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.

Social Media Microphone

I remember quite clearly when Facebook was introduced to me by a friend. It was the fall of my freshman year of college, 2004, and she swore this was going to be “all the rage” in no time at all. I bought into it, thinking it’ll be a nice way to keep in touch. Of course, the trick back then was trying to get your friends to join so it would work right.

It was a time when you were limited on the number of characters you could use in a status,  and it was always “Stacey is…” You were given a lot less freedom in creating yourself on a webpage than what we have today. Things began to evolve, and soon you could have your very own picture, you could write your very own statuses (without the annoying “is” directing your path), and you could find almost anyone in the Facebook family.

My friend was right; this had become the “place to be.”

As the years have flown by, I’ve been disheartened and encouraged all at the same time. I see things like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as  awesome people connectors and a form of self-expression. I’m able to tell my story creatively through pictures and thoughts. I’m able to keep in touch with friends and family- both near and far. I’m able to spread the word on anything I choose…which leads me to this question for you:

What are you trying to tell the world?

As times have changed,  I’ve seen some sobering displays of disrespect, distasteful outspokenness, and downright embarrassing outbursts. I won’t lie; I’m just as guilty as many in saying that I’ve posted a thought or opinion that I’m not proud of. At the time, it was too easy to post something to “get back” at a person or vent about a situation. All I had to do was write it, hit post, and wait for the satisfaction of people liking it- and therefore obviously (-in my own mind) agreeing with me…

But that’s just.not.right. Remember when you were little, and you said something out of anger or spite, perhaps even taking a swing at someone because you felt like they deserved it in that moment- but were corrected for your behavior shortly thereafter? The trouble with Social Media Microphones is that we don’t always have a parent or a teacher that corrects our behavior or unplugs the power source- so things can escalate quickly. Feelings get hurt and friendships get lost. And unfortunately, sometimes it all happens because of a misunderstanding.

Sometimes I’m so proud of the way people use social media to spread a positive message or awareness of something, to share really exciting life news with their friends and family, to connect with new people in new ways. And sometimes… well, in the wake of things like elections or this “instant news source” that doesn’t always even allow us to know the whole story before forming opinions and taking action or the ability to create alternative personalities and profiles online to totally trick and … sometimes, I just need to quiet the World Wide Web. All of those opinions just get to be too much, and I’m not proud of our human race.

I get that there are times when emotions take over and passion is not containable, but in those moments try to go for a walk. Or write it down using a pen and paper. Find something that will make you slow down and really think about what you want to say. Many of you cannot imagine a time when you didn’t have this Social Media Microphone to blast your thoughts out to the world, but it used to exist. If I was frustrated with someone, I had to just sit with that uncomfortable feeling, write a letter, or make a phone call. 2 of those options made me face the person, and that was not always attractive enough to pursue. As a result, feelings were hurt less. Relationships were destroyed less.

You hold a lot of power with your Social Media Microphone. Use it wisely. Please remember that we’re all human on the other side of the screen.

Retro microphone on stage

 

Runing with Show

Good day UND! Looking like a great day today right now we are setting at 59 and looking for a high of 83!

Today the Running show has a special guest *Patrick Marcoe* “cheers” *********************!
Pat come on down.
“Welcome to the show Pat”
“Great to be here Lynn.”
“Pat is a employee at the UND Well center, he has been here for many years he is the Coordinator of RecSports
& Special Events.  Do you mind if I call you Pat?”
“Not at all Lynn.”
“Today’s topic is professional football. Pat, I understand you are a Green Bay Packers fan.”
“Yes Lynn that’s right, go Pack!”
“Pat most people here in Grand Forks are Minn. Vikings fans I am, sire you get a lot of boos an hiss’s, how dose that make you feel?”
“Well Lynn I just go out there every day, I give it 110 present I play good I want to play good I think I played perty good today.”
” Pat I was talking to some of the players on the field and they tell me they wear polyester jerseys. I think they would be happer in cotton. See cotton is a natural fiber. Imagine YOUR team playing in a hot sweaty game. The Pack are going to be more comfortable, cooler and that’s why they play better.”
“You may have something here Lynn.”

And that’s all we have for today’s show!

Have a great day everyone!

A new kind of Bump.

When I was younger, my “life plan” was to be married by 20 and have at least one child by 21. I was also going to live in a purple house and play saxophone for the former President Clinton. (Because he was President at the time, also played the saxophone,  and I was obsessed with that instrument.)

Then life happened.

I starting losing weight… graduated from high school… started college… lost too much weight… struggled to find my purpose… switched colleges and degrees (again)… found a healthy and attainable weight… graduated from college… first “big kid” job in a new city… new job in a different city… met a boy and his dog… bought a house… got married… next job…

and now we’re here. I’m almost 29 years old and I don’t live in a purple house. I rarely play the saxophone for ANYONE- definitely NOT the former President.

But, now the “child” thing is happening. I’m 1/2-way to meeting our newest family member, and it’s been quite the journey so far. In terms of symptoms, I’ve had a ridiculously easy pregnancy. Aside from feeling like a walking zombie for most of my baby-growing time, I’ve had just a few aches and ailments, and I’m pretty darn thankful.

My loose skin which has hung so haphazardly for 10 years is now forming into a rounded “bump.” I love that little bump.  I’ve often found myself just holding it- holding my baby- to keep it safe and show love to both the child and my body. It’s important to do that. Just as important has been to surround myself with love- having people who support me and lift me up, who encourage me with their words and actions. I’ve felt an outpouring of all of these things since sharing our exciting news and there are so many days that these people have been the reason that I am able to remember how lucky I am.

The biggest struggle in all of this has been in the growing. In the beginning, I can remember having conversations with myself about what pregnancy may entail, and that it WILL include a weight gain. A good and important kind. And there was nothing wrong with it- as long it was done in a healthy way.  I’ve worked so hard on losing and maintaining a weight loss of over 100 pounds, and for the first time since I can remember, I’m having to process that it’s OK to gain. That when a shirt or pant or skirt no longer fits it’s a natural part of the process rather than a sign that I need to kick myself for eating all those peanut M&Ms.
If any of you have lost a significant amount of weight before pregnancy, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a weird (for lack of a better word) thing to have to accept and be OK with. It’s even harder when you have the appetite of a linebacker and a strong addiction to cake and candy and French fries that no longer seems to be avoidable. I’m certain that lost a lot of my self-control, and I swear people can just smell it on me… and know just what to offer to make me drool and make my knees buckle. I mean, even the Ice Cream truck drives by me while I’m out walking and by my house at least 4 times a week (I wish I was kidding).

So for now my goal has now been to (try to) eat healthy about 90% of the day (and yes- I do count down the minutes), as well as try to get some form of physical activity in almost every day… I know I eat more than I should, so this way I rest a little easier knowing that I’m trying. Like I said, I’m by no means perfect (like the times I’ve eaten jars of peanut butter as a “snack,” or the entire popcorn cake by myself, or that pan of delicious double cake, or….), but I give it a shot. Every day.  Just like I did before I was growing a human.

I want my child(ren) to grow up with healthy self images and love their bodies rather than avoid any reflective surface because they hate what they see. I want them to see food as fuel rather than “good or bad.” And I want them to enjoy playing rather than feeling like they need to torture themselves with exercise. I know that all of these messages- negative and realistic- are out there. And I know I can be one of the first to send the “right” messages about bodies and health from an early age.

Until Baby D arrives, I can practice being a good role model to those around me by keeping my self-talk positive, by forgiving myself for the jar of peanut butter, by appreciating the fact that I can still exercise and eat what I want.
Being love and showing love.

Running with Lynn Show

Good day UND! We are looking at a lovely day with a high of 81 and a low of 56. July is coming to a close so make it a good one.

Here is a great idea: Catch a movie!

The must see movies in July are, The starting line up in order:

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes –  Apes kickin ***! Very cool
2. Hercules - “Gods and demons the classic battle of good and evil.”
3. Transformers Age of Extinction – “Transformers robots in disguise, Transformers more than meets the eyes, the special effects will blow your mind.”
4. Lucy - “Lucy in the sky with diamonds, A woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.” How cool is that?
5.Get On Up - “Yea I feel Good ! The god farther of soul James Brown on the big screen, its time to get your grove on.”
6. Planes: Fire & Rescue – “Hold on to your seats, now your flying the friendly skies!”
7. Guardians of the Galaxy- “Its time to get locked into a world of comic fantasy, cool charters with a wild story.”

Enjoy these great movies and have a great rest of July.

Going in Circles

For almost 19 years, I’ve been working on my body. I’ve lost and maintained a 100 pound loss with the help of healthy eating, exercise, and endless support from loved ones.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever fully processed what I accomplished, and truthfully I don’t know that I ever well, either. The truth is, when you have a lot to lose, the mental side of weight loss feels more challenging than the physical… at least most days.

My loose skin will never allow me to sport a “tight, toned” anything. And sometimes I’m OK with that, despite the fact that so much of the media out there tells me that I need to take care of that problem- there’s a pill/exercise/program/surgery for that. I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t seriously considered some of these options. I always imagined that when I reached my “goal weight,” I’d finally be just like all the others- skinny, tan, perfect hair, clear skin, and a fast metabolism…

ha.

I hate to tell you this, but it doesn’t ALWAYS work out that way. I’ve been told 1000+ times to lift weights so my skin will firm. To do crunches so I will finally have abs.

And I’ve tried, to no avail. To be honest, lifting weight and crunches haven’t ever been attractive to me. I’ve given them their fair shot, and they still make my workout routine on a yearly basis, but I find myself bored and unable to stick with it. I like my walking and elliptical time- and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about exercising, it’s that I MUST listen to my body/mind when I’m struggling to get into any sort of exercise. If you’re stuck, I encourage you to find what you enjoy and go with that- it’ll keep you going much stronger/longer. Some people like to torture themselves with exercise… but that’s just not for me.

I used to apologize for my routine, but I’m realizing more and more that the best thing to hear is : You’re doing it right. You are moving, so you are doing it right. Change when you’re ready, but for now love what you do and most importantly… love YOU!

 

 

Running With Lynn Show

Good morning UND! We are looking at a sunny day with a high of 78.
The movie of the week: Hercules – This thriller movie will be a vary cool to watch on the big screen action packed and special effect that will blow your mind.

The Running show is prod to bring you: “Stories that will blow your mind!”

‘Waiting for the cable guy’

Last week I call the cable guy, he says, “ill meet you at you home around 11….. or 1….. or 2…… or 3.”
After waiting around for hours, he finally shows up…. dragging mud all over my clean floors. Surprise no apology.  Do you ever expect great service somewhere and don’t get it?  What do you do to stay positive?  Comment below!

Swim a Lap Day
When : June 24th
Swim a Lap Day is good for your health. And, it’s a fun day, too!
It’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including plenty of time in and around the pool. What better way to enjoy the early days of summer, than by taking a lap or two (or three) around the pool. In addition to the fun, it’s great exercise to help keep you fit!

Have a great day!

Runn with Lynn Show

Good morning UND, looking like a nice day with a high of 79.

Well the summer is coming to a close but there is still a full month of July, so come on let’s get out there, let’s get warm!

The movie of the week: Jersey Boys. I personally saw this movie and at first I thought to myself, “I can’t watch this movie. I can’t watch a man sing a song, he gets all emotional, his hips swiveling, and he’s swaying it kind of makes me feel embarrassed for them!”

Well that’s not the case, this is a great movie. A classic rock and roll story. “It’s the rise a fall of Frankey Valley And The Four Seasons.”

Catch this Rock and Roll classic at the River Cinema.

And know another bit of  *Wow, I did not know that!*

In 1985 – The All-Star Game, televised on NBC-TV, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a TV network.

Have a great day everybody!

You are Allowed.

Dear Self,

Sometimes you push too hard. You forget to take a break for fear of failure. You let those silly voices tell you that ‘you are not worthy of rejuvenation because the person next to you must be working harder. You have to keep going. Even allowing one hour or one evening of rest will undo all of your efforts. Get up. Get going. Keep going’.

Do you ever find yourself feeling this way? It might be at work, or at the gym, or at your place of residence… this overwhelming sense of guilt for daring to listen to your body and take care of yourself by breaking for a nap to to watch your favorite show or read a chapter in your book. I do- like, all the time. I found myself in this predicament last week. The previous week at work had been pretty crazy and I don’t think I ever did recover. You know, because there’s always a house to clean, a dog to walk, clothes and dishes to wash… the list never ends. Every time I thought about sitting down I would feel like I was just wasting time.

I could feel my body telling me I better slow down “or else” on Monday, but once again ignored it; I had stuff to do!

And then it hit me. HARD. By mid-afternoon Tuesday I felt physically and emotionally exhausted. It hurt to sit. And think. And function. By the time I got home I was going back and forth from tearing up to yawning. All I thought about was taking the dog for a walk and picking up the house and finishing the dishes and cleaning off the counters and all of the other little things that I felt like I HAD to get done that night or risk total failure as a human. (I know, I know… totally ridiculous, right?!) But … my body had officially had enough.

So I stopped. I allowed myself permission and space to just sit, and then just sleep. After a 2 hour “dead sleep” nap plus a full nights’ sleep, I woke up the next day feeling human again.

In a go-go-go world, it’s easy to get caught up in a rough cycle that will eventually lead to breakdown. It’s important that we remember that the majority of people feel this way- that we are all “competing” for that “I’m the busiest person” trophy… and yet, you don’t win a prize for that.

Slow down.

Allow yourself to sit and enjoy life- whether it’s through a hobby, a phone call to a friend/family member, or even taking a little bit of time to catch up on your favorite TV show. From my experience, the police won’t show up on your doorstep because you chose to take care of yourself… and the dishes/clothes/messes will be there tomorrow.

How will you slow down this week?

slowdown

Running with Lynn Show

Good day UND! Looking like a sunny day with a high of 72 and a low of 51. The Forth of July weekend coming up, I hope you all have some big plains:)

“THIS IS IT TRUE BELEAVERS” – Today is World UFO Day! World UFO Day seeks to get governments to fess up to the existence of UFOs. Many people believe that UFOs from outer space have already visited us, and a big, government cover-up is hiding the facts from the public.
The date for this special day was chosen because it is the date of the Roswell Incident, a historical event leading to wide speculation and belief that aliens have indeed visited us.

The Roswell Incident:
July 2, 1947 is a date well-known to UFO believers (Isn’t everyone!?). On this date, Mac Brazel, a rancher in northwest of Roswell, New Mexico discovered wreckage of a metallic object on his ranch. The wreckage and the metal it was made of was strange. He contacted military authorities who investigated the site, and removed the wreckage. The first military reports referenced a mysterious, Unidentified Flying Object. These reports were later rescinded, leading to wide speculation and claims of a massive government cover-up of the discovery of UFOs from outer space. It also sparked fear of a UFO invasion and rumors of other incidents. That speculation is alive and well today.

The movie of the week ….this movie so fits this day….

“Earth to Echo” – In this fun story two boys discover an alien trapped on earth, four friends come together to protect and help him find his way home. Catch this fun animated movie at the River Cinema.
Have a great weekend everyone, and remember, “We all shine on like the moon… and the stars… and the sun.”

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND, this is Lynn Haman writing live from Rugby, North Dakota! Here in the Grand Cities we are looking at a cloudy day with light rain.

The movie of the week is Edge of Tomorrow:
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way. [Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop – forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again.

>Oh yes my friends you must catch this action packed thriller at the River Cinema, “buckle your set belts is going to be a wild ride”.

Yesterday was ‘Go Fishing Day.’  Now, this is my kind of day! It’s a day to go out and bring home a healthy, tasty, meal for the family.  If you missed it I’m sure you can make up for it this weekend!

And if you get a chance drive to Devils Lake to go fishing, hold on to your glasses! When I was 10 years old my brother hooked my glasses and they went flying into the Devils Lake river. That’s my personal fishing story, The Fish with Glasses.

And now another tail of Stories of Spence: I’m at Wal-Mart in the self-service line and I realize I have so  many items I may miss the city bus. I knew I had to dis-card one item ,time is every thing, must make the right decision! Then as I stood there I thought to myself, “man I feel like a contestant on the Prices Right.” You ever feel that way?

Have a nice day everyone!

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