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Friday, February 22, 2013


I love Chi Gong! What is Chi Gong? It's a form of Tai Chi that using gentle movements to help tone muscles and restore balance. I use Chi Gong on the days I don't do strength training. Using Chi Gong helps me center myself and helps restore my body after a hard workout.

Also I find that it helps me to concentrate and focus. Many consider Chi Gong as active meditattion because they are focusing on the body's energy or chi. Add it to your workout routine I' sure you'll like it. For more info checkout Giaim has great DVD's on Chi Gong.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Eating like a caveman and following the Paleo Lifestyle is not hard. Not only is it good for you but meals can be easy once you get into the Paleo groove. For example today was a busy day first a fast walk at the lake then grocery shopping, lunch and then a visit to my daughter and her husband's home. Who has time for an elaborate Sunday supper?!

So Paleo man  ( that's me to the rescue). Fortunately I had cooked frozen chicken breast, apples, pecans and frozen spinach.  I sauted the apples in a little coconut oil added the pecans and thrawed out the spinach, sliced up the thrawed chicken breast and placed the chicken on the spinach, drizzled a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar and whole grain mustard mixture over the dish and enjoyed a low carb, lean protein caveman meal.

Basically when I am in a rush I just remember this mantra: "Lots of veggies and lean protein, keep it simple and add some spice for flavor. Who said living the Paleo Lifestyle was hard?

Saturday, February 9, 2013


The Healthy back Insitute is now offering a trial version of their Lose The Back System for only $4.95. This is the complete system with everything you need to asses your back pain and design specfic exercises to lose the pain and prevent it from coming back.

This is the exact program that I used four years ago to cure my back pain and now at 66 1/2 years old I'm stronger, fitter and best of all pain free.

Friday, February 8, 2013


I was looking for something different for breakfast and hit upon this recipe. No gluten and low carb. Tasted great!

I just threw this together so the amounts may vary. You want to get the consistency like normal pancake batter. These cakes are very light and fluffy so be careful when you flip them.

2 eggs
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp flaxseed oil or almond oil. coconut oil, etc
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Beat with a whisk or in a blender. Keep your pancakes small about the size of a sliver dollar.

You can serve them w/applesauce, but I cheated and use maple syrup. Also blueberries would of been good. I had some in the freezer, but forgot to use them! Not strictly Paleo, but I've lost 3 lbs this week and was celebrating.


Sunday, February 3, 2013


I'm a strong believer in the importance of rest. Many athletes and would be athletes get burned out trying to hard to lose weight and/or get in shape. Muscle soreness, lack of energy and even injury can result when we push or bodies to hard.

This is especially true as we get older. The senior athlete needs more time between vigorous workouts to rest, repair, & recovery. For me three days between strength building workouts seem to work best. After three days I very rested, strong and ready to blast into my workout. Research seems to back me up in fact as far as strength building goes sometimes less is more.

Most of the time the days between strength building exercises are spent doing cardio, walking and/or Qigong. So I'm not really resting my body completely, but am engaging in some form of physical exercise. But is there value in doing nothing?

For me the idea of doing nothing is hard to grasp. I'm not the type who enjoys just lying around. The recent two days I spent in the hospital drove me bonkers! Granted I wasn't really sick, but even so I could not of stood another day in bed. However there was one benefit of doing nothing, I had plenty of time to think and meditate.

I had time to evaluate my fitness progress and even more important to review my goals, relationships and self development. This resulted in some tweaking of my goals and establishing some new goals.
Call it a self assessment, but the time I spent doing nothing really helped me focus on what's important. One of my new goals is to spend more time doing nothing, time spent mediating, reading inspirational books and listening to good music can have real value.

So take resting to a new level and try doing nothing or as the old guru on the mountain top might say, "Just Be."

Friday, February 1, 2013


Well it's been an interesting few days. Wed morning I passed out in the kitchen and awoke up on the floor surrounded by paramedics. A quick ride to the hospital and after some test and an overnite stay for observation I was sent home with a clean bill of health.

So what was the problem? Seemed my Vagus nerve missed fired and caused a Vasovagal Syncope. Yeah, I never heard of Vagus nerve either and certainly didn't know I had one.  Here's a definition from the Mayo Clinic.

Vasovagal syncope (vay-zo-VAY-gul SING-cuh-pee) is the most common cause of fainting. Vasovagal syncope occurs when your body overreacts to triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The trigger results in vasovagal syncope — a brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to your brain.
Vasovagal syncope is usually harmless and requires no treatment. However, you can injure yourself during a vasovagal syncope episode. Also, your doctor may recommend tests to rule out more serious causes of fainting, such as heart disorders. http://mayoclinic.com

I didn't have any tiggers and never fainted before. So they put me on a treadmill for a stress test and drew blood several times I passed all test with flying colors. According to my doctor there really are no treatments for VasoVagal Syncope and I may never have another one. The good news is my heart and arteries are in great condition. I even took the tread mill up to 105% of my heart rate. Usually they only go to 80%, but I handle that so well they upped it to 105% or 160 beats per minute. Also I got my first ride in an ambulance. Very Cool.

So what did I learn?
    1. Don't hesitate to call 911. Fortunately my wife was right there and called 911 when I started to feel dizzy and became non responsive. ( A side note: Know the symptoms of a stroke.)
    2. We have a very good fire department which handles 911 calls and very competent and trained medics.
    3. Our local hospital, doctors, nurses and staff are very professional.
    4. Despite how good a shape you think you're in - stuff happens.
All that being said this event drove home to me how critcal it is to be in the best possible physical condition. Being in good shape gives you that added assurance/insurance that you are doing everything you can to prevent medical problems and the ability to bounce back fast from any injury and/or diesease.