Sunday, September 28, 2008

Energy Anyone?

This country is having an energy crisis but that's not the one I am speaking of right now...I tend to do that elsewhere : -)

Do you have as much energy as you did say 10 or 20 years ago? I have been thinking about this as a few friends [some older, some younger] have said how tired they are feeling lately. It has nothing to do with exercising as they all exercise to some extent.

It may have to do with the declining daylight but I'm not sure of that as it was not mentioned in years past.

I find that my energy varies widely depending on what I am doing and I'm not so sure it's always age related...I recall when I was a New Yorker who lived a 24-hour-day most of the week. My friends and I lived on little sleep when we were in college...NY never sleeps and neither did least for stretches of time...but I was in my late teens and early 20's....I then moved to sleepier cities and my habits changed...or was it the fact that I was getting older? Hard to separate the factors.

But back to 2008. I seem to have more energy than others younger than I...I just had a busy week [which helps account for the lack of posts here - it's election season.] Here it's been election season for a long time as our primary was in later May - but right now it's getting very busy and I am politically active..So I've been to meetings and fund raisers - which are actually fun parties - but don't tell anyone.. Most think of politics as dreary. It energizes me!

So is my energy coming from the politics or did the new fat loss supplement give me an energy edge? The two happened simultaneously and when I was a researcher - I tended to look at correlations between factors - and I still do. I have also lost more waist inches and a few more pounds. Is it the body change that is energizing me? [or all of the above?]

Not knowing the specific answer - my thinking is to not change any of what I am doing...Because? I prefer being energized to not being energized - it's part of my healthy aging "program."

And - If nothing else I sure feel good - in fact I feel great and I love that feeling!

New mantras for us? Feeling great at 68 ! [and soonish] Feeling fine at 69!

And there is a link at the top right of the page or HERE so you can find out more about this product I am taking.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Baseball memories

My son asked today what my feelings were about the end of Yankee Stadium...

To be honest, I knew it was ending, but did not pay attention to the fact that today was the last game to be played there.

As a kid, I was a Yankee fan. Why? My father had grown up near Yankee Stadium and was a Yankee fan so we listened to Yankee games on the radio. The same way my son grew up to be a Red Sox fan - he heard and saw Red Sox games all his life.

The difference being that at some point in my late teens I tuned out baseball and only go back into it when living in Boston - but that team "took" and I am still a Red Sox fan.

Back to Yankee Stadium... It was the place I saw my first live baseball game at some point in the 50's. It was an old timers day and so the day started with a game featuring famous players... it was exciting and I loved being there....but never went back as I left NYC.

Since then I have been to many stadiums that have come and gone. Seems to be the nature of what we call progress. I had been to the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Had also been to the old Madison Square Garden and the old Boston Garden and I think the old St. Louis park.

My son has seen the Bullets at the old US Air Arena in the burbs and the new Wizards at the Verizon arena in downtown DC. [Had to look up the name to see if it was still MCI - it isn't.]

Buildings come and go - even those with historical significance - money speaks and it speaks loudly. If players make millions a year, stadiums must have more seats for corporations so the team owners make a profit...and as corporations come and go so does the name of the building...yikes!

[Sigh] By the time my son has kids, no one will be able to afford to take a family to ball park and the parks and arenas will continue to be demolished and bigger ones built...

But Fenway Park and Wrigley Field will always be here....Some cities respect their baseball history and their baseball fans.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Those pesky inches [the waist ones]

When in Chicago I bought and immediately started using a new fat loss product. It had great research findings behind it and some awesome testimonials as to it's ability to knock off that fat :-)

It was the evening of September 5th when I first started using it. On September 7, 8, and 9 I walked all over Chicago - miles and miles a day. I had energy to spare even tho I was waking up at 5ish [AM]. I did not change my eating habits - nor did I skip the occasional beer or glass of wine.

Arrived back in Portland on September 10th - 5 pounds lighter and two inches less in the waist. I know that's not typical and it has a lot to do with my body - which has always gained and lost with it's own odd patterns.

I'm soon going into week 3 of the product and the pounds and inches are still missing and as I am back home, I also started back to my health club [just once - yesterday - but it is a start :-)]

I'll keep reporting now on the results with exercise back on track...Decided that if I want to live long and well being lean is healthier. And I do write about healthy I'll be my own role model!

Here's me at the start of this product - the "before" photo.

I'll take one every so often with the same "outfit" on for comparisons.

If this product is one you might like to know more about go here to lynn's "store"

and look for OsoLean

I won't pressure you into buying it - that's not my style....

And here's a shot of Chicago - one the many I
took on my walks. I am intrigued by reflections -
no matter where thy occur - my river or Chicago

Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm back to blogging

Don't usually have jet lag flying West but this time I it must be "a factor of old age " :-)

Made me think about just how much normal stuff we assign to "old age" when it happens to older my jet lag..

But I had no lag flying East - so does that mean that as we age the direction of the jet lag changes?

When you ask it that way the whole concept sounds silly. There are many reasons I was thrown off a West Coast schedule after getting home - such as getting busier with my business...

Why are we as a culture so much more apt to throw negative connotations out about older persons when the same behavior is acceptable or ignored for one who is younger?

More on the fat loss product tomorrow - but in short - it works! In one week I lost 2 waist inches....YEA

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Still Learning

I'm in Chicago at a meeting - where I have learned a lot more about nutrition and it's effects on the process known as aging. There was a discussion of obesity and a new product which I am trying. It targets fat loss and I will post pre and post photos in a few weeks - but for now I can say that the people I talked to who were on the trials of this product lost fat and inches and looked great!

I'm not overweight but I have those mid body inches I would like to get rid of. I'll keep you all posted:-)

As I am not on my own computer it's hard to post. Am using my son's lap top and I have to share posting will be sporadic until I am back home....

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Moving – as a Liberating Experience

I just spoke with a friend of mine who recently left a house and city she had been in for over 45 years!

Last year when we spoke of her moving she was not sure she could leave the house where she had lived with her husband [who had since died] and her son [who left for college and moved on.] And, of course, all the “stuff” she had accumulated in that time ☺

She had asked me how I did it – I told her I sold, tossed, shredded and burned and it was liberating to literally dump the past. For me that was 5 years ago and yes I sometimes miss some of the “stuff” I sold but those are momentary musings. But I had moved fairly frequently so I did not have decades of pack rat boxes around....she did.

When she finally made the decision to move – she moved quickly! Sold her house, decided what to take, what to toss, etc. Now she is 1000’s of miles away from her old house - but near her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

She’s been there about a month and said she knows this was the right move and that it was liberating! We laughed about her going from a life in big cities [like me she is a native Nyer] to the Midwest.....She’s excited and that’s good.

After that call I reflected on my own move. I went to a city where I knew no one - but it is a city. Unlike my friend, I had decided I needed to live in a city....but then I had my non-city years during which I learned I am a genetic city person.

My friend, having learned something from me, has her vacation already scheduled –[NY and Boston for a month.]

I did not feel liberated after my other moves so it may be the aging factor. Is it the shedding of accumulated “stuff” – and the experience of starting over? Is it the distance moved? Is the actual tossing and burning of papers once considered important? Does the shredding and burning represent a real liberation? A psychological breakthrough?

No matter – now almost 5 years after my departure from New England, I am still feeling liberated. Have I accumulated more “stuff?” Yeah – but as I have a very small house the amount is almost determined for me ☺

So – moving can be a liberating experience. It need not be traumatic or sad or anything else. Maybe it’s when we can make the decision ourselves instead of it being made for us. If you are happy, healthy and able to look ahead and not dwell on the past - Liberation – here we come!