Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving HUGs

Well, here we go again. Another year older. Another year I have signed up myself and my son for the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. The only problem is that I don't exercise! There was a time (close to 10 years ago) that I ran on a regular basis. However, as so many of us mothers can attest to, my fitness level has dropped significantly since my first baby was born. After the second, it has become almost non-existent, I am embarrassed to say.

Besides changing fitness routines, another thing that happens as we become parents is the always forefront consideration of how we be good, positive role models, how we teach our children the importance and significance of giving back, and the good old fashioned quest to keep our children outside, breathing fresh air and running their hearts out. Hence, here I go again with my multiple-hugging endeavors.

I am being very honest when I say last year's 5K was a struggle for me. I did it. My 7 year-old son did it. But it wasn't easy. I almost skipped it this year. I had talked myself out of it. But as my son moves along in his school, I have been blessed with quite a few beautiful moms who care about their kids as much as I do. Luckily, their passions lie in teaching the importance of exercise too.

So, I am thankful for new friends; for both my son and myself, who continue to inspire me to stay involved, stay healthy, and above all, to give back.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May you all find that unexpected inspiration for your next adventure. Wish me luck!

Lets get running!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Hug from a Moustache?

Writing blogs can be very difficult; especially when you are researching your topics and gathering data. You can get turned on to a subject, only to be side-tracked by 20 other potential topics as you go. The amusing thing is that when you have actually chosen your next greatest discussion-starter - it’s interesting. It’s important. It’s timely. Wait a minute. It’s not timely. Wait a minute. It is timely! What the ???

How many of you know November is Men’s Health Issues Awareness Month? How many of you know June is Men’s Health Issue Awareness Month? Which is it? Can somebody please straighten this out for me??!!

Regardless of which month is the “real” awareness month, I have to talk about Movember & Sons. The Movember movement began in Australia in 2003 and is now in over 10 countries. Last year, their movement raised over $126 million. Throughout the month of November, men grow moustaches of all shapes and sizes as a symbol of support for men's health. What a clever and light-hearted way to remind us not to forget the special men in our lives need care and attention too!  Movember & Sons is dedicated to increasing awareness of men’s health issues; raising money for cancer research and prevention, and educating others on lifelong healthy living practices. Please visit their website to learn more about this cause and read some inspirational stories of prevention and survival. Click here!! 

Well, whichever month it really is, Happy Growing (and waxing, and shaping, and twirling)!