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Well, THAT was a heady experience!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I'd never been a featured blog before. I got up this morning, checked my e-mail and there were 80 comments on my Sparkblog! If I didn't get an individual "thank you" back to you for having commented, please know that I appreciate every one of you who did... and I encourage you all that I am really not that different from you... just a gal who woke up one day and decided she needed to live healthy. Granted it has taken me a couple of decades to figure it all out, downs, ups and downs again. I KNOW I'm not alone (proven by the volume of comments!)

The flurry of attention will subside, and I'll return to doing what I do every day, which is try to live the lifestyle I've been carving out... because it makes me happy. And who doesn't want to be happy?

Today's "happy" included a 17.8 mile bike ride, under gray skies that didn't open up, although I think I might have felt a sprinkle or two. We really need the rain, too.

So pardon me while I try to shove my head back into my normal sized hat and chant today's mantra (another favorite): "Don't get cocky, Barb!" Get through today, one decision at a time.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/27/2012 12:10PM

    ROFLMAO! ;) You'll need a bigger hat!

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POETICJUSTUS 8/27/2012 5:55AM

    Enjoy it, you sooo eserve it! emoticon

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KAYLA0041 8/26/2012 10:06PM

    You enjoy your moment in the spotlight you have earned it!

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KARIDIAN1 8/26/2012 10:01PM

    Enjoy your fame. You deserve it.

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COMETER 8/26/2012 9:38PM

    VERY well-earned. Congratulations! And thanks.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2012 8:45PM

    I just saw 228 comments on your blog from yesterday, but I don't see the "Most Popular Blog" icon. What gives?? Anyway, you definitely deserve to be a featured blogger and yesterday's blog was positively awesome!! I mean doing the 10K with obstacles in an hour is incredible!! You should still be floating. Wow, are you fit!!! And up for almost anything, too! Walls, mud, color, triathlons, half marathons, --- well, seems like nothing's gonna stop you!!! Can't wait to meet you in person!! -Marsha

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2012 8:22PM

    So cool!! Richly deserve every bit of recognition you get, that is for sure (and more).

And: thanks for your kind comment on my "vanity motivation" blog: doesn't happen often, but once in a while . . . .

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LJR4HEALTH 8/26/2012 5:55PM

    Barb you do realize how inspiring you are to the rest of us? I marvel at what you push yourself to do emoticonon being featured blog of the day

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SUNNY332 8/26/2012 5:14PM

    You are too funny. Heck, Barb, you earned this day. Enjoy it!

Hope you get rain.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 8/26/2012 4:52PM

    You deserved it! I have no doubt that all hats
will fit just fine!

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EBEAMS 8/26/2012 4:19PM

    You're hilarious! Your ability to be so down to earth, open and honest is one of the things I like most about you!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/26/2012 4:18PM

    Awwwww, you earned your fame! Enjoy it.

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HISARTIST 8/26/2012 4:01PM

    Well earned!! Thank you for being an inspiration!!

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LEANJEAN6 8/26/2012 3:52PM

    Hi Barb---- I must read yesterday's Spark--I feel like I'm out of it a bit since I got back--All the accolades you got tho, I know you deserve! I just hope I can pattern my life after you girl! Lynda emoticon

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DEBRITA01 8/26/2012 3:00PM

    That's what makes you so endearing and inspiring, Barb...you're "just a gal who woke up one day and decided to live healthy". You've reached some awesome personal goals (and had fun along the way) and that gives others hope that they, too, can reach their goals. I've personally enjoyed your ride so far and look forward to being inspired by your next adventure. Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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_LINDA 8/26/2012 2:53PM

    Congratulations on your featured blog, although in my humble opinion there are lots of your blogs that could be featured. Your secret is out now though, so you should have lots more people reading your excellent blogs!
You have no idea how much an inspiration you are to many of us!
Spark on Rock Star!
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LOLAJO54 8/26/2012 2:43PM

    oh my you got me crying the good tears ..

I love success stories ... and you are the biggest success story for me!

thank you for being you!

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LJCANNON 8/26/2012 2:11PM

    emoticonDon't Fret, Barb!! There is a Whole Herd of Spark Turtles here to make sure you Stay Grounded.
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RAINBOWMF 8/26/2012 2:05PM

    So nice to meet you, Barb.
Spark on ! Live Love and Laugh.

Hugs Mary

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MARVEEME 8/26/2012 2:00PM

    Spark on, indeed! Go knowing you're loved!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 8/26/2012 1:28PM

    LOL Loved the normal sized hat comment. I joke with my husband all the time that his ego is going to get in the way of getting through the doors.
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MNTWINSGAL 8/26/2012 12:53PM

    Congrats! I didn't notice that, but well-deserved! And you can be just a LITTLE cocky, just for today only :)

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    "Get through today, one decision at a time." That is how I am trying to conduct my life too. Congratulations on being a featured blog!

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The mud run story

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Let's see: goal #1 was don't get injured. emoticon Crossed finish line in an upright position with a smile on my face.

Goal #2 was don't lose the car key. emoticon I tied it around my waist on a shoestring... with a knot I had to wait to dry off before I was able to untie it to drive home.

Goal #3 was to have fun in spite of myself.

The story: I was channeling my father. I have to arrive early. Besides, it looked like rain and I was afraid the parking would turn into mud, not just the course, so I did arrive early enough to get to park on pavement.

I took a before picture of me, clean. Notice I swapped out for the old glasses, I didn't want to lose the new ones if anything happened... but I strapped 'em on, just in case.


I prepped the car for the inevitable "not so clean" drive home. I have learned how to keep the seats clean.



So then I am milling about the crowd... it really did look like rain.


I found race numbers 1 & 2 also milling about. These gals had driven up from Georgia for this event. Apparently they have a local cousin here. We got to talking, and it turned out that one of these ladies was my age group competition in the 10K. She looked awesome. We talked about line up pace and she gave a number that was faster than my own, so I figure, oh, well, silver is a nice color. She told me she'd looked up on line and we were the only two 50-59 year old females doing the 10K, unless someone showed up at the last minute to participate.

The weather was perfect, in my mind. Cool, but not cold. Shivering just a bit... 60, according to my deck thermometer before I left the house.

I dropped back to the tier that matched what I hoped would be about a 10 minute mile pace. I chatted up a couple of gents who lined up the same. And a few younger women.

The first wave started... and we started forward... it was a narrow chute start, so it got to a point and they stopped us, cold! Made us wait until the first wave cleared the first bend. My competitor was in that first group, I thought, but I really wasn't giving it much thought by that time. I was, in fact, going zen on myself: "It's just another workout. Run easy." That's what I tell myself every race... it's just another workout. Have fun with it.

They let us go, and we started forward. I settled into an easy pace before the first set of obstacles, which they had named the "tubes of fun". As we started, so did the rain. The glasses got spotted almost immediately. I was listening to another runner wishing she had worn a hat... I had figured a hat would have been just another thing to lose in the obstacles, so didn't bother... and ran on, mostly blind.

After that first set of tubes to run around or vault over (runner's choice)... the first half of the 10K was pretty much a straight trail run on gravel.

Then you got to take a sharp right down steps to the first creek crossing and up through forest. First mud pit. More running. "The Great Escape"... gotta be walls... well, it was... but they had side by side taller/shorter walls, and I picked the shorter in each of two. There was a waiting line for the walls, and the rules said you could not go around until the person ahead of you got over... so why not try going over?

They had great support staff there to coach you over the walls and in some cases even give a hand up or spot your drop down on the other side... enough to help an old lady have the confidence she's not going to hurt herself. I got over! First one, then the next, taller one.

So high after that I'm jogging on air... until the cargo-net covered mud pit #2... a runner ahead of me had lost his/her race bib, and I tried to help free it. Big mistake. In the process, my hair tied itself to the cargo net! What's a gal to do? I've already gone over 3 miles, nearly 4... there's a race to finish!

So I grabbed hold by the root and anchored the hair, and told the volunteer to go ahead and yank that net free, since he didn't have a knife or scissors to cut me loose. He asked was I OK after... I was fine... I'd been freed of a trap and was running onward!

Under/over/under came next. Another deeper creek crossing. A mud pit on the far side of a hurdle. A tire pit on mud footing. Then the slip and slide into the main mud pit, and the final balance beam before running the remainder of the last mile.

As I was rounding the bend, I was listening to the announcer give names of the finishers, and my competitor's name was announced. A couple minutes later, I was across the line myself, feeling really, really good, and marvelling that I wasn't winded or achy or anything... I felt good and fit and wonderful.

Can't really ask for more than that. Sprayed off, turned in the chip and changed into clean outer layer at the tailgate. I meandered into the party venue where they had a bluegrass band playing, and the started showing video from the race... so cool. We're a special breed, you know, those of us who "event".

We talked about the obstacles, told one another how emoticon we all are... and eventually they got around to handing out the medals. My mind was saying silver, still. But when it came down to it... they announced her name as the silver medalist. And mine as gold. Turns out, because she started in wave 1, and I in wave 2? Chip time had us only 26 seconds apart... mine was 1 hour, even. Hers 1:00:26. Wow! An incredibly close finish... and you could have knocked me over with a feather. We even asked them "are you sure" and had them double check the results.

Because I would hate to rob someone else of a medal they earned. But when I think through it, it makes sense. I did it. And without skipping obstacles. What a rush.

So now, the medal snap, courtesy of a bystander:

  
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ALICIA363 3/10/2014 10:30PM

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CATNCAG 6/3/2013 4:47PM

    Wow you are absolutely incredible! You are my inspiration!!!

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DEEEBEE 3/4/2013 12:08AM

    That's great! You can be so proud!

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LBRAUN5 2/20/2013 1:46PM

  Great job! What a nice surprise to end up with the Gold when you expected Silver!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 9/28/2012 7:58PM

  hahahaa.... I love the car prep! Awesome!

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MAMA_CD 9/26/2012 6:48PM

    you look like you're having so much fun!

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38BABYGIRL 9/23/2012 11:11AM

    You are a ROCK STAR!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/20/2012 8:09PM

    Yes!! You are my hero! I love this!

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FATHINSN 9/17/2012 2:15AM

    I like your preparations, I don't think most of us will think of those!
And congrats for completing and won a silver medal, WOOHOO! I did cringe, though,when I read about yanking your hair off, hehe.

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2WHEELER 9/11/2012 7:12PM

    Congratulations--that is awesome. No, that's not quite right, that didn't say it all. You are emoticon

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GALINAZ 9/11/2012 12:09PM

    You inspire me to brave a mud run, thanks!

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EMMIELANE 9/7/2012 9:56AM

    I love it!!! You are amazing!

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CREECE1 9/4/2012 11:55PM

    Wow some 10K! And to get the gold at that.
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OAKBORN 9/4/2012 11:50PM

    You are one awesome lady! Congratulations on this amazing job!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 9/3/2012 10:25AM

    Totally awesome! I'm going to do this, I just AM. I may not be ready for a tough mudder yet, but I want to do a mud run! (Come on, we Georgians live to roll around in the mud, am I right?)

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MIPALADY23 9/3/2012 9:56AM

    VERY VERY AWESOME!!! Good for you! I'm on my way to that 10k.

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MAMA_CD 9/1/2012 7:10PM

    kinda cool!

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SEAJESS 8/31/2012 10:08PM

    You are totally adorable! I've been feeling down and draggy for days but your SparkPage with the wonderful pictures and the energy just radiating out of them MADE MY DAY.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! And congrats on your blog award, too.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/31/2012 2:32PM

    Way to go.....Great

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MOMOSG 8/31/2012 12:11PM

    You rock! Congratulations!

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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 8/31/2012 11:24AM

    So cool!!! I just did my first mud run last weekend - so fun and hard all at the same time!! Congrats!!

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NVRDWN88 8/31/2012 8:46AM

    Thanks for telling your story....sounds like you had fun and some bragging rights is always cool....LOL.......great motivation also.....did my second warrior dash last Sunday and just a good day fun with niece and her man.

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13610511 8/30/2012 7:19PM

    Wow, sounds like fun, and a gold medal too.

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TIFFXCOREX 8/30/2012 4:27PM

  you are so awesome! truly an inspiration :)

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STAPAL 8/30/2012 8:12AM

    That is AWESOME!!! Congrats!!!

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KNEWMETODAY 8/29/2012 10:06PM

    You ROCK!! Congratulations. Running has never been my thing, but I really appreciate those who love it.

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BETTYBOOPS50 8/29/2012 8:28PM

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Thanks! You are truly the inspiration us older generation need!

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NEWCHINELO 8/29/2012 5:07PM

    THIS IS REALLY ENCOURAGING,CONGRATULATIONS!

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FRABBIT 8/29/2012 1:35PM

  Wow. You have really inspired me here. Way to go. Congrats.

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03BFISCHER 8/29/2012 9:00AM

    Congratulations!! You rock!!!!!!!!!

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LAURIE-RN 8/28/2012 10:37PM

    This was was wonderful to read. Thank you so much for sharing!

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SIMOFDIM 8/28/2012 9:46PM

    You are so inspirational! I actually teared up reading your blog! Good for you! emoticon

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    Congrats! Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 8/28/2012 4:24PM

    Wow! Good for you and thanks for inspiring me today. I know you got the medal you deserved. emoticon emoticon

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Sounds like you did great! How come you don't have goal #3 as goal met? Sounds like you had a great time. You didn't get any pics covered in mud? Luckily for the mudrun my friend I did, we got one of the volunteers to take it. I posted mine in a blog too :)

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ABILUCHA 8/28/2012 2:03PM

    You're an inspiration! Keep on truckin'! :)

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STACY719 8/28/2012 11:23AM

  Awesome job!! I just completed my first half marathon. It's amazing the pride that comes from these accomplishments.

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BARTHPEPPER 8/28/2012 11:00AM

  Congrats!! You are an amazing woman and a great inspiration

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CJWALD 8/28/2012 10:43AM

    Congratulations! So much fun, I like your statement: "We're a special breed, you know, those of us who "event". " Gonna have to start using it, those of us who "event"!

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-LORI-B 8/28/2012 10:01AM

    Congrats!

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CATHRINE2010 8/28/2012 9:47AM

    That sounds like so much fun? ! I am really glad you shared your experience with us Sparkers! So sorry about your hair but it was worth it to bring home GOLD!!@! Congratulations on your VICTORY! emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 8/28/2012 8:53AM

    Congrats!! You DID earn that! :-) loved the story and you are very inspiring!

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Why I sign up for these things...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Today is the Mud Run. I will be running... um... make that travelling... 10K on roads and cross country, and overcoming obstacles. This year they have added to the obstacles, according to the pre-race materials.

Last year there were only 3 mud pits and a few hurdles. There were some creek crossings. This year, they have added a "wall of pain" (my nemesis) something called the "great escape" which based on who built it, I suspect to be a series of walks to climb over. The folks who built the course for Quest for the Vets that I did on memorial day built these obstacles. They had something they called "Alcatraz" which was a series of walls to climb over.

I got really grumpy when I found that out. Walls are my nemesis, and I have not trained for them. Grrrr. So I was a little mopey this week, between the medical poking, prodding and squooshing (which turned out fine, by the way, no worries)... but seriously wondering WHY I signed up if I have to do those things AGAIN.

I had resolved the obstacle course last Spring was enough for this year. The tri was enough... I was looking forward to an "easy" autumn leading up to the half marathon, "just" run/walking!

And then something took charge of my keyboard and signed me up. WHY?

Because despite the fact that these things give me nightmares (imagining falling in the creek, or losing my glasses in a mud pit... yes, my mind goes these places), there is something about the craziness of being able to say to myself "I did it".

Today's goals?

1. Don't get injured. If an obstacle is going to defeat me, know when to do the avoidance path. No shame in knowing my limits.

2. Don't lose the car key... don't have a support team to hold on to my stuff this year and there is no bag drop... so I'm going to have to carry it with me, all 10K through the mud and obstacles... best find those shorts with the inside pocket!

3. My son says, "Mom, you're going to have fun in spite of yourself." Prove him right.

And of course, I'll blog about it when it's over. LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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"My son says, "Mom, you're going to have fun in spite of yourself." Prove him right."
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KARIDIAN1 8/25/2012 9:53PM

    You did fantastic!

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MIZCATHI 8/25/2012 3:48PM

    I hope you had a fun day, thinking of you!

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LJCANNON 8/25/2012 2:17PM

    emoticonYep, sometimes The "New Me" just Takes Over and makes us do things Just Because We CAN!!

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ALOHAEV1 8/25/2012 12:24PM

    Why indeed...so we can all smile and say "Yup, we know this dynamo"


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SLENDERELLA61 8/25/2012 10:23AM

    Best wishes for a great event!! Clearly, you need goals with figurative and literal obstacles to overcome. That's a great way to be. Embrace it!! Bet it will be a blast!!

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EBEAMS 8/25/2012 9:34AM

    I totally agree! You are going to figure out a way to either conquer the walls or go around them. The point of these races are to HAVE FUN! You can't help yourself. I'd even go so far as to point out that you will be inspiring others and encouraging them too ... Just "run" with it and "climb" over those grumbles that keeps popping into your mind! It's an adventure!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 8/25/2012 9:19AM

    This is awesome! I've always wanted to do one of these things. Reading your blogs always motivates me because you're always doing so crazy athlete feat that you should be exceptionally proud of. You're gonna have a blast and I cant wait to hear all about it. Good luck! emoticon

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ANDI571 8/25/2012 9:01AM

    Kelley is doing another mud run on Sept 8th. She is looking so forward to it after the last one. I will be so anxious to see pictures. I have a hunch you will make your goals.

Have fun!

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MSLZZY 8/25/2012 8:49AM

    I am sure you will your best and come out of it
with a very positive feeling of accomplishment.
Good luck! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 8/25/2012 8:43AM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers today as you do this Mud Run/Obstacle Course.

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DEBRITA01 8/25/2012 8:29AM

    "Why?"... I suspect you love a good challenge! Good luck today and have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/25/2012 8:24AM

    Glad to hear the sqooshing went alright! That's priority one.

As for the run, you'll do well, I'm sure, and like you said, no shame in taking the avoidance path if that's what you need to do!

GOOD LUCK! HUGS HUGS HUGS We're rooting for you, Barb.

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DEBRA0818 8/25/2012 8:23AM

    Doing some things we don't want to do is infinitely better at building our characters than doing only the things we want to do. You're in the character building business, my friend!

Rock on!

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SUNNY1432 8/25/2012 8:18AM

    It sounds like fun and I'm sue with your determination you will do great!!
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SWEDE_SU 8/25/2012 7:49AM

    i'm looking forward to reading about your adventures! good luck!!!

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The mystery of motivation

Friday, August 24, 2012

Zig Ziglar quote from the Spark People calendar: "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily."

I love this quotation. It's so true. Motivation fluctuates. Like so many things in life, it will be higher some days than others. Unlike things like food or exercise, it is not easy to figure out ways to increase it. Different people get sparked by different things. Me? I cannot always say what will give me my spark for the day... or if I'll lose the spark partway through a day.

Some things definitely help: hanging out here, reading things my Spark buds choose to share, subscribing to the articles, even the silly game of gaining Spark points for tracking or clicking on an e-mail. Some days it doesn't even take that... some days I wake up with the spark blazing, and have bubbles to spare and share.

I would have to say the thing I most have to remember to stay motivated has little to do with the "how". It doesn't even necessarily relate to a specific "why".

It is the simple reminder that I am worth doing it for. That there is a "me/I" under there, and she's worth taking care of and sharing with the world. I'm not the sum of other peoples expectations / opinions... I'm the creation of my Maker... and that Maker has a purpose for me... and it's not to collapse inward and stop caring or taking care of myself.

The same is true for each and every human being. YOU are worth it. No matter how many times you have tried, slid backwards, succeeded and the devil voice tells you you don't have to do it any more... you are worth it.

Today, each day, you are worth it! Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHINYZALATA 8/27/2012 8:09AM

    this is special part i soo luved:" I'm not the sum of other peoples expectations / opinions... I'm the creation of my Maker... and that Maker has a purpose for me... and it's not to collapse inward and stop caring or taking care of myself."



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SHINYZALATA 8/27/2012 8:07AM

    Amazing blog thank you so much 4 sharing , you are a true inspiration :)))))))))))))))))))))))), u just make me happy smile and soo much motivated after just trweadiing this blog :D emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/26/2012 12:27AM

    Yup. TOTALLY worth it!

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_LINDA 8/25/2012 1:23AM

    Love that quote -too true! Humans really are selfish beings and doing things for yourself is highly motivating. You want nothing but the best for yourself, you want good things to happen, etc. etc. so generally, we will strive to make things happen in our favor. Its only when you get mad at yourself, or dislike something about yourself that the trouble happens. May you always feel you are worth taking care of in every way possible!

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KARIDIAN1 8/24/2012 11:09PM

    Great blog. Your blogs are so good and insightful.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/24/2012 9:29PM

    Sometimes its so hard when you have other responsibilities (children, spouse, laundry, job etc) that you put self-care on the back burner.

Well said blog.

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SUNNY332 8/24/2012 7:24PM

    Self care is not optional. It is mandatory.

Great post.

Sunny

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JANEMARIE77 8/24/2012 12:10PM

    wisdom

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DEBRA0818 8/24/2012 9:28AM

    For sure! And I will add to that a thought I've been thinking in relation to it: what gives me the idea that self-care is optional?

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NEWMOM20121 8/24/2012 9:19AM

    Very well said.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2012 9:00AM

    Yes! Sometimes we get so mired with the thought that making ourselves a priority is selfish. It's selfish NOT to make ourselves a priority! Thanks for this great reminder. And realize that each day isn't perfection . . . sometimes far from it! But if you're progressing, that's what's important.

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DDOORN 8/24/2012 8:42AM

    Great takeaway message, re: " I am worth doing it for"...!

Need to not only think it, but FEEL it resonate throughout our being!!

Don

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ANDI571 8/24/2012 8:24AM

    Words of wisdom Barb. I know I am having trouble finding my motivation right now. It is there when I wake up, but gets distracted by lunch time most days. But I never give up waiting for it to show up completely. I like the, It's like taking a bath analogy. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/24/2012 8:18AM

    I agree with you totally and am embarrassed by my own much more superficial post on the same topic!! Namely, motivation by vanity (blush).

But you know what: both are true, at least for me. Paradox. And when one falters, the other often kicks in . . . .

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DEBRITA01 8/24/2012 8:05AM

    With the ebb and flow of daily life, we need to remember we are worth taking care of. Thanks for the reminder this morning, Barb. emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/24/2012 7:38AM

    I like that that Zig Ziggler quote too. When I think about where I'd be in a year, 5 years, and into the future, if I do nothing, I find that very motivating.

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LMATTHEWS12111 8/24/2012 7:35AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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TDEMAIO2 8/24/2012 7:34AM

    Thank you : ) life is GOOD :D

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KALIGIRL 8/24/2012 7:28AM

    No listening to emoticon just to emoticon - I like it!
We are worth it and as you my emoticon say, "Life is Good!"

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Thanks to all who shared their own experience

Thursday, August 23, 2012

About the blood, that is. I rather suspect that I just haven't got it built back up since my donation, that it is taking me longer than it used to. Kevin may be right about genetics. Age could also be a factor. My current level of activity may be playing in, as may my diet... I do get my leafy greens but I could be doing a better job with iron-rich proteins. Probably just a combination of stuff.

Tomorrow morning is the annual squooshing. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. With a sister being a BC survivor, I'm taking that test sesriously, too.

Today was packet / chip pick up for the 2012 Mud Run. There's something about the "goofy" events that keeps me signing up for them. Despite the creek crossings. Despite the hurdles. Despite the mud pits. And despite that cussed wall of pain they have promised this year... gotta go defend my title. Last year in the 5K mud run I was the fastest old lady in my age group. This year I upped the distance I will go after to a 10K. Fits in with the training for the half marathon.

This noon I picked up my chip, shirt, and bib... Saturday morning, it will be time to get down and dirty again. This year's shirt is bright Spark People Orange!

Despite puzzles, LIFE is good... Spark on! emoticon

  
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HEALTHYOTTER 8/24/2012 10:54PM

    Enjoy the down and dirty, and the squooshes. Reminds me of a tortilla press. Hope you retain your title!

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OSANII 8/24/2012 10:48PM

    Have fun at your race! I love mud runs; they are so much fun emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/24/2012 7:26AM

    And with any luck you'll get some 'natural' water mixed with your mud!

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MIZCATHI 8/24/2012 7:17AM

    You are a CHAMPION! Enjoy getting muddy like a little kid.

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DEBRA0818 8/24/2012 4:22AM

    You're bringing self-care to new heights and I guess new lows on the mud run!

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_LINDA 8/23/2012 10:50PM

    Good for you keeping on top of any possible health issues! Way to ramp up the challenge -a 10K mud run? That is just awesomesauce as a Spark buddy would say!
You are going to blow them away!
You go girl!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2012 10:26PM

    Hmmm. Mud runs ... You Go, Girl! Have fun! Being faithful with medical tests we all hate ... Way to Go! Stay Young & Fun, Barb!

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WATERMELLEN 8/23/2012 10:07PM

    Mammo found my BC: and I'm a 3 year survivor!!

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SHARON10002 8/23/2012 9:42PM

    Barb, Ihope your blood gets back where it needs to be in time for your mud run! You know we're all rootin' for ya! I'm sure you'll top the charts on this one, too.

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46SHADOW 8/23/2012 9:34PM

    Very cool! Good luck on the run.

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EBEAMS 8/23/2012 9:27PM

    I love your can do attitude! That is so awesome! I have no doubt you'll be #1 this year too!

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SUNNY332 8/23/2012 9:18PM

    My "squishing" is coming up in October.

Woohoo - can't wait to see the photos from the mud run.

Orange? Cool!

Sunny

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KARIDIAN1 8/23/2012 9:17PM

    That is how my BC was found. Am a 4 year survivor. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2012 9:10PM

    Good luck with the sqooshing. UGH, I am religious about that too since my Mom is a one year survivor. Fortunately she had a cancer that hadn't spread, but in addition her 2 sisters had breast cancer too. So, good for you for following up.

And have fun @ your mud run! Get down & dirty! HUGS

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EVWINGS 8/23/2012 9:03PM

    It sounds like you are getting a handle on your problem. Most likely it is a combo of them all. I bet you'll have lots of fun at your mud run. Be sure to let us know and if you are the leader once more.
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