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Dingos Fall into September Action!

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Welcome to the September 2013 Dingo thread. run.gif



New visitors to the Dingo Thread may ask, "but, what is a Dingo?"



Dingoes are mamas (defined loosely, when needed) who run, walk, cycle, tri, and participate in whatever sport they need to sustain their awesome mama selves in lives that are definitely dynamic. Sometimes, a Dingo is injured, or life takes a turn, and she has to take a break from her chosen sport. Whether active or aspiring, Dingoes support one another in spirit. When two Dingoes are in the same place at the same time, something incredibly special happens. This is called a Dingo Meetup. They are relatively rare, and so we try to record them with photographic evidence.



Are you a Dingo? You just might be, if:

You sometimes perform acts of brilliance in order to squeeze a workout into a busy week.

You're never ashamed of coming in at the back of the pack, even if you're used to coming in faster.

You have found yourself sincerely respecting and admiring moms in all forms, observing how they're doing it for love, and growing from their experiences as well as your own



You won't know until you try, and all comers are welcome.



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Awesome opening written by jo at some point in the past. blowkiss.gif

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Good morning, Dingoes!

 

Plady, I apologize if I offended you about the sugar/shaming thing. I didn't mean to! That was my own narishkeit (hang up) about what happens(ed) to me when I go off the sugar rails. Ugh. Bad legacy in my family.

 

RR: 11.4 steamy gross sweaty miles this morning, fighting the whole way with that nasty inner voice who says (you can't, you shouldn't try, you're fat, you're dumpy, you're flabby in the middle, all the other runners are laughing at you :blah). I won though, I finished it.

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Lofty - Thanks for the reminder about it being September today!  White rabbits before breakfast everyone!  The girls went to see the new Percy Jackson movie yesterday as a sisters-on-the-town treat and C loved it beyond words (she was literally crying all the way home mumbling "it was so good, it was so good') and she mentioned something about learning Greek so I mentioned that I thought G and D were learning Greek and she's curious about how and where.  I'll go back through your blog because I think I saw you list your materials but I thought you might like to know she was very impressed!

 

Ah the September detox.  My few remaining chickens are enjoying the bag of cheetoz I just tossed them (happily? no one else is up yet and I only am because our wayward kitty came in to the bedroom with a vole and started playing with it.  Dh claimed he doesn't do blood and went back to sleep so I got to grab it by the tail and throw it outside.  No going back to sleep after that when the sun is up and everything.)  The dog ate all of the nibbled bits of cheesecake and rice krispie treats left over from the party so we're pretty much back to a sugar/wheat-free household.  I'm also going to take some time off of morning coffee.  Periodically I switch to yerba mate and it feels like time.  I also just got an order of some probiotic capsules that were highly rated on amazon that I'm starting to see what if anything feels different.  All the stories about gut flora effecting mental health have me too curious to resist.  That and reading The Art of Fermentation, which has inspired me to start some kefir and pull out my sauerkrauting jars.  

And, dd1 and I are going to go out for a walk/run when we finish our tea.  Yay!

 

Sparkle - Meant to add my condolences on the destruction of your campground.  I know it's not ever going to be quite the same but maybe there are other places that could provide the same sense of freedom.  We were so impressed with the provincial parks we camped in on Vancouver I.  It's not camp like yours but maybe halfway there.  So many families, so clean and well laid out and tons of things to do.  We're ready to go back next summer and just park it for a week and let the kids bike around and swim and do the ranger talks and whatnot.  Maybe that could be an option?

 

Gaye - i just love hearing about how you spend your non-working time.  You really seem to make the most of it and it's so inspiring.  And still curious about the date (especially why you really really really like him)! 

 

Jo - notes2.gif on the bcp thing.  That weight fluctuation and sore boobs thing rings familiar.  I wonder if my 12+ years off of bcp might be enough.  Please keep reporting!

 

Geo - Your math notes also pulled me back in time.  I more or less gave up math when I was just on the verge of understanding this which never bothered me until now!  Looking backward and being able to see where we cut off options for ourselves is kind of fascinating but also a poignant reminder of how little we understand when we're young.  

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Geo - Your math notes also pulled me back in time.  I more or less gave up math when I was just on the verge of understanding this which never bothered me until now!  Looking backward and being able to see where we cut off options for ourselves is kind of fascinating but also a poignant reminder of how little we understand when we're young.  

God YES. You say poignant, I say totally depressing lol.gifbag.gif

Plady - yeah on the camp. We are feeling ready to move onto something else (France for a month next summer anyone wink1.gif, although I think we werent ready to have the transition forced on us. I think it also symbolically sad. Good luck with the sugar!!

Nic - Well Done on the run!!!! You rock!! I am so sorry about the school crap. I empathize so strongly. We would be suffering so much more if we didnt have the options we do. I am just now thinking ds could do ok in a mainstream GT setting, but when he was 5 I knew he would chafe in a conventional class. Montessori has been a great fit for him. I so wish you had more options. I wonder if, ironically, my community has many school options b/c the public system is so 'challenged' and so many of the yuppies/"mothers of excellence" create or support alternatives, whereas wealthier communities might just have public (which is assumed to be good b/c of the student population) and private...
Can you get in their faces more about his needs. It sounds like you might need to go a little Geo on them. More work for you alas. Sigh. You have a lot to hold up these days hug.gif

JG - I honestly think there is likely a yeast thing going on with you. I have had the experience you describe once in my life: overwhelming cravings for carbs/sugar. I was literally eating food I wouldnt normally eat, and I couldnt NOT eat it. It was very bizarre. Then I started seeing an accupuncturist and she was like 'whoa! you have a lot of yeast' (my tongue was coated in white - ew). Went on a hard-core candida diet WITH anti-fungals for 6 mos. and ever since, have had very modest interest in carbs/sugar. I eat both, but reach a satiation point after a modest amount. I cant overeat them anymore b/c they just.dont.appeal beyond a certain point shrug.gif I'll take it. My diet is better now than its been the rest of my life (speaking of Plady's quote above)

RR: Yesterday: 85 minutes cardio: 60 bike intervals, 25 run/walk intervals. Felt surprisingly good, like I had tapered for 2 weeks rather than sat on my arse eating chocolate chip muffins bag.gif
Today: 90 minute weight circuit - quivering/nauseus by the end

NRR: Breast buds! My baby has breast buds. She asked me last night about one of her nipples hurting and feeling hard and I felt it, and it felt like a rock under her areola, and sure enough, when I consulted dr. google, it was the exact description of breast buds (which is what id told her it was, but I wasnt sure/was a little nervous if it wasnt). She'll be 11 in a month exactly. I told her she's starting to get breasts, but dont worry, "you'll be done by tomorrow", and then glanced at my own flat chest, and we laughed lol.gif
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God YES. You say poignant, I say totally depressing lol.gifbag.gif

 I told her she's starting to get breasts, but dont worry, "you'll be done by tomorrow", and then glanced at my own flat chest, and we laughed lol.gif

:lol That's funny re: breasts and yes, 'depressing' was a word I considered too. 

 

Re:yeast, somewhere in my recent online travels I saw a reference to testing oneself for yeast by spitting into a cup of water first thing in the morning and letting it sit.  Supposedly if it developed strigy bits it was an indication of too much yeast.  Does this sound familiar?  And, though I've ruled out anemia, yeast is a definite possibility.  I think it's time for me to schedule up a well-child visit with our local naturopath.

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Math:  Math is taught so poorly in this country it ought to be a criminal offense.  The primary problem is not curricula or teaching methods, but the elementary teacher's own innumeracy and math anxiety.  There are actually data on this account.  Girls pick up on this more than boys, but both are often left with this sense that math is a disjointed set of tricks and drudgery.  If a child can maintain a positive sense of their own mathematical abilities until high school, they might be blessed with a teacher who actually understands it.

 

Seriously, I have very few mathematical formula memorized.  I narrate how I figure stuff out when I teach, and in every single lecture, I get a college senior hollering "woah, is it really that straight forward?"  Yes, math is logic.  I reason my way through each step.  Nope, I never try to memorize the derivative of cosine.  I'm bound to screw it up.  The simple rule to know if what you add or take away from one side of an equation you must do to the other, just as you would with a balance.  The rest is notation.

 

So, if you feel freaked out by seeing something mathematical, be it a page out of the middle of lecture notes (folks, notice that was page 12, and in Friday's lecture I presented just page 12 and half of page 13 in 55 minutes), in a journal article, or in your kid's homework, blame your elementary school teachers' innumeracy, decide that you are a logical individual, and tackle it.  I know you can do it.

 

Setting a positive attitude and example at home, particularly from the mother, is shown to go a long ways to counteract the elementary school teacher problem.  "Wait until your father gets home" is a good way to perpetuate the problem.  If instead you say, "ok, tell me what this means, and explain what your approach is," you demonstrate to your child that you have the confidence that the math can be reasoned through.  (Of course, this is said by someone who never had a bad math teacher.  Ever.  I also didn't get any classroom instruction in math until 6th grade. The rest was sitting by myself or with Jason and Marcia working on stuff on our own. I recognize the huge leg up this has given me in life.)

 

RR:  DD is frustrated with her soccer team.  They do sprints and pushups mostly because they do sprints and pushups anytime someone's not paying attention.  She wants to work on crossing.  So we went out yesterday and took turns crossing and shooting.  Ow.


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holy cow. september.

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Yes Geo, on all of that! I did not 'get' math as a high schooler, and now as an adult have learned more about how it works than I did in years back then, and now that I know this, I rue that no one ever told me what I know now, back then. Mostly Dh has framed math for me in a different way, and contextualized it, starting with describing to me that math is a language (whoa and duh! I 'get' language with ease somehow; i.e. writing has always seemed second nature and foreign languages same). So why did I never put together the logic inherent in each!? And then how to apply it. I learned it as a set of formulas and drills, not as a language that communicates phenomena.

Dinner party tonight; flourless chocolate cake in the oven. Love my kitchenaid orngbiggrin.gif


Those who have done IRB involved studies: did it cost you $ for IRB review, and if so, did your program/dept. pay for it? I'm looking at the IRB app. and I see $2000 in fees bigeyes.gif
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Wow, a new thread on the actual first day of the month? Weird. Good work, plady! lol.gif

Back for more later, going to try to go back to sleep for the hour I have left (I'm sleeping terribly today, grrrrr).
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Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Math: you know, I think it's so weird that I totally don't understand at all how one doesn't see the language in math and how it could possibly not be understood. I wonder, after reading Geo's explanation, how much of it had to do with my dad who was a CPA and who kept a Thoreau-style ledger of everything we every bought and whose Wall Street Journal I read from cover to cover, as hungry as I was to be in touch with the rest of the world. Plus, I went to "work" with my dad who kept an office in town. Fodder to chew on.
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Math:  Math is taught so poorly in this country it ought to be a criminal offense.  The primary problem is not curricula or teaching methods, but the elementary teacher's own innumeracy and math anxiety.  There are actually data on this account.

This is the same conversation I had last spring with moms from other countries who homeschool. Why is Math taught the way it's taught here?! Specifically a math professor in Australia and other moms around the world talked about just this problem. But, according to them, it's not just *how* it's taught, it's the textbook, too. The over-simplified gist of it was that math is taught so ... hmm... so conveyer-belt-ish, broken down into so many pieces you miss the whole picture. For instance, Algebra skills are taught in the early elementary years. From both my boys earliest ages, we played algebra games in the car the way one might play reading games with signs. Just the idea of needing a pre-algebra class was thought to be absurd.

Plady, Day 1 - so far, so good. Now we've got the whole long week to go w/o sugar. It was hard, though, because there was homemade cake at church. So glad to hear dd1 loved the new PJ movie! Maybe I'll take the boys this next weekend as a reward for cutting out the sugar. Oh, Greek. Ds1 used Memoria Press Greek last year, then moved on to Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek which he still uses somewhat but mostly is using Rosetta Stone. Maybe they could write to each other? We are saving for a trip to Greece next year where ds1 can be our translator. lol.gif We'll see...

Sparkle, I've been thinking of your camp this past week. hug.gif It's unfathomable. The fires are still raging... greensad.gif
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Those who have done IRB involved studies: did it cost you $ for IRB review, and if so, did your program/dept. pay for it? I'm looking at the IRB app. and I see $2000 in fees bigeyes.gif

WHAT?  That's *free* at my university to do the irb app that is.

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RR: rest day

NRR: news that drs consider FIL brain dead and stopped dialysis. They meet Tuesday about turning off life support. greensad.gif
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RR: rest day

NRR: news that drs consider FIL brain dead and stopped dialysis. They meet Tuesday about turning off life support. greensad.gif

I'm so sorry to hear that Runningmommy. I'm keeping you guys in my thoughts.

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Love and light, Lisa.

Hugs from all the Dingoes.
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Oh Lisa hug.gif. I am so sorry greensad.gif.

sparkle - I think I need to do a bit more research on the yeast thing. Other than constantly craving sugar, and the nasty fungal toenail I have, I don't think I have any other signs of yeast overgrowth. But maybe I'm missing something.
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Lisa - I'm sorry.  Please give my condolences to your dh.

 

Lofty - Day 1 was going very well.  Until I totally sneaked (snuck?) a chunk of rice krispie treat without thinking about it!  I did at least have an active day.  Walked ran with dd, spent an hour in the pool tugging girls on the lifeguard tube since nobody else showed up to swim, and staked at least a cord of wood.  But still, doh!

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JG - those are symptoms. In any case, you're already doing paleo, an antifungal could just be added in, see what, if anything, happens after a few weeks. Just curious, do you get bloated or have any other g.i. symptoms when you eat carbs/sugar?

RM - goodvibes.gif So very sorry!

Plady - the spit test has been pretty roundly b.s.-ed redface.gif
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Lisa~I'm so sorry. hug.gif Sending continued thoughts of peace for your whole family.

plady~It's kind of hard for me to pinpoint, is that weird? We have really great conversation when we're together (phone conversations are improving orngtongue.gif). We talk for hours and the time flies by. He's a great listener. His texts make me laugh and/or smile. A lot. And he has an amazing butt. bag.gif


I never did really get back to sleep today...I was awake pretty much every hour, and then gave up entirely around 2 and just got up. On the bright side, I did some baking, got inspired to do some cleaning, took the recycling to the recycling center... 3 am is going to be really painful.
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Sparkle - It sounded too good to be true.  Alas.

 

Gaye - Good listener and funny texts!  2 good starts and a nice butt certainly doesn't hurt. :mischief

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