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When the body says SLEEP, do so!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I know I'm having sleep issues when instead of waking before the alarm, or being very aware that the alarm *is* the alarm, my current dream simply takes what the radio voice is saying or singing and blends it right in. This happened to me yesterday morning, and I took my cue... I hit that snooze four times, and was running short on Spark time as a result. Then last night I made SURE to get to bed on time!

emoticon Sleep is a very important part of the healthy living deal. As important as exercise and nutrition. So it pays to listen to the body when it gives those cues. I ended up inserting an extra rest day into the schedule to accommodate... besides, there were some household things that needed attending. And I missed writing a blog yesterday for the same reasons.

Today, both bags are packed... the lunch and snacks bag, and the gym bag. I'm thinking this is strength training night. That's an element that must also not be ignored by the triathlete! So... today's by-word is BALANCE.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits are about both on line and off! Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that support a healthy life, I remain GRATEFUL for every... single... day!

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HOT4FITNESS 7/10/2014 3:53AM

    When our body speaks we shall listen!

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DALID414 7/9/2014 8:22PM

    emoticon cancelled yoga class last night left me unbalanced today!

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PHOENIX1949 7/9/2014 7:35PM

    emoticon Rolled over for a little more sleep this a.m. that became three hours! I'm retired so can afford to do so.

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/9/2014 6:06PM

    It is all about balance in our lives-really enjoy your blog!!!

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GABY1948 7/9/2014 1:47PM

    emoticon sleep IS so very important. That is one thing, since I was a small child, I have rarely, if ever, had problems sleeping. My parents never had to tell me to go to bed either, I just went.

Hope you rest up again tonite! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2014 1:14PM

    You can't skimp on sleep. I've learned that over the years! Yesterday I took a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day and don't even know why. I hardly ever sleep in the day unless I'm sick. I guess I needed it Glad you got some good rest.

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DLDMIL 7/9/2014 10:57AM

    Our bodies are constantly repairing and we need our sleep in order to repair properly. Extra rest is always welcome.
/have a great day

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 7/9/2014 10:06AM

    Great reminder blog for all of us who go hard all the time and sometimes neglect rest. I'm trying to be more mindful and accepting of rest days and trying to re-route my mind into believing that if I miss one day in the gym, I will not gain all 86 lbs back in one day of rest! Have a wonderful day!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2014 9:45AM

    You're absolutely right about sleep! Hope you get your ZZZzzz's.

HUGS

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/9/2014 9:13AM

    Sleep is super important and I struggle with it. Kudos to you for finding your balance and making sure to get plenty of rest!

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2014 9:13AM

    Sleep matters and our needs for sleep vary both by the individual and for the individual at various times. Good for you for attending to this issue right away!

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SWEDE_SU 7/9/2014 9:06AM

    a good reminder! because of my job, i specialize in sleep deficit, but try to catch up when i can...

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NEW-CAZ 7/9/2014 9:00AM

    sleep is so important- I can't function on sleep deprivation

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NEW-CAZ 7/9/2014 9:00AM

    sleep is so important- I can't function on sleep deprivation

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MSLZZY 7/9/2014 8:48AM

    Sleep is so important and I will take my cue from you. I don't use an alarm but may have to head to bed earlier and skip some of the Sparking. Have a great Wednesday!

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DEBRITA01 7/9/2014 8:24AM

    I can relate to the alarm being blended in to one's dream...happened to me yesterday. I awoke to find the alarm had been ringing 10 minutes! Getting enough sleep is an ongoing goal of mine. Here's to getting enough Zzzz's! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/9/2014 8:21AM

    Sleep is important to health! Good reminder!

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SHRINKBUG 7/9/2014 8:15AM

    My parents called sleep "the great cure-all". A good night's sleep rarely fails to cure an occasional downcast mood or attitude, for me. emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 7/9/2014 8:11AM

    I need to do that tonight. I hit the snooze once this morning, but I was out late last night and didn't get to bed till an hour past when I like to be in bed.

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LEANJEAN6 7/9/2014 7:51AM

    Sleep revives us Barb!!--Great topic!-Lynda

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GARDENCHRIS 7/9/2014 7:31AM

    emoticon is important!

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WDIPIM 7/9/2014 7:31AM

  I agree - God Bless

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Recasting childhood memory

Monday, July 07, 2014

That ice cream cone I've been mentioning in my blogs for what, two weeks now? Yesterday I had it. But I didn't just have an ice cream cone. I recreated a childhood memory. With a few modifications.

Picture in your mind the 1960's. July or maybe August. Nebraska. It's hot. And humid. You are too young to drive, so you've been out riding your bicycle to the swimming pool, to cool off and have fun, and alleviate boredom, because after all, it's Summer time! You rode your bike back home to the un-air conditioned house. All the windows are open, but it's still a very warm evening.

Mom & Dad suggest a family walk now that it's cooler than it WAS in mid-afternoon... to the Dairy Queen about half a mile away. And the whole family WALKS to the DQ. We each get a small cone, and in this case, because it's a special occasion, I get mine dipped so it comes in a shell of chocolate.

Then we slowly walk home, slurping the drips and trying not to get them all over our hands... but being unsuccessful. At home it will be bath time anyway, so who cares we get a little sticky? But it tastes marvelous, and it fills young tummies, and we are surrounded by family.

Think about that... yes, treats WERE a part of childhood. They didn't happen every day, they were something special. And look at all that built-in activity that preceded the treat... bicycling for transportation, swimming for recreation, and walking to get outside.

So... here's how the re-creation of the memory went: Morning was my volunteer gig which was outdoor but not terribly active. Had my usual fuel for breakfast, snack, lunch, even had a little nap, because the day had started early... then went for my planned training activity which turned out to be swimming yesterday. I went to the gym pool and found it packed (just like when I was a kid). I swam my laps in the outdoor pool to the sounds of other people just splashing around (and a couple of other lap swimmers). I got out, went home (but I drove), and had my planned supper.

After supper, before evening snack time, I drove 2 1/2 miles to the nearest DQ (I could walk that, perhaps next year when I do this again), went in and placed my order. The young thing behind the counter asked was that vanilla ice cream under chocolate dip? Oh, yes, I reply, the classic... you are competing with childhood memory here!

Then I slowly walked around several blocks in the neighborhood of the DQ, slurping up the drips and trying not to get my hands all sticky. Unsuccessfully, I might add, but when I got back around to the car, I rinsed off with water I had in the car before driving home. Ahhhh!

And that, my Spark friends, is my aim for having treats these days. Rarely, and with purpose. Savoring, and enriching with memories... and really remembering that the food was only PART of that memory. The food cannot BE the memory. emoticon

LIFE is good. It's so much better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits share their journeys, too. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that feed body, mind and soul, I remain GRATEFUL, for each and every day.

Namaste. emoticon

  
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ALICIA363 7/9/2014 8:20PM

    Very insightful ... "the food was only PART of the memory". Friday night daddy's paydays (every other week) at A&W root beer with the whole family. Got a "baby" glass. Begged for a "junior", couldn't finish it, back to the "baby" glass for me ...
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The shape and feel of the glasses were a big deal for me. They had handles, unlike anything we had at home.
These days, I can be found sipping diet soda from champagne glasses for the same satisfaction ... the feel and heft and shape make the zero calories feel like a treat.
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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/9/2014 5:29AM

    You've prompted me to write my own memory. Thanks, it helps the "eating for eatings' sake" issue.

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SWEDE_SU 7/8/2014 9:34PM

    my dad, a country doctor in nyc, used to drive us to carvels (an early DQ variant) on hot summer nights when he was finally finished seeing patients for the day (he'd have a waiting room full) - it was a special treat and memory from the 60s that i haven't thought about for years. thanks for bringing that memory back - it was the shared time, even more than the ice cream, that was important!

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GABY1948 7/8/2014 10:18AM

    This was a WONDERFUL trip down memory lane with you! I like that! I shall have to remember it to "possibly" try one day!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/8/2014 9:01AM

    Wonderful re-creation. That's the way to savor a treat!! Although these days (perhaps ala Beck) I really prefer to sit down to eat.

Thanks for sharing this experience and treat philosophy.

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MSLZZY 7/8/2014 8:42AM

    What a wonderful memory recreated and savored! A simple delight. A treat that filled the heart and soul. Have a great Tuesday!

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KANOE10 7/8/2014 8:09AM

    I think that it is a great idea to remember all of the sights, and feelings of the past, and not just the food. I grew up going to the DQ as a treat after going out to dinner. I never biked but spent my time walking to the beach and swimming.

That is a excellent way to enjoy a treat and to savor the experience.

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BA5454 7/8/2014 7:11AM

    Summers were spent out of doors with the neighborhood kids playing or riding bikes--and we stayed out until the very last minute or until mom hollered from the porch. Wow, great memories! Thanks for bringing them back ;-).

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KEEPITUP62 7/7/2014 11:01PM

    Oh Oh.......thank you for the trip down memory lane. I actually pictured myself in the back of my dads car beside my older brother licking our ice creams.
It was too far for us to walk but we always played outdoors all day with swimming, biking, climbing trees (my favorite) and many of the childhood games of hide and seek, kick the can, red rover etc.

Those were days I cherish as I now cruise through my sixties. I too will be cherishing anything in the form of treats with fondest of memories.
Thanks again for the memories. emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 7/7/2014 7:29PM

    Great trip down memory lane. emoticon blog. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 7/7/2014 1:56PM

    what a wonderful way to have a treat! Only part of the memory. I love it! Thanks for the great idea!


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AGGIEKBEAR03 7/7/2014 1:38PM

    What you describe reminds me of my childhood as well! Thank you for sharing!

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SHRINKBUG 7/7/2014 1:08PM

    SO enjoyable to read! I was with you, except it was in hot Maryland, not Nebraska. And we rode our bikes to get it. Love your blogs.

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LINDAKAY228 7/7/2014 11:32AM

    The way you write is so colorful! We didn't have those treats often either and they were really treats! Still love dipped cones though hardly ever have one. We lived a block from the swimming pool and my mom splurged on season passes for me and one brother (other brother was still a baby, 9 1/2 years younger than me) My brother next to me went sometimes but I just lived over there in the summer! Oh the memories!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2014 10:55AM

    So cool! Glad that you re-created such a cool memory!!! Vanilla w/chocolate dip! Wonderful. I remember that too.

HUGS

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KRISZTA11 7/7/2014 10:39AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!
Makes me remember when I was a child (in the seventies) how we drank Pepsi - every Sunday my dad bought 1 bottle, everyone got one small glass.
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DEBRITA01 7/7/2014 10:05AM

    Ah, childhood memories of summer... emoticon
I especially liked this wise statement:"... the food was only PART of that memory. The food cannot BE the memory." emoticon

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/7/2014 9:37AM

    What a great trip down memory lane-thanks for sharing. I grew up in Iowa and in my home town we went to A&W for our ice cream. emoticon



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DALID414 7/7/2014 9:26AM

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KALIGIRL 7/7/2014 8:29AM

    Sounds divine!
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COASTAL6 7/7/2014 7:49AM

    I loved this blog!
Thanks for sharing!

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Namaste.

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WATERMELLEN 7/7/2014 7:25AM

    What a super blog -- like you I spent my hot summers riding my bike to the local swimming pool (sometimes three times a day: morning lessons, after swim, evening swim). Who would let their kids do that now? And occasionally there would be a nickel to buy a popsicle on the way home -- to be split with my sister!! Requiring elaborate negotiations over grape versus lime versus raspberry (neither of us favoured orange or chocolate!!).

You see: you've recreated memories for me too.

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TORTISE110 7/7/2014 7:23AM

    Life is good and indeed, better when fit!!!

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JOHNTJ1 7/7/2014 7:22AM

    Change Nebraska to Wisconsin and you've described my child hood almost perfectly. Form the looks of your comments it appears many of us had a memorable childhood.

No smart phones, no GPS. We played kick the can until the street lights came on and then everyone headed for home. Life was that simple

Thank you for the memory

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NEW-CAZ 7/7/2014 7:17AM

    Quite right Barb, treats are just that, rare and special to savour and enjoy!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/7/2014 7:14AM

    Did you live on my street?
Softball with my brothers in a vacant lot in the morning, biking to the swimming pool at the park in the afternoon, chasing fireflies and playing games with neighbor kids after supper. There was a Dairy Queen downtown. Our house with no a/c was could get quite hot too. Sometimes we went into the basement, even ate meals down there. At bedtime, I'd take ice cubes and rub them on my forehead and chest. My summer food memory is eating sweet corn with butter and sucking the butter out of the cob after I had eaten every bit of the corn.

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SPINNINGJW 7/7/2014 7:12AM

    By my childhood, it was a Dilly bar, and I almost always got cherry.

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  Thanks for sharing

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Bonus blog: TNT Duathlon, from the volunteer perspective

Sunday, July 06, 2014

That TNT stands for Team Nebraska Triathlon, the sponsoring club, in case anyone is curious, but I find it quite appropriate that a race with an explosive acronym was being run the weekend of Independence Day. emoticon

I got there promptly, reporting for duty about 15 minutes early, in fact. I was assigned first to work check in packet-pickup. There were the usual things one expects at a USAT sanctioned multisport event: check the membership card, the photo id, if not an annual member, have them sign a one-day waiver to go along with their one-day membership just for this race. New wrinkle? Since the socks (yes, this race gives the participants athletic socks... don't you love races that give out something OTHER than t-shirts?) had some kind of problem and had not been delivered, we were also taking down sock sizes, so that when the socks do arrive the right size gets sent out to each person.

This was by far the smallest such event I'd been to, only 37 racers (39 if you count the two-person teams as two, but only ONE of the team members crosses the final finish line). I was the last person working registration and was given instructions about what to do with no-shows (there were only 3, plus a team they knew about ahead of time). Then I had some time off until working the finish line.

While I was off, I took time to shoot a few snaps:


Sunrise over the transition area... yes, it is backlit. Sorry about that, I was staring into the rising sun. It was, by the way, kind of weird to see people setting up in transition in full daylight... races I have participated in we mostly set up in the dark.
But in July, a 7:30 a.m. race start is full daylight out here.


Mandatory pre-race meeting, where those who checked in yesterday were reminded to get their sock sizes to the registration crew, and all were given the rundown of the course. (2 mile run, followed by 12 mile bike, followed by a second 2 mile run).


Considerably later after all the runners had retrieved their bikes (and the relay teams had tagged their biker), we are looking at an empty transition area.


The timers are also tasked with counting laps for the bikers. This is three times through the loop that is close to the Buffalo run route that runs in September. Yes, this is Pioneers Park, for you local folk who might recognize the trees and paths!


The lead biker is back into transition. He has a considerable lead on #2. If he doesn't stumble badly in the second run, he's got this in the bag.


Here he is running out. Then I got kind of busy, learning my next task, which was to strip the bib tags in order off the finishers, and string them up.

While I was standing there, a gent in a Lincoln Marathon shirt from this year wandered up. I asked was he a fellow finish line volunteer & he said no, he hadn't known this event was happening, he was just out for his normal run. Nonetheless, he pitched in and helped during the times we got two runners in a foot race into the chute, and stayed and chatted about racing and running and tris and all the wonderful things those of us who do this sort of thing love. I love this community. Both the "runner's" community and the normal "this town" sense of community. I feel blessed to be a part of both.

And of course, once the final runner was across the line, I was dismissed, and came on home. I found that I missed SPINNINGJW's departure (she wasn't up yet when I left for my gig) from her stay. Wishing her a safe trip back to her home, via blog! emoticon

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when shared with kindred spirits, both on line and off. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices that support a healthy life, I remain GRATEFUL, for each, and every day. Spark on! emoticon

  
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GABY1948 7/8/2014 10:22AM

    I love the way even when you are not running/racing you remain a BIG part of the whole thing...that is true love of it! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/8/2014 9:06AM

    Great blog about your volunteer experience. Good of you to volunteer! And, yes, I know the runner community is awesome; glad you love your locale as well. I do, too, humidity and all!!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 7/7/2014 1:49PM

    Good for you for volunteering at that race! After I had AMC, I volunteered at the a local marathon that I usually participate in (running the half) because I was unable to run it (I was 8 weeks post partum) and had a great time seeing the race from that perspective.

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KALIGIRL 7/7/2014 8:34AM

    Here's to volunteering and making our burg the rich and varied place it is...
Hope no one succumbed to the heat....

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SWEDE_SU 7/6/2014 8:39PM

    what a fun day! life is good!

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KOHINOOR2 7/6/2014 7:45PM

    Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/6/2014 4:56PM

    Maybe I should volunteer to help out in a race. Perhaps the karma will be good

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DALID414 7/6/2014 4:37PM

    How fun!

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WATERMELLEN 7/6/2014 4:26PM

    The 2 person teams get one sock each????

Good for you for volunteering!! You give right back.

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LINDAKAY228 7/6/2014 3:09PM

    So neat that you got to volunteer! I've never been in or worked a tri, but I did do some races in my rural town in New Mexico where there were about that few races for 5k's. That's what happens in a small town for me LOL. I'm not sure where you were at or why it was so small. But those are still awesome races anyway although I like to see a bigger crowd (but not too big LOL) so the group doing the race makes more money if for a charitable cause. Neat they were giving away socks. Glad there wasn't 5,000 people to write down sizes for and keep straight ha ha.

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MJREIMERS 7/6/2014 2:23PM

    That sounds like a fun event! I may have to look into it for next year! Thanks for volunteering and spreading the spark to others! (I know I really enjoyed seeing your smiling face at my packet pickup!)

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/6/2014 1:38PM

    This is a good reminder to me to get involved volunteering at some of these events-it sounds like so much fun!!!
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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 1:06PM

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SPINNINGJW 7/6/2014 1:04PM

    I debated sticking around till you got home, but decided I just wanted to come home. Glad you had a fun time, but I knew you would.

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2014 12:55PM

    Sounds like a fun and busy day for you Barb, thanks for recording the event and giving us an insight.


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State of the maintenance

Sunday, July 06, 2014


This was last January, when I got myself in hand, mentally tough to take off last year's slippery slope regain.


This is now, when I'm working at regaining "a couple". Interesting what a CONTROLLED regain looks like. Interesting what it feels like from the inside. A whole different psychology, and worthy of attention. Why? Because most of us, when we start to regain (at least those of us who have been on the roller coaster for many years), STOP LOOKING!

Well, not this time. I'm paying attention! Remember this years tag line includes "consciously".

Apparently my boosting the calories the past couple of days has not been enough to offset the training (even the reluctant jollying myself into it training). So... today? I'm about to head out to my volunteer gig at the TNT Duathlon. I've had breakfast earlier than usual, and I have packed a snack, figuring I'll be home before lunch. And this may just be the day for that ice cream cone I've been talking about for two weeks. Way to build up the treat as a treat, Barb! emoticon

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits on parallel journeys lighten each other's load. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices that support our long-term goals, I am GRATEFUL for each and every day.

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GABY1948 7/8/2014 10:25AM

    You are doing extremely well! You have reached a new level of inspirator for me! This is WELL worth watching!

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KALIGIRL 7/7/2014 8:38AM

    Excellent as usual!

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MOBYCARP 7/6/2014 7:30PM

    You've got this covered. You know what you need to do, you're paying attention, and your mental toughness is in order.

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LINDAKAY228 7/6/2014 3:13PM

    You've had me craving ice cream LOL! Sounds like a tough deal to manage to keep at the same weight or just a couple of pounds higher. Guess with all your exercise it's kind of like the professional boxers and wrestlers etc who have to weigh in before each match and keep it perfect! I remember when they also used to make flight attendants weight in too and had to keep a perfect weight. I think that was done away with a long time ago, as well as back when they could only be female! So glad!

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KEEPITUP62 7/6/2014 12:41PM

    You are doing awesome................. emoticon

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DALID414 7/6/2014 11:39AM

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SLENDERELLA61 7/6/2014 11:12AM

    A controlled regain -- good going!! I'm very impressed. To date, I really haven't had a controlled regain. The one time I weighed under Weight Watchers range (BMI 20) I told myself I must eat. The next week I was up 8 pounds. But I did learn. The next time I weighed light I changed nothing. I said I would change nothing unless I was down for two weeks. That worked. Two weeks later I was right where I wanted to be.

I may have to check out that Weight Commander program. Looks interesting. I'll google it and see if I can find it.

Keep up the great work, Barb!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 10:22AM

    Enjoy! Yup . . . anticipation building for that cone! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/6/2014 10:04AM

    You will enjoy every lick knowing that it's part of your weight control regime! Now: what flavour??? (Strawberry for me . . . !)

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KANOE10 7/6/2014 9:20AM

    Enjoy that awaited ice cream cone! It is a different psychology to a controlled gain..but both losing and gaining require dedication and discipline. That is exactly my pattern from the past..I stopped looking at the scale when I started regaining. No more. I love the weightgrapher charts.

Have a fun time volunteering.

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THINANDFITEMILY 7/6/2014 8:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm off on a bike ride and happy to have read your blog and will be thinking of you....and maybe ice cream...

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NELLJONES 7/6/2014 7:52AM

    It's weight CONTROL not loss or gain. You're right and congrats!

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MSLZZY 7/6/2014 7:29AM

    Hope you indulge in that ice cream cone! You are going great! HUGS!

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BA5454 7/6/2014 7:03AM

    A controlled gain? Were you expending too many calories for the exercise in? Love your self-awareness here, and the fact this has really become a lifestyle for you--i.e. you're healthy ;-).

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2014 6:46AM

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COASTAL6 7/6/2014 6:40AM

    Good Morning, Barb emoticon
Have a great Sunday!
Cheering you on!

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WDIPIM 7/6/2014 6:37AM

  take care

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A different kind of 4th

Saturday, July 05, 2014

NOBODY in the family made big plans or offered to host this year. Last week, those of us in town received one inquisitive e-mail from our older sis, as for once, she's in town, not off with one of her daughters' families. She invited us to drop by if we wanted. I emailed back that I'd probably drop by sometime during the day, but would likely head home and go to bed at my normal time. These days, routine is my friend.

Got the "arrived in town" call from youngest sister (SPINNINGJW) on Thursday, she didn't know if anyone in the sibling group had plans, she had several invitations of various sorts, and obligations, but she would soon be over to take up weekend residence.

I had just heard from ALICIA363 that she was about to head out on Uma Vertigo (my knobby tired mountain bike, on sort of permanent loan to her) to "see how far I get", so I kept the phone close "just in case". Jen arrived, and while we were still chatting, Ace showed up at the door for her mid-ride break / water stop. So we *did* manage to get THREE sisters in the same room during part of the weekend... might be the biggest gather of the weekend, though.

Yesterday morning I was rebelling against my training plan for some reason. But I did jolly myself out the door to ride the bike before it got too hot. You can tell my rebellion from what I'm wearing. Regular walking shorts. Running shoes, no clip shoes. Cotton t-shirt, no special jersey. You'll see in a photo in a bit. The plan was to call older sis (the non-sparking one) when I got into her neighborhood and if she was home, go visit her.

WELL! That plan went bust, as she was obviously out getting her walk in while the weather wasn't too hot yet: the answering machine picked up. So I biked on, and ended up at the cemetery where Mom & Dad are interred. Chatted with them a bit, as that's kind of my thing when I visit. I don't decorate graves or anything quite so fancy, but I drop by, see the beauty of the place in general and invite their spirits to come along on the rest of my bike ride.


As I once again approach sis's house on the way back, I again phoned. (Aside: hands free voice control of the phone via my blue tooth headset is the bomb. I tell it "Call ___ ___ home 1", and it dials and I talk all while being able to keep on biking.) She was home this time, so I pedaled on over. After I used her home as my own break / water / snack stop (she fed me my 10 a.m. snack out of her healthy stocked kitchen)... she decided it would be a good idea to join me on the ride back toward my house. She did, and before we started, we got her neighbor to snap this photo of us, about to head out:


So, in the end, I visited Mom & Dad, and saw all three of my sisters as part of my holiday. It had all the elements I needed. Only sibling missing was MOBYCARP, and he has a bit of a long commute to make that happen... if we make that happen every two or three years we count ourselves lucky.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when there are kindred spirits following their own path to a healthy life. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices that support that healthy life, I am GRATEFUL, for each, and every day!

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GABY1948 7/8/2014 10:30AM

    What a GRAND way to spend the Fourth! Have to laugh....I never do anything on my phone that I can't dictate to it too....do you think we will get fat fingers from not exercising them????? emoticon

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MAYBER 7/7/2014 11:45PM

    Nice to just have a no plan holiday and do what you want
One day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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CHRIS3874 7/7/2014 9:35PM

    Glad you had a wonderful day (spent mine working as I got July 2 off which was crappy as I had to work one day and then got one day off ). Yes I am looking forward to the day I am fitter again. I really need to take my one bike in to be fixed and take the other one out (even though its a PAIN as its more of a racing bike than a touring bike).


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GOODETOGO 7/7/2014 6:42PM

  Wow! What an inspiration you are. You and your sister look so fit and obviously have a mindset to be healthy - making sure you get your exercise in. Love hearing about your tris as I am coming up to mine in August.

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LORIVIOLA 7/7/2014 10:20AM

    Isn't it nice when things fall into place when you don't expect it?
I am glad you had a lovely day with family.

Happy day to you, today.

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CFMOSS 7/7/2014 7:59AM

    What a lovely day even if it was a little different than previous years.

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CICELY360 7/7/2014 12:52AM

  good blog

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    Hugs

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AMBER461 7/6/2014 11:25PM

  Sound like you had a great 4th July holiday.

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MARYJEANSL 7/6/2014 10:57PM

  Sounds like a great Fourth! Mine is always outside the box too.

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ROCKYCPA 7/6/2014 6:03PM

    Sounds like a great holiday!

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JSEATTLE 7/6/2014 5:57PM

  Sounds like a great, if unconventional 4th. I love playing it by ear. Glad you got in a nice bike ride, I with I had!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/6/2014 3:58PM

  How wonderful that your sisters are so close to you, and, that you have healthy lifestyles in common too. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 7/6/2014 2:42PM

    Sounds like a good holiday!!

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NONNAOF2 7/6/2014 2:24PM

  It sounds like a great weekend! :-)

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PENOWOK 7/6/2014 2:16PM

    Lucky you and you got exercise in besides! Best deal in town!

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    Independence from unhealthy choices!
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WATERDIAMONDS 7/6/2014 11:22AM

    How lovely that you and your family share such similar interests in healthy food and healthy exercise. Well done, ALL of you!

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    Very nice

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    "I like it better when I'm fit" emoticon

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JERICHO1991 7/6/2014 10:31AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/6/2014 9:55AM

    I am so over doing "all that celebrating" stuff .... looks like you had fun.

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    It sounds like all the siblings spark and exercise... emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 7/6/2014 8:12AM

    im glad you got to spend time with your family. :-)

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CURLYANNIE65 7/6/2014 8:04AM

    You are blessed that you have family living nearby. Your day sounded wonderful.

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SHERYLP461 7/6/2014 8:04AM

    What a wonderful 4th!

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CHERYLHURT 7/6/2014 8:02AM

  Love it!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/6/2014 8:01AM

    great way to spend the holiday with family healthy and happy

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TINY67 7/6/2014 7:43AM

    Sounds like you had a great day.

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MILPAM3 7/6/2014 6:35AM

  Nice you could visit with so many and that you can sort out those visits so amicably.

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BESSHAILE 7/6/2014 6:03AM

    How blessed you are to have so much family near by. Wow.

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CATNURSE1 7/6/2014 4:55AM

    Sounds like you ended up having a good day. My closest relative is about 3,700 miles away. Fourth of July is spent at home, trying to keep the critter calm. It's also the dating anniversary for us -- we met on July 4th, 1999. Thank you, Internet, for the introduction.



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    What a wonderful way to spend with family. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 7/5/2014 5:52PM

    You have me beat by one sister. It seems like it has been a few years since MOBYCARP was out this way.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/5/2014 5:17PM

    Oh, how great to have such a spontaneous get-together. Wish my sis lived closer than half a continent away, but at least her 2 kids live within 10 miles of me. And the 3 of us all ran this morning. It was great!

OUC Half Marathon (Dec 6th) will be Allyson's second. Her first will be the hilly Lakeland Red Ribbon Half (Nov 8th) and I'm doing that one, too. Probably I will run Lakeland with her and go for a PR in the OUC. At least that's what I'm thinking right now.

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SHRINKBUG 7/5/2014 4:12PM

    What a gift to have nearby siblings who support your fitness goals!

My July 4th was low-key. We got home the night before from visiting my MIL, an 8.5- hour car trek. The weather in Virginia yesterday -- as well as today-- sunny, low humidity, highs about 80 degrees -- was perfect for fireworks and celebratory gathings, but I did laundry and got myself organized following a week away. Works for me. I enjoyed a lovely jog and bike ride, and will probably take another spin this evening.

Thank you for sharing, and the pictures, too!

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