anterior ankle impingement surgery

I swear I’m not a hypochondriac, nor addicted to surgery. But three months after having surgery to remove a bone spur called a “metacarpal boss” on my right hand, I followed it up with having surgery to remove bone spurs called anterior ankle impingement syndrome on my right ankle. Weird, huh?

As I did with [...]

how dangerous is this whole ‘yoga’ thing, anyway??

It’s enough to disquiet even advanced practioner’s savasana — the idea that yoga can “wreck your body.” The yoga world has been thrown into a tizzy by a Jan. 5 article by New York Times lead science writer William J. Broad, suggesting that the “‘the vast majority of people’ should give up yoga altogether. [...]

carpal boss surgery

So I thought I would resurrect this long-dormant blog to describe my recent experience recovering from surgery to remove a bone spur in my right hand called a metacarpal boss … a bony protrusion often confused with a ganglion cyst. See picture of my hand at left or the X-rays below:

Anyway, so I [...]

hi y’all!

Hello! Yeah, I’m on an irregular posting schedule these days. You could say this blog is on life support. To some extent Facebook and Twitter have supplanted unfocused personal blogs like this one. But whatever, I still like having it out there as an outlet for me. Plus, without it where would all the people [...]

resolutions for 2010, accountability for ’09

Okay. Again this year, getting these in under the wire. Here’s how I did for my 2009 resolutions:

1. Get down to 168 lbs. SUCCESS! My scale says I’m at 165. (and, um, 6% body fat — can that be right?). I really was rather stunned when I weighed myself — I thought I’d be [...]

resolutions for 2009 update!

Okay, so when I made my resolutions for 2009, I promptly ignored them, unlike my resolutions for 2008. However the nice thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that you have a year to do them. And I have refocused lately and hope to have completed all or nearly all of these this year.

Here they [...]

resolutions for 2009

Getting these in under the wire.

1. Get down to 168 lbs. Again. I’m fine with the way I look now at 172, and don’t want to sound like one of those annoying people picking at minor body flaws, but hey, why not?

2. Get that score of 285 on the Marine Corps fitness test. [...]

accountability on 2008 new year’s resolutions…

Okay, so I am not going to make any excuses or anything on my 2008 New Year’s Resolutions. I accomplished some, and didn’t accomplish others. I sorta started out strong and lost my resolve around March. But anyway, here are my resolutions from Dec. 2007 and how I’ve done on them.

1. Amassing a score [...]

a list of demands

I love this commercial, too. The song is “List of Demands” by Saul Williams. Awesome.

The athletes shown include Adrian Peterson, NFL rookie of the year, racing a dragster; Kevin Durant of the SuperSonics running in a red jersey; Abby Wambach of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, in a resistance band; Hope Solo also [...]

i’m still here

Hi, sorry about blog-absence, I am still here alive and kicking. New Jersey Marathon on Sunday! I am hoping for about a 3:40 or so. I am still working the overnight shift at the L.U.N.O. (Large Unnamed News Organization).

Actually I need to think about other career options as the company is “regionalizing” the department [...]

goals 2008 week 11

Okay, so my father requested an update on how I am doing on those New Year’s resolutions. In truth I have been a little lax on the updates. After achieving my weight one, I maybe slacked off a bit. Also my trainers at Crossfit told me I should stop doing sit-ups for awhile as my [...]

the downside of being skinny

Okay, so goal one is accomplished! Or half-accomplished. I have been <168 lbs. for a solid week. Actually I got down under 168 two weeks ago but then gorged at my Super Bowl party and was at 169.5. But now I am back on track. Part two of this first goal is to remain under [...]

yoga! pilates!

So as you may have noticed I have sorta drunk the Crossfit Kool-Aid. One of the challenging things about Crossfit is the workouts are so varied it continually keeps you a little bit out of your comfort zone and quickly exposes your weaknesses. When I worked out on my own I was apt to just [...]

books

It is a little weird to finally finish reading this trilogy I have been working on for … the past five years. That seems like a long time. I actually would consider myself a fast reader who as a kid would devour books. But these books were like — impenetrable. Dense. But worth it in [...]

man’s search for meaning

I had never heard of Viktor Frankl but I read some interesting posts about him recently on a certain tumblrlog:

Frankl believes (and I concur) that “this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.”

Later he writes, “this meaning is unique and specific in that it [...]

Goals for 2008

In past years I have not been one for New Year’s resolutions. But I have three for 2008 and I am going to post them here.

1. Amassing a score of at least 285 out of 300 on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. To do this I would have to average 19 (strict) pullups [...]

‘IronJessica’

Discovered via Facebook two blogs from my college friend and editor, Jessica Z. One is “Fat Girl to Triathlete“. She was always this hot little ticket in college but I guess afterwards at one point weighed 189 lbs. at 5-foot-3. Anyway Jess is now an Ironman (-woman?) triathlete and dedicated meal-tracker (and mother of two [...]

gifts

My friend Cat has a v. interesting post on the science of gift-giving…

Last week I attended a ‘Science of Happiness’ seminar in Manhattan. In addition to some very interesting data on the benefits of realizing and expressing gratitude, the tutor described some nifty ideas about gift giving. Well, in fact what she described wasn’t [...]

self-improvement

I have been on Propecia almost three months now. According to the Web site you’re supposed to see improvement in “as little as” three months, although it seems like six months is more realistic. I haven’t noticed any real different, but it’s actually very hard to see the back of your head. (Or even take [...]