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Dingoes Defy the February Slump: Keep Running, Mamas - Page 18post #341 of 4892/21/12 at 12:31pmpost #342 of 4892/21/12 at 1:41pmpost #343 of 4892/21/12 at 4:21pmQuote:Originally Posted by sparkletruck
If only running my mouth had the same effect on my a** as actual running
As long as Im running my mouth, I read an interesting essay in the NYT about mood and hormones - you know how I correlate my mood and exercise facility with my cycle -Ayelet Waldman talks about being diagnosed with bipolar 9 years ago only to learn 2 years ago that she has a dramatic PMS instead. Interesting b/c apparently this is not unusual (67% of female psychiatric admissions happen the week before menstruation), and apparently SSRI's have a dramatic and immediate and specific effect just at the pre-menstrual time of month. I just ended my manic phase yesterday (seriously, I talk fast, I cant sleep, exercise is awesome), and am now starting 2 weeks of depressive ... It's got me thinking ... and about you Plady
And to all of the asthmatic dingoes, pay attention to your cycles and asthma, too. There's a sharp spike in ER admissions for asthma premenstrually, too. (Says medscape: also arthritis, epilepsy, depression, diabetes and migraines).
JayGee, wishing gentle quick healing to your DD.
sparkle, congrats on finding the perfect house. I hope everything moves forward as planned.
kerc, good luck with the lice. If you have a deep freeze (or can borrow one) and the kids are willing to part with them, dolls and stuffed animals can be bagged and tossed in the deep freeze until the outbreak is gone. It's also possible that a "friendly" classmate is re-infecting the kids. Off to scratch...
Geo, good luck with the testing for your DS. And congrats on surviving the visit without criticizing her criticism of your reaction to her criticism too much
On grad school: The closest "other" option is 3 hours away (Victoria), and would be less upheaval, but it's a brand new program and I'm not as excited by the faculty/research opportunities there. It's also two full years, and they don't notify until May. I'm still waiting to hear from the University of Toronto, but the downsides there are still a major move and two years on site. The top choice, is at Dalhousie (in Halifax, Nova Scotia). It has a great reputation for health programs and research, I really like the research being done by faculty, and they want me. My husband is on the fence. The original plan may have been that I go with the kids and he work at the current (away) job for one more year, we rent out our house and find ways to make the money work. Our experience from the past year says we don't want to live apart, but the risks of moving so far away without secured work for him in a crummy economy could mean a really big financial risk. We're still thinking. I emailed the supervisor today with a bunch more questions about funding and deferral and everything else.
RR- Bootcamp tonight. Maybe I'll sweat out some answers...
post #344 of 4892/21/12 at 4:57pmQuote:
Ovaries/Hormones>>Hormones/Pituitary>>Hypothalamus>>Everything else. I could say a whole bunch about this - health problem 5 years ago opened a Pandora's box, in a good way
Mamajb - thanks. I feel I have it managed as much as I can with sleep, diet, vitamins, mental preparation, but the thought that at my darkest moments I could just pop a pill and 20 minutes later feel so much better is alluring...
MelW - I have always had a romantic fascination with Halifax. I read a very Dickensian novel years ago set there and ever since... I hope the supervisor has helpful things to say
JG - for your ddpost #345 of 4892/21/12 at 5:33pm
JG - Hope dd has a mild case.
Sparkle - Interesting! Actually, back in the early days of marriage I noticed that I would get these days of rage at some point each month. The dr prescribed Zoloft to be taken only as needed on days when I was feeling pissed. And, it did work, and in that very much like taking an ibuprofen for pain way. BTW, I was laughing before at the idea of running our asses off with our mouths.
Gotta cruise but wanted to check in when I saw your edited post.post #346 of 4892/21/12 at 6:14pmThread Starter
kerc, good luck with the stupid bugs. You can also actually use the EOs (tea tree, rosemary, even lavender) to repel the buggers. Hate lice.
Sparkle, I was just thinking about this yesterday. While running. Because it was so hard and I so had to drag myself out to do it. And then I started thinking about where I am in the calendar, and that made me more mad because my sister warned me about this a couple years ago (she's 3 years older and thus ahead of my on an almost identical biological path so far). Anyway, I'd love some help with all this, but I don't know. My GP experience here was nice, but not super-competent.
MelW, that sounds excruciating. Making the decision, I mean. I know the big reason(s) I have not applied to an MFA program are 1) the money question; and 2) relocation. That said, upheaval can happen whether you plan it or not. I hope it clarifies itself and you make a decision that is fulfilling in the long term and not too hard in the shorter one.
RR: I ended up doing 9km between the track and the getting there and back. As I mentioned, it was super-tough. I wanted to do the beach, but had stepped out and realized the weather wasn't right for an AM beach run. So, the track. Then came back and did my abs/upper etc., and walked another couple miles in the afternoon between haircut and grocery run. That follow-up walk is the probable reason I am less sore feeling today than I was yesterday.
Ugh, time to get the kids on the bus...post #347 of 4892/21/12 at 7:08pmSparkle, if I remember right that is what the ladies had to say. They wrote about how in no other area does medicine allow pain to persist like they do with mental pain. All sorts of lifestyle options are good for us and might help but we might also need medicine and we should not wait 6 weeks to see if a certain course will work. Dealing with other triggers (PTSD or other depression) can be made worse by our cycles and our menstrual cycle issue may worsen with pregnancy and age. They went on to say that even an isolated period of depression can make us more prone to pms or pmdd as we mature (and as always ppd).
plady, zoloft on an as needed basis and not a different anxiety drug? Interesting.
Interestingly enough, the times of my life when my running has consistently felt best I was not cycling due to breastfeeding. I always thought it was the alone time.
RR: I have been more consistent lately but do feel like I need to add in a better effort at cross training - the real kind though dh might not mind if I meant the other.post #348 of 4892/21/12 at 8:23pmbec~We cross-posted last night...yay for 70.3! You will be great!
kerc~Good luck getting rid of the nasty little bugs!
HR orientation was a giant snoozefest. It is EXACTLY (right down to the stories the trainer tells) the same as when I went through orientation in May. One more morning of pain tomorrow, and then the afternoon is benefits (which we didn't stay for last time because we didn't get them) and then we move into clinical orientation. The people in the new grad program that aren't from my school seem nice. They're all SO young, though. I feel old.
For some reason, nobody felt very sorry for me and my sunburn, or for the fact that my hairline is already peeling. Oh, and I have apparently been appointed social director of our cohort. She who organizes the first happy hour, I guess...
What's kind of funny is that we went out for ONE drink after orientation today. I had ONE margarita. I went to the grocery store on the way home and seriously thought I might throw up in the produce section! I think my body is revolting. No mas tequila. For awhile, anyway!
I have the nanny set to come early tomorrow so I can run before I head into orientation. This 8-4ish schedule is horrible for my workouts, if I want to spend any time with DS after school. So, I guess I will sacrifice some sleep so I can get SOMETHING in.post #349 of 4892/22/12 at 6:24ampost #350 of 4892/22/12 at 7:13am
Gaye ~ welcome to a whole new chapter of your life! Very, very exciting! I hope you can get those morning runs in.
Hormonal stuff ~ interesting. Very interesting. I've never really seen any relationship between my moods and my cycles personally, but I know a lot of people who do. What I do know is that after 10 days of Whole30, my moods are so even (those 10 days included both pre and post-ovulatory phases). DH even mentioned last night how calm and patient I've been with the children. I guess this is further proof that sugar and wheat are certainly not my friends.
DD1 is home one more day today. No fever this morning, but she still feels a little lethargic and is coughing quite a bit still. Once she's done watching My Little Pony on the iPad, we'll settle into some schoolwork and some crafts.
RR ~ DH was supposed to get home by 5:00 last night so I could at least walk, but he didn't walk in the door until 6:30ish. By then it was dark, we had to eat dinner, and DD1 took another downturn in terms of fever so I bagged the exercise. He promised he'd be home on time tonight, but with his job, you never know.... I figure this week is pretty much going to be a wash anyway in terms of exercise. But, on a good note, I've got an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon next Tuesday !post #351 of 4892/22/12 at 7:49am
Sigh. I'm at my brother and sister in law's helping SIL out because she had surgery a couple weeks ago and it's school vacation week. All the kids are here with us. I was going to run later today since it's going to be in the 50's but now my nephew has started vomiting, my car is in the shop, I have a headcold starting, and I need to take SILs van to go grocery shopping...etc. etc.
Should I just give up and go shower or hold out and see what happens? Ugh.post #352 of 4892/22/12 at 8:24am
Kerc - We had lice here 2 years ago. We did the lice tx shampoo (ick!). but then treated with tea tree oil laced conditioner. Before we combed for the nits, we could coat our heads with coconut scented shampoo that I added the TTO to. I did the combing until no more conditioner came out of the hair, then we used the hair dryer on the still conditioned hair. The conditioner coats the hairs and nits, suffocating them. The heat from the dryer dehydrates them. If I was shampooing in the morning, I would use TTO as a pomade (yes, it smelled). We were lice free after 2 weeks, stopped combing after 3 weeks... Ok, I still sometimes comb thru my hair in the shower... if I get itchy, I get paranoid about the little buggers being back.post #353 of 4892/22/12 at 8:52am
Ah! We have sun!
Kerc - Ugh, I hate that! We did Rid and combing and combing and combing and used a spray with lavender eo and tto before going out and about. Actually, we should pull it out again because the bugs are back in force. One of my students didn't show up for rehearsal yesterday after being sent home with nits. I hope it doesn't drive you nuts.
Bec - Forgot to say ! Talk about not making small goals! You're awesome! I can't wait to experience it vicariously through you. And 12 pounds is real weight! I'm sure that other people can see the difference even if you don't. to your dh for getting going on his treatment. I'm impressed with his progress. I almost wish my dh could get some sort of wake up call. He's gotten so much bigger than he should be and he keeps tweaking his back and getting thrown off of any sort of workout routine. In a few weeks he's doing this firefighter stair climb in Seattle where all the fire departments send teams to climb the tallest building with their gear on. He's been training a bit but I'm kind of worried that he might have a real problem getting through it. It's just so frustrating to watch someone you love not taking care of themselves the way you wish they would (especially for the control freaks among us).
MelW - That program does sound like a great opportunity. And Nova Scotia is supposed to be so beautiful, it would be cool to go from one gorgeous island to another. How soon do you need to decide?
Gaye - That vacation sounded lovely. I'm sure once all the tequila is through the system you'll have little trouble finding a groove to get your workouts in.
Nic - Ew. I think I'd probably grab a shower. But I'm not as hardcore as you by a long shot.
JG - Yeah for another ray of hope next week! Boo for not getting your workout in. You should go ahead and show that hottie landscaper what you're made of.
mommajb - Yeah, later on I did a little more research on ssris and I thought it had been a strange choice too. However, it did seem to help, though i only used it for a few months.
Geo - Sending for obvious results. And good job on handling your mom.
Secret sprintee, your surprise is in the mail at last!
RR: I'm planning to do legs and abs later today. I've got to be good and go hard since I missed my last lower body workout. I'm still down the same 10 pounds that I lost relatively quickly at the beginning of my new workout habit but just now I'm feeling like it's beginning to take hold. My clothes are fitting better and I just feel like things are finally firming up, even though the scale doesn't want to throw me any bones. I'm excited to see how things progress in this next 6 week stretch of boxing classes. And, possibly the most exciting thing, Chiara wants to start boxing too! She is hoping for an outlet for frustration and annoyance about small time bullies at school which I think it will be good for, but if she does take to it I know the exercise will the be so good for her too. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but it's hard.post #354 of 4892/22/12 at 12:33pm
Plady, congrats on the weight loss "sticking" (and doesn't clothes fitting well mean so much more than scale numbers?) and on having Chiara as a new boxing partner!!
bec, congrats on the weight loss and the half-ironman!! I missed and forgot the congratulations earlier
Gaye, I'm glad you survived orientation version 2.0. And of course you're the social director- who wouldn't nominate the woman with the tan just back from Mexico (who also goes on ski vacations and gets hit on, too )
Nic, good luck with the run (or not!). Ugh!
jo, I'm jealously watching your weekly mileage creep up... way to keep running!
NRR- I think I've decided on deferral for a year and ongoing exploring of options. As much as it's my dream program, it's not a move worth staking my financial future on. Even nursing work in Halifax looks bleak, so my "I can just pick up a few night shifts and make rent" back up plan doesn't look so hot. That, and a prof from UVic that I've been talking to told me about a new MPH program starting there that has distance and hybrid options, and social policy stream option that fits well philosophically with my population health interest (social determinants of health stuff). I missed the application deadline for this fall, but I can let them have a year of growing pains and apply for the second intake. This past week has been valuable for me in really deciding what my life priorities are: I want my family to live together. I love our community, and I'm willing to put "in the time" here to eventually land more secure and permanent work. I do want to go back to school, but not at the cost of my family and long-term options in my community. This feels good. (I'm still going to ask to defer for a year, in case my outlook changes...)
RR- Bootcamp last night and my arms are still aching. My upper body strength is pretty sad, and I need to work on it outside of once or twice a week at bootcamp. Today my husband and I ran in the sun, and my lungs are still stuck in a 5K coughing rut. This time the loop was stronger and faster, so there's some improvement.
I remember a conversation on the thread last year about Lent? Anyone care to share plans for this year? I'm on Facebook hiatus. The app crept back on to my cell phone and had become a distraction again. Generally I'm trying to be more mindful about my online time, and how I might otherwise be spending the time.post #355 of 4892/22/12 at 1:05pm
Yeah, I took a shower, no run. Went grocery shopping for my SIL, still waiting to hear about the status of my van (which is in the garage). My nephew has perked up and my dad (the pedi) said that my kids have already been exposed so we might as well just stay the couple days we planned. My headcold is getting worse. Sigh.
Hoping for a run tomorrow as the weather is still supposed to be really mild.
Mel, that sounds like a great plan.
Sparkle, JayGee...yeah on the cycling thing. I still have wicked hormonal swings even though since my ablation I don't bleed almost at all. It's nice not to have the bleeding but because I don't, I'm never sure about the punctuation of the cycle if you know what I mean. I just feel bloated, depressed, really angry, etc.
Plady, yay on the weight loss!
More personals later.post #356 of 4892/22/12 at 2:50pm
Mel - I think that sounds like a great plan. It keeps all your options open and allows you to look for better ones. And, it doesn't force you to let go of the dream program without really thinking about it.
Plady - It has been tough watching him sort of spiral, especially as I have found and refound fitness and good nutrition (he had a serious cracker habit). It's been awesome seeing him really go after this. He's truly made it his own, and I look forward to a time when his shoulder is better, and we can be active as a family! We are all signed up for a family 5k at the end of April, so need to get the kids running!
Gaye - I'm so excited for you!post #357 of 4892/22/12 at 5:42pm
I will make some time to catch up on personals tomorrow. dd2 is finally well again and tomorrow will be her first day back to school. I have had sick children home for the last 5 weeks. I am fried. The only nights both girls have slept through the night have been nights when dh snored like a very large, sedated zoo animal. To see him you'd never know he could make so much noise. I am too old for this nightwaking thing. I don't have lactating hormones to get me through it - I am just tired and cranky and desperate for a few minutes alone! I have a ton of backlogged work I need to get to but if I sleep through tonight, I promise myself that I will go for a run after the school bus takes my dear ones away in the morning - even if it is only a 10 minute run, I don't care!post #358 of 4892/22/12 at 6:06pm
Mel, more "sounds like a sound plan" comments here.
Quote:Originally Posted by Shantimama
I will make some time to catch up on personals tomorrow. dd2 is finally well again and tomorrow will be her first day back to school. I have had sick children home for the last 5 weeks. I am fried. The only nights both girls have slept through the night have been nights when dh snored like a very large, sedated zoo animal. To see him you'd never know he could make so much noise. I am too old for this nightwaking thing. I don't have lactating hormones to get me through it - I am just tired and cranky and desperate for a few minutes alone! I have a ton of backlogged work I need to get to but if I sleep through tonight, I promise myself that I will go for a run after the school bus takes my dear ones away in the morning - even if it is only a 10 minute run, I don't care!
Shanti: you should get a hotel room. Or go to spend the night at a friends' house.
I'm right handed. My middle finger on my right hand has a cut. I cannot type rapidly with just three fingers and a thumb on that hand. More personals tomorrow :)post #359 of 4892/22/12 at 7:22pmpost #360 of 4892/22/12 at 7:37pmI did get my 3 miles in this morning, and I have to say...for as painful as dragging myself out of bed was, the endorphins and the sunrise were pretty nice. I think I've decided that for the rest of orientation, if we have an 8am start, I'm going to try to do the early quick run. I just can't bring myself to do it for the 7:30 starts, though...
AM orientation made me want to . SO boring. PM orientation was benefits, which we didn't stay for the first time around since I was a flex employee and didn't have benefits. It was great information, but I came out . Holy headache. And I'm pretty bummed, because I just checked the provider networks, and I can't keep my current PCP and OB/GYN unless I go with the high-deductible PPO plan. I was really hoping at least my PCP was in the HMO network, since I love her and really don't want to switch (I love my OB/GYN, too, but can see myself switching from her more easily). So, now I need to do some serious number crunching by the end of next week to decide if it's worth keeping my doctors to go with a high-deductible plan. Blech.
Tomorrow begins clinical orientation, so hopefully it gets a little more interesting from here...
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