SPARTANJAI   135,248
100,000 or more SparkPoints
SPARTANJAI's Recent Blog Entries

A battle lost

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I made a post a bit ago about little Noah, the child that wasn't expected to live to see Christmas. I just got an update on his story this morning. Noah passed away on Monday, losing his battle, but in the process bringing a whole lot of togetherness and different attitudes to those who's life he touched. My co-workers and I had sent along cards in response to his familys request to give him one last Christmas. According to the article, so did a million others... wow, what a response. May Noah's family find the strength in those cards and the reaching out of strangers to get through this difficult time.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULIANNE1963 11/30/2009 10:52AM

    :) he died knowing alot of people Cared!! Blessings to his family

Report Inappropriate Comment
PICKIE98 11/24/2009 3:37PM

    Another angel up there...

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZAEZAE 11/24/2009 10:16AM

    I sent Noah a card too - very touching and so very sad. Gives me goose bumps right now just thinking about it.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Fitness time!

Monday, November 23, 2009

I've been staying busy cleaning up the yard and walking. Ended up going to the IL's cemetary this weekend and digging all the area around it up so make it easier to plant again in the Spring. Finished raking the leaves at my MIL's and sweeping out her barn and garage. Very excited to put my new cardio dvd in that I got in the mail this weekend... my doctor still hasn't released me to exercise but this is driving me crazy!!!
On a side note, a friend of mine lost her brother this weekend, which put things in perspective for me once again. I'm happy, healthy (except for that whole chest pain/bp thing) and so blessed to have friends and family in my life. It's never easy to lose a loved one, but this time of year it's increasingly difficult with the holidays.
Tomorrow the wreaths I've ordered will be here and that means a trip out to the cemetary with my MIL. I imagine going to Gavin's grave will be difficult because he's been gone just over a month. It was impossible to imagine the impact that a child can have in your life when he was only with us 6 days. I'm unsure if it would be easier to have the whole family there to put his grave blanket on, or not... I guess I'll wait for the day to arrive and see what I think then.
I hope everyone has a holiday full of friends and family... and that they find all the things in their lives to be thankful for.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PICKIE98 11/23/2009 6:48PM

    Every parent's nightmare,, or aunt, uncle,, another angel in heaven..
you are wonderful to do all that extra cleaning for your MIL.. what a selfless act!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARTANJAI 11/23/2009 1:01PM

    Thank you so much. I should specify it was my nephew's son, not my child... but you are correct, a loss is a loss.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIRDREAMS 11/23/2009 11:16AM

    6 days, six minutes, a lifetime, a child is a child. I'm sorry for your loss.

Report Inappropriate Comment

A 5 year old's last Christmas

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

There are things in life that make you stop and think... and then there are things in life that are simply beyond words... this is one of those things. A co-worker came into my office today with a collection of Christmas cards and asked me to pick one out and sign it. When I asked why, this is the story I heard...

There's a 5 year old here in Michigan with neuroblastoma, he's had treatments over the past couple of years, but it has come back and they don't expect for him to last until Christmas.
His mother has a cancer care page set up for him and has requested Christmas cards be sent to the family in the hopes that he may be able to celebrate one last Christmas.

Here's the article about the family on MLive

Here is a second validation for the story

The family has supplied an address:
Noah Biorkman
c/o Scott Biorkman
3480 Petoskey Way
Milford, MI 48380

Kind of puts everything else in perspective, doesn't it?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AKSTACEY70 11/10/2009 12:37PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'll be getting a card out from alaska right away.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIRDRIPLEY 11/10/2009 12:21PM

    Yes, perspective abounds. Health is our greatest asset. If you don't mind, I'd like to us ea copy of your blog. am going to spread this mesage to everyone in the school district via our district wide email.

Let me know if I can use your words.

Report Inappropriate Comment

From no impact to WOW What An Impact Fitness!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Growing up I was an active kid, never had any extra meat on my bones to worry about, as a matter of fact, was just plain old skinny. Then the years passed and while I didn't have a lot of extra meat on my bones, I had more than I did and I began to not like it. When I took a look at what was going on I realized that all the things I did as a kid and even in college, I wasn't doing anymore. Sure, I went for walks and did the occasional hike and canoe trip, but nothing that could be considered a real work out with any regularity. As I crept closer to 40, not only was I seeing an increase in the numbers on the scale, I was finding that things I used to do with regularity with ease were now a struggle. A friend of mine shared a SparkPeople article with me an BAM! I was hooked. I joined up, started posting my weight, exercise, food and joined a couple of teams. At the end of a year I was at my goal weight, posting on the message boards and ~gasp~ not only leading teams but creating my own. I've gotten others addicted to SparkPeople as well. Sure, it can be a real eye-opener when you post all your food for the day and see you've consumed enough calories for a small family, but it's the only way to see what you have to change. I've gotten used to logging in for my Spark-fix in the mornings and using a video to get me jump started when I need a little oomph. I no longer have to enter my stuff in before I do it, because it's become a habit and I know what my ranges are. The best part? I can do stairs with no problem, I did the hike from the lower to the upper falls at Taq. in the UP (8 miles- branded a "moderate intensity" hike) without getting out of breath... and even my stress test that I had to do when I had some health problems this summer had the cardiologist commenting about how good of shape my heart was in.
The best part about this? I've made the journey from having very little fitness in my life to being 40-something and being in the best shape of my life. My arms don't have that little swing that I've started to see in my friends, my legs are able to get me up multiple flights of stairs without making me pant and the rest of me is in pretty good shape too. I never would have thought that at my age I'd find fitness something I enjoy, I always thought it would be something that I'd make myself do when I needed to... now I realize that when you see the effects and you choose things you enjoy, even boot camp can be something you look forward to.
I'm running the Dump The Plump program at my work and we're in double digits now for our ten week sessions. Sure, we haven't hit all 4000 employees at my facility, but those we have gotten into the program have lost 2500 pounds! That's over a ton!!! It's amazing what sensible tips (like keeping a food log... and of course, joining SparkPeople) can do for people... it's not a diet, it's a LIVEit! It's about the glow you get from seeing the positive things in your life and knowing that it's no longer a workout but something that's fun. It's about making tiny changes in your life that have huge impact and it's about embracing fitness to invest in your future. Who knew it was that big of a deal?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAZZLEBUG 10/19/2009 6:47PM

    Seriously? This is a great blog. GOOD for YOU for getting so many people together to get healthy. 2500 pounds is awesome! Keep motivating people!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALPHAPREP 10/19/2009 4:59PM

    Awesome!!! 8 mile hike without getting out of breath? I don't think I could have done that when I was an athlete! I love that you are making the most out of sparks and having fun doing it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PICKIE98 10/12/2009 5:57PM

    spark-on sister woman!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

20,000 minutes under my shoes?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sat at my desk this morning and watched the sun rise with the lights turned off (lit of course with the glow of my PC) and while still basking in the stress free moment I logged into SparkPeople to record my food, fitness, etc for the day. I happened to glance over at my fitness minutes and TAAAA DAAAAAAAAAA I've reached my yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes.
Hmmmmmmm wait a minute... now what do I do? (Besides give a little internal "yeah me" cheer) Do I try for 25,000? 22,000? Or do I just keep on doing what I've been doing and see what I hit, then bump it up a bit for 2010?
Thinking I'm going with the last one... we'll see where it gets me!
Makes me feel good though, knowing I've had to cut back since my health issues in July and I still made my yearly goal!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PICKIE98 9/25/2009 7:57PM

    I am very proud of you,, get some more strength exercise by patting youself on the back, okay?? Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEIDISO 9/25/2009 3:00PM

    Great Job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
OAKEYSON 9/25/2009 2:14PM

    emoticon emoticon That is a great accomplishment!!! Keep it up and then up your goal for next year.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLAWLESSCUBE 9/24/2009 3:13PM

    emoticon What an accomplishment. Congrats on meeting your goal and yes i like the 3rd idea also. Will be interesting to see what you do in 2010. THanks for stopping by and sending me support today. You are definetley and inspiration. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILOVEROSES 9/24/2009 11:01AM

    emoticonThat is some achievement and we're not even 3/4 way through this year! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Last Page