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Archive for March, 2012

I have to Celebrate the Fantastic

This is an amazing lady86 year old gymnast Now, I certainly know that genetics plays a role in her ability, and luck, since accident or illness could stop her. BUT- She could only be doing this by practicing throughout her life, keeping herself in shape and keeping her abilities sharp. Age does not need to be an excuse.

I’m not saying it is easy. I’m only 47, and there are a lot of days where I am achy and tired. You just get up and do it anyway. You keep doing it every day, to the best of your ability, and it becomes a habit that gives you endless benefit. If you can’t do the max, you do half, or something, or anything. Then you try and do it better tomorrow. Hmmm, sounds like the Christian ethic. Of course, it probably is no secret that I see physical disciplines as analogous to spiritual ones. While I have not mastered the discipline of fasting, I see eating for nutrition, rather than eating whatever pleases your palate, as a daily discipline.

Sorry, I think that was  a digression. In any case, when people work hard enough to do something far beyond the every day, I think they deserve applause. Watch her, be inspired, and go something good.

Happy Easter

It’s a little early, but oooh, what I found. You know I’m all about the nutrition, but once in awhile you need a little something. And what a something I found. When Lara took me to Sentry, we passed the Easter display, and found THIS:

Cadbury dark chocolate

Does this make me a shill? I don’t know, or care. I love sniffing the bag, fondling the pieces, and mostly, eating them. Since they are small pieces, you can control the portions.These are some of the best chocolate pieces I’ve had in a long time. Which amazes me, since I hate the traditional eggs.

That’s all.

It’s been awhile

I have let my blogging slip, initially out of lack of anything to write about, then because I BECAME A GRANDMA! I’m here helping take care of the baby, and thought I’d catch up.

First- pressure works. Whether it is bloggers or the main stream media, talking about what is wrong with food and how to fix it causes even monolithic entities like Wal-Mart to change. Look what I found on my last visit.Healthy chicken bought at Wal-Mart Imagine, Wal-Mart selling something that wasn’t factory raised. Now, I’m no babe in the woods. I realize that anyone can slap anything they like on a label, it doesn’t make it so. But I figure with all the anti Wal-Mart sentiment out there that if it isn’t true, someone will find out pretty quick. I also realize that the word organic is missing.  I don’t know if I posted about this before, but my feelings about organic when it comes to animals are very mixed. I’ll post about that some other time. As good as this new development is, it’s still Wal-Mart.  I have to say that I shopped at a “Sentry” market here in Wisconsin, and it was so much like a Wegmans, I felt right at home. Both Wegmans and Sentry have a larger commitment to healthy eating. Sentry also has distance signs- if anything is from Wisconsin, they tell you how far it traveled to get there. Eating local is a very big trend here. I can’t say it is as much so in New York.

In other news, I’m trying out a new fitness app, FitnessFast. So far, it seems promising, although I haven’t totally gotten the hang of it. It allows you to select exercises, or add your own, and create your workouts. You can then log them as you perform them. I love it since I’m getting heartily sick of the paper and pen routine. I have a very hard time tracking my workouts,  with adding the bar weight (“Did I use the regular bar for that or the short one?””How much does my son-in-law’s bar weigh?) and remembering to do it promptly, and not mixing up exercises…(“now, what was the difference between the Romanian dead lift and regular?” “Is this the Bulgarian split squat or the rear foot elevated lunge?”) While this exercise  program can’t help too much with the exercises, they do have little animations of many of the exercises. If they ever get a huge data base of exercises, that’ll be great. It also has a space for notes, which I like, as I need to make notes for future revisions. It has a timer, which I’m not sure I like. It is good for making certain the rest periods are long enough, but do I care how long it takes me to bench press a set?

For someone like me, who loves tracking changes, this will become addictive, as you can chart your progression. That has been lacking from my programing right now. I don’t go back through my log and see what’s changed and improved. It also gives you your total volume, which makes it look so impressive. While this does look very promising right now, I do need to become more familiar with it and see what it can and can’t do, and if it truly does make my routine easier. I’ll give you an update.

Last, while I gave up on MyFitnessPal when I stopped playing with my weight, my daughter told me that several of her friends are now using it to lose weight. I may go back to it, after being sick for a month, I’ve put on a few pounds. It is another app I really recommend.

If you have a favorite fitness or nutrition app, please let me know. The only advertising apps get is word of mouth. I almost forgot to mention, I have an iPhone, so all apps I talk about are apple compatible, I don’t know if they are available for the Android.

K2, Not Just a Mountain Anymore.

So, as I often do, I was listening to a podcast, in this case, Ben Greenfield Fitness. He was interviewing Kate Rheaume-Bleue, the author of “Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox”. It was her contention that K2 is a little known vitamin that controls calcium pathways in the body, getting it out of the arteries where it can damage them, and into the bones where it increases bone density. Well, as much as I enjoy Ben’s podcasts, he has had some interesting characters on there, so I did some research, and found enough support in PubMed and Google Scholar to say it is worth at least taking the $10 bottle. With my family history of heart disease, and being a skinny, short white woman (risk factors for osteoporosis), it is low cost enough to make it worth it. Not to mention that one of the PubMed articles was on toxicity, and there is no known risk.

Here is some of the more fun stuff I found:

food sources of Vitamin K2 -this blog source has humor, natto, a fermented bean product from Japan is extremely high in K2, but the author talks about how slimy and disgusting the stuff was.

Here’s another, touting the the benefit of butter oil and pate foie gras.

So I’m going to start taking it. I’ll let you know if I find out anything more.

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