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JASR -2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

As I think back over the past week there are just too many memories to put in writing but what I really want to do is spread some thanks......

First, I want to thank Chris Downie for the creation of Sparkpeople, without his vision the crew from JASR past, present and future would never have enter Anne's (miamia7) and my life.

Second I want to thank Lynn, Tracey, Jan and Anne for helping put the weekend together because with out this team the weekend would never happen.

Most of all I want to thank those of you that attend again this year (and all of those of you from years past) and welcome all of you in sparkland to join us 3/28/15 for our 6th annual JASR event.

JASR 2014


JASR 2013 - held at Flying Pig in Cincinnati


JASR 2012


JASR 2011


JASR 2010


My blog from 2012 loaded with just pictures to show you what the friendship is really about:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822430


So if you look at all the past pictures and the 2012 blog you get a feeling what JASR is all about. What you have to realize how many of these people come back year after year and how lucky we are to add new members to the group each year, Sparkers from all over the country (PA, OH, NY, MD FL, SD, LA, IN, IA, KY, WI, IL, NE, TX, VA, OR, off the top of my head) and Canada ( British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario,Quebec, and Saskatchewan.) have been at the JASR events.

So thank you to all of our spark friend that have become real life friends, you will never know how much each of you mean to us. emoticon

Until we meet again love you guy!!!!!!!

  
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2WHEELER 4/9/2014 8:28AM

    emoticon It's wonderful to have friends far and near that you can pick up where you left off a year ago (or more) and not miss a beat. SparkPeople has brought many wonderful people into my life that I never would have had an opportunity to meet. My life is definitely richer for it.

JASR 2015 is on my calendar, but I hope I see some of you before then.

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TIGGER622 4/8/2014 2:01PM

    Love you Bobby!!!

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GAYEMC 4/8/2014 1:07PM

    I still have high hopes of making it there!

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CHRISSYMARIE43 4/8/2014 10:01AM

    I'm so blessed to have become part of this! Thanks to everyone for welcoming me in so effortlessly.

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BILLALEX70 4/8/2014 8:20AM

    Great recap Bobby!

Wine trip...SOOOON

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ETTEZEUS 4/8/2014 12:24AM

    I've made 3 out of 5. Not bad considering I'm coming from FL emoticon

I'm sorry I missed this year. Too many other financial problems come up......


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BUFFALOKAY 4/7/2014 11:08PM

    Thanks Bobby for all your work behind the scenes and for this incredible blog full of memories!! JASR friends are the best!
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/7/2014 10:45PM

    I sure hope to make it some year... again. Meeting so many of you in '12 is still one of my life's highlights... I consider all of you dear friends.


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CASSIOEPIA 4/7/2014 9:38PM

    Love the recap of all the years together. Thank you and all the JASR crew for putting this together every year. Love you guys too!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 4/7/2014 9:33PM

    And thank YOU, bobbyD for being you and making our visit special! Amazing event.. incredible friendships :) it doesn't get much better than that!!

Blessed to be part of it!

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SHEENADEE 4/7/2014 9:19PM

    emoticon Love the compilation of JASR pics!

Hugs to you and Anne!

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Round 2 of Giving back to Spark! vote

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Friends, thanks for your help getting SparkPeople.com to round 2 of Intuit's Superbowl commercial contest! Could you please continue to help us by voting daily? No registration, and it just takes a moment. We're a small business doing great to work to help America get healthy and have fun! Thank you for your help and support.

you can vote once per day on computer and cell phone!


www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/OH/Spar
kPeople-Inc/387418

  
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APPLEPIEDREAMS 10/8/2013 5:59PM

    I've put this on my calendar so I remember to vote every single day. I love Spark!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/28/2013 10:05AM

    Let's get those votes rolling in!

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GAYEMC 9/27/2013 5:00PM

    Done! How cool would it be to watch a Spark add during the Superbowl!

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CASSIOEPIA 9/27/2013 10:21AM

    Done and also posted my blog on it yesterday. Let's get the votes in, I'd love to see a commercial on the SuperBowl!

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TIME TO GIVE BACK TO SPARK!!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

i stole this blog from my spark friend debbie (BE-THE-CHANGE). thank you !!

I really feel that SP saved my life. I have struggled with my weight since finding this site over 4 years ago, but I know I would be much worse off if I had not found it. I may not be where I need to be, but it is certainly not for a lack of resources here!

Right now Intuit is running a contest for small businesses. The prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. I don't know about you, but every time I see a commercial for Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig I wish that SP had the resources to do the same. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us.

Go to this website and vote for SparkPeople:
It just takes one click and you can vote once a day on your computer and your phone.

www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/oh/Spar
kPeople-Inc/387418

  
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APPLEPIEDREAMS 9/24/2013 11:20AM

    Good idea!

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JENNY888 9/22/2013 2:22AM

    I voted today and will put it on my desktop to go to daily. Great idea!

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GAYEMC 9/21/2013 8:40PM

    Great idea bobby, but couldn't get the link to work.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/21/2013 3:07PM

    Thanks, Bobby! For some reason the link doesn't work with the "https" in it. You have to delete that part.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/21/2013 2:36PM

    Thanks Debbie, and now Bobby! I'm stealing it to - what a great opportunity.

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Not On My Watch!!!!

Monday, May 06, 2013

This was the weekend of the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, the plan was to have about 30 or so sparkers from all over the country attending the event. Many of us have known each other for a few years from JASR events in Pittsburgh, we looked forward to seeing each other again and getting to know some of the new sparkers that would make the journey to Cincy.

We always have a great time when we are together but this weekend marred when we learned Saturday afternoon that Trish’s husband passed away after a battle with cancer. As we gathered in the lobby of the hotel that evening there were many tears of joy to see each other again and tears of sadness for our friend. Trish’s husband Don was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been in our prayers the past two years while he battled cancer, he lost his fight on Saturday leaving behind Trish and their two young children. Trish is strong but a few prayers for the family would not hurt.

Anyhow, Sunday morning our crew gathered in the hotel lobby to say a prayer for the family then made their way down to the starting line of the marathon and half marathon just as the race started this was the view in the sky.



Some thought that the rainbow was Trish but I believe that the rainbow represented Don, it was his way of looking down over all these wonderful people that have been praying for him and his family, it was his way to say thank you and to protect us from the likes of the event that took place in Boston. Don, one last time he stood tall as a RMCP and said “not on my watch” shall harm come to these wonderful people.

We love you Trish and we are all here for you!

  
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RACING4ME 6/12/2013 2:33AM

    Man Bobby, everytime I read this I am in tears!!

Love you!
T

PS, I can't do the destination stuff anymore, but will try to hang with you via facebook for all events.



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GAYEMC 5/29/2013 4:59PM

    Well said Bobby! What a great tribute to Don. I just heard about his passing last weekend, so sad for Trish and the kidletts.

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PHDMAMA06 5/12/2013 8:58PM

    Beautiful! That rainbow was a sign from God, undoubtedly. One of the most emotional, beautiful moments I've experienced in a very, very long time!

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MIAMIA7 5/12/2013 6:01PM

    Tears! That rainbow had all of us in our "pigpen" just stunned! It somehow made me feel very calm. Not sure why but I too felt Gods presence. Great blog honey!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/8/2013 12:21PM

    Oh-Bobby~~~ tears.... wish I could have been there but I was with ya'll and Trish in spirit...

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DEEJ4FITNESS 5/8/2013 12:12PM

    Nothing here but tears emoticon ... that's absolutely beautiful!!

Love you, Bobby!! THANK YOU! ...and THANK YOU Don!!

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CARILOUIE 5/8/2013 11:06AM

    Bobby this is so beautiful. It was wonderful to see you as always!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/7/2013 7:12PM

    I don't see a single flying "pig" there... some flying Sparkers... who are proud to no longer be pigs, who look mighty fine.
And apparently some very big-hearted people, too. What a wonderful blog.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/7/2013 9:32AM

    Lovely blog! emoticon

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DDHEART 5/7/2013 9:22AM

    Lovely thoughts Bobby. Sad news but a great way to turn something sad into a more positive message.

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CMERUN29 5/7/2013 9:17AM

    Very well said, Bobby. Thank you.

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JEM0622 5/6/2013 10:37PM

    Wonderful. Thanks Bobby! emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/6/2013 8:17PM

    How awesome is that!

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LYNNANN43 5/6/2013 2:53PM

    I may have missed that start line rainbow (while waiting at Leg 2), but Don, Trish and her family were never far from my thoughts...

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BOBBYD31 5/6/2013 12:40PM

    yes bill, fun and easy

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BILLALEX70 5/6/2013 10:16AM

    Glad we had Roo duty together!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/6/2013 8:36AM

    What a sweet tribute.

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DREBENEZER 5/6/2013 8:19AM

    Great thoughts, Bob!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/6/2013 7:33AM

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LAURIE5658 5/6/2013 7:21AM

    Amen!

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/6/2013 3:34AM

    Thank you...Very nice pictures...Loved the rainbow.

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ZRIE014 5/6/2013 1:17AM

  sound like good time

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RACING4ME 5/6/2013 1:08AM

    OHMYGOSH Bobby, thank you sooooooo much!!! Love you guys!!!!
Trish

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I DON'T NEED THIS.....I AM DONE!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

That is it, I am done! I quit, I don't want it that bad! I don't need this, I can find better thing to do with my life!

That is what has been going thru my mind since Saturday when the calf muscle popped and then it felt like a knife was stabbing in my calf...... all I could think this BULL, I don't need this. So I started walking back to the car but I wasn't ready to believe that I was hurt again(on the leg that did not have any problems), no way I just can't have all this good luck, so I gimped the quarter mile back to the car and got on the track and did another half mile.

Conclusion, yep it happened again! I did my warm up, I have been stretching, I have been patient, I have not pushed any pace, I stretch after........Why another one???? I have been hurt off and more on since January 2009 and I knew why then, I never gave anything a chance to heal, I would feel a bit better then out I would go for a run then be hurt again, a vicious cycle.

In March of 2012 I stopped running and just biked until the end of July at which point I reset my plan. No more pushing, I was going to start over, so I started clean just like a new runner with the C25K program. I was patient I did a few weeks over because I felt I was not ready to move on but I eventually made to the 5K, no pain! I began to work to a 10K which was also good, no problems, no pain and no pushing. I skipped doing hills, skipped speed work but I did cheat one day and did fartleks (very easy ones) still no problems.

I backed off for about a month went slower, reduced miles just to be on the safe side. Then a few weeks ago I felt a slight tweak of the good calf .......hummmm so I took it easy, keeping runs at 3 miles or less, I could feel something but I did not notice it until later and later in my runs and not really pain, more of a knot. I got back up to 2.5 miles over a few weeks time and it was good, a little tight but got better as I ran.

So here comes Saturday's run .23 miles and that was all that was good, down hill after that, so I did what I said I would not do, ran another 3/4 mile......Stupid yep but I was really ticked off!

How could this happen again? I just dropped $90 to register for the Flying Pig half in May friday night, $130 on new shoes the previous weekend, already registered for the Rock and Roll half in August, and was planning to register for a 70.3 in September, again I am done, I don't need this anymore, 4 years was long enough!

Then I got up today and realized if I quit now I would have learned nothing from Sparkpeople these past 5 years. You will have setbacks but it is how you handle the the setbacks that will determine the success of your Spark journey and your journey in life. I gave up chewing tobacco and put on 30 lbs but that is ok, it is a temporary setback, because Sparkpeople has taught me how to be healthy and to lose weight. So the injury is just another setback, I will be back! My spark family will be there for me along this journey, you will pick me up when I am down. My wife and my kids are there supporting me every step of the way, so how could I not have success.

Why would I do this? Because I DO NEED THIS! (don't you). Soon I will be able to say Bobby's BACK!

See you all at the PIG AND if I can't run I will be a cheerleader for you all!

  
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PMAY0313 7/14/2013 12:26PM

    What pair we are. I will say an extra prayer for you! Thanks for your note yesterday. I am still in disbelief. There was no signs that they were going to let me go until they called me in and did it. I still have some issues from the bike crash but have not let it affect my job. I will try to contact everyone tomorrow to see if I can find another position at UCLA or if I need to start over some where else. I have never been fired before. It was still in the 6 month probationary period and I am rehireable. I am going to try not to freak out too much. I need to find out tomorrow about applying for unemployment just in case I don't find a job right away. I have to see about insurance and all that kind of stuff. I hope you are recovering form your injury. It is just plain annoying when life keeps smacking you around. I am going to up my workout minutes while I can. I might even try to start riding my bike a little again. I haven't gotten back on that horse yet. I know we can both bounce back. Best of luck!
Pam

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CHSHULER89 1/27/2013 4:05PM

    :-( the bumps of life, never know where they are leading us to... I miss running, due to shin splints that I can't seem to heal. I need to work on making them stronger. Keep trying to be positive... we will suceed even if it is not the way we wish. Thanks for all your hard work and motivation! Prayers and blessings:-) emoticon

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DDHEART 1/26/2013 10:16AM

    Aw Bobby, gosh I'm sorry to read this but I know you will be back and in the meantime those of us who are on the injured reserve list will be providing lessons in hope to our healthier friends.

The whole sparkpeople philosophy is about challenges...some we choose and others we get when we most don't deserve. But we're strong baby! And we will triumph!

One more thing....can't imagine a better cheerleader for the team running the Pig....what color are your pom poms?!!!!!!

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WOODHEAT 1/25/2013 8:26AM

    Oh Man Bobby! Yes that does SUCK!!!!!! However we both know what you're made of and you're not just going to roll over and play dead! I still do very little running, but I hike, I ski, I bike and for me, life is good! It will be for you as well!

Your Brother!
Wood


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NOVABOY009 1/24/2013 10:58AM

    That stinks Bobby. Was this a bad pull or just a little set back? Maybe worth getting into some yoga and stretching/strengthening as part of your recovery program. Were you overcompensating for the "bad leg" leading to more work on the good one? Either way, I'm sure you'll make it back just fine. I had to take some time off to fix my hip problems and all is well now. Just part of the journey.

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BILLALEX70 1/24/2013 10:43AM

    Love or loath this hits the mark and has carried me many times...

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
Lance Armstrong

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/23/2013 9:31PM

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JENNY888 1/23/2013 6:57PM

    You will recover once again and learn some new things from the experience in the meanwhile. I am so glad that you are not quitting and giving up. I kind of knew you would not.

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ETTEZEUS 1/23/2013 4:33PM

    I'm so sorry you are going through this yet again!
But you are stronger then you think, you can get through it again.
I know you can!
Heal quickly!!

Big hugs!!

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 1/23/2013 12:54PM

    Man, those calves have it out for you! You might have to make a tough decision about running - but it's nothing is the end of the road so long as you keep going.

You set the path, you clear the trail, Bob. Sometimes you have to move in another direction to keep moving forward. emoticon m emoticon m

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CBAILEYC 1/23/2013 11:22AM

    Dang Bobby, that sucks. What doesn't suck is that you're not giving up. THAT is what makes you, YOU. Rest, recover, and keep on moving forward, at whatever rate you can.
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CAROLCRC 1/23/2013 8:10AM

    How frustrating for you! It will all come together again. HUGS

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CARILOUIE 1/23/2013 8:00AM

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THINNYMINNY 1/23/2013 6:48AM

    Take care of yourself, and don't give up!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/23/2013 12:09AM

    I've got nothing that hasn't already been said. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 1/22/2013 9:50PM

    I was so sorry to read this. We have been on similar injury paths for quite some time now, and I thought we were both over the hump. Never quit. It's not in you!

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BUFFALOKAY 1/22/2013 8:36PM

    Pain is temporary. Quitting is not. You will come back with a little help from your friends.

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ONCEUPONABOD 1/22/2013 8:33PM

    YOU DO NEED THIS! That's why it's so frustrating!

I know firsthand about "POPPED CALVES". I reinjured mine last year at the beginning of the summer tennis season and was benched for the majority of the season. I was a cranky girl. However, as co-captain, I went to every game and discovered that being on the sidelines wasn't the end of the world. I got to know my teammates (their game - strengths & weaknesses) and enjoyed cheering for them. I made it back for the last two matches of the summer.

I have faith in you! YOU'RE NOT A QUITTER. YOU WILL PERSEVERE and FIND NEW WAYS to be SPARKTACULAR!

Cheering for you in OH!

Julie


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/22/2013 8:13PM

    So sorry to read that you are hurt. Please listen to your body and rest.
I had to defer a 1/2 and a full marathon last year because of an injury. I spent $122 on shoes I will never wear.
The nice thing about running is that it is always there. It will be there for you when you are ready. Rest for now:)

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COOPSM 1/22/2013 7:38PM

    Bobby!!!! I am so sorry to hear about this set back....but this IS TEMPORARY!!! Rest, take care of yourself and you WILL be back stronger then ever!!! Believe!!!
Can you do ST'ing while not running?? Praying for a fast recovery!!!!

HUGS!!!

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KANATAGIRL 1/22/2013 7:35PM

    Hey,

Do not be so hard on yourself, you are flesh and bones not a robot. Treat yourself well, be easy on yourself when it comes to exercise, your body is doing the best that it can. This is for a lifetime not just an event.

Good luck in your goal of getting to the Flying Pig!

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MIAMIA7 1/22/2013 7:35PM

    I so wish I had the answers for you. It is so hard to watch you have to struggle yet again through all this. Just know that I am always here for you and will help you with whatever decisions you make with running, biking, swimming or whatever else you want to conquer! But you are right, this is not something you quit...this is life and we will live it as healthy as we can...together! Love ya!

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RUNNING-LIFE 1/22/2013 7:30PM

    I hope things get better soon, sounds like you've been on a hell of a roller coaster! As one of my friends always tells me, "One day at a time!"

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