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Friday, June 23, 2017

Arm Yourself with Knowledge, Diet and Nutrition and Exercise

Had a guy email me the other day about my blog remarking on my endorsement of the Fondren Orthopedic Group and Texas Orthopedic Hospital in my dealings with my Left Knee Total Knee Replacement in April 2016.

Turns out this reader was a Mesothelioma cancer survivor and had some information to pass along about a network that had helped him.....

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that’s most often caused by asbestos exposure. It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart. There are a number of therapies available that can help prolong survival and minimize symptoms and discomfort, but in most cases the cancer is too aggressive and too advanced at the time of diagnosis to be cured.
I am actually flying to Texas this weekend to visit my 90 year old dad who has been dealing with prostate cancer for several years.
One of the common things with cancer prevention and treatment is that the situation is always helped with a good diet and exercise.
Here's a link to an article on the mesothelioma site that endorses that concept -
Here are those top 5 benefits - please read the article for details.
1. Strength Training and Exercise Relieve Fatigue
2. Strength Training Reduces Muscle Loss
3. Building Muscle Improves Mobility, Activity, and Quality of Life
4. Having More Muscle Mass Stimulates Appetite
5. Being Active Relieves Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
This is a common theme throughout this blog.  It's probably naive and oversimplified to say that a good diet and exercise cures everything but in essence it is the best approach to minimizing risk of disease or in treating any disease.

I realize it's often hard for people who are older or who are suffering from disease or ailment to consider taxing their body more through exercise but this is the right thing to do.

The human body is an incredibly adaptive machine that can overcome a lot of trauma.

Arm it with good food, work it with exercise, restore it with sleep and control its environment of stress and you will be amazed what you can do.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Remember the Name

When it's all over and done and you dance around my grave or ashes, hopefully you will Remember the Name.

The assembly:
Cast iron skillet grilled sweet onions, poblano - jalapeƱo - red bell peppers, green beans, asparagus, Fuji apples., Holmes pork and venison sausage, chicken thigh, scrambled eggs, Gouda cheese and fresh cilantro.
You ready?! Let's go!
Yeah, for those of you that wanna know what we're all about
It's like this y'all (c'mon)
This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

Home away from Home

I was telling a friend the other day that I try to create my home atmosphere any place I go while traveling.

I bring some essential things for stretching and working out and for cooking and preparing meals.

That way when I get where I'm going I can do the same things I do at home.

Like prepare 3 days worth of veggies in 30 minutes.

And here's my mobile office.  The monitor, printer and keyboard were already at this location but I brought everything else for an office away from home.

Cast iron skillet grilled green beans....

And asparagus.

and apples!

And the results.

Gym-ing away from home

Outback Willie's Gym at the Guest House.

Who says you have to give up working out when you are away from home base?

Weighing in at 178 and still clinging to the edge of the abyss that separates an active younger man from a stoved up, inactive old man.

Running like Hell from Father Time but realizing I am no longer....

Monday, May 29, 2017

1st time Murph in 53:28 at my old stomping grounds.

Did a mix of sweet potato, avocado, scrambled eggs, bacon and blackberries for my Pre-Murph meal.

At CrossFitWMD in Angleton on a TYPICAL rainy, humid Texas Gulf Coast day.

This is where I started CrossFit on March 22, 2014.

Definitely a different facility and vibe from Praxis.

Same old Beauty on the Bomb.

New TV display.

Warmup like a Workout.

Murph in Progress.

1st 3 guys in.

Me and the Man that started it all for me - Will Black.

My Murph tally.

Yep - I am hot and tired after Murph.

And happy to be done.

Again, I remember why I moved away from here.

Not bad for a first time Murph in a last time place.

What if there is no Life after this Life?

It's something I've thought about quite a bit for quite a while.

Almost all religions promise an After Life.

Spiritualists and Mystics espouse transforming from this Body of Life to another character in another Play of Life or to an animal that continues the journey of the previous flesh's spirit.

But what if this is it?

What if this Life is the end of Life?

Would it change how you Live this Life?

For many, the only way to maintain hope or better yet, sanity, in this Life is to look forward to the Next Life.

For reasons incomprehensible to me, they are looking forward to something they perceive will be better without focusing on enjoying what they have in the here and now.

I would contend that if all of humanity was faced with a fact and proof of No Life after Death, maybe just maybe, they would take care to do everything possible to get the most out of this Life.

That might include taking better care of the vessel they've been given for this one way journey, treating those around them better and preserving the environment around them, just to name a few things.

They might work less, play more and live and love beyond what they thought possible.

So ask yourself this question -

If I knew today that I have only One Life to Live, what would I do differently tomorrow?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Welcome to Texas!

Had to laugh at this because it is exactly where I am right now.

And speaking of where I am which is south Houston - it is f'g hot!!!

List of things I need to live my life away from home.

Set up at the Discovery Hotel!

There's no place like home but this is the best I can do till I get back there.

I Remember Everything... From a More Painful Time

Every time I get to this point in the ABQ airport, I remember how it was on April 2, 2016.

I was flying to Texas for a left knee total replacement surgery after having been through 3 months of crippling pain from that same knee.

The knee had degraded to the point where walking was incredibly painful but I thought I could make it through the airport without crutches or assistance.

I was wrong.

After exiting security, I got to this point and literally could not put any weight on my left leg at all.

I sat down in a chair at the Mexican restaurant on the left to try to gather my thoughts and figure out how I was gonna get down the long A gate corridor to my departure gate at the very end.

No big deal for someone that can walk.

But I couldn't.

I spotted a wheel chair across the aisle from where I was sitting and literally one leg hopped over to it with backpack and computer bag and started wheeling myself down that long A corridor.

I hadn't gone 50' when I heard a voice from behind me ask...

"Do you need some help?"

Now anybody that knows me knows I rarely ask for help but at this point I probably needed help more than any other time in my life.

"Yes - I am trying to get to gate A12 for my flight to Houston" was my reply.

My Good Samaritan got me there and was actually on the same flight and kept me company.

I arranged for assistance on the Houston end and the rest is History.

A year and 2 months later I am 10# heavier, almost all muscle, as my recent body composition test of 7.3% body fat confirmed.

I am happy, healthy, independent and almost completely pain free.

I am thankful that my Life of Activity and Independence was given back to me with the success of my left knee TKR but I still remember the pain I went through to get to this point and the day I couldn't take one more step.

I Remember Everything.

You don't know me!

It never ceases to amaze me how un-self aware (I just made up a new word!) many people are.

They live in their own little world of experiences, priorities, principles, morals, ethics, vices and virtues and assume that the rest of the world shares and practices their values.

And even worse, when you don't they try to convince or coerce you to "see the light" of their blessed life.

The problem with this whole premise is that truth and light is in the eye of the beholder and right and wrong in human behavior is incredibly subjective.

I genuinely try to put myself in the other person's shoes and mind, thoughts and values and understand their perspectives but sometimes it reaches a point where you realize there is a gap of understanding and life principles that will not be closed.

At that point, you just have to tell the other person, you know what....

You don't know me!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Protein on a Budget

That's 6.6# of protein for $27 - Salmon, Pork Chop and Ribeye -

A pound a day should last me for 7 days so about $4 a day for 100 - 125g of protein.

That's a protein plan most should be able to afford.