Video Review of the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a sweet new treadmill I was getting and how I was moving my work station from a chair to a treadmill desk.

I’ve been walking while working and/or catching up with friends online almost everyday for the past two weeks and loving it!

Instead of writing a review … I decided to try my hand at a video review. It’s my first video review, so be kind.

Do you think you’d enjoy walking while working?


My story has been included in articles about treadmill desks a few places:

Forbes: Walking while you work by Dr. Robert Glatter
USA Today: Get off your duff: Work and walk with a treadmill desk by Alice Truong
Janet O, treadmill desk side

Walking while working – Janet Oberholtzer


For more info, check out the LifeSpan Treadmill Desks here.
Posted in Thinking

Could Forgiveness have Prevented the Iraq War?

After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq is declared over.

On March 20, 2003,  the U.S. invaded Iraq… based on intelligence that has since been proved faulty at best and non-existent at worst. We were told that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and had connections to al Qaeda, so therefore along with the war we were already fighting in Afghanistan, we needed to go to war with Iraq to prevent terrorist attacks.

Side note: We were told repeatedly that the war had nothing to do with our oil supply, but yet why did I hear a reporter say that some of the people staying over there (even though the war is declared over) will be there to protect our oil interests? 

I didn’t lose any loved ones on 9/11. Maybe if I had, I’d think differently, but I’m trying to wrap my brain around some numbers today.

After almost 9 years of fighting in Iraq:

  • no WMDs were found
  • 1.5 million U.S. troops served
  • 4,500 U.S. soldiers killed
  • 300 coalition soldiers killed
  • 40,000 Iraqi soldiers or insurgents killed
  • 1,500 private contractors killed
  • 130 journalists and 50 media support workers killed
  • 105,000 to 115,000 Iraqi civilians killed
  • 30,000 U.S. soldiers wounded (some will have long-term physical effects, all will have lifelong effects)

.These numbers are based on various sources from here,  here and here.  Some organizations have estimated that the combined death toll could be close to 1,000,000.

All the lives lost directly due to the war is heartbreaking and hard to comprehend.

Now add to that the tremendous financial cost and it’s next to impossible to comprehend.  If we took some of the estimated 1 billion to 1 trillion that we spent on the Iraq war and used it for food for people starving here and around the world, how many lives could have been saved?

So how was this war worth it?

Which brings me to a question … Why is it that many applaud the way the Amish community forgave the person that harmed their innocent children, their world and their way of life in the Amish school shooting … but many cheer our president when he declares war on people that harm our innocent children/people, our world and our way of life?

Wars have been around since the beginning of time… and they don’t seem effective, plus the cost in lives is too big. So maybe it’s time to try something new.

Is it impossible for a country to respond with kindness and forgiveness?


Posted in Thinking

Merry Xmas or Happy Holidays?

I wrote the post below last year and am posting it again due to a recent Facebook conversation. Last week I posted a link to Blessed are the Entitled? by Rachel Held Evans (if you haven’t read that post, head over there now and remedy that) and thanks to Facebook friends that love to engage in conversations, we had a spirited, but civil conversation about issues surrounding the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign/war/fight.

If interested, here’s the Facebook conversation (thanks FB friends, it’s great interacting with you) If you and I aren’t connected on Facebook, feel free to send me a friend request. 


Happy Xmas.

Merry Xmas.

Happy Holidays.

Merry Holidays.

Happy Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

What’s your greeting of choice for this season? (I threw a few new ones in the list to see if a new trend starts)

For some nothing other than Merry Christmas will do. They view the Christmas season as stemming from Jesus’ birth and feel like other greetings takes Christ out of Christmas.

Others say Happy Holidays. If Christians, they don’t want to offend and/or want to include everyone in the festivities. If not Christians, they don’t think this season is all about Jesus.

As a Christian, I know my greeting should be Merry Christmas, but I never had strong feelings about it. I often based my greeting on who I was saying it to … or who I was with.

Sometimes I was frustrated with the whole greeting fiasco, so I stayed with Have a nice day. (no one gets upset by nice)

Tired of my own inconsistencies, I wondered why a few words spoken during a short portion of the year were such a big deal. Does what the clerk at Walmart says really affect my faith, the Christian faith at large or the morality of America?

So I read, studied and researched. I learned enough to know that there is much I don’t know. But it seems like the celebration we know as Christmas is a combination of traditions from ancient Romans, Druids, Judaism, Winter Solstice celebrations and Christian symbolism.

Many of the Christian celebrations are based on Bible stories and events … and this is a great time to reflect on Jesus, his birth and his life. But there is nothing in the Bible about celebrating Christmas. And Christians didn’t celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25th until at least 400AD.

As the Puritans settled in America, they forbid Christmas celebrations because it had evolved into a season of wild parties back in the old country. For a time, if you were caught celebrating Christmas in Massachusetts, you were fined 5 shillings. (wonder if they had Christmas police)

Here’s a few thoughts from the Law Librarian Blog:

In 1645, Cromwell’s Parliament abolished the observance of Christmas thus banning all civil festivities associated with the celebration of Christmas, including the sending of Christmas cards. The Puritans in Massachusetts bested Parliament by criminalizing Christmas 14 years later.

In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts enacted a law making any observance of December 25 (other than a church service) a penal offense. The “Five-Shilling Anti-Christmas Law” stated:

Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas, or the like, either by forbearing labor, feasting, or any other way upon such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for each offense five shillings as a fine to the country.


Those laws were repealed at some time, but Christmas was not recognized as a holiday  in the United States until 1870. Until then, businesses were open and Congress routinely met on Christmas Day. It was just another work day.

And I learned Xmas is not taking Christ out of Christmas. The X comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which translates as “Christ” and in years past the X was often used to mean Christ.

I learned more, but this post is long enough, so I ask you … can a few words spoken by you or others define what this season means to you?

Do you feel what someone else says or doesn’t say affects your faith/beliefs/etc? 

Monday Myth—No Meat = Not Enough Protein

Myth: A plant-based diet does not provide enough protein.
Is this true or a myth that’s been repeated so often that people think it’s true?


Food is good and is one of the basic pleasures of life.

Good food can make a bad day better. It can enhance celebrations and make them even better. It can provide a time to have conversations with others that won’t happen unless food is involved.

But most important food is meant to provide our bodies with energy to live.

So it’s interesting that a lot of what we put in our bodies does the exact opposite. It doesn’t provide energy—it takes energy. It doesn’t provide health—it kills our health.

I’ve always had an interest in eating well and that has intensified after being injured, especially after hearing this advice:

I’m a creature of habit and I had a killer sweet tooth… so the process of changing my eating habits from the traditional high-fat, high-sugar, beige-colored PA Dutch diet has been slow… but bite by bite, I made progress.

One major change I made was in my protein sources. I’d never been a big meat eater, though I generally had my fair share. But as I researched healthy diets around the world, it soon became clear that most had little or no meat in their diet. I began questioning the pros and cons of eating meat.

But having heard no meat = not enough protein many times, I wondered if I could omit meat from my diet without hurting my body or my running. Thanks to good advice from various places, especially No Meat Athlete, a terrific website about eating a plant-based diet, I decided to go without eating meat for one month to see how I feel.

That was in January, 2010 … and I haven’t eaten any meat since.

Except for a time or two*, when I had a mouthful of something before I realized it had meat in it. (What’s up with putting bacon in vegetable dip?)  I felt so good  after that one month, I had no desire to eat meat again. The only dish I miss sometimes is creamed dried beef over biscuits.  (my PA dutch readers will know what that is)

My family supports my decision and agrees it’s healthier to eat less meat, but they don’t want to give it up totally. Since I’m the primarily cook at my house, I still cook with meat for them, but I’ve changed most of their meals to include less meat. And I put up with banter about my diet, including being called an odd vegetarian because while I don’t eat animals, but I don’t really like them either.

It’s now almost two years and I continue to have more energy, along with being less moody. Since April I’ve run 3 half-marathons (13.1 miles) and many shorter races and my beat-up body feels better than ever. My main protein sources are beans, nuts and some dairy.

The truth is with a little effort, a plant-based diet can provide enough protein.

I could link to numerous websites that provide proof, but to keep things simple I’m going to default to No Meat Athlete. No Meat Athlete was founded by Matt Frazier and in a search for his own health and to educate others, Matt has searched the internet (not quite to the end, but almost) and other resources, so why should I (or you) do all that work?

Actually when I first started reading No Meat Athlete, I’d check his information with other sources. With time, I realized he was spot-on almost all the time. He’s also willing to honestly deal with issues that could happen with a plant-based diet. Susan Lacke, a frequent guest poster on the site, recently wrote about a protein deficiency scare she had because she wasn’t putting enough thought into making sure she ate well.

So if going vegetarian is something that has interested you, but the protein issue has nagged you, know that it can be done. Start by reading this link-loaded page:

How to Go Vegetarian

Vegetarian might not be your style, but check out the page below for healthy eating advice. It contains vital-easy-to-use information about how to switch from the typical unhealthy diet to a healthier diet, complete with grocery shopping information, recipes and more.

The Only Healthy Eating Guide You’ll Ever Need



What other health-related myths might we believe? 
Have you been able to translate your desire to eat healthy into actually eating healthy? 


*The first few months, I had salmon a few times, but then decided to quit eating fish also.