Thursday, April 05, 2012
This really struck home with me, with my kids on Spring Break and my work to do's piling up!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
I could not think of a BETTER way to start my racing this year. Why's that you say? Oh...well I was in the BEST company, of course! None other than fellow Sparkers! My first ever Spark meet up in my three years on Spark. I may have seemed so calm and shy...inside I was a giddy school girl!
I will spare you the pics on our four hour roadtrip, but I won't spare you the Rose Barn pics!
The Official Sign of Signs
Me and Mel (MGJARVI)
I know I will forget people, so help me! Nancy, Suezette (SUEZETTE-414) , Gail (RYHNIC), Tammy (TAMTAM64), Tom M. (MCCOURTT), John (JOPAPGH).
More lovlies! I see Deej (DEEJ4FITNESS), BobbyD (BOBBYD31) - (the JASR maestro!), Mel (MGJARVI), Renee (RENLA6991), and more lovely faces! Help! Some were new faces in my three years on Spark! Everyone was awesome!
My husband, Jim, used art effects on this one...so I thought I would share :)
Me and the other half, Jim, at the Rose Barn
Me, Nancy (SP_COACH_NANCY), and who's that?! IPA-RAY!
Mel (MGJARVI), me, and Renee (RENLA6991)
Mel (MGJARVI) looking FABULOUS as she finished her 2nd lap. Go Mel!
I will end the picture montage with my husband, biting into a Primanti Brothers sandwich for the first time in his life. We both had great races (me - 5k; him - 13.1). We both PR'd and I could not think of the best possible people to do it with!
We will not discuss the calories involved in this refueling exercise!
Spark Friends are the best friends. I wish I had more days and hours to get to talk more. It was a tremendous weekend and I am SO glad I got to go! Join us next year!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
So tonight, a mom friend of mine shared that an acquaintance of hers passed away. At age 35. Of breast cancer.
35. I'll be 38 this year. I had cancer tests myself last Summer. Why? Because my sister has PCOS. I lost my grandmother (maternal) to ovarian cancer. My mother, in her mid 40s, had a hysterectomy because she had a large cyst that we did not know the status of (benign, cancerous). For my family, cancer is something we fear. All the time.
My oldest sister, Janet Ann, passed away from cancer. She was 7. I was 3, my older sister, Jennifer - age 4, my brother John - age 1. I remember going to her grave with Father Joe and I told my Mom I did not want her to die. The only trouble is...she was already gone from the world. My parents, who needed their own time, had not told us and this was their way of letting us know and they had the strength of the Lord with the priest present.
I do not understand cancer. I feel that it is something that should not be. All of the technology and treatments in the world. We should stop it dead in its tracks.
When my late FIL passed, we had been informed that he had developed some form of cancer in his lungs. Unsure if it was his smoking habit or the asbestos from his years in construction. We will never know. My father's sister passed from cancer. I need to talk to my aunt because it was never clear to me where it originated.
There is a lot we can do, from a nutritional standpoint, to battle this monster. Steve Jobs did just that. Crazy Sexy Diet, if you have not read it...very interesting read. So even if you do not have it, but your family history puts you at risk...you can be proactive.
I wish that we did not have to hear that another life has been lost. Another loved ones heart broken. 35. So many years to go.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I was thinking this to my little self this evening. The last couple of weeks have been one fine blur for me. And, thanks to things I must do to keep my job...like work...I gave 110% and left myself with:
What did that do to my mood? Well let's see the mood chart:
Out of the options, I'd say I was feeling pretty
Have you read 'The Spark'? If you haven't, whether you are new to SparkPeople, or very comfy in your SparkPeople chair...the I would encourage you to crack it open. Why? Well, it talks about this lovely thing called the
I feel like I was there for too long. That my shortened sleep cycles, worry, stress, lapses in choice on food due to stress...it affected my mood, it affected my performance once I could pull myself together this past week. I've been left with feelings of
And I felt like the only thing to soothe me was
and last, but not least
It would be no surprise, then, that I saw this on the scale this past Wednesday
In all seriousness, the reckless abandon had found me. So I'm trying to navigate through it...
You don't even want to hear the blasphemy I uttered because of how down I was over my limitations and slowly climbing back to things...as I listened to my other half talk about the half marathon long distance run he had just finished.
Time to get back to self coaching, and crawling my way back to normal.
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