SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=688 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=688 Good Morning Swimmers, 5/6/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61416020 Good Morning!! Hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> Just a quick start here so we don't end up with two threads. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 6 May 2015 09:51:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/5/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61406734 Happy Cinco de Mayo! <BR> <BR> Okay, here that's big. <BR> <BR> I have a ton of auditing to do because I think our shop is double billing customers and we can't do that - sigh. We plan to start digging up the (dead) front lawn tonight which will be an excellent work out. With the drought here we figured we go to zero-scaping our front yard. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Tue, 5 May 2015 09:45:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/4/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61397355 Happy Monday...right? I'm hoping this week is not as insane at work as my last week! I did nothing but manage and most of it was chasing after things instead of getting out in front of them. <BR> <BR> We are going to join the Y here in Santa Maria again so that we can start swimming before work again! We did that for so many years and only stopped because I broke my foot and then have been having such bad ankle problems. I've decided that if I have ankle issues I'll just use a buoy and keep ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:07:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/3/15!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61390022 We went for a nice long walk this morning in Monterey out to Lover's Point. Then we went with the kids to a great Vegertarian restaurant for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Now we're doing the three hour drive home but we thought we'd stop and watch a movie on our way. That will break up the drive. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 3 May 2015 14:04:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61380116 We're sitting in a coffee shop in Monterey watching the world go by. We're going hiking with the kids today and that will be fun. The hotel is an old downtown hotel so there's no pool. <BR> <BR> Later today we're going to a street fair and then making dinner at Casie's house. Tom will do a treasure hunt for their Easter baskets and it should be a lovely time. What are you guys up to? Sat, 2 May 2015 09:59:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/1/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61370030 Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I"m so excited that it's the weekend! We have a dance competition all weekend, so that will kind of be fun, but also a lot of slow down time!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a good weekend! I'll be busy!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 1 May 2015 08:01:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/30/15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61362268 It's the end of April! That is so impossible for me to believe! We are going to go to Monterey with the kids this weekend and celebrate Easter! We were gone on our Ecuador/Peru trip during Easter and that's a big celebration for our family. It will be fun to do it in Monterey at Casie's house. <BR> <BR> I have some projects I have to get done this morning so I'll get to them and try to get back here this afternoon. Have a great, on plan kind of day! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:45:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/29/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61352648 Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I made it to the pool today!! My plan is with the spring/summer schedule to go once a week on Wednesday and I made it! Yay me!! Nothing too spectacular in my workout, but getting there was a win. <BR> <BR> Regular old work day today too. Very nice, no emergencies!! <BR> <BR> Tonight we go get our new car! I've very excited!! VW Golf TDI SportsWagon here we come!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:24:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers 4/28/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61342460 Hi all... not very busy yesterday... hope everyone's doing well! <BR> <BR> My car is in the shop so I am on my bike today. Not looking forward to the repair bill. I also have to find somebody to look at my roof. I was going to work at home, but when I realized how many files I'd have to haul home, I changed my mind. Besides I get more done at my office. Less distractions. <BR> <BR> What's everyone else up to today? Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:21:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/27/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61333740 Good Monday morning fishies! I have a cold/flu and am happy that my fever broke early this morning so I came to work. I'm not sure how long I'll last, but at least I'm up and about. Tomorrow I lose half a work day because I have to go to sexual harassment training. Here in California all managers and supervisors have to take a class...which I suppose is good... <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:49:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/26/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61324293 I can't believe it's almost May! Where has the year gone? I'm excited for this summer because Martino comes in June and we go to Tahiti then too. <BR> <BR> We had a fun bike rider come last night and we listened to his stories. Today he'll be off to ride to Santa Barbara. We'll get more done on the kitchen which is fun. We got half of the wall tiles done yesterday, so today we'll do the other half and go see a movie. My son says Ex Machina is a great movie. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up t... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:28:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/25/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61317119 Haha I'm surprised I'm the first one on this morning. Tom and spent some lovely time sitting in bed and talking about our work, it was really fun. Then we got up and made a nice fruit salad and I forgot to come out and start the thread! <BR> <BR> Well, it didn't rain yesterday but it certainly feels like rain today and they're calling for it so I guess we'll see. We are going to do a rapid house cleaning so that we can tile the kitchen back-splash today, which I'm excited about. We have a w... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:37:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/24/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61309419 Heather must be sleeping in and enjoying her day off! Sweet dreams Heather! <BR> <BR> The weather reports keep calling for rain, then they retract it! We really need the rain! ...though I'd rather it not happen this weekend when I want to be outdoors playing. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to this weekend? I know Maureen (Armonia) has a 5k. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:53:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/23/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61298080 Good Morning!!! It's a beautiful day here, and I don't have to work again today! And it's only Thursday. Oh, how I needed a few days off!! <BR> <BR> Car buying is stressful, but I think we found what we are going to get. They don't make the Jetta Sport Wagon for 2015, they make the Golf Sport Wagon so that is going to be the one!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm taking Sydney to PT, then going to my riding lesson, then relaxing and cleaning up a bit. My parents come today! And tonight is opening ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:08:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/22/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61290087 Good Morning!!! I am enjoying my day off so far!! I got to drive my baby to school today and I'll pick her up after school. I love being able to do that. I enjoy spending time with her so much. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Today we're going to go look at a potential new car. We were thinking VW diesel Jetta wagon, but they stopped making them for 2015, so it may end up being a Golf wagon instead. I'm pretty excited!! <BR> <BR> Mostly for the next few days I am just not going to work. I... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:14:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/21/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61280109 Good morning!!! Wow, I have a day full of meetings, and then the next three days off!! I wish I didn't have all of these meetings. They annoy me, they are often so unproductive. But, it's what I have to do today, so I am gonna smile and do it! <BR> <BR> I can't WAIT for my looong weekend!! I so need this time off!!! Hubby and I are going to give the tandem a whirl!! <BR> <BR> I hope eveyrone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:34:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/20/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61271313 Good morning!! Looong drive in to the office today!! Quick start here just to get a thread going. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:06:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/19/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61261194 We didn't go kayaking yesterday since we worked on the kitchen. Tom started cutting tiles for the walls and it would be really good to get that done. I'm going to vote for a kayak break today. <BR> <BR> I got my new waterproof headsets on Friday and I'll be interested to see how well they work. They are Sony Walkman waterproof mp3 players, but they're a little large. I figure I'll try them with a cap and see how well they work. They are so much cheaper than the waterproofed iPods. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:53:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/18/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61253132 Happy Saturday! It's looking like a gorgeous west coast Saturday morning! I'm going up to our company nursery where we're doing our annual sale. I'll go up and see how it's coming along and then I have the whole day to play! Well, we'll probably work on our kitchen, but then we were talking about kayaking. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:56:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/17/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61244687 We'll see if we double post again today! I always check one more time before I hit post, but it's funny how many times it happens. <BR> <BR> It looks like we're going to Tahiti!!! Warm water, pretty fish...yep, sounds like the place I want to go. We're trying to figure out how to get Martino (our Italian son) and our daughter Casie to come with us. It's on Casie's "list" so she really wants to come, it's just the new job that's holding her back. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:46:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/16/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61235705 Good morning!!! What a beautiful day we have here in NJ. And today, I have a riding lesson. This will be the third week in a row, and the fourth out of five weeks that I've ridden once each week. I can't remember the last time that happened. I'm so happy!! <BR> <BR> Work beckons....hard to focus on such a pretty day......but it's nearly the weekend and so I will soldier through the next two days!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:53:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/16/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61235691 I'm having fun this morning looking at videos my sister and my best friend made of us swimming with fish and turtles! There were huge schools of big, colorful fish and we had so much fun swimming with them. Turtles and rays are probably the most fun just simply because they are so big. Tom and I followed a white tip shark for a long time and that was really fun too. <BR> <BR> Now that we're back from vacation we need to decide where we'll go next! May 1st we're all going up to Monterey to v... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:52:29 EST Good Morning swimmers, 4/15/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61226437 Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!!! This week is turning out to be a bit annoying at work....same old thing with silly boss trying to force expense to be what he wants it to be rather than what is is supposed to be......frustrating but ultimately I've learned not to push back but just to ask him directly to tell me what he wants the number to be and then adjust to it....and keep the email..... LOL. Right Carol? <BR> <BR> Busy day!!! Back to work here!!! Once I have completed the monthly ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:34:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/14/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61217073 I still haven't had time to go back and catch up, hopefully today will be more mellow. Yesterday, after being gone for two weeks I did nothing but meet with people to see where we're at on stuff. I have a contract to write and then after that I plan to come back and get caught up. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:18:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/13/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61206983 Good morning! I have so much catching up to do with you guys! I know Kourtney is now an old married lady...so I have to hear more about that! What all have you guys been up to? <BR> <BR> I had a FANTASTIC time in Ecaudor and Peru! We did lots of hiking, walking and swimming! Oh, I missed stairs...so many stairs. Giant rock stairs at the ruins. It was amazing. <BR> <BR> I have to get my work day started, but I'll come back in a bit. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:35:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 4/12/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61197012 Hi all, just hopping on to start the thread. We have beautiful weather today and a kidless day. I am hoping to spend the better part of the day outdoors with my BF, even if it is just outside on the porch. (BF? Who is that? I have one of those?) <BR> <BR> Honestly, I haven't had much to say lately, even though there's been a lot of sh*t happening. I just haven't felt like thinking about it enough to actually communicate about it. Let's just say it hasn't been a very fun year so far and leav... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:42:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/11/15!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61190688 Wow, we all missed yesterday. Time for a new streak. <BR> <BR> Missu to the Chiropractor this AM as she had a delayed response to the stress test earlier this week. I'm feeling so domestic with her pretty much out of commission with low back muscle spasms. Gorgeous day and tomorrow is supposed to be better. I can almost believe this winter had its last gasp. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:10:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/9/15!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61169960 Good Morning!!! Oh boy, another cool and rainy day!! Oh well, that's OK, I'm having a good day anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm working at home today on my financials. Then I take Sydney to the physical therapist and then to my riding lesson. It sounds like a nice day to me!! <BR> <BR> I got my treadmill workout in yesterday and I am so proud of myself! I just keep on my slow and steady pace....it's what works for me! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:06:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/8/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61160695 Good morning!!! It's April, so it's rainy!!! I try very hard to live in the moment and find the joy in each day and what it brings, regardless of whether it's what I think I really want or not. But, today, just a little, I am really wishing for a warm sunny day. Just one.......maybe in May?! <BR> <BR> Normal work day here for me. Busy day with the month end close, but nothing out of the ordinary. It's just a job afterall...... <BR> <BR> Tonight we are going to try to do something fun.... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:33:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/7/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61150063 Good Morning!!! I totally missed yesterday here!! Sometimes Monday mornings are a bit overwhelming at work, and so thanks to Carol for jumping in and starting the thread on her awesome vacation!! <BR> <BR> Things here chug along......work is kind of normal now.....but there is a lot of change with this new company. I just keep doing my best work, working hard like I always do, and getting my ducks in line for possibilities outside of here if it works out that is the result. However, my b... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 08:53:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/6/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61138955 This may double up if someone else hope on to start the thread but I wanted to say 'HI!' <BR> <BR> We've had awesome swimming adventures in the Galapagos with fish, sharks, penguins and other assorted buddies! Today we are headed to the Sacred Valley and it's an adventure just traveling in Peru! <BR> <BR> Have a great day fellow fishies! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 07:18:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers 4/5/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61132044 See Heather, I remembered to start today's thread! <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't get here yesterday. My weekend got derailed when I had to go to my mom's because she developed the flu and her regular caregiver was sick too. Fortunately she threw it off fast and I only had to spend one night. I am so not a nurse and it was exhausting. <BR> <BR> I was not able to swim all weekend, but it's a decent day today so I think I will get out my bike! Then we have an Easter party at a friend's house. <BR>... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:52:11 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 4/4/15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61125696 Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> Thought I'd stop by and start the thread. We're cleaning house and I bought all kinds of fresh food at the market today - we've been eating a lot of take out the past two weeks and I'm looking forward to cooking again :-p <BR> <BR> Happy wedding day to Kourtney even though I'm sure she won't be online today hehehe <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a lovely spring Saturday! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:37:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/3/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61112909 Good Morning!! I hope everyone is ready for Friday! <BR> <BR> I know for many of you this is a very important religious holiday and I hope that everyone enjoys the day and weekend. <BR> <BR> I have been named the SparkPeople Motivator of the Day!!! I'll be honest, I didn't even know I had won the title of SparkPeople Motivator!! LOL. I have no idea where on SP you can see me as the motivator of the day. I only know I am because I got an email telling me, and also a post on my page co... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:24:45 EST Sharing my workout from 4/1/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x61105207 I swim because I love to be in the water. The downside of swimming (vis a vis weight loss) is that it burns less calories than running and my schedule only allows for one hour of swim workouts. So, to maximize my time, I've started to include High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in my swim workouts. Studies suggest that HIIT cardio replaces slow, low-intensity cardio training with short bursts of high-intensity exercise, giving you the same calorie-burning effect in a significantly shorter... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:39:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/2/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61104991 Good Morning!! Happy Thursday!! It's sunny and bright here today, and that's a nice thing! <BR> <BR> I have a busy day today, and then I am off tomorrow for a long weekend. Yay! We are going to Saratoga Springs for the weekend. It's very nice there, and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is feeling good today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:21:17 EST Tonights workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61094047 Now that I've created my point of no return (I announced I will swim tonight) here is my planned work out. I am always in search of fun work outs so please share yours! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1581196570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From here: http://www.coachmegswim.com/smart-swimming<BR>/workout-focus-aerobic-im-work-and-the<BR>-tabata-protocol/ Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:34:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/1/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61093672 Good Morning!!! Today is April Fool's Day, but I never do anything to "celebrate" that! I just hope to have a good day! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to feel strong physically again. The slow and steady treadmill workouts are preparing me to start swimming again. And riding the horse more regularly! I'm looking forward to real spring weather! We had about an inch of snow last night, so I'm not sure where spring actually is, but I know it's coming!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:06:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/31/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61084190 Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> The sun is out now, but clouds are coming and we are supposed to get up to 4 inches of snow this afternoon into this evening! Ugh, I've had enough winter!! <BR> <BR> I may have to leave work early today.....I don't want to be stuck driving in the snow. <BR> <BR> I should be able to get on the treadmill tonight though!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing OK. We all seem very busy!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:48:53 EST Please allow me to introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x61077545 I'm a 42 y.o. mom of twin boy toddlers, living in South Carolina. In grew up playing waterpolo in the Netherlands and moved to the USA over a decade ago now. There is no waterpolo in SC so I switched to underwater hockey instead. After the birth of my boys, time became an issue, so I switched to just swimming laps. Lap swimming is a little boring for me as I don't have a team or friends that swim, but I try to make it fun for myself. I also run 1-2 times a week. I'd be very interested in what... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61074308 Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> I hope eveyrone had a nice weekend! Ours was consumed with a dance competition, and the kid didn't even dance! We went anyway to be part of the team. The groups did well, but it was super strange to watch the dances that my girl is usually in. I missed her beautiful smile and sparkly stage presence. But, of coure they are all good, and the dances did well. And everyone had a good time. <BR> <BR> I also worked out both days this weekend and I'm feeling great a... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:11:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61074298 Just wanted to pop in and say hello and I hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Gearing up to restart my food tracking as I just keep gaining. This delayed spring is really dragging me down. It was snowing again today! I also worked 7 days straight with one day off now I'm back at it again. I knew this was coming when I took the second job, I just didn't realize how taxing it would be! I'll adjust. :) Joe started back at work today, I'll be getting my pool membership soon and getting back i... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:10:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers 3/28/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61056665 Well Carol is off in the Galapagos, which I'm sure is much more exciting that sitting in front of a computer! So I'll get us started today. <BR> <BR> How's everyone doing? <BR> <BR> We are back in the deep freeze today, after a week of nice weather. I woke up to 16 degrees today. Yuck. And snow. More yuck. It's supposed to warm up again by Monday though. My daughter's birthday is April 1 and we had a blizzard on the night I went to the hospital to deliver her, so I should be used to this. B... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:34:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/27/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61047617 Good Morning!!! Sorry for missing yesterday, it was a bit of a zoo here at work yesterday. There were some shake ups in upper management, and of course we had to meet about it and blah, blah about it. I think this new company is going to be OK. It's going to be hard for a workaholic like myself to ease back, but hey, why not?! <BR> <BR> This is the best Friday I've had in years! Why, you ask? Because that horrible payroll person that has worked for me entirely too long is leaving today... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:31:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/26/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61038867 It's Thursday! That means tomorrow I take off to the far ends of the earth! I can still remember being thirteen and reading the book I was given about the Galapagos Island and thinking that I would have to go there some day...and tomorrow that day finally arrives! <BR> <BR> How about you guys, have anything on your "list" that you'll be knocking out any time soon? <BR> <BR> Oh and speaking of travel, it looks like I might go to Prague for work this summer...I do love my job! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:46:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/25/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61029444 Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> We had a rather scary day here at the office yesterday. My admin started feeling faint and her hands were tingly and she couldn't get up. So I called 911. The ambulance crew came and took her to the hospital!! She's OK, but they are not sure what's going on. It was really scary, and I just hope she's OK. She's a wonderful person and I'm kinda lost without her here today. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't work out last night. However, I will ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:20:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/24/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61019725 Good Morning!!! The sun is out again today. Spring must really be coming! I hear on Thursday there's a chance of a thunderstorm. What?! That's crazy!! I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Nothing very exciting in my life, which is nice for a change. Just a normal kind of day. Thank Goodness!!! <BR> <BR> I walked on the treadmill again. I'm enjoying feeling healthy again!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:38:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/23/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61008951 Hope you guys don't mind that I jumped in to start this thread. :) <BR> <BR> I had a super busy week last week, I felt pretty ill Wednesday, and attended training for my new job after my regular job on Thursday and Friday. I felt ill again Saturday and traced it back to hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts. :( Won't be drinking that again- I can do without the 4098756435241 calories in it anyway. I started my new job yesterday and really enjoyed it. It's so nice to actually have conversations du... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:15:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/22/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x61000024 Where is everyone this weekend? We kayaked with Casie and lots of otters yesterday, it was awesome! <BR> <BR> Today we'll go visit the aquarium and hang out until Casie is done with teaching her yoga classes, then we'll either do another paddle or a hike. Then we'll head home. California is amazing in all the beauty it offers and I want to take as much advantage of enjoying it as possible! What are my fellow fishies up? <BR> <BR> Oh, and for the next two weekends (well, also week's) I'll b... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:02:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/21/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60991766 We are up in SF this morning at the FIL's house and the birds are out in force this morning, it's wonderful! We'll go to a breakfast gathering with them which is cool, it's a group of walkers and the youngest one is in his late eighties. Then we'll head down to Monterey for some kayaking! I can't wait! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:19:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/20/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60983129 Good Morning! Happy First Day of Spring! <em>378</em> We are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow today. <em>425</em> Unbelievable!!! <BR> <BR> I'm working from home and got a late start because I took the kid to school. It was nice to do that. The school has already decided on an early dismissal, which is also nice because we can plan around that. <BR> <BR> My ride yesterday was so much fun!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:48:15 EST Goggle recommen dations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60976137 I'm a relatively new swimmer (less than 6 months) and need a recommendation for goggles. I bought a cheapo, totally not adjustable pair of Speedo goggles when I started swimming and they are excruciating. The suction is too intense, the nose is too tight, and they give me painful rings around my eyes. On top of that, they let water in and fog up! Totally not worth it. Does anyone have any recommendations for goggles that won't hurt and will do their job? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:52:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/19/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60974059 Haha I'm lost on what day of the month it is! This has been a whirlwind kind of month between work and working to finish the kitchen. This weekend is going to be all about the in-laws. When you have a 93 year old FIL you don't have options for not visiting. We love them dearly, but it's a 5 hour drive and they want us to visit...but not really stay. We devised a good plan that we are going up Friday for dinner, then we'll visit on Saturday for awhile (and Tom will apparently work on the furna... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:49:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/18/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60964934 Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day. We are half way to the weekend. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Things are humming along. I go back for my first horseback ride in months tomorrow. I'm pretty excited!! <BR> <BR> Today is sunny and bright and a lot less windy so maybe another walk at lunch, this one a bit longer! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:50:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/17/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60955134 <em>137</em> Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Some people make a big deal of today, so if you do, I hope you have a great day! I'm wearing my green, my daughter told me I had to or I would get pinched!! I don't have much planned for today other than wearing the green!! <BR> <BR> For me, today will be a normal day of work. I forget, in the doldrums of winter, that this is just a job and there is so much more to my life than work. It doesn't help that this year we had the payroll debacle that ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:20:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/16/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60945381 Hi!! Quick start to the thread, I'm running late!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did! Family visits are very nice, we had a great time. <BR> <BR> I'll be back later to catch up! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:45:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/15/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60936171 Happy Sunday! I love first light, the birds a singing, the trees were getting that glow, and now the sky is filling with fantastic colors. ...and people wonder why I'm a morning person. It does my heart good to see/hear this every morning. <BR> <BR> I got out my dry sack (waterproof) day pack and tried packing into it and it was easy! I thought it was going to be harder since we're doing different things for two weeks, but it turns out my backpacking background is just what was needed! I jus... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:15:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/14/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60926593 Yay weekends! <BR> <BR> My turn to start. Ordered takeout last night and it was so disappointing the Missus banned their menu from returning to the menu file. Should be a quiet day, we're expecting tons of rain and it started a few hours ago. Inside stuff never ends though. I'll check back later to see what y'all are up to. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:44:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/13/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60919862 Good morning, we'll see if someone beats me to the start of the thread! I was writing a character reference and so am checking in late. I'll get this started and come back in a bit. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:12:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/12/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60909021 Good Morning!! Quick start to the thread today. <BR> <BR> I have to deliver a miserable performance appraisal this morning and I am really dreading it. Ugh. <BR> <BR> After that, they day should improve!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:15:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/11/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60899550 Good Morning!! It's almost hot here today! The sun is bright and warming up the earth. Spring really is on the way!! <em>67</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Busy day ahead of me, so I'm gonna jump right into the work. <BR> <BR> Tonight I will work out with the kid and also help her with her essay for application to the National Junior Honor Society. She is very concerned that she won't be chosen. She of the straight As, amazing NJASK scores (the test we used before the PARCC) and her... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:08:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/10/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60890446 Good Morning!! Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Well, when it warms up, it sure warms up! It felt so nice yesterday when it hit about 50!! Another sunny warmer day today. I'm glad to see the snow melting!! <BR> <BR> Sydney found a 15 minute workout she wanted to do last night, so we did it together. She's a tough trainer! It was fun to work out a little with her. We'll work up to 45 minutes, but are starting a bit slower so mom doesn't hurt herself!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Life is getti... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:22:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/9/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60881357 I almost didn't check into until after my next meeting, so this will have to be quick. We had a nice visit with our Tunisian bike rider last night. He traveled the Silk Road for 3 years on foot, how cool is that? He's headed to Seattle on a three wheel, recumbent bike that has a sail. ...it's interesting. <BR> <BR> I'm going for a hike after work and I must say I LOVE that it's going to be light later!!! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:56:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/8/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60870266 It's late because the time changed! But you know what this time change means? WOO HOO lighter in the evenings for hiking, swimming, paddling, and whatever we want! <BR> <BR> I'm just a little excited, can you tell? <BR> <BR> Our Italian son is coming for the summer! Life is just full of good news! We are going to work on the kitchen and then go hiking. We have a bike rider from Tunisia coming tonight, so that should be fun. He's riding around the world so I'm looking forward to his story. <... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:36:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/7/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60861437 Twenty more days 'til the Galapagos! I can't wait. <BR> <BR> Okay, I can't keep quiet about our weather, it was 86 yesterday and should be about that again today! 86 is perfect, it's dry, super blue and a perfect breeze. I love our weather! We're going to take the new shoes out for a hike! <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:42:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/6/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60852905 Good Morning!! I have the day OFF!!!! I've already done my email catch ups, so hopefully for the next few hours I can actually not work! <BR> <BR> I have a massage scheduled for this morning. I'm very excited about that. I'm going to work out, then get the massage, then relax this afternoon and cook tonight! We are also finalizing ourselves for the dance comp tomorrow. Making sure we have snacks, lunch, water, juice, etc. Checking all 7 costumes one more time!! It's fun! <BR> <BR> H... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:44:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/5/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60842673 Good Morning!! We have another snow day here!!! I can't take much more snow!!! I don't know how many snow days the kids have had, I've lost count, but soon I think they will have to shorten spring break to make sure they don't go to school into July!! <BR> <BR> Today is a relatively normal day of work, although I'm doing it from home, and then tomorrow I have the day off!!! Yay!!! I need a day off since we have a dance competition this weekend and I'll be doing that most of both days. ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:33:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/4/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60831574 Good Morning!!! We had snow and ice again!! So, slow start out of the house this morning. Come on spring!! <BR> <BR> This afternoon Sydney has an orthopedist appointment late afternoon, so we'll all be going to that. Hopefully I'll get home early enough to get on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> The sun has to come back soon!!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:11:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/3/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60822307 Good Morning!! I hope everyone is having a good morning so far! <BR> <BR> I'm kinda frantically trying to get going here at work and get something done so I can leave before the snow hits this afternoon. I'm so TIRED of snow, but I do appreciate the push to get out of the office!! <BR> <BR> Did I tell you all that Sydney took the SATs as part of the Johns Hopkins Talent Search for their Center for Talented Youth program? Well, she did. And we got her scores. She got a 1300. She qualif... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:42:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers. 3/2/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60810449 Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent another one lying around doing almost nothing. It was nice and I feel like I am finally almost better. This head thing just keeps hanging in there!! I must also be low in iron again, because I am very tired. I'm back on track with the iron pills, so hopefully soon I'll have energy again!! <BR> <BR> Work will be, I am nearly certain, very normal this week!! Yippee!!! I don't mind work or working hard, but when it just gets ov... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:01:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, March 1st, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60800463 We got more rain last night! I'm not sure how much we got but it rained hard for a little while and it got down to the low fifties! <BR> <BR> We have bike riders staying from France and they are a lovely couple. They're riding from San Fran to San Diego. They may go to the desert or Utah after that. France has an employment rule that you can take up to a year off and they'll hold your job open for you...isn't that an awesome rule? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:29:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/28/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60791815 ...and there's the end of February. I get the feeling we'll be talking the 4th of July before we know it! We have rain! Last week we were told we'd have rain and the ground looked suspiciously like it was wet...though fog looks like that too. This is a "plink-plunk" sounding rain and it's supposed to last for several days. Keep your fingers crossed for us! <BR> <BR> We have a bike riders coming to stay tonight who are riding California north to south, so I'm sure they'll be happy to stay in ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:00:37 EST Race Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60789820 <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Good Luck Goriana and RL on the big race day! We're cheering you on! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:01:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers 2/27/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60780379 Well, I made it to 4:30 this morning!! Woke up with a major headache though. We had a seriously nasty blowout with the 16 y/o last night which stressed everybody out and made for a not so relaxing evening. <BR> <BR> Kourtney <em>247</em> you are so <em>345</em> I am looking forward to House of Cards also! Did you see the Sesame Street House of Bricks parody? Cute... and Frank Underwolf sounds an awful lot like Kevin Spacey! <BR> <BR> Jon, I would have considered dyeing my hair purple ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:18:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 2/26/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60770516 I was up at 4 am again this morning, so figured I'd jump on and start the thread. I really wish I could sleep later, but I did fall asleep before 8 last night, so I guess I should quit fighting it. 4 am is just so EARLY! <BR> <BR> BIG DAY SATURDAY for Gor and RL! Excitement! You guys will do great. 17 seconds off your time is incredible! <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>237</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, Jen, I prefer cooler water also. RL, you'll swim faster in colder water :-... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:03:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers 2/25/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60762553 I missed yesterday. I ran and ran and ran from 8 am to 6 pm, one appointment after another. I did get to have lunch with a friend, otherwise I feel like I spent the day in my car. I fell asleep at 7, woke up about 8:30, made yet another phone call, and then went to bed at 9. Woke up at 2:30 <em>234</em> and then slept from 7 to 8. Now I'm waiting around till it's time to leave for court. <BR> <BR> My keyboard keeps spontaneously stopping and restarting to work. Super annoying. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:18:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/24/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60753439 Good morning! It was so cold out this morning! I know our California coast cold is NOT eastern cold, but 37 degrees is super cold for us. It seemed so strange to be that cold this time of year. <BR> <BR> The great news? It was markedly lighter this morning! Summer is coming! My husband and I were talking about starting to go to the mission after work for walks and I'm super excited about it because it means backpacking season isn't far off! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:03:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/23/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60741346 Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I'll get the thread started today since I'm not at work. I took the day off for a few appointments, first up - the dentist. Me and needles and anxiety don't fare so well all the time at the dentist so wish me luck! At least I didn't dream of my teeth falling out so that's a good start :-p <BR> <BR> Have a good monday everyone! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:20:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/22/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60734420 Hi folks! Late start today? <BR> <BR> We actually got up at a respectable time and I've already gone out and some the grocery shopping. The temperatures are near normal for this time of year and it's feels great. Sadly the rest of the week is forecast 15-20 degrees below average again. *sigh* if this is climate change, I don't like it! <BR> <BR> Any way, looking for a friend to go trek trough the slushy woods this afternoon or I may go by myself. Enjoy your Sunday Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:40:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/21/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60723252 Happy Saturday to all of you this fine weekend! I'm so glad for the weekend especially since I came home with the flu yesterday. Most of my staff has had this 24 hour bug, but I don't usually catch them. <BR> <BR> I still have a headache this morning so I plan to take things easy today. I'll work on the kitchen (of course) and maybe we'll find a movie to go to. What are you guys up to? Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/20/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60714563 Wow... no thread yet? Okay, I'll get us started. Hopefully everything's okay with Heather and she's just busy! And on antibiotics! <BR> <BR> I missed yesterday. I am so jealous of you folks who have musical talent. I would love to be able to play something.... piano, guitar, violin, flute.... I might take some lessons some day, but part of me fears I don't have a musical bone in my body and it will be a dismal failure. It seems like the musical talent in my family ran down the male side. <B... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:48:16 EST According to bbcgoodfood.com - Coffee COUNTS!!! :- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60708364 I was researching what to eat/drink before my swims and found this little blurb about coffee... <BR> <BR> "Caffeine has previously been criticised within sport and exercise nutrition, but recent research has shown that it can be positive for performance. For example, if you are a habitual tea or coffee drinker, these drinks will contribute to your daily fluid intake (not just water) and in smaller doses don’t dehydrate you, as we have been previously led to believe. <BR> Caffeine is also oft... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:36:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1915!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60704385 Good Morning!! The sun is out, so that's very nice, but it's super cold again!! Ah, February.... <BR> <BR> The sinus infection I think I've had for about a month or so now is getting worse, so I finally made an appointment for the doctor. I'm going this afternoon! I hope I feel better very soon! <BR> <BR> Busy work day ahead of me, so I'm digging right in. No workout for me today. Hopefully in a few days my energy comes back. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else is doing well! <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:08:42 EST This Week's Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60702014 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team. Thought I'd post my master's workouts for this week. Rework for your distance and skill. Here was tuesdays: <BR> <BR> MASTERS 2/17/2015 <BR> Goal: Drills and Pace <BR> <BR> Warm Up: bilateral breathing (breath every 3rd arm) <BR> 300 Free <BR> 200 Pull (buoy, with or without paddles) <BR> 100 Kick (streamline or with board) <BR> (600y) <BR> <BR> Pre Set: IM PYRAMID DRILL! (Triathletes: alternate freestyle kick and swim) <BR> 25 fly- one arm <BR>... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:06:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/18/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60694981 Good morning fishies! Uh oh, I hope Heather has power today...and I hope she feels in power today - hehe. <BR> <BR> Our gorgeous summer weather came to an abrupt end day before yesterday when the fog rolled in and then stayed all day yesterday. This morning it was still foggy but the weatherman says it's going to burn off which is a relief. I see the complete snowy-ness of the eastern states is still firmly in place...may your snow be such that it doesn't impede life. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:12:21 EST Could someone explain my Swim Workout for tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60686925 Coach's workout for me tonight is: <BR> <BR> Warm up: 100 YD Streamline Back Kick <BR> 6 rounds Alternating 50 YD Back/ 100 Back (60 rests between) <BR> Cool Down : same as warm up <BR> <BR> She wants me to keep round 1-2 same pace; 3-4 same pace; 5-6 same pace <BR> <BR> Quoting her; "...trying to descend so that you get progressively faster from 1-6" <BR> <BR> First, The only way I've been able to gauge my pace is by how many strokes it takes me from the flags to the wall. Otherwise, I... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:26:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/17/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60683595 Good Morning! Well, hey, here's something new. It's snowing again!! Although, at the moment, the sun seems to be trying to come out. For now, I'm trying to work from home and get some stuff done, but if it really clears up, I may go to the office. <BR> <BR> Last night we actually watched part of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. I used to really like the dog show, then I kind of got into dog rescue and felt like dogs shouldn't be bred because there are so many unwanted dogs, but the... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:26:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/16/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60673613 Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a good weekend! I sure did! Not an ounce of work, just a lot of fun with the family. Cooking, shopping, movie watching, a tiny bit of cleaning.....it was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Today is the start of a new week! Things are going well so far.......for the first hour! We'll see how the rest of the week goes. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:53:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/15/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60665257 Happy Sunday! I slept in which was a nice surprise. I finished 3 days of fasting and now today I start eating veggies which I'm excited about! I'm having zucchini for breakfast which is a pretty common breakfast food for me because of my allergies to food. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about where we are on the kitchen! Yesterday I measured, drilled and put in door/drawer pulls. I love power tools! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:50:15 EST Happy Valentine's Day Swimmers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60655105 I didn't realize it was today until I started to type the date! I'm going to work on putting handles on all of our cabinets and hope I don't make any drilling mistakes! We had sad news yesterday, we found out we didn't get the house we offered for, I guess someone heavily overbid. We'll keep looking...and it will give us more time to save up money. <BR> <BR> Are you guys doing anything special to celebrate Valentine's Day today? Sat, 14 Feb 2015 07:23:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/13/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60646410 Good Morning! It's FRIDAY!! <em>244</em> A hard push through some work that's due today, and the I get the entire weekend off with nothing planned! No work, no dance, no travel, nothing!!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else has a good weekend. It's so brutally cold, all we will do is inside stuff, but it will be nice to catch up on sleep and relax. I really don't know how to do that very well, but I'm going to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:43:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/12/15!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60636329 Good Morning!! It's Thursday, so one day closer to the weekend! I may, just may, get the whole weekend off!! Woo hoo!! I need a break from all this work! <BR> <BR> So, payroll went through. I think this probelm is finally solved. Well, the system probelms are mostly solved. The managerial problem of my payroll manager continues.....but hopefully I don't need to babysit so closely every payroll anymore. I have salvaged my reputation, which is good. Now, on to finishing January financ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:56:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/11/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60627208 Good Morning!!! The sun is out and we have so much snow, it's blindingly bright out! It's FANTASTIC!!! I love all the light, it lifts the mood. <BR> <BR> Also, the group of us here at work are in the powerball drawing. If we win, that's it, I'm outta here!!! :) Please, oh please!! Someone has to win, why not us?? <BR> <BR> So, back to reality.....payroll is going to process today and it's in a much better place than the last one, so I think we have stabilized this problem. Next, m... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:02:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/10/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60616133 Good Morning! The insanity continues, and to add to it, Sydney is clearly quite sick. Up part of the night with fever and chills, throat hurts, feels awful! Mom is up getting water and Advil and hubby just sleeps through it all...... <BR> <BR> I'm working here this morning so I can be sure the driveway is in good shape. We have a steep driveway that is on a country highway so you don't want to slide down it into a car or truck going 50 mph! I'll just wait until it's light out! <BR> <BR... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:50:27 EST Swim cap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60608903 I've not used a swim cap before and lately my goggles are getting caught in what little hair I have - suggestions on a swim cap? Are they the same? I don't know anything about them. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:46:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/9/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60605359 Good Morning!! What an insane few weeks I've had. I'm used to working hard, but this is becoming ridiculous! Too much due at the same moment. I'm just doing one thing at a time, it's all I can do! <BR> <BR> School is cancelled again today. I think this is the 7th snow day this year. I hope they cut out the "winter break" next week. I never understand why that is in the calendar when we can hardly string together a full week of school this time of year anyway. <BR> <BR> Working from h... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:03:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/8/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60596878 I almost forgot to start the thread this morning! I've been up since 4am working on building drawers for the kitchen and I realized I better come say good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm excited because we're going to go look at a house by the beach today! It's a tiny house on a half acre. The house is old and totally run down, but the land it's sitting on is so perfect because it's surrounded by protected areas and a short walk to the ocean. There are also waterways around for kayaking! I don't want... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:52:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/7/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60586534 Welcome to all newbies! You are very welcome to come, chat, get to know your team buddies. This thread is not for everyone, but if you want support and friendship all you have to do it stick around and get to know people. <BR> <BR> Some people are confused about what we do here and how we do it, but we're just here to be supportive of anything and everything. We start a daily thread and sometimes that day stays active for days and days, while other times it moves to the current day. We roll... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 08:04:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/6/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60577952 We're supposed to only get up to 70 degrees today...brrr. But, it's FRIDAY people! Anyone have weekend warrior stuff planned this weekend? I'm hoping to get in a nice paddle session, but not miles and miles. I'll also get in a hike and I've been increasing my miles so that when I go to the Galapagos I'll be in hiking mode. <BR> <BR> I'll be working on my kitchen, so lots of active stuff for me this weekend. Jon, I hope family is fun and goes home soon ; ) Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:21:05 EST New to Cardio Swimming - Tips? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60571242 Hey Swimmers <BR> I'm 51 and been swimming laps 6x a week for 30 min. I LOVE IT!!! I started on my first day with only 14 laps in 45 min. Now I do 30 in 30 min. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:27:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/5/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60567988 Early morning work day for me. I need to write up two contracts and I have interviews later this morning which will take up a lot of my time. <BR> <BR> I've started back on my twice yearly protocol that I came off of last month. Today I'm fasting with water and a tincture of bicarbonate of soda to change the pH balance in my gut.I will fast for 2 to 4 days depending on how I feel. Then I add veggies for two weeks. I figured it was smart to do this before going to Peru and Ecuador. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:11:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/4/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60558049 Good morning! Kourtney, you could have started the thread if you were up early! We have to help Heather out while she's dealing with payroll headaches and job interviewing (good luck Heather!). CONGRATULATIONS on the awesome pounds lost Kourtney! I am so, so happy for you! <BR> <BR> I meant to get up and walk this morning but then I had a bad allergy attack in the middle of the night so I slept in a little. My eyes are bleary today (sigh). Hopefully I'll feel better by this evening and walk ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:06:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/3/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60545531 Good Mornng! I totally missed yesterday!! Work started up and then the next thing I knew it was 5 pm! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. We had another 10 inches of snow yesterday. It must be February!! One more month or so, and then the weather will start to improve. <BR> <BR> I had a phone interview for the position my friend told me about. It went well, and now I will hopefully get a call for a phone interview with the CEO. I can't wait!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE da... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:27:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/2/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60533546 I took this Monday off! It's beautiful weather here in Arizona and I'm looking forward to going hiking today. <BR> <BR> Are you guys ready for the week? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:33:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1/15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60522665 Happy February and Super Bowl Sunday! <BR> <BR> They canceled our Friday night flight into Phoenix with the explanation that there were too many flights flying into Phoenix and so they had to cancel ours...have you ever heard of that? So we also had to cancel our rental car reservation, but that worked out really well because it was $385 and the new reservation was only $135...more money to spend at the gym show! <BR> <BR> I got fun baubles for my employees for Valentine's Day which should ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:01:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/31/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60513232 Good Saturday morning fishies! I'm waiting to board our flight to Arizona and I'm excited to be going! It will be so fun to go to the gem show! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:49:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/30/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60502796 Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! MAN, am I ready for a weekend. <BR> <BR> It's pay day, and so I sit and wait for the deluge of questions. This is awful, I got away from payroll because it's not my strong suit at all, but I do have to manage it. And this implementation was so botched......anyway, hopefully I get to move past it a bit after today. We have a consultant coming in. The new company that bought us relies very heavily on consultants. It's so weird....... <BR> <BR> Anyway, we... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:39:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/29/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60494343 Tomorrow we leave for the gem show in Tucson! Yay! We normally swim at a nearby community pool when we're there...but I'm not sure they'll be open since the gem show is a little earlier this year. I don't think I'll be getting any cardio today, but I'll get my walk in. <BR> <BR> I've got meetings today so I better go get prepared. Have a great, on plan kind of day! Be happy...remember, tomorrow is Friday! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:33:42 EST back in the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60487808 Hello, I am Robyn a long term repeat sparker. My normal fitness regime involves running, however right now just the walk to get the kids from school can be too painful due to injury. In an effort to keep up my fitness without aggravating my injury I taken up swimming again. I have not swum regularly since leaving school and my body really notices the effort! My local gym is doing a special on swimming membership that includes the use of a swimtag. I have noticed that the calorie burn shown by... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:18:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/28/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60481197 Good Morning!! Well, the storm caught up with us yesterday and it snowed much of the day. Probably another 5 or so inches. And now, the winds are terrible. I just have to keep power until this payroll isprocessed and then if we lose power, I can live with it. <BR> <BR> I've discovered the core problem with my paryoll person. There is no other way to say this, s I'm just going to say it. She's mentally weak. She can't focus, she complains, she whines, she blame others........it's been t... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:01:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/27/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60470727 Good morning!!! Well, our blizzard turned out to be a total of about 5 inches of snow. Yippee!!!! Snow is annoying and it shuts the world down and it just complicates my life. Of course, this time the school district closed down last night, so the kids will be going one day later in June! I think we're up to four snow days now. Poor kids!! <BR> <BR> So today is the second day of me doing payroll all day long with my payroll manager. It's just not a lot of fun, but man, if we don't get... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:31:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/26/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60461474 Good morning! I hope we don't double post because I know I'm late for the east coast. <BR> <BR> It looks like rain here, it says it's supposed to rain...but I'm not feeling it in my bones and my bones typically know. So keep your fingers crossed because lord knows California needs some rain! <BR> <BR> We're going to try to get in an evening hike if I can get out of here early enough. That's great incentive to be productive enough to be able to leave...so off to tax heaven for me. Have a gr... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:37:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/25/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60448232 Gorgeous day out yesterday! Today I've been up since midnight (grr) figured I might as well hop on and say good morning. I've been reading off and on during the night, trying to sleep and now I've given up. I'm so thankful for Kindles! <BR> <BR> We'll be working on the kitchen today. We got the two pantry cabinets in, assembled and installed the drawers. It's starting to look like it will eventually be a kitchen! <BR> <BR> Have you guys started noticing that the days are getting longer?! I... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:23:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/24/15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60437844 I'm so happy for it to be the weekend! I'm not planning to go into work at all this weekend and I'm excited about how much more time I'll have because of it. <BR> <BR> We're going for a nice hike in beautiful weather today. We'll also work on our kitchen. I have some touch up work on the Venetion plaster and we'll put more cabinets in. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:08:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/23/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60429533 I wasn't sure I'd be the first one on today because I was making breakfast burritos. We are having a breakfast potluck, which means we'll have enough food for 50 people. I made 30 breakfast burritos, chile verde, bacon and egg, etc. I had fun. <BR> <BR> I have a management meeting this morning so I better get at it. Have a great, on plan kind of day! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:34:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/22/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60419168 Uh oh, Heather's payroll problems must be eating her alive - run Heather, run! <BR> <BR> We had a beautiful red/orange/yellow sunrise this morning. What a lovely way to start the day! We have lots of clouds in the sky, not the gray, rainy ones but the white puffy kind where it looks like someone took a paint brush to the sky. <BR> <BR> I've got a meeting to get to, so I'll check back with you guys later but I wanted to at least get a post going. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:39:02 EST Good Morning swimmers, 1/21/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60406596 Morning folks :) looks like I'm the first one here today! I took the day off so I'm working on my own business from home today. It's supposed to snow around 2-3 inches here so we'll see what happens this afternoon. <BR> <BR> There's a Women's Business Center meeting this afternoon that I took the day off for - I'm not entirely sure it'll be a helpful meeting for me, but I figured it couldn't hurt and the day off to take care of calling the CPA and updating my resume for a few job listings I... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:51:46 EST Good Morning swimmers, 1/20/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60395404 Hi all! So sorry for my crazy non-attendance here with this fun group. I have been in payroll nightmare for days and days. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well and swimming a lot!!! I made myself stop working on Sunday and get on the treadmill. It helped with the stress! <BR> <BR> I should be able to be back to some normal level of work by tomorrow. I may even get a lunch break today!!! I'll try to catch up with you all then. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:29:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/19/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60384264 I hope that no thread means that Heather is taking the day off and sleeping in! Agricultural companies never take all of the holidays. <BR> <BR> My shoulders are sore this morning from all the heavy lifting that remodeling requires...it's nice. <BR> <BR> Laurie, we're going to the Galapagos Islands which have been on my "life list". We'll also go to Peru and Machu Picchu which is on Susan's list. I will be 4 items away from finishing my list! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:07:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/18/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60370751 It's good to know we have another member who gets the one in a million kind of illnesses...though not good for you Selkie! On Friday my business partner asked why I didn't go home and then realized who he was talking to. I am feeling better and tomorrow I should be back to working out. I need to be in great shape for our South America trip! There will be lots of hiking, swimming and high altitudes! <BR> <BR> Today I'll do the second coat on my Venetian plaster and then tomorrow I'll sand it ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:42:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/17/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60360805 Happy Saturday swimmers! I accidentally poisoned myself with some oats which is why I dropped off the face of the earth. It's incredibly painful and it's almost over, but thankfully I didn't end up in the hospital, so all is good. <BR> <BR> I won't be doing too much today, I will be working on my kitchen. I started plastering the two walls in the dining room that will have a Venetian plaster finish. I'm happy with the color (a creamy off-white). I may do some plumbing too, we'll have to see ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:44:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers 1/16/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60352551 Wow, no thread yet today? Everybody must be incredibly busy! <BR> <BR> I am no exception, but I'm on a lunch break between hearings. I really need to learn to stop saying "it should be a quick in-and-out." Everytime I say it I end up eating my words and this morning was no exception. This afternoon I get to argue to have my client's case dismissed. I've never done that before, so wish me luck. No wonder this job wears me out. <BR> <BR> Swam this morning, a short one. I am really looking for... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:29:18 EST swimsuits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60345194 Just curious how long suits are expected to last (in chlorine)?? Seems like I'm buying a new one every month...or two Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:35:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/15/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60340529 Good Morning!! I decided I needed a mental health day, so I told the powers that be that I'm sick and am doing what I can from home today. I really am kind of tired and stressed and I'm hoping the day at home helps me to keep from actually running myself down and getting actually sick. I can't remember the last time I did this. I just really needed it today. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to work a bit this morning, then work out, pick up kid from school and take her to dance, then go to my hor... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:04:31 EST Good Morning Swimmates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60339447 It's a cold 27º here in the 'high' desert. Circuit training last night and swim tonight. The pool was freezing Tuesday, I'm hoping the heaters are back on??? <BR> <BR> Have an active Thursday! <BR> <BR> Be healthy! <BR> raChelle Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:41:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/14/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60327379 Wow is it cold! And the heat in our building doesn't work very well. Thank goodness for my space heater and coat! <BR> <BR> Busy day here, finishing up December financials. Not much else in my life until that's done later today. <BR> <BR> Sydney is all better and back at school today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:15:54 EST Finally active on this forum :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60315367 Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Elona and I've been a member of this forum for months, but haven't been actively swimming. This is changing as I just joined the 100 mile challenge today! Yay! <BR> <BR> I am a retired Pediatric RN of 30 years. I loved it, but it was a time for a career change due to some health issues. I learned to swim as a child at summer camp. This has been the only kind of exercise that has kept my interest through the years. <BR> <BR> I have been a Red Cross WSI children... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:00:30 EST Good morning. From MiamiRN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60315051 Good morning! :) <BR> <BR> I'm going swimming today. I'll start the 100 mile challenge today! Yay! This is exciting!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't been swimming much lately, this will motivate me to swim more often. It was cold for a week down here and I was chicken to go in the heated pool, because of the cold air. But really, I have a swim coat parka. I don't have to stay out of the pool for that. No excuses! Lol. What a great challenge. I'v... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:18:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/13/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60315048 Good Morning!!! Well, the dreaded stomach virus that's going around struck our house at 4:30 this morning. Poor kid is very sick. Now, we just hope and pray that the adults don't get it too. <BR> <BR> Busy week at work with year end close. Not much time right now for anything but work and a few minutes with the family. <BR> <BR> Everyone was so chatty yesterday! Yay! Keep it up, it lifts all of our spirits in the winter! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:18:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/12/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60302893 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> We have another snow/ice day here. Working from home and already feeling behind on my tasks! <BR> <BR> I'll definitely work out today as it truly does help with my stress management. <BR> <BR> I'll try to catch up with you all later!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:52:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/11/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60290745 We'll see if my phone lets me post today. Yesterday I couldn't get it to work. Seems to be working today. <BR> <BR> We had such a great time yesterday! Paso Robles was beautiful and being with the kids was great! Tom and I will take a long walk when he gets up and I'm sure we'll be back before the kids wake up. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:19:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers 1/10/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60280952 Happy weekend! How's everyone doing this morning? I thought I would jump in and start the thread. I'm guessing Carol is having too much fun with her baby elephant seals! <BR> <BR> We have one more day of sub zero temps and then we're supposed to rise into the upper 20s and 30s. Heat wave! LOL <BR> <BR> Goriana, I've been reading about your masters swim experience, and I have to say, I'm proud of you! How far you have come since you first joined this team and you were afraid of the water! No... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:30:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/9/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60268084 Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> It's snowing this morning, but our schools have not called for a delay, so we're doing the normal thing here and getting ready for school. I'm going to work from home today, I have so much to do and there's no reason at all to chance it in the snow. <BR> <BR> I'll be a lot happier once I get the December books closed. It's just a new world with the acquisition and sometimes it's not the best world. I'm going my very best to be positive, but somet... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:58:54 EST Good Evening Swimmers, 1/8/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60263330 OK, I could have sworn I started a thread today. And if I didn't, it's very weird that no one else did. Am I missing something?! maybe all the work is making my mind a bit soft. <BR> <BR> SUPER busy day. The payroll is getting back on track, but man, what a transition. I just hope the next one goes well, then we'll know it will be better going forward. <BR> <BR> I'm working till 7, then picking up kid from dance. Long day..... <BR> <BR> Have a great evening!! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:19:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/7/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60246203 Good morning fishies! Hope you guys are making it to the pool today. I am still on no protein so cardio is out for me until the end of next week. I can't wait! I'll start ramping up my miles then. <BR> <BR> We've had my BIL and his little 8 year old staying with us which has been really fun. You forget what it's like having a boy that age around. So much energy and sweetness! <BR> <BR> Today is lots of work getting the W-2s out and getting the new Obama/Cal care set up (sigh), but that's w... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:47:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/6/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60231741 Good Morning!! Yesterday was a bear of a day. It really was not great at work. <BR> <BR> Today, however, is a new day, and I'll make the best of it! We might even get some snow today. Ugh. Just enough to make me question if I should drive in it. I'll wait until it get light out, then decide. <BR> <BR> It's another long day of work for me, then pick up kid from dance, then exercise late. I don't like exercising late, but there's no other time for me to do it and I have to do it today,... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:22:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/5/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60220252 That date looks cool. I guess I'll get things started this morning since I've been on here awhile responding to yesterday's posts. It's 9 back east, so Heather must be busy. <BR> <BR> Our weather looks like it's getting back to normal, I guess our one week winter is over (snicker). It's still bitterly cold at 42 degrees this morning, but we're supposed to get back in the seventies today (whew". <BR> <BR> I'm tracking my food on my twice a year protocol. I just realized I've never tracked it... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:06:05 EST My drill for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60213575 Just sharing my workout for today. I did okay, but my Garmin Swim recorded things a little differently than what I remember. I'm pretty sure it's user error :-( I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm trying. My FREEs are improving, but had to stop after second turn during the 75s to catch my breath. I'm okay with that. When I first started at the end of May, I couldn't even swim a length. <BR> <BR> 2 x 50 BACK, rest 60 sec in between. <BR> 2 x 50 FREE, 60 rests <BR> 2 x 75 BACK, 120 rests <B... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:37:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/4/15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60208078 We are frozen again this morning! Haha, but the weatherman says that by Monday we'll be back to normal...I guess that means our winter is over! It lasted a whole six days! AND we are past the shortest day of the year and heading into backpacking season! Well, I guess that will be awhile yet, but I want to start getting into backpacking shape. Last year I couldn't backpack because of my ankle (well, I did it anyway, but it wasn't pretty). <BR> <BR> I'm going to join the January challenge. I d... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:11:27 EST New to swimming and new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60199818 Hello, swimmers! I started swimming about two months ago, with the aim of completing my first triathlon in 2015. I'm a marathon runner who is excited to try new things and shake up my routine. I'm working on my stroke form with the expectation of incorporating speed workouts in the next few weeks. My tri is in August. So far, I'm most nervous because it's open water. Lake water!? In my mouth!? Anyway, nice to meet everyone! Thanks in advance for answering all the questions I'm bound ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:00:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/3/15!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60195216 Good Saturday morning! Sounds like a lot of you got to the pool yesterday, woo hoo! I'm planning on going today after I go to work. I'll keep my mileage down and probably only saw him for about 20 minutes since right now I'm not taking protein. <BR> <BR> And speaking of sleeping, I fell asleep at 6 o'clock last night, then I woke up at 11 PM. At 3 AM I gave up and started building cabinets. Now I only have four more to go! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 07:17:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/2/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60184404 Good Morning!! It's Friday! I know a lot of people take today off, but not everyone does, so if you are working, at least it's just one day and then it's the weekend! <BR> <BR> Sydney and I are off to ride the horse today! That should be fun. It's been a long time since we've ridden together! <BR> <BR> Then it's back to painting and hanging out at the house. I'm enjoying this slow down time as much as possible, because work and Sydney's school and dance are going to ramp up this month.... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 08:13:14 EST Happy New Year Swimmers, 1/1/15!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60173394 Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a safe and fun evening last night ushering in the new year. We had a nice dinner topped off by Chinese dumplings at midnight. It was fun. <BR> <BR> Today we're going to hang around the house and work on painting our kitchen. It's been the same red color since we moved in over 11 years ago, so it's definitely time for a change. It should be fun. I actually discovered last fall that I like painting walls! I do a lot of the detail work like the taping o... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:53:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/31/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60163129 Good Morning!!! It's the last day of 2014. I love the number 4, and it was also the Chinese Year of the Horse, so I thought this past year would be great. As it turned out, it was just like any other year, with ups and downs. Of course, the down of losing my mother in law was more sad than most down things that happen in a year. We have been thinking of her and feeling her spirit within us though this entire holiday season. She loved the holidays! <BR> <BR> So, tomorrow is the start of... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:51:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/30/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60155496 Good Morning!!! Sorry I've been so MIA, I was traveling back and forth to my parent's house last Friday and yesterday. <BR> <BR> A short day of work here, and then some fun! I'm off the rest of the week. I am hopeful there is no work to do on those days!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:57:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/29/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60145349 I guess Heather has gone MIA - haha. <BR> <BR> I have been having raging autoimmune issues so I just stopped eating. I switched to coconut milk/water with protein whey isolate powder. This is day 3 of it and I am feeling better. My joints are still painful, but that maybe all the heavy lifting from building cabinets. I think I'm going to switch to the weirdo diet and start a fast on New Years to clean out my system and try to re-set it. Then, after a week I'll add plant protein. This means I... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:18:23 EST January 2015 Good Habits Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3482x688x60136964 Ok folks, here we go! This challenge will start January 1 and end January 31. There is no spreadsheet or chart for this, so you'll have to keep track of your progress on your own. <BR> <BR> Pick three of the following categories and make up a goal for each one. Or pick one category and have three goals for that category. As long as you have three goals, it doesn't matter! <BR> <BR> Goal categories are: <BR> Fitness/Workouts <BR> Nutrition <BR> Water Intake <BR> Sleep <BR> Weight Loss/Gain ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:26:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/28/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60136243 Good Sunday morning swimmers! I am at work getting ready for year end accounting and taxes for our five companies. I love year end planning! We finished up the first two 401k set ups and now I just have a bunch of desk cleaning to catch up on. <BR> <BR> I plan to swim at the gym at some point today and build a bunch more cabinets. What are you guys doing today? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:52:14 EST Still struggling with my FREEs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60130905 Swam ladders today, alternating FREEs w/ BACKs and 90 sec rest between each. For some reason I still can't do more than 50 FREE. Very frustrating. <BR> <BR> My workout today... <BR> <BR> 25 FREE | Rest 90 <BR> 25 BACK | Rest 90 <BR> 50 FREE |REST <BR> 50 BACK | REST <BR> 75 BACK | REST <BR> 100 BACK | REST <BR> 75 BACK | REST <BR> 50 BACK | REST | 50 FREE <BR> 25 BACK | REST | 25 FREE <BR> <BR> Finishing with all out 25. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:40:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/27/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60127140 It will be 2015 soon! I think a January challenge is a great idea. I'm planning on getting back to my old routine and if my ankle is too painful I guess I'll have it looked. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? We'll be working on our kitchen.... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:22:21 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60122876 I'm going for a 20 pound weight loss, and I'm hoping support from this group will help. I would love to support others too. Swimming is one of my good habits - I love it. Eating is one of my bad habits - I love that too! I'm getting older - almost 60, but I would love to be able to stand up quickly on my surfboard again. I live in So CA & swim regularly in a beautiful 50 meter pool. Thanks All - See you around. <em>220</em> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:56:17 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 12/26/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60120625 Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Back to the usual eating habits today, thankfully. I'm on track for my personal December Challenge "Weigh the same the day after New Years as the day before Thanksgiving". If I make the next week on track it will only be the second time. Consistency pays off. A deer jumped out and bit my car last night when the son was on his way home. Fortunately, it was on the side rather than head-on. Sometimes I think they have a death-wish for the way they pile up alongside the roads ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:57:39 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60118273 My name is Ashley, and I'm a newbie to Sp. I have had a lot of fun with swimming and earlier this year I taught myself the right way to swim freestyle. I as able to get up to a mile without stopping. I was so proud and excited. I recently purchased a few things to help with breaking up the straight swimming. I got a pull bouey, a kickboard, some water dumbbells, and workout cards. I can't wait to use them! I'm loving the drills and the support I've seen here. Any tips, tricks are more than we... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:14:11 EST posted workouts on wall, but here's the link again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60113152 Found these workouts while shopping, in case anyone's interested... <BR> <BR> http://www.kiefer.com/swim-workouts-2014<BR>-pages-968.php <BR> <BR> I'm heading to the pool in a few. Coach has me alternating 50y Frees with 50y Backs for as long as I'm able, with a 90 sec rest in-between. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:20:49 EST Merry, Merry Christmas Swimmers!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60112697 I have a couple more gifts to wrap this morning since the kids started arriving earlier than expected. That's alway nice though. Today will be a quiet and merry celebration. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about the gifts I'm giving! I may make a big breakfast with waffles and fresh berries...I just haven't decided if I feel like doing that with the kitchen all torn apart. <BR> <BR> Have a very merry Christmas my dear teammates! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:51:11 EST Merry Christmas Eve Swimmers!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60106886 Oh dear, it looks like Heather checked out and I was too busy yesterday to get on here, sorry if anyone didn't post because we didn't have a thread. <BR> <BR> So who is excited about Christmas?! I am excited that the kids are coming home for Christmas and my son will bring his girlfriend. Happy family days! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:30:14 EST Noob Questions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60106245 I bought a swim cap because I was worried about chlorine damaging my hair. I got it on fairly easily on the first try, but found it very uncomfortable. Does any one else have that problem? Did you just get used to it, or just not wear one? <BR> <BR> I find myself stretching my neck up high, like I'm trying to hold my head above water. I know it's not necessary (and probably really bad for my neck) and it's not like I'm worried about getting water in my eyes or ears. Any tips to break the hab... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:32:32 EST sharing my night's speed training... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60103600 After locking myself out of my house (shut the door with locker keys in hand, no truck or house keys), I finally made it to the pool. <BR> <BR> Coach and I discussed the workout I did Sunday and then I warmed up. She then timed me... <BR> <BR> First 50, I miscounted to the wall so she didn't count my time. She must be in the Christmas spirit. <BR> Second 50 time: 1:05 (personal best). <BR> Next was 75 - I NEEDED OXYGEN at this point. She said I completed the 75y in 1:45. Not sure if that'... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:21:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/22/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60090820 Good Morning Swimmers!! <BR> <BR> I got to work today to find there is no heat. It is about 52 degrees in the office. Thankfully it's always cold in here even when the heat works, so we all have little space heaters by our desks. They aren't making it super warm, but they are helping. I may have to send people home at some point. For now, we are pushing through and doing our work! <BR> <BR> Today is my only day in the office this week, then I'm off for the holidays!! I'm very excite... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:53:41 EST Who is up for a challenge for January 2015? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3482x688x60083479 Any takers? I need this badly. <BR> <BR> Ideas welcome. What do you folks want to do? <BR> <BR> Let's start the new year right. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:47:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/21/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60082405 I was all alone on here yesterday! I'm going to be building cabinets all day today. Since I worked yesterday I didn't get as far on the kitchen as I would have liked, so today is the day. <BR> <BR> Anyone around this weekend? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:11:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/20/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60074799 Wow, typing 12/20 really brings it home how close we are to Christmas. I'm having so much fun with one of the Christmas presents I'm putting together, but I can't share until after Christmas since it's for Maureen (Armonia). She probably won't be on the boards this weekend since she and my son are back in Kentucky so that he can "meet the family". How about you guys, do you do any last minute, over the top stuff at Christmas? I can't help myself, I love to give! <BR> <BR> I'm at work for a c... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:30:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/19/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60064752 Good Morning!! So many of us are working one last day, and then off for the rest of the month!! I'll be in the office Monday, and possibly one other day, but that's all fine and I'm looking forward to some fun time off. I think our Christmas will be very nice this year. My parents told me long ago they aren't coming, which is better than thinking they are coming and then at the last minute they don't come. Long story.......but it happens a lot! <BR> <BR> I have a ton to do at work, and ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:53:10 EST Garmin Swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x60059999 Anyone here use the Garmin Swim? <BR> <BR> I love the watch and I use it every time I'm in the pool by starting and pausing at rests. However, I'd like to figure out if there's a way to set up my intervals similar to Tabata Training - My coach times me on Tuesdays, so tonight she wants me to do 20 intervals of 50 y each, 90 sec rest between intervals. Sunday I'll be doing ladders. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:12:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/18/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60057120 Good Morning!! The day is already slipping away from me, I have so much to get done! I like being busy, but today feels a tad too busy. Oh well, it'll all get done eventually. <BR> <BR> The ride yesterday was great! So good for my soul. Now I need to swim, which is also good for my soul! <BR> <BR> Hang in there folks, the winter solstice is coming and then we may start to soon feel the days get a bit longer. It might still be gray, though. Winter can be hard, take care of yourselves!... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:43:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/17/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60047642 Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> I am leaving work early to have a riding lesson then do some more Christmas shopping. I may be done by Sunday, which is a record for me. I am often one of those people at the store on Christmas Eve due to my work......not this year!! <BR> <BR> We have a balmy nearly 50 degree day today and I'm so excited! And the sun is out!! I can't remember the last really sunny day we had. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:48:59 EST Introduc tions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x60043799 Hi Everyone. Just a quick introduction before I meet my coach at the pool. I grew on the water, so swimming kind of came natural, however I never had formal instructions - until May. I had to stop running and was trying to figure out what to do for my weight and activity, so I decided to hire a coach and start swimming. I liked it so well that I got a crazy idea to set the Senior Olympics (2016) as my goal.... Not sure what I was thinking since my first qualifier is in 3 months. All I can do ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:34:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/16/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60041780 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Looks like Heather and Carol must be busy at work. I had an eye appt today and then ran to the post office, so I'm just now sitting down to get things done. <BR> <BR> I saw some progress on the scale today. Working on keeping it going. <BR> <BR> All of my coworkers are working at other offices today, so I have the place to myself. Does that mean I can take a nap? I feel weirdly tired... Probably b/c I had a lot of really vivid dreams last night. <BR> <BR> Can't wait f... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:26:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers 12/15/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60029489 Good Morning! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Ours was certainly busy with Christmas decorating and shopping. It's going to be a nice holiday this year, but as always, it will be over and I will feel like I did so much and spent so much money and we all will have like two gifts!! LOL! It'll be fine, but I'll also be glad when it's over. <BR> <BR> I've been keeping up with my treadmill workouts and I'm proud of myself for that. Today is another day to workout!! <BR> <BR> I hope you... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:56:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/14/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60020896 I slept in this morning and it feels really good. Yesterday I woke up at 2 am and never got back to sleep, so I guess I made that time up. After all the heavy lifting, pulling and what-have-you from starting to tear out our kitchen, I'm amazed at how little I'm feeling it today. That makes me feel really good since I feel like I'm so much weaker than I've been with the lack of work outs due to pain, but it turns out I haven't lost it all. <BR> <BR> Today will be another kitchen work out day... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:19:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/13/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60011856 Fun date! <BR> <BR> I'm up early because I couldn't sleep. I read for awhile then tried sleeping. I figure it was 4:30 and I could get up start my day. We'll try to get the bottom kitchen cabinets empty and then start gutting the kitchen. That will likely be my only exercise today because it will be super physical. Maybe a swim and sauna later, we'll see. <BR> <BR> What fun things are you guys doing this weekend? Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:38:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x60004984 It's so wonderful having the pouring rain. I love, love, love the rain! I will say it wasn't a fun drive this morning but I got here okay. <BR> <BR> Today I work on bonuses and that is always fun. What are you guys up to? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:03:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/11/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59994668 Good Morning!! I have so much to do today!! And of course it's snowing so I can't get out of my driveway just yet. Have I mentioned how much winter annoys me?? LOL! It just makes it so hard to live my normal life. <BR> <BR> Busy day of work today, but then November financials are all done and I can move on to more fun things for the rest of the month, including nearly two weeks off at the end of the month!! Woo hoo!!! This is the first time ever that I can actually take time off at Ch... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:44:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/10/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59985124 Good Morning! This silly storm is still here, but it can't decide if it wants to rain or snow or ice, or all three. It makes it harder to make the decision to stay home when it's not certain there will be snow. <BR> <BR> No swimming this morning, but I'll do the treadmill again this afternoon. I'm loving the consistent workouts again. It makes me feel so much better! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:59:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/9/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59976134 Good Morning! I'm here at home this morning working because we are having an ice storm. It's supposed to turn to rain later so I should be able to get out and get to work, but if not, it's all good because I have work I can do from home. <BR> <BR> It's a good thing that there are all of these holiday lights up this time of year. It helps alleviate the dark and damp and cold and make it so much brighter! We need to get our holiday lights up this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'll get on the treadmi... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:18:27 EST I don't think I introduced myself when I joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x59967485 I'm Yakira. I love to swim, and walk in the water, but I don't do it consistent enough to lose my weight. I'm 54 and I have Lupus, so, some days. I don't make for my workout for various reasons. I'm hoping to get more consistent with doing it 3 times a week (or more) and maybe adding in other exercises. Currently when I do it, I go to water aerobics class and since I'm usually late I get in between 30-40 minutes. Then I water walk for 20 mins and swim for 27 minutes (That's how long it takes ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:29:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/8/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59966160 Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good. I made sure to make exercise my highest priority yesterday. It made the rest of the day feel good! <BR> <BR> We are close to being ready on gifts for Christmas, so that's nice. We will get and decorate our tree next weekend. We always wait until closer to Christmas since we usually end up leaving the tree up for a week or so (or sometimes more!) in January. <BR> <BR> Last night we went to the tree lighting perfor... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:51:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/7/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59959473 I hope everyone is having a fun, active weekend! We are in San Jose with the kids and we'll have to decide what we're doing today. I forgot my hiking shoes so no hiking. Maybe we'll head home and finish clearing out the cabinets for the kitchen remodel. Not cardio, but definitely a work out. <BR> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:29:11 EST Good Morning Swimmer's 12/6/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59951263 Happy Saturday swimmers! We're still in SF today and then we'll head to San Jose this afternoon to stay at a swanky place in downtown tonight. It's rainy today so we'll probably only get in some walking. What are you guys up to today? Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:41:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/5/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59941834 Good Morning! Sorry I've been so erratic, this job is just insane. This transition to being owned by another company is turning out to be painful some days. I hope it gets better...... <BR> <BR> I swam Wednesday! Yay me!! And I've been doing my walks on the treadmill. Slow and steady will win this race! <BR> <BR> I'm far behind in the threads, so I'm not sure what everyone is up to. I'll try to catch up later today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTICE day!! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:46:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/4/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59933517 We decided to leaver early today for SF so I didn't get to the pool because I came to work early. I'm excited for this trip except that Maureen's German kid can't come because their program coordinator decided that he wasn't allowed to. We're hoping that Kourtney can take his place! <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:22:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/3/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59923952 It's so hard to believe it's December, I tried to type 11 in the topic line! I haven't wrapped or sent my presents to Italy yet and I'm fearing it may be too late if I don't do it by tomorrow, sigh. I am just not up for Christmas this year. I already gave my daughter most of her presents early since they were for rock climbing and her new roommates are all climbers so she's been going with them. It seemed silly for her to be renting gear when she was getting it for Christmas. <BR> <BR> I lik... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:27:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/2/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59913402 Good Morning!! I was off site at another office yesterday and didn't get a chance to post a hello! It's good to be back today. <BR> <BR> Today will be a very focused morning because I think I will have to leave at noon due to impending snow and ice. I just love winter..... <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with my treadmill workouts and I feel great about that! Tomorrow morning I will do my weekly swim and I'm excited about that too! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well! I'll try to come back lat... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:00:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/1/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59905335 Happy December! Twenty more days until the solstice and then the days will start getting longer again. Yes, my glass is always half full! I definitely prefer the longer days for doing active, outdoorsy stuff. <BR> <BR> I'm a good kind of sore today. We started the remodel of our kitchen which is exciting even though it will be a lot of work. I moved all of our backpacking, camping, swimming and diving gear back to the back bedroom walk in closet from the giant closet in the den. This allowe... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:31:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/30/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59894695 Say good bye to November! So who has their Christmas shopping done? We're taking everyone to a Cirque show next weekend which are early Christmas gifts, which means we'll have another long weekend. We decided to get something for the in-law's that wasn't "stuff". People in their 90s are trying to get rid of stuff, not accumulate more. I think Kurios will be a perfect gift. The kids thought so too, so they are all coming too. Maureen is even going to bring her German boy (she was an au pair at... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:03:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/29/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59886084 Tomorrow marks the end of November and I can't figure out where it went! I am loving having so much time off this Thanksgiving and having the kids around, it's been really nice. Yesterday Casie and I decorated the tree. Today I'm planning on setting up Casie's walk in closet as our backpacking closet. I think it will make it so much easier to get to camping and back packing stuff this way and as I told her, I'm pretty sure she won't be back to stay. <BR> <BR> I'd like to get in a paddle tod... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:38:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/28/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59879661 Happy Friday! I bet we all went over our calorie limits yesterday, but boy was it tasty! I'm having yams for breakfast, yum! <BR> <BR> So what plans do you guys have today? Tom and I are working today, but not for long. We both just had a couple of things that couldn't wait. It's cold and beautiful here (okay, cold as in 45 which is pretty darn cold for us). It's supposed to be in the 70s today, which is cooler than yesterday's 84 degrees. I love living here! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is c... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:21:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/27/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59871940 Hi gang! I wasn't sure I'd get here later today so I'll kick it off now. After this post, my cardio, some circuit, clean up, light breakfast, pack and on the road. Traveling on T-Day isn't so bad (except where the NJ T'Pike necks the commercial traffic down with cars, that's good for a 30 or 40 minute stop-and-go on holidays). DD loves to cook and I love to eat (I'm a stuffing junkie) so the payoff at the other end is so worth it. Then a few days in Philly, I'm eager to get back to the Rodin ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:41:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/26/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59865946 Almost Thanksgiving! This is probably our hardest week of the year here at work. Not as much for me as for my payroll staff. They have to get about 2,500 paychecks done by today and being that they are an awesome group, they've done it in record time. So as a thank you, we'll close our doors around three today and send everyone home. <BR> <BR> I need to go to the grocery store and I bet it's going to be super crowded. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:18:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/25/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59857650 It's almost Thanksgiving! I'm excited to have everyone come to our house! It's always been a tradition in our house that when the women are cooking the turkey, the men go hiking. The women actually drink margaritas and play Scrabble - haha. We aren't doing a turkey this year, so maybe we'll all go hiking or kayaking. <BR> <BR> Our weather continues to be gorgeous; it's supposed to hit 80 degrees today! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:49:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/24/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59848667 Good Morning!!! I'm at a different office location today, and so running behind with the thread. <BR> <BR> I had a lovely weekend cleaning the house and doing some shopping getting ready for Thanksgiving!! 10 people are coming to stay for the weekend! It should be fun and crazy. <BR> <BR> My workouts are going well too! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:44:56 EST Good Morning Swimmer's, 11/23/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59837071 Sorry I missed starting the thread yesterday, thank you Jon! We are in Monterey and I simply forgot! That hardly ever happens to me, but we've been trying to get Casie's new living quarters set up. <BR> <BR> Today Casie will take us on a personal tour of the aquarium and then we will try to go kayaking (weather allowing). If it's raining we may go to the new Mocking Jay movie. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:49:07 EST Good Evening, Swimmers!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59833204 Jeez guys, we can't let this unbelievable string of posts be interrupted... <BR> <BR> Cold here so it was stationary bike. I did manage to get sprints in but after last Sunday, re-introducing sprints with hammies barking to Wednesday I was careful today. Felt good although it did last weekend as well but I think I learned my lesson. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:27:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/21/14!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59821246 Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with my treadmill workouts and I'm so happy. Working out is the single best thing I do for myself, and I'm glad my life is arranged now so I am making the time for this! <BR> <BR> We have so much to do to get ready for Thanksgiving next week. Our house has fallen into a bit of chaos over the last year, so we are working hard to get stuff cleaned up and fixed up (paint, a new carpet, organizing stuff). It's nice to feel like I c... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:17:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/20/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59811929 Hi all!! Today is a tad warmer than yesterday, and next week we'll be back to normal November temps, so that's a very nice thing. I'm super glad I don't live in Buffalo. <BR> <BR> Today is our parent-teacher conference for Sydney. I don't know how this school works it, but I sure hope we have a few minutes with each teacher. She's doing amazingly well, most grades are high 90s, so we don't really have concerns. She had one grade below 90, and while I know that's not really something most... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:42:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/19/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59803083 Good morning!! Happy Wednesday! Boy, is it COLD here!! If feels like February. Ugh. <BR> <BR> At least I'm not in Buffalo where they already have 6 feet of snow in some places. Six feet!!! I'll take the cold over that kind of snow any day! <BR> <BR> So, it appears that I will be the SAP implementation manager for the accounting modules at my company. Some may recall we were purchased back in June. That company just completed their SAP finance, control, asset management, etc. (all th... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:14:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/18/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59794213 Good Morning!!! Jeez, I've been so crazy busy with all my work travel! Today I'm in the office and have meetings all morning. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Today I will walk on the treadmill. I'm excited about taking good care of myself again! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:47:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/17/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59784449 It's Monday! Came in and had to hit the ground running! It's shaping up to be another busy, busy week. Today is Casie's birthday and it's hard to believe she's 24! We're going to go up and bring her stuff to her this weekend, so we'll celebrate then. <BR> <BR> We bought a new kitchen yesterday at Ikea's! It's a mission style birch kitchen that we've been looking at for a long time. Now we'll begin the process of tearing out the old and getting ready for the new! All new appliances too! Heath... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:18:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/16/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59774784 Happy Sunday! We're going down to LA this morning to go look at kitchens at Ikea. We went hiking yesterday and it was beautiful out, but a little windy. Yesterday was the first "cold" day of the year, I'm not sure we even hit 70. We went to the movies after hiking and we were both in shorts so when we came out of the movie we were cold. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:08:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/15/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59767007 Half way through November...can you believe it? Anyone done any Christmas shopping? We aren't going to do much in the way of gifts since we've done a lot for the kids this year. We just got tickets to a Cirque show in San Francisco in December and we're taking Tom's parents and Casie. We thought that would be a good gift because they are in their 90s and don't want anything. <BR> <BR> We'll get out for some kayaking this weekend and next weekend we're going to Monterey so either we'll bring ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:13:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/14/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59758573 Oh dear, it looks like we've lost Heather! <BR> <BR> We will have no kids this weekend and we don't have anything planned! We'll have to figure something out, I think kayaking is in order. It's too bad that there are no warm water places to go swimming nearby! We were so spoiled in the Caribbean - sigh. What plans do you guys have for the weekend? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:53:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/13/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59751497 Oops, I forgot to check in first thing this morning and didn't realize there wasn't a thread! Good morning! We're having crazy payroll system errors and so I've been blasted with that this morning. What are you guys up to today? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:36:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/12/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59738391 Good morning!!! Quick start here....have to meet an early deadline today! Sometimes my work is super demanding on timelines, sometimes not so much. This week is very time oriented! <BR> <BR> No swim this morning due to work, but I'm going after work! I can't wait!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:34:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/11/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59727229 Good Morning and Happy Veteran's Day. <em>232</em> My hubby is a vet, so I will thank him personally for his long ago service! <BR> <BR> I did my treadmill workout last night! Yay me!! <BR> <BR> Busy day, deadline looms! Kid was sick yesterday and I hope she's better today because she has an audition, and our house is a wreck as we pull it apart while making some improvements (new oven, new rug for family room, painting in living room!). Always enough going on to keep me busy!!! <BR> <... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:14:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/10/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59718135 Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was busy, but fun. Yesterday we crushed apples and made apple cider! It's sooooo good!!! <BR> <BR> Today I've got a tone of work, so I'm jumping right in. I'll go for a walk on the treadmill tonight. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:51:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/9/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59709560 Well, we're back from vacation and it's nice to be home...though I will be sorry to not be able to swim with beautiful fish for awhile. It was a really great vacation and I definitely feel rested. Going back to work after a week and a half away should be interesting. <BR> <BR> What did you guys do this weekend? Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:45:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/8/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59699106 Happy Saturday everyone! We're in Puerto Rico and having a grand time. We've done sooo much swimming with amazing fish this past week, it's been an awesome vacation! <BR> <BR> Sounds like Jon had an awesome sales week! Congratulations <BR> <BR> We're heading to LA this afternoon and then home tomorrow. If you don't see a post tomorrow, please jump in! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:43:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/7/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59690752 Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I hope everyone is in a better mood than I am!!! I'm just a tad overwhelmed with work and I'm still fighting off this sinus infection, so I've felt better in my life! I'm going to just steadily work through my items on my list and get something done today! <BR> <BR> We have a lot of family coming for Thanksgiving in a few weeks and we have a ton of stuff to do around the house to get ready for them. There's nothing like impending company to get us going a... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:01:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/6/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59682322 Hey Kids, <BR> <BR> I'm into work early b/c I came in to go to an early morning workout... but I totally didn't go b/c I was feeling moody and hungry and got food instead. I need to get my sh1t back in gear. Blargh. <BR> <BR> Hope you guys are doing well! Name one healthy thing you're doing today! Mine are: <BR> 1. Drink some d@mn water <BR> 2. Stay in my food ranges <BR> 3. Yoga workshop tonight <BR> <BR> xoxo Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:07:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/5/14!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59670114 Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday!!! We are half way through the week!! <BR> <BR> I'm kinda tired today as this sinus infection is taking its toll on me. But I have my antibiotic and so I'm taking it and by tomorrow I should feel a lot better!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 08:36:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/4/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59660067 Good Morning! I'm starting out a bit slow, and I finally have realized that I have a sinus infection. I'm going to the doc today to get an antibiotic. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I have some work to do!! No exercise today, I just don't feel up to it. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:59:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59652233 Wow, this is really unusual for me to start the thread! Everyone must be really busy. <BR> <BR> Kourtney-What a beautiful wedding venue!! Sorry about the awful commute on Friday, but we really enjoyed the parade. We didn't add to the commute, we drove in on Thursday and spent the night at the Hotel Adagio. My mom had the best time at the parade! <BR> <BR> Swam this morning and it was so nice to have the sun up by the time the swim was done. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:12:26 EST Good Morning (errr, Afternoon) Swimmers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59641523 No post yesterday and the late guy (me) starts it today? Still on sugar crash from Friday? Halloween parties? Out raking leaves? <BR> <BR> Our Nor'Easter dumped a pile of rain yesterday with some howling winds followed by low 40s today and some still stiff winds so there wasn't much to do in the yard. Hopefully the leaves will all blow next door. Indoor fitness for a couple of days, a harbinger of the next six months or so. Bummer. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:35:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/31/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59617461 Good Morning and Happy Halloween!!! <em>431</em> I have the day off of work, and I'm so excited!! We are going to the eye doctor today to finally get our eyes checked and get new glasses and hopefully contacts too. I can't wait! <BR> <BR> And, my parents are coming to visit today. It's been such a long time since we've seen them, I'm so excited!!! <BR> <BR> I think it will end up being a day without much exercise, but lots of house work! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:02:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/30/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59608995 Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday!!! I'm so happy, because I have tomorrow off!!! So, it's a day of work, then dance class visiting tonight again. Tonight is hip hop and lyrical (contemporary). It should be a fun day!! <BR> <BR> I had a great ride on the horse last night. It is just so much fun to ride!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:58:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/29/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59599504 Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday!! I hope all is going well for everyone. I'm in a pretty darn good mood. I got a swim in this morning! Wednesday is going to be my swim day for now. I might add other days in as the schedule starts to settle down, but for now, this is good. <BR> <BR> Jon, that commute will likely be at least twice a month, and for a while it might be once a week. Gotta keep the job, you know.....at least until I'm ready to leave on my own terms. <BR> <BR> Work as normal... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:26:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/28/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59589956 Good Morning!! I had to go to a different office today, and it's a 2 1/2 hour commute! I made it, but I'm late starting here so I'll make this quick. <BR> <BR> Nothing very exciting, but changes are taking place at work. I'll blog about it later so as not to clog up the chat thread! <BR> <BR> No exercise today, just a lot of driving and one meeting. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:16:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/27/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59577813 Good Morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! <BR> <BR> I spent all day Saturday at the horse show coordinating the brunch and watching kids and adults show. It was heaven. And yesterday we painted a few walls in our living room. We have been lax in taking care of our house since I've been so work focused for so many years. It was really great to work on a house project with my husband. <BR> <BR> Today is just a normal day of work. Then home to walk on the trea... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:20:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/26/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59569894 We're staying at a resort at Asilomar Beach and it's rusticly awesome. We're going to breakfast and for a walk to the beach. Casie stayed with us which was fun. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:32:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/25/13!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59560135 We're headed up to Monterey to visit our daughter! We're going to dinner at the aquarium and that should be a lot of fun! It was great to have a bunch of our team be there the last time we went to a member dinner there! Wish you guys could join us tonight! <BR> <BR> We're go to take highway 1 all the way up so that the foreign exchange kids can see the beautiful coast. Well do lots of walking, but sadly no swimming. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:32:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/24/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59551423 Good morning and happy Friday!! I am so excited for the weekend! I'm ready for some fun! <BR> <BR> We have our last horse show of the year tomorrow, and I am in charge of a brunch for it. I still have a few things to do for it, and then I will be very busy tomorrow morning setting up. <BR> <BR> Today is an off day for exercise, which is good because I don't know how I will find time for it today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:55:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/23/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59541215 Good Morning!!! We have another chilly rainy day.....fall like! It's not too bad though, because it's Thursday!! One more day and then the weekend is here!! Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> I had a really great time riding last night. It was good to be back on the horse. And I got to the pool this morning! I feel GREAT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:06:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/22/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59530903 Good Morning! Wow, what a difference a day makes in the weather! Rainy and cloudy here today. Very fall like. I think the leaves are still very pretty against the gray skies. <BR> <BR> Dance class visit was nice. Watching kids do ballet barre work isn't very exciting actually, but it's nice to see Sydney making progress. She sure does love it. <BR> <BR> I'm in a bit of a low mood here, so I'm just gonna dig right into the work and see if accomplishing something makes me get a little... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:16:44 EST Tri Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59527622 Hi Swimmers, <BR> <BR> I signed up for a sprint triathlon and I have no idea how to train for it. I know some of you must have experience in this event... <BR> <BR> If you have any advice on how to train, I will appreciate it. Maybe you know a book, website, or other resource... <BR> <BR> I am doing it as a relay with my husband. He will do the bike and I will do the other two events. It is a reverse triathlon, so I do the 5k first. I'm not sure how long the bike ride will take, but I'm co... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:20:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/21/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59521083 Good Morning!!! What a pretty morning we have here. The sun is breaking through some very dramatic clouds and it's lovely! <BR> <BR> I have a pretty easy day of work planned today, so that's nice for a change. <em>244</em> . Then it's off again to the dance school for another visiting night. Once a year we get to watch the dance classes. I understand other dance schools let parents watch all the time, but not ours. All that money and time, and we only get to see them perform a few ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:15:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59509721 Good Morning!! Happy start to a new week. <BR> <BR> Our heat is off over the weekend here at work so my office is like an ice box when I show up on Monday. I am having trouble moving my hands to type! I have a space heater, which helps, but I'm still cold. <BR> <BR> Gonna be a busy week!!! Getting to the pool at least once this week!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:58:00 EST Good a morning Swimmers, 10/19/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59500431 Today is Halloween costume making day, Casie has decided that since she works at the aquarium and she will be there giving out candy that she should be a octopus. Jeanne is going to be a Scarlett macaw and Javier says he's just going to be a ghost. We will be swimming with the fish on Halloween so we won't need a costume! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:33:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/18/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59493296 Happy late Saturday morning! I've been in a meeting and forgot to start the thread first! Where are all you sleepy heads? What are you up to today? <BR> <BR> We're going up to the pumpkin patch! It's up in a little valley and it's beautiful. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:35:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/17/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59482742 Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! I have an actual day off work with no travel!! I'm excited to finally have a day off to try to relax a bit. And it's a beautiful day!!! <BR> <BR> I was re-elected to the Secretary position on the horse show committee. It's my third year and so I pretty much know what I'm doing by now. Plus, no one else ran against me, no one wants this job!! There's one guy who is a real pain in the rear end who likes to point out everything that's wrong but does absolut... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:01:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/16/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59473503 Good Morning!!! I'm back in my old office today, and happy to be here. I had a great visit at the new headquarters and feel very positive about how this will play out. I appear to have made a very good impression through the due diligence process and now the integration process. Yay!!! :) <BR> <BR> I hope to finally get my schedule a bit under control with less travel. I'm looking forward to some apple picking and a horse show to attend this weekend. <BR> <BR> Oh, and tonight are the ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:47:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/15/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59461807 Good Morning!! Hope all are doing well. <BR> <BR> I'm off to the office of our new parent company today to discuss working relationships, responsibilities, etc. Kinda like a job interview for a job I already have!! LOL <BR> <BR> It will be a long day in the car, 2 1/2 hours each way, but I'm ready!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:56:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/14/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59453969 Good Morning!! Late start here, I slept in this morning. I really needed to do that! <BR> <BR> Just a regular old work day here, working to get all stuff caught up. Gotta plunge right in! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:43:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/13/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59442333 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm back from our last trip to VT for a while. We had the memorial service for my mother in law on Saturday. It was hard and also very meaningful. I'm still sad and will miss her a lot, but the healing is beginning. <BR> <BR> Very focused day at work, so I'm digging right in. I won't move for the next 10 hours!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTVE day!!! (Think of me as you are active)! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:44:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/12/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59433184 I'll be heading out to the pool shortly, how about you? <BR> <BR> We have beautiful weather today and nothing on the schedule. Sounds like a perfect day to me! <BR> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:52:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/11/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59423881 I'm taking the day off work and I don't have anything planned! There are not many weekends like that in my life! We're going to have Maureen (Armonia) and our son over for dinner to celebrate Maureen's birthday. A bunch of our team members all had birthdays near each other! <BR> <BR> I think I'll clean the house and see if anyone wants to go kayaking. What are you guys up to today? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:49:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/10/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59416317 Happy birthday Jen! <em>274</em> <em>44</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everybody's weird week is over today! It's Friday people! I am not working this weekend, I refuse to. I am going to play. Probably kayaking. What are you guys doing? <BR> <BR> I have a meeting that I need to think about this morning, so I better get to it. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:52:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59405117 Good Morning!!! I managed to get to the gym today for a 20 minute swim!! Yay me!!! <BR> <BR> It's a pretty day here, and I am enjoying the beautiful fall weather. <BR> <BR> We leave tomorrow for one more trip to VT this month. The memorial service for my mother in law is Saturday. I'm preparing myself for my reading. I'm not much of a public speaker, but I can read a Psalm, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm glad to be part of the service. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 08:10:59 EST Starting Swimming Again...need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x59399360 So....I joined the Y. at 420 pounds, I'm 20 pounds to "heavy" to use the cardio machines. They would like to see me at 380 (weight limit on the cardio machines is 400) before I add them into my workout routine. So..swimming it is. <BR> <BR> Couple questions- <BR> <BR> How do I track my time and number of laps on spark people? I know how to track time, but whats a good way to track the number of laps I do as well? <BR> <BR> What are some good ways to improve my technique? I know the ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:25:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/8/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59395626 Good Morning!!! Happy half way through the work week Wednesday!! Woo hoo! Well, I don't exactly have fun plans for the weekend, as I am attending the memorial service for my mother in law, but I suppose we will still have a nice time getting together again as a family. And I am making good progress here at work, so that will make the weekend better. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:16:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/7/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59385404 Good Morning!!! Thankfully it's Tuesday and the sun is shining bright! It seems it may cloud up and rain later today. We could use some rain, it's been a very dry summer and early fall, so I'll be happy for the rain. <BR> <BR> Life chugs along.....work, kid in school and dance, working out, eating well, no weight loss to speak of! Health is my goal, health!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:30:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/6/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59374018 Good Morning and happy start to a new week! It's very pretty and sunny here today and so that helps the mood on a Monday. <BR> <BR> I did my walking this weekend, and I feel good about that. Slow and steady wins the race! My race is not to win anything other than good health. <BR> <BR> I want to address the comments that seem to be saying we should keep this thread focused on exercise and health, and somehow apologize if it isn't focused on that. This is the general good morning thread ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:43:02 EST KISS+ October 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3482x688x59366557 Based on the interest in last year's KISS+ October challenge, let's do it again! <BR> <BR> Write down some simple, yet challenging, goals for this month. I'll post the responses from last year's challenge over here, so we're all in one place. <BR> <BR> Let's ROCK this! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:21:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/5/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59363103 We';re going to help our daughter get the last of her stuff packed into her car and see her off. Then we'll go to the gym for a nice swim and see how my ankle holds up. Kayaking yesterday was lovely and on our way home we stopped in Pismo Beach because we could see whale spouts when we were driving. It was so awesome to watch hundreds of whales right off the coast, breaching and spouting. I love our coast! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:00:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/4/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59353736 We're going to take Casie kayaking and wine tasting up in Paso Robles and Morro Bay. We'll see how hot it is as it may go over a hundred. it's kind of our "good bye" day because she leaves tomorrow to move to Monterey. At least that's not too far away, and to have your first professional job be PR in the Monterey Bay Aquarium is pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:48:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/3/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59343187 Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I'm SO glad it's Friday!!! The last two weekends have been so exhausting with all the travel around the death of my mother in law, and we have the Memorial service next weekend to travel for, so this is the only weekend in four where we'll be at home. I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow and I need it! I'm very excited. <BR> <BR> Moving the work convo to this thread and responding to a few thoughts from others. The company that bought us is an a bit o... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:56:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/2/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59332577 Good Morning!!! I'm so happy it's Thursday!! Although I will likely have to work a portion of both days this weekend, I'm still excited that the weekend is getting close! <BR> <BR> Busy day here, so just a quick hello to start the chat! I'll be back at lunch, after my walk! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:26:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/1/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59320791 Happy Wednesday!!! This week is flying by, which is great!! So much to do, so little time....LOL <BR> <BR> I had a nice little swim last night. Not too much, just enough to feel comfy and stretched out. <BR> <BR> So much change in my life right now....it's been a bit hard to keep my head together. Exercise definitely helps! <BR> <BR> Time to dig into the work, then going to barn tonight, unless it's pouring. Then probably not! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:19:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/30/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59309659 Good Morning!! Happy last day of September. We have had really great weather, which helps a lot with my mood. So many ups and downs this month. I can either see it negatively or positively, it's up to me. I'm working to focus on seeing the upsides of all of my challenges right now! <BR> <BR> Just a regular day of work here, I think. We are waiting for a corporate announcement about changes in leadership and once that's made public, there will be a TON of discussion here in accounting a... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:13:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/29/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59299342 Here we go, it's Monday! We are working on going self-insured for the health insurance and throw in our very own clinic into the mess. It's going to be a huge project, but hopefully we've aligned ourselves with good, experts. We meet with the attorney to discuss the implications and risks by taking this on. <BR> <BR> We've decided to re-join the Y that's down the street from our offices! I'm really excited about it because it's so easy to go there on the way to work. Neither of us really li... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:10:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/28/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59289164 We took the foreign exchange kids out to take pictures yesterday and had a crew of 11. We went to the local mission which affords lovely backdrops because of the different textures. It's a working mission and it's been lovingly restored to it's former beauty so it has adobe blocks and such to work against. I've been doing this for so many years I can look at the kids coloring and what they wear and guess the best place for them. My husband comes and works the reflector for me. This year the k... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:42:17 EST anyone have any magical ideas for swim goggles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59279150 I can't seem to find a pair of goggles that won't fog up on me. Maybe they don't exist but I think I spend half my swim fighting my goggles. <BR> <BR> just wondering if anyone had any ideas Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:43:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/27/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59278910 Happy weekend everyone! I'm at work for a couple of hours and then I will go take senior yearbook pictures of the foreign exchange students. We started looking at dates and realized this weekend was probably the best one since I'm going to be gone at the end of October. I need some time to work with the pictures so the sooner the better. I'm going to take them to our mission here in Lompoc and perhaps the beach if they want to. <BR> <BR> Jon - I hope you have an AWESOME last dock swim! Defi... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:15:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/26/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59271935 Haha I'm so late in checking in since I had a meeting first thing this morning! Where did Heather go? Hope everything is going okay with her and that family stuff isn't being too difficult. <BR> <BR> It's FRIDAY people! YAY for Friday! I have had such a trying week with stupid people at work! Oops, did I just "say" that out loud? Well, the day will be over in no time at all with the way the hours are flying. <BR> <BR> What plans do you guys have for the weekend? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:04:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/25/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59259563 How are my fellow swimmers today? I had an allergic reaction in the middle of the night and was up for three hours sneezing and coughing. Needless to say, I didn't go work out this morning and I'm so tired! <BR> <BR> Casie got GREAT news yesterday! She now works in the public relations department at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! What a great first job, we are so happy for her. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:38:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/24/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59248999 Can you believe that it's almost October? I sure can't. We've had the warmest, loveliest September and I sure am enjoying it. October here is usually beautiful and warm with the evenings starting to cool off (that means 60). I know Jon said it was starting to cool there, what about the rest of you, are you seeing changes yet? The main thing I notice is that it's now fully dark when I go to work (sigh). Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:14:45 EST Happy to Be Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x688x59246264 Hi everyone! My name is a secret, so you can all call me Secret! I'm new to the sport of swimming...well, sort of. After all, I grew up on the West Coast, and swimming is a natural part of childhood there. But as a cardio exercise? It's a new concept. <BR> <BR> I've decided to take up swimming because I have plantar fasciitis in both feet and high impact exercise on the feet makes it flare up something awful. It will take some time to actually get a Y membership so I can swim regularly, but ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:27:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/23/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59237848 Is it Friday yet? I've already had a very long week and to find it's only Tuesday is just shocking! Haha! Work continues to be pretty crazy with drama and I do not do drama well. I spent the whole day managing people and situations that I should not have to deal with. <BR> <BR> Today I think I'll keep my head down and get in a walk at lunch. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:04:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/22/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59224942 Good Morning! It is a beautiful fall day here in northern NJ. The leaves are just starting to turn and it's cool today. Just very nice. <BR> <BR> I disappeared last week because I got the news around 11 am on Thursday that my mother in law passed away in her sleep. I left work almost immediately and have been kind of going all over the place since then. We had logistics to set up so we could travel on Friday morning to get up and be with the family. Boy, was it a hard weekend, but it w... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:33:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/21/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59215331 We took the kids to Santa Barbara and walked for hours...which in our opinion is the best way to get a feel for a city. They enjoyed the day very much, of course, who wouldn't since Santa Barbara is beautiful. <BR> <BR> It's a little like Goriana's staycation in OC...another great place to just go play! (Have a great time!) Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:12:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/20/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59206112 We were a gang of two yesterday! Where is everyone? Anyone else around today? <BR> <BR> I'm at work, which is nice to be here when I'm all alone and can get some work done. Afterwards I think we'll take the kids to Santa Barbara. They sounded pretty excited about that and it's only an hour drive so it's easy. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:49:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1914!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59198587 Oh my, nobody started the thread today! Where is everyone?! <BR> <BR> I had a string of meetings starting at 7am this morning and just sat down to have lunch and catch up with you guys...and nobody is around! <BR> <BR> What are your plans for this weekend...or have you already started on them? Haha! I think we may take the kids to Santa Barbara for a play day. It's so beautiful and fun to explore. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/18/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59183782 Good Morning!!! What fun Sydney and I had last night riding the horse. She rode first, then me. It was great and we had so much fun!! It was just what I needed. <BR> <BR> Today is another busy day of work and then a horse show committee meeting tonight. That will likely take hours, which is not exactly what I want to do tonight, but I made the commitment, so I'll be there! <BR> <BR> Hope all is going well for all of you! I'll catch up later! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:17:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/17/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59173078 Good Morning!! The day is bright and sunny here and I hope somehow that helps my friend who lost her husband. I hope it lifts her spirits a tiny bit, although I guess that might be wishful thinking. <BR> <BR> Last night was back to school night and it was sooooooo nice to be back in the school where Sydney belongs. The Jr. National Honor Society kids were in the hallways holding doors and helping parents find their way and all the 7th graders were Sydney's friends from the advanced classe... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:35:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/16/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59162573 It's Tuesday already! Our new Spain boy has his first day of school today and that should be fun for him. He seems like a nice kid, definitely a Spanish boy. Jeanne seems really excited to have a brother so hopefully it all works out okay. <BR> <BR> I have to get ready for a meeting but I wanted to get the thread started. Have a fun, on plan kind of day! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:09:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/15/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59150204 Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I sure did but I wish it was longer!! There's just never enough fun weekend time!! <BR> <BR> I'm hitting the work hard today and then off to the barn to ride. It's a beautiful day here and it should be fun! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna try to catch up now with weekend threads. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:08:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/14/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59139372 I woke up thinking it was Monday and then realized my happy mistake. Now I feel like I have a free day! I need a hike and to clean the house. We may take our Belgian and a friend to Santa Barbara for shopping, which would leave us for hiking or beaching. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will get a "rescue" kid...some of you get stray animals and we get stray teenagers. There's a Spain boy who was placed at an Evangelical school with only 8 American's in the senior class and apparently a very religious.... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:49:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/13/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59131189 I figured I better start the thread instead of talking on yesterday's since it's after 7 here. <BR> <BR> Jon - I love the little hole-in-the-wall restaurants that only locals know about - and yes, our tacos here beat everyone's. It's amazing how my smart phone with yelp has really changed the way we find restaurants out of town. Now I look for the ones where the locals admit it's their hang out. Yay for a lovely birthday with the wifey. I think when we're adored that we get it, we just can't... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:25:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/12/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59119644 Good Morning! The day is dawning bright and sunny and life is a lot better today than it was yesterday morning. Life is like that, right? Up and down one day to the next. We strive for balance but often that balance is found by averaging out the days, right Jon? :) <BR> <BR> Lots of work today that I will power through and then the weekend awaits! We have a party for my hubby's cycling club tomorrow afternoon. I just hope it doesn't rain. Sunday we are going to ride our new tandem bi... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:00:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59109455 Good Morning all. As is my tradition here on Swimming for Cardio threads, I don't do my usual exclamation points on this particular day. It just seems awkward to me. As most long time readers/posters here know, I was in lower Manhattan on 9/11 about two short blocks from the trade center about 5 minutes or so after the first plane hit. I came up out of the subway station to complete pandemonium. My whole story is on a blog that I will post up later if anyone wants to read. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:53:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/10/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59100279 sorry, late start today!!! I got to swim, then I got to work and hit the ground running. It's gonna be a GOOD day!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Chat without me for now!! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:39:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/9/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59090146 I didn't see that nobody started the thread because I've been working and chatting with Martino (our Italian son). He just found out he got 3rd out of 1,000 people testing for the University of Padova. He's decided on Bologna but hasn't heard from them yet. It's insane, they will let people know on the 16th if they are in and classes start on the 17th...Italy is the weirdest country ever! <BR> <BR> I'm going to get in a long walk this evening. I'm trying to figure out the new swim schedule t... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:48:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/8/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59078815 Good Morning!!!! Hubby did his bike ride yesterday and had a long hard day on the bike. He did something like a total of 9,000 feet of climbing! It was a very hilly ride. We were there to see him finish, so that was nice! <BR> <BR> I'm not rested, but I'm ready for the week!! Work today, then ride the horse. Yay! <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to start swimming Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I think that will work best with my schedule and the schedule at the Y. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:05:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59068263 Morning folks! <BR> <BR> I'm off to the beach today with my mom and a friend to continue my whirlwind of a weekend! It's been fantastic, I was invited to sit and drum with a group of guys in my local city who take their African culture very seriously and I had so much fun and appreciated the chance to play with them. Followed by spending the evening out and about with my two closest college friends (we even met Johnny Weir the figure skater in our wanderings!) Yesterday Randy and I headed t... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:17:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/6/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59059281 I can't believe it's the weekend already and I can't believe it's September! We had a fun dinner party last night with family. I made vegan brandy biryani, tempeh curry and Tom cooked salmon. It was really great. Casie told us about her interview the the aquarium (it went so well they took her to meet the team) and our Belgian got to meet the family. <BR> <BR> Our new daughter caught a cold and so I'm not sure what we'll do today. I wanted to kayaking, but we'll have to wait until she gets u... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:12:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/5/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59048847 Good Morning and Happy Friday!! It was a short week, but it's been very busy. The weekend will be too since I'm sure I'll have to work. <BR> <BR> Also, my husband is doing the NJ Gran Fondo bike ride this weekend, so we will be supporting him in that as well. Honestly when he signed up I didn't think the whole family would have to spend the night out on a Saturday night so he could get up early and ride 100 miles on Sunday. I thought he'd just go and do it. We'll try to have fun, but ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:36:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/4/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59038049 Good Morning!! Today is the first day of school so I'm home to put Sydney on the bus!! Back to the normal school, we are SO EXCITED!!!! <BR> <BR> It's time once again to focus ourselves for the school year. It will be nice to be back in a routine!! <BR> <BR> Gotta boogie now, but I'll be back later!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:20:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/3/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59029130 Good Morning!!! I'm back at work and have a lot to do!!! So, getting right to it here... <BR> <BR> I feel better today but not quite 100%. Could it be "stress of the job" related? Yes, I think it could be. It's time for a change in my life, I just don't know yet what that change is.......for now, I just chug along here. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the first day of school and we are so excited to get Sydney back where she belongs. It will be a good year. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN a... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:41:04 EST Duplicate - ignore me, 9/214!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59018875 See the other 9/2 post Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:13:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/2/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59018288 Good Morning!!! I'm back from vacation and of course I am sick. Up all night with stomach issues, now feeling terrible. Ugh. I don't have time for this but I really don't feel well enough to go to work. <BR> <BR> So, working from home and trying to keep the family from getting sick! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well. I'm going to try to catch up later today when I get done the few things I need done for work. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:03:35 EST Floor exercises to help build stamina in the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3481x688x59009423 Hey guys! <BR> I was wondering if any of you know some land exercises/gym machine exercises that may help one perform better in the pool? I know engaging your core is an essential part of swimming, but I find that concentrating on my core leads to a weaker pull. Does it have something to do with a weaker upper body? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:20:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x59006841 And here's September! Does everyone have this day off? I am off because I have Susan here visiting. We're going to go to Casie's 8:30am yoga class! Her classes are always times when I can't do it and so I'm really excited. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:46:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/31/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58997750 Okay, this is it, August is done and tomorrow is September! Four day until our Belgium girl comes to stay and two more months until our Caribbean trip. So the year may be hurling forward but I have fun stuff coming up so I'm good with that. <BR> <BR> My best friend is visiting so I don't know what we'll do. We'll have a walk at the mission, but not sure what else she'll want to do. Casie and I tried to work in a swim in the ocean yesterday but it got foiled because Susan's flight got delay... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:14:08 EST KISS 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3482x688x58997676 This is sort of a resurrection/edit of last year's KISS challenge. <BR> <BR> I had an awful August and ended up gaining a bunch of weight. I feel like a slug. So per usual, I am finding the need to pare back to bare bones and simplify. <BR> <BR> Here's how it works: <BR> <BR> First, what does "simple" mean to you? To me "simple" does not necessarily mean "easy." It means you "set it and forget it." It doesn't require a lot of thought to remember or to reach. It's easy to recall to mind ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:01:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/30/14! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58989818 Wow, August 30th...it's hard to believe! I love Jon's comment about "sinking" into winter! I wonder what kind of winter you easterners will have this year. They were predicting a wet winter here, but then they stopped saying that. It made sense since our ocean temps are super warm, which is usually followed by torrential rains in the winter. We desperately need the rain...though I'll admit I miss the beautiful weather on a wet year. <BR> <BR> Susan (suemroe) will be flying out here in a coup... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:40:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/29/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58980244 I can't believe Monday is September already. Where did August go? Sure seemed to go faster than July! <BR> <BR> Lynn, are you going to have to eliminate foods? Any idea where to start? <BR> <BR> Hah... on cleaning up junk... when I fill up one drawer I start another. And then don't clean them out. It's quite ridiculous, actually. Oh well, we all know how much of a non-housekeeper I am. I am starting to read up on minimalism though, so who knows? Maybe I'll get motivated. You have to get ri... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:56:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/28/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58971624 Let's see if I can get this posted before we have a double! <BR> <BR> Heather, hope you're thoroughly enjoying your vacation! <BR> <BR> Re yesterday, let me just say.... no one is allowed to have a heart attack! In the water or out! So get yourselves taken care of! <BR> <BR> I swam this morning, short and slow, and still no real pain. It actually itches a bit. I'm not sure what that means, but I'd rather have itching than pain. Amazing though, how slowing down and taking ten days off has ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:01:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers 8/27/2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58962118 Good Morning All... <BR> <BR> Laurie... Glad to hear your back is feeling better! Nice to get back into the swim of things. I haven't been swimming for a month! Here's why: <BR> <BR> Been having chest pains on and off. Worried it was angina, but running was no problem and I still felt that "runner's high" afterwards. My paramedic son told me that clearly was NOT a sign of angina. Went to the doc and he agreed and thinks it's a GI issue, mainly, esophagus spasms! Just when you think ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:26:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/26/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58951637 Good Morning!!! We are doing the final preparations to get ready to leave the house for a few days of camping! We'll hike, bike, kayak or canoe, swim and mostly we will be away together as a family. I'm very excited to go!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone. I'll be back over the weekend. Anyone doing any open water swims or tris this weekend? Let us know about them!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:59:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/25/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58941023 Hi all!! I'm enjoying my vacation so far! I've been hanging around the house and doing things like getting ready to go camping. Also we've been shopping for back to school clothes and we went to see a movie. It's been nice so far!! <BR> <BR> We leave tomorrow and for the rest of the week I won't really have connectivity so I definitely won't be able to start threads. I hope you guys have a great week!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:39:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/24/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58933147 We went to listen to a jazz band at the Getty last night and it was so much fun! The Getty has the most awesome architecture and millions of pounds of beautiful travertine rock. So being there at sunset was fantastic and being able to sit with a glass of wine, listening to music was such a treat. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what we're going to do this morning ...especially sine we didn't bring the kayaks! What are you guys up to? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:25:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/23/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58923715 Happy Saturday! It feels funny not packing up kayaks! This should be a really fun day anyway. I'm excited to go to LA and super excited to go to the Getty for music and wine this evening. I love the way we go to the Getty whenever we're coming or going to LA and it's really fun to be going there as the the place to be. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this weekend? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:24:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/22/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58915089 It looks like it's going to be another gorgeous day here. With the ocean water being so warm and everything being so dry, we're all expecting a super wet winter...but we'll see. The weather people were talking about an El Nino year, but they seem to be quiet now, so perhaps they have no idea. Global warming makes everything more confusing. I just looked it up, we've had 5.51 inches of rain so far this year. Usually by now we closer to 10 inches. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out yesterday because ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:15:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/21/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58905035 Happy Thursday! Gosh I can't believe it's already Thursday! My team at work is really starting to gel and that's pretty exciting. It's always nice when work is going smoothly, especially with such a large company. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got in my walk! First one in over two weeks (sigh). But I felt good, not like I could run, but it felt good to get the heart rate up. The "walk" is straight uphill for 3 miles, so it's not a leisurely walk in the park. Of course, it's also not like swimming a ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:39:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/20/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58895694 Heather must still be on vacation time! Go Heather! <BR> <BR> We had a lovely dinner with our Italian son's uncle and family last night. He was very interested in meeting us because he says Martino talks a lot about us. He is also a finance guy, so we had a lot in common. They came to dinner at 5:30 so I didn't get my first walk in from being sick. I should have gone this morning but the bed just felt sooo good. I'll start tonight as we finally have a free night. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:10:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/19/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58886345 I'm running late on checking to see if the thread was started! Heather must be really busy...now watch, we'll double up the thread. I always check right before I hit post, but we've still managed to do it in the past. <BR> <BR> I'm going walking after work! I'm finally on the mend and I'm so excited to recovering. One of my workmates that's two weeks ahead of me with this (that's a month total she's had it), she went back to the doctor because she still wasn't feeling well and they tested he... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:09:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/18/14!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58874828 We certainly have had a busy summer with lots of visitors! We still have Tom's stepbrother, the muralist and his wife staying with us. Today Tom's oldest brother and son are meeting him and our daughter to go kayaking up in Morro Bay (I'm jealous) and then he'll come and stay with us. We are also expecting to hear from Martino's (our Italian boy) uncle who is travelling in California and may come stay with us with their three kids. <BR> <BR> I am planning to start back into exercise tomorrow... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:32:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/17/14!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x688x58865164 Good Sunday morning to you all! Looks like it's going to be another beautiful day here in California! Yesterday we took out the new kayaks and we're very happy with them. We went to Goleta beach and then down through the slough where there were tons of birds. The kayaks are sit-on-tops, light weight and designed for surf and ocean. They are 9.5 feet long and only weigh 46 pounds, so they are super easy to schlep around. We don't do long, overnight trips, so we don't need hatches or storage an... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:58:52 EST