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'just a short run' - Pittsburgh 3.27.10

Monday, March 29, 2010

The rivalry was put on hold. No Steelers, Browns, Red Wings or Penguins comments. LOL It was all about bringing out the spark and so we did in a run called 'just a short run'. The run is to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society and the money raised was $13.000.

Among the 2000 runners were 11 sparers from OH_PA... which gave the name ohpa, and the results are as follows

PATRICLES43- set a PR in the 5k
LYNNANN43- ran her first 5k, so a PR and achieved 100lb weight loss to date in the same day!!!
MIAMIA7-place 3rd in her age group 5k
BILLALEX70 – ran his first 12k, so a PR
QUIDDITCHGRRL –ran her first 12k, so again a PR
BOBBYD31 –first 12k another PR
AMCG2002 - ran her first half marathon, so a new PR
JAN_FRANDSEN -half marathon 2:15.
ROSENJ1965 -30k(stopped on her way from NJ to KY, although we never did meet up)
CALIDREAMER76 -first 5k walk race
DJS-DEBBIE - first 5k walk race(with her daughter)
Cathy - 12k walk race(although not a sparker but Jan_Frandsen DW, so unofficial sparker)

It was an awesome weekend, we all have fun, and worth recognizing would be
- the individuals who got the idea
- the family members who gave up their 'sparker' for a couple of hours to spend tme with us
- the family members who came to cheer
- 11 sparkers who made my DW feel welcome and part of the group.

Last but not least - the group at this event have lost a collective 1000 lbs.

  
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DEBBIEDAY 4/3/2010 9:17AM

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Sounds awesome and like everyone had a great time and raised some awesome money for a great cause!!!!

Have a blessed weekend!
Debbie

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/30/2010 6:16PM

    How awesome Jan....Hope one day to run with you.

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MIAMIA7 3/30/2010 1:50PM

    It was so much fun! We even got my 23 yr. old son to join us! Amazing! Great to meet you and Cathy. Can't wait to do it again.
Anne

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BOBBYD31 3/30/2010 1:28PM

    it was great getting to meet you and cathy, she is one of us thru marriage. anne and i really had a good time getting to know everyone, hope we can do it again soon!

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GRACE612 3/30/2010 11:42AM

    What a great experience for you guys & gals and for a great cause!!

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BILLALEX70 3/30/2010 10:27AM

    We're down for Cleveland or C-bus.

Glad to finally meet Cathy. I knew she had to be great to put up with you! LOL

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LYNNANN43 3/29/2010 11:43PM

    It was so nice to meet you & your DW!

And I just signed up for my next 5K to get it in before my surgery next Wednesday:D


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JOPAPGH 3/29/2010 10:56PM

    Think the next is Metro Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!

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AMCG2002 3/29/2010 10:50PM

    So when do we do this again?! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/29/2010 10:37PM

    How WONDERFUL to see SparkPeople so well represented!

Thx for bringing a smile to my face tongiht! Woo hoo! :-)

Don

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JOPAPGH 3/29/2010 10:24PM

    sounds like a good time was had by all! Hope to join you all for the next one...

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Keep my former church in your prayers

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My former church next to the Clinic was presumably struck by lightning this am. Watch the dramatic video on the link - keep the people who worship there in your prayers.

www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/fire-sweep
s-through-church

  
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SEEHOLZ 3/26/2010 8:29PM

    Holy Cow! I had no clue ... been working a lot-- in my own little bubble... hope your former church is okay!

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_MAOMAO_ 3/24/2010 12:12AM

  Jan, I'm so sorry! Praise God that nobody was hurt!

Where I live, one of the oldest buildings in this small town was the Methodist church. Not long b4 Christmas a year ago, an electrical fired gutted it during the night. It was a loss, yes, but how grateful we all were that the fire started when nobody was there. There were plenty of facility offers by other churches, so they didn't go w/o Christmas services.


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DDOORN 3/23/2010 11:03PM

    You got it Jan...Mother Nature can sure turn a cruel streak sometimes...!

Don

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B-N-ME 3/23/2010 6:40PM

    We don't always understand why things are allowed to happen. It's good to know we don't have to understand it all...
I'm sorry for the loss of such a beautiful building, but as other have comments, glad it was only the building that was destroyed. May the spirits of those affected be rebuilt, and filled with new energy.

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SIGLED 3/23/2010 11:18AM

    Sometimes the only way to see REVIVAL is for lighting to strike.

Our prayers and thoughts. emoticon

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GOLDFISHLIZ 3/23/2010 10:42AM

    Thoughts and prayers to you and all the members of the church. May God bring something new and wonderful from the present dismay and hurt.
Blessings
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TTLEELEE 3/23/2010 9:43AM

    I drove by that church yesterday, admiring it and thinking what gem to have in the middle of the Clinic. It is so sad that it is gone. I am so sorry and extend my prayers to the congregation and entire community that once benefited from the Church's work.

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SASSYDI16A 3/23/2010 9:22AM

    Oh my goodness that is horrible! I will certainly pray for them.

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BEVPRESLEY 3/23/2010 9:21AM

    I will certainly keep the church in my prayers. God must have great plans for this church to test it so.

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LAURIE5658 3/23/2010 8:56AM

    Jan, I am so sorry! I went to the church's website and what a beautiful church it was...so sad. I can see why they Cleveland CLinic officials were so concerned as it is so close to the church. Wow.

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BILLALEX70 3/23/2010 8:44AM

    Jan,
Your church is in my thoughts and prayers.

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MARYMARY611 3/23/2010 8:38AM

    Oh that's sad, it looks like a beautiful church. Thankfully no one was hurt.

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CHERYLD02 3/23/2010 8:37AM

    How awful for such a long standing church building to fall. I will keep the congregation in my prayers and hope that the church can be rebuilt. God Blees to the entire congregation both past and present.

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GRACE612 3/23/2010 8:06AM

    No matter what the congregation, it always makes me sad to see a place of worship go up in flames....that was a beautiful church...

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102633 3/23/2010 7:26AM

    We will certainly lift this church up. It is a tragedy to lose a worship center but we must remember that the church is the people who gather, the building is just a place. I am satisfied that God will use this situation to grow his church in their spiritual walk.

God bless to you and your former church.

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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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