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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Those of you who have known me a while, will have heard me talk about Cindi from Indi. Cindi is a remarkable person, who was an aspiring olympian (cycling) whose career was cut short by a head on collision - she survived and some years later she was diagnosed with breast cancer ... if you want to read a book about a remarkable person with an inspiring story - Cindi has written a book ... named after her 'trademark' - Determined.

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DDOORN 10/9/2014 1:15PM

    I am always so deeply awed and impressed over people who overcome such challenging physical limitations and are able to accomplish so much! Thx for sharing, Jan.


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LYNNIERN 10/5/2014 6:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'll check it out also.

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BILL60 10/5/2014 6:41AM

    I too will check it out. Thank you for sharing.

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ROBBIEY 10/4/2014 5:32PM

  I will check it out. Thanks for sharing the information!!!

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Thoughts of the day 9.3.14

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Interesting study published in Annals of Internal Medicine today. Hopefully it not only will make a mainstream medical journal - but also the main stream press

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B-N-ME 9/10/2014 7:38AM


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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/3/2014 5:26PM

    Are you talking about the study financed by the NIH that examined low fat vs. low carb diet? There is an article in the New York Times.

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Thought of the day 8.23.14

Sunday, August 24, 2014

So, I went for a bike ride yesterday. Not unusual - but what is a little more unusual I haven't been on my bike for a while and BAM I went out and did 50.12 miles. Nice - but here is what is nicer - with the exception of my shoulders (a little tense from hunching over) I feel fabulous today.

Looking at the data afterwards - my ride was about 50:50 in zone 2 and zone 3

What do I think happened. I have started to eat differently. Much less carbs and grains. Less carbs - huh?

Yes, that was what I said. My breakfast - Goatsmilk yoghurt with walnuts and blueberries. During the ride - the fluid was coconut water and what did I have to eat. ONE bonk breaker bar half way - two scoops of chia seeds in flax seed milk - and a handful of mixed nuts.

When I came home I had scrambled eggs with bacon and some veggies.

When I ran a 10k recently my fuel was - a slice of mozzarella cheese - a handful of walnuts. During the race - ALL I had was a flask with chia seeds in flax milk ... and felt great.

thought of today
- carbohydrates convert into fat. Fat converts into carbohydrates ... why are we eating all these carbs?
- when you ingest gels or sports drinks during your activity you will have peaks and valleys in your blood sugar/insulin
- have you ever thought of how metabolic in-efficient you are when you are doing cardio - I have been training mostly in zone 2. The kicker is - I have not lost a lot of weight but I can tell you I feel I am a much stronger runner, cyclists, swimmer than I used to be.
- I also like the fact that I did not have that sugary taste in my mouth all the time.

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B-N-ME 9/10/2014 7:40AM

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Taking a step outside the box and experimenting ourselves instead of following the crowd sometimes provides great benefit! emoticon

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    Good job. Zone 2 training - love HR training, but next week starts half marathon training.

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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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