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Bonus blog: an opportunistic run

Friday, January 11, 2013

It was one of those rarities: a day that topped 50 F in January in Nebraska. Unfortunately, it was a work day. Fortunately, I have a boss with some flexibility, and when I wrote her an e-mail mid-day explaining I was going to wrap it up and head out because I wanted to run outside, her response was "have fun."

And that's what I did. Came home, changed, and went out the door with my tunes in the ears (I have put together a marathon playlist) and runkeeper tracking my time and miles and put in an "easy" 8.61 miles.

Felt good. Life's good. Spark on. Marathon in May? You shall be mine! emoticon

p.s. And all it cost was 3 hours of vacation leave... emoticon

  
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OPTIMIST1948 1/13/2013 11:00AM

    Make hay while the sun shines!

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DRB13_1 1/12/2013 8:07AM

    when you feel it, it's wonderful to be able to act on it
looking forward to your marathon blog in May

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LEANJEAN6 1/12/2013 3:14AM

    wow!--Nice you could get out!----A fibre Optic cable broke , about 100 miles from here so it knocked all cell service out and internet , for the day yesterday--It was a quiet day---I'm up at 3am as one of the Germans was hearing thunder ---had to put his Thunder Shirt on him----so checked and all is good on the computer now---This mild weather here in January is weird! Lynda emoticon -

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NEW-CAZ 1/12/2013 3:08AM

    Lucky you have such a good boss, sounds like a wonderful run!!
Have a great weekend Barb emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 1/12/2013 12:25AM

    Wow! That is awesome! Nice boss for sure! Glad you enjoyed!
No break in the deep freeze here, but will get out and get it done any way!
Enjoy the weekend, hope your temps continue to be reasonable!

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DOGLADY13 1/11/2013 9:41PM

    Sounds like an excellent use of vacation time.

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DLDMIL 1/11/2013 9:21PM

    emoticon to take advantage of the weather and be outside. It is cold in Southern CA this week, but I have bundled up and walked every day and even walked the parking garage at the mall to get out of the wind. Great attitude and vacation time well spent. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 1/11/2013 8:50PM

    i like your dedication!

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DALID414 1/11/2013 8:40PM

    Awesome way to spend that vacation time!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/11/2013 8:33PM

    Best possible use of a bonus day of good weather!

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MOBYCARP 1/11/2013 8:30PM

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Sometimes, it's worth that vacation time on the spur of the moment. 50 F in January is just too nice to pass up!

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PATRICIAAK 1/11/2013 8:28PM

    Super!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2013 8:00PM

    Awesome Boss! Glad you got a good run in. For sure, you're gonna own that marathon!

HUGS

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GABY1948 1/11/2013 7:29PM

    Wonderful way to spend your day! So happy for you! Have a great weekend!

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LESLIELENORE 1/11/2013 7:16PM

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SLENDERELLA61 1/11/2013 6:43PM

    Great going!! Smart to use your valuable time off to enjoy and prepare and improve your fitness. This week we've been really warm -- around mid 80's, setting two high temp records for the date. It'll be good for tomorrow morning's run!

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MSLZZY 1/11/2013 6:41PM

    That was great way to take advantage of a gorgeous day!

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SHARON10002 1/11/2013 6:33PM

    Cold, damp, and rainy here today. How nice to have a boss with flexibility, and a good attitude! Great run!

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SHEKURE 1/11/2013 6:27PM

    That's great! You're so lucky. I haven't run at all this week, we've had 9 or 10 inches of snow and everything is an icy mess.

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The predicted outcome happened

Friday, January 11, 2013

After yesterday morning's insomnia run, I slept really, really well last night. emoticon

Got up promptly this morning and have had a calm morning so far. Packed the lunch, simmered the oats, added raspberries to them this morning. Very nummy. Sipping the coffee. And Sparking.

This should be a good day! emoticon emoticon

  
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LILPAT3 1/14/2013 3:24PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/12/2013 5:53AM

    That's the second time I've run across raspberries this morning - Lynda (LEANJEAN) had 'em on her page background. I think I need to go adjust the grocery list, lol...
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[Contrary to what you think you see, these are not cherries - they are raspberries!]

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_LINDA 1/12/2013 12:42AM

    *sigh* what a blissful start to your day :)
Wonder what a good night's sleep would feel like? Been so long since I had one have no idea :P

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SHARON10002 1/11/2013 6:35PM

    We're always thankful for a good night's sleep. Glad you had one! emoticon
Oatmeal with raspberries - sounds delicious! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/11/2013 4:00PM

    Great job!

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LJCANNON 1/11/2013 2:50PM

    emoticon It is so GOOD when a Plan Comes Together!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/11/2013 2:34PM

    I am happy that you slept well!

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MSLZZY 1/11/2013 1:52PM

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LESLIELENORE 1/11/2013 11:59AM

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 1/11/2013 11:18AM

    So glad you had a better night. Hope your day goes equally well!

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LINDAKAY228 1/11/2013 11:10AM

    Glad you got a good rest. Oats and raspberries sounds so good!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2013 11:06AM

    Happy you had a good sleep last night. Makes all the difference.

HUGS

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MNTWINSGAL 1/11/2013 11:03AM

    You know your own body and how it's wired so well -- was there any doubt that last night would be a perfect one for sleep? And then up and at 'em with a smile. It's going to be a great day!

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NEW-CAZ 1/11/2013 10:51AM

    Glad you slept well Barb, have a good day!!!

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PATRICIAAK 1/11/2013 10:16AM

    Super!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/11/2013 9:20AM

    Very good, Barb!! So glad you slept well. I slept good last night, too. Makes such a difference. I like Watermellen's acceptance, but I'm not there yet. I want a GOOD night's sleep every night!!

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LEANJEAN6 1/11/2013 8:38AM

    Oh Barb!--I treally hate it when I can't sleep. I have to get up and go downstairs and read the paper or something----in the cold dark house--but--I sleep when I get back to bed---if I don't eat----- Oh Lord! It''s a constant battle!--Lynda emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/11/2013 8:31AM

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WATERMELLEN 1/11/2013 8:20AM

    I try not to panic when sleep doesn't happen . . . sleep is "polyphasic" and periods of nonsleep for me are normal (I tell myself).

Raspberry oatmeal: great! Maybe a little cardamom??

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GABY1948 1/11/2013 8:03AM

    I agree! It should be and it IS a good day! Have a GOOD day ALL day! Hugs

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Insomnia treadmill run

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Last night I responded to an e-mail from the SparkPeople press office by filling out one of the "official" success story surveys. Don't know who nudged them my way, but I pulled up my courage and filled it out.

As occasionally happens when I toot my own horn, I started tossing and turning over it, and by 2:50, I was awake, and did not fall back asleep despite closing my eyes and making my best attempt to let it go.

What goes through the brain? Oh, the usual performance anxiety crap: "What if they publish this and then my program falls apart and I regain (yes I still fear the great regain)? What if I fail in my marathon training? What if...?" And seriously, "why am I doing this? Is it REALLY to help / encourage others or is it to puff myself up in importance? Because Barb, you're not any better than anyone else! Don't be a braggart."

What to do when these kinds of thoughts hit? What I chose to do was get up, slip on the running shorts and hit the treadmill. emoticon I put my five miles plus in early, then stretched and showered before breakfast. I'm calmer now... got my anxieties back in their "normal" proportion, my "ego" back in its seatbelt... and I'm good for the day.

The run itself felt good. Much better than the Tuesday after supper slogging. To be clear, I did not try to work out immediately after my meal... it was a full hour later. But apparently either what I ate (not huge, fish & potato) wasn't sitting right even after an hour, or... who knows? In any case, Tuesday, slogging, this morning, on auto pilot and feeling good. I'm sure folks can relate... some days it just feels better than others!

And the steel cut oats? Are tasting extra good this morning!

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/11/2013 5:35AM

    Gee, you could have called me to chat...I am the insomnia queen! LOL

This living vicariously through you is getting trickier.

And yes, you rock! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/11/2013 4:14AM

    I belong to a UK diabetes website and a recent discussion is centering around fear. I'm fast becoming a believer that fear is so useful as an aid, to reinforce our commitment and keep us aware.

Long-winded way of saying - I think your "fear of regain" has a healthy place in your maintenance... tho it would be better if it didn't disrupt sleep, lol.

You know what Marenamoo says - Be ever vigilant!
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DOGLADY13 1/10/2013 9:17PM

    I'm glad you worked through the anxiety.

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This is why you inspire so many people.

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SUNNY332 1/10/2013 7:52PM

    I could see how that could cause some anxiety but I think you, of all, people should be celebrated for your efforts, you success and your motivation. I say Yeah for you!

Keep up the good work.

Sunny

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PATRICIAAK 1/10/2013 6:28PM

    Dealing with the insomnia by exercising instead of binging shows how far you have come! Congratulations!

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MOBYCARP 1/10/2013 4:57PM

    I got the same email, and I'm still dithering about how to fill out the survey. I think they sent it to all the people voted motivators on the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team.

I have different psychological issues with the survey than you do, but still . . . I might get it done tomorrow.



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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/10/2013 3:03PM

    Glad the run helped! Congrats on being a success story! :)

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SLENDERELLA61 1/10/2013 2:44PM

    Congrats on being selected as a SparkPeople success story! It is an honor and so very well deserved. So sorry for the insomnia. Letting go of the anxieties and worries isn't easy. I've had several nights in the last couple weeks where I just couldn't let go and ended up not getting as much sleep as I'd like. I never have gotten up to run, though. Hope you get through your day without extreme fatigue. Hope you sleep beautifully tonight.

You know, I don't mind bragging on SparkPeople or at Weight Watchers, although I'd be reluctant in any other arena. I even tell people at WW I brag because it helps me. It does. I'm about to present Saturday the 12th at a WW open house as a success story. I am hoping not to lose any sleep over it. We'll see.

I think bragging about my weight loss and maintenance and fitness successes has helped me come to see myself as someone who has lost weight, is maintaining, and who has achieved greater fitness than I thought was possible. It has helped reset my self image/identity.

Do it to help you. Do it to cement your self image. Do it to inspire others. Do it because you enjoy it. Do it because you deserve it. Really!!!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/10/2013 2:26PM

    I'm excited to see your success story on the website! A big woo hoo! And while you are right, none of us are better than any of the others of us....but some are definitely more successful in reaching our goals, and you definitely deserve the kudos. Congrats!

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RUN4FOOD 1/10/2013 1:58PM

    Looking forward to reading your success story in official format.
There is no doubt there is no regaining in your future.
Keep taking care of yourself even as those changes in life happen.


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DRB13_1 1/10/2013 1:38PM

    so happy you will be "officially" featured as a success story! emoticon
The fact that you got up & ran 5 miles is another examplw why! emoticon
you'll sleep well tonight emoticon
be sure to blog when it's officially available, and thanks for being an inspiration emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/10/2013 1:14PM

    Good job, Barb! I know I know . . . . it is hard sometimes to get that pesky negative "regain" message out of your mind. I do the same. I think you handled it well by getting active. That's what I do too.

HUGS

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DR8561 1/10/2013 12:46PM

    You have never come across to me as someone who thinks she's better than everyone else. I think the self-doubt and never quite feeling good enough is behind a lot of the compulsive eating we're trying to get past. You deserve to celebrate your successes and all the hard work that got you there.

I love how you handled the anxiety. I probably would have just tossed & turned in bed and made myself miserable. Can't wait to see your story when it's posted!
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LINDAKAY228 1/10/2013 12:32PM

    Oh that's awesome that they asked for your story! I have those kind of thoughts too sometimes. Glad you were able to get in a great run and get rid of the worries!

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DALID414 1/10/2013 11:57AM

    emoticon on the SP success story bit! I can't wait to read it!!

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LESLIELENORE 1/10/2013 11:22AM

    My therapist tells me the only way to learn to deal with anxiety is to deal with anxiety. Sounds like you dealt with yours just fine!

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_LINDA 1/10/2013 10:07AM

    You certainly have nothing to worry about. You have your head on straight and are always hashing things out to ever let anything get away on you. You are the perfect choice for this story and I look forward to seeing it in print!
I always find exercise gets me out of any mood that is bothering me. Nothing beats it!
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DEBRA0818 1/10/2013 9:46AM

    It's a difficult decision to "go public" with one's story with all of its attendant anxieties, but I like your solution, Barb! Exercise is THE great mind drug.

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KANOE10 1/10/2013 9:44AM

    That was a great way to deal with your insomnia and anxieties. I can feel that pressure also..People tell me I am an inspiration yet, I can also fear regain. Good for yu staying positive and getting exercise!

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SWEDE_SU 1/10/2013 9:33AM

    each day, each run has its own personality. and when insomnia hits, what a great way to work it out - by working out!

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MIZCATHI 1/10/2013 9:21AM

    Fill out that questionnaire! You're a success NOW and you prove everyday that you are investing in your future! Do it!

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HEALTHY4ME 1/10/2013 8:45AM

    AWESOME !!! You deserve it and it isn't cos you are better it is cos you achieved something most of us are trying to reach. not just goal but the fact that you are doing well at maintenance!!!
KUDOS and enjoy and let yourself feel proud! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/10/2013 8:23AM

    Glad you had a good run and look forward to the press release.
In my book, you are emoticon
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MSLZZY 1/10/2013 8:07AM

    I usually sleep through the night and can imagine
what DH would say if I jumped on the treadmill at
that time of day. Hmmm-maybe need to buy one
first. Glad you found a solution and look-5 miles
done! Great!

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WATERMELLEN 1/10/2013 8:03AM

    I got the same email and did not respond (for the same reasons) so my goodness I really do relate to this one! And I like your solution better than mine!!

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GABY1948 1/10/2013 7:55AM

    emoticon you are doing emoticon don't worry...anyone can relate I am sure!

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FREELADY 1/10/2013 7:33AM

    You are giving me a "this is possible" motivational boost! Thanks!

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Tweaking and training

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Training: just do it. Sixteen and a half weeks to the marathon. Last night one of my training plans said "30 minute run". Well, since I kind of run SLOW... i.e. walk/jog intervals, 30 minutes doesn't take me very far. And it was after supper, and I felt... sluggish. So walked more frequently. But I did it.

Which leads me to think I need to tweak my schedule a bit... and run before I eat on the after-work workouts. Because put in the minutes and put in the miles I must.

emoticon Tonight: strength. emoticon

Life is good. Spark on. emoticon

  
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KASEYCOFF 1/11/2013 3:47AM

    Awareness is a key component of any plan - to my mind.
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    Tweaking is good-----Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 1/10/2013 12:42AM

    Number one thing is to never exercise after a full meal. I am a little surprised you did, especially when it gets so dark so soon. I rather get it over with early, while there is still daylight. Call me strange, but I like to see where I am putting my big size 11's :P
If the issue is you are hungry, then make a light healthy snack before you go out. I always eat an energy bar before my morning workouts. Just a little something so you have some fuel, but aren't full.
You go girl!!

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PATRICIAAK 1/9/2013 9:45PM

    stay safe - it's icy here. I'd wimped out for fear of slipping,

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/9/2013 3:09PM

    Good job evaluating your routine! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 1/9/2013 2:54PM

    Hey, whatever works for you, right! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 1/9/2013 2:07PM

    Great job, Barb! That's what it takes: doing it when you don't feel like it. And then add to that figuring out how to do better next time. Very good for you!! -Marsha

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/9/2013 1:33PM

    You go, girl!

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KARIDIAN1 1/9/2013 12:02PM

    Plan your work and work your plan.

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LINDAKAY228 1/9/2013 10:35AM

    I can't run on a full stomach. Great job getting out there and being committed to doing it even when it was hard. You'll get your plan tweaked to what works for you.

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MSLZZY 1/9/2013 10:21AM

    Sounds like a good plan! Have a great day!

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DALID414 1/9/2013 9:33AM

    Yeah it's tough to run with a stomach full (even half full)of dinner!

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BUGGYS 1/9/2013 8:38AM

    You are amazing, Barb...and disciplined!!!

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KALIGIRL 1/9/2013 8:26AM

    Here's to figuring out how to put in the miles!
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NEW-CAZ 1/9/2013 8:15AM

    WOW you mean business LOL emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2013 7:58AM

    Talk about icy self-discipline: internal and external!! That's you.

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LEANJEAN6 1/9/2013 7:42AM

    I just know that you will be ready for that Marathon----Lynda emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/9/2013 7:16AM

    The cold winter weather doesn't help either; I'd much rather be curled up in bed with a good book!

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A by-word: recovery

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Saturday's long run gave me Sunday as a recovery day... again.

Weekend recovery days are not necessarily good things for me, because I have errands to do and I'm at home, i.e. on my own with a 'fridge and cupboard full of stuff. Even though it's mostly healthy stuff, it's still stuff in volume, and if I'm hungry or any of the things that tend to send me to "hungry" as a substitute for the emotion I don't want to deal with right now... it's there.

That last paragraph is a little off topic, but here's the interesting part: I didn't beat myself up even though I did some weird eating on Sunday. I started, in my mind to consider it "figuring out the puzzle of training recovery." I was back on track Monday, eating right, break walks. and my Spark upper body strength workout in the evening.

And all of this, particularly the "calm" and the mental exercise of figuring out the puzzle of recovery got me thinking about that very word.

My little Webster's says that recover means "1 a) to get back (something lost or stolen) b) to regain (health, consciousness, etc.) 2 to compensate for; make up for [to recover losses] 3 a) to get (oneself) back to a state of control, balance or composure b) to catch or save (oneself) from a slip, stumble, betrayal of feeling, etc...."

In any case, the whole concept of recovery implies the return of or to something YOU ALREADY HAVE TITLE TO!

Wow. This kind of blew me away. The implication of the word is that we ARE worth it. We OWN being healthy and fit. When we "overspend" in training, we "get it back" through recovery, because we OWN it.

Here's to OWNING our health and fitness, and to recovery days, whether due to slips and slides or due to training hard. And to figuring out the puzzle pieces.

Life is good, Spark on!

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NDKARIKARI 1/9/2013 8:48PM

    great blog post!

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KASEYCOFF 1/9/2013 4:07AM

    Here's to recovery ownership--!
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LJCANNON 1/9/2013 1:23AM

    emoticon That has got to be one of the Most Inspiring Blogs on Recovery that I have EVER Read!!. We already OWN IT!! What a Concept!!

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_LINDA 1/9/2013 1:06AM

    Totally Terrific Thoughts as usual! We are all here because we are recovering food addicts. Here is to finding the path to recovering good eating habits and owning this healthy lifestyle!

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KARIDIAN1 1/8/2013 11:26PM

    I love puzzles and your blogs.

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ASHPATCH11 1/8/2013 8:46PM

    I love it we do OWN it!!! Great post as always!

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PATRICIAAK 1/8/2013 7:47PM

    Great insight into ownership!

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DLDMIL 1/8/2013 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Barb. Thanks for another great mind blowing blog.

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GABY1948 1/8/2013 1:30PM

    I LOVe this way of thinkiing about it! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 1/8/2013 12:37PM

    I need to allow myself more recovery days. Awesome blog!

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NEW-CAZ 1/8/2013 12:08PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog Barb!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2013 11:11AM

    Awesome! Owning it! HUGs and thanks for sharing this.

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DALID414 1/8/2013 10:31AM

    emoticon Cheers to owning our health and fitness!

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LINDAKAY228 1/8/2013 10:03AM

    This is a great blog! And I really love that last part!

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SUNNY1432 1/8/2013 9:51AM

    That's a great way of thinking about it! Thanks for the new knowledge!!
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DEBRITA01 1/8/2013 9:01AM

    Cheers to owning our health & fitness... emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/8/2013 8:42AM

    Great post today, Barb!

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 1/8/2013 8:29AM

    Here's to OWNING our health and fitness" - Couldn't have said it better myself.

Not sure if walking fits into your 'recovery' schedule, but if so, we might walk the 'girls' on the weekend. I'm gone this weekend to a HS girlfriend's wedding and am tied up the next Saturday morning, but other than that am 'free' (or @ least inexpensive).
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EBEAMS 1/8/2013 8:13AM

    We are SOOOOO worth it! Keep it up!

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MAGGIE101857 1/8/2013 7:48AM

    Never thought of it this way! We do OWN it - emoticon

Love it when you hit the dictionary - something good always comes out of it!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Wonderful attitude about figuring out the puzzle pieces. You've learned there is no benefit to "beating yourself up" but a lot of value in learning the lesson. I can relate that I'm having to learn recovery from major exercise sessions and sometimes have overdone the food.

When I was working I did find days home challenging in that there was no routine of work plus unlimited access to the food in my house. I have found, though, that in retirement overall I am more relaxed (whether I have the kids or not) so having a house full of my husband's junk food staring me in the face and the tremendous volume of my healthy food is usually not a problem. I just stay focused on what goes in my mouth.

Yep, we own health and fitness! We have learned a great deal about recovery and learn more each time we get it back. As you say, Spark On!!!

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MOBYCARP 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Ah, recovery. The great puzzle for Polly Perfectionist as well as for Mr. Testosterone. I anticipated Sunday being a recovery day, but Monday turned into one kind of unintentionally. It's all good.

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BETTER_LUCK 1/8/2013 7:35AM

    Powerful, inspiring blog. This is amazing. You are amazing. Thank you!

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NELLJONES 1/8/2013 7:31AM

    I concentrate on my food legality simply because it can't be thrown off by weather or anything else but myself.

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:29AM

    We live in Arizona so we don't have the freezy skid stuff but believe it or not, we sorta miss it. Like I said before, love your blogs.

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:27AM

    Ah, the power of words. Words make for a super fun and educational hobby. Your blog is great. Keep up the good work.

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RUN4FOOD 1/8/2013 7:15AM

    Thanks for contemplating the dictionary and then sharing your thoughts.
This is a good insight.

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ROXYZMOM 1/8/2013 7:14AM

    Very nice -- thanks!!

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MSLZZY 1/8/2013 7:10AM

    Yes, we do OWN it! You said it so well!

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MIZCATHI 1/8/2013 7:09AM

    You are such a giving person. Just as I sent out an SOS blog, I find your post immediately following on recovery. To recover, strong words. I need to get me back, which I can because I'm right here. Thanks for being who you are.

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JGRAY76 1/8/2013 7:06AM

    We do OWN our healthy lifestyle. Sounds like you are doing just fine with your recovery after training. Keep on trucking!

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