Monthly Archives: April 2011

90 Hours Break From The Normal Routine

My weight went up three pounds since last week. Could be anything. Ate too much at Easter? Creatine kicking in? Maybe last week’s weight was a mis-read because it wasn’t my usual weigh-in time and clothing? Maybe it’s some combination … Continue reading

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Bleeping Bagels

Yesterday, a co-worker brought in bagels for everyone in our department. And, they were huge. If I had to guess, they were 6 inches wide and 3 inches high. Big, old, monster, doughy, white bread bagels. Now, right away, I … Continue reading

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Let’s Go To The Videotape

The eye in the sky does not lie. It’s an old football expression. It means, no matter what you think or say happened on the field, in truth, the game films will never lie about what actually happened. Yesterday, I … Continue reading

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Martha Rose Shulman shared this on mangoes the other day – Why don’t Americans eat more mangoes? Often called the “king of fruits” elsewhere in the world, the mango is not high in calories, and it is an excellent source … Continue reading

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Seasonal Allergies & Your Mental State

Interesting findings on the impact that seasonal allergies can have on your mental health via – Although some people highly anticipate the warmth and beauty of the coming spring, for others, nature’s season of renewal brings feelings of dread. … Continue reading

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Going Off Plan To Stay On Plan

Yesterday was supposed to be a “gym day” for me. I do try and go to the gym on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. But, it was Easter Sunday – and we had family plans. Also, my gym was only open … Continue reading

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The Creatine Experiment

Two weeks ago, I started taking a creatine supplement before my weight training sessions. Nothing crazy – just 1.6 grams at least 30 minutes before hitting the gym. So far, I haven’t had any of the potential nasty side effects. … Continue reading

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The Junk In Some Junk Food

Someone just brought this one to my attention. It’s the 10 Weird and Gross Ingredients in Processed Food via WebEcoist. I have no idea if any of this is true. Nonethless, these mentioned therein are really shocking: Fertilizer in Subway Sandwich … Continue reading

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Sunday, Bloody Easter Sunday

Back in 2002, I was fat.  At that time, I was a whopping 242 pounds (at 5′ 10′). After that, I lost weight - and then gained it back.  And, in June of 2006, I weighed 232 pounds. But, by January … Continue reading

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Hard Boiled Eggs: The Perfect Protein Magic Bullet

I would imagine that it may not be difficult to come across some hard boiled eggs this weekend.  Related, here’s some great information on the benefits associated to eating them that Dr. Kristie Leong shared last year: Eggs have been given … Continue reading

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“Dance” Like It Was 1987

Back in 1987, when I was 24-years old, I was a member of one of our local YMCA’s – because they had Nautilus equipment there. I started using Nautilus equipment way back in 1981. And, the gym where I used … Continue reading

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Even Captain America Has His Gym Slacker Moments

I saw this last weekend in a USA Today interview with Chris Evans regarding his new movie Captain America: The First Avenger which comes out on July 22nd: [Chris] Evans on getting in (and out of shape):”As soon as we … Continue reading

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Who’s A Gooooood Boy?

Lately, after a nice session at the gym, I treat myself to a tablespoon of organic chunky peanut butter when I get home. Yeah, it’s like a crazy 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus. And, it’s got a lot of fat – … Continue reading

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Link Between Ear Problem & Obesity?

Via the Utica WKTV website – Could children’s ears affect their risk of becoming overweight? Maybe. And the reason why might surprise you. A type of ear problem called otitis media with effusion, or OME, is common in children. This … Continue reading

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Study: Restriction Decreases, Not Increases, Cravings

Interesting news from the L.A. Times The prospect of going on a diet makes many people nervous. Once cravings for verboten foods set in, dieters may fall off the wagon. But a study finds that over time, restricting some foods … Continue reading

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NYT: Apple-Spice Breakfast Soup

Have you ever heard about trying soup for breakfast? I’ve never done it. But, I’ve read it being suggested in more than one place. Seeing the recipe for Apple-Spice Breakfast Soup in the New York Times Recipes for Health made … Continue reading

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Beware Wendy’s “Natural Cut” Fries

Great stuff on these via the awesome Fooducate blog: 43% percent increase in sodium compared to the previous Wendy’s version. That’s 500mg (more that 20% of the daily max) in a medium serving of fries. The calorie count is 420 … Continue reading

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Get Your ‘Tabolism Runnin’

Men’s Health offers “15 ways to max your metabolism.”  Here’s some highlights from that: Don’t diet! The Men’s Health Diet isn’t about eating less, it’s about eating more — more nutrition-dense food — to crowd out the empty calories and … Continue reading

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One Word Antiquity Incantation

Today marks the 48th year, 4th month, and 21st day that I’ve been on this planet – give or take a day or two, I suppose, due to some rounding during this calculation, on my part. Why does that matter? … Continue reading

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Ab Coaster

Last night, at the gym, I used an Ab Coaster for the first time. I liked it. Of course, it makes sense if you use it correctly. See the YouTube clip that I came across today for more on that:

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Inspiration Point Threesome

Tonight was a scheduled gym night. Legs and shoulders. One problem – my knee is still killing me. Yet, I’m making lemonade these days when it comes to getting in workouts and I decided to hit the gym anyway – … Continue reading

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Running Worried About Wounded Knee

When I got home from work this evening, it was sixty-two degrees out. And, it’s been nine days since I last ran my 5K session. So, I had to get out there after dinner. I shot out of the chute … Continue reading

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The War Against Workplace Communal Snack Dishes

Interesting stuff on this matter was in the Wall Street Journal the other day – The office candy dish was sabotaging Melanie Meek’s efforts to slim down. Then, she declared war. Bowls filled with chocolates were swept off co-workers’ desks … Continue reading

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Study: Improving Body Improves The Mind

The news on this via the USA Today – Here’s another good reason to lose weight: It may improve your memory and concentration, new research suggests. Scientists know that overweight and obese people are at a greater risk for memory problems … Continue reading

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Not Looking A Good Workout In The Mouth

This evening, before dinner, I had a great biceps and triceps workout at the gym. It seems like it’s been a very, very, long time since I had a session at the gym like the one today. I don’t know … Continue reading

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