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Sparkers in Pittsburgh (part 2)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Driving home I had a little time to reflect on this weekend.

It was so good to see everyone and meet new folks as well as meeting people I only knew from SP. There was a lot of positive things exchanged and I loved some of the exchanges I have with some people I know well, even though they have have had challenges in the past year.

The conversations were very personal, and I am clearly not going to share much of them. However, there are some bullet points I would like to share.
- noone is alone in their journey. Find one person to support you. Develop a strategy to work with that person. One example that came up this weekend was developing a buddy report system. to have accountability to someone. Not competition - but accountability.
- when you set goals - set achievable goals ... if you have 'fallen off' working out start out gentle - i.e. 10 min/day for x days - and then 11 min for x days ... 12 min for x days .. you see the trend.

It is not only about working out and losing weight. As someone who does coaching and I talked about - it is to be in balance as well. Think meditation, yoga, reading, spiritual nourishment etc etc. ... one suggestion I provided was create a goal of going to the movies with three friends in three months. Call the three friends and set a date - you are less likely to bail when you are doing it with someone. By doing it - two goals be accomplished - the initiative and setting the date.

Although the author is a 5 times Ironman - I would HIGHLY SUGGEST the book 'fit soul - fit body' by Mark Allen. I will highly recommend this book to anyone of my SP friends.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LIVESTRONG2010 4/18/2014 4:09PM

    great words to share!

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BILLALEX70 4/7/2014 10:13AM

    Great words of advice.

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MIAMIA7 4/2/2014 8:05PM

    Thanks Jan!

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    Wish I could of been there

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DDOORN 4/1/2014 10:30AM

    You Pitt Sparkers are something else! What a wonderful time you must've all had! And the REACH far & wide for others to join in...even as far as BC...WOW!

Yes, great reminder of the importance to kindle the Spark in our Spirit as well as our body and mind...will check out Allen's book, thx for the tip!


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CASSIOEPIA 3/31/2014 9:55PM

    Great thoughts. JASR sure is a motivating weekend.

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CALIDREAMER76 3/31/2014 9:25PM

    Thank you Jan!

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LYNNANN43 3/31/2014 9:11AM

    Great suggestions!

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MCCOURTT 3/30/2014 9:54PM

    Jan, it was great to finally meet you. And the blog is Spot on!!

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MNCYCLIST 3/30/2014 8:27PM

    Thanks for recommending the book!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/30/2014 8:06PM


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MJRVIC2000 3/30/2014 5:20PM

    Way to go! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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