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A by-word: recovery

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Saturday's long run gave me Sunday as a recovery day... again.

Weekend recovery days are not necessarily good things for me, because I have errands to do and I'm at home, i.e. on my own with a 'fridge and cupboard full of stuff. Even though it's mostly healthy stuff, it's still stuff in volume, and if I'm hungry or any of the things that tend to send me to "hungry" as a substitute for the emotion I don't want to deal with right now... it's there.

That last paragraph is a little off topic, but here's the interesting part: I didn't beat myself up even though I did some weird eating on Sunday. I started, in my mind to consider it "figuring out the puzzle of training recovery." I was back on track Monday, eating right, break walks. and my Spark upper body strength workout in the evening.

And all of this, particularly the "calm" and the mental exercise of figuring out the puzzle of recovery got me thinking about that very word.

My little Webster's says that recover means "1 a) to get back (something lost or stolen) b) to regain (health, consciousness, etc.) 2 to compensate for; make up for [to recover losses] 3 a) to get (oneself) back to a state of control, balance or composure b) to catch or save (oneself) from a slip, stumble, betrayal of feeling, etc...."

In any case, the whole concept of recovery implies the return of or to something YOU ALREADY HAVE TITLE TO!

Wow. This kind of blew me away. The implication of the word is that we ARE worth it. We OWN being healthy and fit. When we "overspend" in training, we "get it back" through recovery, because we OWN it.

Here's to OWNING our health and fitness, and to recovery days, whether due to slips and slides or due to training hard. And to figuring out the puzzle pieces.

Life is good, Spark on!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NDKARIKARI 1/9/2013 8:48PM

    great blog post!

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KASEYCOFF 1/9/2013 4:07AM

    Here's to recovery ownership--!

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LJCANNON 1/9/2013 1:23AM

    emoticon That has got to be one of the Most Inspiring Blogs on Recovery that I have EVER Read!!. We already OWN IT!! What a Concept!!

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_LINDA 1/9/2013 1:06AM

    Totally Terrific Thoughts as usual! We are all here because we are recovering food addicts. Here is to finding the path to recovering good eating habits and owning this healthy lifestyle!

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KARIDIAN1 1/8/2013 11:26PM

    I love puzzles and your blogs.

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ASHPATCH11 1/8/2013 8:46PM

    I love it we do OWN it!!! Great post as always!

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PATRICIAAK 1/8/2013 7:47PM

    Great insight into ownership!

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DLDMIL 1/8/2013 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Barb. Thanks for another great mind blowing blog.

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GABY1948 1/8/2013 1:30PM

    I LOVe this way of thinkiing about it! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 1/8/2013 12:37PM

    I need to allow myself more recovery days. Awesome blog!

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NEW-CAZ 1/8/2013 12:08PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog Barb!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2013 11:11AM

    Awesome! Owning it! HUGs and thanks for sharing this.

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DALID414 1/8/2013 10:31AM

    emoticon Cheers to owning our health and fitness!

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LINDAKAY228 1/8/2013 10:03AM

    This is a great blog! And I really love that last part!

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SUNNY1432 1/8/2013 9:51AM

    That's a great way of thinking about it! Thanks for the new knowledge!!
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DEBRITA01 1/8/2013 9:01AM

    Cheers to owning our health & fitness... emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/8/2013 8:42AM

    Great post today, Barb!


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KALIGIRL 1/8/2013 8:29AM

    Here's to OWNING our health and fitness" - Couldn't have said it better myself.

Not sure if walking fits into your 'recovery' schedule, but if so, we might walk the 'girls' on the weekend. I'm gone this weekend to a HS girlfriend's wedding and am tied up the next Saturday morning, but other than that am 'free' (or @ least inexpensive).

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EBEAMS 1/8/2013 8:13AM

    We are SOOOOO worth it! Keep it up!

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MAGGIE101857 1/8/2013 7:48AM

    Never thought of it this way! We do OWN it - emoticon

Love it when you hit the dictionary - something good always comes out of it!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Wonderful attitude about figuring out the puzzle pieces. You've learned there is no benefit to "beating yourself up" but a lot of value in learning the lesson. I can relate that I'm having to learn recovery from major exercise sessions and sometimes have overdone the food.

When I was working I did find days home challenging in that there was no routine of work plus unlimited access to the food in my house. I have found, though, that in retirement overall I am more relaxed (whether I have the kids or not) so having a house full of my husband's junk food staring me in the face and the tremendous volume of my healthy food is usually not a problem. I just stay focused on what goes in my mouth.

Yep, we own health and fitness! We have learned a great deal about recovery and learn more each time we get it back. As you say, Spark On!!!

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MOBYCARP 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Ah, recovery. The great puzzle for Polly Perfectionist as well as for Mr. Testosterone. I anticipated Sunday being a recovery day, but Monday turned into one kind of unintentionally. It's all good.

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BETTER_LUCK 1/8/2013 7:35AM

    Powerful, inspiring blog. This is amazing. You are amazing. Thank you!

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NELLJONES 1/8/2013 7:31AM

    I concentrate on my food legality simply because it can't be thrown off by weather or anything else but myself.

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:29AM

    We live in Arizona so we don't have the freezy skid stuff but believe it or not, we sorta miss it. Like I said before, love your blogs.

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:27AM

    Ah, the power of words. Words make for a super fun and educational hobby. Your blog is great. Keep up the good work.

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RUN4FOOD 1/8/2013 7:15AM

    Thanks for contemplating the dictionary and then sharing your thoughts.
This is a good insight.

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ROXYZMOM 1/8/2013 7:14AM

    Very nice -- thanks!!

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MSLZZY 1/8/2013 7:10AM

    Yes, we do OWN it! You said it so well!

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MIZCATHI 1/8/2013 7:09AM

    You are such a giving person. Just as I sent out an SOS blog, I find your post immediately following on recovery. To recover, strong words. I need to get me back, which I can because I'm right here. Thanks for being who you are.

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JGRAY76 1/8/2013 7:06AM

    We do OWN our healthy lifestyle. Sounds like you are doing just fine with your recovery after training. Keep on trucking!

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