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LOONG Day... but satisfying, too.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rolled out of bed at 4:20 a.m., as usual. Swam my 1000 yards at the gym... then went home and had breakfast, made sure the kitties have everything they need to survive for three days without me, and backed out of my garage at 7 a.m.

Hit a heavy downpour between Omaha and Des Moines, on a stretch of road construction. Visibility lousy. But got through it. After that, much easier drive. It cleared off and I saw some parts of the country I haven't before, and some I hadn't in a while... windmills have sprung up in Iowa that weren't there the last time I drove across.

I managed to find my way to High Cliff State Park to the expo where the packet pickups were happening, so was able to pump a many-time participant for what I need to know to be a spectator tomorrow. It is my plan to arrive plenty early and have an active time while I watch. My training plan calls for a 40 minute run... I think I can tuck that around being a spectator.

Now... best get myself to bed so I will have the vim and vigor for that active day tomorrow.

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SHARON10002 6/17/2012 10:46PM

    Another adventure for you! Hope you did well in your endeavor.

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ONUTHIN125 6/16/2012 5:26PM

    emoticon You have the most energy! Spark On! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 6/16/2012 1:03PM

    Have fun! emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/16/2012 9:28AM

    Thinking of you today as you compete. I just know you are going to SHINE!


Sunny

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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2012 8:23AM

    You are such an inspiration!!!! Good job. HUGS! Rooting for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MNTWINSGAL 6/16/2012 12:02AM

    Such a smart move, Barb! Now when your tri comes up you will have all the info you need for success! Enjoy Wisconsin!

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2012 11:02PM

    All best!!

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LEANJEAN6 6/15/2012 10:58PM

    OMG Barb--Is the race to-morrow??-----And you are Sparking???--And you were up at 4am???--Amazing!--Lynda

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Brick the second

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today on the calendar it said "Brick"... and in the details of the plan it said bike 30 minutes, run 10 minutes, walk 20 minutes. In short a carbon copy of last week's first brick.

Since I had taken today as vacation, I did some morning errands, and didn't get around to the brick until 11 a.m. It was warm and sunny out, and I chose a different route to bike, doing a straight out and back this time. It took 35 minutes. The transition to foot travel went faster this time, taking a scant 4 minutes. Better organized, more than anything else... did the same things... put bike away, potty stop, hydrate, change headgear, and head out.

Again I was slathering on sunscreen as I did the two minute warm up walk leading up to the run... and I kept jogging for 15 after the two, not just ten minutes. Then I walked it out for the remainder of the time.

So now, showered and fed, contemplating a bit of a nap before packing up the car. The plan is to have it packed before I hit the pool in the morning... contemplating even not coming home but hitting the road straight from the gym, but we shall see. It all depends on how well prepared I am before bedtime, I guess, and how organized on the way TO the gym... if I forget anything, guess who's coming home for it, rather than live without for the sake of 20 minutes delay?

Ahhhh! A good Spark Day. If I don't see you before Tuesday... imagine me Sparking in real life, off line and having adventures.

  
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HEALTHYOTTER 6/16/2012 2:09PM

    Enjoy! Congrats on Brick #2!

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SUNNY1432 6/15/2012 10:04PM

    GOOD LUCK!! emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 6/15/2012 11:54AM

    emoticon emoticon Have a great week-end. Spark On! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 6/14/2012 10:11PM

    You did good!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/14/2012 7:40PM

    Love your adherence to your training plan. You are just doing great!!! -Marsha

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SUNNY332 6/14/2012 7:37PM

    You are doing awesome. Keep up the great work.

If we don't hear from you, we will know you are "sparking in real life".

Hugs, Sunny

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BD3269PM 6/14/2012 7:09PM

    doing great emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 6/14/2012 6:50PM

    Have an awesome weekend - as I'm sure you intend to do!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2012 5:48PM

    You rock!!

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LEANJEAN6 6/14/2012 4:09PM

    Oh my goodness yuou are ambitious Barb!!!--Good for you!!--You must be proud of your accomplishments! Lynda

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Motivation: surprises

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yesterday after work I opted to NOT do the "run 30 minutes" workout on the TRI training plan, and instead headed to the gym to do my trainer's workout #6. I hadn't done it since my last meeting with her, which would have been... hmmmm.... April 14th. About two months ago.

In between I finished the half marathon and kicked up the training by several notches, gaining my momentum back and getting psyched for the upcoming triathlon. As I started working my training plan, I've tried to get one strength workout in each week, mostly successfully.

To do this, though, requires me to either double up one of my "lighter" cardio days with the strength, or skip a cardio workout to do the weights. Yesterday, I opted to skip the cardio, figuring that since I had done a good deal longer than the plan called for both Saturday and Sunday, this was a reasonable decision.

What I was surprised by was when I got to the captain's chair leg raises? Well, I had a "where did THAT come from?" reaction! When I did this with the trainer in attendance in April, I had to reset my stance three times in the 12 reps! This time, I hopped up there, and pumped out my 12 reps without a thought or a slip!

Cross training is working! Finding surprising strength in myself is a great motivation to keep up the self-care. It makes me smile. And it helps my sporting life, too.

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

  
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SHARON10002 6/17/2012 10:50PM

    You are truly amazing and making amazing progress, Barb!

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APRILLSCOTT 6/14/2012 9:25AM

    Sounds like you are doing what it takes to keep you in shape. I can't wait for the triathlon. All I can say is "You have come a long way mama!" It is very inspiring to me! Keep it up you inspire me! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/14/2012 8:30AM

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You have got it cased! You are amazing!

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KALIGIRL 6/14/2012 7:58AM

    Ah the joys of health!

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MRS.DOYLE 6/14/2012 2:45AM

    The sky is the limit. emoticon

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SUE_2U 6/14/2012 12:03AM

    Wow that is awesome! You are doing splendidly!
Thanks again for your kind words.
I'm so sorry to hear of your sis. And thankful she's doing well without cancer, but sorry to hear of the Carpal Tunnel. That is frustrating. Ugh... So many meds so many side effects and there should be more alternatives. Like what they want me to take is instead of the ginger? And golly give me parkinson's instead? Right. I'll just keep sucking on ginger, or throwing up. I'd rather throw up than have Parkinson's.

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COMETER 6/13/2012 10:09PM

    GREAT surprise! Why is it surprising when something that's supposed to work, actually does work? Especially when it comes to our fitness practices.

You're an ongoing inspiration--thanks for that!

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ANDI571 6/13/2012 8:20PM

    Again I say, You are so awesome! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/13/2012 8:14PM

    Celebrate! Celebrate! Here's to your proof of your increasing strength!! That is just great, Barb. This kind of surprise can be very motivating! Enjoy your accomplishment. Enjoy your surprising fitness.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/13/2012 8:06PM

    You are a regular motivated machine!!! Good work.

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SUNNY332 6/13/2012 7:45PM

    Now - Where did that come from? H-E-L-L-O??? You are a machine.

Love it and I am smiling with you! Huggers, Sunny



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Motivation: events

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Most of us have at least a mental list of things we want to do before we exit the human scene: a bucket list. They may be events to see, like a child's wedding or a grandchild's birth, graduation or wedding. They may be places to go: Australia, Europe, America's Grand Canyon or Redwood forests... maybe if you're young and adventurous, the moon!

Or they could be smaller things, things to do or learn to do: ride a horse, get yourself on skis or ice skates, dance, sing. In my case, the timed triathlon is one of those bucket list things.

Motivation starts with a dream and a vision: seeing ourselves in that dream. Then it becomes more real as we research and find out ways to make it real. Find an event. Make sure you have the time to prepare for it (in my case, train to the point where you can cross the finish line and not end up in the ER at the end of the day...) Sign up: commit yourself by putting your $ on the line. And follow through.

I truly believe that one of the major keys to maintaining a weight loss is living the life you lost the weight to live. If your original motivation was family, in maintenance, USE that... spend time with that family, or if they live far away, send pictures, skype, e-mail, phone. Do things in your local life that you can share with them.

If your original motivation was to be more active, make sure that you find a way to keep being active and having fun.

In my opinion, FUN is fundamental. Motivate yourself with the events you see as fun, and remind yourself daily that you are worth of living fully.

Life is good... if not now, when? Spark on! emoticon

  
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APRILLSCOTT 6/14/2012 9:30AM

    What a great motivational blog! You are so right Fun is fundamental! Thanks for the motivation I needed today! Now I have to get moving! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/14/2012 8:36AM

    Fun for me is exercise, and now I can enjoy as many classes as I want without worrying about keeping up or running out of steam! May everyone find their own personal joy in their healthy lifestyle!
Spark on wise one!

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LEANJEAN6 6/13/2012 9:10AM

    Losing the fat and being healthier is at the top of my list too---maybe having legs that don't hurt too--LOL----Lordy BE!------I would love to live longer too-----LOL----Lynda

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KALIGIRL 6/13/2012 8:25AM

    " living the life you lost the weight to live" - if only we knew what that was...

Nothing wrong with adding a little emoticon along the way!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/13/2012 5:41AM

    YES!
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MEDDYPEDDY 6/13/2012 1:42AM

    You are right FUN is the key word to motivation, at least for me.

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MSLZZY 6/12/2012 11:17PM

    Thank you for sharing a new way to look at motivation
and what it means to me. My life, my choices and my
reasons to make it a life worth living. HUGS!

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SUNNY1432 6/12/2012 10:14PM

    Your blogs are ALWAYS interesting and this one really hit home to me. THANKS!!!~ Rachel emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 6/12/2012 8:55PM

    Excellent blog...spot on! I agree 100%. It is one of the things that is lacking for me at this time and that I need to think about and figure out. If I can set some goals...my motivation will follow. Thank you! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/12/2012 7:52PM

    Living a healthy life is on the top of my Bucket List and my motivation to keep on. I know I can not reverse the lung disease but with regular exercise, I can keep it from getting worse. So many people just sit down when diagnosed with a chronic illness. I am so thankful I have a doctor who would not let me do that and that I get the support I need from my Spark Friends.

Great Blog!

Thanks, Barb.

Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 6/12/2012 7:11PM

    Profound blog! So very true! Use what motivated you to lose in order to maintain. Makes so much sense, but for years I didn't. Can't wait to hear all about your tri-. And, of course, I'm so much looking forward to our HM. Take care. Happy training, Marsha

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SHARON10002 6/12/2012 6:00PM

    Very insightful and motivating, Barb. Thanks for spurring me onward!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/12/2012 10:07AM

    I couldn't agree w/you more! Being in maintenance it's all about living the life I wanted to live when I lost weight!

Dream your dreams, live your dreams . . . always!

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MNTWINSGAL 6/12/2012 8:16AM

    Love your insights...and in this case, very timely for me. Thanks Barb!

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LEANJEAN6 6/12/2012 8:09AM

    Motivation for me is to not have Diabetes---and be healthy--lower Blood Pressure---- I enjoy yer blogs---They always make me think---Thanks--Lynda-

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Motivation: survival

Monday, June 11, 2012

Yesterday morning I received an e-mail from my sister. She was looking for family who might be free to go with her to the Children's Zoo for "Cancer Survivors' Day" that evening.

I jumped on the chance because lately we've been busy, and haven't seen a lot of family... skipped Memorial Day as an excuse to gather... I hadn't hugged her since Easter. You get the drift.


She's doing great, by the way. Cancer all gone. Some side effects of the after-surgery drugs managed to elevate another issue, though. She had to have carpal tunnel surgery last week. But here she is, stalking a peacock so I can catch its photo. She's getting stronger with that right hand every day.


He's a bit back-lit, so doesn't show up as well as in real life.


There was an inspiring speaker, of course, sharing HER cancer journey, and the audience listened intently, as every survivor has a story.

As we walked back to the car, having enjoyed a visit to a lovely environment, my sis said she sometimes feels like a "fraud", "not much of a survivor" because she had a fairly easy time of it. Balderdash! What if she hadn't heeded the signs (small lump)? What if she'd stayed in denial, not got it checked out?

I'm very glad my sister is with us today... because she paid attention! My challenge is different. I am a compulsive overeater. I, too, have to pay attention! Because only by paying attention to our health can we have an impact on the outcomes. Decisions and choices *do* make a difference.

Make good ones today. Because life is good, and worth preserving, and worth living well!

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_LINDA 6/14/2012 8:43AM

    So glad your sister was alert and took care of herself to be cancer free. That diagnosis would bring anyone to their knees! She is indeed a survivor!! May we all pay attention to what is going on with ourselves and take care of anything that comes up properly! Living healthy allows you to enjoy life to its fullest, no holds barred!
Here is to being AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/12/2012 7:13PM

    Life is good!! So glad your sister is doing well. Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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SHARON10002 6/11/2012 9:53PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your sister! Thank goodness that they caught it early. I hope you both have many more wonderful years together! Sounds like you love her very much.

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DEBRITA01 6/11/2012 4:16PM

    You're so right, paying attention is so important and can make all the difference in the outcome. My mom's quick discovery of a small lump (which resulted in a mastectomy and a stem cell transplant) may have saved her life. She is celebrating 15 yrs in remission.

Cancer is cancer, no matter the stage or size tumor. It is insidious and those who battle it are warriors! Your sister is courageous and I sense modest, as well. Glad you had an opportunity to bond over such a great cause/outing.

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BARBAELLEN 6/11/2012 3:57PM

    My most important charitable involvement is with a cancer support center. The one thing that comes through loud and clear is that survivors know a life before cancer and a life after cancer, no matter how bad or easy the experience is. Your sister is one of the many lucky ones who had an easier experience. Odds are good that with proper care, the outcome will be fine. Waiting for a problem to emerge before taking care of ourselves is not the way to go. Fortunately, with awareness, more and more people DO pay attention. It can sure make a difference!

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ANDI571 6/11/2012 3:47PM

    Loved your blog today. I agree that she IS a survivor. Just hearing those words no matter how big or small can be devastating. I'm glad you got to spend time together.

I have a childhood girlfriend that is a breast cancer survivor. I am in awe of her strength.

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KRISZTA11 6/11/2012 3:23PM

    Congrats to your sister to fighting cancer!
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Both my mom and MIL had breast cancer surgery and treatment more than 5 years ago, and they are in good health, I hope your sister will stay healthy too!


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MSLZZY 6/11/2012 11:46AM

    She sounds like the type of person who hates to
call attention to herself but she is still a survivor.
Just because she caught it early and had an
easier time with treatment doesn't lessen the
diagnosis. So glad she made the right decision
for herself and that you are doing what is right
for you. Have a great Monday. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2012 11:26AM

    Fraud? ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!! Good Lord . . . cancer is cancer is cancer. SHE IS A SURVIVOR!!!

My Mom's one year breast cancer survivor anniversary is Wednesday. We're going down to celebrate on Saturday! It is a momentous milestone!

My little sis struggles with kidney disease and has had lymphoma for 15 yrs. (it is a slow-growing, indolent type of cancer) so each and every single DAY as a survivor is precious.

So glad you got to spend time with your sister.

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MRS.DOYLE 6/11/2012 11:15AM

    It's important to hear about survivors. That gives more incentive to people to see their doctors early. The hope of a cure is much more real than it was years ago....thanks to all the research and fundraising.

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LJCANNON 6/11/2012 10:57AM

    emoticonCongratulations to your Sister! She is DEFINITELY a Survivor, and you are Right On about taking our Health and our Daily Choices Seriously. They DO Matter more than we sometimes realize.

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KALIGIRL 6/11/2012 8:14AM

    I can relate to your sis' feelings - having 22 days between 'discovery' and eradication would not qualify me as a survivor - not to mention, I didn't find it, my GP did.

I also can relate to your comments - we need to take our health 'seriously', savor and cherish it and 'treat our bodies like the temples they are!

Namaste my friend.
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