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What's next?

Monday, May 07, 2012

It's a very American thing... as soon as one goal is achieved, someone shoves a microphone in the face of the achiever and asks, "So what's next for you?"

Short of the cliche answer (going to Disney land)... it seems we always have to have a "what's next". Well, my what's next was actually defined *before* I signed up for that second half marathon. Since I'd already checked half marathon off the bucket list LAST year, this year's was to be a sprint distance triathlon.

I've already plunked my money down for it. Put it on the calendar. It's 12 weeks of training away. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have found myself a beginner's training plan that is just the right length, too. www.trinewbies.com/tno_trainingprogr
ams/10wtp.pdf


Today? Oh, yeah... my body somehow is reminding me that I did something special with it yesterday... I am working at moving gently, and stretching. I have the thought in my head that the reason I joined a gym was for the pool, and today would be the perfect day to go use it. After all, I took today as a vacation day.

There are the normal life things too: check on the cats' vaccinations, see if they are due up, and get their licenses. See about getting the bike tuned up, possibly replace the tires for tri training & the race (I have a knobby tired mountain bike, and the goal is not to buy a new bike just for this event.)

Life is good. The half marathon was NOT a finish line... just the gateway to the NEXT adventure. Spark on, my friends! emoticon emoticon

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/8/2012 5:24AM

    OMG, where did you find that well? The one with all the energy???????? emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 5/7/2012 10:26PM

    You're certainly not letting any dust gather under your gear are you???

Now please tell us you did something special for yourself besides the pool today.

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LEANJEAN6 5/7/2012 8:49PM

    Congrats Barb!! I knew you had something else in mind!---Lynda

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SUNNY1432 5/7/2012 8:31PM

    You are simply AMAZING!! You inspire me to try and do more!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 5/7/2012 8:22PM

    So very proud of you, Barb!

Congrats and way to go, my friend.

Sunny

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MRS.DOYLE 5/7/2012 1:21PM

    I was wondering what you had planned. You are very organised and super fit.
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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2012 12:10PM

    Way to go!!!!!! Hooza.

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SHARON10002 5/7/2012 11:10AM

    A triathlon!?! emoticon emoticon emoticon Go for it!
Hope you enjoy some me time on your day off.

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EBEAMS 5/7/2012 10:52AM

    Wow! You go!

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REJ7777 5/7/2012 8:45AM

    Enjoy a well-deserved, more "relaxing" day! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/7/2012 8:28AM

    Wow! I didn't release the tri was so close to your marathon! Talk about hitting the ground running!! Not much of a recovery plan in there ;) Enjoy the pool!


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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 8:21AM

    What's next? That's what keeps us moving . . . and you are !

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KALIGIRL 5/7/2012 8:15AM

    A swim sounds perfect - congrats!

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MSLZZY 5/7/2012 8:03AM

    You opened that gate and now it is time to walk
through to a new adventure. You are awesome!
HUGS!

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SUE_2U 5/7/2012 7:39AM

    Enjoy that pool today. I think you are totally awesome for finishing a half marathon and then signing up for yet more... a triathon? My goodness! Go for it!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog. I tell you I do need some more daylight than I've gotten the past week! Maybe if I stay up long enough to see the sun come up, this time? hahaha... Gotta water anyway.


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DEBRA0818 5/7/2012 7:38AM

    Sounds like you're back on track (literally as well as figuratively). Go, Barb!

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Endorphins versus muscle fatigue... who wins?

Sunday, May 06, 2012



No action photos, this one is at home, after showering and stretching and having some lunch and letting the battle of endorphins versus the hamstrings play itself out.

So, here was how my day went: got up early, because I went to bed early. At 5 a.m., happened to check the weather outside and discovered a downpour. Altered my attire plans to add a trash bag with a neck hole cut to get myself to the starting line dry. I figured I could discard it if it was not needed, at any point.

As it turned out, it quit raining a little before 6, and we ended up running on wet streets, but we were only wet because we were sweating or we took advantage of the helpful spectators who offered to spray us down.

So, lined up at the back of the pack, with the rest of the walkers. I was keeping my eye on the 2:45 pacer group, since last year I finished in 2:47:48, and I wanted to beat it. Go figure, a competitive person wants to beat her last time.

HOWEVER, I had zippo, zero, nada for a race strategy, other than "start slow", don't start jogging too soon if you can help it, listen to your body. You see, in the end, for me, finishing = winning. Time is just one of those games I play that sometimes works against me.

I greeted others I knew who were participating at the back of the pack. Didn't even see the guys from work who ended up running it, they were so far in front of me... but I looked up their times afterward and am SOOOO proud of my healthy supportive work place!

I managed to hold myself to a speed walk for the first 5K. Then these little kids at the side of the road offered "free high fives", and I couldn't help myself, I started to jog. I then proceeded to take advantage of downhill grades to give myself a gravity assisted jog interval. The hamstrings started to complain ... hmmmm... not until about mile ten.

But then, as we were headed back up 10th street, not sure just what the mileage is... on the sidelines... my younger sister appeared (we were a few blocks from her home at this point), cheering me on... I paused for the most motivational hug of my life, then moved on with a quick explanation "I have to keep moving or I'll freeze up!"

The last mile was near agony for my hamstrings... I kept trying to change my stride to make them hurt less... I mostly walked that final mile. But then when I turned into the stadium and hit that green carpet? Sprinted (for me, you'd call it jogged) across the finish line. They hung the medal on my neck. I went to pick up water and low fat chocolate milk (I read it is one of the better recovery foods)... then slowed considerably, stretched and swapped race stories with some other runners... picked up my stuff bag (which I didn't even open 'til I got home... it had a towel and a change of clothing that I dropped off, anticipating being wet)... and slowly did a cool down walk to get my car and drive home.

Driving home, I go along the full marathon route. I could see the pacers for 5:15 and 5:30 still on their way out. By the way, if anybody on race day are my heroes? The folks who run a paced marathon or half for the duffers like me... they are probably fit enough to run a much better time, but they have committed themselves to providing this service.

In the end? The endorphins win every time. It's like child birth... the pains are forgotten in the joy of the result. This little medal? Will keep me grinning for a long, long time to come.

And to the spectators that come out and cheer us on, reading names from our bibs and shouting encouragement even when they do not know us personally? Thank you. You keep us going.

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COMETER 5/7/2012 9:28PM

    Lincoln was so fun yesterday, with so many people on a marathon high. Makes me think that I need to at least walk the half next year.

Good for you!

And good for us that you've shared it here.



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EBEAMS 5/7/2012 10:50AM

    This is so awesome ... I'm tearing up thinking about how it is that things that challenge us, things that make us persevere through pain and situations forge us into much stronger beings. You didn't give up, you didn't give in to the pain and in the end, though there was no "plan", you ended up right where you were supposed to be with a reward hung around your neck!

I am so incredibly happy with you and PROUD of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are HUGELY inspiring!

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REJ7777 5/7/2012 7:53AM

    emoticon YOU DID IT!!! AGAIN!!! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/7/2012 6:26AM

    WooWoo Awesome Lady!!!-- You are some wonderful athlete to complete this! I like your new picture too!

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    Yea you! Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 5/7/2012 3:41AM

    What a fantastic time. You should be very happy and proud.
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MSLZZY 5/6/2012 11:13PM

    You are ONE fantastic woman! I am so proud of you!
HUGS!

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You look so very happy!!!! Congratulations on making it is spite of your hamstrings screaming at you! Love the medal!
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LINDAJOYWK 5/6/2012 9:08PM

    emoticonYou did it again! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 8:51PM

    Love that proud grin! And your new medal!! You are awesome . . . absolutely.

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KARIDIAN1 5/6/2012 8:17PM

    Success! This is one you will remember.

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DEBRITA01 5/6/2012 7:26PM

    emoticonCongrats for finishing the HM and working thru the pain...that's impressive. You're right, finishing = winning. You're a winner in my book!

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MOBYCARP 5/6/2012 7:15PM

    emoticon Glad you had fun! Wish I could have been there.

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 5:21PM

    Love that photo!! I am just so in awe of anyone who can complete one of these marathons! You can be very ,very proud of yourself! Who says marathons are for the young spandex set? You are proving anyone can do what they put their mind to! You go girl!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/6/2012 4:41PM

    What a wonderful day you had. I'm very happy for you, Barb! Congratulations!

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MILLERGIRL719 5/6/2012 4:05PM

    Congratulations! You'll always be happy for a job well done!

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DEBRA0818 5/6/2012 3:47PM

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Good job making it through -- your face radiates happiness!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2012 3:42PM

    Even my HAIR would be tired after a marrathon. You look marvelous in your picture. Your smile holding that medal says it all. HOOZA to you, my spark friend.

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KRISZTA11 5/6/2012 2:59PM

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I'm glad you finished and enjoyed your HM!
You deserved those endorphins : )
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CONCHA77 5/6/2012 2:57PM

    emoticonBARB!!!! Couldn't be prouder of you, friend. emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 5/6/2012 2:22PM

    LOL Barb...I meant to comment on THIS blog...but accidentally put my comment on the "Shirt Compare" blog. But either way, my congrats still stand!

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ELSEEBEE 5/6/2012 2:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did an awesome job (no matter what your hamstrings may think)! Now rest up, enjoy the rest of your day, and be so rpoud that you did that marathon!!!

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Marathon Shirt compare

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Last year, then this year:


Got my packet this morning. This year they have your NAME on the tag... well, your first name, anyway. We shall see how that flies with the spectators. Weather man has lowered the predicted high for tomorrow to 76 F, and upped the chance of rain to 60%. WELL! That sure beats the 90 degrees and sun that's out there right now for a 13.1 mile effort.

I actually listened to the motivational speaker this year... a young man who pulled himself out of depression by starting to run (slowly), when he originally weighed 365 pounds... finishing an Ironman, in the end, 120 pounds lighter. He would fit right in at Spark - the message sounds familiar. The most important thing, from his perspective: he is now HAPPY!

Onward! I'll give the after-race report tomorrow.

  
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MNTWINSGAL 5/6/2012 2:21PM

    Woo Hoo! Sounds like an awesome day, Barb. I'm so glad the rain deferred to the race, and your happiness and humility is absolutely bringing a tear to my eye.

Congrats, congrats, congrats!

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 1:29AM

    Go, Barb, GO!
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Me cheering you on!

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SUNNY1432 5/5/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon Hope you have fun!! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/5/2012 10:05PM

    Have a great race!!!

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LJCANNON 5/5/2012 9:49PM

    emoticonGood Luck, Barb!!!

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LEANJEAN6 5/5/2012 9:30PM

    Hope you finish it in a great time!!!--Hope you enjoy the day too Barb!!--Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2012 9:20PM

    Good luck, Barb!!

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REJ7777 5/5/2012 9:09PM

    It's encouraging that the forecast is predicting cooler weather! Wishing you a great race and am looking forward to reading about it. emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 5/5/2012 8:07PM

    Have a wonderful fun walk/run !!! I did my Half today - what a great experience - one I never dreamed I would have!!! Can't wait to hear about yours!!!

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SUE_2U 5/5/2012 8:03PM

    You're going to do so well, especially if it is not as hot.
Wow... I can't imagine running a marathon at my weight. That young man is such an inspiration. Ironman! My goodness! He sure does sound like one who is Spark On!

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MSLZZY 5/5/2012 7:37PM

    Good luck! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2012 7:12PM

    All best with all of it!!

Happy, healthy . . . sounds good. Nothing better, in fact!

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MOBYCARP 5/5/2012 7:06PM

    Best of luck with the weather; may it rain and knock all the allergens out of the air, then be dry enough to be comfortable when you're doing the HM!

I look forward to a report tomorrow that tells us how much fun you had.

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KARIDIAN1 5/5/2012 6:08PM

    You look great, have a good time.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/5/2012 5:24PM

    Good luck, Barb!

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State of the Maintenance Report

Friday, May 04, 2012



The graph represents daily weighing for the past two years. Two years ago, when the graph starts, I had been "in maintenance" for about 3-4 months but my body was still defining its natural weight.

The bottom of the graph shows increasing athletic efforts. The rise that begins about last October and staggers up and down, but is truly a rise... represents decreasing athletic endeavors coupled with more trouble sticking to eating plan consistently. I.e. complacency and burnout.

Everything I have tried to cajole myself into keeping up the efforts, everything I am trying to do to analyze what's going on is trying to find the balance. I am attempting to determine what I need to change and what I need to keep... in my THOUGHT patterns and attitudes.

Because, Sparklers, that's where it all begins. With understanding what is important to each one of us. What the underlying motivation / values /goals are... and they have to be meaningful to the individual. Even if someone else lays a goal on you (like, say a boss, or a doctor) YOU have to buy into it, or find some way to make an internal goal of yours be in harmony with it. Otherwise your inner rebel will start playing that self-sabotage game!

All that said, a part of me has been sitting outside what's happening and observing: motivation for athletic events has been the same kind of roller coaster as you see on the graph. I have NOT had the same kind of drive and focus for this year's half marathon (in just two days, people)... as I did for last year's.

Even the triathlon coming up in July... hasn't been approached with the systematic effort. "What's wrong with me?" my observer self asks. "Maybe you took on too much..." one voice answers. "Maybe work is just more interesting right now..." another chimes in.

So back to the underlying motivation: health. To achieve health, I do not have to participate in a bunch of athletic events... but they do make for markers in the calendar that keep me preparing for the shorter term. If I *don't* have them, will I drop exercise entirely? Will I drop back to my "line in the sand" of 30 minutes of walking a day? And if I do, will it mean that that wiggly line above settles in a spot somewhat higher than the low level it was at? Will it still be a healthy BMI, but just a little higher? And will I be OK with that?

To be pondered, considered, and continued.

There is no finish line. This is life. It is worth living. Today and every day. Spark on!

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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2012 7:10PM

    How much is enough? The curse of the over-achiever . . . . yeah. And yet, and yet, and yet . . . . also yeah.

It's a thought process for sure. And it doesn't stop.

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DEBRA0818 5/5/2012 2:06PM

    Your post is a poignant reminder of how much consistent effort is required to change something permanently. There are always choices to be made and trade-offs to consider -- it sounds like you're doing both in a very rational way.

Inspirational.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/5/2012 11:04AM

    Oh, Barb. I do see the parallels. I think my graph would be about the same shape only up about 10 pounds. Did you read the health article about running and life span? Woman gain 5.6 years by jogging rather slowly 1-2.5 hours per week. I found that kind of motivating. If you don't find the article, SparkMail me and I'll send the link. We can do this. It IS worth it. Take care and maybe we can do that 10K in the fall. Or maybe you'll want to come run a HM with me?? -Marsha

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REJ7777 5/5/2012 8:37AM

    As you write in your blog, our motivation has to come from within. And yet, outside motivators are also very powerful. I know how supportive your son is, and how much you enjoyed walking and running together. Now that he's deployed, there must be a void where there's an important element of support when he's around. My son lives 3000 miles away. He supports me in every way he can. But it sure isn't the same as when he's actually hiking with me!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/5/2012 6:34AM

    OR, did you have over achiever's syndrome and are now settling into a balanced lifestyle. Remember statistics can be used to show multiple sides of any argument.
I like to think you got into excellent shape, tried to do a lot to prove you have achieved that goal and now are settling in to a "normal" routine.
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SUE_2U 5/5/2012 2:53AM

    If you think you could be getting burnout from racing or running, aren't there other things to try? Is there a YWCA with an indoor pool anywhere near you, so you could toss in some swimming time? Or some exercise class you are curious about? Zumba? Bollywood? There are lots of fun things to do.

(((hugs))) You do so much... It's only understandable that you get tired and want to do something a bit different once in a while. Mix it up! Spark on!

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_LINDA 5/5/2012 2:30AM

    Perhaps, as a working person, training and doing races is too much of a time commitment right now and you are experiencing a little burn out. Maybe to keep exercise interesting, you need to do a variety of different things rather than stick with the tried and true formula. I found it so exciting to go to live fitness classes after years of doing DVD's at home. It was interesting and challenging me to see if I could keep up with a live class and get over any shyness of working out in front of people. I always loved aquafit, but people can't see your body in the water like they can on land ;) You never know what you may like until you try it.
Good luck finding what works for you.. My happy medium is to exercise more so I can eat more...

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KARIDIAN1 5/4/2012 9:48PM

    For now I am on a plateau, not gaining, but not losing either. Trying to find the balance and stay motivated. Getting out to ride my bike now should help, if the weather every stays decent for more than one day.

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MOBYCARP 5/4/2012 9:22PM

    There's a good question to ponder in there: How much is enough?

It's not just, how much food is enough; it's also, how much exercise is enough? Being of the gender that is endowed with more testosterone, I find that I tend to want to pile on more exercise until I can't keep it up, and then I fall off the fitness wagon.

Balance is as much learning how much exercise you can sustain as it is learning how to sustain healthy eating. What is better . . . to train up to do a marathon, then flame out and sit on the couch for 6 months; or to run 10 miles a week with walks on non-running days, as an ongoing lifestyle?

Different answers and different motivations will work for different people. I'm cheering for you to find the motivation and the balance that fits *you*, which isn't necessarily the same answer than would fit *me*.

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SHARBEAR100 5/4/2012 6:02PM

    I think it's just really hard to go full speed ahead 100% of the time. I can't do it. I find I go hard for a few months, and then need to pull back a little and regroup. I'm going through that right now.

Your comment about not needing to participate in a bunch of athletic events to be healthy is very true, but as you pointed out, using them for markers, or having goals, helps keep us focused. Our goals can change though as our life and interests change. Since it's a never ending journey, I know I need to figure out how to make it fun. Good luck figuring out where you want to go from here!

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SUNNY332 5/4/2012 5:04PM

    You are so right, there is no finish line.

Progress not perfection. We do what we can do today and do a little more tomorrow.

Hugs, Sunny

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KASEYCOFF 5/4/2012 2:06PM

    Mmm hmm, mmm hmm, I hear you... I've dropped back to my own line in the sand (love that phraseology), so I'm maintaining. The thing is, I still have 15 pounds to go. I console myself with the 'At least I'm not regaining.' True. So far. But that line is mighty thin where it counts, ain't? You know what Marenamoo says - 'Be ever vigilant.' So how to regain that momentum, that drive, that enthusiasm? 'cause I think that's what it takes. Targets like races and walkathons and triathlons and so forth are good, but if you still can't muster up the 'oomph' for them, how do you replace what's missing? Tho come to think of it, I guess first you have to figure out what's missing... (Note to self: find out what's missing to spark the spark.)
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1CRAZYDOG 5/4/2012 10:13AM

    You absolutely identified the key to successfully achieving change . . . buying into it! That's the ultimate first step.

but like any other process, change requires re-evaluation, re-tooling and a HUGE amt. of patience. Have to agree that I love your last line, because we DO have to live our life.

Love this blog.

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LJR4HEALTH 5/4/2012 8:19AM

    Thanks Barb for sharing This is all about being human and there are times on this journey that things do go a little off balance Love the last line in your blog So true there is no finish line

I would love to share your blog with the new class spark team coming up this Sunday will give them a real hint of what ot expect on this journey

Awesome post

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MSLZZY 5/4/2012 7:52AM

    Your last statements said it all. There is no finish line,
just living, day to day. I can buy into that. HUGS!

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Weather Radios and sleep...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Or lack thereof! I'm glad I went to bed EARLY last night (like about 8 p.m.) because by midnight that cussed NOAA radio was alarming every five minutes about counties just to our West... eventually I gave up and got up when the severe t-storm warning had our county added, trucked downstairs, flipped on the TV to watch it move North and East of "me"... before heading back up to bed.

Then about the time the alarm was supposed to ring (maybe 20 minutes before)... KA-BOOM! I swear I felt the house move! No, it wasn't anything but thunder and lightning, BUT... woke me for sure. Radio was static-y.

To top it off, barometric pressure is doing a number on my sinus passages. So... moving slow, but moving.

Here's wishing everyone a bright Spark day... and a balanced one. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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REJ7777 5/5/2012 8:46AM

    That sure doesn't make for a good night's sleep!!! Glad you're safe. Hope you get more sleep tomorrow night! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/5/2012 2:35AM

    Its been scary all the tornadoes and bad weather I keep seeing on the weather channel :( Good to hear you take precautions and have that radio on constantly -it just may save your life and that is the pay off for the lack of sleep. I didn't know the pressure drop could cause sinus trouble hope it passes quickly. So glad I live in a mostly stable climate, if a little cold..

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LEANJEAN6 5/4/2012 7:21AM

    Poor you-----my Mom used love thunder storms--used to say--they cleared the air---I'm like you however--happy to not hear them!!!--- Hope you make it through the day!--LOL--Lynda--HUGS

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SUE_2U 5/4/2012 6:57AM

    I don't normally mind thunderstorms. In fact I used to love the feel of the ionized air. For some reason I always felt energized by it? Not sure why. Not anymore, though...

What I hate are tornados. Luckily I've missed any big ones. Just one small one that tossed a tree through our house, but no one was hurt.

Although here, lightning often means wildfires. Those are as scary as any tornado, I will say...

I hope your sinuses have adjusted to the change in pressure.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/4/2012 5:50AM

    I love a good thunderstorm, the sounds and sights but prefer them just BEFORE bed and always without damage. If only....
they usually come at dinner, 3am or when I want to get into my car! LOL
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MSLZZY 5/3/2012 11:08PM

    We are expecting the same noise and commotion both
Friday and Saturday night. Get some sleep tonight. I
am thankful I have the weather radio but I think that
my pager will be just as noisy if the weather develops.
HUGS!

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KARIDIAN1 5/3/2012 9:11PM

    Another big storm overnight here in MN, and big T storm with heavy rains this morning.

Is beautiful here now.

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MOBYCARP 5/3/2012 6:09PM

    No T-storms here, and I'm learning to sleep through the new cat's whining. This is likely to go on for an extended period, so I need to adapt.

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ALOHAEV1 5/3/2012 5:31PM

    If you still have your instructions, see if you can program it just for your county.

Hope you're feeling better and have an early nitey nite tonight.

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SHARON10002 5/3/2012 12:18PM

    So glad the storm passed you by! I am afraid of thunder and lightning so I am always awake during storms just praying for them to end, and that one before you were due to get up would have totally unnerved me.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/3/2012 9:55AM

    I am in the same boat with you this morning. We had lots of lightening and thunder and rain last night. Flooding, though not severe (I think). We had several claps of thunder that literally shook the house. Nothing like sleeping soundly only to be woken up by something as loud as that. Poor Lloyd was really freaking-out. But he's sleeping quite nicely now. Wish I could do the same.

Glad you're safe and sound, even if you are a bit weary.

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MNTWINSGAL 5/3/2012 9:49AM

    Glad it the severe stuff missed you though. It missed us too, although I have a dull headache and some vertigo - maybe it's sinus-related caused by that barometric pressure too. I'll have to look into that!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/3/2012 9:46AM

    We had storms move through last night too. But nothing severe, though there were lots of crashes of thunder and bolts of lightening cloud-to-ground.

We have a NOAA radio too and it has it's positives, but can be annoying! We have another early warning system . . . Spot the Wonder Dog. He hates storms and started whimpering around 10 pm and wouldn't go back to settle down. Not long afterwards the storm rolled in and then I knew why he was restless. Obviously he heard the storm coming in. Finally settled down around 3 am when the storms ended. Not lots of sleep here either!

Well, here's wishing for a calmer Thursday, eh!

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2012 8:22AM

    Sorry for your misery - we discontinued using our weather radio for that very reason. Figured we'd hear the tornado siren (or not), but opted to sleep instead.

Weren't those some boomers!
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