Viral Feeling

There is a Kleenex smooshed up one nostril. This can only mean one thing… I have a cold. Dang it.


Ageless Spine

My back gave me quite a lot of problems this winter. Starting in December, my lower back complained every day. When chiropractor visits, stretches, and ibuprofen didn’t make my back happy it stopped complaining and took it up a level. It beat the crap out of me when it spasmed/seized up one morning.

Putting on socks, undies, pants took a half hour and hurt like hell. I finally broke down and went to my doctor, who is an osteopath. His first adjustment didn’t work, but the muscle relaxant took the edge off. My second adjustment was magical. I didn’t hurt when I left his office. Sure, the pain returned but at a very low level. It’s now gone. Yay, Dr. Croft!

With back issues fresh in my mind, I ordered Ageless Spine, Lasting Health by Kathleen Porter. The idea that how we carry ourselves and our misuse of our body posture causes problems appeals to me. I’ve been prone to joint and muscles issues all my life. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a way to prevent this?

I’ve only started the book, but I’m liking it so far. I’ve also read 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back by Esther Gokhale. Her book got me rethinking how I position myself for sleeping, how I walk, sit, and bend. Yet, it is so hard to change, or at least be consistent with the changes in using my body. We’ll see if Kathleen Porter’s book helps me continue on this good posture path.

Joel Salatin

I wish more of the animals raised for our food were raised by this guy:

I like Joel Salatin’s philosophy. He was one of the more entertaining interviewees in the film Food, Inc., a film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. It’s a movie worth seeing, especially for what Joel Salatin has to say.

More Snow – A Pain in the Back

We’re expecting 6 to 12 inches of snow tonight. After our 4 feet that fell two weeks ago, I’m not so thrilled about more snow. Luckily, I do not need to drive anywhere tomorrow, so I’m taking my muscle relaxants and ibuprofen and taking it easy.

Yes, my back went out a month ago and it’s now gone into defcon 4 mode. I’m in PAIN. Went to the doctor yesterday and he set me up with medicine. Monday I go back and hope that he can adjust my body to help relieve the hurt, ’cause it sucks trying to bend over and put my socks and shoes on.

So I’m hoping the snow tonight isn’t too heavy. It is a real pain in the back trying to shovel snow.

My Version of a Nooner

I’m thinking of hitting CrossFit at noon. I so need a workout. I’ll update if I do it.

Update: Yep, I did it. It was a fun WOD. We could choose any of the workouts performed at our local CrossFit gym this week. With my lower back complaining this week, I chose “Cindy” – as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of 5 pull-ups (assisted by green band), 10 push-ups (got four rounds of full push-ups before switching to the knees on the ground), 15 squats (not much depth as I was protecting my back). Felt good I went.

Dang Muscles

Muscles like to remind you that they are there, hiding under flesh and skin. The dang things do it in a rather passive-aggressive style.¬† They’ll stay nice and quiet while you ignore them, but as soon as you ask them to do something above and beyond the normal, they’ll get pissy and complain.

My CrossFit workout last night was a doozy. It wasn’t the six attempts at finding your longest broad jump, nor was it the “Death by 10 meter Sprints,” it was the walking lunges. OUCH.

We do squats, deadlifts, clean and jerks, and all kinds of other moves regularly, but we don’t do lunges very often. So my quads, hammies, and glutes remind me angrily of this fact after I do them. Last night I lunged¬† 200 meters… and god, was it hard to do. So today, and definitely tomorrow, and at least three more days after that, my muscles will complain in a snitty little manner about how badly I ignore them all the time, and too bad I’m not nicer to them when it counts, and gee, it’s not their fault that I’m miserable.

Yep, we’re in a relationship that needs some work.

Among the Living

There is something about using Twitter and Facebook that fulfills my need to write about myself. That certainly leaves this blog in a lonely state, doesn’t it? Really, I’ll try and post something soon. Meanwhile, here’s some good blog posts that keep me entertained…



I managed to do two workouts as prescribed (Rx’d). Amazing for me, but then again, when there are no prescribed weights or pull-ups or box jumps at a certain height I can do the activities. Oh, or if the workouts require muscle-ups, handstand push-ups, or rope climbs, I’m not going to Rx it. Anyway, felt good doing the two as prescribed:

  • Michael (okay, I didn’t do the 800m runs, but we thought we WERE doing 800 meters so I consider it was as prescribed)
  • Fun and Fortitude (I even beat a firebreather — he forgot how to do single unders and had to slow down)


I’ll try not to be so remiss in my blogging duties (“there is no ‘try,’ only ‘do’).