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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

An additional "key element" dawned on me after the Holiday luncheon yesterday. Besides all that self talk? Choose who you are going to sit with to support your success.

I recognize that this is not always possible... but yesterday I sat around others who were also pursuing a healthy lifestyle. All of us were following the principle of carefully selecting the indulgences. I chose a corn casserole, as I had not spotted any bread stuffing (my favorite, which I had promised myself a half cup of). It turned out to be a great choice, it was really good, and it was portion controlled.

I also allowed myself a half slice of traditional pumpkin pie, since I didn't have my traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And savored every bite, mind you! It was excellent. Other than that, roast turkey is pretty healthy as it is. And the salad I really filled up on? Pretty normal noontime fare for me.

In the end, it was well handled, and I wasn't overfilled... so was able to hop on the treadmill in the evening and put in my 5.4 miles. I started slow, a full 9 minute warm up (5 minutes walking, then two rounds of 1 minute slow jog, 1 minute walk) before settling into the speed work of the evening. My top speed was "crossing the finish line" sprint the tenth of a mile from 4.9 to 5 miles. At 7 mph, according to the TM.

Stretch, showered, slept really well. And this morning... up and at 'em and monitoring for any adverse reaction... which will become really important about Saturday noonish.

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PATRICIAAK 12/12/2012 11:27PM

    super!

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KARIDIAN1 12/12/2012 11:07PM

    Good choices and a nice exercise for the end of the day.

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LESLIELENORE 12/12/2012 6:20PM

    emoticon That is great that you were able to indulge without overdoing.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/12/2012 1:58PM

    Success!! So glad you shared. Guess nothing triggered after the event eating, so that is super! The corn casserole and half a piece of pumpkin pie were excellent minor indulgences. Thanks for sharing. I hope to do as well at several upcoming parties!

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LINDAKAY228 12/12/2012 1:11PM

    Awesome job with some special treats and still ate healthy and didn't overdo!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/12/2012 12:41PM

    Good for you! Mindful eating can really help cut intake.

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ASHPATCH11 12/12/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon job!! you are so good at healthy living!!


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DALID414 12/12/2012 11:25AM

    Sounds like a successful day of events.

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DLDMIL 12/12/2012 11:07AM

    Congrats on your choices and your workout. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2012 9:12AM

    Excellent!!!!! Plan in hand, you survive and thrive! HUGS

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CELIAMINER 12/12/2012 7:57AM

    Super advice! I thought back to last year's office party (since morale is too low to have one this year) and realized I had unconsciously done what you did. I sat with people who filled most of their plates with the healthier offerings, and I noted that there actually WERE healthier choices. Maybe they had been there in years past, and I hadn't noticed, but last year I was grateful they were there.

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MSLZZY 12/12/2012 7:54AM

    Healthy choices and a great workout!

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MIRAGE727 12/12/2012 7:45AM

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Leading by example! Strong effort, Barb! You so have it! And I'm sure, with your training, you will burn up that intake! Great cardio workout too! I wanna be like you when I grow up!
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WATERMELLEN 12/12/2012 7:31AM

    Well done! And I totally believe-- hanging out with healthy-minded people is really supportive (not just when eating, although it helps then the most maybe!)

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    that's the way to do it! emoticon

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  Great job!

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You would think

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You would think that in the third year of maintenance, social eating would no longer be a careful planning thing, but rather dusting off plans that have worked in the past. That may be true sometimes, but not always for me.

You see, it isn't just about what I choose at the meal. It's about how I respond/react internally to comments others might make (criticizing how little I choose to eat, for example... this really happens, people!) It's about managing my own feelings related to the event and the offerings there. It's about my self-talk following the event, and what I choose to do in the hours, days and week beyond it.

Part of this is physiological: recognizing that there are certain foods / ingredients that will flat out trigger me. Some of these I *can* indulge in small portions of, only to find myself binging LATER. Therefore, knowing which things these are, and making the conscious choice that it's easier/better just not to start... and then feeling GOOD, not deprived about that choice. This is where the self-talk part comes in.

Self-talk before: honesty about the risks.
Self-talk during: I am making this choice for me, not for others.
Self-talk after: past is past, now is what counts, live in the now.

Reminder to self: *nothing* tastes as good as fit feels.

Discipline is remembering what I really want, not just for Christmas, but for the rest of my life. emoticon

  
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DESERTJULZ 12/12/2012 9:42AM

    To get people to leave me alone for choosing small portions, I pile my plate full with loads of veggies and take small portions of other items.

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WATERMELLEN 12/12/2012 7:39AM

    Oh yeah. And amen sister!!

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LEANJEAN6 12/12/2012 7:13AM

    Self talking is great--You have said it all!-Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 12/12/2012 1:21AM

    Marsha said it best, you have given us something new to chew on. Actually thinking before, during and after a social situation how you will react and knowing your triggers. Oh to have your strong willpower to stay away from those triggers. Dealing with people who comment on how much you have or don't have on your plate has never been a problem for me as I can tuck it away like a trucker with the best of them :P I start out with good intentions, only wanting small portions or samples of each thing, but when my Mom lays out a spread, unfotunately, there ends up too many choices and my plate ends up too full :( Its hard to narrow down the choices when they are all so good. Being a non cook, gettting to have something with more than one flavor and ingredient and cooked things with lots of spices is like a smorgasboard for me.
Here is to finding that discipline at socials that will mean not going home feeling more stuffed than the turkey :P

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KARIDIAN1 12/12/2012 12:45AM

    We had our Holiday Staff party with tons of goodies and treats. My watchword is moderation.

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SHARON10002 12/11/2012 10:24PM

    Absolutely TRUE!! I struggle in social situations, too, but usually my willpower is overrun. For those of us who grew up on the "clean plate club" mentality from our parents it's hard to just take a taste.

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MOBYCARP 12/11/2012 9:13PM

    I'll try to remember this blog when the office Christmas Lunch comes up next week. It's a double whammy - free food, and takes up the time that I usually use for a walk. If I think about it in advance, I'll probably handle it better than if I let it surprise me.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/11/2012 8:23PM

    Best blog, most helpful blog, I have read in a month or more!! Love the self talk before, during, and after. You are really onto something here. So often I am reading basically the same thing over and over, said in different ways, in different situations. And that can be helpful. But what you have said here I haven't read before. And it absolutely is right in keeping with my own observations and experiences. Very good analysis. And you are also totally right that it isn't old hat. As maintainers we have to look fresh at each situation. Our past successes can assist us, but are not sufficient to meet today's challenges. Thanks!!

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LJR4HEALTH 12/11/2012 7:01PM

    Great advice

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DOGLADY13 12/11/2012 6:20PM

    The Christmas parties have started in earnest. It's hard. Last year I did OK because I was such a nervous wreck from work I wasn't able to eat. This year, I'm feeling pretty good and want to celebrate. I wish I could say I was succeeding, but I'm not. But there is always next time!

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PATRICIAAK 12/11/2012 5:26PM

    Great advice

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ROXYZMOM 12/11/2012 5:05PM

    I love your self talk points. I get asked every once in a while why I am not ordering a drink. I just say I am not feeling like one. By this point, everyone knows I order "weird, healthy food". Some of them have started ordering it for themselves!

II guess my point is, everyone rocks to a different boat. Don't worry about what other's think.

You have a great plan and the foresight to think ahead. And with three years under your belt --- it works!!

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MRS.DOYLE 12/11/2012 1:33PM

    Very useful blog especially at this time of year. I still don't know how to reply politely when people comment on my choices at the work party which is usually awash with beige food. I bring in fruit and veg and others tuck in, so maybe that is good enough for me.

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DALID414 12/11/2012 11:50AM

    I struggle with the qyestion of: That's all you're going to eat? From my mom emoticon She measures love with an overflowing plate of food.

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DEBRA0818 12/11/2012 11:36AM

    It never amazes me how free people feel to comment on other people's bodies and food choices ... as if those things really mattered (to them). It is a constant sort of vigilance to keep the focus on your choices based on what you need (or don't need). Continuing good luck through the Holiday Season!

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DLDMIL 12/11/2012 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your choices to be about you and not others.

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MJZHERE 12/11/2012 11:28AM

    Very good blog. It really comes down to self talk in everything, doesn't it. I, too, know the comments (and looks) about not eating enough. I have addressed this issue with some people who told me they really are just concerned. It made me remember how often in the past I would ask my daughter if she were eating enough (she has always been very athletic and stays thin). I truly was concerned for her - but so wish I could take those words back now.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 12/11/2012 10:46AM

    Barb, there are days when I wish I could roll you up and put you inside my head. LOL! This is a great blog. So insightful. Thinking before acting (eating) -- now there's a thought!

Enjoy your holiday party today -- you'll make the right decisions and be happier for it.

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LESLIELENORE 12/11/2012 10:08AM

    Very true. Every social situation has its own pitfalls.

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MSLZZY 12/11/2012 9:44AM

    I can relate to the response/reaction to others
and their criticism. That alone would be enough
to put me on the defensive. Left to my own devices,
I do just fine. Sorry others feel they have to judge.
Having discipline is the only way to go. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/11/2012 9:40AM

    Couldn't agree more . . . NOTHING tastes as good as being healthy and fit feels. I always remember that when making food choices. You're so right that we have to have positive self-talk to stick to our good choices and not be influenced by others' opinions.

HUGS

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LINDAKAY228 12/11/2012 9:00AM

    We still have those little voices in our head to deal with. I know you're going to get through this with the tools you have learned to use well. And a great reminder to the rest of us!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/11/2012 8:57AM

    Maintenance is never easy.

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KRICKET57 12/11/2012 8:30AM

    Self-talking, that little voice that reminds me of the choices I am making and why I am making them. Sometimes it is just a matter of listening more to yourself than the outside pressures. Like you, I have people commenting on how small the portions are that I take or how much I do not eat if we go out. I wish restaurants served smaller sized portions and made people ask for more, rather than making me look wasteful for not eating all the food provided to me. Even when I ask for smaller portions there is still too much on the plate.

I think it is great you have given this reminder to listen to ourselves. Thank you.

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ANDI571 12/11/2012 8:29AM

    AMEN!

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CELIAMINER 12/11/2012 8:22AM

    Thanks for the reminders to keep self-talk honest and positive. I feel fortunate that I don't have a long list of social obligations during the holiday, only a few carefully chosen ones. I use the word "obligations" because that's what I consider most of these to be. I heard a segment on the radio about the office party being a staff meeting masquerading as a party...be there or you're not a team player. This year, with all the budget cuts and Fed-bashing, my agency has zero holiday spirit, so there are no office parties and no "decorating contests." That alone is saving me a lot of angst this holiday season.

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LEANJEAN6 12/11/2012 8:16AM

    I do a lot of self talking-----We can practice at the Party--LOL----Yu can get us all out for a run too----Lynda emoticon

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COMETER 12/11/2012 8:06AM

    YAY you! And I love that "nothing tastes as good as fit feels."

I was chatting with my sister yesterday and she was noting that in her Weight Watchers group are LOTS of people who comment that staying on the fitness road is a lifelong project, and hasn't become easy, even after years of practice. It takes ongoing commitment and adaptation. Somehow it seems like we could just "fix" it once and for all.

But if it isn't that way, then we've just got to face it and move on.

So, thanks for the reminder to move on!




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Speaking of non-scale victories...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Yesterday I got a visit from one of my younger sisters. She needed to borrow a double boiler for some of her holiday goodie-making, and I was happy to oblige.

It was a brief visit, in which I got caught up on how the family Thanksgiving went. It went about as such events do... we shared a giggle or two over people we love being who they are. For those of you who don't get the family clues around here... I grew up amid the Big Bang Theory gang... part of my family do not get the irony of their decision *not* to watch the show because "the math is OK, the science is off". The point is, many of them ARE the characters.

(MOBYCARP, you are Sheldon, in case you didn't know or have never watched it! I would be willing to bet that at least some would cast me as Leonard's mother.)

Anyway, that aside... the point of this little reminder to myself is about how far I have come. My sis mentioned that she and her family were going through old photographs, and her daughter looked at one and asked, "Is THAT Barbie?" Gasp. She *does not remember me in my heavy, unfit state*! She was in this photo with me, my "really, really before" shot I keep in my gallery. She was the little girl to my right.



That has to be a sign of long-term effort, does it not? The year following that photograph (I believe it was Christmas 2005) I went on "the guy diet" with my son, which basically is putting oneself in training. An injury a year and a half later resulted in a regain, but I have since enjoyed considerable success in getting back to the fit me I most enjoy! But that this important young person in my life doesn't even identify me as someone who "used to be" heavy is an incredible boost to my morale.

Something is working. And despite the bumps and mountains, life is good. Spark on!


  
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WATERMELLEN 12/11/2012 8:16PM

    So fantastic to get to that stage of maintaining where many people never knew us heavy!! Yay!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/11/2012 7:31PM

    Wow, how wonderful to only be thought of as fit and healthy! And what a great and inspiring example you are to others, including me!
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LJR4HEALTH 12/11/2012 7:02PM

    Wow Barb that is so awesome your niece only know you as the "fit" person you are! It must seems like a life time ago (the other you ) Thanks for sharing

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COMETER 12/11/2012 8:10AM

    Woot! and double Woot!

I've been struck by the information lately that our social circles have huge impact on our fitness and weight--what a wonderful thing you're doing for your circle by being fit and celebrating that.

I'm tempted to see you as an exception, and I'm working on seeing you as an example of a regular person who has put in practice the things that we all know. So while I see you as a superhero in many ways, it's important to me that your superpowers are remarkably available to all of us.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/11/2012 4:34AM

    Penny

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_LINDA 12/10/2012 11:57PM

    How totally cool and awesome is that?? That is fantastic your daughter knows you only as fit and trim :))
Huge non scale victory indeed.
Keep on being the amazing inspiration that you are. Now the question is, what on Earth is Barb going to do next to top her last athletic feat??
Keeping a close watch on your marathon training -if anyone can do it, you sure can!!
You go girl!
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SLENDERELLA61 12/10/2012 11:30PM

    Wonderful! You are so fit they don't even remember that you weren't always this way!! Very good. Great blog, too.

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KARIDIAN1 12/10/2012 10:57PM

    That before picture is a great reminder of how far you have come.

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DALID414 12/10/2012 10:41PM

    That's so awesome!

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LJCANNON 12/10/2012 9:42PM

    emoticon What a Huge Victory!! To be known Only as The Healthy Fit Barb is a Milestone that many of us may never realize, but with Your Example & Encouragement, we will continue to aim toward that!!

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MSLZZY 12/10/2012 9:31PM

    A real transformation! By the way, I think Sheldon is a hoot!

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ROXYZMOM 12/10/2012 7:34PM

    Congratulations! You are the maintenance queen!

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MOBYCARP 12/10/2012 7:16PM

    I don't watch Big Bang Theory, but not because of the science. It's just that TV in general isn't worth my time any more, and finding that one show that would be worth watching would require scheduling a session to watch.

My one remaining TV vice is football, and I didn't turn that on this past weekend. I wanted to get some stuff done, and I knew I wouldn't if I started watching.

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PATRICIAAK 12/10/2012 6:02PM

    c0ngrats!

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SHARON10002 12/10/2012 5:01PM

    Great story, Barb. I would love to get to that point! What you have accomplished is amazing!

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TINAJANE76 12/10/2012 4:21PM

    It's so great that you've got to the point where people don't even remember you being heavy. Fit, healthy and happy--that's what you ARE!

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DLDMIL 12/10/2012 2:17PM

    WOW!! You have done an amazing job. Thank you for being so motivating and inspirational. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/10/2012 11:54AM

    Wow, what a difference! You look so much happier now.

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LINDAKAY228 12/10/2012 11:23AM

    It is really so awesome how much you've changed since that photo and the fact that what your family, especially the little ones, see now and the example you are setting!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/10/2012 11:11AM

    When successful Sparkers post "before" pics, it gives us all hope. Rock on, Barb!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2012 10:15AM

    LOVE Big Bang! I don't honestly know who I'd cast myself as, but would sure hope NOBODY would cast me as Howard's Mom! YIKERS! She's the most dysfunctional of the Moms! LOL

Look how far you've come since that before picture! I look @ my "before" pictures and can't believe how much denial I was in1 But . . . Spark People cleared that one up!

HUGS Glad you got to spend time w/your sis. BTW, prayers continue for your SIL.

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NELLJONES 12/10/2012 10:04AM

    I'm glad you have that really "before" photo. All of mine are long gone through divorce and uncareful parental downsizing. The day will come when you will need that photo to convince people that you really were overweight.

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ANDI571 12/10/2012 9:31AM

    I love Big Bang. I am far from being a geek, but I sure relate to Sheldon on being a germaphob! I had to laugh when you said you would be Leonard's mother.

I just admire you so much. I brag on you all the time and use you as an example. I was out with Kel the other day and told her, that I didn't think I would ever have the "want" to do the things you do, but you let me know there is hope. I've always been told when you get older there are just things you can't do. You are my example that "I can" do anything if I have the desire to do so.

Even now, I have put my goal weight up to 160 instead of 155 like I had it. Deep down I know I could still achieve that 155, but at the moment that would mean changing a lifestyle that I am not sure I am ready to give up. I have been told by a family member, you can't always get down to 155, meaning being older. But I know that is not true. You have shown me that. So for now, I will be content, but will always know when I decide to put the work into it, I can and will achieve a lower weight.
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EBEAMS 12/10/2012 8:40AM

    Barb ~ You are amazing ... inspiring ... and incredible! Thanks for sending ripples through time to the rest of your family (and US!) with your great lifestyle. Continue to fight the good fight, my friend ... Hugs!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 12/10/2012 8:15AM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing!

I'm starting to get comments about having lost weight - I haven't lost much (7-9#) but apparently it is showing. I now weigh about 178. I hope to some day have NSV's that show in pictures like in your pictures. By sharing, you have given me hope. Thank you!

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CELIAMINER 12/10/2012 8:06AM

    What a heartwarming story! I look forward to the day when people don't remember me with the extra 80 pounds on my carcass.

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MIRAGE727 12/10/2012 7:42AM

    Trust me when I say that, after being fortunate to meet my dear friend, Barb, this woman is full of energy & Spark! She's the kind of positive person I want around me! All the best on your Marathon training, Barb!
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HEALTHY4ME 12/10/2012 7:38AM

    OHO OH so gives me hope! I am so happy for you and motivated by you. YOU Girl have done so fantastic!!! HUGS and a happy week for you.

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Sunday

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The day started well with sleeping in. Then an advent church sermon, which is a comforting thing for me. "Getting my Cratchet on" was how I phrased it earlier, but it does have that spirit of expectation, that needs to be nurtured, and that's what advent is all about.

The spirit manifested in pre-Thanksgiving cleaning (i.e. the cleaning I USUALLY do before Thanksgiving). I'm still behind, but a little LESS behind than I was. Saturday afternoon I went to a little senior center's craft fair and bought the tiniest of ceramic Christmas trees, which is my concession to decorating.



Late this afternoon, I went to visit my sister in law. Her condition has deteriorated even since my last visit in November. She can no longer write legibly, and it is obvious she has things she wants to say. She has not been able to speak for some time. ALS is a tragic condition, especially for someone with a rich mind. On Wednesday, she will observe her 60th birthday, one I just passed myself last month.

If anybody out there is the Spark universe is of a praying mind, prayers for this wonderful woman, teacher, friend, mother are welcome. If I could make an impossible wish for Christmas it would be for a miracle for her. For her to be released from her prison, and free.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/10/2012 11:33PM

    That has to be so hard, Barb, to see her going downhill. I know your caring has to be important to her, but I know it must take a lot out of you, too. I will remember her in my prayers. Take care.

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KARIDIAN1 12/10/2012 11:06PM

    Will pray for a miracle for your sister. My best to the both of you.

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MSLZZY 12/10/2012 9:36PM

    Adding her to my prayer list. May God grant your wish,
if it be his will.

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LJCANNON 12/10/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon Definitely adding your SIL to my Prayer List!

emoticon I think I remember Mom having a Little Tree like yours, but it had Multi Colored lights, as I remember.

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MIRAGE727 12/10/2012 7:47AM

    Just said a prayer and added her to my list! Also said one for your safe Marathon training, Barb!
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LEANJEAN6 12/10/2012 7:13AM

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DEBRA0818 12/10/2012 4:29AM

    Barb, I am so sorry to hear about the progression of your SIL's condition and pray that she may be given peace.

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AMSPARKER 12/10/2012 3:38AM

    God bless you sister in law. I will say prayers for her.

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 10:45PM

    That is so heartbreaking about your sister-in-law :(( Such a horrible, horrible disease :(( I wonder why they have found nothing to help or cure it as its been around for so very long :(( Could she type into a computer with just one finger? Or a touch pad kind of thing? I remember seeing shows about computers for the severely disabled that just eye movement operated it. Its hard to think how much she is suffering. I hope that there is a miracle for her.
You did good with your decorating, that tree is a nice find..

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/9/2012 10:45PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.

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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2012 10:08PM

    Adding my prayers

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ROXYZMOM 12/9/2012 9:53PM

    I will pray for her and you and your family.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2012 9:08PM

    Awwww, so sad. Sorry your SIL is deterioriating. ALS is a very mean disease. Prayers definitely being said.

I think the tree is adoreable! HUGS

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DALID414 12/9/2012 8:45PM

    Prayers your way

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HEALTHY4ME 12/9/2012 8:43PM

    I have taken care of 2 people with ALS one deteriorated very quickly, the other lives on, he is probably about 65 now I don't know how he is, as I have not worked there for few years, but it is a rotten disease.
HUGS to your sister in law and oh how I wish she could get it all out!

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Cookie report

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Got an IM from my son this morning that the cookies I baked and shipped nearly two weeks ago arrived at their intended destination today. He said the team had missed lunch due to mission... so the cookies were a HUGE hit, and the Col even asked if I shared secret recipes. Hee-hee... right off the package. Except for one place where the recipe says either vanilla or orange peel? I put in both. See? Now my Spark buds as well as my son's Col have the secret!

emoticon He said they even arrived in cookie shape (as opposed to granola clumps).

So... that's the good news.

On the "she went off the deep end" front... I followed through on my temptation to sign on to do the Lincoln Marathon in May. As a full 26.2. And then I went out in the 31 degree F cloudy morning on a training run. The state of my current "long slow run" shape? 8.1 miles in 1:32. When looking at the training plan? That's about six weeks in. So... once again, kind of adjusting training expectations.
emoticon Note to self: if you are going to run outside in temps like this again? Wear warmer gloves! The rest of the layers worked well... about four on the top. Just regular running long pants on the bottom.

Oh, and the techno-toy? Perfect for this kind of run!

  
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DOGLADY13 12/10/2012 9:36PM

    What a great motivator you are for me. I'm getting back in to it, as you know. I love to hear about other people's goals and their efforts to stick to it. I think about it when I want to take it easy on myself.

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LINDAKAY228 12/9/2012 3:56PM

    I'm so glad the cookies made it safely and were such a big hit. Thanks again to your son and all the other military and families for the sacrifices. I can never say it enough.

Awesome goal for next year! I have no doubt you can do it!

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DEBRA0818 12/9/2012 8:20AM

    I'm amazed both that the cookies made it that far and that you're planning to run that far. Go, Barb!

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SWEDE_SU 12/9/2012 7:11AM

    glad the cookies were a success! wonderful story. i find hands are the hardest part about winter running - thinner gloves aren't warm enough, heavy ones, my hands get too warm. i wind up taking them off and holding them and in a way, that works best! glad you are enjoying the techno toy - i used runkeeper a bit in sweden last summer, may have to try installing it on my phone here!

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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2012 12:12AM

    yah, you!

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 12:04AM

    Wow. That is one long way to send cookies! Never thought you could send food and have it arrive fresh and good to eat. That is great they survived the arduous trip and everyone was able to enjoy them!
Great run in less than ideal temperatures!! Fantastic courage to sign up for the full marathon!! If anyone can do it, it would be you! You are strong, fit, have good stamina and have great will power! You go girl!!
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KARIDIAN1 12/8/2012 11:31PM

    Great cookie success story.

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MSLZZY 12/8/2012 11:28PM

    Look out,world! Here she comes! Such determination!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/8/2012 9:19PM

    Glad the cookies arrived in good shape.

Good for you on the marathon!

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WATERMELLEN 12/8/2012 8:55PM

    So lovely that your son got his cookies safely and at just the right moment!!

I was pretty sure you were going to sign up for that full marathon . . . and I have no doubt at all you'll ace the training AND the race.

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LVMAMAW 12/8/2012 6:24PM

    emoticon Glad the cookies were a success! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 12/8/2012 6:07PM

    I'm glad your cookies were a big hit. Good luck in your upcoming marathon. I'll be cheering you on from the virtual sidelines!

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DALID414 12/8/2012 5:30PM

    Oh man, I've stayed away from cookies so far, its been tough, everyone seems to get bitten by the baking bug this time of year!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/8/2012 4:55PM

    Yay cookies! Yay stretching goals! Yay running in cold!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2012 4:51PM

    Awwwww . . . glad that DS got the cookies! Wow . . . you ARE ambitious with your running! HUGS

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LESLIELENORE 12/8/2012 4:34PM

    Yay for cookie shaped cookies! I can't even run a complete 5k yet, so a marathon kinda blows my mind. Go you!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/8/2012 2:55PM

    You are going to be so proud when you complete that marathon in May. And we'll be virtually cheering you every step of the way!

Glad the cookies made it. Mine only have to go as far as Hawaii....so I haven't sent them yet. OK, to be honest, I haven't baked them yet. I've got a little time :)

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SLENDERELLA61 12/8/2012 1:06PM

    Congrats on your training!! That was a great run. I'm benched again due to backache. Booooo. But I'll overcome and this time not go back to picking Gwen up so much. I've got to learn how to dress for cooler (not cold like your temps) weather, too. I probably just need to get some gloves.

I'm excited for you doing the full marathon. I'm not aspiring to that much, but I respect it greatly. I know you will do it and do it well!

Glad your cookies were such a success -- and that you had the discipline that it did not mess up your success!! Take care.

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DEBRITA01 12/8/2012 1:02PM

    emoticon I'm sure the cookies were a big hit and a welcomed change. Congrats on signing on for the marathon and following your dreams...you're courageous and unstoppable! emoticon emoticon

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DLDMIL 12/8/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon for the cookies arriving, I know they really appreciated them. Our soldiers are so great and appreciate of everything they receive. emoticon on deciding to do the full marathon.

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AZMOMXTWO 12/8/2012 12:38PM

  thanks for the hint on the cookies



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