HEALTHYOTTER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEALTHYOTTER HEALTHYOTTER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A month, no blog? Time flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114061 I knew I'd been "slacking" on SP with other time commitments. Didn't realize it's been so long. Another way time flies: 3 months, a quarter year, since I hurt my back. Week by week, I think the pain, limited mobility, gone. Then, suddenly, I can't move. Luxury becomes being able to bend over, put on my underwear, shave my legs! A bonus: being able to pick up my keys if I drop them. Ah! So, when I couldn't get out of bed Monday morning, I went to my physician. Prescription for muscle relaxer,... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:08:34 EST First Charity 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070540 Even better: my daughter, 9, ran with my husband. I thought the course was up and back, and I planned on getting in 2 miles or so "batting cleanup" if my daughter wanted to walk with Mom as she tired of running with Dad. I was almost to the midpoint when I realized no one was coming back along the same route, so I finished the loop. My DD and hubby had pace about 11 minute miles. My time? about 55 minutes. I'm happy as I haven't been seriously walking or running for about a month due to back ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:38:27 EST Positives! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060877 My previous blogs, while heartfelt, have been downers. Accentuating the positives here: I cleaned my house today! Fellow flybabies: 15 minutes at a time when I felt overwhelmed. And as I worked through my kitchen table, I thought, ya know, I could have done this 15 mins at a time a month ago! It's been an energy drain all this time. I bought some clearance long sleeve shirts, size large fits! I'm hoping it's b/c my body is morphing closer to fit and not just because this brand of L is more ge... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:20:32 EST Too Much, Too soon working out & kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056452 Hurt my back as July turned into August. Couldn't move by the 3rd week of Aug. Pain meds, stretching, heat, you name it I tried it and improved. Sept 3, I went to walk. Had to stop at a mile. Sept 9, I walked two miles. 36 hours later, my back freaked out. Frustrated! i was RUNNING 2+ miles! I did a sprint triathlon in July! I'd walked 1 mile a couple times leading up to the 2 miler. Too much too soon. Unfortunately, tonight my night to swim (and strengthen said Core muscles that stabilize my... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:53:46 EST Breathe in, breathe out, move on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038655 Jimmy Buffett’s words describing the Gulf’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. “If a hurricane doesn’t leave you dead, it will make you strong. Don’t try to explain it, just bow your head, breathe in, breathe out, move on.” No, I’m not talking about Isaac, though my thoughts are with those impacted by the flooding and power outages. We started school here Monday. For our volatile family, a pretty good week leading up. I hurt my back, pain meds; we managed. Kids set by Sunday with clothes, shoes... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:32:49 EST Waiting out the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028623 I messed up my back almost a month ago. Stretched it out, kept going as it loosened up. Heating pad, ice, ibuprofen. Restored our house following foundation repair, ran a mile, painted a couple of rooms. The pain came back every few days, lasting longer and hurting more until I could barely move. Getting out of bed felt like the agonies of hell. Picking up my big toe to step sent off a wave of pain all over my back. My shoulders and neck were frozen in fear of moving and causing more pain. T... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:10:27 EST Just run for 5 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003232 Please see the humor in this: Bless me father, for it has been 3 weeks since my last triathlon. That's the traditional way to start a Catholic confession. I was out of town for 10 of those 21 days. I haven't been vigorously working out, getting a couple "strong workouts" in each week. Yesterday was a classic "I don't feel like doing anything" day. I scraped wallpaper for 2 hours as my workout. Today, I got ready to run, ignoring the "I don't wanna, what if I get hurt and have all this work t... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:29:58 EST Vacation ending, projects at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001639 Last Wed, my family and I returned home to a "repaired" home, which meant drying concrete in the holes to fix the foundation, dirt and some clay embedded into the concrete floors, dust on EVERYTHING. I am not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination. 3 kids + dog + cats would have drummed that out of me even if I'd started out that way. Kicked butt Wed to get the furniture set back up, of course internet and directv had to be restored. My kids were a week and a half without roadblox, yo... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:59:22 EST Czech Wellies & an active few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989878 Watching opening ceremonies for Olympics. I've enjoyed the humor: Mr. Bean with Chariots of Fire, James bond bringing in the Queen. I've thought of my family. My sisters drooling over Mark Spitz as their children, and children's children watch Phelps. Danny Boy from Ireland made me miss my Dad. Summer's in the meadow and Dad is laid to rest. When we watched Nadia in 1976, my Dad oohed and aahed alongside me and made sure I made it to gymnastic lessons that fall. I am in a hotel room 200 miles... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:13:12 EST Choices in my face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981637 I am about to be kicked out of my house for 10-14 days while the interior foundation gets leveled in my concrete slab home, thank you Texas' drought last summer. Just about every item in the house needs to be moved to secure, minimum dust environment. I've been working on this project for a year. Lots of decluttering for me, for the kids, removed all the flooring. Pets boarded. While we're out of the house, we're lucky enough to seek shelter in my nephew's apt in Galveston. <BR> <BR> So, h... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:53:35 EST 2 miles post tri & Ode to Body Glide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977453 Body Glide is a stick, like solid deodorant, that you rub on body areas that rub, chafe, blister. The ingredients let skin, well, glide, with less friction. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l79155478.jpg"> I have been obese for 30 years, with brief forays into overweight. Diet and walking have helped me lose weight then yoyo and gain it back, usually when I stopped walking b/c of pain or skin irritation. Thighs and calves rubbing together, blisters on my heels, bliste... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:25:52 EST I dropped the shampoo in the shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976411 Quickly and easily bent over to the side to pick it up. And realized that I couldn't have done that so easily a year ago. Non scale victory. When I finished my tri on Sunday, a person asked if she could have my timing chip back. I started to bend over to get remove the timing band, wondering how well I'd be able to reach. She got the chip for me. Two days of sore muscles later, and today, grabbing the shampoo off the shower floor felt great! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:46:14 EST Can you be fat and still fit? My first sprint triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973759 7AM sunday July 15, I started something I would have thought was impossible for me: a sprint triathlon. swim 400 yards, bike 12 miles, run 5K. I finished in 2 hours and 2 minutes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l706105382.jpg"> Here we are at 5:30AM, heading into transition. My kids were as nervous and scared for me as I was for myself. Getting hurt was my biggest concern. At 47, are my tissues resilient enough to handle this? Yes, I'd done all 3 events back to back ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:36:47 EST Tri minus 6 days: can't believe I'm so nervous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962239 What happened to my feeling of power? My "I'm tough enough to get through this" perspective? I know I can do the physical feat of the events. It's all the people, the time crunch that are concerns. I feel completely vulnerable! Not gonna let it stop me, still, unexpected! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:03:51 EST Feeling Puny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959092 Big debate with 2 weeks to go before my first sprint triathlon: train hard up to, or scale back and if so, when? Monday I did all 3 events, distance at least what I'd be seeing on race day 7.15. Tues: rest! And took the kids to see "big city" fireworks. 3 hour drive, quality cousin time. Wed, the cousins went sailing, a first for my kiddos. They had fun, and a life experience. Drove home to catch smaller town fireworks. Apparently my digestive system rebelled against either a virus or the roa... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:26:20 EST Virtual Sprint Distance Triathlon: done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951970 Tri minus 13 days. Today was my last "big" training day. The plan at 6AM was run, hopefully 3.1, settle for 2 if my body says otherwise. Music with MP3 player, frogg togg cooling towel for it's maiden trial. Yogurt before, 1.3 miles with the dog. The cool towel felt great. A little awkward managing headphones and towel. It seemed like my face was surrounded by this cool cloud as I ran. Like water misters on a patio, like the spray from a big waterfall. That kind of cool moisture in the air. W... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:06:43 EST Clip Bike Pedals and Sunday morning Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950123 Growing up, Sunday morning was church, no ifs ands or buts, unless you were significantly sick. Which is why Sunday mornings are so great for cycling: very little traffic cause everyone is either sleeping in or at church. And Church does meet later than 8AM. Today's plan: ride the course for the triathlon. WIth the ride over, the route, about 12 miles. I rememebered to downshift and unclip from the pedals well in advance of the stop light. Last Sunday, I didn't downshift, too high a gear, di... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:45:20 EST I will not quit (either)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949300 Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> <BR> Share and spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best frie... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 18:44:42 EST Massage Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948207 With the significant help of a coupon, I decided to reward myself with an hour long massage. I live in stress. Add in athletic training and stiffening muscles. Did I mention the coupon? I have had a grand total of 1 massage in my lifetime, 25 mins. Today, I doubled my numbers and it was totally worth it. I could completely visualize stress and strain flowing from my spine, my arms and legs, dripping away from my fingertips. I even booked my next appt: the day after my triathlon. I wish for an... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:53:45 EST Red face, gallons of sweat was self-conscious. Now = tough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945040 I'm Irish and German, a heritage I believe limits my ability to dump heat! And overheating makes my face glow like a cherry Koolaid. 30 years obese and out of shape led to lots of glowing and sweat with any activity. As recently as Feb, I was really self-conscious about getting so hot while running. This morning, almost 90 degrees, after 2 hours of exercise, I realized flowing and sweating show just how tough I've gotten! Plenty of things still make me self-conscious about my appearance. I'm ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:58:01 EST Downs and ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941743 Down: I FINALLY moved the scale! This week's 3 pound loss puts me at 50 pounds gone. Whoop! I have been dancing around 201 since November. Lowest in March was 199 point something: onederland, which of course freaked me out, I ate excess, crawled back up to 201, 203. Working, working, working to get that scale down. Plenty of non-scale victories to sustain me, although the scale is a big factor for me. What a nice surprise this morning. <BR> <BR> Motivated by the scale victory, I set out to... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:07:28 EST Fall off bike, get back on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939971 I've been cycling about 2 months of this millenium. I've learned and re-learned all kinds of bike skills. Today's adventure: crossing a street with a traffic light. On the way out, I thought through the entire process: downsift to an easy pedal gear, click foot out of clip-pedal before you get to the light. All went well. On the way back, I was all proud of myself for pedalling strongly. Over confident, anyone? I did remember to unclip before I got to the light. Good, cause I waited my turn. ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:48:10 EST Swimmer arms, cyclist legs, runner core: hidden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933376 The "you can train for a triathlon in 8 weeks" article promised these outcomes: the shoulders of a swimmer, the legs of a cyclist, the lean core of a runner. With 3 weeks to go, I have more muscle definition, so I see hints of the promise. Too bad it's still buried under 50 extra pounds of weight:) <BR> <BR> Training has blasted me out of my comfort zone, big time. I am actually jogging days a week, miles at a time. I told myself I'd be OK with walk/jog intervals for the tri. Now my expectat... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:23:21 EST It all started with a bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922361 I wanted to add cycling to my cardio this summer. Craigslist had 2 offerings: a beach cruiser and a mountain bike. Beach cruiser was 50 bucks. I couldn't pass it up. Rode it twice before the MTB person contacted us. I struggled on the very modest inclines in our neighborhood on the beach cruiser, so I checked out the MTB. Well, it was 75 bucks. I bought it, too. Loved the gears, loved the stability, riding over any bump, puddle, gravel patch. Found out about a nearby sprint distance triathlo... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:45:58 EST Thank you lungs, thank you heart, women of strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919915 I went out this morning for "footwork" which has been walk / jog since Feb. Now, I'm in prep for a sprint triathlon 5K that's 6 weeks from today. No bike today, just feet. I walked my usual 4 min warmup, started the jog for 3 min. And I just kept jogging. Coaxed myself bit my bit, just make it to the corner, the retired Marine's house. My usual distance is 1.9 miles, so I did that, jogging the entire time. Amazing! My mantra jogging is usually: I am strong, I am fit, I am healthy, I am amazi... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:35:33 EST A hitch in my get-along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907634 For at least 20 years, I've thought: I can't ____, my knees will go out. Yes, I have a history of my knee cap leaving it's groove, stretching tendons, ligaments; causing pain, immobility. I can't run, I can't do squats, I can't do lunges, I can't bike ride. I've blasted through most of those excuses. I've walked and walk/jogged 5K's. Yes, jogged! I can swim a mile. I've done all these things with occassional twinges of ouch from my knees. So now, I'm training to bike ride 12 miles for this t... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:00:09 EST New Workout clothes: triathlon isn't cheap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904988 One of the nonscale victory rewards mentioned often on SP is new workout clothes. I'm thrifty. New workout clothes for me usually means a pair of capri pants from WalMart for 11 bucks or so, when the 2 sizes too large pair finally goes to the giveaway pile. Well, I'm training for a sprint tri: do I swim in a jog bra (tried it, no discomfort)? bike and run in a swimsuit (need the support of the jog bra)? It's not that long a bike ride: 12 miles, I'm guessing a little over an hour. However, aft... Wed, 30 May 2012 21:50:26 EST Swim Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891921 Today, I swam for 46 minutes. I've been keeping my water time to 30 minute sessions leaving some energy left afterward for cycling, jogging, or both. Yesterday, I cycled for 40 minutes, then walked 2 miles. This morning, my plan was to swim for 30 minutes, then walk / jog intervals for 2 miles. Then.... I couldn't find the fob that works my key-less car. I'm still getting used to a car that doesn't start by turning the key. Weird. I didn't eat breakfast early, put off trying to find the car t... Mon, 21 May 2012 20:05:35 EST Rest day Ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889102 Mom commitments most of the day, so I planned a rest day. Plans for a family road trip this evening fell through. 2 kids wanted to stay home instead of visiting cousins, so I stayed home with them. When I realized what a gorgeous evening, I decided to take a walk, moderate distance, moderate pace. Came home and finished week 3 of spring into shape boot camp. <BR> <BR> After nearly a year, I'm still conflicted between exercise 10 minutes a day versus plan rest days into your week so your mus... Sat, 19 May 2012 22:29:11 EST Physically tired, but not bonking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887741 Today I worked out 2 hours and 15 mins: swimming, cycling, walking. Came home, cleaned up, had lunch, then a long, luxurious nap before the kids came home from school. My muscles are tired, from my forehead to my toes! I'm impressed that my body is doing this work, for this length of time, especially. Part of me feels like I should be pushing for more speed, reach deeper. Part of me is hedging, building my endurance so i don't hurt anything: ligament, tendon, muscle, bone. Once, many years ... Fri, 18 May 2012 19:31:29 EST I don't wanna! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884301 This morning I REALLY didn't want to work out: riding bike + walking jogging to prep for a sprint distance triathlon 8 weeks away. Excuses: I was tired, I wanted to relax. I didn't want to get all sweaty slimy. My front tire was a little low. The lever for the seat adjust was out of alignment. I need a rest day this week anyway, why not today? Stubbornly, I worked past each resistance: Plenty of time to clean up and relax afterward, pumped up the tire, used a hammer to pound the seat adjust ... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:20:26 EST Family Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881401 Months of planning (read that as worrying) and myself, 3 kids, hubbie traveled to Georgia for my niece's wedding. An adventure. Some hiccups, frustration, an unexpected swim, lots of family time for the 5 of us together, and interacting with my Mom and most of my brothers and sisters. Great to see everybody, felt less sibling pressure than I'd feared, mostly b/c my kids were a great distraction as ever. Plenty of food, and chose pretty well. I didn't obsess over everything I ate, just tried f... Mon, 14 May 2012 18:37:05 EST Did all 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872532 Sprint distance is swim 400 yards, bike 12miles, run 5K. Baby steps to get there: today I rode bike 4.2 miles (longest in 20 years), 1.3 miles of walk / jog intervals, swam 500 yards. Only the swimming was easy. Good news: the swimming was the last part of today's workout. In 8 weeks, I can fill in the training on the biking and walk/ jog. Woo Hoo! Food choices have been easier, healthier with the commitment of moving my body that distance. Semester ended, now prepping for summer internet cou... Tue, 8 May 2012 15:10:53 EST BRICKS: sit and spin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871182 I rode my mtn bike for 28 minutes today. Yesterday, i rode 13 mins. Today, my butt was a little tender, acclimated quickly enough. My goal was 3 miles, which I did, and as fast spinning as I could manage so my leg muscles get used to the motion without power pedaling until my body is ready. In triathlon terms, switching from bike to run, your legs don't respond well. So workouts doing both back to back are called bricks, cause your legs feel like.... Sure enough. I did a gentle jog for a cou... Mon, 7 May 2012 20:24:31 EST Sparking a sprint triathlon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868584 My last blog was about I can'ts. Signing up for a triathlon is a) bringing a whole forest of I can'ts. b) totally kicking the idea of I can't in the ass. There's a sprint triathlon in my town in 9 weeks, Sunday July 15th. <BR> <BR> Why I want to do this: a huge accomplishment. Fit and healthy are my goals. Weight: I have been yo-yoing across the same 8 pounds or so since November: letting emotional eating take me beyond calorie range. A triathlon would help me focus on healthy, releasing so... Sun, 6 May 2012 08:35:39 EST I can'ts are creeping back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865827 Habits are strong, for good: 5 fruits and veggies, 8 glasses of water a day. And for bad: negative thinking. I was doing the 18 minute cardio-strength training video from an email this past week. It got to the burpees or whatever they're called: prop on your toes, crouch, stand, crouch, back to your toes. My 8 year old daughter does this in about 30 seconds. The video took it much slower, thank God. the first few rotations, I told myself I couldn't do it: my wrists would get sprained from my ... Fri, 4 May 2012 07:22:11 EST NSV's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862872 Healthy eating: I've been catching Hungry Girl on food network, so I bought Lavash a flat bread something like 9X12 inches and 100 calories. Monday, I took leftover pork, added tons of veggies, wrapped it in a lavash. Yum. Yesterday I made chips by cutting the big pieces into chips, Olive Oil spray, then hot oven. Really covered the chips craving alongside spinach artichoke dip with Greek yogurt. I love Asian potstickers. Thank you, Lean Cuisine for the yum with a zillion less calories than t... Wed, 2 May 2012 10:59:28 EST Retail Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856768 After lunch, I had a HUGE munchies craving. No, I wasn't hungry. I thought: if I stay here at home, I am going to eat the entire package of pitas made into home-made chips. Emotional eating trigger identified: my oldest's medication. The responsibility of making sure he's taking his medication every day feels like an iron anvil crushing me. He went camping with neighbors yesterday. I packed his meds, we went over what needed to be taken when. The ziplock of medicine came home empty. Did he t... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:23:22 EST Families are complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850122 And my family seems to complicate my weight loss efforts. Emotional eating is a huge trigger for me, and it's been an especially pressure-filled week. 1. My 3 kids. I've been trying to get my teen to be more self-responsible for taking his medication. Which means verifying that he took every dose, batting down his "I can do it later" rebuttals. Especially exhausting to face first thing in the morning. My original goal was to have him get himself up, take his meds, until the 2 days he didn't. ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:19:35 EST Active + emotional eating = just keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840197 Active first: I've been walking with jogging intervals 3 times a week or so, about 2 miles each time. I'm continually impressed that a) I can do this. b) I kept going even after completing the 5K goal. c) My time for my 5K was 42 minutes, a pace of 14 min / mile. While I haven't gotten close to that pace since, I also haven't been struggling to breathe while I jog :) <BR> <BR> Swimming, I love swimming. Saturday I went for 30 mins. Kids came along, water was a little chilly. We're from Texa... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:04:02 EST To swim? Not tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819224 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759575332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I voted not, the DFW tornados like of storms is closing in on us. Estimated between 7-9PM. Pool, open for 1 hour 7-8, is not shielded for lightning. Plus, kids home alone during severe weather: not the best mom choice. It's now 7:45, and the rain isn't here yet. Sigh. At least all the dishes are finished :) <BR> <BR> Outdoor pool opens 4.14. I've missed 3 weeks in 4 months: sick, spring break and weather. Now that... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 20:50:12 EST Sternocleidomastoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811365 My anatomy class is studying muscles. One of the prominent muscles in your neck goes from sternum and clavicle to just behind your ear. I can see the hint of my SCM in my neck! Today's NSV! I remember reading a blog from a woman whose nonscale victory was seeing her clavicle. I've been watching clavicle emerge for a while, and now more muscle definition along my neck. Better definition in my arms, too. Woo Hoo! Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:38:00 EST I am strong I am fit I am healthy I am amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804689 This was my mantra repeating with footfalls on the week 5 day 1 walk jog training, along with "mentally tough". 36 minutes split b/t 3 minutes of walking and 3 mins of jogging. Impressive for a Sunday evening that a year ago would have been spent in front of the TV. The pace was 14 min mile. Really, I am amazed. I am planning the 5K for Friday or Saturday depending on weather and schedules. I plotted out my course for the 5K, to a nearby park, partially around it, then back. So, tonight I ran... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:21:06 EST JogWalk 5K training week 4 day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798831 3 more training days to go, then the 5K. Wow. The hardest transition for me was week 2, going from jogging 1 min jogging 1.5 min. The other step ups have been challenging, but doable. This week is walk 2 min, jog 2.5 mins. 22 minutes was tough tonight. out of the 27 min total. I bargained my way thru, 30 seconds at a time. I was grinning from 26 mins to 27 mins, knowing I was going to finish successfully. <BR> <BR> My cartilages in my knees were significantly achy after jogging Sunday, cont... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:49:44 EST 1/2 cup ice cream. Stopped there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796641 Yes, I had one serving, only one serving of low fat chocolate ice cream. My arm may be sore from patting myself on the back :) I mostly ignored ice cream all winter. I usually have a single skinny cow serving, if anything. Yesterday was warm, humid, so I grabbed some low fat ice cream at the grocery store. multitasking around my daughter's soccer practice. With the warm and humid, the ice cream was slightly soft by the time practice ended, just the way I prefer. It was delish, as expected. I ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:01:18 EST Reward! 1/2 way walk jog 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785708 Today I finished week 3, day 2 of the 5 weeks. Another 2 miles in 30 minutes. Is that really me? Is that really possible? I chickened out on running up a modest "hill" and double backed thru the flatter sections of the neighborhood. I tried to keep my pace steady so I wasn't working so hard to breathe at the end of 2 minutes. Helpful comments from my daughter: look, the dog's not even running. I don't know if I should walk or run." I tried to imagine "leaning forward from the ankles" and "Mid... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:19:12 EST WalkJog Week 2 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779896 Rainy, wet, 46 degrees. So, i did today's training indoors. Yes, my kids thought I was a little crazy :) Nothing new there! Unexpected pros: music! Outside, it's a challenge for me to keep up with the time intervals. Keeping up with headphones jiggling, different songs in MP3 would be just another distraction. At home, my daughter was the youtube VJ. Fun. I guestimated my distance, obviously. The walking pace seemed faster, the jogging pace I don't think I had as long a stride. Unexpected con... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 22:30:26 EST Can't quite believe it: walk jog week 2 day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776452 Amazing that I went, that I finished, that my body is still functional. Stiffness in my knees and ankles, nowhere near the joint tenderness from the first day. WalkJogged 30 mins Monday. Swam 54 mins Tues, WalkJogged 30 mins Wed. Today's adventure: it was raining, though not hard. Biggest worry: feet slide out from under me, I break something falling or knee or ankle or both go out. How do I take care of my kids Single working Mom, 3 kiddos? How do I do my job: cat muscle dissection, set up l... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:08:47 EST Walk Jog Week 2 day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772662 From jog 1 min to jog 1.5 mins = BIG diffference. I really thought I was more cardio fit. I finished, definitely challenged myself. Still amazed my legs are working properly with some lingering tenderness. I actually planned out an "if my knee goes out" strategy. Kids knew where I was, of course. The high school kid across the street was home, so I figured he'd come get me if I couldn't limp home. <BR> <BR> Multitasking: of course I walked the dog while training. Really multitasking: I too... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 21:16:50 EST Walk Jog Day 3: I think I RAN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769143 I believe there were moments both feet were off the ground at the same time, striding forward. Wow! I've worried for almost 34 years about running and my knees getting hurt. Less joint tenderness than after day1, less swelling than after day 2. I also did strength training today. Good for me! <BR> <BR> Soccer this morning, 2 kids, 2 back to back games. Both played well, excited about the games, enjoyed their friends. Air temp was 54 when we left, I wore sweats and would have been OK if not f... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:08:14 EST