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The book I am reading right now is ...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

'Fit soul - fit body'

The book is written by six time Ironman champion Mark Allen and Brant Secunda, a Huichol shaman and I heard about it for the first time not too long ago on a podcast (endurance planet).

'true health and happiness is about developing a sustainable lifestyle where youn not only achieve long term physical health, but also long term emotional and spiritual health'.

In this book Allen and Secunda manages help the reader with developing ways to create the balance of physical, emotional, and spiritual balance, and I can highly recommend it.

Addendum: perhaps you can get it through your local library.

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    I will go look for it.

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FUNFROG79 1/24/2011 8:10AM

    Thanks for the tip! I love reading! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/23/2011 9:27PM

    Pursuing balance...always so important...! Hope to check it out!


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LAGREBE 1/23/2011 8:16PM

    Will check it out. Thanks!

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LAURIE5658 1/23/2011 8:14PM

    At the tender age of 53 I have a looong way to go with this very topic with plenty of time to learn LOL. I just may have to check this out. Thank you, my friend.

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CALIDREAMER76 1/23/2011 7:39PM

    I need to work on the emotionally healthy - esp. now that I got a handle on the physically and I work every day on the spiritual - thanks for the recommendation.

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IRISHLASS117 1/23/2011 7:31PM

    Sounds like a winner Jan. I'll look for it. Thanks.

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 1/23/2011 6:59PM

    That sounds very interesting. Being emotionally/spiritually healthy is every bit important as being physically healthy.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 1/23/2011 6:54PM

    Sounds good! Thanks. It's on my list.

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An interesting read

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In one of my many mailings I get at work, there is a summary of news clippings, and one caught my eye. A report from the society of actuaries "Obesity and its Relation to Mortality and Morbidity Costs' All statistics based on research (not surprising when you know who published the report). One statement in the summary was an eye opener:

'We estimate that total annual economic cost of overweight and obesity in the United States and Canada caused by medical costs, excess mortality and disability is approximately $300 billion in 2009.'

A pretty staggering number isn't it? Should you want to read the entire report ...

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/22/2011 8:29AM

    Punishing the food industry might not be the right approach, but it sure would help if they would take some responsibility for trying to come up with good tasting food that is healthy for you. I have really worked hard at changing my eating habits to include a lot more nutritional food, but with so many bad choices out there fostered upon us by the food industry, it doesn't make it easy. Since I have started Sparking, I rarely go out to eat in restaurants anymore because it is soooo hard to eat healthy in restaurants, and the portions are soooo huge.

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CHERYLD02 1/16/2011 12:10PM

    You are what you eat and you become what you are because of your actions.

That report has some really staggering information and all I did was skim a portion of it.

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FUNFROG79 1/16/2011 10:46AM

    Bottom line: Only YOU are responsible for YOU. You choose to walk into Mickey D's. You choose not to eat a balanced diet. You choose to eat more than one serving. If you choose to be lead by the corporations that's YOUR choice. Great read and totally eye opening!

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LAURIE5658 1/15/2011 10:02PM

    Don, I have to agree with Jan. Individuals are ultimately responsible for their own actions. The business community is punished enough by government but that topic can be debated elsewhere. Our citizens need to simply stop shoving food into their face AND get off the couch and MOVE.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/15/2011 9:25PM

    Don (DDOORN) I am not sure I agree with you that it will help punishing the food industry. I think, as Dr. Roizen is advocating, people like you and me who are actively improving their health should be rewarded.

I know Bobby (BOBBYD31) and his wife Anne did something recently with the American Diabetes Association (am I right?). I think it would be interesting if some of us could form groups and perhaps work with hospitals, professional groups (physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants) to have some public seminars. Just a thought.

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CALIDREAMER76 1/15/2011 9:15PM

That's amazing - thanks for sharing!

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LAURIE5658 1/15/2011 9:13PM

    Wow Jan, THAT is a true eye opener. Jim and I went out to eat tonight and there was a guy that is obviously MORBIDLY obese that barely fit in his seat. i will not even begin to tell you what he ate. Our society has serious issues.

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DDOORN 1/15/2011 9:10PM

    I agree with BobbyD!

Although we each are responsible for what we put into our bodies, I still can't help but feel that the CEO's and corporations of these food conglomerates should be held at least somewhat responsible, just as cigarette manufacturers were once upon a time.

Those of us choosing a healthier lifestyle are truly swimming against some mighty powerful currents and it shouldn't have to be this way!


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BOBBYD31 1/15/2011 8:33PM

    that is an understatement

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JEM0622 1/15/2011 7:49PM

    Wow. Thanks for the read. You know, since I have adopted healthier choices...I am at the doctor less. I don't want to just accept family issues (high BP, diabetes). I want to avoid it at all costs. I want to continue in this way.

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LYNNANN43 1/15/2011 6:59PM

    Totally staggering!

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DREMARGRL 1/15/2011 6:00PM

    I totally agree with Catherine! Such a tragedy.....Such a drain on the person, family, society and health care system....especially when there is a remedy (cure) for it that doesn't cost a dime.

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DEBBIEDAY 1/15/2011 3:41PM

    Stunned for sure....Still I doubt many of us really stop to consider that impact alone on future generations. Even 'personal wake-up calls' don't do it for some.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/15/2011 3:39PM

    Sobering. Especially when you add in the pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life.

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You thought one ironman was tough - how about the distance of 20

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here is a link to someone who just did 20
the website - as you can see is the google translation of a Danish website.

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DEBBIEDAY 12/22/2010 9:19AM

    YIKES! That is unbelievable!!!! emoticon

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DREMARGRL 12/22/2010 6:37AM

    I agree...that's just crazy. I just don't understand. I'll take the diving with the turtles though. Thanks for sharing, Jan.
PS I love my feet! lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILPAT3 12/21/2010 10:40PM

    I can't imagine! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 12/21/2010 8:35PM

    wow !!!

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BILLALEX70 12/21/2010 4:46PM

    Is this your next challenge?

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2010 10:39AM

    That's just crazy!! lol

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/21/2010 10:37AM

    I don't understand people like this....dedication, but still

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Worldrun II

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Fellow sparkers - Check out the Danish runner Jesper Olsen and his second world run . Unfortunately he had to take some time off to take care of illness he encountered on his first part of Worldrun II.

This is an amazing story - and make sure you check out the Worldrun I on the website.

I know he would like to have people run with him, but I am sure he will need all sorts of support when he run through the US. I am not asking you to help, but if you are interested in helping out - let me know. (send me a mail).

I have never met Jesper, but I am sure he is a fascinating person. So if you have a little time on your hand - check out and feel free to share with other sparkers.

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JENN26POINT2 12/6/2010 9:07AM

    What a monumental goal! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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FUNFROG79 12/5/2010 6:49AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 12/4/2010 9:40PM

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have bookmarked the website and will check it out more tomorrow. On first glance, it looks pretty cool!

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A little known hint for traveling

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A couple of years ago, after reading some stuff about compression stockings and benefits when running and cycling. I gave it some thought, and then came the test. No, not running or biking - flying. I had to fly to California (cross country) to give a talk - and fly back the next day. I was wearing my compression tights - and what a difference they made. Last year I flew to Europe and I did the same thing. (I haven't driven long enough to make it worthwhile).

From some of the podcasts I have listened to where Ironman participants are interviewed, it appears there is little advantage to use them during competition. You will see some use them during the run - but they primarily use calf guards. However, if you run half marathon distance or more - if you do long distance bicycling - skiing .. or ... traveling - I can highly recommend you use compression tights.

Unfortunately they are not inexpensive, but deals can be found. Recently I tried to use a compression top - I will share that at a later date.

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LYNNANN43 12/25/2010 11:15PM

    I have compression stockings for when I have vein scleropathy. (Not to mention the 6 months I wore them after my DVT.) And I'm also supposed to wear them for long car rides or any flights.

Do you buy compression stockings for running at a running store? Or are they a prescription like mine are?

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BOBBYD31 12/25/2010 6:06PM

    compression tights or socks? i have the tight s and love them. socks, i would like to try at some point. thanks for the tip. compression tops, love them too

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2WHEELER 12/25/2010 10:12AM

    I've been considering them. I often get severe calf cramps and thought they might help. Thanks for the review.

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SEEHOLZ 11/29/2010 1:31PM

    I love mine.. I call them my recovery socks!

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RENA1965 11/26/2010 11:18PM

    Hi Jan,
I have been doing this all the time, this is what helped my leg and bust skin return to where it came from without alot of grief- it supports the skin and keeps it from being shell shocked around with movement..
Great to give the tip on to others.. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/26/2010 1:36PM

    I prefer the calf sleeves so that I can wear my toe socks for long distances. But the calf sleeves do make a big difference in long runs and they aren't warm. I also wear them when I travel now. I've considered getting the socks for travel. But since I already have the sleeves, I haven't done that yet.

I always wear compression tops and shorts. But not for circulatory reasons. I have found they are the best for hot and/or humid weather. They wick moisture and mostly prevent chafing. I am actually more comfortable in long sleeved, compression heat gear top than in a sleeveless singlet because of the reduced chafing. And it helps protect against sun burn.

Hope you are having a great holiday!

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    Jan - I have decided to wear them after the race, even if the race is too warm - they will be pulled on when I get home and worn for the day after the race. Thanks for the reminder.

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DREMARGRL 11/25/2010 7:26PM

    Thanks for the tip, Jan. I like to wear them biking in the cooler months, but when it's hot, the less clothes I wear, the better! Hope you have a nice dinner. XO
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