Monday, March 19, 2012
So as most of you know by now, we did NOT get the required 15 people on our team to get the Sparkpeople logo on the backs of our shirts this year, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who participated! I spent last week running around getting race packets to most of the participants, which gave me a chance to meet some WONDERFUL folks face to face! I didn't get any pictures of those running the earlier races, but a HUGE thank you and congrats should go out to REDEMILY, Michelle, Robin & Paula (I KNOW I got most folks' sparknames at SOME point, but durned if I can find those e-mails!)! (And seriously, poke me with your sparknames so we can "friend" each other and keep in touch please?)
As for me and my crew, we just focused on the Heartwalk this year, both because my daughter and I had walked 13.1 miles the day before during marathon training (blog to come), and I knew the others hadn't had much chance to train for anything more challenging. Of course, MOST of us did the 5K, but the younger son HAD to be an overachiever and do 10K (and run a bunch of it too - my trainer buddy from our gym apparently spotted him and said "That HAS to be Euphrates' son!", as she told the daughter and me at the gym tonight LOL).
Sparking Heartwalkers! From left to right (and again, I don't have everybody's sparknames, so POKE ME!) - Karen (1NEWJERSEYGIRL -whose husband Darrel didn't make it into the picture because he was off hunting down a bicycle pump for their stroller which had sprung a flat right before the walk), JoAnna (DTERMIND2LOVEME), behind her is Melissa (MBRADEN12), Connor (CAINFAELIN), Erin (KITTYWULF), Christopher (VERMITHRX), Portia (PORTIAELLE), Erika & ME!
My kids (with Erika and Melissa hiding behind Connor) as we were swallowed by the sea of red shirts waiting for the cannon to go off to start the walk (again, in order from left to right CAINFAELIN, DTERMIND2LOVEME, VERMITHRX & KITTYWULF)
The starting line! (FINALLY - it took nearly 10 minutes for us to inch our way there once the gun fired - by which time Erika and Melissa were well ahead of us)
CAINFAELIN & DTERMIND2LOVEME sporting last year's t-shirts so they could spread the SPARK! (Aren't they adorable? Just wait...)
VERMITHRX pulling ahead, and ALSO spreading the SPARK (well, when his hair wasn't in the way). :)
Check out the sea of red going up the ramp to Columbia Parkway in the distance - it was pretty impressive. :)
Walking with PORTIAELLE & KITTYWULF (who'd forgotten her hair-tie, thank goodness for Mom's hat, 'cause it was WARM at noon on Sunday!)
As we neared the finish, PORTIAELLE's daughter joined her while her husband took photos (they were adorable too). :)
Speaking of - FINISH LINE!
And now for the uber-adorable...CAINFAELIN apparently decided his lady had walked far enough for the day. *grins*
HORSIE! (Yeah, you can tell they're my kids)
Food at mom's ('cause they worked up an appetite...though I'm regretting the sodium in my Chinese takeout at the moment...sighs...I'm bouncing around 180 and only getting a pound or so below it before bouncing back up, just like I did 190 and I'm getting tired of it).
And there you have it! It was a GREAT day!!!!!
Oh, and though I KNOW I said that I was done organizing things, everyone we walked with expressed interest in starting up having local Spark Rallies again, because meeting up to do this with fellow Sparkpeople was such great fun. So stay tuned Cincinnati Sparkpeople team, I'll see what I can put together for April!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
We've been on a scavenger hunt around Hogwarts this week, and here's my last item to find:
Something you've hidden in the Room of Requirement - Everyone has secrets. Write a blog today (or post in your common room if you're not comfortable sharing with EVERYONE) about something about your weight loss journey that you've kept to yourself.
But...but...but I'm pretty transparent really. There's nothing I can think of I haven't blogged about!
Well, okay, there is ONE thing but it's so obscure and unimportant...and somehow I just can't imagine anyone else is dealing with this 'cause it's so....weird. But ya never know until you ask, right?
So has anyone else found that once you've lost the weight, your joints "pop" more than they used to? Particularly your back? And particularly in...um...intimate moments? I think the mate and I have mostly gotten used to it, but for a while there he was afraid he was hurting me 'cause he'd feel the popping going on and it kinda freaked him out (he actually noticed it first, after he pointed it out I started noticing it too). It doesn't (hurt that is), it's just...odd.
That's about it, kids. Otherwise, I've been an open book.
But surely y'all knew that by now.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I wasn't sure how things were going to go, since I knew I HAD to get up super early today in order to pick up the AHA Heart Mini packets for the Sparkpeople of Cincinnati team before the Heart Association closed at 4:30 PM (tomorrow is the very last day to pick up team boxes, I wasn't able to get it last week since I was so sick). And I wasn't having a lot of success getting to sleep when I first got home. I probably managed about 5 hours before the alarm went off, and though I groaned I didn't really feel all that bad. 'Yote and I had already discussed that I was going to wait and see how I felt before I made any decisions about going to the gym tonight. Happily, I felt pretty good getting up, so I donned my work out clothes and headed out on errands. As it turned out my daughter texted me just as I was heading back towards home to see how I was feeling, so I called her and then headed to their place - handed over the packets to my crew (the red-heads are less than thrilled with the red t-shirts, but *I* think they're pretty cool), and then KITTYWULF and I headed to the gym.
We decided to keep things light tonight for a couple of reasons - first of all, it was my first day back to the gym after feeling like I was gonna die on Friday, and I didn't want to push too hard. Also, with my errands we were getting a late start and I had to be home to get ready for work...AND my daughter needed to stop by her work on the way home to get her schedule for the week. So we decided to just knock out 30 minutes on the elliptical and call it a day.
And it FELT SO GOOD to be back in the saddle again! Seriously, I could have kept going. Which is EXACTLY how I wanted to feel after working out tonight - I needed the morale boost. It didn't hurt that I figured out the math and between the 13 miles we'll be doing on Saturday and the 5K for the Heartwalk on Sunday, we'll do a total of 16 miles this weekend. Even broken up, that makes me feel better about having missed last Saturday.
Oh, speaking of which...they took a group picture. We're not in it of course, but you can see all the fabulous people we've been walking with the last couple of months.
I LOVE THIS TEAM!
In the "not so great news" category, between the work stress/transition over the past few weeks (resulting in the fact the Heartwalk totally snuck up on me) and being sick last week, I wasn't able to coordinate any kind of Spark Rally for Saturday. I'd reserved a room at the Oakley Library already, but hadn't ordered any goodies nor was I in any shape to try and coordinate anything with the Sparkpeople offices to see if anyone would be able to show -and at this late date there's just no time to pull anything together. Not without stressing about it, and I've got enough of that going on elsewhere. So I'm going to just coordinate with the actual team members to get them their packets and call it good.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
When I left work on Wednesday, my stomach was queasy. I figured it was stress (I'd gotten my first "pop quiz" from our newest "OMG Most Important Customer EVAR!" around 7am which, though not nearly as bad as it could have been, left me shaking for a good 20 minutes and required a quick trip to the ladies room to fall apart and then put myself back together again) and even though my daughter had to work late so we'd already planned to skip the group walk that night, I was considering getting up for it anyway because it was such a pretty day. As it turned out, it was good that we'd cancelled, because the queasy turned into whatever 24 hour stomach bug 'Yote had 2 weeks ago (made all the less pleasant because I hadn't eaten much overnight at work, so I spent most of the day munching saltines just to give them back to the porcelain gods every hour on the hour). That and crying on the couch because I was so exhausted and just wanted to sleep. I finally was able to sleep more than an hour at a time starting about 7pm, and got up Thursday morning at 9am feeling back to human.
Or so I thought anyway. I ate very lightly to give my body a break most of Thursday, even when my son and I had our "Mom - Son Date" (we've been scheduling for me to pick him up from work one day every other week, because now that I'm not driving him home every day I'm off I MISS HIM!) I only had soup and a salad. Unfortunately that was enough to get me queasy again - not bad, but enough that the thought of the gym wasn't pleasant, so my daughter and I postponed for yet another day. Felt better enough for "date night" with the mate later that night (thank goodness), but still vaguely shaky.
And then woke up Friday with what I assumed was a hangover (yeah, from just one Bacardi Sangria...I'm turning into a total alcohol lightweight...not complaining actually). Except I just couldn't shake the headache no matter what analgesics I threw at it, it wasn't bad like a migraine or anything but it was enough to throw me off. Actually ended up taking a nap to see if that would help head it off, which meant I was finally able to hit the gym yesterday though I felt slow and weak. I did my 30 minutes on the elliptical but didn't worry too hard about pushing my heart-rate (still had it in my target cardio range for most of the 30 minutes, but when it started slipping the last 10 minutes I let it) and only got in about 6 strength training machines in the time it normally takes me to do my entire circuit. But hey, I did it right? I was utterly exhausted afterwards though, so I called 'Yote as I dropped off my daughter and we decided to let McDonald's feed us because I just wasn't up to cooking. So I ate my Fillet of Fish and medium fries and we moved on to date night (where I intentionally skipped the sangria and opted for a light splash of Irish cream in hot chocolate instead).
And found myself laying in bed with a rock in my stomach around 3am. Where it sat until I gave up and succumbed to the porcelain gods again about half an hour ago.
So I'm sitting up hoping that's the end of it for today, almost afraid to lay down for fear of having my stomach rebel again. I called my daughter and we're skipping the marathon training today. Which was a REALLY tough decision - I'm afraid of how far skipping the 16 miles today might set us back. Next weekend we're doing 13 miles on Saturday with the training group, and then we'll be walking in the AHA Heart Mini and Heartwalk (doing the 5K Heartwalk - not going to push after 13 miles the day before), and the following week we've got 18 miles on the schedule, 18 miles I'll be doing in Atlanta (quite probably on a treadmill, but our friend's gym has a cardio theater which makes that option less odious and probably the smartest choice since I'm unfamiliar with the area and would be walking around Atlanta alone - which just doesn't sound like the brightest idea).
So I think I'm back to suspecting the stress may be the likely culprit here, as this hasn't gone like the normal 24 hour bug.
Whatever it is, I sure wish it would go away already.
Tonight I go in to do my last ever time change at work. Kind of bittersweet, which isn't surprising. I am NOT looking forward to giving the team the news I received yesterday - that though my supervisor and boss were all for the idea of me postponing my end-date by 2 weeks so I could help cover a co-worker's vacation (since the new guys just aren't ready to handle a Sunday night cycle by themselves yet), the boss's boss refused the idea. The same boss's boss who basically undermined the entire team in a meeting last week by saying "What's so hard about the cycles, it's just a few commands...it's easy." Yeah, you think that because I've made it LOOK easy for the past 16 years, you mo' fo'. That'll teach me to pull miracles out of my A$$ for THIS company anymore. 16 years of blood, sweat and tears...and "It's easy" Nice.
So that's that - I tried to help, but he'd rather throw the team under the bus. Let HIM come in and handle it then, since it's so easy.
Which means my end date of March 21st stands. And it can't come fast enough.
Okay, the tummy has been relatively stable for about 45 minutes now, so I'm going to try and go back to bed. Hope everybody else is having a far better weekend than mine! (Though I did get to see all my kids, and the tax return hit my account...it hasn't been ALL bad, truly, I just feel crummy).
I apologize to my teams (especially my fellow Gryffindors in the Challenge of Harry Potter) - I just don't have it in me to do much towards points right now.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Wow, those were SOME storms on Friday, huh? Added some excitement to Game Night with the kids, that's for sure (as the worst of the storms were hitting, I was picking up one of our cats from the vet - the kids, and our friend Jimmy who'd been invited to join in, all tried to reach me and couldn't get through - the cell towers were being bombarded by people who were checking on loved ones apparently). It didn't dampen the fun though - got to show the kids one of the DVDs I had made from one of our old 8mm movies (I've got 2 transferred so far, at least 3 to go and not all are labelled so it's a surprise for everybody to see what's on those), they played some Magic The Gathering, and we enjoyed a lovely meal of Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Lasagna together - perfect! Of course, I didn't get to bed as early as I should have, but it was worth it.
Saturday dawned with partly cloudy skies and temperatures expected from the mid-30s to low-40s. My daughter and I discussed it the night before and she dropped a layer from what she was wearing when we did the 13 miles, as she'd overheated a bit that day. I picked her up around 6:30 AM, and we got to the warehouse in time to get more sample packets of Gu.
And we were off! It was a BEAUTIFUL morning for a brisk walk! Here's the route we took - 14 miles from Oakley to Mariemont and back:
We spent a lot of time walking on Murray Rd. on the way into and out of Mariemont, which made me feel like my dad was watching over us (his name was Murray).
I'm really loving the chance to reacquaint myself with various neighborhoods in our city (and introducing many of them to my daughter for the first time). Mariemont is so pretty, and I've got some interesting memories - like seeing the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty at the Mariemont Theater when I was little (OH how the witch scared 5 year old me!), and having a fancy dinner at the Mariemont Inn with my parents when I was in elementary school. I LOVE all the Tudor architecture!
We had a couple of mishaps along the way. Right as we were getting to the water stop (this was the first route where they had a water stop provided other than the UDF on Erie), my daughter shrieked and started limping - she'd picked up something in her shoe. While I refilled her water bottle she sat down and took off her shoe - the two primary coaches happened to be at the water stop (we passed them several times as they were checking up on the group, I started teasing them about deja vu at one point) so Rich took the insole out of her shoe but he didn't see anything, so she put it back on and we soldiered on. After about half a mile, she was convinced whatever she'd picked up was still there, so she sat down on a stoop and both Brenda (the coach who stuck with the caboose this week) and I took a look - and we found a NAIL! A really skinny nail had gone all the way through the sole - happily it didn't puncture the insole but it was REALLY jammed in there, it took using a rock to push against the tip inside her shoe to loosen it enough to grab and pull it out - that thing was a good inch and a half long! She tossed it in the trash can nearby so no one else would step on it, and promised me she'd inpect her foot when she got home and wash any scrapes with alcohol (she didn't think it had pierced through her double layer of socks, but I wanted to be sure).
I had a bit of a mishap right towards the end - I heard a runner coming up behind us, and lost my footing as I turned around to check his location (he didn't call out or anything...bad runner, no biscuit!) and took a tumble. I'm getting better at this falling thing - totally rolled through it and practically landed back on my feet, I was already coming up as Brenda and KITTYWULF cried out and came over to help. Dude didn't even slow down. Scraped up my right palm a little bit and that's it - no other bumps or bruises I've been able to locate.
Other than that, though, it was a great walk. I didn't feel NEARLY as wiped out afterwards as I had on the 13 miler (though I did decide to take a nap after I got home since I'd not had a whole lot of sleep the night before and I had to go in to work that night). I noticed that I seem to drink a LOT more water as we get farther along - we passed the water stop twice, about a third of the way in and with a third of the way to go - I refilled my water bottle both times, though I still had about a third to go. By the time we got back to the warehouse I'd drained it completely dry (in fact, about a mile BEFORE we got to the warehouse). I need to pay attention to my pacing on that I think. Though, happily, The Pig is apparently one of the better run races and has water stations at every mile along the route. But for these training runs, I need to make a better plan. I tried two new flavors of Gu this time around - the "Jet Blackberry" and "Mandarin Orange" - and REALLY liked the orange. I was just on the Gu site, and there are a TON of flavors I want to check out - I think it may be time to make an order, or at least see what Bob Roncker's has in stock. The Gu really seems to be working well for me, and they are only 100 calories per pack, which makes it easy to keep track of what I'm ingesting.
OH hey, I promised you guys pictures of my favorite toy store, ice cream shop and children's book store on the planet, and I actually remembered this week!
King Arthur's Court Toy Store is the shop with the purple awning on the left. The pink building next door is Aglemesis Bro's Ice Cream, and the blue building on the end is Blue Manatee Children's Book Store. Ah, how I LOVE Oakley!
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