ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONEKIDSMOM ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ When the body says SLEEP, do so! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735114 I know I'm having sleep issues when instead of waking before the alarm, or being very aware that the alarm *is* the alarm, my current dream simply takes what the radio voice is saying or singing and blends it right in. This happened to me yesterday morning, and I took my cue... I hit that snooze four times, and was running short on Spark time as a result. Then last night I made SURE to get to bed on time! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Sleep is a very important part of the healthy living deal. ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:26:14 EST Recasting childhood memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733555 That ice cream cone I've been mentioning in my blogs for what, two weeks now? Yesterday I had it. But I didn't just have an ice cream cone. I recreated a childhood memory. With a few modifications. <BR> <BR> Picture in your mind the 1960's. July or maybe August. Nebraska. It's hot. And humid. You are too young to drive, so you've been out riding your bicycle to the swimming pool, to cool off and have fun, and alleviate boredom, because after all, it's Summer time! You rode your bik... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:04:08 EST Bonus blog: TNT Duathlon, from the volunteer perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733093 That TNT stands for Team Nebraska Triathlon, the sponsoring club, in case anyone is curious, but I find it quite appropriate that a race with an explosive acronym was being run the weekend of Independence Day. <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> I got there promptly, reporting for duty about 15 minutes early, in fact. I was assigned first to work check in packet-pickup. There were the usual things one expects at a USAT sanctioned multisport event: check the membership card, the photo id, if not a... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:40:18 EST State of the maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1662162710.jpg"> <BR> This was last January, when I got myself in hand, mentally tough to take off last year's slippery slope regain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1586938777.jpg"> <BR> This is now, when I'm working at regaining "a couple". Interesting what a CONTROLLED regain looks like. Interesting what it feels like from the inside. A whole different psychology, and worthy of attention. Why? Because... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:34:45 EST A different kind of 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732365 NOBODY in the family made big plans or offered to host this year. Last week, those of us in town received one inquisitive e-mail from our older sis, as for once, she's in town, not off with one of her daughters' families. She invited us to drop by if we wanted. I emailed back that I'd probably drop by sometime during the day, but would likely head home and go to bed at my normal time. These days, routine is my friend. <BR> <BR> Got the "arrived in town" call from youngest sister (SPINNIN... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:47:48 EST Sigh... little kitty... end of story... and beginning of new chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731791 I posted the story of the little kitty rescue on Wednesday, fully expecting that the young people would figure out how to raise little kitty. They went through what they knew... gave him a little flea bath, started him on kitten formula, loved and doted on him, but he didn't make it. He quit breathing sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday. Rest in peace, little one. <BR> <BR> Daughter in law was devastated. Son reports she was sobbing off and on for four hours. She is very tender-heart... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:34:52 EST And now for something completely different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158803293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You fellow military moms and dads, you will get that your offspring have formed an entirely new bond with brothers and sisters they served with. They went through difficult experiences together. My son has buddies that will never go away... life-long family. He's not in the uniform any more, fully and honorably discharged and all that, but when one of these guys calls? He's there for them. And vice versa. <BR>... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:01:20 EST A careful dance with the devil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729633 <em>18</em> There he is, the little devil voice, the justifier (even got called that in the Bible, scholars). I have kind of skimped on details, while mentioning in passing my careful attempt to regain a couple of pounds lost during race week. That means TWO, not TWENTY, devil voice! <BR> <BR> I had already been working on the equation of what it takes to maintain while training, and it's more calories than my brain is comfy with, turns out. I had settled in to a maintenance range betwe... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:48:54 EST Monday miscellaneous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728829 Yesterday morning I got out for my first post-race run, in the cool mist at about 7:30 a.m. You have to go early on Summer mornings, to avoid the heat. Footing was good, felt wonderful, and I went about 5.8 miles, probably with a foolish grin on my face the whole time. Loved seeing my neighborhood and the nearby park / lake, other runners and bikers, dog walkers who also know you have to go early on Summer mornings. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I have been trying to deliberately boost the ca... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:40:03 EST When did I become an athlete? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728172 This blog is inspired by one written by OVERWORKEDJANET, yesterday: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727583 </link> <BR> <BR> In it she asks: "She is my friend. When did she become an athlete?" <BR> <BR> I think Dr. George Sheehan has the answer: at birth. "We are all athletes, the difference is that some of us are in training and some of us are not." <BR> <BR> Watch an infant sometime. First thing these little guys and gals do is streng... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:17:00 EST Bonus blog: a reverse brick "recovery" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727774 It was entirely too nice a morning NOT to go out for a walk, and after reading OVERWORKEDJANET's blog this morning about getting off the couch, I headed out my front door to enjoy a walk in the cool air. It had been raining earlier, and as I walked under trees I got the fallout drips. I just walked. No running yet. Although a part of me felt I might like to get Brenda out of the garage and go on an easy ride, "just for fun". But walking was cool. <BR> <BR> As I started out, I was greeti... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:42:03 EST Success at the blood bank means rest day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727579 As mentioned in yesterday's blog, I went back on Friday to see if my pulse on a work day would be high enough to donate. It was. Difference between work day and vacation day, plus the "time schedule to meet" boosted it up to 52, which even for a non-runner would be good enough. The phlebotomist got a good stick on the rolling vein on my right arm, blood flowed well, mission accomplished. <BR> <BR> And, being a couple of pounds UNDER where I want to be (below the bottom of my weight mainte... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:04:14 EST Slow return to the ground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726897 I've been walking on air since Sunday... could you tell? <BR> <BR> It started toning down, bit by bit, over the days since. The drive back, walking gently every hour or so making a stop. Tuesday went for a short swim, not even looking at the clock, and rotating strokes. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I tried to donate blood, and was turned away for too low pulse. Ace came over and took me for a walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went back to work, things were running smoothly there. I did a strength... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:45:57 EST One last lesson from the TRI: nobody STARTS at the finish line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726139 OK, OK, there are some events that have a shared start/finish line, but that's not what this blog is about. It's about how long it takes to get to something big like this one. <BR> <BR> If you are where I was four years ago? Or five years ago? You probably are thinking that a triathlon is beyond your reach. A half marathon... way out of scope for you. You might even be telling yourself "I could never do a 5K". <BR> <BR> Truth? You can do more than you think, but just like losing weigh... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:34:47 EST Bonus blog: To share the official finish line photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417360336.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alicia is hanging back, but she clearly BELONGS in the finish chute with me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448021455.jpg"> This is the SWAG (stuff we all get) from the TRI. The cheese wheel is the finisher's medal. Missing is a head-sweats visor... didn't get it in the photo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495829965.jpg"> And this was the haul fro... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:20:10 EST Nobody TRI's alone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725375 Whew! I'm glad the support team could talk for a while (I was pretty beat)! But so far it's been the anthropomorphized equipment that I whimsically name. Now it's time to talk about the important thing: the people who support those of us who "event". <BR> <BR> These kinds of events don't happen without a lot of support. I wrote about it from the perspective of the volunteers and organizers that make the Lincoln Marathon work in an earlier blog. Similar people support a touring race s... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:45:07 EST Bonus blog: the red-shirt team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724980 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670676117.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Frank, a pair of NIKE Fitsole Soft Support running shoes. I am one of a long line of shoes that get used and discarded, when the next replacement pair is bought for the next event. When it comes to the equipment that is used in training and triathlons and running in general, we are the "red shirts" of Star Trek... the "crew that's expendible". We don't expect to survive the episode, but we serve with ho... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:04:24 EST Your turn, Eliza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724602 Ah-hem. How do you do? I am Eliza Doolittle, sometimes called "the Sleek". I am a blueseventy Sprint triathlon wetsuit, and I am a professional. I do not often speak up, but my ebullient team-mate, Brenda Starr Trek blogged yesterday and insisted that I tell the tale of June 22nd from my own point of view. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you, from my perspective, triathlon is no big deal. It is my job. Triathlon wetsuits are trained to protect our humans, providing buoyancy and warmth as they sw... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:49:21 EST Brenda's TRI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723851 Remember me? I'm Brenda Starr Trek, Barb's fitness hybrid bicycle. She took me on a great adventure this weekend. The first part of it was miserable. She put me in a rack on the back of Dexter (my team-mate, her car), and I was the rider, on the highways and byways all the way to Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> It rained on me, but at every rest stop she would come back and tell me what a good little bike I was, and check to make sure the rack was secure. Some of those rain storms were scary. <BR>... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:21:36 EST When in Rome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722569 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1743227410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alicia gave me the title for the blog, based on the photo I snapped of her yesterday. She had captioned this one: "I thought I was in Wisconsin?" Then she quipped the blog title: "When in Rome", and that is a bit of a theme for the trip, as we riff off one another's threads (both in blogs and offline). She's trying things out. I'm just working on my pre-race rituals, trying to stay loose. <BR> <BR> We did m... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:32:30 EST Bonus blog: the jockey and the race horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722265 This morning we went adventuring. It took us two trips to do so, but we found the turn by turn directions and navigated our way around the bike course, and then the run course. Hey, didja know that Wisconsin has HILLS? <BR> <BR> After having done that we came back to the room, chilled a bit, then it was suddenly lunch-ish time. Had some things I needed to pick up at Walgreens and we decided we wanted to do Subway for lunch. Trotted out to the car, asked our little GPS for directions...... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:37:51 EST We made it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721906 Yesterday's trip was a mixed bag. We played tag with a line of heavy rain showers all the way across Iowa and into Wisconsin. But in between, when the sun shone through the clouds... GORGEOUS! <BR> <BR> As anticipated, we talked... and talked... and talked... and laughed at ourselves... and talked more. We stopped as needed, ate as we wanted (all healthy), moved around when we could (i.e. when not in a downpour) at the stops. And forgot to fill the tank until it got really, really low...... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:05:32 EST Ready, set... road trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721108 The car is packed. Hope I got everything in. Brenda the bike is on board. Eliza the Sleek (wetsuit) is lovingly wrapped in a beach towel in the suitcase, hopefully she'll endure the ride well. Sun block, body glide, nutrition, water sources... everything the athlete thinks she might need or wants to give herself the last minute chance to change her mind about and use. <BR> <BR> We'll have a busy time of it. Friday I expect to drive the bike and run courses, and see what the hills are li... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:57:46 EST For whom the race is run: 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720370 This is a continuation of the reminders to myself of those in whose honor I do my events. The first is always my November 5th family, from yesterday's blog. The next group for whom I run are those who for reasons beyond their control, cannot run themselves. Many of these folks have little hope of training, because of a debilitating illness or injury. <BR> <BR> Into this group falls the name Carol Ann Whitehead, my late sister in law, (Dec. 12, 1952 - Feb. 20, 2013). She started having di... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:38:51 EST For whom the race is run: 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719637 I've quipped before that I run because I can. I run for those who cannot. Each time I go out, I do better when I fix in my mind specific people for whom I am racing. I have several groups, and the list grows. This is part 1, because I will likely add more as I go on. This one is about the event that really put a burr under my behind to GET fit again, because life is short and precious. <BR> <BR> 13 of those who cannot do this for themselves are names with faces that are burned in my mem... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:53:03 EST Last pre-race workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718903 Yesterday I did go do that total body workout at the gym I talked about in Saturday's blog. And this morning, my body tells me it KNOWS it's been worked. I did the 6th workout of the ones my last personal trainer had designed for me. It's the one with the assisted pull ups, and the captain's chair leg lifts, and the weighted single leg exercises in the mix. I'm rather fond of it; it tends to be a shorter one, only taking me an hour, compared to some of the others that can take me up to an... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:40:41 EST A Father's Day recognition for the father of my son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718294 I don't often advertise it, but I also don't hide the fact: I'm divorced. Have been for over ten years now. Before that, I was married to the father of my son for almost 22 years. The relationship obviously had issues or I wouldn't be divorced. But 22 years is a long time, and obviously there were good things that attracted me to the man. <BR> <BR> Here we are in my heaviest weight before picture: my mom, me, my then husband and our son, crossed legged on the floor. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:16:58 EST Slow Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717978 I started my slow Saturday off by sleeping in... well, as much as I do... 'til 5 a.m. At that point the body said, "I'm done." I had a loose plan to do some strength training today, and I'm also doing trip preparation... went out to get travel foods, got my son to bring over a cooler since he took mine when he moved out. As long as he was bringing the cooler over, he also brought the grand-dog, Boomer. <BR> <BR> So this afternoon's activity was tramping around the dog park with this goofu... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:30:06 EST Brenda's last pre-trip checkup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717003 Taper continues with an easy bike ride after work yesterday. I had called my local bike shop at noon and asked if they'd have time to look my little fitness hybrid over "one more time" to make sure she is fit for her outing against "the big bikes" on the 22nd. <BR> <BR> Being me, I fired up the GPS watch AND Endomondo and did a comparison. Funny thing, two GPS items on same person... measured mileage the same... every time Endomondo chirped in my ear that I'd gone another mile, I would gla... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:46:59 EST Goals - doubts = reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716263 My friend Gaye (GABY1948) posted her daily inspirational quote today and it gave me my starting point and title for this morning's offering. Here's her blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716228 </link> <BR> <BR> And here's mine: I did play with my gadgets yesterday after work again. It was a "run 30 minutes easy" taper day. I filled the three 7 ounce water bottles on the new fuel belt because part of my goal for this run was to test out... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:05:31 EST Ooh, shiny! Or, second childhood rocks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715469 Y'all know I love my tech. This one is a luxury tech deal. Serious investment dollars at work. It's a Garmin GPS enabled watch that tracks my movements in all three TRI sports. Of course I wanted to try it out, especially in the water, because that's the ONE part of my workout that I've NOT been able to measure other than by squinting at a clock on the wall or actually wearing a timing chip in a triathlon. <BR> <BR> So the first time out with the Forerunner was after work last night. It... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:00:12 EST Taper week and experiments with tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714731 Yes, there are only 12 days until the big event now. I have begun the "taper week" on the training plan. Now, "taper week" is normally only a week, but I've read the appendices for women and "masters" (seniors) in The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joe Friel, and I am unabashed about making my taper in fact almost two weeks long. <BR> <BR> Taper calls for much shorter workouts than the stamina and strength building phases. My Saturday swim and Sunday brick were my last long workouts. T... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:27:16 EST Rest day and lists in my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713917 It's time to start making those lists, since this TRI is at a distance. Things to make sure get packed. Big things (the wet suit and the bike and the running shoes), of course, but also little things that just make the event work (Body Glide, nose clip, goggles, sun block, hat, socks, etc.) <BR> <BR> If it's not in the car, I don't have it for the race! <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I have two weeks to experiment with things... on shorter workouts... the fuel... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:09:31 EST Sunday's adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713590 Last weekend when I swam the slowest lap at the Rampy Swimathon for MS, I won a gift certificate to a running store in Omaha. Today I had a plan: I was going to do my last long brick (bike 26 miles, run 7.5) early in the day then drive up and reward myself by using that gift certificate. And exploring a new store, in the bargain. <BR> <BR> Let me start with a few visuals from the bike ride. I started about 7:30 a.m. It was cool, about 57F according to the phone app that tells me current... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:08:26 EST Swimming for time, in the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712948 Today was a longish swim / a time trial for me, but in the pool, and without the wetsuit. I went 1900 yards in an hour, plus 6 minutes of 100 yard warmup/100 yard cool-downs. That's averaging 3.16 minutes per hundred yards. Yep, slow but steady... and faster than I used to swim, that's for sure! But for me, for endurance it's more important to stay calm and keep going than it is to burn up the water with speed. <BR> <BR> Get into rhythm, don't let the other swimmers or the open water get... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 17:18:49 EST An after work bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711819 I had thought about riding the bike to work yesterday. After the evening before and the flooded underpass tunnel, I had a few qualms. When I got up, saw clouds, and by the time I left for work, light rain. I opted not to bike commute, hoping (correctly as it turned out) for better weather for my cycle work out after work. <BR> <BR> I left work promptly, changed, and headed out on Brenda (my fitness hybrid bike). In some ways the ride was frustrating. For one thing, when you are bicycl... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 05:50:10 EST Thought I'd try an easy run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711071 I kept to just strength training on Tuesday. Last night I thought, "an easy run"... it was warm but not as horrid as some days in recent history. And we didn't have big storms coming through. <BR> <BR> So after work, I slipped out the front door and went for a run. The street crossings were with me, didn't have to stop often (ok, once). When I got to the underpass that goes under 70th street from the dog run to the rest of the park? Would you believe urban flooding from Tuesday's storms... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:37:42 EST Answering back the age-old question WHAT was I thinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710273 I whine about the phase of "what was I THINKING?" in my process of the road to the start line. It's not a comfortable feeling. But every time I complete an event, it answers the question. What I WAS thinking, was of how I feel when I cross the finish line. As much as I whine about not liking finish lines, they are an incredible high. Pushing oneself toward the starting line is necessary to make it to that finish line feeling. <BR> <BR> So last night I succumbed to signing up for the Cor... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 06:57:29 EST Back to routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709511 Since I slept so much of yesterday, I was awake early this morning. I put the trash to the curb, tossed the throws into the washing machine, packed the lunch/snack bag, packed a change of clothing into other bags (my "in case I want to bike to work" outfit that is wrinkle resistant, and my shoes for the work drawer so I can wear the biking shoes for the ride). I will take them to work and store them, I'm not biking today. <BR> <BR> I'm not biking today because there's this HUGE prediction ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:07:54 EST Three weeks to go... ready or not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709139 I would like to mention that my allergies were already kicking in before the open water swim on Saturday. I swam on Zyrtek and Advil (took them in the morning, so I would know whether they were affecting me before the swim started). I don't know whether the exertion of the day pushed me over the edge into worse or if worse would have shown up anyway. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning I tried going for a "gentle" walk in the hopes of feeling better. Didn't work. Spent most of Sunday snoozing on th... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:17:47 EST Eliza the Sleek gets baptized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707903 A couple of weeks ago I blogged about needing to name the wetsuit. I got many fine responses and suggestions from my Spark friends (memory lane, link to the earlier blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698962 </link> ) <BR> <BR> Since that time, more suggestions came in, including "Jericho" (as in the walls came tumbling down) from DSHONEYC, "Dara" (for Dara Torres, 5 time Olympic swimmer) from NANCY-, "Atlantis" from DNAPRIME, "Moses" and "P... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:12:54 EST A good girl? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707280 Credit: This blog was Sparked by VITCHY-VICKI's status the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> "There once was a girl with a strawberry curl, <BR> right in the middle of her forehead. <BR> When she was good, she was very, very good. <BR> But when she was bad she was horrid." <BR> <BR> I've quoted this one before in blogs past, I'm sure I have. But it captures the essence of the on-off, good-bad, win-lose binary thinking that many of us are working to overcome. <BR> <BR> One slip does not hav... Sat, 31 May 2014 07:28:13 EST The challenge of balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706573 Back on the first of May I blogged about personality types and fitness choices (link <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684639 </link> ) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got thinking about it again when a few folks have suggested that maybe a workout buddy would be a good idea for me. My initial reaction was to recoil in horror. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, sometimes having a workout buddy and plans will help one overcome that initial resistance to getting out the fr... Fri, 30 May 2014 07:49:23 EST OK ready to stop muttering at myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706345 I've been silent since Saturday... for various and assorted reasons. First off, I was hiding in my cave over the long holiday weekend. I was going through (still am) the "what was I THINKING" phase of pre-event anxiety. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I was going through some wild self-sabotage with food... and then through Tuesday and Wednesday I was muttering to myself. It's almost as though I'm trying to make myself not fit the wetsuit! <BR> <BR> I was able to see the insane side, under th... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:32:44 EST Cooking for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701915 SPINNINGJW left ingredients behind when she visited last weekend. For one thing, very lovely thinly sliced mushrooms. For another baby red and yellow peppers. And the topper: some shredded cheddar cheese. <BR> <BR> Now some of you know that cheese is among my weaknesses, BUT, I was strengthened by the bike ride last weekend, and the run, swim, and strength workouts during the week. And by the fact that it's Jen's cheese... I didn't bring it in, so it's "not my food", even though she g... Sat, 24 May 2014 07:26:14 EST It's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701261 And I'm hungry. I wake up hungry, folks. I AM eating enough. I'm maintaining my weight. BUT... this morning is my "biometric screening" for insurance at work, and that means fasting. So... Sparking is normal. Sparking without my trusty mug of coffee? Sparking without having the steel cut oats simmering and knowing I'll be filled soon? No so much. <BR> <BR> I of course have a plan. The lunch/snack bag is packed, but so is a container of rolled oats soaking in milk and spiced with cin... Fri, 23 May 2014 07:27:11 EST This was a delicious day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700242 I don't know about the rest of you, but my mom used to quip that our state had only two seasons: Winter and Summer... and what we called Spring and Autumn were simply interspersed days of the other two. <BR> <BR> Well, today would have qualified as Summer. And I'm a Summer gal. I love getting out in the cool of a Summer morning and being active. I love the warmth of the afternoon sun, too. I "weather" Summer better as an active person than many others (maybe because I'm SLOWLY active?) ... Wed, 21 May 2014 19:56:19 EST I have brilliant Spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698962 To recap: yesterday I blogged about needing to name the wetsuit. I did not put in what I was thinking of as a name, but wanted to see what my friends would offer up, and I got a GREAT list. <BR> <BR> Ariel is already taken by the treadmill (named her years ago... not about to change that now). <BR> <BR> Dori (just keep swimming) came in from LEWILL1982. <BR> <BR> Eve (from the middle of blue sEVEnty sprint) came in from DALID414. <BR> <BR> 1CRAZYDOG gave me a lovely list: Brook, Maya, ... Tue, 20 May 2014 07:17:46 EST The last piece of TRI training puzzle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698147 Yesterday I ran, tossing out the training plan that called for running drills, as it was obvious to me in the first five minutes that my legs were pretty tired from Saturday's bike ride. Instead, I just ran for the joy of running, inserting walk intervals every so often, for safety's sake. I observed that going up hills was when the quads complained the loudest, so I went a different route that is mostly flat, and only kept the two moderate hills that I cannot avoid. <BR> <BR> Later in the... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:32:39 EST More musings from the bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697480 You probably don't want to hear about "the allergic athlete"... which is the self-pity that comes the morning after the event when your allergies are really running wild. But I'm medicated and just had the steel cut oats of the morning (with banana and cinnamon) and am sipping my Spark mug of coffee (1/4 caffeine), and will instead savor a few more word-pictures from yesterday's Wear Yellow Nebraska Ride. <BR> <BR> I probably did not mention its cause, although ALICIA363 mentioned that it h... Sun, 18 May 2014 07:55:54 EST