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Enjoy Some Healthy Down(town) Time

July 19, 2010

Saturdays have become health habit check-in days. We’ve been going to our Weight Watchers meetings on Saturday morning. Then, we grab a healthy bite to eat before heading to Market Square for the Farmer’s Market.  

This past Saturday, we also attended the kick-off rally for the Walk and Read Club, being sponsored by the Knox County Public Library, Health Department, et al. It was a great event. All attended received a great goody bag with a water bottle, pedometer and other items. Then, anyone interested was invited to walk as a group from Market Square to World’s Fair Park.  

A handful of the folks who came out for the Walk & Read Club kick-off event.


Sarah has an aversion to hills at the moment, so we opted instead to walk along Gay Street. We already love our downtown, but on this particular day the city seemed so alive and vibrant. Perhaps the regular weekend buzz was bolstered by the 20,000-plus quilters in town for their convention. We saw couples strolling, friends dining at outdoor cafes, dogs walking their people, bicyclists riding en masse. It was a great day to be downtown!  

We headed south on Gay toward the First Tennessee building, then reversed course and headed north, where we saw workers putting the finishing touches on the 100 block of north Gay.  

The 100 block of north Gay Street gets spruced up Saturday before its grand re-opening.


As usual, I was envious of my friends and acquaintances who live and work downtown. I don’t mind living or working in the near west suburbs, but I’d love to live in the heart of our fair city. Oh well, maybe some day.  

After our walk, we headed out to Cedar Bluff and the Weight Watchers center. Anyone interested in Weight Watchers needs to check out the Saturday morning meeting. Lynda is a tremendous group leader, the participants have formed a great and supportive community, and there are a lot of guys in the meeting. If you thought Weight Watchers was just for women…well, you’re wrong.  

It was a great meeting. Sarah and I are enjoying awesome weight loss success (25 pounds for her, 40 pounds for me) and we continue to work toward our respective goals.  

After a quick lunch, we headed back to Market Square for the Farmer’s Market. I love a lot about the farmer’s market. In addition to being able to obtain locally grown produce, baked goods, dairy and other products, you can also experience some amazingly talented buskers. You know, those street musicians who perform for the tips passers-by drop in their instrument cases. Buskers of all genres come out to Market Square, including a cellist who created a relaxing atmosphere on his end of the square.  

A cellist performs on Market Square during the weekly Farmer's Market.


Our Farmer’s Market haul was copious — blackberries, sweet corn, green beans, grape tomatoes, yellow zucchini (have you ever heard of yellow zucchini?), pearl onions and new potatoes. Gorgeous produce, and delicious too. That evening, after several hours of yard work for me and house work for Sarah, we created a vegetable feast.  

It was a healthy end to a great Saturday.


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