Thursday, September 24, 2015

More of This and That

Hi Everyone,

Happy Fall! I wonder if you are enjoying the simple pleasures that come with fall - the freshness in the air; and the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that you haven't experienced for awhile.  Does it put an extra bounce in your step?  It sure give me a lift, and puts a smile on my face.  I especially love taking bike rides this time of year.

Here are some random quotes and/or pieces of information that I would like to share with you this month:

*A pretty sobering thought about drinking, (or taking drugs): It's the only thing that you don't get better at the more you do it.

*Never use money to measure wealth.

*Don't fear moving slowly forward.  Fear standing still.

*Treat your body like it belongs to someone you love.

*When most adults eat out compared to eating at home, they consume about 200 more calories.  Just think, if you did that three times a week, that's 600 extra calories. After 52 weeks, (one year), that's 31,200 extra calories, which translates to a gain of almost nine pounds. One way to keep calories more in check is to only go 'off' your regular diet (whether at home, or at a restaurant) when it's your birthday, anniversary, or some other special occasion.

*Next time you reach for that fancy espresso drink, or some other sweet drink, like a soda, remember this:  It only takes two sugar-sweetened beverages per week to raise your risk of suffering a stroke by 19%, as opposed to drinking almost none.

*Next time you're boiling pasta, consider tossing some fresh vegetables into the very same pot.  Not only does that make your dinner healthier, you have one less dish to wash!

* Remember this number - 135.  As a suggestion by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, that's the minimum number of minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise recommended to reap the anti-depressant effects of physical activity. That's only a little less that 34 minutes of activity four times a week.  Sounds doable!

All for now.  Have a fun October.  Will you dress up for Halloween?  Time for me to consider this year's costume!


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