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Old 01-31-2008, 06:19 PM   #141
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Just read Strength Training Past 50, and it's perfect. The closest gym is 30 minutes away, which is one reason for an at-home program.

Also got Eat, Drink and Be Healthy from the library.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:19 PM   #142
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After loving almost everything he published in the 80's and very early 90's, I've been disappointed
by King's efforts of the last 15 years or so. I keep coming back for more, though. I'm 200 pages in, and it's been thoroughly enjoyable thus far.
If you read his book "On Writing", he's been clean & sober since about the point where you (and I) feel that his writing went downhill.

He discovered alcoholism when he was in high school. He used to have a drug problem, too, but after "Carrie" he made enough money to afford it.

He says he can't remember a thing about writing "Cujo".
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If you read his book "On Writing", he's been clean & sober since about the point where you (and I) feel that his writing went downhill.

He discovered alcoholism when he was in high school. He used to have a drug problem, too, but after "Carrie" he made enough money to afford it.

He says he can't remember a thing about writing "Cujo".
"On Writing" was one of the few recent books of his that I enjoyed (I liked "The Green Mile", too). I'm actually amazed that his marriage survived; my wife would have left me in a NY minute if I'd been as coked up as he was.

I think it's unfortunate that so many artists' best work only comes out when they're self-medicating. Cujo was a hell of a lot better than many of his recent efforts.
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I read Cujo a week after I bought the St Bernard and three weeks before I brought her home.

Bad timing

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Guess Im going to be one of those old miserable sob's because the whole shave every day thing sucks.
IMHO, a beard adds about 10 years to a guy's appearance. Especially if the beard is not well groomed. And guys....coloring your hair is fine, but if you do, don't forget the beard, eh?

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Thanks for all the references to Younger Next Year. I picked up a copy of the women's version at the library. It was excellent. DW and I have modified our exercise routines accordingly and I ordered a heart rate monitor. I won't turn into a chick following the women's version will I?
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T-Al, how is Eat Drink and Be Healthy? It is mentioned a lot on a podcast I listen to every week by Dr. Monty called Fitness Rocks. BTW, if you are looking for good podcasts, his is awesome! He advocates the Med Diet and lots of exercise! Dr. Monty was a pain doctor/anesthesia who quit to start a gym in Cape Cod!
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how is Eat Drink and Be Healthy?
It's a great book. It essentially says "There's been a lot of new research, and confusing results, but there are a few things that we are quite sure about, and here they are." It tells you what you should eat, and gives the study results to back things up. Much of it won't be new to us informed ER eaters, but it's a good summary and comprehensive guide.

It will make you mad at the government, because it shows you how the USDA's food pyramid is wrong (and as a result, many people have become obese), and the government has failed to correct it.

Here are the problems with the USDA's pyramid (Note, the pyramid is put out by the dept. of Agriculture, not the health department!):

1. The pyramid says that all fats are bad. In reality unsaturated fats are good for you. As a result, followers of the pyramid have reduced their intake of these good fats, and replaced them with bad carbohydrates.

2. The pyramid says that all "complex" carbohydrates are good. However, white bread, potatoes, white rice and non-whole-grain pasta are not much better than pure sugar. They produce a big high then a big low in blood sugar, the latter likely to result in snacking. Whole grain carbohydrates are good.

3. The pyramid lumps proteins such as red meat and cheese together with those such as fish and beans, whereas eating from the latter group is much healthier.

4. "Like the sphinx, the USDA pyramid is silent on four things you need to know about -- the importance of not gaining weight, the necessity of daily exercise, the potential health benefits of a daily alcoholic drink, and what you can gain by taking a daily multivitamin."

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As a result of reading this book, I've stopped eating potatoes, and we now eat brown rice (got some Basmati brown rice that tastes good, though it takes an hour to cook), whole wheat tortillas, and whole wheat pasta (Barilla brand is good), and we make our bread with more whole wheat. We also eat more peanuts and less "multi-grain" wheat thins.

As with the switch to fat-free milk, I find that I'm not giving up much, if anything, in terms of flavor.

Here is the USDA pyramid discussed by the book:



Here is the recommended Healthy Eating Pyramid:

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Al that is great--I've heard good things about this book and for some reason have not yet picked it up! I'll be putting in a request at the library!

A big winner this weekend that I read cover to cover in two sittings was Michael Pollan's follow-up to the most important book I read in 2007--the Omnivore's Dilemma. This new book is called In Defense of Food. It is just wonderful! I highly recommend it for anyone interested in how we went from eating food to eating "nutrients".
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Just started "Your Money or your Life". Its a must read for anyone ready to RE. I've never been frugal, but this book might get me there.
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