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Click here, and give it a try.  Your recovery heart rate tells a lot more about you than your BMI ever could.  While the BMI is a lousy indicator of health (ranking anyone with either considerable height or muscle mass as either “overweight” or “obese”), your recovery heart rate is a pretty good judge of overall heart health regardless of your height, weight, or muscle tone.

All you need to do is take two heart rate measurements.  First, your heart rate IMMEDIATELY after the end of your workout.  Second, your heart rate two minutes after the first reading.  Simple enough, right?  Give it a shot, and if you don’t mind sharing post your results in the comments section.

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5. 10 minutes on the treadmill feels like an eternity. 10 minutes of sex often feels like it went by in less than 30 seconds.

4. In the gym you are usually surrounded by a bunch of overly muscled dudes grunting and straining. During sex, not only are you the most muscular guy in the room, the person doing the grunting is much prettier!

3. In aerobics class you are surrounded by 20 beautiful women who wouldn’t give you the time of day. During sex you have one woman so beautiful that you won’t remember what time of day it is.

2. Whenever you run the track it seems like you are getting nowhere fast. During sex you know you’re going nowhere (well at least no more than five feet in either direction) and you’re more than okay with that.

1. When you go to the gym after eating pizza you feel guilty for cheating on your diet. During sex you never feel guilty about the pizza, cookies, or cake you ate earlier because, quite frankly, you will have other more pleasant things on your mind.

Caveat: Sex is a wonderful blessing from God and should only be enjoyed within the bounds of marriage. While sex inside marriage is beautiful, pleasurable, and down right great exercise, sex outside of marriage often causes pain, the occasional venereal disease, and is usually too sporadic to count as good exercise. So enjoy- but only within good clean healthy moral limits. HA!

For those of you stuffy types that like to read book reviews, this post is for you.

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The best line in this particular review follows below:

The result is a history of American politics that stresses political commonalities, often at the cost of historical figures respectability—bespotting the memory of the great men of American history in much the same way pigeons alter public monuments.”

Catch the remainder below to see the full paper.

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This isn’t just another meme, this meme could save your life! Click Here to visit the American Heart Associations risk calculator for various horrible and scary diseases (heart disease, kidney disease, etc.). All you need to know in advance are your height, weight, age (be honest ladies), and blood pressure numbers.

Once you get to the site click on the “learn your risk” button.  Input the requested info and info out your risk factors.

So I’ll disclose my info.  When I started back in February I weighed 206.6 lbs with a B/P of 129/76.  My risk factors were:  1.7x greater risk for heart attack, 1.9x greater risk for stroke, 1.2x greater risk for kidney disease. 

Now I weigh about 167 with a B/P of 113/61 and my risk factors are a healthy 1.0x for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. 

So find out where you stand today.  If you don’t mind sharing, leave a comment and let me know how it turns out for you.   

I am sending this along to

Lady Rose

JohnisFit

Cranky Fitness

Fat Lady Singz

FatBloggers.Net

From the first bite I knew that today would be a much better day.  I was running late for my teaching job over at the community college.  I didn’t have any time even for the most rudimentary cereal- as per my normal routine- so I decided to grab one of my protein bars for review.

I ran out the door without even noticing which one I had taken.  About half way to work I realized I hadn’t eaten my breakfast yet, so I peeled back the wrapper noticing the bar was a Snickers.  I praised God for this bit of luck.  Based on the name alone I had some pretty big hopes as far as taste goes.

I wasn’t let down.  Gosh, I was amazed.  It tasted pretty much JUST LIKE a Snickers bar.  A definite 4.5 out of 5 stars on taste.  The texture was good and there was no nasty after taste- unlike some bars I could mention.

But now we get to the big question.  How healthy is it?  Well the 21g of protein are good (much of which comes from Whey), but the sugars are up around 20g.  The ingredient list is not great, but it is acceptable.  I would definitely save this bar for days when you plan on hitting the street and the weights in the same day OR as a meal replacement bar.

So here are the overall stats

Taste: 4.5 out of 5  (nothing is perfect)

Health: 3.5 out of 5 (some corn syrup and other things I am usually not to fond of)

Protein Content: 4 out of 5 (this has that dreaded soy, but at least you can’t taste it)

It’s been a while since someone asked, but I finally got around to it.  Over the next week or two I will be posting reviews on protein bars.  I have selected five brands, all of which are available at Wal-mart.  After all, no sense in me reviewing bars you can’t find anywhere.

The competitors are….

Snickers Marathon Protein Bar: 290 calories; 9g fat; 40g carbs (11g fiber, 20g sugar); 21g protein. Caramel Nut Rush.

PowerBar Protein Plus:  290 calories; 6g fat; 37g carbs (2g fiber, 18g sugar); 23 protein.  Chocolate Crisp.

Meso-Tech Complete:  340 calories; 9g fat; 40g carbs (1g fiber, 26g sugar); 25g protein.  Cookies & Cream.

ThinkThin:  240 calories; 8g fat; 27g carbs (1g fiber, 15 sugar alcohol); 20g protein.  Chocolate fudge and Brownie Crunch.

MLO Sports Nutrition EXTREME: 370 calories; 8g fat; 44g carbs (2g fiber, 29g sugar); 30g protein (W/ 5g Creatine).  Peanut Butter.

Now to see how they taste.  I have a feeling this will be an interesting experience.

Here it is, as simply as I can put it:

Indulgence days aren’t optional, they are essential!

Yeah, I know, you’ve spent the last few months (or years) carefully watching every calorie lest you eat 1 calorie too much.  And this might seem counter-intuitive, but trust me on this.  I stumbled on this by accident.

As many of you know I was stuck somewhere between 168.5 and 170.5 for about 70 days or so.  I also had no change in either muscle growth or waist shrinkage.  Both numbers remained the same for that 70 day period.

Last week, as I had company in town, I ended up taking two days off my diet for the sake of convenience.  Keep in mind I DID NOT take off time from my workouts.  On the first night I ate three VERY large slices of pizza and a few garlic knots, and on the second night I ate a delicious Checkers’ burger with small fries.  Sure, on those nights I weighed in at about 170.2, but I felt fine and my waist measurement never went up.

The next day I got back to basics and stuck with my meal plan and ran through a good resistance training workout and a short cardio session (part walk, part interval training).

The next day I rested and ate well.

On the fourth day I stepped on the scale…

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