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Starting Off Slower!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Well, I'm back! Again! I needed to take a break back in June of 2012. Then I lost my job, got another one in October. However; the biggest problem is that I have not been able to work out. In fact, my ability to just walk is a major problem. This has been a big disappointment. Up until last June,2012, I was very active and had enjoyed a great deal of freedom of movement. Now it is a major task to just get out of the chair or out of bed. I can't ride my stationary bike like I use to at 20 to 40 miles at a clip. I'm lucky if I can get 10 to 15 minutes on the bike.

From June of 2012 til now, I have had major muscle pulls with my right thigh and hip and my lower back on the left side. I have pain on that right hip constantly and my left knee.

This makes me walk like I'm a 100 years old, slow and unsteady. have no idea why this happened. I have not had the courage to see my doctor thus far. Please do not lecture, I know I need to see him just in my own time. I suspect that I am having arthritis
in my right hip and it has knocked of my body mechanics of my left side. My thigh bone is going to the left and my shin bone is going to the right. There is no cartilage to hold them together.

Since last June I have not gained weight but I have not lost any weight. Good but I still need to lose another 100 lbs. I started to do some exercises but very limited and mostly sitting down.
Weights are nothing but 10 lbs, a Bull worker for the chest and Bands to work the rest of me. Have decided to try things and if they seem to work will continue them but still looking for a way to build up my cardio.

Just gonna start over and make adjustments as I go along. Start off slow and build up. Open to suggestions and ideas, so feel free to give me one or two.

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MICHELE142 4/10/2013 10:54PM

    emoticon an now know why!. Could give many suggestions but without knowing what's causing your problems, would rather give them after you find the causes. Will, keep you in my prayers and pray for a speedy come back.


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02SERENE 4/7/2013 12:49AM

    I am sorry you have been in pain. I hope that you make choices that will help you feel better. Blogging honestly is a big start and I hope that you have pat yourself on the back for doing so. emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/2/2013 12:42PM

    I'm glad to see you back, Adam ! Thanks for the goodie. I send you one. You'll need to check your goodie page. Your goodies seem to be out of order.

If you find it difficult to exercise, do what you can even if you only do 10 minutes. Don't forget, you can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. So, if you can't bike for 30 minutes, then do three 10 minute sessions spaced out through the day.

And well, if exercise is difficult, then concentrate on eating more healthfully. When it comes to weight loss what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies healthy. So, if you can't exercise, pay closer attention to what you eat and your portion sizes.

Quickie update on my job hunt. I'm waiting to hear back from a recruiter about a contract job. I've had two phone interviews and one face to face that went well. Last week, I found out I they were doing a background check. that's a good sign, right ?

This morning, I sent an email asking if any decisions had been made because I hadn't heard anything since last week. hate waiting. the waiting really is the worst.

take care !! very glad to see you back on SP.

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MOM2ACAT 4/2/2013 12:21PM

    I have problems walking also due to my health issues. I really miss it, but I have found other ways to work out. I have several DVDs of chair exercises and chair aerobics, and there is a chair exercise team here on Spark, you can find the link on my page. I also work out with a stability ball, and use weights; there are a lot of weight workouts you can do sitting down.

I'm not burning as many calories as I did when I was doing my walking, but getting some movement in every day, even if it's seated, helps with my pain and stiffness.

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PAULALALALA 4/2/2013 9:38AM

    Good to see you back posting again and to get your update. So sorry to hear of the pain you've been experiencing when trying to exercise and move. I you have a pool available to you? I enjoy doing laps and water jogging regularly, and see many people with various injuries getting in the water to get a workout in. You might give it a try if you haven't already. Some people do the water jogging with their feet hitting the bottom to move along, but I do the deep water jogging with a flotation belt on to keep me in an upright position. Hopefully soon you'll get your courage up to see your doctor....

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You're Gonna do What?

Monday, November 26, 2012

You're Gonna do What?
This is what my wife said when I told her I was getting serious about becoming a Vegan. Now you have to understand I have moved from being a full time meat eater to eating mostly veggies, fish, eggs and some dairy. That was last July, I had been laid off from work and it seemed like a nice challenge. But my overall plan had been to move into it slowly. The reason for the slow move has to do with the fact that I hate to waste food. Right now there is too much in our freezer and pantry for me to go strict Vegan.

With that in mind I started to collect Vegan recipes. For what ever reason I like to collect recipes, it helps me to curb my eating and I learn a lot about the diet before I get into it full blast! The interest makes it really nice to see a wide variety of authors and recipes that provide tips and tricks by different authors.

One of my favorite sites is Chocolate-Covered Katie, she does healthy desserts. But I love her section on-- All Things Oatmeal. It is different and really easy to do.

Another one is--Oh She Glows, she gives recipes and training tips.

Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes---Mainly because of her Indian cooking style.

Getting back to my point as with any diet, I think if you search and plan instead of rushing into it, success will come easier to the dieter. Besides, I just can't bring my self to throwing out a lot of food just to start something new. Even with giving a lot to the food banks, I just need to weed out the stuff in the pantry and just looking to develop my Vegan Pantry food list.

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HANOVERLADY 3/5/2013 2:11PM

    I was talking with a friend about vegan living and we both agreed that we could give up chocolate before we could give up cheese. Do you have any ideas for quieting the "real" cheese craving? The soy products just don't have the right flavor or texture. Thanks!

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EVWINGS 11/26/2012 10:58PM

    Adam, once more you are showing us your wisdom. It you start adding a recipe or two a week wile cuttin te ones you dont really car for anymore, you'll be able to do it in a wise useful way rather than to rush into too fast to know if it is really what you want.

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LIBBYL1 11/26/2012 10:22PM

  thanks for blog ideas!

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"Why Women Can't Do Pull Ups"

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Why Women Can't Do Pull Ups" is an article that I ran across in the New York Times in October.

I was about to skip over it, thinking that I wouldn't learn anything new. For the most part I knew that most women couldn't do pull ups, for that matter most men can't either. But I did wonder why it was being presented again. It turned out to be a good article and provided somethings I knew but had no real proof.

When I was in high school we had those fitness contests in the late fall to see how many push ups you could do, number of pull ups, shuttle run, broad jump, 300 yard dash and rope climb. I had a buddy name Paul, he stood about 5'4", he was built like a gymnast, with extremely large arms.
He could do 75 push ups and 15 pull ups. I never came close to those numbers. When we bench pressed as part of out workouts he seems to just increase his poundage a lot faster. I also noticed one other thing, most of all the body builders I saw in muscle building magazines were short. It sort of occurred to me that one reason why Paul seemed to be able to do so many more push ups and pull ups. It was just plain physics, I was 6'3" compared to Paul at 5"4" and he was only at 145 lbs, I was 215lbs. If you look at the arms and how they work in each of the exercises I mentioned, you would see that I had a long distance to complete it and weighed more than Paul. On the other hand, when we worked out throwing the shot put, the reverse was true for me. Having longer arms and more body strength in my legs helped me out throw him in the shot put, discuss and javelin.

They made a point in the article to show a group of women were asked to see how many pulls they could do, most of the women could not do any. The group was given time to work out for a number of weeks only to be disappointed that out of the group just one woman could do only one pull up. I think that a lot of this is that women are not given experience
to develop those muscles and use them. For that matter most males are not given that experience to develop those pull up muscles. When my son knew he was going into the Marines, he looked at all of the physical tests he would need to take and pass while in boot camp. The two that he worked on was the 3 mile run and Pull ups. To this day he still does pull ups--12 to 15 at a moments notice. I still can't and at 65+ I really don't care but at least I know why it is difficult to do pull ups.

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MICHELE142 12/2/2012 12:10AM

Good article and you are right about the pull ups. Only one I can do would be to pull myself up from an arm chair. LOL
Your right again, with my age, not interested in even trying.

Great and informing read.

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/26/2012 11:46AM

    Thanks for sharing the article and your thoughts. I really appreciate it since it gives me an idea of what I will be able to do when I get more fit. Maybe I will be in the "4 out of 17" that could do it. Enjoy your day! emoticon
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PRINCESSAMY 11/26/2012 11:01AM

    emoticon Good Information!

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CPR Cough technique is Bogus--Do Not Use!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I got an email from a friend, he suffered a Heart Attach earlier this year. He sent me
the Article below. I assumed that his information was good and easy to use.
I thought it would be a useful article to share with friends. But I also wanted to know the source for this information. I did not do my due diligence and look for a source.
I apologize for spreading bad information.

I want to thank LOLAMOM2 for informing me about this bogus approach. Nice thing about
Spark People, we all look out for each other.

Please read this from the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet. As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is not useful for unresponsive victims and should not be taught to lay rescuers.

During a sudden arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), it may be possible for a conscious, responsive person to cough forcefully and repetitively to maintain enough blood flow to the brain to remain conscious for a few seconds until the arrhythmia is treated. Blood flow is maintained by increased pressure in the chest that occurs during forceful coughs. This has been mislabeled "cough CPR," although it's not a form of traditional resuscitation.

Why isn't "cough CPR" appropriate in CPR training courses?
"Cough CPR" should not be taught in lay-rescuer CPR courses because it is generally not useful in the prehospital setting. In virtually all lay-rescuer CPR courses, the finding that signals an emergency is the victim's unresponsiveness. Unresponsive victims will not be able to perform "cough CPR."

Are there situations when "cough CPR" is appropriate?
“Cough” CPR may be considered in settings such as the cardiac catheterization laboratory where patients are conscious and constantly monitored (for example, with an ECG machine). A nurse or physician is also present who can instruct and coach the patients to cough forcefully every one to three seconds during the initial seconds of a sudden arrhythmia. However, as this is not effective in all patients, it should not delay definitive treatment.

AHA Recommendation

The best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling 9-1-1. If you're driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone 9-1-1 on your mobile phone.


Let's say it's 6.15pm and you're going home (alone of course),
after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your
chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunate
ly you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself..!!
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.*

A friend sent this to me. He suffered a heart attack at work and co-workers said that it was nothing, but he passed out at his desk. The EMTs got him to the hospital and he had 90% blockage in 2 major areas. Since then he has stopped smoking (3 packer a day), changed his diet and started to walk. Oh yeah, he is underweight, skinny guys have heart attacks too!
He has become very pro health smart since the heart attack. Thought, it was good to share with friends. Sorry, he gave no source but if he does I'll pass it on.

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LOLAINSC 8/30/2012 12:37PM

    Sorry to be a dissenting troll here, but this is an email hoax that could cost someone's life. There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of the Cough CPR as described in this email--Cough CPR is not a layman's or a stand-alone procedure and is potentially dangerous to someone with heart disease. Anything that is effective enough to prevent a heart from arresting if done properly, can also harm the heart if done improperly. It is really potentially harmful if the person is having a heart attack that is not causing the heart to arrest. As a cautionary note, some people reading this email may try to avoid medical expenses and hope coughing alone can save them--it can't. If you are feeling chest, arm, jaw pain and feeling nauseous, sweaty, light-headed, and breathless, better advice is to take a 325 mg. aspirin (always keep fresh aspirin on hand) and call for help.
Whoever started this email credited Rochester General Hospital and the Mended Hearts support group as the source of this info, but both groups have issued disclaimers.

Please do not take my word on it alone--just google "Cough CPR" and see for yourself how dangerous it is.

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TONI501 8/30/2012 10:59AM

    My first thought was that this actually happened to you so thank God that was'nt the case. You scared me for a minute. emoticon

Thanks for the information......great to know. Glad your co-worker is okay.

Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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MELBBART 8/29/2012 6:43PM

    Good to know! My dad had a heart attack at age 39...he was in good health, but he somehow tore a hole in one of his arteries while working out at the gym! Freak incident apparently. He ended up driving himself to the hospital because he was in the car when he figured it out. Luckily he made it to the hospital fine, but this would have been good info for him to know!!! (He's doing fine these days and hasn't had and heart issues since).

Thanks for posting this, I'm glad your friend is ok and healthier now too!

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MELBBART 8/29/2012 6:42PM

    Good to know! My dad had a heart attack at age 39...he was in good health, but he somehow tore a hole in one of his arteries while working out at the gym! Freak incident apparently. He ended up driving himself to the hospital because he was in the car when he figured it out. Luckily he made it to the hospital fine, but this would have been good info for him to know!!! (He's doing fine these days and hasn't had and heart issues since).

Thanks for posting this, I'm glad your friend is ok and healthier now too!

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BEAUTIFULBRIT50 8/29/2012 6:06PM

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PAULALALALA 8/29/2012 6:02PM

    Makes sense--I think I read this somewhere, too. Good to be reminded of it.
Glad your friend survived and is working on becoming more healthy in his lifestyle!

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EVWINGS 8/29/2012 6:00PM

    Thank you for the information, Adam. The symptoms can be very different for women than men. I have them on a paper, but I lost it before I could memorize it. One thing I do remember is that it can start in the back and /or jaw and not involve the arm at all. I'll have to look it up on the heart association site and pass it on.

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NANCYPAT1 8/29/2012 5:51PM

    A friend sent me a copy of this about a year ago. THANK YOU for sharing it though. Most of us don't KNOW what to do or how to do it especially when it is US who has the problem.

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I am now legal!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yesterday, I became a full blooded, card carrying, grouchy Senior Citizen. I turned 65. What does it mean ? Well, I'm not sure it means anything other than I'm 65. It does give me perspective about the time I have lived. I think, that the time has been the most exciting period to have been living in and some of its saddest moments. It helps to give breath and depth of understanding history and a appreciation of events.

I have a chess game on my computer and I try to play a game before I start work. If I do well I know that I'll have a good day. Of course it is not hard, I play against a Chimp. On the other hand Cassie, a 7 year old does make me work for my win. I find chess relaxing and gives me time to think. Plain thinking and reflecting is something we seem to have lost as a society.

At the time, I thought the Hippy movement of the 60'e was a positive movement. In hind sight, I feel we are reaping the rewards of a generation that cares about nothing other than themselves. IF I HAVE MINE TO HECK WITH YOU! No empathy for others or helping others. This is very sad to me. We are better than that. We need to be better. I can't change the world but I have control over me. I do what I can.

It saddens me as a former teacher to see learning at the bottom of the barrel. I went to a high school where you learned for the the pure joy of learning. I see very little evidence that people want to learn something to just learn it. You only learn things because it will make you money.
As they say money can't buy you love but many realize it only too late.

So, now that I'm 65, I want to be in the best shape I can be going forward. For no other reason than, I can do it! I plan to continue to work, move (yeah at a slower pace ) play chess, reflect and think on my own. Not bad goals for a 65 year old !

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MIZCATHI 6/22/2012 4:46PM

    Happy Birthday! It's hard getting old for the simple fact that when you take a look at the "future" you realize there isn't a whole lot left. It scares me sometimes, too, realizing that I will be a frail old lady one day and I need all the friends and family I can hold close to get me through. It's for this reason that I am taking care of myself - to be independent and live vivaciously for as long as I can!

I love your attitude, and it does help to do your small part.

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CARPROTH 6/13/2012 7:34PM

    Happy Birthday!
I'm just a month behind you and have also been ruminating about the times we have lived. Far from viewing us as a generation that cares nothing except about ourselves, I remember marching for civil rights in South Carolina and spending months registering voters in Alabama. I also remember people who cared about why we were fighting a war halfway around the world and what the military called "collateral damage" (thousands of civilian casualties). I remember a generation that bought into the political process and saw possibilities of changes potentially affecting millions. I remember the beginning of the ecology movement and people concerned about air, water, and land pollution. I remember courageous women who stood up and refused to be treated as playthings in the workplace where they were struggling to support families.

I'm also a retired teacher and see many positive changes in the educational system. My grandchildren attend a public elementary school that has a close working relationship with our local university which sponsors a STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and provides 1 full-time student teacher to each classroom to assist the teacher. They also sponsor a robotics program (for third - fifth graders!), an organic garden where the kids grow vegetables served in the cafeteria for lunch, and an after school athletic program so families with 2 working parents have a safe, affordable place for their kids to hang out. At least schools today are no longer naively holding atom bomb drills where children crouch under their desks for protection in the event of a nuclear attack.

I agree with you whole-heartedly in the need for all of us to accept responsibility for our actions and striving to make our world a teeny bit better for our having been here. My health and fitness goals have never been more stringent than they are now - this trying to live forever is killing me!

Pardon the diatribe - celebrate!


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PAULALALALA 6/13/2012 7:00PM

    Happy Birthday! When my husband reached that magic age, he celebrated by arranging for a colonoscopy---Woo Hoo for medicare...LOL.

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MOM2ACAT 6/13/2012 3:20PM

    a belated Happy Birthday to you!

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TONI501 6/13/2012 10:43AM

    Hope you had a great 65th Birthday yesterday! Your goals sound great to me. Just don't forget to have lots of fun too. You are truly an inspiration to me...loved your story!

Have a wonderful and happy day:) emoticon emoticon

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