Monday, May 02, 2011
THIS BLOG IS NOT ABOUT ME!!!! It is about - as the headline reads - the reward of paying forward.
Fellow sparkers, many of you know that I have a habit of paying forward. Many of my medals and race numbers has been given to individuals who were in need of encouragement for a variety of reasons. Most of them has gone to cancer patients who needed a lift.
However, the medal from the Akron marathon last year went to a fellow sparker who is also a teacher. She has created a program to get her students in a better shape (healthier). (I will keep the identity of the person anonymous). There were many reasons for sending her the medal. Then today I got a message from her. These were her words :
"Just wanted to let you know that your MEDAL has had some unforeseen sparks... in the office. We have three secretaries, two admin, one counselor... and we have ALL now run at least a 5K in the past month. My counselor and I ran a 10K and a 15K in the past two months... The secretaries are now bringing their running clothes to work every day and run every day after work. And... get this... our school is about 600 kids. We usually get about 100 kids out for track each year. THIS YEAR... a whopping... 167 came out. We don't cut kids out of sports unless their grades are really low and they do not focus on getting their grades in shape. So, we are down to about 150. We are going to add another coach next year! Finally, my counselor and I are looking to figure out how to organize a 3-5K for K-8 students in our school district next year. I have no clue how to begin, but it will work out. I think I can turn it into a fund raiser to help support fitness in schools. Anyways... your medal glows with the challenge to us all to keep fit and healthy. (edited out
I am pretty speechless, but happy. I have never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen, but I am glad it did - frankly I thought - oh, a marathon medal that is cool (the medal is cool since it has the road runner on it - the presenting sponsor is Time Warner). I thought after a couple of months the medal would be somewhere in a shelf collecting dust because no one found it interesting any more, and then I get this story. WHEW - this is just awesome.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
At first I did not understand what was happening with my email being loaded with spark messages. However, soon I found out I had been selected to be MOD. By now I think I have received more than 50 messages, mail, and goodies. It is very a humbling experience because I don't know why I all of a sudden have become the MOD.
Thank you to all. I know it was a 'canned' message - but I did leave a message for all who responded to me, and once again thank you.
This morning I went swimming in a community pool, and as I was walking back to the car, I thought to myself what a great way to start the day. I was a little sore but I felt invigorated. Not everyone swims, not everyone bikes, not everyone runs, that just happen to be what I enjoy, and what relieve stress for me.
As I was driving around today (I had to help someone), I thought a lot about the avalanche of messages related to the MOD and sparkpeople, and there were some of the comments which were really special, and it it leading me to write this blog about some random thoughts. I am listing some of the thoughts here but I may not give you a response.
- Have you thought what brought you to search - and ultimately find SP?
- I see a lot of comments which can be summed up into - I have always struggled with my weight'.... have you ever thought what might have brought you in that situation - physical, emotional, financial, etc?
- what is your goal? weight loss, healthy living, drop down dress/pant size, running a marathon, participating in a triathlon etc, etc?
- is healthy living and weight loss synonymous?
The list goes on.
First you have to identify what brought you to where you are. Granted, that may be an incredible painful journey, because you may open wounds of the past.
Second, you have to look at what do you want to achieve (goal). Unfortunately there is no GPS which will lead you to the goal. YOU have to figure it out, even more importantly you cannot necessarily do it on your own. You need to look at all the resources to make it happen. Practical, physical, and emotional.
I have looked at a lot of spark pages and there are some common trends. One trend - very lofty goals. One trend - time management and one trend very common - a combination of the two.
If you look at your eating and adjust that, then adjusting your exercise habits (take the stairs, walk 30 min regularly, do a little strength training) ... and so on, gradually you will see you reaching your goal, no matter who it is.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
WOW, this weekend is going to be difficult to summarize.
A year ago 10 of us participated in the run and we had such a great time we decided to discuss it in a forum, and BAM - before we knew of it there was 79 people in the group, and this weekend 40+ (including coaches Nancy and Nicole) came together in Pittsburgh to run 'just a short run'.
There were four distances - 5k, 8.1 miles, half marathon, and 30k, and despite the hill everyone hated - everyone did phenomenal. Some did their first event, some did their first HM, some did a PB, but I think at the end of the day, many of the participants moved themselves out of their comfort zone, and felt as the went home - they went home with a sense of accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment - physical and emotional.
Many got to meet SP friends they have communicated with for a long time. Many of us learned a lot from each other, many of us were able to encourage each other, and at the end there was a sense that we will be back next year.
I have read some of the blogs after the event and I want to thank everyone who came from the bottom of my heart. The fact that you were there, you helped define the weekend and make it a resounding success You may have been shy and not interacted as much as you wanted, but that is OK, you were still there, and the fact that you overcame obstacles and actually were there - speaks volumes.
I would also like to mention the people who traveled long distance to be part of this event - the furthest came from OR. We even had an international contingent - Ontario, Canada .
Before I start rambling I want to - from the bottom of my heart say - thank you for being part of this. I want to mention Anne/Bobbie, Lynn and all you did to make this event a reality.
If you want to be there next year - start planning!!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Some of you have seen my complaints related to my URI the last couple of weeks. Well, last night I got all of 4 hrs of sleep - I was coughing, and coughing AND ... coughing.
I made an appointment with a doctor today, and with her stetoscope and a maneuver I have not seen before - she said what I feared ... 'you are wheezing'. To make a long story short - it is the 'leftover' from a mycoplamic pneumonia I had last year.
I walked out with two perscriptions - one for an inhaler ... and one fore 5 days of prednisone (looking forward to that - not!).
The morale of the story - listen to your body, and take appropriate action i.e. see a professional. Not doing so may impact your able to achieve your goals, or (for musculo-skeletal issues) get you hurt.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Some of you know I am involved with a project called Spokes of Hope spokesofhope.org . Tonight a 15 min video from the 2010 SOH was released and should you want - to watch it www.youtube.com/user/SpokesOfHope (Warning it might be very emotional for some).
Spokes of hope is a grassroots movement traveling on bicycles to cancer centers giving hope to people with cancer hope. The majority of the cyclists are cancer survivors, but care givers (family) and care providers (doctors, nurses etc) are part of the ride as well.
We need more spokes in out wheel ...
As Cindi says - We love cycling and we hate cancer.
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