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/ Let's talk about reactionary behavior! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769821 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769212 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768560 To continue the story of the book: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l101092447.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767164 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766942 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766163 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1951702152.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765608 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764732 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764066 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762693 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762445 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761589 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761072 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760100 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759429 A few days ago in one of my blogs I mentioned that I had started to read a book. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668658117.jpg"> <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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758737 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757352 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l379754322.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757006 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756430 The plan as executed: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1111142320.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565381705.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755573 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754891 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752702 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752364 The "in my dreams" plan for this week's training. I reserve the right to modify as "life happens": <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l971395894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one is for Watermellen, who asked what color the new shoes are. Easier to show than to describe: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997540789.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752310 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751786 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751307 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750168 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749946 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748743 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748000 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747592 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l773145536.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747034 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601532569.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984685575.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746927 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746172 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 The comedy of a recording scale... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745467 <em>193</em> I probably blogged about it when I got the Withings Healthmate scale back last September, I think it was, when my old less fancy scale finally gave up the ghost. <BR> <BR> This one interacts with web sites, synchs with Sparkpeople.com automatically, etc. You can set up profiles for family members, height, gender, activity levels, etc., and it uses this to calculate body fat percentages using the electrical resistance method. My old scale did similar things, but it didn't upl... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:29:51 EST Unusual week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744724 Normally the week of the Cornhusker State Games is a quiet one for me. The heat, the work schedule, form a backdrop as I do one weekend's event (Open Water Swim) then taper a bit and do the triathlon the next weekend. Sometimes I have been known to take the day after the tri off work as vacation. <BR> <BR> This week has been plastered with lots of family stuff... between the one sister's hospital side-trip (by the way, for those of you who expressed something about 3 times every year, it h... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:40:17 EST Dueling computers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744465 Having a great evening with three computers at the dining room table. SPINNINGJW and her daughter are here... we're looking things up online and discussing, kind of like grandma and grandpa used to do with reading the newspaper. Modern tools for a modern family, but still the intellectual comparison and conversation. <BR> <BR> What are we looking up, you might ask? Well, our sister just went home from the hospital, having had a "gut" issue that landed her there. She asked her doctors w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:34:09 EST Extra ears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743165 They tell folks when they go to meet with medical people to take someone along. This is so wise and important, and SOME of us are so stubborn as to think we can go it alone (cough... me... cough). <BR> <BR> Watching my sister's teacher friend and how organized she is in being those "extra ears" has taught me much. I serve this way as a back-up, but gee, some people just have a knack, you know what I mean? <BR> <BR> Every doctor seen, name written down. Every drug dose, time administered,... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:49:46 EST Full life... and it is good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742847 Sophia took me on a lovely long ride this morning. We took to the biking trails in town, out to the cemetary where mom & dad are buried, then up the hill to the school, back down through the parks to the trail home. <BR> <BR> I had on the clip shoes but mostly was clipped on one side, only clipped the left side toward the end of the ride, as that's the side that cramped yesterday and I was being cautious. <BR> <BR> Got home just fine, but almost as soon as I did, my cell phone rang. I fum... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:54:47 EST Well... I'm glad this was a C event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742094 First off, it was a beautiful morning, albeit a bit chilly for the swimmers (59 F in the air, water was GREAT, though). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1878919692.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can see how pretty it was in this shot, too, don't know if you can spot the actually swimmers, but the 1500 Meter race was in progress. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1264290345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ALICIA363 showed up while the 1500 was finishing up... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:29:59 EST Training through, versus tapering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741290 Reading from the Triathlete's Training Bible, when Joe Friel discusses designing your ANNUAL training plan, he talks about the target "A" races, the "B" and the "C" category of events one puts in. The A races, the important ones, the ones you have targeted to go after your personal best... you taper for. The B and C events, not so much... you "train through" them, i.e. no taper. <BR> <BR> But you also don't have as high expectations for those races. They are actually part of your training... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:49:01 EST I love Summertime! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741016 I just do. <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> I love the heat. It's the only time of year I am warm any more (I lost all that insulation). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921301689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love the long hours of sunlight, and how it gives me the energy to do more in the course of my days. I love that I go to work in daylight and come home while it is still daylight. I love having light in the cool of the mor... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:00:30 EST Sleep, that knitteth up the ravel'd sleeve of care... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740349 Yes, I'm quoting Shakespeare! But seriously, sleep is a huge part of the health and fitness equation, and it's once again become a focus area. I think it's especially true when training to get my Z's... it's what keeps me recovering well between workouts. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> And eating the extra calories I need because I'm burning them? Essential to being able to sleep well, too. <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> As for the active lifestyle? The Cornhusker State Games starts with opening ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:15:38 EST Brenda is a sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739131 Oh, oh, I have such exciting news to tell! Oh? Who am I? I am Brenda Starr Trek. I'm a fitness hybrid bicycle. You may remember me from my blog back in June, when I wrote about my big adventure at the triathlon: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723851 </link> <BR> <BR> I have such news to tell. My human Barb told me on Sunday, but I couldn't say until she brought my new sister home. Yes, I'm a big sister now. Well, not really. Because ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:21:17 EST Spark Mail and themes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738399 This morning I found my blog about "The importance of PLAY" featured in the daily mail. What blew me away though, was what I perceived as a common thread through all three featured blogs: <BR> <BR> SPARKGUY himself was featured with this one about his current streak and getting through challenges, showing that we all have families and are all human and have to *do* something about those tough times! <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738162 </link... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:48:32 EST The importance of PLAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737692 I just updated my status to say I had played with my son yesterday. For those of you who have young children, this will not sound odd. But when you consider that my son will turn 30 this week, it might seem a little strange to use that term. <BR> <BR> But in my second childhood now, I don't hesitate. Play is important to stress relief. My son, now an adult, needs play much as I do! He called, in the neighborhood, and was going to stop by to visit, have a cup of coffee. What mom doesn't... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:49:54 EST Reprise: One of THEM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737307 It does not take a whole lot to freak me out. This morning I got an e-mail telling me I qualify for the USA Triathlon 2014 Age Group National Championships run August 9th in Milwaukee! This was shortly before I left to go meet some people to open water swim at a state park south of town. <BR> <BR> I hadn't read it very closely, and I'm thinking "honor", and "what if"... fortunately swimming in open water put some sense back in my head... realizing how slow I am at this event. The e-mail h... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:32:42 EST All quiet on Barb's blogging front http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736489 I just haven't had a lot to say. I've spent most of this week accepting that it's a rest/recovery time. Catching up on sleep. Ate a bunch of extra on Wednesday night... mostly 4 power bars and four cheese sticks. Bottom line, I topped 3000 calories on Wednesday... but it wasn't stuff that resulted in bloating. I observed on Thursday that I had more energy... I had been dragging. I don't think it was just the sleep focus, I think my body wanted those extra calories. <BR> <BR> Of course,... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:01:17 EST 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