ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And the votes are in Interesting comments on my blog yesterday "in need of a new theme". While many folks said "just keep writing", I counted 10 - 12 specific things folks asked for. Just so you don't have to go trekking through past blog comments, here's my synopsis of the topics. I grouped a few of them together, so came up with 9 broad themes: <BR> <BR> 1) Transition to retirement story got four votes, making it the top "vote getter". This is unfolding daily, and no doubt will be part of whatever I write ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:12:33 EST A blogger in need of a new theme series The blank blog entry space! For 26 blogs, I blogged an alphabet of topics, all the way putting them in context of my morning pep talk. But now what? <BR> <BR> I'm ruling out doing a count-down to the Lincoln Marathon (109 days, for anyone who is interested)... boring and too much pressure on a woman who has done not one, but TWO face plants in the past two months! Still pondering over what that means... I may be coming to the conclusion that I have enough bling on my wall already. <BR> <... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:47:43 EST A day off is a good thing I called myself a wimp for deciding to sit today out, but after having been out and spread ice-melt on the walks, I decided the streets didn't look too bad, and went to check on my sister's cats. She's headed home today, but I hadn't poked my nose out the door to do this since Saturday, so figured... they might just be going a little nuts. <BR> <BR> They were fine (they have water, they have food, they have toys, they are indoor cats). But her neighborhood was still a sheet of ice... so I ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:07:30 EST Ariel calling For those of you who are "newer" readers, I name all my fitness gear. I have a Spirit treadmill that I purchased back in 2010, when my son was newly back from his first deployment... I remember because he helped me pick it out, and I did a 2-for kind of deal so as to acquire an elliptical for him and his wife. <BR> <BR> I named her "Ariel" for the siren mermaid, because she calls to me when the weather is nasty or the footing unreliable. And that's certainly been the case these past coup... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:07:42 EST Same song second verse A little bit louder, a little bit worse... <BR> <BR> OK, now I've got that old kids' song rattling around in your head, I'll 'splain. It was NOT louder or worse, but it was embarrassing. <BR> <BR> Training run, target 8 miles, yesterday morning. Dry trails, we were working on getting it done before the ice storm that's started landing now. <BR> <BR> We waited for 10 a.m. to take advantage of sun coming out and temperatures moderating. We were going along just fine, and chatting about ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:13:01 EST Zeal My little Webster's tells me that zeal is "intense enthusiasm, as in working for a cause; ardent endeavor or devotion; ardor; fervor". <BR> <BR> And a couple words later, it defines a zealot: "1 a person who is zealous, esp. to an extreme or excessive degree; fanatic" <BR> <BR> There seems to be a love/hate relationship with the characteristic of zeal. We love watching passionate people, until they direct their passion to changing US when we haven't asked for the change! <BR> <BR> When... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:49:10 EST Youth I was just looking at this selfie I took last night of MJREIMERS and (obviously) me: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first thing that popped out at me was how vibrant and happy we both look. The second thing is how YOUNG! The sparkling eyes, the anticipation of the running season ahead of us. The occasion was the BRIN Blackout party, where those of us who finished all three 10K's after signing up for them... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:27:08 EST X Yes, X, all by itself. X marks the spot, in honor of and in keeping with 2BDYNAMIC's (and other captains, too) latest Team page, "-The TREASURE Trove-" (link here: <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68122 </link> ) <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> X on a pirate map "marks the spot" where the treasure is buried. I'm going to use it metaphorically to represent GOAL WEIGHT, that so many battlers of the bulge struggle to identify! I happen to think (after several dec... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:29:49 EST Whole Those of us "of a certain age" remember a certain television commercial that focused on a distorted man in the foreground, moaning, "I can't believe I ate the WHOLE thing!" But that's not the definition I'm most interested in for this "W" today. Oh, no indeed! <BR> <BR> My little Webster's gives the first few definitions quite differently of "1 a) in sound health; not diseased or injured b) healed (said of a wound) 2 not broken, damaged, defective, etc.; intact" <BR> <BR> We all want to ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:20:51 EST Victors! Ever wonder the difference between "you" and the people you admire? The ones who have achieved their dreams, done things beyond what you think you ever could do? <BR> <BR> Well, last night I had the opportunity to sit down with several people in a social setting that I usually only see in race mode or training mode. One of them is a young man who flew all the way to China to race for a spot at the Ironman World Triathlon Championships in Kona. He won his spot. Which puts him well into "i... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:53:52 EST Undertaking Ohmigosh! Is she gonna talk about mortician's work? Nope, this is, according to my Webster's: <BR> <BR> "n. 1 something undertaken; task; charge; enterprise 2 a promise; guarantee" <BR> <BR> What are YOU undertaking? If you've been following along with my blogs, you know I am undertaking training for a 26.2 mile outing on May 7, 2016. <em>522</em> This is only one part of my bigger undertaking: to live a healthy lifestyle long-term, i.e. for the remainder of my days on this planet.... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:02:50 EST Treadmill Yeah, we went from the conceptual "risk" and "search" to the literal: treadmill. Today, the footing outdoors being that awful "spotty" stuff, and it being still chilly, I opted to do my base-building on trusty Ariel, the siren treadmill <BR> <BR> I've had Ariel in my fitness cave for many years... I think it was 2010 when I bought her. I know I trained my couch to 5K on her, and for my first half marathon, too. Back in the days before I embraced outdoor Winter training. <BR> <BR> <img ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:40:10 EST Search From my handy dandy Websters: "3 to examine closely and carefully; test and try; probe [to search one's conscience] 4 to look through (writings, records, etc.) to establish certain facts" <BR> <BR> We came to looking for something. Every one of us. Might not all (definitely NOT all) looking for the SAME thing. Some came looking for tools to help with their weight loss or fitness efforts. Some followed friends over. Each came with their own reasons for wanting to get hea... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 06:35:11 EST Risk We go from perspective and quiet to "risk". In this case, from my little Webster's: "vt 1 to expose to the chance of injury, damage, or loss; 2 to incur the risk of" <BR> <BR> This "R" word popped into my head while driving on snowy roads yesterday. That's a risk I try to avoid when I can, so I was pondering why and when a person decides to take a specific risk. <BR> <BR> Clearly, I'm putting myself out there, incurring a "risk" every time I participate in an athletic event. After my f... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:54:04 EST Quiet I knew my Q word was going to be Quiet on Tuesday night. Tuesday I joined my local running store training group for a group night run. It was COLD out there, but you dress for it, and the snow hadn't come yet, so it was one of the "last chance at dry trails" nights. <BR> <BR> I was lit up in my Tracer 360 NoxGear light vest, with my headlamp and shoe lights, too, and I was careful of my footing, slowing down in the darker parts of the trail. Got several questions about the light vest from... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:41:46 EST Perspective The other hand from "now" and "onward" is what we glean from the past; in a word, perspective. From my Webster's Dictionary, the definition flavor I'm talking about is "4 a) a specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, esp. one that shows them in their true relations to one another b) the ability to see things in a true relationship" <BR> <BR> Yep, that's what we can gain from our experiences. And it may take YEARS, even DECADES to develop. For perspective is no... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:16:43 EST Onward! One thing about time, it never goes backwards. Whatever has happened, good, bad, or indifferent, up to this point... well, that's past. We can't un-do it. But what we can do is learn from it... cast the eyes backwards only to glean lessons for living better as we move onward. <BR> <BR> As I'm about to go to work, the first day of my last calendar year of working, it is the last week of a "full time" schedule. I've shortened each of the four work days this week by taking one hour of vacat... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:53:57 EST Now! (A bonus blog) Isn't this a great "N"? "Now", as in "Right Now!" "Ahora mismo" en espanol. Or as my mother used to say in a stern voice, "Right this minute!" <BR> <BR> It's the answer to the question: "When is the best time to begin a healthy habit?" <BR> <BR> Today, I found myself dragging my feet about the "going to recess" reminder I give myself daily. Finally, I told myself, "Out the door--Now!" And I went for a walk around the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Yes, a walk. Walking is cross-training for... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:34:14 EST Miles As I contemplated the "M" word for my "accidental alphabet"... this one was a natural... it started Robert Frost poetry playing in the sound track of my mind. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, of course. <BR> <link><BR>ms-and-poets/poems/detail/42891 </link> <BR> <BR> My mother used to quote it when I was a kid, and it made a great "make the kids sleepy" kind of bedtime poem: <BR> <BR> "The woods are lovely, dark and deep, <BR> But I have pro... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:00:08 EST Last How appropriate to hit the "L" in my "accidental alphabet" series the morning after the "Last Run" of 2016... <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course, being me, I'm going to use that word in another sense than the "final". <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:44:18 EST Kindred From my Webster's: adj 2 of like nature; similar <BR> <BR> I use it in the phrase "kindred spirits", as I think of my Spark friends. But I'm going to use it here in respect to YEARS. As I continued down the retrospective line, I came to realize that 2016 reminded me entirely too much of 2013 in some respects. What was similar? <BR> <BR> Well, for one thing, the time periods when I went "off the rails" were similar, with a few more multi-day lapses than there had been in other years sinc... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:56:18 EST Judging Even though we're told (in the Bible) to "judge not"... let's be real. We judge ALL THE TIME! Sometimes it's in our job description: we use other kinds of words, like "evaluate", but in the end, we're grading performance. Sometimes it's a kindly judgment, sometimes it's not so much. But in the end, it's hard wired learning to discern things to keep doing (they support survival) and things to avoid (that dangerous, man, don't do it again). <BR> <BR> We use "good judgment" in decision m... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:51:26 EST Bonus blog - a retrospective on the journey It's that time of year, when we pause, look back and assess, then look forward and set our sights on the upcoming year and our hopes, dreams, and goals (dreams with a deadline?) <BR> <BR> So... I'm going to post a pre-Spark picture, from Christmas 2005. Most of you have seen it before, it's in my gallery. For a time perspective reference, the two children in the photo are now in high school and college... they are my youngest niece and nephew. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:04:56 EST Insurance First let me say there are two things you should never follow me in: never follow me into a store check-out line. I'm pathetic at choosing... I get hit with price checks or forgotten items by the customer in front of me... I seem to be great at picking the line where someone put wine in their cart and chose the 16 year old checker who has to call management over to handle that ONE item. I could riff a whole blog just on that kind of karma! (It has, however, taught me patience!) <BR> <BR>... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:46:40 EST Hurry Hurry is an enemy... a stress-inducer... despite arising early this morning, here I am running out of pre-work time. All due to doing extra needful things this morning. The Holidays tend to shove some normal activities out of the way, feeding the tendency to procrastinate, but those little tasks still need to be done, and my eyes flew open earlier than the alarm this morning with a couple of them on the mind. So... up I got and took care of them. <BR> <BR> My little motto of "breathe, pri... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:57:16 EST Gift I didn't want to write a G blog. There we have it. I thought about writing about goals... and realized I don't really want to have goals right now. I need a stress-free kind of maintenance, not an aggressive training schedule. I'm a month post-concussion. I am running again. Short runs. Careful runs. Confidence builders, not competitive efforts, not even with myself. If I was to name a goal it would be recovery, getting back to the confident runner, biker and swimmer, I guess by Augu... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:48:39 EST Bonus blog - State of the Maintenance, Christmas edition As I did with the birthday point weights, I made a graph of Christmas day point weights. Pretty much any given point weight graph over the years will reflect the overall trends of the years. These are in pounds but the graphical presentation if done in another measure would only differ by the index on the left hand side! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maintenance is not a steady state, as is particularly obvious fr... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:30:49 EST Family - the heart of Christmas While my Christmas morning was quiet and full of memories, I did get up on the treadmill for a couple of miles while it rained outside. A pleasant surprise of Christmas eve day was a late-breaking invite to Christmas dinner at a sister's home... delivered by her, but designated as from her DH who was doing the cooking. He and I were the only nominal family Christians in town. <BR> <BR> It turned out to be a perfect addition to my quiet day... not a huge crowd, just me, my brother in law, s... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:41:23 EST A Quiet Christmas Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and for that matter, a blessed holiday season of whatever sort you celebrate (or skip)... but for me, this is Christmas Day, and while my home is not decorated, and there are no wrapped gifts, the gift of this day is in my heart. <BR> <BR> Some years I get those things done... this year, not. Got the tree at the office, but not the one at home this year. Last year Rubia had a tree to play with: <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:26:22 EST Bonus blog - just in time for Christmas I'd often wondered about "old" success stories, so I was thrilled to find out they were writing a "where are they now" blog entry for the Spark Stories. And... I raised my hand and answered some e-mailed questions. The author said she'd e-mail me when the article was posted... but I haven't got it yet. <BR> <BR> Instead, HARROWJET pointed out in a comment on my Spark page that it's out there, so, in case you want to see, not just me, but four other former "Success Stories" that shows tha... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 18:10:38 EST Emerging From my Webster's: " emerge 2 a) to come forth into view; become visible " <BR> <BR> This morning's "emerging" from the blankets following the night's sleep was a bit rocky... FitBit tracked the sleep as 8 hours and 48 minutes. The head wasn't happy when I got up, but I baby-stepped my way... I had taken an Advil before heading back to bed at my normal rising hour, when I took my thyroid meds, but it wasn't exactly doing the greatest job. <BR> <BR> The stray thought danced across my brain... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:39:41 EST DNA = destiny? DNA: DeoxyriboNuclieic Acid. Yep, that little bugger that's at the root of who we are, chemically. It contains our genetic codes, our version of the human genome. <BR> <BR> Why did it make my "d" title? For the whimsical reason that my non-sparking sister and I decided this year, on a sale, to have ours tested... the price had dropped some, but it's still a luxury kind of purchase! Merry Christmas to each other, I guess. Anyway, there was this little kit, where you fill up a test tube ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:38:43 EST Calm I'd already had my "C" word in mind, as the strains of Christmas carols hummed along in my brain... it's that time of year... and the line from "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night), "all is calm, all is bright". What better C for the midst of a chaotic season, or sadness, or bustle, or stress... than "calm"? What a peaceful word! <BR> <BR> Inner calm is a place where there is no hunger, no lack... it is a space already filled. I like to think of it as filled with the Love that surpasses human un... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:26:49 EST Breathing Oh, my, goodness... I appear to have started an alphabet... yesterday "adjusting", today "breathing"... I'd been thinking about blogging another alphabet, it's been a few years. But seriously the "breathing" was about the cold getting better. <BR> <BR> One of my mantras is "breathe, prioritize, delegate". Hard to breathe when you have one of those nasty colds slogging along. Well, I'm happy to report that it's getting better... woke this morning with a much clearer head. <BR> <BR> Betwee... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:41:02 EST Adjusting, always adjusting Slogging my way through a cold... yuck. I'm not alone. The guy whose cube abuts mine at work came in with one yesterday, too. Both his and mine showed up over the weekend. I was in denial on Sunday, but Monday morning it was so clear I contemplated staying home, but since I'd already coded an early out vacation hour... I decided to go, avoid people as much as possible, and of course wash hands a LOT. <BR> <BR> Holiday illness used to be common in my growing up household... Mom called it ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:53:03 EST Seems like the Spark jury is split On the subject of red wine and health benefits, that is. Son's argument was based on Alzheimer's studies that show red wine has benefits that grapes / grape juice do not have. But I take very seriously the notes about the interaction with hypothyroidism and "addictive" natures potentially transferring from one substance to another substance (or behavior... note exercise "addicts"). So... as with many things in life, I'll just sit and wait and see what unfolds. If son does produce a bottle... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:26:58 EST Holiday dinner Cold weather and all, this was the make up day for our family Thanksgiving that got postponed by my little side trip to the ER. This was the "second" thanksgiving the one with just my son and daughter in law. Well, it's getting close to the other big holiday in their schedule and the one in mine. <BR> <BR> For them, it's their 10th Wedding Anniversary, on the 22nd. For me, of course, it's Christmas. So it was totally appropriate to have our dinner this weekend. <BR> <BR> We went to Ou... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:29:55 EST Soup on the stove Don't you love cold weather for cooking? I know it brings out the soup maker in me. Today it's a green split pea base, with additions of various other veggies: turnips, carrots, celery, onion, parsnips, tomatoes, garlic. Nummy scents fill the house while the snowflakes dance outside. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stayed at work the whole day yesterday, to my planned early departure at 3:30 p.m. Did not ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:07:45 EST Happy Birthday to Beethoven... and to LEANJEAN6! Ever since I was a teenager and Schroeder of Peanuts fame would put on a big deal every December 16th being Beethoven's birthday, I have remembered the date. If you have time, head on over to LEANJEAN6's virtual party on her Spark page and wish her a Happy Birthday, too. Her blogs have been featured a LOT in the Spark e-mails lately... and I love them. I've been following her blogs since long before they started showing up as featured. Here's a gal who NEVER gives up, keeps on Sparking...... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:47:03 EST To the basics! Track things first, change things up second! Thanks to the commenters on my Miscellaneous Wednesday blog... yes, OJ, I will toss the book, I knew that it was old. But do you have a recommendation for a more recent work? <BR> <BR> And thanks to several of you, I took the time to go find the customizing of "Add a nutrient" and added all of the lipid fatty acids: mono-, poly-unsaturated, saturated, and trans-fats. I also found entries for some of the sugars: glucose and fructose I added. Didn't bother with lactose. <BR> <BR> Havin... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:00:56 EST Miscellaneous Wednesday OK, so I'm reading this "For Dummies" book on controlling cholesterol. It's an oldie, copyright 2001. It is not the first time I've read it... up to a point. And I got to that point on Friday... where it gives you the quiz about your own personal risk for a heart attack. I answered the questions, looked up the results, and bingo... despite my "bad" numbers, despite the doctor wanting to re-test in 3 months... the book says my chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years? Less tha... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:58:18 EST Are your halls decked? Mine aren't. BUT, I did manage to get the little 32 inch fiber optic tree and the garland into the back of Dexter (my car) on Sunday, so got them over my six block walk to the cubicle on Monday. First the garland in its bag on my morning walk to the cube. At lunch break I used my recess to go back to the car and retrieve the tree. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Work at least looks festive, now. Last year I was too Scrooge-like to even take them in, being grumbly over the relocation to the Cav... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:50:13 EST What? High motivation doesn't last forever? Nope. Truth to tell, nobody can stay "on" all the time! That triumphal return to running on Saturday morning? Paid for with time in the cave the rest of Saturday and pretty much all day Sunday. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning was the day of "what did you *do* to yourself?" Popped an Advil for the headache, tried to make sure I was hydrating enough. Eventually worked up the energy to go to the grocery store, but then went off the rails with food, starting at lunch... and sedated myself with it ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:21:39 EST Being there... with bells on! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, it's two weeks since my fall and injury. Two weeks of healing. Good progress on that front. Earlier in the week the coach had proposed that this weekend, rather than a standard training run, we do the Jingle Jog, a fund raiser for a couple of schools in the area. It was to be in a local park, untimed, you could do 1, 2, or 3 loops of the park, constituting 1.1 mile, 2.4 miles, or 3... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:11:02 EST It's FRIDAY! Already! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some answers to comments on earlier blogs this week: yeah, the knees may LOOK painful, but they really are not! <BR> <BR> The "mask" feeling on the right side of the face is lessening, and the "droopy" feel varies by the day... the trend is better but that one day I took the photo? Was one of the worse rather than one of the better days. Monitoring, of course. <BR> <BR> The dizziness se... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:56:35 EST Savoring the shorter days I'm getting better every day, and sometimes when I force myself out of the office at the appointed (shortened) time, I feel just a bit "lazy" (work ethic, mom's rules, etc. competing with the doctor's instructions/protocol). At the same time, knowing that six hour days will become the permanent deal starting January 9th, I've been enjoying the preview. <BR> <BR> Yes, the signed papers came back. It's a done deal. I'm really looking forward to it. It's not full retirement, yet. But it's ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 07:57:21 EST By Special Request ALICIA363 (mother hen, a.k.a. the Ace, my kid sis) asked for a more current "healing face" photo. What? You don't trust me that it's healing, a little better each day? <BR> <BR> OK, just so you can see - Day 12 (this morning), the face: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And with the glasses added: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And just for ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:58:19 EST New initiative The lab results from my recent "pre-concussion" annual physical are back, and they *do* tell a tale. Last June I had logged the best cholesterol numbers I'd seen in a couple of years. But since that time, my post-race and post-long workout indulgence/allowances had included things like ice cream. Even a glazed donut once. <BR> <BR> November 22nd results? Not so great... HDL's are up again, but so are LDL's and total (of course). So... time to take another condition out of the denial b... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:10:38 EST Unconscious exercise Y'all know I preach each day to remember to "go to recess". For me, that means to take my labor law mandated breaks at work, and do something "modestly" active with them: take a walk AWAY from the desk. Sometimes it's outdoors, sometimes it's indoors with my nose in a book, occasionally it's with a companion, most often it's alone time. Last week it was more slowly than "normal": but even slower steps are steps, and the Spark Activity Tracker that I purchased in 2014 is still on my foot,... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:22:38 EST Messiah! <em>335</em> My non-Sparking sister is the principal violist of the Hastings, Nebraska symphony orchestra, and today (right now, streaming live), they are performing Handel's Messiah. For those of you who don't know (how could you?) this is one of my all time favorite orchestral/choral works. And yes, it is a work written as a religious celebration. <BR> <BR> I have childhood memories of this piece being performed on radio and television back in the days when we didn't have "live streamin... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:13:53 EST