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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Super bowl Sunday, and of course the ISP connection went down. It was down from about 9:30 this morning, and just came back after half time of the Super Bowl. TV reception was weak, too, and that is a pattern. It too came back about the same time. I think that the high demand of the day may be a factor, as well as weather.

So, what to do? Don't let it get to you! I made myself a veggie omelet for breakfast. Had my grape juice in a wine flute. Felt pampered, on purpose. I made my favorite broccoli sandwich for lunch, and felt even more so. Supper was regular food, too: fish filet, green beans, brown rice. I felt full, and yet nothing I ate was outrageous and it felt appropriate.

While waiting for the connection to come back I got on the treadmill, 3.5 miles in 47:18. 5K of that was 40:55. I am proud of me. I stretched afterward, which is a habit I've worked hard to establish. Note that endorphins are wonderful stuff.

Weather: Snow has been gently falling off and on all day. It was 40 degrees, so it melted before I had to shovel it. Don’t know what will happen as temps drop overnight, but it was pretty slick going grocery shopping this morning.

Hope everyone is safe, warm, dry and enjoying what looks like a good tight football game, if that's your thing.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/8/2010 1:18PM

    You've made me realise that my addiction to Sparking has replaced my addiction to eating! I don't know that I'd show your patience in similar circumstances although turning to endorphins was a great plan.

Love the idea of grape juice in a wine flute and pampering on purpose. I might just steal those ideas!

Hope you eventually got to enjoy the game.

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KALIGIRL 2/8/2010 9:49AM

    emoticon - love the grape juice in a flute - pamper away, you deserve it!

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SUNNY332 2/8/2010 6:32AM

    Very, very good use of your time.

Have a Marvelous Monday.

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 2/7/2010 10:26PM

    You kept your cool and made good use of your "down" time with the computer! WTG! Have a good night!

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DEBRA_T 2/7/2010 10:11PM

    Sometimes it's almost like a vacation when the internet gets taken away for a few hours! LOL! Glad you got it back, though! And that the snow melted without any additional effort on your part -- I think you had your workout on Friday!

Another week is about to begin ...

Cheers, Debra

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NELLIEC 2/7/2010 9:46PM

    It sounds like you had a nice day!

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"Rather Have" game for Sunday

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Another getting to know you game brought to you by Debra_T – please feel free to play along if you want to. What is your “rather have” …

McIntosh or Granny Smith? Neither. I prefer Royal Gala or Red or Golden Delicious, myself.

Small or Large Car? Small. I discovered on a trip to Europe in 1987 that what we call small cars here can be large cars there.

Dance or Sit It Out? Sit it out. I was dealt two left feet, prefer leading to following which I understand is some huge social error if you happen to be female, so... I'll do my dancing in private, thank you very much, where I don't imagine people laughing at my incompetence.

Eat Out or Stay In?: For the most part Stay In, but I like to eat out on special occasions, and not have to worry about prep or cleanup.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

City or Country? City.

Extrovert or Introvert?: Introvert. With spurts of extroversion after which I suffer acute after-the-fact-imagined embarrassment over having put myself out there, and have to hide back in my cave.

Married or Single?: Married for almost 22 years, now divorced.

Fruit or Vegetable?: Vegetable.

Formal Name or Nickname?: Nickname, specifically Barb. Only one who called me full-out Barbara was my ex. I considered it romantic, since he was the only one. I like keeping it that way, makes for a nice memory. And only about five people on the planet are allowed to call me Barbie. Two of them are still living, the rest have passed away.

Bottled or Tap Water?: Tap. I do drink it from a bottle, but don't buy it in the bottle if I have a tap source.

Cat or Dog? Dog. First dog that was really mine came after marriage... but I've always loved dogs. Cats come into my life mostly by accident, when they have fallen on hard times and need a home. I like them, sure. But I seek out a dog, and I find a huge gap when I don't have one in my life.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/7/2010 6:35PM

    Neither. Pink Lady or Braeburn
Dance. Who cares if they laugh!
Usually eat in but love to eat out.
Chocolate – dark and bitter.
Ooh tough one. City (today)
Extrovert – unless it involves anything weight-related
Married since 1976
Formal name is Ann. Friends & family call me Annie

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KALIGIRL 2/7/2010 6:17PM

Medium Car
Eat Out
City, but love the country
Fruit or Vegetable? Both
Formal Name or Nickname? formal for work, nickname for friends
Bottled or Tap Water? Both – bottled when out
Dog but love cats too

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RUMBLETIGER 2/7/2010 4:26PM

    1. McIntosh
2. Large (I drive a minivan)
3. Dance!
4. Eat out
5. chocolate!!
6. city
7. introvert (closet extrovert)
8. married - 2nd marriage, over 15 1/2 years now emoticon
9. fruit
10. formal name, but they are really the same
11. bottled water, but since it's not good for the environment, I'll take tap.
12. neither really, but a cat if I have to.

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NELLIEC 2/7/2010 2:45PM

    1. Gala
2. Medium since I have to fit my walker into it.
3. Dance
4. Mostly in, but occasionally out.
5. Chocolate of course
6. Country
7. A mixture by now, though I started out as an introvert
8. Now divorced
9. Vegetable
10. My formal name (Nellie) sounds enough like a nickname that I don't want it shortened any more.
11. Tap
12. Both -- I have 3 dogs at present and 5 cats.

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SUNNY332 2/7/2010 9:20AM

    # 1. - Granny Smith for me...
#2. - I love my SUV (bought a smaller one and get great mileage with it).
#3. - Dance Definitely - love to dance.
#4.- Eat In - Better Calorie Control but love to eat out occasionally.
#5.- Vanilla with a low fat chocolate topping
#6.- Country Girl Now (moved here from the City 10 years ago & Love it).
#7.- Extrovert
#8.- Married - 43 years
#9.- Both Fruits and Veggies. My favorites on the Food Pyramid
#10.-Formal Name, Marilyn - Nick Name Sunny (I raise hybrid Sunflowers)
#11.-Tap filtered
#12.-Both Cats and Dogs - Love animals - They complete our lives.

Now we both know a little more about each other. Have a Sunny Sunday.


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DEBRA_T 2/7/2010 7:37AM

    Awesome, Barb! And fast, too! This is the sign of a woman who knows herself well and can type a least 60 wpm. LOL!

Happy Sunday, Deb

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Wet, heavy snow

Friday, February 05, 2010

I had to take the car in for service this morning, so I didn't get home until late, and the wet, heavy snow was waiting for me. I did my shoveling in the dark, and parts of it were down to muddy water... you have any idea how much a snowshovel full of water weighs? A whole lot more than snow, of course! A pint's a pound, as they say.

BUT, I did it. I was ABLE to do it. And that's the point of being fit, isn't it? To deal with what life throws at us?

Philosophy: Why is it a February snow doesn't seem as bad as a January one? Is it because the temperature was milder? Or that it's Friday night and I know I don't have to go to work tomorrow? Or maybe just because I'm feeling fit and good about not procrastinating... or victorious for going to work rather than using the weather as an excuse to stay home?

I feel... pleasantly tired, and accomplished. Sipping my decaf and watching a movie.

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    Way to go! What an achievement! To feel the benefits of being fit in your everyday life!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/6/2010 4:19PM

    A fine example of the functional fitness you mentioned yesterday.

Hope it's OK for me to add you as a friend. We keep commenting on each other's blogs and seem to be on a similar wavelength - although you've got much better abs than me after Bootcamp!

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KALIGIRL 2/6/2010 3:31PM

    All of the above!
Isn't it wonderful you CAN do it?
(Have to admit it is pretty...)

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JOOLIE3 2/6/2010 3:27PM

    Way to go - that stuff is HEEEAAAAvY! I am impressed. You are doing wonderfully, Barb. Stay warm and dry!

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CONCHA77 2/6/2010 7:56AM

    That's great, Barb! And you can add that exercise to your exercising log!
Looks like you are going to be getting lots of snow by Saturday, but at least it's warmer. It's missing us, AGAIN! We barely have had any snow here in MI this year and I sort of miss snow shoveling....
Have a great weekend.

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DEBRA_T 2/6/2010 7:16AM

    That is exactly the point of being fit -- being able to do things that would otherwise defeat you, to enjoy things you otherwise would leave to others' enjoyment and to, apparently, shovel snow. Not a small thing -- a great thing to be able to do. Especially if you live in Nebraska. Just sayin'. LOL

For me, February snow doesn't seem as bad because you know you don't have months and months of it ahead of you (hopefully -- hahaha).

I'm glad you're tucked up for the weekend!

Cheers, Debra

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SPENCEMOMOF5 2/6/2010 1:48AM

    Me too, sipping Earl Grey and watching NCIS! Enjoy your weekend

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MSLZZY 2/5/2010 10:57PM

    emoticon emoticon Your journey has given you a new outlook on life and a fit one it is! Positive!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/5/2010 10:55PM

    Congrats on being able to do that hard and needed work! That is fit for sure.

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I knew Chris was a closet extrovert!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Of course he's out of the closet by now, but... my Spark calendar (one of the goodies I bought myself with the preorder the Spark bonus) is staring me in the face this morning with this little snippet:

"Cultivate friendships. The happiest people spend the least time alone. Attend social gatherings, host a party, and call your close friends to catch up as often as possible."

Hmmm. As a dedicated introvert (i.e. being with people I expend more energy than I gain) I find this advice daunting. I enjoy my work, have a support structure there, spend time with my sisters who qualify as friends, and have a vibrant online pseudo-social life. And if I really think about it carefully, a judicious amount of people-ing is essential to happiness.

Even an introvert needs other people. And even an extrovert needs some time alone. The trick with this, as with all other areas of life, is in finding the balance. Time alone to recharge, yes, but time with others to connect, too.

Just don't ask me to clean the house and host that party, OK?

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RAVEN2FEATHERS 2/3/2010 9:24PM

    Love your blog and I agree balance is everything.

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NELLIEC 2/3/2010 2:50PM

    As a life-long introvert who is becoming slightly more extrovert, I am with you. Some socializing, yes, but definitely no cleaning and hosting!

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2010 12:31PM

    emoticon for being an extrovert on this site!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2010 9:56AM

    Insightful blog! Glad you know yourself so well. Thanks for sharing your observations. I think I need to work on that balance of people and along time for me.

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SUNNY332 2/3/2010 8:39AM

    I am an extrovert but since we moved to the country, I find myself more of a home body but it is a good thing. I enjoy getting out and being with people but find my time at home the thing I love the most these days.

DH and I are settling in to the country life and loving it.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRA_T 2/3/2010 7:52AM

    Barb, Brilliant observation as always. I think the Spark advice (calendars, articles, etc.) comes from a certain perspective and makes statements true for that perspective but not universally true. I think it would be more true to say that "People who find their own comfortable level of social time are most happy." Of course, I would say that. Both Joe and I are the life of the party when we're out but prefer to stay in most of the time. When we do get together with people, we prefer to have them to our home (yes, cleaning the house and hosting). We do push on our boundaries once in a while as MsLzzy suggests which I think creates the balance we're seeking.

Cheers, Debra

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MSLZZY 2/3/2010 7:45AM

    You sound like you found the perfect balance for you! WTG! Each of us is different and have different "needs" for socializing. Stick with what works for you but stretch the boundaries once in awhile. You might surprise yourself. emoticon

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New Month... time for new goals

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

But first, how'd I do with my January short-term goal: Going the distance, 5K, twice in a week in 45 minutes. In fact, I made it to 5K under 45 minutes 4 times in January, spread over 3 weeks, which means in one of those weeks I did it twice. The last week I substituted an ice skating day, so didn't get my two 5K's in that week, but I'm counting it good for the month.

So, what about February's short term goals? My son will be coming home on leave in March, so it's important to me to be as fit as I can be. I want him to be proud of his mom!

Action steps, getting stronger: 3 - 4 strength workouts a week.
"Going the distance" month 2 goal: Consolidate. Continue building the jogging intervals and complete the 5K on the treadmill in under 45 minutes once a week if I do an alternate activity for fun on a weekend day, and twice if I don't.

Wish me luck, folks... and post a new "after" snap the end of February!

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2010 12:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and good luck emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/2/2010 9:37PM

    Yes, he will be so proud of his Mom. You are doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 2/2/2010 9:18PM

    Looking forward to a new "after" snap. You'll do your son proud!

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PATRISNA 2/2/2010 9:17PM

    I wish you luck dear friend. You amaze and inspire me! I am so proud of you!

Love you kiddo!

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