Week of May 19, 2012

Week in Review

Lots’O Legs last week. There’s a lot of road races and mud runs that you all have to get ready for this summer. We will have class this Monday and Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30pm. For Challengers, we also have a meeting this Wednesday at 6pm at the BFA Fairfax school. On May 31, Lonnie Poland, our resident Yoga and Meditation expert, will lead the 100 Day Challengers (current and former) in a meditation after class.

We’re now missing two regular fixtures from Boot Camp. Rebecca is recovering from knee surgery and Paula M. just had foot surgery. Girls, don’t be strangers. We can still get the other parts of your body moving. Hope to see you during the summer.

Early Morning Summer Boot Camp is coming! Each summer I add a Wednesday am class. The first class start on June 13. Details will be sent soon.

We talk a lot about goals and we love to celebrate all types of accomplishments, big and small. I’d like to recognize Linda B. for achieving her goal of running around the school without walking. String a few more of those together Linda and you’ll be doing your first 5k!!!

Run For Your Lives, it’s John Seaman!

At the beginning of May, John Seaman participated in a zombie run in Boston. There’s some great pics below.

Here’s what it is and how it works. Really sounds like fun, perhaps that’s one we can look into next year. Congratulations John!!

“Run For Your Lives is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle race. But you’re not just running against the clock — you’re running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies.

Basic Survival

  • Before the race, you will be given a flag belt, just like the overly intimidating game of flag football. These flags represent your health.
  • The zombies want to take your flags and maybe eat your brains.
  • If you lose all your health flags, you die. And the zombies win.
  • Health bonuses will be hidden throughout the course. If you find one and carry it to the finish, it will save your life.

What You’re Up Against

  • Throughout the 5K obstacle race, there will be a series of man-made and natural obstacles for you to complete. Runners may choose NOT to complete an obstacle, BUT any runner who skips an obstacle will not be eligible for prizes.
  • There will be zombies. Their job is to chase you and eat you — but mainly go after your health, in the form of your flag belt. Avoid the zombies to keep your health flags.
  • Use speed, strategy and your intact brains to make it to the FINISH LINE “alive” with at least ONE FLAG INTACT (or a health bonus pack). If you finish with zero health flags, this means the zombies have successfully transformed you into the “undead”;  your time will be recorded, but you will not be eligible for awards.

How You’ll Do It

There will be a start line, and a finish line, but what happens in between is up to you. There are multiple routes to reach the finish. Choose wisely, or your 5k might turn into a 10k.”


HBO Documentary: Weight of a Nation

This was just released and it covers the uphill battle America has with obesity.

Quick Facts:

  • 40% of every dollar spent on food is spent on food prepared outside the home.
  • About 46% of adults’ added sugar intake comes from sugary drinks.
  • The obese workforce costs American business an estimated $73.1 billion per year.
  • Half of obese teenage girls become extremely obese by their early  30s.
  • Children consume more than 7.5 hours of media a day, 7 days a week.
  • In the 25 years between 1987 and 2010, the number of American’s diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million.

About the Project

Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The fourth film, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.

Watch the Videos at: http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/

Great Site for Recipes. It’s also an app!!

Once A Month Mom helps you fill your freezer by creating monthly menus using seasonal recipes. In the link below is tasty-looking energy bars!! I’m trying these next week.



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