Thursday, December 04, 2014
There are times when I'd rather just sit on the sofa and read, do nothing physical, for days on end. Then I see someone like this:
This is an old man who after several accidents and serious osteoporosis, still carries his walker down three flights of stairs to go walking. This day was pouring rain outside, so he carried that walker down to the electrical room (a room that has to be empty by law) and walked in circles.
I feel like a piker. This poor man gets his walks in no matter what, and at great effort.
There's a lesson in there. His will provides the way.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
We all get second chances, but each attempt is farther along in life. Sometimes it's harder. Getting a college degree is harder when you have a house and kids than it would have been when you were 18 and had nothing else in life but studying. It's still a second chance at a degree, but not the same.
It's the same with second chances for changing health. It's harder when you are older, it's harder when you have already had your first stroke or heart attack. But harder doesn't mean impossible. Now you know how important it is, now you know yourself better, now you understand life in ways you didn't understand it before. It may still seem "unfair" but you have lived through "unfair" things in the past and know what they look like.
Scientists don't give up after failing at the first attempt at a new drug. Inventors don't make one effort at a new invention. They take note of what worked, what didn't, what can change, and they kept at it.
Each second (or third or twentieth) chance is different than the one before. If you can see previous attempts as experiments rather than failures, you'll have a better chance of succeeding.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Yes you heard me! It's called a sugar polish, and I just had one at the Arlington Spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They mix sugar and olive oil and scrub it all over your body, then wrap you up in plastic for 25 minutes before rinsing it off. It feels decadent! And it is totally calorie free!
I highly recommend it, followed, of course, by a massage. What a treat!
Friday, June 20, 2014
I love these kinds of ads. If only it were just about money, like a facelift. If only all it took were money!
I lost my weight on Weight Watchers many years ago, but it was by the week not the pound, which makes more sense. And they didn't promise Easy, just something that worked if I worked it, and they helped me with the work.
I guess people buy these ads and plans or they'd stop, but the promise of Easy Weight Loss has been around for hundreds of years.
I wonder who makes more money: the food manufacturers who provide easy, fattening food, or the guys who promise to Take the Weight Off Fast?
Sunday, June 15, 2014
I saw this article in the New York Times yesterday. Usually fatty liver disease is found in alcoholics. Now it seems it is a burgeoning problem caused by overeating.
Everyone is horrified by the practice of fattening goose livers for foie gras (which means, after all, "fatty liver" in French) by forcefeeding. It's a process called "gavage", ordinarily used to deliver food directly to the stomach of patients with throat obstructions. Gavage is only done with the consent of the patient, except for infants. And except for geese.
Now people are apparently forcefeeding themselves willingly and by their own hands. There is no cure, no pharmaceutical aid, nothing but a liver transplant will help. Right now a practicing alcoholic can't qualify for a liver transplant because he'll just do the new liver what he did to his old one, but what will they do about an obese patient needing a liver? Will the same rule prevail? There aren't enough livers available for transplant as it is. As the problem grows, what will happen?
Obesity causes more than strokes and heart attacks, it seems.
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