Donuts and life …

The truth is that I have been into health and fitness since I was 12 years old. And a donut lover for even longer than that. The summer that I turned 12 was pivotal in my life. I started watching the Richard Simmons show and I was hooked. I began exercising outside of school PE classes and started experimenting on my own in the kitchen with healthy recipes. The life I laid out for myself that summer, stuck. I’m not saying that I didn’t eat junk food like every other teenager, I did. But that is when I learned that there can be both if I leaned more toward making healthy choices most of the time. This carried on for years and even crept its way into my career when I was given the opportunity to work with bariatric patients prior to and after their weight loss surgeries.

So why do I bring all this up?

Because today is National Donut Day. And as much as running, exercising and eating right is a part of my life, so has this favorite childhood food. Jelly donuts will ALWAYS stir up fond memories of yesteryear for me. Memories of New York (I was born there), my mom, my grandmother, and little pink bakery boxes tied with string. I love that weeks like this I am literally a walking oxymoron. With Running Day and Donut Day all occurring in one week, I feel like I get to celebrate the things that stir up a lot of wonderful memories for me. A lifetime of them really. And that is pretty cool.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you love the life you have created and get to eat a donut too!!!

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Crackling …

I’m not sure if it’s age, the abuse I put my body through or a combination of both, but there are some days that I am horrified by  noises coming from my joints. Like they are screaming HELP ME and CRAZY WOMAN STOP IT ALREADY. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t crackle!!!

Be your own WOW …

I know that running isn’t for everyone. Heck, I’m not even sure it’s for me, HA! But after watching the Olympics the past few days I can say that I truly believe that (if we are deemed healthy enough by our health care providers) then we can all benefit from doing something physically challenging. You know, something that can be YOUR THING. You can even suck at it! It really doesn’t matter! It can be that ONE thing that gets you out of bed, just to see if you still suck at it! Because ya know what?!?! One day you won’t. And that day is a beautiful day. OK fine, most of us, even with the greatest amount of effort put forth, aren’t going to become a professional athlete. But there is something to be said for putting yourself out there and pushing yourself to become more of the you that you were always meant to be. What could you lose? You might even amaze yourself!

Now, I am sure that my chances of becoming an Olympian are pretty slim at this point, but that’s OK. I look at it this way; every new day I am given, I’ve also been given the power to do things that I never dreamt were possible. And you gotta admit, that’s pretty darn exciting.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you WOW yourself!!!