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Friday, May 17, 2013

emoticon I'm sure we have this shared experience. Years from now, we, the traumatized will be stressing over this first world problem (please see the tongue in the cheek here). Imagine! Getting home from your workout and NOT being about to log in, record it, or bubble all over your Spark Friends by blogging about it? The sky is falling!

In some years past, this might have been an excuse for a binge (didn't need much of an excuse, but trying to control the world is hard work, and definitely binge worthy). emoticon

But last night? I just kind of kicked in the general philosophy... doing is more important than writing about doing... finished out my day with supper, my snack, and a calming bit of TV, drifting off to sleep.

But I'm up early with the blog I wanted to write dancing in my head like visions of sugar plums! emoticon Because you see, I had one of those little a-hah moments I only seem to experience mid-workout.

Which workout, you might ask? And what a-hah? emoticon Well, yesterday I blogged about my training plan, and yesterday called for a swim workout. The details of the swim workout said I was to do "bilateral breathing drills". And, being me, and liking to keep Polly Perfectionist at least semi-mollified (Polly mollified, there's an image for you)... I attempted it. It said "breathe every third stroke, to practice breathing on both sides".

I had tried this on an earlier swim, and it was soooo awkward when I would try to breathe on the "off" side. But I had already got to the point where I know I can do the distance... might as well work on form! I started to pay attention to how my body was positioned on the "easy" side, and observe what I was doing with my body when it was time to take a breath on the "other" side.

What I found was that when I'm breathing with my head to the left, I am practically in side stroke position, but when I was trying to breathe with my head to the right, my body didn't want to roll that far to the side, so my neck was in an awkward position and my head popping straight up, rather than turning naturally.

So I started to try to mimic what I was doing on the easy side, on the other side. Amazingly, with a little practice (I had 1000 yards to play with, might as well try it for several lengths)... it got easier. You CAN teach an old fish new tricks. emoticon

AND, amazing (a-hah!) I had more oxygen to swim with. AND, amazingly, I finished the 1000 yards a couple of minutes faster! Form counts.

One of the things I love about triathlon is that it keeps me young... encourages me to try new things... to work on something different with each training cycle.

So, yes, in real life, I was pretty bubbly after that workout. And now, a few hours later than maybe originally intended... I share the bubbles with y'all! LIFE is good, and SPARK is back up... time to smile and Spark a great day!

Because YOU, my friends, are worth it! emoticon

  
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DOGLADY13 5/20/2013 6:16AM

    I never knew how to do bilateral breathing. (I've always called it rotary breathing. I think I made it up. I like your word better.) So when I took lessons last year, it was one of the first things I learned. It made all the difference. As you figured out, you can't have good form if you don't do it right. My coach told me over and over that to swim straight and efficiently, you have to have good rotation. "Think like a corkscrew" she'd say.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/19/2013 10:06AM

    What you did exactly corresponds to what my coach told me to do to improve my stroke. Smart you. You didn't even pay someone to tell you, you figured it out yourself. Got to say, though, that this old fish really hasn't learned the new tricks. I've pretty much decided not to push the swimming because there are so many forms of exercise I love, and swimming isn't one of them. I did, however, swim yesterday because I'm rehabbing. So, I'll keep swimming in the repertoire, but I don't imagine competing in the water. Admire you greatly, though!! -Marsha

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JANEMARIE77 5/18/2013 6:24AM

    can't imagine how you feel ! I can't get the smile off my face for you.
Life is great

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/18/2013 2:54AM

    Loved that - very encouraging, one is never to old to learn!

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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 2:11AM

    Sounds like you're not only athlete, but coach! WTG!

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LESLIELENORE 5/17/2013 1:27PM

    I missed Spark last night, but I still stayed on track. Funny how much I have come to depend on the trackers.

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DALID414 5/17/2013 1:24PM

    I was in a panic after work over SP being down, too. And yes, the binge demon tried to get me, but I napped instead (can't worry in my sleep!).

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LEWILL1982 5/17/2013 1:09PM

    I have a 500 meter ocean swim for Never Quit this weekend...I guess now is not the time to practice the bilateral breathing...oops! Great aha's and work outs. I am just now catching up from Wednesday sparking, being away from a computer all day and yesterday's sparking since it was down. I feel so out of the loop, ohh, the trials and tribulations of it all, haha.

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DLDMIL 5/17/2013 1:01PM

    Great blog about reminding us about good form and breathing, no matter what we are doing. emoticon

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LJCANNON 5/17/2013 12:47PM

    emoticon Thanks for saving your Bubbles and sharing them!! Being Sparkless is Difficult, but you used the Tools you have earned with Sparking and Training and still had a Bubble-Worthy Day!!

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TURTLETALK 5/17/2013 12:08PM

    Yes I had a bit of a spark meltdown but then I used the time to get on the treadmill so it was probably a better deal all around.!

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ROXYZMOM 5/17/2013 9:20AM

    Very cool! You are a great athlete - paying attention and working to improve your form! This is going to be a great race for you

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1CRAZYDOG 5/17/2013 8:35AM

    WooHOooooOOOOOoooo for that "Mollified Polly"! LOL

As for SP being down yesterday . . . oh boy! Took a while to get use to being "Sparkless" but here we are living to tell about it, eh!

HUGS

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CELIAMINER 5/17/2013 8:24AM

    Good for you! I used to love the water, but I never learned to swim efficiently enough to go far without wearing myself out (wish I could find an adult swim coach for a few lessons). Also, I never learned flip turns. How did you learn?

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CASEYTALK 5/17/2013 8:13AM

    Yay! You are so right that form counts. I competed in swimming in high school and even small improvements in form can have a big impact. As my coach used to say, stop pushing water!! She meant that the better you can get the water to slip past you rather than to push it in front of you, the faster you will go and the easier it will be. Look at the other swimmers and you will see very clearly who is pushing water.

Well done!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/17/2013 8:11AM

    Thanks for sharing the bubbles! Love the ah ha moments during a workout. Congrats on your improvement.

I too was slightly devasted when I saw that SP was down. I used that as an excuse to skip the upper body ST I had planned.

I snapped myself out of that, googled upper body strength training and found SP videos on you tube! I got my ST done.

Spark on baby!



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GABY1948 5/17/2013 7:57AM

    I agree about Spark being down but I spend too much time on it anyway and keep cutting back so I really didn't mind...I had done everything earlier thankfully.

Have a great weekend!

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_LINDA 5/17/2013 7:49AM

    emoticon Fantastic! You go girl! Here is to picking up your swimming part of the race!
I was quite disappointed at missing tracking my final workout and food, something that hasn't happened since my one vacation when I had no internet for a week in all the years since I joined Sparkpeople. I actually got some work done instead :P

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LEANJEAN6 5/17/2013 7:48AM

    I LOVE yu sharing your w emoticon orkouts with us--inspires me!--Keep it up Barb!--Lynda

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MSLZZY 5/17/2013 7:02AM

    Finding the Spark site down was a bummer but we all had the same problem. You made the most of your workout and learned something new in the process. Way to go and continued success! HUGS!

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SUSANNAH31 5/17/2013 7:00AM

    I, too, felt a loss upon discovering yesterday evening that SP was down -- even though I was not planning to blog.

Congrats on improving your swim-breathing form, and on participating in a triathlon!

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BLUENOSE63 5/17/2013 6:53AM

  The trick is not to breathe out all the way when our face is in the water....let the oxygen out slowly in order to be taking in a breathe on the first stroke when your head is out of the water. Keep practicing as it will be come habit.

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-STARRYEYED- 5/17/2013 6:17AM

    Awesome! So happy to hear of your breakthrough! Yay!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/17/2013 5:55AM

    Bilateral breathing - so that's what it's called. Nice work! Practice makes perfect as they say.

I only learned to swim at age 28, but the open water swimming of a triathlon scares me. I admire anyone with the guts to do that.

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JSTETSER 5/17/2013 5:50AM

    Go girl, GO!
Having an attitude of gratitude.
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NEW-CAZ 5/17/2013 5:50AM

    Great workout, keep the kid in you alive and kicking!!
Great blog, have a fantastic weekend!

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AMSPARKER 5/17/2013 5:42AM

    Gotta love those thing that keep you young!! Thank you for the blog and enjoy your day today!

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TRYINGHARD54 5/17/2013 5:41AM

    Sounds like you had a great work out.. keep up the good work. and have a wonderful day...

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Flexible training plan and Progress with Polly

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I've nattered on a bit about doing the CSG triathlon... and in fact, think I shall, but I haven't signed up for it yet. Just because I thought I might want to, I sought out a training plan (because Polly Perfectionist, bless her camped out on the lawn heart, is attached to training plans, and to keep her at bay, I put one on the wall).

This one is a little different from last year's plan, but a fairly similar mix of the sports. Two of each a week. Swim. Bike. Run. Increasing times or distances, with every fourth week a "lighter" one. I told the customizers I was a "beginner" in swimming and biking, but this year I went out on a limb and called myself an "intermediate" runner. So it started out the swim and bike very easy... I found, as I did last year, that I'm in better shape than the plan starts at, so of course, I'm just doing maintenance workouts until they catch up to where I am.

But which days which sports I shuffle around as meets the need. Just make sure I don't do the same sport two days in a row. This year I'm feeling more relaxed about it... last year I was practically a martinet! So I HAVE made progress moving Polly out.

Today the schedule says swim... so I've bailed on the bike to work (thanks Becky, Saturday works better for me, too)... and will swim after. Bag's in the car.

I did run after work yesterday... 5.47 miles in intervals of 2 run, 1 walk. I finally discovered setting up a RunKeeper workout so it nags in my ear when it's time to go slow versus steady. With this cue, I managed to actually do what it said! And after I got home? Buckets of sweat (I think it was 80 F out). I took my camelback, so I had hydration on board the whole time.

I think that Friday shall be a rest day. One thing I've noticed about generic training plans is that I have to sometimes adjust to add in more rest. I'm NOT a 20 something.

And this, too, is progress in terms of moving Polly out!

LIFE is good. And being active feels wonderful. Getting needed rest in the plan is vital. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 6:06AM

    super

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SAMMIEJO920 5/17/2013 10:01PM

    Awesome! I love run keeper.

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MOBYCARP 5/17/2013 4:35PM

    Yep, I need those beeps to stick with the intervals. First pass through 5K training, with only a watch, I missed the change of intervals several times.

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LEWILL1982 5/17/2013 1:03PM

    You're moving out Perfectionist Polly and I'm moving out Negative Nancy. We could conquer the world! You are amazing in all of your athletic endeavors, I'm so inspired by you!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/17/2013 8:32AM

    Oh boy . . . moving out Polly Perectionist is lots like helping an adult child capable of being on their own launch out!

HUGS and souds like you have a good plan.

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MIRAGE727 5/16/2013 2:05PM

    I'm just getting into my Tri plan and I'm anxious to see how much and where I'm going to have to focus on. I'm betting the swim but I'm not too concerned. I've never lost my technique, just have to update it. I love my bike. Looking forward to hearing how your training goes, Barb! Thanks for sharing.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/16/2013 1:48PM

    Great plan and smart to have rest as part of it. Go for it!

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GABY1948 5/16/2013 1:41PM

    emoticon you are doing emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/16/2013 11:44AM

    Have you and MOBY been exchanging tech secrets again? Love the gadgets but it is knowing how to use them LOL! You sound like you have a great plan.

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DALID414 5/16/2013 11:26AM

    I'm sure even with the added rest days you'd still give some 20 somethings a run for their money!

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LILPAT3 5/16/2013 11:17AM

    Awesome and honest! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 5/16/2013 10:30AM

    I'm learning to listen to my body and I know when I need a rest day (usually every 5 days or so). It's less stressful for me than trying to keep to a specific training plan and I think I'm working out more!

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ROXYZMOM 5/16/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. You are doing great!!

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-STARRYEYED- 5/16/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon I also love training plans. They keep me honest so to speak.

Excited for your training & your upcoming event. A triathalon is definitely on my fitness bucket list. emoticon

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It *did* get HOT, as promised

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mid-afternoon we had dueling cell phone apps saying 96 F and 100 F! So I took it nice and easy biking home. emoticon There was a nice breeze, so I didn't notice the buckets of sweat until I got home and came inside and the breeze stopped evaporating it in place. Additional hydration was in order!

And of course with that sun beating down, I didn't want to try to compete by watering at the same time, so this morning I did not go back to bed after taking my thyroid pill at 4:20, but got into sweats and started dragging hoses around in the pre-dawn dark.

This of course, messes with my normal routine of dress, pack lunch, cook the steel cut oats, and sit down to Spark.

Don't know about the rest of you Sparklers, but when I do things in an odd order, that's when I lose things or miss a step... thus my status... hope I remember to go get dressed before I go to work! emoticon

There's a method to this madness, actually two. One, I'm watering while the ground has a chance to actually retain some of the moisture. Two... my training schedule says "run" today, and I want to be able to go outside guilt-free after work to get my minutes / miles in! Win-win! emoticon

  
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PATRICIAAK 5/16/2013 12:27AM

    Glitches seem to multiply on these kind of days - I refer to them as 'Murphy days' (after Murphy's law) - if anything can go wrong, it will!

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_LINDA 5/15/2013 11:30PM

    I can't even imagine dealing with that heat! Maybe pool time is in order instead of a run? Stay safe!

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WATERMELLEN 5/15/2013 10:12PM

    Oh, yeah: I'm in trouble when I change up my routine even slightly. That's when I lose things, or forget to take any underwear to the gym!

Thanks for your comment on my four year blog . . . totally agree that different people come into our lives at different times for a reason and it's best to simply enjoy without "clinging" when time to move on.

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KARIDIAN1 5/15/2013 6:43PM

    Our car temp said 97 degrees outside yesterday. It was hot.

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GABY1948 5/15/2013 4:39PM

    I am SO with you on this one...once I "learn" to do something...if I don't do it that way...it's all over! Great blog, Barb!

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SPARKFRAN514 5/15/2013 12:54PM

    funny how we get into a routine and get messed up when we change things around . even with lists i get messed up glad i am not alone in this thanks for sharing

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DLDMIL 5/15/2013 11:04AM

    creatures of habit. It definitely makes a difference when you change the routine. Have a great day.

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DALID414 5/15/2013 11:01AM

    Doing things out of order in the mornings (in a zombie-like state) makes me feel like I'm going around in circles! Hence, why I forgot to pack my sunscreen and running hat emoticon no beach run for me today.

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LESLIELENORE 5/15/2013 10:42AM

    emoticon Your neighbors should appreciate the fact you watered.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/15/2013 9:38AM

    Oh we are all such creatures of habit. If the routine isn't followed it just doesn't feel right to me! I am flexible, but have to be really conscious of what I'm doing or I'll mess up too!

I didn't realize you have thyroid disease -- me too! It's a challenge with the season changes for me. It takes my body a little while to get acclimated as the weather gets warmer. Generally feel better when the temps are in the 60-70 degree range.

HUGS and here's to a good Wednesday.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/15/2013 8:42AM

    Good job on the bike ride. Good job on watering the lawn when it will do good. And good job on challenging your brain by shaking up the routine. Hope it all does come together. Have a great run this evening!! -Marsha

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KALIGIRL 5/15/2013 8:18AM

    Here's to excellent decisions all the way around!
I'm going to take a emoticon check on emoticon tomorrow. We're going to the season opener of the Saltdogs next Thursday, so I would miss 4 emoticon leagues in a row...
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See you Saturday?

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MOBYCARP 5/15/2013 7:29AM

    I have visions of Barb showing up at work in pajamas . . . and no one noticing till noon because they're wrapped up in getting Barb's help on the latest glitch of the current project.

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/15/2013 7:22AM

    Great blog! I like to think I'm not a creature of habit, yet find my stress level rising when things get too far off track.... Enjoy your day!!!

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MAGGIE101857 5/15/2013 7:21AM

    We are creatures of habit - funny how the smallest determent can really mess us up! I'm anxious to get the garden planted but this crazy weather has me holding off. We had frost over the weekend, then 80's yesterday...we'll see what the rest of the week brings!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 5/15/2013 7:17AM

    near record lows for us lately - not looking forward to the heat and humidity. way to get out there despite the temps!

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LEANJEAN6 5/15/2013 7:16AM

    yes, if I don't stick to my routine--my day is ""messed""---- Yu made me laugh this morning--fat lady loses job!--LOL-----so---- hava good day!-Lynda emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/15/2013 7:08AM

    Your heat is reaching us today. The prediction is that we may break a record. Nice job getting an early start. Run well!

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MSLZZY 5/15/2013 7:05AM

    Definitely a win-win! Up early, doing a little extra and planning to do all the activity as usual. Hope you got a chance to savor the early morning hour, breakfast and all.

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HEALTHY4ME 5/15/2013 6:58AM

    Glad you had some heat, we have gone to our rv which we have parked seasonal and the seaason opened May 10, well I am sitting here with the heat on at 68 and have 2 sweaters on and am so cold. It is super damp as it rained last night. Was to go down to 4C, but by tomorrow up to 18. geesh what diff. in temps still Oh well we have furnace, winter sheets and blankets on the bed and will be fine. LOL if t would stop raining mostly at night thank heavens we would be better.
But lol no sense complaining as it ws our choice and we want to see what it will be like cos we may chose to do this full time well 6 months of the year as our province says you have to be here 5 months minus a day to continue health insurance.
have a super day and enjoyyour heat for me!

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DEBRA0818 5/15/2013 6:56AM

    We have to water in the pre-dawn hours or the water would have no effect as the sun would sizzle it all away -- that's what the automatic underground sprinklers are for. But getting up early and doing something so ambitious must thoroughly wake you up and prepare you for the day!

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It's going to get HOT out there today

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

But the advantage is that it is mild now, at going to work commute time. So... lunch packed last night... up early. Change of clothing in the back pack... and after my steel cut oats this morning, I anticipate taking Brenda Starr Trek to the office.

That means I'll end up doing this twice this week, as our local Trail Trek is on for Thursday after work. But it just feels so good to have decent biking weather (OK, the predicted 93 high is a bit warm for it... but the 62 this morning is perfect).

What a difference two weeks makes!

Reminders for the day:
* Hydrate, especially in prep for the commute home.
* Savor what's in the bag... be mindful of each bite.
* Love your work, but remember to go to recess!

LIFE is good, friends. Spark on! emoticon

  
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SPARKFRAN514 5/15/2013 12:57PM

    Sounds like you enjoy bike riding way to go thanks for the great tips at the end my reminder list is getting longer emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 5/15/2013 1:00AM

    Hope you got the biking in before it got too warm.

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MOBYCARP 5/14/2013 7:37PM

    61 here this evening, but no bike ride for me. Instead, I finished mowing the lawn. It was actually kind of pleasant, limited to that little bit with all the annoying margins already done.

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LESLIELENORE 5/14/2013 6:53PM

    Glad you are getting out on the bike!

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MNNICE 5/14/2013 6:22PM

    I've been waiting a LONG time to say it's HOT out! Welcome to Minnesota, spring/summer!

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DLDMIL 5/14/2013 5:01PM

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Have a great ride to and from work. Recess is important.
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CELIAMINER 5/14/2013 2:28PM

    Send a little warmth to Virginia. 36 degrees Fahrenheit this morning...brrrrr!

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2013 12:22PM

    emoticon Enjoy!

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2013 12:22PM

    emoticon Enjoy!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/14/2013 10:30AM

    Our weather is far cooler tha yurs, but supposed to get u to 70 today. Not there yet, but have done my outdoor walk and park circuit workout already. Wahoo!

HUGS and good luck with your trail walk. Is that Brenda Starr as in the comic strip????? OMG, I used to love that strip growing up! The woman always had stars in her eyes! LOL

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ROXYZMOM 5/14/2013 9:21AM

    Very good! Enjoy!!

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DALID414 5/14/2013 9:19AM

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KALIGIRL 5/14/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon WTG!

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GABY1948 5/14/2013 8:29AM

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MIRAGE727 5/14/2013 8:13AM

    Love that biking and your commitment, Barb!
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Great, now I feel compelled to name my Scott Speedster!
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EBEAMS 5/14/2013 8:05AM

    Love RECESS!!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/14/2013 7:48AM

    Shaping up to be a great day for ya!!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/14/2013 7:43AM

    Enjoy your bike ride, Barb. You sound really well prepared and organized. I admire the way you have your eating and fitness activities all planned out. That's a great way to live life!! -Marsha

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MSLZZY 5/14/2013 7:21AM

    We are in for the 90's today but with the wind, there are red flag warnings so I hope that we don't have any fires. Have a great day and enjoy recess LOL!

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LEANJEAN6 5/14/2013 7:16AM

    You ARE planning Barb! Good for yu!--Sounds like a good day on the way 4U! Lynda emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/14/2013 6:58AM

  Good advice for us all! Enjoy your day!

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Well, THAT weekend was too short!

Monday, May 13, 2013

But it was *wonderful*. It had all the elements of Master Living: meaningful activity (getting that bit of cleaning and laundry done), exercise (run on Saturday, walk and swim on Sunday), good nutrition, and companionship (visit from son). What more could I want of a weekend? Another day would be nice.

This made me think of what I would want in my "ideal" job. A 32 hour week would be about perfect... but it would have to have the same kind of creative side my current one has. Maybe "set my own deadlines, reasonable ones that don't require OT". The ususal benefits... health insurance and a paycheck that covers the bills and gives me "play" money to support my athletic outings... and enough vacation time to go do them. Oh, and I only want this job for about ten years, after which I'd want to move on to "other things". Riiiight... dream on.

Don't get me wrong... I love my work. Just would prefer it not to be quite so urgent and pressured as it is this year!

Part of what got me thinking about the ideal job has to be a conversation I had with my son yesterday about his future plans. He's still deciding about back to school in September.

That said, today's pep talk reminders:
* Drink your water.
* Savor the healthy things you put in the bag.
* GO TO RECESS when it's time to do so!
* And leave on time! It will still be there tomorrow.

LIFE is good. Spark on, my friends! emoticon

  
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SPARKFRAN514 5/15/2013 1:00PM

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SUSANNAH31 5/14/2013 8:26AM

    Part-time with more control makes the job so much better.
And... a new adventure to look forward to in a few years is lots of fun too.
Maybe it could happen. You never know.

I like your advice to yourself each day. What a good idea.
Just like Mom sending you off for the day.



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WATERMELLEN 5/14/2013 7:47AM

    I'm with LINDA: self employment makes it possible to tailor the job all right . . . but of course comes with a whack of other factors!!

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CASEYTALK 5/14/2013 7:34AM

    I am retiring from my dream job in a few months. It has been a wild ride, but I am also looking forward to the next great adventure.

You do seem to have your head on straight and your priorities in order. May the force be with you!



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COMPUCATHY 5/13/2013 11:06PM

    It's good to think about what you REALLY want...it's the first step in seeing it come to light! Glad you had a good visit with your son. You're right...weekends are just too short! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DLDMIL 5/13/2013 10:38PM

    I also would love a shorter work week with the same benefits and pay. Maybe some day. Recess is good. Hope you had a good day.

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PATRICIAAK 5/13/2013 6:41PM

    Satisfied with what I do, despite the long hours.

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_LINDA 5/13/2013 3:11PM

    For a while there, they were suggesting shorter work weeks to make the jobs go further around. Wonder what ever happened to that concept? I guess the only way to get the hours you wnat, the boss you want and the projects you enjoy is to be self employed :P In the mean time, here is hoping your current job can still be enjoyable and challenging without driving you to EE!

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ROXYZMOM 5/13/2013 12:56PM

    Great idea! I hope you have a great week!

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SIMONEKP 5/13/2013 11:36AM

    we're all looking for the ideal something

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LESLIELENORE 5/13/2013 11:06AM

    Life IS good! Take care.

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DALID414 5/13/2013 10:34AM

    Your ideal job sounds VERY ideal! Hire me on once you settle in emoticon

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GABY1948 5/13/2013 9:50AM

    Have a great week!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/13/2013 9:47AM

    Wishing you and me the perfect job!! I think about 8 hours a week in the office and assignments to do on my own schedule would be my preference. Although keeping grandkids at home has its own charm and challenges. I meet tomorrow to try to create something that will work with my current obligations and challenges. Hope you get the chance to improve things at your office so that the pressures and deadlines are more reasonable, while the creativity blossoms!! -Marsha

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MSLZZY 5/13/2013 9:39AM

    I would love to have a 32 hour work week but fear that the extra time not working would be swallowed up in other projects. I make time for me but feel that my
mind would pull in too many ways to carve out more. I would find my way around it but that is years down the road.
Life IS good so Spark on living the good life. HGS!

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LEWILL1982 5/13/2013 9:05AM

    I think flex scheduling is becoming more and more important. I'm trying to figure out how to go about getting that passed. Glad you had a good weekend!

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KALIGIRL 5/13/2013 9:02AM

    Recess? emoticon Love it!

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NEW-CAZ 5/13/2013 8:13AM

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Have a good week hun emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/13/2013 8:06AM

    doin' the recess today! LOL That made me smile.

Hope it's a good Monday for you. HUGS

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FCARMICH 5/13/2013 7:58AM

  good!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/13/2013 7:56AM

    LOL When you find that job, there will be a lot of applicants lining up behind you!

Nice pep talk. Off I go with your thoughts in my head.

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