YMCA of Greater Louisville


Would You Like Some Milk With Your Sugar?

Newsflash: your mother was right. Eating breakfast really IS just that important.  In fact, we’ve been told that 20-25% of our calories for the entire day should be consumed within 30-40 minutes of rolling (or forcing yourself to roll) out from under those cozy covers. I love to eat, sounds like a party to me.

Oh, but wait. Eating breakfast is hard. Wait, scratch that. Rolling out of bed is hard. If I have to eat breakfast I have to set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier. Can someone invent something that can make my husband’s coffee, make my breakfast, pick out my clothing, pack my lunch (don’t forget to wash some grapes, please), pack my gym bag, oh, and give me a shower, all in, say, 10 minutes? That’d be great. Let me know when it’s available. I’ll be waiting right here.

My husband and I don’t have children yet, but I can only imagine this whole hectic morning scenario escalates with some little tots in toll. Enter: The Top 10 Most Sugary Cereals.

Did you know, there are at least 44 cereals that contain more sugar in one cup than three Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies? One cup of the top sugar-containing cereal, Honey Smacks, contains more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie. Holy morning sugar coma.

Without further ado (ranked by percent sugar by weight);

  1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (55.6%)
  2. Post Golden Crisp (51.9%)
  3. Kellogg’s Fruit Loops with Marshmallows (48.3%)
  4. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Oops! All Berries (46.9%)
  5. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original (44.4%)
  6. Quaker Oats Oh!s (44.4%)
  7. Kellogg’s Smorz (43.3%)
  8.  Kellogg’s Apple Jacks (42.9%)
  9. Ouaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries (42.3%)
  10.  Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Original (41.4%)

So, what’s the dealio? Somehow reading a nutrition label and seeing that Honey Smacks has 20 grams (nearly five teaspoons) of sugar per serving doesn’t have the same impact as slapping a label on the box that reads “Warning: Equivalent to Eating a Twinkie.” Um. Gross. I’ll pass, thank you very little.

Oatmeal, anyone?


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A tour of the unknown

Giving tours is something that I do daily at the Southeast Family YMCA. I love giving tours actually and always jump to the opportunity to meet someone seeking healthy living. I noticed about four months ago, that some areas of our Y I didn’t really truly have an understanding for myself. So I challenged myself to learn more and use the facility more in all areas.

Now, as a front desk membership staff, I not only just use the treadmill for running. I challenged myself to lift more weights, use the cycles, as well as try out our elliptical machines to see which ones I saw the most results from. I asked my boss to change my schedule a little so that I could swim some evenings before I go home. Please keep in mind I haven’t been swimming for the last ten years, so my skills are a bit shaky. Through expanding my own Y experiences, when I give tours, I feel like I can offer more and really understand where people are coming from. It helps me to be more encouraging toward their goals, and to understand why they love to swim so much!  I would like to encourage other people who are the “face” of the Y to seek healthy living ourselves to set an example. Through this little challenge, I have had the chance to meet more members who are making work an even greater place to come to each day. Work feels now more like I’m hanging out with my family all day. It’s a truly grand and rewarding feeling.

We have had a front desk challenge the last few weeks, and this is greatly strengthening our front desk team at the Southeast Y. We are preparing for January and want to be a knowledgeable and fun front desk staff, that will make our current members and future members feel great! We have all agreed to focus on what is at hand and performing at our best. The past few months working at the Southeast YMCA has been nothing but a joyous occasion, and we can’t wait for all our members to see the fun events we’ve planned for them in January! God Bless, and Merry Christmas!


Work out in Water!

We all know someone who has trouble working out in the gym. Whether it’s someone with a bad back or your own father with a knee injury, it can be very frustrating when your injuries keep you from reaching your fitness goals. Working at the Y, I have made contact with many members who feel they are unable to meet their wellness goals because of their physical limitations. My answer? Work out in water!

Normally, when I suggest this solution to our members they look at me funny, and they begin to question the big difference between exercising on land or in water.  Water provides a great atmosphere to nurse an injured body back to health for one simple reason: The buoyancy of water reduces the “weight” of a person by about 90%, which means that the stress on weight-baring joints, bones, and muscles is reduced, causing less pain while still getting a great workout.  Another great point that I mention to our members is that it is a great way to meet and socialize with people who may have the same injuries or limitations as you do.

So the next time that you come in contact with someone who can’t get to the gym because of an injury, tell them about aquatic fitness and its many benefits. Feel free to check out the aqua fitness classes that the Y has to offer. See you in the pool!

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Holiday Bucket List 2011

Ok -so anyone who know me, even just a little bit, knows I LOVE a list.  Grocery lists, to do lists, phone lists, I like them all.  In the spirit of the season, I came up with this Holiday bucket list.  Feel free to add your own items to the list and join in on the fun.

Holiday Bucket List 2011

1.  Make and decorate sugar cookies

2.  Give half of the yummy cookies away!

3.  Adopt an Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree

4.  Go iceskating

5.  Make reindeer food and put in on the lawn (so Rudolph doesn’t miss my house on the big night!)

6.  Watch a favorite Christmas movie….mine is Elf, but you can watch your favorie pick.

7.  Take some pics over the holidays of the family so we can remember all the holiday fun.

8.  Go look at Christmas lights.

9.  Write a letter to Santa

10.  Make a least one homemade gift this year (get ready mom).

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Cheap Temptations

So, whose eyes have been scarred by the distaste of LivingSocial today? Can you hardly believe their national deal of the day is 50% off McDonalds; 5 Big Macs and 5 large fries for $13? Seriously?! By 11:30am (less than 12 hours after the deal was launched!) over 103,000 had already been purchased. *Hanging my head in shame.*

I don’t know about you but when this “beaut” came through my email inbox, my jaw dropped, I did a double take, and my blood pressure instantly spiked. Who do they think they are?! LivingSocial offers to companies worldwide the opportunity to sell their products or experiences at discounted rates to consumers who may not, given any other situation, notice or purchase their goods. LivingSocial consequently offers consumers the opportunity to save money, seek new opportunities, and support their communities. Seems like a win-win, yeah? Right, it normally is, except for when the world’s largest hamburger-chain restaurant decides to take advantage of LivingSocial’s influential marketing opportunity and contributes to the nation’s growing obesity epidemic. Thanks a lot, Mickey-D’s.

This week, Prevention magazine released an article listing the 8 most artery-clogging cities in America. Guys, we made the cut! Ugh. Yep, Louisville came in at #8. The article so disturbingly described how McDonald’s (coincidence? I think not) has more restaurants per capita in Louisville than any other city in America. Disgusting.

Here’s the kicker. I’m not personally opposed to McDonald’s selling their goods on a site like LivingSocial, but what I don’t understand is why they didn’t take such an amazing opportunity (LivingSocial reaches nearly 46 million people annually!) to market the good (nutritionally) options they’ve added to their menu! You know, the things they spend so much money trying to get people to realize they have in the first place! Think for a minute, where was the last time you saw a McDonald’s ad referencing a healthy option on their menu? I saw some apple slices and milk (which they apparently add to every ‘Happy Meal’ now?) on the back of a TARC bus just yesterday. This shows they’re trying. If McDonald’s had offered a LivingSocial Deal of the Day for their Fruit & Yogurt Parfait, apple slices, or a salad, even I would have considered purchasing it!

…And you know what? I bet more than 103,000 would have sold in the first 11.5 hours, too.