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note to self: SALT + ID

Friday, May 15, 2009

Dear Self,

Both yesterday & today you got so lightheaded on the second half of your run that you had to stop & put your head down. And the rest of the way home you needed to do more walking than running.

If you eat something salty before you leave home, this probably won't happen. I know you don't keep salty snacks on hand (good for you!), but a piece of cheese should do it.

Also, PUT YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IN YOUR CAMELBAK POCKET. What if you got hit by a car crossing the street or had another kind of injury? It would take ages for people to figure out who you are & where you live.

Just use your brain, please.

Now go enjoy the rest of your day--& be grateful that you're healthy.


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PJBOKC 5/30/2009 5:45PM

    What a cute way to blog, and definitely good advice to all ourselves to carry ID. I've also heard emergency personnel look for a cell phone and look for a listing under "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) so they'll have a contact #. Just in case they don't know about "ICE", I have my husband's cell and our home # under In Case of Emergency (written out).

I'm reading the blogs I've missed and catching up on you, Ruth.

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SHANSHE 5/23/2009 10:56PM

    LOL! Too cute! I love this letter to self and i never knew that about salt... interesting.

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Each day

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Each day I'm running in early morning & later doing the short assigned strength-training video routine. I love the videos! It's great that Nicole shows us how to adapt each exercise to make it personally doable but challenging.

Each day this week my weight has nudged down another smidgen. I like having a digital scale that allows me to see even the 0.2-lb losses.

Today, just a week & a half into the bootcamp (I started a day late), I measured myself & found that I've trimmed down these areas: neck, upper arm, torso, waist, hips, & thigh. Just a little, of course--increments of 0.25-0.5 inch mostly, though in my thigh it's 1.25 inches. Soon I'll be seeing the difference in the way my clothes fit.

All very satisfying! emoticon

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CTEMPLE 5/15/2009 1:07AM

    Well done Ruth, in cm it looks more!

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SHANSHE 5/15/2009 12:38AM

    WTG Ruth! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am impressed! I might join a bootcamp later on when I feel capable of keeping up, LOL!


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PJBOKC 5/14/2009 10:39PM

    I would say emoticon AND emoticon Ruth. When you get with it, you REALLY get with it.

I'm inspired by your early rising and getting your exercise in. Hope I can keep up on the Bootcamp in June.

I don't know about a bite-valve water bottle. Tell me more.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Despite little setbacks, I'm sticking with it! And my weight has inched down a bit more. I've gotten a handle on the eating & am sticking with protein, veggies, high fiber carbs, appropriate portions, etc.

Monday morning I had to get to the post office before work, & it's not open early enough for me to have incorporated that errand into my run. So I got up early but didn't run, got ready for work, walked fast to the PO, & then proceeded to the train. It worked just fine as that day's cardio.

Tuesday morning I did my usual run.

Wednesday, today, I did NOT run. My husband got home from a trip last night, & as he was looking through his e-mail he needed my help with a Colombia mailing. That kept me up an hour or more past my bedtime. But I can make it up Saturday, when the bootcamp schedules no cardio.

Yesterday the day got away from me before I got in the strength-training session, so I just made that up today alongside Wednesday's assignment. We've been told it's fine to flex that way.

Eighteen more days! But then I want to continue bootcamping during June. emoticon

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SHANSHE 5/15/2009 12:36AM

    It looks to me as if you are doing a GREAT job with this bootcamping thing you have going on! Keep going Jann, I am happy for you!

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PJBOKC 5/14/2009 12:12AM

    You can get more into a day than anyone I've ever known. You inspire me. Are you sleeping better since doing all the exercise? Glad you plan to bootcamp again in June as I'm going to join up in June.

Keep up the good work!

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Best-smelling Mother's Day ever!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I can still smell the lilacs.

This afternoon, as requested, I drove out to the western suburbs to meet up with my kids. All I knew was that we would be "out in nature" somewhere & picnicking, so I should wear clothes comfy for that. Before heading out that way, I swung by a plant nursery to get a hanging plant for my daughter-in-law K, who has weathered some very trying times as a mom & had to take E, her teenage daughter (previous marriage), to a residential program in another state last fall--so Mother's Day was going to be a little sad for her. (E is doing fabulously, but of course it's hard to have her far away.)

K & my son, G, had a big picnic basket packed, & my daughter C brought a jug of Crystal Lite. It turned out that our destination was Lilacia Park--a lovely park in the middle of Elmhurst, filled with lilacs & tulips of many colors, & daffodils & jonquils & other blooms too. Lilac is one of my favorite scents; it reminds me of my maternal grandmother, who had huge lilac bushes flanking the steps leading into her front yard.

We had a nice little vegetarian picnic, & then we wandered through the park admiring all the color combinations & taking whiffs of the varieties of lilac. Just heavenly. There's something about wonderful smells that induces ecstasy--or at least a very deep sense of well-being.

Then we went back to G & K's & had root beer floats. I hadn't had one for many many many years. Oh, & we listened to some Bob Dylan & Simon & Garfunkel--K & G are now collecting old LPs. It was fun to listen to music from my youth.

My present from G & K was--a hanging pot of impatiens in a pink-plum color! K loved the one I had chosen for her. And C, who works hard but still doesn't make quite enough to live on, gave me one red rose. So the day was filled with flowers.

Happy Mother's Day to all my Sparkfriends, whether you're a biological mom or not!

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PJBOKC 5/14/2009 12:10AM

    What a wonderful Mother's Day you had, Ruth, and your beautiful words just brings it to life. You deserve a special day on Mother's Day or any day.

Thank you for sharing.

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SHANSHE 5/11/2009 1:49AM

    What a beautiful and lovely day, Ruth! I just love how they actually went to a bit of trouble to actually plan something and spend time with you. How neat and aren't root beer floats just too cool???

. THANKS for your support on the C. Algebra and the finish line goodie, so true, so many finish lines in life and this was definitely a finish line I am happy to have crossed! :)

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CTEMPLE 5/11/2009 12:14AM

    Glad you had a fragant Mother's Day , sadly none of the pusses gave me any presents!

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

All the exercise is catching up with me. Of course that's partly because though today no cardio was assigned for the bootcamp I did it anyway--I just love running on Saturdays, & the weather was cool & perfect. I split it into two runs, one to CVS to pick up multivitamins & a couple of other things, & later one to a grocery store about a half-mile away, because I was making gumbo & realized I had forgotten to replenish our worcestershire sauce.

Now my legs are sore & a bit stiff. Other than running, I have spent the day running errands, doing laundry, & cooking. I just took peanut bread out of the oven! It's a recipe I noticed in my bread cookbook & had to try. Later I'll have a small slice with some honey--yum. I have dragged all the clean laundry upstairs & spread it out on our bed, which is not made because I was washing the sheets. So I will have to diligently fold & put away everything in order to be able to get IN bed & give my poor body some rest.

Purely physical days like this--even with aching muscles--are SO good for me, since most of my days are spent mostly in my head, wrestling with words on the computer.

Tomorrow my kids are hosting me for Mother's Day--I'll blog about that afterward. My daughter is very sweet to plan ways to make the day special for me. I wish my mom were still alive to celebrate with.

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PJBOKC 5/14/2009 12:06AM

    Hey Ruth,

I'm behind on your blogs. Thought I'd been checking, but I guess not. It was a busy weekend for both of us I guess.

You've been REALLY active. You are soooo back with the program and I'm thrilled to be motivated by you once again!!

How sweet that your daughter is planned something special for you on Mother's Day. I'll check it out and see how it went.

You go girl!!

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SHANSHE 5/10/2009 10:02PM

    I cannot wait to hear about your Mother's day celebration!

You sound like a really busy person, LOL! RUN, RUN, run, haha!


Happy Mother's day!

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BABY_GIRL69 5/10/2009 7:29PM

    I hope you plan some rest for yourself?!! I know exactly how you feel about wanting your moms to be there with you. I know you will allow those kids to spoil you & do that. My kids did too but there is still a lingering feeling of missing. Keep your spirits up & enjoy your Mother's Day!!


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