Thursday, August 16, 2007
Check it out! Lots of great music!
Keep in mind, not EVERYTHING you listen to will have been selected by me, as Pandora does inject recommended music, given my tastes...sometimes they're right on the money...sometimes they're not!
Let me know what you think!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I've just had the good fortune of finding out that my favorite band has traveled all the way from Brasil to my neck of the woods! The concert is Monday 8/20 and I just CANNOT WAIT!!! :-)
The concert was everything I hoped it would be and more!
My friend met me at the concert and we found out that the 2nd show which started at 8 would cost only half as much for those who came to the first show, and that they were performing a totally different set of music.
Well...who could resist? :-)
So it was a very full night of some of the best music ever to grace my ear canals!!
Each member of the trio was so humble, gentle, full of smiles and life! Romero Lubambo, the guitarist, introduced one song by saying "this is a little song I wrote yesterday while driving...maybe you won't like it? nevermind, we play more..." This guitarist is so absolutely phenomenal! Each of his five fingers were picking so furiously it would take 5 single-pick guitarists to keep up with him! Eyes closed during much of their performance, they all were so overtaken by the music one had such a sense that the universe was just channeling through them and they were just humble vessels, delivering audio delight to the audience.
My friend and I approached Romero during the break and we got pictures of us with Romero standing in between, arms around our shoulders, our arms around his back. Can't wait to see the pics! Got home too late to upload them. Will post when I can.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Been picking up my pace on the treadmill now and then, bumping it up from 3.5 to 4.0 and it's getting close to feeling like a slow jog instead of walking...and surprisingly it's feeling GOOD to me! I absolutely NEVER thought I would see the day where I could ever come CLOSE to running, let alone conceive of ENJOYING myself doing it! I'm looking forward to bigger and better activities in the future...formerly the stuff of dreams!
Monday, August 13, 2007
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 that 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!
End rant...! :-)
or...maybe NOT: Additional Thoughts
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 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!?!?
Why? Where would the PROFIT be?
I ranted a bit in my blog below too...FWIW...lol
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!
Monday, August 13, 2007
I'm sharing below the introduction I posted to the SparkTeams I joined:
My name is Don and I've been "lurking" here at SP for the past few months. I've been overwhelmed by all the wisdom, support and solid advice I've found in my SP travels.
I've been obese throughout my life and this past holiday season (12/06), just after my 50th birthday in 10/06, I picked up one of those nasty gastrointestinal bugs which knocked me for a loop and rendered me unable to consume anything but water for several days. I found the experience somewhat cleansing and somehow the stars aligned properly and I was able to make a firm commitment, since I'd already lost a good bit of weight through the illness, to at last get serious about my health and weight loss.
I have at my all-time high weighed @ 450. During the majority of 2006 I weighed @ 350. Since getting serious about my health I have succeeded in dropping to the lowest weight I've managed in over 20 years.
My tools have been a low / no carb approach to eating, finally using the treadmill that had been gathering dust for the past ten years (35 minutes daily, minimum of a 5% incline with variations up to 10%), listening to my mp3 player during workouts, weekly weigh-ins and last but not least all the wonderful knowledge and tools offered by SP.
I have been attempting to incorporate some dumb bell work and stomach crunches...haven't yet been consistent about this. Most recently, to add variety to my activities I dusted off an old bicycle of my son's, took it to the repair shop and found that to buy a comparable bike new would cost $300, but to repair this to "like new" condition would be only $100...I pick up my re-born bicycle this Friday! Going to head out to the many trails in our local parks and see if I can catch the biking bug. :-)
I used to enjoy walking outside, however I find that I can't push myself like I can on the treadmill. I can go for a couple-hour walk and barely be sweating, but 35 mins. on the treadmill and I'm soaked! However once I've done the treadmill, it has been difficult for me to push myself outside during other times of day to enjoy walking outdoors. I'm hoping biking can get me back into the great wide outdoors.
Music has been instrumental to my success, as you'll see on my homepage.
I have turned many people on to SP and talk about it everywhere I go...coworkers, family and my many clients, as I am a professional social worker.
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