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When it feels like a finish line...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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I'm a project person. When it feels like I'm "done", I move on to the next project, and usually leave this one behind that I "finished". Leave it behind to kind of look after itself. Like, as in, "maintain"?

That's a problem, on oh-so-many levels! Because as many of us have learned over the decades, "maintenance" is NOT a passive thing. Not for houses. Not for bodies.

Two things happened this week that felt like finish lines to me. The biggest, of course, that my son is back in country. The other was the "motivator" badge. Even though I didn't set out with being a motivator as a goal, both kind of have the "feel" of attaining a goal, or completing a contract, or whatever. A finish line.

When you cross a finish line, you celebrate, right? But then... "what's next?" kicks in. What does your average "project person" DO to ensure that maintenance happens? Usually, we devise yet another project! A NEW project. A shiny project.

Of course, I have one already in the making: the 5K goal. November 6th is the date. I am in week one of the Couch to 5K training. Is that goal alone enough? I'm going to have to give that some thought.

What keeps you going when you cross a "finish line"?

  
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REJ7777 8/25/2010 3:49PM

    I read this quote by Winston Churchill today: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Thought that went well with your blog.
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WALKINGANNIE 8/25/2010 12:21PM

    This is a really good question, Barb. I'm a project person too.

Most of my new goals are now work-related as I really feel as if I'm getting my life back and returning to full capacity after over 18 months of limited involvement but it's important that I keep Spark goals too.

I've got some time-related goals (as suggested by COOKME123):

emoticonStay maintaining until 8 September 2010 (soon!), 1 January 2011 and then 8 September 2011 (2 years in maintenance and, for some reason, a magic number in my head.)

emoticonEstablish consistency and new routines for strength training.

emoticonIncrease variety in food and exercise.

I also wonder about creating some household tidiness goals?

Your 5k sounds great and I'll be interested to see what others suggest.


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ARYEAL 8/25/2010 11:07AM

    Congratulations on your motivator award! I may start working on a 5k program myself once the weather turns cold and I need a goal to work on. I'm a fellow project person myself and we always seem to need a goal with a definitive end!

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ANDI571 8/25/2010 10:26AM

    I am so glad your son is back in the country. That has to be such a relief.

I never have been a goal oriented person. I know about what I want to achieve, but I usually just take one day at a time. If I think beyond that, I put to much pressure on myself.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/25/2010 9:57AM

    With weight loss? I've never crossed my "finish line." How sad is that? But I will this time!

I think, considering that you're a project person, that you need to make maintenance yournext project. Set a date (Finish Line) to check-in and make sure you're maintaining. And then set another "finish line" after that. And so on and so forth.

PS: Loved your reference to the "Lost in Space" robot. I can just see it waving it's arms. . .

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ANONALEE 8/25/2010 9:11AM

    I'm with Sunny on this one -- sometimes I have long-term goals, but mostly, these days, I have a short list of things I want to accomplish within the day. I love that you're doing the C to 5K program though. Wish I could do it with you!



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PEGGYJEAN13 8/25/2010 9:04AM

    I am not as goal oriented as a lot of people are. I think maintaining is a goal, just like keeping our houses up to date and operational is. I have no desire to do a 10k or a 1/2 but strive to better my time and add variety to my schedule in order to keep myself maintained.

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KALIGIRL 8/25/2010 8:28AM

    I'd say both are new beginnings...
You will be meeting new sparkers as they look to you for motivation and you will 'reacquaint' yourself with your son as you move into a life less stressful and more steady?
Here's to the next steps in your journey.
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SUNNY332 8/25/2010 7:50AM

    I try to live my life today as if there is no "finish line" giving it the best I have each day and for me that is reward enough. I am proud of you taking on the Couch to 5K.

I wil not ever be able to run due to my lung problems but I am going to do what I can today knowing that someday there will be a "finish line" for me and I will have no regrets.

Congrats on all of your accomplishments. You should be so proud of what you have done.

Sunny

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WOMANCHEF 8/25/2010 7:24AM

    I always try to find a new goal - never rest on your laurels! Couch to 5 K is a great one. After that comes Freeway to 10 K and then the half marathon, etc... Good luck on your journey!

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Motivator? Me?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yesterday evening I got an e-mail from Spark People, notifying me that I'd got enough votes to be considered a Motivator, and that I would now have a badge on my Spark Page saying so. Oh... my... goodness!

Let me say, that I don't particularly think of myself as a motivator. Some of the rest of you whose pages wear these badges might know what I mean. I mean, I came to Spark for quite selfish reasons. I wanted tools. To help me on my journey.

What I found was so much more. I found others. Kindred spirits who are walking similar paths. I read their blogs. I wrote encouragement to them. I received encouragement in return. Is encouragement a motivator? Yes, I guess it is. I know I feel more motivated when I hear kind words.

The other bit? The action steps? Well, Spark helped nudge me along with the tools. Tracking is a great tool. Giving us points for tracking, making it "fun"... well Spark itself is a motivator.

So, thanks to those of you who put that badge on my page, and dear Lord help me live up to it. It is an awesome responsibility to be considered a motivator. What if I slip? Well, I have slipped. And somebody still thinks I'm a motivator. Bottom line, I guess you don't have to be perfect even to motivate someone else along the path to a healthier life.

We can do this. We are worth it!



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SHARON2014 8/27/2010 7:45AM

    Barb, you are one of the most consistent and encouraging friends I have on SP! You report the good, the bad and the ugly - you report the same ups and downs we all share. You motivate me to keep on keeping on in spite of the circumstances. Thanks for being my friend!

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REJ7777 8/25/2010 3:44PM

    emoticon Congratulations on being officially recognized as a Spark Motivator. You've been motivating me for a long time, and it's nice to see it become official!

I think we all came to SP for "selfish" reasons. We were looking to find the tools and support we needed in order to succeed in reaching our goals. And we all slip up. Your blogs and encouraging comments ring true, and that's why they are so motivating. We can identify with what you write. Thx!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/24/2010 9:51PM

    Yay!! I'm glad to hear you got that award! I got it a few weeks ago & was blown away ... and a big Motivation to keep on making healthy choices!! God Bless you, friend! emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 8/24/2010 3:20PM

    Congratulations Barb. good for you!!! I think you are a motivator and the award is well deserved. Enjoy!!!

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WILMASOTO 8/24/2010 2:55PM

    Congratulations BARB!!! You are truely a MOTIVATOR!!! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/24/2010 2:25PM

    You are an inspiration and always are there with a comment or encouragement.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/24/2010 12:26PM

    Of course you're a motivator.

You walk the walk and keep going even when you don't feel like it - and that IS motivating.

I certainly wouldn't be where I am without you.

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SMARTIEBEE 8/24/2010 11:23AM

    Congratulations, Barb! You are indeed a motivator. I haven't been active on Spark People much lately - seems like real life just keeps interfering! But I do check in every day, and I really miss your blogs when I don't have time to read them! You have a way of saying just what I need to hear! Thanks for being the motivator you are!

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FITGRL124 8/24/2010 11:09AM

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YAY!!! You completely deserve it!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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WISEONE68 8/24/2010 10:41AM

    Congratulations! What an honor and you show such humility...a sign of a true leader!! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/24/2010 10:39AM

    Congratulations, Barb! You definately motivate me. And I can't say it any better than you just did in your blog, so I won't even try. But it's the mutual support and encouragement that motivates us all and helps us to keep moving forward. Slow and steady . . . .

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ANDI571 8/24/2010 10:33AM

    You deserve this award, way to go. Don't put undo pressure on trying to live up to an expectation. Look at your past journey. Were you perfect everyday? I would probably guess not. I am sure there were slip ups along the way. But when I see someone who has succeeded in their journey, I see someone who has persevered in everyday life. Life has it's up and downs, and so does our eating habits. But it's when we have our slip ups and go back to our good habits is when I get inspired. Keep up the good work, you are doing great.
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BOHEMIANCAT 8/24/2010 9:56AM

    Congratulations on becoming a Motivator! I read your blog with tears in my eyes. Sparkpeople has really helped keep me on track. I feel I will never be a motivator because I cannot lose weight in the way that I would like to... but at least I am losing.
You are an inspiration to me and this is a well-deserved honor.
Linda

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ANONALEE 8/24/2010 8:51AM

    Congratulations Barb on a well-deserved honor.
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MNTWINSGAL 8/24/2010 8:38AM

    Congrats, Barb. You deserve this honor!

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PATRISNA 8/24/2010 8:25AM

    You motivate me. Congratulations! You deserve the badge.



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KALIGIRL 8/24/2010 8:25AM

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AND well deserved!

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CONCHA77 8/24/2010 8:23AM

    Yes, you are a motivator! emoticon


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JUST_TRI_IT 8/24/2010 8:19AM

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YEAH!!! You are such a motivator!!! Thank you for the nudges, the support, the things you notice and the things you share.

and congrats

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SUNNY332 8/24/2010 8:17AM

    I think of you as motivator. You certainly motivated me.

Take care and emoticon on a job well done.

Hugs, Sunny

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CINDYMCD1 8/24/2010 8:09AM

    Congratulations!

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Entering Monday refreshed and feeling good!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The undercurrent that my son is back Stateside colors my world with happiness whatever else was going on. A couple of IMs with him last night revealed he was still stuck in transit, but moving closer to his in-processing base. And tucked up at a hotel for the night.

But there is also my starting the Couch to 5K training program yesterday. I really did it! Workout 1 of Week 1 of the program on this web site:

www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181
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It felt good. I monitored my heart rate and did it on the treadmill with an incline level 1 (which my treadmill instructions tell me will closer approximate flat walk/jogging outdoors). I resisted the temptation to do more than the plan, except I did do a little more cool down walking, because I am accustomed to a 30 minute workout and want to continue to be.

I ate well yesterday, too... none of those anxiety slips I've been having on weekends of late. You can't keep doing that sort of thing and expect to maintain! Once in a while, maybe, but not every week.

Finally, I went to bed early and got a full 8 hours sleep. emoticon So here I am, ready to take on the work week. And grateful for the good I've experienced and read from others over the past couple of days.

This will be a good day!

  
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THIAGRAM 8/23/2010 7:46PM

  You are doing so awesome! Your son is back Stateside, You are starting a new training program, eating well, none of those anxiety slips, and a full 8 hours sleep!!!
Woo Hoo! Thanks for sharing!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/23/2010 4:14PM

    What a great start to a week.

Hope it gets even better.



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ANONALEE 8/23/2010 10:32AM

    I would LOVE to do that program someday. Right now, it's still just slow and steady walking for me, but when the last of the stomach pain goes away, I'm thinking I'd like to try this program on the treadmill. It's something to shoot for!

Good luck, Barb!!!!



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PATRISNA 8/23/2010 10:29AM

    Thanks for the link. BTW I love that photo of your breakfast. Have a great week.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/23/2010 10:21AM

    Have a great day!

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DEBRITA01 8/23/2010 8:32AM

    Sounds like your week is off to a great start...have a good one!

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KALIGIRL 8/23/2010 8:21AM

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Isn't it wonderful what positive news can do for us?

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/23/2010 7:45AM

    Optimism makes things better all the way around. You have something big to look forward to....reunion!

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SUNNY332 8/23/2010 7:24AM

    What can I say - have an awesome week!

Sunny

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Don't you hate it when the phone misbehaves?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I am awake. Because my cell phone started singing at me at 2:30 a.m. Phone calls at this hour are not generally good news. My sleep-fuzzy brain figured it was probably a wrong number... they often are at that hour.

Then I got to it, and the phone, which had quit ringing, proclaimed the call to be from my son. I hit redial of course... and got his wife. Of course. His phone has been forwarded ever since he left the country. She said she was already awake, and that he's in Maine.

I hung up, and it said I had voice mail... picked up the message, and he said he'd tried the house phone first and got a busy signal. I picked up the house phone, and dead air! I had to unplug every phone in the house at once, and then replug them in to get a dial tone back. But I missed the phone call. And I don't think I'll be going back to sleep soon.

Too happy, just knowing he's another step closer to home.

  
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KALIGIRL 8/22/2010 10:17PM

    So happy to hear the news - maybe he's home by now?

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THIAGRAM 8/22/2010 5:24PM

  Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! He is on American soil!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/22/2010 5:20PM

    So glad that he is on his way.

The phone glitch must have been so frustrating but at least you're getting closer to seeing him.

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/22/2010 4:48PM

    Stateside! That is always a relief knowing they are almost home! I get tears knowing your joy and thankfulness.

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MNTWINSGAL 8/22/2010 3:25PM

    I'm so happy for your son and your whole family that he is back on US soil. That's just awesome!

I can relate to missing the phone call....did it twice myself and it's heart-wrenching! (I blogged about it both times.)

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DEBRITA01 8/22/2010 2:57PM

    Sorry you missed his call but, it must have been so great to at least hear his voice and know that he is safely in the USA. Soon you will have a sweet reunion...won't be too much longer now.

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ANONALEE 8/22/2010 12:14PM

    How funny and true it is that sometimes frustrating experiences end up bringing us the greatest joy -- I'm happy for you that your son is Stateside! Let's bring him all the way home....

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/22/2010 10:41AM

    HOW exciting to know that he is on his way!!! I bet you are just flying high right now :)


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/22/2010 9:22AM

    You may have missed his call, but he's back on US soil! How wonderful! SO happy for you and your family. Have a GREAT day. Like it could be anything else . . .

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/22/2010 8:23AM

    Has happened to me after thunderstorms... happy that it was a call you would have liked to have though...

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PATRISNA 8/22/2010 8:19AM

    That is great! I am so glad he is back in the states! I wouldn't be able to sleep either.

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SUNNY332 8/22/2010 7:54AM

    Awesome....so glad he is on American Soil.

We have phones like that. If we loose electricity, we sometimes have to go around and unplug them and plug them back in.

Hopefully today, you will get that call.

Hugs, Sunny

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REJ7777 8/22/2010 7:42AM

    emoticon emoticon That's the kind of phone call we DO like to get, even if it's in the middle of the night! I'm so glad he's getting closer!!!

It's really a bummer about the call not getting through though. It's a case of Murphy's law. Of all the calls to miss! emoticon

You should be hearing from him again soon! emoticon

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CHRISTURTLE 8/22/2010 5:43AM

    Believe me, I know how frustrating that can be. Hope you get all your 'telephonic troubles' sorted out soon. That photo is making me wish I hadn't eaten yet... Looks sooo delicious.... emoticon

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Busy Saturday

Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's one p.m. and so far I feel terrific about my Saturday. It's been actively busy and productive... and somehow it's easy to like myself when I do things first, and don't put them off for later!

I mailed things and took the dog for a walk, and stopped at the bank on the way. We meandered through the park on the way back. Then I walked all the way to Target (about a mile and a half each way). On the way there I started with the jog/walk rotation recommended by a Couch To 5K program's "workout 1, week 1" because I was feeling I have to get serious about this Fort Hood 5K, it's only 11 weeks away and my training has NOT been very consistent so far.

I couldn't do the jog/walk rotation on the way home, because I had things to carry and was not balanced enough to do the runs. But I had 11,000 steps on the pedometer before 10 a.m.

Since I'd bought things intended for a care package to Afghanistan, I packed that up, and took it to the post office to mail. A friend of my son's is a nurse over there and they need baby bottles for the refugees that come into the clinic. So... being cut off from my mom-ly rotation of sending boxes to him, I'll send stuff to others in need!

Then I invested in a new pair of running shoes. Like I said, time to get serious about this training! And picked up some healthy food to stock my cupboards. So... I'm all set for the week ahead, and feeling virtuous. I could even consider the concept of a... nap! emoticon

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

  
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KASEYCOFF 8/22/2010 3:22AM

    A big pat on the back to you, girl - a good day, with plenty accomplished, and a major good deed to boot. You're doing great, Barb, living with meaning AND with health! emoticon

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PENNYAN45 8/21/2010 11:47PM

    I know just what you mean about getting things done - and how good it makes us feel.

By the way, your background picture looks scrumptious - and it's making me hungry. Do I see pieces of meat in there, with those veggies?
I'll be right over.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 8/21/2010 7:18PM

    We had a friend whose son was over there and you would not believe the every day things that we take for granted, that they don't have over there. Can you imagine your baby wearing the same rag wrapped around him and washed out in the same ditch that they drink out of and then put it back on him? We are so blessed and don't even thank our Creator for any of it.
Erin

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SUNNY332 8/21/2010 5:47PM

    How sweet of you to be mailing the package to the Nurse. Thanks be to God for people like you.

All in all, a busy but very productive Saturday. I have biked 16 1/2 miles and did some stretching. Now, will spark for a while then start supper.

Take care and have a Blesssed Sunday.

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PATRISNA 8/21/2010 5:27PM

    emoticon I love that you are sending packages to others. I think you are doing great. Hope you manage to get the training you need to do the 5K at Ft. Hood.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/21/2010 4:28PM

    You really have been busy and productive. There'a a real sense of satisfaction shining through this blog.

Good work on the early steps and progress towards the 5k.

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KALIGIRL 8/21/2010 3:43PM

    emoticon - sounds like a perfect day and you're only half way there!

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MARYLQ11 8/21/2010 2:27PM

  Todays my day for watering--enjoying my flowers

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/21/2010 2:26PM

    What a great way to start your day. It just makes the rest of the day go better, doesn't it? And how nice/thoughtful to send the care packages to others in need instead of to your son -- who's coming home! Have a great day and I wish you continued success as you train for your 5K. I have always hated running, even as a child -- so I really admire folks like you who are taking on the challenge. Good for you!

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SOPHIETR 8/21/2010 2:11PM

    Thanks for sharing....Have a great weekend. and Good luck!!

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