Archive for September, 2011

Exercise With Aging Parents or Grandparents,Very Cool.

Exercise with your aging parents or grandparents …VERY COOL: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

Do any of you recall the Jazzercize classes we all attended in the 1980’s? The annoying multi-colored leotards and nasty matching leg warmers. We all proudly came to exercise class each week looking like the singer, Olivia Newton John in the video “Lets Get physical.”

Jazzercize is still around today stronger than ever, sure it’s been slightly re-invented to included perhaps a larger demographics of people. Thank goodness the workout styles have changed over the years. As adult women working out; we no longer have to look like the early VJ’s of music MTV. Does the name “Downtown Julie Brown,” ring a bell with anyone reading this blog?  Ok, so I am dating myself, but you get my point. Not a shinning moment in the fashion industry for Women’s Active Sports Wear.

I exercise several days a week at my local and NEW Community Fitness Center. I realize everyday just how very blessed we are in my community to have this type of center. I urge everyone to checkout a facility like mine near their own neighborhood. -Click on Fitness Center- Oh, here is the ugly proof I do workout. Yes, that’s me on fitness center website on elliptical machine in black basic workout clothes. Notice, no leg warmers either. SHOCKER to see my friendly mug on the website!

The best thing about my workouts on Monday’s and Friday’s, my 82-year-old dad as my partner. How cool! Plus, dad always wears decent workout clothes, no leg warmers or head bands for my papa. We are both “Cancer Survivor’s.” December will be dad’s 1-year Anniversary of his Bladder Cancer surgery. He has been the poster-child for this very aggressive surgery. He came through with flying colors, better than most younger patients. My dad has battled his Bladder Cancer with grace and dignity, having lost 3 major organs. He has managed to fight back, recover and now on his way to healthy lifestyle with a good diet and weekly exercise.

I remember as young kids hating being seen with our parents, asking to be dropped off around the corner at any school event. Dreading our little friends might have spotted us with our “parents.”  OMG!  The shame of being seen with our mom and dad. Funny, how that changes when you get older. At least it’s supposed to change, if you have matured at all and have your priorities straight. I enjoy very much the days I workout with my dad at the fitness center. It’s our special bonding time. The special time I will always remember with fondness, long after my dad passes away. When I am working out at the fitness center, I often see seniors there without any workout partners. I think to myself, do they have a son, daughter or a grandchild who possibly could be their workout partner? Hey all of you out there putting your fancy workout clothes on, ask your aging parents or grandparents to join you at the gym if they are capable. You really don’t know what you are missing. A life time of memories.

Exercise with your aging parents or grandparents …VERY COOL!

Celiac Disease-Not A Food Allergy.

Celiac Disease-Not A Food Allergy: Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

Celiac Disease (CD), Ever heard of it? Not the  Gaelic pronunciation of “Celtic” Disease. Friends often have a puzzled look on their faces when I divulge that both my Mom and I struggle with this complicated and often debilitating disease. Most of my friends and family have not heard of celiac disease. If they have heard of the disease, their information tends to be just slightly incomplete or completely incorrect. I guess my job as someone living with the disease, is to better educate people on celiac so they understand it.

Cause of (CD), also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE), is still a mystery. One out of 133 people in the United States is affected with celiac disease. CD occurs in 5-15% of the offspring and siblings of a person with celiac disease. In 70% of identical twin pairs, both twins have the disease. It is strongly suggested that family members be tested, even if asymptomatic. Family members who have an autoimmune disease are at a 25% increased risk of having celiac disease.

Celiac Disease (CD) is unique in that a specific food component, gluten, has been identified as the trigger. When people with CD eat gluten, the villi (tiny hair-like projections in the small intestine that absorb nutrients from food) are damaged. This is due to an autoimmune reaction to gluten. Damaged villi do not effectively absorb basic nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and, sometimes, water and bile salts. If CD is left untreated, damage to the small bowel can be chronic and life threatening, causing an increased risk of associated disorders – both nutritional and immune related. Celiac Disease is not a food allergy – it is an autoimmune disease. Food allergies, including wheat allergy, are conditions that people can sometimes grow out of. This is not the case with Celiac Disease.

My mom and I do our very best to live a healthy lifestyle. We both know the pain of living with celiac disease. It is always an up hill battle everyday of our lives even trying to eat the correct foods. We both are on a “gluten-free” diet and do are best to stick to our special diet as closely as possible. Lord knows we are only human, we stumble and fall on this new journey. I tell my mom,”we can either let Celiac Disease take over our lives, or we can take control over Celiac Disease.” My mom is 82 years young, she does a marvelous job at trying to control her celiac by monitoring herself closely. I’m not sure many kids today stay as committed to a “gluten-free” diet as well as my mom does. On days when I feel like I am failing with my gluten-free goals; I think of my 82-year-old mom, kicking ass and determined to beat celiac disease.  If she can kick ass, even at age 82, this 49-year-old should be able to do the same . Next time I hear people speak of food allergies, I know I am helping others and providing life saving information about this disease. Celiac Disease is not a food allergy.

Self-Doubt Friend or Foe?

Self-Doubt Friend or Foe? : By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

Definition of Self-Doubt:

Lack of confidence in one’s identity,character,abilities and attitudes.

As I begin writing another chapter in my book, I think to myself. Will my self-doubt ever end? Will this annoying little friend named “self-doubt”ever give up and just take a permanent vacation? Everyone has this same annoying little friend “self-doubt.”  Kinda like a piece of gum stuck to your shoe, you just can’t shake it off. It’s a relationship you would like to see end.  As the French say, “Au-revoir!”  Goodbye, do not return. However, just not certain how to part ways with the friend of doom and gloom. It matters not, just how pretty you are or how smart you THINK you are, everyone carries “self-doubt”… baggage! True, some people may carry Louis Vuitton baggage!  Baggage is baggage.

Writing each chapter of my book, I become more and more confident.  My fears seem to dissipate of any possible failure. I’m really not sure of what type of failure I am so scared of -I guess the unknown. I hope and pray my little petulant friend “self-doubt” will one day surprise me. Without so much of an “Adios,” she is gone from my life … forever! Self-Doubt Friend or Foe? Time will tell.

Desert Living-Good Health.

Desert Living-Good Health.


Growing up in Orange County, California the desert was an extended weekend get away to Palm Springs now and then. With easy access to the ocean, mountains and desert, we as “natives” sometimes seem nonchalant about the matter. I think we tend to forget JUST HOW LUCKY we are to have this easy access.

The California desert is the most peaceful, tranquil place to live. Nine months out of the year the desert landscape is the perfect post card to show off to tourists. Snow on the mountains, wild flowers, cactus, unusual desert animals and perfect “spot on” weather. To top it off, the most gorgeous sunrises and sunsets in the world. Every tourist in awe! Hey, don’t get me wrong, June thru August “Lucifer the Devil” himself comes to town. Temperatures can vary from mid 90’s-120 degrees.

The desert has given back so much to me. A healthier and happier lifestyle. Desert living allows a person to decompress, slow down, enjoy life. Think about important items in life and “take note.” For example, is your health important to you? I know most people place more value and importance on “STUFF.” Their money,designer clothes, cars and house. Why don’t people place as much value on their own mental and physical health?

I grew up in the busy area of Orange County, California, where people are moving 100 miles a minute.  As an adult, I then high tailed to an even faster environment … Los Angeles. Whew, talk about even faster lifestyle with no time to breath! Leaving the BIG CITY life allowed me to slow down, enjoy life. Concentrate on my mind, spirit, body thru healthier living here in the SOCAL desert.

Try taking a sunrise or dusk walk, run or hike in the desert mountains-there is nothing more tranquil in my opinion. The desert community is an incredibly “pet friendly” community. There is absolutely no reason not to include your animals in a group walk or hike with your family. The Feldenkrais Method and Yoga are two very popular forms of exercise here in the desert. Both classes, I take part in and both classes have changed my life to make it healthier. Since moving to the desert in 2007, I continue to strive to become healthier, happier and mentally prepared to handle any challenges. The desert is my true friend-a healer.

The desert a life changing experience for everyone, if you let it. Desert Living-Good Health.

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