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State Games starts. Coiled Spring returns.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


The pep talk in a video today. In a few minutes I'll be on my way to the first event I have in the Cornhusker State Games this year.

  
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MNTWINSGAL 7/25/2013 11:41AM

    I'm really behind....been such a busy month. I just listened in now. But wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your Vlogs. It's like visiting with family. Probably because a LOT of my family are from Nebraska, and you sound just like 'em. And you say things they would say too. Just wanted to let you know that it doesn't matter what you say....I just like to hear you talk!

(But I do listen to your words too.)

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PATRICIAAK 7/21/2013 4:34AM

    best of luck

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DALID414 7/21/2013 1:47AM

    It's the first of your vlogs that I've caught, nice to meet you Barb!

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EBEAMS 7/20/2013 11:46PM

    You go, girl! Love it!

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DLDMIL 7/20/2013 4:11PM

    Great vblog. Hope you have a great event and can't wait to hear the results. Spark on emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 7/20/2013 4:03PM

    By the time I got to read this, your event was long over. I was in bed at 7:00 am and back up at 10:30. I went to take Kelsey to Independent Gym at Madonna so she could get some therapy in today. Normally, the patients get the weekends off from therapy, but they have available an option for patients that have a family member who can assist them to go "work out" on their own in the therapy gym.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/20/2013 3:45PM

   
Wonderful vblog!! Your head was exactly in the right place. No wonder you got the gold! You look so fit and fabulous in your tri suit. Fantastic. And all this before you go to work overtime -- wow, that's dedication. Thanks for Sparking here. The inspiration is almost materializing! -Marsha

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2013 12:09PM

    You look awesome! Good luck to you and what a fantastic vlog!

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2013 12:02PM

    Just loved this blog: seeing the Coiled Spring herself, fitting beautifully into her tri suit, with her edgy new haircut, speaking with such humour and passion about the importance for all of us of the life well-lived!!



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DOGLADY13 7/20/2013 11:51AM

    I can't wait to hear about the games. I loved the vlog. You looked fantastic. The hair, the tri suit, the smile. All good.

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GALINAZ 7/20/2013 11:50AM

    Wonderful inspiration, thanks for putting the vlog together, good luck with your competition!


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LESLIELENORE 7/20/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon Love the tri suit!

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KLMEIRING 7/20/2013 10:30AM

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MADEIT3 7/20/2013 10:14AM

    Great message - and you look great!

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MSLZZY 7/20/2013 9:26AM

    AWESOME! A very positive message at the end! I hope you have a SPArktacular day! HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 7/20/2013 9:09AM

    Good luck Barb! emoticon

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GABY1948 7/20/2013 9:03AM

    GREAT blog...thanks for sharing it on here...and have a great day today...can't wait for the good news of it.

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_LINDA 7/20/2013 9:03AM

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Fantastic VLOG!!
You are going to ROCK this event!
Go, Barb, GO!
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AUNTB63 7/20/2013 8:43AM

    This was a GREAT and INSPIRING video blog. Thanks for sharing it. You long great and seemed to be well prepared for the day. Best of luck to you in your endeavor. Enjoy your weekend....I know you will. And thanks again for the inspiration !! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/20/2013 8:38AM

    Oh. My. God. So much wisdom in here "Expend your energy in joyful activity" "Take care of yourself because you are work it" you gave me an Ear-to-Ear grin this morning!

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LEANJEAN6 7/20/2013 8:25AM

    I can't get the video in-----Poopy Doo!!But I wish you well in the games---Lynda emoticon

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What is the difference between a coiled spring and a limp rope?

Friday, July 19, 2013

I am in "taper" week, when I second guess everything. The whole concept of "taper week" is so that the body is fully rested and recovered and raring to go on event day... like a coiled spring.

However, this morning, I feel more like a limp rope.

So, being me, I ponder the difference... coiled spring is a motivated state, with energy to spare. Limp rope is drained, perhaps has already done its bit and wants nothing more than to collapse in a heap.

Some of this has to be mental... and some of it may be physical. Just hoping that today and tonight, I can nurture the coiled spring back... because tomorrow morning is a 750 meter swim event, and Sunday a 27.9 mile bicycle tour event.

But first, a work day. Today, remember balance! Nurture balance.

* Drink that water!
* Remember to go to recess!
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.
* Breathe.
* Prioritize, there are still only 24 hours in a day.
* Get to bed on time!

It's the only LIFE you've got. Live it today. emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2013 12:03PM

    Read this AFTER your video blog: but I had no doubt that CS was winning out over LR!!

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PATRICIAAK 7/20/2013 12:52AM

    good analogy!

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DLDMIL 7/19/2013 10:24PM

    sounds like you might be nervous about tomorrow. You will be great. Have a great day and event. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2013 7:47PM

    Sending you best wishes for tomorrow's event! But just do your best. You'll get your mojo for tomorrow!

HUGS and rooting for you!!

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DALID414 7/19/2013 12:21PM

    And remember it's all worth it!

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LESLIELENORE 7/19/2013 11:57AM

    I bet you have more energy tomorrow!

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LINDAKAY228 7/19/2013 11:24AM

    I know you'll become a coiled spring again!

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NEW-CAZ 7/19/2013 10:21AM

    emoticon have a good one!

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NEW-CAZ 7/19/2013 10:21AM

    emoticon have a good one!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/19/2013 9:36AM

    Great blog!!! Have a great weekend!

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GABY1948 7/19/2013 9:15AM

    I know you will DO it! You always manage. Have a great Friday!

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BARBARAJ73 7/19/2013 9:10AM

    emoticon have fun and may the wind and waves be with you... emoticon

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LEWILL1982 7/19/2013 9:04AM

    Good luck, can't wait to read about your results, Just breathe and think positive, you are NOT a limp rope, you've got this!

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LEWILL1982 7/19/2013 9:03AM

    Good luck, can't wait to read about your results, Just breathe and think positive, you are NOT a limp rope, you've got this!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/19/2013 9:00AM

    I'm rooting for the coiled spring. You know precisely what you are doing. Your prescription is right on. And as you stated in your status, you know the endorphins will kick in, too. And of course, there is that competitive side of you. Best wishes for great Games!! -Marsha

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MAGGIE101857 7/19/2013 8:37AM

    Recess!!! Brings back wonderful memories!! I will have to start thinking of my lunch breaks as recess and do something fun!!!

You are going to do great!

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KALIGIRL 7/19/2013 8:14AM

    Here's hoping the 'metal' moves back into the mind and body - take care in the heat this weekend! emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 7/19/2013 7:43AM

    Prioritize , as you said, as number one on the list and do the most important things first just in case the time runs out.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/19/2013 7:36AM

    Coiled spring can be draining. ( sounds like a Confucius saying)
Anticipation of events can raise those pesky hormone levels like cortisols, adrenalin which may make you feeling limp the next day as a letdown phase.
I say you have to strike a balance between the taper and coil. Darned, it does sound so metaphysical now.



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MSLZZY 7/19/2013 7:33AM

    You'll get your spring back! Competition does
that for you! Have a great Friday! HUGS!

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Answer the question JUST for today.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Is it worth it? If I only have to do it today?

Can I do it? If I only have to do it today?

Answer the questions JUST for today. Not for tomorrow. Not for yesterday. For TODAY. Because TODAY is all any of us has.

For me, TODAY it is worth it!

* Drink your water. emoticon
* Remember to go to recess. Nothing is so urgent it won't wait ten minutes for you to get your walk in. emoticon
* Eat what you packed in the bag. It is enough. And it is the right stuff. emoticon
* Prioritize what you do. TODAY still only has 24 hours in it. emoticon
* And get to bed on time, because sleep is important to healthy living, too. emoticon

LIFE is worth living well. TODAY. Spark on! emoticon

  
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DOGLADY13 7/20/2013 10:31AM

    Sometimes living the present moment is the only thing that gets me through. And if I had to commit to a lifetime of exercise, I'd never make. That is definitely a daily renewal.

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PATTYR81 7/19/2013 12:16PM

    I LOVE THIS!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2013 6:50AM

    As they say in another context - "one day at a time"

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OPTIMIST1948 7/19/2013 6:27AM

    The problem is getting out of my own way - just for today!

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DALID414 7/18/2013 10:29PM

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PATRICIAAK 7/18/2013 9:03PM

    We only have the present. In it we make choices that affect our future.

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LESLIELENORE 7/18/2013 3:19PM

    Just for today it is definitely worth it!

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ANDI571 7/18/2013 3:07PM

    Yes, just for today it is worth it. Don't you think sometimes we look to far ahead and to far behind? Just today! emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 7/18/2013 3:01PM

    Just for today. Tomorrow is Friday, and Saturday you swim! If I am not too tired from Relay, I will come watch you. emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/18/2013 2:33PM

    Just Today we are very worth it.
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LINDAKAY228 7/18/2013 11:09AM

    Yes, it is worth it just for today. Tomorrow is another day. I'll just worry about today!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/18/2013 9:21AM

    Great reminder: I only have to be successful one day at a time!

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LEWILL1982 7/18/2013 9:12AM

    Good point, take things a day at a time. It's important to not let ourselves get too caught up in an often overwhelming bigger picture.

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ASRMOM 7/18/2013 9:09AM

    Great Blog!

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JAGRIF 7/18/2013 9:03AM

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MSLZZY 7/18/2013 9:02AM

    Let's make it all about TODAY! HUGS!

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MIRAGE727 7/18/2013 8:49AM

    I hear ya, Sister Barb! Thanks for sharing positive waves!
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"If we truly want it, we take every day and make it count towards our dreams & our goals...every day!"
~Mirage727

"Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted, one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let it slip, yo"

~Eminem, Lose Yourself



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NEW-CAZ 7/18/2013 8:43AM

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GABY1948 7/18/2013 8:26AM

    GREAT blog, Barb

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SANDICANE 7/18/2013 8:26AM

    Perhaps a recording could play when I turn on my bathroom light in the morning, to remind me of all the things you just blogged, that I already know, that are easy to forget as we go along in our day!!!!

Thanks for the reminder,
Cheers,
Sandi

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PICKIE98 7/18/2013 8:17AM

    I have that book and love it!

Just for today I will push to do one more thing to step up my cardio, if only for a few minutes..

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KALIGIRL 7/18/2013 8:17AM

    Here's to remembering every day is emoticon and the only 'one' we have!
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RIDLEYRIDER 7/18/2013 8:00AM

  That's right, today is the only day we have to worry about doing it right, and we CAN do this!

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SPEEDYDOG 7/18/2013 7:59AM

    Thanks so much for this post. I needed to be reminded.

Bruce

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JSTETSER 7/18/2013 7:55AM

    Good question!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2013 7:53AM

    Definitely . . . today's the day! Just today. I'll focus on just today. THAT'S what makes change possible.

HUGS and love your new "do"! Today is such a steamer I am very glad to have a short "do".

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DSCROW 7/18/2013 7:50AM

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SHARON2014 7/18/2013 7:46AM

    Thanks for the reminder - today is all we have! emoticon

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NELLJONES 7/18/2013 7:36AM

    That is the essence of One Day At A Time, the principle that has gotten many addicts and alcoholics sober. All those days add up, but they are lived One Day At A Time.

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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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