Thursday, April 07, 2011
Spring in Minnesota is a breath of fresh air.....literally. After being cooped up inside all winter I love spring. I welcome it with open arms. Just looking outside when the sun is shining is enough to put a smile on my face. My absolute favorite season is summer. I love being active in the summer. I run outside every other day and my dog gets to go to the nearby dog park almost every day. Its good exercise for both of us. Today the high is 58, perfect running weather. My sister and I are going to do a 5 mile run which will be nice to enjoy the weather. I'm also going to take Dixie (my yellow lab) to the dog park and do about 3 laps around the park. I'm hoping all of this activity will charge me up enough for the four night shifts I have ahead of me. The hardest part about this weather and the upcoming months is getting enough sleep. I HATE sleeping away this weather! It is so hard to lay in bed when I can see little slits of sunshine come through my blinds. Sometimes I like to take the dog for a walk in the morning when I get home from work and that gets me tired enough to sleep for awhile. I hope everyone out there is enjoying this weather as well. I can't find any excuses not to get outside and be active!
On a completely different note, I noticed this the other day at the grocery store and knew I had to say something about it on my Sparkpage blog. When I was checking out I took a quick glance at the grocery carts around me to see what others were buying, the majority of foods were processed. The woman behind me had every TV dinner imaginable and 3 boxes of sugary cereal. The woman in front of me had bags of chips, juice in bulk, and Lunchables for her kids meanwhile her kids were begging her for candy bars. I couldn't help but think where are the fresh fruits and vegetables. I'd be lying if I said I've never had these convenience foods because you can just look at my nutrition log and see I've had cans of soup for dinner or a Lean Cuisine for lunch, but if that is all you're feeding yourself and your kids I think this country is doing themselves a serious injustice. Kids should know what fresh fruits and vegetables are! So many times I see them run through the fresh produce and make a beeline for the cereal and chip aisles. Its no wonder kids in the US are struggling with obesity. I think the parents cave in half the time too because their lives are so jam packed that its so much easier to give their kids something they don't have to cook for 30 minutes or longer. I think as a country we need to reevaluate what is important in our lives. I don't mean to sound judgmental in all of this I just think that our country is in a world of hurt and it's only getting worse. I am hoping I can lead by example as I load the conveyor belt with apples, bananas, pears, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, etc. Lets all be an example and hopefully the word will spread!