't want to be unreachable when he does.

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2012 12:11PM

    Hope your visit with your so is sparktacular!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful session with the trainer. Good on you.

Hey, got the "Dear Mom" postcard from DS yesterday. Of course, it was pre-printed and he signed it.

Told us:

1. He'd arrived safely (already knew that, thankfully!)
2. He'd receive his permanent unit tomorrow, Monday.
3. We'd eventually receive his APO address.
4. Emergency contact information (had that already, too.)
5. We'd get a graduation packet once that was closer.

So, that's that. Don't expect to be hearing from him for several weeks, but we'll take what we can get!

HUGS and have a wonderful walk, and visit with your DS.

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SHARON10002 3/11/2012 11:16AM

    I'm so excited for you and your son! Have a wonderful time together, and don't forget to stock up on those emoticon!

8 miles????!!!! I have a problem reaching 2!!!!! Did you feel your sessions with the personal trainer were helpful and worth the expense?

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/11/2012 3:13AM

    I hope you had/have a wonderful walk (donīt really know how our time of day is related, maybe you have not even strated that day of walking yet...)

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KARIDIAN1 3/10/2012 10:42PM

    Enjoy your day when your son arrives and have a great walk.

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BARBAELLEN 3/10/2012 9:53PM

    No wonder you're looking forward to tomorrow! Hope it's a perfect one!

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MSLZZY 3/10/2012 9:06PM

    Get an early start so you can be around when DS calls.
You will have a very good day, I am sure! HUGS!

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SUNNY1432 3/10/2012 8:17PM

    8 miles, WOW!!! I hope you get plenty of extra sleep and enjoy your Sunday:) emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 3/10/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon You amaze me.
Enjoy your walk/run tomorrow and enjoy time with your son, Sounds like a perfect day.

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ANDI571 3/10/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon 8 miles? You never seize to amaze me.

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SUE_2U 3/10/2012 7:20PM

    Iam so very impressed at what you can accomplish! That is an awesome workout! And a fantastic bd pressie to yourself! Spark On! emoticon

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_LINDA 3/10/2012 7:09PM

    Sounds like a fantastic day! Love the ball personally, I do my crunches on it, and find it more comfortable to sit on then a chair.
Hope your weather is awesome for your long walk tomorrow!
No walking here, its turning to ice and sludge and I don't have rubber boots lol. Its amazing how much it is melting here.

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ARLENE_MOVES 3/10/2012 7:07PM

    What a lovely day!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/10/2012 6:53PM

    Good day, Barb! Did I miss something? Your son is coming home? Or is this a visit before he ships out? Whatever the reason, enjoy your time with him!

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