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Blogger's block

Friday, February 18, 2011

I haven't blogged since Tuesday. Each day, I've got to this point and found that like one of my favorite pastors preached... "today I got nothin'". I've said a lot of it over the course of the last year. Most recently, I even blogged through the "hold it together" week following my nephew's passing. But now... I don't know... my thoughts are feeling a bit hollow. Perhaps it is the magnitude of that last set, and everything else pales in comparison and seems a trifle flippant.

I may spend a few days reading others, hopefully catch up on some commenting, rather than writing new material. Call it a battery recharge in progress. One of these days something worth saying will bubble to the top again... and I'll be back.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/19/2011 3:41PM

    I'm sure that you'll soon 'unblock' Barb, knowing your creative brain.

I have really missed dropping by to catch up on your news and look forward to easing back into SP again soon.

Take care my friend!

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DEBBIESTY 2/19/2011 9:17AM

    Barb, thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I'm sure your block will disappear soon. And I will get a chance to know you better.

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ANDI571 2/18/2011 3:58PM

    We all need to step back and recharge sometimes. Just step back and be kind to yourself and take care of you. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/18/2011 3:44PM

    Yep, I know what you mean. And even when you don't have anything to say, I will still listen.
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SUNNYWBL 2/18/2011 1:55PM

    We all need a time of recharging - now and then! Just keep on, keeping on!

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WENDYSPARKS 2/18/2011 1:45PM

    God Bless You!! We are patient!

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MSLZZY 2/18/2011 1:39PM

    When the time is right, dear friend! HUGS!

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MAMOOAUG 2/18/2011 10:15AM

    We all need to recharge at times. You have been through a lot lately. You deserve to take some time just for you.

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DAISY443 2/18/2011 10:10AM

    Waiting.......

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SUNNY332 2/18/2011 9:52AM

    I definitely understand. Hang in there - you will receive the inspiration you need to write again.

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 2/18/2011 9:10AM

    I understand but do look forward to your next blog, always enjoy them. Enjoy your weekend.

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DEBRITA01 2/18/2011 9:00AM

    Sometimes it's good to be still and listen...You've been through a lot lately and may need time to process it all. Take care... emoticon

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Checkmark

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The original "goal" post, when I was inspired to try this: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I put the check mark on New Year's Day (although I did it New Year's eve), getting 100 on the pushups and the run, but failing the situps by 3, at 24.

Last night, drugged with Benedryl and Advil against my sinus that acts up when the weather gets nice? (Yes, I know, excuses!) And without targeted training since New Years (more excuses)... here's how I did.

Push ups: 28 (score of 100, but a couple less than I pushed out New Year's Eve)
Sit ups: 24 FAIL by 3! Again... exactly the same!
Run: 20:33, score of 93... a little slower than last time.

All in all, I'm fairly satisfied with the results. Next test: Mother's Day... by which time I'll have that Half Marathon under my belt. The Half Marathon speed walking is my primary goal, but one of these days, I want to pass that sit up test!

  
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KASEYCOFF 2/16/2011 11:25AM

    Determination WILL get you there--!!!
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GRYPHONQUEST 2/16/2011 9:54AM

    Wow... well, you're a great example/inspiration for your newbie followers, that's for sure! (I'm another person who is *very* glad Benadryl exists. Allergy season is already starting here in DC!)

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KALIGIRL 2/16/2011 8:57AM

    Half a marathon - and I'm just starting the virtual 5K...
Here's to you!

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LJCANNON 2/15/2011 10:40PM

    emoticon emoticonI will be watching for the Blog when you pass that test. It is just a matter of time.

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REJ7777 2/15/2011 9:28PM

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BONNEVIE 2/15/2011 7:32PM

    Sounds like you kicked butt to me!!!!!

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MSLZZY 2/15/2011 5:48PM

    You did the best you could and you tried! That counts too! HUGS!

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BUGGYS 2/15/2011 10:39AM

    You did great even tho' you were dealing with drugs in your system!!!

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HOT4FITNESS 2/15/2011 10:07AM

    Hey, thats great!! You will be passing those situps in no time. Have a great day and Happy training!!!

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SUNNY332 2/15/2011 9:00AM

    You did GREAT! Thanks for posting your results. You are an inspiration.

Sunny

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DAISY443 2/15/2011 7:38AM

    You did amazingly well considering the sinus thing! Congratulate yourself!

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Valentine's Day thoughts

Monday, February 14, 2011

As a gal who would pick "not looking" on any of the relationship status checks, Valentine's day kind of becomes like the kids version. I don't send 'em out, and I don't really expect to get any. However, I've found a bunch in my Spark Goodies! So, thank you... hope to get you back in a bit... if I miss you, I *did* think of you!

But that is a digression: today is one of the days I designated for my Army Physical Fitness Test. I will take this after work tonight and let y'all know how I did. Here's what I'm aiming for, the levels for females 57 - 61 years old. Yes, there are women this old in the Army! ETA: I'm not one of them, mind you, but they exist! I just have a son in the reserves and challenged myself to this little test.

Push-ups: as many as you can do in 2 minutes. You may rest in the plank position, but you can't stop at the lowered position. Passing: 8. Score of 100 at 28.

Rest 10 minutes - 20 minutes (max), then Sit-ups: as many as you can do in 2 minutes. Passing: 27. Score of 100 at 64. This is my weak area. Sigh.

Rest 10 minutes - 20 minutes (max), the run 2 miles, fast as you can. Passing: 24:48. Score of 100 at 19:42.

I last took this test on New Year's eve, I did 30 push ups, 24 sit ups, and ran the two miles in 19:16. Wish me luck this evening... I have not been training for this, as I've been focused on the half marathon and training speed walking instead of jogging. But I'm curious to see how I'll do.

  
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KALIGIRL 2/14/2011 9:23PM

    You'll do fabulous!
Happy V-day.

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HOT4FITNESS 2/14/2011 5:15PM

    what a great way to spend your Valentines evening. Good luck will be anxious to hear how you do.

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KASEYCOFF 2/14/2011 12:28PM

    Wow, love it! Great way of keeping tabs on your progress - and much more meaningful (thinks me) than just the number on a scales.
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SUNNY332 2/14/2011 10:00AM

    Best wishes on the test. Do have a Happy emoticon day and good job taking care of your emoticon!!

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 2/14/2011 9:51AM

    Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day! HUGS!

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BUGGYS 2/14/2011 7:35AM

    Good luck on your teast today...Happy commercial day! :)

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REJ7777 2/14/2011 7:27AM

    I too would be one to write *not looking* on a relationship status check. I used to ignore Valentine's Day. But now, I use it to let my friends know I care.

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ANGELOO29 2/14/2011 7:23AM

    Good luck to you!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

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Weekend odds & ends

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I had the overnight monitor job Friday into Saturday... and things went bump in the night and what should have lasted only a couple of hours stretched to about seven. But the job got done.

Warning: when you're over 50, messing with routine in your life is not as easy as it was back when you were 20. Or at least that's been my own experience.

I thought I would just go back to bed after breakfast. But, I didn't... napped a bit on the couch. Hopped up on the treadmill and did my three miles (per the training schedule). Showered and came downstairs to have lunch... and then restlessly started eating.

Oh, no, you're all thinking, there she goes again. Well, yes, there she went. Sugar, butter, chocolate, flour, cinnamon... "It's Valentine's weekend," said the
emoticon voice in my head. Anyway, I blew my calorie budget for sure, but... it put me to sleep... and I napped for three hours. Got up in the evening and did the first run at my taxes before bed. Ugh!

Napped on the couch to a TV show again, then transferred to bed about 10 p.m. Woke with sinus passages all bloated this morning. Popped a Benydryl allergy pill and went back to sleep. Kind of too bad, as it was one of the nicest days!

Had breakfast about 2 p.m. Napped again, then felt enough better to dress and go take advantage of the warm temperatures outside: dog duty! Got the deck and patio and part of the back yard cleared of the snow-storm droppings. Yeah, nasty job, but who else is going to do it around here?

And... in the evening, felt good enough to hop on the treadmill to do my scheduled 6 miles... promising myself I could go slowly. I felt better and better as I kept moving. See? Exercise is GOOD for me!

And hopefully, after tonight, I'll get my days and nights back on schedule for the upcoming regular work week!

  
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THIAGRAM 2/14/2011 2:47PM

  I think this proves it.. Your old old habits are gone, gone, gone and you have replaced them with good habits, otherwise you would not have exercised while you were that tired! Hooray for you!

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KASEYCOFF 2/14/2011 12:36PM

    Sounds like your little derailment didn't keep you from getting back on track - good for you, Barb!
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BUGGYS 2/14/2011 7:34AM

    I have such a routine during the week that I look forward to weekends when the routine goes out the window...I have no problem breaking with my routine but it sometimes bother my DH (he's 4 years older) because he says I'm always on the go...being tied down with 5 grandkids during the week, I kind of let go on the weekends! emoticon

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DAISY443 2/14/2011 5:02AM

    I can relate to the storm droppings! The path through the snow to my garage is almost covered. Not so bad when it is frozen, but now that it's thawing, I have to do something about it! That may be my cardio today!

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MSLZZY 2/13/2011 10:52PM

    Got to have a schedule! HUGS!

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REJ7777 2/13/2011 9:50PM

    I can sure relate to it's being harder to mess with our routine after 50. And especially if it was stressful work that took over 3 times the expected time! I got caught up in some stress eating on Friday. An issue at work, that I learned about on Thursday night, was such a focus and energy drain that my health was no longer even on the agenda. Everything was cleared up on Friday, but it wasn't until Saturday morning that I felt *normal* again. But I did get back on track.

I think that's what makes THIS time different from every other time before. No matter how many times we fall off the wagon, we get back on the treadmill! emoticon

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Finish lines... reprise

Friday, February 11, 2011

Remember me? The gal who hates finish lines, because "what next?" The let down.

There is nothing more "finish line" than a funeral. It was a lovely service, mind you. There were wonderful memories of a gentle, kind, warm human being. Always large... always mistaken for older than he was as he grew up. At our wedding, he was four. Look at the photograph, and you'd guess six. Look at his class pictures... he's always in the back row, towering over even the teachers. As happens at such affairs, you learn things you never knew about your loved one: how he egged his buddy on to kiss his first girlfriend; what his boss thought when he gave him his first job (well, he's tall, he won't have to stand on a box to unload parts); how he befriended someone "when no one else wanted anything to do with me".

Always a generous man, even in death he is helping others, as an organ donor.

There is only one direction in life: onward. I am relabeling this finish line a starting line: for the rest of our lives, lived one day at a time, with honor.

  
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MSLZZY 2/12/2011 12:13PM

    And that is as it should be! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 2/12/2011 11:42AM

    What a great post today. I am all for starting lines - not finish lines.

Great way to look at it and a keeper for my way to thinking.

Sunny

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JHADZHIA 2/12/2011 7:52AM

    Your nephew was an amazing man, we all owe him thanks for the example he set, even in death.
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KASEYCOFF 2/12/2011 7:08AM

    Yes, while I acknowledge the necessity of 'closure,' and while funerals are often uplifting in their focus on the life that's gone, it's still a sad event - saying goodbye. The hard thing for those of us still here is taking that first step into the future without somebody. But so it goes...
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DAISY443 2/12/2011 5:01AM

    * I am relabeling this finish line a starting line* This is a lesson we can all learn in all aspects of our lives! Thanks for reminding. Your nephew has touched more lives through you than he could have imagined.

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DEBRITA01 2/11/2011 8:39PM

    Your nephew seems like he was a caring and giving person...even in death with the gift of his organs. His kind and gentle spirit will live on... emoticon

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