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You would think...

Thursday, February 07, 2013

that after LAST week, this week would be "a breeze". But truth to tell, in many of us, the "BIG" things we gear up for, and are strong, and the let down comes later. So, with my son's return (joyous) and my sister in law's funeral (sad, but closure) over with, I was hoping for a quiet "let down" week.

It has been far from quiet. The big project kicked off (blog entry Tuesday). One of the "favors" I did for someone blew up in my face. It's like I was starting to take the armor off and somebody yelled "Incoming!" Back into high stress mode.

And my emotional response was "ANGRY". "Not fair!" "I'm supposed to get a break from stress for a bit, OK, God?" I've run on the treadmill, stuck to my training plan, and still, the least little thing brings it back. I've tried to remember to breathe. My pep talk helped, but it has not completely dissipated. An apology from the party who blew up on me over the favor helped quite a bit. Two people stepping in to fix the discrepancy, even more.

Used to be, in the "bad old days" of my heaviest... I'd get mad at the boss at work, go home and devour a full bag of chips, a pound tub of sour cream dip, and 2 liters of diet soda... all to put the anger to rest. Only it never did put the anger to rest. Just changed it into self-anger at my eating behavior and the results on the scale.

This week, so far, I have succeeded in avoiding THAT response. But I'm still working out how to deal with the anger, the fear of "losing it" in an inappropriate way, and the fear of failure to do what I expect of myself... which is, pull off miracles at work.

Sounds pretty unrealistic and silly when I put it down in writing. Nobody does miracles. We take risks, we get lucky, but we aren't doing miracles. We're prioritizing. It's not a miracle when it works. The fear is that it is just not achievable.

This morning, I am taking time to recognize I've done pretty well with talking myself out of the urges to soothe with food. I've said "no" to some things, and substituted healthier comfort food (the cabbage last night).

I still don't like feeling angry. I doesn't feel like the me I want to be. But I have accepted that there are times when angry gets things done. It gets people out of my face when I use my words and not the food: when I actually tell someone I'm angry and why... it's better.

So, my friends... LIFE is good. Stress is a part of it. Mouths are to be used (intelligently) for more than eating. Brains are to be engaged. We can do this. Just for today. emoticon

  
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DEBRITA01 2/8/2013 9:38AM

    Finding out how to deal with the anger, when we no longer direct it inward, is a challenge....but it's good to remember that there aren't enough chips & dip in the world to make it better. Also, remembering that we can use our voice and that we don't have to shoulder the responsibility for pulling off miracles will help alleviate some of the anger and resentment. Wishing you all the best as you navigate through a challenging period...I know you can do it. Keep remembering that line in the sand... emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/8/2013 5:45AM

    You hit a few things on the head for me today.

I see your before picture and pretty much that's where I'm at right now.

The "inside your brain" peak is exactly how I feel right now.

Except for the excessive sweating, knee pounding, back wrenching exercises you do, that's where I want to be in the future.

Another aha moment at the docs today with fasting glucose.

You'd think it's a no-brainer...but it's not.

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PATRICIAAK 2/7/2013 10:10PM

    glad you found blogging is healthier then junk food.

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KARIDIAN1 2/7/2013 9:09PM

    Seems the stress never ends at work. Something new always comes up just before we can finish the current buzz word project. Would love to have the time and resources to actually do more than a lick and a promise when someone at corporate dreams these things up. These little "training" and signoffs all take time and are in addition to our regular duties.

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_LINDA 2/7/2013 7:05PM

    Way to go coping with the stress!!! Nothing worse then an injustice -so glad it was apologized for and that others stepped in to help -not a totally ignorant workplace apparently.. So sorry you have to deal with landmines like this. Emotional eating is so very hard to stay away from, its much easier to cave then to go workout. But workouts provide those feel good endorphins whereas overeating just makes you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Keep on venting and blogging, release your anger here and on the treadmill. You can get through this. That intelligent mind and strong will of yours will keep the EE monster in its cage!
You go girl!!

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GABY1948 2/7/2013 4:00PM

    Barb, you seem to be doing really well, to me. Blogging suits you, it doesn't me and I wish it did. Some of these answers are awesome...loved Nell's and Marsha's (MSLZZY). Keep pushing hard...each day you are one farther from turning that anger inward on yourself and one day it will just be the "natural" thing you do! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/7/2013 1:41PM

    Let down can be just as stressful!

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MSLZZY 2/7/2013 10:00AM

    One of the most natural and uncontrollable
responses can be anger, at others or at oneself.
It takes a lot of effort to take a deep breath and
walk away. The anger can sit there and simmer
until you find a way to disarm it. Continue to
handle the stress and anger in ways that work
for you. Today is another day. Make it a good one!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/7/2013 9:35AM

    Cardio helps me when I'm angry. A lot of the icky badness inside seems to dissipate some.

Good job sticking with your program, and hang in there. Structure your environment so you won't have to rely on will power, because as you know, that can grow awfully thin!

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MEXGAL1 2/7/2013 9:21AM

    we sure do eat for so many of the wrong reasons. It is funny too how when we do that it really only makes us feel worst.
Hang in there and be strong.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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LINDAKAY228 2/7/2013 8:53AM

    Anger can be a double-edged sword. I've done exacly what you used to do so many times. I hate feeling angry. At the same time if no one every got angry, nothing would change. Anger at injustices brings change. Angry enough to speak up for yourself is good, the trick is to do it in an appropriate manner. Too often we try to avoid it and stuff it with food. At least I have. I am trying to learn to work with anger. To recognize if it's something silly I'm angry over or is it something I need to act on to bring change to myself, or to relationships, or to the world in general. An if so, how am I going to address it. It's an ongoing learning process. You should be so proud of yourself for not turning to the old ways to deal with it. You're learning and growing all the time!

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NELLJONES 2/7/2013 8:41AM

    Ever notice how "anger management'" programs deal with directing anger at others but never about the danger or directing anger on yourself? I guess they figure that with both the complainant and the source being the same person it isn't a problem, but some of us know better. There are idiots amongst us, though, and we all have to deal with them. Get rid of one and another seems to pop up. Keep sharing, you are not alone. Blogging and talking are calorie free.

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KALIGIRL 2/7/2013 8:27AM

    Anger is a complex emotion and a necessary part of life, but as usual you are handling it head on with your personal aplomb. Interesting brochure @ http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/con
trol.aspx might offet some insight.

Here's to breathing DEEPLY.
Namaste my friend
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1CRAZYDOG 2/7/2013 8:25AM

    Oh my dear, angry CAN be a motivator as long as it's not turned inward . . . like self-destructive eating. It is a human emotion and it takes time to get over it. And it sounds like you're working on that. It's too bad that thigs happen which cause us to feel that emotion, but IMHO, it's good to express it vs. internalizing it and going into self-destruct mode.

How did your son like the house?? When do they move in (or have they??)

HUGS

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HEALTHY4ME 2/7/2013 8:14AM

    HUGs and you can do this.. your work sounds so stressful so glad you are finding ways to not eat it all! Have a great day.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/7/2013 8:13AM

    First, congratulations on saying no to the bad food.
I can relate since I once came home from work and ate an entire apple pie.

Regarding anger: When my unreasonable, demanding boss left, I asked him why he always gave me the most impossible tasks. His response - because you always got them done. That taught me a lesson. You don't want to get fired and you have to choose your battles and your responses carefully, but sometimes you just have to say no, not only to the food, but to the cause of the stress.

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When you look inside...

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

and the page is blank...

it is good to remember that "emptiness" is not always hunger.

Just for today... follow the plan. Maintain that line in the sand. And remember to breathe.

Because even on days like this, LIFE is good. Spark on. emoticon

  
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_LINDA 2/7/2013 1:19AM

    Emptiness is just your calm before the coming storm. Embrace it, relax in it, and enjoy the peace before the bomb explodes..
Good luck with keeping on an even keel at work!

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PATRICIAAK 2/6/2013 10:28PM

    Emptiness allows us to enjoy 'being', rather thay 'doing'. After all, we're human beings, not human doings.

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MSLZZY 2/6/2013 10:11PM

    Even emptiness has a place in life. HUGS!

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KARIDIAN1 2/6/2013 6:49PM

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ANDI571 2/6/2013 6:06PM

    So true! emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/6/2013 5:35PM

    emoticon The Sparked Life IS A Good Life!!

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DLDMIL 2/6/2013 5:30PM

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KRISZTA11 2/6/2013 2:47PM

    So right about the emptiness!
I wish I remembered this at times when I feel it...
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FAT2GAINHEALTH 2/6/2013 2:15PM

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LINDAKAY228 2/6/2013 1:52PM

    Great! I need to remember that.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2013 10:00AM

    Great thoughts!

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MIDROAD 2/6/2013 9:41AM

    Awesome insight thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/6/2013 9:35AM

    Well stated! emoticon

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GABY1948 2/6/2013 9:24AM

    emoticon and SO true!

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CONCHA77 2/6/2013 9:10AM

    Great Blog!

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KANOE10 2/6/2013 9:02AM

    Good blog. I am feeling rather blank today with the blahs.. There is nothing to do but carry on.

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ROXYZMOM 2/6/2013 8:57AM

    Awesome! Love the line in the sand analogy!

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KALIGIRL 2/6/2013 8:40AM

    A hole does NOT equal hunger...
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Here's to balance!

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LEANJEAN6 2/6/2013 8:34AM

    I love it Barb!!!!!-----Enjoy the moment--Life is good!!! (better than the alternative!)--LOl-Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/6/2013 8:30AM

    What an eloquent blog! So much of my life was spent filling the "hole" with food. It takes courage, but looking for the REAL reasons behind that empty feeling helps us grow emotionally and atain our goals!

HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 2/6/2013 8:09AM

    Yes, we can. Thanks for a short but POWERFUL blog.
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Just what I needed today!!

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Pep talk for the work week

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

So the new project is kicking off. Every new revelation of a requirement is more daunting than the last. There is going to be a LOT of work, and a lot of temptation to stay late to get "just one more thing done". There is going to be the temptation to shelter your team because "they have lives"... and the temptation to put your own needs last. There are mandatory deadlines and a bunch of oversight pressing.

It's going to happen. But temptation does not have to lead back to the dark places in life. Your health is more important than getting that "one more thing done", because if you undermine it, there will be even more things that do NOT get done, when you get sick or stressed to the point of breaking.

So... pace yourself. This project is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to get the most important bits done each day, and report honestly where the progress is. If it requires overtime on the part of others, they need to pick up their piece of the load. Don't try to do it all yourself.

There... think that will do it?

p.s. Don't forget to take those break walks. emoticon
p.p.s. The donut on the food table will NOT make it go away. emoticon
p.p.p.s. Ariel the siren treadmill is calling you for after work! Answer the call.
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PATRICIAAK 2/6/2013 12:07AM

    Keep focused on doing the small steps consistantly that will lead to the completion of the project.

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KARIDIAN1 2/5/2013 10:02PM

    I can relate. Hope your project goes smooth.

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MSLZZY 2/5/2013 9:14PM

    So that is what I was hearing. I was beginning to
think we had a fire call and it was just Ariel. LOL!
Make sure you resist the urge to do more just
because. You need to put yourself first-once in a
while. HUGS!

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EBEAMS 2/5/2013 7:41PM

    Remember ... the donut really isn't going to taste that great ... and the walk on the treadmill is going to feel fantastic cuz it's a commitment to yourself! You just inspired me to MAKE SURE I get on our treadmill tonight! Thanks, Barb!

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DLDMIL 2/5/2013 5:48PM

    You can do it, Barb. Keep up the great attitude. emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/5/2013 2:55PM

    So...where are you posting this?? Bathrooms, refrigerator, office???
Don't forget!!

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_LINDA 2/5/2013 2:49PM

    Great pep talk!! Now make sure you live up to it and get others to do their fair share too!
You go girl!!

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FIZZYBALL 2/5/2013 10:52AM

    So true

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JAKESOMA 2/5/2013 10:37AM

    Thanks, I needed that! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/5/2013 9:55AM

    Best of everything to you as you tackle this project.

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GABY1948 2/5/2013 9:27AM

    THIS is a emoticon blog! I am going to hang onto it for the next BIG project I have! Remember:

emoticon emoticon and then at the end we can all tell you, and you yourself can tell you emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/5/2013 9:25AM

    I have that tendency also to push myself too hard and pick up more of the load to protect others. It has gotten me into serious problems before, including ending up in the hospital once. have to draw those boundaries for yourself. Besides, you'll be more productive over the course ofthe whole thing if you take good care of yourself than if you exhaust and burn yourself out.

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MAGGIE101857 2/5/2013 8:41AM

    You've got this!!! No emoticon ; ignore those Dunkin commercials!!!

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KALIGIRL 2/5/2013 8:34AM

    Here's to pacing, planning and Ariel!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2013 8:31AM

    Overwhelming msg is taking care of YOU is priority. Good for you! You're right . . . the donut on the table isn't going to make (the work) go away! LOL

HUGS

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/5/2013 8:15AM

    Great attitude. Stick to the plan!

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LEANJEAN6 2/5/2013 7:59AM

    The donut on the foodtable will NOT help Barb!--LOL--- Hope you enjoy the project----You sound like you hava great attitude about it-----1 step at a time----Hugs Barb-Lynda emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/5/2013 7:53AM

    And, don't forget your line in the sand. Taking care of you is #1 priority

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SLENDERELLA61 2/5/2013 7:52AM

    Great talk! Those donuts won't make the work go away.Very true. Ariel is a great siren!!

I can remember more than one work challenge in which I just ditched the healthy living attempts and focused. It was a mistake. Your approach is much better. Best wishes.

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ELRIDDICK 2/5/2013 7:44AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Keeping the 26.2 dream alive...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Despite all my being pulled in multiple directions, motivationally, I have not given up on the marathon distance. Today it was dark (at 7 a.m.), cold (20 F), and potentially had icy patches outdoors and I wimped to the extent of answering the call of my siren treadmill (I call her Ariel). emoticon

14.12 miles at varying speeds, final time including warm up and cool down was 170 minutes. And I feel good after stretching and showering. It's 91 days to the big event... if I can keep building distance... I still hold that hope / dream alive. And ... despite what I know the work scene is going to be like in the months ahead... running is still an incredible stress management tool.

Grocery shopping and Super Bowl ahead... although given the kickoff time and how long the games usually drag... I'm likely going to fall asleep before the game ends. Still, looking forward to putting my feet up and enjoying the coverage, secure in knowing "my workout is in the bag!"

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/5/2013 6:04AM

    I enjoyed the Puppy Bowl instead.
More laughs, cute fuzzy things and no power glitches. Only potty breaks! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/5/2013 3:33AM

    I envy your energy, sweetie - and your dedication!
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CASEYTALK 2/4/2013 3:21PM

    With your growning commitments at work, this will be tough, but you are tougher.

For me, when I schedule the exercise, it makes it in. You're right that it's easy to bag the workout and as marathon workouts are going to be long, endurance affairs, it's going to be essential when you're planning your week that you plan for those workouts.

I schedule workouts for MWF lunch hour at the workplace gym, and Saturday and Sunday at home in the morning. If I can't make a workout, I have to reschedule it, just as I would any professional meeting.

Something tells me that you and Ariel are going to be best friends or dire enemies before long. Best friends, more likely.

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MEXGAL1 2/4/2013 10:00AM

    Keep warm.
Hope you enjoyed the super bowl.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2013 8:45AM

    Here's to a 'super' workout!

Way to balance life my friend.
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LEANJEAN6 2/4/2013 8:11AM

    Wow! Lotza miles put in Barb!----And son#2 the [pilot just called-is back ib Toronto--just stopped in Montreal to refuel--then had to take all those passsengers back to Toronto---got to his bed at 1-30am after a long flight which started at 6-11pm---Thanks for your comments---Lordy! I do hope this weight budges soon---Lynda emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 2/4/2013 7:59AM

    Good for you on getting your mileage in!

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PATRICIAAK 2/3/2013 11:47PM

    Enjoy your positivity

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DETERMINEDLOSER 2/3/2013 10:14PM

    What a postivie outlook on things. I think you made the right choice by exercising on your treadmill and steering clear of the ice. You are doing great and I love to hear your progress! WTG!

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LJCANNON 2/3/2013 8:15PM

    emoticon Having the Workout "In The Bag" is an AWESOME Feeling for You!!

emoticon And knowing that YOU are SAFE is an AWESOME Feeling for all of us!! So glad that you made the Safe Choice!!

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2013 5:26PM

    Good decision: you do NOT want to injure yourself slipping on that ice!! And you're building distance/reducing stress!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/3/2013 5:13PM

    You made the right choice. A slip on the ice and it would have been quite a setback. I agree with the post that if you can do that distance on the tm, outside will be a cinch. Good for you!

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_LINDA 2/3/2013 3:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So glad you haven't given up on the emoticon and emoticon
Its not being wimpy to play it safe and not go out in potentially dangerous weather. You so cannot afford any injuries when its so close!!
What an amazing strength of character to take this race on while facing a big bomb at work! You are one of a kind!
Rock Star!

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ROXYZMOM 2/3/2013 3:33PM

    Wow! 14 miles on a treadmill! Good for you! I am excited for you! You are going to do this!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/3/2013 2:49PM

    You did one awesome job, Barb!!! Keep pushin' ! HUGS

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AMARILYNH 2/3/2013 2:38PM

    You can do it!! Running over 14 miles on the treadmill???? That takes WILLPOWER!! Running the same distance outside would be a breeze!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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DEBRITA01 2/3/2013 2:24PM

    Awesome workout...keep your dream alive! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/3/2013 2:17PM

    You got it done early and now have the rest of the
day to devote to YOU! WTG!

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LESLIELENORE 2/3/2013 1:59PM

    Woohoo! I really want a treadmill of my own, but went outside to walk this morning. It was definitely bracing!

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DLDMIL 2/3/2013 1:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Barb. I am not a football fan, but I did get up and get my 5k in this morning. I may even do it again later this afternoon. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2013 1:47PM

    Great workout!! Great plan!!! I see you ... nearing the 26.2 finish line in May, right?? Glad you are keeping your dream alive ... and working to make it a dream come true!!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 2/3/2013 1:45PM

    Good for you! I like your attitude!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/3/2013 1:44PM

    I've been a woosy pants about running outside since wint er has kicked into full gear. Way to go! Keep the dream!

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Gratitude

Saturday, February 02, 2013

It is Saturday. My son had called me Thursday after I got home from work to talk about when to pick up his car. His wife goes back to work on Monday, and he needed it by then.

I selfishly suggested the weekend, when I might have a crack at being awake and rested when he did. So today, after my morning appointment, I called and woke him up. He had instructed me to call when I got home, and he was honestly surprised he had been able to sleep that late. He's still adjusting time zones.

He said "I'll call you back in 20 minutes" and after he'd awakened a bit more, did so. We went out to brunch together. I had a two egg white, low-fat cheese omelet, he had the full test version. We then came back to my house where he continued with tales of his past year... and thoughts of what's next... and his obviously maturing thought process in decision making.

We went for a walk in the neighborhood, and eventually got back to the business at hand, which was starting his car (it behaved like a champ, considering it's been sitting in my garage with minimal exercise for nearly a year), and sending him off to go home to his wife and his life. The visit left me soul-filled and grateful. He's home. He's intact not just physically, but seems to be adjusting well emotionally and mentally as well to coming home.

And after this past couple of weeks, you can all imagine me heaving this huge sigh of relief. Time to keep putting one foot in front of the next, keep on keeping on... because life is good.

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LJCANNON 2/4/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Wonderful News!!!
Congratulations on the Homecoming & Hugs!!

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2013 8:52AM

    Wonderful!

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RONNIEHUEY 2/4/2013 1:18AM

    emoticon he's home safe and sound.Bless him and all our service children/We wouldn't be free with out them emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/3/2013 10:49AM

    woo hoo....so glad your son is doing so well.
Have a terrific Sunday.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/3/2013 10:04AM

    Le'sigh

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LEANJEAN6 2/3/2013 9:46AM

    oh Barb-so good to have yer son#1 home----Life is truly good!-Lynda emoticon

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CONCHA77 2/3/2013 8:30AM

    Sounds Perfect!

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-STARRYEYED- 2/3/2013 8:22AM

    emoticon I am happy to hear DS is adjusting after deployment. Yay!

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GABY1948 2/3/2013 8:20AM

    Life IS good! So glad your son is home and that is one concern off your plate! Have a GREAT Sunday!

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ROXYZMOM 2/3/2013 8:10AM

    That is awesome! I love the sound of "peace" in your blog.

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_LINDA 2/3/2013 12:40AM

    So very glad your precious boy is of sound mind and body and safe on home soil once again. Enjoy his safety and proximity and finally relax and rest easy.
Life is Gratitude -I am thankful for those who gave it to me and for those who are keeping it safe!

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KARIDIAN1 2/2/2013 9:24PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time spent with your son. Your right, life is good.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/2/2013 8:05PM

    Smiling from ear-to-ear sharing your joy that your son is home! That's wonderful that you got to spend time w/him. Gratitude: that one word really does sum it all up!

HUGS and do thank your son for his service. Hugs and prayers for all our soldiers and families.

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ANDI571 2/2/2013 7:57PM

    I'm so happy for you Barb. I can only imagine the relief you are feeling. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 2/2/2013 7:31PM

    This is truly something to be grateful for! I'm glad he is not only back, but adjusting well to civilian life.

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DETERMINEDLOSER 2/2/2013 7:29PM

    So, glad to hear that your son is back safe and sound.

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2013 7:03PM

    Perfect! It's not just physical survival we want for our kids . . . but their emotional survival, their psychic survival and their positive flourishing and maturing and . . . all of that.

And now you know. He's OK.

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MIRAGE727 2/2/2013 6:13PM

    Excellent, please thank him for his service from Darren & me! I'm so glad he's back.
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DLDMIL 2/2/2013 6:04PM

    You should be very proud of him. You can now relax and enjoy the precious moments that you get to spend with him. So thankful that he seem intact all the way around. Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/2/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon Sounds like a wonderful day!

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MNTWINSGAL 2/2/2013 5:39PM

    You are such a great mom. For me it takes every ounce of will power I possess to not want my son all to myself when I know in my heart that his wife must come first. I need to take a page out of your book!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/2/2013 5:27PM

    Gratitude is the perfect word for "his obviously maturing thought process" and "adjusting well emotionally and mentally ... to coming home". What else could "One Kid's Mom" want??

Beautiful blog! I'm so glad you are through those tough weeks. I'm sure your emotions are still very high over everything, but now I know without a doubt you are handling it very well. Good for you!!

As always, I appreciate your support on my blogs as well. -Marsha

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MSLZZY 2/2/2013 5:24PM

    Savor every moment. You have survived another
test of courage and patience WITH courage and
patience. I can feel the relief in each word. Now
you can go forward with life as it comes, knowing
DS is home and safe. HUGS!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/2/2013 5:19PM

    I feel as if he is my own. I too am so thankful he is home, he is fine mentally as well as physically. HUGS to you and your family.

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PATRICIAAK 2/2/2013 5:19PM

    wonderful. I cherish times likr that.

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