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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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NEW-CAZ 5/15/2013 7:19AM

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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

    I've never had a emoticon

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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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WENDYSPARKS 5/14/2013 8:13AM

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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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A different kind of Mother's Day morning

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Last year I blogged about how Mother's Day had changed over the years / phases of my life... as it does for all of us. Last year I was a mom with a child in a war zone.

Thank goodness the "in a war zone" bit is different this year.

Last year on Mother's Day I went for an early morning bike ride, thinking to potentially visit my own mom's gravesite. Blockage on the bike path due to construction stopped that, but I still "carried her on my shoulder" for the ride and silently talked with her.

This year, I thought last night I might show up at the gym at 6 a.m. for an early swim. This morning, had an attack of laziness, and cooked breakfast instead. Healthy, the standard steel cut oats, but I was cutting up fresh strawberries that were very affordable in a larger quantity than I generally buy at the grocery yesterday. Hopefully I will reward myself with that swim later today (my training plan calls for a swim today).

Remember the Friday I went in to work because my heating/cooling contractor couldn't do my scheduled maintenance check up that day? Weather wasn't cooperating? Guess when they rescheduled for. Yep. Mother's Day morning. During classic church hours.

So as I type this, the guy is downstairs doing his thing. Now THAT'S different for a Mother's day. I made sure he had ALSO made arrangements to acknowledge HIS mother... nag that I am.

My son has promised a visit at some point... even offered to take me with him while he looks at puppies. I wisely declined THAT part of the offer. I know myself too well to trust myself around furry cuteness of the canine variety. You see, though I have a cohabiting feline, I'm really more of a dog person.

Restless while waiting, I decided I would see if I could work my way to the surface of the dining room table. I'm amazed... piled high for the weeks and months since Christmas... with "unmade decisions" as my brother likes to call paper clutter. Expired coupons. Receipts that I do NOT need for tax purposes. Statements and reams of ads, including the political variety (we just had our general election last Tuesday). Books I hadn't put back on a shelf. And running and biking stuff, of course.

Success! Even Frosty the Cookie Jar got re-boxed and put away this weekend. I think I may have a touch of the Spring cleaning fever. But it feels good. Sunshine streaming in the window, a fresh cloth on the table, the revived laptop taking a spot for now, and the only little pile remaining are things that my son lent me, that are there because I want to send them home with him today.

Every surface clean? Heavens no... but it's a start.

To other mothers in whatever phase of life, may your day have a little of this and a little of that... but all that brightens and comforts you. I'm also sending up a special prayer for those who are hoping to become moms, and those who have recently lost their moms.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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SPARKFRAN514 5/14/2013 10:15PM

    Glad you enjoyed your special day and your son is home from the war zone. i could see you dashing though the house spring cleaning. I need to get mine finished i need to get it done before summer arrives and then it becomes summer cleaning. thanks for the great blog and sharing your day with the team

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MSLZZY 5/13/2013 7:27AM

    That was different but still a great day!

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ROXYZMOM 5/13/2013 1:03AM

    Happy Mother's Day! So glad you have your son back!

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_LINDA 5/13/2013 12:03AM

    Happy Mother's Day! Today I spent5 hrs, 10 min hiking and walking with Mom on the river trails, paved and unpaved. Was a great day, our hottest we have seen by far in seven months! In fact is was 82 when we were just getting used to it getting up to 59 LOL. If Mom has a choice, she rather spend it being active, not in dress up clothes waiting in a line up to get in a fancy restaurant.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/12/2013 8:22PM

    emoticon s in my steel oats also!!!

Happy Mother's Day. HUGS!

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ANDI571 5/12/2013 5:36PM

    Happy Mother's Day! It sounds like you have had a good one, even if it is different.

I did something different today also and I think I will make you proud. We signed up for the Mother's Day 5K and we did that this morning. Of course I walked it, with a few seconds of running here and there. I did run to the finish line. My official time was 50.46.6 minutes, and I finished 269 out of over 500. Not bad since I have been in rebellion and have not walked all spring. But the cobwebs are clearing out and it's a new day!

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LJCANNON 5/12/2013 4:22PM

    emoticon So Funny, I was eating Strawberries when I read this!! Congratulations on Enjoying a Different Mother's Day!!

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GABY1948 5/12/2013 4:12PM

    Happy Mother's Day!

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MARYELLEN301 5/12/2013 3:11PM

    Mine was different as well. I power washed the sidewalk along the side of my house. I cursed whoever it was that made the decision to buy a house on a corner. Of course, it was me!! But it looks great and I will finish on Tuesday. What a sense of accomplishment. A day well spent. And Happy Mothers Day to you, too.

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LESLIELENORE 5/12/2013 2:12PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

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DEBRITA01 5/12/2013 2:03PM

    Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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DLDMIL 5/12/2013 1:29PM

    Happy Mother's Day

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LOSTLIME 5/12/2013 12:26PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you! I saw some of my grandchildren yesterday as they have a full day with their moms and other grandmas. So I am doing a little of this and that.
Have a terrific day!

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NEW-CAZ 5/12/2013 12:19PM

    Happy Mother's Day!

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PATRICIAAK 5/12/2013 12:06PM

    You're right - atypical, but rewarding and that's what is more important.

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MJREIMERS 5/12/2013 11:47AM

    Happy Mother's Day to you! Take today and do with it as you wish. Isn't that what it's all about? emoticon

This may be my last Mother's Day with all four of my kids at home. The oldest will be in college next year and I'm trying to "deal" with the thought of her not being around. It's HARD!

Thank you for the blog. It did help! (It was also six years ago on Mother's Day that my Dad was called Home.) Your blog made me think how life changes and that's not a bad thing.

Have a GREAT day!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/12/2013 11:37AM

    Love this blog! So thoughtful, so caring. Yes, to remember those who want to be moms and those whose moms have left this earth. To celebrate that your son is back home -- safe. Hope he finds just the puppy that you can snuggle and puppy sit for from time to time. Grand pets are great!! Conquering clutter is a

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2013 11:17AM

    What a lovely mother's day blog: I was thinking of you with your son OUT Of that war zone today . . . extra strawberries are just what you deserve!!

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WEARINGTHIN 5/12/2013 11:12AM

    Ah, that clutter will get you every time. And it's so much nicer when you get it out of the way. It can make all the difference in terms of how you feel about yur own life. To have things done! That is a real reward. Glenn

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Bonus blog: the state of the maintenance

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I have started to suspect that I am discovering (in year 3 of maintenance) the "normal" cycle of a gain over the winter, loss with more active times come Spring and Summer. My "maintenance range" appears to be a little wider than Polly Perfectionist wants to see, but then I HAVE been trying to kick her to the curb, and she's still out there camped on the lawn (not so subtle reference to growing grass...) . emoticon

Anyway, I here present two Weight Commander graphs. Each shows two years of daily scale recordings, graphed. The first is from end date of May 4th, 2012.



The second is ending today, May 11, 2013.



Speaking of progress photos, theses graph pictures show the long-shot of how my weight has varied over the past three years. What is of interest to me is how the emotions and the swings of the scale interact, and how Sparkpeople interacts with the emotions... to remind me of two things: how far I've come, and that I don't want to go back to the 200+ pound range!

My friend Marsha (SLENDERELLA61) blogged a few months back about having to potentially choose between maintaining her "happy weight" and maximizing her athletic dreams, as some expert or other she read seemed to thing these were not necessarily achievable at the same time. She identified that the happy weight was more important to her, at that time.

Faced with a similar situation on my end, where I was about 10 pounds on the scale heavier for the Lincoln HM, compared to the St. Pete one last November? I ran 18 minutes faster this time. Hmmmm... given the choice? I want my body to choose what's right for it... I don't care to obsess about the number on the scale. Been there, done that, have the closet full of T-Shirts.

HOWEVER... I do use the scale and a clear and honest appraisal of my behavior to tell me when it's time to "get real" if I've been sliding. There are reasons for every tool we have in our tool box. Scale included. Graphs included. We just have to keep them in perspective, and use them appropriately. Don't take extreme action over one number. Just nudge ourselves back into the behaviors that lead to...

A HAPPY LIFE! Which is GOOD. Spark on! emoticon

  
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TINAJANE76 5/14/2013 6:59PM

    How very neat to see things spelled out so clearly. My maintenance seems to be on a similar path to yours and while I'd also love to see a bit less fluctuation, I'm constantly improving and feel so much more settled in than I did just a few months ago. Thanks for setting such a great example!

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SIMONEKP 5/13/2013 11:44AM

    Interesting, BTW, fighting my own battle with the lawn, I have a stubborn patch that will not fill in no matter how many times I fertilize and seed, it's been 5 yrs.

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2013 5:21PM

    Great blog. "Means to an end, not end in itself": the end is health, strength, happiness and not a number. Yeah. (But I have to keep telling myself that . . . ).

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LEANJEAN6 5/12/2013 8:07AM

    Well I must remember this--You are so good to show this to us Barb!-Happy Mother's Day- emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/11/2013 10:49PM

    Very informative and good points to consider. Happy Mother's Day!

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LRSILVER 5/11/2013 10:13PM

    Good blog. Interesting points.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/11/2013 8:58PM

    Great bonus blog, Barb!

Hmmm....I know my body has a weight variance between the winter and spring/summer too. But I think like you pointed out, it is natural to be more active as the weather turns warmer! I know I'm more active for sure

given the choice between my "happy weight" and healthy weight, I'll take healthy weight.

HUGS Barb. Happy Mother's Day.

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PATRICIAAK 5/11/2013 7:41PM

    I agree it is important to listen to your body.

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DLDMIL 5/11/2013 7:24PM

    Another thought provoking blog. Thanks Barb. emoticon

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CASEYTALK 5/11/2013 6:42PM

    It's possible to gain GOOD weight. If you packed on ten pounds of muscle between the two half marathons, no wonder you did better the second time.

The scale number is only part of the equation. When was the last time you had your body fat percentage calculated?

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_LINDA 5/11/2013 3:58PM

    Somehow, I think the athlete in you is more important then the scale number. Here is to building more muscle, becoming faster, stronger, and doing even better at future races.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/11/2013 3:39PM

    Great job of maintaining -- and of blogging. Thanks so much for sharing this information. It helps me accept my fluctuations and weight changes a bit more, too. I still run for health, fitness, and to help me maintain my weight loss. Athletic performance is a side benefit, not my primary goal. But I'm still hoping for some bling tonight -- even with a minor injury. We'll see. -Marsha

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LESLIELENORE 5/11/2013 3:12PM

    Yes... the scale is just a tool we can use. You have a good attitude about your weight.

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KRISZTA11 5/11/2013 3:01PM

    Congrats on your wonderful active lifestyle!
Great job listening to your body, rather than obsessing about weight fluctuations.
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MOBYCARP 5/11/2013 12:54PM

    Definite food for thought, here. I know where the lower end of my maintenance range is, but I don't know for sure where the upper end should be or how wide it ought to be. I've maintained in a narrow range by watching the scale and adjusting what I eat; but I'll bear in mind that the focus to do that might not be sustainable long term.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/11/2013 12:29PM

    So true, I no longer get on the scale hoping for a loss. I get on every morning now to make sure I'm no veering of course. If I indulge in pizza or ice cream, I wait a couple days because I know.

Congrats on beating your time!

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VTRICIA 5/11/2013 10:10AM

    Good to think about.

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RUN4FOOD 5/11/2013 10:06AM

    Good blog and good focus.

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NEW-CAZ 5/11/2013 9:59AM

    Quite right!

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