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Tweaking and training

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Training: just do it. Sixteen and a half weeks to the marathon. Last night one of my training plans said "30 minute run". Well, since I kind of run SLOW... i.e. walk/jog intervals, 30 minutes doesn't take me very far. And it was after supper, and I felt... sluggish. So walked more frequently. But I did it.

Which leads me to think I need to tweak my schedule a bit... and run before I eat on the after-work workouts. Because put in the minutes and put in the miles I must.

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KASEYCOFF 1/11/2013 3:47AM

    Awareness is a key component of any plan - to my mind.
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    Tweaking is good-----Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 1/10/2013 12:42AM

    Number one thing is to never exercise after a full meal. I am a little surprised you did, especially when it gets so dark so soon. I rather get it over with early, while there is still daylight. Call me strange, but I like to see where I am putting my big size 11's :P
If the issue is you are hungry, then make a light healthy snack before you go out. I always eat an energy bar before my morning workouts. Just a little something so you have some fuel, but aren't full.
You go girl!!

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PATRICIAAK 1/9/2013 9:45PM

    stay safe - it's icy here. I'd wimped out for fear of slipping,

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/9/2013 3:09PM

    Good job evaluating your routine! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 1/9/2013 2:54PM

    Hey, whatever works for you, right! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 1/9/2013 2:07PM

    Great job, Barb! That's what it takes: doing it when you don't feel like it. And then add to that figuring out how to do better next time. Very good for you!! -Marsha

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/9/2013 1:33PM

    You go, girl!

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KARIDIAN1 1/9/2013 12:02PM

    Plan your work and work your plan.

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LINDAKAY228 1/9/2013 10:35AM

    I can't run on a full stomach. Great job getting out there and being committed to doing it even when it was hard. You'll get your plan tweaked to what works for you.

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MSLZZY 1/9/2013 10:21AM

    Sounds like a good plan! Have a great day!

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DALID414 1/9/2013 9:33AM

    Yeah it's tough to run with a stomach full (even half full)of dinner!

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BUGGYS 1/9/2013 8:38AM

    You are amazing, Barb...and disciplined!!!

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KALIGIRL 1/9/2013 8:26AM

    Here's to figuring out how to put in the miles!
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NEW-CAZ 1/9/2013 8:15AM

    WOW you mean business LOL emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2013 7:58AM

    Talk about icy self-discipline: internal and external!! That's you.

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    I just know that you will be ready for that Marathon----Lynda emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/9/2013 7:16AM

    The cold winter weather doesn't help either; I'd much rather be curled up in bed with a good book!

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A by-word: recovery

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Saturday's long run gave me Sunday as a recovery day... again.

Weekend recovery days are not necessarily good things for me, because I have errands to do and I'm at home, i.e. on my own with a 'fridge and cupboard full of stuff. Even though it's mostly healthy stuff, it's still stuff in volume, and if I'm hungry or any of the things that tend to send me to "hungry" as a substitute for the emotion I don't want to deal with right now... it's there.

That last paragraph is a little off topic, but here's the interesting part: I didn't beat myself up even though I did some weird eating on Sunday. I started, in my mind to consider it "figuring out the puzzle of training recovery." I was back on track Monday, eating right, break walks. and my Spark upper body strength workout in the evening.

And all of this, particularly the "calm" and the mental exercise of figuring out the puzzle of recovery got me thinking about that very word.

My little Webster's says that recover means "1 a) to get back (something lost or stolen) b) to regain (health, consciousness, etc.) 2 to compensate for; make up for [to recover losses] 3 a) to get (oneself) back to a state of control, balance or composure b) to catch or save (oneself) from a slip, stumble, betrayal of feeling, etc...."

In any case, the whole concept of recovery implies the return of or to something YOU ALREADY HAVE TITLE TO!

Wow. This kind of blew me away. The implication of the word is that we ARE worth it. We OWN being healthy and fit. When we "overspend" in training, we "get it back" through recovery, because we OWN it.

Here's to OWNING our health and fitness, and to recovery days, whether due to slips and slides or due to training hard. And to figuring out the puzzle pieces.

Life is good, Spark on!

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NDKARIKARI 1/9/2013 8:48PM

    great blog post!

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KASEYCOFF 1/9/2013 4:07AM

    Here's to recovery ownership--!
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LJCANNON 1/9/2013 1:23AM

    emoticon That has got to be one of the Most Inspiring Blogs on Recovery that I have EVER Read!!. We already OWN IT!! What a Concept!!

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_LINDA 1/9/2013 1:06AM

    Totally Terrific Thoughts as usual! We are all here because we are recovering food addicts. Here is to finding the path to recovering good eating habits and owning this healthy lifestyle!

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KARIDIAN1 1/8/2013 11:26PM

    I love puzzles and your blogs.

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ASHPATCH11 1/8/2013 8:46PM

    I love it we do OWN it!!! Great post as always!

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PATRICIAAK 1/8/2013 7:47PM

    Great insight into ownership!

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DLDMIL 1/8/2013 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Barb. Thanks for another great mind blowing blog.

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GABY1948 1/8/2013 1:30PM

    I LOVe this way of thinkiing about it! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 1/8/2013 12:37PM

    I need to allow myself more recovery days. Awesome blog!

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    emoticon emoticon Great blog Barb!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2013 11:11AM

    Awesome! Owning it! HUGs and thanks for sharing this.

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DALID414 1/8/2013 10:31AM

    emoticon Cheers to owning our health and fitness!

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LINDAKAY228 1/8/2013 10:03AM

    This is a great blog! And I really love that last part!

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SUNNY1432 1/8/2013 9:51AM

    That's a great way of thinking about it! Thanks for the new knowledge!!
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    Cheers to owning our health & fitness... emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/8/2013 8:42AM

    Great post today, Barb!

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 1/8/2013 8:29AM

    Here's to OWNING our health and fitness" - Couldn't have said it better myself.

Not sure if walking fits into your 'recovery' schedule, but if so, we might walk the 'girls' on the weekend. I'm gone this weekend to a HS girlfriend's wedding and am tied up the next Saturday morning, but other than that am 'free' (or @ least inexpensive).
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EBEAMS 1/8/2013 8:13AM

    We are SOOOOO worth it! Keep it up!

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MAGGIE101857 1/8/2013 7:48AM

    Never thought of it this way! We do OWN it - emoticon

Love it when you hit the dictionary - something good always comes out of it!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Wonderful attitude about figuring out the puzzle pieces. You've learned there is no benefit to "beating yourself up" but a lot of value in learning the lesson. I can relate that I'm having to learn recovery from major exercise sessions and sometimes have overdone the food.

When I was working I did find days home challenging in that there was no routine of work plus unlimited access to the food in my house. I have found, though, that in retirement overall I am more relaxed (whether I have the kids or not) so having a house full of my husband's junk food staring me in the face and the tremendous volume of my healthy food is usually not a problem. I just stay focused on what goes in my mouth.

Yep, we own health and fitness! We have learned a great deal about recovery and learn more each time we get it back. As you say, Spark On!!!

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MOBYCARP 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Ah, recovery. The great puzzle for Polly Perfectionist as well as for Mr. Testosterone. I anticipated Sunday being a recovery day, but Monday turned into one kind of unintentionally. It's all good.

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BETTER_LUCK 1/8/2013 7:35AM

    Powerful, inspiring blog. This is amazing. You are amazing. Thank you!

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NELLJONES 1/8/2013 7:31AM

    I concentrate on my food legality simply because it can't be thrown off by weather or anything else but myself.

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:29AM

    We live in Arizona so we don't have the freezy skid stuff but believe it or not, we sorta miss it. Like I said before, love your blogs.

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FIRECOM 1/8/2013 7:27AM

    Ah, the power of words. Words make for a super fun and educational hobby. Your blog is great. Keep up the good work.

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RUN4FOOD 1/8/2013 7:15AM

    Thanks for contemplating the dictionary and then sharing your thoughts.
This is a good insight.

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ROXYZMOM 1/8/2013 7:14AM

    Very nice -- thanks!!

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MSLZZY 1/8/2013 7:10AM

    Yes, we do OWN it! You said it so well!

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MIZCATHI 1/8/2013 7:09AM

    You are such a giving person. Just as I sent out an SOS blog, I find your post immediately following on recovery. To recover, strong words. I need to get me back, which I can because I'm right here. Thanks for being who you are.

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JGRAY76 1/8/2013 7:06AM

    We do OWN our healthy lifestyle. Sounds like you are doing just fine with your recovery after training. Keep on trucking!

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Twelfth night

Sunday, January 06, 2013

For some folks, this is the twelfth night of the Christmas festival. Three Kings Day in parts of the world. Epiphany. The close of the holidays.

What better day to wax philosophical about the New Year?

Feeling good, having put my long slow run in yesterday. It was not a "textbook" kind of run. I went outside for it, in the 32 F sunny afternoon. I actually prefer getting my runs out of the way in the morning, BUT, it's Winter, folks.

The footing was spotty. Patches of packed snow or ice, at irregular places. So... I decided to let Polly Perfectionist sit this one out, and just jogged between the patches and carefully picked my way through them. A broken leg or hip or whatever would REALLY put a cramp in my style. And I *don't* have screws in the bottoms of my shoes.

Speaking of shoes, I wore a pair that I often just wear to work: New Balance. Not really running shoes, more walking shoes, but I like their traction for spotty surfaces better than some of the running shoes I own.

Was I cold? Nope, not really. I made two "pause" stops to potty and hydrate... and in the end covered 11.8 miles in two and a half hours. I made sure to eat extra. Reminder to self: Undereating can lead to binges days later, note last week's slip.

Today: gotta play catch up with the household duties. Grocery shop. Laundry. Put away the few things I put up for Christmas (Frosty the Cookie jar and the little tree). And savor the anticipation of reunions.

Four months to Marathon Morning! Life is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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JULIA1154 1/8/2013 12:09AM

  A belated wish for a joyous Epiphany.

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COMPUCATHY 1/7/2013 5:46PM

    I like that "Polly the Perfectionist"...good point. We do have to put her away sometimes and take on "Realistic Rita"...I had to think a minute to come up with that. Good job! And you are learning from past slip-ups...I think that's really the key. Keep up the good work! Someday, I hope to be the runner that you are and meet up and do a run with you! Keep inspiring me! You're awesome! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/7/2013 5:39PM

    Wow, that is some spark you have on there! Way cool!

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SUNNY332 1/7/2013 5:03PM

    Spark on...

Great Blog!

Sunny

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ASHPATCH11 1/7/2013 9:54AM

    Keep up the great work as always!!

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KALIGIRL 1/7/2013 8:31AM

    Sounds like a super weekend - a couple more days and the ice will be gone.
Thought about you.

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LEANJEAN6 1/7/2013 8:24AM

    Well, here I am AGAIN Barb--I chuckle here=--"Have a Super Sparkly Day""--That little sweet Lady on the commercial is so sweet----She makes me smile when she says that--so I chuckled about yer comment-----I'm off to a good start here----The day is cloudy--lookin' like snow-----but I have housework to do--then piano to practice. I shall b e thinking of you doing yer errands in yer part of the world-Lynda--Oh--You, have a Super S emoticon parkly Day too-LOL

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/7/2013 2:46AM

    Wow! emoticon You are really a role model!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/7/2013 12:29AM

    Sounds like an awesome run! And great job learning from the last problem you had!

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KARIDIAN1 1/6/2013 9:20PM

    Great run for you. Glad you are being careful with the footing.

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MOBYCARP 1/6/2013 8:39PM

    32 F is a good temperature to run, but it's better when the footing isn't bad. I'm glad you were able to work with what Mother Nature sent your way and enjoy a nice winter day.

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PATRICIAAK 1/6/2013 8:38PM

    Glad you were careful. Would hate to read about a broken bone.

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LESLIELENORE 1/6/2013 5:48PM

    I am doing all of my running indoors right now, as the sidewalks are so slippery and roads are narrower than normal due to snowdrifts, so running in the road is a little more dangerous than I would like, but I am doing 2-3 miles on the treadmill at the gym, so I am getting some mileage in. I went to a Twelfth Night party out of town last night (I know it was a day early, but they hold it on the closest Saturday). It was fun, but I overate and under exercised, so I am glad to be home and back to my routine.

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_LINDA 1/6/2013 4:52PM

    So glad you were being careful and took it easy at the rough spots! Well done with the distance and time!! That is what I like most about extra exercising, is the extra calories you need :))
New Balance are the shoes I buy the most, seem to work good for me in everything I do. They have all kinds of shoes for all kinds of activities, I currently have three pairs thanks to those good sales.
Have a Super Sparking Sunday!

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GABY1948 1/6/2013 3:30PM

    You are right on top of it! Iknow what you mean about the snow out there...it was VERY slippery here this morning and I wasn't even running.

Have a GREAT week, Barb!

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DEBRA0818 1/6/2013 3:24PM

    Be careful out there, Barb! But, great job on the outdoor work!!! I know those four months will be swallowed in a hurry by Mother Time and you'll be ready if your past performance and current dedication have anything to say about it (and they do)!

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WATERMELLEN 1/6/2013 2:05PM

    Polly Perfectionist AND Mr. Testosterone from the same family : I think kids were just raised to push themselves very very hard in our generation, or at least I sure was too. Can really relate to that. And: when you get the puzzle pieces put together, I'm hoping you've got one of those roll up puzzle mats so you can just send it along to me, please!!

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DALID414 1/6/2013 1:07PM

    At my house it's Three Kings Day.

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RUN4FOOD 1/6/2013 12:53PM

    Glad you got your run in even though there is snow on the ground.
Hope your marathon training goes well.

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NDKARIKARI 1/6/2013 12:44PM

    wow, great job!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/6/2013 11:13AM

    Hooray for all the folks who shovel their walks! And Boo to those who don't! I get out for my walks in the cold, but stay in if it's icy. Be careful. Keep up the good work! You Can Do It!

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MSPATOOTY 1/6/2013 10:38AM

    Those four months to Marathon Morning will pass quickly! emoticon Great job getting out in spite of the icy patches. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2013 9:11AM

    Good job, Barb!

You're right about undereating leading to binge eating. I think that's a great reminder.

HUGS

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MEXGAL1 1/6/2013 9:04AM

    Today here in Mexico they celebrate 3 Kings day. There will be a parade in the village and I might go check it out. I noticed yesterday that they had the ring loafs of cake/bread where they hide the baby Jesus in it for someone to find.
Glad to hear that you took it easy and made sure you didn't fall. You are right in that would not be good.
Have a terrific Sunday.

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NEW-CAZ 1/6/2013 8:58AM

    Wise lady, be careful out there, safety first! LOL
Enjoy ticking off your chores then have some fun!

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DOGLADY13 1/6/2013 8:54AM

    I'm going to try to get a run in this afternoon. Not sure where, though. I know my usual route will have too much ice and snow since the path isn't maintained in the winter by the city. I may do the 5K route that I walked last week.

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MSLZZY 1/6/2013 8:42AM

    I went for an early morning walk when it was 4
degrees. It wasn't too bad but just dark enough
to not see all the icy patches. Thank goodness for
sidewalks. Take care out there! HUGS!

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LEANJEAN6 1/6/2013 8:26AM

    emoticon Don't slip on the ice!!!!--LOL----You are good to get out there in the weather!--And you hava goal----Enjoy yer day!-Lynda

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Some thoughts about goals for 2013

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I hadn't made any real formal goals for myself for 2013 up til now. I think that's part of my "at loose ends" behavior on New Year's Day, too. Fear of goal setting? Fear of setting the bar "a bridge too far"? Perhaps a bit of that...

This week I've been reading other Spark people's goals / resolutions and thinking about what I need to move in the direction of a fulfilling and satisfying 2013.

I have alsos been thinking about my son coming home soon and the transitions that will be happening in his life and of course how those will affect me as his mom. Whether I'll see more or less of him and his wife, what kind of job he'll get, all those young people transitions...

The key word of course is transitions. I have blogged about the challenge of navigating transitions for me. Some folks are OK with change. I used to think I was one of them... years ago. I get excited by new chapters: moving, new jobs, new school years, heck, you've seen how excited I get over a new "bucket list" thing I go after. YET, they are a danger point for me, too, as I am an anxious nibbler... Sunday nights for example, transition back to the work week.

Rituals help. Being active helps. Talking to a friend helps. But not too much talking to a friend, 'cause I can have after interaction reactions! Gee, guess it's never EASY to be a recovering compulsive, is it?

Onward to what I think I want to make as my 2013 "wishes" / to "goals" to "actual behaviors".

1) Get outside more. Particularly for activity in the winter time. Yeah, cabin fever and vitamin D deficiency go hand in hand. So, for 2013, I intend to get outside for at least 10 minutes a day. Rain, shine, snow, ice... outside. Live. In the moment.

2) We already know the athletic goal - complete a full marathon. Train up for it properly, and just go do it. No matter how long it takes.

3) Keep on tracking and blogging. Because this has been the most powerful tool to help me remember what's important.

4) If "life happens" (which it can to all of us) remember your "line in the sand" and adjust.

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LJR4HEALTH 1/6/2013 6:20PM

    Barb once again a great post i especially like number 4 "If "life happens" (which it can to all of us) remember your "line in the sand" and adjust." i know I need to be able to do that more myself

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/6/2013 11:19AM

    Yes, let's get outside! And stay faithful in our eating and fitness habits. We have come too far to let life's challenges sidetrack us! Hugs!!

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_LINDA 1/6/2013 12:35AM

    Great goal! I need to join you on that. today was actually reasonable weather here for a change with sunshine in the morning -I completely wasted it with my busyness and ended up never getting out all day :( It was even warm enough to have my window open a little most of the day!
Pretty much anything out of your normal routine can lead to food binges for sure. Tough one to cope with.
All the best with this goal!
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SUNNY332 1/5/2013 10:10PM

    emoticon Goals and without a doubt, goals that you will achieve.

You go girl.

Sunny

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CONCHA77 1/5/2013 7:02PM

    Great goals for 2013! --I think we are on the same page as far as posting and tracking.
I am still struggling for some resolutions to make for myself, I think maybe slowing down a little mentally, and stepping up my pace, physically. emoticon


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KALIGIRL 1/5/2013 5:26PM

    Getting outside is so important - not just to shake up the routine, but to get a 'fresh' perspective.
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/5/2013 5:23PM

    I like your goals! :)

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KARIDIAN1 1/5/2013 4:51PM

    Nice attainable goals.

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DLDMIL 1/5/2013 4:00PM

    You are such an inspiration to us. Your goals are simple and very achievable. Glad that your son will be home soon and the hugs will be sooooooooo wonderful and a great release of anxiety will be lifted off your shoulders to have him back in the states. I agree with you about being outside everyday for the sun and the vitamin D. We all need that sun for mental as well as nutritional value.
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SLENDERELLA61 1/5/2013 2:21PM

    Looks like your goals are meaningful and achievable, Barb! That full marathon is a big one, but you have the fitness and determination to do it. I know you will adapt to whatever transitions happen in 2013 and beyond. Wishing you all good things!! -Marsha

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ANDI571 1/5/2013 2:12PM

    I used to love change, but find now that I am older, it doesn't sit well. I think that has become a lot of my problem in the past year. I think acknowledging our weaknesses really helps with that change. When we ignore them, then we get into trouble.

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DALID414 1/5/2013 1:51PM

    Sounds like a good list.

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MNNICE 1/5/2013 12:50PM

    Some very good goals. So important to set "life" goals as well as "diet" goals! Seems you're on the right road towards adjusting to changes!

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GALINAZ 1/5/2013 12:19PM

    You are an inspiration! I can relate to the change stress - even good stress can affect our eating habits

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NEW-CAZ 1/5/2013 11:58AM

    Great goals Barb!

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MJREIMERS 1/5/2013 11:15AM

    I think those of us trying to "improve ourselves" often have very similar obstacles that we face. I found that replacing one "bad" habit with a "better" one helps. It's really difficult to totally do away with one behavior without replacing it with another. (It must be the teacher in me talking!)

Life is constantly changing and for some of us, that's not easy. However, we are learning new ways to deal with change, new ways to make better choices and with new people (here) to support us emoticon !

You are in the right direction. Some days the steps will be smaller and the road a bit rougher. Other days we can just run with a nice smooth road ahead. You can do it...people have your back!!! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 1/5/2013 11:02AM

    Yeah, transitions are dangerous. The good habits can drop through the cracks, and there is the hazard of not picking them back up after the transition.

Weight lifting kind of fell through the cracks for me this week. Transition back to work, transition to tax season, throw in daily snow removal . . . and I haven't lifted since Monday. I'll have to think about how to manage this better next week and over the course of tax season.

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MEXGAL1 1/5/2013 10:48AM

    great review and good for you to set out some goals for yourself. just keep in mind that you are one strong woman and can handle things.
make it a great weekend.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/5/2013 10:26AM

    I never did like change/transitions too much either. Still don't, but with taking things day-by-day, it's a lot less stressing for me.

Yes, I imagine things will be changed when DS gets home, but you'll handle it (and sooooooooo glad for you that he's going to be home! HUGS to your wonderful son and YOU!)



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WATERMELLEN 1/5/2013 10:24AM

    Great goals . . . and note that "more of the same" (tracking, blogging) helps ease that challenge of change.

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-AMANDA79- 1/5/2013 9:38AM

    I need to get out in the sun today!
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Sounds like some really great goals for the year...

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RUN4FOOD 1/5/2013 9:21AM

    Hope your son's and your transitions both go well.
Fear of goals, been asking myself that question this week.

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DOGLADY13 1/5/2013 9:05AM

    Last January, when I ran the risk of staying in my apartment and never coming out, I set a goal of getting outside EVERY day for at least 30 minutes. I did it. I felt great and I didn't become a crazy hermit.

I like your goal of getting outside. It served me well when I needed it.

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MIRAGE727 1/5/2013 8:59AM

    I love it! Stay strong, Barb!
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LESLIELENORE 1/5/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon emoticon I can't wait until I can read about your marathon!

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ROXYZMOM 1/5/2013 8:54AM

    Your goals ate realistic! You can do this!!

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GABY1948 1/5/2013 8:50AM

    Wow, Barb, we are so much more alike than I thought! I would almost say in some ways you describe, we are exactly alike. If someone is coming over I fret for days and if they DO come over I fret but if they DON'T end up coming I fret even more! Fret, of course, means "nervous eating".

Thanks for such insight! I don't blog by writing my own "stuff" often so it helps me greatly to read your blogs!

Have a blessed weekend!

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GABY1948 1/5/2013 8:50AM

    Wow, Barb, we are so much more alike than I thought! I would almost say in some ways you describe, we are exactly alike. If someone is coming over I fret for days and if they DO come over I fret but if they DON'T end up coming I fret even more! Fret, of course, means "nervous eating".

Thanks for such insight! I don't blog by writing my own "stuff" often so it helps me greatly to read your blogs!

Have a blessed weekend!

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DEBRITA01 1/5/2013 8:38AM

    Navigating transitions can be hard but you seem to have a handle on it. I'm also working on making my wishes/goals becoming "actual behaviors"...I've been talking the talk now I need to consistently walk the walk. emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/5/2013 8:30AM

    My line in the sand is one priority I really have
to work on in 2013. Got to start somewhere.
Your blogs make me think and realize thinking
is not the same as doing. Off to "do" now!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/5/2013 8:16AM

    Looking forward to stability and a day where "nothing" happens other than sunshine!

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DEBRA0818 1/5/2013 8:10AM

    Great, realistic, achievable goals, Barb! Go 2013!!!

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PATRICIAAK 1/5/2013 7:57AM

    Transitions seem to be the norm in life for me. Perhaps that's because I'm from a large family. Unfortunately, the gym seems to be what gets sacrificed.
I'm going to need to follow your example and change from "wishes" to "goals" and then to "actual behaviors".


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MAGGIE101857 1/5/2013 7:14AM

    I had a "life happens" moment yesterday - found myself so angry with the decrease in my paycheck due to the tax changes and insurance hikes and then found myself getting angrier watching the evening news and hearing what a mess this country is right now (my opinion of course emoticon ).

I had to remove myself from all of it - I went up to my bedroom and just sat in the darkness with a fire (fake) going....had myself a bit of a cry and a pep talk. Today is an adjustment day for me and many others, I'm sure. emoticon to tackle it!!!

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LEANJEAN6 1/5/2013 7:11AM

    Yer goals are realistic--LOL----You are doing well--Wonderful that yer son will be home--Hug him lots!!!!------LOL======Lynda emoticon

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Why I blog almost every day...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Good days and bad ones... days when I'm feeling whimsical, days when I'm feeling sad... days when I triumph over challenges and days when I give in. Most days I blog.

I blog as pep talks to myself at the beginning of a day. As restrospective at the end of a day. As "longish" responses to requests. As a creative outlet.

But in the end, I blog to keep myself going. It's a tool. It is a way to keep the conversation about priorities going.

Spark is a wonderful, safe, supportive place to do this. And while I mainly blog for myself... I find incredible support in the comments that come back. And I find encouragement that it might actually help others who are earlier in their own journeys as I blog that even in success there are struggles. But that in the final analysis, it is oh, so worth it!

And in case y'all hadn't guess it would happen, the day after my New Year's lapse? Yeah, back to normal. I am another step closer to living "here" forever. I ate in range, and kept to the training schedule which said "Strength training".

Take care of yourselves, precious Spark friends! YOU are worth it! emoticon

  
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BEATRIZ269 1/7/2013 1:17PM

    I am trying to get more into putting things down and I can see the benefit. Thank you for sharing and I will be looking to read more.

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SAMI199 1/6/2013 4:21AM

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I feel the same way!

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WATERMELLEN 1/4/2013 8:43PM

    I'm so glad that you post almost every day and that you let me listen in on your pep talks to yourself: they're pep talks for me too and I appreciate them!

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ASHPATCH11 1/4/2013 5:12PM

    cute post!

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SPARKLISE 1/4/2013 12:45PM

    Thank you for blogging every day and being so honest.
As a recovering binge eater and yo-yo dieter, it really helps me believe there is hope and, even if it is a struggle,it is worth it.
One of the things I am learning to accept on SP is that i'll have to make it a priority for the rest of my life.
It is what it is but life is still good.
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LINDAKAY228 1/4/2013 11:53AM

    I always like your blogs. And the comments we get on blogs, whether about events or successes or rough times, they always inspire and encourage me too.

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KNITLEIGH 1/4/2013 11:03AM

    Thank you for your blogs!

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CASEYTALK 1/4/2013 10:40AM

    I'm REALLY glad you blog a lot. Your insight and inspiration have made a big difference in my ability to do this. You've done it -- you've not only lost the weight but you've done the harder task of KEEPING it off for years. So, it CAN be done and I want to learn from you how you do it.

Keep blogging! I'm selfish! emoticon



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MEDDYPEDDY 1/4/2013 2:46AM

    You are doing so well - that is inspiring!

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PATRICIAAK 1/3/2013 10:02PM

    Your blogs encompass it all. Reminds me of the movie title - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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SHARON10002 1/3/2013 9:51PM

    Good, bad, introspective, whatever your theme - your blogs are always a help to me, Barb. Thank you for that . . . emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/3/2013 9:38PM

    Thank you, you also take care and good luck on your journey. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/3/2013 8:20PM

    Another one of Spark's great tools you can use to motivate yourself to keep on going! You utilize it so very well and the rest of us get to benefit and learn :)

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ANDI571 1/3/2013 8:01PM

    I love your blogs. I know when I write a blog it always helps. But that being said the insecurities from youth come in to play and I usually delete them because I can't imagine what I say being any thing but ramblings.

Don't ever quit your blogs, you give hope!

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MIRAGE727 1/3/2013 7:47PM

    Rock the journey, Barb!
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GABY1948 1/3/2013 7:42PM

    I KNEW you would get back on track...it's becoming "part" of you! The best part of you blogging as you do is that WE all benefit from it!! A double thank you today! Have a GREAT night! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/3/2013 6:03PM

    So glad you are back on track. I love reading your blogs, too.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/3/2013 4:04PM

    I knew you would do it!! Hooray!!! One wise woman once told me that the key to maintenance is getting right back on program faster -- wasn't that what you said??

And I am so glad you blog almost every day because I learn something from you, or laugh, or feel affirmed each time. Yes, it is so worth it!! -Marsha

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KASEYCOFF 1/3/2013 3:50PM

    You too, hon. I couldn't agree with you more, in that blogging on SP is yet another tool we can use to progress. Just like tracking nutrition and fitness, or interacting with our fellow Sparklers, blogging is a way we can find out what's working, what's not, where we want to go next.

I definitely hear you, seestah!
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VTRICIA 1/3/2013 3:20PM

    Well said! I am also a regular blogger here.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 1/3/2013 3:18PM

    I need to be more this way!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/3/2013 3:05PM

    I blog to keep myself on track, to vent when I've had a rough day, ect. I love it here :)

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DLDMIL 1/3/2013 2:58PM

    Thank you for sharing your good and bad days. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 1/3/2013 11:36AM

    I blog everyday to help keep myself accountable. It works for me. Hugs to you!

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MSLZZY 1/3/2013 10:40AM

    That's the whole point of blogging-a tool to use to
refelct on the day and your accomplishments and
a place to write your thoughts. Keep on SParking!
My world is a better place with you in it. HUGS!

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MEXGAL1 1/3/2013 10:26AM

    me too, I blog everyday just to remind myself of what my goals are and where I am and where I am going.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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MAGGIE101857 1/3/2013 10:00AM

    Good morning, lovely lady!!! I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I look forward to your words each and every day!!! emoticon

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DALID414 1/3/2013 9:35AM

    Thanks for sharing so much

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SUN-SEEKER 1/3/2013 9:25AM

    I am new to your blog and will be coming back for more! I always wondered if people mind frequent blogging, obviously yours is much appreciated! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/3/2013 9:22AM

    I'm glad you're so willing to share the good times and the not-so-good times with the SP community...we all learn from each other. Glad you are back on track...and I knew you would be:) emoticon

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SENATOR9 1/3/2013 9:10AM

    One bad day happens to all of us emoticon

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MSPATOOTY 1/3/2013 9:03AM

    Agreed! Starting the day with SP, even very briefly, has been so helpful in getting my head screwed on straight for the day. Glad to hear your day was better yesterday! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/3/2013 8:54AM

    Love following your journey as I'm sure others do...

Here's to 'here' and 'now'.
Namaste my friend. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/3/2013 8:39AM

    It is sometimes hard to put into words the experience we're having and have had, but it's so worth it. There is a lot of gratitude on this website for people like you who keep the conversation going.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/3/2013 8:10AM

    I agree. Starting the day with SP is a great motivator - writing, reading, tracking - moving forward on the journey. Great job!

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CONCHA77 1/3/2013 8:03AM

    And we love reading your daily blogs~always look for them in the am with my coffee.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 1/3/2013 7:59AM

    Glad to hear your day went better.

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MIZCATHI 1/3/2013 7:59AM

    I woke up this morning thinking that a short blog would be a good way to keep my priorities together. I love reading yours. They keep me thinking.

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SEESKO 1/3/2013 7:54AM

    Great reasons to blog daily and some of my same reasons to start doing that this year.

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