Saturday, July 26, 2008
Randy Pausch has been in the news quite a bit recently due to his death. He has been known for many things, however his crowning achievement was a heartfelt, inspirational speech he made on 9/18/2007.
His university had assigned staff the challenge of taking turns giving to their students "The Last Lecture" in which they would pretend that if they were giving the last lecture of their life, what would they say.
The difference for Randy Pausch was that he had recently been informed by his doctors that his pancreatic cancer had spread to his liver and he had only months to live. So he TRULY faced this challenge knowing he might have no time left for further lectures!
Here is a link to an article about Randy:
And HERE is a link to a YouTube of his famous speech of 9/18/2007: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Inspiration is what SparkPeople is all about.
This man was PURE inspiration!
What a LEGACY we are fortunate enough for him to have left for us!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Re-Posting this as I don't want to see it lost in my older posts which (who knows?) may be removed:
This is an issue about which I feel SOOOO strongly! Hope folks don't mind, but I'm going to copy/paste a blog I wrote last year about this. A very strong source of motivation for me in my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is (to borrow a wonderful phrase a friend once used) "Fighting Corporate Control of My Body!"
My blog: "One of my biggest motivators is fighting the "corporate ownership of my body" to borrow a friend's phrase. There are zillions of CEO's out there looking to turn over a dime at my expense. The mass-marketing of insanely unhealthy foods truly incenses me! Let's profit off of all these doofus consumers and THEN let's profit off of their MEDICAL TREATMENT! We've got a pill to take care of you! (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes management, etc) Ooops, side effects from that pill...? Here's another pill to take care of that! Ooops...surgery time? Step right this way...!
All the while profiting off of the uninformed public!
I have a burning desire not to give these corporations any more money than necessary and that starts and ends with what I put in my mouth. I rankle when at the supermarket I see shelves stretching off into the distance with a multitude of beverages in every color under the sun when ALL WE REALLY NEED IS WATER!
And the corporate world has already begun to capture major profits off of WATER! Get ready for air, people...clean air? Here you go, that'll be five dollars for five puffs!
How did we get started down this unhealthy path of eating such garbage?
Pay attention to your media...print, audio, video...! Garbage is EVERYWHERE! And touted as the coolest stuff around!
In Australia they had an epidemic of speed-related crashes and deaths. They decided to do something about it, so they assigned an advertising company the job of creating a campaign to persuade folks not to speed.
Very inventive folks, these advertising people!
They came up with an advertising campaign which took a page out of a Quentin Tarantino movie in which young sexy babes pull up in their car next to Kurt Russell's behemoth on four wheels. They crook their pinky finger at him and say: "Woooo...big engine, little winky!" and zoom off into the sunset.
So: billboards sprung up everywhere along the same line: Drive fast and prove how UN-sexy, UN-cool you are! Drive fast and show the world how insecure you are!
Same thing on the radio.
Same thing on TV.
It worked! Everybody slowed down!
So much for our "freedom of choice"...?
Don't you KNOW that the SAME type of success could be accomplished in persuading all of us about the benefits of healthy eating, healthy activity?
My RAGE centers around WHY ISN'T THIS HAPPENING!?!?
Sorry to grab the podium folks, but this is something that really makes me crazy AND something I use to motivate myself: I look at my healthy lifestyle as a means of FIGHTING CORPORATE CONTROL OF MY BODY!"
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Over time, I've learned to be patient with plateaus, but I scrutinize my habits to see if there is anything I do which I could change which could help me move down to the next level.
My patience comes from thoughts like these: "So what you haven't lost weight! Look what you've accomplished! Besides, what are your choices...get mad, throw it all out the window and give into the old trigger foods once again? No WAY! You've worked too hard to build your healthy lifestyle and even if you never lose another pound, you are accomplishing a tremendous amount by simply maintaining your progress! You can actually feel the bones and muscle under your skin! Woo Hoo!"
I blew through my last plateau (I'm in another one now...3 weeks same weight) by realizing that although peanuts, sunflower seeds and nuts are healthy foods, I was snacking too much on them while driving. So I gave them up for a while. Additionally, I had opportunities to add a bit to my workouts...both in terms of amount of time and variety...switching over to elliptical while traveling.
Before I knew it, I dropped from 235 to 230. Now I'm holding again. We'll see how long. If I get impatient enough, I'm sure I'll find a way to kick it further down yet again.
One strategy I've been forestalling BIGTIME, which is a true disservice to my efforts from all we're hearing about recent research showing how beneficial a food log is...I don't measure my foods, and I don't log my foods. I rebel against this for some reason. I take pride in developing an intuitive sense of what I should or shouldn't eat. But I realize too that the day may soon arrive when I have to tackle portions and logging if I want to proceed to lower weight levels. We'll see if I'm stubborn enough to do it without resorting to such measures...lol!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I had been down on myself for having broken a 13 day cardio streak yesterday...could come up with lots of excuses, but I truly COULD have done my cardio if I had pushed myself. Earlier on, I had hoped to go biking instead of using the treadmill, then Mother Nature kicked in with stormy weather and by then it just seemed like somebody pulled the plug from me... Next time I'll know to just get it done, out of the way, and THEN if I can bike TOO, it'll be all that much better a day!
BUT am back in the saddle again today, up and at 'em, treadmill done first thing this morning!
Then after work I had the pleasure of taking the car in to have a new headlight replaced...woo hoo!
So what, you ask? Cuz our local walking / biking trail is just on the other side of the shopping plaza where I left the car so I could work in an extra hour of walking while they worked on the car! :-)
PLUS, I figured out what I needed to do in order to get my bicycle to fit into the extended trunk of my Ford Taurus: have to lower the bicycle seat. A bit of an irritation to have to do this and keep the pliers in the car, but I think the convenience of having my bike handy for those moments when I'm inspired either on lunch break or after work will be well worth it!
It's important to me to make it HIGHLY convenient to fall into workout opportunities...so we'll see how well this pays off! I'm enjoying biking SO much more this year...looking forward to having an alternative cardio outlet!
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