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Coming or Going?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I had one of those days where I could not tell if I was coming or going. I just knew I would run into myself if I worked at it.
I must get a little more organized, all my ducks in a row for tomorrow. I am subbing in the water aerobics class. I think I will leave the belly dancing out It is always fun coming up with a routine for class.
I weighed today for the first time in two months and I am staying about the same. I have worked soooooo hard, I must admit I had a moment of negative thinking...
but thankfully the thoughts did not last long. I also got to spend some time with the kids and the new Wii machine. I am not much into games like these or into fitness videos either. It seems I have three left feet and no thumbs when I try games and videos.

I think I've got the hang of something and then I find I don't quite fit in.

All in all I got nothing much accomplished. I was in situations I am not really comfortable in almost all day. I survived and tomorrow is another day. I promise to plan better, take more time, and accomplish something. I might even reward myself.

Have a great Friday one and all!

  
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YW84FRIDAY 6/11/2010 11:39PM

  Hope your week gets better.

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CZARINA_TV 6/11/2010 12:29PM

    I had a Wii and just didn't get much out of it. I have much more fun in an actual dance class than dancing along with some stupid chunk of plastic... I like some of my workout DVDs and I feel like the Wii has a lot of promise and has made a cool new category, but I don't know that it's all there yet, especially for people in good shape.

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/11/2010 9:43AM

    Know how you feel about the scale. But you have such a great attitude! Have fun with class this morning!

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DEVORA4 6/10/2010 11:45PM

  Sorry to hear that with all your hard work the scale didn't go down BUT perhaps you did gain more muscle? Do your clothes feel any looser? Your pics are as always terrefic. Love them. Yes tomorrow is another day, just as Scarlett O'Hara said many times in Gone With the Wind. emoticondebby

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SAMODER 6/10/2010 10:39PM

    I hope tomorrow is a more comfortable one for you. I hope to do some Wii Fit tomorrow, plus we'll be dancing tomorrow. I'm taking my bike in for a "tune-up" After my knee scope the doctor says I can ride a bike for exercise...
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COCOABUTTASAKI 6/10/2010 10:31PM

    I want a Wii. I want one so I can get a Wii Fit! That would be the only type of at home workout I would like to do. Also dont get discouraged about the weight, Im glad you took a 2 month break on weighing yourself because otherwise your weight could take control of your life.
Well have fun with your new wii and look at purchasing a wii fit!

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A Walk for Spanky and I

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Spanky and I set off for a walk in our backyard. There are lots of sights to see:

This is the nest of a cactus wren and the dark in the middle is three baby birds.

The cacti are in full bloom. Here is the road going north by my house..neat clouds and the clouds with the sun to the west just beginning to set.


These yellow blooming plants smell very sweet and Spanky likes to walk under them.

Lots of new growth and the Pinon trees are making new cones which means if we get rain, we will have nuts this year.


Not bad for a backyard. Upon return to the house..I had one tired little warrior and one little Weena ready to go for her walk.

Have a good evening and a great Thursday!

  
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CZARINA_TV 6/10/2010 5:20PM

    Thanks for sharing that! It's so different from the East Coast...

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SCARECROWISCOOL 6/10/2010 1:19PM

    How beautiful!!! Very different from Iowa !! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/10/2010 10:50AM

    Loved the pics of your back yard. Cute pups.

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YW84FRIDAY 6/10/2010 5:31AM

  Ohhhh cute puppies!!! I find it amusing that the little dogs can take a walk around the yard and get tired out while my big dog needs to walk quite a ways and still has energy to burn.

Hope you have a great day!

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SAMODER 6/9/2010 11:33PM

    The fauna is certainly different where you live than where I live. Thanks for sharing.
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PAMAPPLE 6/9/2010 11:16PM

    How nice to be able to have a backyard that looks like a national park! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 6/9/2010 10:39PM

    Thanks for sharing your walk and your beautiful back yard. I enjoyed walking with you and seeing and smelling the flowers. :0 I just love your way of letting me know how your day went. Keep walking. emoticon
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DEVORA4 6/9/2010 10:39PM

  wonderful blog and awesome pictures emoticon emoticon emoticon debby

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A Day Off

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

What to do, what to do....I don't have to work today so I can step out of my usual routine. I might over plan and get nothing done, however, I have hit the gym and I have done my lifting.
Let's see. I need to do laundry, clean house, water the garden, eat, swim, ride, shop....
I still have not found the perfect sun bonnet!
I need to get my laundry done for sure...but it can wait. I think I'll look at some wildlife photos sent to me by one of my friends..........




Who am I kidding? Some days just bite!

I am tired, haven't recovered fully from the triathlon and work in all of the heat. I am going to take a nap and I will rethink this day when I get up.

Have a great Tuesday!

  
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 6/8/2010 11:45PM

    Wonderful pix had me on the edge of my seat.
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ANIME77 6/8/2010 10:21PM

    Love the pics and hope you had a great day.

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SAMODER 6/8/2010 9:41PM

    I hope you had a good day after your nap. I think your work this weekend deserves one!
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FISHINGLADY66 6/8/2010 9:28PM

    Hope you had a Great Day.

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YW84FRIDAY 6/8/2010 7:51PM

  Love the pictures! Hope you had a great day off.

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CZARINA_TV 6/8/2010 5:47PM

    Enjoy your day off! You've earned it!

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CZARINA_TV 6/8/2010 5:47PM

    Enjoy your day off! You've earned it!

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PAMAPPLE 6/8/2010 2:32PM

    Thanks for stopping by! A little R&R really helps to get that energy level up to where it needs to be. Congratulations on completing a triathlon! In my book, anybody is a winner and should feel a great sense of accomplishment who has participated and completed one.

Enjoy your day off. You have the whole summer to get to those other things! emoticon emoticon emoticon Oops, can't find an emoticon for swimming!

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TRIXEL 6/8/2010 12:42PM

    Enjoy your day of downtime. You've earned it!

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SUZANDALE 6/8/2010 11:49AM

    Hey Pat!! Enjoy your day off!! I'm sure you will find some fun in there some where!! The pool was great yesterday!! We did not want to come back home! LOL
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NUTRIGIRL08 6/8/2010 11:14AM

    Enjoy your nap!! emoticon

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DEVORA4 6/8/2010 9:15AM

  Hey Pat, Enjoy the day of rest that you do so deserve. emoticon emoticondeb

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IMAFATBOY 6/8/2010 9:09AM

    emoticon nice to have a day off now and then-

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JOHNMARTINMILES 6/8/2010 9:06AM

    It is good to plan a day to do nothing. And if you don't finish doing nothing today, then make some time to do nothing tomorrow!

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Milkman Triathlon Pictures

Monday, June 07, 2010

The final results for the Milkman have not been published yet. The timers and cameras probably melted from the heat and humidity! The temperatures ranged between 112 and 115 degrees by finish time.
My swim coach and I arrived the day before the tri in lovely Dexter, New Mexico which is a Dairy Farming area about 15 miles or so from Roswell, New Mexico. The tri takes place at Lake Van.
The area on the right side of the swim finish chute.
The area to the left of the finish chute and where the waves lined up at the beginning of the race.

Each participant places a hand on this dock and waits for the gun shot to signal the start of your wave of swimming.
I was totally freaked out about swimming in the open water. When we arrived the day before....and I looked out at the float line....
I was just about to yell "calf-rope" and come home. We decided to swim the entire course and it was a good decision. Down one side and back on the other.
I panicked a little in the middle of the first side and really had to talk myself into doing this swim. After a minute or so pep talk, we set off again and finally finished the swim.

Here I am at the finish.....damp, cool, content and fairly confidant. If I had not done this swim the day before the tri, the morning of...I would not have done this race.
SO...we did not "win" anything but a coffee mug. Officially, we completed a very difficult sprint triathlon. I won a mental victory by doing an open water swim. Tina's mental victory was finishing the bike portion of the tri. We both got to experience an "Africa hot run" segment and we even enjoyed an ice-cold beer with lunch after the race. SHHHHHHHH--don't tell anyone I had a beer. My first in a year!
Try-athletes rule!!!!!!!!! Get off the couch and get busy fellow Spark People! You'll be glad you did. emoticon

  
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SOCKITTOME 6/12/2010 1:02PM

    AWESOME!!!!!! Yes, open water swimming is freaky and there is a definite mental component to it. For the 2002 Danskin I trained with members of Rocky Mountain Team Survivor, and we did some open-water swim sessions as part of our training. My first time in the water was scary -- old gravel pit where the bottom dropped to nothing very close to the shore. It was hard to get used to after swimming in a pool and having the bottom right there or at least visible.

And wow...that was hot hot hot!! I cannot imagine doing a race in that kind of heat. Wow.

You did great and I can't wait to hear about your other races this summer. Go girl!!!

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SM-ARTGIRL 6/8/2010 10:59PM

    You are just AWESOME!!!!!
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CZARINA_TV 6/8/2010 5:50PM

    I went to the sauna today and that was only 105! I can't imagine running in that heat...

Good job getting over your fears and competing, even if all you got was a coffee mug!

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/8/2010 11:13AM

    Congrats on your tri!!!! emoticon

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SAMODER 6/7/2010 8:59PM

    Congratulations on your mental win. emoticon Sometimes those are better than any other kind!

Keep up the great work...
Sam

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SPARKLERFRIEND 6/7/2010 8:22PM

    emoticon on completing this mental and physical combined event! You did emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/7/2010 6:53PM

    You did an awesome job!!! Congratulations on overcoming your fear and pushing through. That's a huge win by itself. Finishing the whole triathalon is a huge win too! May not have won a trophy or a medal but the most important wins are inside you.

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TRIXEL 6/7/2010 1:41PM

    Great pictures! Good for you for facing the open water! I enjoyed reading. Thanks for posting. :)

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HOPERISING 6/7/2010 9:51AM

    AWESOME! That has to be the most hard-won coffee mug in the history of woman! You inspire me!

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K8NJKSMOM 6/7/2010 9:50AM

    Congratulations! You should be doubly proud - completing the triathalon - and completing the open water swim! That is absolutely fantastic!! emoticon

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DEVORA4 6/7/2010 8:35AM

  Hi Pat, First time I choose to disagree with you, You said that you didn't win. Balo ney. You won. Anyone who entered that grueling race and finished is a WINNER. emoticon emoticon emoticon We WILL meet in the winner's circle. We are both champions. emoticondebby

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Milkman Triathlon

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Wow it is really hot! Survived open water swim and will do one again...just hard to find open water here in SW New Mexico. I finished and I am happy but on a borrowed computer so I will give more details upon my return home; including pictures.
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LINDAKAY228 6/6/2010 11:50AM

    Can't wait to hear about it! Good luck!

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BEYOURBEST1 6/6/2010 10:25AM

    Yay! Enjoy your Triathlon!
You must be very proud of yourself.

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GOHUSKERS2 6/6/2010 7:09AM

    Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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SAMODER 6/5/2010 11:42PM

    I bet the swim felt good, since the weather is hot.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 6/5/2010 9:52PM

    You are so amazing! Way to go...I cannot wait to read more details.

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CZARINA_TV 6/5/2010 9:47PM

    Congratulations! 112 degree heat? I was melting today and it was only 83 degrees in the park.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/5/2010 8:14PM

    So glad you finished. Take care and don't get to over heated. Maybe you should ride your bike instead. LOL.... Sounds like you are haveing a wonderful time. Enjoy your life and keep up the good work. emoticon You deserve a BIG huge.

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