pumpkinseed - I replied to your over thread.
bbm - I wanted to comment on your self esteem group idea. It sounds like a great idea to me and something I would be interested in for my dd if you were around here. I wonder if you could somehow make the focus more club-like than group therapy-like? I know some kids might be put off by the idea of a "support group" but not as much by a "life skills coping club" or something similar. I think focusing on ways to build up self esteem would be great. Some ideas I'd have would be to talk about body image, and how it's portrayed in the media and how women respond to that. Also, some kind of discussion on healthy habits - forming a lifetime fitness routine for example, and not one so goal focused like PE classes tend to be but just with the goal of helping your body feel good. Keeping a goals journal, and putting short term stuff in it that you can cross off as you accomplish it - like being able to run around the block, getting an A on a math test, not running down a friend when given the opportunity, that kind of thing. Talking about healthy eating, and encouraging them to listen to their bodies and honestly focus on whether they are hungry, or eating for another reason (but with caution so as not to increase the body image issues, more focus again on health.) Encouraging pursuing things you are good at, so there is an outlet to feel good about yourself even if other things are going badly. I think it sounds like a great idea and would really like to hear more about it as you get farther into the process. And please pass along any great ideas you think would help my own 13 yr old! (I don't think she has a real hard time with self esteem yet, at least not to the extent I did, but she's still a 13 yr old girl and anything I can do to help her always believe in herself, I want to be doing!)
I haven't run since last Wed. Last week was ridiculous. I was up in the night Mon night/tues morning to catch the baby with my shirt on inside out, then Wed night for my waterbirth (saw that baby today, mom is breastfeeding like an absolute pro - 17 yrs old! - and doing great) Thurs night in the operating room with a very tragic and sad ruptured ectopic pregnancy, Friday night up until 2 am admitting patients in the ER, slept Sat night and then Sunday I had a delivery and did 9 total admissions of my partners' and my own patients, getting to bed at 4 am finally Mon morning. Yesterday I was too beat to do anything, although I had a lovely long nap in the afternoon and then some very nice crosstraining before bed that at least got the heart rate up a little! I am really panicking about this Saturday's 20 miler. Then, my training partner called up and told me her dh had just driven from one town to another in the country and it was 20 miles. I've driven that route myself numerous times and it seems so freaking far! I can't believe I'm going to try to run that on Sat (and neither could my friend who was freaking a bit herself!) I will run tonight - I had a good night's sleep, and early supper, and will be set to go when Caroline goes to bed.
Today was supposed to be a big important day with the bad work situation. There was a meeting over lunch time, and I have no inside spy so I'm dying to know what happened and have no way to know. It's making me a little crazy.
I can't remember who else I wanted to comment to? I'm jealous of you Atlanta dingoes! How lovely to be able to have a party. One of these days Balancin1 and I will have to try to arrange a Chicago area something for us (I know bec is close, and also 1-2 others, right?)
Speaking of Balancin1: I'm a horrible person. I just found my check I never mailed, and I put it in the mail today. I'm so sorry. Any chance you want to come out here and run the Turkey Trot? You could have turkey with us too! (I don't know if you usually have family over or anything, but it's always just us here - with ds's gf thrown in) The Turkey Trot I do is in Oglesby, a little town 30 min or so away. Here's a link: Turkey Trot
eksmom - I miss you on the thread. We don't care if you aren't running a ton!