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Sparkpeople on CNN

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

check out this website for the story
www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/24/sparkp
eople.fitness/index.html?hpt=C2

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/25/2010 6:03AM

    Thanks - what a great article

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DDOORN 2/25/2010 12:12AM

    Thx for the head's up! Always a joy to see the SPARK spreading!

Don

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AMCG2002 2/24/2010 9:35PM

    Cool! Maybe now my friends will stop giving me that blank look when I tell them Sparkpeople has helped me so much through the last year. Thanks for posting the link.

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GRACE612 2/24/2010 9:17PM

    I've noticed lately that SP is showing up more and more in Magazines too!

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LAURIE5658 2/24/2010 9:00PM

    How awesome is that, Jan?!?! Thank you for posting this cuz I forgot about it.

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My 2010 ski vacation ...

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I returned to NE Ohio last night, where it was much colder than it ever was during the week in MT. However, I returned with some fabulous memories.

With the exception of 2007, while my niece Amanda was in the middle of her chemo for her leukemia, we have been skiing every year since 2002. Yes, I learned to ski downhill in 2002, at the age of 49, after some friend had bugged us to go skiing with them for years. At first, we told the people who invited that 'they were on drugs' - then we caved in, and a new world opened. I learned to ski at Whistler, BC. (Advise to anyone who wants to learn to ski - go to a big ski place and learn to ski. The instructors are outstanding and that is the reason I learned - and got excited about skiing). If you don't know where Whistler is - you will soon. Winter olympics. In fact, last year I was on the men's downhill course... at a much more leisurely pace LOL.

This year, like the others, was a blast. There were 12 of us (the owners included) in the same house, and although a lot of calories were burned on the slopes, the scale was up 5 lbs this morning. Part of that could well be sodium and water retention. But skiing, can cardio get better than that.

Our friends house is in Moonlight basin, close to the exclusive Yellowstone Club. The snow this year could have been better, but groomed well. Not a lot of people skiing (when did you feel you had a mountain to yourself).

The first days were grey. Thursday was blue bird, and Friday almost blue bird. The best skiing - long slopes and nice weather was Friday.

I could go on - but will save you the pain of a long post. However, I will offer a couple of advise.

1. Skiing is tough, particularly on the lower body. If you are a beginner or an experienced athletes - make sure your lower body work out gets in focus before you go. It is tough on your legs.
2. Most ski areas are at an altitude. Make sure you are well hydrated before you go, and hydrate well while skiing. Think hydration systems (i.e. Camelbak).
3. Make sure you eat well (bring snacks i.e. Powerbars or the like).
4.Spend time and money on lessons either to learn basic skills or to get rid of your bad habits/learn new skills.

Unfortunately I did have an injury. A minor one (I think) ... The visibility (flat light) made it impossible to see some powder... and down I went ... well the powder wasn't as deep as I wanted, so when I went down - shoulder first - I got hurt. I (still) doubt anything is broken, but the top of my shoulder is sore... the test will be when I go swimming in the morning. My plan is two days of rest .... back to work and working out tomorrow!!!

  
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LIMELITESHINES 2/1/2010 1:55PM

    I'm going to give skiing a try again one day. LOL I generally tell people I'm too tall. . . so I have too far to fall. :D

Hope your shoulder is just a bruise and nothing more. Have a great week!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/1/2010 1:23PM

    Jan,

Glad you are back from your ski vacation. It sounds awesome. My hubby and son are headed to Whistler for son's spring break for skiing/snowboarding.

Hope your shoulder feels better by now.

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BILLALEX70 2/1/2010 12:49PM

    Glad to hear you had a great time.

I'd love to learn to ski, but have plenty of expensive hobbies right now. I hope that there isn't anything seriously wrong with the shoulder.

See you in the future!

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AMCG2002 1/31/2010 10:46PM

    Sounds like you had a great time, excluding the shoulder. I grew up skiing on the East Coast and always dreamed of beautiful powder. We had mostly well-groomed ice. I completely agree with your recommendation about lower body strength. 20 years later I can still remember my legs shaking at the end of long runs.

So, welcome back to lovely Ohio weather! The sun should reappear in a few months. ;-) I hope things with your shoulder will be okay. Getting in the pool will probably be a good test.

Welcome home!

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TTLEELEE 1/31/2010 10:28PM

    Welcome Home.

I'm not sure about the whole downhill thing. I would really like to try some cross country though.

I'm glad it was a great trip!

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CHERYLD02 1/31/2010 4:30PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful time!

I learned to ski back when I was 21..or at least I tried to learn..then I grabbed on the towrope to go back up the hill (at least a hill to me since I was a beginner) and I wiped out on the tow rope..I know..impossible but I did it. Caught the front of my ski on my girlfriend's ski ahead of me and we both went down..I got the worst..twisted my knee. Still gives me trouble every now and then but I'd sure like to try it again!

Was fun while it lasted!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/31/2010 1:35PM

    So glad you are promoting taking classes. I was an instructor from age 16, thru 22.. (basically how I paid for my addiction to down hill skiing when I was in high school and college)

It is easy to learn, if you have some one who knows how to explain it to you.. BUT skiing can be very dangerous if you just point your skiis downhill and hope for the best!

Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I jammed mine too this christmas, and it took a couple of weeks to not be sore. Tylenol, and not doing any major shoulder work. If swimming hurts, take it easy.

I am missing skiing right now with a foot of champagne powder outside my door... but I now live in Maryland, near the bay... and it is FLAT.. so no down hill skiing... no hills!(or at least not enough elevation to do more than complain on the uphill run!)

So jealous!!! L

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PURPLEALLY 1/31/2010 1:35PM

    impressive, learning to ski at 49
i'm chicken, i tell people i am too old to break a bone!
i will stick with downhill
thanks for sharing your ski vacation

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LAURIE5658 1/31/2010 10:40AM

    Jan, how wonderful (except shoulder...boo)! I tried skiing once and it is extremely challenging and I can see where you DO burn a ton of calores. My hubby failed the bunny hill and THAT was quite hilarious. I am so glad you had a chance to go to this Sparktastically awesome are and I can only imagine just how beautiful it truly is. Savor the memories and take care of the shoulder.

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DDOORN 1/31/2010 10:06AM

    Jan I would LOVE to ski...not necessarily downhill, but have been struggling with simply doing cross country skiing...my balance is so poor! Locally we have a park which rents cc skis, however our snow (even here in upstate NY!) is so spotty that the opportunities to get out and practice is VERY hit or miss. Another member of SparkPeople recently posted some youtube links which got me all psyched up with no place to ski...! Grrr!

Skiing, even the tame cross country type looks so exhilarating...I am SO drawn to it!

You are blessed to have such an outlet!

Don

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Why I don't go out to eat ...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The other day my wife and I went shopping. After the shopping we did not feel like going home and cook. We stopped by the 'cheescake factory' for dinner. My wife had a salad as an appetizer, a pasta dish and a glass of wine. I had a beet salad and grilled salmon with mashed potatoes, and broccoli. I had water. (Of course my wife only ate part and had the rest for lunch the next day and I only ate 1/3 of the mashed potatoes). We had not been dining out for some time - and when we got the bill &%$#@ ... now I understand why we don't eat out more often. - Close to seventy $'s. Holy cow. I now have one more reason why I don't go out to eat.

I have also been looking at my lunch and snacks at work... and I am proud to say I am consistently bringing my own. I don't like to prepare my lunches (I never have), but I am can see the value of it by knowing exactly what I am getting ....

  
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TRAINOF4 1/20/2010 6:39PM

    I'm with you on the cost of going out to eat. It's expensive & it's hard to stick with eating a healthy meal as well as the proper portions ... I've found inexpensive places to eat, but most of those seem to also be the highest in calories & fat etc.

When the weather is nice again you & your wife should put together a lovely picnic & go to your favorite park for a new way to "eat out." emoticon

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HEALTHYCHIC 1/17/2010 5:50PM

    Eating out is definitely my achilles heel (okay around here, i shouldn't use that phrase :) ). DH and i have tried to stay in more often and have been doing better with it.

I do like cheesecake factory and often go with the beet salad myself. But the bill can be pricey! i'd rather put it toward a new running gadget :). Or baby stuff these days.

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JOYINRUNNING08 1/13/2010 9:42AM

    WOW. That's craziness. Eating out brings up a host of issues, but yes, the most obvious being the money eating at home vs. out. It's often tripled and if not quadrupled. ::sigh:: So expensive.

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MUSCLEMOM_2 1/13/2010 8:34AM

    It IS expensive to our pocketbooks not to mention how it affects our health and can definitely hinder our efforts in the gym. Most cases, it's just NOT worth the calories! I think you can prepare a better meal at home and heck the cost of a ENTIRE bottle of wine is what you would pay for ONE glass!!!





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PURPLEALLY 1/13/2010 7:36AM

    70 bucks and there was only one glass of wine??????!!!!!
i hate blowing money like that too
i rarely go out to eat, only if i have a good deal but the other reason is i want to control what goes into my food
there is a reason food tastes good in restaurants and it is not so good for us

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/13/2010 6:57AM

    What I meant to focus on - was the money I spent on the food. Selecting healthier - and portion control was less of an issue.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/13/2010 6:24AM

    I always bring lunch to work - we do head out to eat frequently, but always drink water and share food often. We always leave with an additional meal.

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IRISHLASS117 1/13/2010 5:18AM

    I don't eat out often so always consider it a treat especially when I have enough left for dinner the next night. I always pack my lunch and snacks for work so I can really enjoy the treats without the guilt.

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LIL_FROGGER 1/13/2010 12:16AM

    Yeah, I hear you. For quite a while the extent of hubby and my eating out has been Chipotle. Where a veggie burrito/burrito bowl will run you somewhere around $5.60 - very filling. I can skip the sour cream and go easy on the cheese and then load up the black beans and veggies. Not as romantic but easier on our one income!

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LIMASTAR 1/12/2010 10:43PM

  Yes it is expensive to eat out and the portion sizes are so large. So we now make it a practice to at least divide the entree in half before we begin to eat. That way we get two meals for the price of one and it then doesn't look so outrageous.

At Cheesecake Factory I always ask for the salad dressing on the side. When I forgot one time, the salad came drenched in salad dressing, which made it pretty uneatable for me.

When going out I also carry small snacks in the car or with me to prevent impulse food purchases.

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DDOORN 1/12/2010 10:37PM

    OMG Jan! Not that I would EVER want to place myself in a place such as this...the devil's lair...lol! But that is truly "nosebleed" territory for MY wallet!

Yep, I'm with you, always bringing my fresh veggies to work for snacking and gnoshing! :-)

Don

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AMCG2002 1/12/2010 10:19PM

    LOL, as we were out to eat tonight! DH and I love Cheesecake Factory, but have agreed that when we go we must share, everything! The portions are so huge and it does get really expensive. Back in the day, we would both walk out feeling sick from the quantity we would consume. Now we walk out feeling lighter in the stomach and not so light in the wallet. (That didn't work, did it?)

Since I'm a stay-at-home mom, most of my lunches are in anyway, but I've become really careful to make sure I have my snacks with me when we are out; I hate to blow huge calories on something like a muffin. It's amazing how many calories can be packed into something so small.

Glad to see you were in the pool. I think at this point I'm avoiding it! ;-)

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LAURIE5658 1/12/2010 10:11PM

    Oh my gosh, I hear ya Jan!! It ain't cheap so we keep it at a minumum also. Argh!

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Happy new you ... or happy new year.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

If you are like most people, you are more than likely beginning to look at New Years resolutions. STOP!!! Don't do that!!! They don't work.

What, is this dude completely nuts. Nope. How did you get to where you are now. You got here by making realistic goals for yourself. You got here because of determination and by changing your lifestyle. You changed what you eat you changed what you do when it comes to exercise, and that got you to where you are today.

What I suggest - have an overall - and achievable goal for next year and look at what will it take to get there.

Rather than have new years resolutions - do some reflections. If you met or exceeded your goals - celebrate them. If you did not meet your goals, look at what you can do to adjust or change what you are currently doing to meet your goals. Often little changes can make significant changes. I have had issues with my cholesterol, and I changed my eating habits, which paid off (incidentally I shared some of the changes and It has helped another SP'er). I know it is difficult for me to workout at certain times, and I changed my time where I work out. That has worked for me, and I have talked with other people who have adopted it. Remember this is something you want to continue for years to come.

Do a self inventory. Look at you a year ago, and look at you today. See the difference? Write some of the key changes down - and some of the things you would like to see change. Put it in an envelope and don't open it until next year .... you will be glad you did.

Look at you physical. Dress size changes, energy, stamina, weight, and the list goes on.

Take care of your health issues. I know you already are by being here, but there is more. (I am sensitive to the people who are without health insurance - which is a whole different discussion). If you know you have high blood pressure - be compliant with your meds, your diet (yes, I used the D word because it is appropriate in this context), and exercise regularly. If you know you have high cholesterol, make sure it is checked and you do what ever you can to get it down. Make sure you do things that are preventive. For women - breast self exam, pap smear to mention a few things. For men - PSA, manual exam etc. If you are that age or have the risk factors - schedule your colonoscopy or mamogram.

Some of you may have heard this story. I talked with a co-worker and basically gave her the same 'sermon' as you have just read. She has high blood pressure. I encouraged her to see her doctor to get her blood pressure checked to avoid a stroke (editorial - less expensive to treat hypertension than a stroke - not to mention the financial burden on the family to have you in a nursing home).... she saw her doctor - he changed her meds. A month later she had a physical - and was diagnosed with breast cancer. (editorial - she had surgery is doing well).

If you have been successful in working towards your goal - help someone else reach their goal. By living healthier all of us can have our own 'health care reform'.

I will be remised if I don't specifically mention a couple of people (they know who they are). One person is going through a real struggle at present. My thoughts are with you. One person had a happy event happening recently (congratulations) - I am happy for you. One of my SP friends friend whose cancer recurred. - My thoughts to both of you - and I will keep fighting to find a cure.

To the rest of you - congratulations on your accomplishments - big or small.

Last but not least - Thank you for being you. I have had the privilege of meeting some of you in person this year - I hope to meet more next, and I hope to meet other sparkers too. Have a most wonderful new year.

  
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SEEHOLZ 12/15/2009 10:22AM

    I actually LIKE your sermon! And what I want to take to heart, no matter how much I struggle, is to maybe pay forward that which I have learned and that I have been successful with!
Thanks Jan!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/15/2009 7:17AM

   
Thanks for this you made me think today. I will be printing it out and reflecting on it a lot this week - during my mandatory doctor prescribed rest.

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BILLALEX70 12/14/2009 9:20PM

    As always you sum things up so grandly.

I look forward to us meeting up more in this coming year. I also look forward to learning more from you and my fellow running team members. Lord knows I need it.

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PURPLEALLY 12/13/2009 3:33PM

    You are SO right!!! Great blog!!! emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 12/13/2009 10:19AM

    Thank you Jan. You touched on everything we should embrace and strive for. You are my Warrior!

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Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dear SP friends.

Thanksgiving for me is very important. It is the time of the year where I reflect - reflecting on the year past.

This year a special group of friends will be in my thoughts and reflections. They are called my SP friends, and because you are reading this - you are one of them. I have had the privilege to meet some of you for a bike ride and run. I am looking forward to see you again in 2010.

The poet Kumbel writes:
"Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live"

Happy Thanksgiving.

  
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BILLALEX70 11/27/2009 10:27PM

    Jan,

You are one of the reasons that 2009 was a great year for me. Meeting so many great people from Spark has given me people I can rely on for information, support or a swift kick whenever it's needed.

Have a great weekend.
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LULUBELLE1102 11/25/2009 3:52AM

    Thanks Jan and Happy Thanksgiving to you. You are a special person and I am grateful to have you in my corner. Now let's EAT! emoticon

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DDOORN 11/24/2009 11:58PM

    Great lines by Kumbel...! Thx for sharing and you and yours have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving too!

Don

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AMCG2002 11/24/2009 11:49PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! This has been an amazing year and much of it is owing to the people and support I have found on Spark. I'm looking forward to running or biking again with you next year! Enjoy the holiday!

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TTLEELEE 11/24/2009 8:33PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Jan! You too are one of the people I am thankful for!!

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PURPLEALLY 11/24/2009 12:03PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
There is SO much to be grateful for! emoticon

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LIMELITESHINES 11/24/2009 11:10AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too Jan. I know we are all VERY thankful for the support and words of wisdom that you offer us. I look forward to getting to meet you myself!

~Mere

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JOPAPGH 11/24/2009 10:53AM

    Have a great holiday! Rest and recharge. I anticipate getting together again next year.

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GRACE612 11/24/2009 9:24AM

    Thanks Jan!! A Happy Thanksgiving to you also!! And next year we will have to get a group of Sparkers together for a bike ride!! emoticon

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CHERYLD02 11/24/2009 7:59AM

    Well said Jan. Thank you for the helpful advice you give to us all! emoticon

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ASH72461 11/24/2009 7:10AM

  nice blog
have a wonderful thanksgiving emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 11/24/2009 7:07AM

    Thank you Warrior!

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