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Plans A-D... a comedy of learning?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Plan A for Friday was to commute via bicycle for my half day plus and hour OT. However, y'all know that warning they put on the walls of your bicycle tires? The one that says "do not overinflate"?

Well... I... kinda sorta... tested that yesterday morning. One boom too far. One spooked, embarrassed old lady here.

So... Plan B... I would drive it over to the bike shop, get them to fix it, and still have time for the bike commute. And if worse came to worse and they had to keep it because they were too busy to fit it in right away? I could walk to work in the time I had, from the bike shop, walk back to pick up the bike after.

Only I got to the bike shop to discover it wasn't open yet. Its summer hours have it opening at 10 a.m.! Which is late for an early bird like me.

So, out comes plan C... I know why the bike is my least favorite leg of the triathlon, it is my fear of equipment failure. If I understood more of the mechanics, maybe I wouldn't be so nervous about it. I decided I would go home and try popping the wheel off and see if I might consider, have the right tools to replace the tube myself.

I got as far as getting the wheel off and reading the instruction manual for replacing a tube before my resolve poohed out. I'm scared of breaking it. So... plan D... walk to the bike shop, drop off the tire, walk to work, then walk home after? Buzzzzz... thank you for playing... the clock is ticking.

In the end, I drove to work, dropping the wheel off on the way, picked up the wheel on the way home, and figured out how to put it back on the bike. The real victory was getting the brake cable reconnected. The test will be this morning when I take it for a shake down spin.

Slowly, people, slowly... the old lady learns slowly. But she *does* learn.

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Oh, and I almost forgot to share some great news: Kelsey is OFF the heart-lung machine! Off the rvad, too. Still on a ventilator, still with tubes for drainage. But this is huge progress to be off those machines. It's been a month today since she first started having symptoms of what they have now called the hhv6 virus. I'm incredibly grateful, and still praying for continued recovery.
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LIFE is good. Spark on, my friends!
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DOGLADY13 7/7/2013 5:24PM

    Terrific news about Kelsey. Will continue to pray for her full recovery.

Sorry about the bike tire. I leave all bike related stuff to my husband. I figure the car is my responsibility, he can be responsible for the bike.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/7/2013 8:43AM

    How are your ears. emoticon
DH did the same to DD's bike a few weeks back.
I heard it inside the house and come out to see both holding their ears!
Long road ahead for Kelsey yet. This is a good start.

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MSLZZY 7/6/2013 5:59PM

    The challenge was there and you met it head on. Now that you've done it once, it will be easier the next time. Let's hope there isn't a next time. Woohoo for Kelsey! HUGS!

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MOBYCARP 7/6/2013 5:47PM

    I looked at hybrids when I was in the bike shop yesterday getting my tire replaced. It appears that even changing a front tire will be a bit different on new bikes than on the ones we grew up with. But I can worry about that when/if I budget money for a new bike. The 41 year old Schwinn I'm riding is still good enough for my needs.

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GABY1948 7/6/2013 2:49PM

    That is WONDERFUL news about Kelsey! Prayers continuing for her total recovery also.

We are SO alike...I am afraid of EVERYTHING until I "learn" it too! But I am older than you, I believe (65 this month) and you are also ahead of me in that you run.

Have a great remainder of your weekend!

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SIMONEKP 7/6/2013 12:18PM

    good news re Kelsey

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LESLIELENORE 7/6/2013 11:25AM

    I can relate to the fear of breaking it while trying to fix it! Glad to hear Kelsey is doing better.

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WATERMELLEN 7/6/2013 10:51AM

    Yay Kelsey: such great great news, a significant step forward.

And: you are NOT an "old lady", no you are not. You are a mature and seasoned and experienced person who's got it all going on and is able to figure it all out: which you just demonstrated. Yeah!!

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SANDICANE 7/6/2013 9:11AM

    Super news on Kelsey...ride on!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2013 8:22AM

    HUGS and prayers for Kelsey. So glad she's making progress.

Oh boy. I am no good when it comes to anything mechanical either. Good luck with your test drive today. Hope everything works!!

HUGS and smiles.

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PATRICIAAK 7/6/2013 8:10AM

    Will cont to pray for Kelsey.
Ride carefully today

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2013 8:01AM

    Great news on Kelsey, keeping her in my prayers Barb emoticon

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It was a fine Fourth!

Friday, July 05, 2013



I made my son and his cousin (our hostess) pose for a cousins shot so I can send it to his dad. Figured I'd share it with my buds, too. This is the little girl who wanted so bad to hold the baby when he was first born and she was four... and being the nervous new mom, I was so scared she would drop him!

Her brother's daughter came up to me about half way through the gathering and said she thought my son was coming, and I said, he's right here... she hadn't recognized him! Of course in her defense, the last time she'd seen him was all dressed up in a suit and still in his military haircut. He teased her that he would not have known her either, as she's grown about two feet since his memories of her.

The weather was cooperative, there were plenty of little kids and big kids, found another Spark person there (don't know her Spark name, she's of that younger generation, and logs her fitness minutes here). My niece introduced her telling me she Sparks and has done Insanity, which made me think of MJREIMERS, of course, who has also done that really challenging program. Automatically impressed.

This friend had brought along another friend who had... get this... had been in some of the same events as me in the past year... the Color Run in Omaha, and the mud run I blogged about last year, too.





In short, a traditional 4th of July cookout, and I bailed early because I really was starting to feel the eyelids get heavy by 8:30 or so. I was in bed while things were still popping and booming outside... which pretty much has become tradition for me. I don't fight my inner early bird much anymore. One of the perks of being "mature". emoticon

Hope you all had as satisfying a day as I did!

Today I took a half day of vacation, I've had it scheduled for a while. The morning half. Which is also tradition for me: police the yard, process the memories, and then go to work.

The mini-pep talk for today:

1. Don't get ahead of yourself. You have time to pick up a few grocery items and pack before biking to work.

2. Drink your water.

3. Savor the day, tie up loose ends, and remember YOU are worth nurturing!

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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OPTIMIST1948 7/6/2013 7:51AM

    What a lovely family day!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/6/2013 7:18AM

    I hit the sack at 8:45.
The only fireworks I heard/saw were on the news the next day.

I see your early bird on my window sill.

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MSLZZY 7/5/2013 11:31PM

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DALID414 7/5/2013 11:00PM

    The latter part if a half-day, sounds brilliant!

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SPINNINGJW 7/5/2013 9:49PM

    I made the "sacrifice" to bring Ivy home and put her to bed. We left the festivities at about 9:00, and I think she was asleep as soon as her head hit the bed. I was in bed by 10:00 even though it still sounded like a war zone with all the booming and popping. Up at 6 to be at work by 7, but only worked till 12:30.

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2013 8:21PM

    Loved the pics, sounds like a super nice day: and yeah YOU are worth nurturing!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/5/2013 5:19PM

    Nice July 4th Barb!--Looks busy! ------So nice that you have Sparkly people near yu!----I swam to-day--drank more water----justa great day!-Lynda emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/5/2013 4:41PM

    What better way to spend the 4th than with those you love - family or friends! Sp glad you enjoyed yours! Your son looks good! Looked like he was enjoying himself, too.

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MIRAGE727 7/5/2013 3:44PM

    Sounds like a great 4th in the Heartland, Barb! Oh, we crashed early as well!
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CEHALLA 7/5/2013 1:47PM

    It cooled down enough here to enjoy a great block party with plenty of fireworks, kids, and snow cones! Glad to live in free country where everyone can celebrate the way they like, even if it is going to bed early emoticon


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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2013 11:18AM

    Awesome that you had such a nice day, Barb! Hugs and smiles.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/5/2013 10:17AM

    How nice to spend the day with family and friends. Our local fireworks were canceled. Not to worry, everyone on our cove seemed to have their own supply.

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MJREIMERS 7/5/2013 10:10AM

    It's such a small world! I love that you are finding Sparkies everywhere! I'm glad you had a good day. My girls had about a dozen friends over and they were lighting until the wee hours. I was in bed around 11:00, but the popping c0ntinued! emoticon

Have a great day!

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LESLIELENORE 7/5/2013 9:09AM

    emoticon Glad you had a good Fourth!

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CELIAMINER 7/5/2013 8:33AM

    Sounds like it was a great day with family! I'm a morning person, too, so I watched the fireworks on TV from the cool comfort of my couch and went to bed. Pretty much my tradition.
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GABY1948 7/5/2013 8:25AM

    Glad you had a great day! Nice to see your son to put a face with him when you talk about him.

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AZMOMXTWO 7/5/2013 8:14AM

  it is great that you had a good day

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PATRICIAAK 7/5/2013 8:09AM

    Super to meet other SP'ers and people with shared experiences.
Wise to listen to your body.

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CHERYLHURT 7/5/2013 7:57AM

  It POURED with rain here in SC! We partied inside, ate too much, drank too much, so feel sluggish this morning. Heading to the pool for a workout!

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My holiday indulgence

Thursday, July 04, 2013



I slept in, then simmered the steel cut oats and contemplated just what form of active I wanted to be today. I opted for the long and slow run-walk intervals. The graph above is what runkeeper had to say about the pacing and elevation.

It was sunny, not horribly HOT yet... I ran mostly bike trails, and enjoyed seeing others out biking, walking alone or with others and pets, or jogging like me. I went about as far as I wanted, ten miles was my goal. I will not let the OT steal my happy active days... there are things that have to give, but being fit and active is not one of them!

In a couple of hours I will be putting together my healthy Greek Salad to take to my niece's 4th of July gathering. It's a BYOF (bring your own fireworks) event... but I don't know if I'll take any. Kids will have taken care of that. Since I usually hit the sack between 8 and 9 p.m., this will be a challenge to my system.

So, today's pep talk, for holiday gatherings:

1. Focus on the people, they are what you're there for!
2. Make the best decisions you can about the food... and don't sweat it. Remember: portion control, and savor every bite!
3. Drink your water!
4. Make memories... that's what it's really all about.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon And Happy Birthday, USA!

  
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_LINDA 7/5/2013 1:20AM

    Way to work it! Happy 4th, enjoy!
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WATERMELLEN 7/4/2013 9:22PM

    Happy Independence Day: sounds to me like you made some very apposite choices of independence for you. It's always about the people and the memories! And nobody will take your fitness away from you . . .

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MOBYCARP 7/4/2013 9:20PM

    Today I'm staying home instead of going to the fireworks display, because it seems that a late night plus the necessary walking between the car and the display would be unwise. Under the circumstances, I really miss the small family gatherings with light your own fireworks.

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PATRICIAAK 7/4/2013 7:17PM

    sounds terrific

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MSLZZY 7/4/2013 7:06PM

    A perfectly special day and a great plan. Your pep talk was right on the money! SPark on!

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SPINNINGJW 7/4/2013 5:53PM

    I bought feta cheese and lettuce yesterday thinking about your greek salad. Doubt I will actually make it, but have it to make salads over the course of the next several days. I made an Asian slaw to take to Dottie's.

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LEANJEAN6 7/4/2013 5:40PM

    Oh Barb! Happy July 4th!!!--Nice to be home eh?----I hope that you are enjoying your day!---I just came up from the dock---It was sunny and hot--the Germans were chomping at the bit to get down there to swim---It's nice to be home, but we sure loved the first class treatment at that hotel---Petoskey is a lovely area!--- Hugs-Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/4/2013 5:14PM

    HUGS Barb and hope you have a relaxing, wonderful 4th.

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MJREIMERS 7/4/2013 4:42PM

    More wide words from a wise woman! You are emoticon !

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LJCANNON 7/4/2013 4:42PM

    emoticon Focus on the People, and make the Best Decisions you can in the situation. Sounds a Plan that will work for Every Day and Every Holiday.

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DLDMIL 7/4/2013 4:14PM

    good plan for the day.

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SUSANNAH31 7/4/2013 4:10PM

    I like that focus on people. It's what really does make the memories.

Happy Fourth!!

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GABY1948 7/4/2013 2:45PM

    emoticon emoticon and have a wonderful day!

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_VALEO_ 7/4/2013 2:44PM

    Seems like a great plan for the day, have fun!
As a night owl, I am amazed at your bedtime, are you a very early bird?

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KASEYCOFF 7/4/2013 2:37PM

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    emoticon emoticon Happy 4th of July emoticon

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EWL978 7/4/2013 2:09PM

    You've got a great plan!!

Now, just to keep on keeping on....

And, let me know how you're doing!!!!

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Self-honesty: yes, I need a pep talk... every... day

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

What turns it around? That moment when you go from "I don' wanna" to "I decided I am gonna"?

Usually it's reading, seeing, or writing something that reminds you what you really, really want.

And what do I really, really want? To feel physically good, and be able to do what needs doing and what I choose to do... for as long as God grants me the grace to do so. And today that means going to work and doing my job. To be able to do my job, I need to be well rested and mentally alert.

What makes me well rested and mentally alert?

1. Enough sleep: remember to go to bed on time.
2. Drinking my fluids - having a dehydration headache will NOT keep me alert or focused.
3. Eating nutritious foods in appropriate amounts spread across the day.
4. Getting up and being active periodically, to clear the mind and sequence priorities.

Rinse and repeat! Oh, and
5. Do something for fun, both active (take a walk, swim, bike)... and restful (reading a great book).

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

  
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KARUNK 7/5/2013 10:19AM

    Very Well said emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 7/4/2013 4:24PM

  I guess it turns around when you accept it as your forever life experience....at least that what happened for me!

Happy 4th Barb....have fun with those grandkids!

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ONUTHIN125 7/4/2013 10:00AM

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PATRICIAAK 7/4/2013 5:25AM

    AMEN!!!!!

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MSLZZY 7/3/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon That covers it!

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DLDMIL 7/3/2013 11:18PM

    Great blog, thank you for sharing. Have a great 4th.

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CAROL3SAN 7/3/2013 9:43PM

    Nice plan for a successful day. Wishing you success with your goals.

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WATERMELLEN 7/3/2013 7:47PM

    Four great reminders - and the having fun part is absolutely key too!!

I kind of just take it granted that a lot of the time (shamefully) I don't wanna. But I'm gonna anyhow . . . because as you and MOBY say -- then you wanna. It kicks in (kicks me in the butt actually . .. ).

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/3/2013 7:45PM

    I intend to go to bed at a decent time tonight. And sleep late on the holiday! At least until 5am.

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MOBYCARP 7/3/2013 7:33PM

    Hmm. I usually can't identify the catalyst that turns it from "I don' wanna" to "I'm gonna." Sometimes I can't even identify the moment when it takes the turn.

But I know that when I make that turn, eventually motivation will follow. I usually can't identify the catalyst for the return of motivation, but I frequently can identify the moment when it returns. That moment tends to be while I'm out exercising, which requires that it turned from "I don' wanna" to "I'm gonna" first.


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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/3/2013 6:42PM

    Excellent advice, today and every day.
Thank you.

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LESLIELENORE 7/3/2013 2:09PM

    I love reading your pep talks. They remind me of my priorities.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2013 12:10PM

    Love your pep talk, connecting to what I really, really want. Such truth. I need it daily, too. Thanks for being a great model. Hope that work stress diminishes and the work accomplishments pile high!! -Marsha

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MIRAGE727 7/3/2013 10:42AM

    We do what motivates us! I totally get it, Barb!
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I actually take the negativity I read here and take it as a personal challenge to even go deeper into positive waves! I know what I've achieved and can do. I think that's why I've totally embraced and own maintaining with no problems. Ya just live the lifestyle.
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1CRAZYDOG 7/3/2013 9:28AM

    Brilliant, Barb! It really is all about the balance.

HUGS and here's to a great Wednesday.

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CELIAMINER 7/3/2013 9:04AM

    Have FUN today!
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GABY1948 7/3/2013 8:48AM

    I am also a "list" person...so I totally understand your blogs! THANKS

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CARMEL_466 7/3/2013 8:33AM

    Wonderful list. emoticon

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PJMOMMATO3 7/3/2013 8:15AM

    Great List. Thank you

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BOMBSHELLY 7/3/2013 7:54AM

    Thank you for the simple wisdom today! I needed that.

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MJREIMERS 7/3/2013 7:46AM

    Yes, yes, yes! I love the list and I hope to fulfill it today. I'm hoping to get to #4, but it depends on the son.

I'm looking forward to running again. I just haven't had the chance, yet. Yesterday was dorm shopping with the oldest, so I am getting lots of walking in...just no running. I have been "working" that IT band and it seems to be doing pretty good.

Looking forward to seeing you again. I may have to make a trip to Lincoln and we could do lunch!

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Quick pep talk - short on time again

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

* Eat what's in the bag!
* Drink your water!
* Don't get so engrossed in your work that you forget to go to recess! Recess helps the mind, not just the body!
* Stretch and breathe, thoughout the day.

* And don't forget your coach is calling, take the cell phone and the headset...

Got it?

Got it!

Life's still GOOD, whatever else swirls about. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KELLIEBEAN 7/3/2013 7:46AM

    Thank you!

I hope you get some recess in your crazy work schedule!



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BLUENOSE63 7/3/2013 7:30AM

  Hoorah! Most excellent pep talk and off I go to the dog park and then a run! Yet I will not eat what is in the dog's treat bag no matter how hungry I am nor will I drink the dogs water at anytime in the day.

Have a good one

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LEANJEAN6 7/3/2013 7:20AM

    Yu are so funny Barb!!--We loved the wee vacation--but came home early---love home!--LOL--- The place was relaxin--but--nice to be back--I missed ya!!---- How is work going?--Lynda emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/3/2013 7:16AM

    If I had taken that advice back when I was working I wouldn't ever have gained the weight.

Good for you!


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WATERMELLEN 7/3/2013 7:04AM

    Love that "recess helps the mind not just the body" . . . like you I STILL have to persuade myself that the mind is not more important than the body, no it isn't!!

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MSLZZY 7/3/2013 7:01AM

    Life IS good! SPark On! You Rock!

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PATRICIAAK 7/3/2013 3:35AM

    Take care of yourself!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/2/2013 3:32PM

    You are well prepared. Have another great day, Barb!

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DLDMIL 7/2/2013 2:37PM

    Breathe, take a moment, Breathe and take your recess.
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SIMONEKP 7/2/2013 12:43PM

    got it

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MAGGIE101857 7/2/2013 12:30PM

    Short and sweet - go get 'em!!!

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EBEAMS 7/2/2013 10:10AM

    AMEN!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2013 9:55AM

    Hugs and hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

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GABY1948 7/2/2013 8:25AM

    SUCH good advice! Thanks

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MIRAGE727 7/2/2013 8:07AM

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Way to fire yourself up, Barb! Now seize the day!
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