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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. (OK, I'll play.)

Where is your cell phone?
purse

Spouse?
divorced

Your hair?
thin

Your mother?
deceased

Your father?
same

Your favorite thing?
life

Your dream last night?
babies

Favorite drink?
water

What room are you in?
family

Your hobby?
online

Your fear?
disability

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
here

Where were you last night?
here

Something that you aren't?
tidy

Muffins?
blueberry

Wish list item?
stove

Last thing you did?
typed

What are you wearing?
sweats

Your pets?
snoozing

Friends?
comfortable

Your life?
great

Your mood?
content

Missing someone?
no

Drinking?
decaf

Your car?
old

Something you're not wearing?
jewelry

Your favorite store?
Book

Your favorite color?
green

When is the last time you cried?
November

Where do you go over and over?
work

Favorite place to eat?
home

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
here

  
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SUNNY332 3/12/2010 6:52AM

    Fun! I love learning more about my Spark Friends.

Have a Fantastic Friday. I am going in today and work on assessments again. I got 5 done yesterday and hope to get that much done today.

Take care! Sunny emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 3/12/2010 2:46AM

    This was a fun blog! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/11/2010 8:17PM

    Already played - although I didn't know it was just one word. Makes it much more interesting... (love the book store answer)

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So, how's that ten minute thing working out?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This day was a real challenge: I've had trouble the past couple of weeks maintaining that "ten minutes" exercise break thing. Part of this is outside of my control: I cannot stop people from scheduling me into meetings that disrupt my "normal" break time. Then I think I'll leave early, but of course I never do.

I've been trying to take the break walks whenever I can squeeze them in, but I have dropped back several days from the morning, noon, afternoon... to missing either the morning or the afternoon walk. Well, today I got both of those, through sheer will power taking the afternoon one at a later time than normal.

This was because my lunch break was disrupted by production issues that could NOT be put off. I ended up only taking a 15 minute lunch break, and only to eat and read a few pages in my book... because my next meeting was about to start.

This is the time in a project's life that is most challenging to my healthy living initiatives. Things are warming up, we are driving for deadlines... and I steal from myself to help out another team, or because there truly are priorities higher than the project for an hour here and there at a time.

And yet, today I feel triumphant, because I got on my treadmill for ten minutes this evening and did my Spark strength workout. I am so encouraged by keeping this one promise to myself today... that I hope it spurs me to keep another promise to myself tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. Never underestimate the power of ten minutes!

Day 73 soda free is now in the books! G'night all!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 3/11/2010 1:28PM

    Your determination is such a credit to you Barb and your attitude spurs other people on as well as yourself.

Your work project has milestones and deadlines and your health project has milestones and deadlines. You are giving them both the high priority that they deserve.

Never underestimate the power of YOU!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/11/2010 10:00AM

    Yes, the 10 min challenge is hard -- but so helpful! Good for you, finding ways to work it in through the midst of stressful work days! Hope you found the time on the treadmill a stress-relief last night! Keep on Keepin' On! You are doing great!!

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KALIGIRL 3/11/2010 8:53AM

    Wonderful that you are keeping a promise to yourself, especially with the pressures of deadlines, work priorities and colleague's needs. You continue to be a role model for me on those couple days a month when there are just not enough hours in the day.
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DONNALYNN22 3/11/2010 8:11AM

    I liked your determination and honesty on here. It sure does spark a fire under my butt to do it too. I know life gets in the way...I can tell you a dozen things I HAVE TO DO that eats my time every day. But, we MUST do this for US, as if we don't we won't be healthy, happy and maybe even HERE to do those other things later, ya know?
so..TEN MINUTE POWER!!!!! let's make that our theme! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/11/2010 7:37AM

    emoticon Day 73! WTG! Just do your best to fit in those 10 minutes. I sure hope work slows down a little for you. But if something needs to get done, I know you'll be in the middle pushing to get it there. Take care and have a great day!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/11/2010 7:30AM

    Your work sounds challenging, indeed! Love your commitment and effort. For me the 10 minute thing never worked because I was already in the habit of exercising in blocks of 30-90 minutes. Congrats on your soda-free streak!! -Marsha

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SUNNY332 3/11/2010 7:11AM

    It is difficult at work as we have to work around other people's schedules and the meetings. Don't you wish we could have "walking" meetings. It would sure help.

Keep up the good work and emoticon on 73 days of being soda free. That is awesome.

Have a great day.

Sunny

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DEBRA_T 3/10/2010 11:18PM

    Awesome, Barb! It truly takes a Health Warrior of the highest order to put your time into exercise when there is so much pulling you away. I am beyond impressed that you are on Day 73 without soda too. You're going where I only dream to be.

Cheers, Debra
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Frequently asked questions

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Fellow repeaters in the "losing" game, I'm sure you'll recognize some of these. Sometimes you're expecting them and pull off an answer of grace... other times you find yourself rocking back on your heels.

"You've lost a lot of weight, haven't you? How much?" Uh... which time? Uh, this time not quite 60 pounds. Yeah, I really had backslid from my best self, but I'm back. Let's focus on today, not yesterday.

"What did __(fill in name of significant person in your life)__ say when he/she saw you? Did he/she notice?"

Um, if I was doing this to get someone to notice, maybe I'd have an answer. And it might not have been an encouraging one. If you're changing your habits in an attempt to get a reaction from others, your motivation will not see you through the long term. It really had to be, as selfish as it sounds, "all about me" and my health.

The one whose reaction is most often asked about is of course, my son, newly on leave from a combat zone. Did he notice there was less of mom to hug? Hmmm. Well, if he did, he did not comment.

I have not lost that much more weight since he left (17 pounds). And, he's seen me fit before. When he graduated from BCT three years ago, he saw the change and applauded it. Now, I just look like mom to him... and I really like that he recognizes the fit me AS me! See where this is going? I want *this* me, this size, shape, and level of fitness to be identified as normal, not exceptional.

I think that is the key to long term success: getting the fit self recognized primarily by ourselves and secondarily by others as the normal, everyday self!

So, fellow Sparklers... thoughts on your own frequently asked questions?

  
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ANNA.MARIE 3/10/2010 4:43PM

    I think for me it is slightly annoying to be asked about it. I would rather someone just comment that I look nice (if that's what they're thinking) or that I look sick (if that's what they're thinking). I have always seen myself as a slim person trapped in a growing body so I guess that's why I find it annoying to be referred to as someone who is "losing weight". Maybe that's silly? Really, unless it's my direct family it's none of their business anyway! Just like Debra said, it's rude.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/9/2010 8:04PM

    I think some of the questions I get are funny - after losing 90 lbs:

Did you get a new haircut?

New Glasses?

And I respect the people who ask if I was trying to lose weight. It isn't easy to ask someone if they have been sick. I would hate to tell someone they looked fabulous only to learn they had been ill for a year!

I forget sometimes that I have lost this much weight. I am so comfortable with this me that it feels natural!

Great blog!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/9/2010 5:32PM

    Probably the most uncomfortable question I get is, "Were you meaning to lose weight?" or more bluntly, "Have you been sick?" I think I look extremely healthy!! Oh, well.

You are so right to celebrate when those you love accept the slender, healthy you as normal! Way to go! Well said, too.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/9/2010 1:09PM

    "I want *this* me, this size, shape, and level of fitness to be identified as normal, not exceptional"

Barb, this is just the thought I've had in my head for a couple of days. Perhaps this IS the core of the maintenance challenge.

I'm glad that there are a few of us to work through it together.

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JENNIFERP23 3/9/2010 10:48AM

    So very true. At first, I liked the attention I was getting. Now, it is just plain annoying. I am trying to get back to the normal self I remember. It will be nice to be at my normal self again and stay that way.

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KALIGIRL 3/9/2010 9:37AM

    Since I announced to the world (and my wonderful friends), I was losing weight, I didn't have to face any comments/questions. My chiropractor and new physician (specializes in women's as opposed to men's health) both asked, but in a medical vein.

I so agree with you that where we are now is our 'safe place' size - that while our skin will sag, this is the shape that will define our aging temple.


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CREATINGAMANDA 3/9/2010 9:33AM

    I feel the same way ... that I'm losing the weight for me, not to get noticed. I don't mind the questions at all though. I find what's really bothering me lately is people who want to lose weight, yet don't want to do anything in order to do it! I've had people telling me how much they want to lose weight because they're so uncomfortable and blah blah blah, yet they tell me this as they eat a huge helping of fast food ... and I don't really know what to say!

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RENA1965 3/9/2010 9:07AM

    My boys lost their thin dad aged 8 and 10 years.. Kids hurt mentally alot and it gets worse when they get older, my kids will sleep peacefully that my weight won't kill me.. I will past the test and see them into manhood..
I don't care what other people think of me in dresses or if they study me to reunions.. I ain't doing this to conform to others peer pressure- just tired of lossing thin fat people in my family circle..
When thin people with normal BMI die out- it ain't about being fat it is about what we actually eat and think our throats are cut when we don't get it.. I am older and wanted to beat this problem and show myself I can develope into a responsible parent..

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XINIXINIX 3/9/2010 8:04AM

    This is what my brain regurgitated before I could shut the trap door:

"...I don't want to be noticed..oh wait, yes I do. Ok, I only want to be noticed on my terms...no wait, I like being behind the scenes..what do you want?..I don't know...I'll just be over here - hidden - until I figure it out..."

I guess my "fit self" still has some work to do.

Kudos on your "gains" towards health and wellnesss!!!

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SHARON2014 3/9/2010 7:58AM

    People are just starting to notice me, and I do get satisfaction from it ...I get the most questions from other women who are overweight, so I really don't mind. Their first question is, "what are you doing"...someone asked, "do you think I can lose 100# by June for a wedding?" and we had a good laugh. When I tell them it has been 1/2#/week, they groan. I don't mind the opportunity to share healthy lifestyle changes, but that's not what most want to hear -- they want it and they want it now and they don't want it to "cost" them anything...I know where they are coming from...I tell them it's a mindset, it has to start in the brain and the heart first...they just nod and go on to another subject. Oh well... emoticon

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DEBRA_T 3/9/2010 7:48AM

    From the fat end of the scale, the most frequently asked question I get is, 'Have you lost weight?" (Yes) "Oh, have you tried the Latest Crazy Diet That I Just Read About/Heard About/Saw on Oprah?" (No, I'm doing my own program using SparkPeople.) Thus commences an extremely tedious discussion of said diet and how "they" have discovered something crazy about how the body "really" works, etc. The obsession continues. *sigh*

I understand, according to etiquette, it is extremely rude to comment on someone's body no matter how much weight they've lost. This is a forgotten rule, I think!

Cheers, Debra
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CONCHA77 3/9/2010 7:42AM

    Love this blog!

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Now this is why we do it!

Monday, March 08, 2010

I cooked Sunday dinner for my son an his wife yesterday, collected a few more hugs, listened to him talk about everything from the Old Chicago beer tour (combining his natural "geekiness" - wonder where he got THAT from? - with beer), to movies the two of them and I have and haven't seen, to the joys of sleeping when you like and waking up when you like.

He played with and groomed the dog. He is having a good leave, in short, and I'm lucky enough to get a glimpse of it, and my share of the hugs.

I have to head to work but bubbling about this and cutting myself a break for a little celebratory eating (without going completely nuts)... THIS is why. Family moments. Being fit means being healthy and being there to relish them!

  
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SPENCEMOMOF5 3/8/2010 10:53PM

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MSLZZY 3/8/2010 10:31PM

    The hugs are worth it! Enjoy your time together!

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SUNNY332 3/8/2010 7:32PM

    Awesome! I am so very happy for you all. Enjoy every moment.

Hugs, Sunny

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NELLIEC 3/8/2010 3:12PM

    emoticon for family moments!!!

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KALIGIRL 3/8/2010 2:17PM

    Wonderful weekend!
I'm happy for you and the kids.
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VALERIEMAHA 3/8/2010 1:50PM

    I echo the "OMGoodness"...and with everyone else I celebrate with you this special time with your son. Since you're a "new" friend, I'm not so tuned into some of the details of your life, but I had noticed the "Military Mamas and Papas" team in the past, so it all comes together.

Your joy is palpable!
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WALKINGANNIE 3/8/2010 1:43PM

    I'm so glad that you're making the most of your son's leave.

You've given a good reminder that we should keep fit and healthy so that we can live the lives that we want rather than focus all our efforts on tracking everything to the exclusion of important times with the people that are most precious to us.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your time together.


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VSWINGLE 3/8/2010 12:16PM

    I couldn't agree more!

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/8/2010 10:05AM

    I'm so glad you're getting to spend some time with your son while he is on leave. Enjoy these moments! They definitely are the reason why we do all of this!

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PONDERTHIS 3/8/2010 9:36AM

    OMGoodness yes! Joy and rejoicing ~ this is what life is all about. thanks for your happy blog!
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DEBRA_T 3/8/2010 9:31AM

    The ultimate motivation: being alive! I'm so happy you are having these shared moments with your son and that he is having them with you. Awesome, Barb!

Cheers, Debra
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CONCHA77 3/8/2010 8:20AM

    Sounds like a PERFECT day for you,your son, and his wife. How long is his leave?

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Rather Have Sunday ... posted late

Monday, March 08, 2010

Playing Debra_T's game from yesterday, but I didn't get around to it until today:

Gas Logs or Real Fire? Gas starter, real fire.

Money or Happiness? This is one of those "thank you, can I have some of each?" The "some" is the important thing. The concept of "enough" being satisfied (and knowing what that means for me), happiness sort of follows along. More money than "enough" won't make me happier, any more than a surfeit of food will.

Secure Job or Meaningful Job? Again, a little of both. I'm lucky in that my chosen and loved profession also pays the bills.

Blackberry or Paper Planner?: No Blackberry here. Not busy or mobile enough to really need one. I keep electronic planner/calendar at work, carry a paper copy with me.

Bright or soft lighting? Bright.

Lead or Follow? All good leaders first follow something: an ideal. To be a good leader you have to also be a good follower, offering good advice, and also accepting good advice. Natural tendency: lead.

Wine or Beer?: Neither. Teetotaler from birth.

Window or Aisle? Definitely window! I love seeing the world from a different perspective. Love to fly. Don't do it so much these days.

Hat, Ear Muffs or Bare Headed?: Hat! With ear flaps. I get cold easily. Yes, I've turned into my mother.

On the Side or on the Salad?: I am a great fan of undressed salads. My one risque behavior!

Driver or Passenger? Depends on where I'm going and with whom. I figure whoever is more familiar with the route and destination is best equipped to get us there safely. If that's me, fine. If not, I'm content to ride along.

  
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SUNNY332 3/8/2010 7:49AM

    Great post.

How is your son? I bet you are enjoying the moments with him.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRA_T 3/8/2010 7:46AM

    When Joe and I moved to Florida from 2002-2006, we always head people native to Naples talk about how much they LOVED people from the Midwest because we were fun, funny, pleasant and filled with common sense. Your answers reminded me of the many great qualities everyone down there raves about!

And, thanks for playing!

xxxooo

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