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Endorphins running rampant

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I was a lazy bum last night and watched basketball *without* getting up on the treadmill. This morning, I *did* get up on the treadmill, determined to get my 9 miles in today, because in a week we have the State Farm 10 mile to complete.

I walked, then walked faster, then jogged, then jogged slower, then walked it on out. Total time, two hours even. Total distance, including warm-up and cool-down, 9.1 miles. Endorphins? HUGE rush. Part of it is keeping to the plan. But part of it is sheer physical joy.

Post-shower now and still feeling those endorphins over lunch. Hope you all have a great day, too... because for me, this one has started out fan-tas-tically.

Go, Spark, Win! emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 3/25/2012 8:26PM

    Endorphins can be dangerous. They can convince me to keep going when I really ought to stop.

THBS, I don't think your 9.1 miles puts you in any danger. I just wish I were up to doing that kind of mileage.

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REJ7777 3/25/2012 7:43AM

    I just woke up and logged on. Your blog was the first thing I read. What a blast of energy! emoticon emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 3/25/2012 7:25AM

    You're a machine. I hope to get up to that kind of mileage soon!

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BARBAELLEN 3/25/2012 12:46AM

    As usual, you've got it going on! I'm still wishing and hoping that some of those endorphins, even just a few, find their way to me! I sure hope it doesn't take running 9 miles to make it happen.

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COMETER 3/24/2012 11:02PM

    My sister-in-law has lost some weight in the last few months, and when she talks about exercise, she has nothing good to say about it. And I think--well, what about endorphins? She and I aren't especially close, and the situation didn't allow for a more in-depth conversation, so I was left wondering whether she really didn't feel any better for having gotten lots of walking in. I love the way exercise feels now.

And yes--YAY! endorphins!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/24/2012 9:17PM

    Way to go Barb -- it's amazing what those little endorphins can do for us, isn't it?

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KARIDIAN1 3/24/2012 5:43PM

    Great workout. I was at work al day, but we did go for our walk when I got home. emoticon

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ANDI571 3/24/2012 4:19PM

    Will you please send some of those endorphins my way. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 3/24/2012 4:05PM

I love my post-running endorphins too!
I have to be decidedly mindful when I drive home after the hill run, because sometimes I feel really high.

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_LINDA 3/24/2012 3:56PM

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Well done!!

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SUE_2U 3/24/2012 3:52PM

    I haven't really ever gotten an endorphin rush from running or exercising. I guess I never did it quite as much... or maybe only when dancing? And here I thought it was the great music! :D
Rush on! Have a wonderful, beautiful, gloriously ectastic Saturday! You earned it!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/24/2012 3:17PM

    I hear ya! LOVE walking/running/treadmilling when I really sweat!

Today's featured was aerobic prom dress shopping. Can I tell you how much I HATE it? But DD informed me this morning, "Oh, by the way a friend asked me to prom and I need a dress by the 20th of April for prom and I have to work today so can we go NOW so I can find a dress and be done with it because it's going to be hard." Ok, that's almost exactly how she said it! Lord, the woman has good lungs on her! I couldn't have done it! LOL

And no dress yet. UGH That means more aerobic shopping. Oh well, I'll get steps in anyway.

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It's Friday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Last night my sentimental favorite BB team won their game by a scant point, by virtue of the other team not making a last attempt to score. What a heart-racer. I spent 61 and a half minutes of the broadcast on the treadmill, putting in 4.34 miles. So mileage put in for the training plan, and a good game to watch in the process... win-win. emoticon

Tonight there is another set of ball games available... have to decide when to do this weekends "long" session... target 9 miles... and I'm contemplating doing it tonight OR Saturday morning, as my daughter in law is coming over Saturday afternoon and we have plans that do not include exercising together.

It is really nice when you have folks in your life that train well with you. It kinda sucks when your fitness levels differ by so much that either one can't do the other's workout, or if you step your workout down to match the lower fitness level, you don't get your own training needs met. So, daughter in law and I, while both working on fitness in our own ways, don't do training things together.

That doesn't mean we should not be doing other things together, though, and especially for the next year or so! Keep each other from stressing too much over things we cannot control is a good plan. Wish us luck with it.

As for today? The lunch is packed, the steel cut oats savored, the coffee being sipped. And I'm enjoying being back in what I consider my maintenance range (the real one, the narrow 3 pounds around) for the past week. I might just celebrate by changing my ticker back to the maintenance one. Or not. Might just leave it alone to remind me that I'm not done yet.

Have a great Friday, all!

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LEANJEAN6 3/23/2012 4:01PM

    Oh -so nice! MAINTENANCE----Good for yu!!! I know yu will do well--- Yu are a ""Mind Maker -upper""--Lynda-

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BUGGYS 3/23/2012 3:22PM

    Maintenance is hard work and so was walking on the treadmill watching my team last night...I was on the losing end by a point!!! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/23/2012 10:31AM

    Excellent planning! It's so good, too, that your dil and yourself are close enough to spend time together, supporting each other. So many are not so close and I think they miss out on a lot. emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/23/2012 10:07AM

    Back in range-awesome! Change your ticket and
savor the success!
Have a great weekend with DIL. Always good to
get together with family and stay close. HUGS!

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_LINDA 3/23/2012 9:54AM

    Way to work it while enjoying your game!
Its kind of funny -Mom says she has to hurry to keep up to my walking pace, and I say I am just trying to keep up with her lol. I do need someone to push me walking or I will be distracted looking around at scenery, birds, dogs or people..
Good for you being back in your range -you can always set your ticker back to maintenance so you have the incentive to say there ;)
Have a fantastic Friday!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/23/2012 8:40AM

    You have an excellent plan ... doing things w/your DIL to keep occupied. It is good for both of you.

As for maintenance, it's a lotta work, isn't it! But I'm like you . . . I have a 3 lb. range which I will not budge from. Fortunately I haven't!


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ANDI571 3/23/2012 8:29AM

    I always feel sorry for DH when we walk together. I just can't walk as fast as he can, so he has to slow down for me. I never was a fast walker, and he can leave me in the dust.

I have already popped back up from my 155 goal. I knew I would. That's my pattern until I can get it to stick for awhile. I don't know if I should put my ticker higher, or leave it.

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KALIGIRL 3/23/2012 8:21AM

    Here's to never being done!

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A fresh, new Spark Day!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Starting with Spark being "up"... that's got to be a plus. You don't know how much you rely on something until it goes missing for a while, right? Like the power outages that put us out in our yards actually TALKING to our neighbors.

How'd everybody survive? Did it make you more determined to follow your plan, or did it tempt you to unravel?

Me? I went to my "blog offline" file... wrote all of one sentence... then went to work as normal. Came home from work and my community was back online! We lived! And will continue to live.

Life's good. With Spark, it's better! Spark on. emoticon

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    I went "huh" and went on. So much of my computer world is a shrug of annoyance it was just another one of those things!

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SUE_2U 3/22/2012 10:04PM

    I was thinking it was my computer, or that the server went down or something...
But I kept on Sparking!
Sure is nice when it's back!

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COMETER 3/22/2012 8:27PM

    Well I'm on vacation, and didn't even know what I was missing. Whew!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/22/2012 11:06AM

    I realized I need a back up plan for tracking and planning my food! I started off okay, but unintentionally got off track mid afternoon.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/22/2012 10:43AM

    Well, it was an eye-opening experience for sure to find Spark down! We all survived! Maybe that was the lesson, could it be?? LOL Sooooo very glad to see it up and running again! Wahoo.

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MSLZZY 3/22/2012 10:16AM

    It was quite a jolt to be locked out of SP but the
world kept on turning. Have a great Thursday!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/22/2012 10:09AM

    Yesterday was a bit frustrating, to be sure, but it didn't deter me from my plan. It was, afterall, the first day of a new challenge I decided to participate in.

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MARATHON_MOM 3/22/2012 8:46AM

    I didn't even try to get on Spark yesterday. Too much craziness going on. But it's nice to know it's here today!! :) Have a great Thursday!

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BD3269PM 3/22/2012 8:08AM

    I really mised my morning routine of reading on Spark. But I followed plan and was able to go on last night and do my reading emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 3/22/2012 7:59AM

    WooWoo!!----- Nice to see yu this morning Spark Friend!!!--We appreciate Spark more--LOL--- OK--Who are the people on yer cover page??--I love that picture!! Lynda

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SHAROND52 3/22/2012 7:43AM

    I also missed The Spark while it was down yesterday. For me I had been off for a few days while dealing with dh's problems and just when I had gotten back on the program it went down. It was then I realized how much I depend on The Spark,

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Bonus Blog - Uniform day at work

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Remember this one from last year? Every year on John's birthday, we would dress like he always does... white shirt and khaki pants? We did this three years in a row.

But someone got the idea in her head that this was getting boring, and instead, this year, we dressed in the colors he can't tell apart: red and green tops, and black pants. The advantage this year is that you can clearly see which one is John!

p.s. It wasn't ME with the bright idea!!

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    That's good. We've done similar thing to a boss and really enjoyed the moment.

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REJ7777 3/22/2012 7:06AM

    emoticon It sounds like you've created a caring, loving environment for yourselves! emoticon

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SHARON10002 3/21/2012 9:12PM

    This is so funny, but filled with so much love!

Suggestion: Why not chip in and buy John a different colored shirt for his birthday next year, and every one of you wear the same new color shirt? Maybe he'll go into the men's room and change for the picture, AND he'd remember that birthday every time he wears it in the future. I'll bet he'll never forget it!

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MSLZZY 3/21/2012 5:14PM

    Everybody has their own ideas LOL!

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READINGLOTS 3/20/2012 11:36PM

    That is funny! He may be wondering what you will do next year to top that!

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_LINDA 3/20/2012 11:30PM

    emoticon Love it! Great photos!

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KARIDIAN1 3/20/2012 11:28PM

    Great idea to celebrate a birthday.

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SUE_2U 3/20/2012 9:17PM

    That is so funny! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2012 8:09PM

    WICKED funny!! Obviously he must have a sense of humor as well . . . ummm . . . HOPE so! LOL

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NEWKAREN43 3/20/2012 7:35PM

    Ok, THAT's funny! Very funny! I love it.

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In search of pep talk

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Some days you just have nothing when you go to the pep talk locker. Some days you're just tired of the process. You might go through a few of these days on auto-pilot before the emoticon voice starts whispering "oh, what's the use" at you. But eventually you have to boot the blues, pick up those proverbial boot straps and "drive on".

The trees are blooming in town. When I drive down my usual commute street, there are lines of white-blossomed pear trees. Mix in a few of the tulip trees and red buds, and the spring green on the weeping willows and other trees... and there is a plethora of pollen in the air.

Now's when I hide inside to work out on the treadmill. Now's when I wonder what kind of crazy I think I am to do a half marathon at the height of Spring blossoms in May.

So this morning, the Zyrtek clone, first thing. There are things to do at work. Despite the "I got nothin'" feelings, got the healthy lunch packed and the healthy breakfast prepped and eaten. Sipping my mugga coffee and browsing my Spark teams and blogs of friends and sundry... to find just enough Spark to start my day.

Because being fit is better. It adds to the quality of life. And it doesn't come for free. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 3/21/2012 9:18PM

    Barb, you are one positively amazing lady! Still put one foot in front of the other in spite!
I've had to take Zyrtec already, too for a few days. Also doing nasal irrigation/rinse with saline twice a day. That seems to help keep me unclogged - so far! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 3/21/2012 12:21PM

    Allergy pill are my best friend! I have to take at least two dosed a day or I'm in a fog.Good luck and may the pill work fast!

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_LINDA 3/20/2012 11:24PM

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What you describe sounds so beautiful and yet is agony to you :(( So very sorry you can't enjoy the blooming of new life and the warmer weather. That being said, how were you planning to manage the run??? Wearing a hepa filter mask would be rather awkward for that..
I couldn't see where the pep talk was needed either -you have the healthy lifestyle firmly in hand -with the healthy meals automatically prepared -how special is that? I get low, tired, not feeling like making something and I reach for the instant gratification of the salty snack bag..
Keep up the great work, you are showing us how its done!

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COMETER 3/20/2012 10:32PM

    I feel so bad for people for whom the lovely trees are a problem. Glad you can enjoy the blooms from the car.

And yep, some days don't seem worth the getting out of bed for. But being fit IS good. And I'm a big believer in just putting one foot in front of the other, eat a good breakfast, prepare a good lunch, savor the coffee....

Spark on!

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SUE_2U 3/20/2012 4:56PM

    Keep on keeping on.
I have my Zyrtec right here in front of my keyboard! Hahaha
Here's a rose for you, without the pollen! emoticon
Keep thinking of good things, and blessings, and Spark On!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2012 12:31PM

    Those are the days when I have to "fake it till I feel it." Not always easy, not always successful, but helps a little.

I am getting into Zyrtec season too. At least you're not alone!

Got a pre-printed letter yesterday giving us information, including the address, to write to DS. WooHOOoooo! First letter winging it's way . . . feels good.


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NETOPIASGAL 3/20/2012 11:18AM

    Sorry about your allergies. This is the time of year I can actually start walking outside. I tend to get bronchitis easily so I don't walk for exercise outside when its very cold.

I hope you found the spark and pep you needed this morning. You've been such an encouragement to me, I saw your blog title and decided to come over and give some pep if I could. I am feeling very positive this morning. I've been encouraged to pre-plan my food and I did it yesterday and stayed within my calories with room for a treat at the end of the day. I've got today's meal planned out too. If I don't get hungry I'll be at the bottom end of my calorie range, but if I get hungry I have room for a snack.

Anyway, thank you for your continual encouragement. It makes a big difference. I feel like someone has noticed and cares.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/20/2012 10:18AM

    I have had so many days like that since returning home. Actually, ALL of my days have been like that -- only I didn't pull up my bootstraps. I caved to the negative inner voices. But things are turning around. I'm exercising almost daily and yesterday I took my bike to work. Just that little bit of fresh air and sunshine did wonders for my mental outlook. Tomorrow I start a new challenge with "the girls." Can't wait!

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ANDI571 3/20/2012 9:08AM

    There are days you just do because you know it's the right thing to do, not because you want to. Those days are when the healthy lifestyle that has become a habit kicks in.

Such beauty to bring on the ugliness of allergies. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/20/2012 8:39AM

    Here's to enough Spark!

Not one to give advice, but here's to ThanksGiving for all the daily miracles of becoming "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friend

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 3/20/2012 8:08AM

    So true! But you are working at it no matter what with the pollen. emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/20/2012 8:03AM

    emoticonabout all the pollen and allergies!
But you are moving on and that is what counts.

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