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Tuesday's version of the Pep Talk

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Points of gratitude:

1. I have seen dozens of interpretations of the "over the hill" birthday recognized at work. You know the ones, the black crepe paper, the number dangling, the confetti. I'm very grateful they *didn't* do it to me.

2. Of course it helped that I went on vacation over my birthday and didn't come back 'til nearly a week later. I am grateful that the gang celebrated what I *did* with/on that trip (which you all already know about).

Point of success: Yesterday's pep talk was just what I needed. I did everything except for 7... and I was close. But I hung around to show off the finisher's medal to a couple of folks who are my work cheerleaders.

Point of determination: Figuring out my own personal "line in the sand" to get me through December... yes, it's only three days away. And we all know that December is full of busy-ness, temptation, and not so full of daylight!

I know my line in the sand includes my stress-buster walking breaks at work. I know it includes three short strength training sessions a week to start. And some runs, just to keep from losing that aspect of fitness. How many, how often... TBD.

But there also has to be room for the rest of life: you know the stuff. Decorating for the holiday... will I or won't I? Making SOME time to see my in-town family. And of course, dealing with whatever white stuff falls from the sky.

Today WILL be a great day. No matter what, I shall live in it! And LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2012 8:13PM

    No one would DARE over-the-hill ye!! You are so definitely climbing that hill each and every day. Keeping me peppey too, thank you!

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DALID414 11/28/2012 1:37AM

    Great job!

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_LINDA 11/27/2012 10:51PM

    Black crepe paper? Thats a new one on me. You have hit upon a way to avoid annoying birthday celebrations at work though -take a vacation during it! You are one smart woman!
Good planning sticking with your fitness during the very difficult winter season -a pain for runners as it is a pain for me not being able to get out to my fitness classes -I can work out at home, but its just not the same as the live classes with an instructor encouraging you to work harder, go higher, go faster ;)
Have a good work week!

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DOGLADY13 11/27/2012 9:36PM

    Can you come to my office and give me pep talks?

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MOBYCARP 11/27/2012 7:55PM

    I'm not terribly fond of birthday celebrations at work, either. Congratulations on sidestepping the b-day festivities and getting the re-entry conversations at work to focus on something more positive!

And yes, the December lines in the sand. I need to think about those, too.

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PATRICIAAK 11/27/2012 7:25PM

    Life is indeed good!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/27/2012 6:51PM

    Hey, you did right!! You are rocking the work-life balance. Keep it up!! Love seeingus on your background. Great memories! Thanks again for helping me achieve what I set out to do!!! -Marsha

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KASEYCOFF 11/27/2012 3:40PM

    I've said it before, I'll say it again - when we're on this side of the ground, we're ahead of the game!
p.s. Hey, I just noticed your background pic - that #4277? I think I know her, lol...

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DLDMIL 11/27/2012 11:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon another inspirational blog. YOU ROCK

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/27/2012 11:40AM

    Great blog & great attitude! Not sure WHICH milestone bday you're celebrating. I've had so many of those "over the hill" ones I should be covered in the black crepe paper by now. Happy belated birthday!

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LINDAKAY228 11/27/2012 10:06AM

    Great pep talk!!

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LESLIELENORE 11/27/2012 9:32AM

    The weather gets to me. Too cold and gray, and not enough daylight! But you sound like you have a plan for next month.

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HEALTHY4ME 11/27/2012 8:18AM

    AWESOME!!! I too am going to have a great day. I have gotten my 2 puppy walks in and now she goes to the vet, and then later I do have to go over to hospital to get my knees exrayed. But yesterday I walked over the day a tad better than 10k. so am so pleased. So far this am after our 2nd cold brisk walk, I put hot choc mix in cup, then said NO I choose to have my green tea. So far so good.
Have a super day.

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MSLZZY 11/27/2012 7:48AM

    A true inspiration! HUGS!

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LEANJEAN6 11/27/2012 7:46AM

    You are dedicated Barb and you are organized----Dec. will come and go--Hope you get lotza ""you"" t emoticon ime in!-Lynda

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/27/2012 7:42AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! Have a good day.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/27/2012 7:39AM

    Good job, Barb! For sure, my walks are a non-negotiable. Not unless you wanna deal w/a Mama Bear woken up from hibernation w/o food !

My other big challenge is being the ONE who does HOLIDAYS. It gets to be kind of difficult @ times, BUT I figure it this way. As far as that goes, my parents sacrificed a LOT for us kiddos when we were growing up. I really don't mind it. Just have to do lots of time re-arranging to get 'er done. I survived Thanksgiving very well, so know I can do it for Christmas as well. So, there you have it. I'm thankful for that for sure . . . that I know I can make it! And I WILL get my walks in.

HUGS Barb.

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ROXYZMOM 11/27/2012 7:38AM

    I know what you's these short, cold days that also seem to stand in my way! At least we are now close to the shortest day of the year and they will start getting longer again! I joined the gym for December to get me out. Sounds like you have a good plan too!

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Back to work Pep Talk time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Time to "gird up the loins" as King James' version used to say... i.e. arm myself for the return to work. I haven't taken this long a vacation from the job since I took the position. I was rather proud of myself for not checking e-mail from home, the whole time. So I have no clue what will be waiting for me when I get in.

This is a recipe for "overwhelmed", as many of you might be thinking. Definitely a day for the line in the sand mentality. I have my bag of lunch and snacks packed. For the mental battle, some reminders to self:

1. You are not indispensible.
2. You don't have to do it all.
3. Just prioritize and do the most important things first.
4. Delegate.
5. Remember to take your breaks. Walk. Briskly. There is nothing so urgent it won't wait 10 minutes.
6. The chocolate in the system test room will NOT make it better.
7. Leave on time. It will all still be there tomorrow.

Got it? Got it!

Oh, and when you get home, reward yourself for survival! Remind yourself of item #1.

LIFE is good. LIFE is more than work. Live it in the moment, and Spark on! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 11/27/2012 9:34PM

    You lost me at #6. What do you mean the chocolate won't make it better?

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_LINDA 11/27/2012 12:50AM

    Great list to remind yourself! Though I am not so sure about #6 emoticon
emoticon for me always makes the day a little bit brighter ;)
Yes. Be firm. The word No is allowed ;)

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MSLZZY 11/26/2012 11:03PM

    Hope your day went well. You have the right
attitude but #6 makes me wonder LOL!

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DALID414 11/26/2012 10:40PM

    Great pep talk emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 11/26/2012 9:53PM

    If I am not indispensable, why do they keep calling???

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2012 6:01PM

    Excellent pep talk!!

Hope your day went well . . . and that you are now at home, relaxing and/or girding your loins for tomorrow (such a great expression)!

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DLDMIL 11/26/2012 5:26PM

    So true. I actually didn't check my office email while away for the four day weekend. It was as thought, full!! Some of the most stupid questions the staff can ask about a personnel policy and apparently being the HR Manager, I am the only one that can answer the stupid questions. AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back to work realities. Have a good day, take your breaks, walk briskly every chance you have and leave on time. It will wait for you to return another day.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 1:56PM

    Brilliant blog!! You are so right. I could have used some of these items of wisdom a few years ago.

Best wishes for reentry into work environment. I bet you'll thrive. Even will be caught up before you know it.

Take care and follow you own great advice!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/26/2012 1:51PM

    Great blog! So true! I've already had one call this morning asking me about my research for something that was given to me Tuesday before Thanksgivi emoticon emoticon emoticon ng! The caller said "I'm sure you did lots of reading over the holidays so I wanted to see what you came up with." I was, I didn't eve turn on my computer for 4 days and it was fabulous. Nice try!

Have a fabulous Monday and celebrate your survival tonight!

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MJZHERE 11/26/2012 1:00PM

    "live in the moment" - great advice. I needed this blog today as I get back to "real" life - a messy house, pile of clothes to wash, and a to do list filled for the week. Thanks you
for reminding me - tomorrow is another day.

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LJCANNON 11/26/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon "Nothing Is So Urgent It Won't/Can't Wait 10 Minutes"!!!
How true that is, AND how EASY it is to Forget when you are in the midst of the Battle.
emoticon I like your Plan!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2012 10:24AM

    The downside of vacations is the work waiting us when we get back LOL! Great plan for today. Hope it goes fairly easy and not a ton of things piled up.

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 11/26/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like a good plan - I wish you strength and sanity! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 11/26/2012 9:44AM

    Great blog!! HUGS

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/26/2012 8:59AM

    Have a Happy Monday!

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ANDI571 11/26/2012 8:28AM

    You can do it! Goooooooo Barb! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/26/2012 8:23AM

    Good advice for all of us. Have a good first day back! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 11/26/2012 8:11AM

    so true---work will wait! And you just had a great adventure!--Lynda emoticon

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CLAUDEM1 11/26/2012 7:43AM

    You are absolutely right. I appreciate the reminder this morning as I am about to begin my workday. Hope you feel reinvigorated as you once again return to the grind.

Claude emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 11/26/2012 7:35AM

    Super advice!

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Bonus blog: because flurries are in the forecast

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I knew the moment would come: the rude awakening that I'm not in Florida any more. I'm back in Nebraska. When I flipped on the TV news this morning and saw the 20% chance of flurries tonight and tomorrow morning, and the predicted high of 35 degrees F for tomorrow? It hit.

So... I went out for a walk-run-walk with my camera... I was out for about 50 minutes, 55 if you include the stops along the way to snap photos and use the sole potty stop on this morning's route. It was 37 F when I went out the front door.

The sun was just up.
Tree branches are bare.
The vegetation around the lake has gone dormant.
But still the pathway calls.

It felt really good, a week after the HM, to be out running. I wore lots of layers, of course. Came home and stretched, and counted the blessings of being where I am today!

May we all give our bodies what they ask for: balance of nutrition, activity, and rest. Because that's what supports life, which is GOOD! Spark on!


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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2012 10:23AM

    I love the pics. I think each season has it's own special beauty. I see beauty in these pictures that I love. Thanks for sharing and I bet it did feel good to get out there.

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KARIDIAN1 11/25/2012 10:14PM

    Kind of looks like MN, except we have snow on the grass. Chilly here too, but no wind to speak of. That makes all the difference.

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MIRAGE727 11/25/2012 9:40PM

    Sweet! I'll stay here in Florida though!

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_LINDA 11/25/2012 9:12PM

    I would cry me a river over the loss of your summer, except my tears froze a month ago when we got our first snowfall :P Our temps have dropped off to -4 when the normal should be more like 22, but we went out and walked anyway today. The frozen North can be quite beautiful and sparkly when the sun is shining although the frozen noses are not fun.
Great photos Barb! that is an awesome tribute to your strength and training regimen that you were ready to go out and run again so soon after the half!!
Love these photos -reminds me of my fall way back when..
Spark on indeed!

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MSLZZY 11/25/2012 9:07PM

    emoticon you are an inspiration!

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MOBYCARP 11/25/2012 8:41PM

    Once again, your pictures stir my nostalgia. That's what the transition between autumn and winter is supposed to look like. Yeah, I got flurries yesterday and today; but the grass is still green. Been seeing that for 21 years, and it still doesn't seem right to see green grass in the winter every time the snow melts enough to uncover it.

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2012 7:44PM

    Glad to know that you can transition back to "winter"! All seasons of the year are glorious . . . I'm really feeling that.

And: so glad that the grosbeaks entertained your cat!

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LJCANNON 11/25/2012 7:20PM

    emoticon Not even Flurrys and Cold Nebraska Winters can stop a Spark Girl!! We just Layer Up and Head on out there!!

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DOGLADY13 11/25/2012 5:12PM

    I ran until the second week in January 2012. Of course, the New England winter was unusually mild. I'm going to try to continue running outdoors at least once a week as long as I can. Today felt like snow, but it wasn't forecast and we didn't get any. Too bad. I like snow.

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DALID414 11/25/2012 3:10PM

    37!! The only thing to layer that would keep me warm in that, is a blanket!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 2:29PM

    Yes, sadly, it's HERE!! WINTER! It was so windy on Black Friday that honestly, I had to hang on to my DH, because I felt like otherwise I'd end up in Kansas! Even he was having a difficult time with the wind.

Oh well, at least that part has settled down here. 25 degrees when I woke up this morning @ 5:30 am. Puts a rping in our step when walking outside! Poor Spot's ears were flapping in the breeze! He's not crazy about that! At least he met some of his "doggie buddies" on the walk.


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DLDMIL 11/25/2012 1:33PM

    great pictures. Glad you got your run/walk in before the storm arrives. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 11/25/2012 1:21PM

    Glad to see you facing winter head on! Great pictures. Good for you for getting out in the early cool/cold. Take care.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 1:17PM

    Winter has definitely settled in for a visit.

emoticon for sharing the pictures!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/25/2012 12:57PM

    Yes our weather changed overnight too, was hoodie weather yesterday, today hat, mittens and maybe even a scarf we have a bitter north wind blowing up here in Atlantic Canada and even the odd snow flurry - guess we have been blessed with great fall weather up to now.
HUGS glad you had a great run. I have had 3 good walks with puppy so far today.

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LESLIELENORE 11/25/2012 12:52PM

    It was snowing when I walked this morning. If my fingers didn't get so cold I would enjoy it more.

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PATRICIAAK 11/25/2012 12:48PM

    Enjoyed the pictures

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I finally created a vision collage...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Actually, it's my 2012 memory wall. But because LeanJean (Lynda) asked for it, I will pull one of my "before" pictures out before I toss the memory wall photo in. Here's where I started from:

The woman in this photo was close to her top weight, having trouble walking across rooms without becoming out of breath. She certainly couldn't walk up the flights of stairs in her workplace without hyperventilating! She was so unhappy with herself, so "down" on what she'd done over the years through overeating and bad health habits. And she really, really worried about the little boy in the foreground.

That was then (1989)... a couple of weeks later I started a cycle of Weight Watchers at Work, which led to an 80 pound loss. I still consider this my true starting point, despite having regained in between then and now. Why? Because it became my vision of what I wanted back, even when I had those lapses.

When I first joined and read the recommendation to create a vision collage I rebelled. I was not crafty. Cut things out of a magazine and paste them together for motivation? Nope, not ME! And furthermore, I really didn't have a clear idea of where I wanted to be.

A couple of years ago, I determined that I had "arrived" at the lifestyle I wanted to live for the rest of my life. I not only got back to where I was after that initial 80 pound loss, I had dropped an additional 20 pounds in "maintenance"... and it was even better than before.

Today, in an effort to put the finish line of the trip and the athletic season (at least the competition season) of 2012 to rest, I pinned up all my race bibs, swim caps, medals, and a few photos on the big bulletin board in the basement, and snapped its photo. I was thinking of it as a memory board... but you know, it is ALSO my vision collage.

This is the me I want to be for the rest of my life. Or as much of it as taking the best care of my body as I know how will allow.

Life IS good. Spark on, through the Winter, and into the rest of YOUR life! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 11/27/2012 10:28AM

    What a great collage! And an inspiring story that motivation and persistence pay off in the end, even if there are a few ups and downs along the way. But they are part of the journey too, right?

Spark on!

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ROXYZMOM 11/27/2012 8:34AM

    I liked this blog! You are amazing! Way to go!!

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BOILHAM 11/27/2012 7:53AM

    I like the collage! You may not be "crafty" but ya got a good lookin' collage right there.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/26/2012 2:21PM

    Awesome! I still haven't done that either, bad IB. :-)

You're awesome!

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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2012 10:22AM

    I love it!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/25/2012 10:17PM

    Great way to display your medals, bib numbers and race memorabilia. Should be in the living room front and center.

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_LINDA 11/25/2012 10:04PM

    This I know. Your room isn't going to be big enough for all your accomplishments!
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You go, you runner super athlete you!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2012 7:46PM

    What a thrill! You had a vision . . . a bit like motivation: after-acquired!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/25/2012 7:39PM

    LOVE THIS!!!! so motivational!!!


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DOGLADY13 11/25/2012 5:10PM

    Great Collage! I keep my bibs on my refrigerator.

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DALID414 11/25/2012 3:13PM

    That is an awesome collage!!

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DLDMIL 11/25/2012 1:32PM

    emoticon you are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.

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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 11:38AM

    emoticon You should be so proud!

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NIKKICOLE83 11/25/2012 11:19AM

    First of all, I absolutely love the new background picture. You were so right, the scenery was beautiful that day. I love your memory board/vision collage. I had actually considered doing this myself and now you have motivated me to do so.

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ANDI571 11/25/2012 10:47AM

    You my lady have come so far. I am so excited for you. I don't think I can say it to often that you are such an inspiration. Whenever I think I can't do it, I just think of you. I am always bragging on you to my daughter. She has started her wall also with her race accomplishments. I am so proud of her.


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SLENDERELLA61 11/25/2012 10:06AM

    Love your vision/memory collage!! Thanks for snapping and posting it. Good to remember where you (we) came from, too. Helps keep us motivated. So glad we are together on this journey.

I should commit to do the Lincoln Half in May, signing up in December, to pay you back for your trip here and all your support. Only I'd have to train harder, because you can run faster longer than I can and you need to go for a PR. Maybe we'd just commit to run our own races and celebrate together after. Not sure I can work a May trip into my child care duties any way-- or is that an excuse?? I could pay child care for 2 weeks for the kids. It's $185 a week. Not that big a deal. Let me think. Then I could go visit mom in Spearfish after. Do I want a road trip?? I'd have to rent a car as I couldn't leave hubby without one. Or I could fly. It's just money. You definitely going to do the Lincoln Half?? I'm thinking....

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 9:51AM

    Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!!! Looking over my old pictures I cannot even relate mentally to that person anymore. I want to continue being the NEW ME as well.

HUGS and a wonderful Sunday to you.

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LEANJEAN6 11/25/2012 8:45AM

    Oh Barb--SO so hard to believe that was you!!!--I will show my hubby---who is a DR and gets discouraged trying to help overweight people with health problems---YOU are so amazing-----YOU have been there and YOU show us that it can be done----Wonderful!!!!---Lynda "'I"" inspire you?-----Lordy be!!! emoticon mm emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The Who-Me response

Saturday, November 24, 2012

OK, several comments and such in the past few days have brought back this phenomenon. And it has (of course) made me ponder and think.

You see, a self-image is quite a persistent thing. If you have thought of yourself a certain way from childhood up, it is not an easy thing to recognize that you have been changed / transformed into something quite different.

As a child, I saw myself as a flop, athletically. Why? Worst grade in school was always PE. Straight A's otherwise. My folks scoffed at the athletes. My mom told stories of "tutoring" dumb jocks (for whom she had obviously little respect) to keep them academically eligible.

I found out in high school that the so-called "dumb" jocks were not so dumb after all. I gained a new respect for them when reading some of the things they wrote for history class, for example. Or that the track stars (cross-country) were also in my advanced math classes.

Still, despite this new-found respect, I didn't see myself as "athletic". I was a book worm. A computer geek. An intellectual.

But I liked to swim. I enjoyed playing tennis. I liked to shoot hoops. And of course everyone in our family walked or bicycled... for transportation, mainly. Parking is a beast, don't you know? Especially down on campus.

Still, my overeating overwhelmed my "functional" athleticism, especially when it escalated in response to other things in life, including being a workaholic in a sedentary job, and during those periods when I didn't let myself be as active because "something else" was more important or "work before play".

At various times in my life, I "woke up" and worked on nutrition and exercise. But only in the past year have I finally awakened to the fact that I *am* an athlete. This year, I have the joyous experience of having been in 11 organized events:

1) Late March - State Farm 10 mile run. PR for the distance.
2) Early May - Lincoln Marathon - 13.1 miles (half marathon). PR for the distance. 2:37:55 chip time.
3) Late May -Quest for the Vets - Obstacle course, no clue of the time, but it was about 3.5 miles and I FINISHED!
4) June - Havelock Charity 10K. PR for the distance.
5) Mid July - Color Run 5K. Not timed, but I was surprised the finish line got there so soon, and it was a blast (it's my most commented on photo, and I have that one on my desk at work... can we say JOY?)
6) Mid July - Cornhusker State Games Open water 750 meter swim. Finished dead last, but FINISHED!
7) Late July - Cornhusker State Games Triathlon, 650 yard swim, 20K bike, 5K run/walk. Met my secret unspoken goal of under 2 hours.
8) August - Mud Run as a 10K, that wasn't really 10 K. But finished first in my age group.
9) September - Buffalo Run 5 Mile (on hills). PR for the distance.
10) October - Governor's Cup 15K. Since it was my first outing at that distance, that makes it the PR. And second in my age group.

11) November - Women's Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL, my long road trip. Shaved 19 seconds off my PR while NOT going after it.

One part of my brain may bemusedly say "who, me? Athlete?"

This is the same kind of response I had the first time after the weight loss that someone called me "small" or "tiny". I've got used to that. I plan on getting used to this. Maybe by a couple of years down the road, I won't have the "who-me" response to this label, either. Even now, the logical side looks back at the statistics and the year, and says, "Yes, you!"

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2012 7:49PM

    Yes you! And isnt' it wonderful that we can so radically change our sense of our selves at this age and stage in our lives!

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MAGGIE101857 11/25/2012 8:28AM

    I used to skip PE classes - whenever I thought I could get away with it, that is!! And look at us now!! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 11/25/2012 8:16AM

    If you can do this--I shall try harder----You look so different than your fat pictures---Maybe you should re-post those--- People tend to think you were always athletic Barb!! You need to remind us how far you'ce come!---I am totally impressed emoticon girl!-Lynda

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    Keep inspiring me! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 11/25/2012 6:19AM

    It is amazing how we can hide, deflect, defuse and deny things that don't fit with our familiar definitions of ourselves and others, even when an impressively long list of contrary evidence is being hard won by our own selves. By any definition I've ever heard of, you are definitely an athlete. Own it happily!


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_LINDA 11/25/2012 1:08AM

    Hello athlete! What a list of accomplishments!! Yes, you! No longer have to look behind you when someone says, what a remarkable athlete! Yes you, indeed! You have arrived, and with a big splash!!
You go girl!!

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MSLZZY 11/24/2012 10:37PM

    Yes, you! My "athlete of the year"! HUGS!

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KARIDIAN1 11/24/2012 10:04PM

    Great year results for races, so proud of you and your accomplishments.

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SUNNY1432 11/24/2012 9:17PM

    emoticon You did amazing things this year! YOU ARE an athlete! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 11/24/2012 8:09PM

    Yes, you're an athlete. Your list of events is quite impressive, stacked up against my three events for the year. (April 5K, May 3.5 mile, Thanksgiving 10k.)

You obviously enjoy the events, both the participation and the training. It's good for you, you have fun with it . . . so keep it up!

Then when someone questions whether you are too thin to be healthy, you can ditch the cliche about nothing tasting as good as being thin feels in favor of, "Nothing tastes as good as being able to _____ feels." The blank can be filled in with, "run a half marathon," "complete a triathlon," "swim 750 meters of open water," or whatever is most recent or upcoming on your to-do list.

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LJCANNON 11/24/2012 6:46PM

    emoticon Maybe the sub-title of your Page could be "Athlete In Training"?
You are Truly an Inspiration, Barb! I am so happy that I am part of your Journey!!

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DLDMIL 11/24/2012 6:03PM

    What a great year that you have had. Athlete all the way. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/24/2012 5:44PM

    You are definitely a runner and an athlete! It's great when we can finally accept that and cllaim it as part of our identity when most of our life we couldn't, and never thought we would. I know it is for me!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/24/2012 3:17PM

    YES, you are an athlete!! Absolutely, no doubt, positively without reservation, you are an awesome athlete. And I'm getting there, too. Thanks, thanks, thanks. You are an incredible inspiration. Being what one of my SparkFriends calls "an adult onset athlete" is an incredible, joyful, good thing to be! May we run until we're 100!! and swim and bike and dance and -- whatever the new fitness craze is!! Really. -Marsha

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LESLIELENORE 11/24/2012 1:40PM

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DALID414 11/24/2012 1:39PM

    What a year you've had!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2012 11:45AM

    Oh my gosh, Barb . . . my worst grade was ALWAYS PE . . . and otherwise A's academically! Hmmmmm....what can you say!


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ANDI571 11/24/2012 11:08AM

    You are living proof that you can change your thought patterns, and become anything that you put your mind to. emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 11/24/2012 10:43AM

    I think we all see you as an athlete.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/24/2012 9:40AM

    You have accomplished a lot! Congratulations, Athlete!

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KANOE10 11/24/2012 9:38AM

    Great job on becoming an athlete and keeping your weight loss off! You are very inspirational.


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PATRICIAAK 11/24/2012 9:10AM

    Yep, you!

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SWEDE_SU 11/24/2012 9:00AM

    wow, what a year! you are truly an inspiration! (and don't say, "who me?!") emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 11/24/2012 8:53AM

    LOVE it and again such inspiration and motivation.

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