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Thought of the day 8.15.14

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have had some issues with my glutes and my hamstring as of late. For a long time i felt one of my glute muscles was a cable. Yes, quite uncomfortable, and more recently discomfort in my 'hind leg' was added.

Of course the simplest thing would be to use my health care back ground and diagnose myself. I sort of have some idea what it might be ... gluteal muscles, hamstring, sciatica, piriformis nerve, was it more a lower back issue and was the discomfort radicular. The more I thought about it the more complicated it became.

Next step - should I consult "dr. google" ? Initially - I thought that was a good idea, but then on a second thought - no.

Of course I could also ask all my friends on SP for advise like a lot of people do. I am sure I would find an answer there.

While I was thinking my discomfort kind of got better - so perhaps I should just leave it alone. But, then I got a bright idea ... I made an appointment with a sports medicine doc. What a novel idea - I know.

I saw the sports med doc today. Very efficient assessment. I was still confused where this was going. At the end of the visit she had narrowed it down to a combination of hamstring issue with and added component of piriformis issue, and her recommendation of passive stretching. "Yes, I know" she said "it sounds counter intuitive" - however, when she explained it. So on to making the next appointment with a chiropractor.

Why is this important. It is important on different levels. Yes, you and I can read a lot by searching all kinds of resources online, and the history and the symptoms are important in diagnosing your ailment. However, adding the physical exam to the assessment by someone who knows what they are looking for is almost as important and most lay people does not know how to proper exam you. (Reminder - it was not my general practitioner I went to - but a sports medicine specialist).

Therefore - when you have something that needs to be addressed you are likely to hurt yourself if you don't have it assessed by a specialist, and the money spent on co-pay or what ever expense - to me - is well worth it .....

to your health.

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    You are so smart

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Thought of the day 7.12.14

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What has happened. I went through all my spark friends and noticed none seem to update their status any more. Does that mean that they just don't update their status - have they succeeded - have they reverted to the life style they lived prior to SP. Have they left SP?

I am just wondering.

I was saddened as I went through my SP friends - I realized I have now lost two SP friends to cancer.

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DDOORN 7/22/2014 8:28AM

    Sometimes a friendly "nudge" can help a SparkFriend get back on track. Or hey, we might be pleasantly surprised to find that they're doing AWESOME but have been too busy to post...! :-)

Cancer has taken some of my family and friends well before their time. So tragic!


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2WHEELER 7/22/2014 8:16AM

    Hi, Jan. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friends.

I find it difficult to keep up with everything on SparkPeople. Time on the computer takes away time for biking, hiking, walking, etc. Guess it's a matter of prioritizing. I have one SparkTeam that has active challenges that I participate in and that's about all the time I have to spend on the computer.

Hope all is well with you.

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/15/2014 1:31PM

    Jan, sorry to hear about the losses. I too get saddened when I look through my sparkfriends and see so much inactivity. There were a few years there where we were all on, all day, it seemed. I for one and making more of an effort!

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PASTAFARIAN 7/12/2014 10:08PM

    Frankly, I'm surprised anyone updates their status. Aren't blog posts enough? Status updates just seem duplicative and I don't need the busy work.

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LKEITHO 7/12/2014 8:09PM

    I'm still out here, still making progress, but I have to admit I don't post my status as often these days. I agree it is sad to see other SP disappear from the boards. Hopefully they are doing well, and if not hopefully they will return to the site.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/12/2014 5:24PM

    I guess I should explore the site a little more and find out what my SP friends are up to.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/12/2014 5:22PM

    I post daily in my team forum where I can go into more depth than a one sentence status. And also be part of a dialogue. I also post all of my fitness activities in the fitness tracker so if you were watching my feed you would see those. The status line is just one of many ways to participate and doesn't happen to do much for me.

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 7/12/2014 5:09PM

    Just read your blog entry. Your words encouraged me to go check my status update... and yep! it needed updating!

I'm on Spark daily. Every morning while sipping my coffee, I go to my Start page and fill out all three sections! (Especially spinning that Wheel! Currently on a 248 day spinning streak! LOL) But for some reason, I kept bypassing the Status Update.

Thanks for the nudge!
. . . s u s y . . .

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    I am here but laying low lately. I am sorry to hear about your 2 friends here on Spark.

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SUEARNOLD1 7/12/2014 4:44PM

    I agree

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/12/2014 4:35PM

    Sorry for your loss, Jan.

It is sad when people just disappear here. I'm still here and working on it yet again. I will get to my goals one of these days!

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Thought of the day 5.27.14

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It is with heavy heart I am writing this. Last night my (our time) passed away. She was 58.

A week ago she was admitted with an intracranial bleed as a result of an aneurysm. They did what needed to be done, but unfortunate the outcome was different than what we wanted/wished for.

My brother made the brave decision to - in her spirit - to donate her organs. She was a very healthy person, so today because of my brother and his family there are someone in Europe who will have a new lease on life because of my sister in law.

What I would like for you to do - rather than send your sympathy to me and my family ... think about what you can do should this happen to you.

First make sure you have a living will and a power of attorney. Let your family know what YOU want - and have it in writing and consider if you want to be an organ donor.

Let me tell you an organ donation story. A young man in his 20's was diagnosed with lymphoma - received chemo which caused him to have heart failure so bad that he needed a heart transplant. The transplant was successful and since his transplant he has completed an ironman triathlon. - all because of a decision by a family to donate someone's heart.

"Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live" - Kumbel

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    Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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B-N-ME 5/29/2014 6:24AM

    I am sorry for your loss. In Canada (Ontario at least) you not only receive a form asking you to be an organ donor when you renew your license each year, they also ask you. My hubby works for this facet of the gov't and they promote the same extensively.
Thank you for taking another opportunity to share this important message!

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COOP9002 5/28/2014 10:42AM

    Thanks for sharing such an important reminder.

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TTLEELEE 5/27/2014 10:10PM

    Thank you for the reminder Jan.
Continued peace & blessings.

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YMWONG22 5/27/2014 9:39PM

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Thought of the day 5.18.14 (half marathon)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Another half marathon is now in the books. I ran Cleveland again. Done it a number of times, but this year was different ...

This is my first larger event since the event in Boston last year. Not sure if it was comforting or scary to see all the bomb sniffing dogs and law enforcement officers, and a helicopter or two over us. To the officers including the K-9's who made sure we were unharmed - THANK YOU.

Second- a new route. The organizers really have designed a great new routs for the event. Loved it. Lots of neighborhood running in great areas. That also meant lots of spectators and support.

Third - the weather. One sentence - could not have been better. Mid 40's at start - mid 50's at finish and bluebird and little wind.

I ran into a bunch of people I knew and from the start I was in no hurry, I just wanted to go out and have a good time. And guess what - I had an awesome time.

So with the past postings I am sure you are interested in my fuel strategy. I had a smoothie with kale, whipping cream, almond milk, half a cup of blue berries, chia seeds - and for blood sugar control I added cinnamon. On my way I drank two servings of Generation U-Can super starch. That was it ... on the course I drank water at every water stop - I never felt hunger at all - and even better - I feel great!!!

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    Glad you had a great run.

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LKEITHO 5/18/2014 2:29PM

    Great job! Congrats on your half marathon!

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Thought of the day 5.17.14

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tomorrow is the Cleveland marathon and half marathon, and I am running it. I am actually looking forward to run. This will be my last longer run for some time, as I have a bike ride in about a month I need to focus on. I will be doing 24 hr of Booty raising money for the Livestrong foundation, and I have a lofty goal - when it comes to how far I want to ride.

Clearly one of the challenges will be the nutrition, and I realize my practice is not for everyone, but I feel I want to share - just to give some food for thoughts!!

Many of us are carboloading and using gels, sports drinks, blocks and so on during the event. I used to! My eating habit have changed completely, and contain very little carbohydrates (it's a little difficult to avoid carbs completely - or go extremely low carb, when your family subscribe to a more traditional diet).

I used to use the gels and then I changed in favor of maltodextrin in my drinking water because I felt the insulin and blood sugar levels did not fluctuate as much. I did a little research and started to phase out the gels. Interestingly enough I feel better, and I think it has to do with the fact that there are no blood glucose and insulin level spikes - it is all regulated by the body, and when you need more glycogen .... the body can manufacture it for you to use.

I know some people will vehemently disagree with me. However, it has worked for me - and I just want to share with you.

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B-N-ME 5/18/2014 8:49AM

    Have a wonderful race. Did I ever tell you that you amaze me?
Keep sharing what you learn. We all need to open our minds and learn from those around us.
Have fun!

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MOMGETSSPARK 5/17/2014 11:27PM

    Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Spring has hit my breathing, so enjoy each breath and leg movement tomorrow! You are such an inspiration to so many!

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MOMGETSSPARK 5/17/2014 11:25PM

    Sounds great and enjoy tomorrow. emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 5/17/2014 5:41PM

    You can do it! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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