Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in on another great Friday as it takes us rushing headlong/ meandering slowly (delete accordingly depending on how your day is going 😉 ) into the weekend.
As you may now know, I am now busy on a Friday as I am trying to learn how to write right 😉 although I am suffering a crisis of self belief as I wonder if there is any point in the stories I spin, especially after the struggle I had with my homework and the fact I am beginning to question my ability to actually write creatively. However, I suppose that is a conversation for another time because one thing I do know that I have gotten right is the simple decision to join the ranks of the charity HENRY – Health, Exercise and Nutrition in the Really Young.
I can now honestly say what a great institution it is and how wonderful it is to be involved with so many people who want to help solve the problem of obesity in this country and do it not for recognition but simply for the betterment of our society.
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be invited to the inaugural HENRY Organisational Learning Event and I was both humbled and awed by the enthusiasm and positivity that each and every person involved showed with their body language and the constant smiles on their faces. In fact, if I may be so bold I think this is one of the first times I have ever been to any kind of function such as this (talks, slides, power points etc etc) where everyone watched and listened intently.
This is because I too found myself doing the same and I can honestly say, possibly to my own embarrassment, that this IS the first time I have ever paid attention when I have been in a church (the meeting was held in a local church hall) for such a long period of time
Everyone who spoke was sincere, engaging and determined to make a difference to the epidemic that is facing the country. We heard from university students who were looking at the success statistics, we heard from trainers who could not believe how well their programs had been received in the various communities around the country, we heard from the quite wonderful CEO Kim Roberts who is so very obviously committed and passionate about the service the charity provides, but best of all we heard from two ladies whose lives have been so dramatically affected by the positive touch of HENRY.
They themselves have in the past received the support they were in desperate need of, they have learned by using the tools that the charity offers to teach parents about nutrition, feeding, portion size, exercise, family time, not eating in front of the TV – the list goes on. But the most amazing thing is they had learnt the HENRY way, taken it on board and helped to implement it further in their own communities, helping other families become healthier and happier as they do so, volunteering their time and efforts so that others might benefit the way they have done themselves.
One of the ladies has even become a trustee of the charity and devotes a good portion of her time, even though she is retraining in social services, along with so many other people who volunteer for this wonderful charity.
As I said a few weeks ago when I decided that this was the charity for me, it was because it’s simply about re-educating the families as they educate their young children. It teaches a lifestyle change for an extended lifetime and if I can help to get that message out to more and more people by the simple activity of walking for a few days then how bad is that? I will consider my time well spent and my time out in the wilds a fair trade if I can offer half as much as the wonderful people of HENRY do each day.
FOOD DIARY:Wednesday 21st October 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||75gms||Toasted Rye Bread||143||3.7||36.3||1.1|
|2||Mini Muffins||Egg, Low Fat Cottage Cheese, Ham Mini Muffins||260||36||8||8|
|Lunch||1||Small Bowl||Homemade Cottage Pie||306||36||21||17|
|Dinner||1||Small Bowl||Homemade Chicken Curry||175||19||13||7|
|Snacks||2||12gms||Mini Cheddar Cheeses||100||6||0||8|
So the food on Wednesday was too bad. I achieved what I had wanted to and that was to reduce my carb intake, although it was still over the 100gms that I prefer to keep it under, although I had to allow for those two lattes which had been consumed before my previous days calculations had been made. Calories were good and protein wasn’t too bad although a little low, but on the whole all was okay.
Exercise for the day was unfortunately minimal due to the fact that I spent most of yesterday morning in the classroom and the rest of the afternoon driving around sorting out little bits and pieces, collecting my shopping and finally coming home to write this post for my blog. Because of this all I have for today is the most basic of screenshots from my Jawbone Up2 which shows again that even with only 3,015 steps covered, at least I didn’t spend the day completely sedentary.
Tomorrow I am afraid will probably be just as neglectful my exercise due to the fact that I am attending my writing class all day and even though there will be a few steps taken as I walk the final part of my journey, I do not imagine there will be many
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