8th March 2009

8th March 2009
Healthy Eating Recipes
Image by Vanessa (EY)
In a bid to eat a bit healthier and without feeling like we are following a diet we have decided to go ‘Low GI’ from tomorrow.

I have made these energy bars for us to have for breakfast. Neither of us ever bother with breakfast so I thought these would be good to just grab and go.

Recipe – Makes 12

25g Dessicated Coconut
150g Ready to eat Dried Apricots
50g Dried cherries, Cranberries or Blueberries
2tbsp Vegetable Oil
2tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter
3tbsp Clear Honey
1tsp Natural Vanilla Extract
100g Rolled Porridge Oats
50g Wholegrain Crispy Rice
50g Raw Cane Soft Brown Sugar
25g Sunflower Seeds
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
50g Dark chocolate, min 70% cocoa solids, melted (optional)

1 – Preheat oven to 180c/350f.gas mark 4. Spread coconut on a baking tray and cook for 10 mins until lightly toasted.
2 – Finely chop the dried fruit.
3 – Put the oil, peanut butter & honey into a heat proof bowl in the oven for 1-2 mins just until they are easy to mix. Stir in the vanilla extract.
4 – Mix all ingredients together and press firmly into a lightly oiled shallow 19cm square tin. Bake for 20 mins and then press lightly again. Leave to cool in the tin.
5 – Drizzle with melted chocolate and leave to set (I didn’t do this bit)

Per bar: 193 kcal, 8g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 0.03g sodium, 27g carbohydrate

This is the start of #3 on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list…..cook 1 thing from every cookbook that I own.

2009 VPP Flag Presentation

2009 VPP Flag Presentation
Occupational Health And Safety
Image by heraldpost
Hershell Wolfe, principal assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health), praises the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslatuern’s Safety Office and leadership for earning the Star Status or highest level by the Department of Defense Voluntary Protection Programs Center of Excellence in his speech at the DOD VPP Flag Presentation July 10 at the Armstrong Community Club on Vogelweh Housing. Wolfe stressed that USAGK the first Department of Defense and Army site overseas to achieve Star-site validation of the installation safety and health management system comparable to the U.S. Department of Labor?s Occupational Safety and Health Administration criteria. Photo by Christine June, USAG Kaiserslautern.

2009 VPP Flag Presentation

2009 VPP Flag Presentation
Occupational Health And Safety
Image by heraldpost
The U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern’s Safety Manager Melissa Hastings introduces the guest speaker, Hershell Wolfe, principal assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health), talks about how U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslatuern earned the Star Status or highest level by the Department of Defense Voluntary Protection Programs Center of Excellence in his speech at the DOD VPP Flag Presentation July 10 at the Armstrong Community Club on Vogelweh Housing. Wolfe stressed that USAGK the first Department of Defense and Army site overseas to achieve Star-site validation of the installation safety and health management system comparable to the U.S. Department of Labor?s Occupational Safety and Health Administration criteria. Photo by Christine June, USAG Kaiserslautern.

Farmer's market, Jul 2009 – 11

Farmer’s market, Jul 2009 – 11
Quick Healthy Meals

Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Jul 24, 2009 blog titled "Aussie goes NYC." It was also published in an Apr 17, 2010 blog titled " Smyrna Fresh Produce Market," and an Apr 22, 2010 blog titled "Fresh and Locally Grown: A Great Farmers Market is Just Minutes Away." And it was published in a Jun 6, 2010 blog titled "Juliet Schor on Plenitude." It was also published, in a tightly cropped format, in a Jun 9, 2010 blog titled "Show Me the Slow Money." And it was published in a Jun 13, 2010 Swedish blog titled "Mp = matprotektionisterna," as well as a Jun 13, 2010 San Francisco blog titled "73. Farmers’ Market at Fort Mason." It was also published in a Jul 16, 2010 blog titled "Support the Lake Mary Farmer’s Market." It was also published in an Aug 30, 2010 OurWorld 2.0 blog titled "How Things Work: Food Energy." And it was published in a Sep 8, 2010 blog titled "Vegetarian check-in." It was also published in an Oct 9, 2010 "Zen to Fitness" blog, titled "Boost Digestion With Carrot Salad…." And it was published in an Oct 31, 2010 blog titled До НГ 61 день, позитивное (at http-slash-slash-place-30p3.livejournal-dot-com-slash-414074-dot-html), which means … well, actually, I have no idea what it means. But it’s all good… It was also published in a Nov 22, 2010 blog titled "The Music Industry shows us how to add marketing value!"

Moving into 2011, the photo was pubished in an undated (early Feb 2011) blog titled "About Farm to School." And it was published in a Mar 7, 2011 blog titled "Building Customer Loyalty Using Twitter Lists." It was also published in an April 1, 2011 Farmer’s Market blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 15, 2011 Cool Music Industry School images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Apr 26, 2011 blog titled "Smyrna Fresh Produce Market, 2011." And it was published in a Jun 24, 2011 blog titled "An Ultra-Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Diet is Sufficient to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds." It was also published in an undated (mid-August 2011) blog titled "McGuire Organics," as well as an Aug 29, 2011 blog titled "Three tips to rotate your foods for variety and nutrition."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 3, 2012 Mrs. Pantry’s Blog posting titled "Carrot Soup with a Kick and Quick Croutons." It was also published in a Feb 6, 2012 blog titled "The #1 Tool To Improve Your Health: Your Fork!" And it was published in an undated (late Apr 2012) Squidoo blog titled "Basics of Juicing and Recipes." It was also published in an undated (late Apr 2012) blog titled "Smyrna Fresh Produce Market Starts May 5th." And it was published in an undated (late May 2012) blog titled "." It was also published in a May 30, 2012 blog titled "Diversification j’écris ton nom." And it was published in an Aug 1, 2012 blog titled "WOULD YOU DATE A VEGETARIAN? 30 PERCENT OF OMNIVORES WOULDN’T." It was also published in an Aug 29, 2012 blog titled "Forget Willpower: Seven Steps to a Healthy-Eating Mindset Even If You Love Chocolate."

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Contrary to what you might think, New Yorkers do not eat all of their meals at Starbucks or pizza joints. Nor do they buy all of their food at supermarkets or corner delis.

We also buy our food at farmer’s markets, where organically grown fruits, vegetables, cheese, and other items are brought from farms in nearby New Jersey and upstate New York. Some of these are large and noisy, some specialize in ethnic foods; and some operate every day, with great fanfare and publicity.

But then there are the neighborhood farmer’s markets, many of which operate only one day a week. In my neighborhood, it’s Fridays mornings: on 97th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus, you can find an assortment of beans and beets, tomatoes and potatoes, carrots and garlic, peaces and cucumbers.

These photos will give you an idea of the kind of food that many of us are lucky enough to enjoy…

Functional Fitness Day 2009

Functional Fitness for women at its best! How women can benefit from functional training! www.brinkzone.com I put together a one day workshop called Functional Fitness For The Female Athlete. Heres the vid for the first annual event held 9/26/09 and put on by yours truly and coach John Sully Sullivan at Excel Sports and Fitness in Waltham MA. The day was broken down into four circuits, with 3-4 exercises per circuit. Depending on rest periods, loads, and other variables, some circuits stressed less intensity/aerobic capacity, while others stressed higher intensity/power or endurance. The day was designed to give a spectrum of intensities and functional experiences. Exercises (some covered in the vid, some not) such as Prowler push sled, grappler press, sledgehammer tire smash, handled medball squat thrusts, sand bag front squats, backward sled drag, downward medball smash, hand over hand thick rope pull, and others, were utilized. For general conditioning (eg, GPP), fat loss, improving work capacity, etc, this type of training cant be beat. It can also be incorporated into a program for specific athletes with specific goals. This type of training is not just for fitness buffs or cross-training gods, but very appropriate for power lifters, fitness/figure, MMA athletes, sprinters, and others. For example, an excellent article on the importance of General physical preparedness (GPP) for strength athletes by one of the most successful power lifting/S&C coaches on the planet

Project 365 – March 2009 mosiac

Project 365 – March 2009 mosiac
Crash Diets

Image by Newbirth35
1. Day 60/365 – Xena likes bags, 2. Day 61/365 – crash along Hegenberger Rd., 3. Day 62/365 – MetaboLife diet pills, 4. Day 63/365 – 2 a.m. and still at work, 5. Day 64/365 – overtime makes me tired, 6. Day 65/365 – cookie dough for chocolate oatmeal cookies, 7. Day 66/365 – hemp milk and low-sugar granola for breakfast, 8. Day 67/365 – at Fruitvale BART station on my way to work, 9. Day 68/365 – Hello, my name is Victoria and I’m a Diet Coke-aholic, 10. Day 69/365 – going to bed early for my trip, 11. Day 70/365 – Dad and I, 12. Day 71/365 – breakfast at our Medford hotel, 13. Day 72/365 – the cat’s blanket that protects my blanket from cat hair, 14. Day 73/365 – my first Bloody Mary, 15. Day 74/365 – walked to work today – 8 miles, 2 hours 38 minutes, 16. Day 75/365 – total steps on March 15, 17. Day 76/365 – Proof I eat healthy most of the time (#3) – Tuesday’s dinner, 18. Day 77/365 – my ticket to the banquet on Saturday, 19. Day 78/365 – More overtime…, 20. Day 79/365 – Xena sleeps, 21. Day 80/365 – Family Radio 50th anniversary banquet, 22. Day 81/365 – the purple Repliva pill, 23. Day 82/365 – my new pub table set, 24. Day 83/365 – shadow, 25. Day 84/365- flowers along my route to work, 26. Day 85/365 – wearing my wine socks, 27. Day 86/365 – I had blood tests today, 28. Day 87/365 – Applebee’s Caramel Apple Dessert Shooter, 29. , 30. Day 89/365 – time to get serious about losing weight, 31. Day 90/365 – I had my taxes done today32. Not available33. Not available34. Not available35. Not available

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys

The High Line (New York), June 2009 – 24

The High Line (New York), June 2009 – 24
Fitness Tips

Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Jun 25,2009 Italian blog titled "Una linea verde passa su Manhattan e nasce l’agritettura." It was also published in a Jun 26, 2009 blog titled "High Line, un parque en una antigua vía de tren elevada." It was also referenced (via a URL) in a Jul 13, 2009 Time/CNN blog article about The High Line Park titled "Above It All." And it was published in a Jul 16, 2009 blog titled "Will We Repair Our Green Infrastructure?" More recently, it was published in an Aug 7, 2009 blog titled "On the High Line and Various Lights." And it was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "High Line," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-High-dashLine. It was also published in an Oct 14, 200 blog titled "GOOD Events: New York City’s High Line Park: A Walking Tour GOOD Events: New York City’s High Line Park: A Walking Tour." More recently, it was published in an Oct 20, 2009 blog titled "High Line West Side Line, New York City."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Feb 19, 2010 Los Angeles Times blog titled "High Line designer wins park job in Santa Monica." It was also published in an undated (Aug 2010) blog titled "."

Note: for another look at the High Line, about a month after this set was photographed, and also when the weather was somewhat more interesting, see my Flickr set Return to the High Line – Jul 2009.

Note: this photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "Exercising Tips To Grow Tall." And it was published in an undated (late Apr 2011) blog titled "Home Fitness Tips That Really Work." It was also published in a Jun 9, 2011 blog titled "The Morning Dig: New Phase of NYC’s High Line Opens."

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A recent Wikipedia article informs us that "the High Line is an abandoned 1.45-mile (2.33-km) section of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, along the lower west side of … Manhattan between 34th Street … and Gansevoort Street in the West Village. The High Line was built in the early 1930s by the New York Central and has been unused as a rail line since 1980. Part of it reopened as a city park on June 8, 2009."

Since its opening a few days ago, the High Line park has gotten quite a lot of publicity including a June 10, 2009 Huffington Post blog/article titled "Story of Reusing the City: Welcome to High Line," and a June 15-22, 2009 New York magazine article titled "The Twin Pleasures of the High Line: A Petite New Park, and a District of Lively Architecture" (the online version of which seems to be much more sparsely illustrated than the hard-copy version, though I’ve just been alerted to the existence of a PDF image of the photos from that New Yorker article, which you can find here).

So I ventured down to the West Village today, along with a gazillion other New Yorkers, tourists, and visitors, to see what it looked like. Photographing the crowds along the walkway was probably a worthwhile exercise, because it serves as a reminder of how many people a park like this must serve, in a city the size of New York. On the other hand, there’s no question that I’ll want to come back in a few months, after the novelty has worn off, to see what it looks like when it’s essentially empty (showing up at 7 AM when the park opens, instead of noon, would probably help too!).

It was a gray, leaden day when I strolled through the park, with sprinkles of rain as I reached the northern end of the park at 20th Street — and that probably didn’t do much to help the pictures. I’ll come back on a sunny day, sometime, and I may well wait until late afternoon or early evening, in order to catch the sunset glow in the western New Jersey skyline…

But for now, the pictures do offer a view of a very different kind of park than most people envision; instead of vast, open, grassy fields and views that try to deny the very existence of the surrounding city, this park is woven right into the abandoned train tracks, the surrounding buildings, and the abandoned piers along the Hudson River. And it has obviously inspired a wave of innovative architecture in the new hotels and office buildings that have sprouted up along the way; where possible, I’ve tried to identify the buildings, too, so you can draw your own conclusion about whether all of this is beautiful, inviting, or just a little bizarre.

If you’re interested in finding out more, the afore-mentioned Wikipedia article has a number of links to articles and other resources about the past, the present, and the future of the High Line…