ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it REALLY over-peopling? I use the term "over-peopled" to describe my socially exhausted state when I want to pull the covers over my head and hide from the world. But my brother's recent visit, during which toward the end he assessed me as being even more introverted than himself (a known hermit as a teenager)... made me question my definition. <BR> <BR> Because interestingly enough, when I am "over-peopled" there are still SOME people whose contact I welcome, and OTHER people from whom I wish to run screaming fro... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:52:42 EST Guess I have lapsed into the jargon phase The fact that I ended up defining what "taper" was for two different folks yesterday, and also got a comment or two on yesterday's blog, I figure it's a good day to reflect on the journey, and maybe explain some of the terms that have triggered comments. <BR> <BR> First, my blogs have changed over the years. I mention relatively frequently that I blog for me... it's a way to process thoughts, feelings, etc. at try to keep the motivation going, and the determination. But what fuels motivati... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:24:01 EST Saved by a fellow runner! One of the reasons one joins a training group (even if it is outside one's comfort zone to join groups) is to make contact with other runners who may train at a similar pace. This morning was supposed to be a group run at 7 a.m. but when I woke to take my thyroid meds, I could hear rain on the roof. And I opted to take the pill, turn off the alarm and let myself sleep in. <BR> <BR> I had stayed up too late last night, and I did some extra eating yesterday, too... which led to a sounder s... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:41:38 EST Strange dreams when sleeping in Some of my strangest dreams come while sleeping in. This morning, knowing I'd been at a deficit for a while, I went back to bed after taking my thyroid pill, and slept well. This resulted in another such really strange dream, combining elements of recent books read, the symbolism of my cat's name, and my maternal protective instincts for my son. When I got up I wrote it all down in my dream diary. Oh, yes, I keep one, but seldom have one worthy of writing down, at least that I can remembe... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:48:52 EST Miscellaneous bits... day 2 of recovering from chaos The new sweet potato deal: <BR> <BR> Weigh your portion size, dice up the sweet potato and put it on a microwave safe plate, in a pile that can be completely covered by a bowl that fits on the plate. Once you put the bowl on top, it looks like this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before covering, sprinkle liberally with spices to taste... I used cinnamon and nutmeg, classic sweet potato pie spices, per my brother. Pop in the micro... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:48:47 EST Recovering from the chaos Yesterday I blogged twice, processing the weekend that was. And I napped on the couch to old MASH episodes on Netflix. Left the house late in the day to pick up some Terro ant bait stations... see? I learn new things every time my brother visits. I'll have to blog one of these days about the cooking things I learned... picked up a new way to cook sweet potatoes in the microwave that I think is going to become a regular thing here, too. <BR> <BR> Looking at the way Kevin eats, I've come t... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:04:16 EST Bonus blog: The sisterhood of the traveling dress Subtitled - making the most of our purchases! My maintenance Advantage response card should have this one on it: I can reach into my closet and find something that fits! <BR> <BR> Saturday's need to be a little more "dressy" than usual was a challenge for both ALICIA363 and for myself. I own only two dresses that fit, one bought in 2010 for a family wedding and the other being purchased at the same time because I could not resist it. This could not resist it dress has been dubbed by me... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:31:29 EST It's a progressive disease? If becoming motivated and realistic about what it takes to care for our one and only issued body for a lifetime were a "disease", I would have to say it's a progressive and contagious one. I re-iterate the photographic evidence from yesterday, the four siblings in age order, oldest to youngest, left to right: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have pretty much cleaned up our acts as far as getting serious about personal health care a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:43:40 EST Bonus blog: we also dress down kinda ok Today my house started out quiet, with Kevin heading out to run and me going to visit Chloe Jones (the swimming pool, for those of you who aren't in on the naming games, named so because we got a "thang" goin' on)... <BR> <BR> But things started getting a little crazy shortly after that. With two visitors in town who show up so rarely, the rest of the family wants their chances to visit with them, and before I knew it my house was overrun with siblings and their offspring. We were pretty m... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:03:26 EST Guest Runner and we clean up pretty good You asked for photos, so I made sure to get a few. The first is from about 7 a.m. yesterday, at the Red Dirt Running Company store, where my marathon/half marathon training group is centered. One of the gals who runs was kind enough to click the shutter for a pre-Saturday a.m. run photo. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did not get an after-run photo... just imagine the same two people, sweaty and rained on. Because about the time I finishe... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:58:27 EST Just a quick one this morning MOBYCARP and his daughter arrived safely, and we went grocery shopping so I have ENOUGH in the house of the right fuel for our marathoner in training. Since he eats pretty similarly to how I do when I'm cooking for myself, we've been swapping tips in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> And since he'd been cooped up in a car all day yesterday, we went for a nice walk after supper yesterday. Right now, we're both in our running togs and getting set for that nice group run. <BR> <BR> After the run, i... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:17:44 EST And retirees... on their way to be donated <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I sometimes quip that I am the Imelda Marcos of running shoes. But the closet in my house is not as big as at the presidential palace in the Philippines. So a few of my pairs are going to get donated to others who may not be fortunate enough to replace two or three pair a year. Good memories go with these. <BR> <BR> By the way, in a few hours, I'll be receiving MOBYCARP and his daughter... got a FB message fro... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:07:24 EST New Recruits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Frank, meet Frank. One of my little old lady whimsy habits is to name my gear. Last Summer when I did my first Olympic Tri, I decided I'd call my running shoes all "Frank". <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724980 </link> <BR> <BR> This week, two more pair joined the stable. Yes, it is that time of year... three weeks out from the Lincoln Marathon... enough time to... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:17:05 EST Springboard to 12 miles The motivation and enthusiasm from Sunday morning's volunteer gig converted into a desire to run for myself. I had played hooky from the Saturday morning group run, feeling a need to avoid people. I knew this week would have PLENTY of people, this was a pro-active decision. <BR> <BR> I had intended to run solo Saturday from home... but ended up succumbing to a bout of lethargy. Yes, I have those. It was actually good that I swapped rest days, though, because I was able to be animated in ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:30:35 EST When in need of motivation - volunteer! <img src=""> <BR> This morning's "uniform"... I volunteered for the second day of the Double Half Mary. And I finally "get" why it was scheduled 3 weeks out from the Lincoln Marathon... if you're training for a full, a double half a few weeks out is probably good training. <BR> <BR> What did I get to do, in support of the race today? I got to direct traffic into the parking from 6:15 to 7:25, then the race started at 7:30. I was righ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:31:27 EST Contentment Contentment is not the same as complacency. Take "content" and move it into something that sounds like it in Spanish or Italian (contento), translate back, and it comes out "happy". Cue the old joke about translating: "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" into Russian and back coming out with "The vodka is strong but the meat is rotten". <BR> <BR> Having done some sugar-triggered overeating on Sunday and Monday I did not feel sane enough to write a whiny blog because hang it, I wa... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:00:11 EST Three hours and forty minutes MOBYCARP has started a familial chain reaction with his status and blog of a couple of days ago. Link to the blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906709 </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, he's done it. I rather suspected this was inevitable. And I'm glad it's happening sooner rather than later. He *is* after all, putting in the training distance. <BR> <BR> But the familial chain reaction? Well, online squeals from his newbie runner younger sis (h... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:05:27 EST Sophia's first outing of the season I had an 8 mile group run scheduled this morning, but I pretty much ran it solo... my pace was all over the place. It was a little chilly but warming with the sun. The plan was run at 7, change and get myself to a meeting point, and bike ride with work chums at 10:30 a.m. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I was planning on biking with these same two work chums... and I got sick. In fact I was sick for much of the nicer biking weather in March! But today... I made it! <BR> <BR> The local bikin... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:37:51 EST Spark People are the best supporters! So many supportive comments from folks who don't even know me! And some who know me only through my blogs. And some who actually *do* know me in person. I really, really appreciate the collective wisdom and sharing on yesterday's "No need to explain" blog. And in fact on all of my recent emotional working out blogs! <BR> <BR> Forgiveness, as they say, is not for the benefit of the forgiven. Because, honestly, if the need to forgive is NOT based on something the other person can HELP... ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:58:33 EST No need to explain Feel free to skip this one, it might be TMI for some. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, in an attempt to be understood, the 16 year old me wrote a really long letter to her extroverted mother trying to explain my feelings. It was not well received. It led to some of the most open conflicts the two of us had in our lifetime. In the end, my attempts to explain and expectations of being understood... well, she wasn't ready to hear them from a 16 year old, for sure. Our relationship got BETTER aft... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:55:59 EST Bonus blog: training Last night after work the HM training class had a track workout planned. Since a couple of the gals I connect with most didn't come, but did an alternate run, I missed them, but I went and did the predictive track workout. <BR> <BR> It consisted of 1) Warmup lap, then six repeats of steps 2 & 3 2) 1/2 mile at a push-pace, and 3) a recover jog of 4 minutes, then of course 4) cool down and stretch. The push pace was based on the half marathon time you were shooting for. I ended up just push... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:55:55 EST How to score your results The quiz in yesterday's blog (link here: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902776 </link> ) had three groups of questions in it. If you took it and are curious about your results... it's a little beyond adding up the number of T's. <BR> <BR> Group 1: questions about how you THINK - 1, 3, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, and 24. <BR> Group 2: questions about how you habitually BEHAVE - 6, 9, 11, 16, 19, 20, 22, and 23. <BR> Group 3: questions about how you FEE... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:01:43 EST Boundaries and the Disease to Please FEEDTHEHUNGER highlighted this topic in her excellent blog this morning: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902710 </link> <BR> <BR> With recent events in my life (some of which I blogged about, some of which I have NOT), I found myself heading to my own bookshelf for a refresher course. The book is "The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome" by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> I worked through this book some time ago. I t... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:07:24 EST The weight of the expectations of others I've been pondering ever since I read my sister's (SPINNINGJW) Depression blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901088 </link> <BR> <BR> In it she pointed out (here is I hope a working link: <link><BR>ion/20-things-remember-your-loved-ones<BR>-suffer-from-depression.html?dgs=1&fb_<BR>ref=Default </link> ) an article about Depression and advice for those who love one who is struggling. ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:49:07 EST Bonus blog: For the shoulder-riders, State Farm 10 Mile Let me introduce the State Farm 10 mile run. The Lincoln Track club considers it the "opening race" of a given year. In fact, there are three races run in this event: a one mile kids' run, a 10 mile prep race for those of us getting ready to run the Lincoln Marathon (or half marathon), and a 5K (3.1 miles) for those who are starting out as road racers. <BR> <BR> Since this race is run the end of March each year, weather is a bit of a gamble. In 2011, I walked it with HOT4FITNESS and it w... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:16:42 EST Some races are more serious than others This morning I went for a ten mile run with 537 other folks. Yes, it was the State Farm 10 mile run, the 17th year it was run. I've done this race three times before. It's a Lincoln Track Club sponsored race, and it lands on the calendar at the perfect time as a lead-in, prep race for the Lincoln Marathon / Half Marathon the first Sunday in May. <BR> <BR> Now, I have been "first in age group" a few times before, in other races... but usually when the age groups were small (like size 1 t... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:44:50 EST Remembering our roots and honoring our realities There have a few blogs recently by Spark Friends WATERMELLEN (blog #1: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899239 </link> <BR> <BR> blog #2: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899912 </link> ) <BR> <BR> and FEEDTHEHUNGER posted another really good one, link: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899888 </link> <BR> <BR> I had already been musing on my living w... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:38:55 EST Getting the energy back I forget who warned me that it would take about two weeks for my energy to come back after my recent bout with the flu... but the warning was in fact, prescient. I'm about on schedule. <BR> <BR> Fatigue, being sleepy during the day... making sure I get my early bed-times... and doing the minimum workouts, allowing myself to ease back in with extra rest days. Making sure I take my break walks at work to keep me awake. Last night was HM training class group run and we did mile repeats. <BR>... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:35:18 EST Focus of the week: easing back into training After that 8 miles Saturday morning, I was exhausted Sunday. And I had non-exercise things that needed doing. Like laundry. Grocery trip. Taxes. Yeah, I'd been dragging my feet this year on that little chore. <BR> <BR> I found this box of hair coloring that had been sitting in my cupboard for several years... I had quit coloring it when I started swimming more. And I figured, what the hey, use it before it goes bad. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:20:17 EST Sometimes questions get asked too soon... Y'all know I've been participating in a half marathon training class. At the end of each run, I find that I get confronted with a question that I don't seem to be ready to answer: "how was your run?" <BR> <BR> Seriously, I just ran 8 miles. It will take at least stretching, cooling down, showering and coming off the endorphins before I'll be able to even THINK about how it WAS! Nonetheless, I generally come up with SOME answer, like "fine", "great", "ugly but it's done", etc. <BR> <BR... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:33:03 EST And the madness has begun Back to health just in time for all the <em>299</em> March Madness. I noted in my status that I did let the inner child out for her first post-flu run last night after work. Slow, conservative, only 3 miles and a fraction, but out there. Felt good to be out. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I got home, flipped on the TV and found the men's NCAA tournament in full flower. I was abed before Kentucky started taking Hampton apart... but brushing teeth while Perdue and Cincinnati went through OT... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:49:21 EST Are we there yet? Remember the kid kicking the back of the seat (before electronic gadgets entertained kids in cars) all through the family road trip, constantly asking "are we there yet?" <BR> <BR> That is the general inner attitude about training... "am I there yet?" But the inner mom is being super vigilant because several folks at work who have had the flu ended up following it up with bronchitis or even pneumonia. Knock wood, my habit of sucking on sugar-free gum is keeping the cough that goes in that ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:06:20 EST Advantages of maintaining healthy habits Readers of my earlier Beck blogs might remember this line from my Advantages Response Card: <BR> <BR> "I bounce back from illness more quickly" <em>24</em> During my weekend of "preventative cave time" I thought this was in fact what was happening. Not enough. During my four days of the worst of it and three days of slow recovery... I felt it rather ironic. I wryly commented to myself "if this is bouncing back more quickly, I'd hate to see what NOT bouncing back quickly looks like!"... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:00:03 EST When did I become this grumpy old lady? Last night my doorbell rang at 8 p.m. I was already brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed. I peeked through the curtain, spotting a young man with a clipboard. <BR> <BR> I opened the door, he started with the usual door to door guys, "Hello, I'm so and so how are you tonight?" (He might have said "today"). And I just said, "Go away, I'm getting ready for bed." <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Grumpy, grumpy, grumpy. He smiled, apologized and left... but seriously, what are you doing ri... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:59:53 EST Half a work day is better than none I made it through five hours. I bowed out before a meeting that would have been crowded and cramped and I really did NOT want to be sharing my cough in a small conference room... reviewed the material, passed my comments on to the coordinator, came home to take it easy and get an early bedtime tonight. <BR> <BR> Record high temperatures here today, according to the TV. Would you believe 90F? We were warmer than Miami, the weatherman said. And from a weather history point of view, this is... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:17:49 EST 5 year Maintenance Sparkversary number 1 While I was missing in action... a couple of dates slipped by! <BR> <BR> For those of you who want an official name for the crud, sorry, did not go get it diagnosed, but I've pretty well convinced myself it was the "real flu" that's going around this year. One of my running group *did* get a diagnosis of influenza type B, and it has run the same pattern of symptoms as the folks at work. So we'll call it that, and be grateful that as of today, I seem to be recovering, rather than stagnating... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:40:33 EST It's going around Saturday I stayed in my pj's all day and skipped my run and a planned bike ride not just because I was over-peopled. I also had a little headachy thing going on, and there's been this crud going around at work. In fact one of the gals I was supposed to go bike with Saturday noon had been dealing with it, as well as two of my team members. <BR> <BR> I left that part OUT of the blog on Monday, because by then I'd decided I had dodged the bullet by resting up. I got back on the nutritional t... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:07:04 EST Creeping forward My body, sleep cycle, and time sense are sluggishly adjusting to Spring. Which seems to be suddenly HERE! At least for a few days. Maybe for good, who knows? <BR> <BR> Much of this time confusion began even before my recent trip to Florida, which involved MORE time-zone hopping and household schedule differences. And it never wholly adjusted back, as I knew DST Spring forward was coming. <BR> <BR> Still, it's been a rocky clock-changing transition. Past few mornings I've been hitting t... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:48:18 EST Deep within the cave Which is why I have nothing to say. <BR> <BR> I over-peopled last week. I have been over-peopling for a while. <BR> <BR> And the problem with over-peopling is that I tend to push out an image of myself that isn't the real me. I blend in with those around me. <BR> <BR> This half marathon training class may be the straw that broke the camel's back. Too many group events added to the top of a job surrounded by people, and with too much attention and praise... and the phone call from my hea... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:34:11 EST What are brussels sprouts? Imagine the scene... a busy grocery checkout line. A couple of items of the family behind me flopped over the dividing bar and in the process of straightening that out... whump! My box of dish washer detergent fell forward on the belt. <BR> <BR> I breathed a sigh of relief as it was close to the front and nothing was ahead of it. "At least it didn't crush the Brussels sprouts!" I laughed. And the little boy in the line behind asked the title question, "What are Brussels sprouts?" <BR> <... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:54:04 EST Dear Body Dear Body: <BR> <BR> Thank you for being responsive to good care. Thank you for forgiving me for years of overeating and failure to move. Thank you for continuing to pump blood, cycle oxygen, digest food and eliminate waste. Thank you for repelling invading "bugs" and building muscle in response to use. <BR> <BR> Seriously, thank you for being my home! <BR> <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> I was having these thoughts as I ran yesterday after work. I had been swapping storie... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:58:06 EST Failure and success! I was bummed today as I failed to qualify to donate blood. The hemoglobin came in at 11.5, a point too low. Must not be as recovered from that HM as I thought. But it kind of explains feeling a bit fatigued yesterday and giving myself a pass on spin class. <BR> <BR> Yes, people, I give myself extra rest days now and then, when my body says "enough". And my body was saying "sleep". <BR> <BR> So the blood bank people said, give it a couple of weeks, eat your iron rich foods, build back up... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:25:51 EST Just a quick blog before work Breathe deep... this is the first full week of work after the Florida trip... which at this point has faded into dream-like memory. The bracing cold of the reality of a Nebraska Winter / transition to Spring has snapped me back to being present not just WHEN I am but WHERE. <BR> <BR> My 'fridge has been refilled with healthy foods (I left it pretty empty, as SPINNINGJW can attest, since she was here the weekend I was away). Including a lovely pot of veggie soup I simmered on Saturday (thin... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:56:18 EST Adjusting new things into routines I don't think I'd mentioned it on Spark yet, but I invested in a new tool for the swim portion of my triathlon training: prescription goggles. I got two pair. One of them clear, one smoked lenses. The clear pair was one where you can replace each lens with an independent prescription... and I did. <BR> <BR> Today I worked with the clear pair, playing with the straps and the fit, stopping where needed to get them to stop leaking by appropriate adjustments. <BR> <BR> I also re-introduced ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:49:12 EST We are tough runners, here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The ambient temperature was 7 F, which is the coldest I've ever run in. The wind, however, was not bad, 4 mph from the SSE... so it wasn't bad. Once you're moving, you warm up. I wore my running tights, with my pirate capris on top of them. Wool socks, regular running shoes (it wasn't going to start snowing until after we were home & snug). Five layers on the torso, two on the arms and hands. Three on the hea... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:34:52 EST Back in the swing of things Ariel missed me. (Ariel, for those of you who might have missed all the blogs about the naming of things... is my siren-calling treadmill). She told me so as she warmed up last night when I decided I just didn't want to run outdoors in the cold and wind. <BR> <BR> Ariel and I had a lovely time together, doing 3.4 miles. While I don't want to do treadmill for ALL of my training, one thing I like using one is that I can set her belt speed, and *do* intervals at 7 mph, or even faster... wh... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:58:24 EST Post-trip tracking A week ago I blogged that I was turning my trip and my eating on the trip over to my Higher Power. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878362 </link> <BR> <BR> That is exactly what I did... I packed some healthy snacks and a couple of lunch options for the two days on the airplane and then I just trusted that healthy choices would be available. I was pretty confident as I knew I'd be eating with SLENDERELLA61 Thursday evening, and that my cousins ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:27:54 EST Adventures continue I'm up in the air again. On my way back to the chillier air, my skin a bit pinker, my soul at peace... and hoping that there are no hitches in the connection, since at this point BOTH bags are checked through. I fished my prescription meds out of the roll on before the airline took it away (full flight, probably would have been force checked anyway) and of course snagged the tablet, and splurged for inflight internet which I'm indulging right now. <BR> <BR> Glad I stayed the extra day and ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:18:04 EST That weekend went fast! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In case it does not show, the magnet says, "There will come a day when I cannot do this. Today is not that day." First, the results of some pampering, which happened on Saturday, the planned pedicure. I chose pirate gold for the color: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then there was the concert which was wonderful, by the way... an amazing blend of double ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:26:02 EST Busy Expo day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's "The Wall" at the Gasparilla Distance Classic Expo yesterday. All the runners in all four events, 5K, 8K, 15K, and Half Marathon have their names up on this HUGE poster. My cousin and I found ours. <BR> <BR> We also shopped for pirately gear. <img src=""> New head sweat band to go with the theme. <BR> <BR> And managed to find a couple of familiar ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:16:40 EST