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I did not compete... was a spectator...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

but still managed to log over 25,000 steps on the pedometer, and the body media says I was "moderately active" for 7 1/2 hours. I walked a portion of the running route. Was thoroughly intimidated by where the half ironman buoys sat out in the water. But it was a blast. Talked to a lot of athletes and their families. Got my canine fix, including a pets for a very personable GSP named Ellie.

And I'm about to meet Mary (Love_2_Laugh) for dinner tonight before I head home tomorrow! The jeans with a story are going to come with us. emoticon

This has been a great trip, so far, feeding soul and body. Being out in the beauty of nature AND being active? What could be better? emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 6/17/2012 10:48PM

    Hope you learned lots, and had a great dinner and visit with Mary. Safe trip back home, too. . .

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THEEASYKILL30 6/17/2012 10:39AM

    25,000 steps without being a participant is pretty impressive. emoticon

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_LINDA 6/17/2012 9:52AM

    Wow! 25,000 steps sounds pretty amazing to me! Just being there counts for something, you rock! Enjoy your meet with a Spark friend! Whay an awesome day!!!
Well done!!
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ALOHAEV1 6/17/2012 9:02AM

    Moderately active, what did it show after meeting with Mary! Wonderful...

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DEBRITA01 6/16/2012 9:15PM

    Since you were in WI, I was wondering if you'd meet up with Mary...hope you have fun at dinner. Your weekend trip seems like it's been a great one for you. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2012 8:54PM

    Wonderful! Hope you and Mary have a great dinner together tonight.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/16/2012 8:05PM

    Can't imagine anything better: friends, activity, nature, meeting new people with similar interests, pets, food = WOW! Good for you.

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SUNNY332 6/16/2012 7:48PM

    Oh, do enjoy your evening with Mary and have a safe trip home.

Glad you enjoyed the outing even if you didn't compete.

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 6/16/2012 7:03PM

    sounds like a great time, for sure! Safe travels.

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KARIDIAN1 6/16/2012 6:47PM

    Sounds like a great time. Have fun at dinner and have a safe trip home.

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KRISZTA11 6/16/2012 6:17PM

    It was a great idea to watch the race, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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KASEYCOFF 6/16/2012 5:28PM

    Now that is a day to remember, ain't?
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WATERMELLEN 6/16/2012 5:25PM

    Sounds terrific!! Active and connected: can't be beat . ..

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 6/16/2012 5:23PM

    It sounds like you still had a fabulous day - enjoy the dinner and drive safely.
Cheers
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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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