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Fighting at 50

Local resident sheds 60 pounds, steps into the ring

Local resident sheds 60 pounds, steps into ringLast May 49-year-old Charlie Ingram, took a hard look at himself in the mirror and didn’t like what he saw. It seemed like just yesterday he was a talented, in-shape high school wrestler. But as the years went by, Ingram packed on the pounds, let his exercise habits slide and found himself weighing in at 260 pounds.

Ingram took matters into his own hands a year ago, lost 60-plus pounds by exercising and improving his diet. Then he joined Team Quest to stay in shape and decided to step into the ring to see what he could do. In one of his matches, 50-year-old Ingram defeated an opponent nearly half his age.

Read the whole story about Charlie's journey to physical fitness in the Estacada News

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Finding Happiness

Ben Davis' inspirational story shows us what is really possible

The Internet is full of videos documenting people's individual stories of accomplishment and inspiration. As one of the administrators of OregonHealthyLife.com, I am often searching YouTube for such stories of weight loss and personal success to share with our visitors. I recently came across one such story that stood out above the rest.

Ben Davis is a young man from Arkansas who had struggled with his weight his whole life.

Struggled might be an understatement.

Upon reaching the age of 22 years, Ben's weight had peaked at 365 pounds, causing concern not only for himself, but his family as well. During a 2008 Christmas visit to his grandmother's in New England, Ben was asked by his grandmother "are you happy?" Caught off guard, Ben replied nonchalantly, "yeah."

But later that night in bed, being totally honest with himself, Ben realized that maybe he wasn't so happy after all. He realized the previous year he had been drifting into a depression that kept him holed up in his room, playing video games, not spending time with his family and friends.

That night, Ben resolved to make a change in his life. He vowed to break out of his sedentary lifestyle and change his eating habits for the better. Realizing that he had no Christmas present to give his grandmother the next morning, he immediately went to work creating what would become her present. He created an Internet blog that would document his progress and journey to a healthier lifestyle for his grandma, family and friends to follow. The blog was titled "Ben Does Life"

The following video it is not only an inspiration to watch, it's a reminder to all of us who might struggle with our own self-doubt and fear, that our dreams and goals are truly attainable if we believe in ourselves.

In Ben's own words; "If you want to do it… All you have to do is do it"

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OregonHealthyLife - Ben Davis Interview

Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Ben via Skype about his story and his accomplishments to date. Ben, along with his brother, are well on their way to living the healthy, active lifestyle Ben envisioned back in 2008. During this interview we discuss his previous lifestyle that got him to his heaviest weight, and how he changed his eating habits. We also talk about his thoughts on diet and exercise plans, setting goals, establishing a support network and more. Here is a compilation of that interview:


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Will a bike ride a day keep the doctor away?

Researcher says Portland’s bike paths will cut its health costs

Portland could save as much as $594 million in health care dollars if it invests about $600 million in bicycle infrastructure, according to a new study which looks at the effects of increasing exercise and health that results from getting more people out on two wheels.

Read more about this in the Portland Tribune here.

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Meditative yoga can promote physical, as well as spiritual wellness

Instructors, physicians tout benefits of
meditative practices

By Shannon O. Wells
staff writer


Even in the Portland area, where yoga studios and wellness spas are as common as coffee shops, concepts such as conscious breathing or being “mindful” and “in the moment” don’t arise too often in a traditional doctor’s office.

Yet more and more people are discovering the link between the non-Western medicine practices of yoga and meditation and overall health and well-being. Before becoming an instructor and starting her own Gresham studio,

Yogamoves, Laureen Lucero, 68, let the chronic tension and pain she suffered as a young mother lead her to the soothing power of yoga practice.

“I wanted to get back into shape after the kids were born,” she says. “I had headaches and backaches. I was a tense person, Type A. Yoga brought some calm and peace into my life. I knew when I did yoga I always felt better.”

Yoga is a broad ter

m based on traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India and associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Within Hinduism, it refers to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, while in Jainism, yoga is the sum total of all activities — mental, verbal and physical.

Got that? While yoga’s history is rich, complex and spiritual, the yoga most of your friends and cubicle mates talk about usually boils down to this: a 60 to 90 minute meditative session that combines stretching, movement and deep, conscious breathing. All you need to practice is comfortable clothing (no shoes or socks, please) a mat and an open mind.

You don’t have to be deeply spiritual to practice yoga, but it certainly helps to be open to spiritual or philosophical thought.

“It felt like it put me in a better place, a more spiritual place, if you will,” Lucero says. “When I went to a yoga class, it felt like I went to church in a way. It was just a very good experience.”

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