Sunday, September 05, 2010
Thought you might enjoy this short article from Dr. Weil's website:
Here's another reason to include blueberries, strawberries and walnuts in your diet: the polyphenols these foods contain appear to be good for the brain. In fact, these micronutrients seem to reverse an age-related decline in the process by which brain cells remove and recycle biochemical debris that could interfere with brain function. Investigators with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston found that the polyphenols in these berries seem to help maintain the process by which specialized brain cells do their "housekeeping." Researcher Shibu Poulose, Ph.D., noted the study provides further evidence of the benefits of eating foods rich in polyphenols. In addition to berries and nuts, fruits and vegetables with deep red, orange or blue colors also pack an antioxidant punch. Dr. Poulose emphasized the importance of consuming the whole fruit and noted that frozen berries, available year round, are also good sources of polyphenols.
I'm still sparking, but my scale isn't rewarding my efforts very much. It's been moving up and down for the last two months. I'm refocusing and recommitting (as many of you are) in the hopes that I'll start losing weight again. But no matter what happens, I know I'm doing what I need to be doing for my health (eating well and being physically active), so I intend to keep Sparking. This is a lifestyle choice. Period.
I did have an encouraging moment after church today. Someone came up to me and said, "Hey, you're getting younger!" I responded, "It's just an illusion." But I do FEEL younger and much fitter than I was. Then someone else mentionned that I'd lost a lot of weight. Those were encouraging comments at a time when the numbers on the scale aren't being as cooperative as I'd like.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
The house feels empty this morning, after having had my son here for a wonderful 5 days. He decided to surprise me with a visit for my 60th birthday. Since he lives in Alberta, 3000 miles away, I don't get to see him very often. My sister and nephew were in cahoots to get me to the airport to deliver an emergency package. Since that kind of delivery is a regular part of my nephew's job, I didn't question the legitimacy of the trip. It turned out that we weren't delivering a package, we were picking one up!
We stopped to say 'hi' to my mom when we got back from the airport.
The next day, my son accompanied my sister and I on a hike up Pinacle.
Taking a break with the best hiking buddy in the world.
Walk at Blanchard Park. My son will be getting married on January 20th.
It was wonderful to spend such quality time with him before the wedding.
A surprise get-together was planned for me at an all-you-can-eat intercontinental buffet. I thought of Marenamoo's blog about wanting to eat a LOT of all the delicious foods that are available. I mean, who wants to be reasonable at that kind of buffet? But even if I *felt* like tasting everything in sight, I did make fairly reasonable choices that I felt pretty good about afterwards.
My goal is to get down to 150 lbs. in time for the January wedding. I'm not sure it's doable, but it was my original goal and I'm sticking to it. Life should get back to *normal* today, but I feel a bit empty and sad this morning. I need to renew my focus on Sparking after a week's break. Thank you for being there!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Today was another one of those ideal days for hiking. We had several options, but headed back out to Mount Pinacle because we had been surprised at how few biting bugs there were. (Some regions are more infested than others.)
Last time, we had noticed a cute little 1.6 km trail that led to the mountain. I was looking forward to trying it out. It was the cutest little trail in the woods by a brook. Who would ever have thought I'd want to park 1,6 km away from a mountain, just for the pleasure of walking a little trail before hiking there. My sister and I looked at it as a pleasant warm up and cool down.
We took a different, and a bit more difficult, trail up Pinacle this time. It's the type of more challenging trail I have to be able to do in order to hike up Mount Chauve. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and am very grateful for the health to be able to do it!
I tripped on a teeny tiny rock coming out of the woods. I then tripped my sister with my hiking pole. Neither of us fell, but we could have. My sister said, "No one got hurt, we'll laugh about it when we're in our six... six... sixties." We both realized that I'll be turning 60 this weekend! I said, "No problem, the memory will still be pretty fresh!"
This lovely brook babbled all the way by the 1st trail
Trail leading to the top of Mount Pinacle
This couple got to the summit shortly after we did.
We spotted this small cave on the way down and wondered what lived in there.
We took another picture of the brook on our way out.
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