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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Today was a busy day at the pool. I taught lessons and then had to drive back to Silver and go to WNMU to sign my contract. Class starts tomorrow morning at 7am, so it was imperative that I got all of my

When I got back to the pool, two of the lifeguards that are supposed to be on vacation for the week had showed up to work which meant that I had to be Ms. Diplomatic and send them home. I am sure that at present I am not their favorite person.
Terrible to have to tell teenagers "NO" in this day and age. If I let them work all week, my boss will fire me when she returns because the Town of Hurley will run out of funds too early in the season and the pool will have to close early.
Lots of kids today.............. some of which felt they were being picked on because they got splashed! Imagine that...getting splashed in a pool.
This would explain why I had to scrub the decks this morning. I did it again this evening but not because of bird....just too many bare kid bodies laying and soaking up the sun.
Tomorrow...bigger and better things! Hope everyone has a great day and remember: Scales measure weight, not worth! I believe in each of you cuz You are beautiful! operationbeautiful.com emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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YW84FRIDAY 7/7/2010 10:29PM

  Okay, it took me a while to figure out that the white thing sticking off the back of the bird is a tail feather. I kept thinking why is that Q-Tip there?? (unfortunately, I'm being totally serious.) LOL!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/7/2010 10:28PM

  Okay, it took me a while to figure out that the white thing sticking off the back of the bird is a tail feather. I kept thinking why is that Q-Tip there?? (unfortunately, I'm being totally serious.) LOL!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/7/2010 11:55AM

    Hey I love operationbeautiful.com. I read her blog heathlytippingpoint.com every day sometimes twice a day!! Hope it was a good one and good luck on the tri if we don't talk before!!

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CZARINA_TV 7/7/2010 11:11AM

    Congratulations!

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SAMODER 7/7/2010 2:01AM

    Your posts bring back memories of the summer my son was a life guard....

Sam

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DEVORA4 7/7/2010 1:02AM

  ..................and I believe in you good buddy emoticondebby

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VICIOUS421 7/7/2010 12:50AM

    LOL sounds like quite a day!!!!!

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RUSTBUCKET1 7/7/2010 12:20AM

    Love the photos and your words to go with them! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 7/6/2010 11:18PM

    I love it... "scales measure weight, not worth!" I enjoyed reading your post, too. emoticon

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All Quiet on the Pool Front!

Monday, July 05, 2010

I gave private lessons this morning. OMG the water was cold. Hurley pool has no heat other than the sun. I had to add a considerable amount of water...and that did not help the temperature at all.
We had the pool sparkling clean and ready to go for the kids after the completion of lessons. The weather was perfect, there was no wind, and as you can see in the picture....NO KIDS!
We open the pool for open swim at noon. No one came for two hours...Boring....like watching paint dry. Finally we had a grand total of 6 kids for 2 hours and then 3 kids for another hour. I had time to think and this is what I came up with.
Breakfast this week: 2 packets oatmeal made with water. Add 1 Dannon yogurt, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1 whole wheat English muffin with 1tbsp peanut butter, and 1 tbsp of apricot preserves. 685 calories
Lunch: 3 pieces of Turkey breast, 1 cup cherries, 1 Clif bar, romaine lettuce tossed salad. 430 calories
Dinner: salmon, tossed salad, sweet potato, squash with black beans, green chili and fat-free mozarella cheese and corn, onions and tomato. 750 calories for a grand total of 1865 calories.
Exercise: Mon., Wed., Fri.- core and upper body lifting, biking 9 hours total, swimming 6 hours total, running 9 miles total.
Tues. and Thurs. swim 2 hours each day, lift lower body and core again, run 6 miles on these 2 days.
This is my common week. I will cut this almost in half for a taper this week. My calories intake will be within 200 of this total shown everyday. I know I burn 485 calories in 3 miles, 1260 calories on a bike in an hour, and I have no idea about swimming...but I am not losing weight...not gaining either. The settings on my nutrition page go nuts telling me I am undereating...but I eat all the time! My snacks are always fruit...banana, apple or pear and 1 oz. of almonds. Plateau or just right...What do you think?

  
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GOHUSKERS2 7/6/2010 11:14PM

    I sure don't understand why you wouldn't lose weight with all that exercise....and you are eating right too. Go figure...so you've hit a mesa instead of a plateau.....don't give up!!!! one of these days you'll get up and wonder why you're clothes are falling off!!!

Love your pool....I think I'm part fish. Although if I was a fish at this weight, some jerk would call me a whale and I'd have to hurt them. LOL

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IMSMILEY88 7/6/2010 6:07PM

    Wow! That's a lot of time working out. How wonderful! I can't help you on the calorie front, but my first thought would be that you need to eat more.

As far as the pool, too bad the kids didn't come! I'm working out with one of our local swim coaches/neighbor/friend who is now opening the pool at 6:30 am for adults. We had 6 today! (one was actually a teen) The water feels wonderful, too. Sorry yours is cold! Anyway, it is great as she is a friend and isn't there to give lessons but she is giving me some help.

Keep up the great work!!!

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SAMODER 7/6/2010 6:06PM

    My nephew did his first triathalon a few weeks ago. He seemed to really enjoy it. Swimming was his hardest part, are you surprised. emoticon

Hope you have a good week.
Sam

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/6/2010 4:50PM

    I had to up my calories to get the scale to start moving again! I burn a lot on the bike too as well as running but I'm not how much during swims. May be I should wear my HR and find out. It is water proof and all. I would have killed to be able to get at a pool with nobody in it! Extra lap time!! emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 7/6/2010 12:15PM

    Wow... All the pools and beaches around me are always packed! We're in the middle of a hot, sticky heat wave. I was sweating just running errands yesterday.

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/6/2010 10:13AM

    WOW... How do you do all that hard work! MAN! I mean.. WOMAN!! :) Even when I spin for an hour I only burn about 450 calories per my HRM. Am I not working hard enough... argh.

Anyways, maybe it is just maintaining??

Love the cat in the pool. LOL

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TWISTEDKIKI 7/6/2010 9:53AM

    Up your calories, your body needs something to burn. Try adding a piece of whole wheat toast to your snack or a 1/2 cup of pasta at lunch. You are an extremely busy gal with a crazy awesome workout schedule, eat up...just choose the right fuel and your body will respond (you'll feel better too, more energy if you can believe it). I love reading your blogs, you always have a funny story or something inspirational to share. Thank you! emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 7/6/2010 9:27AM

  If you are burning that many calories, then you aren't eating enough. Seriously! It may seem like you're eating all the time, but it still isn't enough to fuel the activity you're engaged in. PLUS if you burn more calories than you take in, your body begins to feed on the muscle mass that you are working so hard to build up. That's why so many athletes "carb out" when they are in training. They know that all those extra calories will be burnt up, they want to maintain their energy and preserve their muscle mass. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it's true.

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SOCKITTOME 7/6/2010 12:40AM

    If you're trying to maintain, it sounds like you're where you want to be. If you're still trying to lose, you might be on a plateau while your body is catching up to everything. I find it totally amazing how much you work out -- it's like a full-time job!


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DEVORA4 7/5/2010 11:43PM

  Patty Hi,
First of all I LOVE the pic of the cat in the water. I never saw one like that as I know cats hate water.

Second I wish you were my swim teacher. I am ashamed to admit I have a fear of water. When I was 12 or so, some older boys pushed me in the water and held me down for a few seconds [which seemed like hours].

Regarding your not loosing weight, I am sure I don't have to tell you that the body plateaus sometimes for a while. Ex. I had been at 139 for almost 2 weeks and then yesterday I lost 2.5 lbs.

Perhaps that is what is happening to you.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 7/5/2010 10:59PM

    Thank goodness for thinking time! I don't know why you're not losing??? Are there any snacks you are not recording? I'm really guilty of that. Way to go on your exercise plans!



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JUSTBIRDY 7/5/2010 10:41PM

    yea! Swimming! emoticon

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Why?

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I went to the local parade yesterday. The weather was clear, calm, very humid and extremely hot. We took the pups with us and they enjoyed laying in the wet grass of the park. We were standing in the shade and an older gentleman and his wife asked if they could stand in front of us. I said of course...now I wish I had said no!
The veterans came by with the colors and a nice float and then there were several all star floats and then came PFLAG--local group of gays and lesbians.
The gentleman in front of me commences to come unglued by the "nastiness" and the "wrongness" of this group. They are infiltrating small communities like fleas, etc. The military should destroy all of them and how it is morally wrong....I could go on.
I guess being a scientist that I am more open minded than a lot of people. I know that there are some chemical and physical reasons why people feel the way they do. I also know that "I" am not the person to judge people as I was taught that this is a no-no! I do not care what a persons sexual orientation is as long as I am not having that preference pushed on me. I have a lot of friends that don't see life as I do, but what a person does in their personal life is just that...personal!
People condemn others for not feeling, thinking, agreeing with them. Variety is the spice of life and if we all agree on everything, life would be terribly boring. I don't think we all have to get along, that we have to accept everything thrown at us, that a big "Barney" hug will cure all of the earth's ills. I DO believe there is a time and a place to express personal feelings and I do not believe a public place is the best place. PFLAG yesterday had a booth, they were supporting veterans...many of them are vets. I can't imagine not loving one of my kids or friends less because they aren't orientated the same as me! No wonder there are so many hurt, angry and confused people.
Life is short and we should enjoy every minute of it. Gay and lesbian is not something that is catching. It is not contagious...you either are or you are not! I struggled writing this because now I figure people will judge me, fear me, dislike me, etc. I did not blog yesterday because I was thinking about this and I decided that it a subject that some understand and many do not. I hope people are not too upset with me. I am easy going on this subject maybe because I do not fear it.
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STRINGI719 7/7/2010 1:27PM

    I support you 100%! There is no place for hatred like that in our hearts - it takes up all the room where we are supposed to have LOVE!

And even if they are basing their "opinions" on the Bible, the Bible is VERY clear that it is NOT our place to judge with our very limited and finite information. There is only one Judge, and He will do His job with His infinite knowledge.

So sorry their hatred spoiled some of your fabulous day. Keep being positive!

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LINDAKAY228 7/7/2010 1:10PM

    I am totally with you on this. I am very accepting of people in general, unless it's something really wrong but differences in sexual orientation, beliefs, etc I don't feel I have to judge or to push my views down their throats and who am I to judge? Prejudice really upsets me.

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SAMODER 7/5/2010 9:31PM

    As my friend Patty sa

I try not to judge, lest I be judged.
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GOHUSKERS2 7/5/2010 9:33AM

    Too bad that you had such a disturbing incident during what was a day of celebration for our country. Too bad they couldn't keep their mouths shut in deference to you and other around them. I am not gay and believe that a union is a mad and woman, but I have had gay co-workers, gay acquaintances over the years that I thought the world of. It's petty to so harshly judge anyone. My Mom used to say that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw bricks. And it's true. I wonder what they have in their lives or histories that other people might judge them harshly for. Life is too short to hold such hatred in our hearts. And here I am...judging them. Shame on me.

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POLISCIGRL 7/4/2010 1:53PM

    I think that is important that on this 4th of July, we remember what the Declaration of Independence really says...."ALL men are created equal." That is what the framers intended and revolutionaries died for. We created a government where are people are guaranteed equal protection under the law and if marriage is going to be considered a legal protection for some, then it should be a legal protection for all!!!! I fully support gay marriage and an equal right. My wedding did not take place in a church, was a non-religious ceremony and yet was recognized by the state....all citizens should have these same freedoms.

Happy 4th!!! Remember....equality only makes us stronger as a nation.



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TRIXEL 7/4/2010 1:43PM

    Happy 4th!

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TRIXEL 7/4/2010 1:42PM

    *HUG*

All of that petty hatred you witnessed stems from fear bred of ignorance. I must admit, it's hard for me to understand why love should ever cause people to fear.

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YW84FRIDAY 7/4/2010 1:41PM

  I have at times confronted boorish behavior and other times I walk away. Sometimes I confront it with humor and sometimes I'm very direct. It depends on the situation. I always try to be as tactful as possible and when I've said my piece I leave it at that.

I confronted this daily when I married a black man. (GASP!!!) Sometimes I would just nudge Clarence and say "Damn it! You didn't tell me you were black! How the hell are we supposed to have a strong marriage if you hide these things from me!" Then I'd laugh and leave them with their jaws hanging open while I walked away.

Other times I would just quietly tell them that they had better step carefully because my husband is black and I don't appreciate the commentary.

When my grandmother called me at work and tried to guilt me and try to get me to call off the wedding, I asked her a few questions. "Gram, do you believe in God?" Yes. "Do you believe in Jesus Christ and that He died for our sins?" Well of course. "Okay, do you really think that Jesus was an effeminate looking, long haired Norwegian looking guy? Nope. Jesus had dark skin, dark hair, calloused hands and by today's standards would have been referred to as a 'person of color'. Guess what Gram. A colored man died for your sins." And then I hung up.

Like I said, it depends on the circumstances...

Hope you shook off those negative comments and celebrated the freedom to choose to live your life as you see fit.


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SOCKITTOME 7/4/2010 11:45AM

    I'm with you and Devora4...not my personal belief, and also not my place to judge. I feel the same way about a lot of "diversity" issues -- everyone has a story, everyone has their issues; don't use these things as excuses for bad behavior/poor performance, "flaming" public displays, and don't push said things on me. "Live and let live." I will speak up in public if I see someone harming another person. Verbalizing like that couple did, however...rude and inappropriate. Save it for private comments in the car or at home later, not in public.

Hope the rest of your holiday weekend is better!


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CZARINA_TV 7/4/2010 11:00AM

    Great entry Lilpat! I often wish I had the courage to say something to judgmental people like that... The best I can do is shake my head or roll my eyes and remind myself that the world has moved on. I'm sorry that jerk ruined (part of) your day and I hope your 4th is better!

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DEVORA4 7/4/2010 10:49AM

  I stand with you. It is not my prefererence and I believe marriage is between a man and a woman but to each his own. Don't try to involve me.

The couple who stood in front of you should have kept their views quiet. That was in bad taste.

Happy 4th to you.

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Whew!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Today was a tough day. I started out very busy and now I am exhausted. I went for a ride and it was a nice ride but it was hot.

At the gym, I lifted and then I came home to play with my pups. We had lots of fun, we

enjoyed the breeze,
got some sun,
danced with the cat,
had a little massage, and we even went to the "gang" park so I could see some of my students.


I also managed a six mile run on the ARC machine. All in all it was a productive day.. Now...............
give me a high five and get ready for a fantastic 4th of July. Have a great weekend!

  
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PAMAPPLE 7/3/2010 5:22PM

    Enjoy your holiday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/3/2010 9:46AM

    In addition to being nuts (see last blog), you are hilarious! Love the photos :)

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 7/3/2010 9:32AM

    Love the pics and sayings. Have a great weekend and 4th of July
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CZARINA_TV 7/3/2010 8:51AM

    Have a great 4th Lilpat!

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SOCKITTOME 7/3/2010 1:00AM

    Reading about all you do just wears me out! Isn't it great you can do all this stuff? Bet you couldn't before you lost 110 lbs!!! Awesome!


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SAMODER 7/3/2010 12:30AM

    Sounds like you had a great day.
Sam

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DOLPHINFAN1334 7/3/2010 12:14AM

    GREAT BLOG AND TERRIFIC JOB ON YOUR EXERCISE!!! HAVE AN OUTSTANDING 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!! emoticon

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DEVORA4 7/3/2010 12:06AM

  emoticonpics and emoticonsayings under them. Have a great 4th of July emoticondebby

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It's Official!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Yes folks, I now know that I am truly nuts for triathlon! I live, breathe, and eat exercise (or anything that does not eat me first). My bike and I see more of each other than I see of my teenage kids. I know every scratch on my bike...can't tell you how many are on my own leg.
This morning I was up at four and on the computer looking at wetsuits. I had no idea that they are as popular as they appear to be! YES...I ordered one. I think I need my head examined...should I have bought a new wheel set instead? I am nervous about hubby's interview, my next triathlon, new classes at WNMU, the price of gas, and when I'll get the new wetsuit....not neccesarily in that order.
I find that the older I get, the more likely I am to do things out of the normal for me. A wetsuit...I can't even run and I suck at swimming, but I feel that the wetsuit will improve my time. I have not been last, yet, and I have an awesome bike time...but make up time on a swim? I am planning holidays and vacation around Tris. I suppose there are worse things....lol.
Have a wonderful Friday and 4th of July weekend. Be active, have fun, play hard and be safe.

  
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PAMAPPLE 7/3/2010 5:29PM

    I became a lifeguard when I was in my early 20's after taking a swim class at Oakland University in MI. I think you are very brave but awesome to swim, bike and run in a triathlon! The wetsuit should be a wise purchase. Good luck and enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/3/2010 9:45AM

    Yes... you are nuts... and YEY for that!!! This got me excited to go try on my daughter's wetsuit today. I hope it fits.. then I can spend my cash for a computer for my bike! LOL I'm right there NUTS beside you!

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SAMODER 7/3/2010 12:16AM

    It is good to be passionate about something, and when it is good for you, even better!!!

You go girl!
Sam

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RUSTBUCKET1 7/2/2010 11:36PM

    Wow are you doing great! It doesn't matter if you win, and you haven't been last, You just have to Tri right? emoticon I think you have a great obsession and it is so good for your body.
By the way, everyone I know loves their wetsuit because it helps them stay afloat. Let me know which one you pick! and Good luck! emoticon
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CRYSBROWN1 7/2/2010 10:21AM

    Completely sympathize with your addiction but there are worse things, right? Wetsuits are great! I'm still a slow swimmer even with it on but I've heard that with vs. without you will have improvement in your time. Good luck with your upcoming tri's, 'tis the season!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/2/2010 10:05AM

    Aren't they great! I know I find myself thinking about training or racing or finding a race. I even have races planned for next year! I firmly believe that we all need our heads examined!! I haven't purchased a wetsuit yet because most of our tris are not wetsuit legal (lake is too hot). But I think I will get one for next year's 1/2 Ironman for sure!

Prayers that your hubby lands the job! Are you going back to school or teaching?

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OSUBUCKI101 7/2/2010 8:27AM

    I admire and share your thought focus. I love my bike and consider it one of my closest friends! Too many people in this world focus on negative aspects or unhealthy habits. Having drive and goals to achieve things you never thought you could and working hard to them - my hat is off to you! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 7/2/2010 7:50AM

    Wow... you have a lot on your mind. emoticon I'm guessing the exercise helps you release some of that. And, I'll say a prayer again this morning about your hubby's interview!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/2/2010 1:14AM

    If the lady wants a wetsuit, then a wetsuit she should have. The others are right: You are amazing.

Laurie

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LINDAKAY228 7/1/2010 11:59PM

    You inspire me! Not sure about doing a triathalon but to keep working at running. Since weather got hot it's been rougher, even when it's still cool. But I'm not going to give up either and you do inspire me to keep chasing those dreams. What would life be without our goals and dreams.

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DEVORA4 7/1/2010 11:36PM

  You made me happy when I read your blog. You rock. Go for it. You are an idol for me. You are doing your own thing. emoticontotally emoticon emoticondebby

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CZARINA_TV 7/1/2010 11:19PM

    We did "swimming" today in my surfing themed Punk Rope class. I can't even remember when I was last in a pool for real swimming... If you're dreaming about a wetsuit, you can now swim, the same way that I can now skate!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/1/2010 11:08PM

  Have fun!

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PINKSAINT247 7/1/2010 11:02PM

    that's awesome. I am told here in florida I will need a wet suit for the triathlon in march, I say it depends on the winter we have. My trisuit came in today. lol. hubby says i look hot. I say i look like an orca. It'll improve.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 7/1/2010 11:00PM

    You are an inspiration! It's amazing how good exercise makes you feel. I love that you got a wetsuit--maybe it's the boost you need to not feel so "sucky" at swimming :P

Have a great night!

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SOCKITTOME 7/1/2010 10:56PM

    You suck at swimming? This, from the woman who can hop in the pool and swim 850 meters? I beg to differ!!!

Sweetheart, *I* suck at swimming. I can swim a 25-yard length in 45 seconds, then have to rest for at least 30 seconds, and then swim back. I can do exactly 10 laps in about 45 minutes.

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(and yes, I know it will get better with time...still...LOL)


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FOODIE7217 7/1/2010 10:37PM

  That's so awesome! Doing a triathalon is one of my long-term goals! Keep it up!

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