SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard This is a group for those anywhere in the world that either swims regularly, swims occasionally or would like to swim as part of their fitness routine. We embrace all swimmers of any level. SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard Good Morning Swimmers, 12/19/14!! 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 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!!! 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!!! 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... 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! 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!!! 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! 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! 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 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!! 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!!! 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!! 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 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!!! 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! 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!!! 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!! 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! 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!!! 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!! 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! 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!!! 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! 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! 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! 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! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!!! 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!! 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!!! 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!! 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! 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! 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! 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! 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! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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! 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!!!! 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!!! 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 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!! 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!!! 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!! 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!! 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 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!! 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!! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!! 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!! 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 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!!! 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 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!!! 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!!! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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 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! 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! 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!!! 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 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 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!!! 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!!! 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, 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!! 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 Good Morning Swimmers, 10/5/14!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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'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!! 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!!! 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!! 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? 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!!! 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!!! 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! 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!!! 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! 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!!! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!! 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 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!!! 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!!! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!! 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!!! 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!! 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!!! See the other 9/2 post Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:13:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/2/14!! 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 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!!! 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!!! 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 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! Wow, August'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!!! 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!!! 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 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!!! 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!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!!! 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!! 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!! I'm running late on checking to see if the thread was started! Heather must be really 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!! 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!!! 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 Good Morning Swimmers, 8/16/14!!! Happy, happy Saturday! I'm taking the day off and we're picking up our new kayaks in Santa Barbara! Since we're doing that we felt we must take them out on the water...right? We won't do a full paddle day because I know I'll wimp out early with very little in the way of lungs. At least I don't feel sick anymore and that cause for celebration! <BR> <BR> It turns out our new Belgium girl that coming the first week in September also likes to kayak. Her mother is an instructor! She definitely so... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:28:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/15/14!!! Good Morning all!!! Happy Friday!!! And, I got the month right this time. Yesterday's thread had the wrong month!!! <BR> <BR> We are getting ready to celebrate my husband's birthday this weekend so we have a lot to do here at the house! I'm taking the day off and I'm very excited about that. <BR> <BR> Errands, a workout, and family arriving today. It should be good. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:49:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/14/14!!! Good Morning!!! Another busy day dawns here at work, but soon........I will get a week and half vacation!! I CAN'T wait!! I'm so looking forward to some time off work. <BR> <BR> Today I will go ride the horse, and that should be lots of fun. Haven't been in a while because of work and the horse show I volunteer for. I need to go and get some mental health time! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:14:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/13/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Birthday to my hubby!! <BR> <BR> I have one more super busy day of work today and then I will be able to sit back and take a breath again. Our deadlines have changed and so I'm doing all I can to meet them so I can shine for the new bosses. <BR> <BR> Jon, I saw your comment about throwing a few bucks toward the hubby's ride. That is very kind of you. This link is for you. Please, no one, including you Jon, feel obligated to donate. We are not supposed to solicit ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:00:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/12/14!!!! Good Morning!!! I need to hit the ground running here today, so just a quick hello to start the chat. <BR> <BR> Anyone going anywhere fun soon? I'd love to hear something fun!! I could use it. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:43:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/11/14!!! Good Morning all!! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I was away visiting family and cheering my husband on to victory at the charity bike ride he does every year. 100 miles on the bike to raise money to feed the hungry. It's a good cause and I'm glad we went. <BR> <BR> I also visited with my MIL for the first time since May. She is not well and it was really hard. I'm doing all I can to deal with it as positively as I can, but man, this is really hard. Oh boy, let's talk about some... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:19:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/10/14!!! I can tell I've finally turned the corner on this flu! My throat is still pretty sore this morning, but I slept through the night! It's the small things in life that make you happy. <BR> <BR> We have two bike riders staying and another group of three that are quasi-family (Tom's father got married about 15 years ago and it's one of her sons). Considering they were in their 70s when they got married, we don't call the kids half brothers because that would seem strange. Anyway he's a muralist ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:21:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/9/14!!! Happy Saturday swimmers! Anyone have a competition this weekend? <BR> <BR> I am still working at getting over this stupid bug. I would say it's the worst one I've had in at least ten years. My throat is still swollen and I have lots of crud. So it's off to work for me. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:19:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/8/14!!! I had another terrible night and so I got up at 2:30 am and got in the sauna to sweat it out. I think I'm going to feel much better once the morning crud stops. That's my hope. No swimming or walking today. I plan to go home and try to sleep. I may even go home early. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:25:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/7/14!!! Good Morning!! Wow, this week has just been crazy busy. Sorry I've been missing!! <BR> <BR> We are busy with our horse show and work is full of pressure. So much to get done! And now I have to go away this weekend because of my husband's fund raising bike ride, for which we have raised only $20. Ugh. It's hard to raise money to feed hungry people in Vermont when you only know a few people who live in Vermont and they are all doing the same fundraiser as you are. Oh well, it's more li... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:10:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/6/14!!! Good morning swimmers! I'm finally getting over being sick. Man has this been a long road back to health. It turns out I had a sinus infection and I didn't realize it so that's why it took so long to get over the cold/flu. It finally broke yesterday so other than feeling exhausted I'm hoping I'll be feeling much better by the end of today. <BR> <BR> Anybody have any exciting plans for vacation before the summer is over? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:04:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/5/14!!! Wow... no thread yet? It's after 1:00 p.m. here in the east! Heather must be super busy and Carol... are you still not feeling well? Or just busy? Or both? <BR> <BR> I am sitting in my office, totally unmotivated. I've done a few small easy things and otherwise I keep procrastinating. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, and in the meantime, I have two reports to work on. <BR> <BR> I might actually try to swim this evening, unusual for me. But since I've shortened the swims,... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:12:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/4/14!! Good Morning!!! Busy morning here so not much time to hang out today!!! Later today I'll come back by and catch up. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:40:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/3/14!!! Still no swimming for me because nobody would want me in their pool hacking up a lung! I'm on the mend and would probably be just about done with this illness if I could sleep better. It's so hard when you're coughing and having a constantly running nose! <BR> <BR> I'm going into work because my brain seems clearer and I need to get stuff done from being off a day last week. We are super backed up at work because our staff accountant quit (saved us from firing her, which was nice) and my ass... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:12:38 EST New and and need motivation I am a teacher and swimming/walking/weights/yoga are my favorite forms of exercise, I have a life-long pattern of "getting in the groove" during the summer and then totally losing it as soon as school starts. While I know it is life-changing for me and effects every aspect of my life, I can't seem to muster what it takes to get out of bed early enough to get to the pool (or even do anything at home) before work. I have to be at school at 7:15. It IS doable...if I get to the pool by 5:30, but ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:38:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/2/14! Happy Saturday swimmers! I am still sick...well, croupy, but not feverish. So it's going to be an easy, lazy day for me. <BR> <BR> I want to go through my pictures from our trip to Washington and see what I want to print. I also want to work on the middle bedroom and prep it for painting. Not very exciting, I know. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this weekend? Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:19:23 EST August Reboot!! Okay, here it is. Many of us are saying we had a sucky July, so let's reboot for August! <BR> <BR> RULES: <BR> Post your goals for the month. Whatever you want. Fitness minutes, yardage/mileage, food intake, tracking, water, sleep, whatever you feel needs to be "rebooted." <BR> <BR> Post a progress report each week. Are you satisfied? What needs improvement? <BR> <BR> No disappearing allowed! If you sign up for this, you're in for the month. If you disappear, I'll hunt you down. (H... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:01:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/1/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I am so glad it's the weekend, I need one. And our horse show starts today so that's exciting. I am the recording secretary for the organization that runs it, and it's a ton of work to get here each year. I hope to actually get to spend some time there this year, even tho I have to work next week. <BR> <BR> Both hubby and daughter were away last night, so I had the house to myself and I have it again today to myself! This is kinda fun. I'll work on my... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:02:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/31/14 Good Morning!!! Unbelievably today is the last day of July! The month went by so fast. I find as I get older time goes by faster....I know I'm not alone in that feeling. <BR> <BR> So much going on......trying to do one thing at a time and not get ahead of myself. Hubby is going up to visit his mom today. Just for an overnight and he'll be back late tomorrow. She is so glad he's going to visit and that just makes me happy. Jeez, I get so sad when I think we won't have her around for mu... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:37:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/30/14!!! Good Morning!!! I saw some talk yesterday of summer ending. Hey, it doesn't end until mid-September!! We had such a long terrible winter I am enjoying every second of this summer. We've had an oddly cool summer, and it's been wonderful. <BR> <BR> Work rolls on......weird to be having all of this stress in the summer, usually I get to relax a bit more in the summer. Well, it's been a weird year here at work so no reason why it would be any easier now. I'm doing all I can to deal with it... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:27:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/29/14!!! Now that we have all the kids gone and our house is empty, it feels like summer is coming to an end...which considering this is the end of July I guess it is. I have to set a plan for my August work outs and I think I'll join the challenge. <BR> <BR> Are you guys all having weird weather? We've had this hot, muggy weather for a month now. We never have muggy weather, what's up with that? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/28/2014 Good Morning All.... <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be more consistent on here... Missed talking to you gals. Hope all is well with everyone. <BR> <BR> Did another 3000 this AM. We have a second coach that started last spring at a few of our insistings to get our Masters team back on track. We were losing people and tired of the one coach not showing up so many times. We (mainly me) solicited a swim instructed who also happens to be a parent at my school. So she does it at least once a week ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:57:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/27/14!!! I'm surprised nobody in the east started the thread! We didn't get back here until after 1am from Taking Martino to LAX. We had a fun day yesterday of playing in Santa Barbara, walking down to the beach so he could say good bye, then we went to the Getty which is always a favorite. When we were waiting in line to deposit his baggage we were talking about Iceland and meeting there since it's not that far a flight for him. Now that he's an adult, it makes it all easier. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty ti... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:55:52 EST August Challenge? How about a new challenge? The older ones seem to have petered out a bit. Who's interested in a shorty month long challenge? <BR> <BR> I, for one, have had an utterly sucky July, both personally and professionally. I've had a very hard time getting to the pool, and I haven't touched my bike in weeks. I need a reboot! <BR> <BR> How about a simple distance or time challenge for the month of August? <BR> <BR> Any takers? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:04:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/26/14!!! Happy Saturday! We'll be going down to LA later today to take Martino (our Italian exchange student) to the airport, so we'll try to get in a short hike. I think he is surfing this morning since he isn't here. He spent last night with some surf friends which it's great he's gotten to hang out with all of his friends while he's been here. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:02:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/25/14!! Good Morning all!!! Happy Friday!!! I'm so excited it's almost the weekend again. I have a ton to get done today but once I'm done I'll have a nice weekend! <BR> <BR> No plans for tonight, so that's nice for a change. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Sydney is going to compete in a horse show again. Twice in one summer!! That's new for us! <BR> <BR> Then, we are going away for the night to pickup Houston's bday present. I haven't shared this because we were going to surprise family with it a... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:21:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/24/14!!! Good Morning!!! Busy, busy, busy here!! Another deadline to meet! Guess that's the nature of the job! <BR> <BR> I made myself get out and walk for 20 minutes yesterday just to clear my head. Yay me!!! Other than work and preparing for the horse show that is coming up, I don't have much else going on. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:59:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/23/14!!! Good Morning!!! I am back in the office after a week of working at home and a two day meeting and I have so much to do!!! So, I'm diving right in. <BR> <BR> I don't know about this whole merger/acquisition thing. It's very unsettling to be in the corporate meeting and not having the folks I've been led by for 13 years leading the meetings. We'll see.....for now I have a job to do and that's good. <BR> <BR> I also of course have an amazingly great personal life, with the exception of the... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:47:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/22/14!! Hi and greetings from the global meeting!!! We did the "cake wars" last night and it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. And our actual meetings have been productive. So, all in all a meeting worth attending. I get to go back home today!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> No swimming here! I bet the pool is very nice but I haven't had a chance to even check it out! <BR> <BR> Hubby got back from visiting his mom. She isn't in great shape. They have appointments today to gather info about this last stage ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:36:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers 07/21/2014!!! Good morning folks, everyone starting their week in high gear? <BR> <BR> I need to get back to sleeping well. I let myself have a couple of late nights and i have had trouble with my early mornings. Today i missed my swim so that is a bad outcome. Stupid tv. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:12:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/20/14!!! We had so much fun in LA yesterday! Our Spain girls are having a great time. Late yesterday we took them to the Westfield Mall in Culver for a second shopping expedition and they had a wonderfull time. Today they go to Six Flags Magic Mountain and we have kids that will drive them home so we'll get in a hike on our way home - whew, teenagers are tiring. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Gary, I take mt Kindle everywhere. I hear lots of people say they still prefer paper books...but I ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:19:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/19/14!!! Happy Saturday everyone! What weekend plans do you have? We are taking two Spain girls down to LA for a tour and shopping. We'll go see the Hollywood sign, the star walk and what have you. We got nice rooms in Glendale and then tomorrow we'll take them to Magic Mountain where they'll meet up with other friends. <BR> <BR> So my exercise will just be what I get walking all over LA. No cardio today. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:42:00 EST Good Morning Swimmes, 7/18/14!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! Woo hoo!!!! <BR> <BR> It is one absolutely beautiful morning here in NJ. The temp is 60 degrees and the humidity is fairly low. Very strange for mid July, but I'll take it. I honestly don't mind the heat in the summer, but if we are going to have a string of warm but not hot and not horribly humid days in July, that's fine too!! <BR> <BR> Tonight is Sydney's 12th birthday party. We are hosting a party at the local ice rink for 12 kids. I sure hope they... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:57:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/17/14!!! Good Morning!!! I'm working at home today since hubby is out of town with his mom. It'll be a challenge keeping the kid from interrupting me. Even at 12 she still wants to hang out close. <em>30</em> Yay. I'll figure it out. <BR> <BR> The dogs are at my feet. Literally the beagle has his body as close as he can get with his nose on the keyboard (the laptop is on the coffee table). I feel loved all around. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to the gym and hopefully swimming if there are lane... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:12:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/16/14!! Good morning. It's an early day at work and that's the way I like it. Quiet and productive. <BR> <BR> I'd like to share something here that I can't really share anywhere else (friends, FB, work folks) because my husband's family doesn't want to share this way, and I respect that. My mother in law is in the final stages of her cancer. She got the news last Friday. They are working now on determining how to handle the palliative care to make this as easy as it can be. We live 4 hours awa... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:59:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/15/14!!! Good morning!!! Today is my baby's birthday. She's 12!!! Wow, time flies but we sure are having fun with her. She is here with me at work today because hubby has dental appointment this morning and it will take a while and she didn't want to be alone on her birthday! We'll hopefully leave early then go home and have a small celebration before she goes to dance tonight!! The new season is already starting. <BR> <BR> I had an amazing ride on the horse last night. It was great to feel st... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:48:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/14/15!!! Good Morning!! I'm back at work after a week off, and while I'm not too excited to be here, I do feel like I benefited from a week away. <BR> <BR> I'll chat a bit more later, but for now, I'm going to post this so we only have one thread!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:17:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/13/14! Whew, quiet board today! <BR> <BR> I got the last of the vaca swims in today, back to getting seriously wet only on weekends. The Missu dragged me out shopping today as I've been complaining about my shoes and belts forever (nice that my belts have been trimmed down to make fit). My co-workers have commented that my wallet creaks with moths flying out and spider webs opening between the halves when I use it. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:55:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/12/14!!! I am sure Carol and Heather are deep into the enjoyment of their vacations! <BR> <BR> What's everyone up to this weekend? I have my usual pay bills, grocery shop, do laundry. Might also try to weed and finally get my computer desk cleaned off. I swam yesterday and I'll swim tomorrow. Today is a rest day. Maybe I'll walk later, if it isn't too humid. <BR> <BR> I ordered my tablet! A Lenovo windows tablet. My son ordered the same one and he likes it, so that's good enough for me! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:09:42 EST Good morning 7/11/2014 Good morning folks. I guess yesterday was a late start for this forum. I hope is was for making a great Thursday. Now lets make Friday great too, and might as well get a good start to the weekend. <BR> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:13:21 EST Good Morning (umm, afternoon) Swimmers, 7/10/2014! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Wow, a bunch of busy vacationers and worker bees! Swam this AM as Mom called Tuesday that she had cancelled her open heart surgery for today (at 92!). So in relief I took her to lunch instead of the hospital. Fair deal. What are (were) you all up to today? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:45:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/9/2014! Morning folks :) <BR> <BR> I'm testing a new routine so I figured I'd post the days thread while I was at it. I've been terrible about getting to work at a regular time (not that my boss cares, but I'd like to know when I'm going to be leaving each day instead of just staying for 8 hours whatever that may be). So: breakfast and internet time before work, to give me something more pleasant to wake up for instead of running out the door to a place I don't like a whole lot. <BR> <BR> The poo... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:50:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/8/2014! 7:10 in the west and no thread? <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having an awesome Tuesday. <BR> <BR> We had bees visiting our family room. They were entering via the chimney, but they seem to have left. Just goes to show if you ignore a problem long enough (since Saturday) it will go away.? I hope they stay away. They creeped me out. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:14:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/7/14!! I guess I'll get us started since it's already 11 AM Eastern time. I hope Heather is having a great vacation! <BR> <BR> Mary, your 4th of July parfaits sound divine, and how thoughtful to have healthy options. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great long weekend! We hosted a clambake on the 4th with steamer clams and lobster. Last year we had it outside, but it rained ALL day Friday. Boston moved their fireworks to the 3rd and Providence moved theirs to the 5th. We put a tarp down over th... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:19:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/6/14!!! Happy Sunday! I'm at work after going to the grocery store to pick up the rest of the food items for backpacking. We buy bulk, freeze dried food, but there are still the last minute items like freeze dried coffee and such. Sigh, I can't wait to get out on the trails. The Olympic National Rain Forest is so very beautiful. <BR> <BR> My son has invited us all to brunch (three foreign exchange students) and then we will go kayaking...I think up in Morro Bay. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to to... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:44:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/5/14!!! We went to Santa Ynez for the fire works and it was great! Warm weather (not hot like you easterners) and it was fun. What did you do for the 4th? Today we're taking our Spain kids for surf lessons down south of Santa Barbara. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:02:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers. 7/4/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Independence Day!!! It's rainy and it seems like it will rain most of the day. So, we are off to the mall. With, I am sure, a billion other people. I'm just so happy to be off work I don't care!!! <BR> <BR> We often do a BBQ on the fourth, but not today. I suppose we'll do ribs tomorrow instead! <BR> <BR> I'll have to get on the treadmill today. It's nice and cool with the rain, so it won't be too stuffy in the attic. Yes, we have AC but up at the top of the... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:17:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/3/14!!! Good Morning!!! It's Thursday AND it's the day before a holiday!! I hope everyone gets to relax and have some fun tomorrow. It's the first day of my vacation and I can't wait!! <BR> <BR> I'm going in to the office a bit late because I need to take Sydney to dance practice. Then it's just cleaning up odds and ends and then VACATION!!! Have I mentioned how much I need this one?!?! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone do any kind of tri or swim or run for the holiday? Tell us about it!! My hubb... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:00:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/2/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!!! Only today and tomorrow for work, then I'm on vacation!!! Finally!!! <BR> <BR> So my kid is here with me in the office today. She brought the math book and the iPad. I hope she can keep herself occupied until we leave at 3! <BR> <BR> Going riding again today after work. Yipee!!! Would love to swim today, it's going to be so hot. Maybe after the ride! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:56:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/1/14!!! Good Morning!! Happy July!!! Wow, it's already July! June is my all time favorite month and I had a good one this year. I think the rest of the summer will be great as well. <BR> <BR> Sydney is at home studying the 7th grade math book in an attempt to get herself back to where she would have been if she had actually had a decent math program this year. What kind of idiot school and teacher doesn't love a kid who voluntarily studies math in the summer? Thank God we are out of that schoo... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:20:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/30/14!!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure did. It was very busy and a lot of fun. Sydney did well in the horse show on Saturday and the recital was awesome!! She danced so beautifully! Now we're on to a short work week and then vacation!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> The power is out again at work, so for now I'm working from home. At this point I'll probably just work here all day. <BR> <BR> I have some catching up to do from the weekend threads! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and A... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:33:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/29/14! Wow, it's almost July...where did this year go? Yesterday we went to the beach and did some kayaking. I'm not sure what we're going to do today, but we have a whole houseful of kids! It's so fun having all the kids here. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? I think I'll sit and read for awhile before everyone starts getting up. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:06:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/28/14! Yay for Saturday! What are you guys doing today? I have to go to work for a couple of hours and then pick up our Spain boy from my son's house. His sister comes in tonight and that should be fun. So many kids! <BR> <BR> We'll either get in a hike or go to the beach today. It looks like another good beach day. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:39:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/27/14!!! Good Morning!! TGIF!!!! I'm very glad it's almost the weekend. We have such a fun weekend planned. Sydney will participate in a horse show tomorrow and it's the first one we've done since last summer, so we are a bit out of practice. Hopefully we do it all right! There's a fair amount of prep work involved. <BR> <BR> And her dance recital is on Sunday. I'm very excited to see that! It should be a nice weekend. It would be even better if my parents could have come. My mom developed s... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:30:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/26/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday!!! We have another beautiful warm day dawning here. Yay!! I love these beautiful days!! <BR> <BR> Today will be slightly more busy than the earlier part of this week. We have dance recital practice for the kid and a vet appointment for one dog later this afternoon. Doggy needs vaccination updates so we can kennel him while we are on vacation. I'm happy to do errands that help me get to my vacation smoothly!! <BR> <BR> Last night I walked, and I was very... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:50:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/25/14!! Hi all!!! Happy Wednesday!! It's another day of work, nothing too exciting I hope. The kid has another day of pony camp. She's having a GREAT time and that's so cool! We also have dance recital practice this week and the dance recital this weekend. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had our second pickup for the CSA. We got scallions, beets, broccoli, salad turnips, baby lettuce mix, cabbage and carrots. We also got to pick two quarts of snap peas. It was so cool!!! <BR> <BR> I start back to th... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:53:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/24/14!!! Good Morning!!! Hello friends, new and old. I hope all are doing well. <BR> <BR> I'm still working a tad crazily as our big deal to sell the company is going to be finalized next Monday. Then a whole new world of work relationships open up. It's a good thing I can handle change!! <BR> <BR> I got in my walk yesterday and I'm proud of that. I was super tired yesterday and so the fact I did anything made me proud! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:50:00 EST Hello everyone! I am going to introduce myself. I love to talk, which then translates similarly to writing, so here goes! <BR> <BR> I am 56, been happily married for 25 years, and have two children. My son just finished his freshman year of college, and my daughter graduated college last Spring. The kids are in and out, living here, and then there, which is fun. Our house has always been the place people gather. <BR> <BR> I am tall, small boned, and... a larger woman. I have been 30 or so pounds lighter, i... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:33:13 EST Posting suggestions Hey all, <BR> <BR> I am very new. Just joined last week, and joined this team pretty quickly because one of my goals is to add swimming into my weekly fitness plan. <BR> <BR> Can you give me some guidance on how you all check-in with each other? I hope to start swimming more often, and would love to tell you when I did. When I report it to someone who "gets" it, it gives me some accountability, and incentive, too. <BR> <BR> So if I want to check-in with my swimming or other fitness stu... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:42:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/23/14!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Yesterday I was very productive and cleaned the whole house with my husband. The kind of cleaning that you clear all the counter tops, shelves and you look at what you want displayed. It's amazing how tiring that is, not a work out per se, but definitely tiring. <BR> <BR> I start protein today so tomorrow I'll start back swimming! I'll do a walk this evening which is always nice. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:19:23 EST Back from Vacation and start swimming tomorrow. Hello! So nice to see a swim group here. I'm so looking forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> My start date has arrived. Tomorrow I will purchase an aquatic membership and start lap swimming. I was a competitive swimmer growing up and now as near 49 it's probably been 30 years since I've swam and I am terribly out of shape. Speaking of which are there any previous topic here on getting started? <BR> <BR> My kick board and leg buoy arrived while I was on vacation! :) Terrifi... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:08:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/22/14!!! Happy Sunday swimmers! What are you guys up to today? I am going to clean house in preparation of my two Spain kids coming and Martino. Mostly it's going to be cleaning off surfaces so I can dust and also move all furniture to clean floors. The house isn't dirty, but it's big and gets dusty because we leave the windows open. <BR> <BR> I need to start planning our backpacking trip as far as food goes. I have a bunch of freeze dried, bulk food and I'll need to organize it into dinners and suc... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:06:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/21/14 First day of summer! We are down in LA to look at kitchens to replace what we have. I want to do a completely different configuration of my cabinets. <BR> <BR> I'm a week and a half into my no protein protocol and I'm looking forward to getting back to my work out routine! I know a lot of people struggle to get into working out, but I need it to keep me centered. Next week I can start swimming again! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:06:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/20/14!!! Good Morning!!! TGIF!!!! <em>244</em> I am so ready for the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Today is thankfully and finally the last day of school for this year! I'm so happy to be done with it. Sydney said she will miss a few friends but she is really excited to get back to a challenging environment where she learns new things and is expected to read actual books and write more than two things all year. We are happy about summer and very happy that we'll be back to the normal district school nex... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:53:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/19/14!!! Good Morning!!! I'm here early again! I didn't drive my girl to school today because I have a deadline to meet and gotta get going early on it so I can leave on time to see her riding lesson! <BR> <BR> Have a great day all. Enjoy life!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:58:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/18/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are all doing fine today. <BR> <BR> It's another hot day here! Yay!!!! I LOVE it. Winter is so not my thing and I'm just enjoying every second of this heat! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling up and ready to take on the day. Some frustrations as always, but just working through them and facing them one at a time. Soon it will be time to go home!! :) <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:26:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/17/14!!! Good Morning!!! A beautiful and hot day is in store for us here. After that horrendous long and cold winter I refuse to complain about any hot days!!! I may not be out in the absolute worst heat of the day, but I will enjoy all of the heat when I am out in it!! <BR> <BR> Work bounces along.....we are busily getting ready for the close on our deal to be bought. Yay for stock options becoming worth something! I can't retire, but I will be able to have a nice extra cushion that I can inv... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:25:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/16/14!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> I had a busy but fun weekend and now I have a TON of work to do today! I'll get my riding lesson in tonight for my exercise. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:17:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/15/14!!! Happy Fathers Day all! How do you all plan to celebrate? <BR> <BR> We will have a lazy day. I want to swim, but otherwise we have no plans. Maybe we'll grill later. Dave hasn't been feeling well, so I doubt he'll be up to going out. I have a book I want to finish. I couple of them actually. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:13:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/14/14! Late start, I hope nobody is waiting on me! We went to listen to some bands down in LA last night and didn't get home until after midnight. I am at work now and will probably need to spend the weekend here. <BR> <BR> I started on vegetables only yesterday and it was a nice treat after fasting for three days. I think that's why the protocol isn't that hard for me because after three days of only water, eating veggies is a treat. Besides, my diet generally consists of mostly veggies anyway. I ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:38:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/13/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday the 13th. Yikes!! I hope it only brings good luck to us all. <BR> <BR> I am in a fantastic mood and looking forward to a lovely weekend. The meeting went well yesterday and I think this acquisition is going to be great for me professionally. <BR> <BR> Had a very off-plan kind of day yesterday, but oh I'm back on!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:40:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/12/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> Today I get to go meet the finance and accounting team at the company that is acquiring us. We still have no idea how we are going to integrate our teams and how it will all work. I am approaching it as a job interview and will go in very professional and in mostly listening mode. I'm excited. I'm only nervous about the drive since I have never been to this place. I have my navigation system and my brand new tires, so it should be fine!! <BR>... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:05:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/11/14!!!! Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday!!! Only a week and half left of the school year and it cannot come fast enough this year. It's been a long year in the wrong school and I am very excited to get her back to the right place! It's all going to be great. Yes, of course, there will be stress but at least we will be back in a place that is equipped and excited about an over achieving student. :) <BR> <BR> Jon, to answer your question from yesterday, I ride hunter/jumper style. Which is truly ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:30:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/10/14!!! Good Morning!!! ZOWIE, traffic was insane today!!! It took forever to get to work!! <BR> <BR> Late start, scrambling a bit to get going here. <BR> <BR> I had a great ride yesterday! Yay me!! Today I will walk. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:20:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/9/14!! Good Morning!! Quick start so we don't end up with two threads!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty nice! Any open water swimming?? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:14:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/8/14!!! It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day here. We're going to go to work for a couple of hours and then go hike at schoolhouse. It's a lovely 8 or 10 mile hike through the local back country. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:38:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/7/14!! I slept in this morning! Tom laughed and told me that 5:30 is not sleeping in by most people's standards, but it felt good! <BR> <BR> Clean house, work on sewing pillows for the middle room, put up shelves, do some gardening, organize the back closet and go hiking. It should be good. What about you guys, what are you up to today? Mary's got her parade and hamburger and I know Jon's list is like mine...a never ending story. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:26:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/6/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!! We have a pretty day here and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful weekend. Man, I could use a nice relaxing weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Today is a light day of work (nice!), and then home for a regular night of dinner at home then getting kid from dance at 8:30. (Hubby takes her at 5:30 for her three hours of time at the dance school). Then tomorrow I am getting a massage!! I so need a massage! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night we also find out what dances Sydn... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:23:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/5/14!!!! Good Morning!! Happy Thursday!!! Wow, it's rainy and cool today. I love rainy days in the spring and summer. It means the veggies and fruit are growing!! Also it was very dusty yesterday at the barn, so today I know at least we won't choke on dust. We might sink in mud though!! <BR> <BR> Just another day at work here, chugging along, just the way I like it. Then I get to go ride with Sydney today. Yay! I'm also signing her up for swim lessons this summer. She knows the basics but ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:00:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/4/14!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!! I'm glad we are half way through the work week!! <BR> <BR> I've been very productive here at work and that makes me happy. I've also got the ball rolling on getting Sydney back into a proper school. It won't be perfect since nothing is, but it will be better than the situation we have this year. <BR> <BR> I got a short walk in yesterday and today I will do the same. I don't eat as I walk. I usually have something small, like a piece of fruit, about 20... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:06:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/3/14!!! Good Morning!!! It's a pretty sunny day here, and I've decided that I am going to find the positive today, so there's one thing! <BR> <BR> Work is humming along.......going for a walk at lunch, it's the only way I'll ever get any exercis in. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:23:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/2/14!!! Okay where is Heather? She's MIA! <BR> <BR> What a lovely weekend I had! I love Monterey, there is such abundant sea life there! It was pretty chilly, but as always, beautiful. I think it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We stayed at a very nice bed and breakfast right on the water, it was awesome. We did so much kayaking that my stomach muscles are sore! That also means that I was doing correct stroking because it's a core sport. <BR> <BR> Busy day without my accounting man... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:07:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/1/14!!! Good morning and happy June everyone! <BR> <BR> We're at Elkhorn Slough getting ready to kayak! There are so many seals and otters! I can't wait. What are you guys up to? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:51:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/31/14!!! Last day of May! This year is going by fast. <BR> <BR> What's everyone up to today? I have a home visit and then stopping by Best Buy to look at tablets. I won't buy it there, but it's a good place to go play with them and see what they do. <BR> <BR> I have not been swimming since Wednesday. I have no motivation to go. I wonder why? Sat, 31 May 2014 11:28:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/30/14!!! Uh oh, I hope Heather didn't get lost at her horse meeting! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be going up to Monterey and kayaking! We'll leave work a little early today and I can't wait! Okay, I'm going to go read the rest of yesterday's thread, it was an interesting discussion. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:09:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/29/14!!! Good morning!!! Busy day here, deadlines and all...... <BR> <BR> Then I have an emergency meeting of this horse show committee I'm on. There are two items on this special agenda, and the first one is "Hire an Attorney ASAP". OK, that makes me a tad nervous. The Chair won't even give details to me, the Secretary, as to why we need an attorney. She's annoyingly controlling. I'm an officer, I think I should at least get the courtesy of knowing why we need an attorney. If it's a big deal,... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:00:32 EST CHECK OTHER THREADGood Morning Swimmers, 5/28/14!! Dang I knew I should have checked before I hit Post. Nothing to see here, go to the other thread. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:13:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/28/14!!! Good Morning!! The power has gone out in our office! Not sure how much longer I'll be here....guess I'll be working at home later today! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 28 May 2014 10:03:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/27/14!! Good Morning!!! I was absent yesterday!! I had the day off, and we had a parade to participate in, so I just totally forgot it was Monday! <BR> <BR> Sydney's dance school participates in the Memorial Day parade for the town each year. They learn choreography and they dance down the street to music that blasts out of the truck that leads them! It's a lot of fun. We go right in behind the fire trucks!!! Small town America at it's best. It's very cool to be a part of the celebration. ... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:46:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/26/14! I was late to check in this morning and so is everyone else! Are you all taking the day off because it's a holiday? I'm here at work, though I'll try to get out of here after eight hours since my hubby is home. <BR> <BR> Let's all give a special thanks to our military members that have given their lives so that we may live free. The freedom that we enjoy is so amazing, especially when you listen to what other countries are dealing with because they don't have full freedom. <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:11:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/25/14!!! The sun is coming up and it looks like we've got a little coastal fog going this morning. I hope it burns off quickly. Sounds like everyone was doing cleaning yesterday, I need to do that today. We have a bunch of stuff from the bedroom we were remodeling stashed in our room and I need to go through it today. I also need to get pictures up on the walls of the room, which is always fun but a surprising amount of work. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what we'll do for "play" today. We wished we had the... Sun, 25 May 2014 09:04:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/24/14!!! Can you believe we're coming to the end of May already? I can't believe we aren't backpacking this weekend : ( Casie was really putting pressure on me to go anyway but I'm just too weak from this flu. Then yesterday, when we were supposed to leave, she said she was really glad we weren't going because she was still really weak too. This has truly been the worst flu for recovery! Don't catch it! <BR> <BR> Today we're going to finish the tiling job in the bedroom and start the fun process of ... Sat, 24 May 2014 08:01:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/23/14!!! Good Morning!!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> I'm here at work instead of in the car on the way to visit my parents. I have to work at least half the day due to things that are due and pressing.....and I'm kinda bummed about that. Oh well, I'll make the best of it and get a lot done and then enjoy myself later. <BR> <BR> Ended up being in the office 11 hours yesterday, so got home late and no treadmill. This weekend for sure!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekends all!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:51:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/22/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday!!! It's rainy and cool today, but that's OK, because the weekend looks like it's going to be beautiful!!! <BR> <BR> Today I will finally start back on my treadmill workouts. I've been getting random walks in at work as I can, but I need to get back on my treadmill every other day. I love it, and I can't wait to get back to it!! <BR> <BR> And next week, I may even figure out how to swim again!!! I love summer. :) <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and A... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:35:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/21/14!! Good Morning!!! Yay for Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Traffic is clearly lighter this week and I'm getting to work earlier and without sitting in so much traffic. So nice!! <BR> <BR> All is well, and no drama in the car ride Jon! Sydney is such a great kid. Of course she has her moments......but overall I couldn't ask for a better, more loving or kind kid. <BR> <BR> Laurie, I'm sorry to hear about the trial yesterday. Seems not quite right that there was a trial and the attorney didn't kn... Wed, 21 May 2014 09:20:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/20/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday!! Another late morning for me. Guess they are all gonna be late if I keep driving Sydney to school. <BR> <BR> Nothing dramatic to report today. Just work work work......and maybe a short walk at lunch to keep my sanity. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 20 May 2014 09:33:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/19/14!! Good Morning!! Running a tad late, so I'm just going to post this quickly so we don't end up with two threads. <BR> <BR> The weekend went well!! I'll write a little update later. <BR> <BR> I even got in a nice walk on Saturday!! Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 19 May 2014 09:22:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers 05/18/14!!! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> I had to start this, I can't wait to share, I'M OFF THE BEACH! Water temp was 62 yesterday so about 7 (no dawn swim yet) it was the shorty under the 3-2 suit, 5mm gloves and boots and back in I was. I feel complete again. I feel whole again. One hour, about 1.5 miles, a bit low but it wasn't the usual 100 stroke sets the first time in as in past years, I was immediately up to 250s. A lot of core and shoulder work the last couple of months seems to have paid off. I didn't e... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:47:43 EST TI or Total Immerson. Do you practice it? Anyone do "Total Immersion" swimming? <BR> <BR> It's a type of swimming style that incorporates Tai Chi breathing and style. No, it's not synchronized swimming. <BR> <BR> This explains it better than I could: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>les/august/excerpts.html </link> <BR> <BR> I bought the book Total Immersion and have started to use this style, I really like it! It's relaxing. One of these days I'm going to get an MP3 player like this: <BR> <BR> <link... Sat, 17 May 2014 15:34:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/17/14!!! Hello from San Francisco! We're going to go get some coffee and then take a hike. I think Casie is coming with us, but she isn't awake yet. <BR> <BR> Kourtney - Tom and I will be doing chores here or I would have contacted you to get together...but I'm so stupid! Casio found a free yoga in the park that she and Jacob are.going to and I should have thought of you! Please forgive my stupidity! My only excuse is that work has been insane. <BR> <BR> Have a great on plan kind of day! <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 09:37:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/16/14!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!!! My day has already been eventful, and it's not yet quite 7:30 am here. Raising a daughter is a challenge. She is doing her best to look like a16 year old tart, and I apparently am not helping in my clothing choices that I buy for her. It doesn't help that the outfits she puts together make her look as cheesy as possible. The next few years are going to be rough I think. Heaven help us. <BR> <BR> I'm working from home today because we have a whole weeken... Fri, 16 May 2014 07:29:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/15/14!!! Good Morning!! Wow, traffic was insane today and I'm running late! <BR> <BR> So, quick start here just to say hi. I hope eveyrone is doing well today. It's almost the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 15 May 2014 09:11:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/14/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!! We are half way through the work week and I hope eveyrone is having a good week so far. <BR> <BR> I honestly finally am feeling myself again. Thank goodness. It was a long stressful fall and winter and I am going to do my best to enjoy the spring and summer. One day at a time. <BR> <BR> I'm riding the horse after work today, assuming there are no thunderstorms. I don't ride in thunderstorms!! If it's just raining but no storms I may not ride and then... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:04:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/13/14!!! Good Morning!!! I'm in a decent mood, and I haven't been able to say that for quite some time, so I'm pretty happy today. It's nice to feel some of this stress being managed a bit better and frankly some of the demands lessening back to a normal level here at work. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Sydney took a project in to school, which was a map of China that she made on a piece of foam board that was 2 feet by 3 feet. She did a very good job on it. The teacher was suspicious and asked her if she... Tue, 13 May 2014 08:18:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/12/14!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a very nice weekend. I did, with some ups and downs!!! I actually fell off a step yesterday and am extremely grateful that the only damage was a skinned up knee and shin. Ugh. Really could have been so much worse!!! <BR> <BR> Pretty start to the week here. Sunny and warm. Very nice day for a ride and I will have my lesson this afternoon. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I did the performance appraisal meetings last Friday, and they all went well, even with the cra... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:32:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/11/14!!! Happy Mother's Day! <BR> <BR> My daughter stayed over last night and so did a bike rider from Florida. It's fun to hear the stories from traveler's. <BR> <BR> I'm really sore from tiling, which doesn't surprise me because it's hard work. I was going to wait for Casie to get up to go do a swim, but I might go without her. She doesn't get up that early, we'll see. I'm not sure I could kayak today but we did plan a picnic so I may have to. Well, planned isn't really right...we decided to have... Sun, 11 May 2014 09:01:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/10/14!!! Morning folks! I figured since I was floating around I'd get today's thread started :) <BR> <BR> I'm off to Longwood gardens for a little bit and then picking up some extra hours at work to make up for some of what I missed this past week. hoping to take the laptop with me and work on some cover letters while the printers do their thing. Sat, 10 May 2014 09:06:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/9/14!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! T <BR> <BR> oday I get to present the performance appraisals. For those who asked about the payroll person, today is the unfortunate task for me of giving her the appraisal. It's likely going to be a nightmare scenario. But we will work her out of here I think. Just not immediately. We'd be in a real mess if we suddenly fired our payroll person. Ugh, the stress..... <BR> <BR> At least it's Friday!!! For that I am grateful. We should have a nice, war... Fri, 9 May 2014 08:53:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/8/14!!! Good Morning!!! I'm off to a meeting at a client location in PA, so a whole different kind of day for me today. I have to present some training on how to do expense reports and what employees can expense. I find it hard to believe that people can't figure this out on their own, but.......they can't and so I have to go train. This is not my strong suit.......I'm sure it will go well, but just not my favorite thing to do. <BR> <BR> I have a rare morning home alone with my dogs and cats and... Thu, 8 May 2014 07:24:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/7/14!!!!! Good Morning!!! It's Wednesday!! Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> Work is, for now, at a normal pace and for that I am extremely grateful. The only thing really bugging me here is I have to work on disciplining and possibly terminating my payroll person. Not only is she a wreck of a person who struggles just to get herself to work, but now the quaility of the the work is more consistently problematic rather than acceptable. Ugh. What a pain......sloppy and payroll just do not go together. This ... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:05:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/6/14!!! Good Morning!!! It's starting out pretty and should be a good day!! <BR> <BR> It's picture week at the dance studio, so my car is full with a ballet costume that has an enormous tutu!! It's really pretty. This is the first year Sydney will do her own hair and makeup for the pictures. <em>39</em> Not sure why I need to be there, but she wants me there, so I guess I can still provide moral support if needed. This getting so independent is great in so many ways, but I miss some of the... Tue, 6 May 2014 07:32:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/5/14!!! I had a wonderful weekend! I'm so glad I have kids who like to go do stuff! We had about fifteen people come help clean our local children's museum and it was very rewarding. Cleaning is a good workout...I can tell because I'm sore this morning. After the museum we went to an art show at Pismo Beach and the weather was warm, the show was nice and we got food there to had a picnic. I surely do love living here! Then we went wine tasting and blueberry picking. It was a full, fun day! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 5 May 2014 08:48:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/4/14!!! Good Sunday morning to you! Today will be a fun play/work day. I'm meeting 20 or so of my workmates and family at the Children's Discovery Museum and we're going to do some cleaning and rearranging. It should be a lot of fun for a good cause. After that we're going to an art show on the beach, then wine tasting and blueberry picking. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 4 May 2014 09:21:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/3/14! Good Saturday! We have absolutely no plans for the day! I'm not sure what that means. I'd like to get in a short hike since we're planning on backpacking next weekend. It's not supposed to be as hot here today as it has been this past week, which is okay because I prefer the milder weather. Above 79 is too hot and below 70 is too cold - haha, Well, maybe that's a bit too narrow of a band of weather, but we are spoiled here. <BR> <BR> I should clean the house and organize a cabinet in my room... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:46:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/2/14!!! Oh man am I exhausted. My son and I met with the tax accountants for two and a half hours late yesterday to discuss the IRS audit for a year that I wasn't there. It's tough to plan a strategy, but I think they've done an excellent job so it will just be time to pay the price and put it behind us. I slept in this morning so I didn't swim. <BR> <BR> I plan to take the weekend off, I think I need that. On Sunday Maureen (Armonia), my kids, husband and a bunch of co-workers are going to go clean... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:52:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/1/14!! Hi!!! Oh wow, the layout changed yesterday after my quick post. Ugh, I don't have the brain power to figure this out. What happened to the blogs scrolling on the right and the huddle? Well, they must be somewhere......someday I'll have time to find them!! <BR> <BR> OK, so crazy day here. Lots of work, Sydney's riding lesson, work some more at home I'm sure, then get ready to travel tomorrow to visit MIL. Zowie!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 1 May 2014 08:27:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/30/14!!! Good Morning!! Quick start here as I'm late and also trying not to have two threads!!! <BR> <BR> Things here are good.....back later to check in!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!!! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:49:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/29/14!!! Good Morning! Happy Tuesday!! It's cloudy and gray here, but no tornadoes and for that I am truly grateful. I hope all of our team members are safe!! <BR> <BR> I had my riding lesson last night. Woo hoo for me!! I am back in the saddle again literally!! Feeling stronger and confident. This year I have a goal to participate in one horse show. It really helps to have a goal! <BR> <BR> Tonight after work I'll get in a swim and then pick up the kid from dance. Nice!! <BR> <BR> Have a ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:59:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/28/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy start to the week!! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was restful and uneventful. That was nice for a change. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I have a riding lesson today, so that's the exercise for today. I got on the treadmill yesterday, and hey, I have to track that cardio! It's motiviating to me to see those cardio minutes add up!! <BR> <BR> And, I heard this morning that I am not being offered that job I interviewed for. I'm not at all surprised and the ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:03:44 EST 2014 Points Challenge - Take 2! How it works: <BR> <BR> You get points for taking care of yourself! <BR> <BR> Eat well, work out, or take care of other aspects of your life. Record your points in this google doc (which you can print or use your own copy online): <BR> <link><BR>qWHZ2RlFndTFjS0E/edit?usp=sharing </link> . The google doc is a work in progress, so if there's something missing you want - mention it! <BR> <BR> On Sundays, report in with... <BR> - Your points for the we... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:51:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/27/14!!! I got to sleep in this morning and it felt terrific. I almost never sleep late! I woke up and the dawn was just starting to break and I thought I did great at sleeping in, until I woke up an hour later to bright light streaming in. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I went to a couple of nurseries yesterday and had a blast! We bought a bunch of succulents, ground cover and other fun plants like spearmint. We came home and pretty much re-landscaped the whole front yard! My wonderful husband cleaned up... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:49:30 EST Am I swimming right? Hi all, <BR> I am now to this team. I have been a runner most of my life but since September last year I have been diagnosed with Spondylositesis on L5 to S1, so my doctor told me I have to cut on any type of high-impact sport and that I should swim instead. <BR> So now here I am swimming 3 times a week (I am an early morning swimmer). <BR> I cover about 2 k in 40-45 mins and I wonder if that's going to be enough for me to stay fit. <BR> I used to run 10k before and I feel swimming does not ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:52:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/26/14!!! Happy Saturday! My daughter slept over last night and today we're going to go shopping at some landscaping places. She wants to see how they run their operations to help in knowing how to set up our nursery. It will be fun. <BR> <BR> I am making a veggie breakfast and cleaning up the house. What are you guys up to? Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:34:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/25/14!!! Good Morning!!! It's FRIDAY!!! <em>244</em> Thank goodness. <BR> <BR> Today after work I'm taking Sydney to her friend's house for a sleepover and then hubby and I are going to enjoy a nice evening at home! Tomorrow we are going to go shopping for fencing for the yard. OK, maybe not a tropical vacation, but it sounds wonderful to me!!! <BR> <BR> No work all weekend!!! The nicer part of my year has arrived and for that I am truly grateful. I'm going to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I hope ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:47:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/24/14!!! Good Morning! Thankfully it's a bright sunny day here!! <em>67</em> That always helps the mood! <BR> <BR> I'm taking my Vitamin D and trying to just take one thing at a time. I walked and I meditated last night, so that really helps me a lot. <BR> <BR> Carol, good luck with that IRS audit. I've been through a few here as well but thankfully so far, no real adjustments have ever been found. You have to have those policies in place and follow them so you are in a good place if the IRS e... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:47:58 EST How long is your workout? Hi. I'm mainly a runner but also swim (ocean) 4-5 days a week for about 30 minutes. I'm curious about how long/far others are swimming? Is there a minimum workout length to get a health benefit? According to Spark, I only burn about 150 calories in 30 minutes. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:12:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/23/14!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!! Woo hoo, the work week is half over! I am really having a hard time enjoying my work anymore........ <BR> <BR> I am back to my treadmill workouts! So walking every other day, swimming at least once a week, and riding two or three times a week. Maybe the activity will help me deal with the way I feel about work and my life. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:03:41 EST Has anyone seen this viirtual swim video? Awesome! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I learned something about butterfly stroke from this.It really helped me understand the form in slow motiion. <BR> <BR> You can configure from any stoke, angle and at any speed. <BR> <BR> Try it! And tell me what you learn from it. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:26:35 EST It's official! I have joined this team! Hi all! <BR> <BR> After much thought and soul searching I have stepped down from "team leader" of "Around The World Swimming Challenge" team, due to health reasons, Unfortunately, I have need of more support for myself than I am able to give others at this time. Somehow, I feel this is a step up for me rather than a step down. I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all and learn new things. Right now, I am in dire need of getting back to swimming regularly. At this time I am i... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:51:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/22/14!!! Yesterday was such a rush of work! Today I still have one more analysis to do for my HR director which I'm working on now. Once this is done I can get back to the usual crazy pace. <BR> <BR> I'm going to go walking tonight and also try to get another coat of varnish on the two new beds I bought. What are you guys up to today? <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:54:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/21/14!! Good Morning!!! So sorry I dropped off the threads the last few days. I got an unexpected day of on Friday and I just enjoyed the outdoors and the weather and riding and never got on the computer!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I'm having a challenging personal life these days......I'm working hard to find some peace. Lots of meditating. <BR> <BR> Anyone have an open water swim yet? It's starting to get warmer and I know you tough outdoor swimmers and just anxious to ge... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:14:54 EST Happy Easter Swimmers! Good morning all! I know Jon is up and going to an early service this morning, how about the rest of you, how do you celebrate Easter? <BR> <BR> We will be catching a plane soon and the kids will be at our house when we arrive. When the kids were young we did huge Easter parties with treasure hunts, egg hunts and even special performances by musicians or magicians. This year we're going to decorate pysanky style eggs which will be fun. Tom will do his word clue treasure hunt for their basket... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:14:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/19/14!! Good morning! I'm the first one here?! hehehe <BR> <BR> just getting breakfasted and uploading stuff to the web - our professional photos finally came in! yay! then I'm off to run some errands and make tapioca pudding with meringue for Easter desert tomorrow. We're headed to a friend's for some bonfire goodness tonight, should be a busy weekend :) Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:01:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/18/14!! Gah! Is this true? My 'puter shows no one posted for today. Really! So I'll "start". <BR> <BR> It was a good day on top on a good week. The two part-time assistants are down to one as one became full time to me. "We want you to concentrate on more strategic things" and I don't think it's because I was messing up my tactical dailies. I ordered a new 70 lb band yesterday and it wasn't here today from a company normally a day away :( so I'll make do over the weekend. Yes, I *will* get a water t... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:42:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/17/14!! Good Morning!!! It's Thursday! The weekend is approaching. I so need an entire week off of work, it's crazy. I don't think I can wait until July for a proper vacation!! But, work is demanding, so not sure how I'm gonna work this out!! <BR> <BR> The swim yesterday was lovely! It was so nice to be back in the pool. Happy Day!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:57:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/16/14!!! Good Morning! Well, I woke up to SNOW this morning!!! Ugh. We had about an inch on the ground where I live. There's no snow down here at work, it just hit at the higher elevation of home. Yowza! Snow in April! It was almost 80 degrees on Sunday. This weather is crazy!! <BR> <BR> I'm slowly pulling out of my funk. Not totally there, but getting there. One day at a time. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to the pool after work!!! Yay!!! I can't wait to get back to some kind of normal schedul... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:52:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/15/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday! I'm so glad that Monday is done. I got a lot done and had a generally good start to the week. <BR> <BR> It's very spring like here today, rainy and cooler, but still very nice and much better than snow!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:01:03 EST so excited to see a group of swimmers! After quite some time, I have returned to Spark! I was so excited to see a team of fellow swimmers! I swim regularly in Masters at the Y and now the weather is getting nicer...I am heading out to the open as well!!! I would love to join a challenge! I noticed some going on. I need to read thru the posts to figure it all out! I am so thrilled to see this! Oh my! To be able to talk "swim" with others and chat about how others deal with the hunger following swims!!! This is awesome!!! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:24:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/14/14 Good morning all. <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Mine was restful and productive - I got laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, and general apt cleaning done. I also got in two yoga classes. My piriformis is also doing better (it was acting up last week). <BR> <BR> I'm dreading work today. I didn't work at all this weekend and I'm nervous about the repercussions of that. Good thing I'm working out this morning. On my way there right now actually. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? What sorts... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:14:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/13/14!!! Oops...sorry about the date guys! <BR> <BR> Good Sunday morning to you all! The sale yesterday was a success! It put our nursery on the map and hopefully we'll have more customers because of it. We sold over $6k which is our largest day ever...well, kind of our only day. Casie did an awesome job of setting the whole thing up and it was really clear the day of. <BR> <BR> Today we're going kayaking in ocean up by Morro Bay and Casie is going to come with us. I love having the kids nearby. Af... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:44:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/12/14!!! Happy Saturday everyone! Today is our CalCoast Palms big event <link> </link> (this is us). We'll see how well Casie did at setting up the event! Wish us luck. <BR> <BR> I'll be on my feet all day, so we'll count that as the activity for the day. I'm sure by 3 o'clock when it's over I'll be exhausted. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:47:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/11/14!!! It's Friday! Hooray for Friday! <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the gym today because I seem to be having an allergy reaction. I think it might be the white wine I drank last night. I should know better than to drink white wine because it often has too many sulfites for me. We had the kids and the dog over last night for dinner and Tom made salmon that was excellent. <BR> <BR> What plans do you guys have for the weekend? My whole family is working at our nursery tomorrow for our open house which s... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:54:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/10/14!!! Can you believe it's Thursday already? Wow! I know it's Thursday because the garbage cans are out on the street...which is about the only way I know what the day is. I am amazed at how quickly this week has flown by. This weekend we are putting on a "good neighbor" open house event at our nursery and I'm excited for it! <BR> <BR> I got in a good work out this morning and now I'm ready for the day! What active activity do you have set for today? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:55:29 EST Good Morning, Swimmers 4/9/14 I figured I'd start the thread on my way to my workout class. Here's hoping we don't end up with two! <BR> <BR> Work has been super stressful trying to hit this deadline. I'm not sure I'm going to make the deadline... But I've been taking decent care of myself, including workouts and good food. :) Mike has noticed too and told me he is proud. :-D. <BR> <BR> I picked up my newly drilled bowling ball yesterday. Pretty pumped to use it tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> How are you guys? Have a BAD... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:11:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/8/14!! Good Morning. I got a quick chance to skim yesterday's thread, and thanks for the support. We are all just so busy. <BR> <BR> Just as life starts to settle a bit, we get some unsettling news. My MIL has Stage IV lung cancer. Ugh. Very hard evening in our house last night. This adult thing is tough. <BR> <BR> I will wish you all a good and active day. I am going to take a few days away from work and spark and facebook, etc. I just really need a break. Could you guys hold the fort a ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:58:26 EST New Challenge Ideas? Hi all.... the points challenge we started in March is still on! I renamed the thread. We'll keep it up as long as people are interested! <BR> <BR> That said, the participation there has been limited, although I know that for many of our members, this time of year is INCREDIBLY busy. I'm wondering if there's some other type of challenge people would like to see, in addition to that one. Something for the next month? Or for the summer? <BR> <BR> Please post your ideas here... we need mo... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:00:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/7/14!!! Another Monday! I got a lot of work done yesterday so I'm in really good shape for the week. I'm going to start using my new Spark activity tracker tonight and see how it works. I think it will be fun to have it. I wonder how it will track the activities I have planned for tonight. Painting doesn't sound very active, but it sure wears you out. <BR> <BR> It's been windy here so I didn't walk yesterday because my allergies are just too bad. My lungs are still feeling the pain from ripping out ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:53:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/6/14!!! Not many people around this weekend! I hope you're all out playing and being active. I am at work this morning. Casie said she'd be coming in around 7am to get some work done for the upcoming event. It certainly is nice having children that have great work ethic. <BR> <BR> I'm having terrible allergy issues this morning - headache, stuffy nose and I'm tired. I know it's from the wind and ripping out carpet, but that doesn't help. I don't think we'll go hiking today, but my husband was talkin... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:55:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/5/14!!! It looks like a beautiful day is dawning outside! I got up early this morning and started cooking and cleaning. I made a nice veggie breakfast while I was cleaning the kitchen. We have a very boring day planned for cleaning and doing taxes. At least I got an early start on both, so hopefully it won't take all day. With Casie having moved out, I want to rip out the carpeting in her room and tile it. That's too big of a project to start today, but if I can get the whole house cleaned then I mig... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:49:50 EST Newbie has questions:Needs help swimming correctly Hi! I'm new to the Swimming for Cardio team. I have been swimming for a while now to burn calories and keep my joints limber. <BR> <BR> The problem is that I have discovered that I need to make some changes to how I swim to swim properly, but I have no idea who to ask these questions, so I hope someone here will be able to help. <BR> <BR> I am starting by trying to correct my freestyle stroke. I stink at it frankly because I can't get my head in the water. The only thing I have been able t... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:18:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/4/14!!! Good Morning!!! What a cool date to type!!! Four is my favorite number, I hope today brings good luck! <BR> <BR> The audit is done!! Final report will come this morning and finally the work slows down!!! Monday isn't looking promising at this point, so I'm thinking more likely, and more fun ultimately, I will take off next Thursday and Friday. Woo Hoo!!!! <BR> <BR> However, and this is a great thing, I will leave work on time today and not work all weekend and not think about it either... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:41:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/3/14!!! Good Morning!!! The sun is shining and it is going to be almost 60 degrees today. I think spring may finally have arrived!! <BR> <BR> Looks like I might get an audit report today or tomorrow, which means I finally get to slow down a little. Well, I have to get monthly financials all done by tomorrow (for February!!!, yes, I'm way behind). Then, with any luck, a day off on Monday!!! I am working hard to meet that goal. We have another huge project going at the same time as year end audi... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:05:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/2/14!! Good morning!!! Late start again, quick start for me here. <BR> <BR> Yes, I went to the interview and it was awesome!!! Not sure what might happen next, but the initial interview went well. Next step would be a second interview with others in the group, but we'll see. I'm sure there's competition for the job. <BR> <BR> Busy stupid day here. I need a little vacation, but not coming just yet........still shooting for a day off next week. <BR> <BR> One of these days I'll work out again!!... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:57:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/1/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy April Fool's Day!! Hope nothing too tricky happens to you today!! <BR> <BR> Late start again, so quick hello!!! Let us know what's going on with you!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:20:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/31/14!!! Vacation was a lot of fun! We really enjoyed ourselves and now it's nice to be back. I'm starting off the day with a meeting at 8 am and I have to correct the minutes from the last meeting, so I'll let you guys talk and come back later. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we did a wonderful hike at our mission and it was beautiful out! Today is supposed to be as nice, but we hear we may be in for some rain this week...keep your fingers crossed for us! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:13:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/14!!! Can you believe that March is already ending? I knew this year was going to fly, but to be at the end of the first quarter is amazing. I haven't even done my taxes yet, have you? And being an accountant I normally know where I'm at with paying more or getting a refund...but not this year! <BR> <BR> We are going to head home today. Casie stayed at our house last night, working on getting her stuff packed and cleared out. We plan to do something together today, maybe go see Divergent and do a ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:33:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/29/14!!! I can't believe I'm early enough to start the thread! Well, as long as we don't double post... <BR> <BR> We are back on land today. We are in Long Beach waiting to get off the ship and then we're going to go hiking. This afternoon we have a couple's massage and that should be fun. It's been a great, relaxing vacation! Last night we had a special dinner with our newly made friends and it was fun. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? I'll have to catch up on the threads once I fire up my ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:22:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/28/14!!! Good Morning!!! The day is intense already, and I'm tired from getting to bed late after the rehearsal last night. But it was worth it, because the dance troupe leader chose Sydney to fill in for the girl who is injured in her part in one of the dances. It's not a huge part, but it's a huge big deal that out of all the kids she could have chosen, she chose Sydney. That kid makes me want to cry, I'm so darn proud of her!!!! <BR> <BR> It's gonna be a long weekend, but it should be fun. I j... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:53:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/27/14!! Good Morning!!! Quick fly by here to say hello and start the thread. <BR> <BR> Good luck with your three cases today Laurie! <BR> <BR> Have fun on the rest of the vacation Carol. And Happy Birthday!! <BR> <BR> We have an emergency dance troupe rehearsal tonight, 8 - 9:30. Ugh. Several kids are injured so they have to re work dances for the competition this weekend!!! Oh boy! <BR> <BR> Focused day of work here, then some personal time. Should be a good one! At least it's sunny out. ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:51:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/26/14!!! Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday!! <BR> <BR> We here in my part of NJ escaped any snow, so I am seriously hopeful that means spring is finally coming. It's cold and windy today, but tomorrow is looking nice! <BR> <BR> I'm a little outside myself stressed right now, with work and family life. I really need a day off. I may get one next week, or even Friday if I can. We have a dance competition this weekend that we have to be there for Saturday and Sunday, so I could use the afternoon off ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:07:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/25/14!! Good Morning! I wasn't able to get back on the thread yesterday and talk, but I know all of you and I know you had lovely supportive things to say to me, and I thank you for that in advance. I'll go back to that thread later, just wanted to start today's thread. <BR> <BR> My work is finally slowing down! That is a very nice thing. Soon, I will be swimming and treadmilling again with gusto. <BR> <BR> I am getting a late start here, so I'll post this then come back later. <BR> <BR> Have ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:21:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/24/14!! Good Morning! I hope you all had a nice weekend. <BR> <BR> Mine was pretty good, very busy. I could really use a long weekend to catch up on my personal life!! <BR> <BR> Today is the day I am going to finally put down my cat Bill. He is starting to suffer and it's time. I'll get an appointment this afternoon or early evening. I'm terribly sad, but also very grateful for his long and happy life and the fact that we have a kind and gentle way to end his suffering. I just hope i can kee... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:51:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/23/14!!! Carol, Santa Barbara sounds lovely! A nice long walk followed by beer and people watching would be heavenly to me. 62? Chilly? Nah.... 62 is just about perfect weather! <BR> <BR> Jon, thank god for weekends, no??? Sounds like a good recovery. <BR> <BR> Jen! Welcome back! We've missed you! Glad you're getting back to normal. I haven't seen any crocuses yet. I keep looking, but they're being shy. <BR> <BR> We're back in the deep freeze again, with temps in the teens and more snow. ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:02:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/22/14!!! Seeing as how Carol is on vacation and I'm up early... <BR> <BR> Kourtney, I'm just about ready with a rough draft of the copy I want on the website. My plan is to do final edits today and then send it to the people I want to look it over before I actually post it. I saw you were posting monthly on the 100 mile challenge. I'm posting when I remember, which usually ends up being every three weeks or so. It doesn't really matter when you post... I just want people to participate! An a la ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:40:26 EST Swim Challenge 2014 OK Laurie, I'll kick this off. <BR> <BR> I won't be in the water for another five or six weeks for open water swimming but here's the 2014 100 Mile Challenge. Post your goal and tracking but copying and pasting the below and adding your numbers. It helps if it's alphabetical and percentage is miles swam divided by goal. Additional comments welcomed! Go for it! <BR> <BR> NAME - TOTAL MILES SWAM in 2014 - MILE GOAL FOR THE YEAR - PERCENTAGE TO GOAL <BR> <BR> EasttEndClam - 0 - 133 - 0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:35:17 EST