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Have I mentioned lately that I detest finish lines...

Friday, July 26, 2013

I should qualify. I have a love-hate relationship with finish lines. Or anything resembling them. I have used this analogy related to "goal weight". I have used it quite literally with athletic "big goals" and achieving them. I now use it related to a work project... we are meeting our date into the next testing tier. The "reason" for the mandatory overtime is about to evaporate... unless there are problems, redesigns in test, or any of the myriad things that can "go wrong" in a development project at this stage.

A perfect storm: the virtual finish line at work is coinciding with the tri's day in the sun.

During a taper week... into the impending vacuum pours the self-evaluation of my performance, which is the most problematic of all. This is the self-conversation about "what is my purpose in life?", and "am I fulfilling it?" Being busy, these thoughts can be shoved aside... when the finish line is crossed, they must be addressed.

I feel... weary. I feel the voices of Polly Perfectionist and the People Pleaser going round and round. But for today... I will put one foot in front of another. I will listen quietly for the truth of my purpose, for a direction that lets me serve my Maker's purpose, not my own wilfulness, and not some other human being's desire to use me in ways that drain me. I will pray for wisdom, serenity and courage... to live life, fully.

This too shall pass. And while it is doing so... I must remember to take the best care of me that I can:

* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag... excess food will NOT make the angst go away. And might make it worse.
* Remember to breathe... and listen. There *is* a guiding voice that's NOT the wilful, the perfectionist, or the people pleasers... but you have to wait for it. When "busyness" stops, I have to be really, really careful about this.
* GO TO RECESS, already! It opens the ears.

LIFE is good. Live it in the moment. emoticon Namaste.

  
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EBEAMS 7/27/2013 9:36AM

    Mental weariness is equal to physical weariness cuz where our brains go, our body tends to follow. I am delighted to hear your overtime should be receding, maybe your recess time can be expanding AND that you are in touch with the One who can bring serenity in the times of great chaos and clatter. You are absolutely correct .... just breathe and believe. You got this!

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PATRICIAAK 7/27/2013 12:14AM

    amen

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WATERMELLEN 7/26/2013 9:15PM

    This is such a profoundly true blog: the finish line, so longed-for, also means the "end" of busyness and triggers the need to evaluate.

Wilful, people pleaser, polly perfectionist: all of those voices inside my head too.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/26/2013 7:02PM

    "listen quietly for the truth of my purpose" That phrase really grabbed me, Barb. Time for reflection and meditation. Time for the big questions. And we know, without a doubt, that life is good. But there is so much that I am unsure of. One foot in front of the other. Take care of ourselves. Listen Quietly. Be Still.

Best wishes for the project test to go just the way you would like. Hope you find much relief at this finish line and much satisfaction with your accomplishment. And although I hope others realize and value your contribution to the project, I believe that if you know, that can be enough.

Best wishes for success at the other finish line this week end, too. I know you'll do great!



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EMMACLAIRE5 7/26/2013 3:53PM

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DLDMIL 7/26/2013 2:40PM

    You nailed it on the head today for me. Self doubt about what my purpose in life is. Tired of working, but can't afford to retire yet either. Pick myself up and carry on.

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LESLIELENORE 7/26/2013 2:37PM

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2013 11:25AM

    Barb...........you ROCK!

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DALID414 7/26/2013 11:20AM

    emoticon namaste

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1CRAZYDOG 7/26/2013 10:59AM

  You rock in your approach, Barb. Definitely finish lines are a mixed bag! HUGS

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MSLZZY 7/26/2013 10:14AM

    Finish lines do not signal an end but a chance
for a new beginning. Take it all in stride, as only
you can do. Make the best of the end and plan
for the next bright goal on the horizon. HUGS!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/26/2013 9:32AM

    Currently sorting thru some exercise decisions. Basically, swimming event tomorrow. Do I take today easy or not? Still, your guiding principals (as always) are good advice for everyone.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/26/2013 9:04AM

    Love the "additional" foods will not make it go away thing!! This deserves its own Post It on my pantry door,cabinet and fridge!!
Go Barb!! THANKS! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 7/26/2013 9:01AM

    Yay for the extra overtime coming to an end. Good job focusing on one foot in front of the other. The rest is that "mind game" that we all have to battle. I think the mind is harder to deal with than the actual physical activity. I guess that's why it's a love/hate relationship with tri's or running.

Hang in there..focus and keep taking care of yourself. emoticon

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GABY1948 7/26/2013 9:00AM

    I love your blogs...they hit home, believe me. But the Remember lists are the emoticon

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MADEIT3 7/26/2013 8:58AM

    What a beautiful way to approach the finish line!! You go, girl!!

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MAGGIE101857 7/26/2013 8:39AM

    You are such a smart lady!!!! I hope you don't mind if I set a few reminders in my phone using your reminders:


* Drink that water. (every hour)
* Eat what's in the bag... excess food will NOT make the angst go away. And might make it worse. (Ignore the work cafeteria)
* Remember to breathe... and listen. There *is* a guiding voice that's NOT the wilful, the perfectionist, or the people pleasers... but you have to wait for it. When "busyness" stops, I have to be really, really careful about this. (SO IMPORTANT!!!)
* GO TO RECESS, already! It opens the ears. (MY FAVORITE!!!)

Thank you!!!! emoticon


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MIRAGE727 7/26/2013 8:35AM

    Believe it or not, yur blog is calming for my slight pre-Tri anxiety! I always like a bit of a jitter before any event. It reins me in and I focus more. Stay strong!
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KALIGIRL 7/26/2013 8:09AM

    Here's to listening and embracing the next step, the next emoticon
Glad to hear the overtime is winding down and you can take time to enjoy the activities you love.
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The trough between event weekends

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Here's the story: I had signed up for these three events, and then the overtime mandate came down, and I had "a plan". I would do my first two events as "the last long workout(s)" before the tri. And then have a taper week in between.

Only problem is: first couple of days after the bike ride... exhausted, and focus was on sleep and nutrition. Now, Thursday, I feel me coming back... that "coiled spring" feeling. I want to run, or swim, or bike... but there is the overtime thing going on.

So... we shall see how it works out. Maybe a quick run after work tonight? Not a long one, but something to let the coils relax a bit. Because Thursday/Friday is two days too soon to be in this state.

My fellow Sparkers... take good care of you today. Make your decisions consciously about what to do:

* Drink that water.
* Breathe and be aware of the air around you, coming in, going out.
* Stretch, get up and move around: remember to go to recess.
* Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it.
* And rejoice in being alive... there is much to be grateful for.

My fellow Sparklers: each and every one of you is worthy of a full and healthy life. Do your best to support it with how you think about, talk to, and nurture yourself today!

emoticon Namaste.

  
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LEANJEAN6 7/26/2013 7:23AM

    Great planning Barb!!--- organized----The weekend is here!---almost-Lynda

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/26/2013 6:38AM

    I remember what it was like to fit in workout time with a demanding job. Keep at it. It's SO worth it.

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PATRICIAAK 7/25/2013 11:08PM

    You put it on the line.

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KARIDIAN1 7/25/2013 10:50PM

    Relax and breathe! Do the best you can.

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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2013 10:03PM

    "Relaxing the coils a bit": great image!! You are managing this OT situation with such skill while sustaining your commitment to the fitness events you'd planned: I'm impressed! Such acceptance and "mental maturity" . . . no grumpiness or resentment.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/25/2013 9:38PM

    You've got this one, Barb. You know exactly what to do and I realize my advice on your status was totally unnecessary. Oh, well. At least you know I care and kind of understand. Keeping up your training during this time of intense work pressure is a victory in and of itself. Anything accomplished from here on out is just gravy----

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/25/2013 9:26PM

    It's so hard to have to tell our inner puppy it has to stay in the yard, isn't it? I hope you're able to find a few minutes to run this evening, just for the freedom of running!

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MOBYCARP 7/25/2013 9:02PM

    I hope you manage to release just enough of that coiled spring tension to get it back fully when you need it! I'm having my own time management issues this month, but reading your blogs reminds me that mine are really not all that significant.

Wish I could be there the see you do the tri, or at least the open water part and maybe the running finish; but it is not to be.

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DLDMIL 7/25/2013 7:54PM

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OPTIMIST1948 7/25/2013 4:54PM

    If you have energy to burn, then by all means go for an easy, short run or bike. Listen to your body. It knows!

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MSLZZY 7/25/2013 2:02PM

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Have a great day, regardless of what life throws at you!

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DALID414 7/25/2013 11:25AM

    Namaste

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SPINNINGJW 7/25/2013 10:21AM

    When is your tri? I would like to come cheer you on.

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GABY1948 7/25/2013 9:48AM

    Glad you are doing so well and you will figure it out.

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NEW-CAZ 7/25/2013 9:15AM

    Glad you're feeling back to normal Barb!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2013 8:51AM

  Good plan, Barb. HUGS and you can do this. You ARE doing it!

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LINDAKAY228 7/25/2013 8:33AM

    Glad you are feeling back to normal and the coil is wound up again instead of hanging limply!

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KALIGIRL 7/25/2013 8:13AM

    Perfect night for a quick emoticon
Here's to conscious decisions!

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Not that there's nothing to say...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

but I'm running out of pre-work time to write stuff.

Seriously, I've had this running jumble of "why I blog", "I've been blogging pretty regularly since sometime in mid-2010", etc. I've blogged my way through two deployments of a son. I've blogged my way through celebrations, and whines, and about a ga-zillion pep talks to myself. Through half marathons, trips, triathlons, family sorrows... LIFE, in short, and all that can happen.

So have many of the folks whose blogs I follow. There's a lot going on out there in all our lives. The constant of blogging, to me, is all about motivation, and I have noticed over time, an evolution in what I need to blog about.

It's all about where you are on the journey at the time. I've thought about how my blogs are similar to my dad's "Ken's Komments" columns that he wrote years ago for a small town newspaper, and later for an internal employee publication at the company he worked for. I've thought about the differences between a private journal and a blog where folks are able to see what one writes.

I went back and observed that I have 84 pages of blogs here on Spark, in "outline view". Some of them are probably pretty repetitive. I went back to some of the dates of significance in my life and found blogs that didn't mention those things AT ALL.

Bottom line, there's the inner life and there's the outer life. There's the public face. I so liked this motivational saying:


The behind the scenes is what we all truly live. The highlight reel is the celebration blogs! So if all you've ever read of someone are their successes, it doesn't really tell you what they plowed through to get there. Knowing that YOU are capable of plowing through, too... priceless.

So I guess I'm down to a quick set of reminders: YOU are worth taking care of TODAY. Remember what you really, really want: to be cared for, to be healthy... and then give yourself that gift.

* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag.
* Remember to go to recess.
* Breathe!

You're alive on the planet! Spark on! emoticon

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/26/2013 6:41AM

    Very insightful! I love that quote. It really says it all.
Keep on blogging!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/25/2013 5:11AM

    Well, there's MY life!

You are indeed insightful, my Spark friend. I blog to crow, to whine and get pats on the back that I don't get in "real" life. Sometimes sweating the small stuff removes a bit of the burden on the big stuff.

I ate what was in the bag, skipped recess but drank my water.

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PATRICIAAK 7/24/2013 11:46PM

    insightful

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SLENDERELLA61 7/24/2013 9:42PM

    Today I went to recess -- twice -- and I thought of you! I didn't eat what was in my bag, though, because I had walking shoes. Next week I will take some healthy snacks; yes, I will.

Your point about being able to plod through is profound and a sentiment I haven't read or thought about recently. That quote about comparing someone else's highlight reel to my detailed life is a great point, too. Thanks for that statement. This was a really good one!!

When I first lost the weight and then achieved a lower weight than I thought possible and then I was making great fitness gains, I had a tremendous need to blog. I wanted to share and convert everyone. I had so much to say. But I came to accept that each person has to find their own way. I can't do it for anyone else. My solutions may not work for someone else. I now blog for me and for motivation. I love to celebrate and share my highlights. I don't always share everything I've plodded through, but when I've wanted input from SparkFriends, it has always been helpful and accepting.

And, Barb, I think it's fine to share highlights and successes and celebrations. I don't think we have to share any heartaches or challenges or problems we don't want to share. We don't have any obligation to represent our lives in totality. We share what helps. You have the wisdom to know when it will be helpful to you or others and when it is just better to just focus on the positive! Again, thanks.

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CONCHA77 7/24/2013 9:19PM

    BLOG On!!!!

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KLMEIRING 7/24/2013 8:03PM

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GABY1948 7/24/2013 5:38PM

    This is a GREAT blog, Barb. You always are a straight shooter! I like that and we need that! emoticon

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/24/2013 3:33PM

    Love the quote. And though both the highlight reels and the behind-the-scenes collections are unique to us all, I think it's the daily stuff that reveals our common human-ness. We are most relatable in the small stuff sometimes. Thought of you also because Wednesday mornings during summer break I ride the 10 miles to our local Starbucks for coffee. However, I pack my own banana and Greek yogurt because Starbucks food, though tempting, is not on Emma's approved eating list. So, while reading, I am eating what's in the bag! Have a great day!

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_LINDA 7/24/2013 2:17PM

    Love that 'highlight reel' Spot on! Very few people would want to talk about their innermost troubles, feeling it would put off people. We would rather hear good news then bad.. But while its nice to put out those sunny everything coming up roses blogs, that doesn't let your friends know when you could use some help and support. Its not the true reality you are facing. The Spark community is very compassionate and caring. They are quick to support and rarely, if ever, critical. Its a rare treat to hang out in such a warm, loving, uplifting online community!

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DALID414 7/24/2013 1:51PM

    Love that motivational saying.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/24/2013 1:42PM

    What a great quote. This weekend I read over my old blogs and felt so good about where I have been in the last few years of Sparking. I find blogging so helpful, no matter the minutiae, it is my lfe and shining a light on it helps me to make the changes I need to make, and to see where other changes need to be. But it is so quotidian, I'm surprised that others want to read it too.
Except that we are all toiling along finding a way to get by as best we can, and that daily stuff is ...what we have!
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VIXSTERLU 7/24/2013 1:39PM

    Good point! I sometimes feel that my 'behind the scenes' is too negative and don't put them out there but journal instead. But you make a good point! Thanks for the insight :)

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1CRAZYDOG 7/24/2013 11:21AM

  AWESOME! HUGS

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DLDMIL 7/24/2013 11:05AM

    A great blog. I love reading your blogs, they truly hit home with me. Thank you for sharing your inner thoughts with us here on Spark. Have a wonderful day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/24/2013 10:29AM

    Thank you for reminding me why not to compare myself with others. "Behind the scenes vs highlights reel" ... a precious, precious meditation.

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LEWILL1982 7/24/2013 10:21AM

    I love that! Your blog just gave me chills. I am so guilty of comparing myself to everyone else. I just need to focus on being me, that's all any of us can ever ask for!

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LINDAKAY228 7/24/2013 10:20AM

    Great blog and so true! I get as much out of the struggle blogs I read as I do out of the celebration ones. Reminds me that we are all human and I'm not the only struggling.

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DOGLADY13 7/24/2013 10:11AM

    I often think that my behind the scenes events are more boring than the highlight reel. And my highlight reel ain't nothing specisl. I am grateful for my friends who stick with me.

Thank you for your writings. Always worth the time.

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LESLIELENORE 7/24/2013 10:05AM

    Awesome blog! So true.

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DOGLADY13 7/24/2013 10:01AM

    I often think that my behind the scenes events are more boring than the highlight reel. And my highlight reel ain't nothing specisl. I am grateful for my friends who stick with me.

Thank you for your writings. Always worth the time.

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MSLZZY 7/24/2013 9:21AM

    The inner life and the outer life. What we share and what we keep to ourselves are vastly different. Thanks for making me reflect today. HUGS!

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LEANJEAN6 7/24/2013 8:50AM

    Oh Barb!--Yer blog is so timely!--Whatta morning I've had!--- Himself is a lot older than I am--and continuously ""puts me down""--I think it's him seeing hisself losing ground, so to speak, so he takes it out on me--I almost didn't blog this morning as I didn't want it to come out in my writing!----- I try to keep the blog upbeat and happy------some days are very hard for me living with this man----then I read yer blog, and I'm sitting here blubbering--So , in case you don't realize it, yer blogs help me--very much!!!--- I feel like someone in this world understands----Thank-you so much-Lynda

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NEW-CAZ 7/24/2013 8:40AM

    A great blog Barb, I love your attitude! emoticon

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AUNTB63 7/24/2013 8:34AM

    I really liked the quote and your thoughts about it. Today this hit home for me and I realize how true your words are. Thank you for sharing this. Have a wonderful Wednesday. emoticon

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NINJALINDA 7/24/2013 8:30AM

    I like that comparison between the behind the scenes and the highlight reel. ?That's giving me something to ponder for the day - thanks!

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MIRAGE727 7/24/2013 8:15AM

    I truly enjoy your blogs, Barb! I preach our mindset! It helps the soul and we are stronger for it!
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DEBRITA01 7/24/2013 8:13AM

    A great blog to start my day...thanks for taking the time to share today! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2013 8:09AM

    What a brilliant blog . . . so love that "highlight reel" concept. The struggles of the inner life are continuous, and the outer life: edited for sure. Not to be misleading so much, I think, as to provide that motivation and pep talk primarily for ourselves. So glad you made the time to write this today.

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KELLIEBEAN 7/24/2013 8:04AM

    Wonderful blog!

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One more mugga, then off to work...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The cat is now on my lap. Prisoner had just asked to go outside, took one look at the pouring rain, and opted to stay indoors today. He is giving me the kind of feline glare that only the king of the house can give. He is not amused.

I, on the other hand, am rejoicing. We NEED this rain.

And just as the parched earth needs a good rain, we humans need our water, too... so on to the basic pep talk:

* Drink your water!
* Eat what's in that bag! Yes, that one with the healthy lunch and snacks you got up in time to pack for the workday!
* As fascinating as that work puzzle may be, remember to go to recess... it helps your body function better, but it also helps your MIND!
* Breathe and stretch from time to time.
* And lift a little prayer of gratitude while you're at it. LIFE is good. It is precious and fragile, and well worth being PRESENT for, each and every moment.

Spark on, dear friends. You're worth it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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KLMEIRING 7/24/2013 8:04PM

    Thanks, Barb!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/24/2013 7:36AM

    Being present for every minute = great words! Thanks again, Barb.

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DOGLADY13 7/23/2013 6:22PM

    It's some 12 hours since you posted this. We are having severe storms right now. I decided to stay put at the office to put in a little extra time. We also needed the rain, but it's better when it comes down slow and steady.

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EBEAMS 7/23/2013 6:06PM

    I love the rain too although there isn't rain anywhere in sight for here. Oh well ... I love that your work is interesting to you! It makes it more fun that way!

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PATRICIAAK 7/23/2013 5:10PM

    Our rain was peppered with hail.

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    Gratitude for all that we have. Enjoy your day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/23/2013 11:34AM

    Ah so glad you are getting some rain! I definitely know how you feel after we go through such dry conditions, when the rain finally does come! Enjoy it.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/23/2013 11:06AM

    Hahahah "Prisoner" - I like that! Our feline was not pleased to be indoors yesterday during our rain. She also has the "feline disgust" look, actually pretty close to Elvis' sneer look...

And I have got to get her to a groomer. I think my dust mop looks more attractive than her fur. She LOVES to drag her shaggy long fur under the spruce and juniper trees and it all gets sap over and in her fur. Nasty!

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ANDI571 7/23/2013 10:34AM

    I know that look from the king of our household! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/23/2013 10:30AM

    Cats are good at that!

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SPINNINGJW 7/23/2013 10:06AM

    Yes, that glare that only cats can give, like you can do something about the drops of water coming from the sky. I am grateful for the rain, even if Prisoner is not.

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MSLZZY 7/23/2013 9:42AM

    So glad you are getting some rain. It looks to be
sliding past us to the west but the temps are cool
so we will be patient and wait. Have a great day!

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GABY1948 7/23/2013 9:34AM

    We are getting rain also and needed it badly! Have a great day!

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LJCANNON 7/23/2013 8:34AM

    emoticon Congratulations on getting some rain -- Sorry about the King's Cattitude, LOL!! I'm not sure any other Animal can Glare at you with the same effect as a Cat does!

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KALIGIRL 7/23/2013 8:28AM

    Here's to a prayer of gratitude - life is GOOD!
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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2013 8:12AM

  I know -- rain makes the outside activities difficult, but we sure do need it!

HUGS and here's to a good day for you, Barb.

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Monday of a taper week...

Monday, July 22, 2013

All my weeks of late have been taper weeks. I've kind of lapsed into being a "weekend warrior" because of the OT, and how I decided to cope with it. Break walks and hold the line during the week. On the weekends have more active fun.

The good thing about Summer is that there are LOTS of activities to choose from. The sad thing about Summer is that you have to pick and choose. One person cannot be in multiple places at once. So, while I was out doing my Cornhusker State Games events, there was an "Uplifting Athletes" run down at Memorial Stadium that I had to bypass. And there was the annual Relay for Life that I had to miss, too... my kid sis SPINNINGJW represented the family at THAT important event.

Since I haven't mentioned it in a while... Kelsey progress... this past week they moved her to a local rehab facility, where she is receiving physical therapy and continuing her recovery. I have to believe that seeing her daughter the week of July 4th really spurred her recovery motivation strongly... and of course now that she's local, she sees the babe more often. Over the weekend, for the first time in a while, she posted FOR HERSELF on FaceBook, saying simply that she is doing well. The gratitude on the part of this whole family is immense. To those of you who have continued to pray through this: THANK YOU!

And speaking of family, that's how my weekend ended, with a family and friends birthday / pool party, in honor of one of my niece's 16th birthday a couple of weeks ago. We all had fun, and SPINNINGJW got up on the diving board to show us she still has what it takes, trying out a few dives for the first time in a couple of years, she says. Nowadays few pools support diving boards, due to liability risks, and for someone who loves to dive (as Jen does), this is a problem. Hard to find training venues if you're not an elite.





The second photo is proof I was there, taken by the mom of the niece. The other gal in the photo is a family friend who we say is "related by cat" because she adopted our dad's cat after he passed and no one else was able to take Mindy in.

And now, back to life as we love it:

* Drink that water.
* Remember to go to recess.
* Be grateful for every good moment, and accept that not every moment may be good, but ENOUGH of them ARE.
* Eat what's in that bag, it's why you packed it.

LIFE if good. Live it to the full. YOU are worth it. Spark on! emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/23/2013 11:04PM

    You have a tremendous following. Just look at all these great comments! Your following is well deserved. You always have good blogs, good perspective, clearly stated, helpful fitness/maintenance ideas. Keep it up! You are a role model for many. Life is good. Spark On!

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SUNNYWBL 7/23/2013 7:57PM

    Life IS indeed Good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/23/2013 10:29AM

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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LEANJEAN6 7/23/2013 7:55AM

    Good morning Barb!--What great comments on my blog----GET rid of the excess food while we chat--LOL-----Enjoy the day--tis hot AGAIN!P_LYNDA

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/23/2013 5:56AM

    Good, looks like you has some fun down time.

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PATRICIAAK 7/23/2013 1:59AM

    With the OT, you are making the best of it.

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DOGLADY13 7/23/2013 1:02AM

    Thank you for the update on Kelsey.

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WATERMELLEN 7/22/2013 8:01PM

    Enough of them ARE good . . . that is right, and we've just gotta notice them!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2013 2:56PM

  Glad that Kelsey is closer to home so she can see her baby more often! That really does help!

Looks like you all had a great time @ the pool party! I had to laugh out loud . . . "related by cat. . . "! That's too funny.

Hugs and smiles.

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DLDMIL 7/22/2013 11:46AM

    Great pictures and thanks for the update on Kelsey. Have a great day

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DALID414 7/22/2013 10:59AM

    You always look like you're having fun in your photos.

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LINDAKAY228 7/22/2013 10:19AM

    The weekends just aren't long enough! And sometimes it seems that everything is scheduled at one time and then nothing another weekend. Looks like the pool party was a blast!

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MIRAGE727 7/22/2013 9:55AM

    You just reminded me to stay focused on this race week leading to my first Tri, Barb! Hydrate, fuel clean, get good sleep, and light training top the list! Stay strong!
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Oh, thanks for putting that little bug in Marsha's head. Now she's trying to talk me into coming to Lincoln for "The Games." I'll bite...where can I get more info on this?
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GABY1948 7/22/2013 9:48AM

    And a GREAT time was had by all! You look so happy!

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DEBRITA01 7/22/2013 8:51AM

    You've found a way to balance the OT and getting your exercise in...good for you! The pool party is a fun way to be active...and stay cool. Glad to hear that Kelsey is making progress and she was able to enjoy some time with her DD (an excellent motivator, I'm sure). I will continue to pray for her full recovery. Have a Sparkly Monday, Barb! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/22/2013 8:45AM

    Looks like a great time was had by all!

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LEANJEAN6 7/22/2013 7:39AM

    Related by cat---pretty funny!-You are always into some neat trainin emoticon g session--pretty inspiring--and I hope yer neice continues to improve-Lynda

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KELLIEBEAN 7/22/2013 7:36AM

    I'm very glad to hear about Kelsey's progress!

Way a fun way to celebrate a birthday. You look great.

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MJREIMERS 7/22/2013 7:27AM

    Yay for Kelsey! Seeing her daughter would be a huge motivator and I hope she continues to do improve!

I love the family time at the pool. Your suit is really cute! I'm still looking for one. It's very true about the activities and it's sometimes hard to choose.

I will be grateful for every moment! (I needed that reminder after being in a car with four teenagers for 13 hours!)

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NELLJONES 7/22/2013 7:23AM

    I love your last injunction: Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.

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