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Prepping as a casual triathlete

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I promised the OT would not take my happy away. It has been tempting, this taper week. It's always tempting to second guess oneself during taper week. I did a brief 1 mile on the treadmill Thursday after work, to loosen the coils a bit. Other than that, it's been a straight overtime work week.

Now, the evening before, I find I am having to do the "pack it up" plan... because TRI is not a sport where you just show and go. Any one of the three, independently, one can do that. You can show up with your suit and goggles and swim. You can show up with your bike and helmet and pedal. Or you can show up in your running shoes and shorts and run a road race.

But to TRI... you have to be prepared to do all of the above, and to make the transitions from one sport to the next. Fortunately, I have all the gear I need, thanks to making the purchases LAST year for my first TRI. I did not upgrade ANYTHING this year, and in fact, my training was very spotty, as I have whined before.

But I have my bucket. I have my swim socks. I have a beach towel, my goggles, noseclip and ear plugs. Cap will be provided.

I have my core tri suit, which I will wear throughout. I have a SPI belt this year, that makes it possible to wear the number on the back while biking and shuffle to the front while running, without having to worry about whether I'm going to put a shirt over top of the tri suit or not.

I have the running shoes that I'll wear for both the bike and the run. I don't do clips (yet). And I have my trusty Brenda Starr Trek, the fitness hybrid bicycle, fresh from last weekend's cycle tour, ready to do duty. I have the helmet and gloves, and a sweatband for under the helmet. I have my snazzy short haircut.

I have my glasses and prescription sun glasses. Sunblock. I have the camelback hydration system, which I hope to REMEMBER this year to slip into when transitioning onto the bike.

Guess I have it all... remembering to get it all into the car, and from the car to transition is tomorrow's task. If I succeed in that mission, guess I'm all set to do a "casual" tri. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MIRAGE727 7/30/2013 8:37AM

    Ya know what, Barb! I love that "casual Tri" concept. Wait until you see my photos. My face definitely shows it! Good job!
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BLUENOSE63 7/30/2013 7:26AM

  You go girl! From one trichick to another -- just do the best that you can do and make sure to take some gels with you for replenishment!

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LESLIELENORE 7/28/2013 4:31PM

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GABY1948 7/28/2013 2:53PM

    You do sound ready to go and well prepared! I wish you well!

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LINDAKAY228 7/28/2013 12:45PM

    Sure is a lot to pack and remember! It's Sunday now as I read this, so I'm sure you are already way into it. Good luck!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/28/2013 7:03AM

    You sound well prepared :-)

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DEBRITA01 7/28/2013 6:08AM

    emoticon Good luck and enjoy your event! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/28/2013 3:34AM

    You are extremely well organized, as always.
Good luck to the race!
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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2013 2:39AM

    Have fun Barb, hope it goes well, good luck emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 7/28/2013 1:09AM

    Can't wait to hear the results tomorrow. Break a leg! (Not literally, of course, lol)

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DALID414 7/28/2013 1:08AM

    Not that it needs to be said, but have fun!

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MSLZZY 7/28/2013 12:15AM

    emoticon Hope you have a fantastic TRI!

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MJREIMERS 7/27/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon You are prepared gear wise and it sounds like you are prepared mentally! I will be thinking about you all day!! I wish I could be there to support you like you did for my first "real" run! Please know I am their in spirit!

I can't wait to hear about the event! Just swim, bike, run your race! emoticon and a big emoticon !

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/27/2013 10:04PM

    Happy, happy, happy.
You ARE in a good place.
Good luck, Barb

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_LINDA 7/27/2013 9:50PM

    In my mind, a tri is no casual event, it takes a superb athlete to be able to compete in all three events, never mind just one. Causal no. Extreme athlete yes. You are. An amazing athlete.
Imagine, a person with a sedentary desk job accomplishing this feat. Truly inspirational and impressive!
You ROCK!

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EBEAMS 7/27/2013 9:40PM

    You go, girl ... I'll be cheering you on ... from work .. on overtime! LOL ...


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KALIGIRL 7/27/2013 9:31PM

    You will do emoticon
I'll be thinking about you and there in spirit emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 7/27/2013 9:03PM

    I'll think of you on my way to church tomorrow. If I were local to you, it would be worth skipping church to watch.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/27/2013 8:14PM

    Thanks for sharing what goes into these things. Really!!

Get some R&R and ZZZZZZZZ!! emoticon

Enjoy the moments!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/27/2013 7:54PM

    Barb, you've got it all together. Good luck to you! I know we'll hear all about your adventures and can't wait!

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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2013 7:40PM

    I'm sure you'll just casually ace this and have a terrific time too. Take that, OT!! Don't even try to usurp Barb's tri!!

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PATRICIAAK 7/27/2013 7:40PM

    Enjoy the challenge

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DLDMIL 7/27/2013 7:16PM

    Sounds like you have everything you need. Good Luck, I will be thinking about you, can't wait to hear how you did.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/27/2013 7:06PM

    I don't think I could ever put "casual" and "triathlete" in the same sentence knowing what kind of training goes into it.

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you.

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LEWILL1982 7/27/2013 6:57PM

    Tried to respond to this and my computer died, anyway, good luck tomorrow, can't wait to read about your race! I'm doing my first sprint tri in August so I loved reading about your gear and the transition part. I'm really nervous about that.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/27/2013 6:35PM

    I think you are in the same mental space I was about tris. I remember before my first, I was a total *wreck*, checking and rechecking my gear using internet printout lists. My last one, last year was a 15 min packing process. Casual indeed! Do NOT let OT take away your happy place. We work to live, not the other way around.

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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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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!

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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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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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DLDMIL 7/23/2013 3:14PM

    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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