Tag Archives: Health

Spring Flowers in the Desert

Thought I’d take some shots of the flowers in my front and back yard and share them today – my spring flowers in the desert set from Flickr.

Coffee = Hot Dogs?

Remember how you felt when you found out what gets put in hot dogs? I discovered an… interesting… video this morning about why good coffee is good and great coffee is crap.

Relax

Friday afternoon I went home a bit earlier than normal, about three hours before my wife got home. I was thinking I might read or blog or something, but instead I did something a bit out of character – I spontaneously burst into chore mode. I had almost every weekend chore done by dinner time! As a result, I was able to spend far more time than usual relaxing on the weekend, especially Sunday.

Saturday I spent the morning helping out with a charitable rummage sale, but when we returned home I had a quick lunch, read for a bit, and then took a nice power nap. After the nap, I got my planner out and started working on plotting out the next couple of weeks, especially in regards to my upcoming vacation in San Francisco (woo hoo!). Later in the evening, I continued to read the book I’m working on, “Made To Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath, until it was time to fall unconscious.

Sunday morning was a nice leisurely pace with the newspaper, a plate of eggs and bacon, and a nice deep cup of coffee. We went to the gym in the latter part of the morning, and spent the remainder of the day bouncing between birthday parties… with a short reprieve in mid-afternoon for another power nap.

Great, rejuvinating weekend – my batteries are full for the week ahead.

Checking In

Believe it or not, I am writing blog posts. You just aren’t seeing them live yet. I posted a few things over at the Resolution Revolution today, but mostly I’m writing honking-long items that I want to “get right” before unleashing them on the blogosphere. I suspect they will be worth the wait.

So much of the immediate future is uncertain. Children, travel, money, health… a lot of unknowns in the near future that are big and sort of ominous and whatnot. I’m not crazy about having so much so far up in the air, with no real way to determine where it all might land yet. I know, that’s life, but it seems like lately it’s been a bit much.

Oh well, off to a Chinese New Year dinner with friends – yum! Happy New Year!

Working Out

I made it to the gym yesterday, my first day back in almost a year. It went surprisingly well. I did about 20 minutes of cardio and some weight lifting exercises for my back. My back is feeling it today in a way that is reassuringly painful, and the cardio goes by so much better when I load up the latest NPR “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” podcast on my iPod before heading down there.

Next workout will be tomorrow morning, as long as I can get out of bed at the same time I did this morning (so really, as long as I get to bed at a decent time this evening).

Genius Cocoa

I knew I was on to something with this hot cocoa thing!

Warm up with hot cocoa to help your brain as well as your frostbitten fingers. Chang Young Lee, professor of food chemistry at Cornell University, found that the antioxidant content of two tablespoons of pure cocoa powder is “almost two times stronger than red wine, two to three times stronger than green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea.” The antioxidants in hot cocoa protect brain cells from oxidative stress that can lead to Alzheimer’s and other disorders.

More on other brain foods here.

This Weekend I Sparked People

Another interesting web 2.0 experience I had this weekend was starting up an account at Spark People. This service reminds me a lot of Weight Watchers, except that instead of food being points, it tracks your calories and their breakdown (carbs, fat, protein) and, based on how you set things up at the start (who you are, your goals, etc.), it tells you what you should eat or avoid that day still. Further, it tracks many other health goals such as drinking enough water, exercise, etc. It’s easy, painless, and even fun – you get points for everything you accomplish, and then cash the points in for trophies of bigger and shinier quality. 🙂