Do not feed the geese
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Spring may have only officially started on Tuesday but here in the Northeast we've been having a pretty mild winter (in direct contrast to last year where it snowed EVERY week). So it has felt like it's been spring for about a month now.
I have been thoroughly enjoying the weather. I recently took up running and it's been so much fun running outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. I work long hours in a lab and am usually hardly ever outside during daylight hours. I have noticed a vast improvement in my overall mood just by being outdoors in the daylight more.
I usually do my walk/run intervals in the local park that's by the river. Actually, the park is part of a continuous 4.6 mile hiking/bike trail. And although the official trails are not continuous, it is possible to walk/run/bike a continuous almost 12 mile stretch from the town just south of where I live up to Kensico Dam.
Since the trail runs along the river, there is quite a bit of wildlife. It's mostly Canadian geese and ducks. I try not to get in the geese's way as they can be very mean. There are many signs posted along the trail asking people not to feed the geese:
I thought the sign made a very interesting point about not feeding the geese because in doing so, we give the geese empty calories with no nutrition. This is so true. We can easily recognize that feeding the wildlife our human food is bad yet when it comes to ourselves, how often do we question our food choices. How often do we ask ourselves, "Is what I am eating just empty calories? It is of any nutritional value?" I'm still on this journey to turn "weight loss" and "dieting" into a deliberate and conscience choice to eat better and the sign was a good reminder that I have to constantly ask myself these questions whenever I make food choices.