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Maximum step day, so far

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Friday I followed through on my planned walking as transportation day. A grandma kind of day. I tsk'd myself for a wimp when I whined a bit to myself about the misty morning, and then set out at a brisk pace to walk 3 miles to a timing point to catch the bus the rest of the way to work. I was quite damp by the time I got to the shelter at that stop, but it felt good. I stretched before boarding, having a few minutes before the bus caught up.

After work, I meandered the six plus miles home, faster than Monday, as I chose to listen to music instead of reading. As I am fond of doing, I varied the route and in one spot ended up with a little back tracking as I forgot how the streets dead-ended just there. But it gave me a change to pay attention to how much the flowers have progressed in those few short days since Monday's walk! My goodness! Spring really is springing, it's not just the nose dripping... it's the flowers and trees and everything that causes the pollen that leads to the nose dripping. Is it any wonder I have this love-hate relationship with the season? It is beautiful, and I dearly love the lit-from-within look of forsythia on a cloudy day.

This morning, I am thinking about taking a camera walk in one of the public parks. Since I put in long mileage yesterday, it will be a more gentle walk today, but I want to see what the plants are doing. Armed with my trusty Zyrtek and my pockets full of tissues... today I shall see what is being offered up!

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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2011 11:02PM

    "I dearly love the lit-from-within look of forsythia on a cloudy day": me too. And this lovely description!!

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SUNNY332 4/9/2011 1:51PM

    Good Job, Barb.

Anxious to see the Park walk photos.

Sunny

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LJCANNON 4/9/2011 1:18PM

    Sounds like a GREAT Walk!! I am looking forward to the pictures from your Park Walk.
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FITFABJENN 4/9/2011 10:06AM

    Sounds terrific! Please do share pics from your camera walk...

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GOOSIEMOON 4/9/2011 9:44AM

    That sounds great!

Have a happy, healthy day!

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CONCHA77 4/9/2011 9:19AM

    Take some pictures to share with us. I do believe Spring is springing here in MI this weekend. FINALLY!!! Close to 80 tomorrow, but rain!!!! Time for me to start planning my walks too, can't wait! Happy Saturday! emoticon

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SAMI199 4/9/2011 9:13AM

    Have fun! I love taking nature pictures-so much beauty right before our eyes...I hope your nose behaves.

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HOT4FITNESS 4/9/2011 9:13AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Only 3 more weeks ans we will be finishing that half. Enjoy your day!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 4/9/2011 9:11AM

    I envy you. I miss walking soooo much. You walk sounds magnificient. Enjoy your camera walk.

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Skipping blog days

Friday, April 08, 2011

I see I haven't blogged since Tuesday. There's a reason for that and it is in this case seasonal. I've been slogging through the work week like walking at the bottom of a swimming pool. I take antihistamines to battle the symptoms of seasonal allergies / sensitivity to weather fronts coming through, etc. But who wants to read that? So... not being able to say somethin' nice, I took Thumper's father's advice and said nothin' at all. But, here I've gone and said it, after the fact, when I'm not feeling quite so full of self-pity!

My adjustments to allow for this kind of week were to make sure I was getting enough sleep and cut myself a break on exercise... be particularly gentle about it. Not that I gave it up entirely, but I didn't press it, either.

This morning I'll make this short, as it is my intention to go play the bus catching game so I'll have the option to walk home. It's supposed to be a nice day. It rained yesterday so that should help the "seasonal" situation for me!

Spark on, my friends!

  
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LINDAJOYWK 4/10/2011 7:32AM

    Don't let the pollen get you down! Feel better!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/8/2011 9:59PM

    I hope you're feeling better today, Barb. Allergies are miserable....I don't suffer in the spring, but in the fall I am in total misery from the time the leaves start dropping until the first snow, so you have my sympathies!

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PENNYAN45 4/8/2011 8:00PM

    Sorry you are dealing with allergies - and glad the weekend has arrived!
I think your approach to take it easy on yourself with exercise is a wise one while you are feeling this way.

Enjoy the weekend!

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SUNNY332 4/8/2011 2:48PM

    I am right there with you, my friend. My allergies are giving me fits. We did have a rain the other night which temporarily cleared the air but now it is back and I am petty miserable and if I take the medication, I am pretty much out of it.

This too shall pass.

Hugs, Sunny

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THIAGRAM 4/8/2011 2:27PM

  Bless you! sure hope you get feeling better soon! Hugs!
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BOBF15 4/8/2011 2:06PM

    Interruptions are part of life, wish life was just one smooth expressway, but it is more full of bumps, detours, delays, jams, and under construction.

Happy motoring... on foot or on bus.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/8/2011 11:48AM

    i feel you! Just do you best and feel better soon!

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CONCHA77 4/8/2011 9:31AM

    Happy Friday! Enjoy your walk home.

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SAMI199 4/8/2011 8:53AM

    I hear you...good advice about switching things up with your Doc's ok.-I found most allergy meds didn't help enough to put up with the side-effects...then I tried a different one & wala-it really helps! Good Luck & feel better soon.



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777GRACE 4/8/2011 8:26AM

    Try another allergy medication if one is not working. Always call you dr first and check with your pharmacist for drug to drug interactions.
Hoping you don't let those nasty allergies get you down.
You can somplain on here, we will listen, no matter what Thumper's dad says!!! lol

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2011 8:03AM

    Glad the air has been rain-washed just for you!

Love your blogs, never a sliver of self-pity -- but it's OK not to be upbeat all the time. AND it's OK not to blog when you don't want to because your blogs are worth waiting for!!

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REJ7777 4/8/2011 7:36AM

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MSLZZY 4/8/2011 7:22AM

    Take care-hugs!

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Sending Toddler Barbie out to play

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

That's how I think of yesterday's walk home. Sending Toddler Barbie outside into the Spring sunshine. Remember when your mom tossed you out of the house if you were a little mopey? "Go outside and play!"

I walked slow and read David Baldacci's "The Collectors". Reading while walking is an acquired skill, one I have practiced off & on since second grade when I got my first library card.

It involves peripheral vision, multi-tasking, and it does slow one's pace, in my case considerably, because my normal walk is what they sometimes call "fierce"... purposeful, my son calls it "late to class". But when I read while walking, I have to tread softly, so if I mis-step I don't tumble to the ground. My knees still bear a scar or two from learning this lesson in childhood.

In any case, it was a pleasant experience. I picked my route to use at least part of the upcoming half marathon route... and as I wandered along a broad avenue of mansions, my reading was also of rich folk and how they lived, and it gave wings to the imagination that drew pictures of the story unfolding.

I truly do love reading, and I love walking... granted, walking at this pace is not nearly the intense cardio workout of "I only have X minutes". No, it is more of a journey through town and through memories. And being outdoors amid homes is peaceful. Seeing the birds, the squirrels, the crocus and violets in bloom, the daffodil leaves poking up calms whatever troubles one is carrying. In one yard I observed some early plantings of tulips and hyacinth that were definitely NOT naturally blooming. They had to have been forced indoors and transplanted outside just this weekend... they weren't there the last time I walked this way.

Now... to walk to catch a bus back to work this morning... as I left my vehicle at work overnight to have this lovely walk to report! Have a great Tuesday, all.

  
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DEBRITA01 4/8/2011 8:40AM

    Reading and walking...I'm lucky if I can walk and chew gum. I admire your coordination! If I didn't fall and injure myself, I would most likely get distracted and keep reading the same paragraph like Rej. I'm glad you got to enjoy two of your favorite things at the same time...now that's what I call multi-tasking.

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TURTLETALK 4/5/2011 10:09PM

    Sounds lovely as I love to read but there is no way I am coordinated enough for that. I have started downloading audiobooks that I can listen to while I walk. I have been known to walk an extra mile or three so that I can finish a section.

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SUNNY1432 4/5/2011 9:14PM

    Sounds like a lovely way to do cardio!! emoticon
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PENNYAN45 4/5/2011 8:04PM

    Enjoying the springtime with a walk is a great idea.

I can only walk and read when I'm on a treadmill.
Even then it's difficult because I keep losing my place.

How about listening to audio books?


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KANSASROSE67 4/5/2011 12:39PM

    I love to read and love to walk but I don't think I could successfully combine the two! I know what you mean about getting outside when you're mopey, though. It always helps me.

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ANDI571 4/5/2011 12:27PM

    I love to read also, but never thought about doing it while walking. I am afraid I would be one of those that either tumble or run into something. Maybe I could do it on the elliptical. Now that's an idea.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/5/2011 10:21AM

    Sounds like a lovely walk!

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SUNNY332 4/5/2011 9:51AM

    Reading while walking takes coordination that I don't have so once again, my friend, I am in total AWE of you.

Enjoy Today and the sunshine coming our way.

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 4/5/2011 8:31AM

    Fabulous journey.
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WATERMELLEN 4/5/2011 7:57AM

    Reading while walking --- how is it that I (loving both) have never tried the combo???

Thanks for the idea!! and the images that you enjoyed "peripherally" while strolling. Hmmm, a transplanted spring flower bulb garden, somehow don't think that would do it for me. It's all about frosty fall planting and watching for the first little shoots and . . . I've got a few crocuses in bloom!

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REJ7777 4/5/2011 7:50AM

    Sounds GREAT! emoticon

I never did master the art of reading and walking (I love both activities too). I tried, but I can't concentrate and keep reading the same paragraph over and over again. emoticon

I sure am glad that toddler Barbie enjoyed her walk! A slow walk is better than sitting on one's butt anyday! Good for you! emoticon

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BUGGYS 4/5/2011 7:45AM

    Reading AND walking?!?! You really have developed a skill...my DH reads while on the elliptical ( when he doesn't use the arms ) but I'm lucky if I can get my walks in without tripping on something!! :) I love thatyou get your exercise in where ever you are and whatever you're doing...way to go, Barb! emoticon

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SAMI199 4/5/2011 7:36AM

    I almost felt as if I was walking next to you....Thanks for your always encouraging blogs-they make my day! ( I finally subscribed so I won't miss any-lol)

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There are a million excuses...

Monday, April 04, 2011

to misbehave. There is only ONE good reason not to: because I'm worth it.

I had a bad weekend. It started out feeling unwell Saturday morning... a little headachy, nauseated. Pushed through what I needed to do in the morning, but then essentially gave up the rest of the day... ate to self-medicate... clearly didn't drink enough water... but started feeling a little better by the end of the day.

Sunday... I wrote this blog to try to get myself back in the sparking mood... but then fell off my plan, rebelling against the long walk that's on my training schedule. All kinds of excuses: "over-training?" "You were sick yesterday." "You have household chores to do." But mostly just "I don't wanna!"

Bottom line, Toddler Barbie took over, and I was a slug. Didn't even get my 10,000 steps in, either day. But the good thing is that every new day offers a new emoticon. Today is, like the old saw says, the first day of the rest of my life. Today I am worth it. Not that I wasn't yesterday, but yesterday is past... all I have is today.

Today I will take care of me.

  
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3FAITHFUL 4/5/2011 7:59AM

    You're right, there's always a million excuses...I hope you are back on track and feeling better! emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 4/5/2011 6:47AM

    I like that anology-toddler Barbie! I will remember that one-even when you are bad
you help me-I will think about being a toddler as opposed to an adult...just keep
moving forward,yesterday is gone-smile!

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REJ7777 4/4/2011 5:13PM

    Aren't we blessed that every day offers a new beginning! emoticon

Ralph Waldo Emerson says it so well! "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/4/2011 3:42PM

    I've been sluggish the last few days and can't get my act together. I've fallen off the food wagon and need to get back on.
I will but when?
Are you feeling any better today? Hope all is well, my friend.
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BUGGYS 4/4/2011 3:32PM

    I had a day like that on Saturday, only it was dealing with two parties and too much food but I got back on track yesterday and today I feel great...yesterday is over, today is the present, do the best you can do! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 4/4/2011 2:40PM

    Toddler Barbie came out to play...I can relate. Thank goodness every day IS emoticon Yesterday is over...gotta keep moving forward. You are worth it, and so am I. emoticon

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SUNNY332 4/4/2011 9:28AM

    I know all about the "toddler" inside of me....We all understand. Been there, done that.

I have had a rough weekend with my allergies so not really feeling up to par either but am off to the sun room to get some exercise.

Hang in there and kick all those excuses " not to continue" to the curb and remember you are totally worth all efforts.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 4/4/2011 8:36AM

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I'm sorry you felt crappy this week-end. emoticon Yesterday a slug-today a beautiful
Butterfly! What a difference a day can make! emoticon You are worth it everything you do to maintain your health-you're the BEST!!!!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/4/2011 8:24AM

    You go girl!!

I know the feeling - but together we ARE going to get back on track!!

Today is the tomorrow we talked about yesterday!!

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ROCKLAND2010 4/4/2011 8:16AM

    Sometimes you have to be a 'slug'. I know I have days like that. We have so much stress and pressure these days, it can be overwhelming. What is important is that you get back on track.

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Why I Spark.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I spark because maintenance is hard. I spark because the biggest hurdle to recovery and healthy habits for a lifetime is "giving up" and deciding that maintenance is "too hard". I spark because I'm human.

There is this phenomenon of weight loss. When you reach the mythical land of "thin" you're tempted to think you're done. When you reach the mythical land of "thin" other people who are still struggling sometimes think you have all the answers. Which, in case you were wondering... you don't.

I spark to avoid the trap of self-condemnation. I spark to remind myself this is worth it. I Spark because when I check my e-mail there are encouraging words from others. I Spark because I can read when others are struggling and offer encouraging words of my own. I Spark because it offers a community of experience, strength, hope, and acceptance. I Spark... because it works!

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To all my kindred spirits... Spark on!

  
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GROEDER 4/4/2011 8:08AM

    You summed it up perfectly!!!!
It works because of people like you who are out there helping us all!!!
Thanks.

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WATERMELLEN 4/4/2011 8:04AM

    Maintenance IS hard -- and I'm glad you're here doing that hard work of maintaining right along beside me!!

This is a terrific community of like-minded people: so glad that we've found it!!

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PENNYAN45 4/4/2011 1:00AM

    ...and I am so glad that you Spark!

You are a voice of persistence that is real.

You are intelligent and honest.

You are lighting up the path ahead.

Thank you.

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SUNNY1432 4/3/2011 8:36PM

    How True!! Now if I can just get to maintenance I would be happy!!
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BUGGYS 4/3/2011 5:37PM

    Sparking makes us honest with ourselves...another great blog, Barb! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/3/2011 2:06PM

    So very true! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 4/3/2011 1:44PM

    Maintenance is where the real work begins. Hang in there and know we appreciate you continuing with Spark.

Hugs, Sunny

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/3/2011 1:05PM

    This is why we all love SparkPeople!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/3/2011 11:39AM

    VERY good blog! I plan to continue to spark on when I've reached my goal, too! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2011 11:22AM

    Ditto! 'cept I'm not at maintenance yet, lol...
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ANDI571 4/3/2011 10:46AM

    Spot on!!!!!

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SAMI199 4/3/2011 10:35AM

    I agree-I had lost a significant amount of weight years ago,only to gain it all back plus more!
I did not have Sparks then-But I do now-thank goodsness. My Sparkfriends are a blessing!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/3/2011 10:32AM

    Amen, Barb!

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DEBRITA01 4/3/2011 10:24AM

    emoticonThis site is invaluable...truly a blessing! Keep Sparking... emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/3/2011 10:03AM

    There are days when~~even in Maintenance~~you are tempted to think 'One more helping won't matter'. But the truth is, it DOES matter. We make decisions every day that keep us on our Journey, whether we are still losing, or if we are Maintaining.
That is why I Keep On Sparking, and I think I always will.
emoticonAnd, No, being at our Goal Weight does make us 'Experts' nor does it mean we have all the answers.

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CONCHA77 4/3/2011 9:35AM

    "Spark On!"
Wouldn't want to be anywhere else on the journey. Keep on Sparking.

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REJ7777 4/3/2011 9:13AM

    I could relate to everything in your blog, except the part about being at maintenance. I don't want to think about where I'd be without SparkPeople and the support of my SparkFriends! emoticon

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LADYRH 4/3/2011 9:02AM

    emoticon We are all so lucky to have this site and the support it brings.


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