Wednesday, July 23, 2014
We got the results of our City Wide Walking Challenge last week. I have held off writing about it because I was hoping for a lot More Information, but the article about it came out in the Local Newspaper today so I will share what I DO Know.
Our Family Team, the RADICALLY AMBULATORY DUDES AND DIVAS won 1st Place in the Team Category. The RADD Team consisted of Me, My Husband (GWCANNON), My Dad (AIRFORCEBOB) and My Sister (MOMINE).
The Goal was to walk at least 30 minutes a day for 6 Weeks. It was a completely FREE Program sponsored by the local Hospital, Health Department, the City Parks and Recreation Department and several local businesses. Part of the "Package" was a Free T-Shirt, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Testing, and a Weight Check. I am kind of sad that only 69 people signed up. I am VERY Curious about how many of those actually completed the Challenge. Completing The Challenge consisted of just turning in the Log Sheet they provided you documenting your Total Minutes Walked. It was all done completely on the Honor System and you could walk whenever and wherever was most convenient for You.
Quoting from the Newspaper Article:
"For the winning Team, participating in the program was about more than just competition and prizes -- it was about spending time with Family. Jeannie Cannon inspired her Family to move more after losing more than 160 pounds by joining a Gym and Walking More. Her Father, Robert Marr is 78 years old and walked at least 3 Miles A Day each day of the Walk This Way Program.
Even a cancer diagnosis couldn't slow down the Team's progress. Jeannie's husband Gary was diagnosed with Colon Cancer last month but made No Excuses to get out of exercising and joined the Family Walks daily. "
I cannot tell you how PROUD I am of my Family/Team!! Dad and Maxynne Maxynne don't even live in Yukon but they participated enthusiastically. One evening when they were here visiting here they arrived VERY Late, but did not let that stop them from walking. Carrying flashlights we walked 3 miles at the Park long after the Ducks, Squirrels, and Geese had called it a night, LOL!! Maxynne's middle son joined us for the walk that night.
I hope that Maxynne doesn't mind me quoting part of her Comment on my last blog. It really did tickle my Heart! I am So Proud of Her, My Dad and Gary!! There are just Not Enough Happy Heart Icons or Words to express it.
"I have just started bouncing back after a SERIOUS down time after vacation. Don't know what happened, just cratered. Doing a little exercise for just 10 minutes at a time brought back the mood, motivation, and mobility to get back into my evening walk.
One night while nursing a headache, dad talked me into going for the walk by telling me we could go just a little ways, "to blow the cobwebs out". LOL We went the whole way. Hahahaha"
Whatever Your Excuse is today, Kick It To The Curb & Go For A Walk!! It doesn't matter if you walk for 10 Minutes or 100 Minutes, you WILL feel better and you will be Proud Of Yourself!!
(and if you tell me about it in the Comments, I will send you a Spark Goodie!!)
Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go Practice What I Preach, LOL!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I am not necessarily a huge Fan of Dr Oz, but I DO Believe that Exercise Should Be Fun. And I think that we all need to be reminded sometimes to Enjoy The Journey we are on. This article by Dr Oz and his partner Dr Roizen is right along that line of thought with some suggestions of how to keep the "Fun" in our Fit Lifestyle.
The Secret to Loving Exercise: Pleasure, Not Pain
by: Michael Roizen, MD, and Mehmet Oz, MD
The Secret to Loving Exercise: Pleasure, Not Pain
Exercise slims your hips, flattens your belly, boosts your spirits and -- according to a recent study that had us cheering loudly -- packs a longevity bonus as powerful as drugs for people living with heart disease, diabetes or the aftermath of a stroke. That’s a lot of amazing benefits from physical activity.
So if you’re among the 80 percent of Americans searching for the motivation to get fit or stay active, we’ve got the secret: Tell your “inner gym teacher” to take a hike!
That’s right. Stop believing exercise means “no pain, no gain”, uses up lots of time, is exhausting, or will bore you to tears. Those exercise myths keep way too many people on the couch. The truth: Small amounts of easy, enjoyable activity are best for revving up your energy level and boosting your mood. In fact, by slashing stress and increasing levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, one workout (strolling around the block) can help you feel great for a whopping 12 hours!
Related: More Health Benefits of Exercise
Its no wonder that “enjoyment”, “fun” and “happiness” are top reasons regular exercisers stick with it. A report from the University of New Hampshire even found that people who remembered something pleasant about a past exercise session worked out 20-60 percent more often than folks who remembered the negatives. If you haven’t found your own exercise groove yet due to discomfort, tiredness, lack of time, or just feeling too out-of-shape or uncoordinated to get out there, these easy, fun strategies will get and keep you moving—because they feel so good.
If you’re turned off by: Wasting time driving to the gym, changing clothes, a shower afterward… Try: Walking, the no-fuss routine
Save time with workouts you can do right now without getting into your car, pulling on special clothes, or having to shower off afterward. Dr. Mike hops on his office treadmill for brief strolls whenever he has a few minutes. Do the same at home by taking a quick walk in your neighborhood or by marching in place during TV commercials. At work schedule a couple of daily 10- to 15-minute walks; then increase to 30 minutes a day. Two 15-minute strolls deliver benefits comparable to a longer walk. You see improvements in better circulation and blood pressure.
If you’re turned off by: Solitude… Try: Enlisting a friend
Walk with a friend -- at home and/or at work -- if being solitary is an exercise turn-off for you. Success and exercise enjoyment rates soar when you buddy-up. You get companionship, accountability and may even burn more calories!
And then there are the benefits of walking with a dog. Besides boosting the enjoyment of your average walk, dog owners are 20 percent less likely to be obese than non-dog owners. But wear a pedometer, so you’ll walk in circles while your dog stops. The average hour-long dog walk delivers a non-pedometer wearer only about 8 minutes of walking; by wearing a pedometer, you’ll get close to 50 minutes!
If you’re turned off by: Boot-camp-style work-outs or a boring gym routine… Try: Dancing or playing outside
Love moving to music? You’ll burn lots of calories and reap benefits like a healthier heart and protection against dementia. Hula-hoop, shimmy and shake to your favorite tunes out back at home or take an outdoor dance exercise class like Zumba. You can also toss a Frisbee, work in the garden…they all burn calories, raise your heart rate, and count as exercise in a fresh air environment.
If you’re turned-off by: Feeling ache-y afterwards…Try: Backing off a little
Over-doing exercise is a big reason exercise newbies quit…so keep in mind that a comfortably-paced routine is better for boosting energy and mood. If you’re an experienced exerciser who’s traded up to a too-tough routine, here’s news: Overtraining may boost inflammation in ways that interfere with muscle-building benefits. Dial down the intensity of your routine a little so that you can’t wait to do it again!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Watermelon is a natural source of most powerful antioxidants provided by nature. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A to protect us from diseases. It reduces the risk of dehydration.
Summer and watermelon are inseparable. Watermelons are found almost everywhere in the world. Although we can find watermelons in our markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality. No other fruit can we find so crunchy and thirst quenching like watermelon.
1. The health benefits of watermelon are really great. No matter how it is sliced, it is packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.
2. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene.
3. The beautiful red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
4. It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
5. Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.
6. Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.
7. Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.
8. The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.
9. Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
10. Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration.
When the heat of summer tires us with thirst, eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks. Since it contains high water quantity it can hydrates us whereas other drinks are caffeine filled energy drinks which can easily dehydrate us. Nothing can be more satisfactory on a hot, dusty day than a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon!
Read more: http://healthmad.com/nutrition/10-health-b
Sunday, June 29, 2014
This was inspired by _Babe_'s Blog of the Same Name, AND by the fact that I have FINALLY learned how to Cut and Paste, LOL!!
Your go to chewing gum flavour… I Have NEVER chewed gum, I hate it!
Best time of the year… Fall, but Spring is a VERY Close 2nd Place
If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be ... Purple or Multi Colored
Favourite pie ... Pecan
First record you ever bought… Not sure, but it was probably either the Statler Brothers or Charley Pride
Current perfume you use ... White Diamonds, always!!
Do you have any trophies or awards ... Perfect Attendance at Nursing School
Worst day of your life ... ???
Do you cuss and swear .. On Occasion
Celebrity crush you would get a hall pass for ... Billy Graham or Alan Jackson
What is the new reward if it isn’t food anymore ... Shopping for Clothes or New Workout Equipment
What makes you the Zodiac sign you are ... Libra, they are easy going and want nothing more than Peacefulness with those around them
What is your goal weight.... 145 - 150 pounds
Do you think you are a giver or a taker .. Probably most people would say I'm a Giver. I think it depends on the situation.
Beach house or Mountain cabin ... Mountain Cabin, with a Summer Cottage at the Beach
If you monogrammed your towels ... LJC
Someone offers you free plastic surgery, what do you do…. Arms
I might be tempted to time travel back to the Victorian Era (temporarily, of course!!) I LOVE their clothes and the Art Work
Nick name in high school ... I don't think I had one.
Now cut and paste this but I want to see your answers...or feel free to post your own blog.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
*Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young*
*'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.*
*He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and
*This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached*
*them to his roosters.*
*Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance,*
*which rooster was performing.*
*Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by*
*just listening to the bells.*
*Fred's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but*
*this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!*
*When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy*
*chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the*
*roosters coming, would run for cover.*
*To Fred's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't
*He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.*
*Fred was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Brisbane City*
*Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.*
*The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell*
*Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.*
*Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a*
*politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards*
*on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting*
*populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.*
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