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No photos, just great memories from this morning!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Blessedly, the brunt of the storm went North of our fair city, and while it was cold, and while we had some very pretty flakes drifting over us from about mile 4 onward, it was really pretty decent weather and footing, all in all. There was only one pretty sloppy spot, after the tunnel, close to the turnaround point at mile 5. But other than that, the trail was in great shape.

Deanna (HOT4FITNESS) and I managed to find one another at the back of the pack at the start. Her daughter participated in the 5K, and her husband ran the 10 miles. She and I made a very respectable time walking ten miles. OK, I kind of cheated... she waved me on sometime in the final mile and I did jog portions of that last loop around the State Farm building to the finish line.

The big gun time clock timer said 2:10:32 (two hours, ten minutes and some change) when I jogged under it. I went back and walked the final tenth of a mile a second time with Deanna and her daughter who also went out to accompany her mom in the last bit.

I must say "that was great!" There is a HUGE high associated with completing a goal, as all good Sparklers know. And now, it feels great to be able to say I've achieved another: I've met a Spark friend in person. Thanks for "daring" me into this, Deanna!

As for meeting Spark friends, the first doesn't mean the last. Hopefully one day I'll meet other local Spark friends as we continue our healthy journeys.

In five weeks, Deanna and I are committed to do it again... in the Half Marathon. Wow! What a ride. emoticon

  
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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/31/2011 4:31PM

    YOU GO GIRL! WHAT A FEAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED AND HOW PROUD YOU MUST BE. I THOUGHT OF YOU SATURDAY AND WONDERED HOW YOU WERE DOING. NOW I KNOW. YOU ARE EXTRODINARY!
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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2011 9:11PM

    Congratulations! This is such a high!!



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LJCANNON 3/26/2011 6:39PM

    emoticonSo proud of you, and GLAD that you are sharing this Journey with me!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/26/2011 5:45PM

    Congratulations, Barb. And gee, wasn't there a blog a few weeks back from someone (hum-hum) think she bit off more than she could chew? I knew you could do it because your determination and commitment wouldn't have it any other way. And to sign up to do it again? AWESOME!!

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YOGATIME 3/26/2011 5:02PM

    Great Job!! You should be soooo proud of yourself and your new body!! emoticon

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CHRISTURTLE 3/26/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds an amazingly rewarding day, with even the weather being kind to you. You are such an inspiration, and just look at you - absolutely wonderful!

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BUGGYS 3/26/2011 2:46PM

    CONGRATS, BARB! Great accomplishment...you should be very proud!

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DAISY443 3/26/2011 2:32PM

    What a super goal to achieve! You rock!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/26/2011 2:27PM

    Enjoy your well deserved HUGE high!! Way to go!! -Marsha

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For those who asked...

Friday, March 25, 2011

The people who currently grace the background of my Spark Page are my work mates, or a good portion of them. We have one gent, who's in the center and you can only see him in the flash while the page loads... who is color blind. Consequently, he almost always wears the same thing: khaki/tan pants and a white or off-white button down shirt.

Three years ago, as we are something of a group to have a bit of fun with one another, someone got the bright idea that we should all dress like him on his birthday. And we did. This Monday was a bit overcast and chilly for the photo, but this is the third annual "dress like John" day.

Funny thing, as you look at the photos over the years, you can see me shrink: 2 years ago follows. I'm hiding behind John, and all you can see is my head! Another interesting thing: others of us have shrunk, too... note the gal on the far left hand side of the front line in this one...



This year, in full, she's standing next to John, who has his hands in his pockets in this shot. She's also been part of the "Walk this way" program with me.

  
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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2011 9:14PM

    I really like this: talk about respect for diversity!! (or respect for monotony in a good way). My "uniform" is pretty often black. Yeah, love black!! When I spill my black coffee, it doesn't show at all . . . Monochromatic works, or maybe with a jolt of colour: say, bright blue shoes.

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CHRISTURTLE 3/26/2011 4:52PM

    Must be a wonderful group of people to join in to do something as off the wall as all that, not just once but for everyone of his birthdays since the initial surprise. I can only imagine how John looks forward to his birthday each year - no way he would consider taking the day off just because it was his birthday - too much fun going... emoticon ...definitely a great workplace atmosphere...

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KATHRYNLP 3/26/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds like you have a great work place, and fun team-mates! Thanks for the explanation.. I was wondering too. Thought you were all Camp Counsellors.. HeeHee! emoticon emoticon

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BUGGYS 3/26/2011 9:08AM

    Fun!!! You look great, by the way! emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/26/2011 9:06AM

    Loved the post today. Loved the photo.

Best wishes on your 10K. I will be thinking of you.

Sunny

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CONCHA77 3/26/2011 8:18AM

    Just like Family-Love the photo.

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DEBRITA01 3/26/2011 7:58AM

    Dress Like John Day was a nice way to honor your co-worker and bond with the group. Sounds like a fun work environment... BTW, you look great in the photo!

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DAISY443 3/26/2011 3:41AM

    These are the thngs that make going to work enjoyable! What a great idea!

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MNTWINSGAL 3/26/2011 1:34AM

    I love it!

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SAMI199 3/25/2011 11:26PM

    Awesome!!!

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FITFABJENN 3/25/2011 11:24PM

    That's terrific! Great pics!

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REJ7777 3/25/2011 10:46PM

    That's very interesting! Sounds like you work with a great bunch of people. Happy birthday, John!

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MSLZZY 3/25/2011 10:15PM

    Wow, what a group and what a transformation in 2 years! Great!

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DRB13_1 3/25/2011 10:04PM

    Glad someone asked! Cute story, great pics, and good going on the shrinkage everybody! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 3/25/2011 10:02PM

    I loved reading about Dress Like John Day, and seeing the pictures. Thanks for brightening my day! emoticon

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Walking my son... or walking his mom... now that the dog is gone.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My son is on Spring Break from college this week. Sometime last week we were exchanging IM's, a common way we converse, even though we live right in the same town and could call on the phone... we're both a little geeky and computer-y, and this makes sense for us. Anyway, I asked if I would get a chance to see him in person during Spring Break, since I haven't seen him in over a month. He's busy, I'm busy... and we live on opposite ends of the clock... I'm an early bird, he's a night owl. Long and little, the last time we saw each other was my nephew's funeral.

So we made arrangements for him to come over and we'd go walking after my workday yesterday. Only one thing: we missed communication. At one point he'd said he wouldn't mind going on one of my work out sessions, but he didn't really come dressed for a workout, more for a stroll. One of the first things I noticed was that I was being forced to slow down. My speed walk is a little fast for his stroll stride. And he didn't have the right shoes or trousers to comfortably match my pace.

I have these short little legs, you see, but put in a decent turnover. He mimicked my stride and it was hilarious: he had to crouch down to match my height and his knees were bent while he did this. He looked like Groucho Marx... all he lacked was the cigar!

So we had this little pace tug-of-war. He claims I walk much faster than he remembers. He's probably right... but that was dog-walking pace. Anybody who has ever walked a dog knows you have pauses! In the end, we covered a little over four and a half miles. Of course if we were running, he'd run me into the ground with his long legs, but I think he let mom "win" last night. Isn't it great when they grow up?

I took him out to dinner and sent him home in time for his wife getting off her work... but I got my mom-hug, and you need those now and then for your health.

Onward... Saturday morning... without fail... the State Farm ten mile!

  
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LINDAJOYWK 3/28/2011 6:28AM

    Sounds like a blast! Aren't those Mom-hugs the best!

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CHRISTURTLE 3/26/2011 4:56PM

    I'm sure the laughter you shared along that walk was equally as beneficial as was the exercise - for both of you. As for that mom-hug, sounds like the icing on the cake to me, and totally sugar free as well!

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REJ7777 3/25/2011 8:37PM

    Your walk with your son sounds great! I admit to being a bit jealous. emoticon

I had to laugh about your mismatched strides. My sister (aka walking and hiking buddy) is taller than I am, her legs are longer than mine. My mother commented on how many more steps I take than she does when we walk together. Good for us! We get fitter in a shorter distance. emoticon

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BUGGYS 3/25/2011 7:40AM

    Walking together is a great way to connect!!! My son and DIL live about a block away from me and when the weather permits, my DIL often comes over with the kids in the double stroller and we walk together...her pace used to be too fast for me but now I am able to keep up and it is delightful...not just for the chance to work out but the chance to get to know my DIL better...revery once in a while my son tags along! :)

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MNTWINSGAL 3/24/2011 10:37PM

    Sounds like you had a great walk, Barb. It's so much fun to do Mom & Son things, isn't it?

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SUNNY332 3/24/2011 7:54PM

    What a terrific day. Know that come Saturday, we are going to be cheering you on to the finishing line. You ROCK, my friend, and I wish I was there to do this 10K with you. I would, however, have to walk it so probably best I stay in Missouri.

Huggers, Sunny

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WILMASOTO 3/24/2011 7:49PM

    Awesome Barb! That was great to have time to be with your son! They may be men buit they will always be our babies!! emoticon Best of luck on your 10 miles walk!!

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KALIGIRL 3/24/2011 1:32PM

    How fun (and funny).
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TURTLETALK 3/24/2011 10:19AM

    A walk is a great way to catch up with anyone. Glad you enjoyed it. My son and his fiance will be home tonight for their spring break. I am looking forward to some walk and conversation as well.

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KATHRYNLP 3/24/2011 8:23AM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your son. Your story was well done, as my minds eye could just see you both enjoying your walk. Thanks for this fun Blog. Have a great weekend! Kathryn emoticon

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Plotting for a chilly and possibly wet ten miles

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

OK, Deanna... you talked me into it and now the forecast isn't cooperating! It is saying rain, possibly snow! And the percentage chance of precipitation keeps rising. Sheesh!

So, plotting... ever plotting! I have some huge rain ponchos that can go over top of coats. That should keep us dry, at least on top. Dress in layers for warmth. I'm pondering about shoes (and socks) for the wet mushy potential conditions (and temperature high of 40 F... which it won't be by the start time, for sure!)

We can do this. Rain, cold, sleet, hail... and us determined, slogging athletes. Yes, athletes. We are all athletes, said my Spark calendar one day last year. The only difference is, some of us are in training!

Onward... four days to the ten mile.

  
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SARANAM1 3/23/2011 8:27PM

    My fingers are crossed for a change in forecast for you. You're a brave, wonderful woman!

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LINDAJOYWK 3/23/2011 6:52PM

    Oh yes,you can!

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TURTLETALK 3/23/2011 3:51PM

    If you can figure out a way to keep your feet dry and your head dry you will be fine. Good luck!

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KALIGIRL 3/23/2011 1:05PM

    You can do it - be sure to pack some dry socks and shoes in the car!

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JHADZHIA 3/23/2011 10:59AM

    Forecasts are usually more wrong then right. Hoping for better weather for your race. Not giving into to bad weather shows how strong and committed you are! You rock!!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/23/2011 10:20AM

    You go, girl!

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SUNNY332 3/23/2011 9:30AM

    Wow - I am going to pray for better conditions and for your strength to meet whatever conditions come your way.

BTW - who are all those folks on your spark page?

Sunny

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HOT4FITNESS 3/23/2011 9:03AM

    Let's do it!!!! I am still hoping for the rain to hold off till after the 10 mile, but I'm in it for the long haul wet or dry, finish here we come!!! And regardless of the weather we will finish with a smile!!! emoticon

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CONCHA77 3/23/2011 8:23AM

    You Can do this. You Make Us Proud! emoticon

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DAISY443 3/23/2011 7:45AM

    Brrrrr! You are soooo brave! Good luck!

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NWLIFESRC 3/23/2011 7:01AM

    Lke ur post keep training

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Letting go of numbers by embracing them?

Monday, March 21, 2011

I decided when I started this latest effort that the number on the scale did not matter, I was doing this for my health. The scale would do what the scale would do. Eventually, I found my "home" weight range, in the lower half of the 120's. This is a good 20 pounds less than my original thought of what my goal range would be... but it fits with the amount of food that satisfies me and my now fairly active lifestyle. I now weigh daily, see that it says 120-something, and call it good. When it bumps up a couple of pounds, I watch it more carefully for several days... and it comes back into line.

Now, with this latest clothing shopping trip, I am discovering I'm going to have to do the same with sizes. Let go of the numbers. I have my tape measure that says what my waist, hips, chest sizes are. That and a decent size chart should tell me what size to purchase. See if it fits the shoulders, if it's a top. See if I can bend and stretch and sit without it falling off or gaping if it's a bottom. Then call it good.

If it's in my closet and getting loose, let it go. If it fits nicely and I still don't like it, let it go. Embrace the outfits I like... and call it good. Keep "comfort" clothing even of a smaller size.

Accept that this is me, now, and that it's OK for me, Barb, to be small. I'm still me. I will not disappear. I will not melt. I will not overly restrict my eating to get "smaller", nor will I binge to get "bigger". I will live a normal life and have a healthy balanced relationship with both food and activity. Because I am worth it.

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REJ7777 3/25/2011 8:29PM

    Sounds like your head is in the right place, so the rest should follow. And yes, you ARE worth it!

I'm curious. Who are those people on your Sparkpage's background? (I'll know if you wrote it in your next blog, because I'm going there to read it right now.)

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KALIGIRL 3/22/2011 1:11PM

    Very cool - sounds like maintaining 'suits' you.
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SUNNY332 3/22/2011 10:35AM

    I want to get to the point where I let go of the numbers too. I am in this more for my health than weight loss but it is important too.

Your attitude is amazing so hope when I am to the point of "letting go" of the #'s, I can imbrace your attitude too.

Hugs, Sunny

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BUGGYS 3/22/2011 7:31AM

    You're doing great, Barb and will be able to maintain for the rest of your life! emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/22/2011 1:18AM

    emoticon emoticonThank you for showing the rest of s the way to maintain. When you spell it out it seems almost simple, but I don't know how long it would take me to figure this out.

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DEBRITA01 3/21/2011 10:30PM

    Way to embrace the new you! emoticon

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SUNNY1432 3/21/2011 10:02PM

    Great attitude!! Great Blog!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/21/2011 9:54PM

    Very positive attitude and it suits you! HUGS!

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