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How heavy is it?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

This was a great lesson I read on Facebook...

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed incapable of doing anything."

Remember to put the glass down.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/29/2013 9:37AM

    Been there. Done that. Never again. emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/27/2013 6:32PM

    How true!

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GK1963 7/27/2013 4:04PM

    good advice

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Shake it off and take a step up

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This story was in my Facebook feed this morning. I thought that this was good advice for us on our Spark journeys - Shake it off and take a step up!

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

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JANETRIS 7/27/2013 2:01PM

    Love that Nancy! Very good reminder. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/25/2013 12:17AM

    I love that! Heard It years ago. It's such a great reminder for us all!

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MSANITAL 7/24/2013 8:11PM

    Saw this as well this morning and I really enjoyed the way you shared it.. thanks for the reminder Nancy..

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TONYATIME 7/24/2013 2:02PM

    Thanks for your blog post, its very true!!!!

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WILDASTER 7/24/2013 1:57PM

    Very good.

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JOYINKY 7/24/2013 1:50PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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Triathlon #2

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Pleasant Prairie, WI

Division finish: 5 out of 6
Overall finish: 370 out of 409
Swim: 32:26
T 1: 6:23
Bike: 46:44
T 2: 5:01
Run: 40:04
Total time: 2:10:35

1/2 mile swim/20K bike/5K run

Look at the ripples in the water! It was a windy, but hot and humid day.

This was a tough race. The temperature was in the 80's, it was windy, and the humidity was high. My coach tells me never to compare results from one race to another because of all the variables involved. But, it's hard not to!

My total triathlon time on Sunday was 5 minutes longer than two weeks ago. The open water swim was the main reason - that took me 11 minutes longer. Without swimming lanes, I was all over the place. I probably swam half again the distance that I needed to!

My bike time improved by 8 minutes with the new bike - even though the course was somewhat hilly and windy. The clip-in pedals were awesome! Just when I thought I couldn't push one more time up one of those hills, I remembered to pull on the pedals! Now, to get in that habit all the time.

My run time was 4 minutes slower due to the heat and humidity. I walked a lot of the 5K. I shaved 2 minutes off of my transition times, but I can still do better. I still took 5 times longer in transition than some of the top finishers. All in all, I'm pleased with the results. I know where I need to improve.

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MISSG180 7/11/2013 9:30AM

    Great job! Remembering to pull on those pedals is one that I'm still working on. Pulling on one while pushing on the other seems like trying to rub my head and pat my tummy! But we will get there.

My next tri isn't until mid-August, thanks to the stress fracture and the trip to Hawaii (yeah, I know I don't get any sympathy for that! LOL!)

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IUHRYTR 6/29/2013 8:14PM

    Keep striving for improvement. Mowing yards today in Orlando's heat and humidity reminded me of what you face there, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/28/2013 11:07AM

    Congrats on being a conqueror! What will you take o emoticon n next?

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LESLIES537 6/27/2013 3:34PM

    Fantastic! I'm so impressed! Congrats! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/27/2013 3:13PM

    I could never do the swim part of a tri. You're amazing Nancy! I've said it before, but it's so true! Inspiring us all each and every day!!! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/27/2013 11:28AM

    emoticon Just getting out there and doing it is admirable! emoticon

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JANETRIS 6/27/2013 10:44AM

    You are a ROCKSTAR!!! We are victims of the weather and surroundings each time....You pushed through a tough weather day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NKING1982 6/27/2013 9:34AM

    Good Job!

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My Very First Sprint Triathlon Results!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Esprit de She Triathlon
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Naperville, IL

Division finish: 14 out of 21
Overall finish: 1015 out of 1229
Swim: 20:59
T1: 7:09
Bike: 54:43
T2: 6:18
Run: 36:11
Total time: 2:05:19

I did it! I completed my first sprint distance triathlon - 1/2 mile swim, 14.4 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. I did one other triathlon last year - a super sprint distance, which is half the distance of the sprint race. The sprint distance was a challenge, but I had a blast!

The forecast was for a cool, cloudy, and overcast morning. But as you can see from the photos, we had nothing but sunshine!

The water temperature was 68*, so my investment in a wet-suit was well worth it. Plus, it added to my buoyancy.

I have a 27-year-old Peugeot hybrid bike. It was like pedaling a Mack truck! I had the opportunity to ride a new Giant fitness bike the night before my race. Man, was it ever light, fast, and required a lot less effort to pedal than my old bike. I think I will make the investment in a new bike - soon.

My peeps didn't get photos of me running or at the finish line. I apparently ran right past them without us seeing each other. Here's a photo after the race. Lempa was the name of another girl who participated in the triathlon.

I've come a long way since doing the super sprint triathlon last year. I got some awesome training from the coaches at Experience Triathlon. Coach Joe helped me "Run to Become." And Coach Suzy helped (and continues to help) me with my swimming technique. I will have to admit to Coach Suzy that I did a lot of sidestroking and backstroking during the swim portion. I think the adrenalin had me gasping so much, I would have inhaled water if I put my face under water!

My next triathlon will be on Sunday, June 23 in Pleasant Prairie, WI. This is the site of where I did my super-sprint triathlon last year, so I am familiar with the lake. I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully can improve on some of my times - especially the transition times. And, if I get a new bike, there should be improvement there!
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MISSG180 6/18/2013 11:15AM

    You did great! Work on those transition times and you will really drop your overall time. Good job!

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MSANITAL 6/14/2013 8:42AM

    Nancy woohoo girl way to go.. you did it I am impressed and hey that old steel baby got you through.. right? but I can relate to the lightness of the new bikes. I love mine..
great job and good luck with your next race.. you will rock it emoticon

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JANETRIS 6/13/2013 9:21AM

    Congratulations! Well done, and you look great in the wetsuit! I've never used one. Did it help you feel more buoyant?? I'm so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/13/2013 12:32AM

    Congratulations Nan! You look Great!

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IUHRYTR 6/12/2013 9:51PM

    That is impressive and inspiring! Your determined training paid off. emoticon! emoticon -- Lou

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Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mom

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My mom went to her Eternal Reward 8.5 years ago. These photos were taken the year before she died - at my dad's 80th birthday party.

Mother's Days just aren't the same without you, Mom. I love you and miss you.

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IUHRYTR 6/12/2013 9:54PM

    Enjoyed the pictures but know how much we miss our mothers, even many years after their passing. From the looks on your faces I'm confident you have a wealth of happy memories to remember her by. emoticon -- Lou

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/15/2013 10:52AM

    Wow, do you ever look like your Mom! Beautiful! I know you miss her like crazy" emoticon

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CLWALDRO 5/12/2013 7:03AM

    emoticon emoticon No matter how long it is since your mom left this earth this day will always bring her back to your mind.

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JOYINKY 5/11/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon I understand. emoticon

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