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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.
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    Great reminder! emoticon
    3059 days ago
    A lot of foods we eat are loaded with empty calories and the simple sugars affect our brain chemicals. they do the same with animals. At the zoo by us, they have signs. my grandma threw a jelly bean to the monkeys once and they violently fought over it. We don't realize it because we are bigger so it does not affect us as quickly as smaller animals, but over times the chemicals and the extra sugars do affect us.
    3061 days ago
  • LILLI56
    We have geese at our Pickwick lake too. Last year the EPA came and captured all the geese and ducks saying that they were to plentiful and a problem. They had some that had been hit by big boats and all of them would gang up on picnickers begging is the only way to describe it.

    There is not a sign like the one in your area, I really like ya'lls sign. . .It might help keep some from feeding them empty calories.

    On another note, when we were up there last weekend, the geese and ducks were back. I don't know if they are the ones taken last year or new ones that saw our lake and liked it.

    I really enjoyed your blog. I have started walking but not ventured on to running. I walk about 3 miles a day can't imagine 12 right now. lol emoticon
    3062 days ago
    I really enjoyed your blog and the reminder about how nutritious our calories are. I love running but I am injured and have to restrain myself not to run until I'm properly healed but this mild winter has really made me want to get outside and enjoy it, I'm glad you can enjoy the beauty outside and that your mood is affected positively. Have a great weekend.
    3062 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Very interesting; good blog! The running bug has not bitten me yet. I think I'm about as likely to become a runner as I am likely to become pregnant. The future always is the future, of course!
    3062 days ago
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