Monday, April 26, 2010
I live outside of the city limits in a small rural area. I chose to live in this area because I love animals: pets, wildlife, birds, pigs, chickens, horses, mules, rabbits, etc. I love to watch wildlife as they learn to live with humans. Afterall, we are encroaching on their habitat. My problem is with people that don't understand the way of life outside of the city.
Silver City is becoming a retirement community. The mines are basically closed down, we have great doctors, a good hospital, low taxes, four gentle seasons, low taxes, lots of available outside activities, etc. We have a large number of retired people moving into the area and buying property outside of the city limits. Mind you I don't care if people do this, but there are a few things they need to realize.
Deer love roses, flowers of most kinds and green lawns. If you do not want the deer to eat your roses, flowers, gardens, lawns, etc...stay in the city. If rabbits "pooping" on your lawn is an issue...fence the lawn or move into the city. If a bird is going to poop in your yard because you have big trees for them to sit in and it is a problem..you guessed it, you need to be in town. Lights are meant to shine so people can see. At night I prefer to have it dark outside of my window. If you need a night light so the animals don't creep up to your home, you need to be in the city.
There are many ways of life and many types of people. Get to know the people of an area. Try to understand their ways of life. People can change and adapt but don't assume that rural means stupid. People that move from one place to another, tell me all the wonderful things about Silver and in the next breath, all of the things that need to be changed because it was done another way in the place they just moved from, are VERY ANNOYING!
We can all get along. Respect is a powerful word if the meaning of it is actually used. I have nothing against living in a city nor the people that live there. I have lived in a large city. It has its perks, but truthfully I prefer to live in the country. It is the way of life I am the most comfortable with. I promise to never move into the city and tell you how to change everything. Can you promise not to move to the country and tell me how to change everything? Let's get along and respect each other. Variety is the spice of life!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I spend a great deal of time reading articles concerning the sport of triathlon. I am relatively new to Spark People, but I find that the two have many things in common.
Many people that use Spark are trying to lose weight. In order to do so we see people embarking on exercise programs, setting goals, paying close attention to nutrition and good foods, being rewarded for consistency, and trying to remain positive in stressful lives and everyday situations. As a triathlete, I see people in this sport attempting the same things in order to compete in a very time consuming, life-altering sport.
A person new to losing weight often starts with two or three workouts per week. This is great for a beginning triathlete as well. Two or three workouts per week or per discipline is a good foundation that can be built on. Swim, bike, run or walk, lift, stretch or...the combinations are limitless. A good foundation allows people to add more training over time.
A person that consistently works out sees more improvements than the person that works out for a week and then is hit and miss for a week and then starts all over. Your body has to have time to adjust and when it does you will feel better and begin to realize the benefits of your efforts. Setting goals that are reasonable and attainable becomes easier when you are consistent with your efforts as well.
Nutrition needs to be a way of life for most people. The fuel you feed your body is what makes you. Good fuel leads to health and wellness and the ability to do more with your body. If you feel good it is much easier to remain positive, defeat stress and keep accomplishing dreams and hopes.
A big work in progress circle? I think so. Add recovery time into the circle so your body stays uninjured and family time to keep mentally sound and you are on the right track. Spark People provides a lot of motivation, as do family and good friends. "Coaching" comes in many forms and allows us to grow as we circle.
Be, feel, try, accomplish, smile and keep on keeping on!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I read an article the other day that was supposed to be encouraging people to exercise. It talked about all the positive aspects of exercise and how people feel so much better, have more energy, relieve stress, etc. Then came a statement that I have thought about for several days.
"One should not spend more than about thirty minutes a day exercising or they are separated from their family too much. People that exercise are often selfish people that think too much about themselves and their endeavors and not enough about their family and friends." My family originally thought this way about me. They resented my long bike rides and runs on weekends, yet they would not accompany me.
If I do not exercise I will be unhealthy and unable to do the things must do for my family and my career. I may be selfish, but it is my life and others are counting on me. I deserve to be fit and happy and to chase my dreams in order to achieve my goals. My exercise is directly related to what I choose to do in my free time, which is endurance sports, mostly triathlon. Exercise is also my stress relief valve and without it I would be a lot harder to get along with.
After numerous family discussions where I pointed out to family members that we all have our own interests, we all agreed that one should be able to pursue their interests. We need to work together and support each other in whatever we choose to do. Teamwork is our new motto! I hope no one in your family or immediate circle of friends and co-workers feel you are selfish for exercising and improving your health and body. Truly, I am saddened by such thoughts and feel these critics must be jealous and misinformed. Let us educate and encourage!
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