ONEKIDSMOM   124,649
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
ONEKIDSMOM's Recent Blog Entries

OTHER stuff

Wednesday, August 15, 2012



Figured I'd at least mention that I got new glasses and give a mug shot of me in them. This happened over the last couple of weeks, and it was indeed high time.

This is short because I'm out of time... got to head out the door to work, but I'm saying "hi", and wishing my Spark buds a great Wednesday. Remember, we're worth taking care of, and here we are to Spark on!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LEANJEAN6 8/16/2012 6:46AM

    It's me again just dropping in to say hello--looking for yer blog girl!-Lynda
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/15/2012 11:43PM

    Those look fabulous on you!! perfect choice!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/15/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon
HI!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 8/15/2012 9:25PM

    I like the new glasses. I had a pair similar for a few days, but they kept slipping and and the bifocals would be in the wrong place. I had to exchange them for a pair of wire frames so the nose pieces could be adjusted.

Those look really good on you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 8/15/2012 9:23PM

    Isn't it fun to get new glasses?

I love the color and the shape fits your face.

Loved the pic!

Sunny

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 8/15/2012 8:29PM

    Great colour for your skin/hair and great shape for your eyebrow arch/ face!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNYWBL 8/15/2012 7:07PM

    Nice glasses. are they for reading or all-the-time wear?

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/15/2012 9:47AM

    Love your new glasses and thanks for sharing the
pic. Have a Happy Hump day! HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNTWINSGAL 8/15/2012 9:46AM

    Hi back at ya, and looking good! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2012 9:08AM

    They suit you to a "T"! Like the picture very much. Have a great Tuesday. HUGS

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 8/15/2012 8:40AM

    Cool 'un'shades lady!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANJEAN6 8/15/2012 8:14AM

    New glasses are the best Barb!---You look great in them--but the best is--you must see better with them--Spark on my inspiration!-Lynda emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARATHON_MOM 8/15/2012 8:08AM

    Hi!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TELFERS01 8/15/2012 8:02AM

  You go!

Report Inappropriate Comment


For those who asked, a few miscellaneous items

Monday, August 13, 2012

1. Yes, I have been upping my caloric intake to allow for the training activity. This is essential, and I know it.

2. I wear a bodymedia fit device many days, so I know pretty accurately what my range is and how far over or under I am on a regular basis. My little binge on Saturday evening put me about 750 calories surplus that day, but my scale added the sodium-induced water retention.

3. I normally run a slight deficit, to allow for things like skim milk in coffee, sugar-free gum, and non-fat creamer... none of which I formally track.

Oh, and
4. The salty-sweets were portion-controlled for the most part, and healthier options. I don't stock much that isn't.

So, all that said, and seeing a good Sunday following Saturday, I'm tempted to say a lot of it was the "tired" element. But some of it might have been I've been allowing too much of a deficit... will continue to monitor that. Rested well last night, swam this morning, and definitely feel that speed bump is in the past.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNYWBL 8/15/2012 7:05PM

    I wear a Body Media armband every day. It does not record steps accurately for me. I continue to wear my Omron Pedometer to record steps and duration or aerobic activity.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/15/2012 7:06:23 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/14/2012 7:54PM

    It seems like you are completely aware of all your needs in relation to your training, good to know. Not sure of how accurate the bodymedia fit device would be - I never put much stock in pedometers accuracy. A GPS would be the only thing I trust to truly measure time and distance accurately. But for measuring other things not so sure. I would be interested in trying one, but anything described as delicate wouldn't survive 5 minutes in one of my classes :P.
Thanks for answering the questions!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANJEAN6 8/14/2012 8:31AM

    You ARE honest with yerself! It comes with knowing yerself--Good for you!--- emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 8/14/2012 7:46AM

    Thinking through it, planning and adjusting: that's what works. So glad that the little binge blip didn't discourage or deflect you from your purposiveness.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 8/13/2012 10:14PM

    Speed bump- That is a good way to refer to a binge. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EBEAMS 8/13/2012 7:26PM

    emoticon I love that you are brutally honest with yourself and with us ... It's not about perfection, it's about progress ... I see you forging ahead!

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2012 4:08PM

    Sleep deficit DOES play a big role in body weight and hunger/appetite. Too much ghrelin (the "feed me" hormone) and too little leptin (the "ok, you can quit now, I'm full" hormone) are produced when we lack proper sleep.

Anyway, good that you just took a temporary detour!

HUGS

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 8/13/2012 8:38AM

    Didn't read the Saturday blog (yet), but can relate to the 'tired' influence on multiple things - food, drink, TV all of my mind-less activities...
Here's to realizing we are 'gifted' the present!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/13/2012 8:09AM

    If I run too much of a deficit, it comes back to bite me.
But I like to run a little on the low end. I feel it gives
me more breathing room. Take care, hugs!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOT4FITNESS 8/13/2012 8:04AM

    Keep up the good work! You are such a great example and motivator

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBRITA01 8/13/2012 7:58AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Bonus blog - pointer to the Elusive Maintainers of Weight Loss

Sunday, August 12, 2012

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012438


Today's featured Spark People article was about tips of the 5% who "keep it off". Well, that's an OLD article, and one of the leaders of the At Goal And Maintaining Team puts it out there in the link above. WE ARE HERE! Thousands of maintainers, and this is not the ONLY team out there for maintainers.

So, let us remember that here at Spark there are hundreds of examples of this "elusive" breed, trying to get the word out: being healthy is far more than losing the pounds, it's MAINly about MAINtaining a healthy lifestyle, years beyond the so-called "finish line" of goal weight range.

Give her blog a read. Like it. It's worthy of MAIN circulation! emoticon emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNYWBL 8/14/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROWNCOFIDDLER 8/14/2012 1:25PM

    Thanks for this blog. I didn't know there were any maintenance groups on SP. Hope I can join one soon!!! Just have a few more pounds to go. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 8/14/2012 7:44AM

    Good for you! We gotta underline the MAINtaining message!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RONNIEHUEY 8/14/2012 2:58AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2012 1:30AM

    Thanks for raising your voice about maintenance, too.
emoticon
So many on the AG&M team are willing and open and sharing. It just about kills me to see us portrayed as elusive and secretive!

While some of them listen some of the time, the main problem seems to be that the SP team are overloaded and understaffed. They don't really have the time to devote to all the different special interests represented in the community.

The point I'm trying to make (which you clearly get) is that all of this weight loss is in vain if folks can't keep it off. Maintainers aren't a special interest inside the community. We're the ones who can help everyone else stay at a healthy weight.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 8/13/2012 10:29PM

    I read that blog too. Good points.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASEYTALK 8/13/2012 10:53AM

    I think of myself being in the training phase for the real goal -- maintaining a healthy weight once I get there.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 8/13/2012 8:45AM

    No wonder WE emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEDDYPEDDY 8/13/2012 12:21AM

    Yes, the maintainers are worth a lot of spotlight, thatīs where we all like to be! You are an inspiration.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDI571 8/12/2012 11:25PM

    Good one Barb. I guess I should count myself as one of the MAINtainers. I have been at my WW's goal for awhile now, just not at my personal goal. Even with the weight gain that I have had here lately, I am still under my WW's goal. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARON10002 8/12/2012 9:55PM

    You are are real inspiration to me, Barb! You and CBarb are 2 great examples for me!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/12/2012 9:34PM

    Between you and WATERMELLEN, I am getting all the links to her well written blogs. Yes, she should be recognized in that 5% article as well as being a great leader of the team. Maintenance does need to come into the spotlight!! Spark needs to work at improving that 5% instead of just leaving successful weight loss achievers hanging!

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2012 9:01PM

    Oh yeah, I read that one too for sure. Well, you are definitely a MAINtainer. And God willing, already crossing the 1 yr. 6 mth maintaining anniversary, will continue on that path. I feel strong and I am not willing to lose that!

HUGS

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOOSIEMOON 8/12/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


I hadn't done that since the half marathon...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Seriously, I had not had a "binge" day since last May. When I kicked into high training mode for the tri, I was laser-focused, all the way to... yesterday.

In retrospect, a couple of elements of HALT came into play yesterday. I was even aware of them at the time, and it didn't stop what happened from happening. HALT, most of you already know, is an acronym for four danger flags. "Never let yourself get too: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired."

Well, I was definitely tired, fueled by the late night (for me) baseball game on Friday, followed by getting up at the normal time on Saturday. The hungry bit came in because I've been training hard, and running at a deficit.

As I said, I could see it, like a train wreck in slow motion. I started eating a little more in the late afternoon. And I started with healthy stuff: veggies. This would not have been an issue if I stopped there.

But then I opted for a sugary "late snack" after supper, and that triggered my "I want more" reaction. I ended up going through both sweet and salty things, and exceeding the calorie range by a lot. Then... I slept really, really well.

The scale this morning shows the effects. BUT... I know from experience that ONE such episode will not unravel my program. I know that if I just get back on, re-establish my routine and my training, majority of behavior will prevail. Like an athlete that breaks training (which, face it, that's what it was, breaking the training routine)... I can recover, by simply recommitting. Not going to extremes... just getting back up on the horse and riding!

If two years of maintenance hasn't taught me this lesson, not a whole lot would. Here's to NEVER letting a slip become a complete reversal.

Because LIFE is good, and worth living. Spark on! emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALIGIRL 8/13/2012 9:11AM

    Here's to 'getting back' and going forward - emoticon for being such a great role model.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/13/2012 8:10AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARON10002 8/12/2012 10:17PM

    I totally agree with this philosophy, too. All we need to do is get back on track the next day. I'm not good at stopping those either. But I do get back into the mindset as soon as I can. Thanks for the reminder.

Comment edited on: 8/12/2012 10:17:42 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/12/2012 9:30PM

    Moby is right -you better have your fitness tracker set properly to reflect all your exercise so that you know what calorie range you should be staying in to fuel yourself properly. One bad night does not a healthy lifestyle derail. As you live alone, you make the choice about what food you bring into the house, were these sweet & salty at least healthy items mostly? Just curious. I hadn't heard of this HALT actually, but certainly are familiar with them being emotional eating triggers.. The fact you slept well shows you needed some serious fuel..I amsure you will be right back on track tomorrow!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EBEAMS 8/12/2012 9:19PM

    I love that ... never let a slip because a reversal! I say often that one day of eating, one meal does not define who we are. Expecting perfection is like wanting the sun to stop shining ... it isn't going to happen just because we wish for it. I'm glad you forgave yourself and just moved on! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 8/12/2012 7:34PM

    When I find myself in that situation, sometimes putting the food down the garburetor (what you folks call the "disposal unit, right?") does the trick. The sheer horrible grinding noise of the thing.

It's a waste. But I'm "waisting" it anyhow!

You. Are. Human.

I am too.

And the HALT phenomenon is a very real one (for "anger", sometimes I substitute "anxiety". Just to change it up!)

As you say: no permanent damage done. A blip. Back on the program. It's the program that's permanent!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 8/12/2012 7:25PM

    You splurged and its done. And you got a really good sleep.

Now keep going forward!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 8/12/2012 7:25PM

    S-it Happens...and no, it won't destroy your resolve, your program, or your spirit.

You are bigger than this one slip.

Sunny

Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 8/12/2012 4:18PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOBYCARP 8/12/2012 4:04PM

    You don't say, but I hope you've adjusted your calorie range in honor of the training. It might not need much of an adjustment; but even eating another 100 calories per day might help you resist eventually eating another X,000 on a bad day.

Or maybe not. That's what works for me, adjusting the range to force myself to eat an appropriate minimum. But you're not me, and maybe you need some other strategy.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRS.DOYLE 8/12/2012 1:28PM

    Glad to hear that the occasional slip up is ok. I had one of those today. But as my birthday is not for another year, I don't intend to have another one for a long time. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOT4FITNESS 8/12/2012 12:29PM

    We all the slips those oops The good thing is you caught it before it became totally out of control. Pat yourself on the back. Here's to healthy choices!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/12/2012 11:20AM

    Yeah, stopping one of those once they start is super tough.

Most of the time I fail at stopping it. The rare times I've succeeded it's because I physically got up and left the food and went somewhere else.

I've read that calorie cycling can be helpful, though. So if you've been eating at a deficit lately, some folks recommend eating at maintenance for a couple of days now and then to reset the metabolism.

My problem is that I often go so long at a deficit than when I go off, I eat way WAY more than a maintenance level of calories. So perhaps for me the trick would be to schedule reasonable refeeds *before* I get to that point...

Some useful thoughts about that, here:
http://www.leighpeele.com/
diet-break-plan

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNTWINSGAL 8/12/2012 10:36AM

    Smart lady....you needed that slip-up, and it sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed it. But now it's over and it's back to business. Good for you!

HALT is a new acronym for me, but oh, so true! I'm going to remember that one!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBRITA01 8/12/2012 10:18AM

    I hadn't heard of HALT either, but know those are my dangerous times. One binge is just that...you're already back on track. Thanks for sharing though b/c it's important to share the highs & the lows...it reminds us all to be more vigilant. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITGRL124 8/12/2012 9:48AM

    I have actually not heard of HALT until you mentioned it right now. Love it!

Great job for not letting this get you down. You're right back on track today!!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2012 9:33AM

    The HALT system really is a saving grace for me too. I for sure know that sleep deficits are my archnemesis. The lack of sleep throws your ghrelin (the "hunger monster" hormone) into high gear and throws the leptin (the "feeling full" hormone), and triggers the craving for sugary, salty, fatty snacks. Vicious circle. Well, today will be a better day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
OPTIMIST1948 8/12/2012 9:06AM

    Well said! I always say: you are what you do MOST of the time. If you mostly are pretty healthy, than a day of crap wont stick. But if you are mostly crap, then a day of healthy isnt going to make a lick of difference. That's what Spark is trying to teach us (and y'all on maintainance have learned).

Congratulations on not letting one night get you down!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Weather moderated... second long run

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What a glorious morning it was for a run. Temperature had moderated down to the 50's... it was cool but not cold. I started out about quarter after nine, with my full camel back, snack on board because I intended to be out for about two hours.

I picked my route carefully so that there would be a variety of surfaces, some hard, some softer. I included park-scapes, past the dog run, around a lake, along bike paths, through a playground, back down a different set of bike trails through another park, then picked up a portion of our local half marathon route through a neighborhood of stately old homes and churches, before getting back to the dam that formed that original lake, up its face and through some more parks to home. Total mileage: 10.6 miles. Time, 2 hours and nine minutes, including warm up and cool down.

I jogged intervals, walked intervals, varying the times of each. I had my snack at the far end of the route, on the way back. I greeted fellow exercisers. Got a thumbs up from a serious runner who blew by me on the boulevard.

The five day forecast looks great, with lower highs AND lower lows, making it much more comfortable to exercise. It is game on. But with a caution: the importance of listening to my body and training injury free has never been greater.

For others in the same weather pattern: ENJOY! This next week is going to be simply delicious! emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 8/12/2012 8:28AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISZTA11 8/12/2012 5:15AM

    Great run!
We have a similar lovely cool weather here too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROCKYCPA 8/11/2012 11:31PM

    Good for you - sounds like a great run!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 8/11/2012 10:28PM

    This cool weather has been great. What a difference it makes for motivation.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EBEAMS 8/11/2012 10:21PM

    Thank you for carrying me on this wonderful run this morning! I appreciate your support, your encouragement and your sense of humor! We are planning a 6 mile run tomorrow morning ... I've missed running and it's only been a few days! The bonus for us is that we plan to take our stuff with us to run some extra days this week! THAT is AWESOME!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COMPUCATHY 8/11/2012 10:17PM

    We are having nice weather too! It really makes the time outdoors awesome! Enjoy! We are in the right place. Hope you are having a great weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDI571 8/11/2012 9:58PM

    I am in awe of you. I hope you don't mind, I am living the life of a runner through you emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 8/11/2012 8:42PM

    I opened all the windows in the sun room this morning and enjoyed the cool breeze while I biked and walked.

I feel like doing more when the weather is not so hot. Delicious weather, I would say so!

I know you enjoyed your run too.

Sunny

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 8/11/2012 8:24PM

    Good for you! I took a very early morning walk too and enjoyed the relatively crisp temps (60). You're right -- it IS delicious.



Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 8/11/2012 7:39PM

    Enjoy your weather! (Our lows are 80 and 81 with high humidity all this week, but I'll be in South Dakota anyway.) Your 10.6 mile run sounds wonderful!! Great effort! Great accomplishment. Can't wait til I can do that. Won't be long. Take care. You are my inspiration!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/11/2012 7:08PM

    Sounds like a fabulous run!! Well done! An interesting and varied route to be sure!! So glad your weather is better and you can really enjoy yourself!!
Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 Last Page