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What is a Jam Hunt?

January 5th 2013 I started recording my journey of weightloss and fitness here on WordPress.  As the months went on my journey became more about self-realisation than achieving weight goals and distance on foot.

The words Jam Hunt are actually a shortened version of my (maiden) name – Janine Annette Marie Huntington, I have used them all my life in some form or another.
The more I got into the recording of my journey, the more I viewed the name as a ‘Hunt’ of whats possible – we don’t hunt ducks or wild boar here, we hunt the physical and mental territory or your life’s  not yet known.  Which sounds fairly philosophical, but that’s what happens when you reach a place of what you would deem  to be a limit… and then surpass that.
I never really had any particular goal in mind, except to do better than I previously had, and then next day, to try and do better than that.  The races, yeah they were some of the goals, but they were just a way of measuring how far one could go.

Some people like to do this in their work lives, some in their education, others in a spiritual nature.  For some reason I just stumbled across running, which then turned into a passion for Trail.
As I look back at the posts in my blog I talk a lot about a lot, but often, in real life, I would just go out to breathe in the forest air and run a little… or a lot.
I can remember back to a time where I ran a 15km trail loop… on accident.  I guess that is just what happens when you are trying to find yourself.

Anyway, where are we now?

At the start – I am literally back where I was some 5 or so years ago.
What was the turning point?
Over the last month I have been working hard to get myself well again.  At times there were days where I struggled to get out of bed.  A run of medication during some screening I was having for Blood Clotting, coupled with unhealthy lifestyle and a very anxious mind threw me into some of the sickest days I have had in my life.  I didn’t have a lot of energy to do much, so I read and Netflix-ed.
One day in particular I came across a Netflix Doco on the Barkley Marathons (notice the ‘s’at the end of the word Marathon) – which I thought was really odd, as the Barkley is fairly exclusive and is technically deemed the ‘underground’ of the running world.  I don’t mean that in a black market kind of way, but rather it is a race where compared to popular events, not too many people are working toward doing it – as the doco aptly named, it is – The Race that eats its young.  Not to mention its extreme difficulty to even just enter.  It was a surprise to see it on Netflix in the first place.

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Now I am not about to whip out my tight tights to start training for this, but this is a race that tests how far you are willing to go, but more so, how much are you willing to find out about yourself.
I have read many a Ultra race report, but this is Next Level!  Anyway, if you are at all interested in watching, its on Netflix.

Back to the Start – teaching my body to run again after years of a semi-sedentary lifestyle, but also feeding my body ‘what it needs’ – after years of take out, brunches, ‘treat yo-self’ and beers.

I am on my 3rd week of Couch25k, which must be like the 6th time I’ve completed it – I do this programme because it is manageable and its a good way to ease your body into physical activity.  You can literally be the most un-fit person and still go on to complete it.  It may take more than the prescribed 8 weeks, but you just keep repeating until you feel like you’re ready for the next level.  To be fair, you will never feel like you are ready to move on to the next week, but that is the point.  To push yourself until it is the new normal, and then push some more.
And that’s the thing about fitness and about life, you just have to keep pushing otherwise how else will you ever know what you are capable of.

So my first leg in this new journey is about getting myself back up and running, I would like to complete my first Park Run since it is now in Tauranga around middle to late August, I should be around my 6th or 7th week of the C25K programme.
Park Run is the perfect place to start, it is a timed 5km run for everyone.  There is no first or last, you just turn up, have a run and maybe meet some people.  No expectation, plus, it’s free.  Can’t complain about that!

So anyway,  if anyone is keen in joining me in a month or so, that’s where I will be.

Jay 🙂

 

Back on the Jam Hunt…

I just read my last post to this blog dated January 2016!!!! 2016!!!!

Like why so long ago since last posting though?

Basically because I lost my focus and prioritised other things in my life – work…. and more work.
Health and Fitness took a back seat, as did my creativity and passion for stuff and things.  Which is kind of really stink as it turned me into a stressy, grumpy, sick, tired, anxious, and robotic human being.

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Anywho, about 9 months ago (Oct 2017) I sent myself to the doctor, I had been feeling a familiar pain in my lower leg around my calf.  I was pretty sure I had got myself another Blood Clot and was trying to be super hopeful about it just being superficial (Blood clot in the vein/s just below the skin – not super serious!).
I didn’t get to see my usual doctor as it was a short notice appointment so I had to divulge my entire experience with blood clots to new Doc just to catch him up to present day:

2008 – DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in my right leg originally started in my calf and as was misdiagnosed as muscle pain, kindly made its way up into my groin area, which is a little bit panic stations.  I was promptly sent to hospital for two weeks and was not allowed out of bed being told to restrict movement until the anti-coagulants had kicked in well and good.  Funny Story (not so funny) – I was put in a shared room with 3 other (much older – like 60+year old) ladies all of which were allowed to get themselves up out of bed to shower, pee, do number twos and stuff, but not me, I had to pee and poop in a pan and have sponge baths *unsettling shivers down spine*.  Albeit, it meant that I am still alive to tell the tale today!
On Anticoagulants for 6 months and then moved on with life as usual.

2012 – Fast forward a few years, got a similar pain in same leg, thank the lord Jesus that the ultrasound revealed a superficial clot, again in the right calf.

2017 – Rocked up to the doc, plead my case – ultrasound revealed 3, that’s right THREE Superficial clots and One big fat DVT in a deep vein behind my knee.  The lady doing my ultrasound even snuck in a quiet remark saying that I was too young to be having recurrent issues like this and that usually she is used to scanning the older folk for clots. *insert WHYYYYY MEEEE face*.

I have just recently had some results back as part of Clot screening tests – I have been diagnosed with a Protein C Deficiency  As a result I am now on life long anticoagulant medication – which in the scheme of things isn’t that bad, just comes with some pretty rats risks which are also manageable.  Luckily I am a manageable kind of guy!

After much deliberation and some pretty poor timing from my health issues, I finished up work about a month ago to focus on healing myself, but also to take some time to work on who I am and what I want out of this life – near death experiences tend to do that to you.  I also figured long term (life long) use of chemicals in your body (anticoagulant – Warfarin) would bring about it’s own risks and perhaps in certain circumstances may shorten the length of my life.
These are some big things to deal with at 34 years of age and I have to keep telling myself that it could always be worse.
Just very sobering and kind of gives you that ‘Come to Jesus’ feeling.

There is much more to the story but lets not get too dreary.  The purpose of this post and of this blog is to force me to live my best life by reviewing some of the good things, work toward being more than I am and applying a holistic approach to nailing life!

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So let’s get back to where we left off,
You keen?

Jay 🙂

Where has the time gone…

…definitely not on Pimping the Beast.

Although I had a great many plans, I only lasted a week or two and found myself in another funk!

But we are always hopeful, and I never stop thinking about running!  If things were easier, I would be doing it every single day! Alas, we will get there!

So let me catch you up…

Tarawera Ultra (in relay) has been put on the Back burner.  

I was thinking of lessening my leg of the relay by adding in another couple of people to my two person team, but then my buddy Glenn ran into some injury issues, and effectively put himself out of running for a little while.  I also felt a lack of confidence in myself to get ready in time.  I know I have done it before and was proud of my results, but this bad boy is a whole nother kettle of fish!  I will be sad to not be able to run with some of the greats!
Tarawera has become exponentially popular in a short amount of time, and us holding on to an entry and possibly not being able to make it to the Start Line would just be selfish.

My heart breaks not being able to get myself there, but all is not lost.  We live to fight another day!

Team Couch2Kawerau will have to size up 2016 for the win!

Ekiden! 

It is speedily approaching!

This weekend in fact.

And we are theme’ing it again.

My original thoughts were to go with Nacho Libre, but a half body stretchy suit didn’t quite sit well with the rest of my team.  Really, I just wanted to wear a cape, a moustache and My undies on the outside!

We compromised.  And by compromise, I mean that I am making everyone wear their undies on the outside whilst wearing a cape!  All while running around the lake!

Right up my alley!

Where to from here…?

I haven’t decided yet.

The kids are off to Daycare in 2 short months, I start my new business with a friend, and the hubby continues to do what he does.

I want to commit to some longer distance stuff next year, but I have to stop promising myself the good stuff and then later realise that I have to let myself down.

So going forward…

I will run! – Where I can and When I can, and yes, I promise to be better to write all about it!

After all its not about being the best, its about being better than you were, and doing what you love!

Hopefully I can hold myself to that to see out the year – how quickly is Christmas approaching?!?!?!

Anywho,

Still running,

and running!

Jay 🙂

P.S.  Saw this today on my run, totally pissed about this Runner litterer!!!  Hiss!

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Visual Goals – Pimping the Beast!

Ok, so don’t get all judgey on me for what you are about to see lol

I am a big organisational freak when I put some energy into things, and what I like is to see my results as they unfold.

I guess you could say its something of a Motivational Board, but really, it is just my Plan to Win!  When I say ‘Win’, what I actually mean is “Not Die”!

I have mentioned everything here, from Goal weights (not that I am too focused on this anymore), to my Official Training Plan.

Having my plan in front of my face every day keeps me focused on what I need to do to get to my goals.

I am a bit of a Geek, I will admit it, but I am determined to be Awesomer, and I know deep down inside that if I don’t have a strict plan then I wont achieve, and I wont be a happy camper.  Talk about PRESSURE!

There is also a little chaos induced anxiety when I don’t have things all systematic.  I feel like I am out of control and not on track, so to make this a positive process, I need it all planned out.

And, because I am a stay at home mum, I have to make sure that I am a mum first, and a runner second, so I even have a ‘Care’ plan for my kids, I don;t like to leave things to chance and last minute rush decisions.  So I pretty much have my next 6 months set out before me!

Believe you me, this may seem pretty pedantic, but without planning all the finer details, I cannot relax about getting my self to the Start Line.

So excuse my poor photos… I haven’t yet got it all up on the wall…

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Now, as I said up there, I have taken the focus off Weight-loss for a bit.  I have actually been quite haphazard with my diet, I have lost weight in the last week, but I have stopped focusing on it so much.
In all honesty, I still haven’t got my ‘mojo’ back.  I don’t have the motivation to keep my days 100% to my initial plan, and this stresses me out!  So I am taking a load off and keeping it simple by just making sure I get 1 or 2 of my meals 100% to plan, and no after dinner eating!
If you are following me on Twitter, you would know how much I have been whinging about cupcakes and ice cream!  I whinge about it, but I have not yet eaten any of it, bleh!

My training plan for TUM (Tarawera) starts from today.  Its actually more just a Marathon Plan with about 8 or so weeks tact on to the front of it to keep myself gradually working upward in k’s.
Since having this damn chest infection and flu (Or whatever it was), I am really behind in my fitness.  Actually almost back at square one as I hadn’t quite got my shit together in the weeks before I got sick.

I missed out on the First of my Buffalo Trail series runs.  I’ve been crook for like forever, and last week was the toughest week of it.  But not to worry, I still have 1 more run on the 16th August, 12km, I should be ready by then to give it a good go!

Anywho,

It’s dinner time, and I have just finished Bootcamp, that means I am SUPER HUNGRY and want to EAT ALL THE THINGS!

I’ll catch you in a bit,

Tomorrow I run!

Exciting!

Jay 🙂

 

What’s on the Menu – Pimping the Beast

Another goody from the the last time I ‘Pimped the Beast’, was Menu Planning.

I actually haven’t stopped Menu Planning since I started (it helps save a bit of cash), but I need to change things up a bit to get myself back on track.

I am still eating predominantly Paleo, but Grains seem to keep appearing back in my diet, and my portion sizes are going a bit out the window.

So back to religious logging and back to careful menu planning!

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If you are on MyFitnessPal, feel free to add me, User Name – jam_hunt.

My next thoughts on diet is getting the balance right.  I ideally want to make it work from a Long Distance runner point of view, so getting things right is crucial to how I perform.  I’d hate to Bonk, so I need to figure it out before Event time!

I have searched a few websites just quickly and have found the article – Eat like a Caveman, Train like a caveman from Runkeeper.com.  A very brief insight to getting the balance right and recommends Long Distance Runners get the Book – Paleo Diet for Athletes.

So I bought it secondhand on Abesbooks.

Hopefully I get some good pointers!

In other news, I’ve just been and done BootCamp, and after being sick for FOREVER!!  I feel like I am back at square 1!  Even as I type this I am so shakey!
I thought after the warm up and the first circuit of Upper body, that I wasn’t doing too badly.  We got into the second circuit of Lower body… Shit got Real!  Real wobbly!  Lack of oxygen plus exertion equals light-headedness and dizzy spells.

I think perhaps I went back too early… I’ll go back in two days just to check. ha!

Even though I had a terrible time, it was Awesome!

Gotta get healthy and back to Hundy percent, I have got cals to burn and fitness to gain, Like yesterday!

Anywho,

How have you Pimped the Beast today?

Menu Planning on your horizon?

See you in a wee bit,

Running a little,

Jay 🙂

 

 

 

Was I Born to Run?

“Know why people run marathons? …  Because running is rooted in our collective imagination, and our imagination is rooted in running.  Language, art, science, space shuttles, Starry Night, intravascular surgery; they all had their roots in our ability to run.  Running was the superpower that made us human – which means its a superpower all humans Possess.”   -Louis Liebenberg

{Quote from Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run}

In the last couple of months I have pondered thoughts that border this exact idea.  Was I born to Run?

I have come across experiences – opinions, personal feelings, passing comments about running from a smyllion and one different people, For and Against the act of ‘Running’

Those that have given me the most food for thought – opinions from professionals.
All differing but all guiding me to the thought of ‘should I just give up?’

In the last year and a half I have grown to love this act of running.  It has not only grown on me, but become me.
I may not particularly be any good at it, but the way it makes me feel is truly indescribable, though I try my best to portray it.

But also in this same 1.5years I have had injury after injury and have grasped at methods, theories, others advice and experiences to get me on the right track to running ‘injury-free’.

After all this time, I still haven’t found my pain-free groove, but my heart still pines so passionately for it!

After rehabbing my injury developed from my running my first 21.1, I had asked a few different professionals what my next move to my tiring quest should be.
Each gave their professional (and perhaps not so professional) opinions and sent me on my way to further ponder what I should do with it all.
I had actually mentioned to my Chiro if I should just ‘Chuck it in’, even though I ‘love it so much’, am I ‘just ‘not cut out?’

In all this deliberation, mixed messages and efforts to find a deeper understanding, I had already on it’s way, paid and pending delivery, the book – ‘Born to run, A Hidden Tribe, Super athletes and the Greatest Race the world has never seen’  written by Christohpher McDougall.

About the Book –
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

I have literally just finished reading it for a second time and all I can say is it couldn’t have come at a better time.

I wouldn’t say it was a sign more than it was just a timely coincidence, but so many things in this book rang true of how I feel about running.
Things I had already discovered but had not taken too much notice of.

Though my own experiences are far from any adventure mapped out in this book, many things resonated in my own journey of thought and feeling whilst pounding.

I have dreams of ultra running, I live vicariously through race recaps and reports, I am almost ‘involved’ in others descriptions of what grueling hell they had just put themselves through over the last 50km plus, what their eyes have seen, what their feet have felt, how their body’s have paid.

I tell myself everyday (I actually do), that one day I am going to get to that 100!  There has to be a way around every freeking injury I have had, hundreds of people run every god damn day, why the hell am I getting it so wrong!

Is it time to take my shoes off…

…and then run!?!?!

I think so!

Minimilist? Barefoot?

I am about to embark on a new journey!

The same, but different!

Like always, I am writing all about it!

Run!

Jay 🙂

“Just move your legs.  Because if you don’t think you were born to run, you’re not only denying history.  You’re denying who you are” – Prof Dennis Bramble

{Quote from Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run}

Pimping the Beast – Clearing out Spaces

One of the first things I did last time that helped bunches was to clear out my spaces – refrigerator, pantry, other cluttered areas of my home.  Pretty much any space that visually wasn’t conducive to feeling good about smashing out the day.

As I take a look back at the post from last time I did this, it seems kinda silly that some of the contents of my fridge back then, still remains in there now!!  Perhaps, I should go back and look at ‘Use by’s’!

‘Clearing of spaces’ from last time – some of those Jars look familiar!

I have a lot of spaces to get sorted, namely my downstairs room that also serves as a gym’ish.  There is Equipment down there that needs tidying, assembling and organizing, mostly just to make sense of everything.

But for now, a pic of what I have accomplished today…

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It didn’t actually take me that long to get it back to a good state.  Funnily enough I didn’t actually have any Junk to get rid of, not one sweet tasting morsel in site!  Must be doing something right!

You may notice that my fridge is ‘Beer free’.  My husband bought a Booze fridge, so you can be assured that I am not totally insane ha!

I also cleaned out my children’s play room/Study – getting rid of toys that weren’t really age appropriate/were junk, Did a major cull on dressers and draws and un-cluttered my bedroom and hallway cupboard.  Progress!

Oh and last night as I was coming home from doing some shopping, there in my carport was a box that weighed a million ton.  Once I assemble it, I’ll let you know what it is and how secretly excited I am about it! – Oooo I kinda almost just gave it away! Eee!!

I still have a bunch of spaces in my house to clean and organise over the weekend, because I am still ill things don’t seem to be happening in much of a hurry.  Serious case of trouble breathing and crabby children!

So, when was the last time sorted you food spaces?

Maybe your next mission?

Have you started Pimping the Beast with me?

Not yet running (but still dreaming about it EVERY SINGLE MINUTE!),

Jay 🙂

 

Pimping the Beast: 2nd Edition

So if you have been around a while, you would remember the first time ‘I Pimped the Beast’ and the awesome results I got out of the whole process.

Well, I’m doing it again as an attempt to get myself through the the rest of the winter.

I think I have had a super bad case of the Winter Blues, and it doesn’t help that I have been sick for the majority of the first month of winter.


Perhaps the changes will help kick this ‘sick’ funk, but in any case if I can make it to spring with a better frame of mind, then my other goals will surely be more easily attained!

So for those newbies to my Blog, let me explain exactly what Pimping the Beast is…

Heard of that show ‘Pimp my Ride’?


It’s kinda like that.
You start where you are, make a plan and hold yourself accountable by sharing your changes/’something new’ with me (or blog about it )
That way you turn your ‘now’ self into a better awesomer version of yourself.

You become a better Beast… Hence the title Pimping the Beast!

Hopefully the changes you make and new good habits you form will stick with you to keep yourself on the good path.

So we are 8 weeks from spring, and I have figured that I will post a PTB post at least every third day, which means Aprox 19 new things/changes/improvements to plan for.

I’ve pre-planned all my awesome things and now I just need to plan how and when to execute.

Just to get some ideas of your own going, I have planned the following:

New recipes, foods, exercises…

As well as some other choice things – BootCamp goals, new health/fitness/running blogs and articles of interest,

Anyway hopefully this will inspire you to pimp your beast too, and make it through winter ready to rock spring and summer!

So, as with last time, I need you to comment with your changes/achievements/Pimping action!

Let’s do it,

Starting tomorrow – Saturday, who says changes only happen on a Monday! YEOW!

Still sick, so not so much running,

But getting the show on the road!

Come with me!

Jay 🙂

So this is happening…

Tarawera Relay Confirmation
I have been going on and on about it for like the last year and a half.

Now it is just a little more official!

Time to step this shit up a notch!

I will be relaying an 85km distance with a friend – Glenn, the guy that twisted my arm!

 

 

 

How much excitement is going through my head at the moment… still haven’t decided.

How much ‘holy shit’ is going through my head at the moment… TONS!

Tomorrow is the first day of getting serious with myself.  But in the funnest way possible.

Lets get amongst it!

Still running,

and then running some more,

and then some more,

Jay 🙂

Team David Virtual 5k

Today I ran for something outside of myself.

In my little corner of the world, I headed out with the Twinlets in tow.  For this guy…

Meet David…

At age 13 David was diagnosed “borderline schizophrenic”, at that time minors couldn’t be labeled “schizophrenic”. Once he turned 18 that diagnosis was changed to “schizophrenia”. He has carried this “label” every since. Needless to say, he turned to food for comfort. His over-indulgence led to addiction which ultimately led to obesity.
With the mind of an 8 year old child, his ability to make what one might consider “rational” decisions is quite limited. Now don’t get me wrong, he has a brilliant mind, as most people with this type of disorder. However, as a 6 year old child needs direction, so does David at the age of 33 and always will.
When David takes his medication like he is directed, unless you know his story, you would never know he had such a diagnosis. He loves to study and tell others of God’s word. He has a very creative mind and like all of us, he yearns to just be accepted.
He has spent the majority of his life with a label and because of that, at times he feels of less value than someone who may seem to “have it all together”. David loves like his Creator, unconditionally. He could actually teach the “average” person a thing or two.

 

Today David and his mum participated in a 5k event.

Weeks ago, they had made a virtual 5k event via Facebook in support of David.  I immediately jumped at it, I love virtual challenges.  Somehow they always mean more than the ones you pay money for to do for yourself.  There is more of a community feel.

Now at first, this morning, I didn’t want to get out of bed.  In all honesty it felt like Winter had come early and all I wanted to do was curl up with a roaring fire in front of the T.V. with the children.

I looked at the forecast for today and it said that it was supposed to rain later in the day.  If I didn’t get out and do it now then I would have to miss out on the run all together.  Mr Jam_hunt is still not home from work yet and so It would be too cold later to go out running with the kids.

I peeled away my Jim Jams, and suited up in some compression longs, having them on instantly made me feel better about going out into the cool world.

I rugged up the kiddies, in ugh boots and woolly hats and we were off.

It seemed the world was a different temperature outside, it was actually warmer outside than it was inside!

Crossing the road and warming up through the park, I knew I had to start my Garmin early in order to get in a full 5k on my usual route.

Off we went, down the access way through some trail and on to the Estuary Walkway.

I stopped quite a few times for snack breaks, water breaks and photo opportunities.

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This would be one of the very few times that I had left to run in warmer weather before Winter hit.

The kiddies loved the cows and were fighting at their stroller straps to get free and frolic in the over grown grass just across the way.

We passed quite a few runners, walkers and dog-walkers.  Other mums with strollers, Fit men and women, the causal elderly couple and (what looked like) a ten year old little girl running, donning a Weetbix Triathlon t-shirt, AWESOME!

It seemed everyone else had the same idea.

We got up the mammoth Coach Drive/Grange Road hill and proceeded along the main road toward our home.  Stopping first at the park for a bit of a run around and some slide action.

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I had to run a few hundred meters more down the road to get in the full 5k, but we got there in the end and wrapped up what was a very enjoyable run.

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Thanks David for being the reason I got out and about today!

There are always going to be excuses and reasons for why we choose not to do the right thing for our body’s and mind.  They are always going to be things that make up the parts of your Journey.

Not one soul is made up of 100% Will Power, just as quickly as it comes, it goes again.  It is only in ourselves that we find the courage to go out there and get it done again.  It always helps when you have some one to inspire you, or something to aspire to.

Life is made up of a whole bunch of small successes, as long as you are always on your way toward where you want to be, then you have not failed.

 

Next run wont come till Thursday.  Mr Jam_hunt will be home then, and I am super excited about this!

Did you go out for a Sunday morning run today?

Did something inspire you to get movin’?

As always,

Still Running,

Jay 🙂

P.S.  Go over to David’s FB page Team David, give it a ‘Like’ and comment on how Choice he is!
P.P.S. I have not been completing my 30 Day Challenges, but I have some awesome news to share anyway on the 30th of the Month.  Excitement stations!!