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Monday, May 20, 2013

I'll have you know, MOBYCARP, *I* was the recipient of the first Barbie doll in the house. And yes, she was overpriced (and her accessories even more so). But I thought she came from Mom & Dad.

I distinctly remember her, as she was a birthday present, and she had red hair (like I did at that time). And almost as soon as I got her, she disappeared... and I hunted ALL OVER for her, and was most upset... only to be encouraged to open the next present... and there she was... dressed in a new outfit that our other sister (you only HAD two at the time) had lovingly made for her.

I was 8 years old, they had come out fairly recently, and after all, she had my NAME! As I grew up, I realized what a stereotype a "fashion" doll was, and while *my* Barbie dolls were action-adventure heroes, I did not want to be associated with the nickname! Still, there were a few *very special* people in my life who knew me when my parents called me that, before Mattell came out with the doll.

Thus, the story... and also why my inner child will always be "toddler Barbie".

Oh, dear... there I go again, baring the soul for the Spark world to see... emoticon

  
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LESLIELENORE 5/21/2013 5:26PM

    I pulled the legs off my first Barbie. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/21/2013 10:24AM

    Cute story! My Barbie was a brunette like my mother.

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KALIGIRL 5/21/2013 8:50AM

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KELLIEBEAN 5/21/2013 8:06AM

    Amazing how we grew up in the same house with our siblings huh?!

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LEANJEAN6 5/21/2013 7:41AM

    Love to hear stuff about ""the childhood""----action Barbies eh??------LOL--- Love it Barb!-Lynda--sad news isn't there?--- emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/21/2013 7:31AM

    Funny how we remember our childhoods differently!

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WATERMELLEN 5/21/2013 7:24AM

    Bet you remember that Bar bar bar bar barber Ann" song of our teen years too, right?

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DEBRA0818 5/21/2013 7:16AM

    I abused everyone in my life to stop calling me "Debbie" and they did (mostly through fear of my ensuing tirade). I can't stop everyone, but I try! The compromise we've all adjusted to is the friendly "Deb" which I like. Sometimes I have to laugh at the ways in which I try to make the world do what I want...

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PMRUNNER 5/21/2013 5:19AM

    LOL! Thanks for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 5/21/2013 3:09AM

    mum's the word emoticon

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_LINDA 5/21/2013 1:17AM

    My first and only Barbie was also a red head like me and still am although the grey is advancing relentlessly, turning me into a strawberry blonde :P As they didn't have brown dolls at the time, my sister got a blonde one :P I don't remember much else about them. Our family didn't do nicknames. I see nothing wrong with a term of endearment. Its nice to know they care.

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ROXYZMOM 5/20/2013 10:58PM

    I love reminiscing with family - so interesting how we all have slightly (yeah, right) memories of the same incidences. That's so nice that your brother is on Spark with you.

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DLDMIL 5/20/2013 9:43PM

    It is nice to know that most people have toddler names that we hate as adults. I have three brothers and our accounts of events are never the same.

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MOBYCARP 5/20/2013 9:40PM

    Amazing. I don't remember your Barbie doll, but I remember the look don't touch Barbie doll our older sister had. Of course, as a younger brother I wouldn't have paid much attention to the girls' dolls; but that other one hung around almost forever, kind of like our traditionally thin sister's Halloween candy. Only longer.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/20/2013 9:08PM

    Your secret is safe with us, Barb! HUGS

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DALID414 5/20/2013 9:08PM

    I only have one sister and it always amazes me how we have our own version of events, we are only 2 years apart so you would think we'd remember things a bit more accurately, but nope!

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PATRICIAAK 5/20/2013 9:06PM

    I 'too' have a 'toddler name' that is still is used by family. I endur it (due to I know it is habit) but it doesn't mean I like it!

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Rest day musings, Monday pep talk

Monday, May 20, 2013

Random fragments of conversations from the weekend float through my head this morning. As I was feeling my body in the "alarm went off do I hit the snooze?" decision point, I remembered one friend mentioning that as we get older, it seems harder to START, but once we get going, we're fine. Yep, that's what this morning felt like... would have been nice to stay abed a while longer. But it's MONDAY! And I have an exciting work day ahead... seriously, that's not sarcasm. Design review today, which is a milestone... and it will be nice to check it off the list.

Other random thought had to do with body image and concepts we hold of each other. Some of you already know that SPINNINGJW is my youngest sister. As we've had a couple of walking outings together in the past month, I had mentioned to her my own warped: look in the mirror and see myself as "fat", when the photos show otherwise. Yesterday she mentioned she was still getting used to, adapting her picture of "Barbie" (don't go getting ideas, she's one of the five people on the planet permitted to call me by that name) still matched this one:

Me at 38. I tagged it in my before shots that the woman in the picture was neither healthy nor happy. My kid sis tells me she never detected that I wasn't happy. Isn't that so true of the faces we put out to the public? Even to those closest to us?

I had blogged before about a snip I read that said it took a year to mentally adjust to each 25 pounds of body weight change. Well, I've had the three years, and I've lived with the 75 pounds of the most recent loss, and I'm close. But I still have to be careful about "how I see myself". I suspect this will always be so.

Me at 60.

OK, 'nuff musings - for today:
* Drink your water.
* Eat what's in the bag - it's healthy, that's why you packed it.
* Don't "forget" to go to recess.
* And smile and hold your head high... you're worth it!

LIFE is good. LIVE it fully. Spark on! emoticon

  
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ROXYZMOM 5/20/2013 11:10PM

    I love this blog! You are amazing!!!!

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PATRICIAAK 5/20/2013 9:02PM

    You've done well and continue to do so. Thanks for inspiring me.

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DALID414 5/20/2013 8:07PM

    Showed the boyfriend your photos and told him I want to be like you when I grow up! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 5/20/2013 7:33PM

    Now where does JW get that? You haven't been "Barbie" to me since Grandma got an incredibly overpriced doll for our older sister. (Either that, or my memory is faulty.)

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SLENDERELLA61 5/20/2013 7:23PM

    The pictures didn't load for me -- just a bunch of dots. Oh, well. I remember that before picture of you sitting and I know what you look like at a great weight. You look wonderful -- very fit and healthy!! Glad your body image is catching up. Those pep talks are powerful. Thanks for modeling that behavior! I need it, too. -Marsha

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_LINDA 5/20/2013 3:06PM

    Looking pretty awesome to me! Certainly looking much younger than the number you are giving ;)
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DLDMIL 5/20/2013 1:48PM

    You are such a great inspiration, thank you for sharing your blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/20/2013 12:35PM

    Interesting about that article, do you remember where you read it? I'd like to read it. I lost 94 lbs, and I still have body image issues, that could explain alot....

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/20/2013 11:52AM

    Our heads are funny, aren't they? When I gained weight, at first I seemed to think I was still thin...
It seems to me that many men gain weight and think they are sexy and manly forever (their heads never tell them otherwise!) but when I caught on that I was NOT thin (because I ripped pants at WORK and was humiliated!) I was stunned. After that, I did lose weight, but I never seemed to realize I did... so I gained it back.
The running must be a big help in keeping you aware of your real body condition. It is impossible to work THAT hard and not know what you are made of.
Congratulations on being so fit!

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CAALAN23 5/20/2013 9:57AM

    You look great!!

It's hard to remember to give ourselves a break in the mirror or to seek out the positive that is there instead of immediately seeking out what "needs work."

Always love your reminders!
Tina

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MSLZZY 5/20/2013 9:36AM

    emoticon Amazing, inspiring and a success story all rolled into one!

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JANEMARIE77 5/20/2013 9:24AM

    amazing? yes you are!!!!!!!

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HOLLYM48 5/20/2013 9:10AM

    I keep thinking the same thing, that I don't see myself as thin, I still see the flaws and the fat that still needs to come off. For my height, I can't really lose more than another 10 lbs but even then, I will see the part of my stomach that makes me feel "fat". So glad to know that I am not the only one that has this problem.
You really do look terrific and thin. Great job on your weight loss and maintaining it!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/20/2013 9:06AM

    You look fantastic! I love that line... don't forget to go to recess.

Thanks for sharing your musings!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/20/2013 8:49AM

    Oh my goodness! I a on yar #3 of maintenance and every once-in-awhile I feel that "what I looked like before SP" mentality creep in to. So, fr sure you're nt alone. I think for me, getting rid of (ie. donating) all the clothes that don't ft me goes a long way towrds helping me mentally because I only keep what fits me appropriately.

Thanks for sharing this and for the record, you look AWESOME When I think of wht I looked like @ 39 and now . . . well, definitely the same boat. Unhappy and unhealthy, but it didn't snow to the outside world. Denial . . . not just a river in Egypt!

HUGS

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KALIGIRL 5/20/2013 8:41AM

    what a great looking 60!
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GABY1948 5/20/2013 8:39AM

    Great blog...I never heard about the year for each 25 lbs lost...but I agree with you and think I will never "see" myself as I look, no matter what size. Have a great week!

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LESLIELENORE 5/20/2013 8:34AM

    You look terrific! I have the same issue about how I perceive myself, but it is getting a little better.

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WATERMELLEN 5/20/2013 8:32AM

    Amazing grace . . . we've gotta extend it to ourselves. And: you look amazing!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/20/2013 8:19AM

    You look terrific and with a great attitude too. We must remember to be kind to ourselves too.

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SUSANNAH31 5/20/2013 8:05AM

    What a transformation! That 60-year-old is a hot chick on the beach!

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I'd call this weekend "active"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The weather in the early mornings has been perfect for an active lifestyle. Yesterday the group of ladies KALIGIRL refers to as "the biker babes" got together at 8 a.m. (she and I start about 7:30 to get to the starting point by 8), and rode downtown for breakfast / coffee. It was once again a great outing... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

It was overcast and threatening that it MIGHT rain, so I pieced at the yard with the push-mower, but did it in very small increments, as it's long enough it takes about 3 passes and still leaves some of the stray longer stalks standing. However, I wanted to get at least some of it cut before the rain. I got only about 1/8 to 1/6th of the total yard "trimmed", but it's better than none.

And it *did* rain, overnight. This morning it was cloudy and cooler. I had my long and slow run planned for this morning, and I set out about quarter to 7. I went 10.88 miles in 2:07 and change, and got a little bit of sprinkles in the last mile or so. emoticon

Had a post-run snack, showered and changed and started in on the laundry when the phone rang... SPINNINGJW was looking for company to motivate herself out of the house to "do something active". Well, I'd already done my workout... but on second thought... a workout for her is not really taxing for me, so I agreed and we went for a 45 minute walk on one of the trails she wanted to see. It was shaded, the sun was out by then, so it was a nice balance to my solo run. emoticon emoticon

And now? Had some lunch, and am chilling in the house, finishing up the laundry, and will probably piece some more on the lawn later. We shall see.

Hope my Spark buds are all having a great weekend, too. emoticon

  
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LBRAUN5 12/15/2013 7:19PM

  Great job!

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CATNCAG 9/23/2013 4:56PM

    U go girl! At this point in my lifestyle changes for the better I am ecstatic to do 1/2 of that! U r my fitness inspiration!
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SUPERSYLPH 8/8/2013 11:14AM

    Wow! That sounds VERY active!

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CFMOSS 5/29/2013 7:46AM

    good job - now time for me to start running again.

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MANILUS 5/24/2013 6:59PM

    Nice job on the fitness minutes and keeping the motivation up for others!

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AMBER461 5/22/2013 11:26PM

  Great, thanks for sharing.

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LEANMEAN2 5/22/2013 7:02AM

    Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing.

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SUNNY332 5/21/2013 7:47PM

    What a great weekend.

You are doing GREAT!

Sunny

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SUSIEMT 5/21/2013 6:31PM

    Good on ya girl!

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SPECIALGURL7 5/21/2013 5:17PM

    Keep it going.

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FIRECOM 5/21/2013 9:52AM

    Sounds like great fun. Healthy exercise and coffee with friends. Congrats.

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SANDYCRANE 5/21/2013 7:29AM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. You look fantastic.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/21/2013 6:57AM

    Wow, that's lots of activity!! Way to go! :)


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MARYJEANSL 5/21/2013 1:02AM

  A little extra exercise is always a good thing. Well done!

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  Thanks for sharing

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ROXYZMOM 5/20/2013 11:21PM

    You did great!

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MCFITZ2 5/20/2013 9:38PM

    Sounds like you and your friends had a lot of fun. emoticon

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    Wonderful day. emoticon

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    emoticon That's a lot of activity!! Good for you!! emoticon

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1SALLY2 5/20/2013 9:09PM

    And doing the laundry counted toward exercise also!! emoticon

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CECELW 5/20/2013 6:36PM

    Fun fun week end!

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DIANNEMT 5/20/2013 6:06PM

    Yep--that could be considered active.

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Updated with the text to go with the photos

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Introducing my new Granddog, Boomer. My son's been on the lookout for a Rottweiler mix to rescue, and on Thursday, he found Boomer at the local Humane Society. His major goal is a jogging buddy who could be taught manners and would be a fine addition to his newly established civilian life.

Boomer quickly responded to Sgt. Son's assertion of who the alpha male in the pack was, thus assuring himself a position in the new squad. He's a bit on the smallish size as Rotts go, not sure what breed the "mix" is, but he's 4 years old, so probably about as big as he's likely to be. And that would be about 50 pounds. Just right, in my opinion... not so heavy as you can't shift him if need be!

So, last night after work, my doorbell rang, and here was Boomer with his new Sergeant, come to visit and invite Grandma (me) for a walk. The second purpose was to acquire dog things that had been used with Diamond: a crate to turn into a dog bed/cave for Boomer, and the doggy seat belt harness, for rides in the car, leash... you know the kind of thing.

Boomer has a very laid back personality: nothing phases him. No interest in chasing rabbits or squirrels. Or cats.

The Prisoner, depicted in the second photo, had a different idea. I don't think I've EVER seen him arch his back and hiss, Halloween style as he did when Boomer accompanied Sgt Son onto the back deck, where the Prisoner was sitting on the rail. I calmed him, and after Boomer went home with Sgt. Son, Prisoner calmed down and exerted himself back into the house.



LIFE is good, enrich it with what brings out the LOVE in you! You're worth it. Spark on! emoticon

  
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GRAMMAOF16 5/20/2013 10:03PM

    Love the pic of Boomer!

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MARGARITTM 5/20/2013 6:58AM

    a wonderful addition yo your family.

jealous about the running partner

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DOGLADY13 5/20/2013 6:12AM

    Congratulations on the new grand-dog. He sounds like a great addition to the family.

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_LINDA 5/19/2013 12:56AM

    Awesome dog! Good on your son to save a pound dog.
So glad you will have a dog back in your life, would hate to see you totally converted into a cat person ;) My Mom was mortified when Daisy chased the neighbor's cat, she had shown no interest in cats what so ever before, only those wascally wabbits.

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KARIDIAN1 5/18/2013 10:04PM

    We had a Rott/Shepard mix we adopted from a rescue group. He was a fantastic dog. Laid back and easy going. Still miss him. willing to do anything as long as it involved us. He loved traveling in the RV.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/18/2013 9:55PM

    An Alpha Dominant Cat! Boomer looks like a handsome guy and congrats on the granddog!

HUGS

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DLDMIL 5/18/2013 6:05PM

    Great looking granddog. emoticon emoticon
Hopefully your cat will become friends after a while.

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DALID414 5/18/2013 10:26AM

    The boyfriend likes Chihuahua's, of all 'dogs'! (I call them rats!) I've told him I might be a girly girl, but I need a running dog! (If we ever get one!)

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ROXYZMOM 5/18/2013 10:01AM

    Congratulations!!

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-SHOREIDO- 5/18/2013 9:59AM

    Great writing as always. Thanks for sharing this!! Have a great week-end Barb!

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CASEYTALK 5/18/2013 9:46AM

    I love hearing about fur babies. I wonder if the two of them will ever get along.

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GABY1948 5/18/2013 9:41AM

    Boomer is gorgeous. My pastor and wife have a Rottie mix too...GREAT dog/baby (to me they are not dogs but babies). Have a great weekend

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EBEAMS 5/18/2013 9:06AM

    The more things change, the more things stay the same! So glad you are getting to see our son often! I dread mine going back to Ft. Bragg on Monday. I am determined to make the best of the time we have left ... sigh ...

Enjoy your weekend! And congrats on your fur "grandbaby"!

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JAVAJENN 5/18/2013 8:55AM

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/18/2013 8:31AM

    Nice looking dog.
One you can grab and roll round in the new grass with!
I love a big dog for tussling with toys and challenging who sits where.


Argh, I miss my dog!(even though he was a weenie he'd still pick a good tug-of-war)

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LEANJEAN6 5/18/2013 8:24AM

    Nice Grand Dog!--I love him!!!------LOL----Lynda emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/18/2013 7:59AM

    Love the Boomer!! Great dog. Just the size of our Kahlua. You are very wise to embrace and enjoy the furry ones in your life. Hope Prisoner gets more comfortable with the situation. Spark On, indeed!!

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LESLIELENORE 5/18/2013 7:55AM

    Rescue dogs are great. I love mine!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/18/2013 7:42AM

    Great pictures, than you for sharing!



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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 7:39AM

    Boomer sounds wonderful

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NEW-CAZ 5/18/2013 7:03AM

    cute

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MSLZZY 5/18/2013 7:00AM

    Cute!

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KLMEIRING 5/18/2013 7:00AM

    emoticon Love the pictures and the posts to go with them.

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LEANJEAN6 5/18/2013 6:53AM

    OK Barb--Whose beautiful canine??--That must be yer cat--Lynda emoticon

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What do you MEAN I can't tell my friends about my day?

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!

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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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KLMEIRING 5/18/2013 7:02AM

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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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