SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard This is a group for those anywhere in the world that either swims regularly, swims occasionally or would like to swim as part of their fitness routine. We embrace all swimmers of any level. SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard Team Chat Week of 4/16/18!! Good afternoon. My morning got sidetracked because my employment was terminated. I have no idea why they let me go. I'm not in the best place at the moment, so I won't go on too much about it. <BR> <BR> On the upside, I've been exercising so I feel good about that. And I have craft fairs to go to and bookkeeping work to do. So, that's what I've got that's positive. <BR> <BR> I hope the rest of you are doing better than I am today!!! Oh, and for those who I am friends with on FB as wel... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:49:22 EST Team Chat Week of 4/9/18!! Hi guys!! I hope you had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Carol suggested last week maybe we need to have a team challenge. Workout minutes, food logging, etc. What are your thoughts? If we do it, we can have a thread in the "Challenges" forum. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling energized. I know it's because the sun is out. I really try to keep my spirits up during winter, but the hard truth is I get depressed in the winter. I get exhausted from the cold and darkness. I've got to find a way through... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 11:58:29 EST Team Chat Week of 4/2/18!!! Good morning fishies! I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Since our kids are grown and gone, we don't really do anything for Easter anymore. What do you guys do to celebrate? <BR> <BR> I'm sore today since I worked on refinishing my kitchen cupboards this past weekend. It was a great work out of sustained movement over ten hours a day. I'm doing taxes today, so I'm sitting on my bottom. I'm just about finished and then I'll be putting up a cupboard in the laundry room. <BR> <BR> I s... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:30:02 EST Team Chat Week of 3/26/18!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. <BR> <BR> We had some fun watching the kid dance. Wow, I mean I really love to watch her dance!! It was a tiring weekend though, and there's not much that's relaxing about a dance competition weekend. But it's all worth it, because she is just so beautiful up there on stage!! <BR> <BR> It should be a busy week here at work! And it might also actually warm up a bit this week. Woo hoo!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTI... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:38:01 EST Team Chat Week of 3/19/18!!! Good Morning! Monday has turned out to be a busy morning for me this week, so I'm getting a late start here. <BR> <BR> I'm about to have my salad and pasta with broccoli for lunch. Yummy!! <BR> <BR> I was busy all weekend with my daughter's dance competition. It was fun!! It's a bittersweet year for me as this is her last year dancing. She's going to stop early and not finish out as a competitive dancer through her senior year because she just has too much to do. I'm enjoying every mome... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:14:23 EST Team Chat Week of 3/12/18!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy, as usual, but not insane, so that was nice. I'm dealing with my anemia being back and I'm pretty tired. I'm taking more iron in an attempt to gain some red blood cells faster! I think it's time for a physical and to get back on prescription strength vitamins. Gotta find the time for that! <BR> <BR> My interview has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, so that's going to work out just great for me. I'll at least be a... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:47:25 EST Team Chat Week of 3/5/18!! Good Morning!! What a weekend!! The monster snow storm took down trees and power lines all over! Oh, and cable and internet service is down at home. I'm so grateful that all that I lost was internet. I'm safe, family is safe, house is not damaged, and we didn't lose any trees. That's a win after a storm like this!! <BR> <BR> Carol, I must have missed that you left your job! Congrats! I'm sure you are just as busy as before! <BR> <BR> My interview got moved due to the storm, so I don'... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:31:54 EST Team Chat Week of 2/26/18!! Hi everyone!! I had a whirlwind week last week so I never even made it here to post anything. Glad to see you all moving right along in your active lives!!! <BR> <BR> This week is a short one for me because I have Friday off for an interview. This position just dropped into my lap and it's a great one. A recruiter who I worked with a little bit the last time I was looking reached out to see if I was interested in a position he's trying to fill. It's with a very solid company and it's an... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:08:02 EST Team Chat Week of 2/19/18!!! Hi folks! <BR> <BR> More birds singing and highs approaching 70 for us this week! It's damp though, and too chilly and misty for a walk today. So I'm lunching in my car lol <BR> <BR> Better cautious on the cardio front, I'm hoping your husband checks out ok and it's something mild! <BR> <BR> I'm attempting a new routine, I bought a second yoga mat to keep at home (usually mine lives in my car). I want to do short yoga sessions in the morning as part of my routine. Just 10-15 minutes of ... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:27:54 EST Team Chat Week of 2/12/18!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend!! I was busy as usual, but I took some time yesterday afternoon to just sit and watch some of the Olympic coverage. I was pretty tired and my body told me I needed rest, so I listened and today I feel pretty great! <BR> <BR> I, like most people, am getting a little tired of the cold gray skies......but that's honestly what we get in February so I'm working on accepting it! It will be sunny and bright again soon.....and maybe even warm ag... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:53:13 EST Team Chat Week of 2/5/18!!! Hi everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend. I was so busy with my business and hubby's business, but it's a really good kind of busy! I'm happy to be building my business. <BR> <BR> I also managed to get on the treadmill and I was really happy about that. Sometimes in the dead of winter it's just so cold and depressing that it's hard to be motivated for me. Once I get moving, I feel a lot better!! <BR> <BR> Someday I'll get to a pool again.........someday my life will be a little... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:35:44 EST Team Chat Week of 1/29/18!!! Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was so busy but it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed a few days off of my job so I could work on my clients! Busy, busy, busy <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my promise to work out every day, even if only for 10 minutes. I'm happy about that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:01:32 EST Team Chat Week of 1/22/18!! Good Morning all!! <BR> <BR> Quick start to the thread as I'm having a challenging Monday morning. The kid sprained her ankle at dance yesterday so it was a late evening at the ER and then a busy morning trying to get an appointment with an orthopedist. Ugh. <BR> <BR> The weekend was pretty good up until that! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well!! I'll be back later to catch up! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE week!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:43:27 EST Team Chat Week of 1/15/18!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was super busy but also fun. I'm keeping up my promise to work out every day again, and I feel very good about that! <BR> <BR> Today promises to be another busy day at work, but nothing insane, so that's nice! <BR> <BR> Last week there was a discussion about fitness trackers. Anyone else have anything they want to share on them? I don't use one, they drive me crazy. : ) <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day and week!! Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:40:05 EST Team Chat Week of 1/8/18!!! Good Morning all!! Welcome to all of the new folks posting. It's fun to see some new people joining us in our pool party!!! <BR> <BR> Brownme I'm so sorry about your ankle! I hope you heal very quickly. <BR> <BR> I had a very busy weekend with kid activities, cleaning the house, and basically trying to stay warm!! It was nice. I didn't do any work, and that gives me some energy to face the work week! It should be a good one. The job I have now is a very nice one. <BR> <BR> I also ha... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:01:53 EST Team Chat Week of 1/1/18! Happy New Year everyone!!! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>432</em> <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> I was complaining it was cold here, so I turned on the heater...then I saw how cold it was back east...I'll stop complaining now haha it's about 41 degrees here which is super cold for us. It's supposed to get into the 70s today, so not too cold. <BR> <BR> I'll be sanding the floor in our bedroom today and if I get far enough I'll also prep the walls for painting. My hubby set up my new CycleOps ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 10:35:31 EST Team Chat Week of 12/25/17!! Good Morning! Welcome to the final week of 2017!! I hope it was a good year for you all! If there's anyone new who wants to chat with us, please do!! <BR> <BR> I had a lovely Christmas weekend with a lot of family time and relaxing. We had dinner at a friend's house last night, and it was really nice! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling energized about 2018. I think it's going to be another good year. 2017 was good in many ways, and challenging in a few. But overall right now things are on an upsw... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:53:16 EST Team Chat Week of 12/18/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's a week before Christmas Day, and as usual, I am no where near ready for it!! Aaaahhhhh!!! Well, I'm partly ready, so that's good. If I really stay focused everyone should get gifts on time! <BR> <BR> It's a short but busy week here at work. I'm looking forward to a few long weekends back to back!! <BR> <BR> I'm back to my regular workouts, and I'm feeling good. I've noticed that since I started my serious commitment two years ago that when I do have a break in wor... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:48:16 EST Team Chat Week of 12/11/17!!! Good Morning all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm just starting a quick thread now because I'm running late and I have a meeting to attend! <BR> <BR> Our craft fairs went great! It's nice to feel like we are finally getting traction in this business. Yay!! <BR> <BR> And I'm back on track with food and treadmill walking. Yippee!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:05:18 EST Team Chat Week of 12/4/17! Good morning fellow fishies! Who here is ready for Christmas? I want to get my hubby a weekend getaway and maybe a couple more things for my best friend. How about you? <BR> <BR> I basically worked out all weekend long and am super sore today. We pulled out all of the carpeting and pads in our house, then pulled up all the tack strips and staples...they really went to town on stapling down the carpet pad! I also stripped the wallpaper in the first bedroom and started sanding the walls. Tonig... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:02:31 EST Team Chat Week of 11/27/17!!! Good Morning!! Welcome to a new week! <BR> <BR> I had an amazingly relaxing weekend. I can't recall the last time I just enjoyed four days off work with no stress. This new job is pretty cool. <BR> <BR> I'm back working out hard on the treadmill and feeling pretty darn good about that as well. I need that time to work just on myself and to take care of my body. I'm also refocused on the food. I've really let it slip the past few months and it shows!! Eating better always gives me mor... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:47:37 EST Team Chat Week of 11/20/17!!! Good Morning all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend!! I was busy, as usual, but not too busy and I had some nice relaxing time as well. I also worked out hard yesterday and as a result I'm feeling energetic today! <BR> <BR> It's a short week, and for that I'm grateful. I could use a long weekend!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great week!!! Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:21:14 EST Team Chat Week of 11/13/17!!! Hi all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had some fun and got some work done. It was pretty good. <BR> <BR> Truthfully hubby and I are having a rough patch right now and are doing a lot of fighting. I hope we can work through it soon because it's unsettling how upset I am with him and our relationship. We have struggled a lot in our years together because I think fundamentally we are so different in our approach to life that we have a lot of trouble getting on the same page and mov... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:03:21 EST Team Chat Week of 11/6/17!! Good Morning all! I hope you had a nice weekend. I had a really nice and somewhat relaxing weekend, and that's something I haven't been able to say for about two months now. My life has been very hectic. I like hectic, but it sure was nice to have a slower weekend for a change. <BR> <BR> Carol, I had a headhunter reach out to me about a Controller job. I have no idea if it's really interesting to me, but it was kinda fun to have him reach out. I really don't know where he got my info, ... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 10:38:12 EST Team Chat Week of 10/30/17!! Hi all!!! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I had a great time!! Just got a lot of personal stuff done around the house, which always makes me feel good! <BR> <BR> It's gonna be a busy but nice week. Lots to do at work and personally, as usual. Just the way I like it! <BR> <BR> Today's exercise is horseback riding. I'm very excited!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day and week!! Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:20:10 EST Team Chat Week of 10/23/17!!!! Good Morning everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend and maybe some of you even got to swim!! <BR> <BR> My hubby had an extraordinary weekend at the craft fair and sold so much stuff!! Now he has to quickly build more stuff for this upcoming weekend. Maybe we've finally turned the corner on this little business!! It's encouraging to have people actually buy the products!! <BR> <BR> Now I have to try to focus at this paying job I have. :) Lots to do here. Things are moving positi... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:58:08 EST Team Chat Week of 10/16/17! Good morning fishies! This is my last week at this job and we are in escrow on a house with a pool!!! It's too short to do laps in, but either I will build a harness system or I'll get one of the wall mount endless pool systems. <BR> <BR> There has been so much change in my life these past two years, I'm looking forward to it all settling down! Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:44:50 EST Team Chat Week of 10/9/17!!! Good Morning!!! Traffic was light due to the holiday, so that was really nice! <BR> <BR> I had a lovely weekend starting with a fun football game at the high school followed by a pretty nice uneventful day on Saturday, and then a trip into NYC to see a Broadway show. All in all, a very fun weekend. <BR> <BR> We are getting the remnants of tropical depression Nate, and wow, it really feels like the tropics out there. No one here in NJ seems to like humidity. I love humidity, but that's p... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:32:58 EST Team Chat Week of 10/2/17!!!! Good Morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I did fantastic at my craft fair and I sold two cases of candles. That might not sound like a lot, but the table only cost $35 so I made a killing! And yesterday I met with one of my two clients. I need to get them settled along with my other client, then I am going to start marketing to see if I can get a few more business clients. <BR> <BR> The full time job is nice as well. They are just decent professional people with nor... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:50:42 EST Team Chat Week of 9/25/17!!! Hi everyone!! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was super fun and busy, just the way I like it! <BR> <BR> The one thing that is lagging right now is exercise. I'm finding it hard to fit it into the day. So I'm going to have to start walking at lunchtime. I'll try again to also work out in the evening, but I think the only time I'm going to have consistently is at lunch. I even have an office that's big enough that if I wanted to do yoga in here at lunch, I could definitely do t... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:17:33 EST Team chat well if 9/18/17 Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Back at it and my busy season is here. One of my main clients does open enrollment materials and it is healthcare open enrollment season! And I just got my renewal options at work and they're frustrating, so expensive :( I hope our country can get it's act together on this crap and that's about as far as I'll say on that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my YMCA outdoor pool is open till October 1st this year! So I enjoyed a mile swim and sun this weekend. <BR> <BR> Carol, I read y... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:35:59 EST Team Chat Week of 9/11/17!! Good Morning. As always, as someone who lived through this day 16 years ago in lower Manhattan, I'm a little bit subdued and not quite as able to be bubbly today. For me this day will always be a day of remembrance. <BR> <BR> However, life has moved on, and for that I'm grateful. I'm having a wonderful time in my life right now, and that's a very nice place to be. <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend of watching high school football and my daughter cheerleading, watching a pep rally on Saturd... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:17:54 EST Team Chat Week of 9/4/17!! Hi all! I totally forgot to start a thread yesterday because I had the day off. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. We had a lot of rain, but I'm not complaining because it really is nothing compared to what so many people are dealing with. Yesterday was bright and sunny and lovely out! <BR> <BR> Congratulations to Laurie and her family for a new grandbaby on the way!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> This weekend hubby and I made six cases of candles for our upcoming shows. Tonight I'll l... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:14:12 EST Team Chat Week of 8/28/17!! Good Morning all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend!! I am coming to the end of this cold, and I'm feeling much better. It started last Tuesday and I'm pleased that it's nearly over. It seems to me over the years that colds tend to hang on for 7 to 10 days or even a bit longer for me, and this one is much shorter in duration, so that's a good thing! Maybe my immune system is getting stronger as I get healthier! I hope that's it. <BR> <BR> I have a busy work week ahead of me at my jo... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:25:44 EST Team Chat Week of 8/21/17!! Good Morning! Happy Eclipse Day 2017!! <em>67</em> I have my glasses and I'm ready to see the partial eclipse this afternoon. I think maybe I'll make plans to go to the path of totality for the next one in 7 years. It's crazy we get two total eclipses in the US so close to each other!! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty up. I'm back on track with my exercise and making progress on the scale going down again. Yay!! I also feel very healthy mentally. The exercise sure helps with that!! <... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:46:03 EST Team Chat Week of 8/14/17!!!! Hello!! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was busy traveling to the charity fundraising bike ride my hubby does each year. It was a lot of fun to cheer him over the line! <BR> <BR> This week I travel a bit for work, so I made sure I brought my walking shoes so I can get some exercise in. I get to stay with my parents since the office I'm visiting is very close to their house. I'm very excited to visit! As long as we stay away from talking politics, I can have a nice visit with m... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:54:37 EST Brag a bit - Team Bonus Spin points I got 20 bonus spin points for the team today. <em>208</em> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:32:40 EST Team Chat Week of 8/7/17!!! Good Morning and Happy start to the work week! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a good time! <BR> <BR> I took Sydney to order her varsity jacket so that was fun. I can't wait to see it finished! <BR> <BR> And yesterday I went for a little hike while Sydney hiked with her friend. They went ahead of me and went further, but I still had a good time by myself! It was a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> I'm ready for another busy and productive day at work. I'm settling in and I reall... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 08:20:45 EST Team Chat Week of 7/31/17 Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I got my baby bird back in the nest so that makes me very happy! <BR> <BR> We had a nice time driving up to get her and we enjoyed spending some time with my brother-in-law and his family. The three girls aged 12, 10 and 8 were a lot of fun!!! Plus spending time Saturday afternoon hearing about the great time Sydney had was fantastic. She really learned a lot and expanded her horizons, and that was my goal for the experience, so I'm ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:31:14 EST Team Chat Week of 7/24/17!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> I dropped my 15 year old "baby" off at Dartmouth for a week long medical careers camp yesterday. I inexplicably was able to leave her without crying but this morning I'm all teary eyed and missing her so much. I've talked to her once for about a minute and gotten a few texts and she is already having a great time. So that makes it a little bit easier!! <BR> <BR> We had a nice weekend in VT but I didn't get much chance to a... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:48:07 EST Team Chat Week of 7/17/17!!! Good Morning! I love the date, it's so cool to have all of those 7s! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> I'm back in the office after my few days off, and I'm happy to be here. I really like my job and my team. <BR> <BR> The dance competition was a success!! Sydney placed third overall in the teen soloist division. I would guess there were at least 100 soloists, so that's pretty cool. She also won the Broadway Bound award which the judges give to one dancer out... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:40:48 EST Team Chat Week of 7/10/17!! Good Morning everyone!! I'm here in the office for two days, then off for three days at the beach! Well, we're also going to a dance competition, so I won't really be able to relax all that much until it's over on Friday, but it's still fun time out of the office with my family, so that's cool!! <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with the eating and the exercising. It was harder to stay on track with the job change and the vacation in May, but there's really no excuse for not getting right back ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:33:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/3/2017!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm having a good one so far. We had a fun weekend with family visiting and now we are recovering from all of the family visiting!! :) <BR> <BR> Sydney and I are going to the mall right after I have a call with the company that is building my website. I'm so excited to start building a small CPA practice. I actually went to a new local distillery yesterday and on the tour I mentioned that I'm an accountant in the course of the convers... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:56:21 EST Team Chat Week of 6/26/17!!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I actually had a ton of fun at the recital and I'm excited to dance again next year! There was so much silly drama there this year, but that's behind us now and we are going forward into the new year with a new attitude!! Well, I am. Kid has had a good attitude the whole time!! Even when the girls were super mean, she maintained her professionalism. She's the best!!! <BR> <BR> So, I'm settling into work and a new routine that will m... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:51:10 EST Team Chat Week of 6/19/17!!! Hi all! Well, I was so busy at my new job I totally forgot to post this up yesterday. So far, I'm super happy in my job. The place is very professional and normal. I know that there will be stress as I get more into the job, but it's clearly a positive workplace and not toxic like the last one. Thank goodness!! <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready for the dance recital this weekend. We have some rehearsals and I'm also practicing at home. Dance is great exercise!! <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:39:08 EST Team Chat Week of 6/19/17!!! Hi all! Well, I was so busy at my new job I totally forgot to post this up yesterday. So far, I'm super happy in my job. The place is very professional and normal. I know that there will be stress as I get more into the job, but it's clearly a positive workplace and not toxic like the last one. Thank goodness!! <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready for the dance recital this weekend. We have some rehearsals and I'm also practicing at home. Dance is great exercise!! <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:38:43 EST Team Chat Week 6/19/17! Woo hoo - this Friday I leave for Indonesia! I can't wait! Lots and lots of swimming in warm water with pretty fish for two whole weeks! It just doesn't get any better than that! <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing this week? Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:41:31 EST Team Chat Week of 6/12/17!! Happy Monday everyone!! I hope people are taking advantage of the warm weather and getting out into pools or open water for swimming! <BR> <BR> I'm wrapping up my two months of unemployment and trying to enjoy these last two days. I'm very excited about my new job. I received the offer letter and all the company info, and it appears I have definitely picked a winning company this time! I'm so happy!! <BR> <BR> Recital is a week away! Only one more rehearsal, then it's show time. Whoo h... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:00:43 EST Team Chat Week of 6/5/17!!!! Hi all!! I'm back from my trip and jumping right back into the job search, the healthy eating and exercise! <BR> <BR> We had such a great time. We walked so much and I feel so strong!! We walked anywhere from 7 to 12 miles a day for the four full days we were in Paris. Wow, that was a LOT of walking!! I feel great!! And Paris was beautiful and exactly as I remembered it. <BR> <BR> Back to reality today! I'm feeling energized and ready to take on the world! I have an interview phon... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:56:17 EST dipping my toe back in the spark water I was a big sparker for a long time and then things happened - cancer specifically. Sometimes life goes off the rails. <BR> <BR> I joined the master's swim at the Y way before I really should have. In my defense, the requirements were rather misleading. Something like the ability to swim 100 yards without stopping. The reality was much harder so at first I thought perhaps a lung was going to explode all over the crystal clear blue water but no I did ok. Also cancer perks. No coach is going ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:46:11 EST Team Chat Week 5/29/17! Happy Memorial Day! I love three day weekends! It seems the difference between agriculture and horticulture is that horticulture believes in taking all of the holidays! Yay for horticulture! <BR> <BR> We've been moving into our new house this weekend and it's been an interesting project. We are going from a very large four bedroom house to a tiny two bedroom house. We have an acre of land that is semi-terraced and that is going to be fun. We have done lots of physical work and gotten a great full body workout! ... Mon, 29 May 2017 21:06:25 EST Lost 100 pounds using water exercise? Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We have a reporter looking to interview a member who has lost 100 pounds and incorporated water workouts into their exercise plan. If you or someone you know fits the description, can you send me a SparkMail? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 23 May 2017 19:07:57 EST Team Chat Week of 5/22/17!!! Good Morning everyone!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a lot of fun watching my kid and her dance troupe dance their hearts out Saturday and Sunday. Sydney did great, and as always, no matter how her dances score, I am immensely proud of her ability to get up on that stage and give it all she has. <BR> <BR> I keep plugging away at the job search. It goes at a very slow pace for me, but I understand other people have jobs to do while trying to fill a position, so I do my best... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:40:40 EST Team Chat Week of 5/15/17!!!! Good Morning all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Jen, I really love your work. I checked out your website, and I like it! I love the way you express yourself. Thanks for taking a look at our site. I like hubby's work too! :) <BR> <BR> Lynn, so nice to see you here!! I'm sorry you've had so many shoulder issues.....that really stinks. I haven't been to the pool in ages. With all the job changes and financial uncertainty, the Y membership is one of the things we dropp... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:53:51 EST Team Chat Week of 5/8/17!!! Good Monday morning all!!! I had a GREAT weekend! I sold a bunch of candles at the vendor fair. I think this bodes well for sales going into the vendor fairs I'm doing in the next month or so. I'm so excited to be building our own business!! <BR> <BR> Also being freed of that horrible job I had is letting me take better care of myself again. My husband said to me yesterday that I look 20 years younger than I did three weeks ago. That job was killing me. I'm eating well and exercisin... Mon, 8 May 2017 10:11:47 EST Team Chat Week of 5/1/17!! Hi all!! It seems the weekly chat is working for us, so here's another week of it!! <BR> <BR> The interview Thursday went well. I'm going back for a second interview today. They are really trying to figure out what they want in the position, so maybe I can convince them how great I am and how much I can do for them, and they'll be willing to pay me a decent salary!! I also got a call on a resume I submitted last week. It's an Assistant Controller position with the NYC Carpenter's Union.... Mon, 1 May 2017 09:29:22 EST Team Chat Week of 4/24/17!!!! Good Morning all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had some fun with my kid, I had a great riding lesson, and I did some work on my job search and professional life. <BR> <BR> I'm going to start looking for clients for accounting and bookkeeping work. I am a CPA, but not currently licensed to do full CPA work in NJ. However, I can still provide all accounting services, including tax work, in NJ. I just can't do audits. Well, I'm not going to market myself as an auditor! I have... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:22:53 EST Team Chat Week of 4/17/17! Hi all!!! Welcome to the new week. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. <BR> <BR> I just went back to last Friday's post, and read where I said I wasn't panicked because the current job seemed secure. Well, I must not have been paying enough attention because II was let go on Friday afternoon. They said they eliminated the position. They gave me one week of severance and decided that they'd make an exception and pay out my accrued but unused PTO. How generous. <BR> <BR> I took it and... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:58:44 EST Team Chat Week of 4/10/17!!! Hello and welcome to a new week!!! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I had a lot of fun at a dance competition. Sydney did great with a second place overall for 13-15 year old soloists. Her group dances did very well as well, with one of them placing second overall and one placing first! Whoo hooo!!! <BR> <BR> So, this week I'm focused on trying to get a new job. And my food intake. The plan is to have a new job by June 1 at the latest. I'm moving deliberately in that direction. A... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:26:19 EST Team Chat Week of 4/3/17!! Welcome to the new week and a new way to chat! The daily threads no longer seem to be working, so we're going to move to a weekly chat thread! Of course there are lots of other ways to be involved with the team like participating in a challenge, looking for workout ideas and sharing yours, etc. The purpose of this thread is to chat about our daily workouts and food, but also our lives and to get and give support!!! <BR> <BR> This week will be hectic for me, as usual!! Work is demanding, ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:43:01 EST interchangeable 1000s to add to your workout I usually pick 3 1000-yd sets from the following list (some are 2000 and some are 1200) <BR> <BR> 2x(5x100 free, on a time) <BR> Total: 1000 <BR> <BR> 5x200 free, on a time <BR> Total: 1000 <BR> <BR> 2x500 free, on a time <BR> <BR> 1x1000 free <BR> Total: 1000 <BR> <BR> Total: 1000 <BR> <BR> 5x(50 free, slow <BR> 50 free, medium <BR> 50 free, hard <BR> 50 free, sprint) 30 seconds rest <BR> Total: 1000 <BR> <BR> 3x(100 free, kick <BR> 100 free, pull <BR> 100 free, drill <BR> 100 free, s... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 14:57:50 EST April Fools Swimmers! My last Saturday post! I've been the weekend starter for a very long time, but as of Monday we're moving to a weekly post. Spark has changed their style and people are too busy. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend fishies! <BR> <BR> We are working on the last of the fix up for our house and I'm looking to moving on to a new project! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:47:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/31/17!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday to everyone!! Woo hoo!! I need a weekend with little to do! <BR> <BR> Well, it's become clear that the good morning thread has pretty much run it's course. <BR> <BR> I looked back and I started doing this daily ritual on Jan 22, 2008. It's been over 9 years that I have consistently, if not every day, started a weekday good morning thread here. Others have joined in as leaders over the years and taken over the weekend posts, so it's been a real team effort.... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:23:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/17!!!! Good Morning!!! I'm feeling really good today! I applied for a few jobs and reached out to a recruiter I worked with last spring. I'm gonna get outta here but take my time and find the right job this time. <BR> <BR> Today is heads down accounting work, and then dance class tonight! Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:02:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/29/17!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy hump day!!! We are on the downhill side of the week, and I'm happy! I need a nice relaxing weekend.....we'll see what actually happens, but at least I don't have a lot planned yet. <BR> <BR> Like I said, I'm back on track with the workouts. I should start tracking them again. I stopped last year when I went on vacation and I lost my consecutive streak of workouts, and that was kinda sad. I think I'll start again to see how that works! <BR> <BR> I'm also thinking ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:32:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/28/17!!! Good Morning!!! I am finally getting my spark back! I feel much more positive about my life these days. Maybe the winter really was more of a grind than I thought it was this year. <BR> <BR> Carol and I have been discussing a little bit that maybe the daily thread has run it's course, especially now since it's really hard to find the team posts on the start page. I'm looking for a little input to see if anyone wants to continue the daily threads. Maybe instead we do a weekly chat thread... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:47:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/27/17! Welcome to the new week! Let's start it with a happy, healthy plan! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:54:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/26/17! Today is my birthday and we're celebrating in Cambria. Yesterday it rained, but it looks like it's dawning clear and beautiful! We have a fire going and it's a slow, snuggly morning. Our daughter stayed last night and we went swimming and hung out in the jacuzzi. This has been an excellent birthday weekend! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:22:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/23/17!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday! It's another bright and sunny, but cold, day here in NJ. The sun is so much nicer than clouds! I'm glad it's beautiful out today. <BR> <BR> Busy day coming up and a busy weekend as well! We have another dance competition this weekend, and I'm excited for it. Also we have a company function all day Saturday, which I am decidedly not excited for. The timing is horrendous for me. But, I'll do all that I can to plaster a smile on my face and be professional... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:47:22 EST Good Mornings Swimmers, 3/22/17!!! Good Morning! Happy Hump Day! We are half way to the weekend!!! I have a busy one coming up, but hopefully some of it will be fun! <BR> <BR> I had a meeting with a recruiter this morning. It was positive, they think I'm a good candidate. Which is nice because the place I work can be somewhat demoralizing and that interview process I went through where I almost got that dream job was also a tad demoralizing. So, picking myself back up and getting out there. I need to move on from this ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:58:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/21/17!!!! Hi all!!! I hope everyone is doing well today! <BR> <BR> I'm chugging along in this mess of a job, doing my best to stay afloat! I focus on my family and my friends to keep me positive! <BR> <BR> I had a great workout last night and it helped a lot with my mental outlook. I'll do the same tonight!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:26:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/20/17!!! Happy first day of spring!! <em>126</em> I'm so happy it's here! The day is sunny and bright, even if it's pretty cold. It's typical spring weather with some warm days and some colder days....but more warm than not so that's good. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all I can to keep my attitude positive these days. I've had a few personal challenges that's making it harder to be up, but I keep trying!! <BR> <BR> Today is just a normal all day and then home to work out and relax a tad... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:43:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/19/17! Hi folks, I'm waking up and about to head back into my studio. I've got three scroll assignments for an SCA event next Saturday. I almost finished two of them yesterday, I need to put the finishing touches on those two today and get a good dent on the third. <BR> <BR> busy busy... I'll take breaks to stretch! Happy sunday :) Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:04:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/18/17! We're finishing up the house and moving extra stuff to a storage building. I can't wait to empty the house out because it will really feel like we are done! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:38:13 EST Happy St Patrick's Day Swimmer's! ...and happy Friday! I can't wait to get home tonight and see my hubby! We are getting so close on finishing the house and I'm so excited to get it done! We are going to move the rest of our stuff to storage and that will be a good, heavy lift work out this weekend. I have a bunch of finish painting to do and then a bunch of yard work. Should be excellent work outs. <BR> <BR> Do you guys have any St. Patrick's plans? I was thinking we might make reservations for a nice dinner tonight to cele... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:11:43 EST New fitness swimmer Hi, my name is Susan and I'm 59 years young. I just started swimming laps for fitness in mid January with my husband. We are both trying to lose some weight and shape up. I never swam before for exercise but am very thankful that a long time ago my mom put me in swimming lessons at the Y and I learned to do the basic strokes. Really love doing this. We purchased a couple of the mp3 players for swimming so that we can listen to music. Really has helped me keep going. We swim for about a... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:49:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/16/17!!! March is moving so quickly and I need to get more study time in! I have a four hour accounting master's level test coming up and I must study more! <BR> <BR> This weekend we will try to finish up the inside of our rental property and then there will only be the outside left to do! Well, we need to get a permit to replace the front window in our den and I need to do that before putting in a closet...but mostly finished. I can't wait for them to finish the pool and then we can swim in it! <BR>... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:07:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/15/17!!! I figured I better get the thread started since I didn't know if Heather would have power. <BR> <BR> It's supposed to be beautiful and warm here again today. I plan to do my beach walk at lunch time. It's just been so nice, like California should be. Hope you easterners are all okay. Drive safely if you have to drive! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:46:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/14/17!!! Good Morning!! The blizzard has arrived here in the northeast! We woke up to about 12 inches of snow at 7:30 am!!! And it just keeps coming......the wind is blowing, the snow is coming and we just hope fervently that we keep our power. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I work as quickly as I can to get my work done for the day just in case we lose that electricity!! I should work out early just in case as well, but I have to get the work done first!! <BR> <BR> I'm slowly taking the winter weigh... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:13:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/13/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's a beautiful and sunny Monday and I'm ready for a new week!! <BR> <BR> We are supposed to get a doozy of a blizzard starting late tonight. So I plan to be snowed in tomorrow! As long as the power stays on I'll be very glad to work from home. <BR> <BR> Busy work day with enough to do for 3 people! But, I'll just go task by task and get it done! I love ticking things off my to do list. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was pretty good! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:06:32 EST Starting Master's Swim at Y tomorrow early! Hi all! I have been struggling with my 50 lb weight gain that happened starting in September with lots of transitions and stresses. After trying so hard (since January) to lose the weight, this past week I finally saw a 5 lb drop! I decided to stop tracking food and instead use the 21-Day Fix portion size containers, which has helped me get a lot more veggies in! But, other than my mental health and decision to stop tracking Calories, the big change for me was yoga. Before, I had been tr... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:01:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/12/17! I lost my post! Oh well, it happens. Today I'm painting bathrooms and doing touch up work. Then I'll head back to Half Moon Bay. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:06:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/11/17! Happy Saturday! We are painting the last two bathrooms! No more painting after that! The tiling all through the house is done too! I'm really excited to be done with the house! Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:02:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/10/17!!!!! Good Morning!! It's Friday!!! We are getting the promised snow, so I'm home working this morning. We are scheduled to have passport appointments this morning and I hope we still are because we need to get this going! I'm gonna call the post office soon and find out. <BR> <BR> I had my dance class last night, and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the exercise and learning the dance! <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:36:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/9/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's a beautiful day here in NJ! The snow is coming in tonight and we may have a slightly difficult commute tomorrow due to it. <BR> <BR> One thing I've learned is that this organization isn't as hard working and professional as my last, so I can't assume people will work from home in the snow like my last staff did. Nor can I let them off the hook and not make them take PTO if they can't get to the office. I've decided that if I'm going to make a go of it here, I have ... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 09:02:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/8/17!!!! Good Morning!!! It's Wednesday!!! Half way through the week, so yay!! I have a lot to do that is non-emotional and totally work focused, so I'm really happy about that. I'm feeling good about myself again and realizing that the leadership here isn't great but that doesn't need to stop me from being amazing! For now, this is where I work so I'm going to do all that I can to make it positive!! <BR> <BR> Also, I have a riding lesson set up for Thursday. As always, having things outside of... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:33:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/7/17!!!!! Good Morning all!!! We have a super rainy morning here, but it's not too cold, so that's helpful. <BR> <BR> I'm working on my positive attitude today. I have a few team members who are just super negative and I'm getting a little bit tired of trying to keep them focused on being positive and just getting the work done. It's so unbelievably unprofessional. Ugh. The incredibly stupid thing about the negativity here is the one guy causes all of his own stress. He acts as if everything that... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:16:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/6/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's Monday, and so I'm kinda missing my weekend and my family, but I sure have enough here to keep me busy! <BR> <BR> Carol, we rented an apartment through VRBO. It's so nice, and it has a terrace! Here's a link to it. <link> </link> I just can't wait! <BR> <BR> I'm familiar with trip advisor and now that you have mentioned it, I'm going to make sure I have the app on my phone and start using it. I'm also just reading a few travel guid... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:35:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/5/17! Jon - if you show up today there's a thread about a stationary system that seems like it would be something you know about. <BR> <BR> yesterday I tiled, sanded, plastered and did all kinds of work. We worked an eleven hour day on the house, it was awesome. Now I need to get back at it since I'll have to drive home soon. <BR> <BR> What are my fellow fishies doing today? Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:45:14 EST Stationary harnesses Do any of you have experience swimming with a stationary harness? Can you offer any advice on their use? I'm going on a cruise in May, and while the ship has three pools, none are outfitted for lap swimming. I bought a harness and tried it out yesterday. It's fine, if not a super weird sensation. Just trying to find out if there are shortcuts to getting used to the feeling of not actually going anywhere. And the fact that my shoulders are so strong that it constantly feels like the cord is go... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 11:43:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/4/17! Happy Saturday! This is a quick post as I want to get working on the house. I'm going to be sanding and mudding the bathrooms today. Hopefully I'll be able to start tiling the walls too. Gotta go work hard and fast - I unrealistically want to rent this house out by April 1. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:58:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/3/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!! Also, my trip to Paris is booked. I'm very excited. I really am cheap and so spending all this money is killing me, but I need something to look forward to, and a trip with the family is gonna be awesome!!! <BR> <BR> Went back to dance class last night, and was completely lost. They did a lot of choreography while I was out the last few months, so I have a lot to catch up on. It'll be OK, it's not that complex, but it still threw me off a bit. But the exer... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:49:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/2/17!!! Good Morning!! Late start on the thread, I've been busy all morning!! <BR> <BR> I've decided to go on a trip to Paris in May with my family. We will leave on Thursday before Memorial Day and come back on the next Wednesday. That way I only miss three days of work but I can still get in this trip!! I found super cheap airfare and a lovely VRBO apartment, so I'm really excited!! <BR> <BR> Workouts and food focus continues, and it's making me feel better about myself. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:14:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/1/2017!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day!!! Things here at work are a bit more bearable so although I'm still sorely disappointed in not getting that dream job, at least it's not so awful here that I can't make the next few months work for me. <BR> <BR> I had a nice workout last night and am feeling invigorated today. I was able to sleep well last night for the first time in a long time too. Exercise, sleep, water and healthy food are the keys to a good life!! <BR> <BR> Jon, I hope the water is w... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:26:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/28/17!!! Good Morning! It's another beautiful sunny February day here in NJ. Very weird weather, but I'll take the warmth! <BR> <BR> Well, no job offer. The CFO just can't convince the CEO and the accounting folks in Florida that he should have his controller in NYC. I think that indicates a really bad dynamic anyway, so as much as I wanted this job, and as annoyingly prosaic as this sounds, it's likely for the best. In the meantime, I'm still at this dysfunctional and negative job so I need to ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:33:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/27/17!!! Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had lovely weather here on Saturday, with highs near 70. It was fantastic!! <BR> <BR> I finally got an email Saturday from the guy I interviewed with over the last few months and he wants to talk today. So, I guess I'll finally find out what's going on with this potential job. I'm trying to just be even keeled about it and not get too excited or anticipate being disappointed. I won't know until I know, so there's really no point in ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:20:11 EST Fitness trackers for swimming Has anybody tried the new Fitbit Flex 2 which is waterproof and can be worn while swimming laps? I am interested. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:45:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers,2 2/25/17!!! Happy Saturday fishes. Having a long weekend has been lovely and my best friend being here is awesome! We are tiling the kitchen and having a great time. <BR> <BR> We're going to try to see my sister tonight so we can talk about our upcoming trip to Bali! Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:17:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/24/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's almost noon, so I gotta get this posted soon! <BR> <BR> I hit the ground running today, and haven't stopped doing one thing after another. It's nice to be busy, it makes the day go faster. <BR> <BR> Only a few more hours until the weekend!! Yipee, I can't wait!! <BR> <BR> I'm really back focused on my food and exercise. It's important to lose the few pounds I've put on this winter, and then keep that going into the spring! <BR> <BR> Speaking of spring, I think i... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:57:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/23/17!!!! Good morning!!! Happy Thursday!! One day closer to the weekend....... <BR> <BR> I had a great workout and a nice evening last night. I really needed it!! It's very hard to get up every day to go to a job you don't like. I feel a lot like I did last spring, where I was just in limbo and feeling very uncertain about my future. I don't like feeling this way. If I don't get an offer by Friday, I will spend this weekend starting a new job search. I have to do something to get myself feeli... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:25:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/22/17!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!!! I'm back for another day in the mines...... :) It's honestly better now that there's a CFO over me taking a lot of the stress of the owners off of me. But this job really isn't a long term solution for me......I'm hoping to hear very soon from the other guy. Jeez, this is taking forever!!! <BR> <BR> I had a nice workout last night. I feel much better when I take good care of myself!!! We had takeout Indian food as a treat last night, and I'm still fu... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:23:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/21/17!!!! Good Morning!! It's another bright sunny day here in NJ. And though it was fairly cold this morning, it's going to be quite warm all week, and that's really a nice thing in February!! <BR> <BR> My daughter is away for the next two nights at a competition for school. I think this is the first time she's done anything like this since she's never done camp or anything like that. I'm so excited for her!! I hope she has a good time, and does great at the competition. She's a freshman, so it... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:24:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/20/17!! Good Morning!!! I'm off to a busy start here at my job. I really am hopeful to move on from here soon!! It's not awesome...... <BR> <BR> I had a nice weekend, very busy Saturday and less so Sunday. I worked out both days and am very happy about that!! The nice warm days are greatly appreciated!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:55:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/18/17! It's hard for me to believe we're already 18 days into February! I guess I lost some time being sick. I'm so happy to be over that. <BR> <BR> Our crazy, crazy weather was amazing yesterday! We had huge winds that took down trees all over the place. At work the power was out and the wind was pulling roof panels off of the greenhouses. We finally sent everyone home. It was good that I went home because I probably wouldn't have been able to get home much later. There were so many trees down. On... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:23:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/17/17!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> I am back in my office and patiently waiting for communication back on the potential new job. I had a great time yesterday meeting the team. They were professional and smart and a strong team. I would love to be a part of their team!!! <BR> <BR> I was unable to swim while I was there, but I did see the pool at the hotel and it's very nice so if I get the job and I get to travel regularly I could start using that pool as part of my routine! I'... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:59:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/16/17!!!! Good Morning!!! I'm here in Boca Raton for my interview!! Gotta get my day going but wanted to come by and say hi. <BR> <BR> The flight was bumpy, but fine. I guess I'll get used to flying if I get this job!! <BR> <BR> I won't make it to the pool this time, but hopefully I'll be back and get to do it another time. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:34:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/15/17!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day!!! I'm in a fantastic mood for a bunch of reasons, but one really good thing is the sun is out and it's fairly warm today! <BR> <BR> I fly out at 5:30 tonight and will be in Florida interviewing all day tomorrow, so I may not be around in the morning. Just letting you know now! <BR> <BR> I had a great workout last night! I know a lot of folks don't like the treadmill, but I really do like it. I enjoy seeing myself go faster and work out longer. I am feel... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:22:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/14/17!!! Hi all!! Good Morning!! Happy Valentine's Day. <em>26</em> I don't really make much of a big deal of Valentine's day, but it's an excuse to be happy about something kinda sweet, so you know, I'm going with that!! <BR> <BR> Another busy day ahead of me. I like them busy!! It makes the time go by fast at work, rather than crawling past. This job has been a lot of crawling time because I dislike it so much. But tomorrow I travel to Florida for what I hope is the end of the interview... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:14:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/13/17!! Hi!! Just a quick hello as I'm about to go into training for most of the day! Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. <BR> <BR> So much snow!! At least it's not snowing again today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:57:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/11/17! It's still dark out but I'm hopeful we'll get some nice weather mixed with some showers. It's supposed to get into the 60s today and then warm up over next week. More rain to come the following weekend though. <BR> <BR> Today I'm still croupy, but I'm going to re-grout a wall and one of the fireplaces. I would love to take the rock walls out, but that's unrealistic, so instead I'm changing them from dark gray grout to light beige. That will probably take me most of the day. It's not cardio, ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:38:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/10/17!!! Happy Friday!!!! I'm so absolutely thrilled it's Friday!!! The day is bright and sunny and so pretty out!! The snow on the ground reflects the sun and just makes is so much less dreary. <BR> <BR> So, I had a nice workout yesterday. I feeling physically very strong and I hope that translates to mental toughness. <BR> <BR> I really need it right now because this job is sapping my energy. The power plays are difficult to deal with. I won't bore you with any more details, but suffice ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:52:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/9/17!!! Good Morning! Happy snow day for those of us on the east coast with our major snow storm. If you have to go out in it, be safe! I don't drive in I'm working from home. <BR> <BR> Got my workout in last night! And I'm looking forward to a good workout today!!! I'm back on track!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:06:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/8/17!! Good Morning!! Happy Hump Day! We are nearly half way through the work week, so yay! <BR> <BR> Everyone here is all excited about the impending snow storm. We've had so little snow the last two winters that it's actually an event that we're getting snow. Normally we get so much that people are usually not to worked up about it. I'm excited because I will be able to work from home and get a lot of work done! Also, I can start applying for jobs again.......from my home computer! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 08:27:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/7/17!!! Good Morning!!! Well, the sun has gone away again.....but really, that's what we expect in February. We might actually get a small snow storm Wednesday night. It might be nice to actually be snowed in and work from home. <BR> <BR> Still no news on the other job.....ugh. <BR> <BR> Busy day here, then home to work out and hang with family!! Keeping our spirits up as much as we can with this dreary weather. <BR> <BR> Oh, and today is my Dad's 79th birthday! Unfortunately he lives too f... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 10:13:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/6/17!!! Good morning!!! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. Hopefully we all got in some healthy eating and some great activity! <BR> <BR> I was able to eat very sensibly and I continue on my focus on vegetables, fruit and healthy grains. Also lean meat, but not a lot of it. <BR> <BR> I worked out hard both days and I feel great about that! <BR> <BR> Today I'm supposed to hear about the possible new job. But you know, I've heard that before so I'm really just plowing for... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:27:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/5/17!!! I'm still sick! This sucks. I woke up at 1 am with a screaming sore throat. Waiting for the pharmacy to open to get something for the pain - sigh. <BR> <BR> On a good note, we went to IKEA to figure out our kitchen and found a hole-in-the-wall Lebanese restaurant that used fresh ingredients and range grown chicken and had an awesome meal. I'm having leftovers for breakfast...and it looks like again for lunch! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 10:51:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/4/17!!! I've been up since 1 am trying to hack up a lung and running hot then cold. I don't feel that bad but I sound pretty awful. We're at our new house this weekend and hubby will put in insulation and cut back trees. I'm not sure what I'll do since I'm sick. I don't do sick very well. I've moved to another room so that he can sleep better. <BR> <BR> I need to find a pool down here. I was thinking that once we're done with the Santa Maria house, if I found one here I could swim Thursday through M... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 06:08:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/3/17!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <em>244</em> I am very happy the weekend is coming. <BR> <BR> So, here's an interesting little work story. Yesterday I showed the new CFO how I have to calculate sales commissions. It's a manual process I inherited and which I have designed to be automated in our new accounting system, but we aren't quite there with the system yet, so I'm still doing manually. <BR> <BR> So I told him it takes 2 full days to get through the process and communicate out... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:57:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/2/17!!! Good Morning all!!! Really late start here. I'm spending a tremendous amount of time with my new boss here at the current job. Frankly he's not too bad, but he tends to come in to talk in the morning and so it's harder to get here and get the thread started. <BR> <BR> I'm going to hear from the potential new job today or tomorrow. I'm very hopeful they make an offer I can accept. This current place of employment is untenable in the long run.....I just don't like the atmosphere and leade... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:23:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1/17!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day! We are half way to the weekend! <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with my workouts, sleep and food. I'm feeling very good about that!! The sun is out and that always helps with the mood. <BR> <BR> It sure was quiet yesterday! I hope everyone is doing great. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:32:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/31/17!! Good Morning and hello to the last day of January! Spring is something like 6 weeks away and I'm getting excited!!! <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in here at this silly job but man, it's very hard to be connected when all I want it to run screaming out the door!!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm starting out my day with my high protein eggs and veggie sausage breakfast. I'm focusing again on getting that blood sugar down to a consistently normal level. It's not really that high, but I want to ma... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:51:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/30/17!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure did. I didn't think about work at all, and I spent some great time with my family. Dance competition season started for us with the full dress rehearsal. It was great to see Sydney really shine on the stage. She's really looking strong and relaxed up there. It was fun. <BR> <BR> Tonight will be a treadmill workout and I'm excited! I need to get the blood flowing in a positive way!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:21:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/28/17!!! Happy Saturday! I am up and getting to work burnishing my bathroom that I did Venetian plaster in, then on to the next bathroom! I am planning on working hard and fast all day. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up go? Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:25:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/27/17!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! All I have to do is slog through this day and then I have the weekend! I've got a little stuffiness in my head and so it's making it harder to focus. It seems the whole office is sick! We are really slammed in like sardines. Well, the staff is slammed in. I have a nice big office which I appreciate very much. However, the germs still make their way in here!! <BR> <BR> I worked out last night and that helped again with the energy level!! I suppose if I... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:01:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/26/17!!!! Happy Thursday!!! I'm having a difficult time focusing on this job as I wait as patiently as possible for word on the other one. You know, if they don't offer I'm going to be disappointed but at least I would know. I'm very hopeful though! Gotta keep it positive. <BR> <BR> I'm working again on focus on the food and exercise. I know that will help me with my outlook! This time of year, with the cold and gray days, is a challenge for me every year. It's hard to be consistently upbeat. B... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:06:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/25/17!!! Good Morning!!! It's a beautiful day here in sunny and slightly warmer New Jersey!! <BR> <BR> My interview yesterday went great. I'm so hopeful these folks can finally make a decision and I can know if this is going to go forward or not. I think I convinced the CEO that I'm a good fit for his organization, because I know I am a good fit, but you never know the vagaries of executive decision making so.........I hope! <BR> <BR> I'm not loving my current situation with the new CFO, but I'm g... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:12:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/24/17! Haha...I was on at around 5 am and decided I better not post because Heather and I might double up...but it's later now, so here I am. <BR> <BR> I have a crazy day ahead and I woke up at 1:30 and couldn't go back to sleep! <BR> <BR> Today it dawned clear and beautiful...and no rain through the weekend. California just keeps getting hit with rain (yay). Jon, it looks like San Diego is getting hit again today, tell DS to keep paddling! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:57:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/23/17!! Good Morning!! Sorry for the late start, but I had to meet with the new boss here. He actually seems like a pretty decent guy. It might be too little too late to keep me here tho. We'll see!!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I go for my final interview at my hopeful new job. I'm so excited!!! <BR> <BR> I've let the winter get to me and have put on five pounds. I need to get those off!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:14:16 EST New Member - Great Challenge <BR> When posting your results, please copy paste this paragraph and the results below. Then add/edit yours to it. That way, we can keep everything together. Post as frequently as you'd like and please feel free to join in at any time! Also feel free to use other units if it's easier. :) <BR> <BR> NAME - Total Miles/Minutes Swum in 2017 - 2017 Mile/Minutes Goal - % of Goal Completed <BR> <BR> Aimless_AM 12.45 - 170 - 6.96% <BR> EastEndClam 0 - 150 - 0% <BR> Goriana 5 - 85 - 6% <BR> TA... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:45:23 EST Good afternoon swimmers 2/22/2017!!! You all must really be enjoying your weekend if I am the first one here! It is raining and raining and raining. I tried to leave our track and found the main road flooded from sidewalk to sidewalk. I turned around. I might be able to leave but when I got home in the dark I wouldn't know how deep it had gotten. drip drip drip. it makes me nervous. I can't focus. house is dry but it is not a soothing sound to me. i'm on the internet on a day when i usually do stuff.... <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:20:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/21/17!!! Go Jen and Heather! Have a wonderful walk and stay safe! <BR> <BR> We slept at our new house last night and it poured rain! It was awesome. We went to a little Chinese place for dinner and then went home. I'm loving living in the woods with the town only a mile away and San Fran just up the hill! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:52:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/20/17!!! Good Morning!! Thank goodness it's Friday. I so need a weekend!! <BR> <BR> I have plans to go to DC tomorrow for the march. I try hard not to bring politics on to this forum, but I have to say I'm excited about exercising my first amendment right to speak up about things that are important to me. I am happy that I live in a country in which we can count on a peaceful transition of power regardless of whether we like or dislike the current office holder. I'm also grateful that we are fre... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:07:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/19/17!!! Good Morning!! It is bright and sunny here today in NJ and boy do we need some sun! It's also fairly warm for this time of year with a high of about 50 or so today. This is the second mild winter we've had in a row. I'm all for the warmth, but we do need rain or snow too! We have a lot of reservoirs in our area that feed many of the urban areas of NJ. I hope they have enough water! <BR> <BR> I can't even talk about this place of employment anymore. I'm having issues dealing with it he... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:54:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/18/17!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day!!! Half way through the week and the work just keeps getting weirder. I just keep rolling with it and hoping to hear about the final interview dates next week! <BR> <BR> Busy as always, which is good. I do like being productive. I don't particularly love dealing with everyone's emotions at work.......we should be focused on being productive, not throwing tantrums. <BR> <BR> Food and exercise are going well!! I feel good!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIV... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:19:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/17/17!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing great! I'm back on track with my healthy breakfast, and I know from prior experience that is the way to set myself up for a health day!! <BR> <BR> Work is silly......ugh. :) <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:19:05 EST ZERO to 1650 in Six Weeks Is anyone familiar with this plan? <BR> Anyone currently doing this plan? <BR> <BR> I have started and stopped the plan many times. Now that I can't run or walk, I may be able to stick it out. Planning to start this week. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:56:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/16/17!!! Good Morning!! I'm getting a late start here because we had a new person start today. I am so hopeful this admin assistant will be a great addition to our team here. This organization is growing so quickly yet they are hesitant to add people....and then they arbitrarily give an 11% raise to a person that works for me, without even asking for my input. The strangely emotional and non-rational way decisions are made here is making me insane...... <BR> <BR> On another note, I've put on a few... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:33:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/15/17!! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I got back to the pool today! I swam sloooow but it felt good. Hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:35:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/14/17!!!! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I ventured back to yoga this morning, a few coughs and lots of sniffles (hanging your head in forward fold will definitely encourage the sinuses) but it felt good to be there. It definitely got my heart rate up more than yoga flows usually would, but I kind of expected that after how long I've been out of commission. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a nice Saturday! We're expecting some snow here and my friend from college is getting married today. Party!!! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:02:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/13/17!!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! Woo Hoo, I really need this day to end and the weekend to come!!! <BR> <BR> I'm so not loving this employer......weird management, strange tone from the top, manipulative and emotional outbursts.....I am not going to survive here!!! I'm doing my best to be professional but's hard when you literally are the only one in management who is not childish.....ugh <BR> <BR> On the other job front, I am going to go and meet with the President and the CEO... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:48:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers! 1/12/17 Morning all. <BR> <BR> Been having trouble staying on track this week. I've been logging (albeit delayed) and haven't been in range. Gotta get that going again. <BR> <BR> I just had an awful for me breakfast so I need to eat a smaller lunch. At least I have a very tasty dinner of leftover chili and cornbread planned. <BR> <BR> xoxo Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:42:12 EST Good evening swimmers, 1/11/17!! Wow no one has been here on a week day? <BR> <BR> Not much to say for me, still not well enough to swim - so taking it easy ish at home tonight. It was warm today so I got a quick walk in at lunchtime. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:07:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/10/17!! Good Morning all!!! I'm so glad to see a little sun today and that it's not quite as cold as it was yesterday! I know it's winter, but lows of 10 are always hard, even when it's seasonal. <BR> <BR> I have a lot swirling through my head today with some work stuff, both here at the place I am, and the potential other job, so I'm having a hard time focusing. It's time to take a few minutes and get organized, and then dive in! <BR> <BR> I have continued to workout regularly, and I'm watching... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:44:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/9/16!!! Hi all - I'm trying to be "back" yet again. Thank you for your patience. <BR> <BR> I got up to swim this morning only to find out that the pool had low chlorine levels and we weren't allowed to get in. _sigh_. I'm still counting it as 1 of the 10 swims I want to get in this month. <BR> <BR> Trying to get back into eating better today. I've been eating well on and off (mostly off) since new years. I was in a good swing before new years (even Christmas!) but I've been being lazy and emotiona... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:30:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/8/17!!! Quiet around here today! Everyone glued to the playoffs? Doubt it. My cardio and strength today was 2 hours of shoveling. "Lift with your legs, not your back" are words to live by. Everyone glued to the playoffs? Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:20:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/7/17!!! That's a fun date to type. It's pouring rain here!!! Hopefully this will officially end the drought! We're doing inside work like painting and plumbing and that's fun. We did stucco outside right before the rain and it's been great to learn how to do that. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:59:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/6/17!!!! It's Friday!!! Yippee!!!! I am so looking forward to this weekend after this long slog of getting the payroll system in!!! Well, based on the conversation I'm having by text with my husband, I'm not so much looking forward to being with him, but at least I won't be at work.......ugh. <BR> <BR> We start our dance season this weekend with our costume distribution day. So, I'll spend most of the afternoon on Sunday getting the costumes for Sydney's 7 group dances for competition. It's a lon... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:10:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/5/17!!! Good Morning!!! Well, the payroll change went well up until the last moment, when the bank screwed up and took money from only one of our bank accounts for the direct deposits, instead of taking the correct company's payroll from the company's bank account. So now I'm scrambling at the last moment to make sure cash is in the right place to cover it. Awesome. <BR> <BR> On an up note, the interview last night went great. I spoke to the current Controller who is leaving voluntarily in April... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:49:06 EST Good Mornings Swimmers, 1/4/17!! Good Morning!!! Well, it's actually almost sunny here today. Yay! We could use a little sunshine. <BR> <BR> Tonight I have an interview with the person I would be replacing because she is retiring in May. We are meeting via FaceTime to keep me from having to fly to Florida. Not that I wouldn't like to be in Boca Raton right now.......but I kinda have this payroll implementation thing to manage, so.....this makes more sense!! <BR> <BR> I sure hope a decent offer is made, because this pa... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:16:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/3/17!!! Good Morning!! Happy New Year!! I was absent the last few days as we worked really hard on rearranging our house and getting Christmas packed up! It's always fun to get the pretty tree and it's always good to get it down and cleaned up early. There have been years where the tree was up until the end of January because we were busy and also lazy. Yay for us for getting it done!! <BR> <BR> Today we are live with our new payroll system and are processing a payroll for Friday, so it's gonna... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:47:38 EST want to find a buddy hello, I am an avid swimmer. I used to swim in high school and I started again in the past couple of months. I am 26 years old. I am looking for someone who would like to be my workout and nutrition buddy! If you are interested, please send me a private message. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:09:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers 1/2/2017!!! First time typing 2017... I wonder how long it will take to get into the habit? <BR> <BR> I hope I can get here more often this year. I was pretty much absent in 2016. It was a rough year, but I think things are settling down now. <BR> <BR> Here is the best part of my 2016!! And she will be the best part of my 2017!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What new and exciting things is everyone else up to? <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:24:49 EST Happy New Year's Swimmers!!! Well, we did it! We are now in 2017 with all it may bring! <BR> <BR> What are you planning for the new year? Either a goal, an intention or a resolution. <BR> <BR> I am going to join my daughter in focusing on the intention of gratitude. <BR> <BR> My goals are to get in backpacking shape by summer, finish our Santa Maria house, work on our new Royal Oaks house and get far on my master's degree. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:58:10 EST sorry disregard sorry <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:00:37 EST 2017 100 Mile Challenge <BR> 2017 100 mile challenge <BR> <BR> When posting your results, please copy paste this paragraph and the results below. Then add/edit yours to it. That way, we can keep everything together. Post as frequently as you'd like and please feel free to join in at any time! Also feel free to use other units if it's easier. :) <BR> <BR> NAME - Total Miles/Minutes Swam in 2016 - 2016 Mile/Minutes Goal - % of Goal Completed <BR> <BR> EastEndClam 0 - 150 - 0% Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:25:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 12/31/16! Happy New Years Eve! <BR> <BR> Ending a year can feel overwhelming, especially if you didn't accomplish some of the goals you set for this year. <BR> <BR> But screw that, let's celebrate something. Name 1 thing you are proud of this year. <BR> <BR> I am proud that I got back into swimming. Even though I didn't start swimming until July, I swam 56.7mi this year. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:34:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/30/16!!!!! Good Morning! Welcome to the last work day of 2016. I hope everyone has a short easy work day if they are working and then you have a great weekend!!! <BR> <BR> A short reflection from me about my year follows: <BR> <BR> On Jan 1, 2016 I knew I was facing a year where I would lose my job and have to go out into the market for a new one. I had been at the same company for nearly 15 years and I was anxious about the change. So, on that evening, as I sat down to have a cocktail and relax b... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:25:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/29/16!!!! Good Morning!! I'm here early again because of the holiday week, and it feels so normal to be at work by 7:30. I used to always be to work that early at my old job. Of course I could leave by 4 and not feel like I was being watched. Here, it's very different no matter what they say. <BR> <BR> I have been having long talks with hubby about this job and the folks here and we agree that it's not the best match for me. If the other job that came out of nowhere works out, then I'm going to... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:37:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/28/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Well, it was quiet yesterday and peaceful for the most part. <BR> <BR> Today, not as much already...... It was good for about an hour until people started to show up at 8. Then, the negativity started. There is one particular guy who works for me who really is a hard worker and gets a lot done. But he complains the whole time. Sighs hard when something goes wrong, makes a huge deal over things not being right on invoices from vendors, acts like it's awful to have to ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:26:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/27/16!!! Good Morning!! I haven't worked in the office the week between Christmas and New Year's in about 5 years. It's very quiet driving in, so that's nice!! Hopefully it's quiet enough that I don't get bothered a lot and can crank through some much needed work. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We sure did! It was very nice to spend three days with hubby and daughter at home with no one visiting and no driving around for us. Much needed down time!! <BR> <BR> I've maintai... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:09:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 12/26/16! Good morning all, <BR> <BR> This is my fourth day off and I've gotten 3 nights of 9+ hours of sleep in a row. In fact, I think the first 2 were closer to 11 hours. It's been lovely. <BR> <BR> What did you guys do for Christmas? <BR> <BR> We drove down to the cape to visit Mike's mom. She and her b/f had a few friends over as well and we had a very tasty dinner (Thanksgiving style, so turkey and stuffing and whatnot). It was nice to have a low key Christmas, although I did miss seeing my... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:25:26 EST Merry Christmas Swimmers!!! <em>446</em> <BR> I hope everyone can enjoy this day to the fullest. Even if you are not religious or don't celebrate Christmas, may your day e filled with love and happiness. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful to be here with my family and that everyone is so happy to be together. The kids are still sleeping while we clean and make breakfast. Life is so good! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all my favorite fishes! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:02:11 EST Merry Christmas Eve, Swimmers! We are at our son's house for Christmas and it's wonderful! They've done an ice job of decorating it and it's super comfy. We are all enjoying family time tremendously. It's so nice to have a happy, close family. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I picked up my daughter and we drove the three hours to our Santa Maria house with Christmas music going the whole time - haha, we LOVE Christmas music. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a fun family day! What are you guys up to? Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:58:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/23/16!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> Here I am at work on the last work day before Christmas. I can't remember the last time I had to work on this day. The up side is that it's relatively quiet here as many people are out, and traffic was crazy light on the way in. Not sure if it will be the same on the way home. But, well, it's what I've got to do right now!! <BR> <BR> This whole thing about hours in the office has really got me thinking. I've noticed, and I'm absolutely certain I'm not the first... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:52:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/23/16!!! Four day weekend for many of you! Go and enjoy! <BR> <BR> I'm at work for the morning and then I go pick up my daughter in Monterey for a lovely, family Christmas at my son and daughter-in-law's (Armonia). It's fun that they are hosting! <BR> <BR> I just have to focus and get a bunch of work done...but I'm just not in the mood. Maybe I should play some Christmas music! <BR> <BR> Are you guys all set for Christmas? Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:36:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/22/16!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I sent my thank you notes off yesterday for the interview with the CFO and HR Director and very quickly got a response that I am going to meet with the current Controller (she is voluntarily leaving the job in May) and then the CFO asked how much notice I'd have to give. So, good signs. I'm hopeful!! <BR> <BR> The people in my current job just keep getting nastier. I mean, really personal in their take on everything. The tenor of any organization stems from th... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:18:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/21/16!!! I'm just barely getting in my good morning before the afternoon starts here!! Busy work morning, but I got a lot done and I feel good about that. <BR> <BR> The interview yesterday was great!! It's a solid, profitable company with good staff and good systems. The controller has given notice, but she's staying through May so there's lots of time for transition. I can eventually work from home two days a week. The benefits are reasonably priced! If they offer a salary I can accept, then I... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:04:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/20/16!!! Good Morning!!! I'm SO excited to go into the city today! Who knows what the process might bring, but I'm excited for a half day off. This work place is really very strange.....really different than any place I've ever worked. Well, except maybe for the CPA firm, which was small and also owned by the people who managed day to day. Hmmmmm, maybe I really am more corporate than I thought. <BR> <BR> We got a very odd email from the boss yesterday. I'd like to share it, but I won't do it ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:32:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/19/16!!! Good Morning!! It's a pretty, sunny and cold Monday morning here. <BR> <BR> Tons of work to do here in the office today! And of course I have that interview tomorrow. I'm a bit conflicted over this, because of course I'm kind of liking it here, but I can't pass up the opportunity to at least see if this could be a good option for me. <BR> <BR> I'm also of course not done with Christmas shopping. Man, this time of year is a challenge! <BR> <BR> I will make sure to work out, however. ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:37:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/18/16! It's week before Christmas! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> Anyone around this weekend? Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:32:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/17/16!!! It's a gorgeous Saturday morning here in San Jose! It was really cold last night...well, haha, for a So Cal gal anyway. Today I'm wearing a heavier sweater. It's going to be around 45 degrees out until the sun warms up. It's only supposed to get to low sixties...brrr <BR> <BR> We are going Christmas shopping together! This will be a first for us haha...I always do the shopping and usually more online. Tonight we're looking at going to a new Asian-fusion restaurant and then out dancing. <BR> ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:42:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/16/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!!!! I am super busy as usual, but feeling pretty good about life. <BR> <BR> It's a bone chilling 13 degrees here at work right now, and with the wind it feels like 2. Man, it's only December. These are January and February temperatures. Ugh. We should have a few inches of snow overnight. Well, that's cool because it's the weekend, and I have to wrap presents and if I can't get out of the house that will be a good thing because I can snuggle in my warm hou... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:32:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/15/16!!!! Good Morning!! Happy Thursday!! It's so darn cold here today!! I guess there's arctic cold gripping much of the east coast and mid west. I'm not listening to news too much these days so I'm not sure how widespread this is........but if it's cold where you are, stay warm!! <BR> <BR> The longer I'm at this job, the more crazy it's making me......but the weekend is coming and so I have that to look forward to!! <BR> <BR> Not much else to share today. I'll work out for sure!! <BR> <BR> Ha... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:00:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/14/16!! Good Morning!! We have a bright and sunny, but extremely cold day here in NJ! I'll take the sunshine any day, even if it's cold!! <BR> <BR> Last night I got a fortune in my fortune cookie that said "A big egg of opportunity will fall in your lap this month". Hmmmmmm........well, I don't live my life by fortune cookies, but that one was timely. Maybe the NYC job is the opportunity......maybe something else even more exciting is coming! Or maybe.....not!!! Either way, I loved my fortune ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:33:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/13/16!!! Good Morning! The day got away from me again, so I'm late starting! I'll post this up so we don't end up with two threads, then come back and share some fun news...... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:42:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/12/16!!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was so super busy but it was fun! We managed to get our tree up and decorated and we got the rest of the small decorations we do out and in place (wreaths, etc) so we can look like it's Christmas time! Now I just have to wrap and send gifts. If I get that all done and out by Saturday I will be ahead of the game for my normal timing, and that will be great!! <BR> <BR> Snow last night made for a late start to the day. So I'll just... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:38:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/11/16! Anyone around this weekend? We have rain again today! California really needs some rain, so this is great! <BR> <BR> We are going to tile the back bathroom and that means that all three bathrooms will have their tiles! We are really moving on getting the house done now that we have an earlier move in date for our (final) house. The bathroom we're working on has a shower that I don't really like, but it's fully tiled (brown and dark brown grout) looks like a manly shower. So we got tile ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:24:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/10/16!!! Happy Saturday! We're going to be working on the kitchen today! Lots of heavy lifting as we do the upper cabinets. I need to prep the walls for painting and hubby has most of the hardibacker on the off we go! <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this December weekend? Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:54:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/9/16!!! Good Morning!! It's Friday!!! We have our company holiday party this evening. I really don't like work parties.....I spend enough time with these folks as it is.......but it is good to sometimes do things other than work with people at work so that we all get the reminder that we are all just people trying to do our best...... <BR> <BR> Kourtney, I'm sorry you are feeling meh. I hope today is a better day. <BR> <BR> I'm giving up my dance class for a while because they have moved Sydney... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:40:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/8/16!!! Hi!!! <BR> <BR> I read and commented on yesterday's thread then forgot to start today's thread!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is going great. I'm in a pretty decent mood and chugging along at work. Dance class is tonight, so that will be my exercise today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:05:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/7/16 Good Morning. <BR> <BR> Today is Pearl Harbor Day. It was 75 years ago, but it was a landmark day in our history and one that should still be remembered and we can take a minute to stop and think about the sacrifices all of those people made that day and onward through the war. I think sometimes about someone posting something on Sept 11 2076 and how hardly anyone will still be around that remembers it, so I try to show the same respect to this day that I'd like someone to show for that ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:46:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/6/16!!! Good Morning!! Busy start to my day here! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. I feel pretty good! Normal kind of work day, then a workout tonight! Maybe I'll even start wrapping some of the things I've gotten for gifts so far! I'm trying to actually enjoy this Christmas season. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:15:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/5/16! Kourtney - Definitely check in with us! We're right there with you! <BR> <BR> Back at work and feeling like I need a day off. This traveling south 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 hours each weekend sometimes takes a toll on me and I'm feeling it now. The kitchen is coming along and once that's done we just have the two bathrooms and the back bedroom in the house. We still have the pool and landscaping which will both be pretty large projects, but I did our last house landscaping in about three weekends and th... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:51:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/4/16! A short weekend after a long one is kinda rough! Since I was in LA on Friday, I wasn't planning to fly back to San Francisco and then drive back down to Santa Maria...but then my son, daughter-in-law and her younger sister were all coming to visit and wanted to get wine tasting in Paso Robles. We had brunch at this amazing little place where there were lots of things on the menu I could eat! It was a very fun day. I drove back up this morning (which is why I'm so late on posting) and now I'm ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:26:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/3/16!!! Hi Folks! Went for a swim and off to go get a tree! <BR> <BR> It's been a rough couple of days, our dog passed away suddenly at home the other day. Randy found her when he got home from work. No idea what happened and didn't request a necropsy - she was somewhere between 14-15 years old so probably just age. But she lived a good long life, and we still have the kitties to keep us company. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:46:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/2/16!!! Happy Friday! Today I am down in LA for a couple more hours and then I fly home. I'll get my walk in after I get in. <BR> <BR> I have a meeting, so I'll start the thread and try to get back later. Have a wonderful day! Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:46:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/1/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy first day of December!! It is sunny and beautiful and the temps are warmer than you'd expect in December. Although honestly it's often much nicer in December than I think it will be and I get stoked that winter's not so bad, then January hits!! Of course last year it was nice all winter so who knows what's going to happen this year. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted from being out late last night. I didn't get home until 11 pm. Ugh. Well, tonight I'll get a great night of ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:20:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/30/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is having a great day so far! We are super cloudy again, but so far no rain today. We really need rain, so I'll be happy to see it start raining again later! <BR> <BR> Tonight I have a work event to attend. I don't love having to do a work event after hours, but in my new position I understand it's important to be enthused about being part of the executive team, so I'm doing the right thing by going. <BR> <BR> No workout for me today due to the evening ev... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:00:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/29/16!! Good Morning!! Today is dawning cloudy and rainy and I'm so glad. Why, you ask? Because we are so dry and have drought warnings and it's just not good to have so little water. We really need the rain! <BR> <BR> Also, my awesome kid made the newspaper again! I think honestly the little local paper used the same pic last year, but who cares! It's a good picture of her and I'm always so darn proud of her. I'm not sure how the link will come up for you to see, but there are three pictures... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:37:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/28/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was pretty good, with the exception of a big blow out with my Dad at my parent's house on Friday night. Wow, that was not great.......glad we were leaving Saturday morning........ <BR> <BR> It's a big day of work here! I'm looking forward to figuring out this work without my accounting manager. He really wasn't great and I think having him resign was a big blessing in disguise. <BR> <BR> We stacked wood all weekend and that w... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:02:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/27/16!!! It's almost December! Where did the year go? I need to get gifts to send to Italy! Or maybe I need to get back into my warm bed... I hopefully finished another class yesterday. I turned in my work electronically and now I'm waiting to see what I get on it. <BR> <BR> Today will be more work on the house, but I finished building all the kitchen cabinets yesterday, so I'm excited about that. Hubby has to finish putting up the drywall before we can start putting them in. We did hang one to make ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:31:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/26/16! I love long weekends! I'm working on a school paper and then I'll build another seven kitchen cabinets. Woo hoo, the kitchen is coming along! Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:27:08 EST Happy Black Friday, Swimmers!!! Anyone doing a shopping trip today? <BR> <BR> I built three kitchen cabinets yesterday and now I only have 23 more to go! So that's what I'm doing today, how about you? Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:36:23 EST Happy Thanksgiving Swimmers!!! Woo hoo four the long weekend. For those of you driving, stay safe and may you miraculously miss traffic jams! <BR> <BR> Take care all! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:07:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/23/16!!! Long weekend ahead! Woo hoo! I can't wait to get on the road and get home! I'm here at 4 am trying to get work done so I can enjoy my long weekend. This is the first company I've worked at that gives the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday! It's funny, too because it's one of our very busiest shipping days of the year. Lots of roses, orchids and foliage going out the door. So if you're at Trader Joe's, Costco or Walmart, please feel free to pick up a living rose or two! <BR> <BR> My work out... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:32:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/22/16!! Good Morning!! I have so much to do here today I don't even know where to start. I guess with cash position report, and then everything flows from there..... :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. Between travel and working over the weekend I don't know how much I'll be able to post so if you get here and there's nothing from me, please start the thread!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:44:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/21/16! Short week! This will be the first job I've ever had that gives the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday! I'll have 4 straight days of working on the house! Woo hoo! Plus, I won't leave to come back up until Monday because I scheduled a meeting in Salinas at 10 it will even be a leisurely drive north. <BR> <BR> Lunch time walk to the store as long as it's not raining. It looks clear, I'll have to check the weather. Walking to the store at lunch is fun because it's three miles, plus th... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:16:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/20/16!!! Happy Sunday! I'm late getting started today because I was distracted by having my husband up here in Half Moon Bay. It's a lovely rainy day and I've got to get some school work done. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:21:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/19/16! Happy Saturday with a short week ahead (hopefully for all of you). Going to visit my father-in-law for his 94th birthday! How awesome is that?! He still plays tennis and is still very smart. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:50:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Today will be another busy one. I have the sad task of letting someone go today. She simply is unable to do the work and I've learned the hard way that if someone doesn't catch on quickly and keeps making the same mistakes, that it just isn't going to get better and it's best to move on sooner rather than later. <BR> <BR> I have tons of other things to do too! After work, I will go home and get my dogs and then I have the whole evening to myself... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:15:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/17/16! Yesterday was my son's birthday and today is my daughter's - Happy birthday kiddos! <BR> <BR> I can't wait until next week, 4 whole days off! I'm going to build a kitchen! <BR> <BR> Where is Heather this morning?'s hardly even morning over in the east.I've got a meeting but I wanted to stop by and say "Hi!" Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:06:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/16/16!!! Good Morning! Off to a great start here in my office. Hahahaha!! Being a leader is tough work, but I'm trying to rise to the occasion at every moment and provide stellar leadership. Between you and me, that can be exhausting. :) <BR> <BR> Workouts are getting better again! I'm so happy to be focused again. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:12:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/15/16!!! Today I'm going down to the Salinas office. I'm thinking I'll stop by our property and see what it's looking like. I'm getting excited at the prospect of moving in over there. At our Santa Maria property we have one bedroom, one bathroom and the kitchen...well, and the pool to finish. So we are getting close! I figure Thanksgiving weekend should be a great time to power out on the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I'll have to do my work out this evening since I'll be in the board meeting at noon. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:32:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/14/16! I missed being on yesterday because my daughter was up early and totally distracted me. It was really fun to have the kids home. We got to do some landscaping together and that was great. <BR> <BR> Back to work today and getting ready for a budget/financial presentation meeting tomorrow at corporate. I'll be glad when that's over. <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great, on-plan kind of day! <BR> <BR> Jon, swinging clubs already? Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:55:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/13/16! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Quiet day. Got some bike in this AM then lots of raking. We're off to check out a new restaurant tonight for her cousin visiting next weekend and the company Christmas party on 12/20. That and it's at the local county golf course (that I've never played) so I want to get a feel for the place as I'm starting to (gingerly) swing clubs again. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:57:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/12/16! So happy to have a weekend with the kids! They're so funny, my son is going to a Ju-jitsu class and my daughter to yoga...did I raise them right or what? Then they're going to help with landscaping. Should be a fun birthday! Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:27:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/11/16!!! Good Morning! I'm so glad it's Friday!! It's not been the best week of my life with personal things, my back, and a few other I'm glad for the weekend!! <BR> <BR> I'll work hard today and then plan to relax and hopefully ride this weekend. <BR> <BR> Dance class was fun last night. It turned out to be the highlight of my week! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:19:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/10/16!!! Good Morning! The day has dawned bright, chilly and beautiful here! I'm embracing the new day and the new challenges that it brings!! <BR> <BR> My back is feeling better so I was able to work out last night. It still hurts a little, but the pain is easing so that makes me very happy! <BR> <BR> Work chugs along......I'm happy to be employed and will do all that I can to keep this job and the security it provides. <BR> <BR> The kid is off school today and tomorrow but she has cheer practi... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:16:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/9/16! Good Morning. At least it's Wednesday.......... <BR> <BR> The pain in my back was too much for me so I didn't work out last night. I'm gonna work out tonight. I've gotta stay healthy so that I don't have to worry about health insurance....... <BR> <BR> Lots of work to do today so getting going on that! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:50:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/8/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great today!! It's finally election day!! Despite this hideous campaign season I still get excited to exercise my right to vote. I did it early in case I get stuck at work this evening. <BR> <BR> I have pulled something in my back, under my left shoulder blade, and it's so painful it's hard to concentrate. It hurts up through my chest, the pain is radiating. I was afraid maybe I was having a heart issue, but it's clearly a pulled'... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:44:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/7/16!! Good morning!! I hope everyone had a good weekend! We went out on the kayaks for the last time this year (unless we get some kind of crazy warm weekend day in December!). It was beautiful, but kinda windy and cold. We still enjoyed it! <BR> <BR> Back to work today. Hoping to have a positive week here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:47:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers 11/6/16!!! It's Sunday! We've been working hard and fast to try to get the house in good enough shape to have the family over next weekend to celebrate birthdays. We textured the 3rd bedroom and I sanded and painted. This morning I gave it a second coat and now we're tiling the bathroom. Hard work! We're having fun. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 11:54:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/5/16!! Happy Saturday! I'm working on the house. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:16:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/4/16!!! Good morning and happy Friday!!! I am excited for the day and so in need of a weekend! It's a pretty day and it's supposed to be pretty all weekend. Maybe if it's warm enough Sunday afternoon we'll kayak! <BR> <BR> I'm a lot less sore today than I thought I would be after riding and dancing last night. So yay!! <BR> <BR> Tonight will be a treadmill workout to keep the calories burning!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:11:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/3/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Well, the job is running a lot better with the change in management. I think if we get through the hurdle of implementing new systems for payroll and accounting that we will be much better situated to produce meaningful financial statements on a timely basis. That's what they pay me to do, so if I can hit those goals, I'll be in good shape. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going riding after work!!! Maybe my life really will start to feel normal again soon. And I have dance class ton... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:04:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/2/16!!! Good Morning! Things have been, well, unsettled around here in my life, so I'm sorry I missed yesterday! <BR> <BR> The quick update is as of Monday I no longer report to the President here. I report solely to the CEO. Ultimately, and without boring you with details, I think this is a big win for me and the company. Then yesterday morning I had to go to a funeral and I didn't get a chance to start the thread. <BR> <BR> So, I calculated that I have had 6 different bosses in two different ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:39:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/1/16! November! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> We had a lot of rain last night and into this morning. I was leaving for work a little before six and I decided to wait a bit and see if it stopped. I walk out ten minutes later and there are stars in the sky! It definitely rains more here than down south...but not a lot! <BR> <BR> I didn't do my yoga this morning, so I'll have to do it at lunch. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:42:56 EST Happy Halloween Swimmers, 10/31/16!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone is doing great this morning and we all had a fun weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm officially 50 and well, I feel just about the same as I did when I was 49!! LOL <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty good about the week! It's gonna be busy!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:20:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/30/16! Everyone must be busy today. We are having rainy weather, so I'm going to head home a little early today. We tore out our kitchen, except for the sink and then put outlet boxes in the walls for where we are going to have the electrician wire for us. Next stop - new kitchen! <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:18:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/29/16! It's the weekend people! I hope you are all having a lovely Saturday. We had rain yesterday and today it's back to being beautiful. We are painting, tiling and rebuilding walls. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:45:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/28/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I'm so happy it's Friday today. What a week I've had! <BR> <BR> My parents arrive for a visit today. I can't wait to see them. I've had an emotional week and so I'm really looking forward to just being with family and having some down time. <BR> <BR> Dance class went better last night! I feel like I'm getting back in the groove of it! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:04:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! I got a new 24" monitor at work and I feel like for the first time since I started here I can actually see my screen!! LOL <BR> <BR> Seems like a few of us are struggling with some work stress and feeling overwhelmed. I think for some of us it's seasonal. We seem to be a bunch of people who really like the warmth and sunshine. As we move into the darker colder season let's try to be aware of the triggers for sluggishness and do what we can to see the issues and adjust ou... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:54:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/26/16!!! Hey look Carol! I remembered to change the date on the cut-n-paste! <BR> <BR> Not so much a Good Morning Swimmers as a good evening. I did a usual work-out this AM and a good day at work so I'm happy but for wanting another 20 or 30 degrees today. I'm so not ready for this. What are all of you up to? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:36:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/26/16!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> In answer to Jon's question about the horseback ride, it went great! I'm in so much better shape and I had not one bit of fear or anxiety. I know being strong helped that so much!! I was so sore Monday and Tuesday that I groaned every time I got up! Anyone who says equestrian isn't a sport because the horse does all the work has clearly never ridden other than maybe a walking trail ride. The soreness is pretty much gone today and as long as I keep up the regular ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:05:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/25/16!!!! Good Morning!! Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> It's gonna be a busy day!! I'm jumping right into this day so not a lot to say today. <BR> <BR> I'll come back and chat later. I hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:04:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/24/16!!! Good Morning!!! The day is off to a reasonably good start for a Monday. It's definitely beautiful out there today! <BR> <BR> We used to have a manager's meeting every Monday from 5 - 6. That sure was one way to start off your week in a kinda frustrating way. It was ridiculous timing in everyone's opinion except the boss. So, thankfully it has been moved to Thursday at 4! Yay!! It makes Monday better knowing that you don't have a less than exciting meeting to attend at 5 pm. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:53:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/23/16!!! I love a good, quiet Sunday morning, snuggling with the hubby. I learned how to install electrical outlets yesterday and today I have about 15 more to go! Then there's the long drive home - sigh. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? Make it a great, on-plan kind of day! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:07:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/22/16!!! Happy weekend fishies! I am so happy to be with my hubby this weekend! We're heading out to help build a six foot high igloo out of foam! This should be fun! We're going to put it up in our wholesale center as part of our Christmas display. I love playing with foam, you can go big and still be so light. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:58:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/21/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I'm so happy it's Friday!!! I have a great plan to get all of my work done so I can leave and have a nice weekend. <BR> <BR> My work philosophy is starting to filter down to the people who work for me. Work hard, stop bitching all the time, and just get it done so we can feel good about the work product then go home and enjoy other parts of our life. There is a tremendous amount of complaining that I'm starting to get wind of. That just drains the energy... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:45:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/20/16!!! Good Morning!! I've been so caught up in trying to figure out this job that I didn't realize until late in the day yesterday that I hit the three month mark here. I really am up and down about this job. I'm going to do a little looking this weekend and see what might be around. There are a lot of good things about this job, location being the best. Hearing all of you talk about how salaried people are somehow expected to put in 50-60 hours a week wherever they are made me realize that ma... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:33:22 EST Good Morning swimmers, 10/19/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great! We have a beautiful summer like day today in mid-October and I LOVE it!! <BR> <BR> I am back on track with the exercise. And I'm starting to test the waters for another job. I'm just not sure this is going to work out. In the meantime, I continue to do my best to get a handle on this company and the work here. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:05:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Tuesday!!! One day closer to the weekend. <BR> <BR> I found out today that the boss is tracking my time based on my time entry in the payroll system. Ugh. First of all, I'm salaried so I only put in 9-5 no matter how many hours I work. So, changing that process now! Got a comment from boss that I'm only working 40 hours a week and is that really enough to get my work done. Clash of culture, yes! My salary is nice, but not that nice. It's really time to move al... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:14:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/17/16!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine wasn't too bad, but we didn't do too well at the craft fair. The attendance was very light, and our pieces are pretty specific, so we need a big crowd to be able to attract enough folks interested in sculptural lamps and candle holders. :) The whole point right now is to learn the business, so every experience is valuable, even if not a money maker. <BR> <BR> I'm just up and down about this job. The guy I work for is the opp... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:47:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/16/16!!! I came on early this morning and then I had computer problems! I finally got it sorted and went to work on my school papers. The awesome thing is that I finished a balance sheet conversion and wrote three papers! I'm trying to finish this class so that I can move onto auditing. I need to get more classes under my belt faster because there are all these new computer software programs I want to become and expert at! Can you say lifelong learner? <BR> <BR> Laurie - Awwwww baby is so cute! <BR> ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:03:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/15/16!!! Tampa has been really fun, but it's always nice to go home. I wish I was going to our Santa Maria house so I could spend the weekend with my hubby, but it's not to be. Jon, I'm jealous of your power tool weekend! <BR> <BR> I won't get into San Francisco until around 7:30 tonight, but I planned it that way since there is a festival in town and it will be impossible traffic until late in the evening. It's so difficult to get in and out of town since there are only two roads in and out. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:25:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/14/16!! Hi all! Just a quick start here to get the ball rolling on Friday!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing great! If I have a chance, I will come back and check in later. I'm doig well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:58:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/13/16! It's hard for me to believe we're half way through the month! This convention has been a lot of fun and really makes me want to become a complete expert in Power BI. <BR> <BR> More classes today and then a fancy dinner with our partner/developer. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:12:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/12/16!! Quick fly by since I'm in a class right now. It's another beautiful day here in Tampa. I had a lovely walk at dawn to come to the convention center. Lots of walking today and maybe hit the pool tonight if there's time. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:12:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/11/16!!! Where did everybody go? <BR> <BR> Today I'm between classes, so my friend and I are going to go explore Tampa. My convention starts this afternoon and I should also get some school work done...but I'm going to play for a little while. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:41:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/10/16! Wow, nobody started the thread today! Sorry, I've been in a class and had no time to play! <BR> <BR> Hope you guys are having a wonderful day! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:16:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/9/16! I'm jealous of Jen being in New Orleans! Such a fun, fun town. I love jazz, but I love the Cajun music even more...gimme a washboard and a great beat any day! <BR> <BR> I'm working on doing a couple of lessons before I go to my class today. Wish me easy understanding! Sun, 9 Oct 2016 05:38:09 EST Good Morning Swimmer, 10/8/16!! Happy Saturday fishies! I'm at the airport waiting for my flight to Tampa! I'm excited to go take these classes. I love learning new things. <BR> <BR> Quick fly by because I have to study a little. Have a great weekend! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:58:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/7/16! Happy Friday everyone! I have a crazy Friday ahead. I need to finish my bibliography and turn in two papers (!), then I need to study for the class I'm taking for work on Sunday/Monday which should be really fun. It's the Microsoft DAX programming (query writing really) and Power BI (business intelligence). It's a two day, 16 hour set of classes with two days prep on your own beforehand. I'm excited for it! Tired with the go-live and followed by this and grad school - haha. I may not get any ... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:00:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/6/16!!! Heather must be getting ready for vacation! Go Heather! <BR> <BR> I'm at work trying to get things done before staff starts showing up. I woke up with a headache and so far the aspirin isn't taking care of it. I better not be coming down with something since I'm traveling this weekend. I guess we'll see. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing? Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:33:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/5/16!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone is getting off to a great start. <BR> <BR> I'm super busy today as I prepare to take off Friday and Monday. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone who is in the path of the hurricane hitting the east coast evacuates safely! It sounds pretty bad. Be smart and get out!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:18:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/4/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is getting off to a great start!! <BR> <BR> Looks like we are gonna have a very cloudy day here. That's OK, cause I have to be inside all day. LOL <BR> <BR> This week I'm preparing to go to our next craft fair, which is in Baltimore this weekend. Lots to do before we leave (getting dog to vet, finalizing plans for kid to stay with friends, etc.). Plus this paying job keeps getting in the way. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back to feeling almost normal. ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:37:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/3/16!!! Good Morning and Happy First work day of the week! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a darn nice one. Only problem I have right now is a very stiff left side of my back. So I'm stretching constantly trying to loosen the muscles. <BR> <BR> It's a short week for me here because I have Friday off! Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> And, I lost a pound!! The focus on the weight loss and getting active again after the virus from heck is working!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:19:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/2/16! I'm here at work early this morning working on the implementation and school work. I'm hoping to finish the research paper I'm writing and then I have a position letter and one more assignment and I will finally be done with this class. Next up - auditing. <BR> <BR> I plan to take a break and go to the beach today, I really need a beach walk. Yesterday I put in a twelve hour day and then went home and crashed. I should have walked to the store, but it was getting dark, so I'll try to do the ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 09:36:38 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 10/1/16/! October here we come! I'm here at work trying to get ready for our "go-live" software implementation on Monday - sigh. It will be exciting to have it going live though. <BR> <BR> I will do the three mile walk to the grocery store at some point today. It looks like there's not much fog so it should get to be beautiful once the sun comes up. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this first weekend of October? Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:52:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/30/16!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!!! And I almost feel normal again. Thank goodness for antibiotics!! And my energy level is starting to feel normal again. I actually woke up at 5:30 and didn't feel like all I wanted to do was go back to sleep all day! <BR> <BR> And what a day we have here for napping. It's chilly and rainy and fall is definitely here! <BR> <BR> We have a ridiculously busy weekend coming up, with dance, horseback riding (yay!), apple picking, a bake sale for the field hockey ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:49:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/29/16!!! Good Morning!!! I was out of the office traveling yesterday so sorry I was missing! <BR> <BR> I hope all are doing great. I'm almost better, but still fatigued. Regardless, I worked out for a short time last night to keep myself moving! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:02:14 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/28/16/! We have fog this morning. I was enjoying the hot, clear weather so much...but it never lasts. <BR> <BR> We are all killing ourselves at work, getting ready for the implementation on Monday. I'm trying to figure out if I have to work over the weekend or if I can go home. I may go home on Saturday if I have to work some, we shall see. I did my yoga this morning and I'll walk at lunch. I need to start loading a backpack with weights when I walk. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing today? Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:05:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/27/16!!! Good Morning!! I finally went to the doctor and got a prescription for anitbiotics. I'm starting to actually feel better!! I'm so happy. <BR> <BR> I also scheduled a riding lesson for Saturday! I haven't ridden the horse since May. I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> It's another day of exciting work. Woo hoo!!! I can't tell if I like it here or not......every day I feel differently about it. I think honestly the people who are telling me the boss is charming but does whatever he wants witho... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/26/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Monday!!! Well, at least I'm already at work so the commute is done. That's happy! <BR> <BR> We had a decent weekend at our craft fair. We are slowly figuring this thing out. I hope the next two are actual money makers! We'd like to do better than breaking even! <BR> <BR> Getting the day going here at work. Then just a normal evening with the family I think. <BR> <BR> Oh, I got to see Sydney play field hockey on Saturday! Yay!!! It was so much fun! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:07:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/25/16! Happy Sunday! What a gorgeous day it is! Last of the dining tiling and do an area in the bedroom. Then I'll be doing the long drive home. I plan to do a nice beach walk when I get there, then I'll hit the books and try to finish my first paper. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:42:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/24/16! The year is flying by! Typing the date really makes me feel it. Anyone starting to think of Christmas yet? This is about when I normally start because the kids were both born in November so it takes some thinking. I told them that this year we're going to do less now that they're making their own way in life. <BR> <BR> Today is a tiling and painting day. I think we'll be able to finish the dining room tiling today. Tiling is a great, sustained workout because the tiles are heavy and you bend... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:32:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/23/16!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I'm surely glad it's the end of the week. <BR> <BR> Busy day here today, then a busy weekend of a craft fair! I sure hope we sell a LOT of things this time! <BR> <BR> I'm so not loving this organization that I'm working for. It's just weird.......I'm not sure about staying here. It's so small and run very strangely. I think maybe I'm more of a big organization girl than I thought I was. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went to dance class last night and just did th... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:47:26 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/22/16/! We'll see if we double post again today! I've been up since 1 am thinking about how to analyze my data and I finally gave up and just came in to do it. Sigh. It's going to be a very long day. I didn't do my yoga this morning, I just grabbed a cup of coffee and came in. ...that is one problem with living next door to my office haha. <BR> <BR> Heather - I responded to your question on yesterday's thread. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:50:06 EST Double Post Pasting to Heather's thread Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:30:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/21/16!! Hi! Quick start so we only have one thread!!! <BR> <BR> Busy morning here. Hope you are all well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:29:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/20/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I'm taking Sydney to a dental appointment this morning then going to work, so I decided to take the time and work out early so it's done and I'm not working out super late tonight! Yay me!! And I'm about to go have my healthy breakfast as I promised myself I would do. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing great!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:45:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/19/16! Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm considering taking a break from the scale. It doesn't seem to be helping and my weight seems to be so all over the place... I dunno. Maybe I'll pick a few specific days to check a month? What do you think? <BR> <BR> I swam this morning but am not really feeling work this morning. I'd rather go home and rest. The gloomy day outside isn't helping either. <BR> <BR> How are YOU? <BR> <BR> xoxo Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:21:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 9/18/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> How is your weekend going? Are you staying on track with your goals? <BR> <BR> I've been eating well, but decided not to go to yoga today (just wasn't feelin' it). Today we're gonna get some work done around the house and then go see a movie (Hell or High Water - it has good reviews). <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:49:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/17/16!!! We got a lot of tiling done last night which was great, but it was all fill in the blanks kind where you have to cut them to fit, so it doesn't look like we did much. But today we're going to fly! I'm going to get to it. <BR> <BR> I'll have my protein mix for breakfast and lunch and then dinner with the kids. We'll have wine but I'll be well within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:09:33 EST Good Morning swimmers, 9/16/16! Hi all! <BR> <BR> This has been a long week. I'm glad to have made it to Friday!! There's still plenty on my to-do list, but I plan to swim this morning while my little guy is in day school. I have been journalling my progress on the "Swimmers Mile Program" topic. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was long and frustrating; I spent most of the day with my MIL at medical offices. Blech. Since I left the house early to swim and my hubby took care of day school drop-off with our son, AND I had to find a fri... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:15:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/15/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great!! <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to figure out this new job. It's a challenge!!! I'm not sure I'm up for such a large challenge though. Maybe this mid-life thing is getting to me. I'll have to keep evaluating over the next few months. For now, I surely need the income. :) <BR> <BR> Tonight I start exercising again! I've really missed it and I'm happy to have my health back. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:18:20 EST Lose Weight for the Holidays Challenge Hi all!! A few of us have been talking about focusing back on weight loss and setting a goal to lose a specific amount of weight by the end of December. <BR> <BR> This thread will be a place for us to track our progress together! <BR> <BR> The first thing you need to do is to put up an initial post that has your starting weight, your goal weight, and your plan to reach your goal. Every one of us is different and may need different ways to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Then, each week I will... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:24:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/14/16! Hope we don't end up with a double post! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm in a rut, like I've been gaining and losing the same 10 lbs over and over again. Sigh. My TOM last week got me a bit off track, and I am getting back on it. I have been hitting my swims at least, so that's pretty great - just did my 4th swim this month this morning. <BR> <BR> I'd really like to make progress this month please and thank you! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to focus on saying fewer mean things to myself, focusing on ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:54:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/13/16!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm almost back to normal after the yucky virus. Thank goodness because it's just exhausting being sick!! And some people (like my mom) just don't understand that sick or not I have to drag myself to work in this position. Thankfully it's not dragging on forever, so for that I'm very grateful. Maybe it's all the exercise and the weight loss making my body stronger to heal faster!! Who knows? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go start that challenge today. I'm not sure ex... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 9/12/16!!! Hi all.... welcome to a new week. <BR> <BR> I finally got back to the pool yesterday for the first time in at least 6 weeks. Ugh, I am out of shape! I'm sore today. I'm leaving to go see my NEW GRANDBABY! on 9/30, so I'm going to try to go as often as I can between now and then. My calendar is pretty empty right now, so I can't use "too busy" as an excuse. There's a pool close to where they live, but I don't know if I'll get there or not. It will depend on how much help they need and whether... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:57:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/11/16! I'll be traveling back home to Half Moon Bay today so I thought I'd do a quick fly by in case the day goes crazy. I'll plan to walk the beach this evening. I'll be starting the Christmas fitness/weight loss challenge as soon as I'm back and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> Hope you have an on plan kind of day! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 05:10:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/10/16! They have a pool here! We're going to go exploring and there's a little ferry boat that takes you all around, this should be a really fun day! We went to the movies yesterday and saw Sully, wow, what great actors. <BR> <BR> There will be lots and lots of walking today! Yesterday we had our packs with us, so not only did we get miles in, it was all with about twenty pound packs. Good thing we pack light! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:46:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/9/16!! Good Morning! I'm really under the weather so sorry for being MIA. <BR> <BR> I'm doing the bare minimum that has to be done at work today, then going back home to rest. I'll have to catch up on work over the weekend but I hope by then to feel better. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing better than I am!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:46:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/8/16 We'll see if we double post this morning. Oh man, cruising is so nice...double soy latte in the morning, they cook your food every day...we are so spoiled! Today we port in Victoria. We will walk to the downtown area and that will be nice. This is the last day of the cruise, but then we'll stay in Vancouver for a couple of days in an Airbnb. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:23:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/16!!! Good Morning!!! The advantage of a Monday holiday is the week goes faster! The disadvantage is you are expected to get a week's worth of work done in four days!! <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in with my virus. The cold meds help and really I'm doing OK, but I'm tired. I have to manually calculate commissions today, which is a time consuming and painful task, but not mentally tasking, so that's nice. <BR> <BR> No exercise until I get rid of this sickness. :( I'm feeling antsy about not getting... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:45:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Got to get back in the pool this morning and it was lovely. AND I've already hit 250 fitness minutes for the month the first week in. :-) My lower back is still killing me though and I'm getting pretty sick of it. <BR> <BR> The scale is still being a d1ck today (I'm about to start my TOM soon so that's why) but I'm ignoring it and just trying to eat well. <BR> <BR> My day is full of meetings :( so I'll need to grab a pretty quick lunch before going into a 3 hour str... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:42:02 EST Good Mornings Swimmers, 9/6/16!!! Good Morning!! I'm here at work, but man, I have been hit hard by the same virus my kid then my husband got. I feel awful. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can get through stuff and then leave early. I don't have PTO yet and they are really stingy with leave time here anyway, so.......I'm here. <BR> <BR> Not much exciting for me to report. I slept a lot of the day Sunday and yesterday. :( <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else had a nice holiday weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:01:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/5/16!!! Hi gang! I'll start. <BR> <BR> Wind is whipping pretty hard out there so no swim and I'd rather not be blown all over the road on the bike with holiday traffic. I'll be the usual stationary bike and treadmill today. I'll also run up some new BMI and body fat % numbers to get started on the 4th quarter fitness + challenge discussed last week. Not looking forward to seeing hard numbers after the enforced layoff. <BR> <BR> Everyone enjoy the holiday! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:08:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/4/16!!! We are in Alaska! It is so beautiful here! We're going to go have breakfast and then explore. Last time we were here in Ketchikan we went kayaking. We're going to go walking and maybe hiking. <BR> <BR> It looks like it might rain so we'll just have to play it by ear. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:18:46 EST Dipping my toe in! I can swim - not brilliantly, but I can swim. <BR> I live near a pool - but hardly ever go. <BR> I live surround by sea - but never go in. <BR> I have a swimsuit - I hardly ever wear. <BR> <BR> Every year I promise myself that I will improve my swimming so that I can go and swim in the sea. Every year I fail to do this?!?!?! <BR> <BR> One of the obstacles is affording to go to the pool. However, this is not an impossible amount of money - and if I made it a priority, I could do it. I cou... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:14:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/3/16!!! I can hardly believe it's September! Christmas will be upon us before we know it! <BR> <BR> I'm somewhere on the seas heading to Alaska! Today will be a quiet day. We'll go to the pool and I'll also do research for a school paper I have to write. This ship (the Solstice) is beautiful. I'm really happy we booked it. We booked "aqua class" which gives us a dining venue that serves light, fresh food, instead of the usual high calorie cruise ship food. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:07:50 EST Good morning Swimmers, 9/2/16! I thought I'd get us started since I'm on my way to the airport. Yay vacation! We get on the cruise ship this afternoon and I'm excited. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:12:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1/16!!!! Good Morning and welcome to a new month!! I hope everyone is doing well today and looking forward to a great day!! <BR> <BR> I finally have a day here at work where I don't feel pulled in 1,000 directions. Of course, it's not quite 9 yet, so things can change, but for now, it looks like a promising day. I need time for organization and planning and to think. I've been doing meeting after meeting here since I started. I'm still not fully sure this is the right place for me, but I'm doing... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:54:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/31/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'll go ahead and start the thread, since our leading ladies our busy. <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty well. Feeling snacky so trying to chew on gum rather than eat. I had a small-ish breakfast so basically counting the minutes to lunch. No workouts on the docket today, and hoping to see the scale go down a bit more tomorrow (had a gin and tonic last night so didn't go down quite as I had planned sadly). I'm doing Step tomorrow morning (at 5am yawn) and WILL rock my food t... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:39:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/30/16!!! Hi!! Well, I responded to Carol's thread yesterday but it doesn't seem to have posted up, so it just looks like I wasn't here yesterday!! <BR> <BR> I'm back and had a great vacation!! Work is super busy, which is good!! <BR> <BR> I'm still exercising every day and now I'm refocused on the food consumption so I expect to see the weight start to go back down again!! Woo hoo!!! I'd like to lose 15 more pounds by Christmas. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:44:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/29/16!!! Another Monday! I am back in Half Moon Bay and I'm ready for the week! It will be a short week because I leave for Alaska on Friday! I'm super excited for this vacation... but not very prepared. Since we have all of our stuff packed I don't know where my cold weather clothing is. I found my down jacket and I have hiking shoes, so everything else will just have to be what it is. We're going to do some killer hiking and I can't wait. There's no lap pool on the cruise ship but we will play in th... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:10:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/28/16!!! Okay, I’ll start today….. I have a novel to write just to catch up to you folks! <BR> <BR> Heather, it’s been great reading about how happy you are with the new job and that you’re still able to do daily exercises! <BR> <BR> Jon, good to see the progress you’re making after your hip replacement. You’ll be back to 100% in no time at all. Congrats on getting back in the water! An immigration attorney? **shudder** Ranks right up there with Medicaid and disability law. No thanks. <BR> <BR> Ko... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:14:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/27/16!!! Happy Saturday! Boy am I ready for a weekend! I will be painting and tiling today. If I can get the first room done then we can go look at carpet remnants since the room isn't too big. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:01:25 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 8/26/16/! I've been crazy busy this morning, so sorry for the late start! <BR> <BR> I had such a great walk yesterday in Monterey. Since it's in a valley, I went all the way to the top and had beautiful views. It's such a beautiful place, I may want to retire there. <BR> <BR> Jon, I wore 10 lb weights around my ankles for about two months to get my walk straight after one of my ankle surgeries to make myself walk normally. My doctor told me to do that any time I started noticing the once leg muscles ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:25:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/25/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Hopefully we won't end up with double posts... <BR> <BR> It's been hard to push through this week. I've been eating reasonably well, either within or close to my ranges, and working out. Yet the stupid scale is going UP! UGHHHHH <BR> <BR> One day at a time... <BR> <BR> What are YOU going to do today to meet your goals? I already swam today and am going to have a light lunch and healthy dinner. Maybe the scale will be down by the weekend. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:17:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/24/16! More work training today, but I'm getting the gist of the software now, so that's good. Tonight I think I'll do a long walk by the bay. It's really beautiful here. <BR> <BR> How far are you walking Jon?bl the recovery must be going pretty well if you are going for walks. <BR> <BR> Kourtney, you know how to do this and it is one day at a time. Now that you've got your meds worked out it will be better. <BR> <BR> Jen - What are the themes of your latest paintings? <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:05 EST Starting over again again It just hit me last night that I really want to lap-swim again, It's been over 25 yrs since I last stuck to it--- turned to running, martial arts, other things in the interim. Currently, my main activity is riding my recumbent trike, which I love. My endurance is great, if not my speed, so I've got "good legs" and my cardio is okay-ish. What I want is the all-over exercise of swimming, What I don't want is to see myself in a swimsuit!! But I'll deal with that. After a hip replacement, I ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:15:09 EST USE THE OTHER POST DOUBLE POST! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:32:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/23/16! Let's see, does that make this 8/34? You can tell I was posting from my phone! <BR> <BR> Since I'm in training most of the week I got a hotel room in Monterey and I Priclined it and got the Portola which is right next to the harbor! I got two beds in case my daughter wanted to stay, which she did. We found an Asian fusion dinner place that served salad or rice bowls and it was excellent. I went to Starbucks and got her a soy latte for when she awakens. <BR> <BR> There's her alarm now so I ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/22/16! Heather is on vacation and I'm in trading, so if you don't see a threw, don't hesitate to start one <BR> <BR> I'm headed to corporate headquarters to train on the budgeting and forecasting software which should be fun. I'm always up for learning new software. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:53:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/21/16! I'm really stiff and sore this morning! I've been having trouble with my bad shoulder but today is awful. I'm hoping it loosens up because I want to get the yard work done that I started. That's a great sustained work out! <BR> <BR> Laurie - Did you guys go do archery yesterday? Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:31:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/20/16! What are you guys up to this weekend? I am working on the house as usual. We are going to be putting down hardibacker on our subfloor so we can tile with travertine. I've never tiled over a subfloor so this should be a fun learning experience. <BR> <BR> Have a great on plan kind of day! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:16:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/19/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! I have to get through this work day then I'm on vacation for a week! I'm so excited to get away and relax. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all I can to manage this job differently than my last one. I don't want this job to take over everything I do and suck the life out of me like the last one did. I like working hard, but I also like to leave work and leave the stress there. I've had a hard time doing that throughout my life, and it's not the way I want to proceed... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:57:01 EST Masters Workout Inspiration I swim with a masters group (we're small and casual, all levels) and enjoyed last nights workout so much I thought I'd share it :) 2,800 total - I finished in just over an hour. <BR> <BR> Warm Up: <BR> 600 choice <BR> <BR> Set 1: <BR> 16X50 stroke with 10 sec rest. Do as: 4 free, 4 breast, 4 back, 4 fly (do 25 fly 25 free if necessary) <BR> <BR> Set 2: <BR> 12X100 with 20 sec rest, Alternate 100 IM and 100 free <BR> <BR> Cool Down: 200 easy. <BR> <BR> Happy Swimming! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:13:26 EST