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Mid-week musings

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My goal for this week was actually related to getting enough sleep. So I've been being a good girl shutting down the computer a little earlier and getting myself to bed on time. After doing a little "OD" on the basketball, and of course, son's leave time... it's a good week to emphasize sleep.

Meanwhile, suddenly it's not just Spring, it's close to Summer. That's the way the seasons change around here... Winter one day, Summer the next... and a few days intermixed of the two constitute what passes for Spring and Fall. Things are greening up, and I'm thinking about yard work.

Confession: I am NOT a yard work person. For one thing, plants make me sneeze. Yeah, hay fever, big time sufferer. So I have this love/hate relationship with nice weather. As often as not while everyone else is raving about how gorgeous it is, I'm hiding from it! As contrary as this may sound, one of the best things I did for my fitness last year was to hire someone else to mow my lawn!

Then I was better about doing other things, not being busy either mowing or dreading mowing. I took the dog for walks. I lifted weights. I didn't worry about getting the mowing done during "nice" weather. In the end, I was in better shape and happier for it.

Anybody else have rewards / strategies that help your health even while they sound "odd" to conventional wisdom?

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PENNYAN45 3/31/2010 8:33PM

    Sleep is a big item for me. If I don't get enough - my brain functions at a minimal level, and I have trouble doing ordinary things during the day. A couple of sleepless nights in a row will leave me with the beginning of a head cold.

I believe that sleep is healing. It's good you have focused on getting enough.

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KALIGIRL 3/31/2010 8:15PM

    I can relate to yard work imposing on a healthy schedule, not to mention golf now that the weatherís turned nice. (Iím sorry for your hay fever, but Iím one of those loving thisÖ)

This may sound like the antithesis of your goal of gaining more sleep, but Iím going to start getting up earlier. Youíve been great about exercising after work, but if I donít get it in first thing, it just doesnít get done.

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NELLIEC 3/31/2010 3:33PM

    I am definitely a sun and heat avoider since they make me feel weak and terrible! None of that exercising during the time most other people are enjoying what they call good weather!

I do some veggie gardening during the evening when the sun is waning and so is the heat. Also the allergens seem most prevalent in the morning, so that is a good time to estivate (like hibernating, but in the summer).

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MSLZZY 3/31/2010 2:41PM

    For a few years, hanging laundry outside and gardening were not considered in vogue. Now the tide has turned and it is acceptable to do both. The extra activity from using the clothesline equates to using less electricity and natural gas.
Gardening is a fine art (most days) and having the opportunity and the space to
do it creates endless possibilities for stretching, bending, etc. All the fresh air can work wonders for those who do not suffer from allergies, hay fever and the like. Last on my list is opening the windows and turning off the AC. I did that last night and we all slept so good!
Take care and leave the mowing to someone else. Your body will thank you for it!

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/31/2010 10:33AM

    I have allergies too ... some days I just want to stay in the air conditioning, which sometimes feels like a waste of a day but I have to say - some days it's better than dealing with the allergies.

Great job on getting enough sleep! That's a goal I'm working on myself.

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DEBRA_T 3/31/2010 10:27AM

    I love it! Why suffer doing something that makes you ill when it is so simple to hire someone to do it, leaving you free to do things that increase your health. Of course, I also heartily concur because I'm not supposed to get too much sun exposure (at the beach, which I love, I'm always under an umbrella with 50 SPF). So, even when I lived in Florida, I was inside reading my book while everyone else was lounging around the pool. It helped that our sliders folded into the wall, making the living room a part of the "outside," but still people thought it was odd that I would be indoors on such beautiful days.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/31/2010 10:13AM

    I think my whole life falls under the category of strange, odd, weird...

I think finding Your Way is ideal! Whatever it takes, whatever works, do it!

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PATRISNA 3/31/2010 10:03AM

    I can empathize and identify with you. People constantly ask why don't you walk outside? Then they say walking on the treadmill all the time must be boring. I don't feel I need to tell everyone I suffer from allergies.

I also have a love hate relationship with gardening & yard work. I love plants, but am allergic to the hard work part of gardening. emoticon

Seriously I don't think you should feel guilty about hiring someone to do yard work. It keeps you from having an allergy or asthma attack so it is for your health.


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JHADZHIA 3/31/2010 8:15AM

    You are doing the right thing, avoiding activity that bothers your allergies! My problem with allergies is the dust and snow mold. We have not had much snow and warmer weather than normal, melting it all, and with our constant winds, it has been one big dust bowl, and I have had difficulty breathing and sleeping for three weeks now. So I have had to avoid outdoor activity. No greening in sight here, usually doesn't happen until late May. Dog walking is the best activity, and they will love you for it!
I have been dealing with a slow healing broken elbow for two months (and another slow month to go!), but I have been able to maintain my weight as I am doing lots of cardio DVD's with strength training with my left hand, as well as time on the elliptical. I really do miss my Curves workouts, I am going to be so out of shape for those machines when I finally can get back to it.
I also miss my aquafit, but with 13 DVD's to choose from I am not getting bored and my body isn't getting used to what I am doing. I am hoping when it finally heals that I can go to this mineral hot spring pool for a few days. Its called the healing waters, and people actually move there to use it daily as they say it helps their various ailments. I imagine soaking in 105 degree water every day would make anyone feel good :)!
Stay the course, we can do it!

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Promise Keeper Mondays

Monday, March 29, 2010

Maybe every day has a theme? I've decided that Mondays are a great day to keep a promise to yourself. For me, that promise is a brief lower-body strength work out. Somehow the whole week goes better when I keep that promise on Monday!

Even if I have a hard time later in the week, it's easier to keep keeping promises if I start out with keeping ONE on Monday.

Somebody commented on a previous blog to name "Treadmill Tuesday". Now all we need to do is figure out what the rest of the themes are! One day at a time though... I kept my promise to me, today!

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What promise to yourself did you keep today?

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DHENDLER 3/31/2010 8:22AM

    waist trimming wednesdays?

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KALIGIRL 3/29/2010 9:33PM

    Isn't it great when we start out right?
If I get up @ 5:00, I'm able to meditate before working out and that sets the pace for the rest of the day!

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MSLZZY 3/29/2010 9:23PM

    I promised to track everything I ate today and I did!
How about "Movin' it Mondays", "Walk it Off Wednesdays",
"Turn it Up Thursdays", "Fit as a Fiddle Fridays"?
I'm tapped out LOL!

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Is that sNug with an N, or sMug with an M?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

OK, admit it, you have a pair of jeans hidden in a drawer or a closet somewhere that you dream of getting back into. Am I right?

Well, a funny thing happened to my skinny jeans, the ones I HOPED I might fit again if my efforts were successful. They became so loose I am no longer comfy wearing them. Today I bought a new pair of skinny jeans, with a 30 inch waist. Me! I can't believe it. But then again, I can. Feels gooooood!

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Well, looks like all my sentimental faves are being knocked out by the men from Butler! emoticon Gotta give 'em credit, they are playing like champions.

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DHENDLER 3/31/2010 8:21AM

    Awesome Barb! You have arrived!

I rec'd a bit of a boost too. This past weekend, I went thru my closet to change over for the season - tried on stuff that finally fit! ... but had a laugh because it was so dated that I got rid of it anyway. I went shopping yesterday and got a nice lift by getting in some (sized big) size 10 pants! Mostly the 12's were what were fitting ... but that was better than the sz 14's I've been wearing! It felt great.

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MSLZZY 3/29/2010 8:38PM

    Look at you! Time to retire those old jeans and have something new and special. Just as special as you are! WTG!

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2010 6:32PM

    Fabulous! You've gotta be feeling so proud of yourself, and you've earned it!!

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DEBRA_T 3/28/2010 6:18PM

    That's a mighty small pair of skinny jeans -- and just an awesome feeling I'm sure. I'm with Mary (COOKME123) -- I have the large clothes I cannot believe I ever wore (let alone were in danger of not being able to wear). The small ones are all packed away in bins that have been sealed for more than 20 years! It will be like a time capsule some day when I open them to see what I wanted to wear so badly in 1989. LOL!!!!
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PENNYAN45 3/28/2010 2:30PM

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That's what we are all going for -- smaller size!!

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BRENDALEE235 3/28/2010 7:42AM

    Congrats to you, that is awsome. I do have a pair of skinny jeans. I was only skinny once in my life, I had lost 80 pounds I kept it off for about 2 years. I kept my favorite pair of jeans and I am looking forward to wearing them again some day.
You are a great inspiration.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2010 4:17AM

    Whether it's an N or an M, you're allowed - that is wonderful! You must be so proud!

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POLARBEARSCAT 3/27/2010 7:25PM

    Way to go! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/27/2010 6:50PM

    I was rooting for K-State Purple Pride too and it was a good game - Indiana just played a little more defensively. What a great last few minutes!!

Awesome about the jeans. I was able to get into my size 14's and now working on some 12's I have in the top of my closet. When I am able to get into them, I am going to treat myself to a new pair.

Take care and keep up the good work.

BTW - I think it should be "sMug" with a huge M! Congrats.


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SLENDERELLA61 3/27/2010 6:39PM

    Congrats on the skinny, skinny jeans! Celebration time! You are doing great!! -Marsha

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    I was too fat for jeans most of my life! But I did have 2 pair of pants that I made myself when I last had gotten to 148 lbs.

It was a happy day when I had to finally get rid of them for being too darn big!

WTG on your new skinny jeans!

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BUGGYS 3/27/2010 6:02PM

    I have never owned a pair of skinny jeans either but I did just try on some shorts that were snug last summer and now they are a little loose...boy, do I love that must too!!! You may have to buy a whole new wadrobe!!! Congrats! emoticon

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DAMOTIVATION 3/27/2010 5:37PM

    Enjoy those jeans. Nothing like that moment when you can't deny how far you have come. Great feeling -- be proud of yourself!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/27/2010 5:18PM

    That is AWESOME! I'm one of those, though, that doesn't have a pair of skinny jeans, as I've never been skinny. I did save the largest pair of jeans I ever wore (size 26) and I was growing out of 'em. Every once in a while I pull them out and put them on as a reminder of where I NEVER want to go again.

Congratulations on the new skinny jeans. A perfect reward for such great progress.

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KALIGIRL 3/27/2010 4:57PM

    That is SO cool and way FUN!
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Wearing red on Friday - one week after saying "good-bye" again

Friday, March 26, 2010

It dawns on me as I write that it's almost exactly a week since my last son-hug. The week has gone quickly as I've been busy. And, as has been my habit for several years now, the red is on... "til they all come home". The yellow ribbon pin took a break while he was home on leave, but it's back on again, too.

Music of my youth is on the boom box in the background. It makes me more active to have stirring music on. I sometimes listen to classical, but I have to admit that tunes that were popular when you were an adolescent tend to bring a spring to the step and a swing to the hips as you go about your morning routine. I might even (don't tell anyone) do a few dance steps between fixing lunch and prepping breakfast. Today: The Beatles. My age may show, but I care not!

Sad that Syracuse lost their ball game last night, but consoled by K-State's win. Sometimes I think it makes for a better "big dance" experience for me when the teams that I "should" root for, based on geography or connection are out of the running and I can just enjoy seeing incredible athletes doing things I can only dream about my body being capable of! Dreams of flight, speed, flexibility, and grace.


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MSLZZY 3/29/2010 8:40PM

    My 16 year old always thinks those are "new" songs until I tell him the group and the year it was recorded. Hauls him up short LOL! Keep on dancing!

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KASEYCOFF 3/27/2010 12:49PM

    Yep, Beatles - I'm with you every 'step,' Barb, lol...

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/26/2010 3:25PM

    Rock on and enjoy that music. I just came home from running errands and had my radio blasting music from the 70's. It IS amazing what playing songs from adolescence can do for you. It takes you back, but minus the acne. LOL!

Have a great weekend!

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LJCANNON 3/26/2010 12:44PM

    emoticonThere's nothing like a good Soundtrack to make cleaning (and Life in general!) more enjoyable.

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MARYALINE 3/26/2010 11:55AM

    I'm wearing hot pink! Close as my wardrobe gets to 'red'. Hope we bring the troops home soon! My reservist brother went to Desert Storm back in 90. He's been back a long time and I hope he stays! Good luck and safety to your son!!!

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CONCHA77 3/26/2010 9:18AM

    Enjoy your day!

Tonight is the MSU game- Go Green! MSU plays N Iowa. Going to be a interesting game as Iowa upset Kansas.

I don't look very good in red, Barb, but I am going out to see if I can find me a nice red scarf.


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SUNNY332 3/26/2010 8:56AM

    I am so thrilled that K-State won. I would have though KU would be there where they are but I am just as happy for K-State. They have worked hard and they deserved the win.

Hope you have a Fabulous Friday. I too wear red and a yellow ribbon.

Take care and keep up the good work. Today is the first day I actually feel like I could walk. Whatever that illness was, it really knocked me down for a while. I woke up feeling good this morning so back to the treadmill and bike today.

Hugs, Sunny

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KALIGIRL 3/26/2010 8:47AM

    Glad the week's been busy and I can totally relate to listening to 'our' music.
We moved here from Lexington KY, so I'm rooting for the Wildcats. (Nothing like trading good basketball for good football...)

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DEBRA_T 3/26/2010 8:45AM

    Sounds like a very good time at your house today-- love the music from the 60's. I subscribe to the (free) service Pandora ( that allows you to create your own radio station. One of my stations is "Beach Boys" which plays a lot of Beatle tunes too. Definitely on when I'm cleaning!
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Praying for the continued well being and safety of all the troops.

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It's Thursday already!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I haven't darkened a blog entry since Sunday. Been busy with other things higher on the priority list, or expressed my thoughts in comments on others.

Let's see, things I found out this week: someone is organizing a memorial 5K and half marathon at Fort Hood on the anniversary of the shootings there, next November 5th. Since my son was so directly impacted by that day, and since I had met a few of the victims, I have decided that I really want to participate in this run. My training will target the 5K, not the half marathon. Know thy limits, when reaching for the stars!

I have never traveled such a distance to participate in an athletic event. Furthest I went was from the Binghamton, NY area to Canton, PA for a 5K, back in 1991? 1992? And I know my times won't be what they were back then... but the important thing is to do it.


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PENNYAN45 3/25/2010 12:40PM

    I haven't known you long enough to be aware that your son was impacted by the Ft. Hood incident. So I just looked through your older blogs to read what you wrote about it.

I am happy it turned out okay for him.

For sure, it would be a good thing to go and run there on the one-year anniversary.

I imagine your son would be very proud of you.

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BRENDALEE235 3/25/2010 11:19AM

    That is a great goal for a great cause. I hope that some day I will also be able to participate in something as wonderful. I guess it all starts with the first step, Right.

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LJCANNON 3/25/2010 11:10AM

    Sounds like a GREAT Goal! Keep us informed, and send pictures of the Walk.

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SUNNY332 3/25/2010 9:58AM

    Sounds like a great goal and a very worthy cause.

Have a Terrific Thursday.


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DEBRA_T 3/25/2010 9:49AM

    One of the greatest rewards of weight loss has to be the ability to choose to run and play and do things like this 5K in Fort Hood. Last weekend I was watching the runners stream by our balcony in the Shamrock Shuffle 8K and thought how much fun it must be to run through the city with a whole bunch of other runners. Knees permitting of course! LOL

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PATRISNA 3/25/2010 9:27AM

    emoticon That is great! I think training for the Memorial 5K run is a terrific idea for you to work toward a personal goal. It is also a way to honor your son and his fallen friends.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/25/2010 9:12AM

    That's great! I admire you for following through on something that not only will benefit you, but will inspire others as well. I bet your son is awfully proud of you. Good luck on training for the 5K.


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KALIGIRL 3/25/2010 8:36AM

    emoticon So proud of you!
You've got plenty of time and what a marvelous incentive (motivator) to stay @ your home weight.
I'd join you, but these old knees (and the rest of the body) have never endured the shock of running.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 8:10AM

    Wonderful, meaningful goal. Go for it!! You can do it. I respect people who train and expand their abilities for special events. -Marsha

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