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BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT MARATHONS

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT MARATHONS

How long is a half marathon? A marathon?

According to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF):

• A half marathon is 21.0975 km or 13.10938 miles
• A full marathon is 42.195 km or 26.21876 miles (rounded to 26.2)

How did the marathon get its name?

• After the victory of the Greeks over the Persians in a battle in the town of Marathon in 490 B.C., a soldier by the name of Pheidippides ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to relay the good news.

Why is a marathon 26.2 miles and not 25 miles?

• The Olympic Games were inaugurated in Greece in 1896 and were 25 miles long, beginning at the Marathon Bridge and ending at the Olympic stadium in Athens, to commemorate the distance run by Pheidippides. In 1908, the Olympic Games were held in London, England. The royal family wanted the end of the marathon to be under the viewing box, so instead of moving the beginning point, they extended the race to 26.2 miles-which has since been the official marathon distance.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/3/2010 6:10PM

    Cool info. Didn't know anything about marathons other than the distance. Thanks

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DAISES2 3/3/2010 9:26AM

    i love your blogs,your a minefield of information

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SVELTINGTON 3/2/2010 11:21AM

    Yet again I am learning from your blog. I did not know this history! How cool it would be to go to Greece and duplicate Pheidippides' run!

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THE TOP 10 REASONS TO CUT THE COMPLAINING

Monday, March 01, 2010

Whether at work or at home, complaining may cause more problems than we realize. A complaint is a negative response to what is perceived as a problem when what is preferable is a positive respone to a challenge. Here are 10 primary dangers we can avoid if we cut the complaining:

1. THINGS APPEAR TO BE WORSE THAN THEY ARE. When we complain, we only focus on what is wrong. In actuality, things may not be so bad. If a situation is 90% good and 10% bad, and we spend our time and energy focused on the 10%, we overlook all that is really good.

2. BAD HABITS FORM QUICKLY. Complaining is like exercise – the more you do it, the easier it gets and the better you get at doing it. It can become something you actually enjoy.

3. WHAT YOU THINK YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. Perception distorts reality in our minds. Our complaining focuses on the negative and colors everything around us in a bad light. Then, our subconscious mind tries to make this observation be what we see as real.

4. DOWN IS THE WRONG DIRECTION. Complaining is the evil twin of one-upmanship-it becomes one-downmanship. One person complains, the next person has to top them with his or her complaint, and so on. Soon everyone is hopping on the bandwagon of counterproductive behavior.

5. DESPONDENCY IS NOT GOOD FOR ANYONE. Not only does complaining make situations seem worse than they are, it destroys all hope that the situation could possibly improve.

6. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION DISAPPEAR. When people lose hope, they cease to be motivated to achieve their goals. They think there is no point to coming up with ideas and implementing them, since chronic complainers will just shoot down anything new and say the ideas won’t work anyway.

7. NEGATIVITY GROWS LIKE A BAD WEED. The only way to gain status among complainers is to be the most negative person in the group. That is not the type of recognition of which you are worthy.

8. BAD RELATIONSHIPS RESULT. Relationships that form from commiserating by complaining are toxic. To start being part of such a group, you have to escalate the level of complaining. The result is everyone in the relationship becomes mired deeper in the complaint mindset.

9. CLIQUE FORM. Complaining closes people off in exclusive little groups colored by bitterness, criticism and suspicion. Being positive, optimistic and appreciative opens us up to others, making it easier to connect and succeed.

10. PESSIMISM IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. There is a mistaken idea that complainers have an edge because they see problems sooner. The truth is that optimists lead better lives. Believing in themselves and the efforts of those around them is the confidence that results in success. Studies in positive psychology indicate that people who see the world in a positive light have the following advantages:

• They live longer.
• They are healthier.
• They have more friends and better social lives.
• They are more successful at work.
• They enjoy life more.

  
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BELLA44 3/1/2010 8:16PM

    But I LIKE complaining!! My nickname isn't "Lucy" for nothing! LOL! Great blog and wonderful advice! Thanks,again, for always sharing such motivating and positive words! emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/1/2010 12:30PM

    I love this blog! You are absolutely correct! I am one of those glass have full people! In fact, even if I only have a couple of drops, I say "wow look how much I have left!"
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STARRPARENT 3/1/2010 10:23AM

    Loved it!! emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 3/1/2010 9:57AM

    Hear, hear! Now that is a VERY GOOD post. Thank you for your very informative blog. Edie

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DAISES2 3/1/2010 9:40AM

    very insightful emoticon

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MUSYCLAU 3/1/2010 7:54AM

    You are a wise lady. Thanks for sharing!

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Truth or Myth? (#3)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

In order to lose weight, one must give up all sweets

The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits that one can stay with for a lifetime. Including reasonable amounts of sweets in a weight-loss plan may help to ensure that the person continues on the sensible plan for the long-term. The desired weight goal can then be achieved and maintained.

It is unrealistic to expect that one will never eat a piece of chocolate or a slice of cake. A craving for sweets has a chemical basis in the brain. When a person responds to these cravings by eating a controlled amount, the brain normally responds by releasing increased amounts of the hormone serotonin, which can suppress hunger. The person feels satisfied and can, therefore, be in control of the amount of sweets consumed. Of course, one can minimize the caloric intake by using food sweetened by artificial sweeteners rather than real sugar, since the taste buds cannot distinguish between those and true sugar.

The stomach shrinks when a person eats less food.

When one eats enormous amounts of food, the stomach can expand. However, once the stomach empties, it returns to its normal size. If one diets for several days, the appetite level drops, but this has nothing to do with the size of the stomach.

Indeeed, the stomach cannot shrink, no matter how little food one consumes. The only way of physically decreasing the size of the stomach with the goal of interfering with food consumption occurs via a type of surgery known as a “gastric bypass.” In this procedure, the stomach is reduced to approximately 1/8 of its normal size. Therefore, the person is compelled to consume smaller meals.

Hope you all enjoyed these Truth or Myths.

  
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PJSTIME 2/28/2010 9:28PM

    Thanks for the info very interesting. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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PJSTIME 2/28/2010 9:28PM

    Thanks for the info very interesting. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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LLLAWSON 2/28/2010 6:48PM

    That's interesting about the non shrinking stomach. But I guess it makes sense. Thanks.

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SVELTINGTON 2/28/2010 1:13PM

    Excellent info! I am guilty of thinking the stomach shrank emoticon

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CARMEL466 2/28/2010 10:26AM

    I always enjoy your blogs but these are eye opening. Thank you.

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DAREDEVIL23 2/28/2010 8:27AM

    sparkpeople's mythbuster! keep up the good work.

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EVILKLOWN 2/28/2010 8:20AM

    Interesting. I thought the stomach "shrunk." Now I know better.

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Truth or Myth? (#3)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

In order to lose weight, one must give up all sweets

The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits that one can stay with for a lifetime. Including reasonable amounts of sweets in a weight-loss plan may help to ensure that the person continues on the sensible plan for the long-term. The desired weight goal can then be achieved and maintained.

It is unrealistic to expect that one will never eat a piece of chocolate or a slice of cake. A craving for sweets has a chemical basis in the brain. When a person responds to these cravings by eating a controlled amount, the brain normally responds by releasing increased amounts of the hormone serotonin, which can suppress hunger. The person feels satisfied and can, therefore, be in control of the amount of sweets consumed. Of course, one can minimize the caloric intake by using food sweetened by artificial sweeteners rather than real sugar, since the taste buds cannot distinguish between those and true sugar.

The stomach shrinks when a person eats less food.

When one eats enormous amounts of food, the stomach can expand. However, once the stomach empties, it returns to its normal size. If one diets for several days, the appetite level drops, but this has nothing to do with the size of the stomach.

Indeeed, the stomach cannot shrink, no matter how little food one consumes. The only way of physically decreasing the size of the stomach with the goal of interfering with food consumption occurs via a type of surgery known as a “gastric bypass.” In this procedure, the stomach is reduced to approximately 1/8 of its normal size. Therefore, the person is compelled to consume smaller meals.

Hope you all enjoyed these Truth or Myths.

  


Truth or Myth? (#2)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chewing celery helps burn calories.

Basically, celery-as well as iceberg lettuce and cucumbers-is nearly calorie-free because of its high water content. An 8-inch stalk of celery contains only 6 calories. Chewing celery or anything else burns about the same amount of calories per minute. Although celery is very low in calories, chewing it will not cause excess calories to be burned any faster.


Eating before bedtime causes greater weight gain.

It doesn’t make a difference what time one eats food, assuming that the individual eats the same foods and maintains the same activity levels during a 24-hour period. There is no evidence that when food is consumed at night, more calories are stored in the body than when the same foods are eaten during the day. The calories one consumes at night will be curned when needed by the body. If, however, one eats at night as an add-on to the normal meals, one will gain weight.

More Truth or Myth tomorrow.

  
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SVELTINGTON 2/28/2010 1:15PM

    Great info! I am guilty of believing the ate of chewing the celery burned more calories; as if it was exercise. emoticon

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DAISES2 2/27/2010 1:07PM

    all great facts.thanks judy

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LLLAWSON 2/27/2010 11:15AM

    Yep, I always love the celery one:)

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SWEETNHOT 2/27/2010 7:44AM

    Thanks for the info.

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HEALTHYJOANN 2/27/2010 7:42AM

    I have a friend that insist if she eats celery she will lose more weight! Once these rumors get started they are hard to stop.

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