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What you really, really want...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

If discipline is remembering what you want, motivation is partly figuring out what it is you really, really want badly enough to get you moving.

I have been kind of quiet here on Spark over the long weekend. Part of that time was spent walking on the treadmill, part of it was spent sleeping and trying to get me straightened back to my normal rotation of wake/sleep (a more trying job than it was 40 years back), part of it was spent feeling physically lousy, and part, well, to be honest, misbehaving with my old buddy food.

And since I was not feeling like sharing my completely jumbled up thoughts yet again on doubting my goals... I kept my mouth / keyboard shut. We won't go into the tablet versus old slow desktop, mainly I was silent because I had no clue what I wanted to say.

Still not sure I *do* know what I want to say, even now, but it is a fresh new work week, I'm starting the day with the routine of packing the healthy lunch and simmering the steel cut oats. And ahead is a stressful workday, and a snowstorm slated to slide in here on Thursday... and survival is the major goal.

A part of me is contemplating what 2013 would look like if I bailed on the race schedule. Completely. As in: pull in your horns and try to just live a life. Without putting pressure to train for distance on yourself. I ponder what that would do to my motivation. Would it help, or hinder? Would I feel like an embarrassed failure because I told everyone I was going after full marathon in May? Or would I feel relieved because now I could focus on one thing: work, and just deal with my line in the sand stay with the program to stay healthy until this passes?

So, with that thought, of Barb pondering where I go from here, and meditating on what I really, really want... I commend to each of you a fine Spark Day. Because with or without athletic events, LIFE is good, and each of us, even *me* is worth taking care of. Oxygen masks to the fore! Spark on! emoticon

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SPARKLISE 2/23/2013 6:16PM

    I find that we put so much pressure on ourselves sometimes.
Doing a marathon is great,if you have the time, but if it can't fit in your life without keeping your balance and your sanity, it might be time to reassess.

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Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 2/22/2013 11:20PM

    Thanks for sharing! I wish you well as you continue this journey... whatever you decide concerning the racing and training schedule. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/22/2013 5:10PM

    WELL, I CAN'T FIND YER BLOG=--HAVE BEEN SEARCHING-----hope all is good there!-------It's Friday------YEAH!!!--The weekend is here!---ZOWY! emoticon

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LILPAT3 2/21/2013 12:25PM

    I am sure whatever choice(s) you make will be the correct ones. Hard to know what to do until you try it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/20/2013 3:49PM

    I suspect that if you spend a day or 3 taking good care of yourself and getting fully rested, then what you really, really want will become clear. At this point I do not aspire to do a full marathon, because I think I will be healthier doing a half marathon once or twice a year, lots of 5Ks, lots of cross training, and strength training. I do have running friends really twisting my arm, wanting me to go for the full. I am resisting.

With your son home now, you may have less time to run if you are cooking for him or otherwise spending time with him. Or you may have more time to run if he is running with you.

Trying to balance this big work demand with training and family life and all you do isn't easy. Of course, only you can figure out what you really, really want. But when you do, I'll bet on you to succeed in your endeavor!!

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_LINDA 2/20/2013 1:21AM

    Lots of great answers here! Just a thought -you came so far so fast, advanced from one amazing athletic feat to another. Did I blink and miss the recovery time you gave yourself for the next big challenge? Because this choice is a biggie. It sure doesn't help work is also a major biggie going on and perhaps now is not the time to be thinking of a two fer. Maybe a recovery and rejuvenation period is called for. The rest and recovery we are all supposed to get after a strenous event..
For sure no one would think any less of you were you to decide it was the wrong time for a full marathon..
Do whats best for you, search in your heart and you will really know...

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MSLZZY 2/19/2013 10:36PM

    I think I need that oxygen now. Just breathe!
That's better. So many decisions that only you
can make.
Send a little of that snow our way but don't tell
the GC it is coming. I want it to be a surprise.

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RUN4FOOD 2/19/2013 9:34PM

    A marathon is difficult. Not just the run itself, but all the training that goes into it. You've really got to want to run a marathon to stay motivated to do all the necessary training. My concern would be your getting injured, you almost wishing you had an injury so you could stop all the training runs.
My vote would be 'yes' if you really want to run the marathon, but 'no' if you feel anything less.

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PATRICIAAK 2/19/2013 9:02PM

    There is only x amount of energy in the energy bank. Overspending leads to negative
repercussion. Choose wisely.

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WATERMELLEN 2/19/2013 8:36PM

    Terrific blog as always . . . you really put it out there.

When circumstances change then what motivates changes too. Former goals may not be doable or realistic.

It never hurts to be kind: including, kind to yourself.

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MOBYCARP 2/19/2013 7:58PM

    It is a puzzlement, discerning what project is a good motivator and what project is simply biting off more than we can chew. In 20-20 hindsight, it would have been better for me to forego the half marathon idea in 2012, in favor of just running through the winter and getting used to how that went. This year, I *think* I understand things better; but it still could turn out that I've bitten off more than I can chew during tax season.

Whatever you decide, I hope you will be at peace with the decision and make appropriate adjustments to your lifestyle to remain healthy. You're worth it.

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    Ah, my vicarious life is what?
Maybe you are resting so my foot can feel better emoticon

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DLDMIL 2/19/2013 2:33PM

    You are not a failure if you do not do the full marthon. You have accomplished so much during this journey. You are allowed to take a break, have a different life exeperience. Take care and do what is best for you, not any one else. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARDMIC78 2/19/2013 12:45PM

    It's honorable that you can use this platform to be honest and clear your head. I recently used my blog to do the same and just the act of verbalizing how I felt made a huge difference. You must do what is right for you and what makes you happy. No one puts more pressure on you than YOU. This race doesn't define you and you only owe happiness to yourself.


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DALID414 2/19/2013 10:46AM

    If you choose to pull out of the race you shouldn't feel like an embarrassed failure. Anyone can say I want to do this race or that, but only YOU live your life and only YOU know what time and effort you need to prepare for it. You owe us nothing Barb.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/19/2013 10:18AM

    sometimes things that motivated us initially turn into a stressor. When that happens time to step back and re-evaluate. That's not failure! That's taking care of YOU! I have a feeling that all the changes that have happened in your life recently . . . good and bad . . . are coming home to roost a little.

So, before making a decision take the time to relaly reel it in your head AND your heart. I know you will because you always have.

HUGS and sending you calming vibes.

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LINDAKAY228 2/19/2013 9:44AM

    Sending you hugs and good vibes as you struggle to decide what it is that you need/want to do for yourself. A decision only you can make. It doesn't matter what you told everyone about the marathon. Don't do something just because of pressure from others. If you want to do, then go for it. If you feel this isn't the time to think about it, then it's okay to revise your goals and give that up to focus on a work related goal or whatever you need to do right now. Good luck as you choose what is the best plan for Barb!

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BARBARAJ73 2/19/2013 9:16AM

    New day... new week... spring is around the corner. Do not ( or at least try not to) stress over something which should bring you joy. Your decision will come to you. Wishing you a fine Spark Day too!

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ANDI571 2/19/2013 9:09AM

    I am in the sme mind set Barb. I even told DH the other day that I seem to want a life style right now more than I want to eat healthy. I am on a dangerous path right now, but have been fighting to get back on the right path. We will do it. We know what we need to do and we have the tools to do it. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 2/19/2013 9:06AM

    It's easier for me to focus on one thing @ a time and with the huge work project vying for your time, I can understand your quandary. Work is now the center - it wasn't when you were planning the marathon - that eliminates the 'failure' fear in my mind.

The question now is what will keep you healthy and happy.

Daily Good asked what we'd do if money was no object and quoted Norman Vincent Peale - "Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."

Neither your head nor your hands are empty - but only you can decide if the 'big' goal is what you need or the 'little' daily Life is GOOD goals work.

Namaste my friend


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EBEAMS 2/19/2013 8:23AM

    Having knowledge of what the training will entail and the wisdom to know what you are mentally capable of handling will lead you to the right answer for YOU! I don't know what type of project your work is involved in but it sounds intense and life absorbing. We only have so much time and energy to commit to each part of our lives. Balance is the key ... but knowing when the balance has to be shifted is part of staying mentally healthy and sane. When I'm sitting around in Dispatch with nothing going on, it's easy for me to stay on track. Let the chaos move in and it's batten down the hatches and don't talk to me til we're done! Life is truly a series of adjustments ... every day, no matter what. Let us know how can help ... we're all cheering you on to victory, marathon or not!!!

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AMSPARKER 2/19/2013 8:14AM

    *even me*??? Especially YOU! One of the worst feelings is being overwhelmed and doing something just so you can cross it off your list...better to wait until you can enjoy both the journey and the result...just my unwanted or unasked for opinion!

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JANEMARIE77 2/19/2013 8:07AM

    Marathons are hard and a lot of work I personally have never trained for one. But my thought was always "there not much in life I want to do for 4 + hours" straight nothing else just run could i do it maybe (i do have some foot issues and am kind of afraid over training would cause a side line) do I need to know if I can do it NO 4 + hours of anything the same thing would drive me crazy I love 1/2s and a weekly 10 or so miles. So do you need to know you can do it? will you enjoy the journey to find out? list your pros and cons its all about you not us

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ROXYZMOM 2/19/2013 7:48AM

    I am going to play devil's advocate here ... Imagine if you were told you couldn't run (due to an injury). I was getting into the lull you are in now when I was told I had to give it a break and go to PT. the first week or two was nice but then I started feeling out of shape more and more and really missed running! Every time I hear one of my running songs on the radio or see a nice weather day out I am tempted but can't do it! It's plain awful!

Also: maybe you need to break your routine and train differently. Run with someone else, add something new to the mix (yoga, swimming, ST)? Or add new running music?

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GABY1948 2/19/2013 7:38AM

    Now that you have it out in the open, Barb, you can honestly decide what Barb wants for Barb. Not what WE want Barb to do, but what Barb really wants. Ultimately it is about you. I just don't want you to look back when you make that decision (you see, I am a lot like you) and let it throw you in a tizzy and back to food...I always realize now that in order to accomplish something (like NOT eating over a situation) I have to go THROUGH that situation and NOT eat in order to eradicate my before reaction of eating and replace that with a new reaction of not eating....and we are the only ones that can do that and then eventually it will become a habit and the only reaction we think of!
Best to you, Barb. Do it for YOU...whatever you do! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 2/19/2013 7:38AM

    Coming from someone that can't get her ducks in a row right now this is sort of presumptuous. I think I would want to enjoy running the race, enjoy training and perhaps just enjoy lief without the added pressure. Why do you have to do that race, certainly not to impress anyone ( other than yourself) and if you are embarrassed HA dont' be cos wow girl you run more than a lot do and you don't have to say anything but can say I just decided with my life schedule as it is now, I wanted to enjoy what I am doing and how I am doing it.

Just my two cents worth which I see is similar to the other that responded, who I now am going to go see if she is from NS as of her Bluenose name! LOL
HUGS and have a good day.

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BLUENOSE63 2/19/2013 7:30AM

  My best unwanted advice is you need sometime off. The worst thing you can do is train for a race you aren't sure you want to run. It makes it worse mentally and physically (only my experience). If you look back on 2012 and all the running accomplishments you attained; taking some time to let your body repair itself, smell the flowers etc. sounds like a really good idea. Remember Barb, there is always another marathon around the corner should you change your mind.

Be proud of what you have accomplished and take the time to bask in the glow of accomplishment....not always a bad thing to slow down before you burn out!

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LEANJEAN6 2/19/2013 7:22AM

    I think you need to see SPRING--to rejuvinate you Barb!--But---You know---there i8s luife--even without a ""run for a cause"" You are my hero anyway-----I too had a bad ""overeating"" weekend--but--it's a new day---and I shall get back on track---We can remain healthy-----Lynda emoticon

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MARTYJOE 2/19/2013 7:22AM

    You have to figure out if a marathon is what you really want and not worry about what other people with think. Maybe your mind is telling you that you are not ready mentally or physically to run that far yet.Listen to your inner voice and good luck.

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Shift work - minor adjustments to the plan

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The overnight thing went better than ever this time. I put myself down for a nap in advance and pulled off about a four hour sleep, got up just in time to get the monitoring tools set up. I was using the old, ancient desktop at home, did not drive to work, despite its age and speed. Yes, it was slow, but not being a fancy site like Spark it didn't take the resources the web browser does to run SparkPeople.

We had turned the settings on the program to run "fewer threads"... for those of you who don't speak multi-processing and all that jargon, that just means "go slower, OK?" And because it was set to go slower it didn't gum up the works like it sometimes has in the past. In fact, it sailed along smoothly and finished in under 3 hours once it ramped up. Woo-hoo!

I shuffled the snacks and breakfast, saving my evening snack for when I got up at midnight, and shifting breakfast earlier to after the run completed between 4:30 and 5 a.m. Got my communications taken care of, including a little bit of Spark reading on the way to bed... and was back sacked out by 6. Four solid hours nap this morning and now I'm back on "normal", I hope.

Less disruption than normal, planned for, and for a change "no surprises". Now to figure out when the long run fits in to the weekend! Tomorrow looks to be the best outdoor weather for the job.

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KALIGIRL 2/17/2013 1:55PM

    Now I understand...
Sounds like it went as smoothly as possible and from home no less!

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WATERMELLEN 2/17/2013 12:31PM

    Nothing like flexibility and resiliency: good work!!

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MSLZZY 2/17/2013 8:35AM

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    I worked midnight shift for several years. It was one long sleep deprived time with multi-hour naps and large chuncks of lost time sleeping 10-12 hours.
Take it easy on your body.
It really does mess you up.

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DLDMIL 2/16/2013 11:47PM

    emoticon glad it work ed out. Have a great weekend

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MOBYCARP 2/16/2013 7:25PM

    Way to go! I think I'd plan the long run for the day with less disrupted sleep patterns, and if that coincides with better weather it's a bonus.

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LINDAKAY228 2/16/2013 6:44PM

    Glad you're adjusting! Sounds like you've got it worked out well.

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ROXYZMOM 2/16/2013 6:14PM

    You have a great plan and are following through well!

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-SHOREIDO- 2/16/2013 4:16PM

    Way to go!! Wow can you multi or what?? Good job!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/16/2013 4:05PM

    Happy all went well. HUGS!

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 3:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a GREAT one!

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LESLIELENORE 2/16/2013 2:15PM

    Hope you have a great run!

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 2:11PM

    Glad everything went well for you!!
Well how about that, even computer programs have to learn to go one step at a time and not to try overwhelm themselves with too many tasks ;)
You sure made the best of everything! Four hour sleep, wow! I actually tried to sleep in for a change today and did so until 15 to nine, but I had gone to bed after 1 am and had fairly frequent wakeups, but for me, it was more horizontal time then I normally get anyway. The new meds is making it possible for me to go back to sleep as its taking some pain out as well as making me very tired. Can a normal, more unbroken sleep be in my future? Can only hope so!
Have a nice, normal sleep time and rest long weekend. I assume you get the holiday off, but maybe not.. I don't. The club only ever closes on one holiday Christmas.

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JANEMARIE77 2/16/2013 2:00PM

    woohoo is right have a great run

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SLENDERELLA61 2/16/2013 12:20PM

    Enjoy your long run tomorrow. You deserve it!! Impressive how you can now adjust your meals to your work demands and manage your hunger and nutritional needs so wisely. Very glad you didn't have any surprises and didn't have to go into the office in the middle of the night. By the way, I bet when the time comes you will really, really enjoy retirement!!! -Marsha

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DALID414 2/16/2013 12:07PM

    Wow, I hope you're back to normal. It used to take me days to recover from working a night shift! Hope the weather gods are on your side tomorrow.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thought that title would get your attention! Seriously, folks, on Valentine's Day, as a single woman, I figure it's a good day to talk about the mental / emotional game of motivation.

I've been reading several blogs this week that focus on the scale and how seeing it go up or down is affecting the mood of the weigh-ee. For good or for bad.

Believe it or not (I'm sure those of you who are familiar with my flights of blog-antasy will believe)... I am drawing parallels between "holiday blues" and "scale results (or lack thereof) blues".

Both are about expectations, responsibility, ability to influence, and reality. Even my recent freak-outs over work are about expectations, anticipation and reality.

Anytime we expect things that are out of our control to go a certain way... anytime we outline... try to manipulate or control... something that is NOT something we control... we set ourselves up for the potential of dissapointment. Or, contrarily, we set ourselves up to take credit for something that truly was an experience of grace.

You have people in your life you love? Cherish them this Valentine's Day. But whether you're in a perfect relationship or not, remember to love and cherish yourself... because you are worth it... no matter WHERE you are on your journey to healthy living!

So, just for today... God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Spark on!

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KALIGIRL 2/15/2013 12:25PM

    Right on - after all, the only thing we can 'control' is our attitude...

May be late, but emoticon coming your way!

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    LOL I was actually disappointed when my DH remembered a card!
He's not one for Hallmark moments even though society has trained us to jump through hoops. I was more enchanted that he put away the dishes!!!!

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MSLZZY 2/15/2013 7:16AM

    I love that you included the serenity prayer at
the end. I need to try to accept what comes along,
but make sure I make the best choices for me so
that I will not be disappointed by them. After
that, accept that I am in control of me and not
the whole world. HUGS!

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_LINDA 2/15/2013 1:31AM

    Having been a single woman all my life with no expectations of anything else, I have come to live in peace with myself. To accept all my faults, warts and all, to accept my reality, but to also try be all that I can be as well :) To never give in and never give up!!
Here is to being successful at what ever you choose, but to not beating yourself up if it doesn't work out exactly as planned.
Happy Valentine's Day my friend!

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KARIDIAN1 2/14/2013 10:07PM

    You forgot the line that goes something like the power to take out the naysayers or something like that.

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MOBYCARP 2/14/2013 9:05PM

    Aside from the pink heart shaped cookies at the VITA site, I didn't notice it was Valentine's Day. February 14 is much less stressful when I don't have to fulfill expectations of acting romantically.

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LJCANNON 2/14/2013 8:30PM

    emoticon Very Good Advice, especially Today!!!

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DEBRITA01 2/14/2013 7:39PM

    The entire blog has a great message, but the 5th paragraph says it insightful and true. Love the Serenity brings such perspective to every day life. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/14/2013 7:23PM

    You are SO right. That is a very good point about expectations and lack of control and disappointments. I'll remember that and carry it with me. Very good message for where I am right now. Thanks!!

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LEANJEAN6 2/14/2013 6:37PM

    just enjoy being you Barb!-I emoticon emoticon loves ya!!!

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DEBRA0818 2/14/2013 1:30PM

    Happy Valentine's Day, Barb! Confucius says that all unhappiness begins with a comparison, whether that comparison is between what you expect of yourself and actually are, or what you expect of others and the world and actually get. How much better to focus only on things we can control and work on accepting the rest.


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DLDMIL 2/14/2013 11:53AM

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and all the single women. I will be traveling later today with my DD and gkids for a four day weekend. that is how I am spending my Valentine's, with my family. It will be 2 days of long driving, but we will make the most of it to enjoy each others company.

Have a great weekend and I will check in when I can. Stay strong Barb. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/14/2013 10:37AM

    Very true! Good points!

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MEXGAL1 2/14/2013 10:25AM

    So true, we need to love ourselves.
Happy Valentine's Day!

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LINDAKAY228 2/14/2013 9:42AM

    As another single woman, I totally agree! We can celebrate Valentine's day by treating ourselves and our bodies special and then try to carry it through the year! It doesn't just have to be about romantic relationships with others, but our special relationship with ourself!

Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2013 8:57AM

    Oh my gosh . . . that's absolutely my mantra . . . the Serenity Prayer! You have written such a very important blog! The most important thing I have to remember is :

"Anytime we expect things that are out of our control to go a certain way... anytime we outline... try to manipulate or control... something that is NOT something we control... we set ourselves up for the potential of dissapointment. Or, contrarily, we set ourselves up to take credit for something that truly was an experience of grace. "

Such profound words!

Happy Valentine's Day to you and thanks for this wonderful blog.

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CONCHA77 2/14/2013 8:54AM

    Happy Valentines Day to you, Barb.

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CELIAMINER 2/14/2013 8:11AM

    Beautifully said! In my two years on SP, I've seen the weight come off, the weight stay off, and my fitness level improve. But the biggest change has been inside, where negative self-talk has been replaced by self-forgiveness and self-love. It's elating to feel I am worthy of being happy and worthy of enjoying good things in life.

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JANEMARIE77 2/14/2013 7:53AM

    Great blog have a great day

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SANDYCRANE 2/14/2013 7:50AM

    I loved your comments, especially about the scale. Thanks for enlightening me.

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HEALTHY4ME 2/14/2013 7:50AM

    Right on !!! have a great day! HUGS

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GABY1948 2/14/2013 7:46AM

    GREAT, GREAT blog, Barb! Thanks! Have a GREAT day! emoticon

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Made it to Wednesday, the test of mid-week

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I'm at the first of the day, Wednesday, "hump day". It's also Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

So far this week, I've been on program, but I can always use a fresh pep talk for the day.

The food table at work yesterday was truly spread for Mardi Gras (literal translation is "Fat Tuesday" for those who asked): cookies, donuts, brownies, but also some strawberries, grapes, bananas. Crackers, cheese. Dirty rice at noon. All of which I left where it stood, despite that pink-frosted filled pastry practically shouting my name. I talked back to it as instructed: it will not make the project, the stress, etc. go away.

After work, phone call disrupted the thoughts of treadmill. Got extra steps in pacing while son walked on the other end of the line, but I wimped on my run, since I wasn't dressed for it. I later got on, but didn't go more than 10 minutes.

Son and I made plans to meet Monday for our next running outing. He got his job offer. I am the mother of a civilian employee! At least as of March 4th, that is. And at the same point, of a new homeowner. "The kids" (son and d-i-l) are entering a new phase of life, which means I am, too.

So, for today -
The emoticon still won't make it go away. It does not have magical powers.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Do help. Make sure you take those breaks, and after work, do the run you didn't do yesterday.

And the snack/lunch bag? emoticon It's packed.

Starting to plan for the overnight gig... if I have to go in, what to take with... that sort of thing.

emoticon emoticon Getting through Wednesday! Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/14/2013 6:37AM

    nice to have your son back----You are doing well!----Love yu Barb!--Happy Hearts Day too!- emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 2/13/2013 11:28PM

    Well done in the managing of the unexpected foods calling your name. You have great plans and are moving forward.

Congratulations, Mom of a civilian employee AND of a new homeowner!

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ROXYZMOM 2/13/2013 10:40PM

    Oh my goodness!! A lot in a short blog! You are managing well!!

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2013 10:06PM

    Great pep talk: thanks for letting me eavesdrop, it works for me too. And congrats to your son, so happy he's got work!! (So wish my DD could also find something . . . )

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KARIDIAN1 2/13/2013 10:03PM

    Congrats on your son's new job. That must take a load off the back of your mind.

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EBEAMS 2/13/2013 7:55PM

    YES .. CONGRATS to your son and DIL! That is GREAT news! In reading your blog, I was reminded of something that happened at my work today. There's a new girl who is not in my age group and doesn't appear to be weight challenged. She went to another floor of the building and got a plate full of cookies, which she then brought into our work area. She brought the cookie plate to each of us individually to offer them. It was not hard to resist because I am reminded every time I look at my pouchy tummy that I DON'T need these but I found myself thinking on my run that I would love to email her pictures of my before and after to encourage her to understand that for some people it really is about not having even ONE! Good job avoiding the food tables AND getting your exercise in! You rock!

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PATRICIAAK 2/13/2013 6:04PM

    congrats to your son

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DLDMIL 2/13/2013 5:39PM

    emoticon to you, your son and dil. You are doing great. Keep packing your lunch and stay strong. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/13/2013 4:18PM

    You are just doing great!! Love your pep talks. They help me think of how to do my pep talks, because pep talks definitely do help, as I've recently found out. Kudos on leaving alone the temptations and sticking to what you know fuels your body well.

Congrats to the son on the job and the house. How far is it from your home? That is just great that you are going to run with him again. Such a training partner would be so cool!! You think it will be weekly? Can't imagine anything better for a fit mom!

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DEBRITA01 2/13/2013 11:53AM

    emoticon Good news all the way around!

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BARBARAJ73 2/13/2013 9:57AM

    Great news for your kids and emoticon job planning for today !! Spark on !!

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MEXGAL1 2/13/2013 9:39AM

    woo hoo for your son!

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ALOHAEV1 2/13/2013 9:29AM

    That is awesome news on your son!

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-SHOREIDO- 2/13/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks for the Ash Wed reminder!! For some reason it just slipped off of the "back burner". Means my counter is overloaded!!
Great news for that family of yours!! Good job!!
Don't worry about that donut. Its that time of the year when you feel like busting out.Try singing "She's a Rebel" to that darn donut so it understands who its dealing with.
Have a great day!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/13/2013 9:00AM

    Glad you talked back to those Fat Tuesday treats!

Wishing your son and DIL much luck and love in their new home! And SOOOOOO GLAD to hear he got the job! Fantastic.

Lots to celebrate.

HUGS and a Happy Valentine's Day (early, I know!)

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LESLIELENORE 2/13/2013 8:07AM

    emoticon I don't know as that I would have been able to stay away from the goodies. Good for you!

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GABY1948 2/13/2013 7:52AM

    Have a GREAT hump day!

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DEBRA0818 2/13/2013 7:44AM

    WOW! There's a lot going on in your life, Barb, not to mention the DS's -- back home, new job, new house and a Mom who's running a marathon! Quite a lot to process, and you're SO RIGHT that food won't help any of it. In many ways, we've both learned how that temporary go-to solution actually makes it all so much harder.

Spark on (and have a good Lent)!


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HEALTHY4ME 2/13/2013 7:43AM

    YOu do so well!!!! and congrats to ds on job, and dil for their house. Good times for your family!
Have a great day.

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MAGGIE101857 2/13/2013 7:30AM

    Happy Hump Day! Let's make it a successful one!!!

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MSLZZY 2/13/2013 7:28AM

    A new job, a new home! Great news!
Adjust, adapt and take the changes as they come.
Plan ahead. You are on top of your game!

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Tuesday begins

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Did well with the Monday... blood bank success and surprise! Saw a Spark friend there and learned she's taking another first timer out for the half marathon in May. I could only be more giddy if I were doing it myself. But in fact, I'm still anticipating trying for the full. We shall see how stretching the distance goes this weekend.

It shall, however, have to dance around the work priority - it's my turn to monitor an overnight run Friday night to Saturday morning. And with my laptop dead, I found myself this morning testing out the remote tools with my ancient desktop. They work... but so.... slow....

Today is Mardi Gras - fat Tuesday. Work folks are planning the traditional spread. I repeat, and keep repeating... the treats on that food table will not make the big project go away. Barb, you need focus... and for focus you need good, solid nutrition. That stuff you put in the bag for snacks and lunch. OK? OK!

Spark a great day, everyone!

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PATRICIAAK 2/13/2013 1:22AM

    You have the stamina to get through it

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SLENDERELLA61 2/12/2013 9:25PM

    You are juggling this huge work demand AND healthy living really thoughtfully and well. Very good, Barb. Everything you say is right and significant, especially the part about the Mardi Gras spread not helping you get the work done, whereas the healthy food you've packed will help you function at your best. Good luck with the long run as you move toward that full marathon. How cool that you've got other SparkPeople doing the half. It is great for a first timer to have a buddy. I know. I had the best!! Thanks again, Barb!

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EBEAMS 2/12/2013 6:16PM

    It is hard to walk away when things are enticing and tempting you to indulge. I often use the fact that OTHERS are looking at what I eat as an excuse to not take anything. I know it's wrong but it's a way to make my pride work FOR me instead of against me. Work people are all very used to me saying "No thanks!". I guess you could say I've gained a reputation! emoticon

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DALID414 2/12/2013 3:33PM

    Looks like you're making it Fit Tuesday too.

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DLDMIL 2/12/2013 2:42PM

    emoticon emoticon on packing your snacks and lunch. Hope your overnight shift work goes well. Stay Strong.

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MIRAGE727 2/12/2013 2:42PM

    Stay strong, Barb!

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_LINDA 2/12/2013 1:33PM

    Good luck with making it through today! I am sure you will come through it with flying colors!! But what a pain, having an overnighter :((
Someday, I really want to be going to New Orleans when its Mardi Gras time. Everyone should get to see the spectacle at least once in their lifetime..
Hope things go smoothly for you at work..

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 2/12/2013 11:14AM

    You can do it! Have a great day.

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MEXGAL1 2/12/2013 10:32AM

    Have a great day! And keep away from the food table!

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GABY1948 2/12/2013 8:47AM

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ROXYZMOM 2/12/2013 8:32AM

    Great job packing your snacks - drink lots of water ... Good luck!

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DEBRITA01 2/12/2013 8:27AM

    Whatever the day brings, let's not make it a true Fat Tuesday. Have a great day! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/12/2013 8:11AM

    what is FAT TUESDAY. BARB?---never heard of it-----
emoticon Anyway==mind over matter too for you--LOL-----Enjoy the day-Lynda

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HEALTHY4ME 2/12/2013 7:56AM

    YOu do so well at that self talk! Have a super day!

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MSLZZY 2/12/2013 7:54AM

    I forgot it was Fat Tuesday. Not a day for excess but a day for success!

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