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Exercising with Rawlings

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I figure all this fun with my friend "Rawlings" (remember Tom Hanks in Castaway naming "Wilson"?)... has to count as exercise of some sort.

Standing on a basketball is a great balance / core strengthener, right? As is sitting on it. Bouncing or throwing one is upper body. And you have to get some credit for the attitude boost to be doing something for someone else.

But, confession time: my brother saw that Amazon would ship most things (including sporting goods) to an APO address, so I did the cost/benefit analysis and ordered him one directly shipped from them. Turned out even with the purchase price of the basketball, it ended up being less than twice my normal box POSTAGE, never mind what I put in the box.

So... while he doesn't know it yet, his basketball is on its way, and "Rawlings" will stay with me and I'll keep working on the flattening thing. Wonder if it will be flat enough by the time he comes home?

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WALKINGANNIE 5/26/2010 4:11PM

    What a lovely couple of blogs, Barb.

You must have used a few calories and strengthened some muscles by your tussles with Rawlings! I love the balancing pic!

It's great that your son will get such a welcomed gift.

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MSLZZY 5/26/2010 2:13PM

    emoticon Now you have another piece of exercise equipment LOL!

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2010 10:03AM

    LOL! More than one way to skin the cat! :-D

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    Aha ... love it! Basketball is awesome exercise!

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THIAGRAM 5/26/2010 9:27AM

  Not only did you stand on that basketball, but you kept your balance long enough to take a picture! That is amazing! Nice that you found a better way to send it! Keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 5/26/2010 8:58AM

    What a great idea - I assume goodies were in the box?
Enjoy "Rawlings"!

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SUNNY332 5/26/2010 8:57AM

    Great post and I know your kid is going to love getting that basketball.

What a wonderful thing for Amazon to do. I do a lot of shopping on Amazon and now I know for sure I will continue to shop with them.

Take care and have a Wonderful Wednesday.


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Well, it hardly qualifies as surgery, but I guess it was...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The insurance statement came today and called it that. Seriously, it was an office procedure and I was conscious the whole time. I blogged about it on May 11th when it was done.

Meantime, for your grins and giggles, my current project for the young man in the desert:

All you military moms & dads, has anyone got any tips on how to ship a basketball? I'm trying to flatten it to fit into a box, but it's slow going. Been working on it since Sunday. You put the needle in, and squeeze. Well, I've sat on it, propped it under a wheel barrow, stood on it (shown) and bounced... told him it would take a while. But it must amuse him to think of his mom trying to do this! emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/26/2010 7:58AM

    I finally wimped out and ordered one shipped direct from Amazon. However, he doesn't know that yet... meanwhile I'm posting pictures of the process and things I try on Facebook for the young man's amusement when he gets online.

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LINDAJOYWK 5/26/2010 6:28AM

    Call the coach at his old high school and ask for help! You ARE a good Mom!-Linda

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2010 3:30AM

    Wonder if a local machine shop or factory has a big press (like a giant vise) of some kind that they can set to 'close' slowly in order to allow time for the air to escape thru the needle--?

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MSLZZY 5/25/2010 11:38PM

    Haven't a clue!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/25/2010 9:22PM

    He's got the pump on the other side. emoticon

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CONCHA77 5/25/2010 9:21PM

    You put that needle in the same place that you inflate it with and squeeze it down (letting the air out)
Don't forget to ship the inflation needle too!
My son would also love me shipping him a basketball. Thanks for the idea- emoticon

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NELLIEC 5/25/2010 8:41PM

    That does sound like a long term project! I assume you are also shipping a pump for it.

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EMC24ME 5/25/2010 8:25PM

    GOOD MAMA! & Good luck, that's a tough one!

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But I made myself do it... and I feel so much better!

Monday, May 24, 2010

emoticon First strength training workout since getting the stitches out. I was so weary, didn't feel like doing anything...

but I have learned that if I just push through the "I don't wannas", I will feel better. Doesn't have to be something big. I only did four exercises, lower body... but I did them!

Hope each of you finds that ONE thing to do today... to say, "here's something good I did for me today!" emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/25/2010 6:43PM

    Oh yikes -- you are so stoical, I didn't realize (like others here) that you had had surgery.

Good pacing yourself -- good resolution too!!

Just continue to take care . . .

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WILMASOTO 5/25/2010 3:06PM

    Glad to hear you did it!! The feeling iss so great when you finish, isn't it!!

Hope you get well soon. I didn't know you had surgery!! Hope all continues well and you hel quickly!!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/25/2010 2:43PM

    Don't wannas are the start of the slippery slope. Well done for pushing through!


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KALIGIRL 5/25/2010 1:19PM

I totally agree.
Strength training is @ the BOTTOM of my list, but I feel so much better if I complete them.

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SUNNY332 5/25/2010 7:19AM

    Stitches? Did you have surgery? Good job on pacing yourself with just 4 exercises.

Take care and have a Terrific Tuesday.


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MSLZZY 5/25/2010 6:51AM

    emoticonKeep on Sparking!

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KASEYCOFF 5/25/2010 4:07AM

    Bruised heel (or something going on with the foot) and considered - briefly - it was a good reason to skip the walking. Which came down to 'I don't wanna,' lol... So I changed the excuse from 'I can skip it altogether' to 'I will do it slower and more gently' and that did the trick: I did the same amount of time but at a slight incline and a more gentle pace. That = same calories burned (according to the treadmill's recorder) but easier on the foot. So I kept the 'I don't wanna' at bay, at least for another day! :-)

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THIAGRAM 5/25/2010 12:23AM

  Awesome! It's always hard to get back into doing the do if you miss a while! so you are doing great! keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/24/2010 9:35PM

    I pushed through the "I don't wanna's" today and did strength training for the first time in a very long time. I have never regretted a healthy choice; but there have been many times when I didn't push through those "I don't wanna's" and have regretted it.

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NELLIEC 5/24/2010 8:41PM

    Yes, pushing through the "I don't wannas" can get a lot of things done that otherwise wouldn't get done.

The only exception I see is when a person is sick. Then you have to be careful to take care of yourself.

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Hard to re-start...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

After bucking myself up with a lovely resolute blog yesterday, later in the day no piece of chocolate in the house was safe. I went through four chocolate treats, and did not get the exercise I intended in, either. The temperatures are getting high.

But, today will be better. One day at a time, folks... nobody's perfect, and we seek only to be balanced and moving in the right direction: two steps forward, one back!

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DHENDLER 5/24/2010 11:37AM

    Like another mentioned before .. you already have turned it around.

Your title "sings my song" as of late ... but I kinda turned it around just today too. See me in Check In.

Good luck on your "two steps forward" today

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KATIE33MAHALA 5/24/2010 10:17AM

    Its ok, don't know why we do that, its like we have to get it out of our system. But you have great attitude, and are back on track.

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SUNNY332 5/24/2010 8:44AM

    Some days are just like that but you are now headed away from the chocolate Treats and into a re-start.

Good for you!!

Hugs, Sunny

Still have not tallied my miles up but hope to get that done this week.


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SUNSET24 5/23/2010 8:53PM

    emoticon One step at a time baby girl emoticon

I am soooooooooooooooooooooo VERY PROUD of you!

so very PROUD! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 5/23/2010 6:22PM

    Balance is the key - you with chocolate, me with wine.
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/23/2010 5:26PM

    That's the attitude! I've been a chocolate junkie today -- ate a half a pan of brownies and will polish the rest off soon. :~( But tomorrow is another day. A day to regroup and restart.

Thanks for your comment on my blog of desperation. I appreciate your thoughts and concern.

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MSLZZY 5/23/2010 3:46PM

    At least you figured it out! Hope today is a much better day! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 5/23/2010 2:58PM

    'Progress not perfection", as GOALIE44 says.

And it's Day 1 again.


In fact, you have done it!!

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LJCANNON 5/23/2010 2:44PM

    Being a Successful SparkTurtle is all about learning to deal with things like Chocolate, and Ice Cream, and Pizza. We do fail and we do miss a workout sometimes. But--Sometimes with the help of our Turtle Friends--we get back on our feet, and keep on Sparking.
Together We CAN Do This!!

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2010 1:50PM

    I myself would have been able to resist the chocolate temptation... BUT PUT ICE CREAM WITHIN MY REACH, STEP BACK, AND NO ONE GETS HURT, lol...

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What to say, what to say?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Today has been perfect... I went nowhere! I was up at 4 a.m., but snoozed in the afternoon. I puttered around the house, did laundry, sorted through papers, etc. and in general am just readjusting to being home. Last weekend was so busy, and extended into Monday due to the travel issues. It seems to me as though I haven't had a weekend for two weeks.

The trip was enjoyable and very worth-while, but it required energy, and it disrupted routine. And the rest of life kept charging forward when I got back. On Wednesday, the stitches came out of my arm where the doctor had removed that spot the week before. "Good catch" was the pathologist's comment: this is a type most often missed before it turns into cancer (the odd words they added were "with pigmentation incontinence"). But he got it all, so that was good news.

Coming back to the reality of SparkPeople and some self-awareness: because NO ONE can do it all, I had given myself a break from tracking on line. And due to the stitches and doctor's orders, I had avoided strength training for a week and a half.

So, now it's time to get back to things, being careful to avoid the pitfalls of "is that all there is" and "I got through that, now I can relax" thinking. Maintenance of a changed lifestyle differs from the mind-set of "diet to achieve a number on the scale." Maintenance is all about healthy habits, healthy behaviors, and balance.

Today has served for me as a buffer zone to re-adjust my grip on life, kind of like when you walk on a balance beam and pause to re-balance yourself... in some very important ways, every day is emoticon. I'm glad to have had a chance to slow down and give this particular Day One its space.

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WALKINGANNIE 5/23/2010 4:11AM

    Glad you're back and that your vigilance saved you from worse health consequences.

There might even be message in there about looking out for danger signs and risks to health and dealing with them early. I suppose that it's all part of the Day 1 philosophy.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2010 4:10AM

    Glad that you're back, Barb, and really good news about your arm. 'Good catch' indeed - sounds like the kind of doctor worth keeping! And I hear you re 'healthy maintenance.' You know what Marenamoo says - 'Be ever vigilant!' :-)

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KALIGIRL 5/22/2010 9:50PM

    So glad you had a successful Day 1!
"Maintenance is all about healthy habits, healthy behaviors, and balance." - so true.
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MSLZZY 5/22/2010 8:01PM

    Every day is day one-how true! I know I can't be complacent, even for one day. It is too easy to string those days together.
Glad you are home and adjusting! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/22/2010 7:45PM

    I like that: Every day is Day #1! I fell off the SP wagon two days ago and I'm not getting back on yet. Mom is still with us through tomorrow and my sister is being a blankety-blank. Then, next week we have our 3-week vacation and I'll have little to no access to SP. I guess I'm in vacation mindset already. Not being a pig, but not being "good" either.

Sorry, I kinda made this about me. I'm glad you had a good trip and that you got good news at the doctor. And now you're ready to get back onboard with SP. Good for you!

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THIAGRAM 5/22/2010 7:34PM

  Nice to see you back on SP! You have a good attitude going here! Congratulations on the "good catch"!! I like your background picture. Is it something special?

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NELLIEC 5/22/2010 7:08PM

    I'm guessing that "pigmentation incontinence" may mean that some of the coloration of the mole (or whatever it was) had appeared nearby so the doc thought that cells were multiplying.

It is definitely good that it was a "good catch." Mine was the same way!!!

May God bless you!!!

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CONCHA77 5/22/2010 7:06PM

    You sound great, Barb. Glad life is treating you so good. Enjoy.

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