From Blogger to Plogger

A blogger is someone who writes a Web Log which has been shortened to Blogger.  I initially started the Blog because I was very concerned for many of my co workers and American Citizens who I had seen become ill and die from stress related issues such as suicide and also many of my old co workers died at a young age from heart disease and just not waking up in the morning.  They were dying too young.  I thought as a Health Coach that starting a Blog would be a great way to share my knowledge.  You see I myself was on a dangerous path.pexels-photo-262218.jpeg

I was very anxious, stressed and I knew if I didn’t get a grip on things, I too would have a shortened life.  Being a Mom, I knew that my daughter needed me to get a grip.  So I decided to learn what I needed to do to heal myself.  I am still on my journey.  I still do experience stress and get depressed at times.  I am a human and we have a wide range of emotions and experiences.

I was born in the 60’s and when I was a child I remember seeing those commercials that said, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute.  Never be a dirty bird.”  I really took that to heart and knew that pollution was a bad thing because I did not want to be a “dirty bird.”  So it kind of just stayed with me.  But I wasn’t radical about it.  I just recycled and didn’t litter intentionally.
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Fast forward to 2017 and I realized that there is a Great Pacific Garbage Patch 3 times the size of France.  There is just too much pollution and it’s killing Flipper, Dory, Nemo and too many other marine life for me to mention.  The worst part is that much of this plastic has broken down into micro-plastic and now the fish eat that and so if you eat fish, you are eating micro plastic too.  That is very unappealing to me.  It really pisses me off because I would love to be eating some fish and chips but I can’t enjoy it when I think that I am eating plastic.  So now I don’t eat fish for that reason but that’s not the only one.  So now that kind of pisses me off.  I’m not going to lie and say that I’m happy about not being able to enjoy seafood.  But it’s OK, I don’t need seafood to survive.

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But the Marine Life needs a clean home.  Imagine how you would feel it someone dumped a whole bunch of trash on your front yard, back yard and everywhere you walked there was plastic and then it choked your kid because your kid didn’t know and your child died.  You would be mad AF. And sad!!  Well that’s basically what we are doing to the Marine Life.  They have been on the planet for thousands of years happily enjoying the food chain.

Now they aren’t doing so well.  But luckily The Ocean Clean Up is going to clean the Pacific Ocean starting in 2018.  Thank you so much for starting with the Pacific Ocean.  So now if they are cleaning up this trash from the ocean the last thing we need to be doing is adding more trash to it.  So I decided to do my part which is where the Plogging comes in.

Plogging is jogging and picking up trash.  I don’t jog but I walk and pick it up.  There is no shortage of trash.  It is literally everywhere.  Look around wherever you live.  And I can fill up 4 bags in an hour walk.  I carry as much as I can and then throw it away.  I wear gardening gloves, hiking shoes, hat and I will go behind bushes, go in water ways, hike, go in the streets, anywhere I see it, I will get it.  I kind of consider myself a plastic hunter.  It’s actually fun.  It feels good to get that plastic and put it in its proper place.  But the really cool thing is that I am going to recycle what I can and donate it to the ocean cleanup.

I have to admit I’ve just started doing this because usually I just put it in the Blue Trash Bin and I’m done with it.  But now I want to help out The Ocean Clean Up.  So I haven’t recycled anything yet.  But I’m close to taking it down to the recycling center and getting paid.  I’m sure it won’t be that much.  But I don’t care if it’s $1.00.  Every little bit adds up.

So that is how I went from Blogger to Plogger.  That’s just one of the hats I wear.  My gosh how many hats can one person wear?  But I will say that I need help.  If you are reading this, please for the sake of our planet and future generations, join me in Plogging.  I understand if you are too busy and can’t do it.  I totally get it.  The other things you can do are:

  1. Don’t drink anything from plastic bottles.  It’s bad for you and the planet
  2. Refuse straws!!!!
  3. Take a coffee cup with you when you get coffee
  4. Take a bag with you to the grocery store.
  5.  Donate to me so I can continue to share this message.
  6. Most important DON’T BUY PRODUCE IF IT IS IN PLASTIC.
  7. Eat Fruits and Vegetables, nuts, beans, grains that are not in plastic (glass is fine.)

That’s not too much to ask is it.  And here’s the best part.  Once you start doing this you become an Official Earth Angel.  And because you are now an Earth Angel, you start having amazingly good luck.  Good things will just start coming to you.  But you have to do a little effort on your part.  The other thing you can do if you cannot muster the strength to do any of the above is that you can share this message with people who are like minded.  You know we all have that friend that’s a little crazy for Mother Earth.  Send this article to them.  You’ll still be an Earth Angel.  We just have to do what we can.

Here’s a short video of my puppy Amber and us Plogging.  She loves Plogging.  Please watch here.

Thank you for being Canonized as an Earth Angel.  Just get ready for lots of blessings dear.  Also please follow my Blog and Subscribe to my Youtube channel.

‘Plogging’ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It’s making its way to the U.S.

Originally Published on Washingtonpost.com on February 23, 2018 By Allison Klein

‘Plogging_ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It_s making its way to the U.S.
Have you recently spotted people toting trash bags while jogging? Or their hands filled with old plastic bottles? You might soon.

Across Europe, there are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and beyond. In the United States, it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers who are fed up with rubbish along their route.

“I’m not going to just let litter sit there. I’m not going to just walk past that plastic bottle,” said plogger and Alexandria resident Emily Wright. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s gross to pick it up. I do. But I also think it’s gross for a person to not take responsibility for it.”

Wright, 40, has been plogging for several months along the Alexandria waterfront, but just a few weeks ago learned that what she’s been doing has a name.

Her partner used to lovingly tease her about her habit of going out for a run-walk for about an hour with a trash bag and plastic gloves.

“He used to call it my trash runs,” said Wright, a writer and cellist. “A few weeks ago he said, ‘the Swedes have a name for your trash runs!’”

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Emily Wright out on a plog in Alexandria, Va. (Courtesy of Emily Wright/)

She mostly picks up cigarette butts, bits of foam containers, plastic bottles and bottle caps. “There are an alarming number of full diapers,” she said. “They turn my stomach the most.”

Plogging not only helps the environment, it’s quite good for your health. Think squats while jogging.

According to the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, which earlier this month made it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone. A brisk walk will expend about 120.

“It makes me feel good for so many reasons,” Wright said. “My pants fit differently. I’m more nipped in at the waist. I think it’s because of balance and flexibility.”

Wright, 40, has been plogging for several months along the Alexandria waterfront, but just a few weeks ago learned that what she’s been doing has a name.

Her partner used to lovingly tease her about her habit of going out for a run-walk for about an hour with a trash bag and plastic gloves.

“He used to call it my trash runs,” said Wright, a writer and cellist. “A few weeks ago he said, ‘the Swedes have a name for your trash runs!’”

In Sweden, plogger Maja Tesch, 28, said she learned about plogging last year, when it became popular in the Scandinavian country. It spread through word-of-mouth, and the hashtag #plogging started popping up on social media. Tesch, a nurse, said she regularly organizes plogging events in which she and friends will pluck litter for a few hours, then spend time hanging outside together around a fire.

“I run a lot and I love to spend time in nature. When I find litter out in the woods or in the archipelago it makes me sad and a bit angry. When I heard about plogging it was a natural way to do something about that agitation,” Tesch said in an email. “It’s so easy to just bring the litter and put it in the nearest bin, and it makes you feel that you’re doing a difference!”

Laura Lindberg, who lives in Hoboken, N.J., said a few weeks ago she learned about plogging and had what she called an “aha moment.”

“It was a no-brainer. I knew I could incorporate it into my runs,” said Lindberg, 36, who runs four or five days a week. “I suddenly felt guilty for not doing it for all these years I’ve been running. All you need is a bag.”

She also takes along a pair of gardening gloves she stuffs into her pocket.

“I try to get in my first mile while I scope out where I see recyclables and garbage,” she said. On her second and third miles, she plucks litter off sidewalks and bushes.

“I’ve yet to look back,” said Lindberg, who works in sales for a health insurance company. “I’ve yet to return without a bag of recyclables and garbage.”

She said seeing litter on the street used to upset her.

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“I’d be frustrated by it,” she said. “Then it clicked, duh, I don’t have to be frustrated about it. I can do something about it.”

Lindberg said that while she thoroughly enjoys picking up trash in Hoboken, she wouldn’t attempt it where she works in New York City.

“With the pace on sidewalks, I’d be infuriating people if I started doing that here in Manhattan,” she said.

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In Sweden, some runners have taken up plogging, which is running while picking up trash. The fitness trend is starting to spread outside of the Scandinavian country. (YouTube/Run Fredrik Run!)

The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging as a way to encourage trash-free communities. Spokesman Mike Rosen said when the group put out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates, it got a surprising response.

“People started saying ‘we do things like this already,’” Rosen said. “In Tennessee they do an event called ‘Trashercize’ that combines exercising with cleaning up community.”

But he said for those people who love to jog, going for a plog in its place might not be realistic every time.

“I don’t think plogging replaces jogging as a daily activity,” Rosen said. “If you turn your jog into a plog once a week or once a month, or turn your walk into a palk or your hike into pike, you’ll get personal satisfaction. You’ll have an endorphin high from running, and you’ll know you’re helping your community.”