Thursday, November 20, 2014
I would love, to love to run. I see people jogging and running, and they look so happy. My sister in law and brother love to run. They are always signing up for races and marathons. They have made many great friends running.
I know all the health benefits of running. Iíve read great books about peopleís enjoyment of running; the wonder and freedom of running.
If I liked to run I could run anywhere, anytime; while on vacation or just a quick jog after dinner.
But I just hate it so much. The only part of running that I enjoy, is when itís all over and I know I donít have to do it again until tomorrow. I hate how I feel when I run, I hate the way I feel after I run.
Even as a child, when I was all skinny legs and long limbs and always outside playing, I hated to run. I hated sports that made me run, I hated PE classes that made me run, I hated playing games with friends that required running. I just hated to run.
Even my body rebels against running. Every time I run I end up hurting my knee. I tried using a foam roller to relax the muscle after a run and reduce the pain and damage; and it worked beautifully for months, but then it stopped working.
Then my sister in law suggested using a tennis ball along with the foam roller. But eventually, if I kept running my hip, my ankle, and heel would all start hurting as well. Iíd end up so crippled up, I canít exercise.
But I still wish that I enjoyed running. I hope that if I lose some weight it will take enough pressure off my knees enough that Iíll be able to run without pain, and if I can do that, then maybe, perhaps, I can learn to enjoy running.
Monday, November 17, 2014
At my last weigh in, on 11-12-14 I was 193.
On my next weigh in, on 11-25-14, I want to have lost 3lbs.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Iíve been in survival mode for some time now. One of my routines thatís fallen by the wayside is going to the gym.
But this weekend I set my mind to getting back control of my life. I decided that on Saturday I would go to the gym and start working on getting myself back into some routine.
A little background, I go to a university gym. I didnít realize Saturday was a game day and the gym was closing early. So I arrived about 10 minutes before they were to close.
I was very frustrated. I had worked up this big head of steam, I had a game plan, and then the proverbial door was slammed in my face and I was sent home.
But as I was heading home, I realized that if I kept going straight, I would end up at a favorite hiking hill that I havenít been to since last spring.
Not only did I get in a really good hike up this challenging hill, but I also put in an extra hour of vigorous bike riding as well.
Friday, November 14, 2014
I just read an interesting article about a man who sued Nestle and is pushing the FDA to have stricter policies on food, after his mother died of supposed E.coli poisoning after eating raw cookie dough.
While his motherís death is a tragedy, and I donít wish to undermined his grief in any way. It got me to thinking about the real dangers we ignore every day.
While E.coli poisoning is terrible and should be avoided, itís also rare to die from E.coli poisoning. According to the CDC, about 73,000 people get sick from E.coli each year and only 60 die. Just to put that into perspective, roughly 92 people in the US will die today in car accidents.
On the other hand, according to the CDC, the top four most common deaths are:
1) Heart disease (596,577 deaths each year)
2) Cancer (576,691 deaths each year)
3) Chronic Lower Respiratory disease (142,943 deaths each year)
4) Stroke (128,932 deaths each year)
All of these top killers have ties to lifestyle choices and obesity. While not everyone whoís had a heart attack or gotten cancer, was overweight or unhealthy, there have been enough studies to show that having a healthy diet and a lot of physical activity actually reduces all these risk factors.
So why arenít we more concerned about the sugar in that cookie dough then we are about the E.coli?
To add to that, the most commonly purchased food items, according to the USDA, Refined Grains and Sugar/Candies.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Interesting video on how weight loss advertisement photos can be faked with just posture and lighting.
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