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My Weekend In Facebook Statuses

Sunday, September 23, 2012

In case you didn't know, I'm extremely Facebook active. Thought it might be fun for you to see my weekend, solely through Facebook statuses:

SATURDAY

ZOMG, you guys!!! Ran 6.05 miles this morning with no ankle issues at all! Now...tapering for Fort 4 Fitness next Saturday. WOO!

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Happy 10th birthday, Anika! You have been a diva from the moment you were born. You always loved to sparkle and you still do. But now you have also found your strength and are learning to believe in yourself. You are not only drop dead gorgeous, but you have the most empathetic heart. You are fabulous and you love others. You love to learn and you love to teach. What an amazing young lady you are!

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It is ridiculously beautiful outside today!!!! Also, I'll be honest...I have never been SO thrilled to go into a taper week. This old body is, frankly, exhausted. Been working so hard...definitely going to enjoy this little break.

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Counting down the hours till I can lay down and go to sleep (5). Also counting down the days to Deep Tissue/Sports massage in Austin (25).

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Good thing I've got like 500 calories left cause I'm about to destroy this rainbow birthday cake! ;)

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Up at 6:30am on Saturday to run 6 miles. Up at 6:30am Sunday to bike 12 miles. This is getting ridiculous...who the hell is this crazy lady that has taken up residence in my body????

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Best part of having a spa/makeover birthday slumber party? Getting to tell young girls that they are stunningly beautiful and definitely as pretty as a supermodel. ♥

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OK, I absolutely can't wait 3 weeks. I am DESPERATE for a decent sports massage and I need it soon. So that means it has to be cheap. Like $30-$40. Please tell me this is possible. Someone. Please.

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SUNDAY

Awww no bike ride today. Running buddy wasn't feeling well. It's ok with me. I declare today a REST DAY..........except for hiking. heheheheh

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Alright....so this is how it's gonna be, huh??? One great run, then a week or two of recovery, icing, non-weight bearing and supplemental workouts of swim and bike to stay conditioned?

OK, fine. It's not the most desirable training plan and not your traditional half marathon prep...but there are a mere 3 weeks left and then I can completely revamp my entire training strategy, building in as much time as necessary for complete healing and weight loss.

Not the way I envisioned this racing season going...but I'll take what I can get. One thing is for sure...when I cross that finish line on October 20th, I might possibly be in a world of hurt...but it will be my greatest physical accomplishment of all time.

Until next year. ;)

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Skyped with my Dad tonight. Just heartbreaking. The man needs a hug but there is no one to give him one. He's never been so vulnerable with me and it kind of tears up my insides. It's an awful thing to grow old and find that you are going to probably die alone. I had a sudden moment of thankfulness for Scott Drichel and it hit me...THIS is why you work hard to save a marriage. Because, no matter how hard it is now...when you're 67 and the kids are grown up...who will be by your side then? Wow.

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KRYSTALLA 9/24/2012 11:45PM

    Nice posts.

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KIPPER15 9/24/2012 9:14PM

    good posts emoticon

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DONNA5281 9/24/2012 3:25PM

 

I love what you wrote! Good luck on your half marathon.

So, sorry to hear about your dad.

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KBRADFORD88 9/24/2012 2:37PM

    I too have become a facebook addict. Is there a recovery program? emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 9/24/2012 1:22PM

    You are a really fun and funny person, and serious too... and seeing all of that in this post is like you have opened real self to me! I love the slumber party post, and I feel deep sadness for your dad. Mostly, I feel like you are someone I'd like in real life! Have a GREAT day!

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RUNRAYRAYRUN 9/24/2012 12:29PM

    You've had a busy weekend! Keep up the good work. Hope you do well on your half marathon!

Sorry about your dad..that's one thing I fear when I get old, being alone. I visit alot of older ladies in my church that are widows, I even have a dear friend who just turned 90 and living alone! I'm working on my relationship with my son now so later in life I won't regret it.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/24/2012 12:23PM

    Creative perspective!

You are so right about your marriage! It is a hard world out there and not one should be alone.

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MANDERS1105 9/24/2012 11:00AM

    This is awesome. It's funny how we can literally describe our life/day in small blubs like that!


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LINDAKAY228 9/24/2012 10:30AM

    Great posts! I understand what you mean about your dad. My ex husband and I divorced in 1989. In recent years we've become friends, although by no means best friends. He's older than me and will be 71 in December. he's alienated most of his family. I'm the only one he really has now to help him at times. It's so sad because he came from a large family and we have 5 kids but he is very grouchy and outspoken at times and has driven people away over the years. He is not like that with me anymore but I'm sad that I'm the only one he has left to help him. Working with elderly and disabled, I see many like that. It's so sad.

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ISABELLE31 9/24/2012 9:37AM

    Great posts. :)

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/24/2012 7:01AM

    Love my facebook :) sounds like you had a nice weekend!

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/24/2012 4:43AM

    Great Blog (and great facebook posts, that I've been following as well).

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REGILIEH 9/24/2012 2:30AM

    Where do you find the time to do all you do? Facebook can be extremely time consuming. WOW! Wife, mother, daughter, marathon runner, swimmer, biker, massager, sparker, blogger, facebooker, superwoman!

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CHARTHESTAR 9/24/2012 1:14AM

    wow is right!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/24/2012 12:52AM

    Fun--I tend to read and comment on other people's Facebook posts more than posting my status. Sounds llike a busy weekend!

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TERID816 9/23/2012 11:56PM

    I love FB too! I started out just as a way to see what my (then) young children were so involved in - now hardly a day (or hour) goes by that I'm not getting an update!

So sorry for your dad! My DH (of 25 years) and I had the honor of having his parents with us for the last 4 years of his Dad's and last 6 of his Mom's lives. They were together for 60+ years. It was hardest on her to be left behind!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 9/23/2012 11:47PM

    Very nice blog. I am not active on face book, but I enjoyed your post.
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FANTASTIC FRIDAY

Friday, September 21, 2012

I've had quite an amazing morning, friends! As a lot of you know, I've been working pretty hard to get rid of this weight. I'd been at a plateau for maybe a month or so and I was getting really frustrated with the fact that the number on the scale wasn't going down. It wasn't so much the number...as it was the fact that I've been working SO hard and I felt like I had nothing to show for it.

Of course, that's ridiculous because a) I have lost inches b) my entire body is firming and toning and changing shape (thank you, swimming!) and c) I just feel wonderful physically in general as a result of the program I've been working.

Still...I was having lunch with a very close friend yesterday and she looked into my eyes and said, "Leah, why are you sad?" You know..it caught me off guard. I was tempted to give my usual go-to answer, which is...blame the hubby. Am I right? But, I realized that this was not it. Things have been going quite well in the marriage department. God knows things aren't perfect (because we are not perfect people), but I am generally happy.

So, without my go-to answer, I simply could not understand WHY I appeared sad and, ultimately, felt sad. As I verbally processed in the car, I hit on the core issue when I started suddenly sobbing...totally unexpected. The thing is...I'm so frustrated because I see all the positives above, but I still feel so limited and I feel like the lack of change on the scale is really holding me back.

Friend says to me, "Leah, what do you want from all of this?" I said, "To lose weight. To do Ironman. BUT...not just that." I couldn't pinpoint WHAT I wanted. She said, "You need to figure out what you want. Because it always starts as simple weight loss...but ends up being something else. You have to figure out what your 'something else' is."

The tears began when I said, "I want more. I want to do things for others, to inspire and to help in real ways...but I feel like I'm not allowed to do it YET...because I'm still so heavy. I don't know what this will look like...a book, speaking, getting certified as a personal trainer? Who knows? What I do know is that there is a voice inside saying, 'How dare you think you can do that? You CAN'T.'"

With that background, you must understand the thrill that went through my heart when I stepped on that scale this morning to find I had lost 2 lbs. Here's where it gets real, folks. I weigh 219. And while this would be shameful for most to admit, I am so proud. Because I am out of the 220s! I suddenly realized how very close I am to being back in the land of 100s and I almost cried. It is within reach. It is RIGHT THERE. And I WILL get there.

It's helpful for me to think in terms of overall, rather than the past month. If I do the math, I have been on this health journey earnestly since May 2012. That is only 4 months! I was 253 when I started. How dare I belittle a 35 lbs weight loss in 4 months?! Are you kidding me?

This morning, I went to the pool after a night of very little sleep. I was worried that this swim would be difficult since I'd only slept about 5 hours last night. I popped some Powerbar Cola Gels (my go-to energy source for an early morning workout when I don't feel like eating yet) and jumped in.

A history on my swimming:

I started swimming a mere 6 weeks ago. I had never swam freestyle in my life. I learned by watching 3 YouTube videos. And then I jumped in the pool and copied them. For a few weeks, I hit the lap lanes five days a week. I have had excessive trouble breathing. I have had to stop every 50 meters to catch my breath. Which means, I swim two lengths and stop...over and over and over. I have built a routine where I swim for 30 minutes and whatever distance I get in that time is my workout for that day.

Generally, I swim 750 meters, which is a nice even 30 lengths of the pool in 30 minutes. I shoot for this length because it is a tad longer than a sprint triathlon swim distance. And I am looking to perfect it by next Summer. The most I have ever done in 30 minutes is 800 meters (an extra two lengths) and that was only a couple of times.

Today, I did 34 lengths, or 850m in 30 minutes. Four lengths might not sound like a lot extra...but if you swim, you know that this is big. Especially since I've not been doing this for very long and I've had zero formal training. I worked hard in that pool today...and I only stopped to breathe 3 times for one minute each. That is a HUUUUUUGE victory for me!

When I got out of the pool (completely spent), I thought about every person that has inspired me, pushed me, or supported me. It was really a special moment because I literally couldn't wait to tell each of them how much their kindness, support and friendship has helped to bring me to this point. I honestly would have quit so long ago without my network of fellow friends, family and athletes. People who really "get" what I'm doing and why...and who have never stopped believing that I can do this. I'm so thankful. So incredibly thankful.

  
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WELSTEACH 9/25/2012 9:49PM

    You go girl!

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PENOWOK 9/25/2012 9:26AM

    You are amazing, Leah!! You DO inspire people everywhere...you never know who is watching to see what you are doing and who else might be inspired by you, in addition to SP readers. Keep doing what you are doing!! You are clearly on your way to an amazing victory!!

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BLOOMING52 9/25/2012 7:53AM

    Awesome!

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READE2MOVE2012 9/25/2012 12:35AM

  Great. lways count your successes.

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NAATUERE 9/24/2012 9:57PM

  Your are doing great don't ever put down your victories and its wonderful to want more because you will do it and your journey will be successful. Keep it moving and smile because you inspire others. You got me thinking about joining the Y and start swimming



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BONNIEBELLE2 9/24/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon emoticon Very inspiring blog! You have come so far, not only in terms of weight loss but fitness and outlook as well! I'm just recently back at SP after a pretty lengthy absence where I gained most of the weight back that I had lost. So I'm starting over basically. The weight is not coming off as fast this time and I was feeling really discouraged that I've only lost 5 lbs. in 4 weeks. Sparkguy's message in Spark Coach today was just what I needed to hear! He said..."Pretend for a minute that gravity doesn't exist...everything is weightless. You don't know how much you weigh because gravity hasn't been invented. How would you define your state of health if weight didn't exist?" He went on to list many of the intangible non-scale victories that can be our measures instead of letting the scale define our success. I realized that even though I haven't lost much weight yet, I have still made progress and my new mantra is "progress not perfection" and for now I'm going to pretend that gravity doesn't exist and be satisfied with the non-scale victories! We can do it! Thanks for being an inspiration! emoticon

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TAURUSGIRL3 9/24/2012 12:53PM

  Leah,
Just because you are not where you want to be, don't feel like you are not an inspiration. I check in with you regularly to see what is up. I take part of each of your successes and setbacks. You are doing it and that 35 lbs down is proof! Hang in there!

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/24/2012 12:11PM

    This is awesome! Just what I needed right now as I have had my first weight gain since starting with SP! Thanks & keep up the good work!

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DIETER27 9/24/2012 12:09PM

  What a great post. You have inspired me on many levels. You have made me reexamine my own weightloss journey and know like you that I too can do It!

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OBURRELL 9/24/2012 11:20AM

    I just blogged about this today-how it sucks that people don't want to hear your message just because you haven't hit your goal weight yet. Just keep pushing and being consistent-the weight has to fall off sometime and in the meantime you are becoming a better athlete! Good job!

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MCHILSTR 9/24/2012 10:12AM

  You are so wonderfully authentic....what a treat your blogs are!

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AOSELAND 9/24/2012 10:06AM

    Great post! you and I are in the same spot! and today, I also weighed in under 220 for the first time! SOOOO close to being in the 100's again! That is my next mini goal.
Know that you are amazing and have come so far. We CAN do this!

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FARIS71 9/24/2012 9:03AM

    You already are doing your 'something else' by sharing your struggles and victories, by being open and communicating so wonderfully. Thank you - it DOES start out as weight loss, but there totally is something else underneath all that.

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THEIS58 9/24/2012 6:44AM

    Just great!

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EDOHERTY107 9/24/2012 4:37AM

    whata great post!!! emoticon

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IFEOMA4 9/24/2012 2:01AM

  You did great. emoticon

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SUPER-MOM_ 9/23/2012 10:02PM

  You are amazing - you need to remember that. I totally "get" you when you say being out of 220lbs *100kg* is great. Because it is. I totally "get" you when you say that you do what you can for 30 minutes. It will all come off. YOU ARE AMAZING

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TREYONE 9/23/2012 10:00PM

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Congrats! Keep doing what you are doing-you are an inspiration!

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NDKARIKARI 9/23/2012 8:37PM

    this is a phenomenal blog. you are inspiring on so many levels. What you have done in the last four months is nothing short of extraordinary. Please know that!
Please know that you are already in your own way doing what those negative thoughts tell you you shouldn't dare to try. You inspire me with every blog post. You help me think about my own weight loss process and how I can make it better. Because of your love of running and the passionate way you describe it, my running shoes are back on my feet and I'm slowly training for a 5k.

i'm only one person. I'm sure you have touched countless others. Don't forget that!

thank you :)

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SLIMINDOWN31 9/23/2012 7:43PM

    Wow! Your blog is just what I needed to read today. Thanks for your authenticity!

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EWATTS83 9/23/2012 6:32PM

  I am proud of your progress, keep up the good work. I know it seems hard right now but it will get easier. because working out will become addictive. Then you will want to workout all the time. You will have more energy and feel great inside and out. If you need anyone to talk too, for encouragement . I am here. emoticon

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1935MARY 9/23/2012 6:09PM

    REMEMBER CAN'T, CAN'T DO ANYTHING. YOU HAVE LOST 35LBS. IN 4 MONTHS. THAT MEANS YOU CAN. AND YOU CAN BE AND DO ANYTHING YOU WANT. I AM PRAYING AND ROOTING FOR YOU.YOU HAVE TOOK THE FIRST STEP FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU WANT AND ADMITTING IT. YOU GO GIRL YOU CAN DO IT. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU. AND EVERYONE DOUBTS THIERSELVE emoticon emoticon emoticon S SOMETIMES AND THINK THEY CAN'T DO SOMETHING. REACH FOR THE STARS AND BELIEVE. YOU HAVE JUST HELPED ME TO REMEMBER WHAT I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. THANKS.

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CLAUDEM1 9/23/2012 5:58PM

    Hi,

That is an amazing victory! Good for you. Dr. Birdie on Spark Coach who said that it is so important to find other ways than "the scale" to measure progress, so you don't feel defeated if it doesn't move. She suggested a number of them:

Body measurements
Clothes fitting looser
How you feel during workouts... how well you perform and increase of energy
Energy, attitude, outlook throughout the day
Blood pressure, sugar level, cholesterol level, resting heart rate, better sleep
Look better, more confidence, more compliments on your attitude and work ethic

The third one really came through loud and clear in your swim, didn't it? Your blog was very encouraging. I'm really happy for you!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/23/2012 5:26PM

    Leah, if anybody can do this, you're the one!
Your enthusiasm is remarkable.
Congratulations on what you have accomplished thus far!
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HEALTHYOTTER 9/23/2012 5:22PM

    I read once that swimming is one of the most individualized sports. Not sure if that's so at the super competitive levels, works for me, though. Each time you're in the water, you're learning new skills: how to handle it when a bubble tickles the inside of your nose, how to keep focus when your ears fill and pop, how to engage your abs the entire length of the pool. 4 extra lengths is a big accomplishment. I was amazed when I did a sprint tri this summer how many people were catching their breath at the ends of the lane. One lenth, there was literally nowhere to touch, as it was body to body. You're no alone there. Nor are you alone in a plateua! Plateaus are enormously frustrating. Just like the sad, the frustration will ebb and flow, and as you keep on keeping on through all of it, you'll know yourself, your strengths, your abilities, your challenges better day by day.

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CYNFULMISTI 9/23/2012 5:22PM

    You go Girl! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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JUST2SWEET 9/23/2012 4:24PM

    Congratulations!

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MARYJEANSL 9/23/2012 3:58PM

  You really are an inspiration - and I thank you for your blogs. Very helpful.

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RONALANA 9/23/2012 3:51PM

    Keep it up! 35 pounds is a great beginning!

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  you are awesome! emoticon

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    You are a winner in my book! You just inspire me. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 9/23/2012 12:43PM

    35 lbs is a wonderful accomplishment! Just focus on 1 lb at a time and try not to get discouraged. I have lost 12 lbs and already feel so much better and reading everyone's blogs just goes to prove that you can lose weight in a very healthy way and keep it off but you have to be committed and you have to be dedicated! Keep the faith! You can do it. emoticon

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DSIMS8 9/23/2012 12:32PM

    Thank you so much for writing this! Your words really inspire me to keep going. I cried when I read bout finding what you really want, because it has to be more than the weightI have to figure out what that is too. emoticon

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ARUSHING2 9/23/2012 12:27PM

  Thanks for investing the time and energy to share where you were, where you are and where you are going through your shared thoughts and words!

You put the words to many of the trials and struggles and investments neccessary to make dramatic lifestyle and conditioning changes. Thanks much!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/23/2012 12:15PM

    The journey you walk now is what God will use to speak to others in the future. Rest in him.

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    Thank you for that message today, I really needed it! emoticon

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KATHY_NATURELVR 9/23/2012 11:25AM

    Leah, You inspire each one of us readers every time you write. I ran across your blogs because one was voted most popular - then I subscribed because I want to hear what you have to say next. You inspire us, trust me.

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OJ_2_OK 9/23/2012 11:09AM

    I think that your blog and your page is proof that your self doubt is wrong. It doesn't matter what the scale says, you have touched many peoples lives. Your putting a tremendous effort in and are inspiring others along the way. Your journey is the important part, not the exact number on the scale.

I hope I can live up to what you are doing because you are inspiring.

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SKIPPIE123 9/23/2012 10:48AM

    35 pounds is AMAZING! You're doing great. Very inspiring. emoticon

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AJB121299 9/23/2012 10:40AM

    great job

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MOTIVACTION2 9/23/2012 9:52AM

    Well done!

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OFGREENGABLES 9/23/2012 9:34AM

    congratulations! way to go.

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NEWMOM20121 9/23/2012 9:19AM

    What a great blog. Loved everything you had to say about helping others, I totally get that.

When I jog/walk I think of you often. You are an inspiration to me. Great job being out of the 220's that is huge.

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NEEDBU66 9/23/2012 9:00AM

    I read this yesterday or the day before I can't remember and what your friend said about, Iit starts as a weightl loss and turns into something else" stuck with me all day.Its given me a lot to think about. A lot of people have written about how all this is now about them, how they are going to take care of themselves, and eat better and exercise more- very good things, but I wondered about at what point selfishness starts to take over. We are, after all, here for each other. Not that it was that that you were going for, it's just where my mind went. And if subconsciously that is what kind of gets us blue every once in a while. If that makes sense.

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CLUMBOY 9/23/2012 7:01AM

    you ARE helping people. you just helped me. right now--right this very minute. i am on a plateau right now and you just helped me deal with it.
i am so proud of your success. keep going. all the best to you.

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GRAMPIAN 9/23/2012 4:58AM

  You'v emoticon e done so well!

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OPTIMIST1948 9/23/2012 3:34AM

    I believe that when you hit a plateau, its because your body is "recalibrating" to reset itself to a new normal. Then you start to loose again because you are still operating at a deficit.

Still, congrats on the swim progress! It is amazing. To quote an advertisement from the 80s "You've come a long way baby."

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SLFGOLF 9/23/2012 1:01AM

    You are doing so much already! You are a great inspiration. I know those plateaus are frustrating. You are doing great, and the success will continue.

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Childhood Obesity Sucks - and I'm a Hypocrite

Thursday, September 20, 2012

So, let's take a break from the usual report on my workouts and motivating pep talks. Something has been eating away at me and I am more and more agitated, which means I probably need to do some processing of the issue to understand why I feel this way.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.



Here's the thing: this won't be your typical article on childhood obesity. I have a weird take on things because I am a Mom and I KNOW how difficult it is to consistently feed your kids healthy food and keep them active.

It seems there are two basic camps to this whole issue.

On the one hand, you have the parents that have been labeled as lazy enablers. They just "love" their child so much that they want them to be happy, in detriment to the child's own health. You hear things like this from them: "Yeah, I know it's not good for him, but I don't know how to get him to stop eating it. He will throw a fit if he doesn't have it."

On the other side of the aisle, you have the militant and judgmental holier-than-thou parents, who say things like this: "It is your JOB as a parent to do the hard work of teaching health to your child! Their LIFE is at stake and if you don't do your job, your child's obesity is on YOUR shoulders. You are to blame and you are not a fit parent."

The problem is, I don't fall into either side perfectly. I kind of fall in the middle. I am a walking hypocrite. I am inconsistent in my efforts to keep my kids on the right track, diet-wise, although we have made GREAT strides in our household in the area of physical activity!

We have a unique situation, in that my in-laws actually live in the same house with us and have their own separate kitchen. We buy our groceries, they buy theirs...but we are one family, so naturally, things travel from one fridge to another quite frequently. This make it VERY difficult to control what's happening with the kids' diets. We've had the "family meetings" and explained our desires for health for our kids, etc. Everyone knows everyone else's viewpoint on diet. It doesn't stop my kids from raiding Grandpa's junk food stash (which is sizeable) pretty much ALL THE TIME. Clearly, we have some limits to set...and, yeah...that's the hard work that needs to be done.

But let's not just blame the grandparents. That's not fair. The reality is that my kids have set eating patterns that are not healthy (and the grandparents didn't always live with us!) And, as kids are, they are picky and are not apt to try too many new things (although, they've been improving in this area as well...my 10-year old tried kale chips and LOVED them, to my shock and surprise!) My kids will FIGHT over a bag of edamame or a bowl of guacamole. They sure do love their fruit and, for the most part, my 7 year old likes the "healthier" cereals over the sugary ones, for some random reason. Still, a rather large part of their diet is frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, ice cream and Toaster Strudels. Ugh.

The other day, I went to the mall and saw a woman (rather thin herself) pushing her daughter in a stroller. This kid had to be about 5 yrs old (definitely old enough to walk) and probably weighed around 80 lbs. My brain automatically went to judgment. Frankly, I was outraged at this mom for not making her kid WALK. Unfair of me, because what if there was some medical issue and the child could not walk? Still...it's so easy to see the speck in someone else's eye and not the log in your own, isn't it?

This whole topic is irritating and frustrating for me. I feel so passionately about it and I'm so upset that this country has let this happen to our youth. At the same time, if I look down deep, my frustration is with myself as a mom...for not putting into place good habits for my own kids and for starting their lives out with a bad example (my own obesity). How can we expect to change as a nation if we aren't willing to start right in our own homes?

We are always hardest on ourselves though, aren't we? It probably wouldn't hurt to look at the positive side of things as well.

My 4 yr old (boy) is pretty insistent lately that he is going to "get big muscles" and that kind of warms my heart (seriously, his arms are twigs right now. LOL). He is rather tall and weighs 39 lbs. He is NOT obese. None of my kids are...but I wouldn't call them totally healthy either.

We put the Boy in soccer. His first time having an activity just for him and not having to sit on the sidelines and watch his sisters do stuff. You should have seen him strut his stuff on that field. Hilarious. And he hugged me afterwards and said, "Mommy, I loooooove soccer."

Signed my 10 yr-old girl up for martial arts. You would have loved the look of confidence and strength and empowerment in her eye when she had that first lesson (and every one thereafter). I didn't expect it (silly me!), but she is beginning to believe in herself...and I see the beginnings of a strong woman in her.

My silly 7-year old girl couldn't care less about the rules of soccer or the fact that her coach is standing right next to her. She will still completely ignore a game going on around her and crouch down to study an ant hill in the middle of the field...and do a few cartwheels too. But...at least she's out there. Right?

Aforementioned silly 7 yr-old asked to join me on a bike ride the other day and made it 2 miles on a little crappy bike with training wheels. Good for her!

Both girls were completely engrossed in the Ironkids website with me the other night and are super excited to enter their first triathlon next Summer!

My 10 yr old has refused to eat "pink slime" and has allowed us to pack her healthy lunches for the entire last school year. She doesn't always eat them, but the food is offered to her. (We barred Grandpa from packing lunches last year. Haha.)

On the food front, things are slower moving...but the kids do SEE their mom eating better and occasionally become curious to put something weird in their mouths. So, I'll take that as a baby step.

The long and short of it is...we can sit around all day either enabling our kids or berating ourselves for being awful parents, but what are we DOING to teach them, to be a role model and to incorporate health into their lives, either in overt or sneaky ways?

Maybe this country won't ever conquer childhood obesity. But we can address it one kid at a time...and why not start with our own?

  
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BKNOCK 9/25/2012 10:03PM

    Sounds to me like you are doing a pretty good job with your kids!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 9/25/2012 2:53PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Remember, we are all works in progress. Are you better at instilling healthy eating habits in your kids than you were last month, last year? Then, you're moving in the right direction. The apostle Peter, in discussing the Christian walk, tells us that if the fruit of faith is evident in our lives, and is increasing, then we're doing well. (see 2 Peter 1:8 in context) And it's a principle that applies elsewhere. As long as you're moving toward the goal, you're doing well. Once you stop, you start falling backwards.

I think you're on the right track with the kids, just keep teaching them, helping them be active, and showing them a good role model. And a good role model doesn't have to be perfect...you just have to be honest & transparent (your kids will respect you for this), admit failures and then continue moving forward.

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IAMLOVEDBYYOU 9/25/2012 1:57PM

    I like your blog and I like the heart of this, but I really need to say something.

Don't judge the mom in the mall with the stroller, because her child might have a disability. I'm not trying to be all PC and crap, but the truth is, there is a decent chance that an 80lb 5 year old being pushed in the stroller has a disability. That's not "normal" parenting behavior, which makes me think that there might be more to the story.. sometimes you can't tell when children have a disability.

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HEATHER3477 9/25/2012 9:45AM

    Your taking a step in the right direction. My son is overweight, and he watches everything I do. He is 12 years old and over the past few months I have seen him start paying more attention to what he puts in his body and I have seen him being more active. He isn't always like this but it's a start. The good news is he hasn't really gained any more weight since he started.

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MAMA_CD 9/24/2012 4:36PM

    Being a good example is the best way to promote a healthy lifestyle for the kids. None of us are perfect just being perfected.

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HACKETT1171 9/24/2012 2:40PM

    when we started to change more of out eating habits, I jut told the kids that we don't eat such and such any more. Just don't buy it! Plain and simple with the foods you dont want them to eat. I can only control what my kids do with me and around me. I can not control what happens when they are with their dad, but you can still control what they do in your own house with your in laws junk food stash. Moderation, maybe only let them raid it 2x a week with a limit on what they can eat.

Good luck!

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OBURRELL 9/24/2012 11:26AM

    My 9 month old son is a big motivator for me. I don't want him to grow up with the food issues I have so I am trying to get myself in order now before he gets old enough to really notice things. He will eat pretty much anything so I am trying to take advantage of that and feed him good stuff. If only I could get him to drink water without having to mix it with apple juice. GL and keep up the good work! Your kids will be ok!

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RUNNERLADY2 9/24/2012 10:43AM

    Great blog! My kids are all grown now but I do see them make these choices for my grandkids and it makes me proud of them; I wish I could say they totally got their good habits from me, but somehow they got them in spite of me. The younger two have celiac disease, which has forced them to be extremely careful about what they eat so they do tend to stick to the healthiest of choices. Good message here that parents of youngsters need!

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DOTTY7267 9/24/2012 9:02AM

    Thank you for speaking on this touchy subject. I have daughters, and since birth, my 1 daugther has always been over weight and now obese. It was difficult because even with the monitoring of diet, activities, etc. she was rebelling against what was happening in the home. She resorted to sneaking foods, and getting them from her grandparents. I tried being stearn, and then tried being lenient, but was often in tears trying to figure out what I was doing wrong and how I was negatively influencing her in one way or another.

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NEWMOM20121 9/24/2012 8:36AM

    Sorry I missed this until today. Great blog, well said.

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CAROL494 9/23/2012 8:31PM

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KACEYSW 9/23/2012 5:31PM

    There are so many factors with childhood obesity that one cannot pin it down to one specific thing, as you point out. Role models are key to this and, as you say, parents are the most important role model in a child's life. The effects of fast food, couch-potato/video gaming culture, and lifestyles of little outdoor activity are of no help. Another negative effect is the fact that schools have been forced to minimize PE activities due to budget cuts and some pretty interesting laws that are taking playground equipment off of school grounds due to potential liability issues.

You bring up great points. Nice job!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/23/2012 12:32PM

    Great blog, as a parent I so get this....

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CHESAPEAKE60 9/23/2012 11:40AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog as well. And I, too, can relate from all sides. Am now a gramma to a 6 year old and a 2 year old and I do like to "treat" the grands - as my Gramma treated me. But I also appreciate and respect my daughter and son-in-laws desire to raise happy, healthy children! So I do my best to have snacks at my house healthy ones. I make air-popped popcorn in my presto microwave popper. Then I finely mist the popped corn with oilive oil from my Misto and add just a pinch of sea salt, I make a healthy baked oatmeal with bananas and blueberries that the kids view as a treat, etc.

One thing I will add to all the mothers and mothers-to-be of very young children. Start your kids very young with all sorts of healthy flavors. I saw this approach with my grandchildren and was AMAZED. Once the pediatrician gave the OK for table foods my DD and SIL rarely bought baby food (only for travel). They had a mini processor and whatever veggies and fruit they were having for dinner simply got a few quick pulses in the processor and the babies ate what the adults ate for meals. Needless to say, that meant they cooked cleanly for themselves - no added salt or unhealthy fats. They just added their seasonings after cooking.

So fast forward to a 2 and 6 year old who drink mostly water with their meals, will eat just about and vegetable or fruit, and have never tasted a soda or artificial sweetener. They do get desserts - just not every meal or every night. DD and SIL both cook and they make breads and cookies, etc. with healthy grains and oils, applesauce, and fruits. Homemade sorbets and ice creams, etc.

It is worth the time and effort I truly believe. And the parents both work full time but still manage a healthy household.



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VALIENDRA 9/23/2012 11:00AM

    Thank you for sharing your opinion. It gets me thinking about my own responsability. I don't have kids yet bul I will, someday. And I will want them healthy and active. But if I am not healthy and active.. how can I ever have them doing stuff that are good for them ?

I'll have to set an example. Today is a good day to start doing things the right way for my future kids. A strong image will encourage them to move and eat right.

Keep pushing. You certainly are a wonderful woman and mom ! ☼

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BLOOMING52 9/23/2012 3:19AM

    Interesting.

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WELSTEACH 9/23/2012 2:06AM

    You are being an example. Don't beat yourself up. Ultimately kids make their own choices too. Food isn't as controllable as adults would like, and isn't a good battle ground. Any field where a parent has a great chance of losing by demanding is poor. So, gently suggest, be an example, and let them grow into better food choices. You have them hooked on moving their bodies. Count that as 1 for the home team!

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ROB704 9/22/2012 9:50PM

    My wife and I have this discussion many times - our daughter is 21 now - and have come think that until we (as a society) start to move more the situation will get worse. Think about it...not sure how old you are (I'm 43) but when I was a kid we went outside, I rode my bike everywhere, hours and hours...all physical, from playing army to playing football. TV had 3 channels and no remote.

You're doing a great job by even recognizing the challenges and trying...good for you!

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SENIORSWIMMER 9/22/2012 8:26PM

    Great blog. I come from a "food = love" family. It is so hard to break those early habits. Nearly all of my fondest childhood memories center around a large family gathering with a table straining under the weight of everyone's best recipes. The food and the fellowship...I equate having lots of food on hand with security - a grandchild of the Great Depression. I equate a full stomach with love. These are tough bonds to break. Learning to break those bonds in a positive way is part of this journey we call "lifestyle changes."

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KALLIE1958AR 9/22/2012 2:17PM

    Good blog .. I just want to point out .. we are bombarded with food that have hormones in them now ... they put growth hormones in everything .. lets make the cows chickens so on bigger and we eat them hmm wonder why we are getting fatter not saying that is all of it clearly we are doing our part ... they put stuff in all processed food to make you hungry .. again wonder why we are getting fatter every year .. so we do have a battle for sure .. But the good news we will make it .. yay .. We make a garden and all we can do .. so lets just pray for health .. and do our part .. Sounds like you are making good changes .. I know we are all here to do that .. God Bless hats off to you ... emoticon

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GALINAZ 9/21/2012 2:03PM

    Great take on this controversy. As a grandma, I need to practice my own good habits I'm developing with my grandkids instead of indulging them because I'm grandma. More play and less treats!

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DONNA5281 9/21/2012 10:04AM

 

Great blog. You are doing a great job with your children.

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LINDAK25 9/21/2012 9:03AM

    Your doing just fine with your kids. I understand just what you're going through.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/21/2012 9:00AM

    GREAT blog. Very thoughtful, and a lot of good insight there. Thanks for sharing!

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THESLIMMERME1 9/21/2012 2:14AM

    emoticon blog - I do believe it is one child at a time, and as adults/parents we need to encourage the introduction of a 'healthy lifestyle' to the next generation.

I know in one family, once the child is old enough, they are encouraged to plan the menu and meal for the family taking into account the basic food choices...it's work but with encouragement and enthusiasm something each one looks forward too being the 'family chef for the day'

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LANEYTHEGIRL 9/21/2012 12:51AM

    I've come to realize my 15-year-old son follows more of what I do than say. I have been trying since he was young to get him to eat vegetables. I always include one with dinner. Lately he's been eating them and he won't drink soda during soccer bc his coach tells them how bad they are. He loves fast food but I find he limits himself. I know he learned all this self-control by watching me do the same for myself not because of anything I have said. Leading by example is the best way and you r doing that.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/21/2012 12:21AM

    Beautiful story! And so true. Childhood obesity is no joke. But it is a wake up call for all of us.

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PEGGYO 9/20/2012 10:13PM

    ok

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DIGIRO 9/20/2012 8:55PM

    What an interesting blog! I probably fall more into the militant mom, but have an indulgent grandparent in my basement (snack & soda heaven).
This summer was a changing point for my 15 yr-old daughter. Without using a scale, and being more active, she lost approximately 25 lbs.
Yesterday, on the drive home, she remarked on the gratitude she felt towards my "no fast-food" stance. She did admit to feeling "deprived" when she was younger & we drove past those places to go home & cook, but can now share her appreciation for my strong stance. Suddenly, it makes sense to her.
Thank God for the "aha" moment- and for those with younger kids, I believe your moment will come too. It's not fun driving past the playplaces with a crying kid, but someday that child will thank you!

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LIVEDAILY 9/20/2012 8:33PM

    I would most definitely NOT call you a hypocrite! You are a realist! You're picking and choosing the food battles...and the ARE battles. You are setting a wonderful example for your kids with physical movement/exercise/sports. I think you're doing a great job!!

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KIPPER15 9/20/2012 8:33PM

    You sound like a great mom. All my kids have four legs or fins. I am in control of what they eat and how they exercise. They are all spoiled rotten little buggers.!!LOL emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/20/2012 8:25PM

    It's a journey and it sounds to me as if your middle of the road approach is the most realistic. This from a morbidly obese adult who spent a childhood hungry because Mother's favorite punishment was withholding food and I still have not resolved my food issues!

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KRYSTALLA 9/20/2012 8:22PM

    Great blog. I can certainly understand how you feel. I have a 13 year old son, who is an extremely picky eater. When he was younger his doctor told me not to force him to eat things, as when I would try him with things he would get sick if he didn't like it or didn't want to try it and I was making him do so. He has started to try things but it is very hard getting him to eat healthy. If he don't like it he won't eat it no matter what, I can get him to try something but if he don't like it after the first bite or two forget it. It is kinda funny cause at times when we are having something he will make sure I have the smaller portion cause he knows I want to loose weight, and he will announce it to me that is what he is doing.

He likes gym in school and he likes to do games on the Wii especially the ones were he gets to do alot of moving around. He loves to take walks up and down the street either with myself or my mom or even with both of us with him. He at times will try to be a big strong man by trying to help out around the yard with yardwork.

I just try to do my best with him, that is really only what any parent can do is their best. And I think you are doing the best you can for yourself and your kids.

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KBRADFORD88 9/20/2012 6:30PM

    My girls have so picked up bad habits . It feels like taking care of my own eating is so much work. When I add in my kids it feels so hard. I know most of my girls trouble is linked to inactivity and puberty and too big portions. But, we have started moving more. It stinks though that my girls have to think about their weight and what they look like. It's so frustrating to have to think about all this for myself and them. It also is crazy that my boys have zero weight issues. They just know how to quit eating when they are full. Go figure?

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/20/2012 5:59PM

    Excellent blog!

By far, the best thing you can do for your children is exactly what you are doing for yourself: be a healthy, active person.

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DATMAMA4 9/20/2012 5:21PM

    It's very difficult to constantly monitor our kids' food intake. I buy healthy food, for the most part, and the occasional ice cream (or we make cookies). Portion control is more the issue in our house. But our boys are out & about with their friends, going out to eat with them after an event, and I'm sure they eat a lot more junk food (certainly more fast food!) than my hubby and I do. The good thing is that we try to eat our main meal of the day at home, so I know there's some good homemade stuff going in. I consider any visits to grandparents as a total loss as far as nutrition, between the cooking methods (lots of fat) and abundance of junk food, as well as the constant encouragement to "have more!".

As far as the physical activity goes, I try to lead by example -- they're not tremendously active as far as sports go, and I'm still learning how to be active myself -- and I invite them to join me on walks or bike rides.

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JOYCECAIN 9/20/2012 3:36PM

    I loved the blog. You can only do so much for the kids. Quit beating yourself up. Things will be fine.

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JMARIES51 9/20/2012 3:04PM

    Great blog and I think you are doing your best by keeping the kids interested in being active. It is a fine line about nutrition for kids, and they always will have their likes and dislikes. Hopefully they just make it to adulthood without too many traumas and bullying and you have won! emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 9/20/2012 2:49PM

    Kudos for being so honest about how hard it is! I raised 2 kids as a single working Mom so just being able to afford food was a priority over making sure it was healthy. And I wasn't home much to supervise what they ate or when. But they are adults now and neither is overweight although one eats healthy and exercises consistently and the other has a diet of mostly fast food and coffee with very little exercise. They are both parents now and struggling to make sure there kids eat healthy and get plenty of exercise - so the circle continues. We do the best we can with what we know at the time .I think kids learn much more by example than by nagging and you are an amazing role model so I'm sure your kids will be super.! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 9/20/2012 2:07PM

    You sound like you're trying as best a you can. I know my kids never ate the best. But we also didn't have a battle like some people had. Yes there really is a bitter gene that 80% of kids have and that's why so many hate vegetables, including me. As we get older our taste buds change, so the more they see you eat, the more likely they will get there as they grow up. Keep up the good work!
I know about in-laws, even not in the house. My mother-in-law gave them tons of candy and ice cream when they were little. I didn't even have any of those things in my house. She also came up with a ketchup sandwich for my son. A what?? Anyway, once I peeled them off the wall the next day from all the sugar, we'd get back on schedule. Good luck!

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CLUTTRELL8 9/20/2012 2:05PM

    Our 10 year old just commented this past weekend how they 'eat healthy' all week at home and get to go to grandma's on Fridays for 'treats and junk food'. lol Now, I know they get to indulge more at their grandmother's but it's not all 'junk food' either. They think they're getting to eat free that day and so be it. The kids are eating healthy at home and we try to concentrate on teaching them what the healthy foods do for their bodies... what's good for skin and eyes and bones, etc. They have more interest in it that way, for us, it seems. But they are not completely banned from other foods that are higher in calories or fat sometimes. We don't want them growing up thinking they have to pig out on what they never got to have at home. They get these things sometimes, on occasion, and know there are just some foods you do not eat every day and some foods you NEED to eat everyday, like fruits and veggies. It is all about balance, so I don't see you being a hypocrite either. Just keep going with it, one thing at a time, and being the good example is the strongest thing you will ever do for them. They will remember more what they saw you do growing up than they will remember what you said. It'll stick with them when it's most important. Great blog! This is something I read on a lot. It's gotta be balanced... I want them to think 'eat healthy' and 'be strong' not 'lose weight' or 'be skinny'. I don't want them to have to deal with obesity OR eating disorders when they're older. It can be a tricky tight rope to walk.

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FITFOODIE806 9/20/2012 1:32PM

    I think you are working your butt off and doing an amazing job. You can just tell that you are such a loving mom. Your kids are bound to be well rounded individuals.
I do not use the word "diet" in our house and I don't want my daughter see me step on the scale. I emphasis exercise for feeling good and having fun. Eating healthy foods to be strong and healthy. My kids are young so it's easier not to buy crap. They haven't had as much social pressure. I think the media is a HUGE factor in childhood obesity. Look at the awful commercials that run during a kid's show. There is candy at the checkout of every store. Fastfood places give away toys. This issue is much more complex than just parents. But you are on the right track: let's all start with our own kids!

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/20/2012 1:32PM

    This is a topic I'm pretty conflicted about. For one thing, I don't have kids, and in dealing with one 8 year old that I see approximately once per week I'm very very glad I don't have kids.

ON the other hand, I was a kid once and my family was super duper incredibly healthy eaters. All organic, all natural, vegan, etc etc etc....BUT, my mom was not a very good cook in those days (to be fair, I am 100% aware that it is not easy to cook well in the massive quantities 6 people, 5 of whom are active athletes, 4 of whom do sports approximately 6 hours per day). So we always always always longed for "better" (really worse) food and would grab it whenever we could. Oooh, I saved up 50 cents! I can sneak a candy bar out of the vending machine at the tennis club and hide it in my bag for later!

My brother would go to the kitchen after dinner and have 4-6 pbjs (he really did need more protein than our vegan lifestyle was giving him, and as he got older my mom started cooking meat for him because he was just too skinny).

SO, bottom line, as soon as I turned 16 and got my driver's license? I hit McDonalds for french fries. Nothing else, just fries. I'd never had McDonalds, but I'd smelled it, I'd seen others eating it, I KNEW those french fries would be wonderful. And they were. They SO were. And that was the beginning of the end, really, because I had learned to hate healthy food and idolize junk food. Now I do find myself going back to those early lessons and cooking vegetables like my mom used to, only with spices and sometimes even healthy sauces. But it's taken 14 years for me to reset my mind from "garbage food GOOD, healthy food BAD."

I think my message to you is, showing your kids that a balance of food is healthy is good. Showing that it's okay to eat some "bad" food as long as they're also getting their veggies and other healthy stuff is good. Showing that there are ways to enjoy vegetables that don't consist of wilted broccoli in large quantities on a plate, VERY VERY GOOD.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/20/2012 12:57PM

    I am also passionate about this issue. I want my daughter to have a healthy self image and not just eat healthy and be active for weight reasons. She has noticed that when she eats ice cream it gives her a headache or when she eats too many sweets it gives her a stomach ache. I'm hoping that this is teaching her to pay attention to how the food makes her body feel. I think that is more effective than telling her she can't have something. Everything in moderation, right? I get upset sometimes at my in-laws because they buy her cookies and juice and if she eats that she won't be hungry.

I want to instill in my daughter a love of sports. She does swimming and ballet and has done gymnastics in the past and I want to sign her up for a soccer team (she just loves playing with Mommy and Daddy). She has done one kids race and is doing another in November. She learned how to ride a two-wheeler in the summer. Who knows? Maybe a Kid's Tri is in her future. She knows Mommy exercises and sometimes joins me. I think being a good role model and showing her a healthy lifestyle is more effective than me telling her she should be active.

I think buying healthy foods and eating it and making tasty healthy foods and showing our children that healthy food is enjoyable and activity is fun is a powerful message and combats obesity. I also talk to my students at school about nutrition, drinking water, and signed up to be a Network for a Healthy California representative at my school and educate students about fruits, vegetables and nutrition.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 9/20/2012 12:07PM

    IMHO I don't think you're a hypocrite and teaching kids is not a black-or-white issue. As you know, life is about balance and there are no clear lines. It's just about teaching the best you can. emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 9/20/2012 11:48AM

    I LOVE your blog. I'm a nutritionist at a WIC agency (for low income pregnant women, infants, and children) and I spend a lot of my day trying to encourage parents to feel more like you feel. Heck, nobody is perfect but I think noticing and trying to make small changes is the best thing you can do for your family and a HUGE step. Congrats to you!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/20/2012 11:47AM

    At my house the key is definitely healthy food being offered consistently because you never know what they are going to like. We do really good for dinners here at home with extremely healthy meals and they like fruit and whole wheat bread (toast or a sandwich) or oatmeal for breakfast, but I let the kids eat junk for lunch like mac 'n cheese, chicken nuggets, etc. I am trying to clean up their lunches, but admit to being overwhelmed most days. We do really good on the exercise front as well and that makes everyone happier. I am trying to help them learn the difference in how they feel when they eat junk as opposed to healthy foods, especially before exercising. It seems to be helping, but we are definitely a work in progress.

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OPTIMIST1948 9/20/2012 11:43AM

    Thank God for someone finally writing a balanced article about the need to feeed good foods and exercise as well as the difficulty in doing so. Child is testing our resolve rignt now. on this issue. Its so hard sometimes.

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MEH50BEWELL 9/20/2012 11:31AM

    Amen! And it's not just kids -- I have had to take the same baby steps to push my DH to eat outside the norm. He has finally moved to my side - LOL. My in-laws live next door - have several health problems but I still try to get them to put down the bologna sandwich and cheetos and go for a walk with me. 1 "person" at a time!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/20/2012 11:14AM

    It is a balancing act at times, isn't it? If we haven't been setting a good example from the start, expecting our kids to jump in wholeheartedly to eating healthy is not realistic. When our daughter came to live with us just before she turned 12 (she is adopted, obviously), she had a lot of set ways and ideas already about food; we had to pick our battles carefully and wondered if she would EVER let something green pass her lips. She is now 30, a mom, and eats salads and greens regularly. Starting with our own habits and setting the example is the best way to help our kids start eating better and becoming more active.

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The One Where I Explain My Injuries and Silence the Exercise Naysayers

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I've been irritated lately by naysayers. In particular, people who will comment on my Facebook or SP status and caution me not to overdo it with my exercise, etc because I might "permanently injure" myself if I keep working out. Now, I am not angry at these specific people because I understand that they are just saying these things because they care for me and they are concerned that I will do harm to myself. Who could be angry at someone for LOVING them? Haha.

But I realized that I have not ever clearly explained what is going on with my ankle, so naturally, if I were an outsider and saw me working out so much WITH an "injury", I'd be worried too!

So, to clear up the confusion and for those who actually care, I'd like to explain my "injuries" and also defend my decision to continue to consistently work out and stay registered for my 10k and half marathon, which will take place in 2 weeks and 4 weeks, respectively.

My ORIGINAL injury (the one that required the non-weight bearing treatment and had me in a boot for 4 weeks) was a bone bruise on my talus (ankle) bone. This was caused by my fibula (big bone in my leg) repeatedly hitting the talus over and over for a few months whenever I ran. On average, when you run, your knees take about 3 times your weight in force (which means, my knees and ankle were handling over 650 lbs of force every run). This injury was a direct result of my weight and obesity. THIS injury is healed. It is gone and I have not had any recurrence of it.

The SECONDARY "injuries", for which I have received physical therapy and ongoing treatment are linked to each other: tendinitis (posterior tibular, NOT achilles) and osteoarthritis.

According to the interwebz ( www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PM
H0002209/
), "tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. Tendinitis can occur as a result of injury (ding ding ding!), overuse, or with aging as the tendon loses elasticity."

"Symptoms are pain and tenderness along a tendon, usually near a joint, and pain that is worse with movement or activity

The goal of treatment for tendinitis is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Rest or immobilization of the affected tendons is helpful. The application of heat or cold to the affected area can help. Physical therapy that stretches and strengthens the muscle and tendon is essential. This can restore the tendon's ability to function properly, improve healing, and prevent future injury."

The #1 treatment for tendinitis is....WEIGHT LOSS.

In my case this past week, I've been icing my ankle as much as I can, faithfully doing my physical therapy exercises and working out with other forms of activity that don't irritate my tendon. It is starting to feel better, but I will not run on it until it is 100%. I don't know about you, but I think a ruptured tendon sounds pretty dang horrific. I'm not a complete idiot. LOL.

Unfortunately, if it was as simple as tendinitis, I'd be one of a multitude of runners and many other athletes that deal with this same issue on a regular basis. My problem, though, stems from another issue that is much more chronic.

OSTEOARTHRITIS
(full text here: www.emedicinehealth.com/osteoarthrit
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"Pain, stiffness, and crunching in the joints: these are the typical signs of osteoarthritis (OA). It happens to most people when they get older, and some are already having joint problems in middle age.

If you have painful osteoarthritis, it can be harder to get enough exercise and you may gain more weight. And if you gain more weight, it could make the OA worse.

Our joints take a lot of wear and tear during our lives, and this becomes noticeable with age. As we age or if we have had an injury in a joint (hello!), OA will often develop. If you have OA in a joint, it means that some parts of the joint have been damaged, especially the cartilage. The cartilage is a tough kind of tissue at the end of bones where they meet to form a joint. This can cause pain and problems with movement in the joint. And when the cartilage is not able to work as it should, other parts of the joint and the muscles have to work harder to try and manage movement. Cartilage itself is not sensitive to pain, but the muscles and other tissues in and around the joint are."

AND THIS IS THE REASON I AM NOT GOING TO LET UP ON MY WORKOUTS:

"Other than getting older, being very overweight (obese) is the biggest risk factor for OA developing or getting worse. There is a complex relationship between OA and being overweight. Being very overweight puts a lot of strain on the joints. And it also often slows people down and makes it difficult for them to move. If overweight people also have OA, and they are stiff and in pain, they might get even less exercise and put on more weight.

On top of that, being more inactive makes your muscles less fit and other parts of the joints stiffer. When the muscles around the affected area get weaker, it is another risk factor for OA getting worse.

SO WHILE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT THINK THAT EXERCISE ITSELF ADDS EXTRA WEAR AND TEAR TO THE JOINTS, IN FACT BEING OVERWEIGHT AND INACTIVE IS MORE OF A STRESS. IT MIGHT NOT SEEM SENSIBLE TO EXERCISE A DAMAGED JOINT, BUT WHEN THE DAMAGE IS DUE TO OA, IT IS ACTUALLY NECESSARY TO KEEP THE JOINT MOBILE AND TO KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN.

Experts often recommend that people who are overweight and have OA try to lose about 10% of their body weight. If you can manage to do that within 3 months, then you could expect to considerably increase your mobility. But even after losing 5% of your body weight within 5 months, you can expect to notice a difference.

Many different kinds of exercises have been studied for people with OA, including brisk walking, aerobics, bike-riding and swimming. In general, these can help reduce the disability that OA causes.

Exercise is not a cure-all for OA and it will not solve all the problems that this condition causes. But losing weight and incorporating exercise into your life can help stop your joints from getting worse, and help you live better with osteoarthritis."

Anyway, I hope that helps for anyone who has been concerned. You see, I have an excellent sports medicine orthopedic doc and I also read quite extensively on all things related to my body and my training. I am in this for the long run (pun intended) and I hope to triathlon and run until I'm dead. Therefore, I will always listen to my body and I will never intentionally hurt it.

There are times when, in a race or competition, an athlete needs to make a choice between pushing through pain or backing off. I can't tell you that I wouldn't push through pain in a race situation. One never knows WHAT would happen in a scenario like this in any sport, but I will promise that I will not knowingly train on an injury if I KNOW it will worsen my condition or shorten my athletic career.

Anyone who is taking this lifestyle seriously will understand that we walk a fine line between caring for our bodies and pushing them just a bit further. Anyone who tells you they have this down to a science is a liar. Sometimes you take a risk. Sometimes you don't. It's life. And I'd much rather live my life to the full than cautiously waste away in fear.

  
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METTATEACH 10/7/2012 1:56AM

    I wish I was as smart as you are about knowing when to push yourself and when not to! I have often ended up overtraining and though it gets me to a very healthy weight, I end up with long-lasting injuries. It doesn't seem like I'm doing too much at the time, but later I have to back off. So for me, "slow and steady" is better and I get better results without the "no pain, no gain" thinking. I used to get so mad when my sister would warn me about it, thinking she was a "naysayer" too, but she really just wanted me to closely examine how I was approaching my goals. She was rooting for me, and I think everyone must be rooting for you too! Everyone has a different body, so for some running is the best and for others it's walking and weight-training and for some it's dancing. :) (Not me: Two left feet!) Just pay attention to your body and it will happen. I admire anyone who is trying anything to keep healthy!

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SJKENT1 9/20/2012 9:26AM

    I know it doesn't make sense when I tell people that are in joint or back pain that walking exercise is so good for you.

Keep preachin' girl!! and running too.

I don't know if you'll see my response but I have really been inspired by you. My sister is now running and loves how it makes her feel. She doesn't love running or any exercise by the way... but she does love how it makes her feel.

I signed up for the 5K and went a step closer to pushing myself by adding the Jog part - unfortunately this is also the time that I am moving - augh!!!! so I don't have the time to work myself up to Walk/Jog. But I will do the walk part and down the road, very soon will start the Jog or Run part.

Thank you for sharing your heart, your passion and your journey with us. Be blessed dear SparkFriend

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DATMAMA4 9/19/2012 7:58PM

    Thank you for explaining the numerous injuries/conditions you're dealing with right now and have dealt with recently. I don't know enough about how to work through injuries to be a naysayer, but I did often think, "Wow, she's tough!" when reading your blogs about working out.

Now I know why you're being tough -- to make things ultimately better. Great information about OA, too...it's nice to know what we should be preemptively working against as we age.

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KBRADFORD88 9/19/2012 1:40PM

    It is so hard to know when to push and when to let up. My lack of pushing can be related to my mind and not my body, so good for you! You are listening to wisdom in the source of your Physical therapist. What more could anyone expect? My son has arthritis and it would be easy to just tell him to take it easy. But all the arthritis experts say let the person decide when too much it too much. emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/19/2012 1:33PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for clearing things up so that we aren't so worried about you! We all love you and want you to be as healthy as you can!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/19/2012 12:01PM

    You really do have it under control! Good for you... And thanks for the explanation. Some of us ae worriers, and when we have friends, we worry about them... And Spark Friends are no exception! So onward, and keep on doing what you are doing! You are inspiring!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/19/2012 8:01AM

    Thank you for this blog Leah. My husband struggles with OA and he is always waiting for the pain to lessen in order to attack an exercise regimen, but I know that the exercise would really help with his pain and assist him in losing weight. He is actually very good at dieting, but finds it extremely hard to exercise when he is in pain. He was briskly walking two miles a day on his lunch break, but then a real injury stifled that activity. I am thinking swimming would be a good exercise for him just for this reason. This is an excellent blog! Thank you!

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ANDASI 9/19/2012 7:44AM

    Lots of good information to take to heart. After reading this i certainly dont want to be overweight. It is incredible how much hinderence weight can be in our lives.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 9/19/2012 7:02AM

    I'd much rather live my life to the full than cautiously waste away in fear too. So I push, I hurt, I push some more.
Great blog!
Thank you!

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GOING-STRONG 9/18/2012 10:42PM

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KRYSTALLA 9/18/2012 10:23PM

    Great blog and as they say do what you gotta do for you. You are the only person who truly knows what you can handle and what you can't and when things are to much. By all means if you are up for it do it.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    I'm the last one to discourage you. I say go for it! You're worth it, and it can only do you good!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    I'm the last one to discourage you. I say go for it! You're worth it, and it can only do you good!

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KIPPER15 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    Your research was great. I know with OA in my hip if I don't keep moving in some fashion, it will "seize up" on me and cause me even more pain. Running is out of the question for me right now. I am still working at it, more slowly than you, but I am still moving. emoticon emoticon

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Leah, You are one wise lady !
You always do your reseearch
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for the update. I thought that I must
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Glad your're better & getting back on track

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BLESSINGS !

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FITBIZZZ 9/18/2012 7:57PM

    Well said. I'm a big fan of unconditional, on-going, full-on encouragement. Anything less... is well, not useful. Keep at'em. You're doing great and it sound like you got a great doctor (or doctors).

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FALLNTENN 9/18/2012 7:53PM

    Your plan for training sounds good. emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 9/18/2012 6:43PM

    I was concerned you might be overdoing. In my case it was projection. Because I did overdo with an injury when I was young, and I wound up having knee surgery. There were long time, but not lifetime repurcussions. All is well now. Enjoy your exercise. Do be careful.

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GOSPARK45 9/18/2012 6:16PM

    Sounds like you really know what you're doing and I'm glad you have a great sports doctor. You keep going! We're behind you. Don't let anyone stop you now!

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PEGGYO 9/18/2012 5:57PM

    keep on keeping on!

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LIVEDAILY 9/18/2012 5:15PM

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You have done what everyone needs to do: educate themselves about their OWN bodies. Thank you for sharing your story, and keep doin' what your doin'!!

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DIANNEMT 9/18/2012 5:10PM

    You know what you are talking about so do what is right for you.

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JENNNY135 9/18/2012 5:06PM

    Great blog, only you know you. Try not to get upset if you were upset that I said you should go for a short run. I'm in your court and want you to be successful in any form of exercise for a long time. I can totally relate to a problem ankle (broke mine in three places and rip the tendon off) now I have quite a bit of hardward in there. It's been 10years since that happened and still it gets stiff after a long run.

So be strong and fight the fight, keep exercising and I want to hear all about your upcoming races. I run my first HM this weekend (Sept 22) - wish me well.



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RUNNERRACHEL 9/18/2012 4:43PM

    Good job stepping up and confronting this injury. It is not the setbacks that define us but our reaction to them. I am dealing with an injury and will be walking a 5k race I had planned to run this Saturday. I may also walk other races scheduled for October, November and December. I was told that I may be able to run my half marathon in January.

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WADINGMOOSE 9/18/2012 4:33PM

    I have so many friends who need to read this. When I was training for the half marathon, I felt like EVERYONE I KNOW told me that they'd love to run, but they can't. Because they have arthritis. In their knees. emoticon I couldn't help but stare at most of them and nod silently while thinking how very very close I was to needing knee surgery for what I call curler's knee just a few years ago. It's not arthritis, but I'm very aware that activity keeps arthritis at bay - if you don't use it as an excuse.

Good job.

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ON2VICTORY 9/18/2012 3:54PM

    Well said. Listen to the doc, then....go get it :)
Only you know where your limits are really at. If doc says yes then.....make it happen.


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EMMANYC 9/18/2012 3:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this, both because it's inspiring to learn more about how you're dealing with these challenges and because your blog can help others in a similar situation think through the options.

As someone who is prone to injury (because I'm hyper-mobile and, frankly, hyper clutzy), I amalmost always monitoring the ebb and flow of "ouches". Is that green light (normal, keep going), yellow light (monitor and proceed with caution) or red light (stop now) pain? Am I making it better (tough physiotherapy to strengthen something) or worse (walking on a shin splint). I make mistakes sometimes, but I often get it right. Sometimes it's just an adjustment to a day's workout plan (for example, today I only ran for 45 minutes and then did elliptical for 45 because a hamstring muscle was bugging me). Sometimes, I have to adjust for a planned race (dropping out or walking more/running less). But I keep going.

One question I do have for you is how you factor diet into the calculation you're doing regarding long distance training. I know that when I train for an endurance event, I eat more (because I'm hungry) and tend not to lose weight (or to lose slowly). And I do eat "treats" more often when I'm training hard. On the other hand, training for a endurance event also motivates me to stick to my exercise program.

Given that one of your main objectives is to lose weight to reduce the strain that's contributing to OA, but it's also clear that you're truly inspired by endurance athletes, are you finding it challenging to eat enough to train effectively but not so much that your weight loss slows or stops? And if you have figured out the right balance for yourself, can you share what you've learned with us?

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2012 2:40PM

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SHRINKING_SARA 9/18/2012 1:59PM

    I know how you feel! You obviously did your homework more than a casual observer. I've had a million people tell me I'm too focused on my diet and exercise *blink, blink* what?! I had 100+ pounds to lose, how can you not do it without dedication. The problem is to others our dedication looks like an unhealthy obsession instead of the getting healthy obsession that it is. emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 9/18/2012 1:36PM

    Great message! It is a fine line and with all the knowledge you gained from your injuries, I am sure you know where that line is. Maybe a career in sports medicine is in your future? I think you explain things better than my doctor ever did. Keep taking care of yourself!


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LEB0401 9/18/2012 1:33PM

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... and the comments are just as good as the blog!

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GUITARWOMAN 9/18/2012 1:25PM

    Very helpful!

I am in my mid 60's and was overweight for most of my life.

No major mobility problems, except my foot which has been repaired, but I do live with discomfort and stiffness every day.

I will certainly not stop working out!

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FITFOODIE806 9/18/2012 1:25PM

    Love this! You are so right on. My dad, a runner for 30+ years is often told "running is bad for your knees." He quickly responds, "So is obesity" and obviously people don't like that respond. But guess what, people??! It's true!!
I think there is genuine concern for you and other injuries. But, I also have felt an element of jealousy at times. Maybe it's a jealousy of athletic ability or time commitment to fitness? I'm not sure...
Anyway, You do you!

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JUNEAU2010 9/18/2012 1:10PM

    This is a very well-written blog. I am inspired to continue losing and moving!

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KAY-SUPREME 9/18/2012 12:38PM

    I broke my fibula and a month later did my first half marathon. As long as you've done the research and know what you can handle and can't handle, you have it all in the bag. You probably won't be as fast as you might want to be, but you also aren't letting this totally sideline you like it might with others. If you wake up the morning of a race in horrible pain, I'd probably say skip it, but show up to cheer others on. Otherwise, give it what you can, stop when you need to, walk when you need to, and remind yourself that there are perfectly healthy people out there who will never attempt anything longer than a 5K which, in my book, makes you totally badass.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/18/2012 12:31PM

    You better not be talking about me!

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DONNA5281 9/18/2012 12:25PM

 

You know what you are doing. You are welled informed about what is going on. Do what you need to do.

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SLIMLEAF 9/18/2012 12:04PM

    You're obviously well-informed and have made your decisions after serious thought - good for you!

I wish you all the best in your training, races, rest and healing. With your sort of attitude I'm sure you'll do really well. :-)

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DOTTIESPLACE 9/18/2012 11:57AM

    You know your body and your limitations. I know what it's like to be afraid that you'll reinjure yourself and I know that you are not foolhardy. Keep on keeping on! It only matters what YOU say is best for you! Rock it!



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IRONBLOSSOM 9/18/2012 11:56AM

    Very good information. I also get irritated with the naysayers, I always think "you don't know me!" But then I realize that we're here building/taking part in a community and the whole point is to share our perspectives and knowledge and information to help each other along the way. One person telling me to work out more or less or eat more or less or differently is just another perspective that I should consider, and then do what's right for me!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/18/2012 11:56AM

    Well put. The bottom line is knowing your own body and being aware of what it is saying. Becoming more acfive is one of the best things I ever did for myself;. You keep going, you are on the right track!







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SKNYMOMWANNABE 9/18/2012 11:55AM

    So my left knee has 10% cartilege-arthritis. My right calf has the tendon pain going on, not Achilles but 'ouchy" none the less. I get that being fat adds to the misery, I get that working out relieves stress, helps with the weight loss and basically re-affirms your ability to succeed. I will not tell you what to do. I can offer you some tips from my first half marathon and subsequent 10K's. I found that past about mile 7 for training purposes my body, knee especially was hating it. I tried a brace. ice, heat, Aleve(my bff) pretty much to no avail. My running form when I'm in pain is less than ideal so then I ran funny, got some blisters, tweaked my right calf a bit more. I did my half, it wasn't pretty, nor elegant but I finished. I decided that the half distance was simply too far to train for on this knee of mine. I dropped back to 10K's. For the most part I enjoy them. They are a bit farther then I would run without being chased by a bear and I can cross train for them! Cross training is the magic pill for fat, injury prone folks of a certain age. I read the book, run faster, run less. I adopted it to work for myself. The premise is that whatever you do to cross train you need to do at the SAME intensity as your run. Therefore a heart rate monitor is an ideal accessory. I had a fantastic 10K in May with running 3 miles at a stretch and doing the elliptical for the other 3 miles. Illness, aches and pain dulled my training and I basically just ran the same race last weekend. I killed my back for the first time ever, because my form wasn't great-I was blah and tired and overall not feeling it. By all means don't stop what you're doing, just be aware there are other methods to accomplish the same thing that are a tad bit easier on the chassis!

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TARANITUP 9/18/2012 11:51AM

    Great rationale - and I love the title "The One...." like all of the Friends episodes :)

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POISONGIRL999 9/18/2012 11:47AM

    Glad you put this out there. You know your body better than any of us. Hope it gets better over time.

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SHERYLDS 9/18/2012 11:40AM

    You are a smart lady ...and no one knows your body better than you do.
I'm sure that if your body complains, you will listen to it and do another form of exercise to keep your progress going. There are lots of ways to keep joints mobile and still boost your metabolism. You go Lady. Go for it

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FRENCHIFAL 9/18/2012 11:38AM

    Good for you! I am one of those people who always cautions people to be careful - not to walk after dark, not to overdo it, etc. And many times, my family has yelled at me for being a "hypocrite" because they think running with a knee injury is very bad for me, and that there are better ways to get in shape.

I'm with you -- it's YOUR body and you know what's best for you! Running has really helped me strengthen my knee, as have the lunges and other ST exercises I do. It didn't do any additional damage, it helped me heal -- and I think you'll find that it will do the same for you!

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RUNNER12COM 9/18/2012 11:22AM

    This is good-to-know information for runners and non-runners alike. Just because we are a bit dinged or bruised doesn't mean we have to revert back to our old life of sitting around.

You know your body and you have enough sense to navigate around these minor setbacks.

Keep on a rockin!

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Le Sigh

Monday, September 17, 2012

Well, I've gotta be honest. This day really kicked the crap out of me. I came off a terrible night of sleep, awful dreams about hurtful people from my past, woke up late. Ugh. Seriously considered skipping my swim this morning and sleeping more...but, as I said in my status, I've never missed a scheduled workout and I don't intend to start making excuses now. Especially since this morning's workout was supposed to be a run, but I'm protecting my tendon until it feels 100% perfect. So I got my butt up and went to the YMCA.

The swim was grueling. I am not even sure how I eeked out my regular 30 lengths in 30 minutes, but I managed to do it...and add on two more extra lengths in the last minute. It was hard. I suppose I powered through mainly because I was aware that there was an Ironman swimming in the lane next to me (my friend, Sue, who is currently training for her 3rd trip to Kona Ironman World Championships). It always helps to have a hero one lane over, whose mere presence makes you push yourself harder.

My body felt wonderful, but I got to work and the exhaustion returned. Perhaps it's the gloomy gray sky out my window or maybe the 40 or so e-mails that were begging for my attention or the pile of paperwork from last week on my desk that was waiting for me patiently and demanding action. Maybe it had something to do with my boss's quick visit, where she expressed frustration with some of our records (which are in my care and it's my job to keep). She would never point the finger at me to make me feel bad, but she is also under a lot of pressure. I don't have negative feelings against her, but I pretty much started out my day feeling disappointed in myself.

The minutes and hours ticked away and I worked and worked and now the work day is over and I still feel defeated. I feel immense pressure to comfort eat. I will really really try not to tonight.

I just want to go home, eat dinner, ice my ankle, take a hot shower, cuddle with some kiddos, go to bed and start fresh in the morning.

Sorry to be negative. Just one of those days. If you were standing in front of me, I'd totally ask you for a hug.

  
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    Glad you were able to improvise!

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EARTHTONED84 9/18/2012 11:11AM

    No worries, we all know what it's like to just have a blah kind of day :) Very inspiring to hear that you did your swim despite the weather being cruddy and you were tired. So much so, that I am looking into my local recreation center about how much it would be to drop in and swim three times a week. Keep up the great job and remember, we are here for you!

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EBURGITE 9/18/2012 10:54AM

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LINDAKAY228 9/18/2012 10:54AM

    Everybody has days like that and it's good to be able to share both the ups and the downs here. I always am kind of suspicious of someone who's totally up all the time LOL! Life happens. Hope today is a better day for you.

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SWEETEYES0601 9/18/2012 10:35AM

    emoticon No worries. You are the Sparkiest SP member next to the big man himself I know! Don't let the turmoil of life keep you from remembering how inspirational you are to so many of us!

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NDKARIKARI 9/18/2012 10:13AM

    Keep your head up, Leah. It's one of those kinds of days, but you went through it and today is a completely new day.

sending happy thoughts your way,
Nana

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NEWMOM20121 9/18/2012 9:32AM

    I pray you got the rest you needed and today is a better day.

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KATYDID412 9/18/2012 9:21AM

    Sending a virtual hug your way. Hope today's better and you kick its a$$ instead of vice versa.

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2012 8:49AM

    Ugh! We all have days like that. Unfortunately, it's just a part of life. Yesterday was also a bad day for me & I was super grumpy. I almost decided not to go to the gym at the last minute, but I had my water & my gym bag in the car & I went anyway. I felt so much better afterwards (as I always do). Exercise really is a mood booster. I was in a good mood by the time I got home to hubby.

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/18/2012 8:12AM

    I loathe days like this one you had. Big hugs hon. Things will look brighter! Hopefully they already do!

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HEALTHY4HIM 9/18/2012 7:33AM

    REALLY sending hugs your way.
I hope that dinner, showers and cuddles are exactly what you did and that this morning starts out better for you.
We all have days like that, Leah... hang in there.

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/18/2012 7:31AM

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Hang in there, Leah. You're doing really well.

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/18/2012 6:08AM

    Glad to hear you got your swim in.for the day and I hope youbwoke feeling much better this morning. hugs to you!!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/17/2012 10:39PM

    If you were standing in front of me I would totally give you a hug when you asked for it! Good for you for still working out even though you didn't feel like it. I hope work gets better. Hang in there!

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GOING-STRONG 9/17/2012 10:06PM

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Believe me...we all have those days. Spark on my friend.
Hugs, Rhonda

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ADARKARA 9/17/2012 10:03PM

    I can give hugs! emoticon

It's been a rough week for me due to hurtful people, so I have an inkling as to how you feel.

It's a good thing you exercised anyway. I haven't exercised in a few days even though I know it will make me feel better.

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CHANGINGEMMY 9/17/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon Everyone has bad days but I'm so proud of you for going ahead with your swim!! It doesn't take much for me to just stay in bed. You're so motivating in all of your blogs and sometimes we just need hugs. :) Hope tomorrow is a wonderful day and you feel much better.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/17/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon Rough and tired days are the worst but you made it through the day! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 9/17/2012 9:29PM

    And I would so totally give you one!!
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AUSFAM 9/17/2012 9:24PM

    You are not alone! Hugs to you and just drink a glass of water, take a deep breath, and go to bed early. Tomorrow is a new day--you can do this!

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 9:23PM

    I can so relate. ((((((((YOU)))))))))) : )

You have high expectations for yourself. It's why you perform at such a high level compared to everyone else and yet feel defeated some days. But don't lose sight of how great you are, what a valued employee you are, and how much you are appreciated. And remember to appreciate yourself.

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KIPPER15 9/17/2012 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I hate when the week starts out this way. Turn it around. think good thoughts, smile, it really does help. Attitude can change things from bad to good or the reverse if you stay in a funk. emoticon emoticon

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KRYSTALLA 9/17/2012 9:09PM

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I hope you have a much better day tomorrow.

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PURSUEJOY 9/17/2012 9:07PM

    That WAS a rough day ~ and exhaustion is such a trigger for comfort ANYTHING!!!

Good for you to not miss your swim and for pushing extra hard!
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Good job staying focused at work and not being upset at the interaction ~ That's not easy!!
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And I am thrilled to be able to send hugs!!!
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We are in this together ~ and we are cheering for you!! Have a wonderful night's sleep!!
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JUNEAU2010 9/17/2012 8:56PM

    And I would totally give you a hug!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 8:38PM

    Sounds like you need to veg with the kids in front of a really funny family movie. I'm glad you exercised even when you didn't feel like it. You are an inspiration. I hope everything at work gets sorted out.

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YOGAGIRL289 9/17/2012 8:34PM

  Good for you for doing your swim even though you didn't really feel like it! I hope you have a nice evening and a better day tomorrow.

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MDOTZERO 9/17/2012 8:29PM

    Yep, follow through with that end of day task list and hit the hay. Tomorrow will be better!
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TAMMYINPA 9/17/2012 8:27PM

    Tomorrow is a new day and it will be a better one. Hang in there. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/17/2012 8:27PM

    We all have days like this, weeks even. HUGS tomorrow will dawn brighter. HUGS

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COCK-ROBIN 9/17/2012 8:07PM

    And you have a hug from me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRITTEEG 9/17/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon Good for you powering through the funk and getting your workout in. *insert words of inspirational wisdom here* It gets better, just keep moving toward your goals.

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LINDAK25 9/17/2012 7:53PM

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Some days are just like that. Life is so much easier when you've had enough sleep! Sweet dreams.

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DR8561 9/17/2012 7:42PM

    Hope your evening is better with the sweet kiddos. emoticon

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ANDASI 9/17/2012 7:34PM

    This is not negative it is real life and that is why we need spark it keeps us aware of our feelings so we dont eat them.

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 9/17/2012 7:29PM

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NARNIAROSE2003 9/17/2012 7:23PM

    It's OK, sugar! Friends understand our need to vent - and we are your friends. You should be so proud of yourself for continuing to do so well when you're feeling bad. Most people cannot do that! *hugs* Tomorrow will be better!

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ROSES4ME1 9/17/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon A giant virtual hug for you!! Get some rest - tomorrow will be better!

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ESSENCESMITH 9/17/2012 6:50PM

    Would you settle for a virtual hug? emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 9/17/2012 6:42PM

    Well I hope you got to do exactly what the end says. A cuddle with kids always seems to help. I hope tomorrow is brighter.
And huge high five on getting that swim in! Further proof of what a dedicated athlete you are.

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