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, 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 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 Good Morning Swimmers, 3/21/14!!! Happy Friday!!! Oh thank goodness it's Friday!!! I'm so sick of work!!! :) It's actually not going so bad these days, but I am glad that I'll get a little down time this weekend. I could sure use it. <BR> <BR> So today I take the Swedish meatballs in for the "Travel Expo" at the school. All the 6th grade students have done group projects trying to entice us to travel to their assigned country. I can't wait to see them all!! <BR> <BR> So I gotta run and get ready to go!!! <BR> <BR> A... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:09:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/20/14!! Good Morning and Happy First Day of Spring!! Woo hoo!!!! <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>67</em> The morning fog is burning off and we are supposed to see sun today!!! Thank goodness!!!! <BR> <BR> Carol, I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Birthday!!!! Also, have a nice vacation!! Your staff will do fine, and they can always reach you if they can't figure something really important out by themselves. <BR> <BR> So, work work work.....then a session of making Swedish meatballs ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:54:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/19/14!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!! I'm so much closer to the end of this incredibly long year end close process. Just have to get through all the subsidary financial statements with the auditors, and a few more follow ups, and then woo hoo, I'll be back to normal!!! Soon I can probably share the other things going on at work that have been sucking up so much time the last five months......but not yet!! <BR> <BR> So it's actually a normally paced work day here today. Traffic has been ligh... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:57:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/18/14!! I'm late today!!! Posting quick so we don't have two threads!!! <BR> <BR> Hope all are well. We have sun today so that's very nice. I'll try to come back later and chat!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:25:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/17/14!! Good Morning!! Happy St. Patrick's day!! <em>137</em> <em>440</em> I'm too busy to actually try to think about some kind of celebration, but I did manage to get a green sweater on today thanks to my daughter reminding me about it last night. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The final push through the year end work and then......I see it......a break.....a few days off in April!!!! I can't wait!!! But, before then just a lot to do to finish this yearly project and do my normal work respo... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:18:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/16/14!!! I will try to remember to post pictures from our kayak day because it was beautiful! After kayaking we stopped at the store and picked up picnic supplies and decided to go to one of the wineries that we are members of. It turned out perfectly because they had a band playing and tables set up in the sun. I love California! <BR> <BR> Today we're going swimming at the gym and we need to do some housekeeping. Casie needs to start packing her stuff up so that she can move to her brother's house s... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:05:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/15/14!!! I'm leaving to go kayaking! Today we're celebrating my birthday at Casie's insistence. Since we'll be on vacation on my actual birth date it makes sense...I guess. We're going to go up to Morro Bay for the kayaking and then maybe take a hike, but definitely have a picnic outside for lunch because it's beautiful out today! Then we're going to the little town of Cambria to go shopping and then wine/beer tasting. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:40:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/14/14!! Good Morning. Happy Pi Day!! For those who are into math, you know what that is. For those not so into math, well, Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and it is approximately 3.14, hence the day. My kid is really into math. We made cupcakes decorated with numbers out to 28 decimal places. Pi goes on forever, so we stopped there!!! <BR> <BR> Today is another busy day of work, but thankfully it's Friday. I am sure I'll be working over the weekend, but that's pa... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:38:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/13/14!!! Good Morning! I hope eveyrone is doing well. I am slowing down a bit today and have a minute to catch my breath here at work. That's a nice thing!! <BR> <BR> I actually had some very bad news this morning. My colleague in India lost her husband yesterday. He had a heart attack and died very suddenly. I'm so very sad for her today. It makes me stop and think about what's really important. <BR> <BR> So today I am doing a normal day of work. I am leaving at a normal time and I'm going ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:23:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/12/14!!! Good Morning!!! Well, it's warmer today, not freezing, but cloudy again. Boy, the weather and the light really do affect me!! I think honestly it affects most of us. <BR> <BR> So, big push again today on the work. No time for any down time. Up side is I'm only working a normal 8 hours and not some crazy 13 hours today!!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Kitty on fluids with kidney failure looked pretty good this morning. The end is coming but I'd like to be able to get a few more weeks with him if I ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:55:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/11/14!! Good Morning!!! I am in a fantastic mood today because bonus amounts have been approved and finally, after years of working with the boss to figure out how to communicate with him, I appear to have succeeded because I have been give a really nice bonus this year. Strangely I have done the same amount of good hard work year after year, and not been rewarded, but this year I finally figured out how to communicate the work, and it's being recognized. I'm so happy. <BR> <BR> And now, back to ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:54:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/10/14!!! I hope the lack of thread means that Heather is sleeping in! <BR> <BR> We had fun doing crafts yesterday, Maureen should post a picture of the necklace she made. It was awesome, it turned out how she described the necklace she wanted. Casie didn't do crafts with us because she was too busy playing with her brother and the dog! Good times were had by all. <BR> <BR> Today is an early work day as I try to put the finishing touches to the necessary documents for the audit. I brought my swimmin... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:19:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/9/14!!! Good Sunday to you all! I am at work but my hubby is with me, so that's nice. He was going to his work but forgot his keys so he agreed to help me with a database that I need. Such a good man! <BR> <BR> It' looks like it's going to be in the 80s again today! We've moved our craft day to today for us girls and then I think we'll go to our incredibly beautiful mission for a hike. Woo hoo I love spring! Yesterday we were so happy to be hiking in the hot weather that we started discussing our fi... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:18:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/8/14!!! My husband and I are headed to work this morning and I skipped the gym in favor of extra time lazing in bed. I have an audit coming up next week and I need to be prepared. <BR> <BR> Maureen (Armonia) is going to come over and along with Casie we are going to have a craft day. That should be fun! What are you guys up to today? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:22:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers. 3/7/14!!! Happy Friday!!! Woo hoo!!! I'm so happy it's Friday!!! Of course, I'm going to work all weekend, but at least I'll be at home working. And, it's supposed to be sunny and 50 degrees tomorrow. So, even though I can't actually spend too much time outside enjoying it, seeing the sun will definitely be a mood lifter!! <BR> <BR> I think perhaps I will go swim on Saturday afternoon, then go sit in the hot tub and the sauna before I have to pick up my daughter from her dance class. That assume... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:23:27 EST Newbie here (to team, not to Spark) Hi everyone, my name is Dee and I decided to join this team because swimming is my favorite exercise and swimming season is coming up soon. I've always loved being in the water and over ten years ago, after I had a stroke that caused me trouble with walking, I started swimming as (self-directed) physical therapy. I still swim daily during warm weather. Since I live in San Diego that means lots of swimming. Moved into a new apartment last fall and it has a bigger, nicer pool - but the water's ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:14:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/6/14!! Good Morning!!! Well, it's bright and sunny and so that's really nice for a change. Still, it was 6 degrees when I left the house this morning. I'm getting a tad tired of cold weather!!! :) I have been hearing birds sing so maybe spring birds are coming. I haven't seen red winged blackbirds like Jon has, and I don't know the songs so maybe I also have moron Robins singing, but still, bird song is nice to hear!!! <BR> <BR> I am going for a walk at lunch just to clear my mind. I surely n... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:39:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/5/14!! Good Morning!!! Wow, two days in a row, I'm on a roll!!! But like I just said to my husband on the phone, I feel like I'm running backwards these days. Just when I feel like I'll be able to focus on the thing I planned for today, I get a whole lot of items the boss needs now! Once this project ends, I can share a bit more about why I'm so much busier this busy season than normal, but for now, I can just say I'm busy!! <BR> <BR> So, it's off to work for now. And, tonight I have a meeting ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:16:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/4/14!!! Good Morning!!! It's so COLD today!!! Brrrrrr......isn't it March that's in like a lion, out like a lamb? I think so, so let's hope spring gets here when it's supposed to!!! <BR> <BR> Busy day again, work normal hours, then gotta get special kitty food and, uh....something else I have to do that I can't remember now!!! I'm sure it will come back to me. Kid is home sick with same cold hubby had last week. I have so far avoided it and that's good because there is no time to be sick now! ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:58:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/3/14!!!! Good Morning!!! It's that time of year when I feel like no matter how much I get done, it's never enough. One more month and the financial statement audit will be over. Yipee!!! It's such a long process and it totally absorbs me, along with all of the other regular work! <BR> <BR> We had a nice but long weekend at a dance competition. Sydney's dances did well, and she looked so lovely on stage. <BR> <BR> Very little opportunity to work out these days.....but I'm going to walk tonight o... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:45:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/2/14!!! Good morning! I'm running late this morning...which is really nice. I'll start the thread and then read yesterday's posts to catch up. It's still raining here! I guess we won't be hiking today because it will be way too muddy. But, YAY for rain! We'll still go wine tasting, but the picnic we planned probably isn't a great idea. Maybe we can go to the gym before heading to wine country. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:37:48 EST Hello! Its been years since I've swam laps!! I use to take swim classes in high school, swim laps the entire class and then come back after school to swim some more. It was the most stress-free time of my life. Swimming was my "Me Time" I was so at peace with everything when I was in the water. Not having to worry about anything else or anyone, just focusing on the water surrounding my body. I've never felt that way about any kind of activity, and its kinda weird saying it out loud lol. Does anyone ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:41:51 EST 2014 Points Challenge So.... I am now just realizing that I have never tried to create or share a google doc before, so please let me know if this link doesn't work. <BR> <BR> This is an Excel Spreadsheet for our March 2014 Points Challenge. You'll need a fresh one for each week. Download it to your computer, then you can either print it out and keep track of it by hand, or you can just use the spreadsheet to input your numbers and then save it under a different name for each week. Come back to this thread to ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:23:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/1/14!!! Happy March! Can you believe that it's already March? What plans do you guys have for today? It's only 6 on the west coast, so I'm not doing anything yet. I normally get to the gym about now, but I decided it would be nice to sleep in and take it easy. I've got my coffee and I'm headed back to my nice, warm bed to drink it. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:21:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/28/14!!! Hello!!! I can't believe it's the last day of February!!! How are you all doing?? I'm so swamped it's crazy!! <BR> <BR> I'm just working, that's really all I'm doing. That and getting my kid's schooling taken care of. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Anyone have cool plans for the weekend?? We have a dance competition all day Sunday. And Sydney wants to go watch her friends who have solos compete Saturday. Full weekend of dance! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:01:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/27/14!!! I guess Heather is busy again today, sorry I couldn't start this sooner. I realize you easterners may already be up, so feel free to start the thread if you're around and we aren't! <BR> <BR> We got RAIN! We're supposed to get more tonight which would be lovely. We still need about 12 - 15 more inches to pull out of our current state and that isn't likely, but some will definitely help. <BR> <BR> We are going to go hiking on Sunday and try to find the end of a trail we want to do, by starti... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:22:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/26/14!!! Good Morning!! I am so sorry about my absence!! It's just been insane here. Work is crazy, helping kid with school issues (math teacher is awful is the short story), dance stuff, snow, sick cat.....and on and on!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well. I am going to try to catch up a bit today!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:19:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/25/14!!! Good morning fishies! I had an awesome spin bike work out! I can tell my cardio and muscles are (finally) starting to respond to this new work out regimen. I'm not sure I want to take it back to the level I was before I broke my foot...but I'm thinking I'd like to be able to still ride a century and be able to do other stuff that day. I am mostly trying to get into easy backpacking shape because backpacking season is coming soon! <BR> <BR> What longer range goals do you guys have? We know Je... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:45:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/24/14!!! Heather - I hope you're sleeping in this morning! <BR> <BR> Good morning swimmers! I had a lovely swim this morning and I'm feeling really relaxed going into this crazy, crazy week. I really feel that I can grab a hold of everything we've got going and make it work. This week we flip a thousand people to one of our new companies -whew that's scary! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? I've been remiss in posting on the challenge thread, I need to hop over there and check in. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:23:10 EST New March/Spring Challenge? Hi all... what type of challenge are you guys interested in for March? <BR> <BR> We could do another month of "get it done daily" but I think I'm sorta done with that. And given the lack of participation in the latest yardage challenges, I'm guessing you guys are bored with that? <BR> <BR> Mary sent me some really interesting points ideas, and this is something Heather had suggested previously. It would add a competitive edge to our challenges, but would be a step up from our usual yardag... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:33:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/23/14!!! How is everyone doing this beautiful Sunday morning? It's a clear, sunny day here! We had a change of plans because my son and his girl friend are coming at noon so we probably won't go kayaking. I have a Scrabble tournament at 5pm with my sister at the library this evening and that should be a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:14:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/22/14!!! Good Saturday to you all! I'm here at work and I will make it a short day so that I can get in some swimming. We plan to go to the gym later today as a family. I love swimming with my daughter! My favorite stroke to watch her do is a practice fly stroke, where you dolphin and come out with one arm, dolphin come out with the other, dolphin and both. It's just such a cool stroke to watch when someone is such a fish! Tomorrow is kayaking. Tom built a kayak frame with a hoist in the garage for tw... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:23:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/21/14!!! It's FRIDAY everyone! I'm so happy that it is finally Friday! I need a day off and I'm planning on enjoying it thoroughly! We're planning on taking the kayaks out this weekend and I really feel like I need some time with the ocean. <BR> <BR> What plans do you guys have coming up this weekend? Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:01:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/20/14!!! Good morning, I was busy this morning and didn't get here very early. I guess this has been a crazy week for all of us swimmers! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the weekend after this crazy, crazy week. We are selling a couple of properties, working on buying a couple properties, finishing a deal to buy over a million dollars worth of equipment and meanwhile rolling out two new's a wonder I'm not more tired! It's all pretty fun for me, really, so I'm not complaining. I just ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:32:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/19/14!!! Happy hump day everyone! How are you guys doing today? I had a nice walk last night and I slept in this morning since my throat is still sore and I don't want to push it. I plan to walk again tonight as long as I don't feel any worse. My husband sounds terrible, but his voice is deep and sexy, so all is not lost. <BR> <BR> I have a meeting at 9:30 that I'm prepping for, so I better get at it! I'll check back after the meeting and see what you guys are up to. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:47:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/18/14!!! Wow... two days in a row... <BR> <BR> We got another 6 inches last night of wet, heavy snow. Schools are closed. I still have to go in to work, but I don't have much to do. <BR> <BR> I also will go to the hospital to visit my friend and her sons. She's pretty critical and I think they will do surgery tomorrow. More about that later. <BR> <BR> What's everyone else up to today? <BR> <BR> How many days till spring? 30 something? Too many for me.... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:59:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/17/14!!! Wow... how busy are we!! Almost 11 and no thread yet! <BR> <BR> Kourtney???? How did your talk with your boss go? And your sister's shower? <BR> <BR> I am a bit scattered today and tomorrow, kinda running around all over the place. I've been to the grocery store this morning, I have a lunch date with an old friend, then a home visit with a new client. And this evening, more research and trying out a new practice management software. I really do like this "my time is my own" thing! Eve... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:40:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/16/14!!! I'm surprised nobody beat me at starting the thread this morning! I went to work, go busy and just forgot! I'm running multiple company reports for an upcoming audit and it actually takes concentration to make sure I've got the right things running in the right companies! <BR> <BR> Good morning. <BR> <BR> I plan to do something active after I get out of here today. I had a great swim yesterday, it felt like a real swim, something I haven't done since I broke my foot. (Lynn, I hope you don'... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:36:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/15/14!!! It's amazing to me that we are already so far through February! It seems like I just put my Christmas decorations away. <BR> <BR> Did you have a nice Valentine's Day? My hubby and I had a picnic at lunch time at the park and he brought me beautiful, long stemmed pink roses. Awwww. He's such a love. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for it to get a little light outside and then I'll go to the gym for a swim. What active pursuits are you guys up to today? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:16:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/14/14!!! Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> OK, I've had enough of winter!! We had over two feet of snow hit the ground here yesterday. We are drowning in snow! Have to shovel the decks just to get out the doors. Our poor beagle just sinks if he tries to go off of the paths my husband made for the dogs. It's crazy!!! And tomorrow, two more inches are coming. Zowie! <BR> <BR> So, working at home for another day. I'm thankful I can stay on top of the work this bus... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:17:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/13/14!!! Good Morning!!! We have yet another snow storm hitting us today here on the east coast. I slept in so I haven't done much catching up with the world yet. However, I walked my dogs and found that we got a few inches over night. More is coming! <BR> <BR> I'm working here at home again today. I love working at home!! I'm very lucky to be able to do this. I could never get to the office today!! <BR> <BR> Hopefully today I can catch up a bit with you guys!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIV... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:11:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/12/14!!! Good Morning!!! Oh boy, so busy here!! And now we prepare for another day stuck inside during a snow storm. At least I have a ton of work to keep me busy. But truthfully I'd love it if I had a job where a snow day was actually a day off of work!! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing well. I can't keep up right now!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:10:17 EST I'm new.Want to go on a virtual swim competition? Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new here, but not to swimming. I am in the process of making my own Spark forum for swimmers. There's only one active swim forum on SparkPeople and it's here. I think there is room for one more. I plan to go virtual. I plan to be part of this forum as well. This looks like an awesome place. Nice that it's active. I must say, it's the members that make the forum and you guys have done a great job! I hope my forum will be as great as yours! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> But ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:18:49 EST Good Morming Swimmers, 2/11/14!!! Hmmm.... everyone must be pretty busy this morning, so I guess I'll start! <BR> <BR> First, thanks to those who posted encouraging responses on my blog. I still haven't found an answer and I still don't feel great, but I am plugging along day by day and doing what I need to do. The truth is, I'm scared. I have never been this cash poor in my life. It is not a good feeling. I need a short term fix and I'm weighing out some options, but none of them are great. Still, it's something, which... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:17:25 EST Good Morming Swimmers, 2/10/14!!! Guess I'll get us started! <BR> <BR> Talk about a lost weekend! I woke up with a migraine on Friday morning and it ebbed and flowed all weekend until finally it went away yesterday afternoon. The worst! At least we didn’t have any plans this weekend, but there were about a million things I could have been doing other than sitting on my bum. I did get some of my sweater done that I’m working on during the Olympics. You cast on during the opening ceremonies and the goal is to finish by cl... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:19:55 EST First time back in the pool... Let me just start by saying I'm so happy to have found this team! My name is Mary and after a lot of mental turmoil, I managed to get back in the pool for the first time in 6 years today. I only swam for 30 minutes (I forgot how hard it is!), but I worked my butt off. I was most excited by one thing: my body remembers how to swim. I was on my high school swim team for 4 years and I was never a "good" swimmer... but when I got in the pool today, my body knew what to do- fly kicks at push-off, ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:54:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/9/14!!! We had an excellent hike yesterday. The Saguaro National Park has wonderful trails that cross other trails so that you can easily do loops. The weather was perfect for hiking. In the afternoon we went downtown and listened to a band outdoors. We've have a great trip. <BR> <BR> We head home today and we plan to go to the gym later today. What are you guys up to? <BR> <BR> Maureen - sorry to hear you have a sick boy! Take good care of him but don't catch his cold! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 07:53:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/8/14! Hello from Tucson! We plan to go hiking here today. We'll see how tired Tom is after he spent the whole day hiking yesterday while I went to the gem and mineral show to play with rocks. I got a beautiful, large nautilus shell that's cut in half and polished. <BR> <BR> The weather here is gorgeous! It's warm but not hot and super crisp and clear. What are you guys up to today? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:52:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/7/14!!! Oh my goodness!!! Work has swallowed me whole!!! I miss you guys an awful lot, but there's just not much time for anything other than work and communting for me these days!! <BR> <BR> Tonight I MUST work out!!! I've got to purge some toxins!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well. I'm sure I'll never catch up with you all, but I'll give it a try this weekend. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:31:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/6/14!!! If we double post today, sorry but I'm on my phone so I can't make sure that Heather hasn't posted. <BR> <BR> I'm in Tucson! It's overcast and only about sixty degrees, but that's okay I'm just so happy to be here! We will go play with rocks today at the gem and mineral show. We're planning on going hiking while we're here and that should be fun. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up today? Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:04:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/5/14!!! Good Morning!!! Again sorry about missing a day, this work is crazy!! And the weather is crazy too!! We must have gotten 10 inches of snow over night and it's still coming down!! Wow!!!! Another day of working at home!!! <BR> <BR> Not much exercise the last week. Just work and dance stuff with the kid. I'll try to catch up with you guys soon!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 08:12:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/4/14!!! Good morning! I see lots of us are using the daily challenge this month - yay! I really like the daily challenge because it holds me accountable each and every day. For those of you not joining, remember, you can use it as a weekly or even a monthly challenge, or just come by occasionally and tell us what you're up to. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the gym this morning because I'm having a lot of joint issues and decided a day off was probably wise. I will walk this evening. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:19:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/3/14!!!! Good Morning!!! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was really nice. Some work, lots of dance stuff with the kid. Now, working at home due to this snow we're getting today! Another few inches, enough to close school and keep me home from the office. Still have a lot of work to do though! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the "informal performance", the day we sit and watch all 70 of the dance troupe's competition dances. Yes, 70. Yesterday they did it in about 3 1/2 hours, which was great.... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 07:58:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/2/14!!! Happy Sunday morning! I'm waiting for my group to wake up so we can go to the gym. I decided against going to work this morning in favor of an extra long gym day. I plan to do a nice long spin and get my legs used to the idea of going endurance on a bike again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we did a walk at the mission at sunset and it was beautiful. We are so fortunate to have miles and miles of beautiful walking trails. We did one that starts with a soft sand uphill so that by the time you reach the... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:47:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1/14!!! Happy February! Can you believe it's now February? If you haven't checked out the February challenge, now would be the time! <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for my husband to eat breakfast and then we're going to the gym for a swim. It's always good to get there early because hardly anyone is there before 8 am, making it the perfect time to go. <BR> <BR> I have house cleaning and such today, but hopefully if we work efficiently we can get in a good kayak session this afternoon. It's frosty here, but... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:00:25 EST Swiming or Two Tri's Hi my name is Karen - I am currently training for Two Triathlons - one indoor tri in March and Iron Girl in August - Looking forward to getting to know you ! FINS UP ! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/31/14!! Good Morning!! Sorry about yesterday and not starting the thread! I'm so swamped this week!!! At least it's finally Friday and I won't have to do a lot of work this weekend. <BR> <BR> We finally made it to the end of January!!! I'm always happy to see this month end, it means I'm just one month closer to the end of busy season and spring is coming! Yes, we have to get through February and March, and for me work just swallows me whole this time of year, but well, it's what makes the summ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:04:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/30/14!!! Good morning...I always check right before I post if I'm posting first thing in the morning to avoid the double posts so I'll just hope we don't double up again. <BR> <BR> I had a great swim this morning but my shoulder is pretty sore. I will accept that since at least I got the swim in before it started hurting. I walk with weights tonight...slowly, slowly coming back. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:17:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/29/14!!! Goodness, I'm late!!! What a morning.......guess everyone is busy or someone would have started this by now!! <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are staying warm! <BR> <BR> Anyone up for a challenge in Feb? I know we have some challenges out there on the threads....gotta go check them out!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:17:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/29/14!!! I was lollygagging around and didn't realize Heather hadn't started the thread - Heather, hope you're okay! <BR> <BR> It's already a busy day at work, but I wanted to drop by and say I had an awesome spin on the spin bike this morning. I think getting back in top shape isn't going to be as hard as I imagined. When you get over 50 it definitely gets harder but I think it's that I'm not really in that bad of shape. With the foot break I had such a long hiatus that I was sure I was going to sta... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:16:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/28/14!!! Hi and good morning!! Today is the day I get in late to work, so sorry for the late start to the chat! <BR> <BR> BRRRRR, it's COLD again!!! Everyone stay safe and warm. If you are swimming, I hope it is warm where you are!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:02:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/27/14!!! Good Morning!!! Is it Monday again already??!! I had a decent weekend, but I can't belive I'm back at work already!! <BR> <BR> Now that I finally have most of my anxiety under control, it's time for my husband to start having intense's not great that he's going through this, but at least it's not at the same time as I'm struggling with it. Unfortunately no time is ever good to have anxiety attacks. For better or worse, right? We'll get through this...... <BR> <BR> Work... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:02:09 EST February 2014 “Get It Done” Daily Challenge! Ok, folks, I read what you all wrote and tried to come up with something everyone could use. <BR> <BR> This challenge is designed to be a daily challenge, so your goals need to be achievable and realistic for a single 24 hour period. You can do this every day if you want, but you don’t have to. <BR> <BR> Pick two or three categories, or more (what the heck… pick ‘em all if you want!) per day, and post what you’re going to do that day. You can pick different categories each day, or the sam... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:02:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/26/14!!! Good Sunday morning! I'm up and headed to work but I thought I'd check in first. I never got back here yesterday. We were trying to go kayaking but we were working on a gift basket for a nonprofit group and time got away from us. They are doing a silent auction and I usually do jewelry for them and this year my daughter and I are doing jewelry in a fun Valentine themed basket, with truffles and other chocolate treats. I love to work with chocolate and since I'm allergic to it there's no tempt... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:38:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/25/14!!! Hooray for Saturday swimmers! I'm waiting for my gym to open so I can go swim. I have been on an elimination diet to see if that helps with the shoulder and joint pain I've been suffering with...I guess I'll find out this morning if it's helping. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Today we have some house keeping and maintenance to do and then we'll see, I'm thinking a little kayaking this afternoon might be nice. It was cloudy but warm here yesterday and we'll see what today brings. There are supposed... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:53:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/24/14!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Well, I never made it back to chat yesterday. So busy!!!! It's my busy time, so I'm used to it. <BR> <BR> I'm juggling a lot these days, work, kid school stuff, dance stuff, riding, horse show committee stuff, taking care of house things, and on and on. And I find I am much more able to handle it this year. And that is because of three things. One, I am no longer anemic thanks to my iron pills. Two, I am taking my Vitamin D and it seems to ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:43:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/23/14!! Good Morning!!! Wow, it was 0 when I took the dogs out at 6 am. Now, it's all of 3 degrees. Ugh. Well, it's always the coldest here the last two weeks of Jan and the first two of Feb, then it starts to break. We can hang in there a few more weeks!! Maybe all this cold will kill some of those ticks that were so over populated last summer!! <BR> <BR> Today is a work out day, and I'm psyched! Can't wait to get home and do my treadmill thing!! <BR> <BR> I just can't get in the pool when ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:22:16 EST Good Morning swimmers, 1/22/14!! Good Morning!! It sure is COLD today!!! Yikes! Those of you in this deep freeze, stay safe! <BR> <BR> I have to go get the kid to school, then I'll be working here today. <BR> <BR> I did my treadmill workout yesterday, and am so proud of myself!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:30:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/21/14!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> It's a snow day here, so I'm trying to get going on the work here. It's really hard to motivate ourselves to do anything in this dark and dreary weather. Tomorrow is supposed to be bright and sunny, even if we will have a ton of snow on the ground! I hope that will lift my mood and my husband's mood! <BR> <BR> Today I'll work here at home, and then I will do a treadmill workout. I know that will make me feel better! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:16:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/20/14!!! Good Morning!! Happy start to the week. Some may have off today for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday. I don't get that holiday from work, so I'm here and ready to go. My kid is off school and so she will be at home today working on some homework. Hopefully she'll have some fun too!! <BR> <BR> We rode the horse yesterday, and I just wish I could remember how good it makes me feel to ride, because sometimes it's really hard to motivate myself to go when it's so cold. But being the... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:29:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/19/14!!! Wow.... no one was around yesterday!! <BR> <BR> Carol, how was your hike? Did Casie go kayaking alone? Doesn't that make you nervous? <BR> <BR> We had a kidless day yesterday. We had lunch at Chili's (delicious, but definitely NOT diet friendly) and then we tried to see a movie. We got about a half hour in and the power went out. Turned out someone hit a power pole and knocked out power to the entire shopping center. They gave everyone vouchers for a free movie ticket at a later dat... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:24:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/18/14!!! Good morning! Ahhhhh it's Saturday! I slept in and we made a yummy vegetable breakfast and now Casie is making a spinach and fruit smoothie for us. She's going kayaking and we're going hiking. It looks like it's going to be around 80 degrees another gorgeous day on the coast. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:02:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/17/14!!! <em>244</em> it's Friday!!! I am so glad!!! Tomorrow I get to swim!!!! <BR> <BR> Anyone have good plans for the weekend?? Mine is pretty typical with taking kid to dance, and then riding on Sunday. Swim while kid is at dance!! Should be good. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well. I'm terribly behind in posting and reading, maybe today is the day to catch up a bit. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTICE day!!!!! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:43:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/16/14!!! Good Morning!!! Yay it's Thursday!!! This week has been a bit hectic, I'm looking forward to a slightly quieter day today. <BR> <BR> Even will all the hectic, I am still managing to eat well and exercise. I'm REALLY proud of myself for that!!! <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing now that we are half way through January??!!! Anyone new want to share with us?!?! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:29:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/15/14!! Good Morning!! I hope you are all fine today!! We are having a ton of fog which slowed down my already long commute. Oh well, at least I got here safely. <BR> <BR> Gotta jump right into the work!!! What's up with everyone else? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:07:41 EST Use the other one.... ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:23:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/14/14!!! Oh, what a fun date to type!!!! I love the double fours! <BR> <BR> OK, so, running around still like a crazy person, as usual, but I went to the gym and did the treadmill!!! No lanes for swimming, all taken up by swim lessons, etc. But it was great to go!! <BR> <BR> I'll try again to catch up later!! Ugh, so busy!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:22:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/13/14!! Good Morning!!! Happy start to a new week!! <BR> <BR> I was completely off Spark all weekend, so I have to catch up at lunch. I hope everyone had a good weekend! <BR> <BR> How are we doing on our challenges now that we are solidly in the month? Anyone want to share updates?? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:09:12 EST New Hi everyone, I'm Debbie. I hope adding swimming to my workouts will help me with my weigh tloss goals. Does everyone here set individual swimming goals weekly? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:37:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/12/14!!! Kayaking yesterday was awesome! I'm surprised I'm not sore today. The bay we were in was glassy smooth when we were going out, so it lulled us into going pretty far out...and then it got windy and choppy. It got to where it was pretty hard to get back which made for a great work out. We knew that was a possibility there but we had never experienced it. It was a lot of fun and a really good work out. <BR> <BR> Today we're going hiking and then we'll do a smaller paddle on the ocean. After th... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:22:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/11/14!!! Happy Saturday everyone! We're up in Cambria, a little central coast ocean town, north of where we live. It's fun because it's only about an hour and a half drive, but the ocean up here is very different from where we are. It gets rocky and the beaches are not the blond, fine sand, rather they are rocky and much more rugged. We plan to kayak in Morro Bay which is protected from the ocean by a sand spit. It's tidal, so we have to figure out the tides or chance getting stuck in the mud. <BR> ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:42:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/10/14!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I'm so glad it's Friday and I have a normal kind of work day. Nothing insane. Very nice way to end the week. <BR> <BR> This weekend we get the costumes for the dance competition season. I can't wait!!! I'm very excited to see what they will be this year. Yay!!!! <BR> <BR> OK, late start, so I'll get this posted now. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:48:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/9/14!!! Good Morning!! It's starting to warm up again!!! Yay!!! It's been so cold, but only for a few days. I wonder how those who live so much farther north than I do can stand it! I guess they are used to it. <BR> <BR> My work is busily chugging along. It's definitely busy season, and has been since October! The project I've been working on for the boss is winding down, for now. So now I can finally focus on audit prep! It's good to be busy!! <BR> <BR> I have a riding lesson scheduled fo... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:41:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/8/14!!! Hi all!! Late starts so quick start to the thread!!! Stay warm!!!! I'll be back later. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:20:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/7/14!!! Hello swimmers!!! It's COLD here!!! It's -2 with a wind chill of something like -16. Ugh. No swimming today!! No matter how warm the pool is, I just can't do it! <BR> <BR> Schools are opening late, so I'm staying home for a little while and then driving Sydney in to school. Just another long day of work, nothing too special. But busy!! <BR> <BR> I will do my best to get to the gym today. If not, I'll have to work out when I get home later today. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:40:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/6/14!! Good Morning!!! Here's hoping you have a great start to the first full week of 2014! <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful weekend. We did our regular routine with the kid at dance all afternoon Saturday and me running my errands and working out while she was there. I hit the treadmill AND the pool, and although it was super cold outside, the pool was nice!!! <BR> <BR> Sunday we had our riding lessons. I had a bit of an anxiety attack, but my trainer is ever patient and she worked through it wi... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:31:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/5/14!!! Good Sunday morning to you all! Does anybody have any active pursuits planned today? We are planning to go kayaking and I'm looking forward to it. I've slowly been setting up a system to easily bring what we need so that we aren't spending a bunch of time "packing". Next weekend my daughter, husband and I are going to kayak for three days and I'm excited to get a bunch of paddling in. <BR> <BR> I'm at work trying to get some things done before the sun rises. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:33:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/4/14!!! Lots of 4s in this date Heather! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? I had a touch of the flu yesterday but it looks like it's just a 24 hour variety. Casie and I are dropping coffee and going to work at eating a vegan/alkaline diet for the next two weeks and see how that goes. Neither of us are looking forward to not drinking coffee...but we'll see. So I'll probably be sleepy tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I want to try sleeping in my new hammock tonight and see how that feels. I'm really excite... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 10:42:32 EST Thank you team!!! I would like to thank all of your here on the swimming for cardio team for being a part of my life. Whether you post all the time or just occasionally, all that participate on the team bring a perspective and level of experience that is useful to all of us. <BR> <BR> We celebrate success, we commiserate with difficulties, and we offer support and help if we can. I enjoy my interactions with everyone, even if sometimes it's just a quick fly by to say hello!!! I like the connection to tho... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:34:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/3/14!!! Good Morning!! Well, the snow came overnight but we seem to have only gotten about 5 or 6 inches, not the 10 or so we could have gotten. Yay! It's super cold and windy, and the roads are dangerous, so I'm working here again today. <BR> <BR> I am going to the pool on Saturday!!! I can't wait. Although, it will probably be packed, right? Ugh. Oh well, I'll work around it. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:12:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/2/14!!! Good Morning!! I just love this new year and the fact that it's a year that ends in 4. I've just always liked the number 4!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to work at home. There is a bunch of snow coming and it's just not worth the stress of being at work and wondering if I will or will not make it home safely. Best use of my time is to work here and I have the ability to do that, so I'm going to! <BR> <BR> This is the time of year we get a lot of new team members, so to those new folks I s... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:09:15 EST Happy New Year Swimmers, 1/1/14!! Good Morning!! I hope you are all doing fine today and you all had a nice New Year's Eve. We had a somewhat less than ideal 2013 with some health issues in our family, so we wanted to ring in 2014 with some good luck. We made Chinese dumplings for dinner last night, along with a noodle soup. It was wonderful and made us feel very positive about going forward into the new year!! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to a nice relaxing day! We are going to a little get together at the barn, and ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:30:49 EST Newbie Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, but not new to swimming, I'm just getting back into it. I forgot how much I love to be in the water, wether it's laps, aqua-cardio, or treading water! <BR> I can't wait to start the challenges for 2014! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:37:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/31/13!!! Good Morning!!! Happy New Year's Eve!!! I'm working like crazy today so that I can get the heck out of here without work hanging over my head!! That way I can actually enjoy my day off and not feel slammed on Thursday. It's just the type of work I have, I have to get it done!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:24:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/30/13!! Good Morning all!! I hope everyone had a good weekend. For those of us at work today, I hope the day goes fast and is productive!! <BR> <BR> I see we have some threads popping up for challenges for 2014. Yay!! Go check them out and let's get going thinking about what a winning 2014 looks like for all of us. <BR> <BR> I'm super far behind in reading threads due to family, etc., so I'll try to catch up later. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:44:56 EST New challenges for 2014 Now that December and 2013 are coming to a close, lets recommit to our fitness programs for upcoming 2014. December's challenge was not very active because everyone was so busy over the holidays. I hope more people will join me for January! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any challenge ideas for January? Let's get creative! <BR> <BR> Also, are people interested in another 100 mile challenge for 2014? Anyone can start that and we'll make it a sticky! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:14:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/29/13!!! Happy Sunday everyone! I am at work getting one of the new companies set up. I got here at about 4 so I'll be home pretty early and still have the day ahead of me. I had one of those nights where I woke up at 2 and I could not get back to sleep so I gave up and came into work. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I cleaned out the garage yesterday which was a lot of work but very pleasing. We've had excess furniture and all of the kids stuff stored in the garage, but with Jay buying a house and Casie m... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 08:15:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/28/13!!! Mmmm Saturday morning, it's a wonderful thing! It's almost shocking to type that it's the 28th and we're now doing the count down to the end of the year! I'm insanely busy at work trying to get all of the year end stuff organized and then also doing all of the contractual stuff to start to new ventures, one by the 31st and one by the 6th. Then the first of February I start up the new company that I'm a 50% owner of! I'm looking forward to that one. <BR> <BR> I think we're going for a paddle ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:56:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/27/13!! Good morning and happy Friday!! I'm here at work for one day to try to keep on track so that next week isn't too hard!! <BR> <BR> Treadmill workouts continue, no swimming recently. That's OK, once kid is back at Saturday dance, I can get back to the pool. It's very hard for me to swim at 5 am when it's 20 degrees outside. Yes, it's an indoor pool, but still..... <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:19:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/26/13!!! Good morning and welcome to the day after Christmas. We saw the Hobbit yesterday and then ate Chinese food for dinner. Aren't we festive? LOL I hope everyone's Christmas was wonderful and filled with fun and happiness. <BR> <BR> I got up early and swam this morning, and now we are getting ready to go out and join the 21st century by getting a new phone plan with data and smartphones! About time, no? <BR> <BR> Will check back later... :-) Good day all! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:05:10 EST Merry Christmas Swimmers! I can't believe it's Christmas already! I hope everyone has a fantastic day today. Come share about your Christmas celebration if you'd like. I'd love to hear what everyone is doing. So far my group is still sleeping. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:36:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/24/13!! Good Morning and Happy Christmas Eve!! I have the next three days off and I'm really excited! Sydney and I are going last minute shopping, it just wouldn't be Christmas without me shopping on the last day!! <BR> <BR> Jen, that's exactly what happened to my cat Jerry. He had the correction surgery so it won't happen again. It's been a very expensive proposition, all this treatment, but now he should be good to go for many years. <BR> <BR> Have a great day all!! After shopping I'm going ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:56:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/23/13!! Good Morning!! What a whirlwind it is for me the last few days!!! Sorry I haven't been around; it's been very busy in my life!!! <BR> <BR> Hope all are well, warm and safe!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:05:15 EST Double Post I'll copy and paste it to the current thread. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:04:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/22/13! Wow, Christmas is almost here! Is everyone ready for it? I have most of my gifts wrapped. I want to stop at the hardware store for just a couple more items for my son. I'm at work now, but I plan to only work about 4 hours. I think we'll take a walk at the mission today. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:02:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/21/13!! I'm here early, so I figured I'd start the thread. Actually I've been up since about 2 am **sigh** <BR> <BR> Thanks Jon, for your comment yesterday. There is so much BS going on here right now I'd have to write a novel to explain it all, and I just don't have the energy. But I appreciate your thoughts. <BR> <BR> Bright spot... my daughter will be here today for 10 days! Yay! I am so excited to see her! She texted me at 4 am to say she was getting on the road. She should be close to h... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:41:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/20/13! Boy, I guess we've all been super busy! Yesterday I came back in the late morning and nobody had posted anything yet! It's CHRISTMAS TIME! Haha and we are all super busy. <BR> <BR> It sounds like people are having craving and slips of will power issues. We'll figure it out after Christmas...get into the January fix it mode right after Christmas. Sound good to you guys? <BR> <BR> I hope all of your pipes are okay, these cold snaps can be tough. We're supposed to get some rain today and I sur... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:26:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/19/13! Good morning! We'll see if we double post this morning, but I'm here so I thought I'd get things started. <BR> <BR> I was completely MIA yesterday because I cooked lunch for my two local departments, HR and accounting which was 28 people. It was a lot of fun. I made 5 different chili dishes, corn bread, salad and stuff. We did a white elephant gift exchange and it was just a fun, relaxed party. <BR> <BR> Today I have to catch up on the work I didn't get done yesterday, so I'll go and come b... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:51:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/18/13!! Good Morning!! Running late as I had to drive the kid to school!!! <BR> <BR> So busy!!!! It's hard to get the workouts in, but so important for my mood. Treadmill here I come!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:45:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/17/13!!! Good Morning!!! We have another snowy day here! That's three days of snow in less than a week! I hope this doesn't mean the winter will be this bad. It's not even officially winter yet!! <BR> <BR> We're all home safe and sound. No school for kid, no driving to work for me. <BR> <BR> I got back on the treadmill last night. It was the first weeknight in quite a while that I've been able to do that. It felt awesome!!! Think I'll do that again today, just because it made me feel so go... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:27:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/16/13!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! <BR> <BR> We managed to get our tree, regardless of snow, and get it in the house and the lights on it Saturday. Then we had friends out yesterday and the kids decorated the tree before the parents could even get out to the living room and do it! My kid is a pretty focused child. I told her we'd have brunch, then decorate cookies, then decorate the tree, and that is EXACTLY the order in which she did everything. She... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:29:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/15/13!!! No one's up yet? Hmmm.... <BR> <BR> We had a bunch of snow yesterday, then it warmed up and turned to rain, which then froze again overnight. It's a mess out there. I need to get outside and throw salt down if I have any hope of getting out of my driveway today. <BR> <BR> Will check back later!! Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:40:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/14/13!!! Morning folks! yay saturday! <BR> <BR> I actually went for a post work swim! woooo! it was glorious, I didn't want to get out of the pool it was so warm and nice and it's been so very very cold here (20s and 30s mostly, a little into the teens too) I thought it was kinda fun to see an entirely different crowd in the pool, it was a much busier place than I expected at 6 am on a saturday. <BR> <BR> Jon, I did the cookie baking with my mom last night. I however do have a sweet tooth... but a... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:40:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/13/13!!! Friday the 13th... anyone superstitious? <BR> <BR> I've been up since 3:30 am, so I figured I'd start the thread. <BR> <BR> *rant alert* <BR> I've got a problem. After two weeks of taking care of Dave's kid and this household on my own and dealing with everyone's screwed up sleep schedules, I'm exhausted, crabby and resentful. I am especially resentful over not being able to swim for an entire week because the only time I can go is when the kid needs to be taken to school. I can't begin ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:00:04 EST Around the World Swimming Challenge forum. Hi! <BR> <BR> I hope this is the appropriate place to post this. There doesn't seem to be a general information area on this forum so I wrote this thread here. If you think my threadshould be placed elsewhere, please message me and I will post it in another area of this forum accordingly. <BR> <BR> I found this awesome forum a couple of weeks ago i.e. "Around the World Swimming Challenge Forum", but it's inactive. I wrote a blog about my wish to help it become more active. I haven't gotte... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:33:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/12/13! Good morning and happy Thursday! I can't believe how quickly this week is flying! Last night we bought a beautiful Christmas tree. It's about 7 feet tall and it cost $70 (ouch!), but it was worth it to us. Casie and I went out and found a tree topper we liked and then found the tree. She's going to try to get some lights on it today and I'll come home a little early and help decorate. I love Christmas time! <BR> <BR> How are you guys coming on you have it all taken care of? Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:51:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/11/13!! Okay, so I guess I'm the first one here, so I'll start the thread this morning. Hi all! <BR> <BR> And hit "post" quickly so we don't get a double!! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:10:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/10/13!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> We are having some snow today! Started out with nothing so all the kids went to school. Now it's coming down hard and we are all wondering if they will get out early. I am thankful I am able to work at home. <BR> <BR> I am going to catch up today with all of you!!!! I've been ridiculously busy with work and home things, but even so, I am managing somehow to keep working out. Just not every other day. But more than I normally would this time of year and I'm pro... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:25:59 EST Good morning swimmers 12/9/13!!! Morning folks :) <BR> <BR> I stayed home last night with the surprise snow we got. Most of the forecasts were calling for 1-3 inches, some reports were even saying less than 1 inch... well we got 8. oops haha <BR> <BR> I feel a little indulgent that I didn't keep working on house projects on my extra night off, instead I watched movies all night and Randy hung out late with me (he's not going in to work today with the weather either). Hopefully the contractors still make it out to start o... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 06:04:55 EST Good morning swimmers 12/8/13!!! Morning folks :) Carol I think I might try to start the threads on the weekends, during the week the bosses are trickling in this time of the morning and my laptop is stowed away where they won't see lol <BR> <BR> I'm winding down for bed here as the sun is just coming up, having a job well done beer :-p I painted the trim on 4 more windows last night and cooked a whole bunch of food for the week and finished clearing out the kitchen in preparation for the construction this week. Randy and ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 07:11:46 EST Good morning swimmers 12/7/13!!! Morning folks :) I thought I'd go ahead and just start todays thread. I haven't been to bed yet, it seems like a switch finally flipped and now I am nocturnal. <BR> <BR> Still not sure I actually like it... but at least I'm physically more comfortable. And I got a bunch of work done over night... painted the trim on the living room windows and made some new shades to hang instead of the old icky mini blinds. I'm tempted to do a little more trim painting but I'm thinking I should go to bed s... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 06:07:36 EST good morning swimmers 12/6/13!!! Posting from my phone is a challenge for me!!! I just wanted to pop on and start the thread and say hello! I'll come back later and catch up. We are all so busy!!! <BR> <BR> Have a fun and active day!!!! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:51:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/5/13! Sorry the thread is so late! I had a meeting at 6 am and have been meeting ever since. Crazy December days! I feel like I'm coming down with the flu, so no exercise for me today. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:16:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/4/13!! Good Morning!! So sorry I was MIA yesterday, this job is just insane right now. I barely have time to eat for 10 minutes at lunch each day. <BR> <BR> I would SO LOVE to get in the pool, but alas, there is simply no time right now. I can hardly find time to do laundry!!! Finally I got caught up a bit last night, so that's a nice thing. Clean clothes!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing GREAT!! Someday soon I'll get to catch up. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 07:51:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/3/13! I forgot to check this morning to make sure the thread was started, sorry easterner early risers! I hope everyone is happy and healthy today! I have a super busy schedule and it's going to be tough for the rest of the month. I am trying to be careful to balance enough play and quiet time with this busy time of year. Sometimes that balance can be so difficult to achieve, but having you all here really helps, so thank you. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:10:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/2/13!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I worked an awful lot of it, and I still feel behind. I just keep plugging away at it and then it will all be done. Maybe :) <BR> <BR> My cat blocked again over the holiday, while we were away, so that kind of put a damper on my weekend. More money I don't really want to pay for the cat, but what else can I do? Now he needs another surgery but this one should fully fix the issue. Guess that'll be my Christmas present to myself!!! <B... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 08:21:35 EST Countdown to 2014 Challenge We'll keep it simple. <BR> <BR> For the month of December, I will swim ___________________ yards / minutes / times. <BR> <BR> Copy the sentence and fill in the blank. You can choose any one of the measuring sticks, or use all three. <BR> <BR> You can also copy and replace the word "swim" with the workout of your choice. Report in here, and have fun! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:43:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/1/13!!! I couldn't sleep anymore so I decided I hop on and start the thread...maybe someone else is up at this time. It is almost 7 for you easterners. <BR> <BR> Kayaking yesterday was so much fun! The water was brackish so I wouldn't have wanted to capsize! The bay was perfectly calm and it was a beautiful day. There were no other kayakers out and it amazed us. Lots of runners, walkers and bikers because there are miles of trails next to the bay. There were so many birds! What a gorgeous place to g... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:53:21 EST December and 2014 challenges? I think I need a December challenge. Anyone have any bright ideas? We can just make it a simple minutes/distance challenge, but I'd like to finish off the year strong. <BR> <BR> What about another 100-mile challenge for 2014? Who is in for that, or do you want to do something different? I don't typically participate in the yearlong challenge, but I hope someone will post one!! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:44:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/30/13!!! The sun is starting to rise here in Ssn Jose and it looks like it's going to be a clear beautiful day. We're staying downtown at the Fairmont and we have an amazing suite on the top floor overlooking the city. It's about a thousand square feet with huge windows in both the bedroom and the living room - it's awesome! <BR> <BR> We're getting ready to go kayaking in the south San Francisco Bay and I'm excited to go see how paddling there will be. Tomorrow we plan to kayak in Monterey. <BR> <BR... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:41:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/29/13!!!! Good Morning!! It's another slow start to the day for me, I'm trying my best to relax. I've had a fraudulent charge on my bank account, my cat is in the hospital again, and I have to work today, so not sure how relaxing that is. Life can definitely be a challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely getting a workout in today!! I did great with my eating yesterday, despite the fact there was not one healthy choice on the menu. I just ate very little. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:08:33 EST HappyTha nsgiving Swimmers, 11/28/13!!!! Happy Thansgiving!!! I'm so late today!!! And I was missing all day yesterday. I'm enjoying some much needed time off if work. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for all of you here. You keep me inspired!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful holiday!!! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:09:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/27/13! It's another gorgeous day here! It was so cold this morning, I expected there to be frost, but apparently it wasn't that cold. We are such babies here. <BR> <BR> I want to go paddling tomorrow since it will be too cold for an ocean swim. I need to find out who all will be at our house for Thanksgiving - haha...nothing like late planning, right? What plans do you guys have? Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:09:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/26/13! It's going to be another gorgeous sunrise here, so I need to post quickly so I can go watch it! I'll come back and chat later because I have a bunch of Internet research to do and that lends itself nicely to chatting on here. <BR> <BR> I'm sure this is a busy Tuesday for Heather! Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:25:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/25/13!! Good Morning!! It's a short week, and for that I am very thankful. I had my first migraine on Saturday and I still feel like I'm tired from it. Too much work I guess.....looking forward to a break this week. <BR> <BR> So, if at all possible I'm going to swim tonight. Not long, or fast, or any pressure but my back could sure use some swimming. What a great stretch out it give me! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:20:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/24/13! Doesn't November 24th sound like it should be Thanksgiving? It just feels so late this year. Does anybody have Christmas decorations up yet? I thought I was going to get off easy this year but Casie has other plans. We're doing an old fashioned tree which means we're going to make ornaments. It will be fun I'm sure. <BR> <BR> The Cirque who last night was excellent. Especially the trapeze act. Tom and I did a two hour walk in the morning and we got great food at a farmer's market in Laguna ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:25:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/23/13! We are in Costa Mesa at a really nice hotel. The traffic in LA is pretty terrible, but we're here and won't have to deal with that for another day now. Jay and Maureen made it in but it took them a lot longer than they expected too. It's amazing that with a 10 lane highway the traffic could still be stop and go...with a whole lot of stop. We ate healthy last night by getting salads at Trader Joes. We'll figure out something active to do today and then tonight we go see a Cirque du Soleil show... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 07:53:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/22/13!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I am so glad it's finally Friday. I have a ton to get done, and the weekend will be very busy too, but at least I won't have the commute tomorrow and Sunday. And I have Thanksgiving to look forward to as well! I need a break!! <BR> <BR> Not doing much in the way of working out the past two weeks. It's just been impossible to fit it in. Instead I am focusing on eating healthy and nurturing food, drinking water and getting good nights of sleep. Not all goa... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:36:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/21/13!!! Good Morning!! I feel like I have some "downhill" momentum as the week hurtles on toward the end of it! I am going to focus hard and get a lot done today at work. Gotta pick up the kid after school, pick up dinner on the way home, get cat food at the vet for my kitty that has a special diet, then I have a meeting at 7 pm tonight for the horse show committee. I just hope that goes really fast! Come on weekend!!! :) <BR> <BR> I find this time of year can be very hard for folks. We have ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 07:25:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/20/13!!! Good Morning! Another late start for me! I love driving the kid to school, but it really messes up my schedule. I can't wait for a few days off next week!! <BR> <BR> I'm doing my best to keep the food under control as I am not able to workout as much as I'd like to. I can only do what I can do, though, so no stress over it! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE Day!!!! Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:15:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/19/13!! Hi!!! Just a quick note to start the thread. It's my crazy busy Tuesday morning again!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are exercising and swimming and have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:23:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/18/13!!! Good Morning!!! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Happy Belated Birthday to Carol's daughter Cassie. <BR> <BR> So, how's everyone doing? I've been working so intensely and also having a very busy personal life, that it is hard to keep up with everyone. I don't actuallly feel ready for this week, but here it is anyway so I better get going!!! <BR> <BR> With great luck I will be able to get in the pool today!! I can't wait!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:23:54 EST Newby Lifeguard Trainee Hello all! <BR> <BR> I just found you yesterday on someone's page, but I forget who it was. I'm a trainee lifeguard right now, having successfully passed the requirements for the Assistant Lifeguard course through Red Cross at our county pool. Now I'm in the middle of the Lifeguard course and just passed the 400m in 9.5 minutes. Still have some endurance/speed tests to do and more saving lives training and a final exam, and that will all be done in the next month. I just completed the Standa... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:39:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/17/13!! Today is my daughter's birthday and we don't really have a plan yet. Jay and Maureen are still up in Cambria and they'll be back to celebrate this evening. We had an awesome paddle yesterday, I will post a picture blog tomorrow. We love having added Maureen to the family and she really seems to enjoy our active adventures. We paddled across the bay to a sand dune bar that separates the bay from the ocean. We got to the bar and (of course) had to climb the hills to go see the ocean. On the way... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:37:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/16/13! It's finally Saturday! Man, I sure need the weekend! Our Brazilian moved out and we're taking a bunch of loads to my son's new house. Come on empty nest! Haha. Today is my son't birthday and he and Maureen are staying up in the little town of Cambria. We're going to take another load to his house, then come back and pack up the kayaks! We're thinking we'll head to Los Osos where there's a bay and lots of sea fowl. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Jon, how big is your "crick" that so many p... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:12:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/15/13 Good Morning! I'm not in as cheery a mood as I often strive for in the morning, so I'll just start off by saying that you are a great group and I am super glad to have you all as my friends. <BR> <BR> It's another crazy day of work for me. This has just been a whirlwind of a week. I'm ready for the weekend. <BR> <BR> I hope you have an ACTIVE and FUN day! Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:32:35 EST Sad News Hi all, <BR> <BR> I figured I would put a separate thread here, rather than post in the daily thread. Is it possible to delete a thread after a few days? <BR> <BR> As you all know, I had my first ultrasound last night. There's no baby. There's a yolk sac and a gestational sac, but the fetus never developed. The ultrasound tech could only tell me the basic facts, not what it means, but I know by 9 1/2 weeks, if there's no fetus, then that's not good. Because I've been tracking everything... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:56:20 EST am I doing it wrong? Hi everyone, I've been swimming on and off for the past year. I started to get consistency all October swimming 45 minutes 2 times a week. And 90 minutes with a master team 3 times a week in the past 2 weeks <BR> I've tried to control my food intake and haven't been off the goal usually however I have not lost any weight since I started tracking about 3 week ago. But clothes do fit better, I've tried some pants that I hadn't been able to wear in over 2 years, which meandros I've might have lo... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:30:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/14/13!! Good Morning! Wow, it was cold and clear this morning. I took the dogs out at 5:30 and the stars were just amazing! I laughed at how remarkably clear and close the big dipper looked and I wondered what other cultures through time have called that really clear constellation. It looked like it was about 10 feet from me today, it was so beautiful!! <BR> <BR> So, lots of work here again today! Hopefully this project winds down a lot for me next week, and then back to normal work! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:16:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/13/13!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> This week is insane with work.....I just hope all this works ends up with a positive result.....I'll tell more when I am able to. <BR> <BR> You guys were very busy yesterday! I'll just comment on Kelly's post, as I can't reply to all of your posts! Kelly, I'm sorry the sonogram didn't happen, but you seem to be able to be flexible, and that's a good thing. So many things with pregnancy and children do not go according to plan. <BR> <BR> I had a pregnancy that re... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:39:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/12/13! I love the date 11-12-13! <BR> <BR> We'll probably double post, but I didn't see a thread and then I I've decided that it's 10am on the other coast so here I am. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a busy, productive work day. I have an important meeting at 9am with the owner and my partner and we'll see how that goes. I have to prepare for it, so I'll start and run. I'll be back in a few hours. <BR> <BR> Jon - Hope today starts better than yesterday for ya! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:57:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers 11/11/13!! Good Morning and Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our country. My hubby was in the army for 3 years back before I knew him. I'm always so proud that he served and I thank him each year on Veteran's Day! <BR> <BR> I have been very busy and had a nice, if somewhat tiring, weekend! I don't feel ready and rejeuvenated for the week! Oh well, I really have no choice but to get going here on the work, so here I go! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:48:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/10/13!!! We're still in SF and the weather looks beautiful again. Yesterday I made a build-your-own- salad and served outside on the patio to better enjoy the weather. After lunch the kids did a polar bear swim and I was bummed I didn't bring my suit. They didn't stay in long since it was around 50 degrees. <BR> <BR> This morning I'll finish the last fine sanding of their dining table and rub in the top coat of the finish and I'll be done with that project. We gave them a birthday gift of a new kitch... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 09:48:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11-9/13!!! We are here in San Francisco and it looks like it will be a nice day. We're going to breakfast with the inlaws friends which should be fun. I don't think any of them are younger than 90 - haha. We went once before and they were an adorable group. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure we will do more than the walk to the top of the hill today for exercise. What are you guys up to? Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:52:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/8/13!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! Woo hoo!! Hopefully I won't have to work too much this weekend, but I see a potential for work looming. Oh well, it's what I do.... <BR> <BR> My baby is spending the night out tonight (OK, she's 11, but still my baby) so I won't see her until tomorrow afternoon. I miss her already!!! <BR> <BR> Work calls.....gotta get going!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:14:51 EST new to the team I am happy to find this team as I have been looking for a challenge. It will be great to see what this does to my workout and if I can keep up with everyone. Thanks for taking the time to organize this whomever that was. <em>91</em> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:45:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/7/13!!!! Good Morning!!! Another very busy day is starting here. Once I get this project of data collection done, it will get a bit more normal, but for now, working on this project is consuming me. Which, frankly, is what it is supposed to do right now. <BR> <BR> Treadmill tonight! More walking, need it!!! Eventually I'll figure out how to swim again in my schedule, but I'm not sweating it now. Going with the flow!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:42:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/6/13!!! Good Morning!!! Just a quick start for the thread today. I hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> I did my workout, and I am very proud of myself for fitting it in. The old me would have made some excuse about not having time. The new me is craving the exercise and, wait.....looking forward to it!! Wow, that's a change!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:42:42 EST Good morning Swimmers, 11/5/13!!! No thread yet this morning? Heather must be having another busy morning! Let's see if I can get this posted before we have a double thread. <BR> <BR> Kourtney, have a great swim! You will definitely be glad you went. Pretzels and meatballs for breakfast sounds great to me! <BR> <BR> Jon, I don't think the supreme court hears traffic tickets LOL Although there is some issue about the constitutionality of those speed cameras where they take a pic of your license plate and then send you a ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:54:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/4/13!!! Good Morning!! What a busy weekend!! Some was fun, some not so fun, but all in al better than working all day! <BR> <BR> Speaking of, I have to once again really push out a huge volume of work today. Lots of stuff due!! <BR> <BR> I am however continuing my consistent workouts and for the first time in my life I feel like I am becoming fit. A guy I work with, someone who has actually worked for me for almost 9 years, mentioned last week that he noticed I was looking "athletic". Coming f... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:32:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/3/13!!! Don't forget to reset your clocks! <BR> <BR> I have to go into work today so we're getting ready to do that. Tom has to eat his four course breakfast and then we'll go. Not sure what else we're doing today. The kids did a twelve mile hike yesterday so they may or may not feel like going kayaking or something. What are you guys doing today? Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:09:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/2/13! Happy Saturday everyone! What are you guys going to do today? We're having typical California central coast November weather so it's beautiful and looks like it will be warm. The kids and Maureen are going hiking on one of my favorite hikes in Guadalupe, Ca. You hike up a ridge and the Santa Maria valley is on one side and the ocean is on the other, all the way to the beach! <BR> <BR> I think we will take our Brazilian exchange student somewhere today. I'm not sure where or what we'll do. I ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:12:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/1/13!!!! Good Morning!!! Wow, it took me 2 1/2 hours to get to work today because of the weather and two accidents. Ugh. <BR> <BR> So, quick start to the chat so hopefully we don't end up with two threads as you guys always have my back!! <BR> <BR> Busy work day, then the weekend!! Yay!! What are you guys up to? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:51:39 EST November challenge? I don't know about anyone else, but I feel like I need a break. I'm letting my pool pass lapse for a short time, but I hope not longer than a month, and maybe shorter than that. <BR> <BR> If anyone else has a challenge idea for November, please, feel free..... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:57:02 EST Happy Halloween Swimmers, 10/31/13!!!! Good Morning!!! I wish I knew how to write a howl, because I'm thinking of the "Werewolves of London" song this morning!!! <BR> <BR> OK, not much time for fun, boss man is being insane again. It's just his way....... <BR> <BR> So, not sure on trick or treating, kid still doesn't feel good. It's hard to say no to trick or treating, even just for a few minutes. But, we'll check on that later. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:31:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/30/13! Tomorrow is Halloween! Is anybody doing anything fun for that? We are having our annual Halloween luncheon at work where some of the people do dress up and we do a contest for best costume. <BR> <BR> Casie and I are going to go walk at the mission tonight! I have a built in walking buddy now, yay! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:37:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/29/13! We'll see if Heather and I double post this morning, but I figure it's 9 on her side of the world. I left work early yesterday so that I could spend the afternoon with my Casie. We got to see our son's new house and then we just hung out. I wish I could take some time off of work, but I have several deals in the air and can't drop them. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:25:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/28/13!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a very nice weekend. Mine was super busy but fun. I'm actually exhausted today because I didn't sleep well last night. Oh well, I've got a lot of work to keep my mind occupied today and hopefully a bit of caffeine and a lot of water will get me going!! <BR> <BR> I'll be back later to check in!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:39:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/27/13! Yawn...good morning. I know it's late for you east coasters but it's still early here. I'm making coffee and then I'm going to carry it back to the bed. Maureen and Jay are coming over today and we're going to make a welcome home sign for Casie! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:39:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/26/13! Yay for Saturday! Today we have to clear out our daughter Casie's room and get it all clean for her arrival tomorrow. I can't believe she will be here tomorrow after a year of traveling the world. We'll see how long it takes to get my son's stuff moved to the middle room. He is only home for a month while his escrow closes on his new house. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get in at least a short paddle in the kayak today. I'm surprised that even when we're out for a solid hour and a half I'm not so... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:08:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/25/13!!! Just had to pop on and say congratulations to Laurie for passing the Bar!!! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:55:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/25/13!!! Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Good news!!!! Laurie has been so stressed and was hoping someone else would check for her and I did and she PASSED THE BAR!!!!! I am SO HAPPY for you!!!! <BR> <BR> OK, she already knows she passed, but I'm sharing it here!!!!! <BR> <BR> What else can top that?! Not a whole lot!!! What a great week for our team!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!!! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:09:27 EST