Friday, March 14, 2008
       

Journal / My Abs (before and after) / Organic Food co-op

well, not much is going on in my life right now. I'm just a little bummed because I tried to register for a
couple of web classes (Dream Weaver and Flash), and they were all closed. Even the waiting list was
closed. So then I thought maybe I could learn about film making and wanted to take a class at the Echo
Park Film Center, but the session had already started. Too bad because I love to learn. I have two jobs,
and in my spare time I go to the library and to bookstores just to hang out and read.

Right now I'm working on this website, taking photos of people and doing surveys. I'm not going to go into
details about what it's all about, but it will be a surprise, both funny and educational. The website is under
major construction and it will be up on April 1, 2008 on
www.diyzine.com

I'm almost 40 now. I was up north visiting my friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. She said something
like, "Oh, cute, you have a belly now." I looked down, and I did have a small belly. I don't even drink booze
and I had what looked to me like a beer belly. Well, not really, but picture a skinny guy with a little belly
going on. So that kind of stuck in my head when I came back home to Los Angeles. I didn't do anything
about it for about a year. Then one day I was getting ready to go swimming at the gym and I started staring
at my belly. It puzzled me since I had always been pretty skinny. So I did some research and found out that
as we get older our metabolism slows down. I had definitely gained some weight, and for some reason the
first place those extra pounds went was right in my stomach.

I read some things online, went to the bookstore and got a book called "Men's Health: Amazing Abs." I
stopped eating heavy foods at late night including pasta, rice, beans, bread, and potatoes. I've also
changed my diet a little by avoiding vegan junk foods like any kind of microwaveable foods, and I'm trying
to eat more raw foods. If I eat late at night, I get up in the morning and burn the calories by jumping rope.
An interesting article I read said that doing leg raises while lying flat on your back or hanging down from a
bar (hanging leg raise) are much more effective than sit ups. I also have to do lower back exercises so all
the heavy pressure won't just be on the front of my stomach. I finally have a few small lines on my abs, but
not quite a six pack yet.
Before
After - June 2007
DEC 2007 or JAN 2008
April 09 2008.
Well not much improvement however I got the Obliquus externus abdominis muscles on the side of my ribbs.
Just need to work on Rectus Abdominis on my belly.

My friend Ralf and I go to the same gym to work out. I do 20 minutes of stretching yoga and 20 minutes of cardio
(running). Ralf, on the other hand, hits the weight room and benches 300 pounds. He told me that it's better to eat
5 to 6 times a day with small meals instead of 3 big meals a day. He's right because sometimes when I eat too
much my stomach will get bloated and I feel like falling asleep. These days I carry snacks with me like raw
almonds, organic apples, and organic protein bars. Also, someone told me that when we don't drink enough water
we mistake that as hunger and just end up eating more, so that's something to keep in mind too.

Why is health and nutrition so important to me? Because when we eat right we can think more clearly and have
more energy. For example, after a cardio session, I feel more clear partly due to the blood and oxygen circulating
through my entire body and brain, and partly due to the stress relief that exercising provides.
Last month I joined a food co-op. I pay $10.00 a week and I get a big box of mixed organic produce. I used to get
my fruits and vegetables at farmers' market because I like the idea of supporting local farmers. I never shop at
chain grocery stores like Vons or Ralphs because a lot of that produce comes from too far away and most of it is
sprayed with pesticides. The chains might carry some organic stuff, but I doubt any of it is local. Anyway, my food
pick-up is every Sunday at Eco Village near Koreatown. The Farmer arrive in truck and load up all the boxes. If
you live in Los Angeles and want to join, let me know and I'll give you the address and tell you when the best time
is to get there.

(I got this from my online friend)
Balanced health comes from the cyclical process of cultivating, using, and replenishing the energy (Chi) you
need, and want, to live a full, happy life. When you're 'balanced' your digestion works well, you sleep and breathe
more deeply, rarely get sick, and most of the time enjoy the subtle feeling of ease that is 'health.'

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