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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 like...um, 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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LESLIELENORE 11/26/2012 10:56AM

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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.

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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.

HUGS

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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.

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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 SparkPeople.com 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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PATRICIAAK 11/25/2012 12:55PM

    congrats!

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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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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/25/2012 7:21AM

    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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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!

HUGS

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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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On being a "real runner"

Friday, November 23, 2012

I am finally coming to the conclusion that some of the things "real runners" talk about apply to *me*. For example, while I might have felt a little sheepish wearing the compression sleeves on my calves, they seem to have helped. Not much after effects from the HM last Sunday, day of, day after, or during the week, despite being cooped up for a long drive.

And the photos on MIRAGE727's blog showed I looked good in them, too. Kind of like a horse with stockings. So... they were a win.

Second win: GU! Surprise, surprise. They were passing out single serving 100 calories of GU at mile 8 of the HM route. I took a chocolate one and devoured it... like eating frosting, people... YUM! But more importantly, I had the energy to finish the race, feeling strong. So... nutrition *during* an endurance run, important, even for aging athletes (yes, I used that term for me - athlete!) like ME.

What I said I was most proud of was that we ran the race we planned to run. For me this is something that seems to happen when I run with a buddy. So, Marsha, thanks for being there and keeping me honest. The PR was just gravy. Doing it with one another, finishing strong, with those smiles on our faces, upright, and wanting to do it again? That's what it's all about.

That's being a "real runner".

Take life day by day. Live fully. LIFE deserves it, and so do YOU! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 11/24/2012 3:23PM

    You are a strong and healthy runner, Barb!! So glad I got to run with you!! -Marsha

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/24/2012 8:15AM

    I think you qualify as a real runner emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/24/2012 8:15AM

    I think you qualify as a real runner emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/24/2012 8:15AM

    I think you qualify as a real runner emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 11/24/2012 8:11AM

    You definitely are a real runner! Love your blog and glad to know your liked your compression socks, as I've got them on my Christmas list. Great running and congratulations!! Kathy

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LJCANNON 11/24/2012 8:00AM

    emoticon You are as Real an Athlete/Runner as I have ever known, Barb!!

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LEANJEAN6 11/24/2012 7:36AM

    You certainly ARE a real athlete Barb! What a role model as well! Congrats on the run!-Lynda emoticon

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MIRAGE727 11/24/2012 12:15AM

    There was never any doubt in my eyes that you were a runner and an athlete, Barb! As a former college linebacker, an amateur tournament tennis player, and state champion softball player, I could see that a long time ago when I started reading your blogs!
Stay strong and keep rockin'!
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KARIDIAN1 11/23/2012 11:34PM

    You are a runner, your own trainer and a good planner. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 11/23/2012 8:40PM

    So many things turn out to be true and amazing, years after we hear them the first time.

Yes, you're a real runner. And you've been a real runner a lot longer than I have.


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STRIVERONE 11/23/2012 8:18PM

    You are right about the stockings, the GU, and that you are a real runner. I've had the same experience and reached the same conclusions.

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DALID414 11/23/2012 7:39PM

    What a vacation!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2012 6:06PM

    So cool, and just about as real as it gets!!

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DLDMIL 11/23/2012 2:26PM

    Great attitude, run and vacation. You should be very proud of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/23/2012 1:39PM

    Awesome!

Keep up the great work.

Sunny

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LESLIELENORE 11/23/2012 1:32PM

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MSLZZY 11/23/2012 10:56AM

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WINDSURFNERD 11/23/2012 10:42AM

    Of course you are a runner! Anyone who signs up, trains and RUNS a half-marathon is undisputedly a runner, no matter how they look in compression socks, spandex, hydration belt, etc. congratulations on running a great race!
Naomi

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BOILHAM 11/23/2012 10:27AM

    You ARE a runner! Great job!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/23/2012 9:58AM

    AWESOME!!!!! I have walked a 5 k for arthritis which wasn't timed, but felt good after. I hope to be able to do this and maybe a 10 k next year, knees depending I guess. But one day at a time, good choices for today and starting some light arm exercises. HUGS

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/23/2012 9:43AM

    Athlete and real runner - you deserve both titles!

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FUN2BAROUND 11/23/2012 8:14AM

    Congratulations - and GOOD FOR YOU!
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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2012 8:09AM

    DEFINITELY a real runner, Barb. And DEFINITELY, GU is good. I don't do marathons but tasted it as a sample. And I too had the chocolate. YUMMO!

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PATRICIAAK 11/23/2012 7:46AM

    TERRIFIC!

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_LINDA 11/23/2012 6:59AM

    You certainly have earned the title of 'real runner'
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KASEYCOFF 11/23/2012 6:24AM

    Real runner - and a real champion, Barb! What an inspiration you are!!!
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OPTIMIST1948 11/23/2012 6:23AM

    I know, for those of us recovering fatties, its always wierd to realize what we have become.

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REJ7777 11/23/2012 6:01AM

    emoticon You've certainly earned your Athlete title! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/23/2012 5:38AM

    You just make me smile! emoticon

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