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A Sea Change

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!

Woo hoo!

Don

  
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BOUDICA26 8/27/2008 2:47PM

    You are always an inspiration !

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ANDALEX 8/26/2008 11:06PM

    reminds me of a song!
"whatever tomorrow brings
i'll be there
with open arms and open eyes"
-incubus, drive

what an amazing thing you've done, taking hold of your life and turning it in the direction you want. there's nothing more powerful than that ability. good for you! you are truly an inspiration.

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Summer's End...

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!

Don

  
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ZELLAZM 8/23/2008 12:23PM

    Don, WTG on continuing to make breakthroughs - like conquering those hills ON the bike instead of pushing it. I'm sure you'll find ways to make fitness fun this winter, too - where HAS the summer gone?!

Blessings, Michelle

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/22/2008 6:32AM

    Pushing yourself is the most important part of being successful! You have the right mindset, you are on your way to success! emoticon

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ONESWEETSHANNON 8/22/2008 12:23AM

    Way to go on conquering that hill! Shamefully I missed another opportunity to ride on this beautiful day. How are the trails at the State Park? It's been forever since I've been there, and hadn't thought of taking my bike there. Now I'm anxious to check it out.

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ANDALEX 8/21/2008 10:35PM

    congrats on biking up that big hill! that's such an awesome milestone. good for you!

cross country skiing is GREAT....i wish i lived somewhere with enough snow to make it possible. i fall a lot, but the snow really cushions you so it's not so bad. it's a great way to see wildlife because you move so quietly. have fun! snowshoeing is great, too, and QUITE a workout.

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Recovering My Weekend

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!

Don

  
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ROBINS-NEST 8/18/2008 5:19PM

    Enjoy your time off!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I always look forward to your comments!

Robin

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MERIRN 8/15/2008 2:56PM

    Hope you had a great time in Michigan. My family is originally from MI too. Paternal Grandparents are from Muskegon. Maternal GPs from Kalamazoo. Parents met at Hope College in Holland MI. I attended Hope for a couple years in the late 70s. We love vacationing there and visiting the sand dunes.



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WONKGRRRL 8/12/2008 10:54AM

    I need more cow bell!

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ANDALEX 8/4/2008 1:22PM

    biking is such a great workout! and so much fun. have a great time in michigan! i'll be in the same state for a couple of days, actually, but in an entirely different neck of the woods :)

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/4/2008 10:48AM

    Have fun

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NURSEGIBSON 8/4/2008 10:41AM

    Have a great week Don!!


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Watermelon Loses Out...!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

I had some fun volunteering to sell beverages for our local Catholic Charities at the SpiedieFest & Balloon Rally on Friday night: www.spiediefest.com/main.aspx Great pics of the hot air balloons at this site...a motivator for me to behold!

While it was an enjoyable time chatting with folks and I was filled with imaginings of one year treating myself to a hot air balloon ride while watching the hot air balloon launch, there was one very disappointing aspect to my time spent there that evening.

The booth where I was working at was adjacent to a booth that was selling fresh cold watermelon, cut into big juicy hunks for $2. Wonderful idea, I thought! So many folks are looking for healthy alternatives at these fair-like venues so overpopulated by funnel cakes and elephant ears and bloomin' onions and similar health disasters. I'll bet these watermelons sell like CRAZY!

WRONG! I could count on one hand the number of folks who bought watermelon throughout the five hours that I worked beside them...!

Such a sad commentary...I guess watermelon doesn't have a billion dollar ad revenue to influence our "freedom of choice!"

Otherwise...very pleasant time...lots of sunshine, allowed myself no indulgences, er, um..DISASTERS...lol...brought a couple bottles of water for myself and a couple pieces of sugarless gum. :-)

Don

  
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ROBINS-NEST 8/18/2008 5:15PM

    OK what is an elephant ear???

Boston & Styx played within a 1/2 mile of my house this weekend. There was nothing healthy!!!URRRR! So, I admit, I split a funnel cake with my daughter...we walked to and from the concert...doesn't that count?

I soooo would love to see watermelon as a vendor treat! The best I have ever seen is a watermelon snocone. LOL WE AS AMERICANS NEED to have better food choices. We are killing ourselves!

So, speaking of killing ourselves, ever heard of fried twinkies on a stick. They are fried then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar. I wonder how many calories they have??? 10,000??? I think I would die if I ever ate one.

I always enjoy your comments on my blog! emoticon
Robin

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MERIRN 8/15/2008 2:49PM

    I have eaten more watermelon this summer than I ever have! I absolutely love it!

We had a surprise a couple weeks ago when we were cutting up the fruit for the wedding rehearsal BBQ for my son's wedding and discovered the watermelon was bright yellow on the inside. It was just as delicious as the red but very golden with minimal seeds. Not too many folks helped themselves to this unusual-looking watermelon so there was lots left over. I don't think people believed it was watermelon!

Merideth

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ANDALEX 8/3/2008 11:53PM

    weird....and watermelon is one of the most popular summer fruits, too.

i'm rediscovering my love of fruit. well, branching out, i guess. it's so tasty! i got amazing plums the other day, so they're currently my snack of choice :)

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/3/2008 4:44PM

    Don- how cool, thanks for sharing! It is fun to do stuff like that isn't it! I would have thought the watermellon would go fast too. I know my kids would have snatched it up! They love watermellon!

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News: Fighting Corporate Control of Our Bodies

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
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080730/ap_on_r
e_us/fast_food_ban


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!

LET'S TELL OUR OFFICIALS AND PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF INFLUENCE THAT WE WILL BACK THEM IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS!

Don

  
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ETAGGEL 6/12/2009 11:43AM

    I am all in favour of this. The problem is the price of healthy eating. many people in todays economy, cannot afford it especially if they have a family. I am not so bad off there because I am employed and I only need to buy for myself. But that doesn't mean that I dont understand the needs of others. Been there, done that!


Phyllis

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L*I*T*A* 6/12/2009 11:30AM

    great................thanks for sharing...................blessings and hugs...............lita

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ROBINS-NEST 8/18/2008 5:31PM

    A few years back I was a PS teacher so don't get me started on food for kids!

I mean really, soda machines, candy machines, 10% "fruit juice" machines, greasy cheeseburgers, chili, tacos, greasy pasta, chocolate waffles, cookies, ice cream, I could go on and on....and breakfast is even worse.

No Child Left (without a) behind! emoticon


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FCOOPE6 8/2/2008 10:32AM

    As adults I think it is very important that we vote with our dollars. As Sparkpeople we either know or are learning the importance of eating healthy. If you have not noticed the prices of fresh fruits and vegetable at the grocery have been going up in price. It is beginning to look like fast food with all its fat will be the only place you can get a full belly at a reasonable price. But vote with your dollars ever chance you get. emoticon

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/1/2008 9:35PM

    Very cool!

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ANDALEX 7/31/2008 5:43AM

    there's a study being done in baltimore by johns hopkins. they are placing fresh produce and whole wheat bread in the corner stores that serve as grocery stores for many of the poorer communities in the city, hoping that people will buy the healthier food if it's available to them. they've had mixed success from what i hear. still, it points out that these foods are not just immediately available to everyone and that that has a huge impact on peoples' diets.

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