Friday, May 2, 2008

Don't Eat Like a Bird; Sing Like One

"'Eat like a bird' is a very poor analogy, since it is meant to denote light consumption," says Alan Weiss in his current Balancing Act newsletter. "The birds I've seen, from sparrows to seagulls, pack it down like there's no tomorrow since they have huge metabolisms. We're often blindly imprisoned by venerable but inaccurate bromides."

On another note, my dad,
Dr. Davis Bingham, is one of the gifted humans who sings like a bird. A profoundly healthy 77, he still conducts his church choir, and will be singing the baritone lead in Mendelssohn's "Elijah" this Sunday in North Carolina.

The last time I visited Dad and my stepmother, Joan, was the week after Thanksgiving last year, when DH and I were on our holiday eating binge.
(I admit, it was really awkward watching them eat responsibly, or watching television while they went to play tennis or work out in their gym.)

When I return to their home in mid-June, I will have lost 49 pounds - assuming I reach my weekly goals between now and then.
"Cant wait to see the NEW you!" Dad said in an email yesterday.

"..and I ran 25 minutes WITHOUT STOPPING today," I responded proudly.

What a difference a decision and some dedication makes!
This truly is the Best Life!


Manuela said...

I LOVE "Elijah". I sang that in my choral group when I was at university.

C25K news, I skipped day 2, week 6 today and ran 25 minutes without stopping too! I NEVER would have I could do it. Again, never say never and just try!

I hope it's a beautiful weekend for all those weddings!

Nicole said...

LOL! I LOVE the idea of your parents eating healthy and exercising while you sit on your butt. It gives me hope that I can be like them when I grow up!

Hanlie said...

Wow on that run! I'm so proud of you!

Cammy said...

Congrats on the 25 minutes! That's a huge accomplishment!

My Dad laughs every time he sees me. I usually have to speak before he recognizes me.

Dad's are great.

jenima said...

That is wonderful about the running and your right a little dedication and motivation goes a long way, you;ll get there.