Upside Down Flower On Stairs

Thought this was an interesting picture to take. 


It’s an upside-down pink flower bent over a concrete stair. 


And the stem is sticking straight up and out. 


The contrast of the live soft pink flower and the cold hard grey of the concrete stairs is astounding to me.


Life can so easily be bent over, squished out, and left for dead in the cold harsh realities of this world 


We are alive, but life can be hard. 


We fight to go on, but life is sometimes unforgiving.


The bright spark of life seeks to illuminate the hard grey block.


Breath, beat, live…good health is unbelievably precious.


Arise flower and once again stand tall in the glowing sunshine and the pouring rain. 


Nourish yourself in the soil of the Earth, give praise to the L-rd as only life can do. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Globs of Fat

 

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So I went to get my flu shot today in the office. 


Yes, it’s that time of year to start getting ready for Winter and all the germs that come with it. 


Anyway, while I was at the health center, they had this model of what body fat looks like. 


It was sort of just laying right on the table in the waiting room–yeah a big ick! 


It said:

“Globs of Fat

This glob represents the look and feel of 5 pounds of body fat.”


And this thing was enormous, bigger than someones hand, maybe even two hands. 


There was some text about another 1 pound piece of body fat, but I didn’t see that lying around anywhere (and frankly the 5 pound glob was enough to get the point without comparison). 


This fat demonstration would make practically anyone want to chuck the carbohydrates and forever.


Pizza, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, cereal, crackers, cookies, cakes–be gone!


Having recently done this myself, I can really appreciate how important this is and also how hard it can be. 


The food industry has us addicted to this crap and really it should be illegal. 


The high carb diet in America is truly of epidemic proportions and is potentially catastrophic to our health and longevity.


The only thing that glob of fat is good for is tossing it out the window and into the garbage dump. 


A high carb diet that makes people fat is death and we want to live! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Driving Your Organization Off A Cliff

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So life is generally supposed to be a series a peaks and valleys. 


There are highs, but also lows.  


No one and nothing can perform at peak all the time. 


Like the commandment to keep the Shabbat, everyone needs a rest. 


And studies have shown that getting a healthy dose of sleep, pause, and rest in life is healthy.


When we force ourselves or others to perform past their “designed” limits, then we risk a breakdown. 


Machines break and people can break. 


The risks are either explosion or implosion: some people can frighteningly “go postal” and others end up on psychiatric medication or even sick and in the hospital. 


What is key to remember is that you can push the limits of performance so far, but then no further without a healthy, recuperative rest period and down time. 


If you want to raise the bar on yourself, others, or your organization, you need to do it strategically so there is a surge forward and then a normative recovery and energy buildup again. 


As we all know, life is a marathon and not a sprint, and the journey is as important as the destination. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Alan Levine)

Losing The Weight

Superman

So when I was young, I may have aspired to be Superman.  


Now, I am a little more realistic in my dreams and understanding of my capabilities. 


Since my hips started deteriorating almost 3 years ago, and I had the 2 hip replacements, it has been challenging at times with mobility and of course, weight gain. 


But as I continue to get back to myself, some people have been particularly encouraging and inspiring to me.  


One is a terrific doctor that my wife had recommended, and she told me straight up to just lose the weight. 


She told me about JuicePlus pills–which I found a cheaper version with JuiceFestiv that are capsules for organic fruit and vegetables that energizes and also fills you up. 


She also told me simply what her principle has been, “Eat half!” 


Next, I am grateful to my friend, Jacob Elbaz, who told me how he wants me around a long time as a friend and with my family.  


He also had good advice, “Just one pound a week…how hard is that?”


Finally, I am grateful to my wife who in a most caring way is cooking the right foods now and making me lots of healthy mush–some of it even edible.


With G-d’s help, I believe that I can do it!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Insomnia Hurts Like Hell

Insomnia

Insomnia is a horrible ailment that many people suffer with and they do this in the dark and in silence. 


Because when the rest of the world is sleeping, you are lying in bed like a log awake–and not sure how you going to get to sleep or stay awake the next day.


What follows are sleepless nights, sometimes groggy days, and anxiety about even going to bed at night. 


How do I know this?


I’ve been battling insomnia since my hip’s deteriorated painfully, and I had a number of hip replacement surgeries, and a lengthy recovery process, including lots of swimming. 


Despite melatonin, warm baths, and even some sleeping meds, my nights were filled with plenty of staring at the ceiling alternating with tossing and turning in bed. 


I was almost at the point of giving up hope on being able to sleep normally again, and then something occurred to me. 


Stop the meds and just pray!


Over a few days I weaned off the sleep meds, and was feeling really crappy and headachy. 


But the real difference was when I got into bed, I remembered and recited the prayers of my youth from before bedtime. 


And I added for G-d to please help me sleep normally again.


The very first night…I slept perfectly!


Now, it’s been three nights in a row–in Judaism, we call that a chazakah (something that is established). 


I am so grateful to G-d for returning me to restful sleep-filled nights–thank you Hashem!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Blogging On Percocet

1 Day Post Op

So I’m one day post op from my 2nd hip replacement.


They definitely gave me a little too much Percocet this morning and on an empty stomach too…so I’m still feeling a little nauseous and loopy. 


I had my first physical therapy this morning and there is another planned for this afternoon.


It was really hard to walk and every little step was in pain…I asked the nurse half jokingly whether it was okay to curse as we went down the hall with the walker.


While I realize that I still have quite a way to go, I am glad to be starting the process of getting back on my feet again.


I am grateful to G-d for all his mercy, for my family and friends,(especially Dossy here with me and my very understanding daughters who put up with my kvetching through all this), and the superior surgical and medical care that I realize not everyone in the world has so readily available. 


Thank you to everyone for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. 😉

Medicine Back When

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I thought you may find these photos interesting of how medicine used to be–not all that long ago.

 
I took these at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. 
 
1) The Circo Electric Bed rotates a patient 210 degrees to help them go from a prone to a vertical position; push the button and you go almost loop de loop. 
 
2) A Hospital Ward–no private or semi-private rooms yet; say hello to a dozen or so neighboring patients sharing a room, moaning and groaning, each their own. 
 
3) An X-ray–say cheese as this machine peers inside your body, hopefully not emitting too much radiation to the patient.
 
4) An operation–looks serious, almost like an alien abduction, hope they had plenty of anesthesia so it didn’t hurt. 
 
Okay, medicine has come a long way…but we’re not there yet, not by a medical tricorder longshot. 😉 
 
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)