ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting back to Chloe "Chloe Jones" is the nickname given to my gym's indoor pool by myself and my Spark mates (Chloe for the chlorine water, Jones for "Mrs. Jones" because in the past year, the pool and I have had a "thing going on"). <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I had been taking the childhood advice to "go jump in a lake" relatively literally lately (open water swimming), not to mention that it had been outdoor pool weather even when laps were the order o... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:18:32 EST Back to STRENGTH training I confess, I'd been letting this aspect of training slip and slide away. Last night I was determined I'd get at least ten minutes in... and I did. My body *did* remind me that I'd been using my muscles in my triathlon training... but not in quite the same way. Still, I was pleased that I overcame my resistance to resistance training. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What's ahead? Well, this weekend MJREIMERS and I are going to use finding the Double Half Mary starting lines as an excuse to ge... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:46:35 EST Always have a plan B Yesterday I was scheduled to go to lunch with a friend who had retired from my workplace over a year ago. We made these plans a couple of months ago. As I was packing my lunch/snack bag, I pondered over whether to pack a salad and entrée for lunch "just in case"... but opted not to. I downsized a couple of the snacks to give me more wiggle room in the calorie count for lunch, too. This friend is very reliable, even though not a "phone each other at home" level of interaction... we're both... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:14:32 EST Anatomy of a good recovery day I took yesterday as vacation. I scheduled it well in advance, because I know that after a big event, I need to pay particular attention to my recovery, both mental and physical. <BR> <BR> On the mental side it is a day to assimilate the event into my identity. I am now a woman who has completed two Olympic distance triathlons. Before Sunday, I was not. <BR> <BR> On the mental side, I need to go back over my memories of the race day, and re-assess without the rush of adrenaline and endo... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:33:54 EST The splits, for the curious The splits from yesterday's Oly triathlon are now in, and I'll mix them in with a few random thoughts about the experience. <BR> <BR> Time: 4:05:04 <BR> Overall Place: 100 of 105 - so there were five people behind me... it was 3 runners I passed, confirmed. <BR> <BR> Place in Gender: 29 of 34 - and they were all women, ranging in age from 19 to 37. <BR> <BR> Place in Division F6064: 1 of 1 - we knew this already. On the way back to the car, I was chatting with some others, including... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:55:36 EST It was ugly, but it's done. The online splits are not yet available. The photos are sitting in SPINNINGJW's phone while she's sitting with car trouble getting repaired... ouch! But the race is in the bag. I'll do the word story here... but warning to those of you who are used to having me all bubbly and happy after a race... I'm going to let you in on something a little different this time: not all races are the block party, full day of joy that I normally experience. <BR> <BR> This one was the other kind. Yesterd... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:00:44 EST For whom the race is run: reprise Sunday I have my second outing in an Olympic distance triathlon. The bike course on this one is about two miles longer than the one in June. The temperature conditions are looking to be cooler. And I'm not as pumped up... this one was kind of an after thought. <BR> <BR> It was spurred by getting together with other triathletes. You know you're in trouble when you start sharing memories of races and hopes for future races! LOL... you suddenly find yourself hitting "enter" on a registra... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:07:05 EST Today is a gift The present (today) <em>144</em> is a gift, as KALIGIRL often reminds us. <BR> <BR> Yesterday on the way into work, I said "Good morning" to a co-worker, who joked back, "So far... we'll change that for you soon!" I responded, "That will be difficult to do... I woke up this morning and took a breath. Doesn't get much better than that." <BR> <BR> He agreed. Keeping that attitude of prizing each day of life makes every day a good day, even when it's a bad day. We don't control everythi... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:40:08 EST Taper week always drives me slightly nuts We've had "weather" this week. This weekend will be the test of whether I can tuck an Olympic Distance triathlon in without a boatload of extra training, i.e. on fitness maintenance, rather than re-building. I've done a mile swim in open water a couple of times in the past month, a 35 mile bike ride once, and an 8 mile run, but nothing since Sunday... so the coiled Spring is being fed with a series of "walk break only" rest days. <BR> <BR> Having cat care on the list of things to do has ea... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:01:22 EST Bonus blog: Look who's home! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Four stitches in his toe, two weeks worth of antibiotics. Still thin, but much more alert, and obviously feeling a whole lot better. First thing he did was go sit and ask to go out, but mama here said "no dice"... not until every last dose of those antibiotics have been consumed... at 1 cc a day. <BR> <BR> And I'm supposed to stop him from chewing on the injured foot. Yeah, like that would fly... I'm at work a... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:24:19 EST For those who are wondering about my kitty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did hear from the vet on Saturday about the results of his blood tests... he's battling a severe bacterial infection, and he has a wound on his left rear foot. Unrelated to one another. I suspect that the wound was inflicted during one of his outdoor trips after he was already weakened by the infection. <BR> <BR> So they were syringe feeding him. Did not know if he'd eaten on his own because he wandered / pac... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:43:11 EST Come on kids... let's go run around the Buffalo <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love the Buffalo run. Let me just say that up front. This is one of my favorite local races. For those of us with a history in Lincoln, Nebraska... who grew up going to Brownie Scout Day camp in Pioneers Park... who went to the local amateur musicals in the Summer at Pinewood Bowl... who slid down the hill of the toboggan run in the Winter... or who went to weddings set at "the columns", this race is rife wit... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:51:19 EST Disjointed collection of stuff First off, thanks everyone for assuring me I'm not a bad fur-baby mama and essentially that it is Polly Perfectionist talking in my head! <BR> <BR> This morning, with the Prisoner camping out at the Vet's, I still find myself checking out the sliding glass door expecting him to be asking to come in... or listening for his meow... <BR> <BR> Kid sis SPINNINGJW is not visiting this weekend, so the house truly is empty of everyone but... me. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the Buffalo Run, a five mile... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:25:42 EST I'm a lousy fur-baby mama... Because I don't pay close enough attention to what's going on with my pets. <BR> <BR> I left the Prisoner with his alternate jailer this morning (the vet), leaving my phone number. I got a call back around 2 p.m. So far what they have determined: the foot wound looks like it's several days old, being "rounded" at the edges, and it's a deep bad one. She told me she had found maggots in the wound. Yech! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Bad fur-baby mama... you don't know what's going on with... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:08:47 EST Kitty update and other miscellany So... Prisoner showed up on the deck railing at the normal morning time, still somewhat weak and thin, and with a hind foot injury, but a little more social. Still not eating anything from his dish. Still processing water. But a little more alert. <BR> <BR> I called the vet's office as soon as they opened at 7, explained what seemed to be going on with the cat, and got an appointment for tomorrow morning. I figure since he's still processing fluids he will be OK for another day. <BR> ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:55:21 EST The Prisoner, identity and the lost weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My cat hasn't been himself for nearly a week. I started noticing that he wasn't his usual suck-up, pushy self. Then there was that he self-selected NOT to go outside for a few days. I could see he still drank his water and ate a little, used the litter box. But he just wasn't his usual self. <BR> <BR> Finally on Sunday morning, he decided to go outside, and I let him, even though he wasn't looking his most ro... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:42:35 EST Let's talk about reactionary behavior! I have commented back to a couple of blogs this morning that I actually read last night while in the midst of a reactionary binge. Yes, people. I have reactionary binges. I can almost predict them any more. <BR> <BR> What is a reactionary binge in my world? It's a binge brought on from being out of balance in some way. The old HALT acronym? Never let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired? (I could add over-peopled in my lexicon, but that is a specialized form of Tired for a... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:21:40 EST MORE As I was cogitating over what I wanted to share today, several topics went through my mind. Then I read a couple of blogs by my Spark friends, and came across this one: <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=MIRAGE727 </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, Monty, I'm pointing you out, I'm "liking" and setting you up! Because what you said so resonates with me. <BR> <BR> Another that contributed to my Spark this morning was Gaye's Inspirational quote for the Day, so THANK YOU for ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:58:39 EST So what's with this cooking for myself thing? To continue the story of the book: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those of you who read regularly will remember this was a book recommended for my sister by her daughter. Some Spark members have gone the whole nine yards (pun intended) to try the Whole 30 program, i.e. eliminating all the things they tell you to eliminate for 30 days, and moving on to reintroduce food groups one at a time. This is a fine experiment to determine just wha... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:59:22 EST Early to bed, early to rise Makes a Barb healthy, rested and... well, time passing and experience takes care of the wisdom side of things. <BR> <BR> I woke early (before the alarm) to the sounds of rain on the roof, and when I took the garbage can to the curb it was cool and wonderful out there! Yes, I'm feeling much better than I did yesterday at wake up time! It's a good thing, because I get to repeat my "testimonial" for the wellness program for a site visitor this noon. I might tell it somewhat differently this ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:52:46 EST Kind of a ragged Monday I did go to bed early, but woke up feeling kind of yucky. Went to work anyway, and duked it out. I figured I might have overdone a bit. <BR> <BR> Jollied myself out the door to work. It turned out to be a super-interrupt driven day... could not finish one thing without somebody showing up asking for something else. Managed to keep my cool and take my walking breaks. Left maybe 20 minutes late. <BR> <BR> I actually started to feel better after having a chocolate cover cherry flavored ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:53:59 EST Feeding the soul on the bike <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finally settled on which loop of the Heat Stroke 100 I would ride based on the bridge in the photo above. It is a pedestrian / bicycling bridge across the Platte River near Mahoney State Park. It's part of the trails connection. The bridge was on loop 1 (24 miles) and on loop 2 (35 miles) but NOT on loop 3 (47 miles). I had been debating between doing loop 2 or loop 3, wanting something longer than the 26 mi... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:40:33 EST Feeding the soul in the open water I created a FB event for this morning, for an Open Water Swim. We have a (relatively) public group, there's a moderator who kind of checks out the members before adding them, but for the most part, when I invite the group, I'm inviting 60 people or so to come swim with me. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> 4 of them said they were coming. 3 actually showed up. And it gave us some options since we were doing wetsuit practice. Someone suggested swimming across the lake, which is technically not ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:43:59 EST If I'd known it was going to be featured... I have mused before that I could never tell when a blog was going to get put in a Spark Mail or voted "featured" or whatever. Yesterday's "Wimping no my workouts" is an example... I started seeing an unusual number of comments coming back this morning, and sure enough, there it was in the Spark mailing. <BR> <BR> Yikes! I read once that Mario Puzo (author) said of The Godfather that had he known it was going to be a best-seller, he would have written it better. That describes sometimes ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:33:02 EST Wimping on my workouts Tuesday night I was supposed to run... it was nasty hot outside and I opted for the treadmill... but then my left ankle griped and I slowed it down, and it was still griping after the warm up, and I wimped out. Rest is the better part of valor. <BR> <BR> Last night I was supposed to do strength training and I wimped out again, doing other things. Like some extra eating. But since I've been cleaning the grains out of the house, was not able to do a whole lot of damage! Everything would re... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:42:29 EST Applying taper principles to the speech Now I know that several of my Spark buds speak as part of their jobs, it's a regular gig for them. They have tricks and tips of the trade, and probably go through a routine similar to what I do before an event... anyway, that's my theory, and that's what I'm applying to my Friday first outing as a "motivational" speaker. <BR> <BR> I am prepared. I have my material pared down. I've practiced it several times, including "live" for ALICIA363, and on video for my Spark buds (yesterday's v-blo... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:57:08 EST Time trial of the speech as a v-blog Since a few of you asked for it. Gave me a chance to do another time trial. Fair warning, it's about 11 minutes long, and it has a few "Spark only" things. I don't intend to invoke HOT4FITNESS's Spark name at the real-life luncheon... I added that for y'all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:40:39 EST Working on the speech Ten minutes. Ten minutes is all I get to share my story. Motivation and time line. This afternoon, I've been practicing. I managed to get it under ten minutes after about four tries. I'm going to have to carry written notes so I don't forget to make the important points I want to. <BR> <BR> About motivation: I had knees that hurt and a back that hurt before I started this. And I had a son who was going to deploy, and I didn't want him worrying about me. <BR> <BR> About methods: My g... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:32:23 EST Late in the day blog Gee, it's been a busy one. Started out with an Open Water Swim, that we kind of threw together at the last minute. Someone on the Facebook group had posted a question, and yesterday a couple of us mentioned this morning... and there we were... just two of us... but two is enough for a buddy swim. Both of us had the same goals for today's swim: wetsuit practice and about a mile, as we are both planning on tackling the Olympic distance TRI on September 14th. Here's our venue for this morni... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:47:57 EST Three bright lights This week has seen the closing moments on many lives... not just the ones we see in the news. Of course the opening salvo was when we saw that Robin Williams, talent extraordinaire in the acting and comedian circles, passed. Then Lauren Bacall, a huge idol of the screen. Last night, one that none (ok three or four) of you would know, but was HUGE in my life as a child. <BR> <BR> My mother's sister had been moved into hospice care this week, and she passed in the night. She lived halfway ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:42:43 EST If it ain't broke... A few days ago in one of my blogs I mentioned that I had started to read a book. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the one that my niece recommended for her mom, a Crohn's survivor. Being a curious (and somewhat skeptical) auntie and sister, I decided to read it. I wanted to do a compare / contrast with some of the things that KALIGIRL had shared last year about anti-inflammatory diets. Because inflammation is at the root of my si... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:54:29 EST If 80 percent of life is showing up... is the other 20% registering to show up? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Those of you who follow ALICIA363's blog know that the tragedy of Robin Williams' passing pushed her over the edge to registering to do a 5K in his honor/memory. I'll be doing it with her. It's her very first 5K, and people that is a BIG deal... for anyone! <BR> <BR> I bubbled to my son, who had already committed to do the Governor's Cup 5K the same time as I'm doing the associated 15K in October. I invited him to come do... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:46:07 EST Rooting for the home team <img src=""> <BR> Nothing speaks "Summer" to me more than baseball. Or swimming. Or camping. Or in general being outdoors. Last night a gal I used to work across the hall from had free tickets to a game, due to our local libraries' reading promotion of the summer. And she invited me to join her, "since I know you're a reader". True, I have certainly perused more than four books this Summer (another Summer memory... the library readi... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:55:44 EST Memory makers from today's brick I pumped up Sophia's tires for this morning's ride, and got her out the door. Bike shoes on, camelback stocked, Garmin watch started... and... we're dealing with light rain. Very light. But seriously, folks, for all that I won't do a commute to work on a bike in the rain, if my triathlon had rain on that day, I'd be riding... this wasn't such a horrid rain that it was AWFULLY dangerous... and we set out. <BR> <BR> I was particularly cautious. Tested the brakes multiple times, took it a l... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:57:31 EST Plan and Actuals The plan as executed: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Could not pull off that early morning swim this week. Seemed to need the sleep worse. And it was raining and I did not risk biking on slick streets Thursday. Other than that, I did pretty well. <BR> <BR> Next week's plan: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And one more photo, just because. Started reading this book, will be evaluating w... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:09:56 EST Trust the process Yesterday I mentioned my theory of why I need to artificially create a project mentality in order to remain motivated to maintain. I'm a project kind of person... get done with one, move on to the next, often without wrapping the first one completely, handing it off to process people while I pursue the next shiny project. <BR> <BR> Yet, at the same time, you will often hear me quip to myself, "trust the process". Why would that be? <BR> <BR> Another reverie from the workplace. I had a bo... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:53:05 EST The lessons of the past Four years Many people reflect on what they've learned as they hit anniversary points. I knew it was coming up, but it slipped my mind again (it happens, it happens)... until I started getting a bunch of Goodies and Comments from members of the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Spark Team. <BR> <BR> Last Monday was what I count as my maintenance Sparkversary. It has been four years since I told my consultant "I'm ready to stop losing now." That started the clock for the weight loss... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:48:37 EST Not a lot of time this morning... I slept in. Yes, I did. Got up and took the pill. Went back to bed. Hit the snooze button multiple times. Reminded myself I'd bought "jeans stickers" so dressing should not take much time today. Didn't get out of bed until 5 a.m.! Yes! Fitbit tells me I got 7 hours and 12 minutes of sleep out of 8 hours and 5 minutes "in bed". Sigh... those restless moments and of course the getting up to take the pill counted as 18 minutes awake. <BR> <BR> BUT... sleep is important. And today is a REST DAY. W... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:50:17 EST Bonus blog: Emulating Dalid414 - the plan The "in my dreams" plan for this week's training. I reserve the right to modify as "life happens": <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This one is for Watermellen, who asked what color the new shoes are. Easier to show than to describe: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And of course, the year's bling from the Cornhusker State games, pre-going onto the big board: <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:08:17 EST Cave Day 2 in progress Yesterday after I posted, my cave did get a little disturbed... son called, had something he wanted to come show me. Turns out that his wife's new job schedule leaves him a bit at loose ends on my weekends, and as he's casting about for things to do... his mom pops into his mind more often, since his wife is at work! <BR> <BR> So, surprise, I got a visit. And some son-hugs, which is always a treat. Since there wasn't event pressure involved, it was OK by me. He got to see my new running ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:37:48 EST Cave Day 1 - what I did Took Brenda Starr Trek (the fitness hybrid) out for a ride "for fun". 21.34 miles in an hour and 55 minutes. <BR> <BR> Stretched and showered. <BR> <BR> Went shoe shopping and bought new running shoes. Had them look up the last time I bought a pair & it was last October. Knew I was overdue! Really nice new ASICS. Tomorrow's long & slow I'll try them out. <BR> <BR> Got a haircut. Also overdue... it was starting to drive me nuts again. <BR> <BR> Gas for the car & groceries for the... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:18:37 EST Ready for my cave time this weekend I have had four weekends in a row with more than the usual amount of "peopling". And some of the weeks in between, too. Shooting hoops with the kid, melodrama with one sister, "group" swim, more shooting hoops with the kid, the State Games two weekends running, and in the intervening week the hospital thing with one sis, the non-weekend funeral trip visit from another, helping the kid with his basketball hoop, and a stray bicycle transport on a week night... oh, yeah, and I think I mentione... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:02:49 EST Dropping into the new training plan in week 2 Yesterday I came to a decision about how to deal with the Olympic triathlon on September 14th combined with training for a half marathon November 9th. I decided that the half marathon readiness was more important, so I started with a base 3 runs a week training plan that is 16 weeks long. I'm already running longer than the early weeks say, so missing that first week should not be a problem. <BR> <BR> The swim and bike workouts (from my original Oly tri training plan) will be woven in arou... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:40:11 EST Psst... hey you! Yes, you... walking with the walker... Did you know you inspire me? That you were one of my early motivations? <BR> <BR> You may be walking with a walker now. You may have had body parts replaced... but a few years ago, you were undertaking an initiative to live healthier. You dropped some pounds while I was still struggling myself. You encouraged me, you inspired me... and now, you probably don't think of yourself as a motivator, but you were and you are. <BR> <BR> You are not giving up on your desires to live healthier. Y... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:33:22 EST Priorities in training I'm at the point of "what's next" in deciding how training should proceed. I've printed out the second half of the 14 week Olympic distance triathlon training plan that I used to prepare for Wisconsin, but something about it will have to be modified to allow for the beginning of training to be half marathon ready by November 9th. <BR> <BR> Lots of jumbled up thoughts... and not a lot of time to blog it through this morning. But I'm thinking: pool swim after work today, and keep thinking. ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:54:15 EST We all have our reasons As I was rolling Sophia back to the car, after yesterday's triathlon, I said aloud, "That was so much FUN!" Of course, I said it in the hearing of another (considerably younger) woman who was doing the same thing, wheeling her bike back to the athlete's parking area. <BR> <BR> Turns out she's from Overland Park, KS, and has done a half iron distance (70.3 mile triathlon, for those of you who are not familiar... this is the one that I've said "someday" I want to do). So a great source to pu... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:20:01 EST Cornhusker State Games Triathlon Race Report First a "cheater" photo... I took this one last weekend at the open water swim. But since the swim leg is in the same lake, figured this gives you a pretty good idea of what we're faced with, although not QUITE the same, once all the TRI course has been set up. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My kid sis ALICIA363 was there and provided the photography support for the story, and her daughter came along, enticed by the offer of Starbu... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:03:46 EST Bonus blog: The hoop and Tamriel <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This shot doesn't show the young man who threw the ball, but it got the hoop, now installed, and the ball post-shot. Hot and humid out there. Boomer decided to take himself for a walk without us, silly pooch. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, Tamriel took exception to being introduced to grandma: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tamriel has some similarities to the l... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:26:22 EST My strange taper week is in its final day Today is reserved for "chores". Started by taking the car in for its oil change. <BR> <BR> Since then I've been trying to get my "stuff" organized for tomorrow's triathlon, while doing yard things in spurts. The main yard thing today is pulling hoses to water the grass. I'm also trimming back some of the brush that has come back strong after I had those volunteers "removed". The strategy of hiring the tree service come spray them with something to prevent re-growth seems not to have wo... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:21:24 EST Taking time for the second guessing Over-peopled as I was, I decided to take a half day vacation yesterday. I delegated an afternoon meeting to a team member who is more suited for the topic of the meeting anyway... and came home to do a couple of loads of laundry and chill. <BR> <BR> The second guessing of training has truly been going on all week, as I have NOT been working out, other that walking and massaging the calf that had cramped on me last Saturday in the Open Water Swim. Got the pre-race e-mail about next Sunday's... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:29:49 EST