Monday, April 30, 2007
I am keeping up with the lifting 6 days a week program. The walking, biking and running aren't keeping up though. So that will be my goal for this week. It helps that I don't have class, so I'll have less excuses.
My diet is not the best right now, but I am going to Souper Salad today for lunch.
Emotionally I feel pretty trashed. Hopefully there will not be a need to go into that later.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I'm on a new program. I do six short workouts with weights during the week, Monday through Saturday. The idea is that lifting boosts your metabolism and ability to process glucose, so hopefully this will help with my feeling that I'm pre-diabetic. I'll ride in the morning if I'm up early enough, or will try in the evenings when I can, up to 5 times a week. I will try to run on Saturday mornings.
I'm doing OK for the first week. I'll keep you posted. I was without a computer for a little while, but I'm back online!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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Blood Pressure Aid
When your blood pressure (BP) creeps up, help knock it down with this simple change in diet. Get 20 percent of your daily calories from whole-grain, high-fiber foods instead of refined "white" carbs. It could drop your systolic BP 4 to 8 points and your diastolic BP another 6 to 8 points.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol are double trouble. Both put you at risk for cardiovascular disease, and they frequently occur together. If you have borderline high cholesterol (200-239 mg/dL) and prehypertension (120-139/80-89 mm Hg), it's time to take action. Here's How Fiber HelpsBoth soluble and insoluble fiber (what are those, you say?) were shown to lower blood pressure in middle-aged people with the unfortunate combo of borderline high cholesterol and prehypertension. Soluble fiber does double duty by lowering cholesterol, too.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Then I asked a nurse to check my blood pressure, it was 130/100 last week, and it turned out to be at 140/100 this week! Dammit! The weekend festivities must have taken their toll.
Let's see how it goes next week.
4/9/7 RealAge and Trails
Not getting enough exercise? Be a trailblazer. In a study, when compared to people who rarely or never used public trails, people who used community trails were twice as likely to get needed exercise. It's a good excuse to celebrate warmer weather, too.
Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health, be it on a treadmill or a trail. It can help manage your weight and boost muscle mass. It's also good for the joints and helps ease arthritis pain. All you need is 30 minutes a day. Even if you tackle a trail only once a week, you're better off than someone who doesn't set foot on them. Are you exercising enough to grow younger?
Improved access to community trails prompts people to walk more, but if you don't live near a park with trails, you may have to get creative. Try a less-traveled route. Trails come in all forms, from dried-out creek beds to cemetery paths to wilderness walks. And the next time an initiative to add a public park with trails is on the ballot, show your support.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Maybe tonight, but for sure tomorrow I'll be on the bike. I'll be running over the weekend and I'll lift again on Thursday or Friday.
If I'm up early enough on Sunday I may lift. I need to make sure I'm lifting next week because I'll be out of town Friday thru Sunday.
I had a soda the other day and noticed that it became easier to have soda for a couple of days after that. So I'm trying to stay away from it all together.
My blood pressure came down a little bit. Hopefully it will stay on that downward curve for another 10 points or more.
Monday, April 02, 2007
RealAge Tip for 4/2/7
You've heard of ditching salt to help lower your blood pressure. But what about bumping up your tomato intake? Seems it may be a cherry tomato of an idea.
People with hypertension who consumed tomato extract daily for 8 weeks experienced a 10-point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 4-point drop in diastolic pressure.
Researchers credit the lycopene in tomato extract for the potential blood-pressure-lowering effects experienced by participants in a recent study, but further research is needed to confirm the findings. And it's not clear how eating whole tomatoes would compare to taking tomato extract.
In the study, people took 250 milligrams of commercial tomato extract daily -- containing about 15 milligrams of lycopene. That would be equivalent to the lycopene in about 3 or 4 tablespoons of tomato paste. Wouldn't be a difficult amount to add to your daily diet.
Regardless of the blood pressure benefits, we already know that lycopene has anticancer and heart-protective effects.
Not a fan of tomatoes? You have other options for getting your lycopene fix, including watermelon, red grapefruit, and canned baked beans.
Lycopene is just one trendy new way to possibly clamp down on high blood pressure.
Here are the tried and true diet rules for hitting blood pressure below the belt.
I hope to have enough energy to lift tonight, or tomorrow morning.
ps - new Tattoo pictures will be up soon