Sunday, June 09, 2013
At my local recycling drop off point there are bins for newsprint, for cardboard, for "mixed residential paper", for glass bottles (by color), for plastics labeled 1 or 2, and for aluminum cans. There is also a dumpster for garbage that is NOT recyclable.
In case you're wondering, we who are dropping things off at the recycling point are responsible for sorting what we bring into the appropriate bins, including dumping anything "leftover" into the dumpster.
I'm going to use this as an analogy for our digestive system. We bring things to the body, and it sorts them into the elements it needs to recycle for use: proteins, and carbs, and fats become the body's essential chemicals, building the blood, bones, muscle, etc. And what isn't usable, once all the "good stuff" has been extracted, is discarded.
Thing is, when I go to the recycling center, I generally have already sorted my stuff, and only have to take it to the appropriate bin. Think about the analogy in terms of when I go to the grocery store, what I bring to my house to put into my body's recycling system should be things that are usable, right?
Granted the body will do the sorting, but I kind of want to presort what I have available to hand to the sorters. I don't want to give it garbage, or it just goes to the dumpster without any of the good stuff making it to the bins.
So today, I'm being thankful for the miracle of nutritious food provided for our use, and being mindful that what I choose to feed my body should be what will truly be of use to it!
LIFE is indeed good. Spark on!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Putting the blog focus on being grateful for the wonderful gift of a body has helped me treat it better. This week featured no "junk" food and no binges, on the nutrition front.
Activity? Funny, when you fuel a body right, it wants to move. I had two swims, two bike commute days, two runs and a "rest" day that included a walk with my son and grand-dog. Each of these activities brought a melting away of the stresses of the workday... or a positive attitude (bike commute) to the start of the workday. Or both.
This morning, I picked up KALIGIRL, and we drove to Omaha to participate in the First Annual D-Day Memorial Run/Walk at Zorinsky Lake Park.
My run today was MUCH more comfy than my run last Saturday. In fact, I didn't have any walk intervals. And while MJREIMERS with her lanky speed finished well ahead of ME, I was quite satisfied with my 42 minute time for the 4.2 miles (per RunKeeper).
Training the body really is treating it like the performance vehicle it is. Home, warm, dry (it rained and we got plenty wet), it's been a good day. Tomorrow, we resume our gratitude / appreciation series for the body. But right now, I'm grateful for it overall, and how it has responsed to proper treatment!
And thanks to KALIGIRL, MJREIMERS and her support crew for adding companionship and an extra Spark to my weekend! LIFE is good. Spark on!
Friday, June 07, 2013
As I've been walking through the things I appreciate about the amazing human body I've been given (and you have been given one, too... limit one per person, lifetime responsibility to care for it)... I've been focusing on groups of elements, on systems, being kind of a systems gal.
Today I've got around to the communications system of the body... the nervous system. Yeah, those things that send messages to say "this feels good" or "ouch, already!" At the center of this web is the brain, interpreting the signals, and all our lives we've been recording (memory) and learning ("this leads to pain, don't do it"... "this leads to pleasure, do more"...). An incredible amount of inventiveness has come from the brains... just think of it: the very ability to type this, and for you to read it, take it in and get something from it? Doesn't that blow you away? It does me!
If I stay on that topic too long I'll get goose bumps! The creativity, the intelligence, the amazing things we do individually and collectively to satisfy a drive to LIFE fuller and more satisfying sometimes fills me with awe. It's a particular passion of mine.
I just started out the week to acknowledge and appreciate that the body is full of these systems, and that because it is so amazing, I need to take the best care of it I know how, and seek knowledge to continue this for as long as I'm blessed to be able to do so. And here I end up at my passion.
What better motivation for good nutrition, proper activity, hydration and sleep than to fuel one's passions?
Find your passion: whatever it is, won't it benefit from having your body well cared for? So LOVE your body, LIVE your life, FUEL your passion... and Spark on!
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Continuing the theme of "body appreciation week", today's focus is on the bones and skeletal structure: the girders and struts that hold us up, give us our essential bits that the muscles move and the joints hold together.
I appreciate the bones I HAVE, teeth, too... which help me chew and swallow and contribute to being able to give my body the nutrients it needs to build those bones, muscles, et al. Not the ones I "wish I could have". Each of us has the body we've been dealt, and should cherish it, appreciate it, and tell it "thank you" in ways that mean something to it.
Anyone who deals with bone loss, or ever broke one, knows how important bones are to living fully! Me? Yeppers, I'm one of those "lucky" older women who has had measurable loss in bone density. One of the ways I thank my bones lies in not drinking carbonated beverages. I read about what it does to the bones.
It is also why I do impact exercises (running) as well as low impact ones (biking, swimming, elliptical)... I read that impact exercises strengthen the bones and can even lead to increased bone density. Haven't yet see medical proof of an increase... probably due for another measurement this year, but the rate of loss slowed.
Which brings me to something as an aside: I ended up with a surgery on a gland that was misbehaving. This was discovered in part due to that bone loss. As part of appreciating the body, it makes sense to take it for the check ups that identify what's leading to problems, and taking corrective action if possible.
LIFE is good. Having a body to LIVE it in? The best!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Today's body appreciation system are the ropes and pulleys that allow us to be mobile. OK, rough analogy, perhaps, but I'm talking about appreciating our muscles. There are so many! From the ones that make facial expressions possible to the ones that enable us to walk, run, swim and bike... to the ones that Olympic weight lifters use to clean and jerk.
Without our muscles, we'd be a big pile of goo with bones inside (we'll get to those later!) So today, whatever shape you think you're in, give a little thought and appreciation to those muscles that respond to our demands. Give them the fuel they need, good protein, calcium, and hydration, for muscle needs water. Breathe, for muscle needs oxygen.
And get a bit of exercise, for those muscles actually like to be put to use!
LIFE is good! Spark on!
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