Sunday, March 22, 2015


I haven't posted in a long time. FaceBook seems to be easy interaction and makes blogging seem less important.

I'm still doing knot work, and playing music. I've also started to learn leatherwork. Lately it seems difficult to get into the mood for craft type of work. Luckily I've started taking music lessons and even if I'm feeling sick I can pick up an instrument and go over things I'm learning.

A friend of mine has been encouraging me to check out DDP Yoga and I still haven't acquired any materials. Good thing there is YouTube.

What I've done so far to get back into things is did 4 days of Downward Dog pose and worked up to 5 minutes. I'll stick to 5 minutes a day and figure out another pose to work into.

Now that it's spring maybe I'll clear out enough space in the garage to start lifting weights again or go to the gym with my daughter or wife. I hate the idea of paying for a gym when I have a power rack in the garage but that's just kind of where life is for now.

I'll see if anyone comments on whether I should also talk about music, knots, and leather work here.

I'd like to dedicate this post to my friend Roberto for mentioning my blog, and for my wife and daughter for working out and encouraging me to get back into it. And props to Helen for turning me on to DDP Yoga.

Here's a video that shows the "Down Dog" via DDP's channel.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18, 2013

It's been a long time and I've tied a lot of knots, in rope and in my life, over the last several months. 

I will try to start posting again.

Monday, January 07, 2013

January 7, 2013

Things are still hectic at home and make it challenging to work out. My daughter and I are sticking with the high intensity training mentioned in earlier posts. Saturday I went walking about an hour with some docs wanting to start a neighborhood walking group.

I assume I will be lifting again at some point. 

For my active meditation I am doing some rope work. Mostly I've just chosen to work on Monkey Fist key chains stuff like this example

Keep Lefting and Keep Lifting!

Friday, January 04, 2013

January 4, 2013

So things have been a strange combination of great and hard. Celebrations and deaths in the extended family. 

I've continued to try and keep moving. The sprint and walk routine stopped during my daughter's finals and have started back up. I still have to try to train my doctors to look at my health, and life, holistically. The talk about that seems easy. I can't say much more than that without disclosing other people's problems. I'm just going to say that a lot has to change for my health to get better.

I will continue to do maintenance. Hopefully I can get to some more fuller workouts soon.

Musically I have started to work on learning the "Rhythm Changes" and some other songs. More to come soon!

Keep Lefting and Keep Lifting!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Things seem to be going OK with the workouts. My daughter and I both report that with three relatively short workouts weekly we have both lost our "sugar crashes." 

This is a big deal and feels like it confirms the improved insulin processing described in the literature for "High Intensity Training."

I've been walking more and think that's also helping out. 

At work I'm thinking a lot about how to build on the assets of my community. It is interesting what people expect in regards to "cleaning up a neighborhood." Unfortunately many people still focus on blaming people and ignore the structures which cause problems. It seems that the structures that benefit us at the expense of those "less fortunate" can't be questioned. 

One example recently is the deciding not to put services where people need them. Thanks to Carolyn for writing this opinion piece on UNM axing plans for services.

As they say - You can't have the underprivileged without someone being over-privileged!


Thursday, November 01, 2012


Got to walk a lot for Halloween. I did a nice 20 minute walk for work this morning. 

I need to make time to lift heavier. The High Intensity Training is good exercise. I just need the meditative part of moving weights. I'll have to figure that out.

Here's what I've done besides just increase my general walking is 3 times a week to do three 20 second full sprints and two minute cool down periods. Walking to and from the workout I count as warm-up and cool-down periods.

I think it is helpful overall. 

Been struggling with allowing negative thoughts move through me instead of holding on to them. 

Hopefully the neoconservatives get their butts kicked in the election and then we can move on getting rid of the neo-liberals!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Continuing on the High Intensity Training.

We, my daughter and I, are doing both a weigh lifting version and a wind sprint version. I skipped out on yesterday, just too tired. That will be a challenge.

The purpose of that is that "HIT" helps with insulin resistance. I recently read an article that visceral fat (the fat on the inside around your organs) is more dangerous than fat just under our skin. The remedies I've seen for this are mostly based around LOTS of walking. I've been increasing my walking as my chronic pain seems more manageable. 

If you don't know I've struggled with chronic pain for the last 6 years after walking to work for the previous 10 years. Sigh! So recently I've done my first sprints in years!!!

Also - October is Health Literacy Month and one thing I came to focus on accidentally is hugging as a health activity. It seems to have taken off on my Facebook page.


Here is an article and here is a video. KEEP LIFTING!!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

10/17/12 part 2

Got my second "HIT" workout in with my daughter. I did 4 sets today. Hope it helps. We will work on a "wind sprint" version if we can later this week. My goal will be to get in 1-2 weight HIT workouts and 1-2 "wind sprint" versions in a week for 1-4 workouts. 

The last few days have been hard on me emotionally and energy-wise. I learned a bit about "adrenal fatigue" and also "oppression illness." It has been hard talking with White folks about that for a lot of reasons. Hope it gets better yet that seems unlikely. 
On a positive note it was great to get a comment. 

It read: I am reading all posts but mostly just lurking but I felt it necessary to say, please keep writing it helps me...and maybe others too...even if we don't say anything.

This blog seemed like I was writing to myself though people have walked up to me to tell me they read it. My daughter and I are clear about this not being about losing weight but to improve health. 

Comments are appreciated. I'm hoping that I get more. 

And since it is election season

Keep Lefting and Keep Lifting!!!


Today is the International Day to Eradicate Poverty!

I plan on working out today and spending the day spreading the word!

It is also one of my lifelong friend's birthdays. Happy Birthday MM!!!


Sunday, October 14, 2012


Did three sets of this workout with my daughter and a neighbor at our neighborhood school - Emerson Elementary. My wife decided to take my grandson and puppy to the playground and walk around during the same time. 

Getting everyone together and figuring out took a bit of time. Starting light is good and I will try to stick this out until my next check up in February. My goal with this is not so much about getting "buff" or even losing weight. This is following some research that points out that this type of workout is about insulin resistance and other benefits mentioned in previous posts.

I might get sore - if I'm up for it I will try something more aerobic tomorrow. Goal is to do this at least twice a week.

Check it out and KEEP LIFTING!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Been doing jumping jacks here and there. 

I posted something on Facebook and a neighbor said - if someone has the bar we can do this at the park. 

This article gets into some questions I have. The most important is, can epigenetic damage be reversed? I don't think that I see anything yet that makes me think the damage and scars on our epigenome from oppression can be healed. Though this article states that there is some DNA change from exercise.

At the park we will do either the sprint type of workout (like this) or a weight workout (like this). 


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