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Success - who gets the credit?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SUNNY332 Sparked this blog when she asked in her comment to yesterday's bonus blog: "When are you going to be featured in the WW magazine?"

The short answer to that question is never.

Why? Because 1) I never reached my goal weight with WW, and 2) I was not successful at maintaining that loss. Therefore, WW would not be able to claim me as a success story.

AFTER that, I did keep *most* of the 80 pounds off for nearly 5 years. But then "life happened" and I had, as I kind of hand-waved over, more lessons to learn. And most of MY life lessons have tended to come in the form of lapses in eating and exercise habits, and a lot of self-blame and feelings of worthlessness. I regained.

Weight Watchers is not the ONLY commercial or non-commercial tool I have used in getting to where I am today. I purchased and read tons of books.

At one point I went to TOPS meetings because they were more affordable at the time than WW, but I ended up stopping with that because I did not feel at home there... there was a lot of crafts and food in the group I was in, and it just wasn't ME. I started feeling "less than" the other women who seemed to have different more fulfilling lives than I did. I regained.

I sort of despaired of the commercial tools and even the books at one point, about the time Oprah and Bob Greene's first book came out, and wrote in my personal journal, "I need to write my OWN success story."

Years later, in a therapy session when asked what I did for myself... a light bulb went on and I realized I was at my happiest when I was *working on* my weight/fitness. Spark AHA related to this? That it was the healthy habits that made me happy, not the results on the scale! I started losing again.

After battling the pounds back off, as an empty nester in 2007, I noticed binge behaviors coming back, and I went to the last house on the block: Overeaters Anonymous. There I found a whole new set of insights. Among them that there indeed *is* a physiological element to my own weight issues. And an emotional one. But then I overextended myself into social situtations with THAT group, and ended up leaving and regaining yet again!

I finally ended up with Jenny Craig, not because I believed in their program, but because my daughter in law wanted to try it, and it was less expensive for her if we both joined. I flat out told the director of the center that nothing they had to offer would ensure success! There are still grocery stores, and I have money!

So seriously, the lessons learned in OA are probably the ones most valuable to me in long-term maintenance. One, I now recognize that I truly am a compulsive eater, and some things are just going to require daily diligence... for the rest of my life. Some things that work for folks who just have sloppy habits with food or need to learn about nutrition are NOT going to work for me.

Two, I now fully accept that I cannot control the scale. I can only control my own behavior, and that only through the grace of a higher power who gives me first the willingness and then the ability to stick with the program for ONE decision at a time.

Three, enter SparkPeople. I now have a place to go where people don't get tired of hearing my babbling... my real life friends and family probably *do* wear out from this stuff. The "normals" are puzzled that someone like me has to keep working at it, just to stay in the same place!

So, who gets the credit? ALL of them, to some extent. Because they are ALL good tools. In the end, the decisions are mine. But mostly, I'm grateful to that Higher Power, which re-lights the spark, and gave me the body that amazingly has responded to being treated well.

Life is Good... Spark on!
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ALOHAEV1 8/1/2012 8:53AM

    I hope this blog makes it to the top so many more will read and learn from this!

We've all been there, done that, learning from your enthusiasm knowing it hasn't been an easy road race. When I grow up want to be like you - a bad a## woman.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/1/2012 5:51AM

    You are OUR success story.
And a hope I can get on your bandwagon. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/31/2012 10:54PM

    You worked YOUR plan. SP just gave you the tools and knowledge.

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MSLZZY 7/31/2012 6:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonA
very refreshing outlook on who is in charge.

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_LINDA 7/31/2012 6:25PM

    Like Sparks says, we are all an experiement of one. We have to find out what pertains to us and actually suits our particular needs. Being exposed to so many programs, books and ideas allowed you to cherry pick the things you needed to take away from them. You are now successsful because you found your formula and are sticking with it! Keep on writing about your experences and keep on being amazing!
You go Barb!!

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SUNNYWBL 7/31/2012 4:47PM

    Your persistence gets the credit! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 7/31/2012 2:59PM

    I think the most valuable lesson I learned from making "the rounds" of all the programs is that they all work ... if you work it. The key (as you've discovered) to making a permanent change is to find out what uniquely motivates you and then use that knowledge to design a plan for success. After that, of course, is dealing with the compulsion one day at a time because, as they say, no matter how far down the road you are, you're always the same distance from the ditch. Having spent a lot of time in the ditch in the last few years, I can testify!

Love your blog!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/31/2012 2:29PM

    My journey parallels yours. WW was a major part of my success and still is, but without SparkPeople I probably would have gained it back again. I tried many, many other programs - TOPS, OA, NutriSystem among them. WW, SP, and Beck Diet Solution have been the most helpful to me. No, I'll never be featured as a success story for any one program, because I took parts I needed from many sources. Doesn't matter. My success is mine; Your success is yours. To success!!To SparkFriends who understand!! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/31/2012 1:15PM

    You've hit on sooooo many key points, but I think one of the most important is that you discovered practicing healthy lifestyle habits made you happy! I'm right with you on that. All I have to do is look @ my BEFORE picture when I was close to if not 200 lbs. and SEE how unhappy I was! Oh, there were all kinds of situational excuses, but none of that really matters, as I've learned on my SP journey. I FEEL better following my acquired and practiced healthy lifestyle habits, so I feel happy! It shows in my AFTER picture! I am the me that I've always been, just less of me and happier! *I* can see it in my eyes when I look @ photos of me now.

The second really important point I think is to realize, no matter the progream, YOU and YOU alone are the one responsible and get credit for your success, because YOU did and still are doing the work! Just my 2 cents worth on that.

I did WW way back when, too, but never kept it up. I think the focus was too much on FOOD and not on LIFESTYLE.

I would be so disappointed to attend a meeting focusing on lifestyle habits that featured food! Good grief!!!

Great blog and thank you.

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RONNIEHUEY 7/31/2012 11:51AM

    Loved your blog! emoticon

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SUNNY332 7/31/2012 11:38AM

    You are, however, a huge success story and I think the credit goes to you!

Hugs, Sunny

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EBEAMS 7/31/2012 9:26AM

    I LOVE this blog! What a work of art you are ... and a blessing too! LOL ... believe me, I understood every single word you said! I'm right there with ya! Keep it up!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/31/2012 8:57AM

    It's wonderful that there's no age limit to learning lessons in life.

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NEWMOM20121 7/31/2012 8:37AM

    Very nicely said. You are so right on.

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2012 8:35AM

    Here's to finding what works and recognizing what we need to watch.
Namaste my friend.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/31/2012 8:24AM

    Great blog. Chinese Food Weight Loss: "I'll learn something from column one, take away something from column 2..."

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MIZCATHI 7/31/2012 8:19AM

    It's wonderful that there are so many programs and self help groups available to help us "fatties" navigate through the maze of proper nutrition and exercise. Each program has it's good points - that teaching element that provides support and motivation. I could never really afford a paid "program" but I took elements from each and found "success" here and there. Learning to eat to find balance for me was beyond the food pyramid and nutrition. I always "got it", I just didn't want to comply. My emotions got the better for me, and food was my medicine, fat my coverup. And what more, I knew it. I still know it, but some elusive something keeps me hovering at the 120 lb loss - with 50 lbs left to go.

There are still many lessons to learn, and we are here to support each other, to keep reminding each other that we are worth it. Sometimes I forget the simplest point or issue, and there is always someone here to bring it up again. Bingo moments happen all the time here, and for now this is my "highest power", learning not to fall asleep during the battle, and to keep on keepin on.

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COMETER 7/31/2012 8:15AM

    Wow--this is SUCH a helpful post. I've avoided going whole-hog into a series of diets, but I've also avoided facing what you have--that I am a compulsive eater, and that will be my struggle day after day, even though it can only be addressed one day at a time.

And yes! to healthy habits. I still beg the scale to reward those habits, but I finally am seeing how exercise especially--love those endorphins!--and sound eating really do feel good. Really good.

I salute you, and thank you for sharing insights that were just what I needed today.

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WILMA42 7/31/2012 8:01AM

    "In the end, the decisions are mine. But mostly, I'm grateful to that Higher Power, which re-lights the spark, and gave me the body that amazingly has responded to being treated well."

WOW - your words hit home -- well said -- it is a one step at a time journey where each step counts and each of us is worth considering the choices and making them count because we belive we are worth it

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ELRIDDICK 7/31/2012 7:59AM

  Thanks for sharing

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JOHNTJ1 7/31/2012 7:57AM

    You are correct........Life is indeed good and I'll do my best to pass it on

Much Love

John

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Bonus Blog: Before and After

Monday, July 30, 2012


1989, February. I tripped over this photograph this morning as I was looking for something else. The notes on the back identify it as being from our trip to visit my parents, about two weeks before I joined Weight Watchers at work. This would be very very close to my heaviest. You can see how swollen my wrist is, how uncomfortable it was to even bend over or get up from a chair. Later my mother (to the left in this photo) told me she was worried about my health, but she never said anything during this trip.

I ended up dropping 80 pounds in that first attempt to change my life. And then had to learn some other lessons to get where I am today. The woman in this first "before" is neither healthy NOR happy, and is desperately looking for answers. The little boy in the foreground, grows up to be the man in the next picture.


Hopefully, by this point, I have learned some lessons about how to maintain fitness. Let me say, it is NOT easy to lose, but it is far more challenging to maintain, in my book.

This morning, the woman depicted below had to prove she weighed enough to donate blood.


Be not discouraged if it takes more than one try. Be not discouraged if it takes years or decades. Never, ever, ever give up! Because it is worth it to feel the way I do today... and I wish I could bottle and sell it. NOTHING tastes as good as FIT feels.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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MARIO432 8/1/2012 12:50PM

    Great blog - great motivation. I want to add you as a friend to help me keep motivated. I have reached my goal & your right it is hard to maintain, but like you I'd like to bottle how I feel. Wonderful.
Marion

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MSLZZY 7/31/2012 6:50PM

    You would make a mint! Such a positive attitude! HUGS!

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SUNNYWBL 7/31/2012 4:45PM

    It is hard to believe that the woman in the photo is the same woman, you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 7/31/2012 11:34AM

    Thank you for inspiring me today! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2012 8:53AM

    Be not discouraged!

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MAGGIE101857 7/31/2012 7:07AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For being here, for being an inspiration, for sharing your ups and downs! I hope you realize what an inspiration you are (and how you give me that kick in the butt I often need - like today)!!!!

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JOANOFSPARK 7/31/2012 1:48AM

    emoticon You are emoticon!! You are such a great inspiration to never ever give up, no matter what.

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LJCANNON 7/31/2012 1:27AM

    emoticonHaving those Old Pictures really does help me stay On Track!! And I agree, Maintainence is a Whole Other Challenge, and I am GLAD that I have Friends like you to walk with me through it!!


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EVWINGS 7/30/2012 11:59PM

    Wow! I see differences in you and when I look in the mirror!! I see I'm thin and the scale shows me I am as do the size of clothing I buy, but I still think of myself at 137 lbs. heavier and having to use a power chair to get around. Sadly, they don't want my blood.

Keep maintaining and best wishes to you.

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KARIDIAN1 7/30/2012 11:36PM

    Love your comment- Nothing tastes as good as FIT does.



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MOBYCARP 7/30/2012 9:19PM

    Gotta love those old pictures! I should dig through my pile and see what kind of before pictures I can find.

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SUNNY332 7/30/2012 9:02PM

    What an amazing story. When are you going to be featured in the WW magazine? You should be!

Love it and love you.

Sunny

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/30/2012 8:54PM

    My new mantra is,
If Barb can do it, I can too!

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EBEAMS 7/30/2012 7:07PM

    Good for you! So what's next??? I know you're already asking yourself that too!

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2012 6:29PM

    Another great blog: you did it!

And thanks for giving blood: I've needed it a couple of times, I've donated many times too . . . so important.

And then thanks again for helping me celebrate 3 years maintaining! We're doing this thing we once despaired of every achieving!! What a community.

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_LINDA 7/30/2012 3:53PM

    Second that! Nothing makes me feel more alive then challenging my body to move it!!
That is interesting that you say you actually have to weigh enough to give blood -have you been dealing with being underweight? Ironic problem to have after winning the battle of the buldge.. Glad you were successful!
Rock on Skinny Minnie!!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/30/2012 2:52PM

    Spark On! Thanks for the inspiration!

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/30/2012 2:52PM

    Spark On! Thanks for the inspiration!

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MRS.DOYLE 7/30/2012 1:43PM

    emoticon That is really amazing.

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DEBRA0818 7/30/2012 1:33PM

    You always look so happy in your photos! Fitness is a worthwhile goal and you've proved it with your own life!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/30/2012 1:03PM

    You've come a long way, Baby! For your hard-earned success, I congratulate you!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2012 12:04PM

    WOW!!! The difference and the proof of your loss is incredible! It just underscores what an accomplishment you have made.

I have threatened to look for some before pictures for me. Maybe your impressive posting will inspire me to do it. When I was heavy I was so good at avoiding cameras. It's great now to feel good and not care at all if someone wants to snap a shot!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2012 11:52AM

    You are 1/2 the person (weight wise) that you were, but have lost the weight and become MORE beautiful inside and out! KUDOS.

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MIZCATHI 7/30/2012 11:12AM

    I am never giving up, I cannot go back if I want to live a long and happy life. Whether I can afford to live that life is another story. Ahem. Thank you for the reminder of things past, and the challenges that never go away.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/30/2012 11:01AM

    I love before and after photos. I always find them so inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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Everybody ready for a NON-Tri based blog?

Monday, July 30, 2012


This is my brother in law, your host, "splaining" what a melodrama is (audience participation) and welcoming you to the show up at Mahoney State Park. I went with my sister (his wife) and neice (his daughter). Now something you should be interested in, Spark buds, is that this particular BIL lost some significant pounds himself last year, to get off medications and manage a family history of diabetes. Besides being a funny guy, author, actor and producer... and working a day job to support his family, too.

Now I'm going to show you just a piece of the fun... this particular offering is called "Robber's Roost". And yes, our favorite villian, played by Hunter Larrison (remember the name, for when he hits the big time) targeting MY lap for retaliatory popcorn dumping! He's a stitch... they all are.

Any locals out there... don't miss this year's fun, this cast is just superb in how well they play against one another and feed on audience energy.




So that's my plug for "having fun"... it's so important to have non-food rewards and fun in our lives, because it's not ALL about nutrition and exercise. It's about having full lives and living them. Nutrition and exercise just make the rest of it both easier and feel more like a reward.

Ever punish yourself by withholding "life" for being "bad" with food? I used to do this warped thing, once upon a time. Now? Not so much.

Here's to living our lives, one day at a time, fully, with joy, and love in our hearts, and sharing that love by giving encouragement to others! emoticon emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 7/31/2012 7:15PM

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LEANJEAN6 7/31/2012 6:56AM

    I love local theatre!---Nice to reward yourself eh with some fun!---Great blog Barb!--L:ynda emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 7/31/2012 6:54AM

    We all need to fit more fun into our lives - finding new ways to do so is a challenge in this economy but spending time with family and friends is a great way to do it! Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that it's the simple things in life that can bring us much pleasure!

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LJCANNON 7/31/2012 1:22AM

    emoticonI Love the Local Theater Group, although I seldom get to go to their Shows.
emoticonCongratulations to Your B-I-L!!

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KARIDIAN1 7/30/2012 11:44PM

    The melodramas sound fun and interesting. Kudos to your BIL for being involved with them and sharing with your community.

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SUNNYWBL 7/30/2012 7:48PM

    Congrats to your BIL for his weight loss! What a talented guy, to create such fun. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2012 6:27PM

    What a warm hearted blog with an important message even for us non-locals: that we've gotta seek out "non food" rewards and have as much fun as possible, every day!!

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_LINDA 7/30/2012 3:49PM

    Congrats to your brother-in-law!! Were you his inspiration to turn your life around?
These melodramas are not known here. Sounds like awesome fun! I am no stranger to fun though. I try to make it to every festival Saskatoon has. I missed my exhibition last year due to being laid up with foot surgery. Raring to go this year! Also missed Folkfest for the same reason (they are close) Its actually hard to get to everything they pack them in so tightly. The fringe festival conflicts with the exhibition. Its a shame I can't be in several places at once.
The challenge will be not to gain too much weight after days of over indulging. But I will not give up my exercising. It will be worked around.
Yes, its nice to let loose!

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MARY1313 7/30/2012 9:24AM

    I love to go and see acts like this! I wish I was closer (I'm in Alabama) I would come and see them!

Have a beautiful & Blessed Monday!!

Mary & Little April the Poodle

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EBEAMS 7/30/2012 9:08AM

    Oh yes, I did used to do that ... I mean with the food. Looks like a good time was had by all!

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EBEAMS 7/30/2012 9:08AM

    Oh yes, I did used to do that ... I mean with the food. Looks like a good time was had by all!

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ALOHAEV1 7/30/2012 8:57AM

    We all need to give ourselves permission to go out enjoy life, this is Melodrama at its best. Oh, talk all you want about tri, it ain't braggin' cause you did it and have the gold to show for it! Now to see if anyone is doing melodrama here...

High five to your brother-in-law by the way!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2012 8:50AM

    Kudos to your GIL for taking his health seriously! Diabetes is not cureable but you sure can control it . . . especially when it comes to type 2. Good for him! Nothing tastes as good as being off diabetic meds feels! Simple carbs aren't even a blip on my radar anymore. Tood awhile to get to that point, but so worth it.

YOU GOT THE GOLD MEDAL . . . #1??????? That should be front page news! EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT job!!!

Hugs and hope today is another winning day fo ryou.

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SUNNY332 7/30/2012 8:43AM

    We used to go to the Melodrama's at Cow Town in Wichita. They are just so much fun. I miss that.

Thanks for sharing and congrats to your BIL.

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 7/30/2012 8:15AM

    Here's to all the wonderful non-food rewards!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2012 7:30AM

    "It's about having full lives and living them." Very profound, Barb!! You are so right.

Now, I'm not tired about reading about the tri, though. I don't think you even really explained that you won GOLD - first place!! WOW!!

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COMPUCATHY 7/30/2012 6:57AM

    That looks like fun. We've gone to a theater experience like this over in Brown County, Indiana. It really was a good time. Thanks for sharing. BIL looks great! Hope you have a great week! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Love your pictures...in this blog...and on your home page! Spark on! emoticon

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24 hours later

Sunday, July 29, 2012

This is where the transition area was set up yesterday. This morning, less than 24 hours later, only thing left is the garbage and the porta-pots.

And the beach where the swim start/finish was, similarly bare less than 24 hours later. I think I need to drive over with my garbage bags... in about ten minutes I intend to.

Edited To Add: I did go over, and discovered that what I from a distance assumed was leftover trash from yesterday was NOT... more likely the remains of a 15- 17- year old male "outing"... it was obviously what was left from a shaving cream "fight". I picked up a garbage bag full of shaving cream cans they had left laying on the beach... and a couple of other pieces of litter on my way back to the garbage cans. Beach cleaner. I feel better. Did my bit.

Today I went walking at sunrise, about a five mile loop, gently, peacefully, taking time to drink in the views and take a few snaps. I was reliving a bit of yesterday while giving my body gentle recovery activity.

What I have observed this morning: triathlon is not as hard on the body as a half marathon ALL on foot. Cross training is a HUGE advantage. Despite the fall (yes, washed, bandaged, etc). I feel pretty good.

This afternoon I'll be headed to the Melodramas with my kid sis and pitching popcorn at the villian. A great way to top off the sporting weekend.

And... of COURSE I'm watching Olympic coverage! Woo-Hoo... the women's cycling road race is on the TV just now. I love the games, there is something so special about them.

Life is indeed good, friends. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 7/30/2012 8:29AM

    Makes sense the 'transitions' would be gentler on the body - you did super!

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EBEAMS 7/29/2012 11:11PM

    I love it! I, too, have felt disappointed with the way other contenders leave the race routes ... emoticon I love that you DIDN'T find what you thought you were going to ... and you still did your part! You continue to impress me!

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KARIDIAN1 7/29/2012 11:03PM

    It's great you are feeling no ill effects from your Tri event. All that training paid off. Also nice that you picked up the trash in the area, even if it wasn't part of the race.

I wuzed out today for shooting. It was raining in the morning and supposed to rain on and off. Jim said he would do whatever I decided. I didn;t want to shoot in the rain. Then of course it cleared up around 10 am and was sunny.

Boy did I feel dumb.

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_LINDA 7/29/2012 5:00PM

    That is so awesome, going back to enjoy the scene of the race at its tranquil moments. Really points out what you have accomplished! Kudos for the beach clean up! Well done that you are feeling good except for the road rash!!
I don't watch TV, but make an exception for the Olympics, I really enjoy them! I just wish they would show the less popular sports too, but they never do. I would have liked to seen the shooting, archery, table tennis, but they don't even get mentioned! They just repeat the big ones in prime time. I have to wonder if they might show them as they happen in the middle of the night. Not wrecking what little sleep I get to find out.
Enjoy your recovery Sunday!

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SUNNY332 7/29/2012 2:10PM

    I agree with this statement - You are our own personal Olympian champ, Barb!!

Sure looks different from yesterday.

Hugs, Sunny



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MRS.DOYLE 7/29/2012 12:06PM

    As usual, you inspire me to get moving even more.
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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2012 11:07AM

    You are our own personal Olympian champ, Barb!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/29/2012 10:43AM

    Interesting observation about cross training: in life as in exercise, I expect!! (most of life is irresistibly metaphorical).

Adding to that: the garbage pick up. Trust you to see it and take it on.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/29/2012 10:36AM

    We all need those peaceful recovery times. Thank you for posting.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2012 10:28AM

    So glad you are feeling good. Sounds like you have a great approach to recovery. Life is good -- you are so right. Enjoy and keep Sparking!!

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Make it Happen

Saturday, July 28, 2012

JUST_TRI_IT will recognize the pre-sunrise transition area as the excited participants set up before a triathlon. She'll also recognize the laid out gear:
By the time this shot was taken, I already had my goggles, swim cap, ear plugs, swim socks and nose clip in use or in hand.

Lined up and walking to the start, you can't see me, as I KNOW I'm a slow swimmer and am lagging at the back, examining the ages on the right rear calves, hunting for the other gal in my age group. There was only one other. Silly competitor, Barb... I did find her, just because. She looked in good shape to me... deep breath, you're just going to do your thing!

I used the tip that MIZCATHI gave me and licked the inside and outside of the goggles right before entering the water. It worked, by the way... no fogged over goggles today, leading to a much calmer swim. I did not panic, even as people overtook and passed me, and after the half way point, I actually passed a few myself. Shock! Makes a difference between a true swim race and a triathlon, because for the tri, not everyone is expert to the same degree in each of the sports, and even a duffer like me can be better than some others in one leg or another.


Now all the waves are in the water in this next shot... even the relay swimmers. Most of these will pass me, even though I started 4 minutes sooner, in the women's wave.



I finished the swim, and am on my way to the bike in this shot.


Then here I am at the mounting line:


And toiling away finishing the second of three loops in the bike route:


Transitioning to the run:


And finally, in the finish chute, proving my time to be under 2 hours, which was my unspoken dream time:


But it was not without cost... I managed to trip very close to the finish, and scrape up the knees. Here's the shot we call taking one for the team, cleaning up after I picked myself up, kept on running, and finished.


And many, many thanks to my supporters, on line and in person... here's one who is both, photo taken by one of my sisters before the race started... KALIGIRL held my glasses and some of the photos were taken by her and some by one or another of two sisters who showed up to support.



It was a HUGE high... live your dreams, Sparkers. Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 7/31/2012 6:52PM

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/30/2012 2:48PM

    I'm so stoked just reading about your triumph! Congrats! After all you've put in, I can't imagine scraped knees keeping you back. Amazing commitment, endurance, strength!

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SHARON10002 7/29/2012 11:18PM

    Phenomenal, Barb! Congratulations! Had you on my mind most of yesterday!
Hope your skinned knees heal quickly. Where to from here?

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OSANII 7/29/2012 11:00PM

    Congratulations! Looks like you had a great tri and as always, are in fantastic spirits!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2012 4:13PM

    I just forgot to "like" your blog, so I'm back again. It's a great one!!

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MRS.DOYLE 7/29/2012 12:09PM

    Fantastic. What comes next for you? ...after a good rest of course.

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CONCHA77 7/29/2012 10:08AM

    Great Race, Great Blog, Enjoyed watching you from start to finish!!!! emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 7/29/2012 9:52AM

    Yea what everybody else has said!

Hope the owies are better this morning wear that GOLD proudly...

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EBEAMS 7/29/2012 9:46AM

    Wow ... Wow ... Wow .... You are a hero! Hope your body (and your poor knees) is recovering well today! I laughed about you saying the other lady looked to be in great shape ... YOU look to be in GREAT SHAPE! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/29/2012 9:18AM

    Barb - I am truly inspired by your journey and how fit and slim you are! You live it, skinned knees and all. I am sooooo very proud of you!

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LEANJEAN6 7/29/2012 5:43AM

    nice Barb!!!!! You encourage me that your dreams can become reality---Thanks so much!--- Congrats too on the race--- emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/29/2012 12:53AM

    So amazing... Very proud of you. You are a consistent motivator of self and others. Way to go barb.. Way to go.



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Very well done Barb!! You are truly amazing and inspirational!!
Living your dreams indeed! Keep on being your Sparktacular self!!
You truly got what life is all about!!
High Five!!

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BARBAELLEN 7/28/2012 10:56PM

    You are too, too much! Love that you posted the photos. What a great job! You sure have earned bragging rights on this one!

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LJCANNON 7/28/2012 10:11PM

    emoticonYou really are Living The Dream, Barb!! And it looks as though you are having a FABULOUS Time doing it!!

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KARIDIAN1 7/28/2012 8:48PM

    Fantastic! You did it and in great time too it sounds like. Way to go.

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MARINEMAMA 7/28/2012 7:53PM

    Fantastic!!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/28/2012 6:54PM

    Oh, you are a marvel!! Love that big grin of accomplishment. Dream time, indeed: you made it happen. (And: hope your knee heals soon!).

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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2012 6:12PM

    Oh . . . totally AWESOME Barb! Absolutely awesome. You are an inspiration!!! Very proud of you.

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MNTWINSGAL 7/28/2012 5:13PM

    Many Congratulations, Barb! You are living your dreams and exceling to boot. I know you....you are most likely enjoying the glow only for a few moments in time...and soon you will be mulling over "what next?"

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SLENDERELLA61 7/28/2012 3:38PM

    Live your dreams!! Well said, Barb!! What a dream. Under 2 hours, too. You rock! Very, very impressive. The knees are insignificant in the face of this overwhelming accomplishment. Celebrate! Celebrate!! I know you'll sleep well tonight. Hope you have a lot of fun celebrating this milestone. Best wishes for a quick recovery. As you say, Keep Sparking!!

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MOBYCARP 7/28/2012 3:25PM

    Under control, according to plan, and meeting your goal! Great job!

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SUNNY332 7/28/2012 3:15PM

    That last photo just says it all. Love that smile.

Awesome Job, Barb! Hope your knees are not too sore.

Hugs, Sunny

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ANDI571 7/28/2012 3:15PM

    Ouch! The smile on the last picture says it all. emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE47 7/28/2012 2:42PM

    Great job!!

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