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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Confession: While I've been in this little motivational paralysis place, I've been hiding out in some of the Facebook based video games, and neglecting my Sparking.

Realization: I haven't been getting my e-mail notifications of my favorite message board updates. I have to be more proactive getting my daily Sparks! And I really NEED those daily sparks! This morning I got one by going to my friend feed and finding someone else's blog... and seeing her turn herself around and write about it. It's important to share. It's inspiring to see that not only CAN it be done, but lots of people just like me, with struggles and challenges and real lives ARE doing it... one foot in front of the other!

Resolution: So, since I'm not getting the e-mails to get me going, perhaps a personal challenge and resolution will do it. I resolve to come blog six out of seven days for the next month... good or bad, whine or cheer, how it's going and any random thoughts. This will probably turn into my little pep talk to myself.

To the present, and living in it!


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CONCHA77 6/24/2010 9:27PM

    Nice seeing you again, Barb. And I love that new profile picture too! You look great.

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LJCANNON 6/24/2010 7:31PM

    I am looking forward to your blogs. It really is a challenge to manage our addictions to Spark or FaceBook. It is a lot like Portion Control for the Computer. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/24/2010 1:31PM

    Glad to hear it!
Missed you.

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WALKINGANNIE 6/24/2010 1:23PM

    I have missed you recently Barb and look forward to your blogs over the next few weeks. What you wrote yesterday really helped me. In replying to you, I realised that I was giving myself some self-talk too.


We all have off-days and sometimes they come in groups. That's why I blog so often. It keeps me focused and accountable to myself. I'm much more self-reliant than I was but I still don't think that I can do this alone without constant reinforcement of the Spark lessons.


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ANGELZ96 6/24/2010 12:45PM

    I am a FB addict also, but I find myself spending a lot more time on SP now. I still get my daily fix of both, but at least with SP, I'm doing something positive for myself...besides, I need those SparkPoints. emoticon

I'm glad you took control & decided to challenge yourself.

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KASEYCOFF 6/24/2010 12:06PM

    WooHOO! I'm with Mary on this one: I love reading your blogs. You can count on having an enthusiastic audience, fer sher! :-D p.s. I wondered where you were. Bejeweled has sucked up hours of my time. Dunno how it happens, lol...

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/24/2010 11:02AM

    YEAH! Can't wait to start reading those blogs of yours again.

PS: You didn't get yourself addicted to FarmVille, did you? I was so bad and spending so many hours with it that I had to quit cold turkey. Haven't been back for nearly 2 months. And I just know if I go take a peek, I'll be right back "there" again. Fun, but VERY addicting. Bejeweled Blitz isn't much better.

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THIAGRAM 6/24/2010 9:37AM

  Those emails are what gets me here! It's amazing how motivating it is here on Spark!
I do Facebook too, but now I have been neglecting it. I check in occasionally so my friends there don't think I have fallen off the face of the earth!

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NEBRASKANURSE 6/24/2010 8:38AM

    Good for you!! Glad you back to sparking

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JHADZHIA 6/24/2010 8:34AM

    Lots of people seem to like that Farmville Game. I am on Facebook, but never use it. I only went on it because my relatives were all on it. So unfortunately, most of their messages, and game requests go unanswered. My addiction is to Sparks. I love it here a little too much, have too many friends and spend a lot of time keeping up with their activities and blogs. So maybe a little too much of a good thing here. It actually gets hard to find any me time on the computer to play at my own favorite game site I am so busy with Sparks.
Good luck with getting motivated, you can do it!!

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'Vantage TWO - fitness

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

When I got to work this morning, the office building was dark. No lights in the hallway, no elevators working! Boy was I glad I worked on fitness the past year and a half... I could do the stairs, multiple times, and not hyperventilate upon reaching my floor.

Seriously, I'm fighting the battle of the motivational slump. Had three not so great days over the weekend and going in to Monday. In retrospect I see several elements at work...

One, that I'd had a really challenging weekend getting daughter in law moved and a lot of family... and I did my share of "bragging"... uh, rephrase, "taking credit for" my efforts. I rocked my niece's fitness wear while meeting her son for the first time. Then I worked a bunch of overtime last week. Then suddenly, it was the weekend and I was feeling lazy and rebellious. I had some "substitute" food in the house, not the best choices from the store, that I didn't read the labels and put back on the shelf but should have.

Long and little of it... I started on a tear Saturday afternoon, and it continued Sunday, and Monday evening, too. Back on track Tuesday... but... 'scuse me, it's scary. I've lost weight before. My problem is not losing, it's that motivational slump called maintenance.

Another element: chatting with my son over the weekend, and assimilating some of the things he sneaks in telling me in dribs and drabs. It dawned on me later, but I was partially conscious of it at the time... I didn't want to think about how I felt about what he said. Yeah, that's a twisty, turny, squishy way of saying... I might have been eating to stuff the emotions rather than face them.

I give great advice to others BECAUSE I'm oh, so human myself. I KNOW this cycle. And because I know it, I can stop it. Yeah! That's the ticket! I can do this... I can preserve this wonderful fitness that lets me take those steps when the power fails.

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KALIGIRL 6/24/2010 1:54PM

    Here's to knowing yourself!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/24/2010 3:03AM

    Many of us recognise your fear of the slump, potential regain and the whole cycle.

It's important that you blogged about it. When I've been in that state in the past I've denied to myself.

You've acknowledged your feelings and risks and given yourself a reminder of why your fitness is important on a day-to-day level. You've shared your feelings openly. That means that you are in control.

It's not just that you can do this Barb. You have been doing it for some time now and you ARE doing it.


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REJ7777 6/23/2010 9:49PM

    I so understand what you're saying! I'm so afraid of losing and then gaining back the weight like I've done so many times before! That "motivational slump called maintenance" is REALLY scary! I think you're handling things very well by getting back on track immediately. emoticon

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ANDI571 6/23/2010 9:30PM

    emoticon It's the old you trying to get back out and get you to revert back to old habits. You have the power to put her in her place, because with what you have accomplished, you have done just that.

You are right, you are human, and it's normal to have those thoughts, but just don't act on them. You have come way to far.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/23/2010 8:49PM

    Congrats on the fitness to walk the stairs. Yeah!!

"Motivational slump," - that's a great phrase! I was having some of that myself, but didn't know what to call it. I'm impressed that you could identify stuffing feelings with food, even at the moment. I think that's a difficult situation to identify and identifying it is half the battle. If I ever realize I have been stuffing emotions, it is usually in a very long range "rearview mirror".

Of course, you can do this. We can do this. One reason we can do it is we don't have to be perfect to succeed. It may not always be easy, but it is SO worth it. Thanks for sharing your experience on this journey.

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NELLIEC 6/23/2010 8:25PM

    All of us have our human moments when we are not perfect!

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THIAGRAM 6/23/2010 8:23PM

  I think you said it well! When the power fails we will have to depend on our own power! So we must be strong! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Advantage, fitness!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This blog is to remind me of why I DO the workouts.

Last weekend I posted that I helped my daughter in law move. What that blog probably didn't say was that her allergies and her back made it difficult for her to do a lot of lifting and carrying. So I did it.

Monday morning I was stiff and moving slow... but I was moving. I treated myself gently that day, and went to bed early that night... and then discovered Tuesday morning when it was time for my break walk at work... that I wasn't stiff or sore any more. Wow! Quick recovery.

Now THAT'S why we do this, ladies and gents! Not for vanity. For function, recovery, and health.

To us, and to quality of life, and to functional fitness! emoticon

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DEBBIESTY 6/18/2010 2:46AM

    For function, recovery, and health! I like that. Very nice wording.

BY the way, I'm apporaching the half century mark quick.I must get this weight off.

Anyway, I've just started Jenny. I hope to see you there on the forum. Or if you ever need a friend just contact me.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/17/2010 9:08PM

    Glad you had the quick recovery. Who woulda thunk that by taking better care of our bodies, that our bodies, in turn, would take care of us?

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KALIGIRL 6/16/2010 6:46PM

    "For function, recovery, and health."

I helped DH unload limbs @ the landfill and had to chuckle when the guy who suggested I might be 'obsessed' w/my health marveled when I lifted a log.


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DHENDLER 6/16/2010 6:12PM

    Wonderful - Functional fitness for quality of life is at the essence of what it's all about. If weathering thru that like a champ wasn't validation ... I don't know what would be. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 6/16/2010 1:29PM

    You truly are 'fit for life' Barb.

Well done!


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ANONALEE 6/16/2010 9:32AM

    Amen, Amen! That is exactly why I'm doing it. I can tell that my regular workouts have lead to a significant increase in my mobility, flexibility and recovery when stressing my body. The more I do, the more I can do (and the reverse is also, unfortunately, true). Here's to recovery from moving!!!!
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KASEYCOFF 6/16/2010 9:05AM

    Yes, I so agree: fitness has more to do with what you WANT to do. As long as it means I can do the things I want to, I will keep on walking and doing exercises. Getting older doesn't mean you have to get weak and decrepit, lol...

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THIAGRAM 6/16/2010 8:50AM

  This is so awesomely true! What a blessing for you to be able to work so hard and recover so quickly! Bless you!

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MARENAMOO 6/16/2010 8:17AM

    Amen. It is to live long and be functional enough to enjoy it. Who wants a walker or oxygen tanks before our time? So glad you bounced back so quickly.

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BUGGYS 6/16/2010 8:08AM

    My DH has had a hard time getting regular exercise into his life until about 6 months ago when he went on this wellness thing at work...he has lost 25 pounds and does either the elliptical or treadmill 5-6 days a week. A couple of days ago he told me that no only does he feel the best he's felt in years, but he feels is amazing what a little bit of exercise can do for makes me feel empowered!

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FITNESSSHOCK 6/16/2010 8:06AM

    Awesome, its amazing to know and experience how powerful our bodies really are.

Stay Fit!

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Spark tools

Monday, June 14, 2010

I've seen several people blogging about making adjustments in their Sparking lately. What a healthy thing to do: figure out what's working, what's not, dumping what's not, deciding to try something new... cutting back on blogging, starting to blog more... being more consistent about tracking, or cutting oneself a little slack on the tracking.

Bottom line is that Spark has so much to offer, you can make changes in which tools you are using to fit your life at the moment, and when you're ready for another side of things, a fresh point of view... that's here, too.

Me? I've almost completely quit tracking nutrition. I do that on paper, anyway, pretty much know what I need, and only track on those occasions when I go "off"... to give myself a reality check. Fitness for the most part, still find it motivating to be able to stop by end of day and count it up... so a little more consistent on that.

The past week I've done a little more blogging, as self-motivation has been what I needed... sometimes I disappear for a week at a time or longer, though. In short, I take my own advice about Sparking: find what will work for you, do that. If it stops working, adjust.

Love this tool!


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CJROARK 6/14/2010 5:34PM

    Taking Sparkpeople and making it work for you! Great advice!


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WALKINGANNIE 6/14/2010 1:07PM

    Great advice Barb - to yourself and others!

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ANONALEE 6/14/2010 9:46AM

    SparkPeople offers so many tools to use, it takes a while through trial and error to find out what works. Doing them all with a lot of enthusiasm quickly leads to the realization that there's not enough time to do them all and still have a life outside the magical world of the internet -- choices must be made! I think the people who are ultimately successful here craft a program around what works for them ... just like you, Barb!
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KASEYCOFF 6/14/2010 9:36AM

    I don't have any way of measuring food when I go out, so to offset that I always measure food when I am home. I figure that even if my 'eyeballed portions' are a bit off in a restaurant, they won't be far wrong, and I can be assured that at home my meals are accurate in terms of amount, calories, etc. Opposite to your tracking, Barb, as I am not so consistent about the fitness tracking - I should be, as I think it would be useful in terms of my 'reality' check and to find out if I need to adjust it. I'm in complete agreement as to your statement about loving this tool - SP is one great website! :-)

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ANDI571 6/14/2010 9:30AM

    I am with you, and that is what I am starting to do now, find out what is going to work for me to get the scales moving again.

I think on this weight loss journey, we are figuring out something about ourselves. Before we wouldn't even had thought about it. emoticon

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KATIE33MAHALA 6/14/2010 9:24AM

    Thank you for the post, and your so right. We all have to find, our comfort zone, and what works.

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THIAGRAM 6/14/2010 9:14AM

  I love this very practical idea! Thanks for sharing!

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SUNNY332 6/14/2010 8:59AM

    Absolutely - what works for me may not work for you. You are doing GREAT and I loved the post today.

Have a GREAT week.


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JAM2DREW 6/14/2010 8:57AM

    Glad that you are finding what works for you. Personally, I'm still searching for the right combination.

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No problem getting activity in today!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


All that shows is the exterior of the kids' little house... what it doesn't show is all the lifting and cleaning and packing and loading and unloading. No problem getting the step count up today. And no problem counting the lifting as strength training, either.


So when my son comes home, this is the home he'll come to. Isn't the internet great? He got to see photos while his wife was house-hunting, while serving halfway around the world.

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CONCHA77 6/14/2010 7:02AM

    Hey Barb, first of all, YOU LOOK GREAT! Fit as a fiddle!
I think it's great that you are helping out with the big move, I am sure your DIL and son does appreciate it very much.

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KASEYCOFF 6/14/2010 3:29AM

    Myself, I think the 'net is the greatest thing since sliced bread, lol... Love the soft gray with white trim. Very neat and tidy. And what fun now to decorate! That's what I like about moving. I don't like the hassle of packing boxes and lifting furniture and so on, but I love picking colors and deciding where to put thing in 'the new place.' Best of luck to your son and daughter-in-law in their new digs! :-D

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THIAGRAM 6/13/2010 9:06PM

  I love your picture! You are a beautiful woman! Moving someone is tons of work!!

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