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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

With July here, I am finding myself smack dab in the middle of the summer that I miss so dearly during the cold midwestern winters. It feels like it has come on suddenly and is speeding past. In my nature, I want to add on activites endlessly, but am coming torealize that as I do, other important activities suffer. So, this month, I am trying to take the tie to be quiet ... even if it means not doing or accomplishing EVEYTHING I think I should or want to do.

I am continuing to try to find enough time to train for my halfs this Sept and Oct but still get my work and home and church obligations done. In addition, I am trying not to let cross training fall completely away. This may require that I do some more biking, swimming etc instead of the classes that I have come to rely on. I have found that I can swim as cross training while still enjoying family time, or couple short errands with biking or jogging. This allows me to get in the fitness and still get oher committments and obligations done.

This morning is a light morning and although I would have loved to get in a yoga class, I am taking time to get things accomplished at home before work and then my women's group tonight. I also had a phone interview for another position at the Home Depot. This would be a merchandising position...lots of early mornings and some travel, but a fairly regular schedule and FULL TIME w/benefits. This Friday I hope to be able to speak with the manager of the team that I am hoping to join. Just having a more stable schedule would be a great asset in giving me mroe balance and the added benefits of full time would be awesome!

Tomorrow, I have a full day off, so I hope to double up on my fitness and then Thursday, I work, then drive an hour to the clinical trial location and the official start of that program. Friday and Saturday are two very full work days and then Sunday a day of rest.....hoping to meet up with some buddies for our long run.

I don't know if I will ever get this "balance" thing, but I keep on trying - and like one of my favorite quotes says, "You can't fail (or lose), if you don't give up!"

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CINDYCHARLENE 7/6/2011 11:53PM

    My first thought was, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:".(ICor.10:13)

Balance, a virtue to aspire to,
But so difficult to attain.
I find perfectionism and excess
Keeps ME behind in the game.

Ole Scratch would have me indulge in,
Perfectionism in all that I might do
Inadvertanly focusing on imperfection
Which most assuredly I am prone to.

The weakness of excessiveness in
Working hard to achieve perfection,
Never got me very far, in fact
I go fully the opposite direction.

I fail to focus on Jesus' strengths
Relying on Him to make up the difference
Where I fall short, making it possible
To stop trying so hard and just relax.

One day I'll get it right and with faith
Win the fight with self and perfectionism.
Forgiving self for not being perfect,
Loving self, going in the right direction.

Allowing Jesus His rightful privilege
Of taking up the much needed slack
When I fall short of perfection in
The all the virtues in which I lack.
Love, Charlene

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NELLIEC 7/5/2011 11:43PM

    Yes, balance! And I do think having a more stable schedule would help!

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LKEITHO 7/5/2011 10:35PM

    Balance is so essential, and so easy to lose sight of. Good job of staying on track!

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MIMIKK7 7/5/2011 2:39PM

    I totally agree on working on balance in life. That is a daily struggle of mine too. I agree and believe in your favorite quote. I live by it everyday. Just keep on keepin' on! Wishing you the best of luck with you getting your merchandising position. I know you would be very good at it. Have a fantastic day emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/5/2011 1:45PM

    I think taking the time to be quiet is invaluable. You will see as you take that time for yourself that everything will fall into place for you. We need time for activity, but we need time to rest and enjoy some peace time.

Balance is one of those things that changes from day to day. Some days you will achieve it and other days you will be overwhelmed with the things on your to do list. I think you are doing a great job with your activity goals and that as you evaluate them you will be able to make the necessary changes. Just be flexible.

Also, I want to thank you for your comment on my blog about Baguette. My experience with him is one that I will always treasure.

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KANSASROSE67 7/5/2011 1:16PM

    I know what you mean about balance...I have to work hard to give myself permission to rest and take some "me" time.

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Another First

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Last year, when the temps really started to rise, I got up extra early a couple times a week to get in some miles (like at 4:30 am) before work. Since my sleep has not been all that good recently, getting up any earlier just hasn't been an option and I'm usually in bed pretty early. Tonight however, I knew that I would be up for the fireworks and since they are only a couple miles from the house, I chose to run there. Then on the way home, the temps were just too comfortable and I got in another 4.5 miles. Right around 6.5 miles total. Running in the dark was a little disconcerting, add to that the fact that I ran on the road instea of the sidewalk since the sidewalk had no light and aren't the flatest in this town and I didn't want to trip. I didn't hear the headphones and watched out for crazy drivers.....it is the 4th of July. May have to try this again on a non holiday night. It was quite comfortable. Maybe now I'll get a good nights sleep! Hope everyone had a great 4th!!!

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CINDYCHARLENE 7/7/2011 12:09AM

    I hope you did get a good nights sleep. Oh that sleep is so important. Get your rest both physically and spiritually. Everytime I try to read the scriptures at night time, Ole Scratch puts me right to sleep. LOL.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 7/5/2011 7:22PM

    Yeah my mom mentioned the temps have been bouncing between really hot and then on the cool side in Chicago. My ideal temp to run is in the high 50's to low 60's ( I rarely get to run in those temps). It is good to hear you got your workout on your way to see the fireworks. If you think you might like to do more night runs, just buy a head lamp to help illuminate your path while you run.

Hope you slept well.


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ERLYWA 7/5/2011 9:51AM

    I love it when we find something new that works! :)

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MIMIKK7 7/5/2011 8:56AM

    emoticonGlad you was able to get in a great run! emoticon emoticonI hope some quality emoticonfollowed! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 7/5/2011 8:32AM

    Glad you were able to get in a relatively safe run. Hope it resulted in a good night of rest!

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

For the past few weeks, it seems that I have just not been able to relly catch my breath (figurativly speaking). So, what a blessing it was to have 2 1/2 hours to myself at home this afternoon while the sisters were off at church.

I know there were about a million and a half things that I could have done or maybe even should have done, but instead, I laid in the sun and napped fora half hour, just read and listened to some music for a half hour and then skim cleaned my sisters pool for an hour and a half while listening to some of my favorite tunes. I even played tag with my sis' dog in the pool. She is quite a good swimmer and loves to put her squeeze toy in her mouth and then we swim around and around the pool till she "catches" me and then I throw her toy and repeat the whole thing. Kind of comical, but out of the whole family....she's my only exercise partner.

What a glorious, peaceful and rejuvenating time....and all that after an almost decent nights' sleep. I'm cutting this short and going for the sleep again as tomorrow I'm doing lighting and that requires a 7AM - 12:30PM committment at church and then see what the sisters are wanting to do in the afternoon.

Hope you are all having a marvelous holiday weekend......guess catching up is gonna take me a little longer than I thought. I get there! emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/3/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds like a great break! Love the exercise with the dog!

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NELLIEC 7/3/2011 7:31PM

    Sounds like you have a great exercise partner!

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MIMIKK7 7/3/2011 11:46AM

    What a beautiful way to spend the afternoon taking some much deserved time for yourself! You are the most important person in your life. emoticonI am so glad that sleep is finding its way back to you again. emoticon emoticonIt makes everything else in life that much better. Have a Blessed Sunday emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORAB52GOOD 7/3/2011 11:07AM

    Napping in the sound sounds great. Sometimes that just makes the most sense. We push and push ourselves all the time. It is nice to allow ourselves the chance to rest and recoop. Good for you!!!


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RHONDALYN10 7/3/2011 7:46AM

    Enjoy your rest! I would love an afternoon of lounging in the sun near a pool.....
Best wishes!

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CYCLINGSANDY 7/3/2011 3:31AM

    The nap in the sun sounds lovely! Enjoy this R&R while you can.
Be a blessing and be blessed today!

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DONNAGRACE1164 7/2/2011 11:40PM

    Take your time to rejuvenate... We all need that... I know I do and I'm going to Iowa to take our son for his College Orientation and then day after we get back going to Texas with my mom and my daughter to see my grandma... looking forward to my time of "rejuvenation"...just to do something different helps... You'll get there.. (...Mine is going to take some time too... )

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Life Goes On...And So Do Lifestyle Changes

Friday, July 01, 2011

So, this week has been like many in my life.....busy, busy, busy. And, in addition to the already crazy pace, I learned that my sis will be having yet another surgery in August, this time to burn a nerve in an effort to make moving less painful for her. They are still looking at her thyroid...no word there yet. Then, yesterday, I had to say farewell to my "Red kitty". He was 17, almost 18, and we knew that the end was coming, but no matter what, it is still a sad adjustment period for everyone.

The good news is that despite my stress and lack of sleep and the million other reasons that I could have given, I didn't go overboard with stress and comfort eating. Have maintained my weight and my healthy living (as much as possible), and, got accepted into the clinical trial. The same day that I had to put Red kitty down, I had a physical to see if I would be a candidate for this trial. They did a full physical including an EKG...which, after looking at it and my vital signs, the doctor asked, "HOW OLD are you?" When I told him 50, he said, 'well, that's a BEAUTIFUL EKG and you are in great shape for 50!" That made my week! So, once the three vials of blood are evaluated, I go back in next week to get those results, and then.......the fun begins!

As for now, I know that I have pages and pages of e-mails and messages to catch up on, but I know better than to try to catch up all at once. My internet was having issues for 3 days and it will be at least three or more days for me to catch up now. Be patient with me.....I will get back to each and everyone of you. Have a very safe and happy Fourth of July!!!

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    Sorry about your sister. How great to have a medical person tell you, you are in great shape.

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MIMIKK7 7/2/2011 5:51PM

    emoticonfor being accepted into the clinical trail. That is fantastic what the doctor said! emoticonSorry to hear about your sister requiring surgery. I know this has been a difficult week for you and you have done very well with handling your stress by not turning to food. emoticonI am so sorry about the loss of your little kitty. I know it is very painful. emoticon

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BLESSEDMAZARS 7/2/2011 11:27AM

    Sorry for your kitty! BUT EXCELLENT compliment from your doctor! Have a great day!!!!!!

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LKEITHO 7/1/2011 11:09PM

    So sorry to hear about your cat. It is never easy losing a long time friend like that.

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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/1/2011 10:49PM

    My condolences for the Kitty. I can imagine the pain that causes because I have lost furry family members myself.

Best wishes to you!

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Riding the Waves of Life

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yesterday (and for that matter the past few days) have been inreasingly stressful. Last night's poor quality of sleep did not add to today either, but tomorrow is the start of te clinical trial that I am participating in, so, hopefully, I will be able to at least get some better rest.

I'm struggling a little with the craving of sweets and last It didn't help that Verion is having issues with there service in my area. All five cookies were consumed while on the phone with the help desk trying to get the internet service working right. Today is better. I just have to resolve myself to get done what I can, and that will have to be okay....I still need to sleep and fighting the poor internet service is not going to contribute to my sanity or healthy living. Please understand dear friends if I fall behind in my Sparking. I should be able to find a little time this weekend to catch up.

The work front is guardedly improved. Today, I was award with a watch for customer service excellence, and, immediately after the presentation seemed like a good time to confront my boss (and the store manager, since I caught them at the same time) with the issue of my hours being cut back again. They were immediately reinstated which is good, but now the word is that there is going to be a new scheduling program we will be testing starting in August. I could start worrying about it now, but, since there is really nothing much I can do about it, I think I will just trust and leave it in God's hands for now. I think HE can handle the additional issues better than I can at this point in time.

Add to the rest of the issues that have been cropping up, my sis will be having another "minor" surgery to deaden a nerve on 8/11. Also, my cat, (actually my ex husbands cat, but he's been mine and living with me since we parted ways) is now 18 years old....I know, a ripe old age for a cat....but his health is failing - FAST-and I know that soon I will have to take him in and have him put to sleep. I'm praying that he can make it through the holiday weekend, but we'll have to see. He was extra weak today...couldn't even make it up to the counter where we put his food to keep it safe from the dogs.

On a lighter note.....abs and group strength class were AWESOME - aahhhh, I needed that!!!!

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NELLIEC 6/30/2011 5:30PM

    Wow, 18 year old kitty! My heart is with you in this journey!

Congrats on the award. As for the hours, yes, let God take care of that!

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KKINNEA 6/30/2011 1:45PM

    Good thing you have some good things to balance out some of those toughies! Hope things start to go smoother for you!

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MIMIKK7 6/30/2011 10:28AM

    Sorry you are going through a rough patch right now. Lack of sleep just compounds the issues too, coupled with poor internet service and phone issues. That in itself would set me into a tailspin. emoticon emoticonon your customer service excellence award! That is emoticonI am so sorry to hear about your kitty. It is heartbreaking to lose a family pet. Best of luck with your clinical trails. I hope your day improves and restful sleep finds you soon! emoticon emoticon

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ERLYWA 6/29/2011 10:37PM

    Boy, it's been tough all over...I've had a really tough day myself. Hang in there, girl! It'll all pass. Sorry to hear about kitty....I can't imagine losing one of my dogs.

! on your customer service award! :)

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LKEITHO 6/29/2011 10:31PM

    Congratulations on the award!

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KWADHAMS 6/29/2011 10:20PM

    Hang in there. thanks for commenting on my blog. We had a great time biking as a family. Now we need to get a bike carrier so we can bike around Lake superior, where we live.

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