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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 1, 2009

– walked about 30 minutes before work (no muscle spasms)

– before going out to lunch, I walked around the plaza, but this time I did get a muscle cramp (right hamstring).  I’m seeing the doctor next week for a 2nd follow-up after my hospitalization, so if these series of muscle spasms continue I hope he can prescribe some treatment to elliviate this pain.  I thought it was dehydration so I almost doubled my water consumption since Wednesday.  Unfortunately when all is said and done, Icy Hot to the rescue!

– It was Friday and when I left I called up my brother to see if he wanted to stay in and we’ll cook something or go out.  He opted to go out:  I opted to drive just over an hour north to Albany and hit The Golden Corral.  Good for the meal:  Bad for me!

– We got back around 11PM and there were still people @ the gym.  I went in, put on my sweats, and headed on over.  After stretching out my legs for a good 15 minutes, I hit the treadmill for 30 minutes going around 3.0 miles to start, then half-way through I moved it up to 3.4.  After that, I grabbed the smallest set of dumbbells I saw (15lbs) and did the following:

  1. Dumbbell Flat-Chest Presses:  2 sets of 10 reps
  2. Shoulders:  2 sets of 5 reps
  3. Reverse Flies – 2 sets of 5 reps
  4. Shrugs:  2 sets of 10 reps
  5. Bicep curls:  2 sets of 10 reps
  6. Triceps curls:  2 sets of 5 reps

After I got back, I showered, put on PJs, and went to bed only to be woken up with muscle spasms on my left calf/shin.  On a bright note:  At least I’m trying…

…but still I’m aching all over the place…and in pain on my calf.  Damn leg! 😦

Food consumed on May 1, 2009:

Corn Flakes

Corn Flakes

Nutri-Grain Bar (Strawberry)

Nutri-Grain Bar (Strawberry)

Pretzels

Pretzels

Chicken Caesar Salad & Mandarin Oranges Cup

Chicken Caesar Salad & Mandarin Oranges Cup

Chocolate Granola Bar

Chocolate Granola Bar

Where I had dinner:  Golden Corral, Albany, NY

Where I had dinner: Golden Corral, Albany, NY

Salad w/ chicken, beef, spinach, lettuce, tomato, egg, onions, and blue cheese dressing

Salad w/ chicken, beef, spinach, lettuce, tomato, egg, onions, and blue cheese dressing

1 1/2 Dinner Rolls

1 1/2 Dinner Rolls

Crab cake, Stuffing, Beer-Battered Scallops, Beer-Battered Haddock, Fried Catfish, and 2 Hush Puppies

Crab cake, Stuffing, Beer-Battered Scallops, Beer-Battered Haddock, Fried Catfish, and 2 Hush Puppies

Broiled Salmon, Coconut Shrimp, Mushroom Caps, Beer-Battered Haddock, and Fried Catfish

Broiled Salmon, Coconut Shrimp, Mushroom Caps, Beer-Battered Haddock, and Fried Catfish

Boston Creme Pie and Banana Pudding

Boston Creme Pie and Banana Pudding

OK…time to go outside for some fresh air…

Have a good one – 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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