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Airport hugs and early morning training

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The flight was only about 15 minutes late (says the mom who paced back and forth and fretted over whether daughter in law would make it in time!) The funniest thing that happened was that she DID arrive, right on time... and I went skipping down the stairs in my skinny jeans and polo shirt to greet her. She went right past me, kind of ignoring me or giving me the cold shoulder and I thought, "What have I done? Is she irritated that I horned in on the welcome at the airport? Did she want this moment alone with him?"

Anyway, I backed off... kind of feeling guilty. She ducked into the restroom, and when she came back out she did a double take and gave me a grin and a smile... she had NOT recognized me! Seriously. My own daughter in law didn't know me in skinny jeans at the airport! We had a bit of a giggle over it.

Sorry, no pictures... left the camera home out of privacy for the kids! He was the first passenger down the gate to us! We saw ACU's coming, and then I looked at how he moved... and gave her a little nod... "go get 'im girl" so they did the classic homecoming PDA to the approval of others who were waiting for their own loved ones. Mom got the second hug, as appropriate & it was SO worth it! And it was enough...

Waiting for his bags, he had one arm around his wife, and the other 'round his mom... then we packed his bags into her car and off they went and I floated home, completely at peace. Great sleeping night, then...

Pre-dawn workout one of week 2 of Couch to 5K program. Here's the deal: I wanted to go in a certain direction, thinking the sun would come up while I had some great views. I had barely turned for home when the workout time was over... so I kept on walking home, another 30 minutes! OK, so I kind of overshot the workout, but that's OK... remember, I was still kind of walking on air!

Oh, and I had a "close encounter" with wildlife: a skunk! Not too close, thank goodness, but we startled each other, and he (or she) lifted the tail... but we both were moving in opposite directions. It was right beside the running/biking trail!

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ANDI571 8/30/2010 10:29PM

    Double joy, your son coming home, and not being recognized in skinny jeans. Woo Hoo! emoticon

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REJ7777 8/30/2010 8:08PM

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Praise God for your son's safe homecoming!!!

I love those mommy hugs too. emoticon

Your daughter-in-love didn't recognize you?!?!
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KALIGIRL 8/30/2010 1:06PM

    I am so glad he's home!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/29/2010 3:27PM

    How joyous! Great description! Love those skinny jeans -- she didn't even recogize you -- how cool?? You are very wise to cherish the moments. So happy for you.

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MNTWINSGAL 8/29/2010 1:50AM

    So happy that the homecoming finally happened today. It's been a long week for all of you! I know how thrilled you must be right about now!

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THIAGRAM 8/28/2010 10:34PM

  Wow! It's so wonderful to have him home and to get that long awaited for hug! Congrats for getting to wear the skinny jeans and surprizing your DIL! So wonderful that the skunk was not closer!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/28/2010 5:55PM

    WOW -- so glad he's home! And too funny that dil didn't recognize you. ENJOY each and every minute together.

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VALERIEMAHA 8/28/2010 3:27PM

    Funny, Annie, I read this blog earlier and was overcome with joy...and couldn't think of a thing to say (that hadn't already been said well). So, yeah...

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WALKINGANNIE 8/28/2010 3:15PM

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Sometimes there just aren't the words!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/28/2010 12:24PM

    What a awesome experience!! And to think she didn't know you had to be the frosting on the cake....skinny jeans!!! You go Barb! Good for you!!!!

I hope every walk you take makes you as happy as that one did...minus the skunk, of course!! LOL

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/28/2010 11:56AM

    You had an exciting morning. I bet the skunk was as suprised as you were. I have learned on my runs to watch the time because you always have to go back! Good job.

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DHENDLER 8/28/2010 11:48AM

    Wonderful Barb ... Glad he's home safe ... and that you, in skinny jeans, are almost invisble to those who know you - in a good way !! emoticon

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ANONALEE 8/28/2010 10:55AM

    Enjoy your homecoming celebration tomorrow too! It sounds like a wonderful family moment.

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TRUE-NESS 8/28/2010 10:54AM

    That must have felt so great to be so completely transformed that your own daughter-in-law didn't recognize you emoticon. What a thrill! LOL Congrats on having your son home. Enjoy the days to come.

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DEBRITA01 8/28/2010 9:58AM

    Glad your homecoming was so sweet. Kudos to you for respecting the couple and their need for some privacy...you're a thoughtful and loving mom.

Your son is home safe and sound...God really does answer prayers...

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SUNNY332 8/28/2010 9:18AM

    Awesome. So glad he is home.

What a wonderful day!!!!

Enjoy every minute.

Sunny

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/28/2010 9:11AM

    Your account of the homecoming made me feel warm and mushy all over. SO very happy for you and your DIL and son and their children. God didn't bless us with families to have them split apart. But when duty calls, it's nice to know there are a lot of stand-up men and women who will make the sacrifice. Please thank him for me.


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PENNYAN45 8/28/2010 8:49AM

    Thanks for sharing this scene with us. I was delighted to be there and experience it with you.

How TERRIFIC that your daughter-in-law didn't recognize you!! I'll bet your son also had comments about how great you look.

So, Mom, I am so very happy for you.

Hugs,

PennyAn

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JHADZHIA 8/28/2010 8:30AM

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I LOVE this feel good blog!! Just happy, happy, happy news all around!!
Well done with your weight loss, and enjoy this fabulous weekend you will have!!

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I was worthless at work and took the rest of the day off!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The phone rang, per my co-worker, at 8:02 a.m. Son was in a great mood. His flight gets in to the LOCAL airport (don't have to drive even the hour to the next nearest one) after the work day... BUT I was bouncing off the walls. So I sent an "outage" note and came home, where I hopped on the treadmill to work off some of the springs.

Oh, and in the background, I heard another "Hi, mom!" Apparently some of his buddies have adopted me, too. How cute is that!?

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SUNNY332 8/27/2010 9:20PM

    Awesome. I am so happy for all of you. I can't wait to see the reunion photos.

Where does he go from here?

Sunny

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/27/2010 7:54PM

    I am so happy for you. Have a great reunion with your son!

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MSLZZY 8/27/2010 3:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHow exciting!

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/27/2010 2:07PM

    I'm excited for you just reading about it! I love the "hi,mom" too when you hear it. All of them are happy to have some "family" contact.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/27/2010 1:23PM

    Are you ONEKIDANDHISBUDDIESMOM now?

Great news Barb!

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KALIGIRL 8/27/2010 1:05PM

    Way cute!
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THIAGRAM 8/27/2010 12:24PM

  Now that's a wonderful reason to take the rest of the day off! Hooray!

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PATRISNA 8/27/2010 12:15PM

    That is cute and very cool.

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Insomnia - this is THE day! I hope.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Got a phone call from my son last night as I was getting ready for bed. He says if all goes well, he'll be out of that base by 10 a.m. today. He promises he WILL get home today, whatever airport he has to fly to. I told him and his wife the same thing: I won't horn in on their homecoming but I'm anxious for that mom hug. He got real quiet and said "gotta go"... methinks there is a lot of emotion attached to coming home.

So I woke up at 3:09 a.m. and tried laying back down but to no avail. The mind is running. I'm up, I'm dressed. I really want that first hug. No reason to neglect self-care... can't will it to happen faster.

So, slow down, have a good breakfast, walk a bit before work, and wait for the news about flights, which will come some time after 8 a.m. emoticon

Edited to add:
So, what to do while waiting: I chopped veggies. And my mind started doing this little thing it does sometimes (as some of you already know):

"When the going gets tough..." my Mother's Day card starts out. My brain took it to ... "the tough chop onions!" This spun from my son's quick phone exit last night. The tough can't show their emotions, or they'll crack. If you chop onions, the tears can be blamed on chemistry! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 8/27/2010 3:15PM

    It is understandable not to be able to sleep for all the excitement! I am so happy for you. Have a great and glorious
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PEGGYJEAN13 8/27/2010 2:09PM

    Don't be ashamed of the tears! They are tears of joy and okay for anyone at anytime. I am so happy for you all.

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LADYBIRD82 8/27/2010 8:58AM

    Theres no hug like a mom's hug. emoticon

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DHENDLER 8/27/2010 8:50AM

    HUG AWAY!!!!! emoticon

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WISEONE68 8/27/2010 8:44AM

    I would be the same with the "mom hug" and I probably would never let go!!!!!!!! emoticon
Have a wonderful day!!

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SUNNY332 8/27/2010 8:34AM

    Awe - onion chopping to cover the tears.

Barb, it is quiet ok to shed some tears. We all do when it comes to our kids. This time they are tears of joy.

Do keep us posted. I will be thinking of you today.

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KALIGIRL 8/27/2010 8:12AM

    Wonderful news and what a SUPERB way to handle the tension - here's to the tough chopping onions!

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APRILLSCOTT 8/27/2010 7:12AM

    emoticon I know you are happy! Hope you enjoy that hug! Wish I was a fly on the wall emoticon Have a great time!

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CONCHA77 8/27/2010 7:00AM

    Will be thinking of you today. Give him a big hug for us also,
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JHADZHIA 8/27/2010 6:53AM

    So glad your son is coming home. Good for you taking care of yourself in spite of the anxiety.. Hope you get those hugs soon.

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PATRISNA 8/27/2010 6:04AM

    Wonderful news! I am so happy he is back. I got tears in my eyes reading this. Give him two hugs. One is for me.

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Do one thing

Thursday, August 26, 2010

emoticon All right, I just put workout 3 of week one of Couch to 5K "in the bag" this morning. I feel fantastic. Those endorphins are a-bubbling! I'm making this commitment as publicly as I can: my work-out tick-marks are being posted in my office, on my FaceBook status, and of course here where I have my Spark buddies to cheer me along.

Keeping a promise to yourself in incredibly energizing! I feel it when I do my little ten minute Spark strength sessions... two sets of crunches. Not much time... but I DID IT! emoticon And then I'm energized for the next challenge.

One of my sisters is a naturally neat person (I'm a messie). She tells me she gets her house and yard in order using a "do one thing" philosophy. This works for nutrition and exercise, too. If I do ONE thing, like drinking my water... emoticon it energizes me to make healthier choices in my food... emoticon which in turn energizes me to take that walk on my break instead of skipping it emoticon. A chain reaction that is featured in the book The Spark... the cross over effect.

So here's to living our lives TODAY (one day), in the PRESENT (mindfully), doing ONE THING, to KEEP A PROMISE to ourselves. We are worth it!

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DEBRITA01 8/26/2010 11:18PM

    Great blog and reminder...we can all do "one thing". Breaking it down in small steps makes it seem more manageable. You've got me thinking now...thanks!

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    emoticon One choice and one action at a time! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/26/2010 11:58AM

    And this blog is just one more example of why you've been chosen to be a SP Motivator. Great blog, Barb!

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SROUS1340 8/26/2010 9:43AM

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The "do one thing" rule is what I use when I'm feeling overwhelmed. In fact, I am starting with "one thing" today in my job search. Good blog!

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KALIGIRL 8/26/2010 8:28AM

    " living our lives TODAY (one day), in the PRESENT (mindfully), doing ONE THING, to KEEP A PROMISE to ourselves"
PERFECT!!!!
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PS - soon you'll be the energy bunny!
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SUNNY332 8/26/2010 8:26AM

    emoticon you are doing GREAT!

Hugs, Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2010 7:59AM

    Congrats on your progress toward your goal! The C25K is a worthy goal, indeed. Your determination is admirable.

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DTCATSPARK 8/26/2010 7:32AM

    Good blog, very visual!

Keep it up!

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ANASONIC 8/26/2010 7:31AM

    I like this mantra "Do one thing"! You're right it will work for all aspects in life. Thanks for passing it on!! emoticon

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When it feels like a finish line...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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I'm a project person. When it feels like I'm "done", I move on to the next project, and usually leave this one behind that I "finished". Leave it behind to kind of look after itself. Like, as in, "maintain"?

That's a problem, on oh-so-many levels! Because as many of us have learned over the decades, "maintenance" is NOT a passive thing. Not for houses. Not for bodies.

Two things happened this week that felt like finish lines to me. The biggest, of course, that my son is back in country. The other was the "motivator" badge. Even though I didn't set out with being a motivator as a goal, both kind of have the "feel" of attaining a goal, or completing a contract, or whatever. A finish line.

When you cross a finish line, you celebrate, right? But then... "what's next?" kicks in. What does your average "project person" DO to ensure that maintenance happens? Usually, we devise yet another project! A NEW project. A shiny project.

Of course, I have one already in the making: the 5K goal. November 6th is the date. I am in week one of the Couch to 5K training. Is that goal alone enough? I'm going to have to give that some thought.

What keeps you going when you cross a "finish line"?

  
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REJ7777 8/25/2010 3:49PM

    I read this quote by Winston Churchill today: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Thought that went well with your blog.
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WALKINGANNIE 8/25/2010 12:21PM

    This is a really good question, Barb. I'm a project person too.

Most of my new goals are now work-related as I really feel as if I'm getting my life back and returning to full capacity after over 18 months of limited involvement but it's important that I keep Spark goals too.

I've got some time-related goals (as suggested by COOKME123):

emoticonStay maintaining until 8 September 2010 (soon!), 1 January 2011 and then 8 September 2011 (2 years in maintenance and, for some reason, a magic number in my head.)

emoticonEstablish consistency and new routines for strength training.

emoticonIncrease variety in food and exercise.

I also wonder about creating some household tidiness goals?

Your 5k sounds great and I'll be interested to see what others suggest.


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ARYEAL 8/25/2010 11:07AM

    Congratulations on your motivator award! I may start working on a 5k program myself once the weather turns cold and I need a goal to work on. I'm a fellow project person myself and we always seem to need a goal with a definitive end!

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ANDI571 8/25/2010 10:26AM

    I am so glad your son is back in the country. That has to be such a relief.

I never have been a goal oriented person. I know about what I want to achieve, but I usually just take one day at a time. If I think beyond that, I put to much pressure on myself.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/25/2010 9:57AM

    With weight loss? I've never crossed my "finish line." How sad is that? But I will this time!

I think, considering that you're a project person, that you need to make maintenance yournext project. Set a date (Finish Line) to check-in and make sure you're maintaining. And then set another "finish line" after that. And so on and so forth.

PS: Loved your reference to the "Lost in Space" robot. I can just see it waving it's arms. . .

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ANONALEE 8/25/2010 9:11AM

    I'm with Sunny on this one -- sometimes I have long-term goals, but mostly, these days, I have a short list of things I want to accomplish within the day. I love that you're doing the C to 5K program though. Wish I could do it with you!



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PEGGYJEAN13 8/25/2010 9:04AM

    I am not as goal oriented as a lot of people are. I think maintaining is a goal, just like keeping our houses up to date and operational is. I have no desire to do a 10k or a 1/2 but strive to better my time and add variety to my schedule in order to keep myself maintained.

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KALIGIRL 8/25/2010 8:28AM

    I'd say both are new beginnings...
You will be meeting new sparkers as they look to you for motivation and you will 'reacquaint' yourself with your son as you move into a life less stressful and more steady?
Here's to the next steps in your journey.
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SUNNY332 8/25/2010 7:50AM

    I try to live my life today as if there is no "finish line" giving it the best I have each day and for me that is reward enough. I am proud of you taking on the Couch to 5K.

I wil not ever be able to run due to my lung problems but I am going to do what I can today knowing that someday there will be a "finish line" for me and I will have no regrets.

Congrats on all of your accomplishments. You should be so proud of what you have done.

Sunny

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WOMANCHEF 8/25/2010 7:24AM

    I always try to find a new goal - never rest on your laurels! Couch to 5 K is a great one. After that comes Freeway to 10 K and then the half marathon, etc... Good luck on your journey!

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