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Water, water everywhere

Monday, April 01, 2013

I had a 2 pt spin this morning so a quick bloggy-poo to get me over the hump to a bonus spin. I'm a sucker for that bonus wheel...but anyway.

My school services the emotionally disabled. Some of them are not very clean. One day, about my 2nd week, the head of security discretely pulled me aside after seeing me drink from one of the public water fountains and strongly encouraged me not to use that as my daily water source.

"Most of us have a bottle that we refill for our water."

Huh? Well that's awkward.

So I really have been struggling with my hydration on a daily basis. Coupled with the nonstop action no downtime workload. Getting time to drink and getting time to the bathroom is problematic. And I know there is a large number of you out there in Sparkland saying "how do you not have time to pee?" And there are a few who know with all too much familiarity EXACTLY what I'm saying.

But last week I thought about something...I'm in a science classroom! With a sink! And running water! So I brought a plastic cup from home and now make a point of getting 6-8 oz somewhere around 4th period. Keeps me going and in better frame of mind before lunch 6th. Bathroom stops are still as you can, but I'm hopeful that this problem will be solved also.

Hoping you got your 8x8 today!

  
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JPONCIN 4/3/2013 4:39AM

    I'm glad you found a way to get your water! Good idea! :)

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MISSIFISH 4/2/2013 6:56PM

    I hear you! Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'm in the classroom from 10:30am to 3:30pm. I can get out to refill water, or pee, but not both. fun fun fun! ;)

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BIGPAWSUP 4/2/2013 8:46AM

    The Brita bottles (with the built in filters) are really nice.

Best of luck on getting to the potty!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/2/2013 5:50AM

    I work in a laboratory which is pretty much in biologic-locked-down mode. No drinking until you wash up and leave the room.

Of course the reason you are leaving the room is to pee because you tried to load up the last time you left the room!

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UNSWEETMAMA 4/1/2013 11:25PM

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AHSOKA70 4/1/2013 10:11PM

    I teach too, but I'm lucky enough to have someone else in the classroom in case I need to leave.

I'm like LESLIELENORE - I get headaches when I'm not drinking enough, so I try my best to get enough. It's tough! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 4/1/2013 9:28PM

    As a teacher, I can truly relate...Can you say racehorse? I certainly was pissing like one when I began drinking the necessary 8x8. Yep. True health hazard (amongst the other things) in our profession.
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LESLIELENORE 4/1/2013 9:22PM

    I get a headache if I don't drink enough water.

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Runner's World Quote of the Day

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

You don't love running when you first start because it hurts. Your legs hurt, your lungs hurt. But once you make the decision and start to move forward, you become a different person. It's not about having to hit your goal weight to start feeling good again.

Ben Davis, Founder of bendoeslife.com

(Just a few words of wisdom for those of you considering running programs!)

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/29/2013 8:22PM

    Thanks

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DOGLADY13 3/29/2013 6:32AM

    ONEKIDSMOM is on to something. When I stick with 3 miles, 4 miles, I'm fine. When I push for faster or longer it's like starting all over again.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/26/2013 8:13PM

    I think what I like most about this quote is its honesty. Running DOES hurt when you first start. Then it really does get easier. But if you stop doing it for a while, it starts to hurt again. (Speaking from experience here. It was a long, cold winter)

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/26/2013 7:37PM

    It gets easier, but if you continue to push yourself, it also gets harder. Running addict here... never thought I'd be a runner in a million years, yet here I am, saying I am no longer running from my troubles, I'm pursuing happiness. Run... and Spark... on!

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DOGLADY13 3/26/2013 6:43PM

    I gotta tell you, after almost 2 full years of running, it still hurts. Today I was walking like "The Oldest Man" character that Tim Conway played on the old Carol Burnett Show:

http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=mpF_MYSIozM



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PMRUNNER 3/26/2013 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GINGERHAWK 3/26/2013 10:38AM

    LOVE this. Heck I don't run but this makes me kinda want to!

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MAEJONE91 3/26/2013 10:22AM

    I really love this quote! Thank you for sharing

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JPONCIN 3/26/2013 10:22AM

    Excellent! I heart Ben Davis. :)

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FITFOODIE806 3/26/2013 10:21AM

    Yes! Exactly. Thanks for sharing.

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Golum Runs

Friday, March 22, 2013



(I'll stop posting these running jokes when they stop being funny.)

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/31/2013 7:03AM

    Ha!

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JPONCIN 3/25/2013 7:24AM

    Hahaha that's awesome!!!

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MISSIFISH 3/24/2013 11:01PM

    No! Don't stop posting them - ever! Even though I don't run, I do the Golum dance with my turbo kick workouts just the same. :)

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GINGERHAWK 3/23/2013 7:26PM

    HIlarious!

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FITFOODIE806 3/23/2013 8:42AM

    ha!

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DOGLADY13 3/23/2013 3:41AM

    I didn't realize Gollum lives in my head. Thanks for the insight!

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STRIVERONE 3/23/2013 1:10AM

    Please don't stop.
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ROXYZMOM 3/22/2013 11:25PM

    Too funny!!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/22/2013 9:34PM

    That was AWESOME!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/22/2013 9:19PM

    When they stop being funny? Uh, that would be... never? emoticon

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Rethinking Treat Foods

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"Psst. Has it been a rough day? Kiddos or DH getting under your skin? Finances stretched and the car making a funny noise?

"You deserve a treat. Come on! Have a cookie....or 8...maybe some icecream?"

How many times in my pre-SP days have I heard that? For a while it seemed like my car automatically went through the McD drive thru for a 3pack of cookies. I noshed on a bakery donut while I did my food shopping. Ate icecream because DH was having some and it sounded like a good idea.

Treat foods were always a bit part of my life. A way for me to give myself a little something, nurturing, delicious and specially MINE.

Recently I have been rethinking treat foods - to make them things that are still treats, but are REALLY special or ways that are worth their calories. Examples:

1) Cookies. Love 'em. But I'm setting a limit, drawing a line in the sand: homemade are still open season, but store-bought are offlimits. And I'm restraining myself from baking again too soon. I'm not going to spend my precious calories on store bought crap.

2) Cheese. Dear God do I love cheese. But calorie for calorie, most cheeses that are eaten out of hand (ricotta, cream and parmesan are not part of this picture - think cheddar) are pretty much the same. But OH they taste so different. So lately I've been buying the really expensive cheese. You know, the super good stuff that's $11.99 a pound. The flavor is SO GOOD, so you only need a little bit to really enjoy it and get your "cheese high" (Is there such a thing as a cheese high? There should be.)

3) Fresh berries. Delicious, healthy and expensive as anything. When I see them on sale, I get them and eat them. They fill my treat food niche without any of the calorie guilt.

4) Ice cream. I Dont Eat It Every Day. Or even once a week. DH eats it all the time, but there have been many a carton in the fridge that I never even tasted. But when I do eat, I get real icecream, no toppings and call it a treat. I had some today as a matter of fact. Delicious, but I cant remember the last time I had - maybe my nephews birthday cake in January?

5) Flowers - this is a bit of a new thing, and I've posted about it before, but lately I find I am able to "Treat" myself with a bunch of flowers or a potted plant. Right now I have some orchids ($10) that I picked up last week. Yeah, way more expensive than a cookie from the drive thru, but they satisfy that need to treat without ANY calorie expenditure. And the satisfaction lasts a heckofalot longer!

So yes, I still treat myself...but I try to think about "crash for my calories" (instead of bang for your buck) Treat foods should be just that: treats, but not every day occurrences.

  
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ANDY_54 4/10/2013 7:41AM

    Just saw this and I absolutely love your idea about the plants being a "treat"--I'm struggling in that department right now, and this looks like a good thing! Thanks for the post!

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DOGLADY13 3/19/2013 9:19PM

    Send some of that restraint my way, please. I'm not big on chocolate, and I definitely eat far fewer sweets, but I still find that I eat them mindlessly. But only at work. Why? Because the dang Fiscal Dept. is full of nurturing women who show their love with food. Ugh. It's right there in front of me. All the time. So, yeah, please send me some of that restraint.

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MISSIFISH 3/19/2013 6:16PM

    There is TOTALLY something called a "cheese high". My bestie in college and I used to say "I love you more than I love cheese."

Yes. I understand the cheese love!

Sounds like you have great plans here - I'm glad you are finding ways to treat yourself that are really TREATS for you!

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VIXSTERLU 3/19/2013 12:29PM

    To say I have a sweet tooth is an under statement! Pre spark days, me and sweets were the Bestest of friends! Now, they are my long distance Bestest of friends! I still eat them, but not nearly as often or as much when I do. Can I say I have a handle on it, NO WAY, but it is a process :)

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LESLIELENORE 3/18/2013 6:10PM

    I love cheese too. I used to eat a lot of it, now I use it as a treat. One thing I adore is chocolate... but these days I only eat high quality dark chocolate. A little bit goes a long way.

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JPONCIN 3/18/2013 3:53PM

    Wow you just described my pre-SP life too! It's hard to get away from soothing our daily troubles with food! I have found that telling myself "Eating this will NOT solve your problems" is also helpful!

Another treat I like to give myself--instead of food--is earrings. Whenever I feel like I need a little something to make my day happy, I find a clearance bin of earrings to dig through and find a cheap pair I like. And they make me happy. :)

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/18/2013 2:59PM

    I'm kind of thinking the same thing with cheeseburgers like you do cookies. If I'm going to have that "treat," why waste it on something that isn't as good, like McDonalds? I'd rather just wait and plan a day where, if I really want a cheeseburger, I will go to Wendy's or Five Guys, where the burgers are MUCH tastier. Not only does it really make it a special (rare) treat since neither place is within 30 miles or so of my house, but delaying it to another day lets me know whether it's a genuine craving or just a random momentary craving based on emotion, stress, etc.

And cheese...I have started going for the full-fat sharp cheddar. I can use so much less of it and get tons of flavor that it basically evens out or is less compared to the mild low-fat cheddar (which I will end up using more of).

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PRETTYPITHY 3/18/2013 1:07PM

    This is wonderful and really helpful for me to read as I'm in the same place with my thinking right now. It took me a long time to realize that "moderation" doesn't mean a half cup of ice cream every day! emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 3/18/2013 12:28PM

    I agree completely. I'm getting better at saying no to things that I don't like enough to be worth the calories and treating myself with good quality dark chocolate.

And there is such a thing as a cheese high. I read an article sometime back that said when you eat cheese, your body makes some kind of chemical (enzyme?) that mimics morphine!

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GINGERHAWK 3/18/2013 10:01AM

    It's like you're in my head and YES, I definitely believe in a 'cheese high' - love the stuff. I try to buy myself flowers a couple of times a month, somehow they just make me feel really happy when I see them.

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CHICVINTAGE 3/18/2013 10:00AM

    Also love the flower idea, that's fantastic!
I feel lucky that I grew up in a family who had their daily treat at tea-time in the afternoon. The only time I serve a dessert after a meal is for company and on holidays. Making your treat a time that you sit down and chat with a friend or do a bit of fun reading while consuming lots of tea(I like spice in the winter and raspberry in the summer) will make even a small treat seem much larger. 1 homemade cookie or 2 mini candy bars at my tea will completely satisfy me. I think once people get in the habit of eating treats differently, it will satisfy them to have just a little.

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ROXYZMOM 3/18/2013 3:58AM

    Love the flower idea! I guess it is good my DH doesn't like ice cream - so we don't have it in the house! Have you tried the low-fat Calbot cheese - it tastes great.
And, I love your idea about the cookies.

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FITFOODIE806 3/17/2013 10:19PM

    I love the idea of flowers as a treat. I am copying that! And I feel the same about cookies. No store bought. Not worth it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/17/2013 9:31PM

    Love your #5... finding a non-food reward treat that's small enough to not break the bank is vital to ongoing success. I found that little votive candles do it for me. I light them in the dark of the morning, while I'm packing my lunch and snacks and cooking my breakfast. And feel special.

Flowers sounds just about perfect, too... as a special treat! emoticon

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KEEPFIT2013 3/17/2013 9:10PM

    Yes...it is definitely worth waiting for the 'best' treats and then they are worth savouring!!
Thanks for sharing
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KBEHNKE81 3/17/2013 9:03PM

    I do the same. Not too many treats, but when I do have them, they are FOR REAL!

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Making Insomnia work FOR you

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Woke up ~45 min before I needed to. Choices:
1) Try to go back to sleep...then I'll be all groggy and weird.
2) Go fart around on computer....guilt. I didnt exercise yesterday and I had been thinking about adjusting my sched for AM exercise. Clearly this was the morning to try it out.

Went for a nice 20 min walk with interspersed periods of running. The point was to just get out, not have a full blown sweat session.

I'm feeling good. Will report back later on effect for the day.

Safety note: Yes, I did wear my reflective vest and I carried a big heavy flashlight. I also chose my route with a little more care than normal and left a note on the table. Paranoid? Nah. But I do have an overactive imagination and a fondness for crime formula TV shows.

  
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PMRUNNER 3/23/2013 6:29AM

    Good choice!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/16/2013 7:16AM

    Good for you.

My fear is always the damp spider webs

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JPONCIN 3/14/2013 2:00PM

    Haha you are too funny! I get seriously freaked out when my daughter has been watching too many episodes of Monk. ;)

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LESLIELENORE 3/13/2013 10:57PM

    I hope it had a positive effect on your day!

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DOGLADY13 3/13/2013 10:13PM

    I am totally impressed. I have never used insomnia as a reason to exercise.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/13/2013 8:53AM

    Love your safety note - you sound like me!

Congrats on putting a bit of "extra" time to good use! Hope you have a wonderful day.

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FITFOODIE806 3/13/2013 8:01AM

    Nice! I love early morning workouts. Hope it makes your whole day happier.

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ROXYZMOM 3/13/2013 7:15AM

    Great job this morning! And I font blame you - you never know who is out there!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/13/2013 6:37AM

    emoticon for the fondness for crime shows and the precautions. As my son likes to quip: "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they AREN'T out to get you." Better safe than sorry... good for you!

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