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Health update

Sunday, July 19, 2009

On Wednesday I met with the nutritionist. I also had my blood drawn to see where my cholesterol and fasting blood sugar is.

I was very pleased to find out the FBS is 93. Remember it was elevated and I was pre-diabetic. My cholesterol and tri glycerides are falling .. so is my HDL, which is not good. I have been asked to be part of a study at the Cleveland Clinic (where I get my care) to look at high fiber intake and HDL.

Now, I believe clinical trials saves lives, so I am all for it and will gladly participate.

My weight is stationary, and I am looking at ways to change that.

  
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LULUBELLE1102 8/8/2009 6:50PM

    Please Jan I would be very much interested in updates. And I will drink to Irish's idea.

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TRAINOF4 7/29/2009 10:05PM

    That's great news about your FBS. I'm glad to read that you're participating in research. I'm a big supporter of clinical trials, they do save lives & also make lives healthier. Yaay you!

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AMCG2002 7/20/2009 11:45PM

    This is so interesting. I actually can't wait until my annual physical to see where my numbers are compared to last fall (Remember, I was three months post-partum). My blood sugar has always been good, but my cholesterol numbers were all creeping up. I'd be very interested to know more about the study because I'm obsessive about getting lots of fiber the way other people are obsessive about carbs or protein. Do you know what effects they are studying?

Thanks for sharing this information.

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/19/2009 1:53PM

    Interesting to be part of a study! It's great to see that things are improving and that you are continuing to take care of your health!

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IRISHLASS117 7/19/2009 9:58AM

    Almost there Warrior. Looks like things are finally shaping up with the labs. Now if you were me a glass of red wine each day is suppose to boost the HDL. Being Italian I know this for a fact.



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Sparks flying in Mansfield (Ohio).

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dear fellow sparker. When I talk about sparks were flying in Mansfield, it was because 5 sparkers got together for a ride in Mansfield (Ohio), on a multipurpose trail. It was AMCG2002 (anne), ROOKIERIDER (Nancy), Bill (BILLALEX70), John (JOPAPGH) and Ed, a friend of Bill's, who is not on the list.

John and I drove down yesterday, and stayed overnight. We met the rest of the gang at about 7:30am and were ready to ride about 8. Great 34 miles out and back on a multipurpose trail. It was shady and partly over cloudy to overcast, and the temperature was perfect. It was fun to get to ride a little bit with everyone and to get to talk and get to become acquainted with folks you have only communicated with online.

As we rode back, I broke a spoke, and had to make a 'pit stop' at the local bike store. A very nice bike store located at a place where you would not think of a bike store - however my spoke was fixed and I eyes a sale, so what did I buy - a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses 50% off. (pretty cool, eh?)

We got back to the cars, and it was time to get some food. After a break Nancy and John decided to head off for lunch while the rest of us started to roll out. Well the first half was completed in average 18.6 mph (not infrequently 23-24 mph on the course). The trip home was a little slower (avg 17.8 I think it was - I did not reset my computer) because of the head wind... and again we frequently reached 23-25 miles, but had to stop a lot because of stop signs.

We changed clothes ... and said goodbye - I went to Bob Evans for an omelette (needed the protein) ... and then back to Cleveland ....

To everyone THANK YOU... this was a lot of fun. For sure we will be back riding together again. Thanks to our families for letting us do this!

See you all soon.

  
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ROOKIERIDER 7/19/2009 12:42PM

    I had a great time. Everyone was so nice and I learned a lot from everyone. I'm looking forward to the next ride.

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DDOORN 7/18/2009 11:27PM

    What a SUPER SPARKIN' TIME you all must have had!

I'm jealous all over! :-)

Don

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BILLALEX70 7/18/2009 11:19PM

    First, IRISHLASS no one wants to see ME on a bike naked!

Second, John the picture is posted on the cycling team.

Most importantly, this was great fun! It was great to meet people and put names, faces, professions, likes/dislikes, all together. Anne and I met for a ride back in late Spring and hit it off and enjoy (at least I do) our riding together. The miles go by more fluidly when you have someone along.

Jan, you are a wealth of knowledge for training and nutrition.

I look forward for our next ride.

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AMCG2002 7/18/2009 10:10PM

    I had a great time with all of you! It was fun getting to know others in person. We will definitely have to do something similar again!

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JOPAPGH 7/18/2009 9:23PM

    It was fun. Great to put real names and faces with the SP names...

Pictures?

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IRISHLASS117 7/18/2009 6:56PM

    Was this the practice ride for the Naked Bike Ride? heehee


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Another metric century in the book

Sunday, July 12, 2009

It was an absolutely perfect day for a bike ride. Sunshine and the temp maxed out in the mid seventies.

The ride was in Amish country (Medina and Summit counties). I started out with some of my fellow team in training alumni - 6 to be exact... after about 10 miles two of us were way ahead of the rest of them and decided to go on. Michelle and I rode the next 10 miles. She had do a short cut because she had to be somewhere at a certain time. Oh well, I was on my own then, but I enjoyed the ride a lot. Met some folks and hung with them.

Came in at noon for a total time of 4:30 hrs - including stops ... I am OK with that. First 10 miles slowed things down.

Next weekend I am going to Mansfield (between Cleveland and Columbus). There will be at least four Sparkers for the Saturday ride. It will be fun to meet others and ride our bikes together. I will more than likely 'ride' a report.

Have a most wonderful week.

  
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BILLALEX70 7/12/2009 8:14PM

    Nothing better than a perfect day in the saddle.

I'm looking forward to our get together next weekend as well. Let's hope the forecast stays 'as-is' and it'll be perfect.

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LIMELITESHINES 7/12/2009 3:30PM

    Awesome day! 60 miles (did I read that right?) is fantastic! :) I hope to be there soon . . . I'm pushing 30 right now (in about 3+ hours) . . so I probably need to go on my own a bit more, as I ride with a slow group.

Enjoy the rest of this spectacular day!

Ps . . . ran 3 miles straight on Friday. FIrst time ever! :) ~M

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Interesting

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Some people know I work within the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Recently CNN.com did an article on the institution I found worth sharing here

"The clinic staff tries to set an example: Yoga classes on the roof; exercise facilities; healthier choices in both the staff and public cafeteria; walking routes in the halls and on the grounds; a policy that forbids hiring smokers.

So far, CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove says the staff has lost a combined 75,000 pounds -- an emphasis on wellness that he says will without a doubt lower the hospital's own health care costs.

"Seventy percent of the cost in health care is from chronic disease," Cosgrove told us in an interview at his Cleveland Clinic office. "And chronic diseases come from really three big things -- from obesity, from lack of exercise and from smoking. And it also results in 40 percent of the premature deaths in the United States. So we have to do something as a nation to begin to deal with all those.""

The weight loss is based on the employees who are in the programs offered by the Cleveland Clinic, and does not include people who does it on their own. It will be interesting to see what impact it has long term, because the institution have a sizable sample size to publish outcome data.

You may have read my musings about the scale. Look at yourself when you started and look at you today.... these are examples
- feel better
- less blood pressure medication
- mood is better
- diabetes medication adjusted
- more energy...

if you are still reading - keep up the good work, and I am glad you are taking care of you.

  
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BUCKETTE 6/22/2009 6:21AM

    Wanted to comment how the company I work for not only has a great fitness center and we're able to use the local city pool. But they've also started having a vendor come in once a week that sells fresh fruits and veggies right here at work. We have weight watchers come in for meetings. More people need to take advantage of what the company offers.

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BUCKETTE 6/22/2009 6:17AM

    Lu Ann told me to be sure to read your blog and I'm glad I did. Especially the one prior to your newest one. We do get caught up in #'s and not the overall picture.

thanks for the reminder and your advice over the months.

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BILLALEX70 6/21/2009 5:42PM

    Here, here!

I've never had to take medicines due to my obesity or ever felt that I couldn't do just about anything. The one thing that the weight kept me from was LIVING! Living a normal life. Living in fear of not fitting into a seat at the theater. Living the life of a BLOB. NO MORE! I've shed most of my FAT suit and I'm now living my life.

Always a pleasure to stop by you page Jan.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/21/2009 5:09PM

    Thanks LuAnn for the comment.

Grace - if health care finance was that simple ... I am glad that someone is taking the initiative. The Cleveland Clinic is not the first. There are other big companies who have done it before them, but you are right - it is nice to see a health care organization lead by example.



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LULUBELLE1102 6/21/2009 10:27AM

    Jan,
The Cleveland Team is fortunate and proud to have you as part of our team. You always give us such good information. You may at times think we aren't listening but we are. I myself have incorporated many of you suggestions into my lifestyle and yes it has made a difference. So, if I haven't said it lately let me say it now load and clear THANK YOU!
Lu Ann

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JOPAPGH 6/21/2009 9:17AM

    I do some work for Highmark, a Blue Cross affiliate here in Pittsburgh, Very similar story there. State of the art work out facilities, healthy cafeteria food, all kinds of walking route options and yes, even weight loss competitions.

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GRACE612 6/21/2009 8:27AM

    Maybe if they are lowering health care costs for the CC employees, they can pass the savings down to the patients.... emoticon But you're right, no matter what it's a lifestyle change and I'm glad that CC is setting an example.

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IRISHLASS117 6/21/2009 8:09AM

    Again, it's a change in lifestyle that leads to a better life, a good life. We get that.

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The scale

Friday, June 19, 2009

You thought you were going to read something about how I have lost so many lbs.... didn't you?

You are not!

I have looked at a lot of SP pages and I am really surprised what I read. Everyone talks about healthier lifestyle, eating right, execising etc etc... and then how do you measure it... the scale.

I am provocative now - you are a prisoner of the scale!!!!

Here is an exercise for you. Think about where you were when you started this journey - and you are not allowed to use the word weight or scale, and then look at you now.

Blood pressure
Cholesterol
Blood sugar
Back pain
.... ohh, you didn't have a physical - perhaps this was something to consider.
happiness/unhappiness
relationships
clothes size
acivitity levels
how easy do I get fatigued....

.... and the list goes on. It is not about the scale. It is about a lifestyle makeover and living healthier. That you can't measure on the scale.

live while you have life to live
love while you have love to give
... make it a great day.

  
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BILLALEX70 6/19/2009 8:45PM

    Preach on brother.

When I started 15 minutes on the treadmill at 2.5 miles per hour exhausted me; now I can RUN 5K's. I'm sure it never crossed that guy's mind to jump on a bike and ride 100 miles, but this new me is up for the challenge.

I may still weigh in weekly to monitor my progress, but it doesn't define me. I've lost more weight than most people ever start with, but I've earned every loss with hard work and sweat equity.

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GRACE612 6/19/2009 7:18PM

    emoticon Great thoughts to ponder!

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GRANDMAMOORE 6/19/2009 7:29AM

    What a nice way to look at life. Right on the mark. I salute you!! emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 6/19/2009 7:27AM

    Amen Warrior.

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