ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Boy Wonder in week 3 already has my number Last night after work I headed to the gym, because I wanted to get a nice swim in before my workout with the Boy Wonder. I swam 1200 yards in 39 minutes, sat in the whirlpool for five, had a protein bar between, and warmed up on the rowing machine. So I was well exercised before Boy Wonder got ahold of me. <BR> <BR> That *may* have been an element in how badly the strength workout whipped my fanny last night, but I think there were other elements, too. <BR> <BR> For one thing, he introduc... Fri, 29 May 2015 07:30:58 EST Blaming it on the watch band I have a Timex Ironman ladies' digital watch. I've had it for years... probably 10 years or more. I think it's on its second battery now. But finally, the plastic band has cracked, it's pinching my wrist, and I need to replace something: the band, or even the entire watch. It wasn't very costly... $39 I think. <BR> <BR> But now comes the decision: replace the band (somehow I can't see it looking right in anything other than the original band), or the watch. And if I'm going to replace... Thu, 28 May 2015 08:00:30 EST Updates on the loose ends Yesterday, after doing my three days of sports training, my body was saying "time for a rest day", so I let it be an extra rest day. Because today is a rest day, too, based on having my Jenny Craig food pick up after work. Tomorrow after work is my third meeting with the Boy Wonder (personal trainer). Last Thursday was my only strength training that week. This is why I hired the Boy Wonder... to get myself into the gym once a week. <BR> <BR> On the health monitoring front: I've been dil... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:53:47 EST Day three of the three sport holiday weekend: the first brick of the season This morning I was not about to give in to the minor aches & twinges because it was the best weather weekend day to be outdoor active. I pumped up Sophia Silque Trek's tires while the steel cut oats were simmering. Filled the camel back and the fuel belt. Because I was determined that this would be the day of my first brick workout of the season. <BR> <BR> A brick, in case anyone doesn't know, is a back to back, two-sport workout. Most often it is referenced for the bike-run brick that d... Mon, 25 May 2015 18:55:07 EST Day two of the three sport weekend Today I ran because my brother ran. In case ANYBODY missed it, he ran his first full marathon and I'll let him blog about the experience for himself. When I ran today, I didn't run anywhere near as far as he did, nor as fast, but something about watching that little blue line (and Spark-casting his progress in my status for other fans of his)... made my legs want to go run. After all, I hadn't run more than one lap of the indoor track since the Lincoln Half Marathon... three full weeks whe... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:08:44 EST Three day weekend equals three sport weekend Swam this morning... enjoyed it immensely. Swimming still remains the most wonderful combination of exercise and massage... probably because I'm a leisurely swimmer. I will have to pick it up a bit for the race day, come August, and I have time to work on that, but today, it was just about getting in the pool and putting in the laps. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan to hit the gym to do the Boy Wonder's workout again. And also get a nice easy run in... running I don't care if it's raining (which... Sat, 23 May 2015 16:40:55 EST The Boy Wonder comes through Appointment number two with the Boy Wonder was yesterday evening. He came and found me on the elliptical, all warmed up, and we went right to it. He continues to get the leg weights right, was a little light on the upper body ones... so we bumped them. What I really liked about last night's workout was the mixing it up with some exercises that were different from what other trainers have given me before. <BR> <BR> One was a step-up variant where you power through raising the knee high. A... Fri, 22 May 2015 07:43:16 EST The next six weeks - the experiment of one The human body is an incredibly complex place to live. The human psyche even more so. And they influence one another... coming up with YOU or ME... our identity. <BR> <BR> Each of us as individuals has specific physical, emotional, mental, chemical, spiritual... on and on characteristics, needs, and wants. And several things in common, one of which is - we have the body we've been given, and we're only issued ONE for this lifetime. Thus the experiment of ONE. <BR> <BR> I have not made a... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:02:09 EST I think the kid wants to best his mom Got a phone call last night as I was getting ready for bed. The mythical son. Said he thought he might have overdone it. He was feeling so good during his run last night that he kept going, rather than turning back when he was supposed to. Ended up going 13.1 miles. <BR> <BR> He was only supposed to go 9. He said the first 11 felt good, but the last 2.1 agonizing. I asked how long his previous longest run (in this training cycle) had been. He said 8. I called him an idiot. He know... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:41:15 EST Sorry I noticed in yesterday's comments a lot of "hope I didn't offend", "it wasn't intended as advice"... sorry about that. Yesterday's blog must have come on a bit strong. No, I'm not offended when people offer what they have to offer... just observing that a lot of us DO. I'm just as prone to it. I'm a "fixer" and freely admit that. <BR> <BR> My rough patch is not over. I can't predict when it will be. Still trying to figure out how to proceed. Haven't yet "unregistered" for the race... ... Tue, 19 May 2015 07:14:25 EST Always amazed by the number of "fixers" among us Ever notice when you blog a vent you get a whole lot of comments telling you how to fix your perceived problem. LOTS of advice. Some conflicting with other advice. If you don't want to hear the reaction, don't post about it, right? Which is why one doesn't always hit "Post". <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, my blogs are a mental exercise in figuring out what's driving my angst, so I can face it and decide what to do with it. Often just writing about it helps refocus. After a coup... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:07:24 EST The paralysis of indecision Yesterday started out "woozy", and ended with my skipping the Wear Yellow Ride, even though my bike had been pre-packed in the car the night before. I didn't figure that feeling the way I did it would be safe to go on that ride. <BR> <BR> Which in turn left me feeling guilty... because there have been times in the past when I felt "iffy" and still went and worked out. Including, a year ago, the open water "swim-a-thon" which also happened to be yesterday, this year! <BR> <BR> In short, I'... Sun, 17 May 2015 11:32:15 EST The super hero(ine) meets the boy wonder Facing this little "crisis of motivation" I decided to go to a classic strategy. I bought a set of sessions with a personal trainer. He came highly recommended by a gal I trust. <BR> <BR> Up until now, I'd always gone for fellow women as my trainers. But I have the feeling this is going to be downright FUN. I may be old, but I'm not dead: remember my blog where I talked about following the young, cut dudes around the lake? <link><BR>urnal_individua... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:13:50 EST Pushing back against the push-back... A week and a half ago, I ran my fastest half marathon ever. And crossed the finish line. And physically recovered. BUT... <BR> <BR> There is something in my personality that struggles. Struggles with the images of success, especially. Struggles with when I put my own needs first. Struggles with things I've said or written after the fact. Struggles with knowing what I really want. Struggles with what I think others think of me or expect of me. <BR> <BR> In short, I may be 62 years ol... Wed, 13 May 2015 07:52:22 EST Recovery from race is pretty much in the books Now it's time to think about August 8th. Some folks asked what my next "epic" adventure was going to be... many long-term readers already know. On August 8th, I'll be competing in the National Age Group Olympic distance triathlon. <BR> <BR> The Olympic or International distance triathlon I'll be doing consists of 1500 meters (0.9 mile) open water swim, 40K (24.4 miles) bike ride, and a 10K (6.2 miles) run. <BR> <BR> What this means to my training is that I need to drop the mileage I've be... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:56:32 EST Missed my Spark start Anniversary I do this every year... I'm generally so busy in May that it slides by unnoticed. May 2, 2008, according to Spark's reckoning, I joined I lost a weekend in the richness of the site, then fled in terror of how big it was! <BR> <BR> I did keep coming back, though and here it is seven years later... and I'm still here. I found its great value as community! Some of my "best friends" here, I've never met in person. And some have crossed the boundary of the screen to become ... Wed, 6 May 2015 08:01:28 EST One more Lincoln Marathon blog - the after effects The hugs at the finish line for Micah happened very close to the time that the awards ceremony was to begin, over at the Champions club, across the street from the stadium. I had been to the club once before, for some management group's motivational event. But I had never attended the Lincoln Marathon "after party"... and it's a good thing most of us don't... there would not be room in there for 12,500 runners and their families! <BR> <BR> But since I knew by then I was a fourth place fini... Tue, 5 May 2015 07:53:06 EST The Lincoln Marathon - Chapter three - It takes a village Statistic: 2000 people volunteer to make this event happen, every year. I met one of this year's volunteers (I was one of them last year) at the expo on Saturday. He had run the event multiple times, and never volunteered until this year. I was in similar shoes a year ago. <BR> <BR> I met several of the volunteers at the Champions club later in the day, which I'll save for a bit and talk about later. That's where they hold the awards ceremony. <BR> <BR> But I promised a blog about our ... Mon, 4 May 2015 14:09:49 EST The Lincoln Marathon - Chapter two - Micah's story On January 27th, HOT4FITNESS blogged about our class mate Micah: <BR> <BR> "7 years ago on May 3rd a gentleman was walking and hit by car going 55mph. He was dead on the scene but revived. He now suffers the after affects of a traumatic brain injury. he now suffers with pain in his legs that are held together with rods. The pain he goes through on a daily basis. He is overweight and he has chosen to make lifestyle changes. He is training for his first half marathon! How amazing it will be ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:50:15 EST The Lincoln Marathon from inside my head I will have to split this into multiple blogs, it was such a full experience yesterday, and it's NOT all about me. But I'll begin by weaving the rest around the very self-centered because I prepared to be "in the zone", and to be there for the race, at least. <BR> <BR> The Lincoln Marathon (half for me) is my "home race". In some ways this gives me a personal advantage. I know the course. I know the spectators (some have traditional spots, offer the same kind of support each year, year a... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:49:24 EST Race day - the artificial time zone - jet lag phenomenon! Think about it. You have a starting line at 7 a.m. You need to find parking, walk to the venue, etc. You calculate you need to leave the house at... OMG... I haven't had breakfast by then, usually! <BR> <BR> Welcome to race day morning. You wake early (thankfully, you went to bed correspondingly early) and know you're too excited to sleep more. So you get up anyway, and begin preparing. You take your thyroid pill early so that you'll be free to eat early, too. <BR> <BR> Preventative b... Sun, 3 May 2015 05:37:07 EST Bonus blog: What are pacing bands? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't know how well these will show up, but the photo above is a snagged screen image from the Smart Pacers web site that shows three possible half marathon times and how fast you should run each mile to come out with your planned finish time. <BR> <BR> Those are generic for the distance. Now here are the three I picked up at the expo today... they are specialized for the Lincoln Half Marathon route. <BR> <im... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:16:44 EST Race day minus 1 - the shirts This year's offering: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the class shirt's back motto: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did show up to catch last night's motivational speaker at the training class. This entire class focus on the mental idea of pushing through adversity rang true with the speaker, who is the husband of one of our class members. Faith, family, and positivity... beats ad... Sat, 2 May 2015 09:38:31 EST Race day minus 2 and packet pickup begins today Seems like the Marathon expo has grown. Packet pick up is all day today, and all day tomorrow, with the Expo going on as well. I work about a block from the Expo / Packet Pickup site, so I will most likely be unable to resist the temptation to pop over on a work break to pick mine up and browse the vendors... but I will also be getting myself down there for the motivational speaker, Mike Morgan. Not only was he the 7th finisher at the LA Marathon this year, but he's aiming for the world ch... Fri, 1 May 2015 07:26:27 EST Race day minus 3 and counting I may be tapering for what to me is a big deal race, but meanwhile, other people have lives going on. <BR> <BR> My son, for example, has a wedding this weekend. One of his buddies is getting married in a formal military fashion. Son is in the wedding party. You know what that means, people? <BR> <BR> This pair of before/after selfies he foolishly posted to Facebook where his mother could snag them explains a bit his comment to the groom of "I hate you": <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:25:37 EST Race day minus 4 and counting more tales from the taper cave The street signs are going up, warning motorists of the upcoming road race event. This is the 38th year of the Lincoln Marathon... I remember back when it was a "new" thing and my awareness of running was limited to the fact that these crazies disrupted traffic all over town on a Sunday morning... and how it might impact the ability of folks to get to church. <BR> <BR> How the years have changed my perspective! <BR> <BR> The perspective transitioned sometime after I moved back to town. ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:52:01 EST The care and feeding of tapering athletes First, a fellow runner posted this on FaceBook: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exactly! <BR> <BR> Between this, and the conversations begun by yesterday's blog, I have gained a little more insight into the kinds of social interactions that I welcome versus those that drain me, and it truly is not just "people", it is the demand for decision making when my brain is not in a place to make them. Even the decision to hold a conversat... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:50:27 EST 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