Wednesday, April 19, 2006


We all have payoffs in doing or in not doing something. Often the payoff for putting something off is to have the opportunity to whine about it and to have others make us feel better. Another way in which a payoff can be used is that we want what we want now. I have the same characteristic. My father told me to be humble and to be patient. I am still working on those virtues.

We often want to see results soon. For instance, we may want to see that "cut" in our triceps when we look backward into the mirror. We can work out those triceps each day, but chances are that they will fatigue and that we will not want to work them out for months. I believe that the pendulum with everything swings back the other way when there is no balance.

We can learn yet something else by working out: patience. We can work out those triceps and rest them a day or even two in between. Then we can wait months to see those "cuts" in the back of the arms. And you know what, all that work and time will be worth it! And we will have greater confidence ahead!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Setting Goals: Don't Stop!

I love chocolate! Sometimes it can be the best thing in the world! I especially like Italian semisweet chocolate! Did you ever think that you cannot reach the goal of, let's say, losing that final five pounds, giving up smoking, giving up sugar, or losing a clothing size?

I have written a lot about accepting and loving yourself. That does not mean not reaching for your goals! Now if you did not meet a goal, acknowledge yourself, and set another goal! That's right! Do not give up!

It may be true that you had to work extra late for work and could not find time for the gym. It can be valid, or it can be an excuse. After some months of working out, you should know the difference, just like you can know the difference between real and "excuse" pain. For instance, if you had to work a lot, perhaps you could have eaten less fats or found time in the morning for a short run.

You have to love yourself and be committed, but with no action, often there are no results! So do what the Nike commercial says: Just do it! Get up and recommit!

Often for Lent, I give something up. That can be something I love or am used to, like chocolate or red meat. (I do not eat a lot of red meat, but usually do not exclude it entirely.) After a day or two, it gets to be easy. The same can be said for a new diet, like a low-carbohydrate diet. For the first few days, you probably will probably be irritated and drowsy and go to sleep at around 7:30 pm. But after a few days on the diet, you will get used to it and love it!

Often what blocks our goals is psychological. Get to the source of it by getting to know yourself, listening to your intuition and talking to a friend or a professional.

Either way, forgive yourself for not reaching a goal, create another one, and seriously go after it with fun!

Monday, April 03, 2006


The forearms are composed of several flexion and extension muscles. For a quick anatomy of forearms, go to and look up "forearms".

Here are simple exercises for wrist flexion and extension.

Wrist flexion - use a barbell:

Preparation -

It is best to sit. Keep your body stable. Wrest your elbows on your thighs. Grasp bar with an underhand grip. Let the barbell to roll out of the palms down to the fingers. Grip the barbell back up and flex your wrists. Lower steadily and repeat. Do four sets of ten repetitions.

Reverse wrist curl - use a barbell:

Preparation -

Use the same arm and body position. Grasp bar with narrow to shoulder width overhand grip. Rest forearms on thighs with wrists just beyond knees. Hyperextend your wrist and return until wrist are fully flexed. Repeat for four sets of ten repetitions.

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Disclaimer: The information on this blog is not intended to replace medical diagnosis, advice or treatment.