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K: "kit"

Friday, September 24, 2010

Strange word, huh? It's a movie reference. The movie is Chariots of Fire. Remember the scene where Eric Liddle is handing out the trophies at an athletic meet, and the speaker offers to get him some "kit" so that he will run in the main event?

"Kit", in this case, meant running clothes: the right equipment. The right equipment is vital, even for beginners. A good, supportive pair of shoes for walking, for example. A swimsuit that fits and does not bind for water aerobics or lap swimming. A good supportive sports bra for us ladies!

All these things are ways of preparing ourselves for an active life, and for some of us, buying new "kit" is a reward and incentive in our programs. A cute new outfit, shiny new workout shoes, another piece of equipment - bands, or weights, or a balance board... can all keep my interest alive.

Is there any "kit" that you use as reward / incentive to keep your fitness program alive.

  
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SAMI199 10/19/2010 4:17PM

    Besides the essentials-walking shoes-DVD's-books/magazines/SP
I have found that "Dressing the Part" really helps me-do I need a running suit to walk my street-no-but it makes me feel very athletic & " cool"-lol. I get a kick out of Nike teeshirts,ect.



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ANONALEE 9/25/2010 9:20AM

    If I add anything to my kit it will be another fitness DVD -- I'm lucky enough to live in a building with a full gym and all the great equipment (including a pilates machine!), so I only have hand weights, stretchy bands and DVDs in the home.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/25/2010 12:50AM

    I've promised myself a mini-tramp for my birthday next month. I know I'll use that, cos I can do what I do with Charlie (cardio twister) - turn the music up LOUD and keep moving to the beat of the music. I alternate slow and fast songs - more fast now than slow. Used to be the other way round a few months back.

Wondering about the wisdom of using a skipping rope, which was considered a good idea according to a SP article. Not sure if I'd use it though.

Thinking of a really good pedometer for myself for Christmas, cos my cheap nasty one is both of those things - will suddenly turn itself on/of/switch from mode to mode, you name it, its versatile in what havoc it creates. Thanks to a friend's vlog, I know iphone have an app, a Nike GPS app., I think it is. Just wondering if I can get something similar for mine, or whether in fact that would do for my Android type phone.

I have a balance ball and resistance bands, but they were both 3 minute wonders unfortunately.

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MSLZZY 9/24/2010 10:21PM

    I can always a new pair of shoes. But after this morning, gloves would be appropriate LOL!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/24/2010 3:10PM

    I use things I want to add to my 'Kit' as rewards for reaching milestones or goals. Yesterday it was a new hat for walking as I reach over 100 miles walked. On my list is new walking shoes, swiss ball, resistance bands, hand weights. I think it is a great idea to build a kit. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 9/24/2010 2:17PM

    I have the necessary kit, I just need to work on staying motivating and using those tools. Thanks for the reminder...

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REJ7777 9/24/2010 1:53PM

    Since my favorite activities are walking and hiking, my kit includes high quality walking and hiking shoes and sandals, hiking poles and a daypack, as well as a basic pedometer. I plan to keep adding to my kit with time.

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KALIGIRL 9/24/2010 1:04PM

    My 'kit' has served as a reward and disincentive. New biking clothes - definite reward. Changing out pedals to fit clip shoes - a little scary - having to relearn taking corners and opportunities are dwindling as days get shorter...

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WALKINGANNIE 9/24/2010 12:12PM

    Uh-oh.... This is where I still have to admit that I still have no 'kit' at all! (Unless a pedometer and 2 D-shaped hand weights count.)
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This does't mean that I'm not active though - just not in the same league as most of my Spark friends.

Way to go on your example!
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TURTLETALK 9/24/2010 10:59AM

    My kit is a gigantic treadmill that sets right in front of my tv. I leave my walking shoes and socks right on the tread so if I try to sit on the couch and watch tv I have to look through the treadmill to see. It certainly would not win me any decorating awards but it works to get me off my duff. I hope you are having the beautiful day in NB that we are enjoying in KS today.

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SUNNY332 9/24/2010 8:01AM

    I love adding new things to my "kit". Right now, I have my mind set on a new Elliptical.
It will be my reward when I reach my goal weight of 160 - 12 more #'s to go.

Sunny

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J: just

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oh, you think - there she goes again! Neither noun nor verb. "just" can be an adjective or an adverb. Don't you love quirky little words with multiple meanings? "Just" is just such a word. emoticon

I'm going to highlight two of those meanings. One of them is the sense of the minimal nature of whatever it is modifying. That's the adverb meaning:

"Just ten minutes of activity..."
"Just do it!"
"Just wait a minute here!"
"Just one cookie, thank you..."

All these little, precise, "just one thing" decisions add up to a healthier life-style.

But then there is the adjective side: right or fair; equitable; impartial

Think about what is "just" or fair treatment of your body, mind and spirit. What is right? Most of us know. Many of us bend over backwards to treat others fairly. Question for today: are you treating yourself in a "just" manner?

Speaking of "just"... there are just 99 days left in 2010! My aim is to make the most of them.

  
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SAMI199 10/19/2010 4:10PM

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WALKINGANNIE 9/23/2010 3:23PM

    Just splendid Barb!

I think that we are being much more just to our bodies these days.

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KALIGIRL 9/23/2010 1:21PM

    Wonderful question and one we should ask often. I'm off to have some lunch, so I'd say
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/23/2010 10:29AM

    Hmmm, I never thought about the concept of being just to my body. You make a very important point.

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SUNNY332 9/23/2010 8:47AM

    3 months left for me to reach my goals this year!

Thanks for being such a GREAT inspiration for me and thanks for you ongoing encouragement.

Hugs, Sunny

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/23/2010 8:43AM

    Once again you have me thinking early in the morning. Reminds me of the Nike ad. So I better Just Do it!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/23/2010 8:34AM

    Great blog! Just wonderful ideas, well articulated!!

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ANONALEE 9/23/2010 8:20AM

    Just do it! is both an encouragement and a minimization of the amount of effort involved, depending on how one looks at it. I feel much more charitable toward "just do it" when I'm being successful, kind of angry and resentful toward it when I'm not.

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MSLZZY 9/23/2010 7:25AM

    I'm aiming for the same goal. Good luck! HUGS!

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I: Inspiration

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We all need inspiration. No matter what phase in life's journey, we need inspiration to get up in the morning, to keep going when the going gets tough, and to keep going after set backs AND after successes!

So I keep on finding goals and things to work for. I keep on reading success stories and blogs, participate in my spark teams and play those alphabet and number games in posts. And I share with others because it becomes an inspiration. My spark friends inspire me a lot.

Last night I put a stake in the ground: I sent in my registration fee for my target 5K.

For those of you who might not be regular followers of my blog, my son's unit was among those that took casualties last November, in the shooting at Fort Hood. When I found out they were going to do a memorial run to honor the fallen, I knew it was the perfect inspiration for me. My couch to 5K program that I keep writing status about was to get serious about being in shape for this event.

I still don't know how I'm going to pull off the logistics and fit it into the budget (the travel part), but signing up for it adds to my determination and makes it more likely to really happen. See the Spark philosophy? Do one thing!

What inspires YOU to keep on keepin' on?

  
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SAMI199 10/19/2010 4:06PM

    Today YOU are my inspiration!!!! I was so upset about Fort Hood-I do not know if there is anything I can do to help-but
please let me know...Good Luck!!!!!!

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God Bless our Troops

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REJ7777 9/22/2010 10:51PM

    emoticon on doing that one thing!
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ANG_LA 9/22/2010 8:12PM

    PERFECT! Nothing more to say kiddo. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/22/2010 3:32PM

    Wow! Congrats for sending the registration fee in and committing to the event. That is awwesome - and you are a great Inspiration with a capital I.

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MSLZZY 9/22/2010 3:30PM

    I think my inspiration comes from other SP members who share their stories and their struggles. They make me count my blessings and realize I have it pretty good in comparison.
So I keep on trucking and keep on tracking. HUGS!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/22/2010 11:30AM

    That is awesome. The people at sparkpeople keep me inspired.

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ANONALEE 9/22/2010 10:41AM

    That's fantastic, Barb -- not only do you have a great program to follow but a wonderful way of expressing it at the end. Very inspirational! I get 99% of my inspiration from ideas I run across while reading things like this!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/22/2010 10:40AM

    Just like you, other sparkers insprie me -- and you're right up there at the top of the list! Congratulations on sending in the registration fee. Now that you've made the commitment, I bet you'll be surprised at how you find a way to make it happen. Good luck as you continue your training!

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THIAGRAM 9/22/2010 10:17AM

  You inspire me! Thanks for a great blog! Bless you and your son!
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DHENDLER 9/22/2010 8:57AM

    Not only LIKE THIS ... love this. You are the inspiration for many Barb. Thanks once again.

Many like myself might like to donate funds for your run if you have an address that can be used for that purpose.

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SUNNY332 9/22/2010 8:46AM

    Awesome. Have faith that the $$ will be there.

You Inspire me, Barb and I will be praying about the logistics.

Hugs, Sunny
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PATRISNA 9/22/2010 8:20AM

    Barb,
You inspire me to keep on keepin' on! Everything you mentioned about Spark People keeps me going. People like you, Jeannie and Just-Tri-It that work for a goal and then blog when they succeed.

I am glad you decided to go for the Memorial 5K. I know it has been on your mind ever since you said you couldn't do it. I was hoping you would change your mind.

Hugs,
Pat

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KALIGIRL 9/22/2010 8:17AM

    So wonderful you decided to travel there. You are an inspiration to us all!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/22/2010 8:14AM

    What a wonderful reason to begin Couch 25K! There is no better way to honor the fallen of your son's unit and the other units than to work so hard towards completing that run. I'm sure your son must be so very proud of all you've achieved so far, but this must just be the icing on the cake to him.

You asked what keeps me keeping on? When I talk with my grandchildren and hear them say the words 'I love you Gran'. That's what keeps me on my journey to better health and physical condition. I want to be round for a long time yet to see the wonderful milestones my family reach, to cheer them on in the good times, to cry with them in the not so good times. What helps me believe I can do all I hope to? Reading blogs such as this one of your's, and knowing other people can push themselves to achieve things that once seemed impossible.

Thank you for the inspiration you constantly provide me, and many many others, I'm sure, with in your blogs.
Hugs,
Chris.

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H: honesty

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Honesty - most especially honesty with myself - is an important part of this journey. Because the journey / lifestyle is all about self-discovery and self-improvement. If I'm not honest in my assessment of what I'm doing and why, I won't make a whole lot of progress.

This does NOT mean that I beat up on myself or make harsh judgments when I slip. Honesty simply to me means keeping track and being aware. Mindfulness of what's going on in my head and my heart... why is this candy bar in my hand? OH... I'm not really hungry, I'm worried... is there anything else I could do, rather than scarf this down without thinking?

Being self-aware doesn't happen overnight or by magic. It takes a conscious effort for me. Although I have to say it is becoming more habitual. Taking time to be aware... a simple process like a breathing exercise can bring me back from the brink: breathe in to a count of four. Hold for a count of four. Exhale to a count of eight. Do that a couple of times, doesn't take much time... and brings me right back to the present... to where I can identify what's going on in that head and heart, and make a better choice.

Here's to self-honesty, that frees us to decide about our actions more consciously!

  
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SAMI199 10/19/2010 4:00PM

    I believe that Honesty is the most critical component to this
this whole thing-Denial-Excuses-Lies...keep us sick.

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REJ7777 9/21/2010 9:10PM

    I think that honesty is a non-negotiable when it comes to health - physical, mental and spiritual, and even social.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/21/2010 10:26AM

    I couldn't agree with you more. If we can't be honest with ourselves, then we'll never be able to maintain a weight loss (or find inner peace). Good food for thought. Thanks!

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KATHRYNLP 9/21/2010 9:09AM

    You're trying to Live Your True Life.. and I applaud you!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 8:58AM

    Congratulations on how far you have come on your journey. You are doing very well when you are self aware! Honesty is the cornerstone! Keep up the great work!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/21/2010 8:57AM

    I think that Honesty and being honest with yourself is one of the biggest steps on the pathway to being healthy and losing weight. Thanks for the blog, it is making me think.

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KALIGIRL 9/21/2010 8:09AM

    Isn't it great when 'good' habits become more 'habitual'?
Here's to Honest Awareness!

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ANONALEE 9/21/2010 7:40AM

    I find it very difficult to be honest. There are so many ways that my excellent mind can find to rationalize what I'm doing or thinking that it takes conscious effort, and a lot of it, to peel back the layers to the truth. But, of course, it's worth it to do so!

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SUNNY332 9/21/2010 7:38AM

    Honesty sometimes hurts but not as long as dishonesty. Not only that, dishonesty doesn't really get us anywhere on our journey. Honesty is the key to change and moving forward. I never have been able to fool myself let alone, fool others.

take care and have a Terrific Tuesday.

Sunny

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KINDRED2U 9/21/2010 7:31AM

    To make any positive change in ones life it is critical to first be honest to your self.

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OK, now I'm ruined for autumn!

Monday, September 20, 2010

This is where I was on Saturday late afternoon, in the 93 degree (F) heat of Dallas, TX, in a hotel pool. This is the first time I've been swimming in... three years? I swam 14 laps and my shoulders said, "You haven't used us this way in a while!" So I got out and lazed beside the pool and chatted with another attendee. And I have to say that coming home to the 52 degree (F) autumn evening in Nebraska on Sunday... well, it kind of felt good, but there's a part of me that would like to stay with the warmth and the swimming pools.

The current background photo is the view from my hotel room when I first checked in. If you look closely, you'll see that the rainbow is a double one... the outer arc is fainter, but it's there. Rainbows are promises. And it was a weekend full of promises kept.

The comic relief was on the way back: the pilot got the passengers to load quickly and efficiently by means of competition. Our flight was from Dallas to Chicago. The flight loading next to us was also going to Chicago... it was the charter flight of the Chicago Bears, who had, apparently, just defeated the Dallas Cowboys! Our goal, said the pilot, was to beat that charter flight into Chicago. I never found out whether we did, but we got people into their seats and away from the gate first.

Fun side trips: Addison, TX, Oktoberfest, Saturday afternoon.


Ate like crap, but in reasonable portion sizes: smoked turkey leg (but stopped after what I hoped was a reasonable portion), German potato salad, and sauerkraut.

Allergies killed me on Sunday and are still giving me after effects today. But all in all, a wonderful weekend, and I'm gentling myself back into my program.

  
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PENNYAN45 9/21/2010 7:55PM

    Thanks for the photos. Looks like you had a great time.



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KALIGIRL 9/21/2010 8:25AM

    Sounds wonderful - but just wait til you walk outside on one of our cool crisp days!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/21/2010 12:46AM

    Barb, I'm so glad you had a good time. Sounds like you behaved yourself pretty well too--3 cheers for you!
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GEINAHG0757 9/20/2010 6:36PM

    The temperatures were enjoyable for a visit...I live in a state just north of Texas and I am TIRED of the heat. It just goes on and on. Ready for the cool you already have!

Glad you enjoyed your southern weekend!

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DEBRITA01 9/20/2010 5:55PM

    My DH has been in TX for the past week swimming in a 89 degree pool while I'm home in NJ jogging in my 68 degree pool (Brrr!). Glad you got a chance to enjoy the TX heat and a fun Oktoberfest (German potato salad-yum!). You enjoyed yourself in moderation and are now easing back into your program. Way to go!

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DRB13_1 9/20/2010 5:54PM

    Dallas is getting wooped by everyone... serves them right for trading Emmett Smith rather than letting him retire as a Cowboy
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REJ7777 9/20/2010 5:48PM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend! Eating like crap, but controlling portions, sounds like a good middle-of-the-road approach to dealing with a special weekend like that. It's when the exception becomes the norm that we get into trouble! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/20/2010 5:18PM

    What a nice weekend. Glad you were able to enjoy the pool. I haven't been in a bathing suit for probably 20 years, much less a swimming pool. But I'm starting to look forward to the day when I can feel not quite so self-conscious in a suit and enjoy myself. Oktoberfest looked like lots of fun. Great photos.

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SUNNY332 9/20/2010 5:06PM

    Looks like you had a great time. Loved the photos.

Maybe you could join the YMCA and swim there?

Take care and hope your allegies get better. Mine are giving me fits too so looking
forward to our first frost.

Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 9/20/2010 4:50PM

    Love the pictures!! Just great! Yes, I could use some of that 52 degree weather right now. We are still in the 90s. Also love your phrase "gentling myself back onto program." That is exactly what I need to be doing. This growling at myself isn't working. Thanks for a different philosophy.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/20/2010 4:31PM

    Sorry about the allergies!

WTG on controlling your portions!!

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