Thursday, May 31, 2007

May 31, 2007

Haven't been working out as steady. But the play "We Won't Pay!" is over and my life is returning to somewhat normal. I've been trying to watch my diet and I'm still walking more, and trying to get back into lifting and running regularly.

The play was awesome. I think between the class and the play I've had some musical progression and that's really cool. I have to thank R.R. for her support and picking me as a partner for the play (we were the two musicians) and as her guitar teacher.

It's been a big leap forward and I need to keep it up while there is momentum.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

May 23, 2007

Did a bench and abs workout now for lunch! We'll see how this higher rep stuff works for spot reductions. Also, it's tough getting time to workout, so I'll still have to MAKE TIME!


May 23, 2007

Did a bench and abs workout now for lunch! We'll see how this higher rep stuff works for spot reductions.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

May 22, 07

OK, still having a hard time. Binged some this weekend with BBQs and all. But getting back on track!

In the March 2007 Muscle and Fitness there is an article that talks about a Danish study that shows that "Spot Reduction" may be possible. Not that a million crunches alone will give you a six pack, but that it will help. That it seems like your body may use more from the area being worked. So that along with continued regular exercise and a good diet may be useful.

I thought about this awhile back when the guy checking my bodyfat did my thigh and said it looks like you've been running, the numbers are lower on your leg... Made me think.....


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Juvenile Injustice

May 11, 2007
NYTimes Editorial
Juvenile Injustice

The United States made a disastrous miscalculation when it started automatically trying youthful offenders as adults instead of handling them through the juvenile courts. Prosecutors argued that the policy would get violent predators off the streets and deter further crime. But a new federally backed study shows that juveniles who do time as adults later commit more violent crime than those who are handled through the juvenile courts.

The study, published last month in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was produced by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, an independent research group with close ties to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After an exhaustive survey of the literature, the group determined that the practice of transferring children into adult courts was counterproductive, actually creating more crime than it cured.

A related and even more disturbing study by Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington finds that the majority of the more than 200,000 children a year who are treated as adults under the law come before the courts for nonviolent offenses that could be easily and more effectively dealt with at the juvenile court level.

Examples include a 17-year-old first-time offender charged with robbery after stealing another student’s gym clothes, and another 17-year-old who violated his probation by stealing a neighbor’s bicycle. Many of these young nonviolent offenders are held in adult prisons for months or even years.

The laws also are not equally applied. Youths of color, who typically go to court with inadequate legal counsel, account for three out of every four young people admitted to adult prison.
With 40 states allowing or requiring youthful offenders to spend at least some time in adult jails, state legislators all across the country are just waking up to the problems this practice creates. Some states now have pending bills that would stop juveniles from being automatically transferred to adult courts or that would allow them to get back into the juvenile system once the adult court was found to be inappropriate for them.

Given the damage being done to young lives all over the country, the bills can’t pass soon enough

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Been doing good on the dieting. Doing a little bit of running. Hopefully my tattoo appointment will go well and I'll have something to post soon.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Here's an interesting article on the Genetics of Being Fat. Considering I was a skinny kid, it makes me wonder. But I'm still stuck trying to get less fat. I'll have to keep working at it. Starving myself is not one of my options. Changing what I take in more than how much seems to be key for me. If I can get full off of salad, though it may still be a large portion, it will still be better for me than eating cheeseburgers.

Que Cabron!


Monday, May 07, 2007

RealAge Tip

Total Recall

Imagine the muscles of Arnold and the mental powers of Hawking . . . It may not be science fiction. A buffed-up bod can make your brain more "bionic." Exercise actually induces cells to grow in areas of the brain related to memory. Here's how quickly you can expect a brain boost from your workout.

Shortcut to a Better Brain
In a study, people's performances on a memory test improved after completing a 3-month aerobic-exercise program.

But physical exercise isn't the only fast track to a keen intellect. A mental workout helps, too -- whether it's changing something that's part of your daily routine (the route you drive to work, the hand you use to move your mouse, the preset stations on your car radio) or tackling big brain challenges like learning a new language or solving the New York Times crossword puzzle.


OK, did good on the weight program, but I had a talk with Dr. 'Dru and it looks like burning fat is a higher priority than building muscle (not avoiding the fact that they support each other). So for the next period of time - still undetermined - I will focus on cardio first and weights second.

Along with that there will be some diet and lifestyle changes that I will have to be more disciplined about. I figure if I can keep it up until October I should have a good base.


Friday, May 04, 2007

5/4 and RealAge tip

OK, still lifting regular. I need to figure out doing more cardio. I think I'm going to go ahead and get on blood pressure medication for at least a few months. I'll be really working hard at dropping my weight and keeping the muscle I have - not worrying about gaining too much, but take it if it comes.

Wish me luck!

Good News for Late Exercise Bloomers
Metabolic syndrome is not inevitable -- even if you're currently a bump on a log. Just start walking. Doing so today could slash your risk of the syndrome by as much as 24 percent within 3 years. Even if you're over 60 years of age. And carry a few extra pounds. And have a couch potato history.

Buck the TrendOne-quarter of adults have metabolic syndrome, and the number jumps to 40 percent after age 60. You can avoid joining those ranks with a few changes, even if you're a Johnny-come-lately to the healthful lifestyle brigade. Here's what you need to do to:

1.Get moving. Exercise reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome, even if you're over 60 years of age, overweight, or haven't exercised before.

2. Slim down. Extra weight around the middle is especially inviting to metabolic syndrome.

3. Control carbs. Eating too many ups your risk. Do you eat too many?

4. Snuff it out. If you smoke, quit. Stay off tobacco long enough and your risk dips to almost the level it would be if you'd never puffed in the first place.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Orale Raza!

Hope you had a great May Day!

It was wonderful. Lots of people out at the rally. Most in white, some in red and black.

I have still been lifting regular. I'm working out with 150 pounds for the bench now, so I'm really happy with that. Since I'm doing sets of 10 that's good. I'll do this 6 day a week thing until around July. Then August and September I plan to work on strength. I may go with this until August if it seems to be helping me burn fat. (Since I've not yet figured out my diet and lifestyle.)


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