Thanks for your words, MouseWife! You are a real inspiration!
And now, I'd like to congratulate.....
Bill Catherall!!! Woooo!!!
He had a slight hiccup with his online log, but he is now a bona fide Presidential Champion Bronze Award recipient!! Bill, you can expect to get your certificate and lapel pin after this week (when I get home).
Bill is another great motivater. He has changed his lifestyle -- both what he eats, and how active he is. He concentrated initially on weight loss, and now he is working on gaining muscle. I only see Bill about twice a year, so his changes are very noticeable to me. The last time I saw him, I kept telling him how great he was looking. He's starting to look really buff, and very healthy!
By the way, one thing I hope we've been repeating here, is that we are not necessarily talking about people going on diets or trying to lose weight. This is all about leading a healthier lifestyle. If that means fewer Happy Meals, that's great -- but most of all, it's best to get out and shake our bodies! Just getting out for a 10-minute walk once a day will make you feel better and more alert. It can help you improve on things like your resting heart rate and blood pressure. Keep challenging yourself by increasing the amount of time you work out, or increasing the effort, and you will discover a more healthier appetite (where you want to eat veggies instead of bon bons, for example). You will feel less tired in the afternoon and avoid needing to take a nap. And if you lose a bit of weight, or your pants get looser, that is awesome!!
Get healthy, be happy!!