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May 9, 2009: It’s been a long week…

– besides work (which btw I actually like my job contrary to what people have been asking me), I’ve only hit the gym on Wednesday and Thursday.  I didn’t want to push it because of the massive cramping I’ve been experiencing on my legs.  I finally got a muscle relaxer and a stern look dashed in my direction with the following words: “Drink Gatorade for electrolyte replenishment.”  Ever since I had some, no more cramping.  Yeah, crazy, huh?  I swore off any sports drinks for over 2 years due to being addicted to Gatorade (I used to drink @ least a 64 oz/day) and it was getting ridiculous when I discovered the 1 gallon size.  By then I knew I had a problem:

OK More than a gallon of gatorade, but you know what I mean!

OK More than a gallon of gatorade, but you know what I mean!

– I’ve been averaging anywhere from 3 cigarettes (Thursday) to 6 1/2 (Tuesday).  So far today I’ve only had 1, but it’s not even 10AM on a Saturday morning…the day’s going to be long…I can feel it!  I just have to keep weening myself off of it.  It’s a long road…

My brand of choice:  Camel Turkish Silvers

My brand of choice: Camel Turkish Silvers

when I buy smokes, I buy the brand above, but mind you I also have a cigarette roller machine.  I own the Tops Top-O-Matic:

Here it is...the one I own

Here it is...the one I own

and I still have a good stash of the following tobaccos:

Bugler Gold Blend Tobacco

Zig Zag Light Tobacco

Zig Zag Light Tobacco

Bugler Gold Blend Tobacco

– Yeah, I know…no good, but it’s not like I’m sitting there rolling smoke after smoke.  If I get a major craving, I just roll one:  I don’t want to make multiple smokes in the event I get tempted to chain-smoke 2-3 of them…no good!

– Saw this movie last night:

Star Trek XI

Star Trek XI

It wasn’t just the movie, it was the company:  My closest friend El…what can I say?  Her family rules like none other…

Huh…got that all taken care of and not eve 10AM yet…like I said…long day.

As far as food pictures, I’ve got a boatload taken from this week, but unfortunately I’m in Rockland and I forgot my extension (xd card)…on my dad’s computer.  I’ll do it next post!

– 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 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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