Don't be such a heel, wear good socks

I was going to say "a few weeks ago" but thinking back on it, it's more like 6 weeks ago. Wow, time flies. Any way, a while ago I had a conversation with a friend at my previous gym and she was telling me about how she only wears certain socks when she works out. Our discussion brought in a few other women, and soon we were having a nice little chat about athletic socks. I seemed to be the only one in the group that didn't wear a speciality sock. I honestly had no idea that socks could make such a difference. Well, I take that back. When I did the 128 mile Keys Endurance Challenge, they gave me good socks and I did notice the difference, but I thought maybe it was my endorphins from being with so many amazing people on a fantastic adventure. Okay, back on track. So, I had this conversation, came home and posted on my Facebook page about athletic socks and was again surprised by the sheer number of people who said they wore special socks. I took notes of some of the brands they recommended and sort of forgot about it Undecided  A week or so later my friend Denise included me in on a tweet that she had made to Feetures Brand socks. Feetures and I opened a dialogue and within a day they had offered me an amazing opportunity and they sent me 24 pairs of socks that I got to pick out! So cool!

I went from virtually NO speciality athletic socks to being fully-outfitted.

I could hardly wait to try them out! But I did wait. I waited one whole day. And then I wore a pair to go Spinning!

I chose to wear the Feetures Elite Low Cut sock in Lime/Iris. People, when I put these socks on they gripped my foot. Like a mother holding her child's hand through a busy parking lot. They grabbed on and didn't let go. It was awesome. Normally in Spinning I am always messing around with my toes in my shoes because the top of the socks bunch up, and by the end of class my socks are just drenched with sweat. I thought that was how it was supposed to be. But guess what...IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE!!

Feetures have iWick® fibers that wick moisture to keep feet dry and odor-free. And it works!! And there is no irritating toe seam! Lovely!

Today I wore these. Elite Light Cushion Low Cut in Aqua/Pink. And look, they even put the L/R on the sock so you know which foot to put it on (cough cough)

Do you want to have your very own pair of Feetures Elite Performance Socks?? You are in luck! Feetures will send 2 readers each one pair of the Elite sock in the color, size, and style of your choosing (sorry, no Compression sock.)

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And that's IT! :) As my kids would say, Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!

My new running partner!!

I did it! I got a dog. A big beautiful 13 month old yellow lab. He's wonderful, smart, and everything I hoped he'd be :)

As I mentioned previously, we adopted him from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Here is a picture of the trio first meeting him! He took to them SO QUICKLY and they loved him from the get-go! But who he really loves is ME Kiss I sat down on the ground and he climbed right in to my lap and began to give me wet slobbery dog kisses. I normally hate that from my dogs, but there is just something special about this dog. After a conversation with one of his trainers, we learned what his "issues" were, I took him for a walk and in about 30 minutes we all decided that he was a perfect fit for our family!

He's 13 months old, his name is Matthew (not sure if we'll be changing it) and he weighs 80 pounds. He's a big dog and going to get bigger and I LOVE IT!! If you remember from my earlier post, SE Guide Dogs has VERY strict standards for their guide dogs. Matthew had 2 issues that prevented him from going forward with the guide dog training. 1) easily distracted by squirrels and 2) doesn't like other dogs getting up in his business. In other words, he's the dog version of my son. Wink Both of those issues cause him to lurch when leading, so he flunked out of leader training! LUCKY US!!

They gave us a list off all the commands he knows (come, sit, stay, heel, go busy, down, etc....) and said he had no issues with the water meaning that he won't go crazy trying to break through the gate to go swimming in our lake, nor will he be too timid at the beach dog park. But he won't be going there anytime soon. I have to work with him on those personal space issues with other dogs. When he got home he explored every inch of our fenced in backyard. We have about 1/3 of an acre fenced, so perfect for a busy dog!

They also told me he hadn't been trained to play fetch. I knew that was going to be my first task when we got him home. Haley taught him and it seriously took 1 throw. Tongue Out

Last night I took him on a little test run and he did great! SE Guide dogs mentioned that he wasn't used to heeling right next to someone because he was on a puppy lead (the blue strap around his chest in the pic above) and they are trained to walk in front of their person. I got him a new collar and began training him right away how to heel next to me, and he caught on like no one's business! We'll practice again today, but I fully expect he'll have it down by the end of the week. Running has to go slow, though. He's still growing and they said that until he's about 18 months old to not go more than like 3 miles with him or I could damage his growth plates. But walking as much as we want is fine, so we'll probably alternate between some run/walks while he gets used to it and gets a little bit older.

I got my dog. I am so happy.

CRAZY TRAIN

I am the proud mom to three amazing kids.  I love them more than I can imagine, but some days they make me feel like this:

Yes, a 60+ year old man who dunks his head in a water bucket. No, not really like that. They make me feel like I am on the CRAZY TRAIN!

I gave birth 3 times in 30 months. That alone qualifies me for the crazy train. I had three in diapers for a while. Another stop on the crazy train. I was a milk making factory for what felt like forever. Crazy train. For one year I had the trio at three different schools, which meant three different drop-offs and pick-ups AND I was working full-time. Yup, crazy train. I have one daughter with ADHD, one son with more abbreviated conditions that I can list, and one daughter who knows IT ALL. C.R.A.Z.Y. T.R.A.I.N.

But none of that prepared me for the hell that is sibling fighting. It's bad, folks. It's bad. This has got to be karma hitting me upside the head good and hard for the fighting that went on between my sister and I. And we fought BAD until we were like 18 and 19.

When my kids were young everyone used to comment on how well they got along, how much they enjoyed each others company, blah blah blah. I thought "oh ya, I got this, my kids will grow up being the best of friends."

And then suddenly they weren't. My oldest daughter is constantly irritated by her younger brother. And he knows exactly what to do to push her buttons, and then she yells, then he yells, then I yell. It's a vicious cycle.

We had a long talk tonight and things around here are changing starting NOW! I am implementing a new reward system. When I catch them being good, (playing together nicely, heck even ignoring each would work!!) I'll put a quarter in this:

and when it gets enough quarters in it, I'll take them out for frozen yogurt. This has GOT to work, cause mama has to get off the CRAZY TRAIN! There are negative consequences for fighting, too. Haley has to give me $1, Ella has to give up her doll for 30 minutes, and Ronin has to play in the backyard alone for 30 minutes. Each of their punishments is tailored just for them based on what makes them tick.

I'm telling you all about this because I promised myself that when I started this blog I would be honest about the challenges that I face as I train as an amateur athlete and obstacles I encounter as an obesity survivor. I often compare being an obesity survivor to being like a recovering alcoholic. You can't take just one bite, (or one sip) and not expect some of those old feelings, those powerful feelings to come slipping back in to your mind. And yes, overeating can destroy your body and your life just like too much alcohol can. And the way these kids have been behaving has been hard on me and making me wish I had a Reeses Peanut Butter Egg (or 6) to make me feel better. But I don't keep that crap in the house, it's not good for me, and it's not good for them. So we'll reward our good behavior with FroYo. It's the obesity survivor's O'Douls.

So there you have it. I hope it works.

 

If you are a parent, do your kids fight? How do you handle it??