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It's FRIDAY! Woohoo!

Friday, November 30, 2012


Go Big Red!

I made it through to Friday, past a food day, past a retirement party, without eating off plan. With three little strength training sessions added. I got back in the pool, something I'd dragged my feet over.

I think we can call this week a success, so far.

Now, standard warning to self: don't get cocky. Remember what you really want. Breathe. And decide what's most important for today. One decision at a time.

Life IS good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 11:59AM

    One decision at a time!! Great philosophy. Yep. That fitness of yours is the results of hundreds and hundreds of little decisions you make every day. Go, Barb!!

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PATRICIAAK 11/30/2012 10:39PM

    Super!

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_LINDA 11/30/2012 10:08PM

    emoticon Well done! Enjoy your weekend, you have earned it!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/30/2012 8:02PM

    This week was pretty good food wise for me. Not so good for exercise, but with taking care of my mom, that ate up some time.

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MOBYCARP 11/30/2012 3:49PM

    Yes, it's a good week! Now that you remind me, I have think about how late I'm willing to stay up tonight to watch the Nebraska game, which should be on Fox. If it were a cable only channel, it would be an easy decision to head for bed.

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LJCANNON 11/30/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon Very Nice Week!! And, you are surrounded by Spark Friends who will make sure you don't get cocky!!

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DLDMIL 11/30/2012 2:46PM

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So proud of you and your continued inspiration.


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DALID414 11/30/2012 12:40PM

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2012 10:46AM

    Great, great, great! Love the picture.

HUGS

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BOILHAM 11/30/2012 8:39AM

    Great blog, love the picture! You look strong and determined! Keep up the good work.

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MSLZZY 11/30/2012 7:53AM

    Cocky? You? You have done an excellent job!
Believe in yourself! HUGS!

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LORILEEPAGE 11/30/2012 7:45AM

    This sounds great especially coming from you since you were struggling with motivation a little while ago!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/30/2012 7:43AM

    It sounds like you've had a really good week. Have a terrific weekend!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/30/2012 7:41AM

  you have been sucessful all week way to go keep up the good work


have a great weekend

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DEBRA0818 11/30/2012 7:40AM

    Making it through parties without eating off plan is a key element for December -- enjoy your weekend and all that comes with keeping promises to yourself!

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AJB121299 11/30/2012 7:37AM

    Enjoy the weekend

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The reintroduction of strength training

Thursday, November 29, 2012

You know what happens when you stop training for a few weeks?

Yep, it's like starting over, all over again. So this week, I had Spark recommend three workouts for me, 20 minute ones. Upper, lower, and core, with at least a rest day between.

Between that and getting back in the pool, I'm feeling the beginnings of my December plan starting to shape up. You see, December is my own little "line in the sand" month. I am not yet ready to start training for next year's running season, and I want to get the strength training back in the mix. I will not give up my break walks at work, as they are valuable far beyond their cardio benefit.

Here's to all of us finding our own way to get through the holiday season, doing the least damage possible. emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 12:10PM

    I went back to ST this week, too. I even ran a little bit sore today and was okay with it. It is time for me to once again focus on strength, especially of my core. Yep, we think alike!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/30/2012 9:05PM

    Love the ST -- and when I was running a lot, I tended to miss out on it.

I keep thinking I should get back to the pool again too . . .

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MAGGIE101857 11/30/2012 7:22AM

    Love that you keep changing things up to stay motivated!

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LEANJEAN6 11/30/2012 6:47AM

    Good for you to re-group!----perhaps build some "you" time in there too---whatever that is--LOL---Good morning Barb-Glad you are back online!-Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/30/2012 6:03AM

    Amen,sista!

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DEBRA0818 11/30/2012 5:09AM

    What a great tool Spark People has to help interested parties work out so the parties they're interested in don't undo all the hard work from the working out. Or something like that!

I'm getting my own program for the month of December too!

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DALID414 11/29/2012 11:05PM

    I need a December plan! Besides hitting my goal weight.

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_LINDA 11/29/2012 10:49PM

    Good for you getting back into ST, women so very much need it.
I did a 50 min circuit video today with weights and my shoulders are sure feeling it already :P, not to mention legs -they had you doing the weights while squatting, lunging and doing that old fashioned cross chop no one seems to do anymore :P But I am missing my live classes tremendously, had some great instructors there.
My first Christmas Party at the bridge club comes this Saturday..Finding our way through the minefields indeed..
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DLDMIL 11/29/2012 10:44PM

    great plan for the month. emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 11/29/2012 10:38PM

    Right now kind of in a holding pattern between work, Mom and gun club renewals. Just running out of time to do much exercise. Will come up for air soon I hope.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/29/2012 10:33PM

    Good luck! Got to keep the motivation going thru December . . . but managing to get a plan together for me too.

HUGS and good luck!


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MSLZZY 11/29/2012 10:32PM

    Whatever works for you. Time for me to fine tune
my workouts.

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ANDI571 11/29/2012 9:36PM

    Good for you. I need to get some of your motivation. I am holding my own, but seem to be on hiatus right now. The good thing, I am maintaining, so I must be doing something right.

Keep up the good work my friend!

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PATRICIAAK 11/29/2012 9:35PM

    You're an achiever!

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MOBYCARP 11/29/2012 9:23PM

    Good on you, mixing it up. Actually, re-starting strength training isn't quite like starting from scratch. Yeah, you get that world class DOMS the first time back; but the strength should come back faster than the first time you built it. Your body will remember that it's done this sort of thing before, and react appropriately.

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Wednesday Pep Talk

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Here we are at the middle of the work week.

Tuesday's victory? There was a food day at work. I observed something that I think bespeaks the success of the work place wellness initiatives: about HALF the treat table was covered with healthy options. Fruits and veggies, plain cheese in single portion sizes, etc. The other half was as usual completely decadent (including pumpkin cheesecake, a particular temptation since I missed Thanksgiving dinner, being on the road!)

And I managed to avoid it all, as I had pre-packed my permitted options, and I stuck to my plan. So, that's Tuesday's victory. I also did my stress-busting break walks.

Wednesday's plan is the same: remember to breathe between the meetings. Find time to take those break walks and if I don't get enough of them in, make sure I get an after work workout.

* The job will not be benefitted by sacrificing your health. Balance is essential to life!

And life continues to be good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LINDAKAY228 11/29/2012 12:40PM

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/29/2012 7:43AM

    Sounds like you did good!

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You have emoticon Self-Control

KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB !

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Pun INTENDED !
After your job comments !


Have a Thrilling Thursday

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BLESSINGS!
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_LINDA 11/28/2012 11:15PM

    emoticon That is fantastic discipline! Good for your workplace for putting out healthy options too!
This is why you are succeeding so well at all you choose to take on!
Go Barb, go!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/28/2012 9:54PM

    What an insightful blog and congratulation on your victory! It isn't easy to be disciplined with yourself, but it sure does have it's benefits!

Good job, Barb!!!! HUGS

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MSLZZY 11/28/2012 9:39PM

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KARIDIAN1 11/28/2012 9:39PM

    Good choices! We are going to have a potluck soon for the holidays at work. My plan is just to nibble on things in moderation.

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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2012 8:17PM

    Huge!! Both that you've had such an impact on the healthy choice arrays at work, AND that you stuck to your own plan for nutrition and fitness!!

(Unless the pumpkin cheesecake had had ginger cookie crumb crust . . . and candied ginger . . . and maybe pecan praline topping . . . I THINK I could have resisted it too . . . but glad I wasn't put to the test!)

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PATRICIAAK 11/28/2012 7:27PM

    Terrific!

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CASEYTALK 11/28/2012 5:08PM

    That's impressive! Passing up the treats in favor of your plan shows how far you have come and how you have made real, lasting changes.

You rock.

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DLDMIL 11/28/2012 4:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on sticking to your plan. I am also sticking to my packed lunch and not the goodie table and doing my break walks. Thank you for being so inspirational. emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 11/28/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome, Barb!
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D & I have been discussing the Lincoln Half in May. It's still on the table!
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IRONBLOSSOM 11/28/2012 1:58PM

    Nice! There are donuts in my office's kitchen and I'm not being great about avoiding them...but I will be better!

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DALID414 11/28/2012 10:14AM

    Pumpkin cheesecake!! I SO would have caved to that!!

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ELRIDDICK 11/28/2012 7:57AM

  Thanks for sharing

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HEALTHY4ME 11/28/2012 7:53AM

    AWESOME! you do so darn well !!!

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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!
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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 mean...it'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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    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.
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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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