ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A couple of references For maintainers and those who want to become maintainers, and those who may have regained a few pounds after a significant loss? Take a look at Barbara Berkeley's blog (author of Refuse to Regain)... this is her response to a New York Times article about Biggest Loser Contestants regaining weight after leaving the show... a different point of view. If you think you're failing? Maaaaybe not so much: <link><BR>flash-people-who-lose-weight-gain-it-b<BR>a... Wed, 4 May 2016 07:07:40 EST Let the planning begin The day after a half marathon, or any other endurance event, I try to take the day off work. This is not just about physical recovery (although in some cases it can be). It is about mentally and emotionally assimilating the experience. It is about taking the lessons one can from the experience, and choosing what the next turn in the path will be. <BR> <BR> This varies from event to event. This time, I know I have a clear next big thing. Yesterday, while waiting for the air conditioning ... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:20:44 EST What an athlete eats My son and I overheard a couple of folks with finisher medals hung around their necks, on our walk back to the car. They were talking, as athletes often do, about what they ate to fuel their race day performance. Being interested in all of this, I had one ear cocked to that, and then my son, picking up on the theme... says, <BR> <BR> "You know what my pre-race nutrition was? A bag of Doritos and hot dogs... oh, that was last night, I got up and had oatmeal, too." Youth! <BR> <BR> My own... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:14:48 EST All things considered, I am content: Race Report, Lincoln National Guard Half marathon The day started early. I got up at about 3:20, so that I could have my normal sense of routine before heading over to pick up my son at 5:40. <BR> <BR> Let's be honest, not every race is going to be a PR. This year's training has not been as diligent or disciplined as last year, for example. I knew darn well going in, based on results at the State Farm 10 mile race that my sustainable pace had fallen off. <BR> <BR> So I've spent the past few weeks talking Constance the Competitor down.... Sun, 1 May 2016 17:02:14 EST Shake out run and LDYHAZ found me! <img src=""> I went down and joined the crew at the shake down run at 9 a.m. Not at all surprised to find Deanna there (HOT4FITNESS): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was only light mist to nothing coming down during our run, which was on the sidewalks of downtown from the hotel to the start line area, in a loop back to the hotel. Two m... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:40:04 EST Packet pick up day Yesterday on my lunch walk, I peeked in to the packet pickup room as it was being set up over at the race day hotel. Can we say "Calm before the storm?" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning, I drove down and parked in my normal work day garage and walked over to the hotel to pick up my race day bib and shirt and all that jazz. Here's what the first few drops of the storm to later come looked like: <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:07:23 EST Taper week: weather anticipation Oh, yeah, if you don't think runners look at the race day weather forecast, you'd be mistaken. <BR> I've been watching it since Sunday showed up in the 10-day predictions. With interest but never taking it too seriously THAT far out. As the days wear on, and race day moves closer, and it remains "light rain, high of 55F", one begins planning for things like "how to stay dry while waiting for the start" (remember, in a race with 13,000 runners, it may be 25 or even 40-45 minutes after the gu... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:48:06 EST Taper week: solid nutrition edition It's important, all the experts tell us, to feed ourselves properly during taper week. <BR> <BR> DO NOT TRY TO LOSE WEIGHT THIS WEEK! I've seen this repeated many, many times, by many different experts. It is often specifically targeted at women! When we taper off the miles, and we eat the same as during training, chances are the scale will go up a pound or two during taper week. DO NOT PANIC. Your body is automatically storing it up, filing the glycogen tanks for your endurance event a... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:58:35 EST Taper week: storing up on sleep Face it, fellow athletes (we are all athletes, per the old saw, the only difference is that some of us are in training), the night before a big event, we seldom get high quality sleep. Which makes it more important, during taper week, to grab a few extra Z's, store them up. So that the coiled spring will not suffer from the night before. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, last night I was in bed between 8 and 9, and slept well. Hoping to repeat that throughout the week: bedtime is a priority! ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:25:47 EST Taper analogy, Anne McCaffrey style I have had this image in my head for a few days now, and figured I'd share it with my Spark friends, those who have read The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. In this world (a planet called Pern), there are genetically modified creatures referred to as dragons. These beasts are telepathically linked to their riders, imprinted, upon hatching. (They are part of the planetary defense system, created for the purpose... but let's not do the whole book series here!) <BR> <BR> The h... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:56:58 EST Taper time! I'm well used to the phenomenon of taper crazies. I know it's coming the week or two before a race, when you drop off the peak miles of the training plan and get your body fueled and rested for the effort ahead. Mentally your brain goes a little wild... second guessing all the training you've put in (or haven't) but the bottom line is, your training is essentially complete. One cannot "cram" for a race. <BR> <BR> So you tweak your race-day plan, you rehearse it, you chat it up with your t... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:09:57 EST We now return to my OWN training plan In all the excitement over Boston, let us not forget that Barb has a Half Marathon coming up on May 1st. Training has been impacted by no less than three bouts of illness, but at this point I am feeling good. I am emotionally still "high" from the Boston trip, and my last three runs (post the strep throat) felt good. 12 miles in Boston, 4.75 Tuesday night, 7 this morning "back home". <BR> <BR> Here's the group from this morning. Eddie, our coach, is behind the camera: <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:32:07 EST Denouement, a.k.a. the trip home - Chapter 6 Picture it: 2 a.m. my "home" time, getting up and showering, making sure the last things are packed, dressing for the travel. Getting down to the lobby of the hotel about 3 a.m. my "home" time. I have done the "super Spring forward" thing by traveling East. So my eyes *might* be just a little glazed over. <BR> <BR> I am an early riser, mind you... I'm up between 4 and 5 a.m. most days. But with the fullness of the weekend and the short sleep? I admit I was kind of sluggish mentally, Tu... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:31:32 EST Deferring that final chapter I had invested quite a bit in the beginnings of Chapter 6, but then had a family phone call that needed to happen and I abandoned it. That phone call was more important to accomplish before work... real life trumps the on-line, remember? <BR> <BR> And... this evening, I'm off to one of those final elementary concerts, and not enough time to do it justice. It will come... too many funny little quirks to NOT write it! Just not today! <BR> <BR> And so... to more family stuff... and then to ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:18:08 EST After the ball is over... Chapter 5 I'm going to rewind a bit before continuing the account of Marathon Monday after we left the spectator spot to mention a few of the heart-warming things we saw. They are probably the same ones you saw on TV yourselves, but we were there and observed them first hand: <BR> <BR> The young man who collapsed and was carried by two other runners the remaining block and a half (he was heat-stroking)... the runners helping each other was heartening. <BR> <BR> We saw Team Hoyt finish. This is a ma... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:50:53 EST Perceived Sunday becomes Marathon Monday - chapter 4 It did not take long for me to remember that it was Monday and a Holiday at that, in Massachusetts. Because they make a HUGE deal of Patriots' Day... in fact, at the finish line, they were filming on this year's Marathon Monday for the upcoming movie of that name (Patriots' Day). <BR> <BR> TV coverage warned everyone of when things would be shut down... you'd best not try to cross that route! <BR> <BR> I did indeed rise EARLY to get myself over to the VIP lounge, where breakfast was avai... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:03:04 EST Second Saturday - Packet Pick up and all that - Chapter 3 Yes, I'm typing this from the air, folks. <em>535</em> Cha-ching! I splurged and bought the Wi-Fi access for one flight. <BR> <BR> Sunday (or second Saturday, as I called it in the first of the series) started with the text/phone call from our hero, MOBYCARP. He had arrived at his hotel, located the Citgo sign from there, and was ready to walk the remainder of the route before heading over to packet pick up. It didn't open until 9. <BR> <BR> Being me, I volunteered to meet him at t... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:54:33 EST The blogs will continue... but a brief break for Travel... I'm up in the pre-dawn, showered and packed up for the return trip. Still assimilating the experience. Today's goal: get home safe. Depending on how that works out, I may even go run with the group this evening (we're in taper, so an easy 4... and after all, our main coach-man Eddie was busy running Boston yesterday... and YES! I saw him run down Boylston!) <BR> <BR> This has been an awesome, awesome trip... and I had just a few minutes to spare before I have to tuck the tablet away, che... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:56:30 EST Saturday #1, next verse - i.e. Chapter 2 As we were tramping about Boston, OVERWORKEDJANET and I realized that we were ready to have some lunch. After checking out menus and availability of seating along Boylston Street, she spotted this little place down a side street: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Awesome choice, Janet. Turned out they had a Greek salad topped with (I hope she'll add the appropriate adjective for the spicing/preparation as I'm having a "se... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:39:46 EST This weekend seems like two Saturdays and a Sunday - Chapter 1 I started a blog early this morning, but it got eaten alive by the tablet being slow. And then today got busy. Since I normally race on Sundays and Saturday is packet pickup, tagging along with MOBYCARP on his necessary tasks todays felt like a second Saturday. Tomorrow, even though it is a Monday, will feel like a Sunday morning to me. <BR> <BR> That said, "FIRST SATURDAY" was SparkMeet Saturday. What a day! It started when I left the hotel thinking I'd stop at Walgreen's for sunscreen... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:05:59 EST Friday afternoon exploring It's a bit of a trip being in a major sports market. Yesterday evening the Red Sox had their opening against the Toronto Blue Jays. And the Celtics were playing as well last night. All this and a marathon Monday, too. I know because that's what's on the local TV in my cozy "home from home". <BR> <BR> The only task I had from the team back home, speaking of the major sports market, was to get "anything Red Sox" for one member of the work group. She's been a Red Sox fan for decades. An... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:00:09 EST Speaking of obvious... Yesterday I mentioned those who are obviously here for the Marathon Monday... today I got out among them. 38 F at 7:30 a.m. (local time) when I started my opportunistic run. The plan was for 12 miles, "long and slow". I knew the general direction from studying maps of where I wanted to run... the Charles River was my target. <BR> <BR> And I started out doing what I do even back home. Step 1: Get the Garmin to find satellites. This may sound simple, but in city canyons it can be chall... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:34:26 EST Home for the next few days <img src=""> It may be tiny, but it's a place to lay my head for the next few days while I have a blast exploring this corner of the world. Unlike past trips to this fair city, I am pretty much self-directed. Not at a church conference (which is where, in this fair city, I first met the man I would marry and who would become the father of my son). <BR> <BR> So far, the plan is working (mostly). The flights w... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:08:09 EST Tablet is slow Consequently, you might not see a lot of blogs DURING the trip. However, I did make it out of the house and to the airport and onto plane number one. I discovered I have not forgotten a skill from past professional life: sleeping on planes. I have something like 3 hours here in Atlanta. From past experience I know I will have to re-check the departure gate a few times... <BR> <BR> I've got to the departure gate "early" before only to have them change it on me, when I have a longish layo... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:16:38 EST Whyizzit? The last work day before a vacation is always hectic. I think there is some kind of rule about that... emergencies will happen on that last day. That's probably why the dream this morning about going to work on my vacation day. As it was, I stayed nearly an hour late, getting things to a point where I feel OK about leaving them! <BR> <BR> Which makes it even funnier that I took one of those FaceBook quiz things that purported to predict your retirement age. It told me ten years ago and t... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:19:40 EST More planning... this time related to travel and food It is best, say many sources, to have a plan for travel, when one usually has less control over available food! If I take a car road trip, I pack a cooler and a food bag. But this time I shall be flying. And given I'm going someplace where there will be walking and public transit involved... my plan is a little less controlled. <BR> <BR> 1) The hotel purports to have mini-fridge and microwave, but I need to check out their size before heading out to grocery shop. <BR> <BR> 2) Some th... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:51:51 EST Back to work! Yes! This will be a quickie, because I am going back to work today... halfway through the antibiotic course... feeling good... even went for an easy 4 mile run yesterday afternoon. Slept well, breakfasted... <BR> <BR> * The bag is packed, remember to eat what's in it, not some random "junk" that crosses your path. <BR> <BR> * Remember to go to recess... especially today, when things are likely to have piled up... your mind needs the break as much as your body! <BR> <BR> * Breathe, prioritize, ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:50:28 EST Keeping the balance There's this internal war going on in my body. It is a war on many fronts. We have the antibiotics versus the strep bacterial infection. We have the antihistamines versus the allgeries (my nemesis, flowering trees, are in gorgeous full bloom, and I can see buds on nearby lilac bushes when I walk outside... yep, high season). And we have my natural immune system as the base army against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The others are reinforcements sent to help. <BR> <BR> Major factor ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:07:38 EST Getting serious about planning for Boston Retrospective: someone questioned in a comment about "where did you catch the strep?" Worth figuring out for future reference. I looked up the time period for it to develop, and it said 2 - 5 days... so if I go backwards from Monday afternoon, that puts it Saturday through Thursday... and it almost has to be at work, which seems unlikely. But if I call the time of onset a little later (when the symptoms became really troubling)... Sunday... a public restroom in a park with no soap and onl... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 09:21:50 EST Better part of valor, or being a wimp? The problem with pride in your body's strength is that you often feel "wimpy" (or that you're playing hooky) if you don't press your limits. Today is about taking my own advice to "prioritize". I would have been following doctor's orders to the letter if I went in to work today at mid-day: 24 hours since the first treatment. <BR> <BR> But... here comes the wimp voice: <BR> <BR> * whine... it's Friday... how much good would I actually be doing on a Friday afternoon? <BR> * whine... m... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:02:36 EST Healthy to the start line? How about to the finish line? For the past several months, I've been commenting back to some of my brother's blogs with the mantra that the goal was for him to be healthy at the starting line, a week from Monday! <BR> It's almost like a running joke. But what I neglected in some of this is that *I* need to be healthy, too... to be at the finish line to cheer him (and others) across. Not to mention I have a Spark Meet planned during that trip with a couple of well-loved even though never met in person yet Spark friends! ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:11:51 EST Totally off topic: the upstairs TV fixed itself For a full month, my upstairs TV has been non-functional. Let's restate that: ever since the Windstream people "fixed" my phone from its permanent busy signal by "disconnecting" one of my phone lines, the upstairs set-top box had been unable to access the whole house DVD / TV reception. I had tried many sorts of restart, but no success. <BR> <BR> I had been afraid to completely restart the main box, because when I read the web site it said that could interrupt my recording and my internet... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 07:25:09 EST What season is it, anyway? As I read the blogs of friends to the North, I see snow. As I observe the posts of running friends I see that Syracuse NY had their half marathon on Sunday in a blizzard... while I was out riding my bike in the breeze and gusts. <BR> <BR> All things have their good and bad. For me, the good is the pleasant temperatures. The bad is the need to medicate for what's blooming. And the side effects that come with that medicating. Tends to mess with the digestive tract... 'nuff said. <BR> <BR... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 20:18:57 EST We now return you to a more normal blog It's MONDAY! I think I may have mentioned before a time or six that I love Mondays. It's a structure thing. <BR> <BR> It was a good weekend. Food had been back in line since mid-week. I made a few adjustments (even though I'm not tracking it online) to get the same nutrition with a higher volume, so I could get through the "hungries" that coming down off sugar could give me. Example: replaced the dried fruit that is normally part of my morning snack with an apple. Moved the yogurt f... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:57:21 EST Author's notes for the third-person blogs I always intended to follow up with author's notes for this blog series, as there are lessons to be drawn from the experience, both what happened, and the process of thinking through it and writing it out. <BR> <BR> First, why did I choose to write it at all? Well, clearly, writing out the good the bad and the ugly has been a part of my program for many years. Long-time Spark Friends know I'm human. Some of the more recent readers might not yet have seen that yes, even long-term maintaine... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:13:08 EST The third person blogs: episode 8 She could not begin to say just what happened at work on Monday... perhaps it was the interruptions. Perhaps it was altering her breakfast routine. But come mid-morning "recess" she stopped at the coffee shop and got not just her coffee (1/4 caff, they make it special for her), but also a piece of coffee cake. Apple/cinnamon crumble. She sat at her desk and savored every bite. <BR> <BR> Then on her lunch break, she did not take a super-recess break, just a walk down the couple of block... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:42:00 EST The third person blogs: episode 7 Monday morning dawned. "Would this be the day of a return to sanity?", she wondered as she stepped on the scale. <em>193</em> Surprise! Only half a pound up. There *was* an advantage to not having the really dangerous things in the house. <BR> <BR> And yet... she didn't feel like packing the bag. She jollied herself into packing the morning and afternoon snacks, at least, telling herself that she would walk two blocks to the sandwich shop for lunch. That would give her a different d... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 08:20:07 EST The third person blogs: episode 6 Setting aside her self-musing, and discounting what she recognized as patterns of thought that she did not ask for and could not prevent from popping up, our heroine forgave herself her reactive response to stray comments, and settled in to enjoy brunch. <BR> <BR> The place the sisters went to was chosen a few years back because it was a place where both of them could get the healthy choices that were appropriate to their separate physiological needs. Because of this, they continued going... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:58:34 EST The third person blogs: episode 5 She slept late Easter morning, 'til nearly 6 a.m. This gave her enough time to shower and be ready for church with her sister, but not enough time to breakfast. She was hoping to get that traditional "Easter morning hungry" by the time church services were over. <BR> <BR> She popped on the scale, her daily check of the data. It was not as bad as it could have been... up a pound and a half. She proceeded to get her coffee, write her donation check, find a purse (she only carried a purse o... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:03:48 EST The third person blogs: episode 4 She woke to the alarm. She had slept soundly, but she wanted to sleep more. She was "sleeping it off", the Friday excess. She wasn't hungry. She turned off the alarm, figuring she'd find out when she woke naturally, but she at least got up to take her morning medication. <BR> <BR> "If I wake up in time and feel like running with the group, I might," she reasoned. And off she drifted. She roused to the chime of her smart phone... she figured it must be the "time to leave for the run" ca... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:46:32 EST The third person blogs: episode 3 Somehow the end of the workday came. It was Good Friday. People were honoring it in various ways. Churches held special services, but she did not go to any of them. She wasn't much of a church-goer. She knew she would go to Easter services with her sister, the "naturally thin" one, and that would be good enough for her. <BR> <BR> Easter, she mused, did represent renewal, but it also offered some special treats. Still under the influence of the licorice, her thoughts turned to some of t... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:31:44 EST The third-person blogs: episode 2 The nice lady pointed out the array of imported licorice, arranged alphabetically by country of origin. The lady handed her a bite-sized sample of an Australian brand. The aroma alone! <BR> <BR> She placed the soft goodness in her mouth and let it soak in. She had visions of the West Wing episode in which Leo McGarry is being grilled in front of a congressional panel, and the subject of a night on the campaign trail comes into question. It involved his alcoholism and a bottle of 60 year ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:56:27 EST The third-person blogs: episode 1 It all started with the ten mile run. It started with the cold and the misery. It started with feeling out of phase with others who ran it. <BR> <BR> She listened to them saying how much fun they had, despite the weather. She was puzzled that she did not feel that way herself. She *did* feel a sense of victory over herself that she went out and did it. But she didn't have fun. And she felt alien to the others, the ones who said it was fun. She started to call into question whether she... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:19:53 EST The memories of Easters, past and present Spending a little time looking at old photos, this morning. This one from Easter 1957 was in a blog I wrote a few years back that got featured. It represents the memory of reunion with my parents and older sister, that happened that day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Easter for me represents reunion and renewal, based on that early childhood memory. I was four years old when that photo was taken. <BR> <B... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:09:06 EST Measuring Maintenance... boring? I think NOT! How many of us have asked ourselves why we don't seem to be able to maintain a weight loss? How many of us have blamed the boredom of celebrating the sameness of the scale? <BR> <BR> Guess what? It's time to be creative when we start feeling that way! <BR> <BR> On the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team some members have come up with some interesting "challenges" around maintaining within 3% of a stated number on the scale... to interestingly named "holidays". (The... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:33:46 EST Shorty - the bag is packed The bag is easy to pack when you have the ingredients that build it all pre-prepped. So the bag is packed. I'm a little short on Spark time for some reason... I think I'm just moving slowly, but I did have a couple of things that side tracked me: real life chores! <BR> <BR> So... reminders to self: <BR> <BR> * Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it. <BR> * Don't forget to go to recess... you need that break from the desk. <BR> * Listen to your body and don't over-do! <BR> * Be c... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:01:01 EST Bonus blog just to Whine! But I TAKE supplements! I take a multi vitamin, extra D, calcium, and magnesium. EVERY DAY! The only one folks mentioned in the comments that I don't take regularly would be extra B12. Because my blood tests have never shown the need. And last time I was tested (November) my D was fine with the 2000 extra IU's I was taking, I upped it to 3000 for the Winter. <BR> <BR> That said, I made it through the work day. And will hit the sheets early tonight... I seem to be recovering with the extra rest enforced the pas... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:31:27 EST Once again re-adjusting My wise Spark friends commented on yesterday's blog about the warning message inherent in getting sick as often as I have this season. Yep, heard, understood, and acknowledged. (Hooah!) <BR> <BR> I have six weeks until the Lincoln Half Marathon, the next big "event" on my schedule. Before then, I have the big trip to Boston. Three races in three weeks is not the same as three "long" run workouts in three weeks. Adrenaline and being around other runners makes me do things a little harder... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:23:48 EST Poking my nose out from under the covers Sheesh, I am tired of this year already... I think this makes cold/flu/migraine/sinus sideline number 3 since New Years'! I've had some bad eating episodes around the "feeling ill" times, not sure of the relationship cause/effect, but I'd had a good solid month of getting back in line before last Saturday's 10 mile race. <BR> <BR> After the race I could not get warm. Oh, by the way, added a photo I found on line of me coming 'round the building about half a mile into that ten miles, to sho... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:49:09 EST Spring is a time of contrasts We get the flowers. I found these blooming in a corner of my yard last week: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And then we get the snow/sleet... this one is from yesterday afternoon, following the 10 miler! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, a time of contrasts. But it will keep warming toward Summer, and there will come a time when we l... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:07:53 EST