ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community DOMS, the bike, and me... When I wrote Sunday's blog, I was high on endorphins after the bike ride. Monday brought on delayed onset CORE muscle soreness, reminding me how much core work riding a bike on hills is! <em>332</em> Yeowch! <BR> <BR> Of course, by this morning, they've calmed down, but yesterday, they loudly objected to the recess walks! Seriously. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I had forgotten about my A/C check that was scheduled for yesterday after work, so it worked out well on TWO fronts to change Monday t... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:32:49 EST Gee that weekend went quickly! Here it is another Monday! A fresh new week! How did the last week go? <BR> <BR> * Logged food all seven days. CREDIT. <BR> <BR> * In "Spark" range 5 of them: CREDIT. <BR> <BR> By the way, I am working on maintaining an attitude about my program that is a back to basics of maintenance. When I first started maintenance in 2010, my thought process was that I had found a level of eating (calorie range and content) that I was happy with, and a level of activity (exercise) that I was hap... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:55:42 EST Bonus blog - how have my character strengths changed in five years? WATERMELLEN's blog this morning pointed at the VIA Institute's Character Strengths free test: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I meandered over, being of a curious mind, and loving this kind of "test" (mom used to love them, too). What I found was that I was already registered on the site, and had taken the test in 2012. <BR> <BR> Since I know we change how we answer the kinds of questions this test asks over time, I decided to take it again today, to compare just how... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:26:38 EST Making the buddy system work with disparate sports Kid sis ALICIA363 is training for the five mile Buffalo Run. Being the classic overachiever, and also facing my own fears, I had planned to "get on the bike" again today, and specifically to get on Sophia Silque Trek, my road bike. Sophia had not been off the trainer and out of the house for a ride since last August. <BR> <BR> And Sophia is my best racing bike, just plain easier to pedal on the road. Not that I'm planning on really pushing the race, but if I am even *considering* that tri... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:28:53 EST Nothing New On Race Day No, today is NOT race day. So, after my sweaty run at 6:30 a.m., coming home and cleaning up... I took Sophia shopping. "Just in case" we race next weekend. <BR> <BR> Sophia, for anyone who doesn't know, is my "Second Childhood Bike", a slick Trek Silque road model that set me back more when I bought her three years ago than my first new VW bug did back in the 1970's. OK, inflation did a number on prices in between those two dates, but still! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:45:17 EST Could not resist Yesterday I went and picked up my athlete packet for the Cornhusker state games, and as I was about to enter the pick up venue, another athlete coming out called my name, "Barb?" Turns out, here was one of my fellow Team Nebraska Triathlon members, having just picked up her own (and apparently a whole crew of others') stuff. We paused and chatted, she commenting that she hadn't seen me around and had wondered if "something happened to you". Well, of course she had to get the story of the c... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:48:27 EST The life you didn't have As I approach retirement, and as I examine the "troubles" I've had with food in the past six months, I've been digging under the "whys". Some of the thoughts that have been revealed relate to "The Road Not Taken" kinds of choices (Robert Frost poem, link for full text here: <BR> <link><BR>-taken </link> ) <BR> <BR> We all make choices in our lives, and there are certain transition points at which the differences show up, starkly. Sometimes others ma... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:51:52 EST Heat wave, continued Yesterday had a good lunch with my friend... lots to catch up on, and we scheduled the next one, so we don't "forget" or let it go too long before catching up again! <BR> <BR> I had left the office to walk over, knowing it was predicted to be a warm day, but the heat didn't seem so bad to me, with my attitude focused on savoring Summer. <BR> <BR> Because of the longer lunch break, I worked later than usual, and it was 4 p.m. by the time I got to my car, and traffic was a little busier headi... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:33:04 EST Summertime - Summertime - Sum-sum-summertime! We are having a lovely heat wave here, and it's bringing back memories of my youth... and ponderings over my body weight journey, too. <BR> <BR> The heat of Summer brings thoughts of swimming pools, but the technology of air conditioning changes everything. When I was a kid, we did not have A/C. So we *did* things to stay cool during heat waves. We rode our bikes or skateboards to create our own wind... WHEEEEEE! Down the big hills (or what were big to us then, we lived at the bottom of ... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:48:59 EST Mother's Day Monday I think it was my brother's ex who sent OUR mom a Mother's Day card on HIS birthday. Twisting that just a little, the concept of a "personal mother's day" came into my life... the day when your first child was born and you became a mom! (Since my brother was the third child, that doesn't quite fit, but... y'all know me, I have to spin it to fit my own little view of the world.) <BR> <BR> Today is my "personal mother's day". I was thinking about this yesterday as I was taking a walk in the... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:50:46 EST Revamping the battle of the grocery store Hi, my name is Barb, and I am a compulsive eater. Some people have encouraged me or questioned me in retaining that description of myself, but it's a truth that I need to keep with me. I know that certain foods will start me down the path to a binge. I know that often I am "safe" from even being tempted by them for long stretches of time, and other times... not so much! <BR> <BR> I know that those foods that are triggers can CHANGE over time, and a food that was once solidly "safe" can be... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:15:13 EST Balance conclusion about exercise maintenance I have discovered that the maximum number of days without exercise before I start to unravel is about three. I think that's why taper weeks have a few light workouts in them! Keep the crazies at bay. <BR> <BR> This week, with the vestiges of the cold, I haven't done more than brisk walking. I have a run and a bike on the schedule for Saturday, so probably today will be another such day. Ah, well, that means more mental toughness required! <BR> <BR> For today: <BR> * The bag is packed, r... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:54:58 EST Health is all about balance One of my former co-workers, now departed this plane, used to teach a certain policy as being based on a three-legged stool of eligibility factors. I've come to believe that my health and sanity have a similar three-legged stool analogy that applies. <BR> <BR> 1. Sleep. If I don't get enough sleep, I eat too much, exercise too little. <BR> <BR> 2. Nutrition. If I don't eat enough, or eat too much, it can interfere with my sleep, and interfere with the quality of my exercise, too. <BR> ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:52:26 EST Just a shorty - back to work The sore throat at least is gone, the congestion, not as much, but I feel better enough to head to work. <BR> <BR> * The bag that was packed yesterday is still packed... remember to eat what's in it, that's my food, not other stuff that might randomly show up in my day. <BR> <BR> * Remember to go to recess at recovery rates. Might not be such a great idea to meet with the trainer, though... home and extra rest. <BR> <BR> * Remember to breathe, prioritize, and delegate. <BR> <BR> Now let'... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:56:52 EST Things don't always go according to plan The plan was to go to work this morning, clean up after the overnight run last Friday, and leave early. <BR> <BR> Monkey wrench entered the works on Sunday as a sore throat / cold started to build. Did not sleep well. Got up and acted as if for a while, packing the bag, fixing breakfast, then discovered it was not going to do the trick today. I could not imagine surviving the walk from the car to the cubicle! <BR> <BR> So I did a few cleanup tasks remotely, then reported out, signed off ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:14:10 EST So, what went RIGHT this week... It was a pretty chopped up week, with the holiday coming mid-week (Tuesday). I'm bothered by smoke, so I pretty much hid in my cave from Friday through Wednesday, inclusive! Smoke, you say? Fireworks holiday. They are only "legal" in town on the 3rd and the 4th, but that doesn't stop people. <BR> <BR> It was hot, too. <BR> <BR> I did not eat the greatest, either. Heck, I ate horribly... both volume AND content. And the scale, once again, shows it. <BR> <BR> BUT... there must have b... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:44:17 EST LAST overnight shift One of the beauties of working in IT is a thing called remote access. Y'all experience it every day when you Spark, Facebook, etc., using the world wide web. I first encountered a presentation of the world wide web in the early 1990's, having already been using remote access from my high school days in the late 1960's. Back then, you needed special terminal equipment and phone lines (T1's), but my high school had a teletype machine that connected to the University's mainframe, allowing tho... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 10:02:22 EST The years fly by Twenty one years ago today, my mom passed. How did those 21 years fly by so fast? <BR> <BR> A year and a day later, the family was blessed with a new birth. That baby has grown into a beautiful inside and out young woman, my niece, the one who did he color run with me last year: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BJ (the personal trainer, not my niece) reminded me yesterday when I whined about not knowing what I... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:17:34 EST Tick... tick... tick... yikes! For those of you who live in my general geographic vicinity, this is fair warning, PSA, whatever. According to the vet my son takes his pets to, the normal remedy I've been using on the cats to prevent flea, tick, and worms... has ceased to be as effective on the local ticks! <BR> <BR> I had already previously found two in my home (more specifically when they jumped onto ME... yikes), but fortunately before they attached or started taking any blood donations! <BR> <BR> THIS past weekend,... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 07:57:44 EST More lessons from Big Brother Who loses at games like Big Brother? Those that melt down, stress out, and bring others down with them! <BR> <BR> There's a kid in this season who in the first week is already melting down... and it's a big beefy guy, too. <BR> <BR> Elements of failure: taking the internal fears and anxieties too seriously, and responding with a short-term action, then regretting it and trying to "make up" for the rash actions/behaviors... all happening with this guy. <BR> <BR> And all of these can be ... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:47:46 EST Big Brother - who is YOUR competition? Spoiler alert if you are a Big Brother fan and haven't seen last night's premier episode yet. Some of you already know that Big Brother (the US, CBS so-called "reality" in fact "game" show) is my guilty little Summer indulgence, and has been since Season 1. <BR> <BR> I liked Season one the best, because it was more truly real people and real situations... they had to grow their own food, feed the chickens to get the eggs, they told real stories of their real lives... it wasn't nearly the sh... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:52:40 EST The National Weight Control Registry I can't remember just which year I finally applied for and was accepted by the National Weight Control Registry... I know I dragged my feet, because I didn't trust that my maintenance was solid or perfect (we all know about Polly the perfectionist... if you can't do it perfectly you aren't doing it). Eventually, though, I gave in and applied, took their initial survey, was accepted, and every year since then they e-mail me the link to take the follow up survey. <BR> <BR> Whether you've rega... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:53:28 EST Funny thing about blogging... The funny thing about blogging is reading the comments and seeing what slices of your blog hit various of your Spark buds as significant. Some of that is just based on where they are in their own journey, but to be honest... sometimes the comments make me realize something I had been ignoring/denying. Woo-hoo... a fierce conversation in writing! <BR> <BR> This happened yesterday with the comments about the overlap between me and whoever gets my position. While it's "60 days" it isn't real... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:58:01 EST Official truth versus Ground Truth I said I needed to go back to the chapter 1 exercises in Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott after I did my first assignment from Chapter 2 (writing my thoughts about myself, my life, my work). <BR> <BR> And I need to switch to the book's vocabulary: "official truth" and "ground truth" <BR> <BR> The "official truth" is what is published and spouted in things like mission statements. It equates to what we say our values are. <BR> <BR> "Ground truth", on the other hand, is what's really go... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:01:56 EST A thoughtful Sunday... about my work This is a continuation of the assignment from the Fierce Conversations book by Susan Scott... I was to write my thoughts about myself, my life, and my work. Myself and my life were covered in earlier blogs. <BR> <BR> This is perhaps the hardest of the three. My work feels unfinished. If talking about my professional job, it’s always been unfinished. I tend to operate, personally, as an interrupt driven system, swapping between tasks to have the most important one on top, suspending work ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:59:40 EST An active Saturday morning... see those endorphin bubbles? My local bike shop, where both Brenda Starr Trek and her sleek sister Sophia Silque Trek were "adopted" by me, sponsors a beginner and return to cycling ride for women only, Saturday mornings at 9. Having a few qualms, post-concussion, I decided to take them up on it, and have my first ride back be with them. <BR> <BR> We were an interesting trio this morning. The leader is just off shoulder-surgery recovery. The other follower just recovering from knee surgery! Between the three of us, ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:03:25 EST My thoughts about my life... looking at the transition ahead of me Second topic that Fierce Conversations (book by Susan Scott) wanted us to jot down words about was "Your life". <BR> <BR> I already shared those about myself, in an earlier blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377378 </link> <BR> <BR> What poured through the keys about "my life" was this: <BR> <BR> "I feel good about the life I have had up to this point. I feel good that I have faced many of my fears and insecurities, and that I keep on ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:54:35 EST Keep it FUN! I wish I had pictures from yesterday's workout with BJ (my trainer). I sent her a text yesterday morning, giving her the heads up that I had run 4.6 miles the evening before, instead of the planned 2 miles. I wanted to head off at the pass any possibility that she'd make me do box jumps! Seriously! <BR> <BR> But, what she *did* do, was put together a "power" workout, that seemed to have some cross-fit roots. It was way outside the things I would normally do. It took weighted balls (one ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:57:03 EST The Longest Day The Alzheimer's Association is putting on a big push this week! Last night my neighborhood running store teamed up with them to sponsor a run/walk event by the title name: The Longest Day, corresponding, of course with the longest sunrise to sunset minutes of the year. <BR> <BR> It was a two mile (they said) jaunt from the store to a place called "Country House" which is a care facility that shelters Alzheimer's patients. Given my diagnosis with an aging brain already showing up on the MR... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:52:14 EST My thoughts about me... and why I need to go back to the first exercise When I was musing over the three topics: what I think and feel about myself, my life and my work over the weekend, I did let my fingers type along. Sometimes just seeing it in writing gives you the idea of what you need to work on. Of course, having Spark friends who've been through the thing you're experiencing angst over and offering thoughts didn't hurt. <BR> <BR> Combining the two books (Fierce Conversations, from whence this exercise comes, and Loving what Is, which applies a four qu... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:01:01 EST The exercises from the Fierce Conversations book Before I go into my own words about myself, let me backtrack and give a little introduction to how the book came to be written, and how the term "fierce" got paired with "conversations". <BR> <BR> The author, Susan Scott, comes from a background of think tanks for executives, focusing on increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs. She eventually formed her own company, Fierce Inc., which is an internationally recognized leader in cultural transformation and executive educa... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:43:52 EST We interrupt the "thoughts about self" for the race report Although, face it, all my blogs are a form of "thoughts about self", the exercise from the book is going to wait for later. <BR> <BR> About the race: I kind of jumped the gun. Why? A least partly because I already paid for it, and I'm frugal (cheap!) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the second race in the "Born and Raced in Nebraska" 10K series. I had already plunked my money down for the three 10K's. I ended up with the flu the day of the Leprechaun Chase in March, and did not race it. I th... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:34:57 EST The words we chose... and what Fierce Conversations says to do next This is continued from the previous blog... thanks to all of you who are choosing to "play along"... whether you wrote a word or phrase in the comments or not (if you're thinking or writing in your own journals, paper or electronic, that works, too). <BR> <BR> I saw in many of the blog comments some of the same tendencies, collectively, that I had just with myself when on Wednesday I took on this exercise. I wrote down several words, and struck them through, one by one, as I considered that... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:43:54 EST Interrogating reality Y'all know if you've been reading my blogs over the years, that I go after self-help, analysis kinds of books, from time to time. I have two in progress at the moment. <BR> <BR> Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Loving What Is: Four questions that can change your life by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell <BR> <BR> The thing about books of this nature that I usually have to overcome is vocabulary an... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:54:16 EST Advantages of Rain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've owned this house for 18 years. I am not a gardener. The first year I lived here, I was pleasantly surprised to see what the prior owners had planted along the fence line. Eighteen years later, there are still remnants, despite my deliberate neglect. And now is the time when these pretty critters crop up. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:59:20 EST Alive on the Planet Yesterday morning's commute to work may be thanked for the blog title today. I had been hearing rolls of thunder, but the rain didn't start pouring until just about the time I was pulling out of the garage. Can we say "deluge"? Broke the city's record for rain on a June 12th! <BR> <BR> A couple of miles into the drive, I started hearing the pink/clunks of hail, not big enough to see, but enough to make an audible difference from a raindrop when it struck my poor little car. Dexter may ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:34:32 EST Weekend survival Didn't have the thoughts to rub together to blog on Saturday or Sunday. The "re-start" effort to shave off about ten pounds? Mixed. <BR> <BR> Active lifestyle is OK: <BR> Swam 1000 yards Friday <BR> Ran 5 miles Saturday <BR> Walked (not biked) the "Nebraska by Heart" sculptures on East Campus on Sunday. Which turned out to be a blessing as the friend I went with I haven't seen since September... and it's easier to chat and catch up on foot than on the bikes. Here's my friend with the ana... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:47:00 EST Accepting where I am is the first step The first step to getting where you want to be is to pull your head out of... denial (don't worry, I don't think Spark would let me post what you THOUGHT I was going to say)... and assess the reality of where you are. <BR> <BR> The second step may be figuring out (all over again, repeatedly) where you want to BE... seriously, what do you really, really want... what's pulling your triggers to say "I don't care" (my biggest lie to myself, i.e. sabotaging thought). <BR> <BR> So, step one, I se... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 07:57:54 EST Am I imagining this? I've been working with BJ the personal trainer for four weeks now. She's been doing her research not just on improving / stabilizing the run, but also specifically for things that will help my swim, and balance out the weak/strong sides of my body, upper and lower. My right side is stronger (go figure, I'm left-handed), but consistently across the four appointments and assessment exercises, that's what we're seeing. Incidentally, it's my left leg that's a little longer, according to the Sy... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 07:29:14 EST Sights, sounds and scents of changing seasons I know I've mentioned this being my favorite time of year... the turn from Spring to Summer. The lush greens, the blossoms, the birds... it reminds me of my childhood and the freedom of Summers off from school. Swim lessons and music lessons replaced the structured school day. Library reading programs that I would "finish" in the first week because I loved to read and had none of the distractions of electronics (back then). Visits for up to a week with grandparents, including "greats". T... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 07:31:15 EST Signed up for the target race When I first met with BJ, I targeted the Buffalo Run as my "return to racing" event. I might run/walk Cornfield Cornfield before that (since I already paid for it), but over the long weekend, I finally registered for the 5 mile Buffalo Run. <BR> <BR> One of the features of the Buffalo Run is that once you've run it five or more times, you are running it as a veteran. As a veteran, if you beat the average of your last five outings, you get an award shirt, no matter where you finish in your ... Wed, 31 May 2017 07:53:56 EST Favorite time of year? This has to be it for me. Shirt-sleeves in the morning, warm afternoons, maybe even hot. Breezes. Rain from time to time. Not that crazy about the tornados or the hail that the weather cycle brings, but I have to admit to loving the flowers (even though they make me sneeze), and the chirping birds as they flitter about in their mating cycle. <BR> <BR> I love that it's light in the morning... even as early as six a.m. where I live. And NOW is when I'd really love to be on "permanent vaca... Tue, 30 May 2017 07:51:29 EST Too nice not to run! The hardest five steps of any workout - the ones to get yourself out the door to *do* it! <BR> <BR> But when views like this are out there once you get started? Hopefully you'll remember and push yourself out that door! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It drew me out for my "replacement" run for the one I missed on Saturday due to lightning. 6.46 miles, at a conservative 12 minute per mile average 1:1 interval... Mon, 29 May 2017 17:11:46 EST Volunteering, "cheating", and nostalgia It's the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. As a child that meant two things: after church, there would be a picnic, and the men, including my dad, would be glued to the car radio listening to "the greatest spectacle in racing". <BR> <BR> For me, it meant volunteering for the Lincoln Memorial Duathlon. And remembering those who no longer have the choice to run. Especially those who lost that choice in service to their country. <BR> <BR> Since I'm banned from the bike (outdoors anyway) unti... Sun, 28 May 2017 14:25:07 EST Go figure Well, y'all know I've been having my "transition" issues, mainly between the ears. I've not always won the battle at the grocery store, and once I've got the "stuff" in my house, I'm the only one here to eat it, and I tend to go on "destroy the enemy" missions to eat it! <BR> <BR> Yeah, I know, not proud of it... and the scale has done one of those roller coaster things with the trend in the upward direction since the first of the year. Some good weeks in there, too, thus the rolling. Som... Fri, 26 May 2017 19:36:18 EST Thieving emotions and coping strategies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." - Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> Eight years ago about now, I learned that my son was going to be deployed for the first time, as a reservist. I knew I had to do something to handle the worry and anxiety that are natural under those kind of circumstance. And stuffing the feelings with food was not going to be strong... Wed, 24 May 2017 07:41:14 EST Yeah, Jekkyl and Hyde... that's my world Seems to me that this year, in fact, dating back to last November with Fall #1 and the concussion, I have been in this cycle of low motivation / feeling I'm getting back / celebration / rebellion... <BR> <BR> Jekkyl and Hyde... I'll have a really good week... the Boston trip, for example... or last week. Then I'll slide off the side of the road... feel sorry for myself, or find myself comparing my life to the lives of others... and feeling either "less than" or worse, envious. Ugly feelin... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:46:39 EST Next? A fresh new week. <BR> <BR> Not a lot new to say... I have a rotating workout plan. I have a training nutrition plan. Life is good if we just execute the plans! <BR> <BR> For today: <BR> <BR> * Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it! <BR> <BR> * Remember to go to recess... Chloe the indoor pool has an appointment for after work. <BR> <BR> * Remember to breathe, prioritize, and delegate! <BR> <BR> Now let's all get out there and live the very best Monday, May 22, 2017 we c... Mon, 22 May 2017 07:30:49 EST Social challenge ahead This afternoon, my non-Sparking sister and I will be driving a ways to attend the high school graduation party of a "next generation cousin". For those of you who use the meticulous identification that my grandmother did, she's a first cousin, once removed... i.e. the daughter of our first cousin. <BR> <BR> We're not in these cousins' lives on a regular basis, other than on-line, but since the last time we went "out to the farm", it was on the occasion of our Aunt's passing, we wanted to go... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:03:30 EST Getting permission from the son... We seem to have fallen into a Friday afternoon/evening phone call from the mythical son to me. He tells me about his week and practicum (apparently yesterday he was cursed and yelled at my a little old lady patient in hospice who didn't take a shine to him); I tell him about my current triumphs and woes, and in a case like yesterday, I bump my next training desires up against his common sense. <BR> <BR> You see, this week, a biking friend of mine responded to my post of one of the heart scu... Sat, 20 May 2017 08:29:38 EST