Archive for March, 2010

Pat’s update

Monday, March 29th, 2010


Yes, 235, ugh.  I debated whether or not I should announce my weight because it carries, well, so much weight, in many different areas.  However, after I worked out Friday, I hopped on the scale at the Wellness Center.  At first I was thrilled as the upper sliding weight went down to 30, then 25, then 20.  At that point I knew something was off and I realized that the lower weight setting was evaluating me at 280, 275 and 270.  Thank God it wasn’t accurate at that setting, but a little bittersweet none the less.

On happier notes, I did take a long sunny walk in the woods and made it to the gym 4 times last week.  Woo Hoo!  All in all a good week besides the scale.

My current non-well issue is a lingering (some might say chronic) sinus infection.  My wife says I’ve had one for 16 years and I do get them frequently…but this one is persistent.  I have had two courses of antibiotics and one of steroids.  Let me tell you that the steroids were no picnic (probably less so for my family).  Amazing how a state of un-wellness can pervade our thinking all the time.  I’m working on that too, with dietary and supplement changes before I go back to the MD for a third treatment.  

The jury is out on the scale issue for this Friday and I let the weekend slip by being a hermit, so I need to get a good wild walk in as well as a few trips to the gym.  Glad it is Spring!


Friday, March 26th, 2010

I’m in Pittsburgh at a nursing conference and had lunch with my friend, Patty.  Early in her life, Patty started smoking, assuming she could quit any time she wanted. After a decade she realized quitting would be nearly impossible.  Right then she made up her mind she was going to do it anyway.  She woke up every day and told herself it was the day she would quit smoking.  She tried to quit every day for 15 years. 

One day, about 8 years ago, she finally conquered her habit and is now among the league of those who don’t smoke – quite an accomplishment.  I admire her tenacity.  She simply wouldn’t quit quitting.

What is My Fitness Challenge?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I’m the big mouth who challenged the board to post and be public about each of our individual wellness/fitness goals.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

 A little about me.  While I have always been a reasonably fit person, I always struggled with weight.  Sometimes the struggle was legitimate, meaning that I needed to lose weight to be healthier.  Sometimes the struggle was unnecessary because I have been at a healthy weight for my age/fitness level.  I think I struggled like a lot of Americans in that I have always had some level of dissatisfaction with the status quo.

 As I thought about my own challenge, I had a hard time coming up with a goal that makes sense.  I could easily say that my goal is to lose 45 pounds.  According to the BMI scale, this would put me at my ideal weight for my height.  Granted, I have not weighed that much since I was 14!  I might wish to turn back the clock in some aspects of my life, but being a teenager again is NOT one of them.

 As a lawyer, much of my work life is sedentary.  As a father of three young boys, much of my family life is driving them around to their activities.  We struggle to find time to exercise at home.  I try to go to the Wellness Center regularly, but I am a creature of habit and bed is often too comfortable at 5 AM to make the decision to get up and go.

 Hence, I have struggled to come up with a goal that is real and attainable.  Part of it is trying to incorporate wellness philosophy with a fitness plan.  I miss the time when my wife and I spent a lot of time outdoors, hiking and learning about the wilderness and about primitive skills.  I would like to model that for my kids so they are as interested in outdoor activities as the indoors ones.

 I’m going to start small and see how it goes.  First, I am committing (gasp, in public!) to update this blog weekly.  I have put a note in Outlook to update it each Friday.  So you will know I am on task and I will know that you will know.  Second, I will commit to going to the Wellness Center three times this upcoming week.  Third, I will commit to going for a walk in the woods once this week.  Finally, my lovely and wise wife has challenged me to try removing wheat products from my diet for a while.  I will commit to a wheat free week.  No mention of weight loss.  I trust it will come. 

 Our Board Chair, Judy Nold was the first CWF board member to respond to this challenge.  There are 13 more of you out there.  Feel free to join the club!  Outside the CWF board, there are a whole lot more of YOU out there.  That is our purpose…to engage YOU in a cultural change.  While spring fever is in the air, make your goals known!

Extreme Makeover For 5 Healthy Towns!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Could we make over an entire town in one year?  I mean, turn it into a place where almost everyone chooses to move more, eat better, avoid tobacco & connect with others in healthy ways?  Really – are we up to it?  Is it important enough to us?

 One town in Minnesota did it.  We’re including a link to a website for everyone to read about the Vitality Project.  About half way down the page are 4 short videos, too.   Take a look.  Add a comment, below, to let us know what you think.

I Spy Something Healthy

Monday, March 15th, 2010

 You all realize, don’t you, that local grocery shopping is about to become a nightmare for me?  What if someone sees me putting Frosted Flakes® in my cart?

 Here’s the thing.  Wellness might include a daily sliver of chocolate for one person.  Another person may not exercise regularly but have a physically demanding job.  Someone else may never feed their children meat raised with antibiotics & steroids but does allow them to drink pop.  One person my find their greatest sense of wellness (and lowered blood pressure) comes from a prayer group or yoga class – not from eating fruits and vegetables. 

 It’s the rare & remarkable person who can be perfect in all things healthy.  Since most of us won’t ever reach this state of nirvana, I think my best option is to encourage and embrace any efforts on the part of my family, friends and neighbors.

Mindless Eating

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

I’m having fun exploring the website  I found grant opportunities for kids who need small amounts of cash for food-focused science projects.  That’s cool!  There are quizzes about food decisions, tips on changing ‘mindless eating behavior’, encouragement as the grocery gatekeeper in our house, and recommendations for ways to change some bad habits.  Every time I go to the site I find something new & entertaining.

 The mindless concept hits home with me.  Mindless eating, and so many of my other mindless habits, might respond to some subtle adjustments in a small behaviors here or there.  It’s behavior modification on a small scale.  I might be able to manage small scale…

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

As far back as I remember I’ve heard healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food.  So, yesterday I went to the local grocery store to find out. 

Grapes = 15¢/oz                      
Potato chips = 36¢/oz

Apples = 5¢/oz                         
Doritos = 30¢/oz

Sweet potatoes = 6¢/oz         
Tostitos = 28¢/oz
  (the bargain among chips)

Head of Romaine = 9¢/oz    
Hot dog = 25¢/oz

Fresh chicken 9¢/oz                
Bacon (the cheap stuff) = 29¢/oz

Cottage cheese = 10¢/oz        
Chips Ahoy = 21¢/oz

Oatmeal = 9¢/oz                        
Cinnamon Toast Crunch = 23¢/oz

Milk = 2¢/oz                               
Gatorade = 4.6¢/oz

Apple juice = 3.5¢/oz               
Beer = 11¢/oz

 So, as long as we have access to a full service grocery store, that settles that.