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A trifle grumpy about my maintenance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This morning I glanced in the mirror and saw the toning I have lost from not being as "good" about my strength training, especially the core. I also ponder how much of it is stress, how much diet composition (despite calorie counts), how much sloth.

I know from the scale that I am carrying 7 pounds more than I was a year ago. I slipped on my skinniest work pants and had trouble buttoning them. Sigh!

This is the kind of diligence, watchfulness, etc. that is needed to alert oneself to the need for adjustment.

There is more than one internal dialog running. One has to do with assessing how this happened. The eating for stress relief part is clear, indulged several times over the course of the project, but not in the past few weeks. But it doesn't come off without effort. What about activity levels? I'm just NOT as actively training as I was a year ago. AND... the strength training... neglected.

A second has to do with "do you want to do anything about it?" Seriously. I'm still at a healthy BMI, I'm living active, just not AS athletic as a year ago. Is this an acceptable maintenance level? From a purely scale point of view... yeah, it probably is. The number is irrelevant... BUT, beware of the "giving myself a pass" while it keeps creeping upward.

From a fitness point of view? Naaaw... not really. I want it back. That feeling of consistency, not just "fitting it in and living on the residual fitness based on last year's efforts".

So, yeah, I'm a trifle grumpy. I want to fit those slacks. And it isn't all about pounds. Nor is it really about fitting the slacks. It's about being and feeling fit and able. End of story.

But I must be patient about getting it back. Trust the process, and it will come. To that end, today's reminders:

* Drink your water.
* Get your sleep.
* Eat what's in the bag. That's why you packed it.
* Even though it is "taper" time, remember to go to recess!
* And breathe... remember to breathe.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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DOGLADY13 7/20/2013 10:03AM

    Diligence. It gets back to your blog about surviving obesity. Thank goodness we are all here to support each other.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2013 6:54AM

    You've got the right idea. If we don't keep track of things, they will get out of hand. That's how a few pounds turn into 20, 50 or more and fitness decreases right along with it.

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PATRICIAAK 7/18/2013 12:39AM

    sounds like a reality check - one step backward, two steps forward

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DLDMIL 7/18/2013 12:15AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/18/2013 12:12AM

    Dang those pants! And thank goodness for those pants - our clothes can spark those conversations with ourselves much quicker than the scale can, in my experience. Trust the process, yes, and remember that you KNOW the process - you've got this one handled emoticon

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ANDI571 7/17/2013 10:51PM

    I think I jumped into your boat. My problem is I see, I talk, but I haven't been putting much action behind it. Sometimes I just don't get it. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 7/17/2013 7:30PM

    Yes, it's about being fit and being able to do things easily that you want to do easily. The scale lags behind the fitness, at least in my experience. There's a blog worth of thoughts in there; I might even write that blog.

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LESLIELENORE 7/17/2013 1:37PM

    The fitness aspect is the most important to me. I have relaxed a little since hitting my goal weight, but I still have fitness goals I want to achieve.

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LINDAKAY228 7/17/2013 1:04PM

    I appreciate your openness about the struggles of maintaining. I'm not there yet, but I know that when I get to that point I will still have struggles. The mental part of this whole journey is the toughest part for me. I have faith in you!

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MSLZZY 7/17/2013 12:55PM

    Trust the process and work the program for the desired effect. emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/17/2013 11:02AM

    Oh, how are you able to write the thing that are in my head....

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SPINNINGJW 7/17/2013 10:01AM

    And your educated youngest sister is going to chime in here. No one likes to admit it, but there are Physiological changes that come along with aging. Yuck! No one wants to admit that we are getting older, but time marches on. One of the Physiological changes of aging is that we lose muscle mass much more quickly than we gain it. Strength training becomes a requirement to just MAINTAIN the muscle mass we have. So, hang in there, but slowly start adding that strength training back into your routine. It can be done in as little as 5 minutes at a time.

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STONECOT 7/17/2013 9:04AM

    It's also about the feeling that you're not doing 100% too isn't it. Even if there are extenuating circumstances, we all like to feel that we're doing better than our best. You know what works for you, emoticon

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LEWILL1982 7/17/2013 9:02AM

    I love how in touch you are with your body. You are so good at analyzing your needs, your body and your fitness/work outs. I really appreciate your wisdom and it's something I work on all the time. Thank you for sharing!

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_LINDA 7/17/2013 8:50AM

    You just need to survive this project and then when you have time get back into strength training. It helps make you a better runner as well as feeling good and burning more calories. You may love your job, but boy, sure don't need the stress that comes with it! Exercise does help with stress as does meditation, or a mind body exercise like yoga. Ever thought of adding something new like that? You never know, you may even like it!
Take care of yourself, you are worth it!

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WATERMELLEN 7/17/2013 8:45AM

    Great pep talk, thanks for letting us listen in. And: this IS maintenance . . . tracking nutrition and fitness but maybe . . . not so much. And catching the drift before it drifts and . . . I'll be doing that for the rest of my life, I know. Just not a static process: eternal vigilance!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/17/2013 8:29AM

    I sometimes think maintaining is harder work!
I love the phrase - skinny isn't the goal, strength is the goal.
I've been maintaining since 2008 and love that I am stronger now, and have curves where they should be- but I'm keen not to slide back.

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KALIGIRL 7/17/2013 8:16AM

    "It's about being and feeling fit and able." And you are right - trust the process. The reason you are not as 'athletic' is because you have chosen to participate in events that don't 'require' strength training and I for one am amazed you've been able to train for those with your hectic schedule, stress and pressures.
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SLENDERELLA61 7/17/2013 8:15AM

    It is about being and feeling fit and able. It is. It is! Another outstanding blog, Barb. Thank you so much for the generosity of spirit that leads you to share your thinking. And I'm so thankful you have the strength of mind to analyze and understand so you can write this series of brilliant blogs. I can identify with so much of what you write, although I don't have anyhwhere near the intense work stress you deal with.

Congrats on maintaining a healthy weight and BMI for years and years. That accomplishment is nothing to sneeze at! And best wishes for reclaiming the fitness level you love. You can do it! -Marsha

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ONMYMEDS 7/17/2013 7:58AM

    You are SUCH a good blogger. Thank you.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/17/2013 7:47AM

  OH Barb, I hear you. Maintenance really is a balancing act. For me, I find the minute I'm still in my "BMI zone" but it is creeping up, I have that choice. Do I just get "happy" with it or do something about it. Well, I know me well enough to know that it's better for me to address it by being a little more diligent. Pain in he puck? Yeah, but worth it.

Stress . . . OH MY HEAVENS. That evil cortisol (well, evil when it's in excess) just makes us hang onto fat and water like nobody's business, so I would bet stress is a major role player for you.

But you've got the tools to handle it, you're using them and it's just a day-by-day thing to handle.

HUGS and keep up your self-care.



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Maintenance and the disease survival model

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bear with me and suspend disbelief for a bit... let's use this model as a thinking/pondering tool. There's been a lot of discussion / debate over whether obesity is or should be considered a "disease". Like cancer, for example. Just for a moment, let us go down that path. I got started by someone here on Spark referring to himself as an "Obesity survivor."

Today there are many forms of cancer that people survive. Through surgery or chemo, or some combination... the cancer is removed. The survivors make some lifestyle changes and live with the possibility, usually given to them in statistics, that it might return.

A heart patient may have surgery to correct a blockage, but then also has to make lifestyle changes and live with the possibility that if they don't take those changes seriously, the issue could return.

From a purely external "talking point" model, it sort of fits... we lose the weight, are no longer considered "obese" on the doctor's scale... but we must make lifestyle changes. And we live with the possibility (particularly if we don't keep up with the lifestyle changes) of the return to the "obese" weight range.

To successfully maintain, we have to take maintenance as seriously as a survivor of a disease. We have to keep up the healthy habits. We have to periodically check up on it, and make course corrections when needed.

While semantically, obesity might be more of a symptom, and have mental / emotional as well as physical causes... do we, the survivors, care? Or do we just want to survive and thrive?

So... as a survivor, who wants to keep on thriving, today's reminders:

* Drink your water. emoticon
* Eat what you packed in that bag. emoticon
* Remember that whatever's bothering you right now, the cookie at the coffee kiosk won't make it better. emoticon
* But walking away for a few minutes might help. Remember to go to recess! emoticon
* Overtime is not forever! Remember to do what's most important first. emoticon
* Think about the fun you're going to have the next couple of weekends, and don't weigh yourself down so it becomes a drag! emoticon emoticon emoticon

More than anything, dear Spark friends... remember that YOU are worth this effort! YOU are precious and valued and loved. LIFE is good. Live it well and Spark on. emoticon

  
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DOGLADY13 7/20/2013 9:24AM

    Excellent reflection on the debate. I was coming around to similar conclusions, but you presented this so succinctly. As usual.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/18/2013 9:21AM

    Interesting way to think about it!

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LEANJEAN6 7/17/2013 7:13AM

    great blog Barb!!--Interesting---- You have managed to maintain!---Lynda

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/17/2013 5:54AM

    If you are a survivor...I'm still in the disease state!
If I look at it that way it can be frightening, motivating or depressing.





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SLENDERELLA61 7/16/2013 7:23PM

    Another great blog, Barb. No, I don't think obesity is like cancer, but your point about lifestyle change is a very good one. I had not thought about myself as an obesity survivor, but there may be something to that. I'll think. And with many of our most common diseases having lifestyle components, perhaps thinking of obesity as a disease is not that far off. Hmmmm.

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ANDI571 7/15/2013 10:52PM

    I needed this today. "To successfully maintain, we have to take maintenance as seriously as a survivor of a disease." I succumbed to a huge strawberry shortcake with ice cream and whipped cream tonight. I had done so well today. I was so mad at myself. I told my husband that I didn't know how my brother who had diabetes did it. He is so faithful with his eating. But he has told me in the past, he has no choice. He doesn't want to lose limbs or go blind. He takes his disease serious. I don't think we always take our over eating serious. It's almost like, what will it hurt. Well, it hurts a lot in so many different ways.

Thanks for the words of wisdom.

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LESLIELENORE 7/15/2013 10:04PM

    Life IS good!

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PATRICIAAK 7/15/2013 8:19PM

    interesting. I'll think about it.

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LJCANNON 7/15/2013 7:29PM

    emoticon Very Good Analogy!!
I think I will Go To Recess Now, Thank You!!! emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/15/2013 6:45PM

    Survive and thrive. Thanks for a great blog. emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 7/15/2013 2:16PM

    I found losing 30 pounds fairly easy. It's keeping it all off that is the difficult part and will be a lifelong challenge.....one I'm prepared to take on because the alternative is worse.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/15/2013 12:11PM

    Well said Barb......I think really we all have to make "good" choices or the best that we can to fight it off.
If we can do that and stay successful with our choices then we could better determine if it truly is a disease of the mind .Something which can't be controlled by our minds to me is a disease.
OR The mind is a terrible thing to waste so USE IT OR LOSE IT.
Thanks for this blog that made me think alot!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2013 11:09AM

  Survive and thrive . . . that's me too as an obesity survivor. BUT I can see the slip side of the issue too. Which came first . . . the obesity or other issues? Sometimes you'll not know for sure. INHO, the most important result of obesity being recognized as a disease process is that it will be taken more seriously! And it NEEDS to be for sure!

I went through YEARS of being told, "OH honey, you are Mom to two kids under 5 and that's why you're tired and stressed. Well, those could have been contributors, but soon found out not the TOTAL package. Hypothyroidism (autoimmune) and type 2 diabetes were the culprits. Were they brewing long before my weight started to spiral upwards or did my weight gain cause the diabetes to appear? WOULD it have appeared had I not been obese? Don't know . . . not sure . . . just know with my thyroid and diabetes happy campers, I am healthy and thriving.

HUGS and thanks for a very thought provoking blog. AS always!!

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AUNTB63 7/15/2013 10:54AM

    I like your view point on this "hot" subject. We need to take every day a make the most of it....making healthy choices, exercising and yes even drinking that water. Have a healthy inspired day.

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NEW-CAZ 7/15/2013 10:36AM

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MSLZZY 7/15/2013 9:50AM

    A very good way to address the latest issue in the news. I do not think obesity is
necessarily a choice, sometimes it just happens for a multitude of reasons. But you can change your lifestyle and "survive". Makes total sense to me.

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LINDAKAY228 7/15/2013 9:17AM

    I really liked this!

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EBEAMS 7/15/2013 8:27AM

    Good thought process ... great plan! I'll be praying for you this week to give you a little extra support!

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KALIGIRL 7/15/2013 8:22AM

    From one survivor to another - right on sista!
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R5NEWMAN 7/15/2013 8:21AM

    Fitness Guru Tom Venuto says obesity is in theory one of the simplest problems to treat, only that in practice the cure is very complex. Food crosses into almost every area of our lives - social, financial, health, religion, etc.

But as another expert says, if offered a million dollars to lose the excess weight, you'd do it, maybe even trip over yourself trying to succeed. As in Invictus, "I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/15/2013 8:02AM

    Yes! Thank you for this!
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As hard as people work to achieve their goals we cannot just coast the rest of our life and expect to maintain the same result. We will keep it if we do what helped us get there in the first place!


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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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DLDMIL 7/15/2013 6:48PM

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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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LINDAKAY228 7/14/2013 4:46PM

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GABY1948 7/14/2013 4:39PM

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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

    emoticon Barb emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/14/2013 12:37PM

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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!

Spark on! emoticon

  
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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
8&qid=1373916979&sr=8-3&keyword
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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NEW-CAZ 7/13/2013 10:19AM

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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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