fitness and nutrition

I recently had an appointment with my primary physician. I’m happy to report that everything is OK. However, more important is what he said to me on his way out the door. “I don’t know what you’re doing,” he said, “but you look great.” At the risk of sounding vain, I was pleasantly surprised by his comment, but I know exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve been working out with Dr. Tim and following his suggestions for meal plans. It’s rather nice to know that my efforts are becoming noticeable. I’ve always known that I was making a difference to my strength and health, but knowing that it now...
As they say, he’s got a million of ‘em. By the way, who is “they” and why do we care what they say? But I digress… As we get to know Dr. Tim, we realize that he’s got his special sayings and mottos. Some are obvious, others are more subtle. One day during a conversation, he made the statement to me that “if you come, I can help you.” Seven simple words that on the surface seem innocuous; but when you think about them, there’s so much more. This is really a two-way street. On the one hand, what a relief it is to know that there is someone whose belief in helping is so strong that all you need...
How did it get to be the end of January already? It seems just days ago that I was sitting in a restaurant in the Midwest with 3 dear friends at the holidays. I was sipping a martini whilst feeling a tinge of guilt over the empty calories when one of my friends mentioned that I looked really fit. First of all, we all love each other, but we’re not prone to commenting on each other’s looks. Secondly, I was amazed that the state of my fitness was noticeable due to the heavy winter clothes I was wearing. Her comment made me think about some of the lessons that I’ve learned from Dr. Tim about...
All the Very Best Wishes for a Blessed, Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Happy New Year in 2009! Above and beyond the pleasant ritual of good will and best wishes, here’s wishing that you’ll have success facing the oncoming personal successes, and global successes and the inevitable personal and global difficulties that are certainly present, but not insurmountable. Human beings are great at coming out of adversity, having centuries of experience with wars, invasions, plagues, poverty, tyrants and tragedy. Life has always had devastation and life has always known celebration, to say the least…...
When I’m working out at the gym, I’m able to be very focused. It’s a pleasant chance to be on the other side of the decision-making process. Dr. Tim tells us what to do, and I just do it. This past week, he had a few of us doing a certain exercise that was really difficult for me due to a certain physical limitation of mine. I quietly did my best, but it was painful and disappointing at the same time. Dr. Tim was his usual encouraging self, without bringing undue attention to the situation. Still, I found myself near tears because it hurts more than muscles when your body won’t do what you...
It’s been a week of highs and lows for me. I spent the holiday weekend having a pity party, the reasons for which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say that I couldn’t wait for my Tuesday session with Dr. Tim. It was great, of course; but then he wanted us to get on the scale for a check-in. I was disappointed to see that I’d put on some weight. Dr. Tim reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat, but it was little consolation to me because we live in a world where numbers matter. I’m still wearing clothes that are two sizes smaller than before I started this journey, so I’m sure there’s...
Equipment When choosing equipment, less is always more. The simpler the better. Exercise equipment that is complex, expensive, sensational or surrounded by hype is usually a big waste of time, effort and often the users results. Fitness machine manufacturers design equipment with 2 things in mind, profitability and ease of marketing.They make machines for the masses not for the individual.I am not a fan of fixed, plate loaded machines. They are designed with general, fixed, uncomfortable and inappropriate specifications. As a Doctor, I find most machines are designed for men, with a large...
Peripheral neuropathyPeripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe disorders of your peripheral nervous system. Your peripheral nervous system includes nerves in your face, arms, legs, torso, and some nerves in your skull. In fact, all of your nerves not located in your central nervous system — which includes the brain and the spinal cord — are peripheral nerves. Neuropathies may affect just one nerve (mononeuropathy) or several nerves (polyneuropathy). Your nerves provide communication between your brain and your muscles, skin, internal organs and blood vessels. When damaged, your nerves...
Autumn has arrived and we all notice the changes that occur: changes in temperature, leaves changing color, fewer hours of daylight. Recently, I’ve been aware of other changes, too. It started with a magazine article that covered how to make certain life changes. This was followed by an episode of a weekly television show that dealt with life changes. (I was struck by one of the lines: Growth hurts.) The next day I went to the gym, and some of the furniture had been changed. My workout that night was different from any in the past: I used heavier free weights and a machine that I hadn’t used...

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