Saturday, May 2, 2015

Move it in May

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition challenges all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day this month. Why?

Movement is Medicine

Movement increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Plus it can help you feel good (and look good too.)

Are you up for the challenge? 30 or more active minutes everyday.  You choose the activity.  Do it all at once of break the time up into multiple segments during the day. It's your call.  

You. Can. Do. This!

This month follow us on twitter for exercise and sports related information and inspiration - and use #TempleCare to share what you are doing.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend Family, Faith and Fitness Events in BR

This time of year the weather is absolutely gorgeous in Louisiana, and with no major collegiate sports events happening, community outreach organizations have jammed packed the calendar with family, faith, health and fitness events. My kind of weekend!

Here is a bit of what's poppin' this weekend.

Saturday, April 18th
New Hope Baptist Church Christian Education Institute
5856 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, LA
8 am - 5 pm

COPP Course offerings include:
Leadership in the Local Church
Developing Skills for Sharing Your Faith
Living Saved and Single - Church Ministry to Singles

Two seminars will also be held:
"The Recipe for a Godly Marriage" for married/engaged couples  and
"Chaste Living in a Sex-laden World!” for youth ages 13-17

More information and registration available at

Saturday, April 18th
Baton Rouge Get Your Rear In Gear 5k Run/Walk
8:30 am
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

This event helps raise funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the Baton Rouge area. Monies raised will stay in our community, helping with prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for this disease. The event includes refreshments, tech shirts and marathon quality medals for age group winners.  Get Your Rear in Gear provides a special opportunity to honor survivors and those lost to colon cancer in our community. Click here for registration and more information.

Saturday, April 18th
2015 Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk
10:00 am
Tiger Park at LSU

Geaux Teal started with one daughter's goal to share her mother's story and now includes aunts, daughters, sisters and mothers who seek to tell their families story, all with the ultimate goal of spreading ovarian cancer awareness to women of all ages. This event supports these efforts.  Click here for more registration and more information.

Yes there is more on Saturday...

Saturday, April 18th
Baton Rouge Family Fit Day
City-Brooks Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge Family Fit Day is a free open streets event of the Mayor's Healthy BR Initiative. Event will include runs, walks (for people and pets) and bike rides around the loop. BREC will showcase tennis activities, putting and chipping events, water sports and a visit from BREC's mobile recreation unit, BREC on the Geaux, for the public to enjoy. Other organizations will also be providing fitness classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, bike safety classes and more.  Click here for more information.

I wish I could be in more than one place at a time.  

Sunday, April 19th
Louisiana Earth Day
Downtown Baton Rouge
North Street: State Capital to Old Govenor's Mansion

Noon - 6 pm

Complete information including a map and list of activities is available here.

This weekend offers enjoyable family time, fresh air, exercise, education and food for important causes (and many of these activities are free).  Gtr BR - come out and take advantage.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Know your body

Thank You Jesus! Spring break/clean up week is over. The children are back in school and I spent the day at two “Me” appointments.  Yay!!!  Time alone spent shopping or at the beauty salon getting a facial, hair do or mani/pedi? Nice things to do but no.  Instead of decorating the outside, these appointments focused on the inside.

First was InBody body composition analysis provided by my physician, Dr Rani Whitfield.  This test provides comprehensive muscle and fat diagnosis essential for monitoring health and fitness. Test outputs include:

  • Intercellular, Extracellular and Total Body Water
  • Dry Lean Mass and  Lean Body Mass
  • Body Fat Mass
  • Skeletal Muscle Mass
  • Body Mass Index
  • Percent Body Fat
  • Segmental Lean Analysis - (Right Arm, Left Arm, Trunk, Right Leg, Left Leg)
  • Segmental Fat Analysis - (Right Arm, Left Arm, Trunk, Right Leg, Left Leg)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Visceral Fat Level

The second appointment was a personal nutrition session with Brooke Schoonenberg, MS, RDN, LDN at Woman’s Center for Wellness. I've been led to vegan eating the past few months and wanted an education session to make sure all my bases are covered nutritionally.  You are what you eat and relying on Dr Google would not cut it.   (DYK due to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies now cover nutrition counseling at 100% as a preventative service? Take advantage! Check out all the preventative services covered by the ACA here.  Thank you President Obama! )

The appointments were reasons to celebrate. I got very encouraging stats, confirmation that I’m on a good path, and detailed adjustments to continue the journey to my best body.

Knowledge is power.  Knowledge of self is essential.

The more I learn about our bodies, how they work, and how to care for them - the more I marvel at God.  Our bodies are His handiwork. It is a privilege, responsibility and joy to be good stewards of them.

#TempleCare is for His Glory!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

2015 Garden Preparation

Spring is here.

Out in the yard, green has just about replaced all the brown, (my husband keeps it looking good), and it's time to get this year's garden going (my job).  Due to my pattern of procrastination, I usually start too late to get the best yield, but this year will be different.
It will!
It's the first week of April and I've already put in 19 man hours of weeding, turning soil, pruning and fertilizing. (Yes - I am logging the hours.)  It appears I'm best at growing weeds.  THEY WERE RIDICULOUS this year! I purchased a fantastic deal on Living Social to have Mayhone Garden Care come out and prep my beds. I'm not sure if Mahone Garden Care is a shady operation or if they were just too overwhelmed with the volume of service purchases, but I when I was unable to reach them to set the appointment, (other customers reported this same problem), I got a refund and with my lips poked out hit the beds myself.

Determined to keep chemicals to a minimum, instead of spraying a weed killer, I'm weeding the manual way - pulling the easy ones and for the more stubborn weeds, turning the soil and sifting out the weeds and their roots.  To save my back, I picked up a GardenWeasel WeedPopper tool. It works well.

I can't get over how physically demanding, monotonous and generally unfun weeding and bed prep is. I know there are people who love this, (my mother for example), and I'm really trying to enjoy this part of the process but I don't. I do however love the later stages of gardening - nurturing the plants, watching them grow, most importantly reaping the harvest. So I stick with it. No sense trying to reap when I have not sown.

So, in the past few weeks, I've made 4 passes thru the beds and about 70% of the weeds are gone. Following are a few status pictures.

This is year 3 for our daylillies. They are self dividing well and look really hardy.

In the herb bed, the rosemary, mint and lemon balm survived the winter. (The mint is taking over). This coming week, I'll add basil, thyme and oregano.

Across the front, my Knock Out Roses are trying to wake up. I trimmed them early this year, added two new yellow rose bushes two weeks ago and yesterday planted 36 South African Ice Plants from Roberta's along the borders. The little plants are barely visible in the picture. They are succulents that spread out into a full ground cover with large flowers. Supposedly...this is our first time trying them. We'll see.

BTW - that is a huge ant hill in the back of the picture. I came across 4 of them this week - all about half a foot tall and full of fire ants.  If my husband doesn't clear them out, they can grow till they are as tall as the house as I refuse to mess around with them. (Lesson learned from several fire ant encounters last year.)

The vegetable bed still needs a bit more clearing and prep and honestly, aside from a few varieties of tomatoes and peppers, I'm not sure what I want to tackle this year.  I'm open to suggestions.

Are you gardening this year?  If so, what's in your plan?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stay Calm and ZZZZZZZ

Get your Zzzzzzzz!

While there is no ‘magic number’ when it comes to hours of sleep a person needs, studies agree that too little sleep reduces productivity, mental functioning and can lead to serious health consequences. Sleep allows the body to rest, refresh and repair – so purpose to get sufficient, quality sleep.  

In general, experts recommend adults get between 7-9 hours a day.  Sleep needs for children range greatly depending on age.

  • Newborns (0-3 months ): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day 
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours 
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours 
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours 
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours 
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours 

  To move towards healthier lifestyle and sleep patterns, make sleep a priority, see how you respond to different amounts of sleep and  pay attention to your mood, energy and health after good vs restless nights of sleep.  

For more information, check out the reference source