Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I've always said that if you make exercise fun, you'll always find time for it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMOQHsWfOB4
And, if you have a friend to exercise with, you'll be more committed to working out!
I hope these videos give you a smile, but more importantly, give you some ideas about making exercise fun!
Thanks to my teammate, Molly, who inspired me by sharing the first video with me.
Monday, September 16, 2013
On Saturday, September 14, I participated in Lorie's Lakeside Century bike ride in Chesterton, IN (no, I didn't ride for 100 miles, although many others did!). The ride was to benefit the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Porter County, IN. The VNA provides a broad spectrum of health and social services that can be delivered to recovering, disabled, chronically ill or terminally ill persons in their home environment - a very worthy cause.
If you haven't participated in one of these bike rides for charity, I strongly recommend it. It is NOT a race; rather it is all about camaraderie and fellowship – and eating!
It was a brisk 40* overnight. We left Naperville at 6am to drive to Chesterton and got to see this beautiful sunrise!
Here is our "team" representing Emerson Industrial Automation, one of the race sponsors. Left to right - Tiffany Epler, John Vroom, Andy Darrol, Nancy Haines, Dan Burgey, and Harry Fischer.
You can start the ride anytime between 7-10am. At 7am, it was around 50* with a slight wind. We delayed our start time from 7am to 8:30am to let it warm up a bit - it might have been 55* when we started. Pretty brisk, especially in the shade, but it warmed up nicely the longer we rode. The first SAG (support and grub) stop was about 12 miles into our ride. The longest ride Harry had done previously to this was 16 miles, so he was a little concerned about going 28 miles.
This was the view at our first SAG stop - gorgeous! There was a wedding party on the beach taking photos. At this stop, Harry said he was feeling pretty strong and confident that he could make it 28 miles. It was my intent to ride 38 miles.
Who knew that Indiana was hilly? The 12 miles to the next SAG stop was all uphill - gently rolling uphill, but uphill just the same! Harry said he should have realized that going TOWARD Lake Michigan would all be downhill for watershed. At one point, there was a rather steep uphill climb. When Tiffany and I, who were leading our team, reached the top of the hill, there were about a dozen riders taking an unofficial rest stop in someone's front yard. We joined them to wait for the guys. Harry was feeling his knees ache on this climb. He was so grateful for the unofficial stop.
Our second SAG stop was at the Art Barn - which came complete with chickens and crowing roosters. Dan thought that the rooster must have known that we were eating chicken sandwiches at that rest stop, and the rooster was alerting the other birds to that fact!
John, Harry, and Andy refueling at the Art Barn.
If I was going to do the 38 mile ride, the Art Barn is where I would have parted ways with my team. But, due to the nature of this being a ride and not a race, we were never in a hurry to leave the SAG stops. Harry and I had tickets to the Wine & Food Festival back in IL, so time was running short. I returned back to the starting line with the rest of my team for lunch. Yes, I said lunch! The race sponsors put on a pulled pork and corn on the cob luncheon for us.
Harry, Nancy, Tiffany, and Dan pointing out the Emerson Industrial Automation race sponsorship on the banner.
I forgot to start the Map My Ride app when we started to ride (that's a great FREE app, by the way). Map My Ride clocked us at 28.85 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes with 1,336 calories burned. Dan's computer said that we went just a hair under 30 miles. I thank we ate more calories at SAG stops and at the luncheon than we burned off riding!
This ride was 30 miles of beautiful scenery with wonderful people. The volunteers at registration, the SAG stops, and at the luncheon were awesome. They couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. I will do this ride again next year - and perhaps go 38 miles. Although Tiffany told me that she did the 38 miles in a previous year and it was even MORE uphill from there!
If you ever get a chance to participate in one of these charity rides, I highly recommend it. Find a cause that you want to support and get out there for some fresh air, exercise, and an extremely fun time!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
This was a great lesson I read on Facebook...
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This story was in my Facebook feed this morning. I thought that this was good advice for us on our Spark journeys - Shake it off and take a step up!
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.
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