I get asked this question a lot. What is this crazy 5k event? The You Can Donut 5k is a free event that can be walked or ran from wherever you are during the last weekend of the quarter. There are three requirements, you must be healthy enough to walk a 5k, you must train for it, and you have to post about your experience on the Facebook event page. That’s it.
The goal of this 5k is to start a healthy habit of exercise. By training three to four times a week, you can start to make this a healthy habit. Hopefully you will experience the health benefits that I have. These range from having more energy to keep up with my kids to losing weight. It has even helped my mood.
How do you start? Great question. Start by walking around your neighborhood. Walk five minutes in one direction and head back home. Over time, slowly increase the time you walk. Walk at a comfortable pace. You want to have a relaxed pace. This is not a race. It may take some people an hour to walk three miles. That’s perfectly acceptable. The point is, they’re out walking. You may notice some people are faster than you, that’s all right. As long as your out doing something, you’re winning.
This is a virtual 5k. This means you can complete it anywhere in the world at any time between Friday, June 27th, and Sunday, June 29th. Now you can’t tell me you don’t have time to do this. You have 72 hours to complete a three mile jog. You can Donut! Walk around your neighborhood. Walk the Monon Trail or the indoor track at the Monon Center. Another place you can walk is the road around the Castleton Square Mall on the northeast side of Indianapolis. That track is 1.5 miles. Where ever you walk, make sure you are safe.
Have you fell behind on your resolutions for the new year? It’s okay, lots of people have. You want to hit at least one or two of your goals, right? Just because life got in the way doesn’t mean you can’t complete them.
1) Find a quiet place and meditate about your goals. Pick one or two which are important and work on those. Maybe decide on one goal and go from there. It doesn’t matter to me what your goals are. These goals are personal and they mean something to you. That is all that matters.
2) Write them on a sheet of paper and place that on your mirror. It needs to be somewhere you can see it every day.
3) Make a plan to start working on it today. Not tomorrow. Not next month. And definitely not next year. It’s never too late to start. If you need some time to think about your plan, start on the next hour.
4) Take it slow. You can’t eat an elephant all at once, however you can if you take one bite at a time. By taking the first step to get back on the horse, you’re working on making progress. Lots of people give up if they don’t see immediate progress. Change takes time.
5) Before you see a change, you need to make the goal a habit. It needs to be part of your daily routine. Telling everyone your going to do something is great and all, but most people are too polite to hold you accountable. If you want this, you have to put on the armor and fight the battle.
If you’re reading this, I know you can do it. Seriously, just donut!
Yesterday, the #ThinkKit prompt asked to visualize your year.
Here is a shadow bar graph of the amount of #selfies each member of my family has taken of themselves. Yes, I also noticed my wife is not in this graph. #Selfies are “beneath her”. Don’t get mad at me #selfie lovers, those are her words not mine. She’s a #Selfie snob.
I got bad news for some of you. As long as people are able to create their own content and they have access to digital cameras in smart phones, there will always be people creating self portraits. AKA #Selfies. As a photographer, I am totally cool with this. I think it’s an awesome form of self expression. What I don’t understand is the backlash of #selfies. I have won several humorous speech contests and have been asked, “What should I talk about in my speech?”. My advice is always talk about something you are very familiar with, you. I have created blog content and am frequently asked, “What should I blog about?”. You know you best and you are the best source of information about you. So, when there is content to create that matches the internet and the camera on your smartphone, I say take more #selfies. It’s a visual expression of you.
My photography career started when I was in 8th grade. I took pictures for the school newspaper and yearbook. Making photographs has been ‘my thing’ for a long time. Before cameras were tethered to smartphones, pictures people took of themselves were know as self portraits. The #selfie is nothing new. I am sure people were posting #selfies on the cave walls five thousand years ago. How do I know this? Because as longs as people could express themselves, I am sure there was always one person saying “Look at me! Here I am!” Because, there is always one of those people. I think I am one of those people.
As many of you know, I love the #selfie. Many people on Twitter think I created the #selfie. I wish I did. When people think of @BgKahuna, they think of glitter, unicorns, and #selfies. Yes, and in that order. It’s one of my favorite forms of expression and I love seeing pictures of people. Before #selfie became an official word in the Oxford English DIctionary, I created a Facebook photo album titled 2013 Self Portraits. As of today, there are 215 photos in the album, not including a bunch of photos in an Instagram folder that I have not transferred yet. I hope to have more than 300 self portraits, by year’s end.
#Selfies are a real time photo capture of what’s going on in someone life right now. You are recording a moment in your life and sometimes sharing it with the world.
I can understand why so many people complain about the #selfie movement. If I looked like the people complaining about #selfies, I wouldn’t post a picture of myself either. A psychologist friend once told me people who do not post pictures of their faces are more likely than not guilty of something in their subconscious and feel if they show their face, people could tell they weren’t being honest. Side note, I am not a fan of the word #selfie, I just like how it irritates people.
This is part of the ThinkKit 31 Days of Blogging. Every day, bloggers in the challenge receive a writing prompt and blog about it. This program is to inspire daily writing. For more information, check out the ThinkKit website.
I learned two important things yesterday. One happened in the morning, and the other in the evening.
I was helping The Fox make his usual breakfast. Which consists of a peanut butter on toast sandwich. The Fox eats this meal almost every morning. Seriously, every day. It is one of his favorite meals. I have made this for hom many times before. But, this morning was different. This was the morning he decided to tell me how to make the sandwich. “Dad, you put the peanut butter on the inside.” Then it hit me. He doesn’t think I can cook or make a sandwich. His instructions were very specific.
Later that night, I was reading The Fox a bedtime story. It was some Lego Heros book that we got from the library. We’ve had it for a couple of weeks and he has mostly memorized the story and a good percentage of the words. While reading the story to him, he started correcting me on my reading. Correcting me with what he thought was the correct words in the sentence. Does he not think I can read?
So it has begun, the youngest child is going to start correcting me at everything I do for him.