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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.

Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

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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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    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!


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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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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yesterday I took one look at the forecast and the sky, and decided to hike home in my shirtsleeves and jeans after work. I nearly got mowed down by a co-worker who was out biking, having finished his shift an hour before I finish mine (ok, it wasn't really anywhere close to getting mowed down, but I like to give him a hard time).

The clouds and sky... incredible. The peace and quiet on the new section of bike trail they have re-done since the great flood control project was amazing. I did break out the book and read during one "recovery" pace period or two... and in the end got home about 110 minutes after leaving work.

It felt good. I showered, stretched and went to bed early. Propped up on the pillows with my laptop I exchanged IM's with my daughter in law for a bit, but still was asleep on schedule. This morning I woke well rested and decided to leave early enough to give myself the option to walk all the way. Only I got about three blocks along and discovered I'd forgot my lunch!

Reverse course... back to the house, pick up the lunch bag, start over. Go a different way. Now it was a bit of a race... would I make it to work on time? Would I wimp out and catch a bus partway there?

I meandered across a nearby college campus, under its bell tower, and kept on walking to a McDonald's for a pit stop and their 65 cent premium roast coffee. First time I'd tried it, and I carried it out to see the bus slide on by! Oh, well, I was committed now!

Picked up the bike path again, and cruised on the rest of the way to work, trotted up the stairs to my 4th floor cubicle and... ta-da! Made it on the dot of my official start time. I felt victorious. All day long.

And... for those of you keeping track... the iris, the big hybrids? Full bloom, some of 'em! Bleeding hearts? Yeppers, full bloom. Seems to me things are springing a few weeks early this year. They might be shocked over the weekend, as it's supposed to get back to more seasonal temps.

Yep, no matter that the nose drips. I love the Springtime. I love walking, the pace at which you see more of life. I love NOT wearing headphones, so I hear the sound-track of the life around me. Birds. Bicycle bells. The animals in the Children's Zoo as I walk past. And traffic zipping by on the roads.

Life *is* good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 4/26/2012 6:54AM

    Spring is my favorite time year, when everything comes back to life. emoticon

Reading about your walk to work was like reading an adventure story. No wonder you kept the feeling of victory all day long! emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 4/26/2012 3:27AM

    I used to love walking to and from work when I was still working full-time. It was a great way to exercise and much more civilised than using the buses. Now I make myself go out for a long walk each day to keep up the exercise minutes.

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_LINDA 4/26/2012 2:49AM

    Well done! A campus is such a lovely place to walk, ours is just amazing! Glad you can find enjoyment out of it in spite of the allergy hassle..
With our wacky up and down weather, not sure if anything is blooming. Crocuses and tulips are the first, but have not seen any so far...

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ALOHAEV1 4/25/2012 9:29PM

    How lucky are you to live in such a cool place? Thanks for letting us walk along with you, I had to have my kleenex with me too!

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WATERMELLEN 4/25/2012 8:48PM

    This is my absolute fave time of the year here too . . . quite a bit behind your schedule (we're still at green fuzz, hyacinths, daffodils, tulips -- bleeding heart and iris not happening for awhile).

But I love every minute of it, and like you prefer the original sound track too!

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BARBAELLEN 4/25/2012 8:33PM

    For sure, a beautiful Spring day is right at the top of the list of spirit-lifting remedies. Glad you had the opportunity to soak it in!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2012 8:06PM

    Sounds like you had a good walk despite the allergies!


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Reminders to myself for today

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Remember the old peace corps slogan, "give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime"?

This can be applied on so many levels... from eating and exercise (modeling good habits) to budgeting (living within our means) to work and study habits. Most people learn by watching. If I model good behaviors, and get good results, it's a whole lot more powerful than talking someone's ear off!

Right now I need to model better food choices for myself, and my mantra for today is "I feel better when I eat better." It's bald, unvarnished truth: I do.

So, short blog, simple reminders to get me through ONE day. Today. May it be a great day for you all, too! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/26/2012 2:53AM

    Amen. Hold that thought and live it to the max!

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WATERMELLEN 4/25/2012 8:50PM

    I feel better when I eat potato chips: right at that moment. Darn.

I feel better later when I have NOT eaten potato chips! Have to keep reminding myself of that.

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REJ7777 4/25/2012 6:00PM

    Thanks for being a good model for those of us who read and enjoy your blogs. emoticon

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ANDI571 4/25/2012 11:24AM

    I like how you added budgeting into the mix. Food and money are the two things I am trying to get balanced. I have always been one that if I am eating right, I am spending money. If I am saving money, I am eating wrong. Trying to get both on the same trek is not easy.

We can do it Barb. We have all the tools we need. Now to just use them.

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COMETER 4/25/2012 7:22AM

    I DO feel better when I eat better!

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KARIDIAN1 4/25/2012 12:52AM

    I am trying hard to stay in my limits, but sometimes life happens.

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MNTWINSGAL 4/24/2012 11:20PM

    Yep - You only need a little nudge. And you are always so good at nudging youself into that all-important first step. Tomorrow, back to the best choices for you!

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EBEAMS 4/24/2012 8:31PM

    You know it ... cuz tomorrow isn't promised and today isn't yet through ... One day at a time!

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DEBRA0818 4/24/2012 6:20PM

    ODAT is the only way it gets done. In a certain sense, we are always at emoticon, right?!


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SUNNY332 4/24/2012 5:47PM

    I agree 100%. I just read an article today on clean eating. It said you could reduce your daily calories by 65% if you ate clean/raw. That is something to think about. Plus, it said the nutrients were better absorbed and used when eaten clean/raw.

Take care and keep up the great work.

Hugs, Sunny

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2012 11:43AM

    Great blog! That's my motivator when I'm tempted to eat something I know is not a wise choice. I know I won't feel good afterwards, so I just hold onto that thought and make the right choice.

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MIZCATHI 4/24/2012 9:50AM

    It's definitely true! I love my morning routines, really starts my day off right. Up early, read or play with the dogs, coffee on the patio, gym, shower, breakfast and out the door early.

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KATHRYNLP 4/24/2012 9:26AM

    We are what we eat... emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/24/2012 8:55AM

    "I feel better when I eat better."

Me, too! I just don't seem to retain that thought as consistently as I'd like. I think I will adopt that mantra for myself today, too, Barb.

Make it a great day!

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KALIGIRL 4/24/2012 8:11AM

    Here's to one day @ a time!

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LEANJEAN6 4/24/2012 8:07AM

    Eat healthy girl!!!---a great reminder!!! I'm with you on that!!! Thank-you-Lynda emoticon

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COOKIE352 4/24/2012 8:06AM

    Great attitude emoticon

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