So, I have a new personal trainer. His name is Jesse Janzen; he is 26 years old and in great shape, and as it turns out, a physical fitness guru. We started out yesterday with 13 minutes straight of solid jumping on the trampoline. I don’t know if you have ever done that before, but it is HARD!!! I felt like a biggest loser contestant pleading for mercy and crying that I wasn’t going to be able to make it. I did make it though. And today, again 13 minutes of straight jumping, but this time in 78 degree temp and with a long sleeve hooded sweatshirt! I somehow managed to get through it again. Today also included a series of crunches and a few minutes of planking. Tomorrow we will begin push-ups and stability ball exercises, and of course, what is now becoming the dreaded trampoline. I thought trampolining was supposed to be fun!!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
My daughter Kate is so busy…as usual. Today she wanted to go for a bike ride on her new and improved bicycle, in her new and improved biking clothes/gear. Her shorts have a special “pad” in them so you can accommodate the tiniest seat ever made to sit on while peddling 100 mph! She had a great ride and she looked darling in her “biking costume”….tee, shorts, cleated shoes, and helmet! I wish I had taken her picture to post here!
I took this past week off to be with my dear friend/sister/daughter J She is getting married, so we went shopping for her wedding dress. How amazing that on our first day out, the first shop we went to, the first dress she saw, fit her perfectly, was exactly what she had in mind from the beginning, and looked so beautiful on her. Anddddd…it was marked down: 75% off. We left the shop so happy and thankful. Then we went to a shoe store, and again found the perfect shoes to go with the dress! It was such a profitable day to accomplish the biggest tasks, and it all went so smoothly.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our society has developed the mindset of “Eat, drink and be merry….for tomorrow we die”. Actually we don’t emphasize or really even consider the “for tomorrow we die” part. And of course that’s because none of us wants to die. We all want to live. And while we are living, we want to have a good quality of life. And good quality of life means: BEING HEALTHY!!
What is your realization of a good quality of life? Living in a beautiful home, driving comfortable cars, and passing through Star Bucks on your way to work? Then half a day at the office and out to the golf course for 9 holes with your buddies. Then dinner with your spouse at the restaurant of choice. Well, maybe….it sounds good. But, but, but…..
But, if you don’t have good health, life begins to fade. Without your good health, your quality of life deteriorates quickly. This is the bottom line. I am sure I don’t need to convince you. But we still lack vision.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The quadruple bi-pass burger is so big that you have to eat it in sections....not cut into 4 quarter sections, but rather layer by layer, because it's about 6 inches high, with 4, one half pound burgers, divided by 8 slices of cheese. One whole tomato and a half an onion are sliced and sandwiched in between the burgers. Total calories: 8000. They listen to your heart rate before leaving and roll you out in a wheel chair.
I was amused by the flat out truth of promising people that the food would put them in the ground much sooner than later. I was also amazed that people don’t seem to care. If it tastes good and fills you up...actually stuffs you to the brim and then some...well, who cares about the heart attack waiting to happen? Who cares if you get heartburn and indigestion that won’t quit? Who cares if you gain 2 + lbs while sitting there eating 8000 calories?
Well, I guess if the truth be known, I myself would have gone into that restaurant a year ago and have thought…mmmm…interesting, lets try it. However, not so today. Being an RN who has worked in the ER and ICU and has seen many a heart attack victim, would not have prevented me from entering an eat-at-your-own-risk establishment. I had the knowledge of the "how bad it is for you and will eventually kill you" cuisine, but in the end, knowledge doesn’t govern us. We need something more subjective than just knowledge, than just mere information.
We need a vision. Vision changes us. Vision governs us. Vision propells us to the desired goal.