Sunday, March 02, 2014
Normally I'm not one to blow my own horn, but this week I was in the top 10 fitness minutes ranking of the Fitness Instructors Team. I realize that my fellow instructors probably do so much exercise that they are way beyond merely tracking it, but still.....
And of course, my measly minutes weren't enough to even put me in the top 20 of my Water Aerobics team (Splash on, WA Team!!), but still...
7 hours of bossing people around, demonstrating, motivating, sweating, planning, preparing, clearing up,........rooty toot toot!
And I get to do it all again next week!
Update: March 9---I did indeed do it again the next week, including the top 10!
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Last year at this time, I directed your attention to the Iditasplash and the Iditawalk, fun exercise challenges that benefit the participants AND programs in Nome, Alaska, that promote healthy exercise and outdoor activities for children who live in the subarctic town that is the finishing line for the famous Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. Lots of details in last year's post here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
They're both on for this year as well, with a new shirt design
It's not too late to enter either one. If you're a good sparker, you can even backfill your exercise minutes from your SparkPeople tracking. It's easy; it's fun; it benefits a great cause! Do it!
As ever, SparkMail me if you have questions. Walk, splash, mush! On to Nome!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Yes, we've long heard that calories are calories, no matter what time of day they're consumed. But thanks, science, for finding out that the HUNGER is different in the case of late night munchies. So still a good idea to close the kitchen after supper!
Research published in the journal Obesity (2013; , 421–23) shows that the body’s internal clock, the circadian system, increases hunger and cravings for sweet, starchy and salty foods in the evenings.
Study authors observed that the internal circadian system regulated hunger, with participants feeling least hungry in the morning (8:00 am) and most hungry in the evening (8:00 pm).
Similar rhythms were found in appetite for specific types of food, such as sweet, starchy and salty, and in how much participants estimated they could eat.
Researchers concluded that the internal circadian system causes an evening peak in appetite that may promote consumption of larger, higher-calorie meals before the fasting period necessitated by sleep.
“Our study suggests that because of the internal circadian regulation of appetite, we have a natural tendency to skip breakfast in favor of larger meals in the evening. This pattern of food intake across the day is exactly what Sumo wrestlers do to gain weight,” said Shea. “So, it seems likely that the internal circadian system helps with efficient food storage. While this may have been valuable throughout evolution, nowadays it is likely to contribute to the national epidemic of obesity.”
Monday, December 30, 2013
So I was walking downtown yesterday, when what to my wondering eyes should appear--
I just about keeled over laughing! Apparently the Wet Ptarmigan is not the only bird in town! There's a posh new restaurant named for Ptarmigans who eat too much pizza:
Maybe someday when I'm feeling "peckish" I'll stop in and sample their wares, but meanwhile, the name of the place still makes me chuckle.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
21. [Abbreviated from original] You just spent three weeks reflecting on yourself and your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Write yourself a heartfelt, loving intention to help you reach your goal. Whatever you write or "borrow" should resonate deeply and be helpful to you as a source of strength and motivation.
Here it is--the end of the challenge road. I have to say, I surprised myself a little that I completed it pretty much day by day, and on time. As an extremely intermittent blogger here, this was new for me. A week of it, one-third, even included blogging while I was on vacation. I had never been much of a one for doing challenges on this site before, but like the effort to maintain streaks, I can see the value of it. By imposing an exterior structure on your effort and meeting it, I can practice behavior that I might want to become a habit. Will I become a daily blogger? Probably not. But the introspection has been useful in gathering my determination to press on with weight loss and fitness, aided by taking up other challenges, both from Spark and ones I make up for myself. So here's my intention:
I will persevere in my effort to make my body healthier and fitter. I will challenge myself in various ways in order to keep my determination fresh, to learn more about myself, and to form new beneficial habits. I will plan it, do it, evaluate it. I will never. give. up.
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