Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I've been using Kinect Yourshape FE to get back into exercising. I think the warmup might be a little lame-o though, I pulled a muscle anyway. I hope to get back on track in a few days, depending on how I feel.
My cat Joey probably knows how I feel. He follows me to every room, including the exercise room. I invariably step on him a couple of times until he finds a safe spot to lay. No doubt he is contemplating which leg he plans to attack when he recovers. Little turd.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
I have decided I just love Oprah's new network. With the exception of "Sweetie Pies", I am really enjoying the stories and life lessons her programs impart daily. Every day I learn something, in a way I hadn't quite considered before.
Today I found a years worth of resolutions that are not only doable, but seem pleasant as well. I hope some of you take a look and incorporate some of them into your own lives.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I watched the movie "A Beautiful Truth" a week ago and I'm still thinking about it. It had some thought provoking ideas about nutrition and health, cures for cancer and other illnesses. The poem at the end was particularly meaningful for me as the holidays draw near.The thought of spending time with family is usually met with a little trepidation. Most of the time nothing earthshaking happens, but sometimes it's just plain tiring with all the drama.Chalk it up to the human experience.
My partner and I have become content with short visits. I always remind her I like her Dad.
What will Matter
Author: Michael Josephson
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I've been trying to lose weight all my life. Low carb, sugar, fasting etc., you name it, all with no real lasting results. That has changed recently after reading the book "Clean" by Alejandro Junger. There wasn't anything magical about it anymore than all my other diet attempts, except that it is nutritionally sound. However, going into the second week I realized that I haven't had cravings and I'm not hungry. It seems to be the right combinations of food to keep my system satisfied. Granted, all the smoothie recipes are not my cup of tea. Raw zucchini and summer squash were not appealing at all in a smoothie. However, I decided to try them all. With a few modifications, i.e. using one lime instead of two in the Pineapple Avocado smoothie was a definite improvement. Most of the smoothies are palatable and with a smoothie for breakfast and dinner, Gallo Pinto and tossed salad for lunch, it was very filling. Finally, a right combination of foods to keep my cravings at bay. That is huge for me. I could see this way of eating as a lifestyle rather than a temporary diet.
My partner and I decided to go vegetarian a few of months ago. It has presented a few challenges by itself. We started out with a cookbook titled "Vegan On The Cheap" by Robin Robertson. Since then we have acquired several other cookbooks and have been pleasantly surprised at how tasty the meals turn out. I've replaced milk with almond milk as well, only to discover I was lactose intolerant! I learned that our bodies were not meant to digest meat or dairy products. I was amazed at the disappearance of feeling lethargic after a meal. We feel much more energy.
Once we go through the whole program I know we will use eggs and butter, but sparingly. There are just some things you cannot use margarine for, not to mention the reduction in chemicals used in the process of butter substitutes.
All in all, it has been a very good experience. I hope that some of you may try it for yourselves.
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