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Regression testing

Monday, April 08, 2013

In my line of work, and for that matter in many creative endeavors, there is the concept of "regression testing". The concept is simple: when you make changes to a complex system, you need to test to make sure the addition of "new" hasn't broken something that it already did and you didn't mean to change... the unintended consequences.

Sometimes that happens in our "program life". We add a new element. We reach for another goal. We try something more. OR, as many of us describe "life happens"... something unrelated to our Spark program intervenes.

Sometimes I think I can do it all... only to find out I can't. And once again I find myself adjusting, trying to find the balance. A week ago I wrote this really positive "April should be better" blog. And then my week unraveled... the food program stayed together through about ... Thursday... on auto pilot. Then I had some kind of digestive something on Friday and I got really mentally regressive over the weekend.

I somehow managed to keep myself from purchasing a bunch of really potentially damaging substances at the grocery store... and yet... did not have the best of weekends. Spent it inactive, except for one small adventure raking in the yard and doing the laundry.

Today... back to work. Put one foot in front of the other. And try to remember what works and what doesn't. Doing what I can works. Resenting that I have to do it doesn't. Trying to do more than I can doesn't. Beating myself up for "failing" to do it all, doesn't.

So... back to a bit of self-kindness... while I continue to try to figure out what's most important just for today.

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  • REJ7777
    I needed to read this today. Thank you for your honesty!
    1901 days ago
  • ANDI571
    You are speaking to me today! I hear you! emoticon
    1901 days ago
    That's the spirit! One step at a time!
    1901 days ago
    one step backward, two steps forward.
    1902 days ago
    Love this regression testing concept . . . sympathize with you in that feeling of not wanting a "regressive status"! I appreciated your comments on my birthday blog and totally get that work doesn't always feel good . . . particularly when it's chewing us up. Grrrrr. We can't do it all. Not close. Take care, practice self-kindness: you are so worth it.
    1902 days ago
    It's good you avoided buying junk. I have been craving salty foods the last couple of days... and giving in to the craving.
    1902 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I wish you had a job that didn't eat you up so bad! Good on you not binging! You can come back, you know the way! You go girl!
    1902 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    And we continue the journey, hurtling the obstacles, and insure we're still going forward! And that's what matters! Have a fabulous week, Barb! You will do it!
    1902 days ago
    "Regression Testing" is not a term I use, but the concept is clear and relevant. If I have my program going well and something changes, for whatever reason, I must assess whether everything is still working right. Makes very good sense. Maintenance and healthy living take constant tweaks and adjustments to an ever-changing reality.

    You know a whole lot about what is important and I'm sure you'll prioritize well about what is most important for today. I understand it is not easy and you want to do it all. And it is frustrating to face the reality of we can't do it all. Take care, good friend. One foot in front of the other is a very good plan. (I saw Nemo the Musical with grandkids this weekend at Disney. You know, Dori keeps saying, "Just keep swimming.") The strength and wisdom you displayed at the grocery store deciding against those dangerous siren foods -- well, very good. Pat yourself on the back. Sometimes that is a very difficult choice. You know you can do it! You know you are worth it!!
    1902 days ago
    One foot in front of the other is always a good start. Keep on keeping on. Namaste
    1902 days ago
    Sorry about the weekend - always my 'danger' zone because of the planned weekday meals - learning (finally) I have to take in most of my daily calories @ breakfast or the hungries creep in...

    We spent the weekend in the yard - moving mulch to free up yard space and then raking needles prior to feeding & seeding - front finished - 1/2 to 2/3rds of back underway.

    Should have thought of this earlier, but do you want to join me for the UNO Claussen-Leahy Walk/Run - April 20? Check-in is 7:30, so an early Saturday start, but may be just the ticket?

    Namaste my friend - good to hear from you.
    1902 days ago
    You do a great job of juggling. I have faith in your good decisions. Here's to a healthy week!
    1902 days ago
  • DALID414
    1902 days ago
    Keep on keeping on....good to move forward.
    Have a terrific week.
    1902 days ago
    You know the lyrics that say "There's a difference between livin' and livin' well"? Sometimes we are the Queens of our world and we rule with an iron fist to make things all work the way we want them to. Unfortunately, sometimes we are simply the grunts, going through the motions of what we say we want but our heart isn't in it. In both instances, it's still US ... It's still being on the path.

    Instead of focusing on the GLARINGLY HUGE (in your mind) "failures", turn that frown upside down by patting yourself on the back for NOT ingesting a huge amount of processed, gonna-make-you-regret-it food ... pat yourself on the back for doing some yard work instead of just looking out the window and thinking "I should be out there doing something". Sometimes the "down time" is just as important as the "hard work" time ... in fact, I'm sure that in fitness they emphasize that it's the rest times that make our work out times better!

    Chin up ... eyes forward ... that was yesterday ... throw that bag full of "stuff" out the window and keep going! Slow, fast ... it doesn't matter .... Just keep moving! Hugs!!!
    1902 days ago
    Love how you pick yourself up after stumbles and soldier on!
    1902 days ago
    I found this was true this weekend with travel, a wedding and reception and not
    enough choices for really healthy food. But I did the best I could and am happy to be home to adjust to the new work week. Looking back, it wasn't the worst I have ever done but the push for the week will get back to the basics and see how it goes.
    Wishing you a successful week. HUGS!
    1902 days ago
    1902 days ago
    Absolutely! I have a reminder that I use for that -- P.A.C.E.

    P lan your program/strategy
    A ssess your progress to see what's working (or not!)
    C hange plans as needed
    E volve as you work the new plan!

    HUGS and thanks for a great reminder blog. We can't do it all but we have to be gentle with ourselves when "life happens!"
    1902 days ago
    I liked this blog ... Looks like when you do regression testing, you also do lessons learned 😀

    1902 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2013 8:30:19 AM
    1902 days ago
  • KANOE10
    This weight management is constant adjustment. You are going along and think everything is working and then either "life happens" or you find what you are doing is not working. Then you have to find a new plan and to keep going.

    Being kind to yourself and starting again today is great. You can do it!
    That was a very insightful blog on regression testing.

    1902 days ago
    I can so relate to this blog! After quite a while of wallowing, I think I've finally found my groove again. Hang in there...yours will come too emoticon
    1902 days ago
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