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Saturday, February 26, 2011

First, thanks, everyone, for your kind wishes & prayers during my crunch time. I really appreciate your being so understanding about my need to pull back from SP & focus on work & family.

I'm actually finishing up the two work projects TODAY--circumstances worked out for that. So the end is very near!

As for my daughter, her job imploded--a huge disappointment, but at least now she's out of a very unhealthy situation. She also got robbed on the bus yesterday! If you think of it, please pray for her as she tries to figure out what's next. She would love to stay in Colombia & work in a program that serves poor children; she has dual citizenship, so there are no visa issues, thankfully. I'm really proud of her--she is handling this painful, scary situation with real maturity.

Now on to Spark topics. This week's Living the Good Life challenge involves drinking lots of water & keeping sodium intake low. As I read about how difficult some of my teammates find it to drink water regularly, I feel compelled to make a product plug! It's kinda goofy, but it has made such a difference for me that I mention this every chance I get.


I recommend the Camelbak brand because they're lightweight plastic but BPA free. After I started using mine a couple of years back, I started noticing how my chocolate cravings had lessened & become more manageable. Suddenly I realized that the bite valve had something to do with it--it makes drinking water really mouth-satisfying! Kinda like a baby must feel nursing.

Feel free to poke fun at me--I'm pretty amused by this myself. But it's true. You don't have to tip back the bottle, just suck/bite, & it gives you a weirdly happy feeling. At least if you're like me. Primal satisfaction.

You can get these bottles at places like Target for $15. At Amazon they're cheaper, at least if you're not paying shipping, but if you need one right away, best to trundle over to your local store. Let's drink tons of water this week (which will also keep us more active getting up to go to "the room where everybody goes")!

P.S. Filtered water makes a huge difference too. My fridge has a filtered water dispenser, & I also have a Brita. Filtered water tastes as clear & clean as it looks!

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MORRIS1989 2/27/2011 5:14PM

    Glad to hear you finished your projects at work. Sorry to hear about your daughter's job but, GOD will make a way. I will keep you both in my prayers. I was raised on water I have never had a problem with drinking water I know that makes me weird but, I do want to try those water bottles you were talking about. emoticon

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SHANSHE 2/27/2011 10:13AM

    YAY on work projects being completed and I will say a prayer for your daughter.

I NEED to start paying attention to how much water I am drinking and making sure I am getting the right amount again.


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CZARINA_TV 2/27/2011 9:26AM

    I bought a new set of water bottles last week!

I hope everything turns out well for your daughter. She's a smart kid -- she'll figure it out, but I know from experience that sometimes you wish you didn't have to...

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LINDEE6 2/26/2011 9:13PM

    Thanks for the suggestion! I've never heard of these bottles before!

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PJBOKC 2/26/2011 8:22PM

    Hi Ruth!

Glad you're getting your projects completed. So sorry to hear about your daughter's struggles. I know god has a plan. He has a "heavenly" view. Please keep me posted on how she's doing, and I'll keep praying for her.

I so struggle with water. I'm going to check out your idea.


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GO-LOEW 2/26/2011 8:05PM

    I bought one of those bottles a few weeks ago and love it. I think you are right about the nursing part....for some reason it is more fun than drinking out of a cup.

If you are up to 9 cups, I need to go fill mine and get drinking. I am at 4 cups!

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SASSACAIA 2/26/2011 5:31PM

    I have two of these bottles - I absolutely love them! I need my water really cold, so I love that the mouth is wide enough so I can add ice. And I love how you can drop them and they don't spill - I'm forever knocking my bottles over! They're great water bottles!!

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I'm on my 9th glass so far - at least I'll be able to get the team points for my water this week!

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Superwoman time

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I need to finish two work projects in the next few days. AND my daughter in Colombia is dealing with some very hard stuff & needs my support (= LONG phone talks).

Today there was no time for exercise. I am also having to bow out of a gathering I had wanted to attend at church tonight. I hope I'll be able to exercise Thursday & Friday, but I'm not sure yet . . .

Love to you all! Sorry I can't go around & read blog posts. Don't know when I'll be able to. emoticon

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MORRIS1989 2/27/2011 5:03PM

    Please emoticon And take care of yourself I am a little worried now I am praying for you and your daughter please take care of yourself. Love You!!

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PJBOKC 2/25/2011 8:29AM

    Hey Ruth - take care of yourself and family - always the priority. I was out of town at my daughters last weekend giving her support in all she's going through - that's how I got behind on the challenge, so understand what you're going through.

I'll be praying for you and your daughter. She's blessed to have your support. You're a wise woman.

We'll see you soon!

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JENBELLE 2/24/2011 9:13PM

    Wishing you the best!

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CZARINA_TV 2/24/2011 9:41AM

    Hope everything works out... Crossing my fingers...

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AMYLONGHORN 2/24/2011 9:19AM

    Sending big hugs your way! Hope everything works out with your daughter and know that we are thinking of you!!

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CTEMPLE 2/24/2011 12:05AM

    Get your stuff done and don't worry about anything else!
We'll be here when you finish.

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JMCADE 2/23/2011 9:46PM

    You've got to take care of your personal stuff before you put time into the team. Hope that all works out for your daughter and that your assignments get done also.

We know that you would like to spend time on the team pages but please take care of yourself first.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/23/2011 9:39PM

    Take care of yourself and your family! emoticon

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SHANSHE 2/23/2011 9:00PM

    Hoping everything works out for your daughter. Hate that you had to bow out of a gathering you wanted to attend and that work stuff is crazy right now. We will still be here when you get back. TRY to take care of YOU!

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BEATLETOT 2/23/2011 7:58PM

    I hope your daughter is in a better situation soon! It must be so hard to be so far away when that's happening. Take care! I love you! emoticon

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KRISTA64 2/23/2011 7:45PM

    I hope everything works out for your daughter
Take care!

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Still recovering

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I slept in indoor exercise clothes last night--shorts, T-shirt, sports bra (& slept really well, yay!). But this morning when I saw that it had snowed & no one in my building had been able to go out & shovel our walks yet, I quickly changed into sweats, boots & coat & headed out. It's fun to shovel for exercise! I did feel the challenge to my muscles immediately--I'm sure that's partly because our really great ergonomic snow shovel broke awhile back & we haven't yet been able to replace it.

The whole day since then I've been feeling tired--felt it in my legs when I came up the stairs to my office, for example. Last night I got extra exercise, walking home after women's storytelling group, about 0.75 mile. Which is normally no big deal, but it seems that my postbronchitis body is still a little off. Tonight I will try to get to bed early, instead of fudging as I often do on Tuesday nights because on Wednesdays I work from home. I want to be all the way well!

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MORRIS1989 2/27/2011 4:58PM

    You should take it easy! Let your body heal slowly I am just a little concerned take care of yourself. You did burn some calories while shoveling that was a good thing. Just take it easy. emoticon

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BOBBIEED 2/23/2011 9:22AM

    Take care of yourself hon. We are working towards a healthy lifestyle. Your body needs time to recover.

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KAREN_NY 2/22/2011 7:37PM

    A friend just asked me, "If shoveling is such great exercise, why doesn't the gym have a machine that mimics it?" LOL! But I'm with you - I love it. I was at it for an hour yesterday (I have a long driveway and my plow hadn't visited yet.) Felt tired but great all day!

Hope you're feeling better soon... tea! Cheers,

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LINDY2202 2/22/2011 6:33PM

    I wish I could see snow! Not likely here in Texas, it was in the upper 70's this past week. I did get some snow a few weeks ago and it was cooooooold. Get well soon Ruth, and please take care of yourself. emoticon

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SASSACAIA 2/22/2011 6:16PM

    Oh, dear, Ruth - I do hope you feel all the way better, and really really soon!!


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CTEMPLE 2/22/2011 5:56PM

    Dear Ruthie, you poor thing. Yes when we vigorously use muscles that we don't move much every day, we can feel it! Well done on trying to get more rest. Sometimes it'sso difficult to do what the body is asking us to do.

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LINDEE6 2/22/2011 5:44PM

    Papmper yourself a bit! Sweet dreams!

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JMCADE 2/22/2011 4:41PM

    Ok get yourself recovered and don't overdo it. I know you wnt to do more, but right now baby yourself a little and let the body heal.

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PJBOKC 2/22/2011 4:22PM

    take care of yourself and get to feeling better!

Here's some chicken soup.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/22/2011 4:13PM

    great exercise! I like when chores and housework can double as exercise because then I feel extra productive!

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SHANSHE 2/22/2011 3:53PM

    I have had to recover from bronchitis in the past and it really does a job on your body and is no fun - so keep taking care of you in order to get all the way well and not fall victim to any other illness that may come along the pike!

We never have to shovel snow here, but I hear that it burns tons of calories!

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BEATLETOT 2/22/2011 2:49PM

    Good job on the shoveling! I actually really enjoy it for the exercise and for the neighborliness of it, as well. I like doing my neighbors' sidewalks or even knowing that by cleaning my sidewalk, other people can walk better! I hope that you feel better soon, and that the soreness of the shoveling is a happy one!

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Sleep & the lack thereof

Monday, February 21, 2011

My long-term SP friends know that at times I struggle with early-morning insomnia. It has been kinda bad lately. Saturday morning I just let myself sleep in, & Sunday morning I waited till the VERY last minute before making myself get up. But this morning I wasn't going to have time to exercise later if I didn't get up when my alarm went off . . . so I got up even though I had been awake for quite a while & would have loved to let myself doze.

(With early-a.m. insomnia, usually I can eventually go back to sleep--but not until right about my usual getting-up time. Sigh.)

I did my 5K walk/jog (indoors, because our weather got cold again). The lack of sleep didn't hit me till I was on the train & almost dozed past my stop. And I was too sleepy to work on poems as I usually do during the bus part of my commute.

I think my body is still getting back in sync after the bronchitis. Because for a while there my whole body was in a LOT of pain when I got up in the a.m., I started taking a leftover Vicodin before bed. It really helped diminish the pain & lengthen my sleep. But now that I'm no longer taking it, my system is going "huh? give us more of that codeine!"

Tough, body of mine. I'm not going to let you get dependent on anything that won't serve you well long term. You are going to get up for exercise even if you haven't gotten the sleep you need. Pretty soon you'll be back to normal.

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JENBELLE 2/21/2011 10:34PM

    It's so hard after an illness to get back on track. I have struggled with sleeping and insomnia for most of my life and now am FINALLY getting into a normal state! Good luck to you finding that normal sleep that's so hard to find, STARFISH! emoticon

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KIMBERLY2313 2/21/2011 10:18PM

    emoticon Wtg for getting up and getting your exercise in! I'm sorry about the insomnia i cant imagine how tough that is. Hopefully you will be back to normal in no time. Good Luck! emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 2/21/2011 6:01PM

    Good luck getting a handle on your insomnia again!

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LINDEE6 2/21/2011 4:20PM

    I can sympathize with you! Those early morning hours of wakefullness when thoughts just parade through your head are the worst! But cheers emoticon to you for getting up and taking care of that exercise!

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AMYLONGHORN 2/21/2011 4:11PM

    WTG for getting your exercise in this morning! I don't think I've ever heard of early-morning insomnia, but it doesn't sound very fun. Hope you get some rest tonight without the pain pills!! Good luck!!

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BEATLETOT 2/21/2011 4:04PM

    Sorry about not getting enough sleep. It does suck to be tired, especially tired enough to doze on a train. Boo! I hope you get a good night's (and morning's!) rest tomorrow!

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RASLALIQUE 2/21/2011 3:31PM

    Sorry to hear this. Congrats on fighting off the Vicodin dependency. Hopefully your sleeplessness will leave once you have worked it out of your system fully.

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SHANSHE 2/21/2011 3:19PM

    I really feel for you! Lack of sleep is hard to deal with! Hopefully, things will line out soon. Good for you for being determined NOT to allow your body to become dependent on something, it would definitely be easy to do so when it comes to sleep!

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Sunday back & forth

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday is my church day--& some days the church stuff really does take up most of my day! For this morning I had begged off responsibilities for organizing the service, as a couple of weeks ago when most of the work would have had to be done I was still recovering from bronchitis. So at least I didn't have to be there early. The service was lovely & nurturing.

Then at 1:00 I had to trundle back to the church meetinghouse for a Skype call with one of our pastoral candidates, who lives in Pennsylvania. It was a conversation between him (an African American) & a Cambodian leader & a Congolese leader in our congregation. The rest of us were there to help out with logistics & see how they interacted despite some limited English proficiency. The answer is, very well--it was encouraging.

And at 8:00 this evening I go back again for a meeting of support groups for a wife in our congregation & her husband (who isn't attending the church these days) who are facing divorce.

So my exercise today is the extra walks back & forth! It's 5 Chicago blocks, adding up to 2 miles. I don't count the first walks to & from church, as I make that one every Sunday.

Life is so rich & full!

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CZARINA_TV 2/21/2011 10:36AM

    I use the same system -- I never count my first walking trip outside of the house, but everything else gets logged. Logging the walks and seeing things add up is my reward for not taking the bus.

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AMYLONGHORN 2/21/2011 9:11AM

    That is so cool that you get to walk back and forth to church! I live in the 'burbs, so we drive EVERYWHERE...but walking all over the city is AWESOME exercise! I am active in my church, too, and actually blogged about taking donuts to my senior high Sunday school class! None for me, thank you!

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CTEMPLE 2/20/2011 11:07PM

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SHANSHE 2/20/2011 10:36PM

    Yay for extra exercise!

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JMCADE 2/20/2011 10:03PM

    It is so wondeerful that you have such an involvement at your church. We are between churches right now, trying to find one we like. Hope your day was great. Also, count those two trips, exercise is exercise.

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BLEGNER1 2/20/2011 8:56PM

    Praise God you fed your spitir and exercised your physical body at the same time Good going

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BEATLETOT 2/20/2011 7:42PM

    I emoticon you, Ruth! It sounds like you had a lovely day! I'd've loved to have seen the different pastors interact!

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MORRIS1989 2/20/2011 6:29PM

    You're right life is rich and full thank GOD for that glad you had a busy but, happy day at church and you walked too. Have a beautiful evening!

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