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Staying home yesterday was a good call

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I say that because this morning, even though I'm still "draining", I feel so much better! I pretty much laid about the house glassy-eyed, trying not to feel the sore throat, and "fed" it chicken soup and whatever I felt like. It was over the calorie range, but not extreme. I don't keep really horrible stuff in the house and some of the healthier things just don't go down well when your throat hurts.

Anyway, today's point is this observation: I was feeling very sorry for myself yesterday because for all my fitness efforts, I still got sick! Warped. There is no guarantee that because you are fit, you'll never catch a cold or over-extend yourself. And I did all the preventive things I could think to do when I felt it coming on: made sure I went to bed on time, kept vertical so things wouldn't clog up, etc.

The GOOD part of the observation is this: when I am fit, and have been giving my body nutritious food that supports the immune system, I may not avoid catching whatever it is, but I seem to bounce back better and faster!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2010 8:01AM

    Very positive attitude. Sometimes you just can't avoid getting sick but then you will appreciate good health all the more. HUGS!

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WALKINGANNIE 10/20/2010 3:57PM

    Glad you're feeling better today and you're right - we do bounce back quicker when we are well-nourished and active.

Hope you keep on feeling better.

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REJ7777 10/20/2010 2:12PM

    "There is no guarantee that because you are fit, you'll never catch a cold or over-extend yourself." Oh no! emoticon
Glad you're feeling better! emoticon

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SAMI199 10/20/2010 1:56PM

    I hope you are feeling much better now!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/20/2010 11:30AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better today. And you're right -- the more fit we become, the better we bounce back. Way to go!

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ANDI571 10/20/2010 10:45AM

    Glad you are taking care of yourself. Bouncing back quick means so much.

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BUGGYS 10/20/2010 9:19AM

    I totally agree with you,Barb, about the exercise and your immune system...I have watched kids in my home for the past 30plus years and have only gotten really sick a couple of times and I give exercise all the credit...I do try and get in some form of exercise every day. Glad you are feeling better!!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/20/2010 8:36AM

    Glad you got some rest and hope you have a GREAT day. Glad you are feeling better. Staying home was a good call.


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KALIGIRL 10/20/2010 8:30AM

    Glad to hear you are 'fighting' your cold/flu with good food and rest.
Hope you feel better soon!

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CONCHA77 10/20/2010 8:23AM

    Glad you are feeling better, Barb.

I also went to a wedding this weekend and I felt yukky the next day just because I didn't get my normal amt of sleep. Gets me every time. And of course the few drinks didn't help either, that also gets me every time. (I didn't have the sore throat, just really tired)

Again, happy you are feeling back to yourself, Hugs

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So, is it just me? I rather suspect on this one I'm in the minority...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

When you make the call to stay home sick because, let's say, you have a sore throat / cold deal... do you feel like a wimp? Do you feel guilty? Like you should have somehow duked it out?

Especially when I've had a weekend in which I expended a lot of energy on something very non-work (like I did), if my body caves to some bug in the aftermath, I have this additional baggage to work through. Methinks it is a by-product of my upbringing, and perfectionism.

And today, I fed the cold. And hopefully fessing up to the weird feelings will help me get past them and get back to some sense of equilibrium tomorrow. Here's to a good night's sleep and recovery.

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MSLZZY 10/21/2010 8:02AM

    There is much out there to share. Our football team had to forfeit the last game of the season because so many had
"the creeping crud". Take care!

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SAMI199 10/20/2010 9:42PM

    I have a chronic illness that has prevented me from working as an R.N.-talk about guilt...I hated the feeling of dependence I felt-it took years to regain my sense of self-worth & purpose.


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KALIGIRL 10/20/2010 8:43AM

    I'm a definite stay home person for two reasons.
1. I heal faster
2. I don't spread the germs.
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ANDI571 10/19/2010 11:31PM

    I don't even work outside the home, and if I decide to take the day off of housework I feel guilty. I wanted to sleep in this morning, and I woke up in time to head to Weight Watchers. I turned over to sleep and then told myself to get my lazy self out of bed and go. So yeah, I have those feelings.

Why oh why can't we learn to take care of ourselves? Who put out the memo that we should feel guilty if we do?

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MOMMA_2_THREE 10/19/2010 11:07PM

    I always felt bad about missing work cause I was sick. Now, on my self proclaimed "mental health" days off, no, I didnt feel guilty :-)

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MNTWINSGAL 10/19/2010 8:50PM

    Looks like the majority of your spark buddies are just like you--and so am I. I always try to be Superwoman--like I can take it, no matter how bad. I know I shouldn't....but the darn work ethic always kicks in.

But even though I probably wouldn't follow my own advice, I feel like I must tell you to take care of YOU and stop feeling guilty!

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CHRISTURTLE 10/19/2010 8:46PM

    I know just how you feel! I was the same while I was working, am now while I'm at college.

I continued to work (against doctor's orders) in 4 degree C temperatures packing meat while I had pneumonia till I got to the point where I needed to be driven home and was forced to take 6 weeks off to recover properly. I'd like to think I learned my lesson then, that its better to take a day or two off before things get too serious than weeks off later when they do. Mind you, I still staggered in to college needlessly with a severe sinus infection adding to the joys of hay fever, just because I didn't want them to think I wasn't serious about completing the course.

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SMARTIEBEE 10/19/2010 7:47PM

    Nope - not just you! I went to work once with a temp of 101 - and felt guilty when i gave up and went home! No more though! That is a good thing about being retired! You can stay home when you are really too sick to work!

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SHAPNUP 10/19/2010 7:41PM

    How auspicious that I would run across this blog today - a day I have taken off due to having a viral infection.

I usually NEVER call in sick and never miss work due to my own illness (but I do with the parental units). I go to work sick. I carry germs, and feel like crap all day, and take it out on my co-workers, but I WORK, cuz that's how I was raised.

But not this time, and hopefully, not anymore. Today I needed to rest, to get in some fluids, to not make myself worse. And I didn't feel a bit guilty. I'm giving that up for good. Here's why. I'm a conscientious employee. I work hard. Nobody is getting ripped off because I didn't go to work today. When I'm sick, I'm not doing anybody any favors by going to work. Besides, that's what sick days are for, and since I hardly ever use them, I have an abundance of them.

So here's to being sick and staying home, guilt-free! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/19/2010 7:26PM

    It is difficult but also good to take care of one's self. Hope you are feeling better tomorrow.

Here's to a good nights rest.

Hugs, Sunny

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BUGGYS 10/19/2010 7:18PM

    I was a daycare provider for years and only called families twice when I felt sick...I think I was immune or something but I always felt terribly guilty!!! Hope you feel better soon!

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REJ7777 10/19/2010 7:12PM

    When we're out of our routine for any length of time, it does kinda upset our equilibrium! Back to Sparking and "real life" after a good night's rest. emoticon

I used to feel guilty about taking a sick day, but not anymore.

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LEANJEAN6 10/19/2010 7:11PM

    Hi to YU!!!!--Poor yu --Yu go away--then get sick!!!!---Glad you stayed home to recover tho--Your body will thank yu!--leanjean6 (AKA LYNDA) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/19/2010 7:03PM

    OH yeah! I'm right there with you. It's your/our work ethic. In fact, even if I felt like crud, when I'd call-in, I'd feel like I really had to act even sicker. I had to resist the "buck-up and get to work" guilt all the time. Having had the busy/fun weekend before only makes it feel worse. That being said, I don't think the co-workers and supervisors really care. Unless it happens every week, that is. I think they're glad you're home and not spreading germs around for them to catch.

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Fairy tale wedding, now back to business!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The wedding, as you can tell from the snaps, was amazing. The background is the happy couple, arriving at the reception, and I'll change it after a week or so, but I just love that snap! The bride apparently approved, because she made it her FB profile pic... I have to admit I'm a little pleased about that, but a good photo is mostly being in the right place at the right time with your finger on the button, and I got lucky.

It was, quite obviously, a joyous day! Oh, you want to know how I did with the food? Well, I didn't track until I got home but I did some anticipatory balancing... ate a protein rich breakfast, and avoided carbs at lunch, because I really wanted to taste the wedding cake!

And I did... I did the eyeball thing for the buffet dinner portion sizes. And enjoyed every bite. And danced. And talked. Had a great time in general, and managed to keep my boundaries intact. In short, I won the battle with my darker side for that day. Now don't get cocky! emoticon

Today it's back to work and the normal routine, and it's 3 weeks and counting to the Run to Remember, my target 5K. Still working on the plans for dog-care that week.

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MSLZZY 10/21/2010 8:15AM

    Wonderful photo! You got your cake and got to eat it too! HUGS!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/19/2010 6:21PM

    Good for you, Barb! It's so rewarding to be able to go to an event, manage the food, and enjoy it without feeling like you've given up something or feel cheated. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful day for all of you. The photo is fantastic -- what a beautiful dress!

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PEGGYJEAN13 10/19/2010 1:58PM

    It sounds like you had a great time. This is what makes life fun to see all the relatives and enjoy the celebrations.

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MNTWINSGAL 10/19/2010 12:30AM

    Barb, you look lovely. My favorite color!

I wish I could figure out how to view your background picture though! For me it only flashes on for a split second and then is covered up by whatever I clicked on--your blog, your photos, etc.

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WALKINGANNIE 10/18/2010 3:16PM

    Wow! Look at you!

You look fabulous in your finery!

So pleased that you had a good time.

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KALIGIRL 10/18/2010 9:43AM

    emoticon So glad to hear it was successful on all counts!

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KATHRYNLP 10/18/2010 8:53AM

    Lovely picture..

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LJCANNON 10/18/2010 8:31AM

    It sounds as if you had a GReat Time on all fronts!! You have learned to enjoy food and Life without getting cocky. I can't wait to hear about how you smoke that 5K!!!
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REJ7777 10/18/2010 7:58AM

    Sounds wonderful!
And you danced away any extra calories from the cake - how great is that! emoticon

BTW, you look GREAT!!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/18/2010 7:53AM

    The Bride looks so happy and you look amazing in your new dress.

Do have a GREAT week. Hard to believe your 5K is just around the corner. Keep up the great work.

Hugs, Sunny

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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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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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