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The rest day really does give the next workout a boost

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Today I had the "run 50 minutes" workout on the calendar. As I have been doing since the beginning, I did my warm-up (9 minutes) without counting it toward the 50 minutes, and my cool-down after did not get counted, either. But both got counted in the distance/time I tracked on Spark.

The heat wave is moderating... only supposed to get up to 91 F today, after two days that topped 100. Still I wanted to get out before it heated up too much. I filled up the camelback to make sure I would have a ready hydration supply, and walked out the front door. Essentially, I ran the same route I biked on one of my earlier workouts... the one I described as biking through Watership Down? The clover and bunnies, small lakes and underpasses. I didn't go quite as far as I do on the bike, stopping and turning around at an easily measurable point for the mileage tracking.

I passed one other jogger on the way out, and he passed me back when I dropped for my walk/water break... muttering something about making him look bad. Seriously, anybody who is out being active today looks good in my book! Only the die-hards, right?

I've started reading Jeff Galloway's book, Half-Marathon: You can do it. This is because Marsha, with whom I'll be doing the women's half in November, is working with a Galloway running group, and I wanted to see what his method is all about. Yeah, I know, not supposed to look beyond the current goal race... but I'm reading up on it. I won't take my first time trial until sometime in August! But hopefully *having* another goal race beyond this one will give me a reason to not turn into a slug with the "finish line"... y'all know how I hate finish lines!

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:33PM

    You're a 10 in my book for exercising in this kind of heat!!! emoticon

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SUE_2U 7/8/2012 7:16AM

    Wow I can't believe you're out there this summer, running. It's so hot! You go, girl!
Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I appreciate it very much.

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_LINDA 7/7/2012 10:48PM

    Wow you rock! Showing the guys how its done, and in the heat too!! Even my northern province is experiencing heat like it usually never does. I may speedwalk in it, but wouldn't dream of running in it. That place sounds wonderful to exercise in!
I don't think there will ever be a finish line in your future. There will always be another race and another goal, because you have the drive and ambition to succeed and get better and better..
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KARIDIAN1 7/7/2012 10:03PM

    You are making me look like such a wimp. The heat let up some after a super duper storm last night. Still was sunny and high 80's when I got off work. We ran some errands after Jim picked me up from work and then home for the evening. Jim was at the range today testing some more loads while I was at work. We talked about going back out there, but I opted to suggest doing the errands tonight and then relax.

We both cut our hair before we put in the Latest Mission impossible DVD "Ghost Protocol" to watch. One of the nice perks of having a Flowbee!

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MSLZZY 7/7/2012 7:47PM

    Glad the heat has gone down for you, too. You seem
to have a firm grasp on where you want to be now
and in the future. Stick to it. You are always a
winner in my book! HUGS!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/7/2012 4:03PM

    Of course you stick to your training plan in the heat. I'd expect no less from you!! I think it's so cool to be at our age and able to "make" someone younger and maybe even male "look bad." You should be smiling from ear to ear!

I do have 3 Jeff Galloway books: Running Until You're 100, Women's Complete Guide to Running by Jeff & Barbara Galloway, and my newest that I'm currently reading, Galloway Training Programs. I also have the Complete Book of Running from Runner's World. They are very repetitive. But I don't have the one you are reading. Probably won't matter. They pretty much say the same thing.

The group I'm running with is now doing walk 1 minute, run 1 minute. Using that method at least 5 of them have finished a HM in 2:30-2:45 min. I may move up to the run 2 min/walk 1/run 2. Will depend on how my next pace test does. We do go slower because of the heat and humidity here.

Anyway, I'm so glad you are training for your tri, but thinking about our event, too. I can't wait to be running the longer runs. We are going to do great and thoroughly enjoy it! So glad we're going to do this together.

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SUNNY332 7/7/2012 1:45PM

    Too funny. Now, you quit making everyone else look bad!

What a great day! I know you had to smile at the remark and probably thought "if only" he knew me when...

You are amazing!

Hugs, Sunny

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JUNEAU2010 7/7/2012 12:18PM

    I applaud you for exercising in that heat! I am amazed and impressed!

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Rest Day and upcoming events

Friday, July 06, 2012

Today was a rest day on the training schedule, but from here on out the schedule gets a little weird, because of the three events: the Color Run on the 14th, the open water swim on the 21st, and the "bucket list" event of the year on the 28th.

Today the e-mail with the pre-race information for the Color Run arrived. This is an untimed event, a messy event, and event just for fun. How perfect for two weeks before the tri, to get the jitters out and have a fun workout. I do intend to take the camera, but I'm not taking a photo crew, so who knows if I'll actually get any taken.

Respecting the rest day... and looking forward to the weekend.

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:30PM

    Aaaaahhhh . . . a little R & R is always a good thing!

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_LINDA 7/7/2012 10:40PM

    Sounds not only like fun, but getting exercise in too, look forward to whatever photos you might capture!

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KARIDIAN1 7/7/2012 10:13PM

    Have fun and hope you can get some photos taken.

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WATERMELLEN 7/7/2012 8:35AM

    What a schedule! Glad you're doing the "rest" bits too!!

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MSLZZY 7/7/2012 8:00AM

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LEANJEAN6 7/7/2012 7:03AM

    Rest day--will be good for you--mamke you ready to go-----such an athlete!

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BD3269PM 7/7/2012 6:45AM

    You are keeping yourself really active. Yea to you...keep it up and keep on sparking emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/7/2012 4:51AM

    Wow, your July sounds pretty busy, Barb!
You are an inspiration!

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/6/2012 9:49PM

    Wow, that is impressing! I am maybe influenced by your background picture there...

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SUNNY332 7/6/2012 9:32PM

    Do enjoy your weekend. You have a lot coming up.

Hugs, Sunny

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It wasn't cheese, but someone moved it

Thursday, July 05, 2012

See inviting pool? It was empty when I got in it at 8 something this morning. It had a lovely lap clock sitting at the North end of the center lane, so I chose that one to swim in. I rejoiced, because swimming in that lane, with the clock right poolside, gave me the opportunity, even blind in my non-prescription goggles, to check my time more precisely.

I got down to business, settling my breathing, getting into my aquatic "stride" so to speak, and even checked my time when I got to 850 yards (20 yards further than the race distance) and it was a lovely 30 minutes, approximately. Imagine my surprise when I kept on swimming down and back and the next time I got to where the clock should be and paid attention... it had vanished!

Was I hallucinating? emoticon Nope, a water aerobics class was setting up next to my lane, and they moved the clock to where the class could see it to check their heart rates throughout their workout! What? The universe does NOT revolve around me? emoticon

Anyway, since I was slated to swim 1200 yards this morning, I just did like Dorrie, and kept on swimming. emoticon When I climbed out at the end, I peered at the now distant clock and figured my total time as approximately 42 minutes.

It was a great morning to swim. Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:28PM

    Sounds like you had a great swim! Nice pool!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2012 12:44PM

    Totally get you! Goodjob. Just keep swimming!

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DZDAZR2BGR8T 7/6/2012 8:39PM

    well, I'm surprised you didn't just jump the ropes and grab that clock and let that class know YOU were in training!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 7/6/2012 12:06PM

    Great blog!

Seems like you have the swim portion totally under control!

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LEANJEAN6 7/6/2012 8:28AM

    LOL--You are so dedicated--and the nerve of those people --coming into the pool--LOL---Keep on going---You are great!-Lynda

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KALIGIRL 7/6/2012 7:46AM

    emoticon you are so ready!

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SUNNYWBL 7/6/2012 12:22AM

    Awesome swim!

If the world really doesn't revolve around you, then who is the lucky one? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/5/2012 9:06PM

    Funny! I am blind without my glasses, if I fell in a lake or poll would probably swim away from shore or the pool edge.

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2012 9:04PM

    You are so funny: great that the exercise endorphins kicked in and extinguished the annoyance!!! Still: what a NERVE!!

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LJCANNON 7/5/2012 7:55PM

    emoticonI am Completely GABBERFLASTED!!! I Thought The Entire Universe revolved around US and Our Exercise!!!!

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CALLIKIA 7/5/2012 4:14PM

    *lol* How DARE they?!? ;) Great job continuing your swim even while distracted!

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ANDI571 7/5/2012 4:00PM

    So funny! emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 7/5/2012 2:44PM

    Your blog titles are the best. They catch my eye every time.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/5/2012 1:16PM

    Loved the title. (liked that cheese book years ago.) Enjoyed your blog. Good for you on such a swim and keeping going even when they moved your clock. Wish I could get into swimming again. Maybe if I just keep trying from time to time I'll find the key.

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SUNNY332 7/5/2012 12:56PM

    Too funny. emoticon You are doing good!

So sorry about the time clock.

Hugs, Sunny

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_LINDA 7/5/2012 11:35AM

    AWESOME pool time!!! Its going to be hot this weekend, with humidex warnings, so my exercise is going to be in the pool! Its so refreshing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!!

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MSLZZY 7/5/2012 11:21AM

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MIZCATHI 7/5/2012 11:08AM

    I love swimming! Great stretching opportunity, great for upper body, and improves lung capacity!

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SMURFETE09 7/5/2012 11:02AM

    I miss swimming. I used to swim in HS. That was 12 years ago. The 500 was my event. I loved it. I wish I had a pool I could swim laps in again.

The other day I was going through some old boxes and found my swim cap and goggles. Made me think of the good ol' days.

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Celebrating Independence Day

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

As I rode my bike through rows of flags lining the park's path at the end of my morning exercise, I had a great sense of gratitude. Later in the day, I backed my son's car out of the garage, kept its motor running, and gave it a nice bath. Just doing my bit to do something real for one of the less than 1% of the population who step up, put on a uniform, and serve.

May your day have the trappings of the Holiday, and a sense of what it takes to keep "the great experiment" that is our Nation alive, and a pause for thought of what will make it thrive into the future. Happy Birthday, USA.

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:26PM

    Spent the 4th with my son and DIL who are both serving! It's amazing how few step up to do their part to defend our country and preserve our freedom. Thanks to your son and all our Blue Stars who are out there shining brightly!

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ANDI571 7/5/2012 3:59PM

    Wow, only 1%? I didn't know it was that low. emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 7/5/2012 2:55PM

    Happy 4th of July!

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SUNNY332 7/5/2012 10:45AM

    What a great bike ride. I would have loved it.

I too am Christian and not ashamed of it.

Thank you to all of our soldiers as they sacrafice so much to serve.

Hugs to you, Sunny

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MSLZZY 7/5/2012 9:49AM

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Hope you notice the new icons like I just did!

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KALIGIRL 7/5/2012 8:11AM

    Less than 1% - no wonder we're so removed...
Giving thanks for people like your son emoticon emoticon
and a little emoticon too!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/5/2012 8:08AM

    Without our kids serving we would not be free

Tell your Son thanks for serving
Leah comes home from Kuwait the end of July
Samuel leaves for AFG the first week of Aug

God Bless our Troops

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_LINDA 7/5/2012 12:45AM

    Happy 4th!! Great way to celebrate! Many thanks to your son and others doing their part to keeping your great nation free!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/4/2012 10:16PM

    Arrived safe & sound in MO to attend Famikly DAy tomorrow and then graduation Friday. Can't wait to see DS tomorrow. Wahoo.

Happy 4th to you!

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KARIDIAN1 7/4/2012 9:26PM

    Happy 4th of July!

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COMETER 7/4/2012 6:27PM

    Happy Independence Day back at you! With an added wish for your son.

I admire your positive attitude, and thank you for posting regularly. I look forward to your blogs.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/4/2012 3:45PM

    Great move to celebrate the 4th with a car wash for your son who is serving! Proud to be an American!! -Marsha

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DANAWALKER4 7/4/2012 3:03PM

  Happy 4th of July. American and proud of it! Christian and not ahsmaed of it! I try to always so thankyou to those who served and are serving when I meet them. They deserve it.

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Monday pep talk: take rest day seriously!

Monday, July 02, 2012

It's now less than four weeks to my tri, and the training schedule is shifting once again. From here on out the workouts are longer / more intense... but there are TWO rest days on each week's schedule. The goal now is to allow the body the recovery time, and avoid injury!

So, that's the plan, Stan.

On the home front, reading news of power outages and thinking of Spark friends who might be affected. When I mentioned it being all over the news that folks are without AC to my son, he commented that there are lots of soldiers without AC in the heat of Afghanistan... and asked if that made the news, too?

Got the message loud and clear, Son: Remember that we are not the center of the universe... we've sent these guys and gals into conditions we whine about if we see them here. They don't have power crews working around the clock to "fix" it... it's just not there. Don't forget that they ARE there. It's easy to be complacent here at home, and focus on our "first world" problems.

Meantime, I swim, bike, and run away from my maternal worries. Yesterday morning, I biked on the MoPac trail, out into the countryside, in the relative cool of the morning. In my mind I ran a comparison to the trail I rode in Wisconsin a couple weeks back. This close to town, ours is a little better maintained, and more used. I encountered several other cyclists, several joggers, a handful of dog-walkers... all pre-8 a.m. on a Sunday.

The day heated up as predicted, and my second outing, a "brisk walk, 30 minutes" was not my speediest brisk pace at 6:15 p.m.

emoticon And this morning, I'm off to work, with a stop at the post office to ship a few things to my son, including a birthday card, in the hopes it reaches him by the day itself, mid-month.

Live your life! Remember others, but also take care of YOU. Don't take a single day for granted. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:23PM

    So many take for granted what they have as our sons and daughters are living and fighting in extreme conditions every day. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/3/2012 10:33PM

    Be careful and don;t overdo!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/3/2012 2:00PM

    Ah yes, how quickly we are to complain about the little inconveniences in life. Thank you for reminding me/us about the MANY sacrifices the men and women in our armed forces are making for us each day.

On another topic, I am slowly starting to dip my big toe back into the SP water. As frustrated and depressed as I get over the slips and slides backwards, I have learned that if I never give up there is always hope.

Here's to hope and a happy 4th! May God continue to bless this nation of ours.

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    THANK YOU! to all our men and women in tough places. Your son gets a "mental"handshake from me. I appreciate the service and sacrifice.

As to the storm, it hit Dad's trees in a big way. Of course I needn't worry about him any more, he's safe somewhere I can't go yet. I can show before/after pictures later.
The wind took 1/3 of the greater than 100 year old maple andsent it across the yard...away from the house thank goodness!

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APRILLSCOTT 7/2/2012 8:21PM

    I feel so ashamed I was talking yesterday about how bad this heat is. How bad it is on the older people, and how I did not want to step outside because it takes your breathe away. Just trying to breath in it is a chore. I do feel so bad for those without power. I would hate to be one of them. Your son is so correct. Our guys that are over there protecting our country are out in this type of weather everyday. We need to be so thankful and remember how much they do for us.

I also feel bad for my husband this morning as he was told he had to sign a paper stating that he has to work this week, and if there are complications from this weather that the company is not liable in any way shape or form. He had to do this or not have a job this morning. I thought it was pretty sorry of the company he works for. He works on the roads and they are pretty use to hot weather. All I can say is I am so thankful for him and all he does to keep this family a float. I guess American men can rough all kinds of things for their families and their countries.

Wishing you the best on your training for the Tri. Please be careful and don't overdo! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/2/2012 3:08PM

    My daughter is one of those affected by the derecho weather system that went through a 670 mile radius. Wow. No, it's not Afghanistan. He's got a huge point.

Makes me feel kind of guilty sitting in my AC office having fun on my computer!

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_LINDA 7/2/2012 3:07PM

    Good for your son reminding us we actually have it easy here, and its all thanks to the military protecting us and giving us our freedom! I personally, would never use A/C, think its bad for my health and the enviroment. We are having high humidity here and I am not used to the sweat pouring off me when working out, but will never put any excuses up and still will just get it done. The gyms I go to also do not have A/C.
Good for you taking the rest days -this is something I have trouble doing. I feel if I don't move it I will lose it..
Good luck with your training, water being your new best friend to ward off the effects of that heat..

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KASEYCOFF 7/2/2012 3:03PM

    You're so right about how easy it is to overdo it, especially when the temps climb - sounds like your plan is right on track, tho. Do you think someone could take a bit of video so you can post us a clip of The Big Event?

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PENNYAN45 7/2/2012 2:09PM

    Your son had a good message for all of us - with a new perspective on all our 'problems.'

And you, too, Barb, are a real inspiration for us.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views with us each day.

You are a bright shining light leading the way.


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SLENDERELLA61 7/2/2012 2:02PM

    Taking the rest days seriously is good advice. I was really tired yesterday. Not sure if it was my run on Sunday, didn't eat enough, didn't sleep well enough, or perhaps fighting off a cold - my throat's kind of scratchy and DD and DGKs have coughs. Anyway, I rested, and enjoyed my run today.

Thanks for reminding us of our young men and women who serve. Bless them.

Sounds like you are totally committed and right on track on your training. Good job!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/2/2012 1:53PM

    Not taking a single day for granted. And: thanks to your son for the reminder. All best to him and all his buddies. It's not a job anyone wants to do, but it's a job that has to be done.

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ANDI571 7/2/2012 11:52AM

    Wow, your son makes one think doesn't he? We have a tendency to sit in our comfort and forget what our soldiers have to endure.

My daughter was without her electric for 12 hours on Friday, and several in the neighborhood they were still working on throughout the weekend. We were lucky and didn't lose it at all.

Again, you are awesome!

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MSLZZY 7/2/2012 11:29AM

    Live life in the here and now and count your
blessings. It all can change in the blink of an
eye. So glad you gave me something to think
on today. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2012 9:44AM

    Barb, you hit the nail on the head. My thoughts are with our soldiers enduring conditions we've sent them to. Wishing your son safety and a very happy birthday!!

I do feel very badly for those without power, displaced by storm damage and other results of the catastrophic weather for sure. Wishing them safety as well. But let's not forget our soldiers.

HUGS, Barb.

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KALIGIRL 7/2/2012 8:14AM

    Here's to living life gratefully!

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LEANJEAN6 7/2/2012 8:05AM

    Good advice Barb!!---- And Happy Birthday to son #1--(yers!)--Lynda

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BRASKIN 7/2/2012 7:46AM

  good luck with the workouts....

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GOLFERGIRL21 7/2/2012 7:42AM

    Thank you so much for this blog. My cousin just got back in April from a 12 month deployment in Afghanistan, and will be going back within the year.

Good luck with your workouts! And yes- REST is great :)

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