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My dog’s recent surgery has been eye opening for me in many ways- some of which are totally unexpected.  For example, my experience (well Kane’s too) has led me to create mental parallels between the treatment Kane and I received from the NC State vet school (and vets in general) with the treatment I received from “people doctors” when I encountered health difficulties.

Note: My own past health problems include and appendectomy and severe (and undiagnosed) intestinal problem that caused me to lose almost 35 pounds in about 30 or so days- this was due to a combination of throwing up everything I ate and pretty much not eating a single thing except for a few small handfuls of cheerios occasionally.  During these two significant events in my life I dealt with about 7 doctors, a surgeon, and two hospitals.

The only reason I thought about this is because there is a stark difference in the way I was treated by people doctors and the way Kane was treated by his doctors at the vet school.

The Animal Hospital Experience

Ever since I first brought Kane to the NC State vet school I have been treated with respect, kindness, genuine concern, and patience. (more…)

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In the category of “D’uh!.” In the wake of Tim Russert’s heart attack the belief that “if we do everything right — eat healthy, exercise, undergo diligent screening, and get all of our numbers lined up in ideal ranges — that we can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes and forestall premature death” is taking quite a few hits.  [1]  While these methods are helpful they are not foolproof guarantees.  Then again, what in life is guaranteed other than death and taxes?

Are you a Metabo? You might ask what is Metabo?  Metabo is another name for a person who is presumed to suffer from Metabolic Syndrome.  And for those too lazy to click on the link here is a definition:

Metabolic syndrome is a compilation of risk factorswaist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglyceride and blood lipids (cholesterol). Some say that the more of these indices that are “high,” the greater the risk for heart disease. [Metabo- Is a Small Waistline a Measure of Health?]

The author poses a question that provokes some…interesting…imagery

Is a smaller belt size to prevent heart disease like going braless to reduce risks for breast cancer? [Metabo- Is a Small Waistline a Measure of Health?]

The article also contains this gem which is too good to pass up. (more…)

For your enjoyment and benefit, the following is a brief reference guide to help you learn the importance of avoiding debt, how to save (regardless of your income), and and how to save painlessly (and for the masochists- painfully).  (more…)

If you look to your left you will see a neat new widget for Google Chat.  That way, if I happen to be online, and you are bored or have a question I might be able to answer, you can just click the link and a conversation is only seconds away.

Second, I have started an excel program to chart my daily progress.  I will be posting the sheets on a new blog page for all to see.  That way you can see what I am doing, and maybe find some things you want to copy or even bring to my attention some mistakes I am making.  Yes, I used to post everything directly into a post- I know- but that process was far too long and inefficient.

I hope you enjoy these two new editions to the Total Transformation blog.

Today is a slow day for blogging, and I am phoning it in with this “Best Of” list based on your votes (well your clicks). According to your visits these are my top ten posts of ALL TIME (well, since February)…

10. Ask John. The place where if you have questions I might have answers. I make no guarantees about the quality of those answers.

9. Training for Ninja Warrior. Well by now most of you know I am training to compete on Ninja Warrior. This goal has a large impact on how I train my body. Admittedly, there is a lot more I need to do to get ready for the show.

8. Warning: Cute Baby Pictures. My amazing daughter being cute.

7. The Double F Workout. Don’t do this unless there are no kids around or you bring your own child. Otherwise you look creepy.

6. My Unconventional Weight Loss Tools. Cheap stuff, made easy, and it works well to drop the pounds and build up muscle.

5. Weight Loss Tracking Chart. I have no clue why so many people visit this post.

4. Photo Evidence. Something about me shirtless seems to drive up hits to this blog. Weird.

3. Sexercise. The title says it all.

2. How Many Push-ups Does it Take to get to the Center of an Awesome Body? I am not sure why this is so popular. I am especially curious how this is more popular than sexercise?!

And the number one page of all time on this blog….

1. Update: Before and After Pictures. I would like to think it is my tan body or my handsome face that brings in all the visitors, but I am pretty sure it is the term “before and after” that keeps them coming.

A brilliant and humble man recently wrote an excellent article on how to build more muscle in less time.  Yeah, for all you dinosaurs out there who think you need to be in the weight room for over an hour, please read up.  You can be in and out in less than twenty and perform a higher quality workout.

How so?  Well, have your tried multi-joint exercises?  Here are some benefits of multi-joint exercises…

1. Multi-joint exercises are more anabolic. Meaning your body will produce more of the hormones you need in order to grow muscle and burn calories.

2.  Multi-joint exercises build real world strength.  Ever need to move a wheel barrel, carry a heavy rock, push your car after it broke down?  All of these activities require you to utilize multiple joints and muscle groups.

3.  Multi-joint exercises burn more calories as they incorporate multiple muscle groups at the same time.

Click here and read more!

Warning: The above article link contains excessive amounts of sarcasm that might be toxic to the overly refined sense of humor. 

Protein Bar Review Number 3

Men’s Health fitness challenge retest- assuming my shoulder doesn’t give me problems.  Right now it is much better than yesterday, but I still have a lingering soreness.

BTW, I one thought a sore throat was the worst pain possible.  I have learned something worse.  Two days ago I was chewing some tasty food vigorously and bit the tip of my tongue pretty bad.  Now, even though it has healed back together, every time my tongue touches ANYTHING it hurts like all can be.   I have been carrying a bottle of Cloraseptic with me everywhere I go and spraying it on the end of my tongue about every ten minutes to numb the pain.  The hasn’t been a very good Labor day three day weekend, in case you couldn’t tell.  HA!

See you tomorrow!  May God bless your day.