Thursday, April 09, 2009
Don't know if any of you caught the same segment on NPR radio this morning that I did, but Sam Pocker was on. He writes a blog titled Retail Anarchy and has just compiled his writings into a book by the same name.
He voices the same kind of outrage I feel so often when it comes to the mass marketing of SO many useless and even HARMFUL products. I just signed up for his blog and am looking forward to his insights. My position takes his rant a step further...why not harness the power of marketing for GOOD and shape our wants and desires such that it isn't a worthless TWINKIE we salivate and wolf down, but fresh fruits and veggies?!?!
Here are some links:
Retail Anarchy blog:
Amazon Review of Retail Anarchy book:
Another review of the book:
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Yesterday was my first day back on the treadmill along with first strength training session...weathered it nicely, felt good to be getting back in the swing of things. So today I nailed a little over 1,000 cals. in 60 mins. on the 'mill...woo hoo!
Tomorrow I return to work...and it looks like things are going to be pretty stressful with the loss of two colleagues recently departed. I'll have to really hustle to get through these next few weeks until taking a week off to attend the conference in San Diego! That also means I'll have to curtail my heavier involvement with SparkPeople that I've enjoyed over the past two weeks...drat!
It also means I'm going to have to get serious about SLEEP and pushing myself into bed at a decent hour. I know I'm going to feel it mightily if I don't!
I'm looking forward to doing more biking...the weather on Easter Sunday is looking bikeable...lol, what better way to spend a holiday...? :-)
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I would like to really ramp up my efforts this month, not only to celebrate two years with SparkPeople, but I am going to the Spark Your Life Convention in San Diego at the end of the month and am SO PSYCHED and wanting to put my best foot forward for this MOST SPECTACULAR occasion!
It is so special for a number of reasons:
---of course it is special to celebrate at SparkPeople's first annual convention and meet SO many other members and SparkPeople staff, not the least of which is Chris Downey, SparkGuy who is nearing the completion of his first book about SparkPeople and will be drawing from convention attendees for his book!
---in addition, my sister and her family resides in San Diego and I have never ONCE visited them in the 20+ years they have lived out there.
---also, I have NEVER traveled further west in the USA than the Mississippi River!
---by some strange fluke, my son will be in San Diego at the same time attending a Physician Assistant convention right in the same building (San Diego Convention Center) as the SparkPeople convention.
Because of all these factors I made up my mind I was going to get there one way or the other and will be spending several days there staying with my sister and her family.
I'm getting all sorts of ideas from other Sparkies of great things to do like rent a bicycle and tour the town, catching all the beautiful sights.
So...I need to come up with a plan to really buckle down and accomplish some great things before the end of the month!
Trouble is...not sure where to start, what to aim for...breaking through my plateau and really working on shedding a few more pounds would be good. I am also a bit hampered still by my recovery from gall bladder surgery. Recovery is going well, but not sure I can yet truly pump it up on either treadmill or bicycle. Some strength-building might be off-limits also due to demands on my abs, which are still pretty sore.
But I better get going on SOMETHING here...!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
During my walk today an old favorite song of mine pumped me up in a whole new way. Ages ago many of us have heard what sounds like common sense spoken by Erich Fromm in his tiny book "The Art of Loving" that in order for anyone to love another person one must first truly love themselves.
Well for most of my life I belonged to that very large (pun intended!) club of people who never really "got it," never could honestly say that he/she loved him/herself unabashedly without conditions.
I realized today that one of the most exciting aspects of working out and making healthy food choices is that these are powerful means of affirming, accepting and truly loving and celebrating ourselves. Instead of hearing this song as a love song for someone else, I heard it as a celebration of being able to love myself, able to draw from that hidden strength inside about which I hadn't known for SO much of my life, feeling all pumped up, stepping right along to the drive and push of this wonderful song! So I had to get home and write this up and share it with all of you here within our SparkPeople community:
This is Love
Artist: Mary Chapin-Carpenter
Album: Stones In The Road
If you ever need to hear a voice in the middle of the night
When it seems so black outside that you can't remember light
Ever shone on you or the ones you love in this or another lifetime
And the voice you need to hear is the true and the trusted kind
With a soft, familiar rhythm in these swirling, unsure times
When the waves are lapping in and you're not sure you can swim
Well here's the lifeline
If you ever need to feel a hand take up your own
When you least expect but want it more than you've ever known
Baby here's that hand and baby here's my voice that's calling, this is love,
all it ever was and will be
This is love
And if you ever need some proof that time can heal your wounds
Just step inside my heart and walk around these rooms
Where the shadows used to be,
you can feel as well as see how peace con hover
Now time's been here to fix what's broken with its power
The love that smashed us both to bits spent its last few hours
Calling out your name, I thought this is the kind of pain
From which we don't recover
But I'm standing here now with my heart held out to you
You would've thought a miracle was all that got us through
Well baby all I know, all I know is I'm still standing
And this is love all it ever was and will be
This is love
And I see you still and there's this catch in my throat and
I just swallow hard till it leaves me
There's nothing in this world that can change what we know
Still I know I am here if you ever need me
And this is love
And if you ever think of me let it be around twilight
When the world has settled down and the last round of sunlight
Is waning in the sky, as you sit and watch the night descending
A car will pass out front with lovers at the wheel
A dog will bark out back and children's voices peal
Over and under the air, you've been there lost in the remembering
And if you ever wish for things that are only in the past
Just remember that the wrong things aren't supposed to last
Babe it's over and done and the rest is gonna come when you let it
And this is love, all that it ever was and will be
This is love, when you let it, if you let it now
This is love, all it ever was and can be
This is love
Lyrics link: www.getreadyforlove.com/thisislove.h
Link to album review: Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Stones In The Road
This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite albums! So is her other one, "Come On, Come On."
Link to mp3 download, entire album $8.99, songs 99 cents apiece:
If you aren't familiar with this album, celebrate yourself, celebrate life and buy it! :-)
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