Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Finding Inspiration

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on February 22, 2011 ][ In Fitness Tips ]

I was lucky to spend this past weekend at the Missouri Grand Prix, a swim competition for Olympians, Olympic hopefuls and up and coming young swimmers.  Never have I been around so many wonderfully healthy, fit people.  Elite athletes understand that good nutrition, health and fitness is the key to their sport, even more than talent or natural ability.  You can’t perform if you don’t eat well and certainly not if you don’t train and take care of your body.

I am always looking for inspiration to keep me going.  I don’t always want to get sweaty; maybe I’d rather lay on the couch.  I have my food issues too.  Chocolate milk shakes are always calling out to me; I’m surprised others don’t hear them.  So use other’s example to motivate you in your quest for fitness, weight control and better health.  Surrounding yourself with people who live a healthy life will help you too.

One swimmer in particular is my hero.  Dara Torres is 43, has competed and medaled in FIVE Olympics and is training for 2012.  This weekend I was privileged to see her swim her first race since having reconstructive knee surgery in 2009.  She has been back in training for a couple of months now and her competition is in their teens and twenties.  Dara managed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic trials in the race on Saturday; her time was the 5th best.  Dara does train differently than she did earlier in her career.  She has to be mindful of old injuries and a body that doesn’t work like it did.  You can bet that I find her dedication a great motivating factor in my own life.

So get off the couch and get going.  Maybe you aren’t an elite athlete but maybe you’d like to improve your tennis game or run your first 10 K.  Instead of just watching those games, use the athletes as role models.

As always, I’m on the lookout for veggie recipes and I found a great carrot dish that I’ll share on Thursday.  Check out my blog on jonesboro.com for more results on the health of the cardiologist and his wife.

Upadated on February 22, 2011

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