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Pirates tri (local sprint tri)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Earlier today I participated in the 'pirates tri', a local sprint triathlon in organized by Lake metroparks. It has also become sort of a team in training alumni event for the triathletes, this was the second year.

We picked up packages on Thursday and while we were there - we did a practice swim.

The event started at 8, and at 6:30 I pulled into the parking lot. Although the tri is small 150 max the parking lot fills up quick. Milling around, meeting and greeting my friends, plus i ran into a few people I knew from work.

The start was a standing start (most of the swim you can stand up should you need to - which makes it attractive fro novice triathletes). Did my swim with some wheezing, but I managed to 'keep my cool'. I walked the transition - because of the wheezing and on to the bike. They ride and run start out with a short 75 yard steep hill and off to the race we went ... I think my avg was about 19 mph. Back and into run gear and up the hill again. Half way into the run I needed a rest room, and it was very uncomfortable to do the second half of the run.

At the end - I met briefly with my friends and headed off - as I had a lot to do this afternoon.

It is a fun tri, and the weather was hot and humid. My fluid intake (water and gatorade from this morning is currently in excess of a gallon).

Although I did OK, I will be honest and say I did not have my heart in this one ... It was kind of another day at the office - I am sure a good night sleep, rehydration, and aircondition will change my outlook.

Posted times

Swim 15:24 Bike 44:13 Run 28:32 Total 1:28:09

  
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TIGGER622 8/3/2011 7:41AM

    Sounds like the weather zapped your enthusiasm :) I suppose that happens from time to time - to feel like just another race. You are a hero to all of us, great tri! Good luck on the next one!!!

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BARBIETEC 7/27/2011 5:37AM

    Congratulations with the tri.

I hope your next Tri will be more enjoyable and I hope you are glad that you did this one even though it was not the best race ever..

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/26/2011 7:25AM

    Jan, you did great considering the weather and the wheezing problems. I sure feel for you when you said "it kind of felt like a day at the office". For as passionate as I am about cycling, I've had a couple of days like that on the bike. Rest, recover, and recooperate - and you'll be back to doing what you like in no time.

It always works for me!

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BOBBYD31 7/24/2011 10:08PM

    your amazing jan! i hope your feeling better tonight, take care of yourself my friend

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LOGOULD 7/24/2011 9:44PM

    Just showing up with the heat we've had is a big accomplishment and to tough it out even though you weren't really into this one is admirable. I'd say all in all it was a very solid performance!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 7/24/2011 9:31PM

    Wow, I think that is great! Although your heart was not in it, you did it and I think that is pretty cool! The weather was rough today, hot and humid. I'm proud of you and think you are inspiring!

Have an awesome week!

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MIAMIA7 7/24/2011 8:48PM

    Great job Jan. It is terrible to work out or compete in this weather.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/24/2011 8:22PM

    Wow, you did amazing in this heat!

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Just a few things

Monday, July 04, 2011

I have been registered with imapmyfitness.com since 2007 but never really used it. I just found out I can import my Garmin into it. Cool.

Also, when I did the Motor City triathlon I was wheezing during the swim. Well, it is called exercise induced asthma, so I - without prompting from anyone - went to the doctor and he prescribed an inhaler ... the time of my morning run (hills and all) went from 43 min to 39 min. Morale of my story - when something is not right - you should see your health care provider.

  
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BARBIETEC 7/5/2011 5:47PM

    My astma inhaler helps me a lot when I run and I can feel how I breath deeper to my lungs. I guess there is a reason it is not allowed in races. I always take the inhaler before a run and race when it is cold outside, or I am not good with my breathing. Sometimes it is good not to be first in races :) so no one cares if I take asthma medicine or not :)

Hope it will help you!

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LOGOULD 7/5/2011 11:46AM

    Oooo, convicting! I always think I need to b near death or quickly heading that way before I go to see a Dr.....maybe I can learn something from you on that one! Cool finding out about the Garmin and mapmyrun. I'm sure that the gadgets I have will do much more than I use them for, but I still become quikly discouraged when they don't do as I expect them to.

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ERLYWA 7/4/2011 10:57PM

    I have the same asthma problem...compounded during allergy season as well. I never run without my inhaler!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/4/2011 10:52PM

    Nice to know that you are taking care of yourself. It really does make a difference!

Happy 4th to you, Jan.

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Does healthy lifestyle equate weight loss?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

As you know, I love reading other people's blogs because I learn so much from them, and I learn about people. I have learned a lot about physical and emotional suffering as I read blogs and postings. I also learn alot about positive things. So, I continue to read blogs.

This is a random collection of thoughts.

A blog I read recently really made me think, and made me ask the question (and you have heard me editorialize over this before), but does healthy lifestyle really equate weight loss?

Personally I think weight loss is a byproduct of healthier lifestyle, because once you start eating healthier (quality and quantity) things start to change.

Another blog I read recently was talking about - I am training for such and such - but I am not losing weight. hmmm. Are you adding more calories because your hunger patterns have changed?

Yesterday I talked with a long time friend of mine who has returned to the gym. He made an interesting statement. He said - work was in the way of me working out - or I made work get in my way to work out. The observation is quite significant. Because what made us get to the point where we started the search for help (in this case Spark People). I am sure you have seen the comment 'I have had a problem with my weight all my life' or 'I have had a problem with my weight since high school'. Have you ever sat down and meditated over why you have had that problem? For most there may be a cause - did something happen? And in continuation what made you decide to change this? Is it because someone else (spouse, family member, friend, doctor) told you to lose weight? What is the purpose of losing weight? Health and wellbeing? what you look at when you look at the mirror? What is more important to you - weight loss or healthy lifestyle?

The next challenge is your surroundings. What happens when you start your healthy lifestyle? Will you be sabotaged by the people you live with - will they support you? And then when you start to work out, living healthier you MAY start to change - you MAY start to get more attention from others because you look healthier - you feel healthier - you appear healthier ... but was that the reason why you did it?

I know I am rambling and I am all over the board, BUT as you go through the process of a healthier life style I want you to keep in mind that there is a balance between fit soul and fit body (book by Mark Allen) and that balance has to be maintained ... therefore if your soul is fit - your body is more likely to be fit. If you lead a more healthy lifestyle - you are likely to lose weight.

my philosophy is :
swim2live
ride2live
run2live
three disciplnes - one mission - one goal.

  
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DAVEINSEOUL 6/4/2011 6:36AM

    Great post - I would definately agree with the bike2live - but sometimes I feel like I live to bike :-).

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LADYGWEN25 5/29/2011 9:14AM

    Great thought and observations... LOVE your philosophy... My first Triatholon is coming up on 7/2..I choose it for a reason... not for degree of difficulty.. Which i'm told the biking is one of the hardest in our area.. But because it will be my own personal independence day. :)

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ON2VICTORY 5/28/2011 10:07PM

    you made alot of great observations. i have had to dig deep and ask myself those hard questions before I made any real progress. as far as the sabotage issue, i think my addiction to running has pretty much squashed that problem. I run alone, train alone and rack up many lonely miles alone, therefore I am not really dependant on people and any unknowing attempts to sabotage my efforts. I guess i have dug down to that happy place so many times by myself that it makes me kinda independant.

great post.

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LOGOULD 5/28/2011 6:02PM

    Although I am very greatful for having lost weight with Spark People, I am even more grateful for all that I have gained. You articulated it much better than I ever could, but in the process of doing what I needed to do to lose weight, I had to address some other issues....more mental and emotional and found that by keeping the mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual as well as physical balance in my life, the weight loss became a by product of my efforts. Thanks for posting this Jan....looking forward to coninuing this journey with you!

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/28/2011 9:02AM

    Great questions to reflect on while running, biking, swimming to live! LOVE IT!

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HALFFAST 5/23/2011 7:27PM

    Great post!

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SYNCHRODAD 5/23/2011 7:20PM

    Smart blog. My gut is directly related to my level of activity, especially aerobic activity. Less work out, more gut out. "Work" does get in the way of my working out. Your blog is well said. To it, I would add, "Most of us know what to do, we just don't do it." John Rowley. That would be me too..

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CANBDONE 5/23/2011 3:32PM

    A closer walk with Christ has been the exercise that has made the greatest impact on my Wellness Journey. As we give ourselves permission to release the extra pounds, we give ourselves permission to take off another layer of insulation.

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BARBIETEC 5/23/2011 3:07PM

    Love that post!

Thank you!!!

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TIGGER622 5/23/2011 2:18PM

    I have always struggled with this balance... I'm gonna go pick up that book! Thanks Jan!

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BILLALEX70 5/22/2011 7:11PM

    Good post!

I think you know where I stand on all of this.

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TTLEELEE 5/22/2011 5:49PM

    Hey Jan,

You already know I like your 3 disciplines. I have a question though, why is there not a 4th which can make just as much impact? - eat2live. What you eat is a key to health also, don't you think? [Then I'll put for a 5th - rest2live emoticon]

You always get me thinking!! THANKS!
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LAURAWILLBEFIT 5/22/2011 3:50PM

    Very interesting!
Now you got me thinking too!
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LKEITHO 5/22/2011 10:24AM

    You make some good points. I think not knowing WHY we want something can often result in not getting there. And being clear about WHAT we want is just as important. Your points on thinking these things thru and working towards a "fit body, fit soul" are key to getting where we want to be in life. Thanks!

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MBSHAZZER 5/22/2011 8:47AM

    Great post, Jan! I think it really depends... for example, my boyfriend is overweight, even though we lead a very healthy lifetstyle. He has an active job, goes to the gym regularly, and we eat very well. His brother on the other hand drinks 2 two liter bottles of regular coke a day and smokes like a fiend. He's not overweight at all, but I guarantee, he's not as healthy as my boyfriend.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/22/2011 8:14AM

    I am here getting healthier...I had been told by the doctor to eat less and walk more. i didn't want to diet.....because they make you fat! I found the site when looking for info about carbs, and there was so much stuff on here I joined and have not looked back. However, although I have clocked up a 30lb weight loss there is a lot more going on in my head...self esteem and self awareness that no fat club in a local hall could provide. The anonymity of our Spark friends allows for support without any hidden agenda and the chance to be supportive without offense.
I hope you are feeling much healthier since your spark journey started, you are obviously thinking about how you are treating your body
best wishes, Sandra

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GABSTER26 5/22/2011 7:47AM

    I think that you are right - a positive change in lifestyle is likely to result in weight loss - but not at 5 pounds a week or some ridiculous thing - more like 1 or less a week which is the healthy way to do it.

But I also think that we avoid what we don't like doing by being busy doing what we dislike less - so we need to find joy in what is good for our bodies and minds and souls. So if you don't like running then for Gods sake don't run - find something else to do that makes you feel good. So that means that sometimes we invest more than enough time on something that deserves less time. Workaholics avoid relationships and responsibilities that lay elsewhere.....for example!

Once upon a time our work was our work out - farmers are a good example - living a hard life one filled with physical exsersion most of us can not imagine - of course nowadays with automation that physical aspect is different - but generally speaking most of us lead a sedentary life - machines do a lot for us now. So we must find some physical activity that makes us feel good all over.

We have to re:think our lifestyle - re:invent it - so that we can live a healthier life and hopefully a fuller life.

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DDOORN 5/22/2011 7:46AM

    People, places & things (or activities) are always useful to sift through when looking to make lifestyle improvements.

Don

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The reward of paying forward

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.

  
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BIGOLEDIVA 5/9/2011 5:52PM

    THis is GREAT! So nice when you get the see the ripple effect your actions have had.

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BETHHRSN 5/9/2011 11:14AM

  awesome what an impact a medal could make!

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CLS413 5/8/2011 5:19PM

    That is a great story, I especially love the idea of all those kids who are taking a more active interest in fitness.
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CORNERKICK 5/8/2011 2:45PM

  Awesome story

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SEDONACAT 5/8/2011 8:35AM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for making a difference in others' lives.

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ABB698 5/7/2011 6:52PM

    What an amazing story! Your paying it forward really has great rewards and lasting effects on the community! Good on you!! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/7/2011 3:29PM

    emoticonWhat an honor to have your blog be featured this week.

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DEBLYNN323 5/7/2011 8:47AM

    emoticon...great inspiration!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/7/2011 8:00AM

    really cool story!
Just think of all the lives you have affected


I hope you at least take a picture of it for your own enjoyment of them ... you could also frame all of the pictures into one frame.
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GRAMMAALI 5/7/2011 7:59AM

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DROIDRUNNER 5/6/2011 4:55PM

    That is so incredibly awesome.

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LILPAT3 5/3/2011 11:13PM

    Outstanding! I too am in education and sometimes it is the littlest things that make the biggest impressions. Thank you!

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 5/3/2011 11:08PM

    Wow, this is AWESOME. :)

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DAVEINSEOUL 5/3/2011 10:49PM

    That is soooo cool!


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ROOT4HOME 5/3/2011 10:19PM

    Wow! What a terrific story of spreading the "spark", if you will! emoticon

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BILLALEX70 5/3/2011 6:52PM

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/3/2011 5:20PM

    Awesome, indeed!

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JOPAPGH 5/3/2011 3:40PM

    Great story. Have you shared it with the race organizers?

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LYNNANN43 5/3/2011 3:00PM

    emoticon Pay It Forward Story, Jan!

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BOBBYD31 5/3/2011 12:57PM

    jan that is an awesome story this is just one of the reasons you were MOD a few weeks ago! you are a fantastic giving person that i am honored to call my friend!

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TIGGER622 5/3/2011 11:32AM

    how VERY cool!!! It is amazing to hear other sparked with the desire to become healthier! Keep it up - you are such an inspiration!

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GSDMIKE 5/3/2011 11:26AM

    Nice story. That's gotta feel good.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/3/2011 7:43AM

    Another inspiring story...you are infectious.

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DDOORN 5/2/2011 10:25PM

    Now THAT'S what this journey is all about! What an AWESOME deal Jan!

Thank you for being there and inspiring so many whether directly or indirectly! It's all golden!

Don

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L3DESIGNS 5/2/2011 10:07PM

    Absolutely amazing! What a wonderful story... thanks for sharing

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B-N-ME 5/2/2011 9:41PM

    None of us ever fully know the impact we have on those around us. Good to hear that your giving has resulted in such a positive response.

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ETTEZEUS 5/2/2011 9:40PM

    I love reading heartwarming blogs!
Thanks so much for sharing this!

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LALAFLOWERS 5/2/2011 9:32PM

    WOW... wonder if the marathon organizing crew would ever have imagined that the medal they hand out would have had such an effect on others! Very impressive! Great choice for your sharing ways!



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DREBENEZER 5/2/2011 9:24PM

    Jan, simply fantastic!!

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CALIDREAMER76 5/2/2011 9:22PM

    Jan, thank-you for being you! You inspire more than you will ever know - your life IS forward pay!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 5/2/2011 9:21PM

    Simply incredible Jan!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! If she's looking for another school to contact; let me know. Some of my family & I ran an "inaugural" 2 miler to raise funds for my great-nephew's elementary school & it was so well organized I was hugely impressed. They had great sponsorship & many fams did the run together!!

Let me know if your friend would like an email of the husband/wife team organizers. I'll get it from my niece.

Keep paying it forward pal! You'll never regret it; can't outgive God! :)

HUG!

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LAURIE5658 5/2/2011 9:13PM

    Jan, you are an incredible person and you have touched so many lives. You have touched mine so unselfishly. Thank you so much for being you.

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EDWINA172 5/2/2011 8:42PM

    That is awesome. I love the ripples of your actions. You are touching more lives than you'll ever realize. Your life is a gift to others.

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IRISHLASS117 5/2/2011 8:40PM

    Bravo Warrior! You paid it forward in a big way.

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LKEITHO 5/2/2011 8:40PM

    How great is that! Congratulations on having such a great effect on people.

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on being selected as MOD

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dear friends,
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.

  
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TIGGER622 4/25/2011 10:26AM

    You are amazing!!! So lucky to have met you :)

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BAKER1009 4/25/2011 8:04AM

    Great blog! Thanks, and again, congrats!

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ROOT4HOME 4/24/2011 10:13PM

    Congratulations Jan on being MOD!!! emoticon

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JEM0622 4/24/2011 9:07PM

    You were so supportive of me in a non-weight loss sense during my FIL's illness and death. And you ensure that your fitness choices give back to those who we must not forget and that is very commendable. Congrats on being MOD! emoticon

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B-N-ME 4/24/2011 6:08PM

    Hey friends, it's that special somethin' you give that inspires others, and motivates them to never give up.

In my darkest hour, you were the person who didn't give up on me, my anchor when the storms were pulling me under...so perhaps my perspective is a little different than some, but I have seen the notes you leave, and it matters not what the issue is for anyone, Jan is putting his mind to trying to help find a solution.

I truly mean it when I say, the world is a far better place because you are in it!

Congratulations on the much deserved award!


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MIAMIA7 4/24/2011 5:23PM

    Jan-Congratulations! And yes, it is deserved!

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2WHEELER 4/24/2011 3:36PM

    Congratulations; it's a well-deserved honor.

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L3DESIGNS 4/24/2011 3:35PM

    Congrats!

Your post is so true. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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JOPAPGH 4/24/2011 2:25PM

    Congratulations on the recognition. Well deserved!

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MOMONTHERUN1 4/24/2011 10:40AM

    Congrats to being MOD!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/24/2011 10:26AM

    Please forgive me Jan for not noticing about you being MOD. You have always been a motivator for me - especially since my injury. I think about you a lot and what you have done for me.

So Spark was a little late on choosing you to be MOD. To me you are MF (Motivator Forever) emoticon

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DDOORN 4/24/2011 12:13AM

    Thank you Jan for all those ever-important "North Star" reminders!

Don

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BROWNIEISLANDER 4/23/2011 11:53PM

    Keep on doing great emoticon emoticon

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MEYLOSE 4/23/2011 11:50PM

    Congrats!!! on being MOD!!!!

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CALIDREAMER76 4/23/2011 11:29PM

    Again you display wisdom. Congratulations my friend!

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IZATRAVELER 4/23/2011 10:33PM

    Congratulations.

I read your blog for the first time today after seeing the link when I was looking at someone else's SP page. Your comments and questions for us to ask ourselves about how we got to SP were very thought-prevoking. The past few days I have be slipping a bit--food more than exercise--and I need to re-group and get back on track. Thanks for your inspiration. emoticon

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 4/23/2011 10:17PM

    Enjoy the recognition and enjoy it!
It was nice for me to see someone who I actually recognized. You are such an inspiration!

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BOBBYD31 4/23/2011 10:00PM

    congrats jan! you ARE a true motivator. your blog makes me think.
happy easter, my friend

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ETTEZEUS 4/23/2011 8:59PM

    Love this blog! Very thought provoking!


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JUST_TRI_IT 4/23/2011 8:58PM

    Enjoy the recognition.. YOu deserve it!

:)
Diane

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BILLALEX70 4/23/2011 8:45PM

    Congrats on being MOD!

I understand the INFLUX of mail, messages and goodies tied to that responsibility; I was MOD a couple weeks ago.

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MEGA_MILES 4/23/2011 8:12PM

    You are so right. But most are too afraid!!!!

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ELYMWX 4/23/2011 7:13PM

    Well said, Jan. Congratulations.

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