Category Archives: Physical

Physical wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including adequate exercise, proper nutrition and abstaining from harmful habits such as drugs and alcohol. It means learning about and being able to identify symptoms of disease, get regular medical checkups, and protect yourself from injuries and harm. Once these behaviors are satisfied, you will be well on your way to achieving favorable physical wellness. Developing such healthy habits today will not only add years to your life, but will enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.

Sleeping Your Way to Skinny

Sounds appealing, right?

Although mixing in a mid-day nap won’t actually make you skinny, recent research studies point out there is a definite correlation between lack of sleep and weight gain. I am sure that many of you are not frequent readers of USA Today or the Annals of Internal Medicine. So, let me share with you what they recently brought to my attention regarding sleep and weight loss.

A single sleep study was performed on seven healthy, lean, young adults and the results are astounding. After just FOUR consecutive days (Finals week ring a bell, anyone?) of being permitted to sleep approximately 4 hours a night, the fat cells’ ability to use insulin properly dropped by 30%! Consequently, the cells became insulin-sensitive, resulting in the formation of less leptin.

What does this mean? TWO KEY WORDS: Insulin and Leptin… do these words mean anything to you? You may be thinking, “Why on Earth would they?” But, what if I switched those two key words to HUNGRY and FULL?! One of insulin’s many jobs is to trigger the release of leptin in your body. Now you may not have realized this until now, but I am telling you leptin is your friend. What that wonderful little hormone does for you is flip that hungry/full switch on and off. Low levels of leptin tell your body it’s starving and increase your appetite, which is why it makes perfect sense that a decrease in leptin has an association with increase in food consumption and weight gain. So, when your stomach is roaring during your test after pulling that all-nighter even though you just treated yourself to Mickey D’s breakfast as a “reward” – it is actually your body saying, “Hey, maybe you should have gotten some sleep last night!”

What’s also important to recognize is that in addition to your body’s inability to accurately sense if you’re full due to those low leptin levels, those who are tired have an increased appetite as well as a slowed metabolism due to their lack of sleep. When combined, these effects are ultimately setting you up for a downward spiral.

So, as finals approach, shoot for 7 to 8 hours of sleep! It will not only help your ability to focus and retain information, but also assist in maintaining healthy weight and prevent you from feeling hungry all the time.

Stay tuned for upcoming tips on how to develop healthy sleeping habits in my next blog!

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND

It’s looking like a sunny day with a high of 40.

The movie of the week is Bears. “In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure ‘Bears’ showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs” -Disneynature 

Mother nature never looked better on the big screen. Watch this amazing nature movie at the River Cinema.

And now another episode of “Wow I did not know that.”Did you know?”
Did you know the Titanic had a sister ship, the Olympic? The ships were constructed around the same time, with the Olympic starting first. The Olympic was launched in 1910. She served as a cruise liner until pressed into service during WWI as a troop carrier. She was retired in 1935. So now you know.

Yesterday was Titanic Remembrance Day. When: Always April 15th.  Titanic Remembrance Day is dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, and to the over 1500 souls that died. On that day in 1912, the Titanic sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic ocean.

Have a great day everybody.

 

Meet Lynn! 

 

Let It Go without Letting It Go

psst… Did you get the title? I guess I had to be a part of the cool kids and reference the latest craze. Truthfully- I haven’t seen the movie yet. I only heard John T butchered Idina’s name. (And to be fair, I would’ve probably said something similar. Wouldn’t you?)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Mostly about weight loss, self image, and the journey that I’ve been on for a dozen years (WOW- it’s been that long?! I feel old). When I was 16, I tipped the scales at over 300 pounds. I didn’t see a “big person,” and it was honestly confusing to me to hold up my clothes and accept the fact that I not only filled them, but I challenged many of the seams’ thread power.

As I said, those days are long gone. A lot of hard work and much better lifestyle choices have helped me maintain my 100+ pound weight loss. I’d be lying if I told you that it has been easy. I think at some point it did get easier, but I.still.struggle.every.day. If I’m not finding it hard to say no to a pound of peanut M&Ms, I’m daunted with the task of looking in the mirror and not only accepting, but loving my loose skin and remnants of stretch marks.

Did you know that we all have bad days? Mine might look different than yours, but even the most successful people run into challenging moments that sometimes end in defeat.

The age of social media has somewhat muted our ability to accept that it’s OK to be anything less than perfect. There’s a funny picture I recently saw that has a couple happily posing while on a hike; underneath was a picture of them fighting with the title “3 seconds earlier.” Social Media allows us to share our highlight reel with the world… and if you’re anything like me, it also creates an unnecessary perception of pressure to continue “one upping” yourself or those around you.

A few weeks ago, I sat and at a pound of peanut M&Ms. Yes, an ENTIRE POUND. By myself. Just watching tv, relaxing (OK- well maybe it was a combination of stress and emotional eating a little bit, too). Anyway. When my hand hit the bottom of the bag, I was MORTIFIED at what I had done. I couldn’t believe that “I was so weak”…  in my head there were much harsher adjectives I was using in reference to my moment of weakness. Let’s just say- I was not being a nice person, and I went from a moment of pure bliss and enjoyment in the form of sweet and salty crunchiness to complete defeat and horror.

The next day I woke up still mad at myself and began plotting the things I would HAVE to do to make sure that pound of peanut M&Ms didn’t end in a 100 pound weight gain. I would HAVE to spend at least 5 hours at the gym. I would HAVE to eat one meal and nothing else. I would HAVE to not see anyone because they would surely smell the chocolate and peanuts seeping out of my pores…

HOLD UP. STOP THE BUS. 

Do you hear how ridiculous that all sounds? Reflecting back on it, I do! At the time it seemed very rational though. (And for the record- I did my normal time at the gym and ate my normal 2 meals and 14 snacks, and I saw several friends/family members. haha!)

Here’s the thing. Sometimes you’re going to have a moment of weakness. A bad day. A tough decision. And sometimes the best option won’t be the one that you choose to make. But that’s OK. Just as important as it can be to make a good choice, it is equally as important to forgive yourself for being human. As I read in a book the other day,

“Don’t let a Lapse become a Relapse.”

As both an emotional and stress eater, I know all-too-well how easy it is to fall off the tracks. One “bad” bite can lead to a “bad” meal can lead to a “bad” day can lead to a “bad” week… and pretty soon I’ve given up the gym and my 10 heads of lettuce a week.

Now I’m working on a different mindset. For too many years following my weight loss, I had a “good or bad” mentality. Everything was black and white.
Good= lots of exercise, fruits, vegetables, no fat, smaller clothing sizes…
Bad= ice cream, peanut M&Ms, not exercising, a plateau or increase in clothing sizes, marshmallows…

I was missing out on SO.MUCH. and it finally got to the point that I felt deprived and was ready to rebel by eating every “Bad” thing in sight. I’ve since learned to Let it Go once in a while… to enjoy a nice treat. I put in a lot of effort into eating healthy and exercise.  And now I’m working on loving what I see in the mirror. After all, I’ve worked really hard for the body I have for a really long time, and considering what I’ve put it through, it DESERVES love!

Think about your own life. Do you allow yourself to fail lovingly? Are you willing to forgive yourself, learn from the situation, and move on when things don’t happen according to plan?

Fitness Myths That Just Won’t DIE!

Check out the responses from the IDEA Fitness Journal in response to some very popular myths about Fitness and Weight Loss & Management.  A very neat, short and to the point piece of information that everyone can relate to!

Fitness Myths

Waking UP with Ruliffson Show “What?!”

Good morning UND looking for a high today of 67 “its a heat wave baby”.

The movie of the week is called Draft Day. This NFL hardsmashing, head pounding, movie will have you tap dancing all 1 hour and 15min long.

“The Interview”
The Waking Up with Ruliffson Show welcomes The Running with Lynn Show “HA! HA! HA! HA!”
Kim : “Welcome to the show Lynn.”
Lynn: “Great to be here Kim.”
Kim: “Lynn, your blog is the hottest thing since sunburn, how does that make you feel?”
Lynn: “Well Kim, its great to know everybody enjoys reading my silly little observations, I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces, the more compliments I get the better I want to do.”
Kim: “Lynn if you could describe your blog with one word what would that word be?”
Lynn: “Nothing.”
kim: “Nothing? I don’t understand.”
Lynn: “That’s what my blog is about, everyone is doing something I’m doing nothing.”
Kim: “I’m sorry Lynn but I’m still not following you?”
Lynn: “Well for example what did you do today?”
Kim: “I got out of bed, ate breakfast and came to work.”
Lynn: “That’s a blog, there’s your blog.”
Kim: “How’s that a blog?”
Lynn: “Because people are reading it!”
Kim: “There you go ladies and gentleman a blog about nothing.”

This is kim Ruliffson saying “good fight and good night”.

Alcohol Awareness Month… What do you KNOW?

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month and in order to raise awareness, the Alcohol & Other Drug peer educators will be around campus with a couple of really exciting events in April.  Ever heard of the KNOW campaign? If not, we’d love for you to learn more about it here: KNOW Campaign

KNOW the IMPACT: The Drive Square Simulation System™ is a driving simulator that enables a trainee to drive in a virtual space, while operating the controls of an actual vehicle.  Check out the simulator on Wednesday, April 23rd outside of the Memorial Union!  Unable to stop by the simulator on Wednesday? No worries- a tabletop simulator will be traveling around UND’s campus on Friday, April 25th!

KNOW the FACTS: During the week of April 28th-May 2nd, students can try to hitch a ride to class on the GOLF CART CASH CAB! Hop aboard and answer trivia questions for the opportunity to win great prizes!  Flag us down when you see us trolling around campus.

KNOW how to HELP: Ever read those Toilet Talks in the bathroom stalls, the coffee sleeves from Stomping Grounds, or the table tents in the dining centers?  If not, check them out this month! They contain great information about North Dakota medical amnesty law and alcohol overdose.

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND!

It’s looking like a sunny day today with a high of 21. Wow, how about that weather?? One day its 60 above the next day we get ten inches of snow. North Dakota its unpredictable, “ain’t it cool”. I hope you had a chance to catch a movie on your two days off? No you say? No problem, there’s a movie every week. The movie this week is Captain America: “The Winter Soldier”

Today, the Running Show is proud to present for the first time ever a new show titled “Wow! I Did Not Know That”

Did you know Stan Lee, the godfather of comic books was born on Dec. 28 1922 and to this day at the age of 91 years old he still writes classic comic books?Not only did Lee create superheroes such as the Amazing Spider Man, Iron Man, X-men, The Fantastic Four, Thor, The Incredible Hulk which today are all multi-billion dollar movies but Lee’s first published comic work was in the comic book titled Captain America #3 1941.

And now you know and knowing is half the battle.

have a great day everybody

Spring into Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

It is hard to believe that spring is here (literally). With the start of a new season means different fruits and vegetables are in season as well. As far as fruits and vegetables go, spring is considered to be March, April and May. When a fruit or vegetable is in season it means is at its peak of flavor or harvest. Not only will the flavor be optimal the price will be the cheapest. Next time you head out to the grocery store be sure to try some of the following items that are in season right now!

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Remember, you can enjoy the taste of any fruit or vegetable year-round by using fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice – it all counts!

Apricots 
Artichokes 
Asparagus 
Barbados Cherries
Belgian Endive
Bitter Melon
Broccoli
Butter Lettuce
Cactus
Chayote Squash 
Cherimoya
Chives
Collard Greens
Corn
Fava Beans
Fennel
Fiddlehead Ferns
Green Beans
Honeydew
Jackfruit
Limes
Lychee 
Mango
Manoa Lettuce
Morel Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Oranges 
Pea Pods
Peas
Pineapple
Purple Asparagus
Radicchio
Ramps
Red Leaf Lettuce
Rhubarb 
Snow Peas
Sorrel
Spinach
Spring Baby Lettuce
Strawberries
Swiss Chard
Vidalia Onions
Watercress
White Asparagus
 
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Reference: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com

 

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND!

Welcome back students!! Today, we are looking for a high of 32 and a low of 20 with sunny skies looking to wrap up the month of March.

There is no better way to end march then by going to a movie! What is the movie this week you may ask? Noah. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. Starring Russel Crowe, and Emma Watson, this great story will keep your eyes wide open all 2 hours and 00 min.

Now for another epic tale from Stories of Suspense. This week Stories of Suspense brings you “The Unwashed hands”.

Last week a buddy and I went out to eat. When we got to the restaurant, the hostess showed us to our table, and just as we sat down my friend stood up and walked right to the restroom. A few minutes go by, and he came back to the table and asked the server “that sign in the bathroom, ‘Must Wash Hands’ that’s just for the employees right?” The server stared, squinted his eyes, and paused and said “Technically yeah”. My buddy responds “oh good” as he grabs some bread with his bare hands and asked so innocently, “Do you want some?” “I screamed, No…..!”

The End.

have a great day everybody

Running with Lynn Show

Good afternoon UND! Looking like a chilly day and not much sun yet…. BUT we have a high of 33! Spring is on the way!

The movie of the week …Everyone start your engines! - “Need For Speed” This muscle car, fast action movie, will have your heart at full throttle all 2 hours and 10 min.

I have an interesting nutrition related message for all you people out there for National Nutrition Month!
Did you know that you burn more calories eating celery than it contains?

And now you know and knowing is half the battle….
- Have a great day everybody!

-Lynn

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