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Sunday, June 03, 2012

After last Monday's obstacle course outing, I took a couple of rest days. On Thursday I started back on the triathlon training plan, having skipped two workouts. Being a recovering perfectionist, I had to fight the tendency to want to pick up where I had left off, versus just pick up where the plan says for the date on the calendar.

I finally made myself pick up where the plan said, and did my 800 yard swim Thursday morning (plan says 600, but since I can do 800 in my 30 minutes, I do 800). Thursday evening I got on the treadmill for the requisite 30 minute WALK, only couldn't resist a couple of short jogging intervals in the mix.

Friday I was tempted to "do something" but made myself take the scheduled rest day. Saturday, therefore, I was well rested and did a full 4.09 miles in the 40 minute run on the training plan. I have continued to not count the warm-up / cool down as time in my training workouts. In the evening, I did a little strength training, the 5th training routine.

Then I slept incredibly well! emoticon

This morning, the plan said "bike 10 miles", and I chose a bike path that heads outward, through suburban parks / greenspace, mostly. I ended up with a mere 11. 3 miles in 69 minutes. In fact this has been one of my "shorter" bike rides, other than my commute to or from work which is more like 6.5, one way.

But in the cool of a Sunday morning? This was a great ride. There is clover along the trail in some spots, trees and ponds in others, and it is almost entirely sheltered from at grade crossings, having underpasses under all the major arterials once I get to the trail.

And clover attracts emoticon emoticon! I felt like I was riding through Watership Down. Of course there were lots of other folks out doing just what I was, biking or walking dogs, pushing strollers, or just walking.

In short... two beautiful days to enjoy being active in, and still have time to do the regular chores. Oh, by the way, the jeans from Monday? Are now back in my custody, and have the mud washed off them. I now have jeans with a story attached! emoticon emoticon

Life is good! Spark on! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/4/2012 9:22PM

    Sounds glorious!!

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LEANJEAN6 6/4/2012 6:24PM

    --Nice that you enjoyed the weekend----but--you didn't rest--LOL-----Good for you!-Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 6/4/2012 7:07AM

    Amazing Energizer emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/3/2012 9:16PM

    I am glad you had such a wonderful bike ride! I can remember doing a path where I used to live in IL and it was so well used. But I always did my rides early in the morning when it was cooler too. On that path there were Kamakazi Gophers! OMG, they'd come bounding out right in front of you and it was difficult to avoid them!

Have a geat Monday, Barb.

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KARIDIAN1 6/3/2012 9:14PM

    Looks like you had a great weekend. Our weather here in MN was spectacular also.

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CONCHA77 6/3/2012 7:25PM

    You keep going and going..., like the energizer bunny emoticonGood for you emoticon

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SUE_2U 6/3/2012 7:04PM

    emoticon Sounds awesome and beautiful!

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MSLZZY 6/3/2012 3:12PM

    Getting back to your plan was a good idea. Now about
those jeans-what are they going to tell us?

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SUNNY332 6/3/2012 3:02PM

    What a great description of your ride.

Do have a GREAT week.


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_LINDA 6/3/2012 1:46PM

    Well done for a fit and active weekend! The bike path sounds marvelous! Getting a dose of green makes it seem more like a fun ride then a training ride.. I don't notice the time fly by when we are on our trail hikes, too busy enjoying the surroundings and wildlife when any. Mostly a lot of birds and their songs. Rabbits only usually come out in the early morning or late evening here.
Good for you for keeping to the plan even when tempted to push it harder or do more! You are going to rock this tri!!!

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DRB13_1 6/3/2012 12:57PM

    emoticon such anice description. made me want to get out on our bike paths.

enjoy your training, I found cross training greatly reduced the risk of overuse injuries, so triathlons are wonderful. (Personally gave up the sport since I'm not a strong swimmer and don't plan to be.)

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KRISZTA11 6/3/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon for the run and the lovely bike ride!

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The proof is in the progress photos

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Yes, it's that time of the month (no not THAT TOM, ladies, I'm done with that stuff... one of the privileges of being "older")... time for the progress photos to get updated on the Spark Page.

I've never been much of one for having a lot of photos of myself around. But the end of December, 2009, I was getting close to my original goal. And I was looking for that last push... and there was this Spark challenge whose first step was taking a "before" picture. So my end of December 2009 photo was in fact, sort of when I considered myself entering the maintenance phase.

There have been months when I have NOT wanted to take the photos. But I've done it anyway, most of the time. And I don't always hit exactly the end of the month... today, for example, I took my "end of May 2012" shot.

I have tried to keep the same type of clothing and action in the photos, so they make good comparisons. And what I see this month, stacking the three years, oldest to newest is "proof of maintenance"! Woo-hoo! I have stayed fit for two years. emoticon

Don't get cocky, Barb... BUT, here's the deal: those progress photos that I don't always want to take tell me what I refuse or am unable to see in the mirror. I can tell myself "I'm doing fine, don't need a picture to show it" today, but maybe next week, I need to see it to encourage myself. Or I can tell myself, "I just know I am doing terrible... I don't want to see it", but maybe once I get that picture up, it shows I'm not as bad off as I was telling myself.

So... they're up. "End of May", 2010, 2011, and 2012. Don't know what I'm going to do NEXT year, when I run out of the number of photos that fit nicely on the side of the Spark page. emoticon But I'll think of something.

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 6/5/2012 6:23AM

    OK Barb-you do make a point-again!

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SHARON10002 6/3/2012 12:11PM

    Wow, Barb! What definition! You are doing emoticon! The proof is there for you! emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 6/3/2012 8:56AM

    I see a six pack emoticon Hot Stuff!

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LEANJEAN6 6/3/2012 8:46AM

    Hi again Barb--I read your comments on my blog--and you hit it right on---- You made me chuckle about the Sharks--LOL---- OK--I'll go back to my "'lake scenes""--LOL---What a great role model you aRE!!! Spark on girl!!

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DRB13_1 6/2/2012 12:28PM

    You've tapped into the fountain of youth!
Go make that layup and then try for the three pointer.
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

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COMPUCATHY 6/2/2012 12:08PM

    I'm thinking some picture splicing will solve that problem! Congratulations! You look great! I was admiring your pictures and notice that even though you are saying you are at "maintenance", you seem to get firmer every year! Who can say that? YOU! You're awesome! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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ANDI571 6/2/2012 10:36AM

    I agree with Jeannie, I thank you for showing someone my age that it isn't over, that life can go on and be enjoyed. The days of little old ladies sitting around just getting old and fat are over with. You are awesome! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/2/2012 10:16AM

    WooHoo! You do look fantastic. Hooza!

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SUNNY332 6/2/2012 9:55AM


I love your progress photos.


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LJCANNON 6/2/2012 9:40AM

    emoticonTHANK YOU, Barb for being a Trail Blazer and being Brave enough to show other "Little Old Ladies In Training" that Maintenance is not only possible, it can be enjoyed too!!
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LEANJEAN6 6/2/2012 9:31AM

    You look MARVELLOUS--LOL----- Really , tho, you look so fit! I went back and looked at your fat picture too--It doesn't even look you now. You must be so proud! Keep it up Barb! Lynda emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/2/2012 8:30AM

    WOW!! It really shows. So good for you!! Great progress. Very wise to take those photos. How motivating! Keep up the great work! -Marsha

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MRS.DOYLE 6/2/2012 8:27AM

    The progress shows clearly.

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Giggles... paying it forward

Friday, June 01, 2012

A huge shout out to HOT4FITNESS who spurred me into doing a half marathon the first time, last year. Now I've unwittingly done the same thing for another Spark friend. I'm plotting a road trip to do the St. Petersburg, Florida Women's Half Marathon in November, and... ta-da, since she already HAS blogged her intentions, SLENDERELLA61 will be joining me for that 13.1 mile effort.

We'd been floating the idea of my coming down for the Lake to Lake 10K in November, but the timing on that wasn't great for my work life, and as it turns out the Women's HM just happens to fall within a couple of days of my 60th Birthday.

Here's the deal: I love symbolism in my athletic endeavors. For example, the Quest for the Vets, in honor of my son. The private 5K in time/date synch with the Race to Remember in Fort Worth. And this one, so close to my 60th milestone will be in a way, in honor of my grandfather, who was determined to stay fit, and did a 50 mile hike to celebrate his 60th, as I remember it.

OK 13.1 miles isn't 50, but it is MY symbolic gesture of defiance at the calendar. I shall be fit. And now I have a training goal beyond the triathlon.

Thank you, Deanna and Marsha. The Spark goes on! emoticon emoticon

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NEWMOMOVER40 6/5/2012 4:58AM

    It's great to hear your inspiration from your grandfather's achievement at the age of 60.

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DRB13_1 6/2/2012 12:31PM

    emoticon Yes, you are inspiring others and looking forward to seeing your bling! emoticon

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    Sounds like a good plan!

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SHARON10002 6/1/2012 9:52PM

    What a time the two of you will have together, and each other to motivate you onward and upward! Now I know that your drive to stay fit is in your genes!!! emoticon Can't imagine a 50 mile hike! emoticon

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ANDI571 6/1/2012 6:14PM

    I am in awe of you!

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ALOHAEV1 6/1/2012 6:07PM

    Hey, don't tell the youngsters but 60 is the NEW 40!!! If they don't believe it, they can just look to you.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/1/2012 10:25AM

    You are just more awesome every day1 It will be fun to do this with a fellow Sparker! You rock.

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SUNNY332 6/1/2012 9:32AM

Way to go - paying it forward.

Keep up the inspiration and keep on paying it forward.


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WATERMELLEN 6/1/2012 9:15AM

    Cheers to two of my fave SP friends!! You are awesome!!

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LJCANNON 6/1/2012 8:49AM

    emoticonSharing the Spark and the Milestones in our Lives with our Spark Friends is what makes THIS Journey different - And More Successful! - than most Fitness or Weightloss Programs.

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_LINDA 6/1/2012 7:40AM

    WoW!! That is fantastic! Now we see where the strive to achieve amazing fitness goals comes from -I can't imagine that -your grandfather doing a 50 mile hike -that takes my breath away! You certainly did succeed in finding a topper after the tri and taking along a fellow friend and Spark buddy is the icing on the cake -well done!!
Keep on inspiring 'seniors' to new heights of fitness you are amazing!

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LEANJEAN6 6/1/2012 7:32AM

    Wow Barb!!!!--I must look for Marathons up here --I'd get to meet you then---- Good for you to challenge yourself like that!!----Inspirational!-Lynda

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MSLZZY 6/1/2012 7:04AM

    I knew you would find something that fit your ideals
and now you have the perfect opportunity. You can
do anything you set your mind on and you will do
fantastic! HUGS!

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EBEAMS 6/1/2012 6:50AM

    I am right there with you. Non-runners might scoff at the idea that the "thought" behind the run is valid but it's not. On Memorial Day I did a "secret reason" run with my husband and just completing the 6 miles made me more thankful for what I have. Being inspired to give through your physical action is a very noble thing indeed ... thank you for sharing your great positive spirit with the world! emoticon

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If not now, when?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Funny how things kind of fall together into themes. After writing that phrase yesterday, this link showed up in the Spark e-mail this morning.

Such a great reminder that NOW is all we have. As I look at my calendar for the rest of the year, and process the endorphins from Monday back into "normal"... I ponder how often I need to have an event to keep me motivated (and training, because that's what keeps me fit and healthy) without burning out or hurting myself. Once a month? Every six weeks?

I have to carefully balance the energy it takes and the energy it gives. I don't have another one until July 14th... is that too long? Not really, that 5K fits in to the TRI training, because the TRI itself is the 29th of July.

Dreaming along... after the TRI it gets fuzzy, so decisions beyond that are yet to be made. We know there are always opportunities, and there is life to fit in around it all...

If not now, when? Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 5/31/2012 9:59PM

    All we have is today and now - that's why it's called "the present". Knowing you, you'll find lots to do to keep on going and going and going and . . .

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LEANJEAN6 5/31/2012 9:27PM

    Hi again Barb--I see you are back swimming---It feels good I bet!-Lynda

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SUE_2U 5/30/2012 6:39PM

    You are so very right. Now is all we have. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/30/2012 11:23AM

    You are an Energizer Bunny! No such thing as "I can't do it"!

Keep up your work. You're definitely an inspiration.

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MSLZZY 5/30/2012 10:34AM

    Look ahead for opportunites for action and motivation.
You manage to fit so much into life and I want to grow
up to be just like you.
I read that article this morning and it triggered a
sense of perfect timing. If not now, when? No time
like the present! TY!

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KNITLEIGH 5/30/2012 10:21AM

    This is so true! I think it applies to many areas of our lives!

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SUNNY332 5/30/2012 8:59AM

    The Moment is now....

I have to agree with Kathy that the only thing I have gained by waiting is weight.

Thanks and have a fab day!


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ALOHAEV1 5/30/2012 8:36AM

    I need a nap...

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LEANJEAN6 5/30/2012 8:10AM

    July 14th??--Another one??---- Well, it will keep you motivated ----LOL--You are so fit

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KALIGIRL 5/30/2012 8:08AM

    Isn't it amazing how the opportunities abound if we look for them?

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_LINDA 5/30/2012 8:04AM

    If running is your passion and that is how you would like to keep in shape, it sounds like you may need the odd run to look forward to, to test your fitness level and to have fun with, earning some bling. Good thing that 5 k does fit in with your tri training. To me, tri is the ultimate. I have to wonder if anything after that will seem quite as intense or as interesting for you.. You are challenging yourself fast. So I will be very interested in knowing what is next.. You are really ramping up the now, its the after I am curious about. How can you follow that amazing feat?
Points to Ponder.
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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AZMOMXTWO 5/30/2012 7:45AM

  Now is the time to get going thank you for sharing

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Tuesday's pep talk

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I am still full of endorphins from yesterday, so forgive me for rambling!

What I am luxuriating in this morning is the realization that I never would have ATTEMPTED this kind of event 23 years ago. Or 10 years ago. Or even 5 years ago (when I was fairly fit).

My son's courage has given me added impetus (sp?). Several friends and family dealing with illness have also spurred me to an attitude of "if not now, when?"

And it dawned on me that I am now living like a naturally normal sized person might. The armor of the fat weighed me down from making some choices, but it was also the prison of the brain/mindset: what would so-and-so THINK if I did such-and-such?

Never let the judgment of others push you to inaction. Yes, I just said "push to inaction". The paralysis of fearing the opinions of others holds one back from achieving dreams.

This dream? Just plain living! Active, and free, and yes, fit.

After I crossed the finish line, while I was lined up to hose off, a man approached me and asked to take my picture. He had recently had a knee replaced. He asked, if I didn't mind, my age... and I proudly told him I'll be 60 in November! I talked to a little girl, and to some women 20 odd years younger than I... and my message to them was the same: never give up. Let yourself play in the mud... you can always wash it off! You have to make it a priority, you have to keep working at it.

Why? Because you're worth it. And it feels SOOOO good!


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SLENDERELLA61 5/31/2012 9:13PM

    Active, free, and fit!! Yes, you are. So glad you have just luxuriated in your well deserved endorphins. "If not now, when?" I'm going to remember to ask myself that question often. It's a great one! -Marsha

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ALOHAEV1 5/30/2012 7:10AM

    Of course it's OK not to mind your age!!! You are a very young late 50ish wear that badge proudly. High Five

We should all copy/paste your push to inaction, keep it as a reminder.

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_LINDA 5/30/2012 2:21AM

    Keep on soaring high and never giving up! I can see you as another one of those running until 100!
Spark on!

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KRISZTA11 5/29/2012 3:07PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed the obstacle course so much : )

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KALIGIRL 5/29/2012 3:03PM

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KNITLEIGH 5/29/2012 1:50PM

    Well said! Thank you!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/29/2012 11:51AM

    Right on! This morning on the news I saw a news blurb about an 80 some year old woman who went skydiving and slipped out of her harness. OMG . . . She was absolutely as cool as a cucumber AND had no injuries . . . the diving buddy held onto her for dear life during the descent.

Now I want that to be ME @ that age. Don't know exactly about the jumping out of a moving plane, but definitely don't want to be afraid to tackle things -- I don't want fear to make me inert!

Thanks for this wonderful blog AND your wonderful example of how to get 'er done. Army strong!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/29/2012 9:10AM

    "I am now living like a naturally normal sized person might. The armor of the fat weighed me down from making some choices, but it was also the prison of the brain/mindset: what would so-and-so THINK if I did such-and-such? "

That is what plagues me day-in and day-out. Your attitude and accomplishments inspire me to want to be a "mini-Barb"! All joking aside, though, you are an inspiration to many, many people.

Congrats again on a job well done!

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CONCHA77 5/29/2012 8:40AM

    Wonderful Blog! Way to Go, Barb. emoticon

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SUNNY332 5/29/2012 8:23AM

    You are so right. We should never, never, never give up. Our success is out there waiting for us.

Glad you are riding high on those endorphines. BTW - the spelling was correct.



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KNEWMETODAY 5/29/2012 7:56AM

    Amazing! Congratulations! It is such a good feeling to accomplish something you might previously not considered doing.

One of many things, I'm sure!!

Kathy emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/29/2012 7:55AM

    Love listening in on your pep talks to you: it's amazing that doing the right stuff also feels so right!

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