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BIG Announcement! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sorry for the tease but I had to work today and I just got home. I have some really exciting news! I have posted before about the virtual 5K run that I was working on organizing to raise funds to build a well in Uganda, Africa. As the summer went on I was struggling with getting the pieces to fall together and I didn't know if I was going to be able to pull it off.

A few weeks ago I finally found the solution but it was going to take the cooperation of multiple people and organizations to get it working. It took a few weeks but everything fell into place. emoticon

So here it is. We have a fully automated website that people can find out more about our 5K, sign up to run or walk, and each participant gets their own webpage that will help them tell their friends and collect sponsors for the race. I am so excited about the possibility. Our goal is to raise $11,000 to build a well.

I need your help! The vision I have for this is to get as many people from all over the US walking or running and raising funds for this project. And our new system is really going to help this happen, but what I really need is you. You are what is going to make this happen.

Here's how you can help:
1. Sign up to walk or run

2. If you can not run then please consider sponsoring me.

3. Help get the word out. On my fundraising page and the main race page you will see links that will post to your Facebook wall or Twitter account, as well as many other social networks. You can email your contacts, blog about your involvement or about our project. Tell friends and family, your church, run clubs and co-workers. And please do this often. The more we can get the word out the better.

With our new system we can also have anyone participate; not just Sparkpeople members. I love how this idea has grown well beyond me and is going to make a huge change in so many people's lives.

Here are my goals and I need you to help me get there.

> I want to have 1,000 walker/runners involved in the 5K
> I want 100,000 visitors to our website.
> I want to raise at least $11,000 to build our well in Uganda.

Can you help me?

Here are some important links:

emoticonHere's where you can find out more about the 5K and sign up.

emoticonHere's the link to my personal fundraising page.

Thank you so much for the support I have received so far. Please take a few minutes and look at our website and consider getting involved. I truly believe that if we all do our part we will not only be able to build our sponsored well, but we will be able to build multiple wells.

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KDFSMILEY 9/15/2011 6:18PM

    so proud of you, and all you have accomplished. emoticon

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-AIMIE- 9/11/2011 11:26PM

    I think this is a great idea! I am going to take a more detailed look at all of these links tomorrow and see how I can help. I am exhausted tonight from our weekend camping trip but will be able to spend some time on it tomorrow. So happy for you and I think it's admirable that you have such a passion and vision for this!

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Take 2

Monday, August 22, 2011

When I started Sparkpeople last winter I really didn't know what I was getting into. I soon found myself not only becoming healthier and lighter, but I was becoming connected with a whole new community. One that always encouraged, always built up, and was always there when I needed it.

My progress has been wonderful. At my most I weighed 315lbs. That's not good when you're only 5' 9". When I found Sparkpeople I was around 300. I now weigh 265lbs. And I have dropped over 8in off my waist since January! I feel great and I see changes happening in my family; although slower than I'd like. Even at work others have either joined Sparkpeople or other plans and are working on their own health goals. I love to see the "Spark" being spread.

I even have a group of guys at church that are joining SP and are wanting to get together locally to support one another.

But with all this going for me something happened a few weeks ago. Life happened. I just got busy with birthdays and anniversaries and events and work and... well, you get the point. I stopped logging my food and workouts. I stopped working out. And I felt a lot of the old ways and habits sneaking back in. In a hurry? No problem swing by McDonalds. Ugh!

Not beating myself up over it much. It is what it is. But I am declaring a restart. A new push toward my health goals. Today I got up and went for a run. It was a short run, just under 2 miles. I was expecting a hard run since I hadn't run in a few weeks. But it was one of my most enjoyable runs to date. I ran almost a complete mile before I took a walk break. It really energized me. I was reminded how awesome it feels and how much I love it.

So here's to new challenges and new goals, and a new leg to my journey.


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KKINNEA 8/22/2011 4:10PM

    Yes, just keep moving forward. You will catch up and do so much more.

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MOMFAN 8/22/2011 4:05PM


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My First Race Recap - Warrior Dash Edition

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This Sunday I ran my first 5K, the Warrior Dash here in Minnesota. What a blast! I was really impressed with how well it was organized. With over 24,000 runners plus spectators, I never found myself waiting for anything. Need a shuttle to or from parking? Get on here. Need to get your race gear? Come right here. Want to eat or drink something? Step right up. The staff was great. High energy and very eager to help you.

My sister-in-law and her boyfriend came up from Chicago to run with me. I'm glad they did. It would have still been fun, but the "team" feel did add to the excitement. So we left the house about 5:30am. Got to the race site at about 7:00am. We got our bibs and chips, and checked our stuff in the gear check tent.

Here we are ready for battle!

At about 7:45 they called the first wave to the starting area. We all piled in tot he shoot. It seemed to take forever to start.

8:00! The fire goes! And we're off! The start was a bit acquired. It took awhile for the "herd" to thin out. The first part wasn't bad. Nice green field to run through and then we come around the first corner and we're running straight up the ski slope! These hills were killer. After getting up to the top of the first hill you wrapped around and found yourself going down the slope now and at an angle. Once I reached the bottom I took another turn. And, oh good, another ski slope to climb. At the top we get into the first major obstetrical. The junk yard. Then right away in to the hurricane, which is snow making machines blasting you from both sides. This was a tough one because you suddenly can't see and its blowing so hard you can't breath. Then I was off running again. More hills! My favorite... This went on for the next couple of miles. Obstacle then hills, obstacle then hills... Someone wore a ProCam and put together this video of our course. Enjoy!

Here's me at the finish.

I had a great time. I'm so glad I signed up for this. Thank you Coach Nicole for your inspiration. It was your post about your run that made me want to do this.

I'm also pretty happy with my finish. 57:28. Not bad for a guy that still needs to lose 80lbs.


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RUNNER12COM 7/27/2011 11:56PM

    Love it. My Warrior Dash in SoCal was fun, but we didn't have hills.

Well done!

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KKINNEA 7/27/2011 12:39PM

    Great job! Those hills were killer, weren't they? My sister had two bad ankles, so we walked nearly everything and skipped a few obstacles. Looks like you were early enough in the day to get muddy water - I was full on mud when I came out of the pit!

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COODLEBUG 7/27/2011 12:03PM

    Oh my Goodness!! What an emoticon 5k!! Congrats on your Success!! What an inspiration!! Keep up the great work Teammate!! Crushing those pounds and goals away!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/26/2011 11:35PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I have to do one of these one day. The video was nice, too. Looks like that guy had a blast. I love the slow motion jump into the mud. Just think you are going to get faster!

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NOWELLE76 7/26/2011 10:23PM

    wow, good job... i hate hills

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RUN4FOOD 7/26/2011 9:28PM

    Glad you had a great time at the your Warrior Dash. Really like your after picture, makes you look like you had a great time.

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TACONES 7/26/2011 4:49PM

    I love that picture. emoticon emoticon

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Time To Juice?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I found a documentary on Netflix this week. "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". It's about this Australian that goes on a 60 day fast drinking only water and fresh vegetable and fruit juice, from a juicing machine. A bit extreme I think. But he did loose a lot of weight and his disease went into complete remission. I was curious and started looking up some more on juicing. There is a lot of support out there for it. Although most are suggesting 5-15 days at a time, and most of them are not suggesting any more than 5 days of juice only.

The primary reason for the all fruit and veggie juice diet is that they say it gives the body's digestive system a break, while still providing needed micro-nutrients. Its a fast that helps detox and they say "resets" the body. Many suggested doing this for 5-10 days every 3-4 months as a regular fasting regiment.

So I didn't want to spend money right now on a juicer, but I do have a smoothy maker. I wanted to try it and see. I blended some fruit first; strawberries, apple, and banana. Then I had to try some veggies; tomato, carrot and cucumber. (I didn't have any leafy veggies that most regular juice recipes call for.) It wasn't juice exactly. Due to the machine it doesn't strain out the chunks. More like a thin shake. I drank it, but I'm not sure I could do the juicing thing. The added veggies changed the taste quite a bit. And most juice recipes call for mostly or all veggies. I think I would have a really hard time with it. Not to mention the cost. Which most say is about $15 - $25 a day. Plus the machine which runs from $30 - $200.

So what do you think? Is juicing, as a meal supplement or fasting, something that should be part of a healthy eating plan? I certainly found a lot of pros on the topic and I really can't say I found any cons. Well, except for the flavor that is. :)

Here are some links to the documentary and to a doctor that was in the documentary, a Dr. Fuhrman (How neat is that?). He has some interesting ideas on nutrition and his own food pyramid.


Food for thought emoticon


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BURRITAELITA 8/3/2011 10:07AM

    If you do buy another juicer, Thinandfitemily, I can heartily recommend the OMega Vert. It is quiet, easy to clean, and works really well. I rarely even have to use the pushing handle.

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    I watched that documentary!!!!- and was so fired up that I wanted to juice fast or feast as it is sometimes called for 21 days-however the $15 -25$ would have been added to our family of 6 food budget so I stopped after 2 days.
I am planning on doing it again over a weekend-I actually lost 6 pounds over the weekend but I did gain 3 of those back
I love my vitamix and use that everyday.
The other thing about my juicer is that it is old-about 25 years and it is a Champion.
I would at some tpoint like to buy something better.
Good Luck to you if you do-there is quite a bit of support and you could always just add in juice too! emoticon

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WILD4STARS 8/3/2011 8:39AM

    Previous posts are correct about the cost vs the savings. Yes, it will cost to buy a VitaMix and a juicer, but what you save by being healthy can't really be calculated. Since I got my VitaMix, my juicer collects dust. I really like the smoothies a lot better than the juice. My first smoothies were mostly fruit with some greens. They tasted like fruit. As I continued I added more and more veggie until now they are about half and half. Plenty of greens, but still has a pretty good fruit taste. You do get use to the "green" taste if you keep it up. Try just one day and see how it goes. Then do 2 days. Also, don't just go by the scales. Do this for your HEALTH !!! Let weight loss just be the bonus! Diets do not work, changing your lifestyle DOES!

Glad to have you on the Eat To Live team. You may want to stroll through some of the threads, there is a ton of information and lots of personal success stories in there.

Keep us posted on how it all goes!


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BURRITAELITA 8/3/2011 8:13AM

    I have never done a juicing fast, but I can see how it would be energizing and could reset the body toward health. If I were morbidly obese, I think I would do it.

I have a juicer and a Vitamix. I use the Vitamix for breakfast smoothies (in Dr. Fuhrman's Eat for Health book and also on-line) every other day, and have both lost weight and gained nutrition by doing so. The smoothies are very filling and delicious. My favorite is a chocolate cherry smoothie: a large handful of organic baby spinach leaves, one Medjool date, 1/2 c. soy milk, 1/2 c. frozen dark sweet cherries, 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, 1/2 c. frozen mashed banana, 1.5 TBSP dark cocoa, 1/2 TBSP ground flaxseed. It is like a chocolate shake, without any added sugar.

My favorite juice is: 8 large organic carrots, 1 fresh beet, and 1-2 apples. It is so incredibly beautiful and delicious, I cannot describe it in words.

Regarding the expense: It was an investment to buy a Vitamix and an Omega juicer, but it was worth it. I have been able to reverse my diabetes and also to control my blood pressure so that I no longer need blood pressure medication. The savings in medications plus the long-term savings in doctor's visits and hospital bills will far exceed these investments.

If you eat the Fuhrman way, you will save on grocery bills because you will not be buying as many processed foods and meat. Beans--canned or dried--are much cheaper than processed foods, and fresh produce is not as expensive as people believe.

Basically, if you want good health, you have to pay forward, and your investments will pay you back many times over.

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RUN4FOOD 7/13/2011 6:59PM

    I have never juiced, but have added fruit and vegetables to my diet. Last fall I was lucky to eat 5 servings per week. Now usually have 5 per day. I think the change has been positive. If I were to juice I would fit it into my regular diet which is much improved already.

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TACONES 7/13/2011 2:15PM

    I juice for breakfast. Mostly green leafy veggies. The longest that I've done the juice fas was for 3 days. I love juicing. I think I'm addicted to doing it. I feel so much better & I get my 5+ freggies in that way. If you add up how much you spend in junk food, insurance & medication when you are sick, it comes out cheaper when you juiced. I got so excited when I saw your titile of your blog, because I'm an advocate for juicing. I make simple recipes. Once you try iy & realize thebenefits, you will never stop. Just like some good running shoes that you invest in so you won't get injured when running, it is also good to invest in a juicer & start juicing. Do it, your body will love you for it & it will show.

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To Spark or Not To Spark?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

It's been a month since I last blogged. Where does the time go? Between the switch to summer schedules, out of town trips and the usual duties of being a husband and dad I have been really busy. So I thought I'd update on my progress and share a lesson I have been learning too.

FIrst the lesson. Sparking, it takes so much time. This creates a problem when time is limited. I think a lot of people here can agree sometimes it just is another thing to do on a list that has a lot of other things on it. So due to my business I have not been as active as I should have been. I haven't blogged, I've post very minimal message posts, I usually start tracking my food for the day, but by the end of the day I just let it go. This has had a huge effect on me. I have virtually sat stationary with my weight. I've gone back to some of my old habits, like late night snacking, and there not good snacks.

I was doing so well, what happened? I stopped Sparking. Well, not completely but a lot less than I should have. Sparking is so important. I was talking with JMERLAU a couple of months ago and he was talking about how at the beginning of the year, after reaching his goal weight, he cut back on sparking to put more time into his family. The result? He actually saw some weight gain. Not a lot but enough to grab his attention. He started sparking more regularly again and he has stayed strong. I wish I would have taken his advise before having to learn for myself.

We make time for what is important to us. I have learned that sparking is important and I need to make it a higher priority in my life. Sure there are a lot of things much higher on my list, but it is necessary if I want to achieve my goal of healthier living.

Now for the update. I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seat :) A lot has happened this month and even though I have had some set backs I have also made some great progress else where. I have been doing the 5K Your Way training. I am finishing the last week this week. I am really happy with my progress. As I've mentioned before I couldn't run for even a minute when I started and just today I ran for almost 50! That is huge. I'm so glad that I decided to start. I also have added a new (well... used) tool to my arsenal against fat. I got a Cross Bow (the competition for Bowflex). If I were buying one I would go for the Bowflex, but when the price is free you don't look a gift horse in the month. A co-worker who has been seeing my progress gave it to me. She didn't want it sitting around taking up space anymore. All I had to do was go get it. How neat is that?

Now back to the running. I have been doing better. My pace is still slow, between 12:00 and 15:00 /min, mostly because the training is having me do the interval run/walk. As I improve my stamina and I can cut the walks out my pace will jump up considerably.

I have signed up for my fist race. I am doing the Warrior Dash in a couple of weeks on 7/24. I'm a little nervous and a lot excited. It may have not been the best choice for a beginners first race ever, but it looks like fun. My sister in-law and her boyfriend are coming up from Chicago to run with me. I can't wait.

I plan to run a 5K in August and September and then by October I want to do a 10K. We'll see how it goes if I get to the 10K. :)

Other than that I feel stronger and healthier. I'm more confident and happier, and I am so glad I started this journey.


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MOMFAN 7/9/2011 12:12AM

    Go girl!

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BECKYSRN 7/8/2011 11:59AM

    Free is good!
Good luck on your run. Progress isn't always immediate, but it's there.

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JOURNEYTO60 7/8/2011 9:15AM

    We are on much the same path. I need computer repairs and am worried that they will not be done before my kids take their computers back to oollege..because...how would I spark?! It is very time consuming, but-it really, really works! I am also on the 5k Your Way programs-just finished the walking program and am 3 weeks into the walk/jog. Working through-it is a great program! Good luck on the upcoming 5K's-you wilil do great!

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TACONES 7/7/2011 6:54PM

    To spark it is. It is part of my to do list. I have to, I am not strong enough to do it alone. I may not blog often but I spark much. I love it. I will do it on my phone on my breaks just so I can stay focus. I am still at a stage where I can have set backs. Once I slip then I will keep on sliding. You guys are my motivator, you keep me going and I really appreciate it.

I am glad you learned your lesson and you will stay focus from now on. The lesson is learned early in the game. I am giving a virtual cheer at all your races emoticon. I know emoticon

Oh, I love free too. emoticon

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