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/ Day four of the edge walk... adaptations for the seminar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819921 Accepting that despite my panic over the 24 hour slip (Sunday after supper to Monday supper), I was already in a good place, and deconstructing some of the emotional components that set up some of Sunday evening and Monday's choices... I went into the "be kind to yourself" recovery mode. Didn't track, but I packed the bag and used it on Tuesday. That's a good thing, to give myself credit for. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, knowing it was going to be a day where I had less control over the food envir... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:11:08 EST Day three of the edge walk... backing away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819359 Still not tracking the food, but yesterday I ate what was in the bag, and what I planned... in short a normal day. Break walks only for exercise (losing my "work week hustle" fitbit challenge, but there are some serious contenders in that group). <BR> <BR> As I try to regain my Winter-approaching balance, today is a non-standard day (scan and plan, per Refuse to Regain rules), so I'm packing a bag anyway, even though I'm going to a seminar. On breaks I will have what's in my bag! <BR> <BR... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:13:04 EST Continuing the walk on the edge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818768 I said the tale would be continued, and it is. Yesterday I ventured into the realm of foods I don't normally eat any more. Sunday's excess was all on things I had in the house, which as my sister can tell you, doesn't include a lot of so-called "bad" food. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I was at work. Where there are vending machines, the coffee kiosk, and the candy dispenser in the test room. And somehow, in the midst of my workday, still stressing about that retirement planning stuff... I str... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:00:37 EST Always on the edge of the cliff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818164 Hi, my name is Barb, and I am a compulsive overeater. Or you might say an emotional overeater. But what emotion WAS that, anyway? This is one of those post-binge "what was I thinking/feeling" blogs! <BR> <BR> OK, the facts... I did a few rash things this weekend. Among them was signing on to do that half marathon Thanksgiving morning. Ever since that, I've been doing things to mitigate the "OMG what have I done?" feelings that this act engendered. <BR> <BR> Then we had the physiologica... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:04:02 EST A week of remembered birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817699 Today was my great-great-grandmother's birthday. I hold fond memories of my one any only visit to see her, because she lived several states away. At the time I was ten years old, and she was 101. She had been four years old when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and that made history very real to me. She did not live to Kennedy's assassination, passing in April before THAT November. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, had she lived, my mother would have turned 85. She passed quite young for this day an... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:08:10 EST Ariel and the snow and the TV motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817331 For anyone who is new to my blogs, I'm a huge fan-girl of the IronMan world Championships (triathlon - swim, bike, run). At 12:30 my time today, NBC aired their version of this year's event. Of course, I'd already followed it on live internet stream back on September 28th, so I knew the final results... but it is also fun to see how they edit, add music, cover the back stories of the age groupers, etc. I mean, after all, they are covering a 17 hour event in an hour and a half. <BR> <BR> A... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:04:57 EST Roll your own rules, write your own program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816574 Once upon a time... on January 18, 1997, I wrote in my personal journal: "frankly, I'm tired of reading other people's success stories. I want to write my own, complete with my inner fears & doubts, the things that inspire me, the things that challenge me. It's not that I don't know what it takes to take care of me - I just have to *do* it!" <BR> <BR> Ever felt that way? At that point in my life, I was starting to work on it again... I had dropped 80 pounds in 1989-1990, kept most of it ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:25:44 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815980 Last rule of the twelve, we're almost done with the review of this little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned". Fellow Sparklers, you are going to LOVE rule 12, as I do. <BR> <BR> Reminder of the earlier rules we already looked at: <BR> <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> 5: Eat Prim... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:27:21 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815119 Still working my way through the review of this little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned". We're almost done... I've been looking forward to rule 11 the whole time. <BR> <BR> Reminder of the earlier rules we already looked at: <BR> <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> 5: Eat Primaria... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:00:28 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814026 Back to the rules! Constance (my competitor persona) and Rocky (my scrambling to organize and clean persona) have had their turns in the blog foreground, but I haven't finished my review of the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned". <BR> <BR> I had thought I might do rule 10 on Saturday, and reserve the joy of writing about rule 11 for Sunday... but this works even better. Rule 10 is one that I can see as a defensiv... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:26:31 EST Constance has a fine day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813780 Constance the competitor was in fine fettle today and I let her have her head. You see, one of my co-workers was doing his first HM today... no make that TWO co-workers doing their first. One of them was sand-bagging, having injured his back earlier in the year, so we knew he had lost considerable training time... we would feel fortunate to see him cross the finish line and healthy. But the OTHER? Was taking this very seriously... even took a class. And HE told me he was targeting a 2:20... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:43:14 EST Bonus blog: Made it through packet pick up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813175 It reminded me why I NEVER go to that part of town. Madhouse. WAY too high energy for me, most of the time. The volunteers were all so BOUNCY and upbeat. I did manage to find a parking spot with time still on the meter, but drove around about five blocks before finding it. I am socially exhausted. <BR> <BR> But I think I'm about as ready as I can be, note there are a few MORE items in my equipment layout than in Marsha's (SLENDERELLA61) yesterday. Like, running in Florida, she probably... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:29:22 EST Rocky the not-quite-Flylady worthy squirrel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812994 Yes, I named the Squirrel persona. I named her Rocky, of cartoon fame, because I'd LIKE her to be a FLYLADY quality housekeeper someday (yes, I'm still punny). But it may be as long a journey as my weight loss was. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: Rocky and Constance do not seem to co-exist in the same time space. When I went running on Wednesday afternoon, having taken a half day vacation to take advantage of the light and warmth to run outdoors? The Squirrel Rocky decided to not show up! <B... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:06:01 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812388 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", rule 9 is one I'd heard before in other books, and it makes some sense and maps to most of my maintenance choices. <BR> <BR> Reminders of earlier rules <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> 5: Eat Primarian 90 Percent... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:13:29 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811758 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", rule 8 is another "well, duh!" rule for me. Your results may vary, depending on your personal schedule, though. <BR> <BR> Reminders of earlier rules <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> 5: Eat Primarian 90 Percent of... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:40:38 EST Five years ago today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811170 Five years ago today, from a Spark perspective, I was three weeks post-surgery from a correction to my parathyroid gland. I was "girded up" with the knowledge that my son was about to deploy, and things were proceeding normally. I was about mid-way through my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Five years ago today, I got up and went to work. It was a normal day, like any other. I did my job. <BR> <BR> Then... the phone rang. It was my daughter in law. She had a question: did I get the te... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 08:13:51 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810496 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", I can't find anything to argue about with Rule 7. It makes total sense to me. <BR> <BR> Reminders of earlier rules <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> 5: Eat Primarian 90 Percent of the Time. <BR> 6: Eat One Major... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:47:55 EST Adjusting my way toward the so-called off season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809796 Next Sunday is my last event on the 2014 athletic event calendar. It would normally be a taper week, but seriously I've only run once a week since the Governor's Cup on October 19th. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, working my way through Barbara Berkeley's "Refuse to Regain" and following along with those who are doing a refresher on Beck's Diet Solution has helped me for the first time in... I believe the right term would be FOREVER... not indulging in ANY Halloween candy. I find that a lit... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:09:42 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809203 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", rule 6 is one that made me think about how "my" plan and hers are both different and similar. So what else is new? <BR> <BR> Reminders of earlier rules <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> 5: Eat Primarian 90 Percent... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:07:23 EST Refuse to Regain: A primer on Primarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808531 This is part of the series of blogs I've been doing on the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned". Since several comments on individual rule blogs have mentioned not knowing what Primarian eating is, let me do a little contrast with the last book I reviewed ("It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and change your life in unexpected ways" by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig). <BR> <BR> The two books begin from different mo... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:13:02 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807956 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", rule 5 is one I fight with and modify for personal use. <BR> <BR> Reminders of earlier rules <BR> 1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> 4: Reverse Small Regains Immediately. <BR> <BR> Rule 5: Eat Primarian 90 Percent of the Time. <BR> <BR> I argued with the Pri... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:23:17 EST Mixed bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807762 I didn't blog this morning because I was in a hurry to get out the door. You see, I've had the same Empowered Health Coach the entire time I've worked with one... part of my company's wellness program. All this coaching has been via telephone. A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from her saying SHE was coming to town as one of the on-site coaches yesterday and today... and I jumped right on getting one of those time slots. Mine was at 7:30 this morning, before my normal work day. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:21:05 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806768 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", rule 4 is something it took me a LONG time to figure out how to do. At least four maintenance failures resulting in large regains, over the course of my adult life. So far, this time, I seem to have pulled off avoiding the 50 pound slips. The author outlines it for junior maintainers, and I look back over my own 2013, and come to the conclusion that what I r... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:42:06 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806177 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", rule 3 is something I have done for years, am totally on board with, and endorse for several reasons. I'll get to MY reasons in a bit. <BR> <BR> But first, reminders of rules 1: Be Tough, not Moderate, and 2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period. <BR> <BR> Rule 3: Weigh Yourself Every Day. <BR> <BR> Weighing daily is something that is ofte... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:51:13 EST Push-back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805504 As I have started posting excerpts from Barbara Berkeley's book "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", I have found an interesting mix of push-back, both in the comments left by others, and internally, as well. <BR> <BR> Some of the push-back as commented by others is similar to my own: <BR> <BR> * Not a fan of complete elimination of food groups. <BR> * Have something that works for me, going to stick with that. <BR> <BR> Cool. Some of it is push-back a... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:57:30 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804375 Continuing with the thin little book by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", I come to one that I both agree and disagree with. <BR> <BR> Most of the focus of the book is directed at folks at the beginning of their maintenance journey. The rules are strategies to get off on the right foot. Reminder of Rule #1: Be Tough, not Moderate. <BR> <BR> Now we come to Rule #2: Commit Yourself to a Three-Month Opt Out Period <BR> <BR> Opt o... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:09:46 EST Time flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803810 Whether one is having fun or not, time flies. Especially as we get older. <BR> <BR> I got a communication from a former employer in the mail this week that pushed me down the road of contemplating the next huge sea-change of life: retirement. The letter was about a one-time financial opportunity to make a choice about the pension in which I have "vested rights". I dutifully made an appointment with a financial advisor, and will be keeping that appointment next month. I had previously ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:04:39 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 tough rules - rule 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803212 This is a thin little book, by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. "Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", and it came into my life at the perfect time, as the seasons are turning toward the dark and cold... my challenge times of the year. <BR> <BR> To give you a pictorial vision of what my past year has been like, here's my maintenance graph of the past 365 days of daily weigh-ins: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151919837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2013... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:45:11 EST Do you have a sandbox? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802615 Right next door to where I work, there is an on-going construction project. I've been watching it for several months, as it moved from phase to phase. And I can't help thinking, as I leave the office each day, how much it reminds me of my cousins and I playing with their toy tractors and bulldozers and such in a sandbox, decades ago. <BR> <BR> As I left work yesterday, a smallish machine tied to a tether was being used to tamp down and even the ground... and a guy was controlling it remote... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:40:46 EST Go Royals - World Series Game One begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802367 Guess the KC Royals are about as close to a "home team" as our area has in terms of Major League Baseball. Besides, we have a former Cornhusker on the team in Alex Gordon (left field). And it's been a long dry spell for them. I admit to being a spiritual Yankees fan, from back when Mickey Mantle was in the outfield and Yogi Berra was a player. But if I can't have the Yanks there, I'll root for the Royals. I'm one of those infuriating sports fans who roots for good play, no matter who pe... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:16:38 EST Governor's Cup - I AM a real runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801309 Two years ago following this race I declared the phrase "I'm not a real runner" no longer applied to me. Here's my blog from the Governor's Cup 2012: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107483 </link> <BR> <BR> By now, of course, y'all know I've accepted my athletic, competitive self. And Constance came out and had a good time yesterday at this year's Governor's Cup. Poor Constance didn't have a very good 2013. But she's having a great 2014! <... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:35:01 EST Reaping the rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800848 I named this blog to match an earlier one: "Paying the Price". <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: it takes time for lifestyle changes to truly have a big reward. You don't suddenly lose 100 pounds. It takes time for your body to give those pounds up when you change what you eat and how you move. <BR> <BR> Beyond that time, it takes time for your mind to get around the fact that your body size has changed. <BR> <BR> And beyond that time, it takes time to accept your new "identity". In many... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:44:25 EST Hungry and cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799725 That's my classic response to the question my doctor is going to ask me in an hour and change: "How are you this morning?" <BR> <BR> Yep, it's time for that annual checkup. The fasting so they can do the blood panel. And of course I'll be stripped to the little gown thing. But as I showered and dressed for the day, I looked at the full length mirror and gave myself the assessment. And it was a positive one. <BR> <BR> I'm by now used to seeing the fit me in the mirror. I feel good ab... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:49:14 EST The power of keeping a promise to yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799497 All it takes is keeping the steps small. <BR> <BR> * Ten minutes of strength training. <BR> * Drinking your water. <BR> * Taking a walk. <BR> <BR> Whatever small step... following through and keeping that promise you made to yourself for today... if you followed through... you can declare VICTORY! <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Today, for me, it was simply doing ANY kind of a strength training session. It was only about 15 minutes long. But I *did* it! <BR> <BR> LIFE is good. It's bette... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:11:46 EST Paying the price http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798537 Normally, when the Autumn hits, I start moving more and more of my walk/runs indoors. Because I tend to start dripping and sneezing this time of year, and if I workout on a treadmill it doesn't happen as much. <BR> <BR> But a strange thing has happened over the years... I want to be outside, more and more. Longer into the Fall. <BR> <BR> Why? Well, one picture: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478167070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was taken as I dropped to a walk at the en... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:57:52 EST Follow through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797887 Several months ago, WATERMELLEN posted a blog that referenced a book, "Refuse to Regain, 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned", by Barbara Berkeley, M.D. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11839587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week I finally got around to ordering it. I hadn't found it at my local library... it might be there, I just hadn't found it. But also this is the kind of book I like to keep for reference, so I took some of my credit card "bonus" and ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:46:31 EST From the neck up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797581 There's a Spark article out there that handles the question when it is OK to work out when you're not 100%: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=is_it_ok_to_exercise_when_youre_sick </link> <BR> <BR> It proclaims that if all your cold symptoms are "from the neck up", it's probably OK to do your moderate workout. I took this to heart yesterday, as I'd been sneezing, dripping and a little headachy since that cold bike ride Saturday. But Sunday, it had warmed by 10 a.m. into ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:41:08 EST My favorite hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796657 Yes, I've written about it in years past, but it is here again. My favorite hour of live streaming coverage. Kona, Hawaii, from 11 p.m. to midnight, on Ironman World Championship day/night. <BR> <BR> This is 4 a.m. my time, and it is not unusual for me to be up anyway... this is the last hour in which someone can cross the finish line and have the magic words pronounced over them by Mike Riley: "YOU are an Ironman". I don't truly believe I will ever be one of those that hear those word... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 05:51:09 EST Bashed by the Harvest Bash Bike Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796432 Yikes. My phone told me it was 38 Fahrenheit degrees when I climbed out of bed this morning. I had agreed to meet a friend for this 26 mile bike ride in Pawnee City Nebraska at 8 a.m. In retrospect, if we had to do it again... probably should have started a couple of hours (or more) later. <BR> <BR> As it was, my fingers were practically icicles. And fingers, by the way, are what one uses for braking and gear shifting, remember? Also, it is the heat in your fingertips that operate touch... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:57:57 EST The Puzzle of Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795675 Just sayin' - knowledge is not enough to guarantee behavior. <BR> <BR> Justification voices can crop up any time, without warning. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Change of seasons. Events. Busy-ness. Fatigue. Burn-out. Any of these can trigger. <BR> <BR> There is an important lesson here: Do NOT freak out if you succumb to so-called "bad" behavior, or listen to the justifiers. Just be patient with and kind to yourself, and keep figuring out the puzzle of self. Remind yourself of what i... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:54:11 EST But who I really need in my collection is a Francine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794507 Francine, in case you never met her, is one of MSLZZY's overlays. She shows up and makes Marsha extra, extra productive in regular life things. She's like a Spring cleaner, drill sergeant, mental toughness coach, etc., all rolled in to one. <BR> <BR> One of the Francine blogs: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782631 </link> <BR> <BR> So... if anyone has a spare Francine around, she needs to come visit me. Maybe after the Good Life Halfsy ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:00:34 EST Time and energy... and daylight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793882 Welcome to October. The daylight hours have begun to wane. I did something yesterday that I had sort of wanted to do for a while... bought myself lights to wear walk/running. Just in case. To give myself the option. Normally I don't do "dark" training. <BR> <BR> One is a "light spur" that fits on the back of one's shoe. The other is a mult-mode light that has both red and white led's on it... and that one came with a belt. Also bought another new pair of running shoes, to back up the ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:55:36 EST Bonus blog: Not as good a photographer as my sister - for MJREIMERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792773 Today I rewarded myself for making it through the "blip in the schedule" as I called it in yesterday's blog. How does ONEKIDSMOM reward herself, you might ask? By going to an event as a Spectator! I even dragged SPINNINGJW along (OK, I didn't have to pull very hard). <BR> <BR> I took a trip down nostalgia lane. Remember the Double Half Mary I did last year? Well it's a month later this year, and I didn't do it for many reasons. For one, the work commitment on one of the days (which if ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:50:26 EST There's enough Spark for everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792618 Today in my Spark Mail I got the link to download Chris Downie's new mini-book, SparkGuy's 10+ Minutes Challenge. Here, in case you missed it (I think it went out to all Spark members, but just in case): <link>sparkpeople.com/10/ </link> <BR> <BR> Many things about motivation (Sparking) can be found all over the place. Chris gives the nod to Steven Covey and Viktor Frankl as among the motivational authors he read. I have often quipped about Spark People that it truly is a goal sett... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:01:37 EST Survived the blip in the schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792349 I came home from work early on Friday, in the hopes of napping before the overnight gig. I got maybe three hours of sleep before the fun began. SPINNINGJW arrived just as I was getting up and gearing up. She, however, got to sleep while I did my thing. Which, in case anyone was wondering, I do from the comfort of my own home... no driving to the office. <BR> <BR> Thing about this particular overnight work chore is that it can be either routine or a nightmare. Last guy who had one, a sca... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:42:59 EST Mr. Peabody and Sherman's Way Back machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791798 Sunday's performance in a 5K certainly got me thinking about the me of 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 - 1994. When I beat the 5K time of 1991 or 1992 (can't remember exactly which year it was, but I know it was before I turned 40) and as I stretched my memory muscles to remember my very first 5K in solidarity with ALICIA363 doing her first one... the inevitable happened: a comparison between two relatively successful weight management times in my life. <BR> <BR> As a part of this comparison, I... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:08:33 EST The line in the sand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790937 Been a while since I blogged about the "line in the sand", but that's the mode I go into when life gets a little crazy. It's also where I go when I'm overwhelmed, exhausted or over-peopled. It's my protective place. <BR> <BR> I came up with the line in the sand in my first year of maintenance, when I still had a good deal of determination / anger that life went crazy on me (again) and I was NOT going to go back where I'd come from (i.e. fat-land for the umpteenth time). <BR> <BR> So my li... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:00:44 EST Regular life stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790187 I bubble about my events, as they come up through the year. But regular life keeps on rolling on, and sometimes I write the mundane. There are things that I do in rotation throughout the year. <BR> <BR> One of them is donating blood. I have to schedule around the events and the training, as donating blood a couple of days before a big one would not be so cool. Yesterday I was very gratified with my pulse being high enough, my iron counts being good, and it being two weeks before my next ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:10:48 EST Do YOU have a competitor within? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789974 This blog has been percolating since Sunday. As we walking the football field, warming up for the 5K, my ever so socially correct sister confided that I'm not the only sibling with an inner competitor that will do almost ANYTHING for the sake of winning. Including training. She's even named hers. <BR> <BR> I think many of us have such an inner voice. We love to "win". My son, a student of psychology, tells me that it's hard wired in humanity, part of the survival instinct. One of the r... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:24:53 EST Adjusting after crossing the finish line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788879 Photo credits to SPINNINGJW. The finish line photos - they are on the front page, too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1513187741.jpg"> Me - look at that grin. And look at those muscles in the legs "at work". Kinda gross, but proud of those old legs, anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899423418.jpg"> The mythical son - working to get back in shape, after "letting himself go" on return from a place where "edible calories were no... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:54:08 EST