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When a natural morning person travels with those who are not...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

You end up with me scaring hotel security people, generally. Because my body says: "4:20 a.m.? Time to get up! Let's get moving!" And, not wanting to be a rude room-mate, the sensible thing to do is quietly dress, and leave the room so the others can sleep. Because after all, they were polite and let me go to bed at my usual hour... I should be polite and let them sleep to their usual wake up time, right?

So here I am, in my workout clothes, a good hour before the "exercise room" opens for business. I walk laps of the corridors... I'll probably have my 10,000 steps in before breakfast! Actually, these hotel dudes were not nearly as disturbed by my wearing my "Fitness in Progress" spark shirt and walking laps as the guys in Topeka a year ago.

The wedding was PERFECT! Which all weddings should be. This does not mean that everything went off without a hitch, exactly... all weddings to be perfect must be a little imperfect and quirky. My niece was positively radiant, her groom handsome, wonderful music, as should be expected of a symphony player's wedding. And family... and prepared for family... and focus where it should be, on the day and the couple.

Eventually, my lap-walking led to the hotel lobby and internet access, so this entry before I go seek my continental breakfast and go get my OTHER niece up to take the swim she wants to have before we head home. It's been a great trip... and I'll catch up with other stuff when I get home. (Because I don't want to hog the hotel guest internet time!)

Feeling... grateful... happy... and normal! emoticon

p.s. and yes, there will be photos later, when I get home.

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PEGGYJEAN13 10/19/2010 2:00PM

    My husband and I are morning people too. When the kids stay with us they tell us we can take care of the babies when they get up early because we are up anyway. It's the best part of the day!

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SAMI199 10/17/2010 7:07PM

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BUGGYS 10/17/2010 6:01PM

    I am so impressed that you stuck with the exercise program!!!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/17/2010 2:22PM

    Sounds like you had a very good time! Look forward to the pictures!! Congrats on sticking to the program.

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REJ7777 10/17/2010 12:35PM

    That's wonderful! emoticon
It sounds like you're enjoying yourself. emoticon
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Great Sparking! emoticon

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ANDI571 10/17/2010 11:55AM

    Does 4:30 come twice in one day? emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 10/17/2010 11:51AM

    So glad that you had a good day Barb.

Did the hotel do coffee and steel cut oats for breakfast?

Good job on the early morning exercise and courtesy to your fellow guests.

Looking forward to the photos.


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JHADZHIA 10/17/2010 10:22AM

    I have had the same problem, waking up at 4 am, never had a roomie yet that wanted up at that hour lol. Its actually a good time to use the hotel internet -no kids around waiting to hog it.. Makes you wish they would have their exercise rooms open 24/7. At least you can get in stair climbing with hotels as well as walking.
Glad you had a good time!

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MNTWINSGAL 10/17/2010 10:17AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day, Barb....the wedding sounds lovely too. Glad you had a good time, and that you're able to do your Sparking even while away from home!

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ANNROBERTS54 10/17/2010 8:32AM

    On a recent retreat, my room mate got up before anyone else cause she was from the east coast and a different time zone than the rest of us. She was so concerned with waking us up, she went in the laundry room of our cabin to knit!! And i have to say, we were not nearly as concerned with her well being the night before when we all stayed up late, laughing and drinking wine!

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ALOHAEV1 10/17/2010 8:15AM

    Looking forward to pics and you will have some great stuff to shorten the drive home. It's always great to visit...especially at happy times!

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SUZIEQS65 10/17/2010 8:02AM

    I get it...the same thing happens to me all the time...up BEFORE the crack of dawn...and now what?
Glad the wedding went well...take care and safe trip home.

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Short - happy Wedding Day for my niece

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Going to be heading out in a little bit to pick up my "road trip" buddies, a younger sis and her daughter... to go to another sister's daughter's wedding. I haven't been to a family wedding in many years, and it feels great to be going to see people on a joyous day!

Many of these folks I last saw at some funeral or other (Dad's, my great-aunt's, etc.) Yes, the "weddings and funerals" syndrome lives in our family, too. Armed with my reveries of the week before, I'm firmly holding that this is about the bride and groom and their joyful day! Everything else is gravy.

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WALKINGANNIE 10/16/2010 3:22PM

    Hope the gravy is tasty!

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FRAN0426 10/16/2010 11:36AM

    Enjoy the joyous occasion , have a safe road trip to and from the wedding.

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REJ7777 10/16/2010 9:50AM

    Have a great time! emoticon

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CONCHA77 10/16/2010 9:33AM

    Enjoy yourself, Barb. I also will be attending a "family" wedding later on. Smile~

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JHADZHIA 10/16/2010 8:29AM

    Enjoy the day!! Have fun!!

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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2010 8:14AM

    Have fun-----and I know you will enjoy the daY!!!---Lucky you !!!---LOL--

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MSLZZY 10/16/2010 8:09AM

    Have a great day! HUGS!

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NWLIFESRC 10/16/2010 7:59AM

    Have fun kiss the bride. emoticon

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Rolling with changes

Friday, October 15, 2010

Last night I was in the middle of my Couch to 5K workout when the phone rang. It said "Cell Phone NE" on the caller ID, and I hopped off the treadmill to answer it. There are three or four people who come up that way on the caller ID, and all of them are worth picking up for. It was my son, so definitely worth it... BUT! It did change my training plan for the day. I swapped to the cordless phone and dropped the speed on the treadmill to a walk, and finished the time of the workout, but not the distance. I stretched after with the phone still in hand.

There was a time in my perfectionist history when having an interruption like this would have thrown me off my stride. I might have flopped on the couch, failed to stretch, and possibly given myself an excuse to eat a "treat". Not this time, though. I view that as a positive sign.

I have promised myself to do a full Week 9 workout 2, either tonight or early tomorrow before the wedding trip. Since week 9 is the last of this training plan, from here on, it is a matter of maintaining that ability to run the distance, and possibly work at improving speed a tad.

The time is coming... here's to rolling with modifications and not losing sight of the goals!

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REJ7777 10/15/2010 7:39PM

    That's wonderful!!!

"Here's to rolling with modifications and not losing sight of the goals!" emoticon

I think those who succeed at maintenance have learned to adapt to life, which is exactly what you are learning to do!

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WALKINGANNIE 10/15/2010 3:19PM

    Great job on adaptation and acceptance!

Hope your weekend goes well and that you manage to enjoy yourself.


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KALIGIRL 10/15/2010 12:37PM

    emoticon Here's to going with the flow!

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CONCHA77 10/15/2010 9:17AM

    Good Job with obtaining this goal and have a great time at the wedding this weekend. You will look fantastic and be proud. You deserve it, Barb.
Can't wait to see what's next?
Be safe and enjoy! Connie

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STEPHIEKNITS 10/15/2010 8:57AM

    emoticon Good attitude!

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MSLZZY 10/15/2010 7:55AM

    Life happens and it is so important not to lose sight of your goal. You did fantastic! Have a great weekend! HUGS!

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In your dreams!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I've always wanted to say that, flippantly to some guy, like in the movies.

But seriously, while on the topic of the sleep challenge, there is the natural segue into the world of dreams. Dreams can be crazy... all the events of your day, your anxieties, general thoughts... come out in images while you sleep. Sometimes I remember them and wake up with them. Sometimes they make me laugh. Sometimes they give me insight into what's bugging me.

Well, this morning I woke from a dream that involved a Wedding, a messy house that I was frantically trying to tidy up while... hiding from those relatives I mentioned a couple of blogs back! Oh, what dreams do tell!

Speaking of those relatives... every family dynamic is its own thing. Kaligirl identified with my thin well-to-do relatives (if you only consider that as the description, which is about all I gave). That brought to mind a class I took a few years back.

It was work thing, really about workplace relationships, but there was a thought-exercise that was very worthwhile: in it we were asked to think about people who made us feel "less than". What did they do to "make" us feel that way? (Focus on the actions.)

Then turn it around: had WE ever done any of those things to someone else?

Well, you wouldn't be honest if you said "NEVER". Some pretty small actions can be taken ill at any given moment... we're talking emotional response. I didn't say you ever MEANT to make them feel "less than", just that you have DONE some of the things that irritated you when someone else did them.

Yep, the point of the exercise is that even the "nicest" of us can be a jerk to someone at some point! So cut one another some slack.

Anyhow, all of this is helping to strengthen me for the weekend ahead. To relax, let "those relatives" be human. Allow myself to be human, too, and not so defensive. My life is my life. Their lives are theirs. I don't choose who I'm related to... but I also don't have to have their approval or understanding to be who I am and to be content to be so!

Inside my skull? My responsibility. Outside? I have no control... it is what it is. I'm working on the inside now!

May you all have a peaceful day, content to be the best YOU that you can be... just for today. emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 10/14/2010 3:34PM

    Dreams and family relationships can be so fascinating and complicated.

You're honest with yourself about your realtionships and are preparing well for meeting your relatives.

Now that you are slimmer you can contemplate that you really are 'less than'' you were. You are a different person now - with new accomplishments and improved health. You are a strong, wise, independent and thoughtful woman who deserves to feel comfortable in any company.

Remember that Eleanor Roosevelt quote - "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission."

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MSLZZY 10/14/2010 10:13AM

    Work on the things you can control and let the rest go. Just a good mental health idea! HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 10/14/2010 8:51AM

    So glad to 'hear' you are centering yourself and letting the weekend events flow as they might.

I was raised in a dichotomous atmosphere (I could be anything I wanted, but women were hood ornaments) where nothing was quite good enough (makes me wonder if that's where the 4.0+ system came from?). It takes an effort on my part to not be critical of others (or myself).
emoticonfor this blog - it's a reminder that I only elevate myself when I elevate others.

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MYCUTEGIZMO 10/14/2010 8:24AM

  LOL Family are they always gona be there for good and for bad?

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SAMI199 10/14/2010 8:05AM

    I swear you must have been here yesterday!!! It's that time of year when my extended family begins to make plans for Thanksgiving-we are many & live in different states so it can get sticky. Sure enough,things were getting tense & I found myself "Hurt" by my sister's actions. I fought the urge to confront her,deciding no good would come of that.
Amazingly, she called me-unaware that I wasn't happy. It turns out she had a very good reason & I had nothing to do with it!!!We talked & I was able to be supportive.(We do love each other) My point is the same as yours-do not be so quick to take offense & cut someone some slack-you just NEVER know what they're dealing with.

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Better Sleep Challenge - Mid-way reflections

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I may have mentioned I started the better sleep challenge, following in the footsteps of WalkingAnnie and Slenderella61.

I started my sleep journal and found some variations in my sleep patterns, but not a whole lot. I do go to bed on time. I fall asleep pretty easily, most of the time. I wake up during the night for a couple of reasons: bathroom, and canine. When I do, MOST of the time, I fall back asleep easily. On occasion mind-spinning keeps me awake, when I'm concerned about something going on in my life.

This week I started looking at the tips. I already do several of them: I have my bedtime routine. I try to adhere to a regular schedule (my sleep gets really messed up when I stay up too late!)

I'm on the hook to have a plan by end of the week - two things to incorporate. I picked these:

"Take control of your worries" - in fact, since moving my Couch to 5K run to evening... the stretch and shower leading up to bedtime are great worry-reducers.


"Know when and how to nap" - and, I started using this one over the weekend. The 20-minute power nap is a cool tool.

I already feel pretty good about my exercise and nutrition habits related to time of day and sleep. Which leaves the fourth element: reflect.

My reflections indicate that pretty much, at this point, I'm complacent about my sleep: except when I'm not. Right now, after a good night's sleep, I'm feeling pretty complacent. When I do something like the pinochle night with the neighbors and mess up my sleep for the whole next day, not so much!

So, my big picture plan is to simply stick to my routine, and cut myself a break when things don't go as I'd like: for example that Wedding trip, when I'll have to adjust to having other people along for the ride, and may not have as much control over my schedule.

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WALKINGANNIE 10/13/2010 3:21PM

    Good plan!

I'm very surprised at the benefits that I'm still getting after completing the sleep challenge. i think that the effects will be long lasting, even though I had no real expectations of the challenge.

Reducing my coffee drinking and using plain hot water as a substitute has paid real dividends. As well as improving my sleep, my blood pressure has reduced further. Also, although I'm drinking the same volume I'm not having to get up in the night for bathroom trips.

I really hope that you can find some unexpected benefits too.


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KALIGIRL 10/13/2010 1:06PM

    Here's to cutting ourselves breaks when we can't keep to our schedules.
I am still waking in the night with sweats, but believe this too shall pass.
Not a power napper (although I've tried) but my mom was a master - maybe that will come with age...
I'm taking the Chopra meditation 21 day challenge and hoping that will do the same as your exercise and shower.
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STEPHIEKNITS 10/13/2010 11:53AM

    Sleep is important. When I wake up and can't sleep because of the stuff running around in my head, I write it all down until I have nothing else to write then I can go to sleep.

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CARRIE1948 10/13/2010 7:20AM

    Good for you. Sleep is crucial.

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MSLZZY 10/13/2010 7:12AM

    Very good plan to evaluate what stops you from getting enough quality sleep and making changes! Good luck! HUGS!

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JHADZHIA 10/13/2010 7:12AM

    Sounds interesting. I haven't solved the riddle of my insomnia. I too, have a constant routine, get to bed at the same time, have no problem falling asleep, but immediately, its wake up 2-3 hours later and no falling back to sleep in spite of not having anything on my mind and being comfortable. I am under no stress, no worries, just can't figure it. Unfortunately, if I have a nap, it lasts longer than the short one you are supposed to have, like 2-3 hours LOL. I will enjoy learning any tidbits you come up with this program that actually work for you. So far Slenderella hasn't blogged on how she is doing with it..

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