Saturday, April 16, 2011
I'm thrilled to read about this study in SparkPeople’s HealthNews of April 14. Unless you’re over 50 years of age, you may not relate to those moments some of us have when we begin to wonder about our sanity: Where did I put those keys, etc.
While my Mom left this world with her memory intact, my Dad is currently 87 and experiences some short-term memory loss. It got me wondering if some of my memory changes might mean the inevitable worst (alzheimer's). Rest assured this is not something that overwhelms my thinking, as it's just not worth letting such thoughts overtake me when we have such a loving and merciful God to attempt to emulate. I pray that I can be as “happy” as my Dad is at his age – for example, while most people tire quickly at the quality of meals served at an assisted living care facility, my Dad actually enjoys them. He's a pretty happy fellow and is also known in his community as the "singing mailman.”
What a delight I found in reading a recent Health News study:
Losing Weight Improves Memory: Study
Losing weight helps overweight and obese people improve their memories and concentration, according to a new study.
Researchers tested the cognitive abilities of 150 people who weighed an average of 300 pounds and repeated the tests 12 weeks after 109 of the participants underwent weight loss surgery and lost an average of 50 pounds, USA Today reported.
The follow-up tests revealed that those who had the weight loss surgery showed improvement in memory and other cognitive abilities, such as organizational skills. The participants who didn't lose weight showed a small decrease in memory.
It makes sense that as the body becomes healthier, so does the brain, said study author John Gunstad, an associate professor of psychology at Kent State University, USA Today reported.
The study was published online this week in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Mark 4:24 (amplified bible)
And He said to them, “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”
We are blessed to have access to a wide array of reputable information in our journeys to become healthier. Did you learn something recently that impacted your life in a good way?
Friday, April 15, 2011
Today, those blessings came in many ways, here’s just a few:
1) Signing up for a new 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears with many people I now consider some of the dearest of friends! While I’m nearing the end of my weight loss journey, I plan on using this opportunity to remain healthy and fit in getting us to our gorgeous destinations! If MAARTJEBOL can do it, I can’t think of a better person’s footsteps to follow. I fear it may take a few more challenges in order for my body to get the hang of these fitness minutes as being they value they are to my health that needs to be maintained . . . without that much-needed change in attitude, this new and wonderful lifestyle change may remain in jeopardy.
2) Celebrating my birthday one more time as I enjoy a great meal with my life’s partner, while remaining within my nutritional ranges. Look at the beautiful flowers I came across while walking into the restaurant.
3) Wearing a new top of what I know has to be a mismatched Size 10 . . . as I know I’m not there yet, and even at goal, I expect to be able to wear a few mediums and 10/12 outfits. What even a greater blessing, is that this $69 top only cost me $4! I’m blessed with a great eye for a bargain! I’ve had friends tell me they’ll follow me next time we go shopping together! . . . but no one can beat the great frugality of my WWII era father. Apparently, when you live through the depression, you learn the true meaning of your faith and of sacrifice! As we age gracefully, we also learn that our needs become fewer in number, and that it is the relationships we build that truly count in this life!
4) And best of all . . . be a blessing to someone else today! Fellow Teddy Bear, Shelley147, just achieved a 60 lbs weight loss.
All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
Worship the Lord your God and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
Where do you find blessings today?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sri Lankans make something very similar to Flan or Crème Brulee: a wonderfully sweet egg custard. While I had the honor to serve up the delightfully tasting custard, I only had one taste.
John 16:24 -- Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
I can remember a time about eight years ago when a parent of one of our finest Sri Lankan students made me a whole pan of egg custard . . . not once, but twice! Oh, what delight! No wonder I got to be a hundred pounds overweight.
While I still have a voluptuous appetite, I choose to pick filling foods that fit much better into the nutritional ranges SparkPeople recommends. Weight Watchers calls these Power Foods: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy and dairy substitutes, lean proteins, plus more.
Because of my love for food, I will likely always have an eating problem that needs to remain in check. Fortunately, I now eat much healthier and am happy to report that I am just one pound away from the high-end of a normal body mass index (BMI).
I hope you’re making progress on your goals today.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I never knew I had so many incredible friends . . . Thank you! My mailbox was delightfully filled with priceless messages that made this the most popular and fun-filled birthday ever! Fortunately, I was able to capture much of my day by camera.
I spent the morning with my Father in North Central Wisconsin, while enjoying yet another gorgeous segment of Lake Superior. I found a way to work in some great strength training exercises throughout this quality time spent together. Along the same lines, I was able to drink over a gallon of water while comfortably exceeding my fiber intake in the name of a Good challenge.
On my return trip to home, I stopped by to visit the powerful rushing waters of Amnicon Falls. The Now and Then Falls, immediately above, is often in its prime this time of year with all the freshly melted snows or spring rains and is usually GONE with but a “drip, drip” trickle by late August)
After taking care of a medical appointment (The view from the office of the Aerial Life Bridge was gorgeous), my cousin and I enjoyed a little sweet potato and carrot soup and oatmeal pie at our favorite restaurant that specializes in Norwegian and Swedish dishes; Tak for Maten.
After my Duluth visit, at my home church I had the opportunity to prayers, scripture, and terrific “giving” opportunities. Then it was off to the grocery store with a friend.
I ended the evening with a dear friend who made two very healthy dishes from an international love of mine: Aloo Achaar (Nepali Potato Salad) and Rajma (Red Kidney Beans). Without any intent of malice, let me describe how I felt, albeit proverbially: I thought I had died and went to heaven. When I’m enjoying something special, I’m worse than the Campbell Soup commercials where you might hear mmm . . . mmm . . . mmm regularly. As you may have guess, by now, I’m very (verbally) expressive. What a beautiful conclusion to a perfectly delightful day. I was further blessed by being asked to pray and we delightfully prayed together for God’s rich blessing in our undeserving lives, rejoice in great thanksgiving for the great joy, mercy and grace that is ours, as well as the power of God’s unconditional love in our lives and how we can become better stewards of God’s great love with those around us.
Thank you for being a glorious part of my SparkPages and thoughts throughout the day! May you not just “busy” your day with activities, but make quality connections.
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