Monthly Archives: November 2019

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | November 26, 2019

Greetings!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Travel safely, and wear your stretch pants.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Healthier Holiday Cocktails
  • 2020 GVWC Membership Dues Renewal
  • Winans – Champagne and Chocolate – December 12
  • Healthy Dinners in 5 Minutes
  • Want To vs. Will … Words to Trick Your Brain

Healthier Holiday Cocktails

Be careful! You can unknowingly consume a lot of calories from your alcoholic drinks. This article from Daily Burn has 13 suggestions for healthier cocktail choices for the holidays.  Cheers!

2020 GVWC Membership Dues Renewal

GVWC membership renewal ($20) is due by January 1. If you joined the Club after September 30, there is no need to pay the renewal. Payment options are easy: you can pay in person (by cash or check); you can mail a check to me at 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206, or you can use Paypal at the “Contact Us” page of our website.

Winans – Champagne and Chocolate – December 12

It’s here again! This year our holiday Champagne + Chocolate tasting is Thursday, December 12 from 6pm-9pm. Our champagne master will be pouring five of his favorite champagnes paired with our handmade chocolates. Light hors d’oeuvre will also be provided. Enjoy a festive evening out with us and your friends before the hustle and bustle of the holidays set in. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/give-joy-champagne-chocolate-tasting-tickets-77860423623

Healthy Dinners in 5 Minutes

This is the type of cooking for me. Making a meal – a healthy meal to boot – in just 5 minutes.  Here are the recipes in this article from the mgbfood blog. (Editor’s Note: Larry never cooks. So, there’s that.)

Want To vs. Will … Words to Trick Your Brain

Did you know you can trick your brain just by changing the language you use? Case in point, the difference between saying you WANT to do something as opposed to saying you WILL do something. As explained by Danny Wood, a sales trainer, just that simple change in language increases the likelihood you will accomplish your goals. I guess by WILLING yourself, you WILL accomplish your goals.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

11-26-19

Thanks, Darla, for the motivation!  Funny stuff. (Editor’s Note: Larry DID marry into such a family.)

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | November 19, 2019

Greetings!

Ok, I think we are getting the hang of it. We’re adapting to the colder weather. Keep it going, everyone. Brisk temperatures and fresh air. It does a body–and soul–good.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Quick Notes
  • Wine at Winans – Tomorrow!
  • Brooke Albrecht’s Opening – November 24
  • Seasonal Depression – Part 2
  • Walking Speed’s Relationship to Your Health
  • Healthiest Snack Awards 2019 (for Men)

Congrats to all who participated in the Hot Chocolate 15K race on Sunday. Well done!

2019

Quick Notes

A hearty thanks to those who submit articles for the GVWC newsletter. In addition to helping me prepare the newsletter (and saving me time!), it’s a good way to share with the group health-related articles you find interesting. Speaking of time, because Thanksgiving is late this year and the holiday season is compressed, we’ve decided to hold the GVWC’s Holiday Party in January. In addition to giving us a little more time to get the important stuff done in December, we think this will also give us all a boost to address any post-holiday blues. Also in January, look for a special “CBJ Walk Night!” at a Blue Jackets game. We’re looking for a lot of cannon fire that night. Finally, don’t forget GVWC membership renewal ($20) is due by January 1. If you joined the Club after September 30, there is no need to pay the renewal. You can pay in person by cash or check; mail a check to me at 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206, or use Paypal at the “Contact Us” page of our website.

Wine At Winans – Tomorrow!

Winans Downtown is hosting another wine tasting tomorrow night. Here is the skinny:

 Join us at Winans Downtown on Wednesday, November 20! From 6pm – 8pm, we’re pouring our favorite wines to share on Thanksgiving. $20 gets you eight pours of wine and two pours of port. Enjoy handmade chocolates, conversation, and check one more thing off your holiday to-to list!

And, then on December 12:

It’s here again! This year our holiday Champagne + Chocolate tasting is on Thursday, December 12 from 6pm-9pm. Our champagne master will be pouring five of his favorite champagnes paired with our handmade chocolates. Light hors d’oeuvre will also be provided.  Enjoy a festive evening out with us and your friends before the hustle and bustle of the holidays sets in. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/give-joy-champagne-chocolate-tasting-tickets-77860423623

Brooke Albrecht’s Opening – November 24

You’re invited to support GVWC’s Brooke Albrecht for the opening of her show from 2 – 4pm, Sunday, November 24 at the Bexley Library.  The show, which runs November – December, is her most recent work – paper cuts and stitched work. Most of the work is a tribute to Mary Oliver, a poet and Pulitzer Prize winner from Ohio, who died earlier this year. A sample of Brooke’s work is below. Learn more about Brooke and her work on her website.

Brooke Show Nov 2019

Seasonal Depression – Part 2

Last week I presented an article about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), saying that exercise can help with the disorder. Here is another article from salon.com blog with an interesting perspective about a study of a Norwegian town where the sun barely gets above the horizon two months out of the year, yet residents rarely experience SAD. It’s all about mindset. Thanks, Janice Switzer, our Northeast Ohio GVWC Chapter President for submitting the article.

Walking Speed’s Relationship to Your Health

Walking speed may be a good indicator of cardiovascular health, of surgery recovery, and may also be a predictor of your longevity. Here is a good article from the LiveStrong.com blog with the details. I think, most importantly for your health’s sake, keep moving. Thanks, Steph Waterman, for contributing the article.

Healthies Snack Awards 2019 (for Men)

Looking for a good, healthy, snack? Check out The Men’s Health 2019 Snack Awards, which represent “the best bites for men, according to top dietitians.” While ostensibly this list is for men only, it may be because the article is found in Men’s Health Magazine. One of the takeaways—for both men and women—is to quit the mindless eating. Snack away!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

11-19-19

(More of Brooke’s work)

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | November 12, 2019

Greetings!

Let me repeat from last week: Dark. Damp. Cold. And, I can now add: it is even colder. Frigid. But, when you hang with the GVWC, you get our warm personalities to carry you through your Saturday morning walks. So, stick with us!

In the newsletter this week:

  • Seasonal Depression
  • Easy Test for Upper-Body Strength and Endurance
  • Meditation Eases Chronic Pain

Seasonal Depression

Tis the season. Unfortunately. As I said in the introduction, it’s dark, damp, and cold. Not your typical recipe for happiness. Indeed, the mbghealth blog writes about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Fortunately, there are ways to help counteract the symptoms, including – you guessed it! – exercise. I bet walking and having coffee with cool people reduces the symptoms even more. Thanks, Laura Modisette, for the passing the article along!

Easy Test for Upper-Body Strength and Endurance

Looking for an easy way to test your upper-body strength and endurance? (I know you are.) I give you: The pushup. Yep, the simple but effective pushup is the best way to gauge as a general indicator your strength. All you do is count the number of pushups you can do at one time—and do them to failure, not just to when you feel like giving up. Then compare it to the table in this article from the verywellfit blog to see where you score on the fitness scale for your age and gender.

Ok, now drop and give me 30 pushups!

Meditation Eases Chronic Pain

There’s new evidence that mind-body interventions, like yoga and meditation, can help reduce pain in people who have been taking prescription opioids. That’s definitely good news for people who are forced to endure chronic pain. And it’s good news for those of us who experience the natural aches and strange creakiness that results from getting older. “Mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical hypnosis appear to be the most useful for reducing pain,” says study author Eric Garland, a professor at the University of Utah in this story, Meditation Reduced The Opioid Dose She Needs To Ease Chronic Pain By 75%, heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. Namaste.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

11-12-19

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | November 5, 2019

Greetings!

Ugh! Dark. Damp. Cold. Now that we’re back on Eastern Standard Time, we know that winter is just around the corner. It’s all good, though. We knew it was coming. And we know how to prepare for outdoor walking during colder months. Remember our motto at the GWVC: There is no such thing as bad weather. Just bad clothing.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Healthy Cookbooks
  • Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
  • Words Matter, Choose Carefully

Healthy Cookbooks

Looking for some healthy recipes? I know it’s old school by now, but I’m still a fan of food found in the Mediterranean Diet. Men’s Health Magazine’s blog offers an article reviewing the 10 best healthy cookbooks, according to dieticians. Bon appetit!

Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

(This one’s for you, Mrs. WalksFast.) Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenol compound found in red wine, red or purple grapes. Resveratrol has been touted as a potential remedy for a range of age-related conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.  Studies have found, however, that the compound has mixed results in humans. Here is an article from the Verywellfit blog summarizing the results of the studies. It is interesting that many of the studies used a dose of about 100 mg or more of resveratrol, while a 5-ounce glass of red wine only has about 1 mg of resveratrol. You do the math. That’s a lot of wine-drinking to get to 100 mg of resveratrol. And no, Mrs. Walksfast, that’s not a challenge.

Words Matter, Choose Carefully

We’ve heard the power of positive self-talk. It’s been ingrained in us since we were children and The Little Engine That Could: “I think I can. I think I can.” It turns out the same is true for negative self-talk. There are some words and phrases we might say to ourselves that are counterproductive and can undermine our abilities to achieve our best. As discussed in this post from the Leadership Vitae blog, Words Matter, Choose Carefully, “Our words may demotivate, shame or otherwise kill our mojo, in obvious or subtle ways.” The big one on the list for me is “I need to,” which is just me adding to the impossible-to-accomplish list of things I must get done. I appreciate the advice to change it to “I will by” and add a date.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

11-5-19

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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