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Found On The Road To Yosemite!

4 Aug

My wife and I drove to Yosemite and stopped the night in Mammoth so we could have a shorter drive the next morning and enter the park from the north. She considers the “top” entrance a feast for the eyes. I’ll share more in a future post.

We both enjoyed a radio station from Mammoth that I would call a feast for the ears!

I hope you like it.

Here’s KMMT:

Listen To KMMT Now!

Hit The Gym Before I’m Stranded

27 May

My wife and I just got back from a great workout at L.A. Fitness. We both had our new fat-burning bar before we left and I just had some electrolyte drink before I sat down to write. Later my wife and son will take both cars and I’ll be “stranded”.

So today I decided to do it right and I weighed myself before my 55 minutes on the elliptical trainer. Wow. 287.

We all have to start somewhere.

I got into a conversation with Bruce, a retired coach, who has been following the same regimen for 11 months. He looks to be in great shape and I wondered if he was in the military or retired from it. He definitely has short hair and is soft-spoken. I told him I thought maybe he was a colonel.

We’ll probably talk again as my guess is he’s a regular and I’ll be soon.

Yesterday I was reading about adenosine and the human body. It’s pretty amazing what some people have discovered. I think a lot of people can’t relate to what it takes to make these kinds of breakthroughs. I’m going to reread the material, but I think the professor who came up with this fat-burning bar spent 17 years developing it.

If you’re an average, non-academic person you probably haven’t heard of stuff like this or you’re skeptical.

But, how many of us have spent that long trying to figure something out? And I don’t mean marriage or parenthood or faith. I mean concentrated effort for a very long time to figure out how humans burn fat or create heat in certain conditions and whether or not we can alter that in a safe way.

That’s some serious science. This isn’t sociology (No offense, Kraig and others.)

How the human body works in specific areas has been something of a mystery to me. Probably to you, too.

Many of us have had biology and know about cells and getting Vitamin D from the sun (though I had to look it up to make sure I had the right vitamin – I didn’t) and information along those lines. When you get too specific I couldn’t tell you very much about vitamins and minerals except what others have told me. And then you have to stop and think, “Are they right?”

Look what I found in Wikipedia (Bear with me as I trust it in this case) – Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate.

I don’t know what a secosteroid is but I can look it up. I don’t think that’s the most important thing here, though.

I really enjoy when I found out what something DOES and HOW it works.

Vitamin D is responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. (Yes. I will look it up somewhere else to be sure at some point.)

So what does this have to do with the bar my wife and I ate before we worked out today?

I’m still learning, but by consuming the fat-burning bar we started our body burning the calories in the bar and then we started burning fat earlier than our bodies would have otherwise.

Apparently, it also lessens the “burn” from the workout.

I know that this is just the first time and I’m sure some or a lot of it was water, but I weighed myself after my workout with the same stuff in my pockets on the same scale in the men’s locker room and I weighed 284. 55 minute workout. 3 pounds DOWN! I’m pretty sure the ingredients are pure stuff, too.

I even like the taste!

Hopefully, Bruce and I (and you?) will compare our progress as time goes by. It’s too soon to tell, but maybe, just maybe, we might develop some little bit of community or neighborhood.

I believe it’s ok for me to say, “I’m lovin’ it!” even though I have only rarely eaten at that iconic place for decades.

Oh, yeah.

Contact me if you want to burn more fat faster. My phone number is on my Facebook public figure page and there’s a huge link down the right side of this blog.

Creative Community In Las Vegas

24 May

I just found this article from the New York Times Magazine late last year. People are intentionally building better communities and neighborhoods all over the world. Creative change in a neighborhood, community, city or county make take many different forms.

Tony Hsieh (pronounced SHAY), CEO of Zappos, is the driving force behind changing a community in Las Vegas. Read about it here.

Walkable 101: The Basics

2 May

The following is directly from Walklive.org.

[I’ll be adding their video to the right side of Nuts & Bolts Neighborhoods as it becomes available.]

What is walkability and why is it important to create walkable streets and livable towns? Learn how your community can become better connected, more prosperous, more sustainable and healthier through streets that support active living.

Walkable Community Videos

If You Have Ever Attended Church, Read This Book!

30 Apr

A few weeks ago I mentioned a former pastor and I had a really great time this last weekend on retreat (actually, they called it The Men’s Advance) with men from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and his church, Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, and a couple smaller groups. Ken Blanchard was the speaker and he was great. I took his stuff to Temecula for a friend to take a look at. I believe I’ll make good use of it in the coming months.

Yet an interesting thing happened with a book that was recommended to me before I attended this awesome retreat, er, advance. I read some of it at Whispering Winds last weekend. I think this book may be the most impactful thing I’ve read in a long, long time.

I spoke with a friend from church, John, about a man named Bob that our family knew since I was little. He was a real friend to our family. He stepped in front of a train last year and I was having some feelings popping up that I didn’t expect. I don’t know whether he recommended this book specifically because of my feelings about Bob’s physical pain leading up to his decision to end his life or if John simply thought I could use it after our conversation.

That book is The Cure and I highly recommend it.

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