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watch a 3 year old run!!

Posted by Chad on July 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

No mistake, THAT'S how humans are supposed to run.  The more I watch my 3 year old play, the more clear it becomes.  That health and fitness is more than just climbing on a treadmill, or throwing some weights around to look "buff."


My wife brought our son into the gym this morning to play.  Yes, play, in the gym.  He swang on a low bar (he can't quite pull himself up yet) and he bounced on the bosu ball, and jumped for what he thought was "a long way."  He grabbed two dumbells and started pressing them over his head, then wanted to race from one wall to the other.  He finished off by doing some push ups, leg raises, and climbed up the incline bench and stood there--on top of the world!!


Sound like fun to you?  YEAH!!  Me too.  So why do we go through this "routine" all the time?  I know, one must do something similar to see if there is improvement.  Well, true.  If you start off with 20 push ups, at some point in the future, I hope you can do 50.  In the meantime, over the next 2-4 weeks, why don't you just play a little.  Pick a lift and practice it.  Pick a dive-bomber push up, and practice.  Grab a kettlebell, and do some swings before you run, then do some more swings, just for the hell of it.  THEN find a goal, and work towards it over the next 2-3 months.


Me?  I am cycling across the state again this year, for the first time in 5 years!  Oh, and I haven't ridden my bike hardly at all this year!  Time to get crackin!


Have fun with your work out...I mean PLAYTIME!



the last day!

Posted by Chad on June 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today is the last day of the first half of 2011.

Are you where you want to be????????????????????

If not, you have 182 days to make some goals, and reach some goals!!



tornado onslaught

Posted by Chad on April 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently in the south, there have been numerous tornado touchdowns that have caused damage and loss of life.  Now, it is very hard to survive a tree falling down on top of them, but can you fend for yourself and your family?  That is the question.


Do you know the necessary steps to be prepared in case of emergency weather?  Can you move, saw, cut, broken limbs and trees that may stand in the way of surviving tornadic activity?  If not, what are the limitations--strength, mobility, preparedness?  The next question to ask is, what do you do about those limitations?  Hope they never come up--the time you think this, is the time they will come knockin' on your door.

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My heart goes out to families in my neighborhood who lost homes, and even moreso to those who have lost loved ones.  It's been a terrible couple of weeks, and the summer has jsut started.  Hurricane season is up next.  Are you ready?

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Gather the tools to make yourself ready.  Mobility and mindful conditioning...above is your motivation...


cancer and exercise

Posted by Chad on February 4, 2011 at 6:06 AM Comments comments (0)

So, what do you do when you are undergoing chemo treatments?  Simply put, do what you can.  If it's a walk, go for one.  There is a fine line where exercise stimulates growth of good cells, or breaks down those cells.  That line is your call.  This will depend on your level of fitness before symptoms of the cancer hit.  If you did triathlon training, you may not be able to do the same training, but you should strive for doing more than someone going through chemo who rarely exercised.



The rules are very subjective, however the general rule applies to all.  Body movement helps.  Period.  Can't do 100 burpees?  Do 15, and call it a day.  When do you exercise?  When you can.  That first week after treatment if you can't get out of bed, don't.  Afterward, when you have walked around for a day or two, and you are feeling better, it's time to SQUAT!  Or LUNGE!  And PUSH UP!  As much as you feel comfortable doing.  Anything is better than nothing.  My wife can tell you that!!!


I saw this morning a woman walk in the gym with blond hair.  She went into the changing room, changed clothes, and forgot her hair!  In it's place was a bandana.  As she ran on the treadmill I remembered two things.  One:  what a great effort she is putting forth, not only the exercise, but just to walk out of the house.  Two:  as much as I tell people that the treadmill is not the way to become "fit," it just might be for her.


I want to thank this lady for reminding me of that, and I will the next time I see her.



Exercise for a charity.  Pick one...



a man to look up to--a little off topic

Posted by Chad on December 30, 2010 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Chuck Stone of whom this is written:

"Nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, Stone was inducted, in August 2004, by the NABJ into its Hall of Fame.[3] On March 29, 2007, Stone attended a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where he and the other veteran Tuskegee Airmen (or their widows) were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in recognition of the Airmen's service during World War II.[4]   According to his biography on the NABJ Web site, “Because of his reputation for integrity, Stone

became a trusted middleman between Philadelphia police and murder suspects, more than 75 of whom ‘surrendered’ to Stone rather than to the cops.”


Now, in light of pop stars, prima dona athletes, and celebrities, I say have your kid, especially if he/she is a minority, to look at a parent as a role model.  If the parent isn't someone worthy of this honor, how about this guy (pictured here with his wife):



Not long after I met my wife to be, we were walking across campus, and we happen to bump into Dr. Stone.  Now, I had met him a time or two, heard him speak.  I generally regarded him as an icon and role model and anytime I got the chance, I loved to hear what he had to say about any subject.  What I didn't know, was that he knew my girlfriend!!


She had managed a popular eatery downtown, and he stopped in there from time to time.  Dr. Stone and she had many conversations about race relations here in the US and abroad in Ireland, where my wife is from.  Actually, she informed me later that she learned more from Dr. Stone about race relations here in the US, and even more about Irish relations with the English, than she had ever learned in books!  Dr. Stone once told her that the Irish and the blacks have "a lot in common."  His words.


When we saw him that day, I asked about his wife, and mentioned that I thought I was very luck in holding the hand of the Irish lass next to me.  He informed me that he had "married up" and he hoped that I did the same!


Now, find your mate and find a good man or woman to look up to!



sorry it's been so long

Posted by Chad on December 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM Comments comments (0)

I have to apologize for having been AWOL for a couple of weeks.  Of course, good intentions are just those unless they are executed.


Of course, the reason is not so good.  My lovely wife has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma...again.  Yes it's come back.  Needless to say, those words from the doc were not welcome, were not expected (as she has no sypmtoms), and were not what we thought we would be telling our family and friends during her one year check-up for being in remission.


Again, though, the outlook is good.  With this regimen of chemo and a bone marrow transplant (they are harvesting her "good" bone marrow after chemo), the cancer should be kicked to the curb again!  Especially if my stubborn, lovely, with-a-will to-live-no-one-can-match, Irish wife has anything to do about it!


She starts after the new year, and goes until the bone marrow transplant is over and she is in remission.  This could take until May.


Keep her in your thoughts, prayers, good energy...we accept all who wish her well!  And for pete's sake, have a GREAT NEW YEAR!!!  You never know when you may not be able to enjoy it.  Give all your family and friends big hugs...



are we evolving?

Posted by Chad on December 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Don't believe in evolution?  Look what is happening before your eyes, folks.  We are evolving into obese, insulin insensitive, cancerous animals.  We weren't like this 100 years ago.  1000 years ago.  5000 years ago.


Now, the science of evolution vs. the grand design by God are two different things.  Yes, the Bible says God made man as his own image...but it doesn't say how, right?  Did it take thousands of years for man to evolve?  Maybe that's just what the Bible meant.  We don't know.


What we do know is that everything evolves, somehow.  Some animals die off due to climate change, predator change, prey change, disease change, dwelling change, etc.  It's not hard to see which one humans are dying from.



So yes, we are evolving, just like we have over the last 50,000 years.  Evolution's happening RIGHT NOW!  We better turn it back a notch, or else humans will be gone eventually.  Big pharma won't be able to keep up.  Or will they?  I don't want to take that chance.


Live like your ancestors did.



whate else are they not telling us?

Posted by Chad on December 3, 2010 at 7:01 AM Comments comments (0)

This guy resigned because enough was enough.  Is it your turn yet?


So is it not so far fetched an idea that if there are so many things about nutrition and health that they aren't telling us, could this global warming thing be a farce too?  I don't know.  What other subjects could we have been given bogus information, and our judgements of the truth were made on this information?


We already know that the FDA controls what goes into our mouths, both with food and this contradictory?  I am leaning toward the common sense side of yes.  When there is money involved, there's no holds barred...right?


For our children's sake I hope not.


play time!!

Posted by Chad on November 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

So each generation thinks that theirs was the 'golden age' of play when they were kids.  Are we headed down a bleek path?  If my generation thought that running and jumping and climbing was fun, and every generation before mine thought that as well, where are we headed?  I agree with this article that every generation has it's excuses for not going outside to play, but the technology from here on out is going to promote the decrease in activity, moreso than in any generation before.



The virtual world is slowly starting to outpace the activity in the real world.  We are losing our mobility, losing our connection to the Earth, and losing our minds at an ever earlier age.  You can't tell me that ths disconnect doesn't increase from one generation to the next.  It's happenning. before your kids don't want to anymore!



people, people...

Posted by Chad on November 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM Comments comments (0)

In the sensative manner I am trying to write about this, I will try to refrain from offending if I can.  Though I doubt that is possible in this case.


Standing behind 3 overweight women in line this past weekend, I couldn't help but overhear their conversation.  They were speaking of two approx 8 year old girls in front of them, apparently their daughters.  "Yeah the doc was telling me to start watching her weight and I don't know why.  She is about average for her age now, though she is good and solid, unlike (so and so) who gosh, she is just muscle and bone.  You can see her ribs.  She needs to eat more..."  And so the conversation went.


Uhm, the reason the doc was telling you to watch her weight was because he was looking at YOU!  And no, your child was not "average" as you called it...she was on the BAD side of PLUMP.  Besides, who wants to be an average size anyway?  Are the numbers of what is considered average not increasing?  Like our waistlines?!?!


I don't want to be average.  In any way, especially the weight that is considered good for my height...what a waste of time.


People.  Stop making excuses.  Big-boned?  I don't think so.  Now, are some people going to be bigger than others, sure.  That's just us as humans.  Some are sumo wrestlers, some are basketball centers, some are fly-halfs.  So be it...but DO NOT make excuses for why you or your child are obese.


Educate yourself...learn that the Bojangles sweet tea and fries and rice and biscuit and breaded fried chicken is not the best choice every week.