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Wednesday wandering thoughts

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What do I need to tell myself today? What do I need to process through the keyboard to come to resolution?

Those are some of the seeds that start me down the path to a blog... and today I think I want to meander through a conversation I had with my daughter in law last night. Both of us, by the way, have weight issues / habit / behavior issues around food and exercise (or lack thereof). We have different approaches for how we are dealing. This blog is a reverie on the experiment of ONE... and how different approaches work for different people, and that THAT'S OK!

Seriously... I'm on a calorie-restricted maintenance range, with a balance that is majority carbs (hopefully the healthier kind), sufficient protein, and modest amount of fats, preferably the healthier non-saturated kind and heavy on the Omega-3's thank you.

I'm not a vegan. I'm not a vegetarian. But I don't have a whole lot of red meat in my diet as a general rule. I do have dairy and poultry and fish, and limited amounts of beef.

Meanwhile, DIL is on high protein, low carbs. As much fat and protein as she likes. But avoiding sugar / flour carbs in general. She's allowed veggies, but she doesn't like either fruits or veggies.

My exercise routine... well, you've seen it... I'm actively training, for various athletic events. Current focus, long-term is another half marathon in November, but I have a 5 mile road race in a week and a half, and I'm thinking a 15K in mid-October, although there's this competing retreat at the obstacle place the week before that race, and I'm tempted...

Meanwhile, DIL doesn't care much for cardio, but loves lifting weights, and has become quite strong in the process. You should feel her biceps! (I did last night... wow!)

Bottom line: both of us are seeing success as we define it. It's OK to be different. Your program does not have to be the same as mine, in terms of physical behavior. We can still support one another even with these differences.

One thing I have had to learn over time is to go with what works for YOU. If it's not working, figure out why and make changes. But if it's working? (Working means your doctor is happy, too.) Go for it!

But back to the conversation: I blog publicly, here on Spark. We got chatting about The Biggest Loser and the popular blog post and all that stuff. DIL has NO desire to go public with her story... she's still at the point (I've been there, too) where life is private, and needs to stay that way.

I explained to her that the reason I go public (in the semi-safety of SparkPeople) is that perhaps, just perhaps, my story might give someone else hope and a spark to make changes they themselves want to make. Yes, there is a risk in the aspect that right now a lot of people are giving me positive feedback. That can certainly turn into negative feed back if someone's "rooting against you" and you trip and fall.

Being concerned about what others will think can be an impediment to doing what you truly desire. (Not that this isn't sometimes a GOOD thing... fear of judgment for crimes, for example!) I've actually felt a little of the "what am I doing, at my age, out here running in the mud, climing over walls... what would grandma think?"

But you know what? LIFE is too short not to go for it, and live your dreams. No matter WHO approves or disapproves. I think I may just have turned this corner.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/2/2012 9:59AM

    I think as we get "older" we can stop caring what "other" people think! Do what you want, and what makes you happy!

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MIZCATHI 8/30/2012 6:46AM

    I've always believed in different strokes for different folks. Not one individual is the same, but we all need food! Since I'm heavy in the fighting Irish gene pool, I have a good dose of freckles and I'd rather not live with a good potato occassionally. Exercise feels great, and I'm a natural in the water. We all learn from each other and we can all hold each other up when we're down. Thanks for spreading the love!

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KNEWMETODAY 8/29/2012 9:59PM

    I have tried so many things that didn't work...that's why I'm here!!We all want to end up in a good space, but there is more than one path.

Kathy

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KAYLA0041 8/29/2012 9:32PM

    I agree what works for one may not work for another. I LOVE running but my husband wouldn't run even if his life depended on it. I am grateful that you have decided to Spark publicly - you truly are an inspiration. I feel so blessed that I happened across your blog

By the way I have signed up for a color run - it's not the mud run but I figure I will start small and work my way up to your level of determination emoticon

Thank you for being you!

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KARIDIAN1 8/29/2012 3:46PM

    Interesting comparisons for what works for the two of you. Each of you may have the same goal in mind, lose weight, be healthy. But how you attain the goal is up to you and whatever works for you and keeps you both motivated.



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DEBRA0818 8/29/2012 2:35PM

    Right you are, Barb! If I didn't have insulin sensitivity and a horrible sugar addiction, I could eat a diet more like yours and still get the same results. The way I'm eating isn't for everybody and probably isn't meant to be. I know that some of the Paleo/Primal/LCHF peeps get pretty excited by what they're seeing happening to their lives (including me) but it's good to remember that normal people can eat normally and some lucky sods get to eat everything in site. Mark Sisson talks a lot about n=1 and that's the way it has to be. Each of us must design our own exercise, eating and living plan. How cool is it that we live in such an abundant way that we get to do that!

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CASEYTALK 8/29/2012 2:12PM

    That's what I tell people who ask me how I've managed to lose so much weight -- I am eating better and exercising more and SP gives me the tools to do it. SP is a site loaded with TOOLS, not 'you have to do this and you can't do that.' Each person has do do what works for him or her. We all have different lives and different bodies. One size never did fit all.

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LINDAKAY228 8/29/2012 1:34PM

    I loved your blog. You are so correct about each of us finding what works for us. What I do may not be what someone else does but it's what works for me. And I don't expect anyone else to follow my fitness or eating plans. But that's one of the things that is so great here is that we share our thoughts, ideas, feeling, plans, etc and hopefully it helps someone else find their own way. It's inspiring. Maybe they will be inspired to take what I do and adapt it to them, or maybe they will find a whole different thing. But we encourage and inspire each other along the way.
Have a great day!

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_LINDA 8/29/2012 12:28PM

    This was very interesting how two dramatically different lifestyle choices are working for you and DIL. Really does point out that you have to find what works for YOU. Great blog as usual!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2012 12:05PM

    Simply AWESOME. It definitely is all about what works for you as the "one size fits all" approach just doesn't work! Never did, doesn't now and never will.

Good that you and your DD have each other for support, no matter the difference in approaches.

BOTH of you keep up the support and good work. That's what it's all about.

HUGS

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MNTWINSGAL 8/29/2012 11:03AM

    Everybody has their own row to hoe....I think in your DIL's case talking to YOU about her journey does the same thing for her that blogging on SP does for you. Bless you for being there for her!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/29/2012 9:58AM

    You are correct-SPARK IT!
Great blog!
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RAINBOWMF 8/29/2012 9:42AM

    emoticon you are so right on all points.
At my age, I have tried all the weight loss programs
had success, my problem is learning to keep it off.
We all having learning to do. I find reading blogs such as
yours help me know it is possible, I will never give up.
You are living your dream and that makes me smile.

Go for what ever you want and never care what others think or say to you.

Please only YOU!

Hugs Mary

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MSLZZY 8/29/2012 9:40AM

    You are so honest with your feelings/reflections
and I return each day for inspiration and a sense
of justification for my lifestyle. Do what works
for you and I'll keep checking in. You are an
excellent role model. HUGS!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/29/2012 9:31AM

    So glad I found your blogs. Very motiviating and I voted for it. Thanks!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/29/2012 9:27AM

    Great Blog! I'm more of a lurker than a blogger but really enjoy hearing of the success of fellow sparkfriends. It is so true that we each are different and travel the healthy living path in our own way. emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 8/29/2012 9:21AM

    I'm glad you put your life out there for all to see. You sure Spark me!

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DDOORN 8/29/2012 9:05AM

    Good for you! I still need to push through that self-consciousness when I go to Swing Dance. Somehow this 55-year-0ld music-lover never learned to dance until last fall when I started joining in with our local swing dance society. I still have to fight the wallflower thing, the two-left-feet mentality and there are still nights when I regret not having gotten out onto the dance floor as much as my heart desires.

Don

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NELLJONES 8/29/2012 8:45AM

    I understand your DIL's desire to remain private, and that's the way we all were back in the day. There was no internet, we kept private journals. No other choice. The discipline was to write SOMETHING that no one else would see, and many couldn't see the point. Whether shared or not, it's worth keeping track of where we are. Like you said if it isn't working, change it, but you need to see where you are in order to do that. Nothing like a journal, public or not.

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JANEMARIE77 8/29/2012 8:15AM

    Great blog and yes life is good

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LEANJEAN6 8/29/2012 8:13AM

    You are such a great example Barb!!!----It's nice to be back Spatrkin,!--Lynda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/29/2012 8:12AM

    And what a wonderful corner to turn!
Life IS good and here's to living it!
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ANDI571 8/29/2012 8:03AM

    I really like this blog Barb. I don't have a Facebook, but I do like being here on SP and sharing my story, and being encouraged by others such as yourself. I am sure your ears burn because I am always saying I would like to do what you do. But as you said, I am different. I don't know that I have the want to put into it to get where you are. But at the same time, your story lets me know that there is hope. Instead of saying I am getting old and what will come my way will just come, I know that isn't true. I have a say in what happens to me as I age.

And I am glad you shared what your eating plan is. I have tried the high protein, and either no carb or low carb, and I just don't feel good. I have found a low fat, lower calorie routine is what works for me. emoticon

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Monday's pep talk

Monday, August 27, 2012

As most of my long-time visitors to the blogs know, I really write them for me. They are self-motivators and reminders of why I need to keep up the journey, for TODAY! Sometimes they are celebrations (like the mud run story, or any of my "I did it!" kinds of blogs), sometimes they are a record of feelings I'm dealing with (very important for emotionally triggered eaters), or confessions of lapses. They are a place to keep myself honest with myself.

Because HONESTY is one of the keys to success. Especially honesty with myself. When we are self-deceived about how much we are eating, what happens? Uh-huh... unintended gains or losses. That's why tracking is important, even in my case years into maintenance.

Honesty about emotions is just as important, I discovered. If I tell myself I'm happy when I'm not, or tell myself I'm NOT angry when I am, and so forth... it comes out in my experience as a confusing signal... which in the past I have interpreted as hunger, and fed with food... which obviously won't solve sadness or anger!

Why this now? Because of the intrinsic danger of applause. I've received a lot of positive attention here on Spark the past couple of days. While I have enjoyed every bit of it, it does raise red flags in my head... which is why I wrote yesterday's blog about the heady experience. It's my way of bringing me back to earth.

Because in the black and white mindset of a compulsive eater... a high can lead to a crash the next time one's imperfection is brought to light. Which could well be in the course of my work day, or heaven only knows... for me it can be as small as forgetting to make an appointment... doesn't take much to kick the anxiety trigger in Polly Perfectionist, you know. emoticon (I've been trying to get her to move out for years, but she keeps camping in the yard!)

Just now, I'm riding high, savoring the success, and even more savoring that it was a good weekend in general. And that's OK. But life is NOT black and white. It's OK to be less than perfect... it's OK to win a gold medal and come home to a messy house and know that the messy house does NOT undo the joy of the gold.

Here's to balance in life, imperfect and sloppy as it is. This is a good day, it is the day we have all been given. May our decisions be self-nurturing and other-caring ones!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/28/2012 7:27PM

    Somehow I do not worry about you getting a swollen head. LOL

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WATERMELLEN 8/28/2012 7:14PM

    What a super blog: gritty honesty, that's you.

And as for "camping in the yard"; my PP tent is right beside yours, I'm pretty sure!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/28/2012 6:14PM

    Honesty is so important, both when you're in the midst of losing weight and working the long road of maintenance. It's when we stop being honest with ourselves (about feelings, about food, about fitness) that the slide back into old habits can begin. Finding balance is key!

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SWEDE_SU 8/28/2012 1:20PM

    here's to balance, indeed - emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 8/28/2012 8:15AM

    Great blog thanks you

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MILLEDGE2 8/28/2012 7:06AM

    I'm glad I took the time to read your blogs (and glad you were a featured blog, so I would know about your contributions)! Thanks for the reminder about the value of honesty!

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DLDMIL 8/28/2012 1:03AM

    Thanks for the reminder of living with the highs and lows. And our struggle with living everyday as best we can. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 8/27/2012 11:53PM

    You have your head squarely on your shoulders and you know the dangers of too much of a good thing! Here is to enjoying the roller coaster of life, what ever it may bring, and staying on track! You go girl! Old Polly doesn't stand much of a chance against the new Barb!!

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COMETER 8/27/2012 10:54PM

    I don't have Polly Perfectionist in the yard, but I do have a lizard who sits on my shoulder whispering slithery ugly things about how everything will go wrong and it will be all my fault. Yuck!

And I'm glad that you've enjoyed the good things that have been happening for you. I'll bet that dang lizard's even glad.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/27/2012 9:33PM

    Such good points here. Thanks. (yes, sugar cravings are gone)

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KARIDIAN1 8/27/2012 8:55PM

    Balance is good and your blog was great as always.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/27/2012 7:45PM

    A lot of wisdom in this blog, Barb! Honesty is important. And honestly, I am still impressed whether it was 6.1 or 5.3. Very good for you!! Enjoy that celebration. You deserve it. Using the blogs to bring you down to earth is smart, though. Yes, I agree. Here is to balance in life!!! -Marsha

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RAINBOWMF 8/27/2012 11:49AM

    Thank you for your wise words.
Great blog.

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Hugs Mary

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-STARRYEYED- 8/27/2012 11:49AM

    Love your perspective and self awareness. I'm a new reader of your blog, and I'm very happy to have found you. Good luck on getting Polly Perfectionist to move on out, but until she leaves your property for good, it sounds like you have a good handle on your triggers and how to disarm them.

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PHATPAT18 8/27/2012 11:09AM

    Keep it up. Enjoy the highs and work through the lows. emoticon

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ASHPATCH11 8/27/2012 10:51AM

    What a great monday morning read!

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LINDAKAY228 8/27/2012 10:36AM

    Loved your blog and a great reminder to me. Yes, Polly Perfectionist keeps camping out in my yard too! But she used to live square in the middle of my house to getting her to the yard is a big step. One day we'll both get her out of our yards too!
Have a great day!

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MSLZZY 8/27/2012 10:02AM

    Yes, balance is good. Enjoy the highs, avoid the lows
and let life balance itself. Your honesty is refreshing.
HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/27/2012 9:50AM

    Great blog - and very timely for me personally, so thank you! I discover we are more and more alike.

Have a great, balanced, albeit imperfect day!

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DEBRA0818 8/27/2012 9:37AM

    Keeping an even keel whether the water is high or low is a great way to maintain success!

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NEWMOM20121 8/27/2012 9:04AM

    Great blog.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2012 8:56AM

    AMEN! Perfection is a demon so many struggle with, including myself. YOu're a hero for writing about it to pur it "out there" not only for yourself, but believe me . . . it plants the seed of thought in so many others' brains. Believe me, you're not alone. Not at all.

HUGS

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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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DIET_FRIEND 8/26/2012 12:50PM

    "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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CAROL494 9/1/2012 8:39PM

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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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GRANDMAPATTYV 8/29/2012 5:25PM

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You are truly an inspiration for us "oldsters"!
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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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    This is my favorite:
"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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