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Thursday, October 01, 2009

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The day started with promise. I had it off and despite the fact my internal alarm clock wouldn't let me sleep in, I woke up cheerful. It was raining but that wouldn't stop my plans. I had a little retail therapy planned for the morning, followed by lunch with one of my favorite nieces. Do a few domestic duties when I get home then lay down for a nice, cozy afternoon snooze before I went to the gym.
For the most part, it progressed as anticipated. Got some new shoes for work. Found an additional new pair to add to my Imelda Marcos memorial collection for outside of work. The rain even seemed to cooperate and let up while I dashed from stores to car. The lunch was fun. I was psyched for that nap.

Now naps can be good or bad. Sometimes its a crap shoot. Today the dice weren't in my favor. I couldn't get comfortable. The caffeine in the two lunch diet cokes kicked in and that required several trips to the bathroom. I finally drifted asleep and was just starting on a nice dream when the phone rang. I looked at it and groaned. Crazy mother-in-law...
Did I call her? No. Was I sure? It was on her caller ID. I guarantee you I did not call. Oh she was looking at the wrong day . Sorry! Not half as sorry as me. I started to drift back and the phone rang again. Groaning, I picked it up. She remembered what she really wanted to call me for the first time. ARRGGH!!!

I gave it up. Got up and headed down to the gym in the now pouring rain. Every joint in my body ached. I had a headache brewing. I was just this side of tired. Maybe I wouldn't run, I told myself. Walk! Ride the recumbent bike! Just lift weights and go home! Nah. I'd start and see how it went. No promises. I walked into the cardio room and first thing I got a big smile from one of the Tuesday-Thursday gym rats.
I semi-glared with a look that said give it up buddy. I'm wearing a black sports bra today! (For those who don't know THAT significance -- read my Tuesday blog)

I got on my treadmill, plugged in my earphones and started my warm-up. For some reason I started thinking about my Spark friends. The image of DENRNAJ sneaking into her YMCA covered in cake swam into my head and I had to smile. I wondered if the rain let up where LAURTO2 lives, so she could walk home like she wanted to. I broke into my run and remembered how I had told MOMTO4RUGRATS just that morning how running helped me push past a plateau. She's working out as much as she can manage while raising four kids. Then there is TAKTYXSGIRL who wonders if her biological clock is ticking. Children are a blessing. There is ERMAC22 who runs with her dad. Special. Oh, and LIGHTHOUSE 23 who wasn't in the mood to walk but her grandbaby coaxed her into what turned out to be a glorious, fun, long walk! I hadn't even glanced at my minutes or miles yet. I was so impressed with LAURIE5658 running her first non-stop 45 minutes, surly I could push on a little further tonight! If that crazy good WASABI601 can get up at 5 am to jump into a cold olympic size pool when he isn't crazy about swimming, and swim until his arms felt so much like jello his buddies had to help him out, I can keep running.

Before I knew it I had ran my goal and then some! While I was spraying off the treadmill I thought of BESTSUSIEYET reminding us in her blog today to give credit to whom it's due. She prayed for strength to make good food choices and keep up her physical activity.
Speaking of strength, I thought why don't I lift weights today? 45 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of weights. On a day I initially thought I couldn't make myself workout the minimum.

Thanks to all my wonderful, inspiring, Spark friends. You just keep motivating me long after I've logged off!
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  • CAROLJ35
    emoticon You are a great writer!
    3172 days ago
    I saw a post recommending your "Denial is a river in Egypt" blog and enjoyed it so much I have kept reading. I am subscribing to your blog. I love your writing and your attitude.
    3182 days ago
    As usual, this is a great blog! I'm glad that we can inspire and motivate one another. I am very happy to have such supportive 'SP Friends' :-)
    3183 days ago
    Oh my, thank you so much- I am glad to hear that I am giving someone a boost! I understand where you are coming from- I am doing a C25K program. I am having difficulty. When I start thinking that I am not able to complete the session of the day I think about all of the people here that have done this. If they can do it I can too. When I first read your introduction on your SP and then saw your current picture I told myself- I can do this too- she did- and if she made it I can get out there, live it, and do it too! Thank you for your caring, your willingness to share, and being one of us- the wonderful SP!!!
    3185 days ago
    You are so sweet Joanne! This is an awesome blog and just what I needed to read today. Thank you for your encouragement!
    3185 days ago
  • ERMAC22
    This brought tears to my eyes during a week where I very much needed it!! Thank you so much Joanne - this is wonderful emoticon emoticon
    3186 days ago
    AWWW what a sweet blog, I got teary eyed...
    3186 days ago
  • WASABI601
    Thank you so Much Joanne!!!! this is a great blog!!!!!! Thank you so much for your unwavering support!!!!
    3186 days ago
    Been there, done that and WOW! Do I LOVE the feeling of "channeling" all of my SparkFamily while working out! Woo Hoo! :-)

    3186 days ago
    Joanne -- what a refreshing blog! I totally agree -- without the Spark Friends to encourage me to USE the Spark tools, I wouldn't be where I am today (another .5 lb down --- what happened to my goal weight???) God is so good, and I count you all as blessings from Him! Rest well tonight - and enjoy those new shoes :-) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3186 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Joanne, THANK YOU for coming into my SparkLife! For some reason YOU entered into my Spark journey and I feel so lucky. Like you, I now have so many Spark friends that help throught the rough spots and to share in the joys. How did we do this weight loss thing before we found Spark? Not nearly as easily as we do now!!!!

    ps...aren't black sports bras just the BEST invention ever???!!!
    3186 days ago
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