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Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well  —  making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor.
   —  Sheldon Solomon
Skidmore College
From Alice Park’s article: “Alzheimer’s From A New Angle
In Time Magazine, February 22-29, 2016
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Slogging

I just felt like hitting the bricks for a while, so I went for a VERY slow initial jog.  Hil was a bit concerned because I’ve had so many episodes of palpitations lately, but I got through it.  Weighed myself this morning – 350lbs.
Four(4) laps around the school yard.  Maybe, one(1) mile.  Five minutes of stretching afterwards and twenty-five incline push-ups.  Maybe a total of 30 minutes.  It felt good afterwards.  We’ll see how I feel tomorrow…  LOL!
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Despite a multitude of temptations, I’ve made it through another day.  (Does anyone else begin to salivate at the smell of freshly microwaved popcorn in their work environment?)  Today’s morning weight was 332 lbs.  That’s down about 10 lbs from Sunday (the day before I started the blending fast).  That sounds good for just four days of juicing, until you remember a full belly is about 5 to 7 lbs and excess water retention is another 2 or 3 lbs.  So, 10 lbs is about right for four days of no chewing.  More good news:  I’ve also lost an inch on my waist – as judged by my belt.
The hardest part so far has been a severe kidney pain flair up Tuesday at work.  It was so painful I had to leave work mid-day and come home.  I drank lots of extra water (with lemon concentrate) and stayed off on Wednesday.  I was back at work today, but I feel pretty bruised inside on my right side.  Sometimes kidney stones are like a light switch and as soon as it moves from where it’s hurting you, you are suddenly pain free.  Other times, it’s like today, where it aches.  Still, that is much better than excruciating pain.
For whatever reason, this batch of “juice” isn’t nearly as acidic as some of the batches I’ve made in the past.  Sometimes, I almost get the feeling the juice is burning the lining of my mouth.  Then I have to wash it down more frequently with plain water (which I always keep handy).  It works, but it means having to “go” even more frequently.
I’ve not been hungry so far, but I have gone through the caffeine withdrawal headache phase.  The problem is when I do come off the fast I know I’ll be right back on the java.  I’m afraid it’s one of my last personal allowances and I’ll give up chocolate and salt before I give up my hot coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Well, the weekend is fast approaching and so a young man’s fancy turns to “Widow-maker” pizzas and BBQ ribs…  Just kidding.  4 down and 26 to go…  After that, who knows.  My better half is already planning the mostly meatless remainder of my life.  Keep me in your prayers.
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We sometimes forget the importance of what motivates people, and it’s relationships.  You just have to care about people, and that’s something anyone can do.
   —  Dr. Monica Peek
As quoted by Mandy Oaklander
In her article: “The Diet Prescription
Time Magazine, 25 January 2016
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Today is the end of day 2 of my blending fast.  Basically, I run a bunch of (mostly) vegetables through a juicer, then I take a blender to the roughage and add juice, beans, some walnuts and a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds.  The vegies were: 2 bunches of kale, 2 bunches of spinach, 2 bunches of celery, 1 red onion, a half-pound of frozen broccoli, 1 avocado and 2 large (18 inch) cucumbers.  The juices were: pineapple, apple, Naked Green Machine, Bolthouse Carrot juice and about 4 fluid ounces of lemon concentrate.  Most times, I’ll through in bananas, tomatoes and some frozen mixed fruit, but I didn’t in this batch.   I make seven 64 FL OZ bottles of blend, which tends to last me from four to six days depending on what else I mix in during the week.  Sometimes it’s just 4 oz. of lemon concentrate in 60 oz. of water.  Sometimes I’ll mix in a bottle of cranberry or one of the other “Naked” juices.
When I did my first juice fast a couple of years ago, I lasted about 10 days on “just” juice.  Then I got tired of feeling like I was wasting all the perfectly good roughage.  I also found by including the roughage I didn’t have to worry about enemas or hemorrhoids.
My longest blend fast was 21 days, which I’ve done twice.  I’ve also done a hand full of less than a week.  I’m not good at coping with more than one “big” thing at a time, so if my heart (AFib) or kidneys (stones) flare up, I pretty much drop the fast and just try to feel better.  Of course, this results in a weight yo-yoing, but it is what it is.  My goal this time is 30 days.  As this is only day 2, it feels like a long ways off, but in the grand scheme of things it’s only ’til the end of April.  So, we’ll see…
Sunday night (before I started), I weighed in at 342lbs.  My waist is 50 inches.  I am compulsive so I will weigh myself everyday.  I know I’m not supposed to, but like I said, I don’t like to fight on more than one front at the same time, so for now I’ll blend and I’ll worry about my obsessive behavior later.  I’m walking 30 – 45 minutes each day and after about a week, I plan to start adding in a bit more vigorous exercise.  (But again, one thing at a time.)
Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers (or positive thoughts).
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If your goal is to improve your health, studies in recent years have consistently indicated that you get the most benefit when you go from no exercise at all to exercising moderately.  Starting with Steve Blair’s classic study “Physical Fitness and All-Cause Mortality” (1989), a convincing body of research has emerged in support of the observation that most of the health benefit probably occurs from just mild exercise, not necessarily from the most arduous workouts.
The good news is that what the researches call moderate exercise really is moderate.  Most health benefits seem to accrue if you simply walk briskly for about 20 to 30 minutes a day, covering a mile in 15 to 20 minutes, or ride a bike at a modest pace.  You can take three 10-minute walks a day, or you can ride a bike for 20 minutes and walk for 10.  …  Almost any physical activity will suffice, and there is no need to push yourself till you’re out of breath, gasping for air.  You don’t have to return from your session soaked in sweat.  Yes, you do get a slight extra benefit from exercising a little harder or a little longer, but that extra benefit is small compared to the benefit you apparently get from just doing moderate exercise.
  —  Gina Kolata
Quoted from her book: “Ultimate Fitness
[As simple as it sounds, just get up and get started…  —  KMAB]
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“Ah, the truth about exercise?”  He replies, “Well, I suspect that exercise is more often a marker of health than its cause — healthy people like to exercise more than unhealthy people to start with.  And the real value of it is not in terms of abstract health benefits like longevity —  and extra few hours or maybe months —  but because it feels good when you do it or when it’s over.  To hell with Hygeia; the truth lies in pleasure.”
   —  Dr. Richard Friedman
As quoted by Gina Kolata in her book: “Ultimate Fitness: The Quest For Truth About Exercise And Health
[For my review of this very interesting book, click: Into The Dark…   And for those of you wondering, Hygeia is the Greek goddess of health.  —  KMAB]
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