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Morning Magic

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I grumble at times about the growing dark in the morning as I fumble my way in the dark to my treadmill. I don't like to turn on the lights, but have everything situated so that I can just slip on my sneakers, hop on and get going.

But this morning I was in awe witnessing the dark outside gradually lightening as the sun rose, with three of our cats lined up in their respective windows taking in this daily magic.

It was a reminder of the daily miracle of darkness turning to light which, if we're vigilant, we can see and appreciate in our lives over and over again.

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EXIT2LEFT 10/17/2007 10:27PM

  mmmm, thanks for posting this. i blew off water aerobics this morning for a number of irrational reasons. i hadn't been able to go b/c of work the last 2 weeks and had scheduled to start back today. i'm mentally allergic, i swear, and i'd rather do most anything except go. I'm fine when i'm there and after, but my resistance is strong and strongest when I haven't gone awhile. but i think i need to make going 1st thing less complex. i'd been cooking up breakfast. maybe i need to do grab & go (banana & cheese sticks or something)... will have to think on it... the winter is harder. up when dark, home when dark. blech. i've always let it derail me, but this year, i need to stay focused on those am workouts.... or i'll talk myself out of them at night ;) i had already talked myself out of Fri this week, assuring myself i would go this coming mon. :::snort::: i feel like i'm lying to myself. ok. if you can do it, so can i. Fri it is! My other days aren't quite so early. we'll see how tomorrow goes ;) Perhaps you'll have a beautiful sunrise tomorrow! Cheers :)

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KSSME39 10/17/2007 12:51PM

    Awesome, Don! Thanks for sharing! It's the "little" things that speak the loudest sometimes, huh?

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KYNBRECK 10/17/2007 10:57AM

  Absolutely know what you mean!! I live by a lake and when I jump on the elliptical early in the morning it is amazing to watch the sun come up over the water. I am not really a morning person and I soooo relate to the not wanting to turn on the lights! lol But don't you feel pumped afterwards??? Appreciate the simple pleasures in life everyday!

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New Food Documentary: King Corn

Monday, October 15, 2007

I heard on NPR today about what sounds to be a SUPERB documentary coming out:

King Corn

Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, two best friends from college, made this documentary about their decision to move from the East Coast to the American heartland to find out where the food they eat actually comes from. The two pals became farmers themselves, raised their own crop of corn in the Iowa soil and followed where the grain went after they sold it into the marketplace .

The Basics: A documentary about two college graduates growing an acre of corn in Iowa. Then they follow that crop through its various lives as cattle feed and as an ingredient in countless other processed foods. They're helped along the way by a government subsidy, some ammonia fertilizer and an entire American food production system that's become completely dependent on the crop. In other words, it's a lighthearted horror movie about where your food comes from — and what it's doing to you (aka making us all fat).

What's the Deal? This is a post-Morgan Spurlock/Michael Moore-style activist documentary but one that goes about its business in a really even-handed, genial way. It exists to reconnect viewers with the idea that the food you eat actually comes from somewhere, and just by being made puts it in a headbutt situation with an agribusiness culture that would just as soon not have the public know much about the whats, whys and hows.

One of Many Gross Facts You'll Learn If You Watch This Movie: If you ever saw that episode of Oprah where Dr. Oz brought out the tray of solidified high-fructose corn syrup (it's probably on YouTube) and made the audience shriek, then you'll do that, too, when you learn this: The average American consumes 73.5 pounds of it each year.

Another Fact (Not Gross — Just Weird and Sad): Most of the corn that grows is unsuitable for eating right off the stalk. It's now just raw material for other processes. In other words, a farmer growing it couldn't feed himself with it.

Now Go Check Out: The silent-but-deadly-serious documentary Our Daily Bread and the book The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

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EXIT2LEFT 10/16/2007 3:35PM

  :::nods::: i hope to see it. i was shocked to learn about HFCS, and am concerned about agri protocols. It's hard as 1 consumer to effect change but 2gether we can vote with our pocketbooks and our fingers on the net, and whereever else we can be heard.... it is distressing to me that the label laws allow a certain level of transfats and still claim 2 b zero. it's distressing that food with hfcs is cheaper and abundant and healthier choices are treated like luxury items (like when i finally 1st found real pomegranate juice, perhaps 8 oz for $5 or some other outrageous amount)... that organic and pesticide free is much more expensive as are free range... and i don't mean the kind where they leave the door open for 2 hours a day but the chickens don't go outside b/c they are accustomed to their 1x1 ft sqare of habitat.... it will take a chorus of voices...

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INQY1974 10/15/2007 11:58PM

    Thanks for the info. You're always a great help!

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Green Guinea Pigs

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Another thought I had as I entered this tiny room into which a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike were crammed was: whew! Is it HOT in here! This fellow running on the treadmill has generated such HEAT! Reminds me of ME! I get so hot when working out. If I go for a walk on a chilly day, say 30-40 degrees or so...it isn't long before I take off my coat and feel just fine. In fact, I've gotten so I don't bother with a coat if I know I'm going to go for a long walk. Same on the treadmill. At home I have a window behind me and a window on the left. I throw them wide open in the coldest of weather as I get so warm so quickly.

This got me thinking...remember the old high school science project where one would wire up a guinea pig in a treadmill cage and as the wheel spun around under the crittter's feet (hamster? guinea pig? forget which) a light bulb would light up with the energy generated by the rotation of the wheel.

I'm no Einstein or Edison, but what if one could hook up our treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes to a generator which could store up the energy generated by our exercise?

Heck maybe we could whack down our electric bills...?

Silly thought of the day...! :-)

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EXIT2LEFT 10/10/2007 10:50PM

  it's a fab idea! i have a crank radio that can be cranked when it's solar panel doesn't provide enough energy. what if we could store enough from the dreadmills to cover power outages! Recharge batteries??? That would be 2 cool! I also, being mentally allergic to exercise & a tad self-conscious, hate 2 sweat in public.... i'm working on embracing it as a sign that i'm doing something heart healthy & to look forward to getting my endorphins a rockin & a rollin! Of course, if i could get dh to walk w/ me irw, i could avoide the dreadmill ;)

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Sweat & Re-Wiring

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Rats, he's still on the treadmill!

I'd been waiting and waiting for the treadmill while away from home at a hotel this past weekend. Never mind the fact that yesterday I was on the treadmill for over an hour and somebody was waiting for ME! :-)

Anyhow, he finally wraps up his run on the treadmill and this shorter, but muscular, not obese fellow is so TOTALLY sopping wet with sweat! I thought I was bad...! The treadmill was COVERED with sweat as well as the mirror than ran along the wall beside the treadmill. Not that I minded as I knew I was about to add my pints of sweat to the mix...lol. He was kind enough to swab it up with his towel.

This got me thinking about my attitude toward sweat and obesity. To me it has always seemed to me that my sweating was a form of broadcasting my obesity and I have always felt self-conscious about it. Even after having lost the weight I've lost I still sweat easily and profusely with minimal exertion. BUT: here was an average-weight, average-build person sweating even MORE than MOI!

So it's not just a "fat" thing...it's a BODY thing...some folks sweat more than others, no big deal!

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HEALTHYGAL01 10/12/2007 5:32PM

    My coach tells me that you sweat more the better shape you are in. She is a personal trainer and coaches cyclists and triathletes. When I was training for the MS 150 I did spinning classes with the bicycle in a stand. Obese me did not sweat near as much as the super fit guys. My DH is now training for a 1/2 iron man and he definitely sweats during a work more now than he did before.

So excessive sweating during exercise means our bodies are working well!

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The High Cost of Oversleeping

Monday, October 08, 2007

The high cost of oversleeping...there's never enough time to hop on the treadmill until night time and it is SOOOO much harder for me to do it then rather than first thing in the morning...ugh!

But: got 'er done... 50 mins. on treadmill (was hoping for 60 on this last day of the holiday weekend) and my upper body dumb bell work.

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STARLIGHT42 10/8/2007 11:47PM

    I am sorry - I was laughing at the title, even before reading the blog! I know EXACTLY how you feel. Even just a few hours will completely throw my day off. Glad you were able to recoup on the exercise :o}

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