Monday, October 30, 2006
If you've ever strained your back, you know that on a scale of 1 to 10, the pain ranks at a 692.
And you can think of nothing better than having someone deliver ice packs, ibuprofen, and the latest issue of your favorite magazine to your bed. But the people you live with shouldn't wait on you for days. It may feel like the right thing emotionally, but it's the wrong thing physically. Bed rest can weaken muscles, upping the risk of further injury and pain.
Statistically speaking, married people with back pain suffer two and a half times longer than single people -- perhaps because attentive spouses encourage a pattern of repetitive self-injury by playing nursemaid and pampering their patients. Staying in bed for longer than 48 hours is all it takes for back muscles to weaken -- which invites more trouble. In order to recover from strain, muscles need to grow stronger and stay active. The only way to do that is by moving them, even if it's only a little bit at first. The best method: Walk around the house. Don't push it, but don't give up. Step by step, the muscles will gradually strengthen, not stiffen.
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Eat More Weigh Less
Want to lose a few before the upcoming holidays? Fill up with fiber.
It's no news that boosting your fiber intake is good for your health. But boosting it at breakfast may be the key to staying lean, say RealAge doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz. In their new-this-week book, YOU: On a Diet, they suggest putting fiber-rich foods like oatmeal, whole-grain toast, or a veggie-packed omelet on your morning menu to curb afternoon binging on Cheetos or cookies. That's because fiber acts like a speed bump in your gastrointestinal tract, slowing everything way down, so you stay fuller longer.
This is one way you can use your body chemistry, not willpower, to curb cravings and get to your ideal body size. Learn other science-based strategies like this from Roizen and Oz's YOU: On a Diet plan.
Believe it or not, enjoying a fiberful diet -- especially at breakfast -- can reduce your calorie intake for up to 18 hours a day. And it helps control blood sugar and lower insulin levels. Although you should aim for 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day, avoid adding it all at once or you'll produce more gas than a Saudi oil field, say the doctors. Start with an additional 1 to 2 grams of dietary fiber -- the amount in a slice of whole-grain bread or 1/2 cup of green beans -- at and between meals and slowly increase from there.
Tomorrow or Wednesday will be chest/back workout. And maybe Thursday or Friday I'll do leg curls and leg extensions. Just to keep working out while I figure out healing up my hip.
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The boy wants to move out. Damn. The interesting thing is that for the most part he says that we're OK parents but he wants to be on his own. He says that the potheads are non-judgemental and all of the non-potheads are very judgemental and lots of stuff along that line. He's also dealing with a lot of pain, but we're just getting to where he can get stuff out of his system.
I let him go to his cousins for a couple of days. Maybe the space will do him some good. Otherwise I'm just *ucking up as a parent, but we'll see.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Lose Some Fat Save On Gas?
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Still a little sore from the workout. I'll either lift today after work, or tomorrow morning. My hip doesn't seem much more aggrivated from the short bike ride, so Saturday I'll probably do another 5 minutes.
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Gave a guitar lesson to someone doing youth work last night. She was really great about telling me that I am a good parent. It's nice to be reminded. I think I need to give the kids a short break, but there isn't one soon. I think December will be slow on the band stuff.
KEEP LIFTING!!! KEEP PROTESTING BAD POLICY!!!
"Muerte al Mal Gobierno"
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Oct. 25, 06
"Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a 5-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas or slapping stickers on cars or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet..."
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Worked out on Tuesday. I'm sore. I also rode the bike moderately for about 5 minutes yesterday. My hip isn't any extra inflammed. So I will ride the bike a couple of times a week for 5 minutes and slowly start to add time!
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The boy is having a real hard time with something right now. He has a hard time getting home when he says, and he's still smoking a lot. Going off on him hasn't worked, so I'm thinking of new strategies.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I definitely need to add more fruits and vegetables. I'll go with that and get back on my multiple meal program. Apparently if you snack all day long, you'll lose weight even if you were to eat the exact same amount of calories in three meals! We'll see.
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The boy went to a part time schedule so I'll see how he does with this.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
So a quick self-evaluation. I've increased my vitamin intake, and increased my exercise (compared to a couple of years ago), but my diet fluctuates a lot. That's my next goal. Since I'm not doing cardio because of the inflamed hip, I'll have to rely on diet even more.
So, it's more fruits and veggies for me!!!
Monday, October 16, 2006
OK, still trying to get back on the workout horse, but getting there. Was sore last week. I had planned on working out Saturday morning, but going to a death metal show and jumping into the pit on Friday kept me from bothering to lift metal plates over my head!!!
Anyway, tomorrow I lift, then again on Thursday!
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Short Steps to a Long Life
How can you improve your cholesterol and your lung function in a mere 11 minutes? Just say, "I'll take the stairs."
We're not talking Empire State Building stairs, either. If you climb a couple flights of stairs for just 2 minutes, five or six times a day, you'll be covered. Women in a study who did just that increased their cardiorespiratory fitness by 17 percent and reduced their "bad" LDL cholesterol by 8 percent in just 8 weeks. That means a younger RealAge and a longer life, so start climbing. Once it's a habit, you'll hardly notice the effort.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Friday the 13th History
Happy Birthday Friday the 13th
Today Friday 13, October, 2006 is the 699th year anniversary of King Phillip of France's arrest and disbanding of the Knights Templar on Friday 13, October 1307. This is the start of the bad luck legend.
Their leader Jacques DeMolay was arrested and charged with heresay. All of the Templar Knights were arrested as heretics in a covert operation set-up by the King and the Pope.
At that time the Templars had invented international banking became very rich and they had one of the largest fleets in Europe. There fleet escaped from the trap, their flag was the skull and crossbones.
The Templars became the Rosicrucian in France and the Freemasons in Scotland. To this day maintaining a secretive front.
Many East Coast Nations have stories about explorers coming in the 1300's. The first Masonic Temple ever built is Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. It was finished in the 1440's and carved in stone there is corn and aloe vera. Since they were only found in North America, the evidence of the oral stories is confirmed.
Dekanawida told us of these visitors 1000's of years before but he called them "The White Serpent". The Teutonic Knights became the Illuminati, he called these guys "The Red Serpent" The New World Order is the "Black Serpent".
He also said that soon we would see the second sun, coming after the Elm trees all die(They only have a few years left).
As I tell everyone, believe what you want, that is our way. There has been a lot of smart people who have taught us much. The smartest, in my opinion, was Dekanawida.
Soreness and Closing Bars
My hip is feeling better, but I'm still going to hold off awhile.
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Jammed at Sonny's last night. It closes this weekend. It was a fun night. I'll post pictures if someone sends me any.
This will be the first time I bug my City Council member to open some kind of bar!!! LOL!
CBGBs is also closing this weekend. Apparently it's going to be moved to Vegas.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
I'll see how sore I am tomorrow! Should be a good one! LOL!
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1 out of every 40 Iraqis has been killed by the war. That's about 600,000 people. That's a few more than died on September 11th. Interesting, and that's not including what's going on in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Let's see how sore I can get...
KEEP LIFTING!!! (I'd say keep running, but I'm still limping along!)
Monday, October 02, 2006
Real Age - The Long and Short of It
Long walks may be best for someone more fit, but shorter strolls -- about 30 minutes 5 days a week -- could be all you need in the first 3 months of a walking program to achieve the weight-loss benefit you seek. Once you're feeling stronger, and the walking is easier, add minutes and intensity to reach your next goal. That'll give your inner voice something to cheer about.