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Wet, heavy snow

Friday, February 05, 2010

I had to take the car in for service this morning, so I didn't get home until late, and the wet, heavy snow was waiting for me. I did my shoveling in the dark, and parts of it were down to muddy water... you have any idea how much a snowshovel full of water weighs? A whole lot more than snow, of course! A pint's a pound, as they say.

BUT, I did it. I was ABLE to do it. And that's the point of being fit, isn't it? To deal with what life throws at us?

Philosophy: Why is it a February snow doesn't seem as bad as a January one? Is it because the temperature was milder? Or that it's Friday night and I know I don't have to go to work tomorrow? Or maybe just because I'm feeling fit and good about not procrastinating... or victorious for going to work rather than using the weather as an excuse to stay home?

I feel... pleasantly tired, and accomplished. Sipping my decaf and watching a movie.

  
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YASMINSHORTER 2/6/2010 4:26PM

    Way to go! What an achievement! To feel the benefits of being fit in your everyday life!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/6/2010 4:19PM

    A fine example of the functional fitness you mentioned yesterday.

Hope it's OK for me to add you as a friend. We keep commenting on each other's blogs and seem to be on a similar wavelength - although you've got much better abs than me after Bootcamp!



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KALIGIRL 2/6/2010 3:31PM

    All of the above!
Isn't it wonderful you CAN do it?
(Have to admit it is pretty...)
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JOOLIE3 2/6/2010 3:27PM

    Way to go - that stuff is HEEEAAAAvY! I am impressed. You are doing wonderfully, Barb. Stay warm and dry!

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CONCHA77 2/6/2010 7:56AM

    That's great, Barb! And you can add that exercise to your exercising log!
Looks like you are going to be getting lots of snow by Saturday, but at least it's warmer. It's missing us, AGAIN! We barely have had any snow here in MI this year and I sort of miss snow shoveling....
Have a great weekend.

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DEBRA_T 2/6/2010 7:16AM

    That is exactly the point of being fit -- being able to do things that would otherwise defeat you, to enjoy things you otherwise would leave to others' enjoyment and to, apparently, shovel snow. Not a small thing -- a great thing to be able to do. Especially if you live in Nebraska. Just sayin'. LOL

For me, February snow doesn't seem as bad because you know you don't have months and months of it ahead of you (hopefully -- hahaha).

I'm glad you're tucked up for the weekend!

Cheers, Debra

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SPENCEMOMOF5 2/6/2010 1:48AM

    Me too, sipping Earl Grey and watching NCIS! Enjoy your weekend

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MSLZZY 2/5/2010 10:57PM

    emoticon emoticon Your journey has given you a new outlook on life and a fit one it is! Positive!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/5/2010 10:55PM

    Congrats on being able to do that hard and needed work! That is fit for sure.

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I knew Chris was a closet extrovert!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Of course he's out of the closet by now, but... my Spark calendar (one of the goodies I bought myself with the preorder the Spark bonus) is staring me in the face this morning with this little snippet:

"Cultivate friendships. The happiest people spend the least time alone. Attend social gatherings, host a party, and call your close friends to catch up as often as possible."

Hmmm. As a dedicated introvert (i.e. being with people I expend more energy than I gain) I find this advice daunting. I enjoy my work, have a support structure there, spend time with my sisters who qualify as friends, and have a vibrant online pseudo-social life. And if I really think about it carefully, a judicious amount of people-ing is essential to happiness.

Even an introvert needs other people. And even an extrovert needs some time alone. The trick with this, as with all other areas of life, is in finding the balance. Time alone to recharge, yes, but time with others to connect, too.

Just don't ask me to clean the house and host that party, OK?

  
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RAVEN2FEATHERS 2/3/2010 9:24PM

    Love your blog and I agree balance is everything.

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NELLIEC 2/3/2010 2:50PM

    As a life-long introvert who is becoming slightly more extrovert, I am with you. Some socializing, yes, but definitely no cleaning and hosting!

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2010 12:31PM

    emoticon for being an extrovert on this site!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2010 9:56AM

    Insightful blog! Glad you know yourself so well. Thanks for sharing your observations. I think I need to work on that balance of people and along time for me.

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SUNNY332 2/3/2010 8:39AM

    I am an extrovert but since we moved to the country, I find myself more of a home body but it is a good thing. I enjoy getting out and being with people but find my time at home the thing I love the most these days.

DH and I are settling in to the country life and loving it.

Hugs, Sunny



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DEBRA_T 2/3/2010 7:52AM

    Barb, Brilliant observation as always. I think the Spark advice (calendars, articles, etc.) comes from a certain perspective and makes statements true for that perspective but not universally true. I think it would be more true to say that "People who find their own comfortable level of social time are most happy." Of course, I would say that. Both Joe and I are the life of the party when we're out but prefer to stay in most of the time. When we do get together with people, we prefer to have them to our home (yes, cleaning the house and hosting). We do push on our boundaries once in a while as MsLzzy suggests which I think creates the balance we're seeking.

Cheers, Debra

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MSLZZY 2/3/2010 7:45AM

    You sound like you found the perfect balance for you! WTG! Each of us is different and have different "needs" for socializing. Stick with what works for you but stretch the boundaries once in awhile. You might surprise yourself. emoticon

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New Month... time for new goals

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

But first, how'd I do with my January short-term goal: Going the distance, 5K, twice in a week in 45 minutes. In fact, I made it to 5K under 45 minutes 4 times in January, spread over 3 weeks, which means in one of those weeks I did it twice. The last week I substituted an ice skating day, so didn't get my two 5K's in that week, but I'm counting it good for the month.

So, what about February's short term goals? My son will be coming home on leave in March, so it's important to me to be as fit as I can be. I want him to be proud of his mom!

Action steps, getting stronger: 3 - 4 strength workouts a week.
"Going the distance" month 2 goal: Consolidate. Continue building the jogging intervals and complete the 5K on the treadmill in under 45 minutes once a week if I do an alternate activity for fun on a weekend day, and twice if I don't.

Wish me luck, folks... and post a new "after" snap the end of February!

  
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KALIGIRL 2/3/2010 12:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and good luck emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/2/2010 9:37PM

    Yes, he will be so proud of his Mom. You are doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 2/2/2010 9:18PM

    Looking forward to a new "after" snap. You'll do your son proud!

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PATRISNA 2/2/2010 9:17PM

    I wish you luck dear friend. You amaze and inspire me! I am so proud of you!

Love you kiddo!
Pat

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If you have never done before - after snapshots...

Sunday, January 31, 2010

You might want to think about trying it. I am blown away. I have never much gone in for the before and after pictures thing.

But, there is photographic evidence that my efforts in January, loosely following the boot camp (not exactly), had an effect. Check out the front of the spark page... after is in the top left corner, taken this morning. Before is below it. I can actually see a difference in my mid-section... and I really did not expect to! It's only been one month. And I've not felt I was doing "that much".

I am going to try to do this as a maintenance step: take such a photo once a month, as I go forward, and move them onto the spark page.

  
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DAMOTIVATION 2/6/2010 2:00PM

    I can definitely see a difference. Fantastic...that's only 1 month's work? You are doing great.

The other day I looked down at my thighs and thought "wait a minute, these are looking flabbier than I remember last month." Got me motivated to get up and off my couch and get some exercise.

Toning work is great. Your progress (as a 50-something gal) is particularly inspiring to me. Congrats!

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MSLZZY 2/1/2010 11:24PM

    I can definitely see a difference! It is hard when you look at yourself everyday so it's much easy to see when you take before-after pics. WTG!

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BURKIEANDEMME 2/1/2010 3:23PM

    Wow! You look wonderful. Keep up the good work!

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SHARON2014 1/31/2010 6:15PM

    I see a big difference too! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2010 4:01PM

    Very cool - I might try it!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/31/2010 2:24PM

    You look fabulous! Look at those abs. Well done you.

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NELLIEC 1/31/2010 2:24PM

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SLENDERELLA61 1/31/2010 2:05PM

    Wow! Big difference. You have really made progress. You should be very, very proud!!

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DEBRA_T 1/31/2010 12:46PM

    Those pictures really tell the story, don't they? I thought about taking a picture at the beginning of each month but I was afraid. The last time I did that I only ever got the first before picture taken -- the program was abandoned in the first couple of weeks and I have that shot tucked away on my computer where it haunts me to this day.

Yet....

Seeing your progress makes me so motivated. So, maybe I should reconsider....

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KRYSY_8 1/31/2010 11:37AM

    wow!! the pic really shows! way to go.. i just started back on this ,, i hope to see results like you!!! (i havent been working too hard at it though...)

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VSWINGLE 1/31/2010 11:25AM

    That sounds ike a great idea! I hate having my picture taken for any reason, but I can see what the benefit is in this case.

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Riding it out... it works!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Well, at least this time it did!

I had been in a foul mood since Wednesday. You can tell from my most recent blog entries. The kind of thing I never would have shared when I was in my 20's... when I could never write anything negative because it wasn't what I wanted to project. In the family of my birth and upbringing it was unacceptable to have a negative emotion.

It's been a lot of work to learn to recognize them for what they are (they are not hunger!) and even more, allow myself to acknowledge and sit with them. Sometimes I still eat over them. Sometimes I successfully navigate back to a balanced view. Right now, this morning, I am rejoicing over that balanced view.

By the way, I want to thank everybody who left me supportive comments throughout my little 3-day episode with self-doubt, irritation, and talking back to books! A good night's sleep and supportive positive people around one is amazing in getting past the bumps in the road of life. Sometimes it takes me a while to get to here, but here is good.

Isn't SparkPeople a great place to be?

  
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DEBRA_T 1/31/2010 12:43PM

    I think it's great that you are able to share anything and everything you want to with yourself and others. The purpose of becoming myself is not to cover up the negative, but to reveal it so that it can be managed. Otherwise, it manages me!

I have to say though, for someone in a bad mood, you're a pretty positive person still.

Cheers, Debra

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MIMAWELIZABETH 1/31/2010 12:17AM

    Were you in a bad mood? I didn't notice... sounded like normal every day life to me! So much of what you wrote speaks volumes to me, and I'm sure to others, so you are definitely NOT alone in that. I'm glad you ARE feeling rejuvenated! Take care, XOXOXO Elizabeth~

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SLENDERELLA61 1/30/2010 6:28PM

    Wow, awesome recovery! Can you bottle that? You'd be a billionaire.

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VSWINGLE 1/30/2010 4:06PM

    I'm glad to hear things seem to have turned around for you!

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KALIGIRL 1/30/2010 3:44PM

    Sorry I missed the last 3 days - will go read them.
Glad you're centered again.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/30/2010 3:33PM

    It is so much easier to be the real you. If others don't like it, so be it. So happy to know that you are back to a more balanced you and you just rode it out. We all have our days. Don't let them discourage you.
Spark People is an AWESOME place to be. Glad you are here!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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NELLIEC 1/30/2010 2:04PM

    Definitely all of us do that. You talk back to books and I talk back to TVs! And mutter!

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CONCHA77 1/30/2010 12:10PM

    Hi.
We all have those days.... Glad you are feeling better! Have a healthy weekend!
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SMARTIEBEE 1/30/2010 11:02AM

    I am so glad you are feeling more positive today! Yeah, SparkPeople is wonderful! We all go through a little "funk" now and then, and finding the balance can be hard. It is so great to have all the support from our Sparkie friends!

Keep the Spark!


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SUNNY332 1/30/2010 9:13AM

    Super - good to hear that you are feeling a little more balanced this morning.

I know exactly what you are saying here about not wanting to let other see you any other light except the good one. We all do that at times. Isn't it great you can offer up the real you and no body runs away? I like being real today and being real keeps me a little more balanced. I don't like it when I have those "moods" but they are a part of life and a part of me that I have come to terms with.

Posting about them gives us courage to face the ugly truth at times and we gain "strength for our journey. Have a Super Saturday and again, thanks for being real.

Hugs, Sunny
An original Velveteen Rabbit

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