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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.

Sunny emoticon Hooah!

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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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REJ7777 8/26/2010 9:16PM

    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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ANDI571 8/26/2010 9:34AM

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LIBRATAH 8/26/2010 8:47AM

    Great advice. emoticon

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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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Motivator? Me?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yesterday evening I got an e-mail from Spark People, notifying me that I'd got enough votes to be considered a Motivator, and that I would now have a badge on my Spark Page saying so. Oh... my... goodness!

Let me say, that I don't particularly think of myself as a motivator. Some of the rest of you whose pages wear these badges might know what I mean. I mean, I came to Spark for quite selfish reasons. I wanted tools. To help me on my journey.

What I found was so much more. I found others. Kindred spirits who are walking similar paths. I read their blogs. I wrote encouragement to them. I received encouragement in return. Is encouragement a motivator? Yes, I guess it is. I know I feel more motivated when I hear kind words.

The other bit? The action steps? Well, Spark helped nudge me along with the tools. Tracking is a great tool. Giving us points for tracking, making it "fun"... well Spark itself is a motivator.

So, thanks to those of you who put that badge on my page, and dear Lord help me live up to it. It is an awesome responsibility to be considered a motivator. What if I slip? Well, I have slipped. And somebody still thinks I'm a motivator. Bottom line, I guess you don't have to be perfect even to motivate someone else along the path to a healthier life.

We can do this. We are worth it!



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SHARON2014 8/27/2010 7:45AM

    Barb, you are one of the most consistent and encouraging friends I have on SP! You report the good, the bad and the ugly - you report the same ups and downs we all share. You motivate me to keep on keeping on in spite of the circumstances. Thanks for being my friend!

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REJ7777 8/25/2010 3:44PM

    emoticon Congratulations on being officially recognized as a Spark Motivator. You've been motivating me for a long time, and it's nice to see it become official!

I think we all came to SP for "selfish" reasons. We were looking to find the tools and support we needed in order to succeed in reaching our goals. And we all slip up. Your blogs and encouraging comments ring true, and that's why they are so motivating. We can identify with what you write. Thx!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/24/2010 9:51PM

    Yay!! I'm glad to hear you got that award! I got it a few weeks ago & was blown away ... and a big Motivation to keep on making healthy choices!! God Bless you, friend! emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 8/24/2010 3:20PM

    Congratulations Barb. good for you!!! I think you are a motivator and the award is well deserved. Enjoy!!!

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WILMASOTO 8/24/2010 2:55PM

    Congratulations BARB!!! You are truely a MOTIVATOR!!! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/24/2010 2:25PM

    You are an inspiration and always are there with a comment or encouragement.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/24/2010 12:26PM

    Of course you're a motivator.

You walk the walk and keep going even when you don't feel like it - and that IS motivating.

I certainly wouldn't be where I am without you.

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SMARTIEBEE 8/24/2010 11:23AM

    Congratulations, Barb! You are indeed a motivator. I haven't been active on Spark People much lately - seems like real life just keeps interfering! But I do check in every day, and I really miss your blogs when I don't have time to read them! You have a way of saying just what I need to hear! Thanks for being the motivator you are!

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FITGRL124 8/24/2010 11:09AM

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YAY!!! You completely deserve it!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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WISEONE68 8/24/2010 10:41AM

    Congratulations! What an honor and you show such humility...a sign of a true leader!! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/24/2010 10:39AM

    Congratulations, Barb! You definately motivate me. And I can't say it any better than you just did in your blog, so I won't even try. But it's the mutual support and encouragement that motivates us all and helps us to keep moving forward. Slow and steady . . . .

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ANDI571 8/24/2010 10:33AM

    You deserve this award, way to go. Don't put undo pressure on trying to live up to an expectation. Look at your past journey. Were you perfect everyday? I would probably guess not. I am sure there were slip ups along the way. But when I see someone who has succeeded in their journey, I see someone who has persevered in everyday life. Life has it's up and downs, and so does our eating habits. But it's when we have our slip ups and go back to our good habits is when I get inspired. Keep up the good work, you are doing great.
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BOHEMIANCAT 8/24/2010 9:56AM

    Congratulations on becoming a Motivator! I read your blog with tears in my eyes. Sparkpeople has really helped keep me on track. I feel I will never be a motivator because I cannot lose weight in the way that I would like to... but at least I am losing.
You are an inspiration to me and this is a well-deserved honor.
Linda

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ANONALEE 8/24/2010 8:51AM

    Congratulations Barb on a well-deserved honor.
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MNTWINSGAL 8/24/2010 8:38AM

    Congrats, Barb. You deserve this honor!

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PATRISNA 8/24/2010 8:25AM

    You motivate me. Congratulations! You deserve the badge.



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KALIGIRL 8/24/2010 8:25AM

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AND well deserved!

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CONCHA77 8/24/2010 8:23AM

    Yes, you are a motivator! emoticon


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JUST_TRI_IT 8/24/2010 8:19AM

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YEAH!!! You are such a motivator!!! Thank you for the nudges, the support, the things you notice and the things you share.

and congrats

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SUNNY332 8/24/2010 8:17AM

    I think of you as motivator. You certainly motivated me.

Take care and emoticon on a job well done.

Hugs, Sunny

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CINDYMCD1 8/24/2010 8:09AM

    Congratulations!

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