Monday, September 26, 2005

Soda Addiction - Part IV

Today is day 5 with no Dr. Pepper. It’s now considerably easier to get through the day. The headaches are minimal and don’t really interfere with my day to day activities. I have not taken any diet pills for a couple days now. My mood is much better too; I’m less reclusive and more outgoing.

Energy levels are still down a bit. I think that is understandable considering the amount of sugar my body was dependant upon. I assume that this will level out, but I’m not really sure. I think the key here is to remember to eat. Before, I could skip a meal or two because I had calories coming in from Dr. Pepper. Now, the only caloric intake I have is from my meals. I eat much more often. I’m eating at least 6 small meals a day. I have a cache of granola bars and energy bars when I need an extra boost.

I have been a little dehydrated. I noticed that during last night’s cardio, I went through three 20 oz. bottles of water. I usually only go through one.

I still crave Dr. Pepper, but I think the craving is more psychological then physical. I really think the soda was security blanket of sorts. I always had a soda in my hand, and I think that gave my hands and brain something to do.

According to the scale, I will loose about 1.8 lbs this week. That’s good news.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Perfect Home Gym

I bought The Men’s’ Health Hard-body plan – The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle. I haven’t started the workout plan included in the book, but I’ve been reading the book for the last week. The reference section in the back of the book has a section called “How to Create the Ultimate Workout Space – The Perfect Home Gym”. I was really pleased that my home gym nearly meets their approval.

Click here to see a photo of my home gym.

This is what it says:

  1. A few full length mirrors on the walls. I have two.
  2. Boom Box. I don’t have this, but I listen to my MD player with wireless headphones.
  3. Six of your favorite enlivening, make-you-wanna boogie CD’s. I have about a dozen MD disks.
  4. Fan. I have an Air Conditioner.
  5. Fridge with case of sports drinks. This is not in my gym, but my fridge in my kitchen has this.
    Hook for towels. Yep.
  6. Chair for rest breaks. Yep.
  7. Padded carpeting on floor, or rubber gym flooring. Yep.
  8. No Phones. Yep.
  9. Wall Clock with second hand. I have a large nuclear clock with a digital second display.
  10. TV and VCR. I have a 17” TV mounted on the wall with a DVD player and a DISH Network receiver. I workout watching MUN2. This is by far the best workout TV you can find.
  11. Jump Rope – Yep.
  12. Exercise Bike. I have an Iron man 220R.
  13. Stairmaster. I don’t have a Stairmaster, but I do have a Keys Fitness Health Trainer Elliptical machine.
  14. Concept II rowing machine. I bought this a year ago. Hands down the best cardio workout you will ever, ever, ever get. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
  15. Treadmill. This was the first piece of equipment that I bought. It’s now almost 10 years old, but works great.
  16. Swiss Ball. Yep. If you use the Swiss Ball right, it will really kick your ass. If you don’t have anything at all, I really believe that this should be the first piece of equipment you buy.
  17. Pull-up Bar. I have a vertical knee raise machine that includes a pull-up bar and a punching bag and Dip Bar.
  18. Dip Bar. It’s on the vertical knee raise machine
  19. Light posters on the wall. I don’t have anything on the wall.
  20. Good Lighting. I have good lighting, but I like to keep it dark when I work out. I have tube lighting running around the floor and walls.
  21. Whiteboard. Nope. I don’t have this.
  22. Air Filter – Yep.
  23. Water Cooler – Nope. I always have lots of water in the fridge.
  24. Scale. Yep. My scale also measures BFI.
  25. Extra workout clothes. Nope.
  26. Measuring Tape. Yep.
  27. Legal Pad for notes. Yep.
  28. Corner Sauna or hot tub. I have a hot tub in the back. I use it almost daily after I work out.
  29. Shower. My wife won’t let me use the bathroom connected to the master bedroom. That’s her bathroom. I use the guest bath and it is right next to the room I use for the gym.
  30. Towels.

Weight Training Equipment:

  1. One Bar. Nope
  2. One Set of Weights. I don’t use the bar. I have a body-solid home gym that I use for most of my resistance workouts.
  3. One easy curl bar. Yep.
  4. Two Collars. Nope.
  5. Six Pair of Dumbbells. Pairs of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35. Yep.
  6. Good Quality Bench. Yep.
  7. Set of Squat Racks. Nope
  8. Smith Machine. Nope
  9. Hyperextension Machine. Nope.
  10. Incline board. Yep.

I don’t have the heavy weights, but in place of that I have the home gym which enables me to duplicate almost all bar workouts with. It’s not the best, but I’m not a body-builder. I just want to look good and stay in shape. The machine works well for my needs. The dumbbells and easy curl bar meets my needs in regard to free weights.

Mom and Lung Cancer

I’ve been thinking about my Mom today.  My mother had a fast and furious bought with cancer.  She passed away 3 weeks ago today.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 39 days before she passed.  

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Non-Small Cell lung cancer, my heart goes out to you.  The only sign that she had cancer was her voice had changed an octave or two higher than normal.  Her first doctor had told her she had pinched a nerve in her back.  She went in a few days later, and the emergency doctor referred her to an oncologist after he had taken some X-rays.  

My mother chose not to fight the cancer using standard chemo and radiation treatments.  I know that there were family members that thought this was the wrong decision.  My mother sought homeopathic treatments instead.  My mom was always eccentric, and had to do things her way.

My mom made the right decision in this, because it was her decision to make. It is what she wanted.  It made her feel more in control. In the end, all you have is your dignity.

It was important to me to support her in this decision.  I encouraged my brothers and sisters to support her as well.  In her presence everyone was always positive.  

How can you be positive when facing immanent death?  You do this one day at a time.  Today we can help you with your pain.  Today we can get you more comfortable.  Today we can make you laugh.  Today…  That is all you can count on.

Stage 4 lung cancer will kill you. I repeat this to express my point.  Stage 4 lung cancer will kill you.  The average life span of untreated stage 4 lung cancer is about 4 months.  If you treat it, the average life span is 7 months.

If you know someone who is going through this, make sure their today is as good as you can make it.  


Soda Addiction - Part III

This is day 4 with no Dr. Pepper. I have to say that it is getting better. The headaches weren’t so bad today; I only took one diet pill. I was not as hungry today, as I have been in the last few days. I think my body is adjusting to the lower caloric intake. I started my cardio workout tonight, but my muscles hurt almost immediately. This usually tells me that I need more energy. I stopped and ate a granola bar, waited 15 minutes, and then started back up again. That gave me the energy I needed and I was able to do the 45 minutes of cardio with no problem. I do notice that I’m drinking a lot more water. I’m going through about six 21oz bottles a day.