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Picking the good days to bike

Friday, June 28, 2013

This week it's all been about weather. The first day I backed out of... good call, I would have got rained on during the ride in. Yesterday I opted NOT to bike because of my sister's being in hospital, wanting to keep my options open... BUT, it was also a good call for weather on the morning commute... I got rained on between the car and the office.

So today, not in the forecast... figure I ride in today, and if I do it right, get a brick workout in with the ride home followed by a jog. Wish me the determination to get 'er done!

I did get by to visit my sis after work, to find her in good spirits and staying the extra night just to be monitored, but also because she's in the middle of painting at home. If she went home last night, she would have been pushing furniture around, knowing her! So, that, too was a good call on her part.

The Kelsey news, not as encouraging. They have gone back from sedation to paralysis meds, and an echocardiogram was "inconclusive". Prayers keeping up. I think I might need that jog.

The weekend ahead? I'll work a half day Saturday. Hope to get myself into a pool at least one day.

LIFE is good! What you bring to it is important: bring a good attitude, and the rest will work out. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 6/29/2013 8:02AM

    emoticon So glad that Your Sister is on the mend. Kelsey is in my Prayers!
emoticon I hope that the Weather lets you get in those rides this week. Hopefully the Heat Wave won't get to you too badly.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/29/2013 6:41AM

    Sorry for Kelsey's relapse. It will be what it will be in the end. I am learning to push anxiety away for things I can't control. Not push them in, but away so I stay healthier too.

Enjoy your ride no matter the weather. Funny , I immediately envisioned the black and white Wizard of Oz scene with the witch on the bike in the air... and no you are not the witch, just thought of the weather. Ramblings of a distracted tired Sparker emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/29/2013 12:29AM

    I have not yet tried the bikerack on my new car - it enables me to bring the bike with me and use it when possible..

Have the best day and good wishes for your sister!

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PATRICIAAK 6/28/2013 11:29PM

    Doubling my prayers!

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WATERMELLEN 6/28/2013 10:50PM

    Keep on taking the best possible care of yourself -- during this really stressful stretch of your life. All best to Kelsey: continuing to beam healing thoughts.

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DOGLADY13 6/28/2013 10:14PM

    Way to go on figuring out the exercise while you have nothing but stressors wherever you turn: crummy weather, mandatory overtime, and worry about loved ones.

One day at a time.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/28/2013 9:34PM

    Watch out for those pool workouts....(you know why!)

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MOBYCARP 6/28/2013 8:04PM

    I hope you got your ride in today. Mine got canceled due to rain, and I still can't run or walk briskly. Fortunately, kettlebell swings, snatches, and cleans don't require me to flex my feet.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/28/2013 5:39PM

    While Kelsey's situation is discouraging, as I remember from our experience with this, there were ups and downs. Praying for an upward trend now.

I'm happy your sister is doing well.

Take care of yourself too.

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DLDMIL 6/28/2013 11:20AM

    Prayer and hugs for everyone. Have a good ride home. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/28/2013 10:00AM

    Have a good run. emoticon

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GABY1948 6/28/2013 9:18AM

    Kelsey news is a downer for sure...continuing prayer for all....

Good calls on the weather!

Have a great weekend!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/28/2013 8:23AM

    Oh my gosh, Barb, so sorry about Kelsey's news. Have to re-double the prayer efforts. Hugs and prayers too for your sister. Glad she made the decision she did.

And glad you're taking care of YOU!

HUGS and smiles, Barb. We're all with you.

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KALIGIRL 6/28/2013 8:12AM

    "What you bring to it is important: bring a good attitude, and the rest will work out." - Spoken like a true role model...
Checking in before heading out again - hope to see you soon.
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BLUENOSE63 6/28/2013 7:17AM

  Still praying for Kelsey!

Yes get out and do at least 20 minutes.....such a great stress reliever...just do what moves you.

Take care

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Making one thing perfectly clear

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My blogs are about me, and how I am dealing with life. They are NOT intended to be a critique of my workplace, any of the people I work with, my family members, or any of the other people in my life. They are truly "all about me", and dealing with the feelings that present themselves to me.

Some of the things I say *could* at times offend someone who is on the other side of my feelings, and *could* turn into a he-said, she-said flame war if it went that way (and the other person was aware I said them). When I wrote yesterday about a particular e-mail not being an apology, for example, could cause the writer of that e-mail to become defensive. And I'm not interested in a non-productive distraction.

I thought about this, and as a result, chose to take two of my blogs down, because they mentioned events at work and had a bit more "opining" than I am comfortable with, dancing a line. This is a fact: I've been mandated to work overtime. This is a perception: We are all under a lot of stress right now and I'm more sensitive to what I perceive as criticism when under stress.

What it's really all about is me... and what I do about my feelings. Because I am an emotionally-triggered overeater. So the rest, i.e. what I chose to do: take a walk, ride the bike to work, eat what's in the bag, write a blog, etc. are the relevant bits... not the internal "opining" that triggered the feelings to begin with.

That said: I'm having "a week". After the overnight duty on Friday-Saturday, my sleep schedule disrupted, I've been not at the top of my game.

Monday, I left my day planner at home. Fortunately, while at work, I operate off the computer version.

Tuesday, I managed to make it to work missing my wallet. Fortunately, I had everything I needed packed in the lunch bag. And my coffee card was in the desk drawer.

YESTERDAY... I managed to get to work on my bicycle... MISSING THE BAG! (Yes, the "eat what's in the" bag.) Fortunately, there are healthy options, including fruit and nuts and a salad option at the cafeteria in the basement of the work building... AND I didn't forget the same thing twice, i.e. my wallet was with me.

This morning, I awoke to find e-mail from my older sis... from the hospital. She's had a health flare up that has landed her there! And Kelsey has had an up and down week, still on life support, stable, now entering the third week.

So... that's life. For today:
* Remember to TAKE the bag. Eat what's in it.
* Drink your water... is good for you.
* No bike today... check in with sister after the mandatory OT and maybe swing by hospital to see her!
* It will NOT kill you to take a rest day from the other exercise, but don't forget to go to recess... walking breaks at work do help keep you sane-r. Or less in-sane.

LIFE is precious, and fragile. Savor it. Recognize moments of happiness. Be as kind as you can... to yourself as well as to others. And Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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CONCHA77 6/29/2013 6:26PM

    Hang in there and enjoy your weekend. (((Hugs))) Hope everyone and everything is better today.

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/29/2013 12:27AM

    The best thing I learned in twelvesteps groups is to talk about me, from my perspective... not in the sense of me,me, me but to keep myself form advices, arguments or judgements.

I got inspired to be more careful on what view I am displaying in my blogs so thanks Barb!

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MNTWINSGAL 6/28/2013 10:49PM

    Barb, so sorry you are having "a week." I know how stressful it is to work countless, seemingly endless hours....and how sthat stress can cause us to blurt things out that we might normally keep bottled up inside. And unless you work with someone who might read your blogs, you shouldn't feel that you can't express yourself here. You are among friends, so feel free to vent, rant, and / or change names if necessary, lol.

That being said, I hope today was better, and that the mandatory OT does not extend into the weekend. TGIF!

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KALIGIRL 6/28/2013 8:23AM

    Oh my - sorry for the stress - here's to your attitude getting you through!
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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/28/2013 5:41AM

    I swear all of us high stress workers of a certain age are in the same boat.
I am about ready to post a note by MY front door listing all the things I said I'd need or do once I opened it.

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PATRICIAAK 6/28/2013 1:11AM

    Yes, I, too. appreciate your blogs and friendship.
I've blogged about '70 hour' weeks, etc.
Life is full of ups and downs.
What I particularly admire is your honesty with how you are dealing with both the 'lemons' and the 'lemonade'. You uolift my day with your positive, caring sentences at the end, such as 'Life is fragile and precious' (paraphrased) and Spark On!

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EMMACLAIRE5 6/28/2013 12:13AM

    Thanks for sharing the ups and downs of it all, and reminding us to keep our perspective as best we can in the face of stress and frustration! Your week sounds like it's been quite a challenge. I had to laugh at the MISSING THE BAG (yes, the "eat what's in the bag" bag) I have a friend who always used to leave her purse at home, so she posted herself a note by the door " DFYFP"(don't forget your f**** purse!). I shared that with my daughter, and have had to call her a few times to have her bring mine to school with her. She answers the phone "your FP???" Hang in there, and remember to be kind to you!

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MOBYCARP 6/27/2013 8:46PM

    "My blogs are about me, and how I am dealing with life."

That was a timely reminder for me this evening. I hustled over and wrote my own blog, not because I owed my SparkFriends and update but because I owe it to myself to organize my thoughts.

And now, to bed. Sleep time is also important for me this week.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2013 8:22PM

    Profound blog, Barb! The way you deal with such a stressful situation is instructive for your readers. It may be all about you, but it is helpful to many. Even though my stressors are far different now, I identify with much of what you write. The way you face the truth is admirable. Love your pep talks, too, and have started having similar ones. Hang in there, Barb!! -Marsha

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DALID414 6/27/2013 4:04PM

    It's tough to separate things when you're emotional about something.

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LESLIELENORE 6/27/2013 1:05PM

    Sorry to hear about your sister. I hope you get the chance to go see her tonight.

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DLDMIL 6/27/2013 11:49AM

    Your blogs are always so insightful and help so many of us in our daily struggles. You inspire us to keep moving. We understand when things are stressful. Take care and please know that we are here for you, hugs and prayers for your entire family.

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KANOE10 6/27/2013 10:58AM

    I do the same thing when I am stressed..forget things like lunch or cell phone. Your job sounds very stressful. I think you are wise to vent your emotions by blogging. You are right, you blogs are for you to express your feelings. Many of us learn and identify with you as we read your blogs. Hugs to Kelsey and your sister.
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MADEIT3 6/27/2013 9:57AM

    Sounds like you have a plan when work is stressful - and I don't know very many people who don't find work stressful.

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NWFL59 6/27/2013 9:17AM

    Most public Spark blogs I've read seem to be for the writer's benefit as I think they should. We are here to support each other and to garner support/strength/motivation/other from what others are willing to share of their life experiences. Glad you have habits that allow you multiple ways to destress from your life challenges. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/27/2013 9:14AM

    Keep on keeping on... and continue to be true to who you are...

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BOILHAM 6/27/2013 9:02AM

    Yeah, sometimes I feel I'm being too self centered in my blogs. But, what else are they but 'all about me' musings? In my most recent blog, I was self conscious enough to subtitle it "a vanity blog", because I posted a picture which I thought was flattering to me.
Thanks for reminding me that these blogs are all about us, and hopefully will inspire, or help others in their own struggles with life.
Keep on bloggin' those great thoughts.

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ANDI571 6/27/2013 8:52AM

    I have always had a hard time journaling. I remember back when my mom had Alzheimer's and I felt I was the only family member on board taking care of her. I was tired, hurt, and probably every other emotion you could have. I started a journal and started writing exactly what I felt. It didn't take long that I was so scared someone would find my journal, read it and be hurt. I threw it away, never to do it again. It's funny how something so medicinal can also cause stress.

Hang in there. Those emotions can cause havoc on one healthy eating. Something I have been doing. I go to my email and I pretend I am emailing God. I let it all out. Then instead of hitting the send button, I pretend the cancel button sends it on out there. So that way I can get out exactly what I want, send it out there, and no one ever sees it.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/27/2013 8:32AM

    You have your head on straight more than you know. When I write venting blogs, I try to picture the person/people I'm venting about, sitting next to me when I write. It sometimes helps me to remember to let it go or be gentle. Perception is everything!

I've been having a horrible week at work. This morning I asked God to help me over this certain hump and immediately thought of Kelsey and tried to keep things in perspective.

Keep on being you!



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GABY1948 6/27/2013 8:19AM

    You are SO right, And, Barb, I totally understand the last few blogs...I retired from the "big Phone Company"...lots of stress and the same situations you write of...and I was often on mandatory OT.

Have a GREAT day...glad Kelsey is at least still stable and praying still for total restoration...

Sorry about your sis and praying she is out of the hospital soon.

Oh, and, yesterday I went to town to the store and thankfully realized about a mile away I had forgotten..............my wallet! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 6/27/2013 8:14AM

    Stay strong, My Friend!
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MJREIMERS 6/27/2013 8:11AM

    We all have times of "opinion" and that is fine. This is a place of support and sometimes a good vent is all we need to clear the air and get a new perspective on situations. It sounds like that is what you have done and made choices accordingly.

I hope your weekend is more relaxing. You've had a really tough week and it doesn't help with family members in the hospital.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/27/2013 8:02AM

    Yes, our blogs are about us and our world as WE see and experience it. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts and commenting on mine.

I hope Kelsey continues to improve and your sister recovers quickly.

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DOGLADY13 6/27/2013 8:02AM

    You can get through this. Do what you need to do to get through healthy and without murder charges.



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ISHIIGIRL 6/27/2013 8:02AM

    I try to start each morning with my gratitude journal. that helps me to prevent 'having a week". We all go through those times, especially when we work full time and that is where we spend the majority of our waking hours. I can so appreciate everything you said here. Keep going, only a few more days until the weekend. i hope you get some respite from work and can have some me time.

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WATERMELLEN 6/27/2013 7:48AM

    Totally appreciate your decision to take down the "opining" blogs". And the impulse that led you to post them in the first place -- this is YOUR blog, where you get to think through how stress triggers food/exercise issues.

And . . . "having a week" is generally the way stress manifests itself for me too. It's amazing how many different things I can "forget" when I'm overwhelmed and in danger of forgetting about . . . me. My goals, my needs, my best interests. Because other's goals, needs, interests are crowding mine out.

Thanks as always for letting us listen in on your pep talks, which function as pep talks for more of us than you'll every know I suspect.

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BLUENOSE63 6/27/2013 7:25AM

  You do not need to apologize for anything that you write as you do not write with malicious intent. I thoroughly enjoy your blogs and I hope you stay "just the way you are" a.k.a Billy Joel.

Cheryl



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REJ7777 6/27/2013 7:16AM

    Keeping our health a priority during disappointing, stressful times at work and in our personal lives is one of the biggest challenges for long-term weight control. That's usually where I lose the battle. Thank you for modeling how control can be maintained in the thick of it!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/27/2013 7:07AM

    Just keep on doing what you are doing. Your friends will understand.

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LEANJEAN6 6/27/2013 7:00AM

    Barb!---Don't let the B--T--ds---get you down!----Yer blog is yer opinion-----Man, I enjoy reading yer opinion!!--- Glad yu got that bike ride in!!!--Hope the people in yer life will be OK------ clouds---mosquitos here-----killed 4 already --IN the HOUSE!-Lynda emoticon

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PHEBESS 6/27/2013 6:48AM

    Sounds like a week!!! (And doesn't it make you happy all body parts are attached?)

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1CRAZYDOG 6/27/2013 6:45AM

    Awwww, hugs to you Barb.

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Well I WAS getting ready

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

But then I heard this rumble. Looked outside. Saw a flash of lightning. Keep in mind this was NOT a recreational ride, this was a work commute. Ewww...

Sky looked like this over the houses to the West (where our weather comes from):


Came inside. Checked the weather radar. It looked like this:


Hmmm. Drowned rat is not a good work look. And while the forecast may SAY 20%, if I win that lottery, I win that lottery. We've all shoveled "partly cloudy" of a winter day, huh?

So... change of plan. Drive to work today. Do something active AFTER work. Write this blog & sip another Spark mug of coffee.

LIFE is good, even with rumbling skies. Spark on. emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 6/26/2013 10:29AM

    Good decision. Flexibility rules!!

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ROXYZMOM 6/25/2013 10:42PM

    I am glad you kept yourself safe :)

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PATRICIAAK 6/25/2013 8:59PM

    1ooo% agree to changing plans! Good the change was before you left for work. Otherwise, if a thunderstorm had come up suddenly when you were part way there, 'drowned rat' look may have happened.

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DLDMIL 6/25/2013 8:44PM

    Good planning

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MOBYCARP 6/25/2013 8:08PM

    That radar kind of makes me nostalgic for good old great plains thunderstorms - flashy, exciting, and soon past. And it looks like it's timed just right to destroy your bike commuter plan. Oh, well. On to Plan B!

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DALID414 6/25/2013 12:42PM

    Wow, scary radar!

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PHEBESS 6/25/2013 9:45AM

    Hope you got to work safely, and don't have any tornadoes!

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GABY1948 6/25/2013 9:14AM

    Glad you drove...I hate lightening...and always have to go disconnect our internet while there is lightening because of zaps...UGH

Have a great day!

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LESLIELENORE 6/25/2013 9:08AM

    Prudence is a good thing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/25/2013 8:17AM

    Have a good day and send some of that rain to San Diego; we need it badly.

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 8:15AM

    Rumbling here too . . . after a heat wave!! Yay for Plan B (and extra coffee).

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1CRAZYDOG 6/25/2013 8:01AM

    Glad you decided to drive! Looks like a good alternative looking @ that radar picture!

HUGS and smiles.

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LJCANNON 6/25/2013 7:52AM

    emoticon I am glad that you chose to stay safe and dry. Being Flexible is always a Good Choice!!

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HOT4FITNESS 6/25/2013 7:47AM

    Nothing like a Spark of lightening to make us rethink our day. I think it will be indoor activity for me. Have a sparking good day!

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LEANJEAN6 6/25/2013 7:40AM

    OMG--It looks pretty stormy!---- best to drive!----- LOL-----Lynda emoticon

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MJREIMERS 6/25/2013 7:40AM

    Good choice. After yesterday's weather, one can never be too careful. There are many here that still don't have power. We lucked out; our lights stayed on. Have a great day!

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Contemplating Joy

Monday, June 24, 2013

This morning something struck me in my Spark daily e-mail. It was the grin on the face of the "success story" featured blog. And it was MOBYCARP's blog about battling to maintain motivation. And it has been my own reaction (physical and mental) to the prospect of the overtime. It is the reminder of the JOY that comes with shedding weight and becoming active.

And it is the reminder of how much easier life is in the lower weight range than it was in the upper range! Not that life becomes perfect, it does not. All those things that drove you nuts at 225, still drive you nuts at 125.

BUT... you do different things with the nuts. And if you are wise, you pay attention to small details.

Last night, I got myself out the door. It was warm and the sun shone down, even though it was "late" in the day. It started out as a walk, just to get the 10,000 steps in. Moderate speed, I told myself. It's warm out here. I was wearing shorts, walking shorts, not running shorts. But I had on my Lincoln Marathon tech shirt, kind of my personal statement to myself that I'm NOT going to let this OT thing get me down.

I flipped on the Runkeeper app on my smart phone, as well as the tunes, and started down the sidewalk. I turned into the neighborhood park. When I got to the other side of the park, I had a choice to make. Loop back into the neighborhood, or cross the street and go "around the lake". Often this decision hinges on whether there is a break in traffic. It's a busy street.

There was a break, so I crossed the street. I was now committed to go by the golf course. I told myself I would go see the lake, but I could turn around after I had gone 15 minutes, to get my 30 minutes of walking, no matter what, in.

But something happened. I hit the ten minute mark and shortly thereafter made the turn into the walk-way between the golf course and the houses of the neighborhood. And my... legs... wanted... to jog. So... I... did. Intervals, right? 1 minute... then walk again?

You could almost see the stress get stripped away as this progressed. I stopped worrying about the time, and just jogged to the end of the lane where it would turn. I took a walk interval. I jogged slow and easy... and it came to me as the joy in motion grew... and as the stress melted away... that all those motivational speakers are right.

Right about what? That the hardest part of your workout is getting yourself to walk out the door to begin with. Once you start, the joy takes over. OK, this may not happen the very first time you work out (on the other hand, some people do become addicted at first outing)... BUT once you have done the hard work, this corner DOES turn... and you get to "here". Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do.

If you have it with you, the music gets to you: Don't stop believing, the eye of the tiger, what makes you beautiful, walking on the sun, tubthumping, some nights... all the tunes I had downloaded as rewards for myself. They just pulled me along.

I finished that run/walk at 4.12 miles. "Just to get 10,000 steps in." But I got a whole lot more. Drenched in healthy sweat, I followed up with a shower and a proper bedtime.

Now it is Monday morning. I am armed for this work week. Let me savor and remember this workout. A good workout is a way to remind myself that fit is where I want to be... that for as long as I'm granted the ability to be active, I need this. Remember.

LIFE is good... Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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CATNCAG 5/15/2014 5:30PM

    That is awesome! I can't wait till I get to that point! emoticon

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MONTREAL12 8/2/2013 4:47PM

  "Don't Stop Believing" so true; as the saying goes "don't give up on ourselves" emoticon if only we stay focused and try.

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MARYJEANSL 6/26/2013 12:49AM

  Well, I have never - and I do mean never - found joy in exercise, but there is no doubt that the results of exercise can bring joy.

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:31PM

    Super blog: positively joyous! Joy surprises us . . . sometimes when we least expect it.

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  good blog

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/25/2013 4:57PM

    emoticon I try to do this. Remember what the warm water feels like. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't.

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ANYVAR54 6/25/2013 2:54PM

    Great blog, great work out.

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    Beautiful! (Ode to Joy)

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JSEATTLE 6/25/2013 11:57AM

  Great! Put on your shoes and get yourself out the DOOR!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/25/2013 11:20AM

    Good for you!! And you're so right. Once you push past that initial hard part of getting out the door and getting going, it just feels great to go be active! Also, I love all the songs you mentioned and I totally have all of them on my ipod exercise playlist too! :)

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IDICEM 6/25/2013 10:39AM

  Way to go! It's a wonderful feeling when you're outside and you set just one more goal over and over again. Doesn't happen to me much on the treadmill, but outdoors it happens more and more. Love it!
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DJSHIP46 6/25/2013 9:55AM

    Thanks for sharing... I really need to get out there and contemplate some joy myself!

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DIANNEMT 6/25/2013 9:18AM

    I got out this AM--needed a 30 minute workout. I had the heart rate monitor and workout tape--and ended up doing 2 sets!! I am so proud!! I never got to "joy" but I did get to "I can't do this--wait, yes I CAN".

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SJKENT1 6/25/2013 8:54AM

    I am so happy for you... emoticon and thrilled for this joy!

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MIMIDOT 6/25/2013 8:41AM

    You're so right! If you start moving you don't want to stop. No matter if it's walking, running, or aerobics. Just start!
Thanks for sharing.

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SHANNONY84 6/25/2013 8:19AM

    You inspired me this morning! Great blog! Spark on!

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MOMMY445 6/25/2013 8:01AM

    such a wonderful story! thank you so much for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/25/2013 7:54AM

    "Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do."

This is so true but so hard to explain to someone who feels it will never be true for him or her.

Thank you for putting into words what it's really like. I will share this blog with my sis-in-law who looks at me as if I am crazy when I come home drenched with sweat but overjoyed and who tells me every time, "Well, I'll never get to that point."





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PENOWOK 6/25/2013 7:30AM

    I know that feeling of just wanting to break into a run--and I am not a runner!! Good for you for letting joy win!!

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DOGLADY13 6/25/2013 7:21AM

    I love when that happens! I'm happy for you.

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CHERYLHURT 6/25/2013 7:02AM

  Great blog!

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ANGELN325 6/25/2013 6:49AM

    Awesome! I used to love exercising until I injured myself. Now I'm at that point where I just need to get myself there where I recapture that joy again and learning my limitations and working within my limitations. Can't wait until my shoulder is fixed and if it means surgery so be it. At this point, I just want to be able to do what I want to do. LOL

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JANEDOE12345 6/25/2013 6:35AM

    Hard work or good play pays off!

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THEBEV2 6/25/2013 4:58AM

    I did the exact same thing last night, here in very warm south central pa. I often use the "I'll just walk for 1/2 hour" to get myself out the door. Then something wonderful kicks in and before I know it, 4 miles have gone by. And I love doing intervals. Keep up the great work and thanks for your always motivational blogs!

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LRSILVER 6/25/2013 4:44AM

    Great blog

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Would you believe...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I need a pep talk on Sunday? Isn't that church day? Don't you get the pep talk at church?

Well... yes, but... there are pep talks and there are pep talks.

First, to give God glory, let's give folks an update on Kelsey... a story abundant with gratitude. I'm going to quote her mom's latest FB status, posted last evening:

"She got a bath today and the nurses washed her hair..She's stable..She had an issue with bleeding today, where the tubing goes into her artery..they are controlling it..they woke her up some today, to check to see what she can do..blink her eyes, squeeze their hands, wiggle her toes..She's sedated again..She's still on the ecmo machine, still on the ventilator..her heart is beating and pulsing..pray that her heart and lungs keep healing."

This is now well into the second week on that heart-lung machine, but the fact that she can blink and squeeze hands and understands the doctor's requests to do these small things speaks well of ongoing recovery, slow as it seems to those watching.

Prayers are a wonderful thing... knowing they are being raised helps everyone keep positive. And here is her (Kelsey's) daughter, playing in the hospital's healing garden. Clearly being well cared for by other caring relatives / friends:



Praise the Lord of Life and the God of Wisdom in providing and preserving these lives.

You know, now that I've posted this... I almost don't need that pep talk! But, in any case:

Remember all you have to be grateful for, today and every day... use this to combat the things you feel negative about, until the negative turns around and God's purpose in it is revealed.

Conserve your health and your energy, so you can do the most important things:

1) "Eat what's in the bag"... even though there is no bag today, you have the plan, and you know what WOULD be in it! emoticon

2) "Remember to go to recess"... emoticon

3) Prepare for the week ahead... bag those healthy snacks so you'll have what goes IN the bag. Get the laundry done so you'll have the most important bit of your wardrobe for the upcoming week: athletic socks! emoticon

4) Hug someone today! (Going to the Mellers with my sis & her daughter... might be a few others there to add to the hug crew...) emoticon

5) Drink your water (it will keep you away from the popcorn?) emoticon emoticon

6) Go to bed on time and get that routine re-established.

LIFE is good. You *do* love your work (blog about that sometime). Spark on!

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:32PM

    Very nice! What a little cutie!!

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SHARON10002 6/24/2013 10:23PM

    So very glad to read this news! Will continue to keep her in my prayers as well!
What a little cutie pie her daughter is.

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RONNIEHUEY 6/24/2013 1:07PM

    Good "pep"talk to self.My thoughts are with you. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/23/2013 10:41PM

    emoticon A super pep-talk and great news on Kelsey! HUGS!

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PATRICIAAK 6/23/2013 10:20PM

    Thanks for the news and positivity!

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MOBYCARP 6/23/2013 8:47PM

    And a thought for the work day tomorrow: If you have to work extra hours, you deserve extra recess breaks. Stay sane, and defend those healthy habits!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2013 6:14PM

    With all that's going on for you, I'm glad, VERY glad, for the positive news. Kelsey's sweet daughter looks adorable!

HUGS and smiles. Enjoy your Sunday.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/23/2013 6:08PM

    Thanks and many more good wishes for the young lady. She is in many good hands.


I made my lunches for the week; multiple types of roasted veggies to eat warm or cold.

Recess was painting and scraping spackle.

Went into work for 4 hours so lost 6 for the day.

Drank tons of water.

Life IS good.

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DLDMIL 6/23/2013 1:55PM

    Prayers and hugs for everyone.

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GABY1948 6/23/2013 1:47PM

    Great Glry to God! That is wonderful about Kelsey. Contiinuing to pray for total restoration and healing...He can DO it!

Have a great week, Barb...you know Whose hands you are in!

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_LINDA 6/23/2013 1:05PM

    That is good news Kelsey is able to do these things, hoping this means she is on her way to a recovery and that the virus has run its course. Its a scary, scary thing to think there is something out there like this that can put people's lives in danger :((


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DEBRITA01 6/23/2013 12:37PM

    Praise God that Kelsey is healing and showing signs of improvement...she and her family are in my daily prayers. There are so many blessings all around us and often times we don't take notice of all of God's miracles - seen and unseen. Thanks for sharing the reminder & pep talk...we can all benefit from that! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 6/23/2013 11:57AM

    For me, its keeping the bras clean - got plenty of socks. Still, all words of wisdom!

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MJREIMERS 6/23/2013 11:18AM

    I'm out of the loop on Kelsey, but I'll add her to my prayer list. Everything you stated in this blog is true! Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily life that we forget what is really important. emoticon and emoticon !

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SPINNINGJW 6/23/2013 10:48AM

    Silly Barb, popcorn is for THROWING, not eating!

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DEBRA0818 6/23/2013 10:18AM

    Glad to hear that Kelsey is on the mend -- what a scary thing to happen to a young mother and those who love her.

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CELIAMINER 6/23/2013 10:09AM

    Needed this message today to nudge me out of my "own little world" mental state and see the big picture. So much to be grateful for, and I'm happy Kelsey is doing better...your prayers are working. Blessings to Kelsey and her family!

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ELMA1913 6/23/2013 9:46AM

    Great message!

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