ITSHOWYOULIVE's SparkPeople Blog ITSHOWYOULIVE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I don't think I've ever been yelled at by a rattlesnake before... How's that for an interest grabber? I'll get back to that title soon enough. First...well, last week I had this AWESOME post in my mind and I was ready to put all down and put it up here and then my keyboard wouldn't work. Actually, to be fully honest, approximately half my keyboard wouldn't work. I type and only certain keys register. It would have been horrible to try to read. So, did I grab my hubs' computer and get it done? No, the kids were playing something vitally important like Animal... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:06:53 EST Oh my aching butt... I've been saying that a lot the last few days. Every time I do my kids chuckle in delight. Not sure what about my aching butt is hilarious, but they think it is for some reason. <BR> <BR> Every so often I find myself wondering why my tush is so sore. Lets see... <BR> <BR> Saturday was a run day and I did a great job during my run, I put forth the most effort I have in a while. <BR> <BR> Then...well this requires a bit of background to in Hemet we have a "claim to fame". We... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:29:28 EST Well, that was disappointing... Ever turn on a new workout video and know immediately that you were going to hate it? That happened to me today. <BR> I’ve had this set of four Gaiam videos for more than a year and just tonight finish trying out the last of the four. Honestly, I don’t LOVE any of them. Only two are tolerable and the one that had previously been in last place jumped two notches after doing the two remaining I hadn’t tried yet. <BR> The video is Gaiam’s Cardio Bootcamp and I can’t possibly tell you the instr... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 02:12:45 EST An awesome run and decrapifying-part 2 I had such an awesome run this morning! I’ve been seriously struggling lately. First with a back that liked to go into spasms. Then some heel pain that I thought might be plantar fasciitis. Then a stiff back and hips caused me to go slower than slow and brought back some of the spasms. It wasn’t a fun stretch. But, lots of stretching, yoga and, I think, squats, are bringing things back into line and I had a thoroughly enjoyable run this a.m. with nary a twinge. <BR> <BR> All of that seems o... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 01:33:01 EST Decrapifying=my new favorite word Today a friend used the word “decrapifying”. I can’t tell you how much I love this word. I don’t know if she made it up or if she got it from someone else, but it’s a great word. I’ve been working for a month now, off and on, to decrapify my house. I have a very small home. Three bedrooms, which is sufficient. I wish I had four so I could have a workout/craft room, but nah-ja it is what it is. I think I just typed in German without even thinking about it..sorry…hope it won’t happen again-lol.... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:36:34 EST An interesting day It’s been an interesting week so far. The kids are on Spring Break so we are having to work around having three kids home during some of our most productive time. Cleaning is harder when your 11 year old is lying sprawled across the living room floor, which is barely big enough to contain his constantly growing form. Working out proved nearly impossible. <BR> I set up my step to use as a bench for strength training and son and daughter immediately plop down and use it as a bench to sit on. K... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 01:38:49 EST Why I love yoga... Lately I’ve been doing yoga again after a very long break. I’ve also added in a video disc I hadn’t really done before. The disc comes from Gaiam, which is a very yoga centered company. The instructor, whose name I can’t tell you, is more “crunchy” than I’m used to. In other words very much more yoga than many introductory teachers. Yoga has become much more central to a lot of people’s fitness practice and a lot of instructors skip over “om”, the names of the asanas and other more traditiona... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:22:34 EST Two days in a row? That's because I learned something new today :). Yep, believe it...two days in a row. Don't grow used to it though :). I currently don't have internet at home so sometimes I link through my phone and other times I use other resources. One of those being the internet connection at church. Now, I don't do that often and more often for things related to the girls' group I help with at church, but tonight I learned something new. <BR> <BR> Our church has four buildings in town (yeah, it's kind of big that way). We usually go to the one closes... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:02:11 EST I'm back? Yeah, I've been AWOL far too long. FAR, FAR too long. And, it shows, everywhere. Time to come back. Hopefully, I'll manage 3 posts and quite a bit of reading a week to keep me motivated and moving. <BR> <BR> I've set up a serious and solid exercise plan. I'm training for a 10k (the first week did not go well, but there were extenuating circumstances I'll get to in a minute and all is not lost). I'm working on eating better which means more balanced, more nutritious and more sensible. <BR> ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:02:30 EST How many races can a woodchuck race? I know, that doesn't make any sense, but hey, it's late and I'm basically taking today's post from my sister who posted on this same thing earlier. <BR> <BR> My Fairy Run Mother has been a busy, busy fairy, signing us up for race after race after race. Our fall and early winter are filling up with races and it's starting to feel a bit crazy (or cray-cray as my youngest is fond of saying). First I'll share the line up and then I'll reveal how bad this really is. <BR> <BR> I recently mentio... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 01:17:43 EST Going the extra mile...literally. So, today was my second (well, would have been third, but missed one) run for the Half-Marathon training. Plugged my phone in last night, made sure it was charging, went to bed. Almost didn't wake up in time this morning-EEK. Kitten came in and licked me awake. This is her new trick, when she is ready for some attention she comes and licks me until I wake up and pet her, she does it at all hours of the night, there is no set schedule and it's really annoying. Since she does it at all times I ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:21:43 EST Half Marathon Training: Week 1 Day 2 (not off to the best start). Yeah, it just isn't the best way to start off training for a half marathon, but here's the scoop. <BR> <BR> I mentioned how sister created this AWESOME plan that I quite literally stole (took it right off her table) and it IS an awesome plan. The tricky part is she added a day of running! I know, right? What WAS she thinking? Lol....hey I agreed and actually had the plan to have a day 4 on my schedule too, part of what I loved about her plan is that it read my mind. I'm just NOT used to get... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 15:21:15 EST The insanity begins, again. Before I get to the insanity part I have to brag on my daughters for a moment. Son is doing great and I'm sure will have something to brag on soon, but this week belonged to the girls. First awards assembly of the year and oldest daughter (middle child), who struggles with much of what is involved in school, got the Citizenship award. She has been going out of her way to help with anything she can. She helps the lunch ladies clean up after lunch, she holds the door for the entire class when t... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 02:44:47 EST I'm turning into my grandma. Today I feel like my grandma. Normally this wouldn't be a terrible thing. My grandma was an incredibly talented person who dedicated her life to teaching music. Not a bad life. She was devoted to her husband and she raised some pretty awesome children. She had just one major issue. Of all the wonderful things her grandchildren remember about her we also laughingly remember that she was, above all other things, a hypochondriac. <BR> <BR> She adored Marcus Welby, MD and was guilty of coming d... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:29:03 EST Playing by the numbers Gotta confess, math is not my forte. Or at least that's what I've always told myself. I did fine all the way through Algebra, then Geometry was really confusing. <BR> <BR> Pause Button: HOLY CRAP. I just had to call my MD's (Major Dick's) office AGAIN because this a$$ hat STILL can't get it right. Please, someone tell me, if you take a med EVERY SINGLE DAY and you need TWO of them for it to work, then how many pills do you need for a month? LOL just realized I was talking about math before ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:36:34 EST One more rant post and then I'm done and I'll be good for awhile. I am SO FREAKIN' frustrated and angry right now. Seriously, pop a vein, angry. So, here's the background. <BR> <BR> I forget the exact timing, but sometime around the year 2000 I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Luckily we found it and started treating it because I was married in 1999 and we wanted children and this was interfering with my ability to do so. It still took us another two years to get there, but despite the hypothyroidism I have three gorgeous and healthy children because I ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 01:53:46 EST I truly hate August...but that just makes me appreciate September more. I really do. Some of you might say hate is such a strong emotion it can't be hate. Maybe an intense dislike, but not hate. No, trust me, it is hatred, loathing, disgust. I HATE August. It never fails, this month DRAINS me. It sucks the life blood from my body and turns me into a limp noodle. This August was particularly bad. I live in Southern California, out in the "almost desert", where it is quite a bit hotter than L.A. and the coast, but not as hot as Palm Springs. The thing we've always ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 00:11:56 EST Weight loss or nutrition...a chicken vs egg self-discussion. I have this habit, I am really good at internal dialog. I carry on silent conversations with myself ALL THE TIME. Does anyone else do this? Yes, you could say I talk to myself and I often answer too. Coworkers got used to this internal dialog occasionally leaking out. Husband occasionally asks "what" when I accidentally turn up the volume on my internal dialog. I think it is a skill that makes me a decent writer. I can play out the conversations of my characters in my head before they ever hi... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 03:22:10 EST Look at me I'm back again. Now I just need to work on reading some friends' blogs on a more regular basis. It's one of those things I plan on working on over the next few days and really get serious about when school starts in 12 days (yes, we are on count down, even the kids-lol). I'm really here because two different, yet oddly related things have me going today. <BR> <BR> First, this advert from Lay's, it's been around for a little while but I just saw it again and it still makes me ill. <link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:02:58 EST 13 days 'till school starts... What is wrong with that sentence? I remember not having to go back to school until after Labor Day. My kids will start the second week of August! How crazy is that?! I think it's pretty crazy, but as much as I love my kids...I can't wait. <BR> <BR> Is that a bad mom thing? They have spent too much time together for too long. It is time to send them back-lol. <BR> <BR> I have to confess, I'm ready for them to go back for more than one reason. I need my space back!! Our living area is VERY... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 01:17:47 EST Challenge(s) accepted Today was an interesting day, well I guess it's been an interesting week. Today I am totally and completely exhausted so I'm writing this while watching Dr. Who, sipping Cherry Pepsi and sitting on my bed :). Total and complete self-indulgence. <BR> <BR> Let me start back almost two months. My real-life group started another one of our real-life challenges. We've developed quite the set up and it works really well for us. The longer challenges last about three months. The last few rounds we... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:34:10 EST An entire month MIA...oops Can't believe I dropped out again, but I've been a busy girl getting in fitness and spending time with the kids for the summer. <BR> <BR> This month my real life challenge group has been doing an Abs challenge as well as streaking. I've gotten both done to this point. The abs challenge has been a HUGE challenge, but extremely rewarding as I've seen HUGE improvements over the course of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Today was a great, fun day! <BR> <BR> My mother, sister and I got up nice and ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:20:38 EST Don't know why... Don't know why I'm posting this. I put it up earlier and took it down again, it's a weird place to post it, but I feel......compelled? I guess that's it...compelled and the other emotion could very well be pain, at the very least extreme discomfort at putting this up. I wrote it, it's mine. It's me, the scars are real, the mirror exists only in my mind and given ages are approximate, could move one year either direction, but pretty darn close. Without further ado and I'm really not quite sure... Fri, 31 May 2013 23:45:46 EST Swim season has begun. While not even Memorial Day yet, it is already warm enough to go for a swim and I'm LOVING it. Monday and Tuesday of last week kicked it off with some REALLY hot days. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were much more mild and PERFECT for getting some initial sun exposure later in the day without getting scorched (which is what usually happens). My children and I are all blessed (if you can call it that) with VERY Nordic coloring. We usually burn like the dickens, but the weather has been so pleas... Mon, 20 May 2013 04:05:08 EST Darn kids School is two weeks away from finishing for the summer. Two weeks to go until we are sealed off from all the children who DON'T know how to sneeze into their elbow or shoulder, who don't know how to cough so their germs don't go all over the table, who have never heard of a tissue. Two weeks to go. <BR> <BR> Four days ago I got the kids into bed and they were all sound asleep and I could hear, coming from the girls' room a cough. NO!!, I thought. Not now, not with only 2 and a half weeks to... Fri, 17 May 2013 12:01:16 EST Post for 5/16 Drat you SP. This post should have gone up yesterday, but you went down for a REALLY long time. So, on with the show. <BR> <BR> So many things going through my head yesterday. <BR> <BR> Woke up to a gray, gray morning. Around these parts (Southern California) gray doesn't happen often, except during June. Well, it used to be June, it seems our weather pattern has shifted and now it happens in May. We used to call it June Gloom. You wake up in the morning to fog, slight drizzle (not enough ... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:40:52 EST I'm leaving on a jet plane....and a tad worried about it. Okay, so here's the story....It's been a LONG time since I've been on a plane. A LONG, long,, 12 years (if I remember correctly, maybe just a tad longer). A long time and about 50 pounds, at least, if not 70 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm not really too excited about getting on a plane now. People have gotten ruder, the requirements have gotten tighter. <BR> <BR> The good news's a small flight into a small airport...hopefully it'll be easier that way. <BR> <BR> I have 4 months... Wed, 15 May 2013 21:03:05 EST Guest blogger: 4RunnerB Hi, you don't know me, but I'm taking over Itshowyoulive's page for today. I'm a friend of hers who goes running with her on a regular basis and wanted to quickly tell you about my experience with an injury and how I came back from it. I don't have my own spark profile as of yet, but if I did I'd call myself 4RunnerB, so we'll just go with that for now. <BR> <BR> I consider myself to be Heather's trainer, in a way. I'm not a pro by any standard, but I take her runs very seriously and do my ... Tue, 14 May 2013 17:05:15 EST The Fox and the Grapes This is the project my daughter (6 y.o.) brought home from school today. <img src="" <BR> <BR> I actually saw this last week while I was volunteering in her classroom and immediately recognized the Fable depicted. When I was slightly older than her (but, I don't think by much...probably second grade instead of first, no later than third grade) I developed an obsession with Aesop's Fables and read everything I could find on the stories. W... Mon, 13 May 2013 23:51:51 EST Some lessons bear repeating So glad it is Friday and the weekend is coming. It hasn't been terribly busy, but it has been a week and I'm tired and ready for a weekend. Had an emotional moment on Wednesday that nearly sent me over the ledge to binge-dom. Husband was working, but I sent a text to him anyways, knowing if he did see it he probably wouldn't be able to answer. It was less than an hour before he was home and a well timed hug and some really sweet words put things back where they belonged and I survived. So on ... Fri, 3 May 2013 15:18:48 EST Melons and Naners and Berries, oh my! One thing I have been grateful for ever since I lived in Idaho during college is the bounty of goods available in Southern California. Raised on huge, plump, juicy oranges I was shocked at the shriveled, under grown, dry and expensive items we had offered up as oranges in Idaho. I guess California keeps the best for ourselves. <BR> <BR> The first home I remember was next door, literally, to a strawberry field. All we had to do was watch for the workers and go with whatever we had for money ... Wed, 1 May 2013 02:51:24 EST Sunday Peace, not. Oh it's a horrible day. I'm actually typing this at church, I'm supposed to be doing something else, but I'm so tired and frustrated and ready to eat 21 pieces of candy. <BR> <BR> Our church lasts 3 hours (yes, three). The first meeting is most like a traditional church service with families sitting together. Second hour is Sunday School (where I'm at right now, I'm supposed to be helping people work on their Family History (I teach the class)), last hour breaks into classes like Sunday Scho... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:37:29 EST Not exactly magical, this time, but good enough. Funny, I just realized I combined themes from two of my most recent posts to come up with the title for this one. hehe <BR> <BR> Today was the San Jacinto Run United 5K. A little, local race we decided to participate in. Before I go on I need to give you a little bit of the back story here. <BR> <BR> Hemet, my town, and San Jacinto are two towns nestled in one small valley. With traffic and slowish speed limits it takes no more than half an hour to traverse the valley from end to end in e... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:18:05 EST Accepting I'm "Good Enough" This is the fourth time I've started this post and erased it. I know what I want to say, but as I type it is just sounds so sad and depressing. <BR> <BR> This might be my shortest post yet. <BR> <BR> I have a serious problem accepting that I'm "good enough". Good enough for what? A whole slew of things including the response and award received for my Boston post. <BR> <BR> I am simply overwhelmed by the response and by family who have been sharing my post with their friends. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:30:41 EST A TMI and frank discussion about H2O First, I want to thank everyone who read and commented on my last blog. Thank you SO much for the kind and supportive comments. I want to say too that no matter what your "poison" if you do it with a purpose in mind it becomes magic. Walk, run, swim, crawl, whatever you do, do it with passion and make it magic. Now, on with the discussion. Warning you now...I'm gonna be blunt. <BR> <BR> Okay, show of hands, who here is REALLY good about drinking their water? You are AWESOME. Remember that, ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 02:14:41 EST Why I'll never stop running. I had this blog in mind. I wanted to tell you about my weekend. I wanted to tell you about how sore I was/am from the weekend. I wanted to tell you about my date with my husband and I wanted to tell you about how that date came to a shocking end with images of violence and terror being flashed across the t.v. screen in the restaurant. I wanted to tell you so many things. But, I think I'll just tell you about this. <BR> <BR> I'll tell you about how every single race I've ever gone to has bee... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:20:57 EST The Gauntlet and the Gutter I'm just going to brush past the fact that, once again, I've been errant in my SparkWorld manners and just get on with it...sort of. <BR> <BR> So, a lot has been going on in life and I've kind of been spending a lot of time just trying to avoid the stress of my current daily life, but not going about it in healthy, "deal with it" type ways. Part of the symptom has been an ongoing absence from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> This week the gauntlet has been thrown down. Those that know me know that... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:32:49 EST Reset Time eating has been OUT OF CONTROL. Particularly with sweets. I never recovered after the holidays I guess.Over the weekend I ate out THREE times and never anything even slightly healthy and always really high sodium along with one frozen high sodium meal, I gained about 5 pounds just in fluid retention. The stress on my systems is starting to show. Not just in weight gain, but water retention and fatigue. My engine is clogged. Yesterday started the changes. I finally got back to drinki... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:24:24 EST I'm such a flake I have a dozen reasons for not being around. Unfortunately most of the valid ones, like not having a computer to use, resolved themselves before Christmas. Sorry. I have such a habit of flaking. 2013: year of the anti-flake. <BR> <BR> Last week I started up an off-Spark blog so I figured I'd better get my tushy back over here too. Not that I expect most of you (if anyone is left) to read both, because lots of times they'll be the same, but if you might be interested it is Craft Me a Runner ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:16:37 EST That might come back to bite me on the derriere... This morning we had a long run planned, 11 miles, but I figured from the start I wouldn't make it the entire distance. I was recruited by my kids' Principal to do a parent education class on Internet Safety for our kids and sexting and cyberbullying and had to get home and showered by a certain time to make it to the class a little early to try and get the computer set up and see if I could figure it out. I'm pretty comfy around computers, but everyone is a little different and I don't have a... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:50:40 EST Check-in So, after a week of almost no activity, except running from location to location, I finally tried a run this morning. Turned out I ran, maybe, a total of 1 mile, but still covered the entire route of just over 3 miles. <BR> <BR> Knee felt really good during the workout, but I'm getting a couple twinges here and there now that it's done, but nothing that has me really worried about Saturday's run. So, I'm thinking I'm still on track and I'm in the process of hunting down some KT Tape. Might ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:42:05 EST Knee stop hurting now. I've been SO lazy. My knee has not been co-operating, at all. The interesting part is that it is not the knee I expect to hurt, it's my right knee. In motion it does not hurt. Going from still position to motion it hurts. Interior of the knee, immediately around the kneecap. One more day of rest and it goes back to work again on Thursday. Hope it feels better and hope I can figure out the solution. I have a lot of training to do. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:32:54 EST Training Run: Tempo...hahahaha Tempo hahahahaha Yeah, that's about how it went. Nothing TEMPO about it, I was waaay off pace and took multiple walking breaks. <BR> <BR> It was STILL a GREAT run though. <BR> <BR> First off, I didn't sleep well and was awake well before the alarm. Don't you just hate that? I hate when something goes to waste, especially if it is minutes that should be spend sound asleep. <em>102</em> I hopped right out of bed and could smell the rain outside through my open window. I was a bit concerned, but went and... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:12:09 EST Fall Festival <em>465</em> Last Friday was Fall Festival at school. It's a yearly thing. All the teachers put up a booth, they sell tickets and everyone has fun and the PTA and individual classes make some money for the school year. It's fun, the kids love it and we go even if we only are able to get a few tickets. This year my youngest got to play at her teacher's booth for free and youngest also got to hit a teacher in the face with a wet sponge. She LOVED that. She also went in jail and older daughte... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:01:58 EST What came first? Everyone knows the old question "which came first? The chicken or the egg?" I've got a twist on that. Chicken btw, or who would sit on the egg to hatch it? <BR> <BR> Lately I've just been TIRED, like all the time, no matter how much sleep I get, TIRED. Tired is a common feeling for me. Low thyroid has fatigue as a prime symptom. In fact one of the most common symptoms and one of the prime symptoms that gets doctors on the right track for a thyroid diagnosis. So tired is an old, old friend. ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:43:42 EST Eight Miles and Let's be careful out there!! Whew, what a morning. Up at 4:30 to get ready to go running with my sister and mom. In hind sight the alarm should probably have gone off at 4:25 (maybe even 4:20 instead). It took a long time just sitting there ("there" will remain a private location-lol) trying to wake up and get my clothes on. Just as I was ready to run out the door my phone went off. Sis, dealing with an upset tum tum wouldn't be running, darn...Still had mom to meet though so that kept me going out the door. Mom has to w... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:42:18 EST Running in the dark First, a couple of explanations...I am not good at running plans or tracking or running paces or any of that "technical" stuff. I am a really poor runner and really, really, really, really slow. So, I am working on learning how to actually train instead of just going out and "running" and I am feeling like Alice through the looking glass-lol. There is so much I don't understand, but I can feel myself getting smarter :). So, when I get technical in a bit just remember I don't understand much o... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:16:29 EST Life lessons learned from our children... Every parent who ever walked the earth has multiple examples of things they learned through, or from, or due to, their children. I am no different and it seems that this list is ever growing. <BR> <BR> Well, this weekend it came about in a really cute and fun way and it was more of a reminder than a new lesson. <BR> <BR> Middle daughter, "K", who is 8, is my "not of the mold" child. Oldest and youngest were cut from similar cookie cutters. Not identical and one being a boy and the other ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:30:32 EST Jumping off the cliff, again. Well, once again, I haven't been around for awhile. The computer had to go in for repairs and was gone much longer than we expected, but, joy of joys, it is back again. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> My real life challenge came to a close and I nailed ever goal some better than others, but overall it was a hugely successful endeavor and I am currently struggling to keep on track until the next round starts. Sad, but true. <BR> <BR> Had to excise a truly toxic person and that was kind of sad, b... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:02:44 EST The Awesome, the Good, and the downright Ugly Hi sparkies, sorry it's been awhile. I've been a busy critter. Today is the "baby's" birthday. She is SIX!! Hard to believe my youngest is getting so big :). <BR> <BR> The last two weeks have been devoted, almost entirely, to the preparations for her party. We took a detour this year from her traditional princess parties to try something new. It was kind of a challenge to convince the princess that she could have a different party. This child was born a princess. No nurture/nature question ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 02:29:00 EST