Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Turning fifty

I have decided to spin my blog in a different direction. After years of talking about things in general that relate to health and over all well being, I have decided to switch the blog more to one subject for a while, weight loss.

After years of stomach problems and use of prednisone and having a life style that put me far on the back burner, I have let my weight get out of hand. Uncomfortable and starting to notice that I am not as flexible and comfortable doing my activities as I was in younger years. I am also thinking of what could be possibly coming my way down the road as far as my health. I am not willing to let that happen to me.
I have decided to make today the starting point and talk daily about what I am doing so that if you decide to jump in, you can at any time and join the healthy focus person group. As a nation we are out of hand, and maybe I can be the one to lead us all to a healthier, slimmer America.

I am going to focus more higher protein as carbohydrates have got us into the mess we are in, as well as high sodium and chemical based microwaveable food, eating through the window of our cars and sugar holding our hands day in and day out.

Making this easy is the hard part but I think sticking with it will be easy because I know we will get results quickly and this is motivating to keep us focused. I want us to remember these letters as this will make staying on this easy. These letters should be committed to memory. WF-FF-SS, it stands for white flour, fast food, sugar and soda. These are the things that are now permanently gone from our eating program. Just this in itself will make the difference between healthy weight an unhealthy weight.

Tomorrow we will get started and I will document foods used as well as the activities, I hope you will join in and be part of changing your own life once and for all.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration day 2009

Are you one of those people that always wonder about things? I am, I often think to myself how is that person able to smoke all of those cigarettes for all of these years and never get cancer? Why is that person suffering from every disease possible when they are a vegetarian and exercise and never do anything wrong? I am not a person to question the actual divine reason for these things, but honestly it makes no sense to me whatsoever.

I am familiar with alcoholics that never have a sick a day in their lives, and drug attics that never get sick and never over dose. Then there are people that have unprotected sex and never get AIDS, when someone who makes a mistake one time gets infected.

Why a healthy child dies of Cancer or why a wonderful law abiding citizen and father dies of a dreadful disease and someone who has committed crimes that are unmentionable is able to survive on this planet until they are very old.

I really do wonder these things, and I think about them frequently, but as of yet I am no closer to an explanation than I was when I first ventured into thinking about this years ago.

I guess it all comes down to things we will never know, or maybe things we are not supposed to understand, I do not know.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ever feel like you run all day long and you are still always behind?

Amazing as it is we are already at the 19 th of January. Time is going so fast for me, is it moving faster for you? They say that although time seems to be speeding by us, it is our own imaginations that perceive it as moving faster than normal.

The last time I was on vacation, about a hundred years ago, I realized that after about five days when I was just beginning to relax and decompress and de- stress myself, it seemed as if the days lasted forever. Maybe this is actually the key to why we are all running around so crazy.

Our great Grandparents had the same amount of time in their days and they worked hard physical jobs early in the day and yet still had time for good meals with the family all sitting down together, and even more time for hobbies and evening relaxing. Now take it, they really had nothing else to do because there were no toys and time saving devices like we all have in their lives today.

Do you think that because of the smart phones, mp3 players, big screen televisions, stereos, and computers, all of which are supposed to help us save time that they are actually using so much time that we are perpetually behind? I find myself signing on the computer to check e- mails and then doing this and then that and before I know it I have been sitting there for three hours! Then I am constantly running around all day trying to get caught up and the clock is ticking against me.
Maybe this is it! We spend so much time using devices to manage our time that we end up losing time, then running to get caught up with the perception that the day is moving too fast. But in reality, we have just found yet another way to goof off and procrastinate and still not get things done. I think I have solved the dilemma.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Miracles do happen

I have never been one to speak of miracles that happen, or that may have happened. I am a believer that things that have no explanation happen every day all around us. Some of things are proven or forced by the media to be coincidence and then there are those who love to over analyze happenings to have perfect explanations, I would rather just appreciate them and think someone somewhere is looking out for us.

Yesterday when US Airways Airbus A320, bound for Charlotte, N.C.,that took off from LaGuardia Airport had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson river, all of the onlookers held their breath. Unbelievably nobody was killed and all passengers and crew were accounted for and made it out alive. Although I grant thanks and skill to the pilot and staff and crew, in my mind I cannot think anything but Miracle, Miracle, Miracle.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

It is hard to believe that another year has slipped away, never to be seen again, but I am sure the remnants of last year will be with many of us. Downsizing and lost jobs, of course bad health and even worst choices, lazy lifestyles, and weight gain everywhere we look.

How many of you decided that this was yet another year to make a New years resolution, one that you already know you will not stick to? Now. how many of you decided that this was the year to finally make a change and do what you know you want and NEED to do for your sanity, your health, or just your well being and piece of mind? I bet more of you answered yes to the first question, but I still applaud you for taking the time to make a resolution at all. It means that you know something needs to be done, but you may not be ready yet.

What is it that makes us stick to a resolution? A brush with death maybe? Not being able to fit in an airline seat and being asked to buy two seats? Not being able to breath after bending over to tie your shoes? Snickers and voices you know are talking about you from behind your back? Or is it the DUI for driving under the influence that changed your mind this year, or that you were diagnosed with liver problems and told to stop drinking? Might be that yearly physical that discovered clogged arteries, spots on your lungs, high cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure problems? Any or all of these little slaps in the head should be enough to do it for the average person, but many continue on the same path knowing full and well that they are heading on a path directly to the grave, and I guess have decided not to care.

I often wonder when I see these people with a destructive behavior and knowing there is a problem why they continue on that path, I have actually become quite good after the first confrontation and offer of help to politely bite my tongue. I mean it is really nobody's business as we are all adults and they are not doing anything illegal, even though they may be actually committing suicide, and I think that is illegal, or at least a sin, I think?

Well, bottom line, I take my hat off and applaud all of you that have decided to make a change in your life this year for WHATEVER reason that brought you to this epiphany. I hope and wish you every success in your endeavors and that you are able to finally get healthy and fit and all the things you set your mind to do this year. For the rest of you still climbing that mountain and not yet ready, you will be when and only when YOU decide to do what needs to be done, Good luck to you as well.

Happy Healthy New Year to all of you.