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Just for today... for the rest of my life...

Monday, April 30, 2012

The two title phrases seem contradictory. If I am going to do something "just for today"... it seems temporary. If I am doing something "for the rest of my life" it seems like for-ever!

But I can only live "the rest of my life" one day at a time. And the choices of what I do "just for today" add up to that "rest of my life". The choices I make today are building how I feel about me. And how I feel about me can affect the choices I make today.

Dear Lord, may my choices today be ones that fuel good health, and prepare me for the challenges ahead. Just for today... for the rest of my life!

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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BARBAELLEN 5/1/2012 11:19PM

    Your blogs are truly inspirational, and you are amazing! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and be so supportive.

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SALSIFY 4/30/2012 5:33PM

    Just for today... for the rest of my life. That's great - I'll try & remember that. Thanks!

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MSLZZY 4/30/2012 12:14PM

    Very powerfule message and one to take to heart.
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1CRAZYDOG 4/30/2012 10:26AM

  One day-at-a-time, one step-at-a-time, and sometimes even one second-at-a-time if it's necessary! Forever definitely seems overwhelming.

HUGS!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/30/2012 9:39AM

    Yes, I like that way of thinking. Looking too far into the future is too daunting for me. But just for today, I can make better choices to take care of me. Have a great day, Barb!

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DEBRITA01 4/30/2012 9:22AM

    All we have is today...and a hope, God-willing, for a new tomorrow. emoticon

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REJ7777 4/30/2012 8:53AM

    That made me think of an article I read. The author wrote that the only time we have to worship God is right now. I had to think about it. And of course, it's true. Wherever we are, whatever we're doing. And in the end, it adds up to a life of worship, one moment at a time.

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KRISZTA11 4/30/2012 8:49AM

    Very true!
Thanks for sharing.
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EBEAMS 4/30/2012 8:44AM

    I love it! Yay! You can do that!

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ANDI571 4/30/2012 8:40AM

    Agreed! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 4/30/2012 8:32AM

    I know you can do it too!!--------You are my inspiration--I'm going back took at yer ""before"" pics-Lynda

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SFREY217 4/30/2012 8:29AM

    Well said ! Thank you for the inspiration.

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2012 8:03AM

    We live only in the present: the future hurtles through the present and plunges into the past.

And I suppose that's why every one of those choices in the present moment (the only opportunity we have to make choices) matters so much.

Did you say "forever"??? Is this a life sentence? Arrrrrghhh!!!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/30/2012 7:47AM

  awesome thank you very much for the reminder emoticon

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Welcome Strength training back into the mix

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I apologize for not remembering whose blog I drew my inspiration from... but SOME Sparker posted a blog about a doctor's advice to her husband who had been having trouble with the five pound winter gain.

Seems her hubby had changed jobs and in the shuffle of priorities, what got dropped from his normal self-care was strength training. He still did plenty of cardio, but the pounds would not drop!

With that thought in mind, and observing how stubborn my *own* five pounds of "winter gain" have been, I walked back through when the strength training dropped from MY program. Duh! When I had that illness back in January and I had to prioritize my time. I opted to prioritize building walking miles for the half, and in the process, strength training kinda slacked off.

Today is emoticon, as I taper miles to next weekend's half marathon... I hopped back on the strength training band wagon. Yes, I have had to drop back some of the weights emoticon, and since I did this workout at home, I had to substitute some exercises for others emoticon, and skip the two that absolutely require gym machines. Modify and do *something*, because ten minutes is better than nothing, in this arena.

Hope you all have a Sparking great Sunday! Take care of yourselves... you are worth it! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 4/29/2012 11:17PM

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EBEAMS 4/29/2012 10:46PM

    Ohhhhh ... you are getting ready to taper! HOW EXCITING! Woohoo! I'm looking forward to that phase! Yes, strength training can be all about body weight without needing to have anything extra ... even though the extras can be wonderful! I need to start back into some strength training too ... but I'm thinking I'll wait til I'm done with the 1/2. Congrats for you getting right on it!

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MOBYCARP 4/29/2012 7:21PM

    I remember that same blog, and reflecting that perhaps doing more with the kettlebells was what kept the weight from piling up when I wasn't running. I guess I need to keep up some of that stuff, and of course work on pullups regularly too.

Balance is tricky. If I do 5 TGU/windmill combos on each side, for only one set, I can keep doing them. If I tried to do 2 sets of 10, I might burn out and drop them.

Here's hoping you can find the balance of how much strength training is *sustainable* and that this is enough for you to be as healthy as you want to be!

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KRISZTA11 4/29/2012 12:42PM

    Adding strength training back is a great idea!
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Somehow it seems less important than cardio, but that isn't true...
Just like you, I always drop ST first if I don't have enough time.

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FITFABJENN 4/29/2012 11:58AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I need to get back on the strength training band wagon too.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/29/2012 11:27AM

  Happy strength training!

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KALIGIRL 4/29/2012 11:09AM

    Here's to rounding out your routine!

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FITGRL124 4/29/2012 10:39AM

    Good luck!!! I am going to start incorporating more strength training too!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/29/2012 10:04AM

    Right on! I sure noticed the difference when I couldn't do any upper body workouts all winter! Am back with lighter weights, and I, too, hope to get rid of 3 lbs. Let's Do It!

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I feel a little like a spy

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Out of my comfort zone. In a foreign land.

Or to use common parlance, at Trader Joe's purchasing organic produce. Yes, I am a late adopter. I'm going to give this a shot. I heard their prices were reasonable and I was in the neighborhood, as I had stopped in the same shopping center to get some high-tech socks. The kind with no toe seams... kind of foreign country for me as well.

I'm a common person, not an intellectual, and I feel a bit like a faker when I shop in a health food store. I'm not a total geek jock, either, and feel the same looking at the "diabetic" and "sports" socks.

What's with this discomfort? I think it is another flavor of figuring out who and what I am... and that I'm worth it? So, silly or not... I now have organic tomatoes and apples in my 'fridge and two pair of pricey socks to run in. A special treat for next weekend's half marathon, methinks.

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EBEAMS 4/29/2012 10:55PM

    You know what the funny thing is? Most of the people around you in both places felt just about the same! I love it when I go into the running store where I get my shoes and socks ... I KNOW everyone thinks "she can't be a runner" but hey, it's not about them, it's about me! You are inspiring, uplifting and incredible ... You belong wherever you chose to place yourself in this Life! emoticon

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CONCHA77 4/29/2012 8:20AM

    I say good for you! You are worth it.
I am going to have to go and check out those socks. Never thought about it.
Happy Sunday.


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MSLZZY 4/29/2012 8:20AM

    Me thinks you are right. Out of your comfort zone
but adapting well. HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 4/29/2012 6:46AM

    Interesting the labels we put on ourselves and the boxes we make ourselves live in...
Glad you emoticon out of your old persona.

I finished 'Born to Run' (we'll see if that ever firs my profile) and found chia seeds to add to my smoothies - looking forward to the extra energy!
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_LINDA 4/28/2012 10:00PM

    Well done for stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new. For one, those socks are an EXCELLENT idea -your feet are going to THANK you for that consideration!! Ditto for your body -its going to love those chemical free fruits!
You are not a common person -just a person trying their best to make their life as healthy as possible and in this day and age of excess, thats uncommonly good!
Keep up the great work!

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KARIDIAN1 4/28/2012 9:25PM

    We carry organic produce at work along with regular produce. I buy some, but it depends on the price and what it is.

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ALOHAEV1 4/28/2012 8:36PM

    Your feet will love you with those new fangled socks. Got some special bike sox for the kids for Christmas and they want more. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself and YES it is OK to treat yourself, you certainly deserve it (and you've earned it)

You'll find Trader Joes has a lot of great stuff, not just produce. Ours isn't close enough to make it worth a regular visit but always manage to find something new to try.



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BARBAELLEN 4/28/2012 6:26PM

    It may be new to you, but you DO eat healthy food, and you ARE a jock. You're buying things that fit your lifestyle now. So go for it! Anyhow, I've never figured out why, but the BIGGEST fakers in health food stores and jock stores seem to be the people working there. Don't feel uncomfortable -- without common people, those sales clerks don't get their paychecks. :)

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SHARON10002 4/28/2012 4:21PM

    emoticon emoticonTwo thumbs up for you, Barb!
I'm sure you'll be gals you bought those fancy ,high tech sport socks next weekend when you're running your marathon! They'll probably do wonders for cushioning and for preventing blisters.
I do buy organic produce if it's not too much more expensive than the regular stuff. I've also used the spray veggie wash. I think that helps.

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MOBYCARP 4/28/2012 4:16PM

    I don't know about organic produce; I've never been able to get past the suspicion that the difference between "produce" and "organic produce" is 90-99% marketing.

But the exercise socks? Worth. Every. Penny. It took me a long time to admit it and adopt them, and even then I buy the cheaper stuff at Walmart when possible; but they are so much better for running that my cotton socks are being donated to charity. (Barb knows this already, so for the lurkers - it's a really high hurdle for this cheapskate to get rid of clothes that fit before they wear out.)

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ANDI571 4/28/2012 4:15PM

    I sometimes feel life is going past me faster than I can keep up. Who knew socks and food could be so foreign. emoticon

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46SHADOW 4/28/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonway to go trying something new !

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/28/2012 3:21PM

    I think that venturing into new territory is always a bit frightening and uncomfortable. Good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something different. Perhaps you'll love the organic foods and then you'll be happy you went. If not, well then at least you know.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/28/2012 3:19PM

  Good heavens . . . you're not being a faker! You're buying healthy foods and socks that are comfortable! Good for you!

Honestly, I don't buy a lot of organic becuase it can be pretty pricey, but I DO go for organic apples.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

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Happy Arbor Day, all!

Friday, April 27, 2012

It's cloudy and WINDY out there today! I know, because part of my last long walk before next weekend's half marathon was atop Holmes Lake Dam... it almost blew my little frame over the edge. I was holding onto my hat (literally), and leaning toward the wind, ducking down to a squat walk at one point to try to present even less of a profile to the strong prairie wind. Let me say, today would have been the perfect day for Febold Feboldson's Prairie Schooner to raise sail.

Anyway, the idea was to take a liesurely stroll over to my sister's house (about 4.5 miles away) to see the family heirloom iris while it is blooming. They are out early this year, she said the 1952 Age of Innocence had started opening already.

It was a slow walk, with book in hand... the iris are indeed gorgeous, and of course, walking all that way, I got to see more of the flora than her yard, and more varieties than just iris.

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LEANJEAN6 4/28/2012 9:23AM

    Happy Arbor Day to you Too!!!---Sounds like a great walk--good for the soul----Huigs to yui--Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/28/2012 8:15AM

    Wear weight on you ankles next time! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/28/2012 12:24AM

    Okay, how can you possibly read in a windstorm? Oh, I get it, its an electronic one so you don't have to worry about the pages being ripped out of your hands ;P I like my paper books, but would never take one on a walk, I enjoy looking at what is going on around me and dodging the sidewalk cyclists comes in handy as well as the blind texters who aren't looking at where they are going.. So I too, have been getting a workout, at least in the direction I am pushing into the wind. But of course, its gusting in all directions, so my tiny frame can get buffeted quite good -someone suggested holding onto weights -I can see it now -hitching up a backpack with all the weight I lost and lugging that on my walks as a reminder of how much weight I lost -78 lbs, probably would need help lifting it lol.
Have a fabulous weekend -hope the wind dies down for you -still howling good and strong here, another night with windows closed so I am not inhaling dust at least..

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KARIDIAN1 4/27/2012 9:14PM

    Nice walk on a blustery day. The Iris sound wonderful

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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2012 8:37PM

  Happy Arbor Day to you too. Sounds like you had a good workout!

HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 4/27/2012 6:24PM

    Love the smell of iris: nothing else smells the same! And of course, the different types all smell subtly different as well . . . white, yellow, all the mauves and blues and pinks and . . . can hardly wait till I have some in bloom here!

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MSLZZY 4/27/2012 3:23PM

    Hope this wind dies down and lets you walk in
peace next weekend. Enjoy the wonderful flowers
and have a great weekend! HUGS!

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BARBAELLEN 4/27/2012 2:15PM

    Sounds like you got quite a workout on your leisurely stroll. I'd say you've done enough for the day unless, of course, you're a Nebraskan. Aren't y'all also supposed to plant a tree today? (Unless looking at irises counts.)


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Thursday that feels like Friday

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Today I'm going to be the weird Nebraskan that I am. Tomorrow our state celebrates a holiday that nobody else does. It's a joke in movies and TV shows: Arbor Day!

State offices actually shut down. Although they moved it from the traditional April 22 a few years back to make it a Friday holiday, it is officially still for the same purpose: go out and plant trees.

So, today I'll go to work, and tomorrow, I have choices! I'm thinking tomorrow, if the weather is even HALF decent, I'll hike over to my sister's place to check out the family heritage iris. Would you believe our Spring is so early the Iris club has called off their late May regional convention, according to my sis. Because there won't be gardens at the right growing phase to tour by then!

Have a great Spark Day all! Keep taking care of you... for the best possible reason... because you're worth it!

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COMETER 4/28/2012 6:55AM

    Three cheers for weird Nebraskans! And I hope you had a swell day off.

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_LINDA 4/28/2012 12:27AM

    Irises are so pretty. Lucky you to have something other then blowing dirt and brown grass to look at on a walk..

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MNTWINSGAL 4/27/2012 12:36AM

    Here in Minnesota Arbor Day isn't "legally" celebrated....offices are still open, etc. But when my kids were young and I ran a licensed day care out of my home, we planted trees every year. I drive past the house we then lived in sometimes and the ones that we planted in my yard are still there. Others were pot-planted and sent home with various "clients." I wonder if any of them made the transition into their yards? And if they are still standing?

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1CRAZYDOG 4/26/2012 9:47AM

  Hope you have a wonderful Arbor Day! Plant (or hug) a tree! LOL

Yes, everything here is blooming way early. I don't know what's going to happen with the asparagus crop but it's way ahead of schedule. Not bitten by the one frost we've already had, but fingers crossed. The price of asparagus in the market is ridiculous!

Ok, off to get Mr. Spot walked (me too!)

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MIRAGE727 4/26/2012 9:28AM

    Because I'm married to a Nebraskan from Lincoln, I know Arbor Day started in Nebraska City, NE. Go Big Red!
Here's a news flash. I live in Dunedin, FL now. As I am on a City Committee, I know The City of Dunedin places great importance on being designated a "Tree City USA" and celebrates Arbor Day. They also have a huge tree giveaway as part of the celebration. Furthermore, if you take down a diseased or dead tree on your property, you must replace it with another. I am proud to live in this Paradise.
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KALIGIRL 4/26/2012 8:33AM

    Fun! Hope you're enjoying this fabulous weather.

Didn't send out a bike ride notice because we're headed to the Spring Affair - we need more plants like a hole in the head, but it's such a fun event just to see the folks and yard art.

Have a great weekend.

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LEANJEAN6 4/26/2012 8:01AM

    You are good ----- I didn't realize you are in Nebraska--wonder how yer weather compares to ours--Lynda

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WATERMELLEN 4/26/2012 7:57AM

    Not planting a tree? Hmmmm. Would building an arbour count? And: what happened to that "u" anyhow??

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FITFABJENN 4/26/2012 7:39AM

    Well happy Arbor Day, friend!

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MSLZZY 4/26/2012 7:26AM

    Yes, and how about all those tulip festivals? Will there
be any tulips left blooming by then?
Have a great Arbor Day!

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