Saturday, May 31, 2008

Horse Back Riding

For those of you looking for a different type of workout, try riding a horse about 15 to 20 miles. Endurance riding is a great workout. I don't actually ride in endurance rides, but a friend of mine does. When he is working his horses, I'll sometimes ride with him. We'll ride anywhere between 15 to 20 miles in an hours time. These horses are Arabians and they're just green broke. You do not completely break endurance horses because they lose a little bit of competitiveness. Anyway, after about 10 miles your butt is hurting, but that's not all. Your calves are burning from posting in the saddle. Your shoulders are burning from holding the horse back. Believe me, it's a complete body workout, but it's fun.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mail Boxes

I have been looking for a new mailbox for my home. I have looked around at local retailers but just haven't found exactly what I was looking for. However, I have discovered the perfect website for purchasing a mailbox. It is called mailboxixchange. They have lots of beautiful residential mailboxes. They have a wide assortment ranging from decorative columns to wall mounts to traditional single-unit and post packages. They even have mail slots for doors and address plaques for identification purposes. Their mailboxes are made of high quality materials including bronze or high security steel. also offers a wide selection of commercial mail boxes. Their commercial line ranges from multi-unit dwelling boxes for apartments to courier boxes to high security night deposit type boxes. All of this comes at reasonable prices as well. So if you are looking for a mailbox check out

Sleeping and exercising

Probably everyone knew that sleeping plays an important role in one's health life. Studies show that if you get 7-9 hours per night, you can expect to enjoy a healthier, usually happier life. It also helps tremendously with exercising. Adequate sleep gives you more energy and stamina. So next time you "just don't feel like exercising," consider how much sleep you got the night before. I guarantee that there is a direct relationship between the two.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Vacation to Australia

As you probably remember from one of my previous posts, I have been dreaming about a vacation to Australia. Well I have done some more research and thought I would share that with you. I would probably start my trip by staying in a Hotel in Sydney. Sydney has lots to do and see including the world's largest IMAX, the Sydney Aquarium,the Australian National Maritime Museum, clubs, casinos, and many places to dine and shop. Out of all the areas of Sydney, I would probably most like to visit Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour is a waterfront precinct of Sydney that has developed into one of the country's largest entertainment areas. From here you can take a cruise, ferry, or sailboat tour of the city. If you do not want to sight see by boat you can also take a monorail land tour from Darling Harbor. Also there is almost always free outdoor entertainment in the precinct to meet almost any one's taste.

After sometime in Sydney, I would probably then want to go stay at a Hotel in Melbourne or a Hotel in Perth. Melbourne is the city in Australia where a lot of different cultures meet and mix. It has some of the best dining in the world, and you guys know how I like to eat. They have a wide range of restaurants, bistros, and bars that serve classic quick meals to exotic spreads. The types of cuisine range from Spanish to Vietnamese to Italian to French.

Finally, I would probably like to end my vacation by staying at one of the Hotels in Brisbane. Brisbane has more rural outdoor and nature type activities. Some of its best attractions are the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, South Bank’s sandy beach and open grassy picnic spots, numerous botanical gardens, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Moreton Bay where you can feed wild dolphins, or just take a relaxing ferry trip down the river.

Well I'll continue to dream about vacations later but for now it is back to work.


I do not know what you guys' fashion style is, but I like Levi Dockers casual pants. I wear them every day to work except on casual Fridays when I wear my Levi's jeans. I have just always liked the quality and comfortable feel of the pants. They come in lots of different colors and are very durable (like I said I wear them everyday and they can sometimes last almost six months before getting frayed enough to get a new pair). There is a new Dockers contest going on at this time. The Dockers® "Make Your Own Dockers® Commercial" Contest provides entrants with the opportunity to create a 30-second video advertisement for Dockers. Video advertisements may be viewed online at, and may be rated by the viewers. The grand prize winner's video advertisement will be submitted to NBC Universal, Inc. for consideration as a commercial to be shown during the June 13, 2008 broadcast of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as made available for a limited time online at There are some really good videos that have already been submitted. My favorite video submitted so far is titled Dockers Temptation and involves a cat, a pair of pants, and a slightly risque play on words. If you are like me and love wearing Dockers I encourage you to create your own video and submit your entry to this exciting Dockers contest.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Police Gear

If there is a profession that does not get the respect that it deserves, it is, in my opinion, police officers. Now I realize that there are lazy and big-headed officers, but that is in every profession. I believe that police officers should be equipped with the very best on the market. has some of the best equipment on the market. You can order some of the finest police gear there including tactical holsters. So if you're an officer or just interested in the gear, check it out.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Over the years, running has gotten a bad rap. Many people think that the impact your feet absorb isn't good. This is only a myth. When we were born, our bodies were designed to walk, run and jump. Things such as ballet, yoga, and other exercises that push your joints to the limits are not good for you. Did ya'll know that ballet dancers have a higher injury rate than football players. Not only that, but there feet suffer from terrible athritis, stress fractures, and they look terrible. Any exercises or flexibility trainings that puts your body into unnatural positions are not healthy. Now, of course, running marathons and ultramarathons can lead to injuries, but running sensibly is completely safe and a very good cardio and leg workout.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Good News

One thing I hate is to be interrupted from a meal or a rest by a phone call from some telemarketer or prank caller. I had just finished a long, hard workout the other day. I'd just laid down for a rest some prank caller rang my house. Now I'd just ran 2 miles and lifted weights for like two hours, and the last thing I wanted to do was jump off the couch and answer the phone. Any way, I realize there is no call list information, but that doesn't help with pranksters. What is cool though is a program, who's number is this, that provides a reverse phone lookup service. Works great.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Scary Movie

Do you like scary movies? I know I do. I like to get the mess scared out of me every once in a while. The creepier the movie the better. If you are like me, then there is a new Horror Movie out just for people like us. It is called Frontier(s). It looks like one of the most scary movies I have seen come along in a while. It is unrated and is over the top gory and creepy. It is about three criminals and a beautiful girl tied up with the wrong guy in Paris. They try to hide out from the police in an inn, but they find out that the inn is actually an endless maze of tunnels crawling with hungry subhuman cannibals that they must fight to survive. It looks really good. Unfortunately because of its content, it is only being shown in select theater listings, and the closest one to me is New York City (I am in Georgia) so I probably will have to watch this one on DVD. I definitely suggest everyone that likes scary movies to go to the official website of Frontier(s) and watch the unrated Trailer. I think once you check it out you will be excited about this new scary movie as well.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weight Management and Fitness Forum 17th Edition

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the Weight Management and Fitness Forum. We had a record number of new authors submitting articles for this edition. We appreciate your participation and hope you continue to be a part of our forum. Hope you enjoy the selections.


Larry W presents How celebrity moms lose weight! posted at Fatbliss

The Push Up Coach presents Building Strength With Pushups posted at The 1000 Push Ups Club, saying, "The many benefits gained from regularly doing push ups."

Frank Sherril presents Isometric Exercise posted at Frank Sherrill's Rants

Amit presents Beginning the journey?Weight loss and fitness posted at Amit, saying, "For those who are not sure where to start on the journey of weight loss and fitness"

Roshan presents Regulating the body posted at TAOIST YOGA

General Health

SJ Yee presents 101 Affirmations You Can Start Using Today! posted at Personal Development for the Book Smart, saying, "A great compilation of affirmations you can use in all areas of your life."

Mag Herrera presents Natural Recipe for a Healthy Prostate posted at Life. Money. Development., saying, "Sharing a reader's natural recipe for a healthy prostate."

Tonya presents First Trimester Pregnancy: Symptoms, Problems, and Solutions posted at My Pregnancy Blog, saying, "Information about the first trimester of a pregnancy."


Fenny presents • View topic - Nutrient that is needed daily by the body. posted at Fenny Lopez, saying, "Protein is a nutrient that is needed daily by the body. These nutrients are essential for health and must be provided in the foods eaten. We are here to give you an idea of the amount of protein you can find in certain foods, check out."

Larry W presents Healthy foods which aren't healthy posted at Fatbliss

J.F. presents Ever Consider Dr. McDougall?s Soups? posted at vegoftheweek

Randy Powell presents Blue and Purple Food posted at Alkaline Diet blog

CorporateFlyer presents Catering Comments And Related Thoughts posted at Flight Attendant, saying, "A few suggestions to be a good caterer."

Weight Loss

Stephan Grindley presents Weight Loss Pills - The Tips Related To Using Them posted at All About Weight Loss Pills

Gratitude presents Have Perfect health, loose weight by Mind Power posted at Gratitude's Personal Development Blog, saying, "Feel great, loose weight and have perfect health forever. No strict dieting or exercise. Easy to follow plan."

Rose Rosetree presents Deeper Perception Made Practical » Why Oprah Couldn’t Stay Skinny posted at Deeper Perception Made Practical, saying, "Why Oprah couldn't stay skinny gives a new perspective about how body size is related to a person's energy field. "

SeanBissell presents Is Your Diet Tricking You? posted at Yummy Fitness Fitness For Fun People, saying, "Find out if your diet is "tricking" you, and get a custom diet created for you with some new technology, for free."

Kevin aka RateLadder presents Getting Past Your First Craving posted at Weight Ladder

Sally Thompson presents Team Effort: 50 Tips and Resources for Couples Losing Weight Together posted at Nerds Do It Better

Walter presents Remembering Lunch Can Help Reduce the Desire to Snack posted at Highlight HEALTH, saying, "Mind over matter may really work when it comes to managing appetite. Researchers at the University of Birmingham, U.K. have found that recalling foods eaten at lunch has an inhibitory effect on subsequent snacking later the same day."

That concludes this edition. Look for our next edition to be posted on May 31st here at Weight Master. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Weight Management and Fitness Forum using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Flat Feet

A friend of mine just fractured his foot. The doctor said that he was more prone to this type of injury because he was flat-footed. Honestly, I'd never heard of that, but it is true. After I researched it, I could not find any evidence against this, but I found plenty supporting it. Anyway, I thought that it was interesting.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I am not sure if I have ever mentioned it, but I grew up farming. My grandfather had a farm, and throughout my middle and high school and college years, I worked with him. I was probably in my best physical shape back then. Think about, if I was not hoeing the garden, I was putting up fence. Believe it or not, driving the tractors we had wasn't a cake walk either. Now we worked hard; we didn't have the tractors with the AC and radio. We had a couple of fords, hoes, and our hands. We could eat huge - and I do mean huge - meals three times a day and still loose weight. Anyway, if you enjoy farming, and I actually do, visit Alex Tiller obviously knows a lot about agriculture. You should really visit this blog. It is a great read. Also, get off you lazy behinds, get outside, grow something, and you will loose weight. I promise.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Reverse Mortgage

An interesting type of home loan that I have been hearing advertised a lot more lately is a reverse mortgage. A reverse equity mortgage is a unique type of home loan that enables homeowners 62 and older to use their home’s equity to receive a monthly income, a lump sum of cash, or a line of credit. There is no income qualifying and credit requirements are very lenient. So this is a very easy loan to qualify for. There is no repayment until you permanently leave the home. You retain full ownership of your home and you can leave it to your heirs if you wish. You remain on title to the property just as you do now. You DO NOT relinquish any property rights. You can never lose your home regardless of the amount of equity remaining at any time. You can stay in your home for the rest of your life if you choose to. No matter how much you owe. Remember the Reverse Mortgage loan is not due until you permanently leave the residence. Your property taxes and homeowners insurance must be paid current at all times. Proceeds from a reverse mortgage home loan are not considered income. Therefore the funds you receive are not subject to income tax and they do not affect Social Security Benefits or Medicare Benefits. Reverse mortgages become due and payable at the time the homeowner permanently leaves the home. If one spouse passes away and the other is still living at the residence, the Reverse Mortgage will not become due until the last spouse leaves the home permanently. The reverse mortgage can be repaid either from the proceeds from the sale of the residence or other assets. You can leave your home to your heirs if you wish. They can repay the loan and keep the home, or sell it and keep the remaining equity. It’s their choice. The reverse mortgage is a non-recourse type of loan. Your home is the collateral for the Reverse Mortgage, as with any other type of home loan. The lender has no claim or recourse against any other asset you own. You can never owe more than the value of your home. It is a very interesting concept and definitely worth looking into. Ameritek Mortgage is a company specializing in ca reverse mortgages. Their site has lots of good information about reverse mortgages and regular home loans as well. It features a mortgage calculator and gives quotes on reverse mortgages. So if you are interested in getting more information on this type of mortgage or in taking out california reverse mortgages then I suggest you check out Ameritek Mortgage.

Facts About Junk Food

- Junk food contains a lot of saturated fats.

- Sometime it is made using unclean ingredients.

- Vitamins and minerals are not found in junk food.

- Eating junk food will result in gaining weight.

- Eating junk food can increase the risk of diabetes.

- Packed junk food has preservatives and coloring which are both unhealthy.

- Junk food can actually speed up the effects of aging.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Wedding Exercise

Who would think you could get in a workout at a wedding...well a wedding reception? Well, I did. I went to a friends wedding the other evening. They had a big reception with a dj and the works. Truth is, I cannot dance, but I try. My wife and a couple of her friends went to the bathroom (I have no idea why women have to go to the bathroom in flocks), and while she was gone, this old chick grabs my arm and drags me on the dance floor on this fast song. I mean she was in her 60s or so. Remember I can't dance, but when I try, I attempt the slow songs. Now this old lady could dance; she was getting down. When that song was finally over, another old woman pulled me out there. Honestly, it wasn't a great workout, but I can definitely see where dancing would be a great way to stay in shape.

The reception was fun though. If you're getting married soon, save as much money on Wedding Invitations as possible and invest in a band or dj. It's cool. has a new feature that allows you to view the invitations in detail.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


One thing I like about blogging is that I can write my opinions. I don't have to collect a lot of fact, although I do; I don't have to validate my statement or articles if I don't want to. I just tell what works for me, as far as health and fitness, and that's it. I love working out and writing, so it's great. I'll re-phrase that, I like writing about topics I want to write about. In my opinion, exercises just makes sense, and letting your body's health go without a care about it is stupid. Whatever you do, keep you body in good shape.

Online Poker

OK guys. Confession Time. I am a poker junkie. I love watching the World Championship of Poker on TV, and sometimes I can not stop playing online poker. It is one of my biggest impediments to exercising. However, I feel that it doesn't hurt to have a little fun sometimes. So if you like playing poker as well, I have found a great site that you might want to check out: has a links list of lots of good websites where you can play poker online with a macintosh. Some of them are for money and some are just for fun. I only play for fun. Some of them have software to download and some you can just play online. This is good because it can be hard to find good poker websites that support macintosh. Its front page also has news articles that concern the poker world such as different legislation and updates on the poker all stars. However, what I like best about the site is its poker rules and strategy tips page. It has the rules to all the different types of poker games, which really helps when there is at least a dozen variations of poker games. The strategy tips are good too. They have tips for novices as well as experts.

Maybe this won't make you all stray too much from your exercise routines. But I find it helps me to unwind and relax after a long day or a strenous workout. But if you like playing poker or watching it on TV, check out and play online.

Sports drinks or not...

Do you drink sports drinks while you workout? I do. Some people say that it hurts a workout because of the calories; however, if you're not working out to lose weight, it helps. If you workout in the morning before breakfast, a sports drink helps give you energy and carbohydrates which help fuel the muscles. When I workout, I workout for a long period of time...usually about 2.5 to 3 hrs. After an amount of time, your muscles become depleted of carbohydrates and other "stuff" that is necessary for a successful workout. Sports drinks help replinish these needs. So I would say, unless your main goal is to lose weight, which it may very well be, sports drinks while working out are a good idea.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Weight Management and Fitness Forum 16th Edition

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of the Weight Management and Fitness Forum. I am sorry this edition is posted late. My internet service has been down for a week. However, I feel like we have gathered some great articles for this edition. As always we appreciate your participation in both submitting and reading the articles. I hope you enjoy the selections and see information about the next edition at the end of this post.


FitBuff presents Friday's Fitness Quotes: "Never contract friendship with…" posted at's Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, "Every Friday, you can feast your eyes on another sets of excellent quotes from some of the world's greatest minds, including an equally brilliant interpretation by yours truly...

This week's guest speakers include Confucius, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Douglas Adams, Ben Stein, Grace Murray Hopper, and Hugh Macleod."

Paul Heingarten presents Wii Fit Merges Entertainment and Exercise posted at Workoutebooks, saying, "Nintendo will further blur the line between gaming and fitness on May 19th, when the company releases the Wii Fit bundle in the United States. The Wii Fit bundle includes a wireless balance board and over 40 exercise routines. The board can support a person weighing up to 660 pounds, and it uses a person’s weight and balance to compute body mass index (BMI) - which determines if a person is within weight range, underweight or overweight."

General Health

Joshua Seth presents Your Mind Body Connection posted at Joshua Seth Blog

Raymond presents Saving Money and Drinking To My Health With Free Coffee and Tea posted at Money Blue Book

Kimberly Linton presents The Benefits of Massage posted at Living the Fit Life


darryl heron presents Why Not Have a Fruit Day? posted at Systems Overload, saying, "In this post I talk about how having a fruit day can help you mix up your dieting and provide a pleasant change of pace."

Weight Loss

Roger Baillargeon presents The Book Reviewer Fan Club posted at The Book Reviewer Fan Club

Joel Chue presents Lose Weight Hypnosis Program posted at SELF HYPNOSIS: Weight Loss, Quit Smoking Self Hypnosis!

Ron Hekier presents Hit a weight loss plateau with your Lap Band? posted at Texas Arkansas Lap Band Blog from Texarkana, saying, "Tips to lose weight if you have hit a weight loss plateau after lap band surgery."

That concludes this edition. Look for our next edition to be posted here at Weight Master on May 17th unless my DSL service goes on the blink again. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Weight Management and Fitness Forum using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Monday, May 5, 2008


I found out an interesting fact. A study was done with aroud 1600 men who were split into 2 groups--stretching group and a non-stretching group. There were no significant difference in injuries. The only difference was the level of fitness. And I always thought extra stretching prevented muscle and ligiment injuries.

Friday, May 2, 2008


I've started back doing pull-ups and push-ups. Because of my job, I haven't been able to go to the gym fo a little while; I have been doing stuff around my house though---sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, crunches, etc. I've found that those work just as good if not better than a lot of weights. When I first started, I was so sore; and I had been working out. I actually feel like I'm getting a better workout now.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Eating late...

I am tired of people telling me that eating late at night will cause you to gain weight or fail to lose weight. It simply is not true. The truth is that it does not matter when you do eat, if you eat a healthy amount of calories, and by healthy I do not mean a lot, you will lose or maintain weight. So the next time someone says that, call them on their BS.