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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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And adventures on the way back, too

Monday, May 17, 2010

I just got home, about half an hour ago, salad in bag. Stuck overnight in Denver! After the diversion to Austin on Friday that makes two side trips on the main trip. It was a great hotel both in San Antonio (right on the Riverwalk, walking distance to the Alamo, all the touristy stuff to do on the side) and in Denver. Great workout rooms both places, and I'm glad to report I made use of them.

The one in San Antonio was on the 22nd floor, and I was doing my treadmill stuff at 5 a.m. so it was still dark and you were gazing out at the lights of the city. The one in Denver... well, let us say they had "free disposable headsets" for the guests to wear while tuning in to the personal TV screens attached to the treadmills.

Two things I noticed in Denver: snow on the mountains in May is more than I've seen in my past visits in September and in August. And Prairie dogs! I had forgotten that the prairie dogs build thriving communities between the lanes of the interstates... and there they sit, perched on the lips, poking their heads up as the vehicles whiz by.

San Antonio: What's to say, a gorgeous town. I got museum'd out. Lots of steps on the pedometer. And I was proud of my food choices, although I did get over-peopled, too. I'm ready to cave, only I have to go back to work tomorrow.

Meantime, kept spreading the word about the Yellow Ribbon family programs for the Army Reserve... it's a different challenge for reservists than it is for active duty folk. Events like the one I just attended in San Antonio hopefully will start addressing our geographical dispersion. We had people fly in from as far away as Maine and California, Wisconsin and Nebraska, to come together because our loved ones are serving together. Hopefully we've formed some lasting bonds and can keep in touch to support one another!

Kind of like... Spark... People? (Speaking of which, I was out there promoting Spark, just a bit... because people asked.)

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KALIGIRL 5/18/2010 1:14PM

    Glad the trip was eventful and fun – thanks for letting us know about the ‘yellow ribbon’ for reservists. I’m amazed @ their dedication and sacrifice.

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MSLZZY 5/18/2010 7:22AM

    Look at all the fun you would have missed!

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SUNNY332 5/17/2010 7:37PM

    What a great and very productive trip.

Thanks for sharing with us and I will definitely check into the Yellow Ribbon Family Program.

Take care and do have an AWESOME week.


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WALKINGANNIE 5/17/2010 5:18PM

    Thanks for your travelogue Barb. It's interesting to hear about prairie dogs.

Sounds as if you had quite an adventure. Glad you found another support group - and pleased to have you back in this one,


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THIAGRAM 5/17/2010 3:19PM

  Sounds like a good support group for you! Trips are fun, but it's always so nice to come home!
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SLENDERELLA61 5/17/2010 3:14PM

    Good for you for sticking to your exercise plan while on the road. It's easy to slack off. It takes dedication to stick to it. Very impressive, Barb! -Marsha

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KASEYCOFF 5/17/2010 3:06PM

    Don't worry about the stats, Barb - they will wait till you get to them! I'm glad you had a good trip, even with the 'adventures' on the side, lol... And it's good to have you back, too. :-)

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CONCHA77 5/17/2010 3:05PM

    Wow, Very nice to know what you have been up to! I had no idea where or why you went!
Bless your Heart and Thank You,

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Travel can be an adventure

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Add thunderstorms to airplanes and mix well. For the first time in all my years of flying, I was on a plane that got diverted to a different destination than its originally intended one. I'd had lots of other adventures in flying over the years but this was a first for me.

But, despite that little 4 hour side-trip, I did end up in a beautiful place at the event I was fretty about last weekend. And as I knew it would, it is turning out to be "just what I need". Anybody else have that trait? Resist doing something, do it anyway, and be glad?

Pretty much the same with our healthy living efforts. I'll be brief as I'm writing from the hotel, but I'm thinking of my spark friends, and the turtles headed moonward... I may not get our totals posted 'til Monday, but we WILL all get credit for our efforts!


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KALIGIRL 5/16/2010 9:55PM

    Glad you arrived safely (even with a detour) but sorry I haven't kept up enough to know what wonderful adventure you are on...
Hope I will catch up with you soon!

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SUNNY332 5/16/2010 1:53PM

    Glad that the event was OK after the fretting.

No - thunderstorms and airplanes do not mix.

I drove to Kansas last Monday and got caught in a line of storms from Kansas City
to Wichita. When we arrived in Wichita, the tornado warning was sounding. There was a funnel just west of the airport. Tuesday, the day left no remnants of the storms the night before. It was a beautiful day and a perfect spring day on the prairie.

Take care - Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 5/16/2010 9:36AM

    Recalling a "plane in the storm" incident of my own: and so glad you're safe! Bit of a metaphor, ya think? You were expecting more of a storm where you were going and so far it's been sunny!! Generally I regret more what I didn't do than what I did; and after the event, never wish that I had worried more!!

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MSLZZY 5/16/2010 7:40AM

    Quite an adventure! Glad it turned out well!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/16/2010 6:54AM

    Hope that you are healing well after your recent treatment Barb.

I'm pleased that your event went well and yes, I have dreaded events that I have been fine when they have happened!

This is a not a good time in the UK for estimating whether airports will be open or closed because a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is affecting our skies. Nature does rule!

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KASEYCOFF 5/16/2010 3:59AM

    I've never been on a flight that was diverted for any reason, just had a couple lengthy delays, one which ended up being overnight - and which ultimately involved a couple of serendipitous moments, at that. Kind of makes me wonder, if you could have ended up choosing to stay at your 'diversion destination,' instead of resuming your flight and going where you planned - would you? Would you have said 'Well, what the hey, I'm here for two days, I'll see what's here to explore and investigate, then just go home when I originally intended'? I don't think I've ever done anything like that - spontaneously changing plans to that extent. Now, tho, I might keep an eye out for such an opportunity. :-)

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DEBRITA01 5/15/2010 8:37PM

    emoticon Guilty...Always trying to resist change and sometimes I over-analyze things, trying to anticipate what will happen. Usually I am pleasantly surprised by the outcome, which is not at all as I had anticipated. I think we spend too much time worrying and wondering (at least I do) and should just let things happen...Glad you are having a good weekend in a beautiful place...hope it's everything that you need it to be.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/15/2010 8:01PM

    I'm glad things went well and you arrived safely. Also happy to hear you're glad you decided to "do this." Enjoy your time away and safe travels back home.

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