Friday, October 08, 2010
My friends - this is not about me, but about paying forward.
On my kitchen table is a medal from a race I recently ran. It will be mailed to a friend, who have done something unique, and be part of what this person is doing for and with others. Since this person is a Sparker, I will leave it at that.
However, there are many reasons why we are on the Spark journey, and there are many reasons why we do events. Some of the events gives you medals when you have completed the event. Some of these events are very meaningful to you (me) as the participant. Some of them are a medal you get for your accomplishment.
I have quite a few medals, and they all have a story which includes the preparation and the actual event. However, there are people in my life who cannot do what I did for all kinds of reasons, so that gives me an opportunity to pay forward. These individuals are part of my life and have give meaning to me - the run where I got the medal is part of my life and meaningful at some level ... so I give my medal away to a person who I think is deserving it.
Recently a friend ran race for the cure - I gave her a suggestion ... she has a coworker who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and she used her as inspiration. I told her - write why she inspire you on the back of the race number, and tell her thank you.
Making your runs, bikerides, and triathlons meaningful - share it with someone who cannot ....
Monday, October 04, 2010
It happened again. I spoke with a friend yesterday who developed an issue while running. Earlier this year - someone else had a running injury which actually required surgery. Unfortunately my friend yesterday has an upcoming event.
It is difficult situation to be in. What do you do as a friend? First, you want to be supportive. Second, you take this very serious - no matter what event is ahead of you, and get it looked at by a professional so it can be addressed appropriately.
A couple of years ago I sprained my ankle running - a week before a 100 mile bike ride. I was in the ER, and I talked with an orthopedic surgeon. (This orthopedic (foot) surgeon is also part of an NFL team). I was told I could do it by the surgeon I would be OK, and what should trigger me to stop. (I did the ride).
The advise was appropriate because it was a professional with experience in the type of injury I sustained.
Now, way too often I see people on this site say 'you can do it'. That MAY be OK in many cases, but we don't know. Please use caution when you tell a person they can do it if there is an underlying medical issue, because you may not be doing your sparkfriend a favor - encourage them to get a professional to look at it. Your friend may not like it - but in order to win on Wall street - you have to invest, or - doing the right thing from the beginning - is the right investment.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Tomorrow is October 2nd. It is Livestrong day. LIVE STRONG Day marks the day of cancer survivor celebration ... I encourage you to celebrate cancer survivorship by wearing yellow tomorrow 10/2.
Currently there are 28 million cancer survivors, but the stats are scary - the prediction is one out of two men and one out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer. It is scary.
What can we do to avoid being a statistic - we can make efforts to prevent it from happening. One of them you have already done - you are here and making strides to eat and live healthier. If you smoke - stop - and stop all tobacco products - wear sunscreen when you are out (even on days where it is cloudy), breast exams, mammograms, colonoscopy, testicular exams etc - make sure you have an annual physical ... yes, I know it was in a reflections just a few days ago.
and tomorrow - wear yellow to celebrate survivorship
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
First of all - thank you for reading my blogs. Second, thank you so very much for all the compliments. I have to be honest and say I am pretty overwhelmed by the outpour of support.
This past weekend I got an email from a friend. His wife had a mammogram on Friday, and you know what may be up with her. Depending on the result - she may have a stereotactic biopsy.
When I browse spark website and all the postings about what people are doing to maintain their health - there is something I am really missing. So I will come with a gentle reminder by listing a few things. Monthly breast exam (men as well), PAP smear and the male equivalent - exam of the prostate (don't forget to teach the younger boys to examine the testicles ... remember the Lance Armstrong story and the Scott Hamilton story?), colonoscopy, and physical. I am sure you are getting the point. And yes, I had my colonoscopy when I was 50, and I am having an annual physical (next one is next month and I got my flushot this week), got my teeth cleaned last week.
In addition to the prevention/early detection of disease - having an annual physical will also help you harvest the fruit of your labor - as in share your success with your health care provider (MD, DO, NP) ... lower weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol etc
The other thing you may want to consider to measure wellness - make a list with two columns - one being then (when you embarked on your spark journey) and now (today). Here is couple of things you may want to compare. ... add what ever you feel - this is your list
- quality of life
- quality of sleep
- self confidence
- level of energy
- relationship with your family
Keep the list and do it every 4 - 6 months - look at the progress or use it to help you set goals. Goals may not always be measured in lbs (kg), inches, or miles run or walked.
Now make it a healthier day!
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