if it doesn’t hurt

July 28th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

if it doesn’t hurt it’s not working.

Welcome home Carson!!

January 21st, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Carson is finally home. Almost 100% and much better than when he was home last. It’s good to have him home. The house was so empty with him gone.

The nurse said he’s healing well and quickly, he’ll be doing physical therapy in two weeks and will have the stitches removed then as well. He should be just about back to normal after 5 or so weeks they say. We bought a special halter to assist him when he goes up and down stairs.

so nervous…

January 18th, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

Jason recently took Carson to Southpaws Veterinary Center in order to see a hip specialist after we noticed Carson limping more than usual and avoiding putting pressure on his back legs, especially his rear right. Jason was told Carson tore both ACLs in his rear legs, an 80% tear in his right leg and a 20% tear in his left leg. The Dr. highly recommended we do surgery on Carson’s rear right as soon as possible so that the scar tissue doesn’t get any worse than it already is. Carson is no longer able to go up the three flights to get to our condo so Jason has been carrying him (70lbs) every morning and every night.
On the one hand I’m excited we’re doing this because Carson will be able to run and play and have fun again. He knows he is unable to run and as a result is really depressed. On the other hand I am extremely nervous. I want everything to go well and for Carson to be his normal 10 year old puppeh-like-self. I’ve had experience (through my parents) in the past with dropping a good deal of money on a pet only to lose them shortly afterward and am so terrified that (knocks on wood) this could repeat itself. I’m crossing my fingers and praying that this won’t happen but I can’t help hearing that voice in the back of my mind.
On Wednesday please keep Carson in your thoughts and prayers. Some will say he’s just a dog, just an animal, but to Jason and I he’s our little boy.

good lawd!

January 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I need to get this back. Time to sign up for a ballet class, get a road bike, do some squats, whatever.


eMedExpert Blog » How To Lose Belly Fat: 5 Key Secrets

January 16th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

tummeh fat
While putting on weight in general can have negative effects on your health, abdominal weight gain (visceral fat) is particularly unhealthy. Since visceral fat is buried deep in your abdomen, it may seem like a difficult target for spot reduction. But this fat is actually quite sensitive to exercise and calorie reduction.

eMedExpert Blog » How To Lose Belly Fat: 5 Key Secrets.

the magical vitamin b12

February 11th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

vitamin b-12
I’ve always wondered about vitamin b12 and recently came across a blog entry about it over on fitsugar

Here’s what they had to say about it:
“Why do we need B12? It’s necessary to maintain healthy nerves, red blood cells, and to metabolize protein. Your body needs about 2.4 mcg of B12 a day, and since your body can store several years’ worth of this vitamin, a deficiency is rare unless you’re not getting it in your diet.”

A blurb from wiki:
“Vitamin B-12 is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting the DNA synthesis and regulation but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.”

Here’s a list of foods high in vitamin b12:
Food — Amount — Amount of B12
Chicken breast — 1 piece — .6 mcg
Turkey (dark meat) — 3 ounces — .3 mcg
Shellfish — 3 ounces — 84 mcg (whoa!)
Shrimp — 3 ounces — 1 mcg
Trout — 3 ounces — 5.4 mcg
Haddock — 3 ounces — 1.2 mcg
Tuna — 3 ounces — 1 mcg
Pork — 3 ounces — .6 mcg
Beef — 3 ounces — 2.4 mcg
Plain yogurt — 1 cup — 1.4 mcg
Milk — 1 cup — .9 mcg
Cheddar cheese — 1 ounce — .2 mcg
Egg — 1 whole — .6 mcg
Red Star nutritional yeast — 1 tbsp — 4 mcg
Fortified cereal — 1/2 cup — 2.4 mcg
Fortified soy milk — 1 cup — 1.2 mcg
Tempeh — 1 cup — .1 mcg

One interesting bit I found when trying to find out how vegan’s get their b12 supplement considering the b12 generally comes from some kind of animal or the feces of animals. Here’s a blurb from wiki that I found useful, “Plants only supply B-12 to humans when the soil containing B-12-producing microorganisms has not been washed from them. Vegan humans who eat only washed vegetables and have minimal intake of feces, must take special care to supplement their diets accordingly. According to the U.K. Vegan Society, the only reliable vegans sources of B-12 are foods fortified with B-12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B-12 supplements.[21] Fortified breakfast cereals are a particularly valuable source of vitamin B-12 for vegetarians and vegans.”

hula hoop workout!

February 6th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

hula hoop workout
once I get a hula hoop I’m trying this. maybe it’ll work so well I could get Jason to try it too (;


1. March in place for 3 minutes to warm up.

2. Spin the hoop around your hips for 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed slightly to left. Stand the hoop on the floor next to your left foot, and hold the top of the hoop with your left hand. Lift your right leg to the side (to hip height or as high as you can); at the same time, roll the hoop away from your body, and extend your right arm overhead. Do two sets of 12 repetitions on each side.
4. Spin the hoop around your hips for 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes forward and hands holding the hoop in steering-wheel position. Lift your right leg to the side twice while turning the hoop to the right. Next, lift your left leg to the side twice while turning the hoop to the left. (That’s one rep.) Do two sets of 12 repetitions.

6. Spin the hoop around your hips for 3 to 5 minutes.

7. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes forward. Hold the hoop in your hands in steering-wheel position. Turn your body left slightly, and extend your right arm across your body to touch the left side of the hoop. As you do this, come up on the toe of your right foot. Repeat on the opposite side. (That’s one rep.) Do two sets of 12 repetitions.

8. Spin the hoop around your hips for 3 to 5 minutes.

9. Lie face up on floor, legs raised at a 90-degree angle. Hold the hoop in your left hand, and place your feet lightly on the lower part of the hoop. Place your right hand behind your head. Lifting your shoulder blades off the floor slightly (your lower back shouldn’t move), lower your legs until they’re a few inches off the floor. Return slowly to starting position. Do two sets of 12 repetitions, switching sides for the second set.

10. March in place for 3 minutes to cool down. (Don’t forget to stretch.)

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