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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I went through my list of friends and much to my surprise many of my SP friends have not logged on for a long time - lives change ... goals change ... people move to other 'networks' (i.e. Facebook, MFP etc) - perhaps it is time to re-evaluate what I am doing here!

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SEEHOLZ 8/20/2013 4:37PM

    I'm not as active, but its nice to check in with people :-)

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 8/20/2013 12:35PM

    Hi Jan. I've been away from SP for a while, but am slowly getting back into my good habits. We added onto our house and that took up so much time and energy. I've now got a nice, decent kitchen and I love preparing delicious, healthy foods for the three of us.

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SIXFOOT1 8/7/2013 3:22PM

    I took 2 years off. Don't know whether life or an injured foot are to blame. :-/ But I returned to SP when the scale hit my highest weight ever. I almost feel like a faker being on the multisport team, now that I haven't raced in almost two years (also thought about taking the bumper stickers off my car). But I'm going to stick on here anyway, in my quest to get back on track!

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    I am here still. I finally returned to Goal weight and now need to focus on strength. I start half training this coming Tuesday....Full training will begin in January.

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BILLALEX70 8/7/2013 9:40AM

    Work had us using MFP and I do like the phone app much better than the SP app.

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MBSHAZZER 8/7/2013 9:27AM

    WORK! Gets in the way of a lot of other good stuff! I make sure I always check in on SP to log my mileage though, even if I am not that active on the boards anymore...

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/7/2013 6:43AM

    Thanks for the comments.

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GREENGENES 8/7/2013 12:21AM

    I don't remember if we are "friends" or not but with your Red Wing background we should be. I slipped away for several months when several conferences and other travel got it the way. Every time I venture away from SP I quickly slip back into old habits. I gained almost 15 pounds in 4 months. Re-engaging always gets me back on track and I hope to soon be back to where I should be. I hope you (and I) can stick around for the long haul.

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ETTEZEUS 8/6/2013 9:45PM

    I went away for awhile and ended up gaining almost 15 pounds! Been back at SP since June and already lost 10 pounds.
I'm sticking around.

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BOBBYD31 8/6/2013 9:22PM

    i know what you mean but the ones that are still active are the ones that matter right now we do our best to support each other. i do know that attendance drops in the summer

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LYNNANN43 8/6/2013 8:39PM

    Life was really busy for a while, but I've recommitted to SP!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/6/2013 6:29PM

    I've missed hearing from you. What's been going on in your life?

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B-N-ME 8/6/2013 5:25PM

    I know I was away from here for a year. Life got busy and stressful, then trying to find the time to do everything on here I felt I needed added to the stress.

What are you doing on here? I don't know but if I recall correctly, you are a huge source of encourage$ent to others.

Keep on beibg the person, that alone fulfils a need of many.

Take care

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DDOORN 8/6/2013 4:07PM

    It's a shame to see folks moving on from SP, but I've been very pleased with the folks who stick around...hope you'll continue to be one of them! :-)


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Trying a new formula

Saturday, May 11, 2013

This morning i tried a new combo - MAF training ( and Generation Ucan (

Why you may ask:
It is an excellent way of training aerobic - most people train too hard/fast. It is a much more efficient way for the heart to work. WARNING - if you do the MAF method - you will find you are much slower than your normal pace, but with time that resolve. I have great app where I can follow the heart beat and it will graph it.

Why generatiion ucan? I have been meaning to try it for a long time. In my book it has some physiological properties that fits what I want to accomplish with my fuel.

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MOMGETSSPARK 5/20/2013 7:39AM

    Sounds like a great system.

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DDOORN 5/13/2013 9:59AM

    Doubt I'll ever get up to such endeavors, Jan, but always appreciate new info & resources!


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2WHEELER 5/11/2013 5:32PM

    Very interesting--I had not heard of him or his method. I've been using the Galloway's walk/run method for any run an hour or longer & for all of the half marathons, which probably keeps my heart rate lower than all-running, but I haven't tracked my heart rate consistently.

Keep posting and let us know how it goes.

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BOBBYD31 5/11/2013 2:03PM

    have to check it out

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/11/2013 10:51AM

    I have done Maffetone style running twice now, both times to great benefit. Since I do run/walk anyway, I simply set an alarm on my Garmin and walked when it went off, then resumed running when it dropped below the threshold. My goal was to keep the heart rate as level as possible. I ran by time, rather than distance, which really taught my brain how to maintain an easy pace. That had real carry over benefits.

I have a goal race on 1 June and then plan to spend the summer with Maffetone running.

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Gettysburg to DC relay run (4.26.13-4.27.13)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fellow Sparkers - at 7am next Friday (4.26.13) the 2013 American Odyssey Relay will kickoff in Gettysburg. It is a 200 mile relay run which will take the runners into Washington DC. The route can be found at
and individual legs at

If you find yourself in the mood to cheer on these runners who do this for all kind of reasons check out the route. I will be on a team called Northern Ohio Cancer Crushers. You can recognize us wearing the characteristic 'team in training - leukemia and lymphoma society' tee's or singlets. For us it is a FUNraising event (yes, no D) - we all met at TNT but wants to go out and have fun running yet have a challenge.

Bring your loud voices, cowbells and other inspirational tool and come out and cheer on all of us.

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SEEHOLZ 4/21/2013 1:08PM

    WOW - awesome! I love what you do to help others- you are beyond amazing Jan!

Have a blast :-) I'll be thinking of the NOCC next Friday- go crush them!

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Garmin and Sparkpeople

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I have been using a Garmin device for a long time. I sync it with a website (since I am not in to promotion of specific products - I will leave it nameless).

I am sure I am not the only SP user who use a Garmin (or any electronic device to monitor walk, run, or bike activities) and download the GPS data for either record, or analysis.

I love the spark community and want to help the SP website to stay competitive with apps and other website. So, I wrote to SP and suggested that they work with Garmin to have to develop an electronic interface with the Spark website. (I don't think such an interface exist) - rather than manually entry to your SP page.

If you are a Garmin (or user of another electronic device with download capability) perhaps we can 'unite' and have the interface created.

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RDLONG03 4/6/2014 12:47AM

  just adding my support to the idea of being able to import data from garmin. I generally work out 5-10+ hours a week, and love the fact that my Garmin (310XT) takes care of all the data entry for me.

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KTAYCA1 1/1/2014 10:20AM

  OH YEAH ! This is exactly what I'm looking for too! I am looking for the right online community which combines healthy eating and fitness tracking--if I'm gonna track mg of sodium in my food, I'm gonna track real calories and heart rate in my fitness. SP has a great community and I would LOVE for them to work with Garmin.

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DDHEART 8/6/2013 9:46PM

    Doh! I can't believe I never thought of this myself. I love the fact that my fitbit syncs with Sparkpeople and simplifies my tracking. I reserve my Garmin for my running specifically and track my runs on the training center which of course allows me to keep close tabs on a lot of the things that are important to me for my training but it would be really nice if this also synced with SP. And being able to track gear? OMG that would be great too!

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ETTEZEUS 8/6/2013 9:44PM

    Agree!! Would love to sync my Garmin with SP!!

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BOBBYD31 8/6/2013 9:24PM

    awesome idea

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2WHEELER 5/11/2013 5:43PM

    Great idea!! I use a Garmin and would love to have it interface with SparkPeople.

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JOPAPGH 5/8/2013 9:22AM

    Agree on the Garmin interface and gear tracker enhancements.

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MBSHAZZER 4/20/2013 12:56PM

    I totally agree! Also, I like to use mapmyrun to keep track of the mileage on my shoes. I would LOVE it if Spark incorporate a gear tracking function as well. Map My Run totally underestimates my calorie burn - so even though I am using it only for shoe mileage, it is still demoralizing to have run 10 miles and have MMR tell me I've burned 350 calories!! :D

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MOMGETSSPARK 4/20/2013 8:16AM

    I tried to use the map program the other day for a walk at our local park with a huge loop. I never thought about using the Garmin. I would love that as I hate another app I got that emails me constantly, yet doesn't work half the time when I am out.

I would definitely love something that links with the Spark website!!!!! emoticon

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Support for Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What happened in Boston yesterday have affected all of us.

At the London marathon this weekend finishers will show support for Boston by holding their hand over their heart.

Here is an idea - when you run a race and you want to pay tribute to the runners, the injured, the first responders - whom ever you want to honor ... run the very last part (30-40 yards) of your run with the hand over your heart.

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SANDYLOVE8 4/16/2013 10:34PM

    That's a great idea emoticon

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ELSCO55 4/16/2013 10:33PM

    A good idea.

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TRACYLYNN853 4/16/2013 10:24PM

    Such a tragedy.

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ANNELIZABETH918 4/16/2013 10:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I will try this for my 5K in June. emoticon

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HARROWJET 4/16/2013 10:18PM

    I like that idea.

Judy emoticon

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LEANIE64 4/16/2013 10:16PM

    I love this idea..I am going to participate in a run in May..I will do just that..what a great idea..Thanks !

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