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Sunday, December 09, 2012

The day started well with sleeping in. Then an advent church sermon, which is a comforting thing for me. "Getting my Cratchet on" was how I phrased it earlier, but it does have that spirit of expectation, that needs to be nurtured, and that's what advent is all about.

The spirit manifested in pre-Thanksgiving cleaning (i.e. the cleaning I USUALLY do before Thanksgiving). I'm still behind, but a little LESS behind than I was. Saturday afternoon I went to a little senior center's craft fair and bought the tiniest of ceramic Christmas trees, which is my concession to decorating.

Late this afternoon, I went to visit my sister in law. Her condition has deteriorated even since my last visit in November. She can no longer write legibly, and it is obvious she has things she wants to say. She has not been able to speak for some time. ALS is a tragic condition, especially for someone with a rich mind. On Wednesday, she will observe her 60th birthday, one I just passed myself last month.

If anybody out there is the Spark universe is of a praying mind, prayers for this wonderful woman, teacher, friend, mother are welcome. If I could make an impossible wish for Christmas it would be for a miracle for her. For her to be released from her prison, and free.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/10/2012 11:33PM

    That has to be so hard, Barb, to see her going downhill. I know your caring has to be important to her, but I know it must take a lot out of you, too. I will remember her in my prayers. Take care.

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KARIDIAN1 12/10/2012 11:06PM

    Will pray for a miracle for your sister. My best to the both of you.

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MSLZZY 12/10/2012 9:36PM

    Adding her to my prayer list. May God grant your wish,
if it be his will.

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LJCANNON 12/10/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon Definitely adding your SIL to my Prayer List!

emoticon I think I remember Mom having a Little Tree like yours, but it had Multi Colored lights, as I remember.

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MIRAGE727 12/10/2012 7:47AM

    Just said a prayer and added her to my list! Also said one for your safe Marathon training, Barb!

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LEANJEAN6 12/10/2012 7:13AM

    Oh --I'm so sorry for yer sistert-in law--Prayers here for her-----hard to watch eh?----Lynda emoticon

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DEBRA0818 12/10/2012 4:29AM

    Barb, I am so sorry to hear about the progression of your SIL's condition and pray that she may be given peace.

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AMSPARKER 12/10/2012 3:38AM

    God bless you sister in law. I will say prayers for her.

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 10:45PM

    That is so heartbreaking about your sister-in-law :(( Such a horrible, horrible disease :(( I wonder why they have found nothing to help or cure it as its been around for so very long :(( Could she type into a computer with just one finger? Or a touch pad kind of thing? I remember seeing shows about computers for the severely disabled that just eye movement operated it. Its hard to think how much she is suffering. I hope that there is a miracle for her.
You did good with your decorating, that tree is a nice find..

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/9/2012 10:45PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.

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DLDMIL 12/9/2012 10:41PM

    Prayers for your sister in law and your entire family emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2012 10:08PM

    Adding my prayers

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ROXYZMOM 12/9/2012 9:53PM

    I will pray for her and you and your family.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2012 9:08PM

    Awwww, so sad. Sorry your SIL is deterioriating. ALS is a very mean disease. Prayers definitely being said.

I think the tree is adoreable! HUGS

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DALID414 12/9/2012 8:45PM

    Prayers your way

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HEALTHY4ME 12/9/2012 8:43PM

    I have taken care of 2 people with ALS one deteriorated very quickly, the other lives on, he is probably about 65 now I don't know how he is, as I have not worked there for few years, but it is a rotten disease.
HUGS to your sister in law and oh how I wish she could get it all out!

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Cookie report

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Got an IM from my son this morning that the cookies I baked and shipped nearly two weeks ago arrived at their intended destination today. He said the team had missed lunch due to mission... so the cookies were a HUGE hit, and the Col even asked if I shared secret recipes. Hee-hee... right off the package. Except for one place where the recipe says either vanilla or orange peel? I put in both. See? Now my Spark buds as well as my son's Col have the secret!

emoticon He said they even arrived in cookie shape (as opposed to granola clumps).

So... that's the good news.

On the "she went off the deep end" front... I followed through on my temptation to sign on to do the Lincoln Marathon in May. As a full 26.2. And then I went out in the 31 degree F cloudy morning on a training run. The state of my current "long slow run" shape? 8.1 miles in 1:32. When looking at the training plan? That's about six weeks in. So... once again, kind of adjusting training expectations.
emoticon Note to self: if you are going to run outside in temps like this again? Wear warmer gloves! The rest of the layers worked well... about four on the top. Just regular running long pants on the bottom.

Oh, and the techno-toy? Perfect for this kind of run!

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DOGLADY13 12/10/2012 9:36PM

    What a great motivator you are for me. I'm getting back in to it, as you know. I love to hear about other people's goals and their efforts to stick to it. I think about it when I want to take it easy on myself.

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LINDAKAY228 12/9/2012 3:56PM

    I'm so glad the cookies made it safely and were such a big hit. Thanks again to your son and all the other military and families for the sacrifices. I can never say it enough.

Awesome goal for next year! I have no doubt you can do it!

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DEBRA0818 12/9/2012 8:20AM

    I'm amazed both that the cookies made it that far and that you're planning to run that far. Go, Barb!


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SWEDE_SU 12/9/2012 7:11AM

    glad the cookies were a success! wonderful story. i find hands are the hardest part about winter running - thinner gloves aren't warm enough, heavy ones, my hands get too warm. i wind up taking them off and holding them and in a way, that works best! glad you are enjoying the techno toy - i used runkeeper a bit in sweden last summer, may have to try installing it on my phone here!

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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2012 12:12AM

    yah, you!

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 12:04AM

    Wow. That is one long way to send cookies! Never thought you could send food and have it arrive fresh and good to eat. That is great they survived the arduous trip and everyone was able to enjoy them!
Great run in less than ideal temperatures!! Fantastic courage to sign up for the full marathon!! If anyone can do it, it would be you! You are strong, fit, have good stamina and have great will power! You go girl!!
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KARIDIAN1 12/8/2012 11:31PM

    Great cookie success story.

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MSLZZY 12/8/2012 11:28PM

    Look out,world! Here she comes! Such determination!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/8/2012 9:19PM

    Glad the cookies arrived in good shape.

Good for you on the marathon!

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WATERMELLEN 12/8/2012 8:55PM

    So lovely that your son got his cookies safely and at just the right moment!!

I was pretty sure you were going to sign up for that full marathon . . . and I have no doubt at all you'll ace the training AND the race.

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LVMAMAW 12/8/2012 6:24PM

    emoticon Glad the cookies were a success! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 12/8/2012 6:07PM

    I'm glad your cookies were a big hit. Good luck in your upcoming marathon. I'll be cheering you on from the virtual sidelines!

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DALID414 12/8/2012 5:30PM

    Oh man, I've stayed away from cookies so far, its been tough, everyone seems to get bitten by the baking bug this time of year!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/8/2012 4:55PM

    Yay cookies! Yay stretching goals! Yay running in cold!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2012 4:51PM

    Awwwww . . . glad that DS got the cookies! Wow . . . you ARE ambitious with your running! HUGS

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LESLIELENORE 12/8/2012 4:34PM

    Yay for cookie shaped cookies! I can't even run a complete 5k yet, so a marathon kinda blows my mind. Go you!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/8/2012 2:55PM

    You are going to be so proud when you complete that marathon in May. And we'll be virtually cheering you every step of the way!

Glad the cookies made it. Mine only have to go as far as I haven't sent them yet. OK, to be honest, I haven't baked them yet. I've got a little time :)

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SLENDERELLA61 12/8/2012 1:06PM

    Congrats on your training!! That was a great run. I'm benched again due to backache. Booooo. But I'll overcome and this time not go back to picking Gwen up so much. I've got to learn how to dress for cooler (not cold like your temps) weather, too. I probably just need to get some gloves.

I'm excited for you doing the full marathon. I'm not aspiring to that much, but I respect it greatly. I know you will do it and do it well!

Glad your cookies were such a success -- and that you had the discipline that it did not mess up your success!! Take care.

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DEBRITA01 12/8/2012 1:02PM

    emoticon I'm sure the cookies were a big hit and a welcomed change. Congrats on signing on for the marathon and following your're courageous and unstoppable! emoticon emoticon

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DLDMIL 12/8/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon for the cookies arriving, I know they really appreciated them. Our soldiers are so great and appreciate of everything they receive. emoticon on deciding to do the full marathon.

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AZMOMXTWO 12/8/2012 12:38PM

  thanks for the hint on the cookies

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So, it's supposed to be Christmas season...

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I noted to some of my Spark friends that I'm having trouble getting my Cratchet on this year. Seriously. I haven't decorated at work OR at home. I've been doing all the healthy Spark things, of course: nutrition, exercise, sleep. But... between the weather not hollering "Winter" (it will soon, they promise, starting with a downward slide in temps today and tomorrow)... having had a southern trip in November, missing Thanksgiving dinner with the family... oh, and lest we forget, my son's overseas and my daughter in law doesn't "do" Christmas.

Anyway, my personal internal calendar is stuck at about Halloween. I'm working on it, really I am! It has been my observation in years past, though, that regardless of my personal circumstances, Christmas *will* show up on schedule, right in my heart, where it belongs.

Meantime, my apologies for not being a particularly festive blogger! Despite this, life *is* still good. Spark on! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 12/8/2012 8:50AM

    Just hang a decorationn on a plant Barb! Who needs a tree?-----Lordy Lordy! Xmas will be in yer heart--You are so good! Forget emoticon mm emoticon emoticon mm emoticon m emoticon m all the hooplah and do as yu please!-lynda

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ASHPATCH11 12/7/2012 10:41AM

    once you get that tree up and start listening to the holiday tunes you will so be in the mood!! werid that ur daugther in law does not "do" xmas.

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MOSTMOM1 12/7/2012 8:00AM

    Getting your Cratchet on--ha ha, love that! We're easing our way into it too. Doesn't look like Christmas at all in our house yet. It looks like Science Fair Project Time. Really. Doesn't Christmastime seem to be the perfect time for Science Fair? Nothing says, God rest ye merry gentlemen, like the weeping and gnashing of teeth from middle schoolers and their parents. LOL. Thinking we will attempt mildly decking our halls this weekend. Have a good one!

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    Kind of how I feel. I'm still waiting for the Trick or Treaters to show up since Halloween got hurricaned this year! And yes, I did manage to eventually eat the candy.
Thanksgiving was empty as I was missing Dad.
The rest of this years personal tragedies have knocked my Ho Ho Ho down to an alltime low.

For me giving to the Red Cross (hmm, I work there) or another humanitarian organization may bring me a better lift than evergreen and tinsel.

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PATRICIAAK 12/6/2012 11:09PM

    Jesus is the reason for the season. The decorations aren't.

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KARIDIAN1 12/6/2012 10:56PM

    Don't feel bad, we don't do much for the holidays either. Too busy with work and stuff. I work retail and right now am getting holiday overload. So looking forward to January and the slow time of the year for us.

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MSLZZY 12/6/2012 10:48PM

    Tree's up, lights on and that's it. You and I need
to get together LOL!

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DOGLADY13 12/6/2012 9:43PM

    Even when I am at my lowest points, I always know that life is *still* good! sparkin' on with you, Sister!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/6/2012 6:12PM

    I'm having just the opposite experience from you this year Barb...being out of work has given me plenty of time at home to be festive....I've decorated, shopped, started the wrapping, and I'm trying to rein myself in with the baking -- it's too early for that, except what I'm sending to Jeff & Abbi. But I've had years like what you're having....and I've no doubt you'll be feeling Christmas-ey before you know it!

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MOBYCARP 12/6/2012 6:09PM

    Does it help if I tell you I have a tree up? It's small, about the size of Grandma Dottie's artificial tree when we were kids. And it's likely the only Christmas decoration I'll do at home. At the office, there are two ornaments, red and purple, taped to my door; but somebody else put those up. I can just enjoy the decorations other people put up at work.

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SUSANNAH31 12/6/2012 5:47PM

    It can be somewhat liberating to not have all the holiday obligations using up your time and energy.
Besides, you are feeling festive just from your own life these days. How terrific is that!!

Just think, this year when it comes time to make the New Year's resolutions, you'll be feeling very good about this past year's accomplishments.

It's all good!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/6/2012 3:41PM

    Wishing your heart full of Christmas joy shows up sooner rather than later!! Now get a few of those decorations out, have a hot apple cider (maybe sugar free), and put on some Christmas music. How about dancing to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree or other upbeat carol?? You'll get there!! -Marsha

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PATRISNA 12/6/2012 2:16PM

    This year I have been thinking of getting one of those Charlie Brown Christmas trees. All the decorations are in the attic and I don't want to drag them down. Just not feeling like all the work.

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MIRAGE727 12/6/2012 2:04PM

    No apologies needed, Barb! You blog on anything you feel like! I've got immediate family issues but I'm just focusing on DSSECRETS & Gianna as my priorities! And your heart is definitely in the right place!

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LESLIELENORE 12/6/2012 11:28AM

    I just started decorating.

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_LINDA 12/6/2012 11:26AM

    Being single in a bachelor apartment, I don't bother decorating either, especially as I have no visitors and face north where few people walk behind. I do kind of miss the blinking running lights I used to put up, but they wouldn't work well with vertical blinds on my windows. But a bridge partner of mine said one should always have a tree and she gave me this small wooden one painted green and she put rhinestones all over it, looks great and is on my shelf year round as its kind of artsy!

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DLDMIL 12/6/2012 11:17AM

    I haven't decorated my house or my office for 12 years. Now as an empty nester, I really don't miss the hassle of it all. I still spend the holidays with my kids and grandkids and that is what is important to me.

The spirit of the holiday is the most important whether you decorate or not.

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DALID414 12/6/2012 10:10AM

    Some years the holidays seem to come all at once!

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SHESMITH1 12/6/2012 9:45AM

    In your heart is right where it should be! You can then "give it back" ....

When I was 5, the recitation I did in our church's Christmas program was:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I'd give Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I'd do my part.
But what can I give Him?
I'll give Him my heart!

After 50+ years, I still remember that verse. Maybe the purpose of that memory was to share it with you today! (I'll let you know if I don't remember it tomorrow :) )

Have a joyful day, OneKidsMom! I KNOW you deserve it!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/6/2012 8:27AM

    Maybe just do the Christmas stuff you love the most and forget about the rest or experiment with doing things differently this year?

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AMSPARKER 12/6/2012 8:00AM

    I just wanted to tell you, I had a particularly bad yesterday, had a call with my MIL that really upset me, routine problems with the teenagers that are so disheartening...I told myself, I'm going to handle this with grace. I mentally ran through all of the people in my life that I know, and whom I would like to emulate during all of this really, unremarkable, day to day stress and your name came into my mind, I thought that's it - I will try to handle this the way I think ONEKIDSMOM. Although this has absolutely nothing to do with your post, it reminded me about yesterday and I wanted to let you know how AWESOME i think you are!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/6/2012 7:55AM

    Sometimes a simple Christmas is the best. We can get so caught up in doing everything perfectly that we forget what it's really about. It sounds like you remember where the spirit belongs - right in your heart. emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/6/2012 7:45AM

    I think it's harder to get in the Christmas spirit when it's unseasonably warm. Snow would go a long way in helping the mood for me. Maybe Sunday.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/6/2012 7:44AM

    Oh I'm right with you. Did get my miniature nutcracker ornaments out on the kitchen shelf and the cards and shopping are done. But no tree . . . yet.

You're right, though, that the most important place to feel Christmas is in your heart.


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HEALTHY4ME 12/6/2012 7:37AM

    My life is good too, but I am not festive. I am so tired I feel as if we are living in limbo, still have dads stuff partially unpacked, part up here part down with him. Still have stuff to reno up here but have to finish down there.... I have no more interest in "doing" Christmas and especially this year feel as if it is all for 2 days. We haven't many friends here, that just drop over one sister in law will come.... the kids usually come xmas eve, but dil stopped that when she wasn't able to bring a bby to the house and now that there is a 3 year old almost, and a 1 year old, I can only imagine. But do know that dd friend has invited herself and family over for xmas eve as she has no family and considers us her family. Great when I feel like it LOL
SO yes life is going along, but I will join you in being late on getting ready for the season. HUGS

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CSDAYS 12/6/2012 7:29AM

    We got behind too and put up just a small tree.

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Playing with the techno-toy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I did well with my "line in the sand" today, and went above and beyond that... lured onward by the techno-toy. There is this little GPS enabled app called RunKeeper... perhaps some of you have heard of it / used it... but I've been having serious techno-envy over MobyCarp having it, and his daughter, and my son (although he can't use it where he is at the mo...), and a brother in law... the list goes on.

Here's the deal... you head outside, tell it to start your activity, and it maps your route and calculates your distance and pace. Perfect for those long weekend training runs that are involved in marathon / half marathon plans!

So, today, I went outside to do my break walks. After all, we won't have this unseasonable weather for-ever! And tried it out. I know I walked faster knowing it was clocking me. When the little voice in my ear announced in that slow machine voice that it had been 5 minutes, 10 minutes, how far I'd gone, and my average pace? Kewl!

However, this time of year... when I really need to put in four miles after work... it's dark. So... my evening workout was on the trusty treadmill. And it felt good. Tomorrow... strength.

Now off to the showers and bedtime!

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LEANJEAN6 12/6/2012 6:45AM

    emoticon very interesting little gadget Barb!--Glad it worked for yu!

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LESLIELENORE 12/5/2012 2:51PM

    I'm still low tech, but I know I go farther when I wear my pedometer.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/5/2012 2:15PM

    Cool! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 12/5/2012 11:15AM

    Kewl indeed! Hey, does this toy work in the water and on the bike, too?? Some day I'm gonna get me some cool toy, too! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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LINDAKAY228 12/5/2012 10:38AM

    I love runkeeper. I use it for walks, running, and for hiking. I've changed the setting so they don't speak to me so often, and now I get a verbal message at every half mile when hiking, and a little more often if running. I like to look at the online reports too after I save it and look on my computer at the webpage. And I have the free version. I've tried several apps but this is the one I really liked the best and continue to use.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/5/2012 7:54AM

    Technology can be fun. Have a great day.

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MSLZZY 12/5/2012 7:41AM

    Ahh, technology! Enjoy your new friend! HUGS!

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DEBRA0818 12/5/2012 6:39AM

    It's like a little coach in your pocket! Way cool!


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COMPUCATHY 12/4/2012 10:41PM

    Sounds like the techno toy is a hit! I love Runkeeper! It's very encouraging. Sounds like you had a good day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 12/4/2012 10:41PM

    toys are fun and they keep us moving and motivated!

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KARIDIAN1 12/4/2012 10:37PM

    Very Nifty tool

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ROXYZMOM 12/4/2012 10:33PM

    Don't forget to put your future races in it - it counts down for you! I love Runkeeper!!

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_LINDA 12/4/2012 10:24PM

    Nothing like having fun with a new toy! Talking to you should keep you on your toes for sure!! Enjoy!

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MIRAGE727 12/4/2012 10:14PM

    Before I got my Garmin (Thanks, Laurie5658!), I tried several apps. RunKeeper was one of them and also one of my faves. Wring that thing out, there are a number of cool things you can do with it. You can also log and post on their site too! Have fun, Barb!

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MOBYCARP 12/4/2012 10:02PM

    Before getting RunKeeper, I posted on the Daily Mile site. As a site, I like Daily Mile better; but my daughter was on RunKeeper, and it turns out that the RunKeeper app is the best of the free running GPS apps I tried. It's possible that the paid version of Kinetic might be better, and that one claims to interface with Daily Mile; but with family on RunKeeper, it's an easy call to stick with that one.

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PATRICIAAK 12/4/2012 9:54PM

    Keep it up!

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Didn't post a pep talk this morning, but managed to give myself one...

Monday, December 03, 2012

In the car on the drive to work I usually keep the radio off. I've been doing this pretty much as long as I've been Sparking actively. Why? Radio is a distraction, a shiny object that pulls one away from the focus of the morning.

I often write blogs in my head during that fifteen minute drive. And I definitely give myself pep talks about the day ahead. Since I was a bit rushed heading out the door and I knew I had a week packed with meetings once again lined up, it was important to keep my focus on my "line in the sand" challenge... not skipping those all important break walks, even on a "rest" day in the exercise cycle.

Those break walks are what keep me sane through my work day. I have a schedule to keep. If my meetings interfere with the "normal" time for my walking break, I take it earlier or later. Walk, eat healthy snack, go to next meeting. Lunch time? Eat healthy lunch, then go for walk. Afternoon, repeat. If a meeting encroaches on lunch break, shift lunch time earlier or later, but don't skimp on it.

Today I had a new techno-toy to try out with the walking breaks. You see, I have been slowly dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I resisted the iPod. I eventually got an MP3 player, but hadn't done a lot with it in a while. I resisted the Smart Phones. Until yesterday.

With my marathon dreams, my envy of those who have the RunKeeper app (or other similar training appication) on GPS enabled phones got the better of me. It was time to get my cell phone minutes for the next year anyway... I only had 25 days left on my plan.

So... I walked into the techno-store, and found that the sales person was also a runner... he recommended a package for me that includes this really comfy headset. I tried it out today, and I have to say I am impressed. Now to rip the music I really want to be my sound track!

Because life is good, and active life is better, and music along the way keeps us moving. Georg Frederick Handel, here I come!

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COMETER 12/5/2012 6:22AM

    Hey, I needed this!

I've fallen way off track, and your mentioning walks in the middle of the day may be my perfect solution for re-calibrating myself.


And I agree about the giddiness of a new gadget that works well--love!

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CEHALLA 12/4/2012 10:40PM

    Handel??? I love "Messiah" but never thought about running to it. Sounds really nice.

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MNTWINSGAL 12/4/2012 1:13PM

    Have fun with your new toy! I never wanted a smart phone, thought it was a waste because I'd never use the apps. Boy, was I wrong! Getting my Android was one of the best decisions I've ever made!

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DEBRA0818 12/4/2012 6:21AM

    I resisted the smart phone for a long time too and have been impressed by its many advantages since acquiring one.

P.S. Love your kitty photo!


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15 minute commute.

Enjoy the new gizmos. I embrace them all.

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DALID414 12/4/2012 12:46AM

    Welcome to the 21st century emoticon use it to your advantage

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KARIDIAN1 12/3/2012 10:04PM

    We don't listen to any music when we walk. We usually use the walk to catch up on our day and any plans for things coming up. Not often that we walk alone, at least I don't. Jim does sometimes on weekends when I'm at work.

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MSLZZY 12/3/2012 10:02PM

    I am so jealous! Enjoy the new technology!

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_LINDA 12/3/2012 9:50PM

    Way to go keeping to your walk breaks at work, nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating after being stuck in a stuffy building on your butt all day.
Congrats on taking the leap into the 21 century! You are going to enjoy tracking your run statistics.
I know I would do a lot better with my speedwalks if I could listen to music, but headphones make me deaf :( I used to have a walkman and even on its lowest setting a few hours use and I couldn't hear anything. I wish there was another way to listen to portable music.
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ROXYZMOM 12/3/2012 9:50PM

    Congrats! I love RunKeeper - greatest app ever!!

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COMPUCATHY 12/3/2012 9:22PM

    Yes, music and walks and pep talks! So funny...I blogged about music and pep talks today, too! Guess we are on the same groove! Keep up the good work! Enjoy your new toy! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/3/2012 9:15PM

    Congrats on your new techno-toy. It sounds wonderful.

Your commitment to getting your walks and healthy food during the work day is great! Sounds like the most sane way to work there is!!

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MOBYCARP 12/3/2012 9:09PM

    That's quite a swing, from the economy-model prepaid to a smart phone! I hope you find that what it does for you is worth the money to you.

I cheaped out and went with an iPod first . . . then became convinced that the apps would be ever so much more useful with a better GPS than the iPod touch and with continual network connectivity. And they are. I could see myself backing off from the smart phone, in a situation of severely reduced income; but I don't see that happening from different priorities for the income I have right now.

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LESLIELENORE 12/3/2012 9:00PM

    I almost always have company on my walks, either human or canine, so I don't usually listen to music, but I have been thinking about giving running an honest try (I've been playing around with it for months), and if I get serious I will probably want music.

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DLDMIL 12/3/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon . I am still resisting the smart phone at this time. I refuse to be that attached to my phone. Eventually I will probably have to get one because they will stop making the simple ones. Let us know how you like the GPS apps for your runs.

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KELLIEBEAN 12/3/2012 8:39PM

    I also try to stick to walking breaks at work no matter the schedule! So important to keep moving more than once a day!

I like that you don't use the radio driving to work. I'm not sure I could give up that habit. We shall see.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2012 8:37PM

    Oh boy, my walks are like my therapy! I SOMETIMES listen to music, but that's very rare, because I like the time to just think and mull life over, too! My best thinking and planning are done when I walk. Wouldn't give it up for the world!


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