Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Reading a post by another Team member this morning, I realized that I've undergone such a transformation over the past couple of years in focusing on my health and wellness, at first on my own and since 04/2007 with the help of all of you in the SparkPeople community!
There is absolutely NOTHING that can compare to the peace of mind one experiences when one is in the driver's seat, taking charge of one's life, looking ahead to the next challenge on which to set one's sights.
The best part is that this time the changes feel so DEEPLY rooted that I don't stress, as I have in the past when losing weight, about when the next shoe is going to fall...i.e. when am I going to blow it and re-gain my weight.
I simply know that it just isn't EVER going to happen!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Long time no blog! Been back from my week out in MI with my son since 8/12. Had a wonderful time at our family reunion and got VERY acquainted with Kalamazoo, which is where my son will be working as a Physician Assistant.
There are terrific bicycle paths which weave all over the city and a 30-40 mile path all the way to South Haven on Lake Michigan! Biking such distances has always seemed like a dream to me, but in the few days of biking which I enjoyed at my parent's I found myself traveling 10 miles in an hour and not being wiped out! I can see myself developing my biking to a point where double-digit distances don't appear quite foreboding, but actually enticing and alluring...to think I can really DO THAT! Woo hoo! :-)
Back to reality, however...it's been tough returning to the world of work when my mind is still out riding my bike on a long road stretching off between sprawling fields of corn with picture perfect blue skies and puffy clouds overhead. I had the tune "Into the Great Wide Open" by Tom Petty on my mind while riding out there...good to hold onto some of those images long afterward...
Been feeling badly that I haven't gotten on my bike since returning from vacation over a week ago.
I've been allowing stupendous weather to pass me by for over a week without getting out on my bike...argh!
Finally, with a little help from my DW, we got out to our local state park tonight where I have biked before and I got a good hour of biking in...which was wonderful in itself BUT!
In the past I could never bike up this one wicked hill...always had to get off and walk up it. Tonight there was not a single walk up: I biked up EVERY hill!
So I keep pushing myself when I can, the vision of doing more than I ever dreamed I could do drawing me ever forward!
In my dread of the passing of summer I've been scheming for ways to get my "wide open" outdoor fix in the winter. We have a local park that rents snowshoes and cross country skis. Have never done either, but they may become my winter source of breaking away, cutting loose!
Hope everyone is *being the Spark they want to see* in the world around all of us!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Due to staying up too late a couple of nights and oversleeping, I lost my Spark for a couple of days (Fri. / Sat.) and didn't do ANY cardio...finally got off my duff yesterday and did 50 mins. treadmill and 60 min. biking...getting braver about biking on our local highways so I don't HAVE to go anywhere to bike, just out the front door...lol!
As I already blogged, I volunteered Friday night at the Spiedie Fest, but Sunday I returned with my son to see the outdoor rock concert featurning Bad Company and Blue Oyster Cult ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLQzfdCs_HU ). Not usually my cup of tea, but it was fun to join my son for the night. Have to admit I enjoyed the music more than I thought I would. But I shoulda remembered the ear plugs! WOW what decibels...lol!
My son and I are heading for Michigan this Friday through next Tues. We're staying with an old college buddy of mine and his wife on Fri. / Sat. in East Lansing, then heading to my parent's home in Three Oaks (near Niles / Buchanan, SW corner of MI) till Tues. We'll be having a family reunion on Sun. which I'm looking forward to. Also planning to take my bike with us so I'll have a cardio outlet as I'll be without my treadmill.
Got up, got on my treadmill...not going to lose that SPARK! :-)
Going biking later at our local state park...tackle those hills again!
Hey everyone have a super start of the week out there!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This was featured in SparkPeople's Health News Today:
"Food Makers Spent $1.6 Billion Targeting Children
The 44 largest food and beverage companies in the United States spent about $1.6 billion in 2006 marketing their products to children and adolescents, says a Federal Trade Commission report to be released Tuesday.
About $492 million was spent on soda marketing, (primarily targeted at adolescents), about $237 million was spent on cereal marketing (primarily aimed at children under age 12), and restaurants spent close to $294 million on marketing that targeted children and adolescents about evenly, the Associated Press reported.
To prepare its study, the FTC used confidential financial data the companies were forced to hand over. The findings show that a large amount of money is being used to persuade children to eat foods that are often unhealthy, said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who pushed for the study.
"This study confirms what I have been saying for years. Industry needs to step up to the plate and use their innovation and creativity to market healthy foods to our kids," Harkin was quoted by the AP as saying. "That $1.6 billion could be used to attract our kids to healthy snacks, tasty cereals, fruits and vegetables."
My thoughts: This is what we are up against people! 1.6 BILLION dollars spent to influence our taste buds!
Now, this NEXT item is an example of what we CAN DO ABOUT IT!
"LA blocks new fast-food outlets from poor areas
LOS ANGELES - City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in an impoverished swath of the city with a proliferation of such eateries and above average rates of obesity.
The yearlong moratorium is intended to give the city time to attract restaurants that serve healthier food. The action, which the mayor must still sign into law, is believed to be the first of its kind by a major city to protect public health.
"Our communities have an extreme shortage of quality foods," City Councilman Bernard Parks said.
Representatives of fast-food chains said they support the goal of better diets but believe they are being unfairly targeted. They say they already offer healthier food items on their menus."
Kudos and hat's off to the LA City Council!
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