A Bicycle Story
by Christa Clark Jones from United States of America
I tell a story of a bicycle trip through a bicycle-friendly city. Design innovations pop up along the way to make the trip safe, efficient, convenient, and fun. In the end, bike transportation prevails as one of the best ways to travel: no pollution, promotes physical health, low cost, and fun.
NOTE: This proposal was inspired by three sources of information that were reviewed in a span of just a few days.
1. A local group in US has been founded by a woman who runs. As she passed homeless people during her run, she encouraged them to join her in the run. As they did, and as they passed during their runs local businesses and people in the community, they began to receive donations. They have since established a nonprofit group, are raising funds, and now one of the homeless people has a FULL TIME JOB!
Upon learning about this extensive bicycle tour throughout Bangladesh, an invitation was extended to the "Bangladesh Tourist," the newest ABC4All Mentor, Khondoker Ahammad Ali, to consider participating with us.
3. Next the above story and the BdCycleTourist, combined, created the inspiration for the following proposal. Then just after the first draft of the proposal was completed, the appropriate guidelines for healthful living and weight loss appeared in an email earlier today on 12/26/2007.
RESULT: We have a proposal that can stimulate Local ABC4All FUNdraising whereever it is needed!
ABC4All Local FUNdraisingTM :
ABC4All WalkRunSitRide SwimTM to A Better Community for All !
Improving Health Maintenance (IHM) while Creating Global Health HeightsTM
Exercise is essential for healthy living . Human bodies were created with the inherent gift of motion -- bodies are meant to move! Choose an activity from "Sit and Be Fit" to entering a Marathon!
ABC4All's Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition (CHEN4All)
invites you to adopt a simple exercise program in your local community:
ABC4All WalkRunSitRideSwim TM
Join forces in order to raise awareness of the issues needing to be addressed in your local community to improve conditions and help make it A Better Community for All!
CHOOSE YOUR ACTIIVITY AND GO FOR IT!
BY YOURSELF! ENLIST OTHERS! CREATE EXERCISE GROUPS!
HAVE FUN WHILE YOU FUNdraiseTMFOR WORTHY CAUSES!
Healthy Lifestyle/Weight Loss Guidelines: 6 Tips*
Here are six simple tips for healthful, balanced living and weight loss if needed:.
1. Lose weight with water.
Water is essential for everybody - it is also the key to losing weight. If you haven't been drinking enough water, your body has developed a pattern of storing water. This water retention equals extra unwanted weight.
By drinking more water, you are not only flushing out toxins, you are also teaching your body that it no longer needs to store water. Drink at least 60 ounces of water (about 8 glasses) a day. Boil water and sliced lemons, and drink this throughout the day to help with fluid retention. If you are still not sold on the merits of water, try this on for size: water is a natural appetite suppressant.
2. Soup up your weight loss program.
A simple dietary change will have you shedding pounds: eat a bowl of soup at least once a day. Nutritious, low-salt soups will nourish you as they flush waste from your body. People who eat a serving of soup daily lose more weight than those who eat the same amount of calories but don't eat soup. Go for homemade soup whenever possible, as canned soups are loaded with salt and chemicals.
3. Eat early to keep weight off.
The human body follows a circadian rhythm, which means that the same foods eaten at breakfast and lunch are processed differently than when eaten at dinner. Studies show that when you eat your daily protein and fat at breakfast you tend to lose weight and have more energy; however, eating the same things at dinner tend to increase tendencies toward weight gain. I suggest that you eat your last meal of the day by 7 p.m.
4. Eat smaller meals, more frequently.
Follow an eating schedule with five little meals every day. Eating steadily through the day keeps you from becoming famished and overeating at your next meal. Make a low-fat trail mix from raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried plum, and apples and have it available at all times to avoid the tempting lure of high-calorie snacks.
5. Adopt a balanced approach to your diet.
Most of the fad diet programs out there nowadays are extreme in a few recommended foods, or else deprive the body of food altogether. This works in opposition to our metabolism and the results usually don't last, producing a yoyo effect that depresses your metabolic function - not to mention your self-esteem. We are natural beings that need a balance of nutrition from all sources.
Your diet should consist of a balance of organic sources of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Instead of white rice and pasta, opt for brown rice, bulgur, millet, or buckwheat.
Eat more green, chlorophyll-rich foods such as broccoli, kale, spinach, and asparagus. Eliminate candy, sugar, soda, and all simple sugars from your diet. Excess sugar ends up being stored as fat in your body, which results in weight gain. Also, keep dairy to a minimum because most dairy products are high in saturated fat. Avoid fatty foods, processed or fried foods.
6. Walk off the weight.
The No. 1 cause of weight gain is inactivity. Physical activity is the key to speeding up your metabolism and burning excess calories. The best way to be physically active is to use your legs! Walk as often and as long as you can. Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Step outside during your break at work and take a walk around your building. Consider joining a local hiking club. Try taking a walk 30 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes in the early evening.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
*Arlene Olsen, wife of the Founder of Tahitian Noni International (TNI) shares this article on weight loss and healthful living:
Burton Danet, Ph.D .