Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Years Resolutions...

I dont believe in NY resolutions. If you ask me they are just one more thing to fail at. Im not saying that change is impossible, we could all handle a bit of change in our lives. I've decided that every year I will resolve to make no resolutions. In one of my health classes we had a discussion once about how January is the most "depressing" month of the year. Now forget the fact that its the coldest, and the most dismal, and the darkest, and there's that whole "after the holidays blues: "look how much money I spent, look how much weight I gained, why didnt anyone get me that ____ I really wanted" etc. I think the biggest problem is the fact that people competely unreasonable resolutions. Just a thought. Here's what I think about thesome of the most common resolutions:
**climbing on soapbox**
1) Exercise-I'll be the first one to tell you this is a great change for anyone-but to simply say "Im going to exercise" doesnt work. How about something like "I am going to run 3x a week." "I am going to follow ACSM guidelines of cummuliative 30 minutes of activity a day" (which includes walking up stairs, walking through a parking lot, etc.)
2)Lose Weight-Again, great goal...if its needed... There are many shapes and sizes that are healthy. Resolving to fit into a size, or be a certain weight isn't the healthiest way to go. How about figuring out what your optimal health is by using the things that really count like Blood Pressure, Pulse, Vo2, total lean body mass, etc. *AND*Don't restrict yourself from foods that you really love. Its way to depressing to not indulge.
3)Quit Smoking/Drinking- great resolution. No one should smoke or drink. Gross. But don't expect to do it cold turkey. Few people can...very very few.
4) Enjoy life more- How bout doing something you've always wanted to do but didn't think you had the time or money to do? Pick up a new hobby. Call an old friend. Spend more time with family. Learn something new. :)

***Off the soapbox.***

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Too much Faith in Oprah

Dont get me wrong, I love the woman. I truly believe in the idea of the 'Oprah Factor.' Not too long ago I heard that she claimed that a burger joint called "The Counter" was the greatest burger in America. Today we took Ty to the Discovery Museum at the Gateway and decided to get some lunch at the Counter. It was good, dont get me wrong...Im just thinking I could get 6 good Wendys burgers for the same price. Although it is fun to build your own burger exactly how you want it-I just dont think it was the best.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Toilets and cell phones.

This may be two things you think have nothing in common, but oh how they do. They are the two things that we seem to break. Every apartment we have lived in since we got married we have had toilet problems. From random flushing on its own to flooding to leaking. Its not like we use it for anything other than its intended purpose-its just happens. Every apartment until now has apparently had maintenance that is incapable of fixing said problems. We are proud to say that within 24 hours of reporting the current continuously running and random air bubbles in the bowl problem our toilet was fixed. We hope our toilet streak is over. Now onto the cell phones. For as long as I can remember Ive had cell issues. The first time I got one I got the cheapest phone I could and kept it as long as possible. My problem started when I started getting "newer" and "cooler" phones...which also happen to be more expensive. I have dropped one in frosting clogging the charger connection. I have had on flip out on me and start calling people on its own and the alarm would randomly sound when it wasn't set. My son has DROPPED ONE IN THE TOILET (hence the connection between the two). We have one that wont charge and one that says its charging when the charger isn't attached.