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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.

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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Just to whet your appetite, I wanted to let everyone know that I will be posting an excellent break down of the Democratic debate that was broadcast on LOGO this past week. For all those unfamiliar with LOGO, it is a cable network geared towards homosexual men and women.

When I checked out their web page there is an ad on top for a dating service that states, “Gay Republicans Welcome (all three of you).” [I applaud them for making their own Match site instead of suing E-Harmony].

But this post isn’t simply to pimp MY OTHER BLOG. No. Okay, maybe a little. But the primary reason I am writing this is to drop some knowledge on you. In writing my recent post for my other blog I learned a few interesting things that you should know. Remember being forewarned is being forearmed…

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Create Goals, Engage Focus, and Gain Desire

Setting realistic goals isn’t just an exercise in penmanship. When you set goals you engage focus and gain desire. Without focus desires will run your life and send you in a thousand different directions- which usually amounts to going nowhere fast. You need goals to engage your focus, to center on that point on the horizon where you want to be. Your focus will breed desire to get to that point, to be that person, to live up to your potential.

How: Take today to create three goals, and harness your desires to become a better person.

Apply Honesty, Gain Perspective

Honesty usually isn’t hard when dealing with other people, but when dealing with our own actions and bad habits most have a habit of taking a less than honest approach. Too often we look at our failures and blame others, we look at our success and take all the credit. Can you be honest with yourself? If you can be honest with yourself, you will gain perspective. Perspective is the unique ability to look into your own life and see what you are doing right and wrong without resorting to the defense mechanisms of blame, excuse, and rationalizing.

How: Take some time at the end of the day and review your choices and decisions. Ferret out any excuses and rationalizations, assign blame or responsibility appropriately. Think about the causes and effects of your actions. In addition, find friends, family, and co-workers who have a vested interest in you and are willing to be honest with you.

Discover Core Values, Gain Traction

While your goals are limited and focused, you need to have core values that are open and broad in perspective. For example, while a good goal might be:

Lose 10lbs by September 30th, 2007,

a good core value might be:

To live a healthier lifestyle in how I eat, exercise, and how I handle stress.

Your core values create a checkpoint for future actions. Is that food something you want to eat? Should you be sitting on the couch or out running? Run these situations past your core values and you will find that you now have a light to guide your path. Core values and goals go hand in hand.

How: Look back on your life. What do you regret? What are your proud of? Find your core values and write them down, commit them to memory. Bring them together with your goals, and begin living a life with conscious direction.

Whenever I tried to lose weight in the past I always seemed to fail at the exact same time everyday- after dinner and before bed. Sometime between dinner and bed I would consume enough calories to cancel out any calories I cut during the day. It was never one big thing, but lots of little things. A handful of pretzel sticks, some goldfish (bag kind, not tank kind), a cookie or two, and the list goes on. I couldn’t seem to control my night time urge for these foods. So how do you break that bad habit?

Well here are a few strategies that worked for me. Some allow you to eat, some don’t. See what works for you.

First, consume lots of water during and after dinner. I try to drink somewhere between 4 and 6 cups of water during and after dinner.

Wanna take it to the next level? Try a low calorie (or no calorie) fiber additive like MetaMucil.

Second, keep your produce drawer stocked. So you want to eat, fine, eat some fruit. Grab a peach, a pear, a plum, an apple. You will probably be full long before you take in enough calories to sabotage your weight loss.

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