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Well, I'm better... but the computer is scaring me!

Monday, September 06, 2010

This morning I was over on one of the online gaming sites and it powered itself off. Well, it had been making some strange noises lately, so I popped the covers off for the first time in three years and OMG... dust!

I cleaned it out, started it up again and it appears to be OK, but if I disappear from the face of the earth, blame it on hardware issues!

That said, yesterday continued well, especially once I got a good breakfast inside me. By mid-afternoon I was feeling well enough to hop on the treadmill and complete week three, workout two of Couch to 5K. Then I spent some pleasant time in the evening enjoying Spark blogs, especially JUST_TRI_IT's report of her first triathlon... so proud of her, so touched! And so want to follow in her footsteps. BUT... this year, into 5K shape, first!

Hope those of you in the US have a great Labor Day, it's been so nice having a quiet weekend, with no social pressures.

  
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APRILLSCOTT 9/7/2010 2:08AM

    Glad you are feeling better and getting back up to par! Hope the week will be much better for you!I just hope you don't get allergies from the cleaning! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/6/2010 1:42PM

    So glad you're feeling better Barb and that your computer is too after your TLC.

I agree about Diane's blog (JUST_TRI_IT) - a great role model to follow. I'm sure that your determination will pay off too.

Thanks for your comments yesterday, although my level of maturity is one of the few things that we seem to have differing opinions on!

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ANONALEE 9/6/2010 10:20AM

    Sorry you weren't feeling well this weekend, Barb, but glad to hear you're feeling better! It is amazing how illness comes along every once in a while to remind us we are not totally in control of what happens to us.

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ANDI571 9/6/2010 10:10AM

    So glad you are feeling better, and you haven't disappeared off the face of the earth. We would miss you. The first place we will look for you though, is on the moon. emoticon

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REJ7777 9/6/2010 10:05AM

    Glad you're feeling better! emoticon

I live in Canada, and I'm planning to enjoy my Labor day too! emoticon I should be going hiking with my sister a bit later today. emoticon

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PATRISNA 9/6/2010 9:55AM

    Glad you didn't have major computer problems. Hope you are feeling better. I am wondering myself why it is so hard to take a rest day from exercise. I am sure it was better just to rest and not push it.

Keep going!! I am rooting for you on the Couch to 5K training.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/6/2010 9:17AM

    I know all about the dust! A friend will regularly clean out my computer for me, and he comes complete with his own little air gun for cleaning computer bits and pieces, hahahh. So glad I used to work with his mother - its he who built my computer for me at under half the price one of lesser quality would have cost me from anywhere else. Think he still regards it as his baby, lol. Whenever he comes to stay with his mother, he goes around all her friend's to 'dust' their computers. His girlfriend says all the time she wishes she could plug in the furniture cos then he may just dust that too.
Hugs,
Chris.

So glad you're feeling better! Yay to you for hitting that treadmill in the afternoon too! Determination wins out again!

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SUNNY332 9/6/2010 8:57AM

    You are doing GREAT! Glad you are feeling better.

Hope the "clean up" job on the computer helps the operation.

Hugs, Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 9/6/2010 7:12AM

    I really admire your Couch to 5K determination! Go, Barb!!

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The return to normal I hope

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Checking all sensors... yes, minimal support function available... need fuel.

Yesterday I did crash and tried to spent the majority of the day unconscious or with mindless drivel on the TV. Nothing requiring much in terms of thought and certainly not ACTION.

They say that one clue that you've become addicted to exercise is that you exercise when ill. Well, I can say that by that measure, I'm still sane. I may even take today pretty easy because even with it being a sick day I tracked what I was able to consume and keep yesterday, and it's not enough to support maintenance much less exercise... so good hearty breakfast first thing today, and see how I feel about mild activity after it has properly digested: a good walk. Resume Couch to 5K tomorrow if today goes well.

I'm never quite sure when sick on a weekend or holiday whether to be relieved I didn't miss work time (my normal tendency) or sad on what I missed of my time off. I certainly feel more pressured when sick on a work day.

Here's wishing health and blessings on all who wander by! And special thanks to the Spark friends who sent me chicken soup and tea and good wishes yesterday.

  
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APRILLSCOTT 9/7/2010 2:04AM

    Barb,
I am glad you took it easy! I hate hearing that you are sick! Everyone needs to take care of themselves when ill though! Complications are something we don't want around! emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 9/5/2010 6:54PM

    oh man... hate it when we are down and out with feeling yucky. Here's to feeling better asap!

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DEBRITA01 9/5/2010 1:31PM

    emoticonHere's wishing health and blessings to you, too. Feel Better!

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REJ7777 9/5/2010 1:05PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Take care!!!
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PENNYAN45 9/5/2010 11:06AM

    I agree that couch time is the best remedy for illness. Mindless television is good, too - because it requires no effort-- and it's easier to fall asleep with the remote in your hand than with a book - that wakes you up as it falls to the floor.

Mother yourself....and feel better soon.

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BZYBOYSMOM 9/5/2010 10:37AM

    Fuel up and take it easy today!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/5/2010 6:19AM

    Hope you're soon on the road to recovery Barb.

I guess that there is no 'good' time to be sick so pay attention to the signals that your body is sending to you and don't try too hard to over-ride too soon. You will know what to do.

Take good care of yourself my friend.

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The best laid anticipations...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I was so looking forward to this weekend and I woke up sick. I went through the phases of denial (this will clear up after I take a shower), hunting for an easily explainable cause (I switched to 1/4 caf coffee too fast?), and braving it out (if I just get past this one appointment, I can come home and crash)...

Down to actually the coming home and crashing. So I'm not feeling very sparkly, but hopefully tomorrow will be better.

  
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SUNNY332 9/6/2010 8:56AM

    I had kind of a rough weekend too. I woke up at the hotel on Friday not feeling good and now back home and still trying to get my energy back. I am feeling really wiped out.

It is just one of those things. I did wake up feeling better today so may get some exercise in today.

Take care and do have a Marvelous Monday.

Hugs, Sunny

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BZYBOYSMOM 9/5/2010 10:36AM

    Bummer my friend! I hate when that happens! I hope you feel beter soon!

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ANDI571 9/4/2010 11:17PM

    Bless your heart, as my mom would have said. I hope you get feeling better soon. No fun being sick, especially when you have plans. emoticon

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REJ7777 9/4/2010 9:36PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well. emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/4/2010 8:55PM

    That is no fun on a holiday weekend. Take care of yourself.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/4/2010 8:07PM

    Don't you just hate it when you have wonderful plans for your day then something upsets them? Worse still that you're feeling sick, but I'm sending get-well-soon vibes your way. Hope before too much of the day's passed you're feeling well again.
Feet up, good book or knitting or movie to occupy you if you aren't sleeping, and the time will pass till you find your Spark again.
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KE11YJAE 9/4/2010 7:40PM

    Feel better soon!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/4/2010 6:19PM

    Sorry Barb!

Feel better soon!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/4/2010 4:39PM

    Get well soon, Barb. Rest and take care.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 4:28PM

    Uh oh. So sorry that you're feeling sick Barb.

Hope it passes quickly and that you are soon back on top form.

Take care.

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It's FRIDAY!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Furthermore, here in the US, it's Friday leading into a holiday weekend! AND... I "ate that frog" emoticon this morning, getting my Couch to 5K workout out of the way early. emoticon I feel, as usual when I blog post-workout... fantastic! See those bubbles? emoticon

This should be a good day. Here are my best wishes that it be so for all of you, as well!

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APRILLSCOTT 9/3/2010 11:22PM

    Have a wonderful week end! You are beginning to look skinnier and skinnier!Looking great! emoticon

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REJ7777 9/3/2010 7:46PM

    That's a emoticon way to start the day! emoticon

Have a great weekend! It's a long weekend here in Canada too. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/3/2010 3:38PM

    emoticon You made me smile. Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend. emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/3/2010 11:10AM

    I'll send all my Frogs over to you, Barb!! I am grateful for them eating Bugs and all, but they creep me out. Sorry!

I do enjoy the occasional Fried Frog Leg though. I wonder if that is on the SP Calorie Counter?

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ANDI571 9/3/2010 9:49AM

    You rock! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/3/2010 9:05AM

    It's a great feeling when completing the day's exercise! You are doing great!

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PATRISNA 9/3/2010 8:21AM

    Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! I hope Turtles don't eat frogs. I love frogs too. I saw a little bitty tree frog the other day about as big as my thumb nail. It was so cute! I told it to be sure to eat a lot of bugs. lol


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REDOKIELUV 9/3/2010 7:30AM

    emoticon I look forward to the day that I can do a 5K

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NANN66 9/3/2010 7:27AM

    LOL! This made me smile today!!! Thank you!!!

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Approaching "home" - the OTHER challenge of maintenance

Thursday, September 02, 2010

One of my major problems in past efforts at "maintenance" has been knowing when "done" is "done". You can get hooked on the numbers drifting downward, you know.

Sometime in August, the scale dipped below 130 for the first time and I kind of freaked. The last time I saw the scale register "12X", I was entering college. Um... 39 years ago. I began to wonder if I had reached that point of "too far".

The past couple of weeks I've been thinking more and more that "this is home", meaning that I'm where I want to be, in terms of number on the scale, size of clothing, etc. I don't really want to go lower: I feel healthy. I think I look healthy.

So... this is my declaration of residence... between 125 and 130 is my new "home range". And I'm going to do my best to "keep house" here.

  
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APRILLSCOTT 9/3/2010 11:26PM

    I once lost 60 pounds! Maintenance is where I could not hold the show in the road! To me it is worse than losing the weight! I look forward to turning to you and some of the others to be able to tell me where I went wrong last time! So get it all down pat before I get there! emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/3/2010 9:07AM

    It is hard to know when to stop and once you decide where the stopping point is, how to manage it. Just another puzzle to figure out.

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KASEYCOFF 9/3/2010 5:08AM

    I think REJ has hit the nail on the head: maintenance really is very much an 'ongoing' process. It's not as tho you reach a certain point - in terms of weightloss, or BMI, or fitness - and say 'Well, I've arrived. I can get off the train and stop now.' It's continual. There's the proof that it truly is a lifestyle change, because you are figuring out the details of your 'new' lifestyle. People who have never been overweight still weigh themselves, and (I assume, not having been there myself for very long at any one time, lol) if they see their clothing sizes suddenly going up (or down) it signals them to find out what's going on. I like that you have given yourself a range; it sounds like a very good plan to keep you at your healthiest. Kind of like Alice - keep adjusting until you hit the 'just right' balance in the middle. :-)

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REJ7777 9/2/2010 9:51PM

    emoticon Maintenance is just as much of a challenge as weight loss, if not more so. I've succeeded in losing weight several times, but I've never succeeded at staying at goal. You've put together a healthy lifestyle that will enable to do just that! "Keeping house" is work, but oh so worth it!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/2/2010 9:48PM

    Way to go Barb! You look great, you feel great, you are at a healthy weight. You are definitely home!

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ANDI571 9/2/2010 9:40PM

    I'm glad you finally made it home. I wish I would have done that when I orginally lost my weight. I never made it home. It was like 5 or 10 more pounds. I think I put way to much pressure on myself. It wasn't until I gained 30 pounds back and look at old pictures, that I see I had made it home and didn't realize it.

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PATRISNA 9/2/2010 4:48PM

    Congratulations! I think you are paving the way and learning the best method for the rest of us. We are proud of you! Maintenance in a range of 5 pounds is a good idea. Feeling healthy and comfortable where you are is the way to go. You look wonderful!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/2/2010 4:13PM

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Welcome home Barb!

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Wishing you a long and happy stay.

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KATIEJO5 9/2/2010 11:50AM

    I followed Mary over here, since I am dealing with this right now. I am 6ft tall and originally set a goal of 170 just because! I have been at 175 for several months now and the scale is not budging! I feel good, I look healthy...but it seems like failure to change my goal! Dumb, huh? I decided yesterday to quit beating my head against the wall and work hard on maintaining right here.

Thanks for the insight into home!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/2/2010 10:54AM

    Well, if you'e going to have a housewarming party, make sure you serve healthy foods. LOL! I think home should be where you feel most comfortable and not dictated by the number on the scale. If you're most comfortable within that weight range, then by all means that's where you should plant your roots and call it "home." Congratulations on making it home!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/2/2010 10:46AM

    What you have accomplished is truely awesome in every way. I hope that you are very proud of yourself....you should be!!! And I feel really happy for you. Contratulations!!!
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LJCANNON 9/2/2010 9:47AM

    emoticon emoticonWelcome Home!!!

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SROUS1340 9/2/2010 9:38AM

    Congrats on reaching home! I can't wait to find that spot myself!

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KALIGIRL 9/2/2010 8:25AM

    Good place to keep house. I'm staying between 115 and 120 for the same reasons.
Isn't it great to break from the number and find a safe place in a range?

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SLENDERELLA61 9/2/2010 8:18AM

    CONGRATS on finding your home weight. I can totally relate. Deciding to quit losing is tricky. I've decided several times and changed my mind, but there truly comes a time to stop. You should celebrate that you have found it!! Congrats on reaching your ideal weight. Keep up the good eating and activity!!

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