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 2013 - held at Flying Pig in Cincinnati
My blog from 2012 loaded with just pictures to show you what the friendship is really about:
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.
Until we meet again love you guy!!!!!!!
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!
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.
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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