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Will be back momentarily. Testing something in the meantime

I am in the midst of doing quite a bit @ work, so I have neglected my personal blog, but rest assured I will be back soon enough to get back to it.

In the meantime:

– Been smoking up to half-a-pack/day again. I know my bad. Will table that issue for now.
– 20 year reunion next month: INSANE
– Miss people in my life: You know who you are, and I love you.

In the meantime, here’s a old picture of me from 4 years ago when i went to Alaska w/ my brother Jim. It ruled!

Whittier_AK_200508

Whittier_AK_200508



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Diet and Exercise Recap: May 3, 2009

Exercise (if you can call it that…been taking it easy due to the sore left shin/calf and sore right hamstring):

– a slow, paced walk for an hour in the AM

– 20 minutes on the exercise bike

– 10 minutes on the stair master

– a slow, paced walk in the evening after dinner (about 15-20 minutes)

What I ate:

Honey Nut Chex

Honey Nut Chex

Take-Out Chinese: - Crab Rangoons - Shrimp Toast - House Special Soup - Vegetable Fried Rice - White Rice - Sesame Chicken - Steamed Dumplings

Take-Out Chinese: - Crab Rangoons - Shrimp Toast - House Special Soup - Vegetable Fried Rice - White Rice - Sesame Chicken - Steamed Dumplings

– mind you, I didn’t eat everything from the dinner picture, but it was easier to just take a picture of everything that came in prior to eating.  It was everything my brother and I ordered (minus his sesame chicken)…

– I also had a cobb salad for lunch, but since I actually forgot to take a picture of it beforehand, it kinda looked like this (not the actual salad, but close):

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

– in other news, I spent the evening kicked back after I got back from my “digest” walk.  Monday was a pretty crazy day with a lot to do @ work, so it was a good thing I got in some rest…

until… – R



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Diet and Exercise Recap: May 2, 2009

– Went for a walk to the gym after I wrote yesterday’s post and did the following:

  1. 10 minutes warm-up on the exercise bike
  2. 20 minutes on the treadmill with arm extension @ 3mph, then 3.4mph after 10 minutes
  3. 10 minutes on the stair master (Level 2 for 5 minutes, then Level 3 for 5 minutes) – I couldn’t go further than 10 minutes due to my left leg cramping up

– After I rubbed down my leg again, I got good advice and purchased the following:

Hylands Leg Cramps With Quinine Caplets

Hyland's Leg Cramps With Quinine Caplets

– since I started to take them, I only had 1 leg cramp (both legs), but after I got over that, no cramps!  I hope this does it combined with additional fluids (making sure I drink 3 liters of water minimum) as a precaution as well.

– went to New Paltz as I took one of my random drives along w/ my brother.  The town’s pretty hopping surprisingly:  Lots of places to hang out…especially their strip of local stores (looks like downtown Nyack a bit, but instead of a straight road, it’s a question marked-shaped road).  Got home just past 9PM and had some chicken while I watched Fight Club…can never get sick of that movie!

– Oh yeah, looking forward to Kinetik in 2 weeks:

Kinetik Festival Line-Up for 2009

Kinetik Festival Line-Up for 2009

YOU KNOW IT!

Until tomorrow – R

P.S. – below is what I ate predominantly.  I did have some Doritos while I was driving, but I didn’t take a picture of that…

Leftover Dragon Soup from Mandarin Chinese Restaurant in New City

Leftover "Dragon Soup" from Mandarin Chinese Restaurant in New City

Beef Stroganoff and Steamed Veggies

Beef Stroganoff and Steamed Veggies for Lunch

Rice Ball and Pepperoni Roll

Rice Ball and Pepperoni Roll for late lunch/early dinner

3 Pieces of Chicken

3 Pieces of Chicken for supper

Diet and Exercise Recap: April 30, 2009

Well, it started last night when I woke up with that massive muscle spasm:  I ate a red banana.  When I woke up, I stretched, then took an early AM casual walk for about 15-20 minutes.  Got back, showered, then headed out to work.  I had to stay late, but when I got back home, my brother had just gotten back from Rockland with a few slices of pizza from Peppe’s Pizza and some KFC grilled chicken.  I had the slice, then went out to the gym and did 20 minutes on the cycle followed by 10 minutes on the stairmaster.  No treadmill since there were people on it, so I left, took another quick shower, then had the KFC.  It was surprisingly good!  I then stretched out some more, watched Smallville, then something on this show I had on my DVR called Dhani Tackles The Globe.  The episode was from his trip to Australia and trying to be a surf-and-rescue swimmer. I have NOTHING to complain about after seeing the physical activity this guy had to endure during that episode…damn!

Anyway, I’m still just trying to get into some kind of rhythm.  Yeah, I’ve had a few compromising meals this week, but I’m only human.  Tomorrow’s another day.  I’d say I was excited that it was Friday, but believe it or not I get more excited when I get up Saturday, so I’ll leave it for then.

In unrelated news, I’m hope that I’ll be able to get to this year’s Kinetik Festival.  I missed it last year and I’ve been regretting it ever since.  The chances of it happening were cut down a bit due to my stay @ the hospital a few weeks ago, but I have high hopes that things will fall into place and I can make it happen.  There’s a slew of people I’d like to hang out with there, so we’ll see what happens with regards to that.

So, to recap:

– AM walk, 20 minutes cycle, 10 minutes stairmaster

– Cigarettes:  1 on my way to work, 2 while I was at work, 1/2 after I got home, and in all likelihood I’m going to have one before I brush my teeth and crash, so let’s say I had 5 today.  I know, that’s 5 too many cigarettes:  *shrugs*

– Food pictures below:

Red Banana (Had this around 3AM after another bout w/ a music spasm)

Red Banana (Had this around 3AM after another bout w/ a music spasm)

Fruit Loops

Fruit Loops

Mustard Pretzel Sticks

Mustard Pretzel Sticks

Nutri-Grain Bar (Blueberry)

Nutri-Grain Bar (Blueberry)

Pasta w/ Chicken

Pasta w/ Chicken

Pretzels

Pretzels

A Slice of Pizza from Peppes Pizzaria (Yeah, the one in Hillcrest on 45!)

A Slice of Pizza from Peppe's Pizzaria (Yeah, the one in Hillcrest on 45!)

KFC Grilled Chicken w/ biscuits

KFC Grilled Chicken w/ biscuits

Take it easy – R


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Diet and Exercise Recap: April 29, 2009

What did I do today:

– Stretched out for 10-15 minutes prior to work.  Didn’t exercise at all due to pulling muscles on both legs (shin and calf on left leg; hamstring on right)

– Worked a bit late today to finish a big work task

– Missed going to Smoker’s Anonymous Meeting in New Paltz since it was @ 7PM.

– Cigarette Count:  1/2 in the AM, 1 in the afternoon, 2 in the evening = 4 1/2 total

What I ate:

Multi-Grain Cereal w/ Berries and a banana

Multi-Grain Cereal w/ Berries and a banana

Chocolate Granola Bar

Chocolate Granola Bar

Pasta w/ Beef

Pasta w/ Beef

Mid-Afternoon Orange

Mid-Afternoon Orange

Baked Tater Tots (about 3-4 oz)

Baked Tater Tots (about 3-4 oz)

Troegs Mad Elf Ale

Troeg's Mad Elf Ale

Baked Italian Sausage w/ Cornbread Stuffing

Baked Italian Sausage w/ Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade Peanut Brittle (from Kingston Wok Restaurant when I ordered out last week)

Homemade Peanut Brittle (from Kingston Wok Restaurant when I ordered out last week)

– I started out my day eating good, but (no excuse of course) when I got home, my brother already had the tater tots out of the oven and the Italian sausage in.  Even though I really should of not had a beer (due to the meds I’m still taking stemming from my hospital stay), I decided that one wasn’t going to kill me.

– Note to self:  Eat a bit more sensibly tomorrow

– Why am I up @ 3:35AM?  Went to bed before 11PM, but woke up to another muscle cramp about an hour ago and decided to update this while I was up anyway (as I rub more Icy Hot into my right hamstring)…

Cya tomorrow – R

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Love is THE answer – every day of the year

I’m starting this blog with an article I read not too long after I got out of the hospital.  It puts things into perspective and I have to say:  Many of us really take for granted what we already have…

How do you face cancer, death, a bad childhood, horrible things people do to you, natural disasters, or a bad economy?  This article offers some answers.


Today, I diagnosed metastatic cancer in a new patient who had just come to see me. I had to tell this young, beautiful, vibrant woman that did not not have long to live, perhaps a few months. There was nothing I could do for her. All I could do was to tell her that I cared for her. I could show her my professional “love.” My consultation report was faxed to the patient’s referring primary physician, and an hour later, the physician called me, in disbelief. Together on the phone, we could only share a sense of profound loss. You might read this and think: Love is useless in this case. Love will not cure her cancer, nor will love protect her from the pain and suffering that is imminent. And you would be absolutely correct. But what is the alternative to love? Is it hate? Is it apathy? When I was younger, I used to consider that only actions and accomplishments are truly useful. You can list them, objectively and concretely. You can measure productivity and compare the results to other people’s activities. But when there is no useful action, as in this case, is there nothing left but despair? When someone hurts you, is there nothing to do but retaliate? Medically, it has been shown that hate hurts you physically just as much, if not more, than the person you hate. Scientifically, it has been shown that despair pains you mentally just as much, if not more, than actual bodily trauma. So, should you choose “love”, because it is the lesser of two evils? Well, I certainly do not think so. As I get older and accumulate more knowledge and experience, I realize more how little control I have over life in general. Maybe you did not have a good childhood, perhaps people have done horrible things to you, natural disasters occur, and now you are helpless. Please realize that the only thing you have under your control is how you feel and how you will react to external events. Unless you have a psychiatric illnessArticle Search, you can choose to “love” or you can choose to “hate.” None of us lives forever. Do you want to wait until you’re lying on your deathbed before you think “maybe I should have been nicer to this person or to that person?” Or do you want to evaluate every day of your life whether you have contributed in some way some love to the world that day? I offer you my humble opinion that “Love is THE answer – every day of the year!”

Dr. Mai Brooks is a surgical oncologist/general surgeon, with expertise in early detection and prevention of cancer.  More at http://www.drbrooksmd.com/, thecancerexperience.wordpress.com and progressreportoncancer.wordpress.com

Have a good one…

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