Let’s Move Day (5K Run) – Sunday, September 23

America is known as a “fat” country, particularly in size. The statistics prove this. Maybe we’ve allowed complacency to get to us and our health deteriorates in the process. For instance, we work hard for the money, we indulge on snacks in between meals, we sleep less, we eat less and junk more on fast food, ultimately leading us to miss out on the essential needs for our bodies. Well, how about changing that mindset today.

To change your mindset, you’ve got to change the way you think. Learn to say no. Be in command of your thoughts. Once you control your thoughts, you control your habits, and eventually your actions. Sounds good so far?

My church is hosting a 5K marathon on Sunday, September 23 beginning at 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Flushing Meadow Corona Park (Queens, New York). This is part of a nationwide health initiative, known as “Let’s Move Day!”. Only $15 to register for persons interested to run. Anyone and everyone is invited. There will also be health presentations and screenings on-site. Also, we’ll have representatives from the White House and the NYC Mayor’s Office. Did I get your attention?

If you’re interested to take part as a runner, let me know and I’ll send you a form to complete. Check out the Web site to learn more of this initiative.

To live healthier, start doing something about it and change those negative statistics. Why not start now?

Utilizing My Skills

My new job is great. I’m entering my fifth week and still learning the ropes of everything: company policies, numbers and contacts to remember, deadlines to meet, just wish I had a company Blackberry, but I’m very thankful. On the side, helping out at church is going well, too. I created a flier (and though the image is blurry) it makes me proud to know I’m doing what I like to do: writing and designing. Would love to do some strategic planning, but in time. Want to see the flier? Here it is. Meanwhile, the weekend is going to be 84 degrees Fahrenheit and I’m looking forward to enjoying it.


Got a New Job!…

Got a New Job!

If you think you can’t, you won’t; if you believe you can, you will. (Author: Unknown)

My year of progress unfolds bit by bit. I started my new job on Monday, May 14, right after Mother’s Day weekend. Leaving my last job was bittersweet. I never knew I had such an impact on people in the office until my last day. I got cupcakes and brownies, from my supervisor, including three cards signed by almost everyone in the office. I got a recurring theme among co-workers who commented to me that I made their day with my smile. Who knew? I sure didn’t, but it was nice to know I left on a positive note.That was Friday.

I already was in work mode for my new job and started the following Monday. New to the position, I was flooded with an overload of information and already felt overwhelmed. I once thought, “What did I get myself into?” but I knew God was at the steering wheel and driving me towards the direction of progress. I went through a lot the last three years: emotionally, financially, and even spiritually, but 2012 is already showing progress and I have God to thank.

I’m so excited to be starting the job after one week and one of the perks is I get Fridays off. Not sure how I’ll spend that extra free day, but for now I’m just thankful to be in a job I think my skills are catered to. If you’re wondering, my title is executive/communications assistant for a president (can’t say which).

Right now, I’m thinking of what I’m doing to do for the rest of the day and looking forward to better days ahead.


Four Ways to Keep Your Bones Strong

I volunteered to serve as a guest blogger for Dr. Burt, a chiropractor in Calif. I’ve never met the guy but because of social media I was given the chance to write. I love the opportunity to connect online and meet people and because of this encounter, I get to write for an extended audience. I personally thank him for allowing me to write for his blog. It’s quite exhilarating.  This is the article I wrote:

There’s a saying that goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones” and isn’t that true? When an object that’s ten times greater than your body mass is thrown at you, your body probably would get bruised or worse broken. I think we take the bones that make up our body for granted not realizing that the very thing that makes us up is the same thing we need to take care of to keep us in shape, in form, and in health.


When you wake in the mornings and rise from the bed, it took your meta-tarsals, your phalanges, your tibia, your femur, your fibula, your gluteus maximus, and many other bones to work in order for you to do just that one action.


Before I get ahead of myself and recite an in-depth physiological motion involved with just getting up, I want to emphasize four points to help you stay on track when dealing with your bones.


  1. Stretch. After getting up in the morning, do stretching exercises for three minutes. It doesn’t take much of your time but stretching can increase your blood flow and gets your muscles in motion. Stretching will make you feel alive and ready to start the day. Your posture when you stand up might also improve.


  1. Calcium Intake. Thank your body by giving it the nutrients it needs. Drink milk or eat green and leafy vegetables (the greener, the better). These also help to prevent osteoporosis. 


  1. Be Active. Walk, jog, swim, play tennis, play basketball, climb the stairs…get the picture? The point is to move around. Your bones need to be strengthened, not weakened. Of course, when doing these activities, be consistent; don’t over-do them to a point where you hurt yourself. The key is to stay active in moderation.


  1. Lift Weights. Whether you do it at a gym or purchase your own, weight lifting in moderation contributes to your body’s strength performance, improves your musculoskeletal system, and can lower back pain.


Bones are necessary to get around in life and a part of daily living. How would you manage to do the menial tasks like picking up a fork or tie a shoe lace if your femur or your phalanges no longer worked? Sadly, some people face that situation yet amazingly and with resilience still go on. But you have your limbs, your bones in tact, so use them and use them well. Your bones deserve the loving care it does so it works to keep you around. 

To see my blog post on the Dr.’s site, here’s the link. (Do share with anyone you know who could benefit, thanks!)


Running the Race

A long-time college friend of mine (pictured) is taking part in a marathon and she needs your support. Will you help? See below for her message and a link to her page. Thanks in advance for your support!


Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be a part of Team in Training‘s San Diego Rock n’ Roll endurance event. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years, and I’m glad that I’ve finally had the opportunity to participate in this great cause to find a cure for cancer.


Let’s be honest, everyone knows someone that has been directly affected by cancer.

I’ve known people who lost the battle to it and people, like my dad, who continue their fight.

I’m also pleased to have two classmates that won their battles with blood cancers and are doing amazing things with their lives today. They’re good friends and I can’t imagine not having them in my life!


So, in short, I have a reason to smile. I hope you’ll partner with me by making a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.

For those who donate at the “super” level or higher, I’ll proudly wear a ribbon with you or your loved one’s name in honor of the fight with cancer, just let me know the details.


Thanks for visiting my page. I appreciate your support! Please come back and visit as I update you on our progress!


God bless & GO TEAM!


Ariel 🙂

 Charlie’s Philosophy

Sorry about sending a blank post, I accidentally hit the send button just as I was about to write, so please forgive me. Here’s what I intended to send. It’s a note from Charlie Schultz’s darling character , Charlie Brown, and his “Peanuts” gang; I seem to get such valuable lessons from this comic strip and here’s one I wanted to share:
You DON’T have to actually answer the questions.Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials…the most money…or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most

-Author: Charles Schultz, “Peanuts”.

A Great Game

I don’t know how many of you are sports fans, but I’m sure you must’ve heard the news by now about the NFL Superbowl XLVI championship.

The New York Giants beat New England Patriots and it really was a nice game to watch. I wished though it was Peyton and the Colts up against the Pats, but hey, I’ll take Peyton’s little brother, Eli, to whip Brady’s butt in Indianapolis, where the Colts originate, anytime.

NYC is coordinating a parade for the Giants on Tuesday and unfortunately I won’t be there to enjoy welcoming the winners (I’ll be at work), but what a game! I wonder if this will make some NY Jets fans a NY Giants fan? They are from the same state, right?

Also, way to go to Giants’ Coach Coughlin for making history. At 65 years of age, he became the oldest coach to earn two Superbowl titles. Now, who says you’re too old to accomplish anything?

Congrats, Giants! You made NY…or should I say, NY and anyone else who wasn’t a Patriots fan, really proud.

Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin earn second titles with Super Bowl XLVI win vs. Patriots – Kerry J. Byrne – SI.com.