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Healthy Living cast as a Romance novel...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Helen Heroine grew up thinking she had to be perfect, and that if she wasn't, she must be unlovable. She listened to her mother criticize thin women, and trash every diet story. She listened to her dad's idealism that valued mind, not body, and she worked hard to develop her natural mental talents, while neglecting her looks and while she was at it, her health. She was young. She was immortal, right?

When she was low, she turned to her one best friend, Freddie Foodbinge. She stole minutes with this friend, even as a child, finding him in the fridge or in cupboards where her mom tried to conceal him. She met him at the little diner across the street from her grade school, or at the drug store on the way home. She funded the dates with Freddie from her allowance, from her baby-sitting earnings, and shamefully, with dimes she filched from her dad's change jar.

She had no idea that Freddie was abusing her. To her it was "normal", and she loved Freddie, after all.

Years passed, and she was separated from Freddie when she started hanging out with Earnie Exercise between high school and college. She just didn't have time for Freddie, and she recognized that being with Earnie made her feel good. Over the decades, the two vied for her attention.

She kept trying to break it off with Freddie, but he kept showing up when she was feeling low, anxious, or stressed out. The biggest problem with Freddie was how jealous he was of Helen's attention. He didn't want her spending time with Earnie. He wanted her planted on the couch and wherever she went he wanted to be there and be the focus of her thoughts and actions. He pretty much succeeded.

It was a long time before Helen was introduced to Sam Spark by a mutual friend. It was not quite love at first sight, but Sam grew on Helen over time. Before long, he was taking her to all kinds of Spark Team parties. He encouraged her to keep seeing Earnie, and another helpful friend, Ted Tracker. He supported all the things Helen had learned in her various breakups with Freddie, and he encouraged her in her efforts to change to a healthy lifestyle. Gradually, Helen came to understand what Freddie had done to her over the years, and she learned to shut the door more quickly when he came to call.

It looks to be a lifelong match... Sam and Helen ride off together into the sunset, and live happily ever after.

  
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SAMI199 11/14/2010 10:40AM

    YAY Sam Spark!!!!!! I am hooked-keep them coming (please)

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REJ7777 11/12/2010 9:53PM

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MNTWINSGAL 11/11/2010 10:46PM

    Very Clever, Barb!

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KALIGIRL 11/11/2010 8:23PM

    Here's to happy ever after!

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PENNYAN45 11/11/2010 7:24PM

    Isn't that a picture of Freddie Foodbinge below?

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SOOOO creative!! FUN, FUN, FUN!!

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MINENA1 11/11/2010 3:42PM

    Very awesome!! Love it! emoticon

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STEPHIEKNITS 11/11/2010 3:29PM

    Love it!

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WALKINGANNIE 11/11/2010 3:16PM

    Great plot and strong characters - especially the heroine!

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SUNNY332 11/11/2010 9:40AM

    I loved it! Can't wait until the next segment.

Have a GREAT day and tell your Son thanks for his service.

Sunny

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PATRISNA 11/11/2010 8:00AM

    Great blog! I am looking forward the next one in your genre series.


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SBILLIAN 11/11/2010 7:55AM

    Oooo.. Great Post! Love it!

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If your weight loss were a novel... what genre would it be?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OK, Barb's feeling whimsical all of a sudden. In honor of NaNoWriMo (the National Novel Writing Month of November)... would your weight loss / fitness journey be:

A romance?
A horror story?
A mystery?
A fantasy / science fiction?
An epic?
Mainstream fiction?

I think mine's been a bit of all of these through my lifetime. I sense a series of mini-stories coming on... in blog form... of casting the journey into each genre. Happy ending or catastrophe? Stay tuned!

  
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SAMI199 11/14/2010 10:43AM

    I like WalkingAnnie's catagory-Crime story for me! lol.

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:49AM

    Mine would be similar to a series of short stories a la Jeffrey Archer's "12 Red Herrings".. a few surprises along the way!

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ANDI571 11/12/2010 12:46PM

    Probably a Comedy/Drama.

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KALIGIRL 11/11/2010 8:57PM

    Lovved your 'romance' emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 11/10/2010 3:21PM

    I love how your mind works - but I'll have to give this one more thought!

Perhaps a crime thriller where junk food is a serial killer and I'm trying to escape?

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ANASONIC 11/10/2010 12:06PM

    Definately an Epic-Horror story...but I'm hoping for a happy ending!

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CARRIE1948 11/10/2010 8:28AM

    A hyprid - epic mystery

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SROUS1340 11/10/2010 8:02AM

    Mine would be an epic-Gone with the Wind!

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LEANJEAN6 11/10/2010 7:55AM

    A horror story and an epic--Good blog!!!!! Funny girl!!!--Hope you are successful in your weight loss story!!

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ELINTY 11/10/2010 7:52AM

  a cross between a mystery and a horror story

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SUNNY332 11/10/2010 7:51AM

    Awesome idea and I can't wait.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 11/10/2010 7:50AM

    A mixed bag of everything for me! HUGS! Can't wait!

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PATRISNA 11/10/2010 7:43AM

    I have to agree with you on it being a little bit of all the genres. Right now mine is a mystery.



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Baseline

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I don't know how this will fit into my spark tracker, but I decided to use the two training links that FitAt50 shared to help me train for those sit up and push-up goals.

Both are six week programs. They may not be directly aimed at passing the APFT, especially as the two hundred sit ups one trains for crunches, not military style sit ups. But they are nice, structured, easy to follow programs. Kind of like the couch to 5K thing was. So, worth a try as a means to an end.

hundredpushups.com/ and
www.twohundredsitups.com/

Last night before supper, I did my baseline initial test, and came up with 12 or 13 push ups and about 25 crunches. That puts me at a pretty average place for my starting point. Wish me luck on the journey, I will of course provide accountability posts or status from time to time - three workouts a week, six weeks, right on track for that first of the year goal!

Meantime, back at the running game: I bought jingle bells yesterday. I don't know if they pass them out at the run, and I wanted to be prepared, in case they don't. emoticon

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:58AM

    How fun to do a jingle bell run! I wonder if we have one around here!! And you got me thinking about this APFT challenge. I looked it up and voilá! Everything I needed for my age... Hmmmm. This is starting to take shape. I'll be 52 in January. I wonder if I ought to try to join you. Wanna partner?

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WALKINGANNIE 11/9/2010 3:15PM

    emoticon Woohoo!

You don't rest on your laurels between goals do you Barb?!

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    Get those bells and wear them proudly! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/9/2010 8:25AM

    When I taught aerobics in the '80s we wore jingle bells all through the holidays! Your comment brought back fun memories! May have to pull the old bells out this year!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/9/2010 8:04AM

    We have a Jingle Bell Run here too. Good idea to get your bells. What fun!

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Have a GREAT day.

Sunny

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Last day of vacation

Monday, November 08, 2010

What a difference from last Wednesday (first day) to today (last day)! From the initial panic of "how will I survive all this unstructured time" to picking one thing to do at a time, to performing the one thing I was committed to do, to assessing new goals... to this morning of the last day, sitting in my warm fuzzy sweats and feeling... relaxed and victorious.

Yesterday afternoon was sunny and I finished taking down the last stumps from the corner of the house... this is not to say they won't grow back next year, but I feel better for now.


This was earlier in the summer, when everything was in leaf... ugly.


This was "in progress", quite a bit done, but not yesterday's final take-down. Today is supposed to be warm again, so I may do more in the back yard. I'm thinking anything more I cut down will build a brush pile in the back yard because I figure I'm taxing the trash man's limits of what they will haul away in a single week.

Later I took leave of my senses and signed up for the Jingle Bell Run 5K on November 20th. I am convinced this will doom our local weather to snow. emoticon emoticon However, it will fulfill my 2010 promise to myself to wear an official bib in an official 5K this year, leaving only the "ride a horse" one unmet.

OH... OH... OH! I forgot to mention that I got a nice FB message from Kerry Cahill down in Fort Hood... they will mail me my "real" T-shirt from the Run to Remember. Nothing could make me happier. I was willing to live without it, knowing in my heart that I participated... but you know me, I like those symbols!

Tomorrow it will be back to work, which of course has its own set of challenges and distractions. But there are things to work toward again. Those push-up and sit-up goals are calling.

  
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KALIGIRL 11/8/2010 9:00PM

    Sounds like a great time 'off'.
Yard is looking great and glad you will get your t-shirt.
I'm amazed the weather has been so wonderful, so won't blame you if we get some snow this month.
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REJ7777 11/8/2010 6:49PM

    You had a very productive vacation! emoticon

I'm so glad they'll be sending you that t-shirt! It's a confirmation that they recognize your participation and it will give you a symbol to commemorate the event. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 11/8/2010 2:14PM

    Well that was certainly a memorable vacation.

Glad that you're getting the t-shirt that you thoroughly deserve and congrats on the outdoor work. You can go back to the day job with a sense of achievement and with new plans in place.

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FITAT50 11/8/2010 11:36AM

    Since I'm new to your blogs I'm not sure what everything means, lol. I workout with a trainer on Monday's and she just started running and is planning on doing the Turkey Trot this year. That was my first 5k in 2008 at age 53 (if you can't tell, I am quite proud) so I may run it again with my trainer. Good luck with your 5k on the 20th!!

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ANDI571 11/8/2010 8:53AM

    I am so excited that they are sending you the t-shirt. You earned it my friend. I agree with Mslzzy, we want pictures when you get it.

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SUNNY332 11/8/2010 8:43AM

    How exciting to be getting one of the t-shirts from the race. That is awesome!!

Now - look in your yellow pages and see if there is a Stable close to you so you can ride that horse before 2011. Wish you were close, I know of a place I could take you this afternoon.

Enjoy your last day off.

Sunny

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PATRISNA 11/8/2010 7:36AM

    It is so nice that Kerry is sending you the t-shirt. You did the run and you were there in spirit. I hope you have a great time on your next 5K.

You got a lot of chores accomplished on your vacation. Knowing you felt relaxed at the end is the best part.

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MSLZZY 11/8/2010 6:48AM

    You've done so much inyour week off and have such good plans in the works! Yahoo on the t-shirt! Takd a pic when you get it! HUGS!

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New goal - son inspired!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

You know I always have to have a goal... especially after a "finish line" like yesterday, it's important to have something to avoid the big let-down. Based on my son's comment about the two-mile time, I have decided this is my next personal fitness challenge:

Pass the Army physical fitness test levels for a 58 year old woman by New Years 2011. I need something to keep me motivated during the months of growing darkness. Baseline on my birthday in two weeks (when I turn 58).

Here's the test:
Time in 2 mile run.
# of situps without stopping in 2 minutes.
# of pushups without stopping in 2 minutes.

A score of 100 for my age and gender - 19:42 for the run; 64 sit-ups; 28 push-ups.
Passing (60) - 24:48 for the run; 27 sit-ups; 8 push-ups.

My weak area, the one I need to work at most: sit-ups.

Then be able to pass it on significant dates throughout 2011:
New Year's Day
Valentine's Day
Mother's Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Next Veteran's day

Yep, gonna be a real "Army mom"... or at least try.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:52AM

    Ok.. so how did you figure out the Army target for a 58 year old woman? I can probably google that, huh?

THIS is awesome!

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PENNYAN45 11/8/2010 7:57AM

    What a great idea! Go for it!!

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Your son must be very proud of his Mom!

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KALIGIRL 11/7/2010 9:28PM

    Fabulous goal - sit-ups are my downfall too - can't imagine one every 2 seconds, but if anyone can...
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MSLZZY 11/7/2010 9:27PM

    GO FOR IT! emoticon emoticon

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SROUS1340 11/7/2010 7:11PM

    You go girl!

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SUNNY332 11/7/2010 6:27PM

    Wow - am I impressed? You bet I am.

You go girl! You are definitely working on being a REAL army mom.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRITA01 11/7/2010 1:19PM

    Ambitious goals, but you can do it. Your idea to keep setting measurable goals for yourself is great and I admire your determination. Good luck...

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REJ7777 11/7/2010 1:03PM

    emoticon Great goals! And I'm convinced you can do it! You're so right about the importance of having something to aim for, even after "maintenance". Nothing is ever stagnant, so it's important to continue to progress, in order to not regress! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 11/7/2010 12:45PM

    Wow! That's quite a goal Barb!

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MNTWINSGAL 11/7/2010 11:49AM

    Great idea, Barb! You are going to be so toned you won't recognize yourself!

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FITAT50 11/7/2010 11:34AM

    Oh, I really love this Barb! How would I find out what my fitness level is for my age? I will be 55 on November 17th and would love to see where I rank!!

I like the key dates also, a great goal motivation!

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ANDI571 11/7/2010 10:56AM

    Oh my, what a goal. Good for you. emoticon emoticon

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