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The “half-banana” story

Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a story about portion control. An important weight loss and proper nutrition factor which can easily turn itself into a boomerang side-effect if you lose balance and moderation while applying its rules. If you’re one of those persons who measure everything they put in their mouth by the decimal figures of an ounce, read on.

Back in my first dieting years, I would often browse through diets I came across in magazines or meal plans that a friend would follow. I had stumbled upon a snack option many times. “Half a normal-sized banana”. I would always wonder: Why half?

When I decided to follow a specialist’s advice to help me lose weight, I visited my endocrinologist who was also an obesity expert in order to make my first meal plan. I started reading it and soon realized that it had one fruit serving for every snack. “Great!” thought the fruit-lover inside me. At the end of the weekly meal plan there was a detailed description of what one fruit serving meant: One medium apple, two large tangerines, half a normal-sized banana…!!!
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The question just asked itself using my voice!
“Excuse me, why do I have to eat half the banana? Can’t I eat all of it?”
She explained to me that a whole banana counts for two servings of fruit and it would double the calories of my snack.

“Ok,” I replied, “what if I eat both my snacks in the morning and not have an evening snack? This way I could eat a whole banana!”
She answered that the calories and the fruit fiber should be equally divided between meals and that the afternoon snack is really important.

“All right then, could you please tell me what I’m supposed to do with the other half?” – I know it sounds like a stupid question but I was really wondering at the moment of what her answer would be.
- You can put it in the fridge and eat it in the afternoon.
- I hate chilled bananas which have started going black!
- You can share it with someone else in the family.
- They want to eat a whole banana, too, and they have every right to. They’re not trying to lose weight!
- Well, throw it away then!
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(Oops! Anger alarm triggered! Is she really telling me to throw away half the quantity of bananas I buy?)

I wanted to start telling her about the increasing rates of hunger and famine over the world but I thought “She’s a nutrition expert, she knows about those things.” And I just ended the discussion. Already determined to break this one rule.

Don’t get me wrong, I bear no grudge against her. She’s an excellent doctor who has kept my thyroid at rest for the past decade and that was one of the two arguments we’ve ever had.

I managed to lose 17 kilos back then – which I gained back, you know the story – and I lost 19 again with Sparkpeople. Always eating a whole banana for a snack.

The moral of the story? Moderation has to be applied everywhere, even on portion control. You must be aware of how much you’re eating but one more fruit or salad serving won’t make you fat! How bad can it be compared to the cookies you used to snack on until yesterday? Food tracking is a valuable and helpful tool that will help you discover your bad eating habits but you mustn’t get obsessed with it. You don’t have to count the lettuce leaves that you’ll put into your salad! You won’t be able to do that for the rest of your life! Because if you do, you risk crossing the line. And on the other side, food obsession awaits. And it’s a very good friend with eating disorders.

Change your bad eating habits one at a time, one step at a time. I’ll never get tired of repeating it. Healthy, life-long habits that are far from tiring, compulsive obsessions can really put you among the small, successful percentage of people who lost the weight and never “found” it again. Isn’t that what we’re all trying to accomplish?
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THOMS1 11/2/2012 7:29PM

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MELAYAHM 11/1/2012 12:58PM

    Yeah, who can eat half a banana? I know they're the most fattening fruit (except for maybe avocados, but I don't like them, so no problem avoiding them), but they are also the only fruit I actually like to eat, as opposed to eating cos it's good for me. Well, maybe strawberries. And grapes. And blueberries, but they're expensive here. But anyway, if bananas didn't go black, then maybe, but otherwise, forget it, might as well eat the whole thing and yeah, much better than half a packet of biscuits

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PINKANGEL73 11/1/2012 10:50AM

    Great blog! I always eat a whole banana too, in fact, shhh don't tell anyone but sometimes I eat two in one day.

A few years ago on my previous struggle to lose weight I went for a check up with my local practice nurse and got a different lady. Her advice to me as I was struggling to lose (though not gaining) was to eat as little as possible and cut down on the amount of fruit and veggies I was eating. Having spent the last few months trying to eat extra fruit and veggies and less of other things I pretty much gave up at that point.

Since then I found Spark with its wealth of info, did loads of research and used the nutrition tracker to begin with as a tool to look at my overall eating and what was causing the most problems and what worked best for me. Now I track everything and I am changing my life - slowly but surely.

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TINAJANE76 11/1/2012 4:37AM

    I've often found it really weird to just eat half a banana. Really, who ever got fat eating a whole banana instead of half of one? I think people need to focus on eating MORE fruits and vegetables rather than worrying about which ones are "bad" for you. If it really bugs you to "spend" so many calories on a banana, either don't eat them or try to find smaller ones. The ones I get only run me about 80 calories for the whole banana, which I think is a bargain for all the nutrients you get. End of banana rant. Thank you.

Anyway, thanks this blog. I think it goes to show how much we can overcomplicate things that really shouldn't be that complicated.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/4/2012 11:44AM

    I really just want to reach my arms halfway(ish) around the globe right now and give you a great big hug!

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HEATHOG 10/4/2012 10:11AM

    Great story! I honestly read it while eating half a banana (my youngest son eats the other half!)

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BAKER1009 10/4/2012 8:22AM

    Awesome blog Elle!
You're right on with everything you have posted here. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us!!

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STARDUSTGR 10/4/2012 4:09AM

    Great Blog Elle!!
I totally agree with you and I vote... a whole of banana!!!!!
Of course we should control our portions but we should also stay away or any unhealthy obsession.
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/30/2012 10:55AM

    Oh, portion control...portion control. This is my very biggest struggle when it comes to my healthy, forever, lifestyle. I bounce all over. Thanks for the reminder about how important it really is.
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FITFOODIE806 9/27/2012 1:38PM

    Thanks for sharing this great story and lesson. I'd eat the whole banana too!

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FIREFLY4407 9/27/2012 1:13PM

    This was great! Yes, we want portion control and all, but there also needs to be commen sense applied !! emoticon

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SHANTODD420 9/27/2012 12:57PM

    Thanks for sharing I always eat the whole banana as well. Need to be more aware of my choices lol.

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ZANNBEE 9/27/2012 11:05AM

    Wonderful. I always eat the full banana too. I love bananas. Love the wisdom in this blog. Another issue is with not wanting to throw away food. So many of us have problems throwing food away so we end up eating past fullness because we don't want it to go to waste. There are no hard and fast rules. We can be flexible.

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GOTTAPLAN4U 9/27/2012 9:52AM

  Good thoughts.
I would be very lucky if I were convinced I should have only half of a banana because I have 3 dogs who love banana and are thrilled to have a chunk of mine. It would be one banana well spent among us.
Kate

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LOVESTOWALK49 9/27/2012 9:10AM

    I always eat the whole banana. I also eat the whole avocado. I rather have that one piece of fruit and eat less other foods than throw it away. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/27/2012 8:23AM

    THis is a really great blog. You're SO right, a whole banana will NOT make you fat, it's the chocolate you dip it in ; ) I also totally agree that there is a very fine line between trying to do the right thing and obsessing which leads to an ED. On this journey, I've come close to crossing that line. Thankfully, I've had enough sense to stop that in its tracks. Again, great blog!

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The day that would change me.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September, 22nd, 2009.
Another terrifying reading on the scale had triggered feelings of guilt, self-hatred and panic. Getting too close to the dreaded 90's again. I had gained back all the weight I had lost using huge amounts of patience, self-discipline and money. I was back to square one again. And in serious danger of getting even further behind it. I would soon need one-digit weight gain to enter the three-digits weight numbers. 100 kilograms looked so close! I had to do something.

I thought I’d try the internet. Keywords like “weight loss” and “diet” flooded the result screen with millions of sites. I found a BMI calculator in the first one I entered. The categorization only made me feel even worse.
“A BMI over 30 puts you in the “Obese” category for adults of your height.” Obesity??? The word echoed in my head, destroying my already vulnerable self-esteem.

I was ready to try the first fad diet I could find that would promise me the fastest results. But then I came across Sparkpeople. What caught my attention at first was the word “free” - I had already paid once to get rid of the weight, I refused to do it again. At first, it looked complicated. And I was skeptical. But I chose to stay. A choice that would prove to be wise.

I found a lot on Sparkpeople.
- Information. Hundreds of articles and feedback on nutrition, exercise and healthy living.
- Tools. Trackers, videos and healthy recipes.
- Inspiration. People who had succeeded in their journeys, no matter how difficult it seemed.
- Support. People who fought the same battle I was fighting. Who were there to cheer me on when I progressed. Who would gladly offer their hugs when I fell. (Who would have thought that virtual hugs could ever mean so much?) And people who would encourage me to get back up and fight again.
- Wisdom. Life wisdom. The kind that is not written in books. The kind that is sculpted on people’s hearts according to their experiences. And I found lots of those people here who were willing to share their priceless knowledge.

3 years later, 19 kilograms lighter, 24,000 fitness minutes fitter and a lot wiser by hundreds of Sparkpeople’s stories kept securely in my heart and mind, I can reassure you that Sparkpeople changed me in so many ways. Ways that I could never imagine when I joined in 2009. Back then the name of the site sounded motivating. For some reason, it seemed like a community of people who "sparkle" with the glow of change.
Now, I know that it’s all about the spark within us. A spark that can only be lit by us. No matter how many tools and how much support this wonderful community gives you, if you don’t light the spark yourself, nothing will ever happen. It’s like trying to educate a reluctant student. Even if you bring him the world’s finest tutors, no one will manage to put the knowledge in his head.

The spark is somewhere there inside you. You are the one who will light it. When it starts fading, your supportive friends will help you rekindle it. If you really want to change, no failure is strong enough to stop you. It can only serve as a learning tool for your changing process. Your spark doesn’t know quitting.

Thank you Sparkpeople for helping me light my spark.
I wish I’ll always be strong enough to stay here and help others do the same.
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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/4/2012 11:38AM

    This is exactly why I come back and read blogs that I've missed! emoticon You truly do Sparkle now and I'm so glad you're willing to share how you got to that point. I've been here 1.5 years. I hope to be a whole lot more like you by the time I hit the 3-year mark!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/30/2012 11:14AM

    wow! awesome testimonial. Congrats on finding something, 3years ago, that works for you. I love SP too. Happy SP anniversary! You're a very encouraging friend. I look forward to reading your comments every single time.
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VIXSTERLU 9/27/2012 12:14AM

    So well said!!!! Congrats and thanks for being my spark friend.

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    Happy 3-year Sparkaversary! emoticon
I don't believe it all started 3 years ago! It seemed like yesterday! Time flies!

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Thank you for helping me find the spark inside me. I wish one day I reach my destination to this difficult but inspiration journey!
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FIREFLY4407 9/24/2012 4:37PM

    Congratulations on your 3 year Sparkaversary!! I wish I could have discovered Spark 3 years ago, but I'm grateful that I did eventually find it - it is indeed life changing.
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/24/2012 1:15PM

    emoticon Happy Sparkversary, Elle!!! I am so glad you found SP and that you used it to reach your goals. 19 kilos is wonderful, and it is fantastic to read how you have changed... You can even run now, YAY!!!

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BAKER1009 9/24/2012 10:17AM

    Happy Anniversary Elle! emoticon
I never realized how closely together we joined Spark!

What a wonderful, beautiful, inspirational blog! So glad you are here to share your story with others. You are right about the "spark" word. It has so many different meanings for us here, all quite wonderful.

Enjoy your anniversary today, and enjoy your wonderful health that you have worked so hard for!
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TATINE 9/24/2012 8:59AM

    thank you for this post...just what I needed to read today! the spark is there for sure!
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FITFOODIE806 9/24/2012 8:35AM

    This is beautiful. I agree, spark has been such a positive force in my life. Here's to more sparking! And congrats on your continued success in this whole healthy lifestyle thing!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/24/2012 8:35AM

    Happy SParkavesary!! emoticon and emoticon emoticon on your successes!

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JHUSTO01 9/24/2012 8:34AM

    What a wonderful, inspirational blog. Thanks! :)

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ZANNBEE 9/24/2012 8:18AM

    Wow happy sparkversary! So inspiring! Congratulations. So nice to know there are people like you who can show us how it's done!

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WELLNESSME09 9/24/2012 8:13AM

    Wow! love this blog,

Wishing you continued success towards your goals.

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KAREN633 9/24/2012 8:00AM

    Thanks for the inspiration

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Weekend's food for thought! (A bit early, I know!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Since I won't be around for a couple of days, I thought I'd share some motivation with all my good Sparkfriends. A little help to make decisions when faced with everyday dilemmas. Remember it's always your choice!

Who you are OR who you want to be? (If they're one and the same, well done!)




What you want now OR what you want most?




Feelings of deprivation OR feelings of power?




Real food OR counterfeit?




Computer time OR workout time?




Today OR every new Monday?




Discipline OR regret?




Sore OR sorry?




Skinny OR fit and strong?




Perfect conditions OR your own conditions?




Strong excuses OR strong willpower?




Dreams OR hard work?




Have a nice Friday and a fantastic weekend!
Be nothing less than yourselves!
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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/4/2012 11:34AM

    You are so sweet to take time out to motivate the rest of us! I really appreciate how encouraging you are!

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FITMOMMY18 9/24/2012 8:44AM

    Thank you for that little boost. I really need it after a weekend of little slip ups... :/

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/24/2012 4:33AM

    Seems we like to blog in similar ways... Great post!! Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!

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BLOOMINGLENA 9/21/2012 3:39AM

    As old people used to say: If you don't get wet, you can't catch fish! hahaha! No pain no gain! Elle thank you for pointing out the dilemmas and the right choices for being healthy and fit! What I liked is the one with the skinny girls vs FIT girls! haha! Have a nice weekend and take care! emoticon emoticon

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GONE-BIKING 9/20/2012 5:50PM

    Thank you! Keep on posting because I'm along for the ride, or run, or whatever!
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/20/2012 4:09PM

    You are great at motivating us. Thank you for a wonderful blog, Elle! And have a beautiful weekend!


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ZANNBEE 9/20/2012 4:05PM

    Love it

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HOPEANEW 9/20/2012 12:45PM

    That was an excellent reminder! Thanks for posting!!

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An awesome, inspirational blog Elle, thank you!!

But wait, where are you going?! I will miss you!!
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That really helps!! THank you

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Scale-free goal-setting!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The importance of goal-setting!
It’s in almost every weight loss article I have read in the last couple of years. Advice on this subject is given in abundance by every fitness and nutrition expert.

“Set your goals today.”
“Keep your goals small and realistic.”
“Write down your goals.”
“Share your goals with friends or family so that they can keep you accountable.”
“Make a vision collage of your goals.”
“Be flexible with your goals.”
Advice, which, in most cases, is valuable and foolproof. But what about the nature of the goals? When it comes to weight loss what kind of goals should we set?

Most of us have started our journeys using the scale as a starting point for our goal-setting technique. “I want to lose 10 pounds/5 kg/10% of my body weight by Christmas/my birthday/summer vacation.” Or we make it even shorter: 2 pounds this week. And I can’t help but wonder: Even if we do everything right, how sure are we to reach this goal? There are hundreds of times that I’ve come across blogs from frustrated people wondering “Why didn’t the scale move? I didn’t do anything wrong!” Simply because our bodies’ chemistry is much more complicated than “calories in-calories out”. There is no diet and no program in the world that can guarantee a specific weight loss for every person that tries it. So, are we setting ourselves up for disappointment when our goals revolve around the scale?

During my journey I set a lot of fitness goals. I entered the world of fitness being utterly unfit! I could only dream of being able to do jumping jacks for two minutes. But I did. I couldn’t picture myself doing ten real push-ups. But I did. I finished three three-month DVD bootcamps. I never imagined myself running on the treadmill. And now I’m training for a 5K.
I would be a liar if I told you that I had no scale goals during this time. The number on the scale and its fluctuations were always at the back of my mind. But that’s where I kept them. I would put fitness goals in front, make them “louder” in my mind and focus on them. They were always there to help me get over the scale disappointment. They were something I was fully responsible for. My physical abilities – which could only get better – and my commitment to exercise. No metabolism rates, unwanted water retention or any other complex body chemistry mechanisms included.

As I slowly enter maintenance period – aka the rest of my life – goal-setting with no scale numbers involved becomes even more important. We can’t keep losing weight forever! But if you’ve had the gain-it-all-back experience at least once in your life, you know how important it is to stay fitness and health motivated. And the scale can’t help you here. There’s not much fun in seeing it stuck to a number, nothing to work towards. Fitness possibilities, on the other hand, seem endless. There’s always something new to try.

But the scale-free goal-setting technique doesn’t have to be about exercise only. There are many nutritional goals you can start with or try to adopt even if you have reached your weight goal. Eat a certain amount of fruit or vegetables a day for a week, try a new healthy recipe each weekend, eat a healthy breakfast every morning and make a big streak out of it, you name the change in your nutritional habits. And set a goal or more out of it. And while you focus on succeeding with your goals, a lot of other changes will be taking place within you. Changes that will get you closer to a healthy and balanced lifestyle that we’re all here for.

And the scale? Believe me, eventually it will have no other option but to follow!!!
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/19/2012 8:21AM

    well said:) non scale goals ARE important. mine are continuous.
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STARDUSTGR 9/18/2012 9:41AM

    Wow!wow!wow!
Your blog is so motivative!!! I like the way you thinking Elle. Now it’s time to set the right goals for our body and our life!! Thank you for sharing!
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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/18/2012 12:07AM

    You really do write wonderful blogs! Thank you for this excellent advice. I appreciate it and hope that many will get to read it!

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TEMPEST272002 9/17/2012 7:31PM

    Thanks for reminding me of the importance of non-scale goals. I do so much better when I focus on fitness and nutrition goals. Time to make a new vision collage.

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ZANNBEE 9/17/2012 7:16PM

    I really liked this. So encouraging as always. You rock Elle!

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FIREFLY4407 9/17/2012 4:43PM

    Nicely put - thank you for sharing. One thing I read once about goals that has really helped me a lot is to not frame them in terms of outcome (lose x pounds, etc.), but instead ensure they are framed in terms of behavior (food choices, fitness times, etc.). You cannot control the outcomes (though theoretically the behaviors should result in the desired outcomes), but you can control the behaviors and so this is what should be focused on. Has helped keep it in perspective for me, although I'll always still have my scale goal too ! emoticon

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BAKER1009 9/17/2012 3:21PM

    So very true and so very well said!! Thanks Elle!! You ROCK! emoticon

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/17/2012 3:09PM

    This is WONDERFUL advice! I'm struggling with a lot of these same things. I'm trying hard to make those fitness goals LOUDER than the scale ones :) Thank you for the reminder!

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AEHEGE 9/17/2012 2:25PM

    You have made some very important points for maintenance -- thanks for sharing your words of wisdom!

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HOPEANEW 9/17/2012 2:17PM

    That's great advice, thanks for posting!!

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Wheels of change in my neighborhood!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

As I was writing this, an old song came to mind: “There is something strange, in the neighborhood…” But don’t rush to call the Ghostbusters! The change isn’t frightening at all. On the contrary, it’s quite promising!

Our neighborhood is a typical city one. The apartment building we live in is situated right next to a busy street, so our life has a constant soundtrack of various traffic noises. A few evenings ago, the sanity-threatening symphony of car honks, roaring engines and sirens suddenly stopped. And I don’t mean it stopped for a minute or two which would be normal but it had stopped for quite a while, so that the silence could reach not only our ears but our brains, as well. We rushed to the balcony to discover the source of this newly-acquired and so ear-and-mind-soothing silence. And we stared in amazement! The cars had vanished! The road was full of bicycles!

We had seen them before. People who like bikes, get organized through Facebook and go on evening rides around the city, while having fun and motivating others to use bikes at the same time. We used to see groups of 20 or 30 people. But this time, there were hundreds of them! People of all ages, mothers with toddlers in separate seats, couples, families with children, teenagers. All those people getting fitness-conscious and environment-conscious at the same time! What a nice surprise!

My girls were thrilled! They stared with eyes wide-open to the sparkling bicycle lights and the illuminating wheels in the darkness. And when my elder daughter spoke, I couldn’t believe my ears: “Mom, I know what I want for my birthday: I want you and dad to buy bicycles, so we can do this together!...!!!
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(Mom’s ear-to-ear smile glittering with pride: My children are fitness-motivated!)

Unfortunately, bikes are expensive and not affordable at the moment. But that’s probably the only bad thing I can think of. Let’s see the facts on cycling:

- On a bicycle you can have your cake and eat it. Simply because a moderate half-hour commute will burn eight calories a minute, equivalent to 11kg of fat in a year! So, cycling burns an average of 480 calories per hour! Not bad for a seated activity, is it?

- An adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average. No wonder countries with the highest levels of cycling and walking generally have the lowest obesity rates. Feel younger, look younger and actually live longer!

- On a bicycle you use a motor and you can improve its strength and efficiency - and even its working life - the more you cycle! Which motor? Your heart, of course!

- Using a bicycle means caring for our big home, the planet! Bicycle traffic in Copenhagen prevents 90,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted annually!

- You can park about 15 bicycles in the same space that one car takes. No more parking tickets!

- A bicycle can really shrink your car vehicle maintenance expenses. Maintaining a bike annually costs twenty times less than maintaining and riding a car. Oh, and rising gas prices? On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 km on the energy equivalent to a single liter of petrol! Because you simply use up fewer watts of energy than a car consumes just to power its lighting system for the same distance.

-The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised; a human on a bicycle is more efficient (in calories expended per kilo and per kilometer) than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car, motorcycle or jet pack. In simple words, it can - theoretically, of course - take you further than any other vehicle without pit-stops!

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Unfortunately, not all cities are cyclist-friendly, and as a result, many accidents – some serious ones – increase the risks of riding a bicycle in a city. If we add the drivers’ carelessness to the lack of cycling lanes – many drivers are not properly educated on how a cyclist should be treated on the road – the dangers involved rise significantly. And that’s the second bad thing I can think of, but that’s as far as it gets.

But things are changing and that’s such a promising fact. I really hope I managed to make you think about it. Even for seconds. Toy with the idea of a change in your means of transportation. Become a kid again. And enjoy the best of both worlds at the same time. If not, if you really can’t imagine yourself without a car, it’s ok. Just think twice the next time you’ll find yourself next to a cyclist on the road. They’re going somewhere – like you do – but in a way which protects our planet, the home we all live in. They deserve their safety. And we all deserve chances to live better in a healthier planet, don’t you think so?



For more interesting facts on bicycles, check out these sites:
www.bikesbelong.org
www.bicyclerecycling.com
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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/17/2012 6:56PM

    This is an awesome blog! I have a bike that I'd let a friend borrow for triathlon practice. She returned it a little over a week ago. I guess it's time to get myself out for a ride...

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BLOOMINGLENA 9/17/2012 3:55PM

    Elle you made me want to buy a bike for myself and start riding it! Unfortunately I cannot afford it at the moment and the rainy days that are ahead make me postpone it for a while but not get it off my mind! Maybe santa will get it for me! hahaha!

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BAKER1009 9/17/2012 7:45AM

    Super cool blog Elle!! Love it! Bikes are pretty inexpensive here. But til we added shipping to get them to you, they might be just as costly. Wish we could though! That is really cool about your girls. I always forget to ask, how about the veggies? Getting anywhere with that yet?! LOL!

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STARDUSTGR 9/17/2012 6:20AM

    WOW Elle! What inspiring blog!!!
Even though cycling is not a good for my knees, as I am reading your blog, I want to borrow my niece bicycle go out for a ride!
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/13/2012 10:34AM

    Awesome! I can just imagine the look on your kids face to all those cyclists-priceless. We have a used, online site here called kijiji and there are always very cheap all the way to free bikes on it. I've picked up 3 kids bikes this year for a total of $30!!! Can't go wrong with that. Happy to hear about the change going on:)

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JANEMARIE77 9/12/2012 2:14PM

    Awesome blog I just started biking and I love it I do wish people in cars where kinder

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/12/2012 2:07PM

    This is a fantastic blog, thank you so much Elle! I had a big smile on my face when I read your daughters' reaction. This is so wonderful! Their mom is a great example for them! :)
Do you think you could buy second hand bikes? They are easy to find here on websites such as Ebay, and you can usually get them for a fraction of the normal price.
I would love to cycle to work! Really that would be fantastic... but unthinkable unfortunately as the road is very dangerous between my work and my home. :( I do hope things will change over time and that the Paris area can become a new Copenhagen. One of my friends moved there and she is loving being able to cycle everywhere!

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FITFOODIE806 9/12/2012 1:25PM

    Love this blog!!! I have recently gotten back into biking a lot and I LOVE it! And I'm happy for you and your fanily and your neighborhood.
Thanks for posting such great info.

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ZANNBEE 9/12/2012 1:01PM

    Loved this blog. It's so much fun when our kids catch the fitness bug. I'd like to get back into biking someday too. Perhaps you can find a used bike. May help with the financial factor.

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ANNIEONLI 9/12/2012 12:47PM

    Awesome!! Can't wait for the future blog of when you all join the next nighttime bike ride!

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/12/2012 12:32PM

    AWESOME!!!! Look at the wonderful example you are for your children! :) So proud of you Elle!

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WHERERMY62KEYS 9/12/2012 12:21PM

  WOULD LOVE A BIKE BUT IT IS VERY HILLY WHERE WE LIVE.

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