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The last long run before the tri...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I declared victory over the front door at 6:51 a.m., heading out for a long and slow run. My choice of activity today was dictated by the fact that a) it has been 10 days since my last long and slow, and b) NEXT weekend is the opening weekend of the Cornhusker State Games, and I have events OTHER than running on both Saturday and Sunday.

I warm up slow, people. I'm a "mature" runner... so this included a 5 minute warm up walk, and walking intervals throughout. But I do have this tiny little competitive streak, and when I got to the MoPac trail, there were these younger women right in front of me... and I ... um... skipped a walk interval or two... trying to keep up or at least keep them in sight. By then I had 4 1/2 miles behind me and a potty stop in the rear view, so I was well warmed to the task.

In the end I covered a bit over 12 miles, in 2 hours and a quarter, with much more walking in the final mile, to cool down, then stretching followed. And a well-deserved snack, of course! Must replace nutrients and fluids used. Showered... all clean. And ready for the rest of Sunday. And it will be rest... detach from the work concerns, breathe, do things that fuel my soul and prepare for the next week of work focus.

Ahhhhh! LIFE is good. And precious. Live it to the fullest, and Spark on! emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/16/2013 7:26PM

    Great job! That's the way to do it. Love the competitive part of it, too. Best wishes for a wonderful tri!!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/15/2013 7:36AM

    And eat what's in yer bag Barb--LOL-Lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/14/2013 8:00PM

    Good for you! Now put your feet up and relax.

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DALID414 7/14/2013 6:57PM

    I saw a couple of fit tall guys jogging the other day, I told myself to keep their pace, but my stubby legs couldn't keep up. It was a great challenge though.

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MOBYCARP 7/14/2013 5:41PM

    OT, and challenging work deadlines, and dubious facilities support on the weekend . . . and you still find time for a long run. I am in awe.

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MRS.DOYLE 7/14/2013 3:23PM

    You amaze me.
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-SHOREIDO- 7/14/2013 3:10PM

    You have got this whole thing so going for you! You go girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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SHESMITH1 7/14/2013 3:10PM

    You are amazing! Way to go!!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/14/2013 2:47PM

    Oh goodie, I can't wait for my vicarious high fives!

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DOGLADY13 7/14/2013 1:18PM

    Outstanding, girl! You rocked that run.

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MSLZZY 7/14/2013 1:08PM

    Good for you! The rain moved in early this morning so I am
making beef stew in the crockpot and maybe, taking an easy
day. SPark on!

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2013 12:38PM

    Have a great week babes x

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2013 12:38PM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2013 12:08PM

    Awesome, Barb!

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LEWILL1982 7/14/2013 11:55AM

    Great job, love competitive streaks! They show us what we're made of. Happy Sunday!

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WATERMELLEN 7/14/2013 11:54AM

    Nice!! I like to think of your tiny competitive streak -- hope those other ladies checked out that terrific haircut too!!

Just savour every minute of the rest of your Sunday without any thoughts of work whatsoever!

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Bonus blog: how to spend OT pay...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

So, I went to work and was pleasantly surprised. About quarter of 8 a.m. the lights (which are on auto-programmed control) actually came ON, as did the A/C blowers. I even was able to comfortably change into the jeans I keep in my desk drawer.

After work... I went out and spent it all... every dime of difference between my regular pay and the first OT check I got this week. About half on bike accessory items: a new helment (the ten year old one... or was it 15 year old had developed a crack in the lining... probably from my tossing the bike into the back of the car on top of it... emoticon ). I also asked about the stem on the most recently replaced tube, and it is too short, the bike guy knew more than the new gal who sold me the tube, and when I explained about how it was too short for my pump he volunteered to replace it for free, labor included. Which fits in fine with getting the bike checked out before next weekend's games ride. He booked me in for Tuesday night / Wednesday, which fits in with a scheme to bike commute one day, and brick workout on the back end.

I also bought a set of tire levers, and some spare tubes while I was at it. This gal is going to learn to change a tube should need arise.

Then I went and got my haircut. Short, short! Now this should fit under the swim cap next weekend just fine.

In "short", I'm prepping for the Cornhusker State Games, and fitting them in around the OT.

Right now, got the sprinkler hoses out... it's HOT out there, folks, but life is still good. Spark on!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/16/2013 7:29PM

    You are ready!! Spending your OT to strengthen your biking is very cool. You deserve all the bells and whistles to make your fitness efforts fun, effective, and motivating! Love the new hairdo, too.

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DLDMIL 7/15/2013 6:51PM

    I like your new haircut. emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/15/2013 3:29PM

    Good way to spend some OT pay - to reward yourself and do what is needed. Killing two birds with one stone! Great summer haircut. I've often told myself on a bad hair day, which is more often than not these days, that i'd like to shave my head - true wash and wear, and maybe, it would even grow back thicker!!! What d'ya think?

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PATRICIAAK 7/14/2013 9:55PM

    Short hair is easier to take care of

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LINDAKAY228 7/14/2013 4:47PM

    OT really comes in handy sometimes!

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DOGLADY13 7/14/2013 1:10PM

    Are you getting excited about the tri? I'm pretending that I'm totally ready for mine at the end of the summer.

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CASEYTALK 7/14/2013 11:33AM

    Bet it dries in no time. Mine takes hours. I still can't bring myself to cut it.

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LEANJEAN6 7/14/2013 7:29AM

    Good for yu Barb!-----buying what yu need--cutting the hair (looks cute!)----It's nice to get reimbursed for what you do---Lynda emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2013 2:42AM

    Money well spent! Good for you Barbara!Have a great day today emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/13/2013 11:23PM

    Good for you, on ALL counts!

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LESLIELENORE 7/13/2013 9:58PM

    Awesome picture! You should have no trouble with the swim cap now.

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MNTWINSGAL 7/13/2013 9:33PM

    Great pic! It's been far too long since you last updated your page with your most recent look. I do love the short hair on you though....looks very liberating!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2013 8:31PM

    Way to go!!! Good uses for your OT money! Gotta love the haircut. I keep mine short, too, as it's cooler.

HUGS Barb.

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MSLZZY 7/13/2013 7:32PM

    Just planning ahead as always! Good for you!

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MOBYCARP 7/13/2013 7:30PM

    Now, that's a guy haircut; it's all about comfort and convenience. Next thing I know, you'll keep it like that year round and get a collections of wigs to wear in cold weather, like Mom did.

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DALID414 7/13/2013 7:05PM

    Wow! I walk around complaining about my hair when its hot, but I'd never have the guts to cut it short. I admire women who can do it though. Just another reason to like you Barb!

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WATERMELLEN 7/13/2013 6:47PM

    What a great blog: all about lemonade isn't it?? And: love that new haircut, it's not just practical for the swim cap: it's edgy! Totally you!!

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GABY1948 7/13/2013 6:35PM

    At least you found some benefit out of forced ot! Glad you are enjoying the fruits of your labor for what you love! Biking

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PICKIE98 7/13/2013 6:17PM

    Sounds like a fun, productive use of $$$ ! Good luck next weekend!!!

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KLMEIRING 7/13/2013 6:08PM

    You look great! So glad that you were able to do the things that you wanted! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/13/2013 5:51PM

    G.I. Barb! I like it!
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LADYMARCIA1 7/13/2013 5:48PM

    I love your new do!!
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About that A/C...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I'm heading to work in running shorts and a technical T shirt, good socks and athletic shoes. Nope, I don't run for a living. I sit at a desk and program a computer.

But the building has "issues" with levels of heating/cooling. One corner will be beastly, another freezing. It's not that management doesn't TRY on our behalf. We regularly request the A/C to be turned on for special work schedules, but it rarely "works". So we have all learned that if we must be there on a weekend, dress accordingly.

With the mandatory OT, we get to pick what hours we intend to go in, it can be a longer regular day, a weekend day, or some combination. I've opted for an extra hour on four weekdays, and half a Saturday, this week. I was in a couple weeks ago on a Saturday, similarly, and was trickling sweat by the time I left work.

Wish me luck... staying awake and being productive.

But I must say this: the heat is a lot easier to handle at maintenance weight than it was at my heaviest! Right? Of course right!

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SHARON10002 7/15/2013 3:46PM

    It's a wonder that someone has not suffered heat stroke! You can bet once that happens, they will maintain the comfort levels! I'm surprised they're not concerned about computers malfunctioning and you not being able to get work done as a result.

I'm sorry you have to endure that extreme heat. Really makes it hard to concentrate and work! I think I saw a portable misting fan on Amazon. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Mistin
g-Assorted-Colors-individually/
dp/B001CUYQKM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF
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s=portable+misting+fan

Hope this helps!

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-SHOREIDO- 7/13/2013 10:18PM

    Your spot on about the pounds and dealing with "stuff". emoticon for showing us the way!!!

and my Spark friends!!!

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KLMEIRING 7/13/2013 6:10PM

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MIRAGE727 7/13/2013 5:52PM

    I see nothing but positive waves!
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DOGLADY13 7/13/2013 5:52PM

    You are maintaining a terrific attitude about this whole OT thing.

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DLDMIL 7/13/2013 5:08PM

    Hope you 1/2 work day went well. Spark ON!!!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/13/2013 3:53PM

    I'm thinking that a little spray bottle to mist yourself with cool water might help!!

Gotta say: when I was at my heaviest I'd actually get heat rash from my thighs rubbing together. Heat is a lot more bearable slim!!

Good for you, sustaining that positive 'tude.

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MOBYCARP 7/13/2013 2:33PM

    I hope the faulty a/c managed to hit a range that's reasonably comfortable for you, and doesn't fry your computer equipment!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/13/2013 1:55PM

    That's Barb....always looking for the silver lining!

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LESLIELENORE 7/13/2013 1:50PM

    The cold bothers me more than the heat.

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DALID414 7/13/2013 12:51PM

    I must have a glandular problem, I'm still as sweaty as I used to be! But at least now people agree the weather is hot and not that it's just me!

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PATRICIAAK 7/13/2013 10:10AM

    Live your best despite the challenges.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2013 9:44AM

    Oh my gosh, I cannot believe how weight loss has made my ability to deal with heat much better. Ok, when it comes to cold -- have to add layers, but hey -- I'll do it!

Have a good Saturday and don't work too hard. HUGS and smiles.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/13/2013 9:27AM

    I agree. It is easier to manage than *before*

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LEANJEAN6 7/13/2013 8:04AM

    Oh Barb!!!--You hate working weekends----I hope it isn't too hot!---Take a hose with you and hook it up to the water fountain and hose all down0maybe then they'd get the point e emoticon h?--Doncha wish?----I hope it goes fast for yu!-Lynda

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MSLZZY 7/13/2013 8:04AM

    All the perks at your work place LOL! I could always handle the heat but it is easier when you aren't packing the extra pounds. Drink your water and try to stay cool. HUGS!

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It's Friday... but...

Friday, July 12, 2013

but... I have to work tomorrow, too. So it's not quite as "freeing Friday" as a typical work week cubicle grunt Friday. They have given us permission to dress down for the remainder of the summer, so it's not even "jeans day" as jeans day is now an every day thing on our project. Except on Saturday and Sunday, when they have the A/C turned way down or even off, it's shorts and tank top day for me! (btw, my workplace does NOT allow working from home for this stuff. They did order me a fan.)

So... still randomizing thoughts... I was awake in the night last night. Too much coffee during the day yesterday? Or too much mental stimulation? This is the phase of coding, where I wake up with lines / patterns / approaches in my head... when the chatter of work invades my nights.

I do my best to erase the slate and go back to sleep, but it doesn't always work. I remember doing the better sleep challenge and know that even just keeping my eyes closed and "resting" is better than nothing. Still, I'm having a slow start morning.

That said, even in slow motion, the lunch/snack bag is packed. emoticon The breakfast has been consumed. The coffee is being sipped from the Spark mug.

Reminders to self: drink that water, it's gonna be another hot one outside.

Go to recess... walking away for a few minutes gives the brain a chance to catch up to the typing fingers. emoticon

Enjoy your book... it too gives the subconscious brain time to catch up. emoticon

And take the time to evaluate and prioritize... there's only so much can be done in the time you have... just make sure what you are working on are the most important pieces! emoticon

And tomorrow the sun will rise, too. LIFE is good. Live it fully. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KLMEIRING 7/13/2013 6:14PM

    Thanks for sharing the things that have worked for you. It helps to have those suggestions on hand when the need arises. I hope and pray that you are able to sleep peacefully.

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DLDMIL 7/13/2013 5:26PM

    I am always waking up in the night with work issues on my mind. Recess and lunch. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/13/2013 6:12AM

    Wear your bike shorts!

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PATRICIAAK 7/13/2013 2:20AM

    I wonder if the bosses had to work the mandatory OT on a Sat if the AC would be turned on.

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WATERMELLEN 7/12/2013 10:05PM

    OT without AC? Hmmmmmmm. I admire the way you are keeping your spirits up and taking good care of yourself. Like you I have times when my work invades my dreams . . .

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GABY1948 7/12/2013 7:03PM

    Don't even know what to say. I feel for ya though. I have had much forced ot so I totally understand what you say and hope it flies by!

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ONUTHIN125 7/12/2013 4:21PM

    emoticon Sometimes my brain goes into overload. What works for me is I keep a notepad and pen on my nightstand. When I wake up with all of those unwanted thoughts that are keeping me from my emoticon I write them down. I have been doing this for the last 10 plus years, so once I write it down I am able to go back to my peaceful emoticon .

Sounds like you are doing some good planning. Sorry about the weekend work. emoticon emoticon

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CEHALLA 7/12/2013 2:31PM

    Working in retail management for the last 10+ years, I don't know what a "weekend" feels like! I'm lucky to get 2 days off in a row anytime during the week. I do look forward to my Sunday's off, though, that's when I relax and slow down.

Otherwise, its the daily reminders that keep me on track as well. Thanks for the great example!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/12/2013 1:40PM

    Good plans -- may God bless your extra time at work with productivity! Do be sure to take those Recess Breaks!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/12/2013 12:58PM

    too bad you have to work Barbara! Hope you get a fan soon!

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LESLIELENORE 7/12/2013 11:25AM

    Hope they get you that fan fast!

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MSLZZY 7/12/2013 10:38AM

    For me, evaluate and prioritize is the hardest
thing to do when DH has other items he thinks
need to be done first. If he were the one under
the gun, he might think differently.
Hope the day goes well. Too bad you have
to work tomorrow but you knew this was coming.
Hope this is done soon. HUGS!

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LINDAKAY228 7/12/2013 9:35AM

    Too bad you have to work on Saturday. That's awful that the a/c is down or off on the weekends if you have to work. Hope you get the fan soon. Good reminders.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/12/2013 8:56AM

    Thanks for sharing your "dealing" with life methods!!
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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2013 8:54AM

    quieting the brain is difficult for sure sometimes. But you've got your plan and are working it the best you can! Good luck today. HUGS and smiles.

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KALIGIRL 7/12/2013 8:24AM

    Here's to the rising emoticon
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Namaste my friend.
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LEANJEAN6 7/12/2013 7:56AM

    Oh Barb! I hate the nights I can't sleep!-I try to pretend I'm in a horrible airplane, flying somewhere, and how I always wish at that time I was home, in my own bed sleeping comfortably-------IT DOESN"T WORK THO!--LOL---------Breathe------Hope yer SaT., STILL UNFOLDS ok---- Lynda emoticon

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NINJALINDA 7/12/2013 7:54AM

    I hate it when work invades my sleep. I can tell it's been a stressful day when I come home & dream work! Sounds like you've got good strategies to combat work invading to the point of takeover, tho. Great job!

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Stray thoughts wandering...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

When I ride the bike, or as I ponder my blogs, I get these stray thoughts of the evolutionary nature of this "journey" as so many of us call it. When we first start out, we are engrossed in the mechanics, the enthusiasm of seeing the results.

Maybe once we get near or to a goal weight, we shift focus to a fitness or athletic goal, and that becomes the center of what we think and talk about for a while.

As we "maintain" our healthy habits, we might start becoming used to the bodies we have shrunk into. When we have a slip or slide, we may panic, and fear we'll slide all the way back.

Or we could become discouraged by a collection of small slips, or even a major slide, and be tempted to say "why try"?

But in our hearts, we know we want what living healthy has to offer. We know we want to be able to do what needs doing or even what we take a wild hare in and decide we want to do. We have let go of so much that "weighed us down", and y'all know I'm not just talking about physical weight. The mental barriers, the attitudes of "I can't", or "what if I fail", or "what if I succeed"... they are in the rear-view mirror. Once in a while they rear their ugly heads.

Now, in year three of the current maintenance (and I call it the current maintenance because I've been in what I called maintenance before)... I am only beginning to feel the glimmers of WHY the odds of keeping it off forever increase with the length of the maintenance. I am beginning to believe that it is because only over time can we truly redefine "normal" for ourselves.

Here's to all of our "new normal"... a life full of healthy habits, in balance, and with a healthy sprinkle of FUN in the mix.

LIFE is good. It is brief and precious, and full of others who are just as fragile as ourselves... big or little, young or old... we share a common humanity. Let us be kind to ourselves to give us strength to also be kind to one another. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KLMEIRING 7/13/2013 6:19PM

    Thanks for the insight. Like many others who have commented on this Blog, I have yet to discover my "new normal". I am still trying to figure out the journey, but that is okay. It is just where I am today.

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DLDMIL 7/13/2013 5:28PM

    Great blog, Thank you.

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PATRICIAAK 7/12/2013 12:08AM

    Hopefully, someday I will achieve maintainance and 'the new normal'. You're an inspiration!

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SHARON10002 7/11/2013 10:44PM

    This is truly another great blog, Barb! I am grateful for your gift of perception. I can't wait until I arrive there, and I hope I will remember it then.

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WATERMELLEN 7/11/2013 9:49PM

    Your "stray" thoughts cohere into a most persuasive prism through which to view life . . . when lightness sometimes feels like normality and kindness assumes it's proper centrality.

I like this. It's wonderful that biking produces it. You can pedal such musings anytime!!

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MOBYCARP 7/11/2013 8:20PM

    Is it the new normal, or is it the current normal? With attitudes and focus changing over time, surely "normal" changes over time as well. But with more time in maintenance, there's a longer base of maintenance embedded in the current normal, which makes it less likely drop out when the future normal is different than the current normal in some unpredictable way.

A year ago, I marveled at how much my eating and grocery shopping had changed in a year. Today, I see that it has continued to change; but the changes from one year ago are much less dramatic than the changes from two years ago to one year ago. Perhaps that's part of the process of developing a piece of the long term normal that supports long term maintenance?

Whatever. Life *is* good, even when it isn't very predictable.

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GABY1948 7/11/2013 8:13PM

    I don't usually like new anything...but "new normal" is something I think I will adopt from you! THANKS

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DOGLADY13 7/11/2013 7:13PM

    Great insights. I was just joking about how I have maintained a 12 pound weight loss over 3 years even though I have many more pounds to lose. But you have hit on a truth that I need to ponder. I bet it shows up in a blog later tonight.

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LINDAKAY228 7/11/2013 6:27PM

    Awesome blog! Lots of great thoughts.

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LEWILL1982 7/11/2013 4:45PM

    New normal is hard sometimes, I've found it's far easier to lose than to figure out how to maintain. Now though, in new normal, I find that those slip ups become fewer and we learn how to bounce back before we slide too far. Really well written, thanks for sharing!

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MSLZZY 7/11/2013 4:16PM

    The "new normal" takes a little time to adjust to, as all things do. Have a
happy and healthy journey. I am constantly trying to come to grips with
what life should be but being kind to myself in the process. HUGS!

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/11/2013 3:46PM

    Loving the New Normal! Thanks for the wise words, Barbara!

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LESLIELENORE 7/11/2013 1:39PM

    I sometimes still have "fat" days, when I just have this picture in my head of myself at my heaviest weight and I can't see the slender healthy body I now have. It is taking a long time for me to adjust to my new normal. I have faith I will get there though.

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MIRAGE727 7/11/2013 11:40AM

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SLENDERELLA61 7/11/2013 11:23AM

    Here's to our new normal and to a lifetime of healthy living!! Life is good and precious -- you are so right. I'm here celebrating my mom's 86th birthday. A long healthy life is a treasure; I aspire to a life well-lived. Living healthy is a key part of that goal. Thanks for another great blog, Barb!!

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DALID414 7/11/2013 11:02AM

    Very well said.

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CONCHA77 7/11/2013 10:31AM

    Great blog, Barb. Thanks!

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MAGGIE101857 7/11/2013 9:51AM

    What wonderful thoughts to wake up to! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2013 8:51AM

    Barb, you have nailed maintenance! To a "T"! I have been in maintenance for 3 yrs. too and there's always that "fear" of slipping back into old ways, especially when stressed. BUT along the way have learned all kinds of tools I didn't have before to cope appropriately. THAT is part of the "new normal" and as the journey continues and evolves, it just gets better!

HUGS and smiles. Great blog.

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KALIGIRL 7/11/2013 8:31AM

    "only over time can we truly redefine "normal" for ourselves"
Here's to discovering what we want to be when we 'grow up'!
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LEANJEAN6 7/11/2013 7:59AM

    I like ""the New Normal""--Deep thoughts are good thoughts--thoughts that come when the brain is awakened-exercising----Good blog Barb!---EAT WHAT"S in YER Lunch BAG!--LOL-Lynda

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