ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The race I do for FUN - my fifth CSG Triathlon Can you believe I've been doing this sport for five years? Earlier this week, my facebook memory popped up with the photo from July 2012, body marked for the first in this series. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm a multi-year veteran... and still having fun. Here's the photo story of today's race: <BR> <BR> My goal for today was to practice quicker transitions, since that's often my weak point. <BR> <BR> Sophia the road bike is ready for service early, as is the transition area. I was once again ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:18:00 EST Giving Back The Cornhusker State Games 10K "Volkswalk" was one of the first events I did at the state games... that, and the 5K "Hot Dog Chase". Becky, a.k.a. KALIGIRL did that 10K walk with me... remember? 2011? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I "gave back" to those who were walking that six mile event. It's in a different part of town just about every year, and this year it was close to our own neck of the woo... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:45:10 EST Just a Friday Grin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun hat was an impulsive / semi-deliberate purchase yesterday on my noon "recess". I wanted a big floppy hat for my volunteer gig tomorrow at the Cornhusker State Games walk, when I will be standing about at my post at mile one from 6:15 a.m. to noon. In the current heat wave, just plain wise. Running cap not appropriate... this should shade my face nicely! I saw it in a shop window, sto... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:53:10 EST Part 2 of the percolating thoughts Continuing the thread of thoughts in the percolation process, starting with the basis of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz. <BR> <BR> Remember that Ms. Szalavitz's contention and premise is that addiction can be viewed as a learning disorder... that at some point the addict learned to turn to (in her case drugs, in my case candy bars) as an adaptive/coping behavior... and we got "stuck" there. <BR> <BR> In the same chapter as the two quo... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:26:03 EST I have this blog percolating and not enough time to write it The preview is a quote from Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz. I'd already blogged about the book a few times, and shared that I'm finding it particularly validating in relation to my current maintenance and lifestyle in survival / recovery from obesity! Whether that's from "addiction" to food / foods or not can be debated, of course, but so many things she brings up about treatment and recovery ring true for THIS journey as well. <BR> <B... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:58:45 EST It is a rule: CSG week must be HOT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting a short run in last night at 7 p.m. (only 2.63 miles, and slow) was in fact the best decision. From these forecast temperatures, it was the best it was going to get, at about 88F, per Garmin's lookup. Took hydration, and was good about using it. <BR> <BR> Given the temperatures, I will probably go with strength training this evening (in a nice air conditioned room), a swim eithe... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:44:29 EST Laying out the training plan for this week The weather is predicted to be... drumroll... it's summer in Nebraska, remember... continued drum roll... <em>67</em> <em>259</em> HOT! HUMID! <BR> <BR> Since I normally work out AFTER work, it's at the hottest point of the day. And what have I been slighting lately of the three sports? Running. So... pick the day... tonight or tomorrow... for a run. <BR> <BR> Strength train the alternate day. <BR> <BR> Wednesday is the Synergy chiropractic dude in the morning... last week he t... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:38:52 EST Cornhusker State Games Cycle Tour - my second half century <em>332</em> I hadn't thought of the Firecracker 50 on the 4th of July as a half century until I saw a fellow cyclist (AURORAMILLET) blog about her first half century ride... but it truly WAS my first half century. This morning I set out to put the second one in the books. <BR> <BR> Last year after the Heat Stroke 100, during which I covered the 41 mile route, I felt it was time THIS year to up my distance. If I ever want to do that bucket list 70.3 mile triathlon, I need to start traini... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:16:26 EST The Party in Motion called COLOR RUN - 2016 Omaha Version <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my niece, Tye, learning the joy of reading other people's shirts. <BR> <BR> Here are the two of us, vintage and virtuously new, before heading to the start line: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, off on the run. As we cross the start line, Tye informed me that she jogs slowly, as in intervals addin... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:33:47 EST The grand puzzle of self Getting close to another "6 year" anniversary date... just three weeks off is the anniversary of the goal weight confetti toss at Jenny Craig for reaching what I then called "goal weight". And the puzzle is still at times a puzzle. <BR> <BR> Yes, I've had some success, staying in a range that's a whole lot lower than my lifetime top. This is the graph since 2002: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The before pic... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:49:14 EST Quick pep talk, just to get the mind set There are only 24 hours in a day, and it's important to recognize that. Use wisely what you can, allow time for rest and "cave" respite, and "let it go" if you don't get EVERYTHING on the list covered. <BR> <BR> Going to be another busy day. I'll be arriving at work late, after seeing my Synergy guy, and I have that re-scheduled meeting, but I at least got an agenda prepped, and a semi-plan for next week's knowledge sharing meeting, i.e. a homework assignment for the group! I spent a lot ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:55:07 EST Bonus blog - keys to surviving a tough day This morning I blogged my pep talk to myself because I knew I was facing unpleasant tasks (for me) in my workday. Over the decades of working for a living, I have taken some of the lessons of the workplace and applied them to my self-care success, and I figured I'd share some things that work for me, in getting through the tough days. <BR> <BR> 1) If you know ahead of time it's going to be a tough day, you can plan for it. Extroverts may be able to just slide by extemporaneously through th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:08:57 EST Going to need that mental toughness today... And the planned workout, too! <BR> <BR> Let us, without going into gory details, say that I already know that today's workday is not going to be stress-free in ANY sense of the word. So... very important not to lose perspective. <BR> <BR> The best stress reliever is doing something to solve the problem. Breathe, prioritize, delegate is the mantra of the day! <BR> <BR> But also important to hold the line with food: eat what's in the bag. That's why you packed it! <BR> <BR> And... remem... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:39:04 EST Ending the weekend with a little more peopling <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was how the weekend ended... with a rousing and well-clicking performance of a Melodrama at a nearby State Park theater. <BR> <BR> That made for a very full weekend, for sure... there was peopling with the Team open water swim and bike. But I made certain that Saturday afternoon was "cave" time. Among the things I did in the cave was to follow through on my promise to show solidari... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:30:33 EST Retrospective on the scale... and "Do I dare?" I was looking at a different perspective on my maintenance journey, that started in 2010... in this case, the average scale weights, year by year, as I went through the major loss in 2009, began maintenance partway through 2010, and was in "true maintenance" for the entire calendar years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and of course the now partial year of 2016. <BR> <BR> I track weight daily, and keep track of minimum point weight, maximum point weight, and average weight in each of th... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:20:28 EST Feeling stressed? Bored? Go jump in a lake... Remember when you were a kid, and your mom would tell you to "go jump in a lake" if you complained about something? I thank my dad for insisting that each of his children be exposed to swimming lessons so that we could take her literally! <BR> <BR> I remember taking canoeing lessons as a teenager, and one of the tests (or maybe it was a self-test?) was swimming across the lake and back, to prove we could survive if the canoe capsized. Interesting that the same lake where we took those less... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:04:28 EST Friday came quickly this week Three day work weeks... just about perfect, don't you think? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took my "super recess" lunch break, to tuck in a pool swim. <em>237</em> I made my supper basis the watermelon pizza that ALICIA363 delivered to me. And I ate what was in the bag. I went to recess at my regular break times. <BR> <BR> I went to bed on time. Today, strength training... tomorrow open water swim/bike brick. Sunday long run. <BR> <BR> Now let's all get out there and live the best Friday J... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 07:42:58 EST The experiment of ONE, and the Unbroken Brain book I've mentioned a time or six that I'm in the midst of reading "Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction" by Maia Szalavitz. This book has provided me with many feelings of validation, and many nuggets of "food for thought". While I have never been tempted by tobacco, alcohol, or legal / illegal drugs, I have often referred to myself as a "compulsive eater", and I've been to what is referred to as the "last house on the block"... the 12 steps of Overeaters Anonymous... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:01:43 EST Catching up on sleep tracking Now that my replacement Fitbit Surge is "in da house"... I realize what all I was giving up while the old one was in its stages of failure. One of the first things to go was sleep tracking, as I tried to give it more "juice" overnight. Now that I have a fully functional replacement, it's ba-ack! I set my goal for 7 hours and I achieved it both Monday night and last night, going to bed early. Sleep will be a focus during my work week because of weekend early departures to make team events ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:51:45 EST My longest bike ride ever! After Sunday's "adventures" in TNT land, I decided that the Firecracker 50 might be a good thing for me to take on. I needed the bike miles in training. For biking, it's all about "miles in the saddle"... experience on all kinds of terrain, developing a sense of when to shift gears, persistence during the tough parts, pushing during the right sections, etc. Doesn't matter if you're racing or just riding for endurance (those multi-day tours)... it takes some seasoning. <BR> <BR> Turned out... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:35:41 EST Ten minute "before" blog The car is packed, with in-ride nutrition and hydration. I have a little more time before leaving this morning, since today's ride is closer. Again it's someplace I've never driven to before, so relying on GPS but since it's a church parking log, should be more accurate! <BR> <BR> Happy Independence day to all my fellow US folks! I was musing on how different my celebrations are these days compared to my youth and years "between". Used to be pretty much food focused. As a kid, yes, we s... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:13:12 EST The little old lady's adventures in TNT land... I pondered over what to title this blog, and settled on that. Today was full of adventures. Starting with the usual drama of GPS systems that do not take you to where you thought they would... other side of the lake. Face it, they are not good with recreational areas that have multiple points of entry. Fortunately, I had allowed a certain amount of "getting lost time" in my planned drive, and still got to the parking lot where the ride was to begin in time to use the port-a-pot, and get m... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 17:02:26 EST Eliza got the nod to come out and play -SHOREIDO- commented that 63F air temperature was a bit cool for a swim, so I imagine if she remembered that Eliza Doolittle the Sleek is my full wetsuit would have bet on her getting the call. In fact, the water was *wonderful*... not too warm for wetsuits (Ken and I), and not too cold for Angie, who went without. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The lake is showing some fog lifting off it. You may remember ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 14:54:25 EST Half a year in the pebble jar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those of you who've been following me off and on know that I use a pebble jar, one pebble a day, as a tactile and visual representation of the passage of days in a year. I started this a few years back, while my son was overseas, but have kept it up long since he returned. Now it's just a very big reminder, sitting on my grandmother's buffet, that time is passing, and to live each day as b... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:29:43 EST For those of you who asked: Synergy Synergy is the name of the practice I go to: Synergy Chiropractic Spine and Joint Center. What's different about them is the soft tissue work they do, not just adjustments to the spine/joints. There is a name for this therapy: ART (Active Release Techniques). For us laypeople, that pretty much is an assisted stretching and specific massage of the soft tissues around the joints - in my case, the knees and the hip flexors. They also have been doing the drop table adjustments to my pelvis ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:42:32 EST Wednesday was a set-up day Today's theme was setting up for the future. I'm a little anxious this evening, which kind of explains the extra tortilla, 4 ounces of yogurt, and hard boiled egg. But I stopped after that. <BR> <BR> What all was being set up? <BR> <BR> 1) The Synergy guy did my initial assessment and worked on both knees and hip flexors, and pelvis. I set up an appointment a week from now until the week after age group nationals. The left knee and hip are most in need of work, so that will probably be ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:24:22 EST Reprise: keeping promises to yourself Yesterday I vented about my disjointed state of mind after my busy, active, peopled weekend... heading back to work. Many commented their support... THANK YOU! As I've often said, I mostly blog for myself... my reminders to ME of why this is important to me... but some of y'all follow along, and it means something when I see those comments. Here's the accountability from yesterday: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Ate what was in the bag. <BR> <em>248</em> Took my recess walks. <BR> <em>248</... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:54:38 EST Still trying to calm down from overpeopled weekend Random thoughts from the still jumbled brain: <BR> <BR> "I sure hope today is a quiet one at work... puzzles but not so much people." <BR> <BR> "I think I'll put the non-fiction Unbroken Brain on the shelf for today at least... need me a good thriller. Tired of that romance novel... shelve it as Started Never Finished." I can only take about ONE romance novel in a mix of about five or six other things before I get bored with them. I read on my recess walks. Taken indoors, not much chanc... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:51:38 EST Sunday morning at the lake <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got out there early, and had a few moments of peaceful reflection... better than a cave! <BR> <BR> Then one by one, others began to arrive. Here are three others who swam (besides me): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Notice, no wet suits... water too warm for wetsuits. Unfortunately, that led to an issue for me:... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:51:40 EST Bonus blog: Do I agree with the author of Unbroken Brain? Do I agree with Maia Szalavitz's contention that "... fundamentally, addiction is a learning disorder. There are three critical elements to it: the behavior has a psychological purpose, the specific learning pathways involved make it become nearly automatic and compulsive, and it doesn't stop when it is no longer adaptive."? <BR> <BR> Well, I don't know about addiction (as in drugs / alcohol), not having personal experience with those. But I *do* have experience with compulsive automatic ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:58:37 EST Race Report - Cornfield - Cornfield 10K Colorado has its Bolder Boulder. Nebraska, not to be denied (remember the Ski Nebraska posters, anyone?)... mimics with Cornfield - Cornfield. Part of the BRIN series (Born and Race In Nebraska) that I signed on to as a package deal last Thanksgiving, this is the second in the series. <BR> <BR> The day began with leaving the house at about 5:35 a.m., driving into the sunrise (which was beautiful, by the way) because the race was centered at a minor league baseball park in Papillion, Nebras... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:14:28 EST Training and doctoring Seven weeks out from the "big one", <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> this week has been a milder one for workouts... a "recovery" week between phases of the training plan. Next week the miles start ramping up again. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor for the semi-annual check of thyroid levels and he manipulated the knees (mentioned in Monday's blog), but I've started to put a knee wrap on during rest days (like today). Yesterday I kind of faced the reality that last Fall when... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:46:15 EST So who is a "vulnerable" person? A snip from the book "Unbroken Brain: A revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction" by Maia Szalavitz, that I referenced yesterday prompts this followup. <BR> <BR> "It" (addiction) "only develops when vulnerable people interact with potentially addictive experiences at the wrong time, in the wrong places, and in the wrong pattern for them." <BR> <BR> Why this resonates with me is because a) I know I'm a vulnerable person, based on past experience (if one characterizes the food obsess... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:12:16 EST Onward with the book <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Part of my own process of understanding what I need to do as a maintainer involves reading and assimilating many different things. The current read, pictured above, is focused on addiction, characterizing it as a learning disorder. My reading of the author's memoir of her own experiences with drugs doesn't always equate with my own experience with food or triggers, but boy howdy, the physi... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:48:41 EST Do NOT take yesterday's blog as an excuse to binge eat Just because I had an "episode" and seem to have weathered it OK, still being "in range"... doesn't make the binge "OK". Just because I was conscious of it happening while it did does not make it "OK". Just because it STARTED with the intention of adding calories to support training, does not make "losing control" OK. It's something that happened, but it does not define ME, or YOU! <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Barb, and I am a compulsive eater. Once I get started with certain substances (of which g... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:04:42 EST So, what WAS that, over the weekend? You can spin it many ways. You remember on Saturday, I fessed up to bringing triggers into the house. Several of you commented that I'm stronger than peanut butter and honey. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, this morning (after running the dishwasher), I took their picture again. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, over the cours... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:35:35 EST Saturday - Summer weekends I could hear the rain on the roof during the night, and at 2 a.m. my phone rang... work issue that I had to get up, go downstairs, and fire up a remote session to help resolve. Mostly hand-holding a gal who hadn't faced this particular task before. The kitties were very vocal about the rain and that mom was doing something unusual in the middle of the night. <BR> <BR> Once the issue was resolved, it was only about an hour and a half before the alarm would go off, but I went back to bed, an... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:22:57 EST More echoes from Unbroken Brain Unbroken Brain, by Maia Szalavitz is a book (c) 2016 that discusses addiction as a learning / developmental disorder. While addressing specifically drug/alcohol addiction, it also addresses the so-called "addictive personality" which many of us who identify as compulsive eaters will recognize. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I shared some small quotations from the book that resonated with me. This resonance continues happening as I continue to read. While I don't identify with the use of d... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:55:25 EST Pre-work shortie Yesterday was HOT. Today promises to be more of the same. Old fashioned Nebraska Summer, with three-digit temperatures! I skipped the swim (another blog later about that), but went to the grocery store, being out of some necessities that support my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Grocery stores, office buildings, all that... are air conditioned to a level that my little body finds downright cold. You'll see me, honestly, wrapped up in sweaters during the work day, year-round. <BR> <BR> Lea... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:02:08 EST Teasers from the Unbroken Brain book Following up about the book Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz... I'm going back and high-lighting in my copy of the book, even though I'm still not to page 100! <BR> <BR> Something that stands out, in fact the basis of the book, is the author's characterization of addiction as a developmental (or learning) disorder. In the process, she describes other conditions that are accepted as learning disorders. <BR> <BR> "in some ways addiction appears extremely unlike other developmental disorders,... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:35:52 EST Brenda, Barb and Ace This turned out to be the best day for biking this week, and I rode Brenda Starr Trek down to the office, leaving earlier than usual. Turns out that leaving early, I coincided with the time ALICIA363 does her interval run/walk/run... as I neared the Children's Zoo, where I have an at-grade street crossing thanks to construction on my normal trail commute. <BR> <BR> I was heading West on the sidewalk on A street, when ahead of me, I see a familiar gait... short, the other half of a team to c... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:28:38 EST The upcoming book Continuing down the road of study of the brain, I picked up this title from someone else's blog or a linked article (I want to say it was WATERMELLEN, but not sure), and then when ALICIA363 marked it as "currently reading" on GoodReads, I knew I had to go down this path, too. <BR> <BR> Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz. This is the link to it on GoodReads <link><BR>-unbroken-brain </link> <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:27:19 EST A solo bike/run brick As it turns out, my biking buddy was not available for today's bike/run brick... but I guess I'm getting a little more comfortable with the area where we have been riding/running... and I opted to go do it solo. <BR> <BR> I put Sophia in the back of Dexter (my rolling toy-box is Dexter, the Honda Fit), along with the rest of the biking gear I might need. Dexter serves as my transition area for the "brick" workout (i.e. two sports back to back). I didn't take this shot until after the run... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:37:08 EST Eliza did not get to play today Met a new friend at the open water swim... of the canine bestie variety. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Her mommy and daddy were swimming or organizing, and everyone got in the game of tossing her tennis ball into the water so that she would happily splash in to retrieve it, but Bella would not jump off the dock. I didn't take my photos until after the swim, so the lake now set as my banner photo is devoid of what H... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:12:07 EST Spark Chapter 10 - The Regimen: Build your brain PLUS index to prior blogs I'm wrapping up my blogging through the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD (not to be confused with The Spark by our own Chris Downie of fame). I started my blog chapter reviews quite some time ago, but life got busy, and I had other things to write about, so here's the links backwards in time: <BR> <BR> November 18, 2015 - The first intro blog, I was not exactly thrilled: <BR> <link> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:16:20 EST Toys, uh, rewards Even my toys have toys. That's what popped into my head when I started to think about what to write this morning. <BR> <BR> First, however, for those of you who commented yesterday that you missed the storm damage blog? That's 'cause I never WROTE one! My damage seemed so minor compared to what I was seeing on the news from two miles down the road, it wasn't really worthy of mention. No sexy photos or anything. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a lot of work done because it needs doing... and the i... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:26:53 EST Adjusting - it's what we do! From my handy-dandy Webster's New World Dictionary: <BR> "adjust: 1 to change so as to fit, conform, make suitable, etc. 2 to make accurate by regulating 3 to settle or arrange rightly 4 to resolve or bring into accord 5 to decide how much is to be paid in settling (an insurance claim)..." <BR> <BR> Since I just had an insurance adjuster out to the house, and being me, am fascinated by words and how we use them... this blog was born. The insurance adjuster? Remember the day I drove home... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 07:39:02 EST So, do the most common reasons for regain fit YOUR experiences This morning's Spark Mail featured this article: "The Ten Most Common Reasons People Regain Weight". <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2121&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>weekly-spark </link> <BR> <BR> Looking at these ten "reasons", how many apply to YOU? Be honest: <BR> 1. Unrealistic goals <BR> 2. Short-term diets <BR> 3. Losing weight in an attempt to solve emotional issues <BR> 4. Having a naturally heavier body <BR> 5. Mi... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:22:16 EST Memories of youth This morning, in the cool of a Summer morning, I rode my bicycle to where I needed to go: work. As I rode, I had visions of when I used to do this... back in the days when a bicycle was my freedom, my ability to get myself independently where I needed to go. To childhood. Summer school. Summer school for me was a way to get some extra "fun" classes in, or get required course work done to leave more room in the schedule during the regular school year. Plus, it kept me from getting too bor... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 21:08:57 EST Bonus blog - outdoor swim, recovery Whether or not this image looks inviting depends entirely on the ambient temperature where you are right now. <em>259</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Turns out, because of an actual triathlon being run in Omaha today (Women's Tri), and various excuses on the part of the gents (a 17th Wedding Anniversary as a reason to skip an open water swim opportunity?)... there was only one other person proposing open wat... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:22:54 EST