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The Governor's Cup... and why I should not try to race in the Autumn...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ah-choo! Ah-choo! Ah-choo! I went running drugged with Zyrtec, which I took this morning.

I got through the race, and in good time, too. 5K in 30:53, for a sub-ten minute mile pace. I am thrilled with my performance... I did not run the whole way, dropped to walk multiple times throughout the course, but to finish with an average 9:57 mile, that means I was pushing it when I *did* run, and those walking breaks were power walks.

However, all that leaf mould and dust? My goodness... I was sneezing up a storm on the way back to the car. And all the way home. Still draining now, two hours later. I just hope I haven't damaged myself for the work week ahead.

And this wraps the season of Barb's athleticism. No more 5K's this year. Gotta start thinking about what's next. But for now? Endorphins rule. emoticon

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SHELL- 10/18/2011 10:33PM

    Very inspiring! I try to never miss your blog!! emoticon

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FIT4GOOD3 10/17/2011 10:48PM

    Congratulations!! It will be another month before I can run 5k, but I'm inspired by your example! Way to go!
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ANDI571 10/17/2011 4:08PM

    That's awesome you went ahead and did the race in spite of your allergies, and finished on top of it. Good for you! I don't know if I would have. That is so awesome!

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DEBRITA01 10/17/2011 1:59PM

    Good job completing your 5k goal despite the allergies... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUGGYS 10/17/2011 11:49AM

    Nice time, Barb despite the allergies...congrats on going out and doing it!!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/17/2011 8:49AM

    I know all too well about allergies as I have had a bad weekend too.

All in all - you had a great time on your 5K and need to be proud!

Take care and Hugs, Sunny

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GOHUSKERS2 10/17/2011 7:22AM

    When you started this journey did you ever think you be able to do this? Look what you've accomplished. I think it's awesome. Great job even with the allergies. You can be proud!!

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_LINDA 10/17/2011 2:47AM

    That is amazing you were able to run like that with nasal problems!! Well done!! You rock!!
I am so struggling with mine, nothing seems to stop them :(( Maybe I will have to look at this Zyrtec..
Hope you recover soon..

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SUNNYWBL 10/17/2011 1:41AM

    The best part about allergies is they don't last as long as colds do! At least, not for me.

What a wonderful pace! That must feel very good.

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KARIDIAN1 10/16/2011 11:38PM

    Nice time! Winter will be here soon in MN, so we will need to change it up too. Hope your allergies calm down now.

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MSLZZY 10/16/2011 9:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonEnough of the allergies!

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MOBYCARP 10/16/2011 8:33PM

    Good job getting the race done under adverse conditions! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 10/16/2011 7:30PM

    emoticon Wowzie woozers, Barb! You RULE!!! Congratulations on completing the 5K; that's quite a feather in your dusty/moldy cap! Plus, you managed it while dosed with Zyrtec - a real trouper :) I imagine that running this time of year, with the fall allergens just burgeoning, is an extra challenge. We've got some serious air filters in the house, but even on days I don't leave home, I've had a little "drippiness" :) Three cheers! And every good wish for a great week ahead. P.S. - Thanks for the update on LGH and their expansion! I got such a kick out of that :) - Susan

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MNTWINSGAL 10/16/2011 6:44PM

    This is the worst time of year for me, and for that very reason. My head plugs up, and I feel like I've been on a crying jag. The power of self-persuasion....I actually start feeling sad because something in me thinks I've been crying.

But you got out and did it anyway, so kudos to you! Congrats on a successful season of racing, and good luck coming up with something equally challenging for the long, cold winter. Whatever you put your mind to, I've no doubt you'll succeed. WOO HOO!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/16/2011 6:42PM

    Congrats on your great time, Barb! Sorry you got the allergies triggered. I'm off running due to lingering cough/cold. Darn. Hope we both perk up soon. Take care. -Marsha

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A good day

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The body was ready to be up at the usual time, despite my having turned the alarm off. My Saturday early morning tradition has become watching the streaming video of the most recent "Biggest Loser" show, and usually working out while they work out.

I varied this today, as I didn' t want to overdo workouts today, since I have decided I really do want to do that 5K tomorrow afternoon... so kind of tapering? Or, just putting rest at the top of the list.

Did a bunch of Saturday errands, tucking in getting my bib and timing chip for tomorrow's event. I also bought replacement batteries for my digital food scale... who knew I'd wear them out... I can't remember exactly when I bought this scale, but I'm thinking five years. Not bad for battery life.

I got the car's oil changed. Hacked a bit more at the shrubbery. It keeps coming ba-ack! Rewarded myself with a walk with my book before supper. Food was good and healthy... I made my fat free cream of tomato soup: Chobani greek yogurt (plain) stirred into low sodium tomato juice, and zapped in the microwave. Yum!

To put just the right end on the day, I'm thinking early bedtime. Life's good. Last weekend's rebellion is a distant memory. Feeling good again! Spark on.


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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2011 4:59PM

    I love your newest puicture! So much enthusiasm--Hope yu do well in the "'run""--

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/16/2011 4:19PM

    I love "hearing" the spirit back in your voice/blog. Pushing through the difficult times is always so worth it. Way to go, Barb!

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KARIDIAN1 10/16/2011 4:11PM

    You got alot accomplished! Great feeling isn"t it?

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CIRANDELLA 10/15/2011 10:28PM

    Now, there's an energizing idea - working out with the people on The Biggest Loser! That's one of the most creative ways I've heard of to fit in one's exercise - well done! I used to put in time on the treadmill while watching "Carol Burnett Show" reruns. It was a perilous undertaking, especially since I laughed so hard, I nearly fell off the treadmill more than a few times ;) I love your tomato soup recipe, too! Sounds fresh, tangy, and tasty... and Chobani's my favorite yogurt. Sooo creamy...and packed with protein. Spark on, my friend! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/15/2011 8:34PM

    You did great!

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SUNNYWBL 10/15/2011 7:59PM

    Good for you, a most productive day! Be well for the race tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/15/2011 7:21PM

    Glad to hear it - spent the day in the yard, raking leaves and staining the deck - not perfectly even, but protected. Love relaxing with what's important.
Namaste my friend.

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Leaders and followers

Friday, October 14, 2011

I'm in the midst of reading one of those great big books: a historical novel, set in the days before Henry II took the throne of England. The author, Sharon Kay Penman, is a historian in her own right, so her books are full of fact and flavor mixed in with the surmise. She always explains at the end which was which, in her author's notes. I have enjoyed her works.

Being me, I have to project from what I'm reading into the Sparkverse... I'm reading of a struggle for the crown. Of men and women who lead and those who follow. It dawns on me that we are much the same in our struggle for any prize.

Take fitness and weight loss (after all, this is Sparkpeople), for example. Often we are taken by an inspiring story that we see around us. A friend or family member has enjoyed success. We might be among their supporters and cheerleaders. And then it hits: the realization that we could have this prize for ourselves! And we follow their lead.

We have some success, perhaps, and suddenly, one day we find there are others cheering us on, and following OUR lead!

The really neat thing about this particular prize? It's not a one-winner prize. Everyone who enters the struggle to achieve it is a winner to one degree or another. This is a crown we all can wear.

The people struggling for the crown in the historical novel are doing so because of their lineage and claim. They are limited to some degree by the strength of that claim, yet still, they enter the battle, and find their place in their world.

As human beings, we have the lineage to claim mastery of our own bodies. We may be limited somewhat by circumstance or genetics... after all, we've got what we've got to work with. But we have the choice to strive to make it the best it can be.

So go for it... follow the ideal, or follow a friend... and lead yourself to your crown. Because you're worth it. emoticon

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NEWKAREN43 10/15/2011 2:03PM

    It's not a "one winner prize"...I love that line. Thanks for the's nice to lead and follow and lead again...

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COMPUCATHY 10/15/2011 10:28AM

    I like your thinking! As I was reading your take on this and how we can all wear the crown, I envisioned a beach where people are standing on the beach and calling out to the swimmers and encouraging them to "come on and join us" and giving them a hand up out of the waters onto the land. We can all succeed and be a part of that crowd...and become the ones on the beach calling out to the rest who are headed our way. It is so awesome. You are one of my encouragers on the beach! Thank you! Keep up the good work! I'm swimming your way! Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you have a great weekend! Spark on! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 10/14/2011 9:00PM

    What an exciting blog entry! And yes, we're all vying for that magical, mystical One-Size-Fits-All SparkCrown! I must say, you wear it exceedingly well, too.. It was finally, at the ripe ol' age of 59, that I "got it in gear" and finally - permanently, I really hope - rid my body of its extra weight. I'm finding that weight loss and a reduction in pain from arthritis and other chronic wear-and-tear ailments *alone* is the best incentive I've found for keeping off the pounds. So glad to meet you here, too! emoticon - Susan

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WATERMELLEN 10/14/2011 5:18PM

    There is absolutely unlimited success to go around here . . . not a "zero sum game" at all!!

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LEANJEAN6 10/14/2011 5:11PM

    True!!! There are "'pillars"" and there are "'Cater-Pillars""-------Your book sounds interesting!--Great inspiring blog! Lynda

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BUGGYS 10/14/2011 2:59PM

    Life is all about the choices we make and how those choices may influence others along the way. I have learned so much from my friends here on SP and hopefully they have gained some insight from me as's all about putting one foot in front of the other and making it the best life it can be! Great blog!!! emoticon

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TISHTOES 10/14/2011 2:06PM

    Yes, ties to SparkPeople everywhere you look. Maybe that should be a new topic.


Oh! Remember the old TV show, Queen for a Day? I'm going to start a new topic, Crown of my Day.


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LJCANNON 10/14/2011 10:38AM

    emoticonGood Blog!! And Good to Know that I am not the only one who sees Ties to SparkPeople every where I turn!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/14/2011 10:06AM

    Very inspirational. And isn't it nice that we've found a website where we can both lead and follow comfortably. It's a nice ebb and flow.

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_LINDA 10/14/2011 8:47AM

    Great tie in! I love historical novels too. Just read a sweeping one on the history of London from its very beginnings. The characters were a fascinating read as they were touched by fame, fortune and misfortune and the right of birth sometimes meant nothing at all and your line went a different way just by chance. But each person made the best out of what they could of the fate they were given. As Yoda said there is no try, only do! The army has it right with their slogan be all you can be.
Here is to being the best we can be!

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DEBRITA01 10/14/2011 8:27AM

    emoticonHere's to being the best that we can be! Good blog.

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On days like this, routine truly *is* my friend

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Woke up with the sinus headache miseries. I'd been feeling it coming on last night when the sneezies hit. I took my Zyrtek this morning. I will likely resort to Advil throughout the day, as needed. Despite all that, I just don't feel at the top of my game. Yeah, I know, break out the cheese to go with the whine. Lots of other people have it far worse. Nothing like self-pity to make a person ug-ly!

Trained by a "mean mom", I went through the checklist of "how sick are you, really"? My mind pondered fuzzily over whether today might be a "light" enough day at work to stay home and nurse myself. When I remembered one (and that's all it took) of the things on my calendar... it was an immediate "No". Now if I was "really sick" (as our mothers used to say)... thinking about that item on the calendar would have had me saying "I can't possibly do that in this condition." But I didn't. I said, "Oh, I need to do that! So-and-so is relying on me." It was not one of those "I'm a martyr" attitudes that accompanied the thought, either. It was more "I'm looking forward to this task". That tells me to keep moving forward. If I'm "really sick" my body will tell me... later.

Routine on a day like this is indeed my friend, because... in this semi-not up to speed state... routine doesn't require me to think... just go through the motions of getting ready for a work day. Even down to my morning pep talk.

I also know from experience, that once I get to work (different combination of allergens), I might just feel better anyway!

Here's to an improving day! Spark on, my friends! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/14/2011 9:58AM

    I hope your medicine worked for you and your day wasn't too horrible. Its routine things that actually take your mind off the misery. Staying home and suffering would have been worse, methinks.

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SUNNYWBL 10/14/2011 1:06AM

    I remember that thought process and reacted the same way. Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2011 6:59PM

    I'm in pretty much the same shape, from a sneezing/sinus perspective AND the "not really sick" self-talk thing too: went in, did the stuff I absolutely had to get done on semi-automatic, cut myself a little slack and came home about an hour early . . . .

We don't have to be right on top of our game every single day, do you think??

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KATIE33MAHALA 10/13/2011 1:48PM

    Hope your feeling better soon! Hot tea, spoon of honey, and shot of whiskey! cure what ales ya!!! Can you tell, I came from line of alcoholics? hehehe, thank God I didnt get that jean... but that was the cure all I learned, and honestly, it does clear out the sinuses. Have a good day girl, ( chicken soup, the mom side of me). LOL

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DEBRA0818 10/13/2011 11:25AM

    First, I sure hope the medication helps and that your attack subsides. Second, decisions made can be revoked. I used to decide to go to work and then after 4 hours decide to go back home. A sense of responsibility pushed me both ways!

My sympathies for your misery,
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/13/2011 9:57AM

    Way to work through it, Barb. I'm the same way. If I wake up not feeling well, all I want to do is stay in bed. Yet, if I force myself up, usually by the time I get out of the shower I'm feeling better. And, once at work, somehow things just work themselves out. Hope you're feeling better as the day goes on.

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WORDLILY 10/13/2011 9:47AM

    That attitude will help you make it through! :)

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CONCHA77 10/13/2011 9:36AM

    Hope you are back to feeling yourself soon! Good for you for pushing forward! emoticon


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HOT4FITNESS 10/13/2011 8:52AM

    Have a Sparktastic day!!!

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MSLZZY 10/13/2011 7:34AM

    A positive attitude and thinking it through. Just make sure to take good care of yourself! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 10/13/2011 7:34AM

    Hang in there and sorry you are not feeling the best today.

Do have a good day and don't forget to force fluids.

DH and I are leaving for Kansas this morning. The 5K we are participating in is this Saturday.

Take care and hope you are feeling better quickly.


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BUGGYS 10/13/2011 7:32AM

    Routine was my friend last week when I was battling a really bad cold/virus...seemed to help me put one foot in front of the other and get through my day! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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Routine is my friend... maybe

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

As I contemplate the habits of the workday... get up, shower, dress, pack lunch, put the oats on to simmer... Spark... go to work, take those vital walking breaks, come home, Spark some more, maybe exercise, fit in my "one thing" related to home, go to bed, I see a lot of positives.

But could they also be leading to some negatives? Like complacency? Or boredom?

It is important for me to remember a couple of things:

1. I need to remember the rewards for keeping at it. It's not enough to slog through and do it. I need to give myself credit for making the effort to keep at it! If I don't, the "why try" could come back.

2. I need to remember to speak up about my own needs: at work, with my family, and even... gasp... to myself. Routine is fine, and can be a servant, but it is not enough.

Let's keep on keeping on, but let's do a little non-food celebrating! Maintenance is a great goal, and especially a great one over the next three months! Heavy food-centric Holiday season ahead... time to strategize, recognize and most important ENJOY the journey!

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I may not always *follow* the plan, but I always do better if I have one... in the coming days I'll be thinking about how this year's Holiday season plan has to look to support my goals for a lifetime of health.

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SHARON2014 10/12/2011 6:50PM

    Now that we are both retired, I miss the routine of work! There does need to be a balance - I think that I substituted routine for self-discipline and now I have to learn that lesson!

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DEBRITA01 10/12/2011 2:20PM

    Having a plan ensures greater success, but deviating from the plan once in awhile or reassessment is necessary sometimes. (Rewarding myself is something I need to do more often, also)

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DEBRA0818 10/12/2011 11:17AM

    I like routine and I like spontaneity--as always, there's a way to balance these things without either one of them throwing us off the track and, I suspect, it's calibrated differently for each of us. This puts me in mind of the Stoics who trained themselves to be indifferent to conditions around them. I suspect I'm a bit, okay, may a lot, too soft to emulate the Stoics, but I do like the idea of "doing the right thing" no matter what is going on around me (parties, holidays, etc.).

Should be an interesting season for all of us!


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BUGGYS 10/12/2011 10:34AM

    I need to plan out my meals and exercise to help me stay on track...if I don't, everything falls apart but that doesn't mean that I don't welcome change. We all have to find our own balance and plan accordingly!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/12/2011 10:01AM

    "Routine is fine, and can be a servant" The trouble begins, I think, when we become a servant to our routine. That being said, I need my routines -- if something throws my normal morning routine out of whack, the whole morning seems to fall apart.

As for a having a plan, I agree. I like the phrase: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Oh, so true. I need to start thinking about the upcoming holidays too. I think I'm in a bit of denial though. Usually by now my Christmas shopping is done. I haven't even started yet. Gulp. LOL!

As for non-food rewards -- it's something I haven't done yet. Not because I don't think it's important -- it is. But because I basically have no impulse control and when I want something, I go buy it. I will have to try to practice some patience and make myself wait for something to use as a reward. More for me to think about and plan for.

Good blog, Barb!

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SUNNY332 10/12/2011 8:26AM

    I like routine too but allow for changes when they come and don't get too upset about it. I know while I worked I was not as lenient as if I didn't have a routine, it wouldn't get done. I understand...

Today for me, flexibility is a much friendlier way to go. I like what someone said to leave room for spontaneity and joy. That was good.


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SHELL- 10/12/2011 8:19AM

    Routine has always been a double edged sword for me. The pattern is automatic so you don't have to think about how to fit things in but I fight boredom if I'm not being challenged by learning or looking forward to something I will let my guard down.
Thanks for reminding me about up coming Holidays and the need for a plan!
I already figured out Halloween, we just aren't buying any candy. We don't have trick or treaters so we don't need any "just in case" candy which we would of course then have to try......

I do need a plan for Thanksgiving, Christmas.... and New years. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/12/2011 8:17AM

    Variations on a theme: pattern plus changeup, leaving a crack or two for spontaneity and joy -- it's hard to hit the balance!

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MSLZZY 10/12/2011 7:04AM

    Yes, the holidays are coming and planning has to come with it. Find what feels comfortable but challenge yourself to do your very best! HUGS!

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