Quotes on Thinking

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I’m not feeling particularly thoughtful today, so I don’t know where I should begin Thoughtful Thursday. I think (hah!) I’ll share some of my favorite quotes on thinking to get us started!

  • No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.  ~Voltaire
  • Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.  ~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
  • Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?  ~Winnie the Pooh
  • I like to think of thoughts as living blossoms borne by the human tree.  ~James Douglas
  • It is well for people who think, to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean.  ~Luther Burbank
  • Belief is when someone else does the thinking.  ~Buckminster Fuller, 1972
  • A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor  ~Victor Hugo
    Men can live without air a few minutes, without water for about two weeks, without food for about two months – and without a new thought for years on end.  ~Kent Ruth

What do you think?

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Pedometer Adventures

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About 6 weeks ago, on my work’s intranet homepage, there was a contest announcement. Create a team of four, be one of the first 20 teams to register, pay $5 each to join ($20/team), wear a pedometer 24/7 for six weeks and keep track of our weekly steps. The winning team earned 80% of the entry fees (which came out to be about $80 per team member. I was excited and told my branch about it. They were interested and elected me team captain (whoo hoo!). We sent our registration fees in as soon as we could and soon received a surprising confirmation email. We then learned that work was going to let 123 teams (103 more than they originally stated) join the competition. This bumped the winnings from $80 to $492. This made our team even more excited.

The competition began and my team was fantastic about tracking their steps and adding a few here and there. When we turned in our steps for the first time, we thought we ruled the roost with 300,000+ steps. We soon learned that another team had slammed us with 800,000+ steps. Instead of getting down on ourselves, we picked things up. During week 2 we were able to BEAT the #1 team and take first place. We won a pair of fancy walking socks. Unfortunately, our team came in 3rd place, which put us just out of earning a monetary prize but we earned certificates and other small goodies, and a sense of health along with it all.

The goal has also turned me into “Incredibly Active Girl”! During week 2, when I realized that I couldn’t disappoint my team (as the captain and all) so I I stepped it up … literally. I made it a rule that before I turned on the laptop, I had to spend some time adding steps to my pedometer. I began walking between 45 and 60 minutes every day that week and I watched the pedometer numbers soar. By the end of week 2, I was bored with walking so I added a little jogging in. I noticed that my jogging wasn’t earning as many steps (my strides are longer) and so I decided to try some interval training.

As of week 6, my body has already changed, along with my mindset about physical activity. I have lost almost 10 pounds, my pants are fitting better, my quads are tighter and my calves are rockin’. I’ve noticed my stomach is getting flatter and my arm muscles are starting to show again. The best thing though? The reappearance of my single chin!

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Intro to Two for Tuesdays

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Two aspects of health that many women don’t normally consider include your relationships with other people and your finances, but if you think about it, both can have very positive and very negative effects on your health!

Think about it; if your marriage is struggling, your head hurts, your shoulders ache, your stomach grumbles and growls no matter what you eat. Your physical health is clearly dependent upon your mental and emotional health. If your finances are tight, you probably aren’t eating a lot of fresh fruits & vegetables, vital to a healthy diet. You might be using the McDonald’s drive-thru more often than you would otherwise and your health definitely pays for that.

While I don’t have any fantastic articles this week, I wanted you to start thinking about the fact that your mental & emotional health are very closely related to your physical health!

Just for kicks though, here are a couple of financial tips I’ve learned in the past year that are worthy of being shared here:
1. Pay off your credit cards before other debts. The interest rates on credit cards is normally twice (if not three or four) times as much as other debts – get these out of the way as soon as you can!
2. Buy certain everyday items used! DVD‘s, CD‘s, books, sporting equipment and even clothes can cost significantly less if you buy them gently used. I have found (new with tags!) $50 pants from The Gap for $7 at the Goodwill because I’m willing to wear used!
3. Money is important, but it’s not everything. You can get buy being broke. I promise!

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Your Eggs & Your Heart

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Heart Health

The first edition of Manic Monday shares just a few articles with you! Check ’em out and let me know what you think!

Egg Shortages Stalling Stem Cell Research – Ever thought about giving your eggs to a couple to make a few extra bucks? Did you know that you currently can’t make any money if you are allowing research to be done on them? This may be changing soon – a new source of income for those truly interested.

The Most Serious Health Concerns for Women and What You Can Do -SkyNewswire.com reminds us of three major concerns regarding women’s health; breast cancer, heart disease and obesity and what we can do to help avoid them.

Getting to the Heart of Women’s Health –  “8 million women in the U.S. are currently living with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and an astounding 35% of the female population will die from this disease. So why is it that you aren’t hearing more about this?”If you want to know about the number one killer of women, please follow the link and check out this article!

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Ideas to Share

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exerciseI am a fan of lists, themes, organization and routine. This makes blogging interesting for me, as I try to keep a “proper” routine, keep my lists put together, theme certain weeks, and keep it all organized while doing so. I sometimes have trouble with the follow-through, but put a valiant effort towards it all. With the beginning of this blog, I plan on doing the same thing; start a routine, follow it for a week or two, struggle to follow it, and then remind myself that I want you all to start routines as well (health-related ones) and then throw myself whole-heartedly back into it. You ready?

Manic Mondays will bring you the women’s health and fitness news from the week before. I’ll be on the look-out for news all week long in hopes of pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly that you might have missed!

Two for Tuesdays will focus on two aspects of health many people forget about: relationship and financial health. Both are important facets of women’s health that aren’t always at the forefront of people’s minds but have a direct connection to other parts of our lives.

Workout Wednesdays encourages you to add a new physical activity to your life. Prepare yourself for tips on cardiovascular health, weight training and flexibility exercises to increase your life span. Watch for pictures, for videos, for music suggestions and fun ideas!

Thoughtful Thursdays stands to remind my readers that mental, emotional and even spiritual health are vital characteristics of good health. I’ll concentrate on specific mental health issues along with the many other “enlightening” ideas on Thursdays.

Friday 5 is set up to be a challenge for me and my readers. On Friday I’ll give you five health related missions to do in the next seven days.

Once we get this blog really going,  I hope to find some health-related sponsers to share their wares with us as winnings for contests, health challenges, and other events I have mentally planned. If you know of any companies who would be interested in participating in the fun at Women’s Health & Fitness please let me know, I’d love to talk with them. If you have any ideas for contests, challenges or fun things to do, I also want to know that stuff! Remember, your participation here at Women’s Health & Fitness is vital to our growth!

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Welcome to Women’s Health and Fitness

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Waving HiHi! I’d like to welcome you to Women’s Health & Fitness here at ContentQuake. First, though, I want to introduce myself.

*reaches out to shake your hand warmly * Hi, I’m Sarah.

I am Oregon born and mostly raised. I am moving to South Carolina (for graduate school) in less than a year. I am a full-time bank teller who loves her job, but knows it’s not her career. I am a writer for ContentQuake, for WEGOHealth and for myself. I am an amateur photographer. I am a friend, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece and a surrogate Auntie. I am a voracious reader always working my way through a book. I am a nerd and have embraced it.

I’ve personally lived with migraines, ovarian cysts, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcers, aches and pains, and poor eyesight in my twenty-plus years so far. I’ve had friends or family with eating disorders, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, chronic pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, exercise addiction, HIV, AIDS, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, bipolar disorder fibromyalgia and more.

My passion lies within women’s health; specifically HIV/AIDS prevention and education. While earning my German degree, I took some public health classes for the fun of it. I fell in love with the topic and eventually went back to school for a second BA. I was accepted to my dream school (University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health) for the fall of 2009. I love to write and to educate, so this blog provides a fantastic outlet for my passions. I’m an every-day woman wanting to educate other every-day women.

Second, as we begin this journey together, it will be a learning process for all of us. I encourage you to email me or leave me comments, suggestions and ideas. If you don’t agree with my opinion, I want to know it. I want you to speak up and be a part of Women’s Health & Fitness. The involvement on your side is vital to the success of our blog. I want to be an easily-accessible source of information on all facets of women’s health and fitness topics and with your help, this blog will thrive and grow.

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