Monday, June 25, 2007

Living in the Moment

"Let go of your concerns about the speed at which time is passing, for time is nothing more than an arbitrary measure. What matters is what you do with each moment now as you live it.
Take your eyes off the clock and look instead toward your highest vision of what life can be. Fill the world with your own unique beauty, and go beyond the limits of time."

-- Ralph Marston

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Keep watermelons at room temperature

A June article in the IDEA Fitness Journal reported that melons stored at room temperature have substantially more nutrients than those refrigerated. The antioxidant in watermelon that gives it its flesh the red color is called lycopene, also found in ketchup. A Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter reported that refrigerated melons decay twice as fast as melons stored at room temperature.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Every moment of every day, life's energy is coming your way. Take it all in, and make it into something magnificent.
-- Ralph Marston

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hamstring Strength

Posterior chain muscles (i.e. glutes and hamstrings) are still neglected by far too many exercise enthusiasts. One of my favorite lower body exercises to target these areas is the Stiff-Legged Deadlift. "SLDLs" as they are often referred to cause some pretty decent muscle soreness (consider yourself warned), but are extremely effective. The following pictures take you through 1 repetition. There is also a link for a fantastic video demonstration. Enjoy and let me know what you think:

Monday, June 11, 2007

Cute couple

It's nice to take a minute once in a while and show off the people who make you smile. Check out my niece Hannah and I at my cousin's Christening last weekend:

Saturday, June 09, 2007

My Motivation for Today

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” Lance Armstrong

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Numbers of Extremely Obese Soar

According to a report from the journal "Public Health," the number of Americans with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 50 or more increased 75% between 2000 and 2005. In addition, the number of bariatric procedures, including stomach-stapling and stomach-bypass surgery, rose from 13,000 in 1998 to an estimated 200,000 last year.

While BMI does have its limitations, I still consider it a decent measuring tool amongst the general public. To calculate your BMI, visit the National Institute of Health (NIH) at the following address:

After calculating your BMI, use the following chart to determine your score:

BMI Categories:

Underweight = <18.5>
Normal Weight=18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25-29.9
Obesity= 30 or greater