May I Grow Old Gracefully?

Depending on whether I can live to a ripe old age and perhaps given a chance to see some grand children, I wonder if I will be allowed to grow old gracefully?

What do I mean? Well our bodies were not built to last forever. With a little care and concern for our bodies early on in our lives, we may be able to extend the ‘expiry’ date. Even slowdown the onset of aging and the problems that come with it .

However when the body starts failing? Then what? Having to deal with knee problems, back problems, loss of sight, high blood pressure, arthritis are just a handful of the common ones. So with all these constant nagging pains, how graceful would I be?

Not being able to see clearly coupled with some or all of the ailments would make me clumsy and prone to accidents. If I am staying with family, then I might constantly worry about being a burden. It can really be downright depressing especially when I was once upon a time fit, able and independent.

The most troubling would be the deterioration of my mental faculties. Memory loss would be a sheer nightmare! Forgetting where I put my things just ten minutes earlier. Constantly repeating myself over and over again. And the most devastating, would be to lose some or all the wonderful memories accumulated over the years!

Then comes the most terrifying bit, losing the ability to imagine, to be creative and having to kiss mental acumen goodbye.

All each and everyone of us can pray or hope for, is to be allowed to grow old gracefully. And to have the love and support of family.

*sighs* Well for now……….Que Sera Sera

On a lighter note, perhaps I should get hold of this book instead! Ha ha….

All I Want For Christmas….

Wowee! lately it seems the in-thing to do is blog about what you want for Christmas. Make sense doesn’t it? Just like what they do on the web at a Gift Registry…at least the chances of what getting what you want or can actually use is so very much higher.

That is if you list stuff that people can afford or is within a reasonable budget. Of course you can try your luck and list very expensive stuff as well, and so if wishes were horses beggars might ride!



This may sound ‘blonde’ but all I want for Christmas is…………………………………..

*winks*

My Top Ten Favourite Chrismas Carols/Songs

I most definitely have more than ten that I like but here is a list of ten of my all time favourites!

In random order….

  • The Christmas Song
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • O Holy Night
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  • Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
  • Baby’s First Christmas
  • Christmas Alphabet
  • Winter Wonderland
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • O Come All Ye Faithful

Sheesh!..it’s quite hard just listing Ten……Oh well….. :)

6 “SURE THINGS” FOR BURNING THE FAT – Part 3

BY TOM VENUTO

Writing a series of lessons on “sure things” for fat loss is
not as easy as you’d think. There are so many opinions about
the “right way” to eat for getting leaner, that getting all the
experts to agree on anything occurs about as often as Haley’s
comet flies by.

Even the subject of dietary fat is hugely controversial. Just
mention “saturated fat is bad for you” in a nutrition forum
these days and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

But when it comes to one particular type of fat, the vote is
virtually unanimous:  Omega-3 fatty acids are sure things for
your health. Even better: Scientists are beginning to uncover
the important roles they play in the fat burning process as well.

Omega-3 fatty acids are labeled “essential” because your body
can’t manufacture them, so you must get them from the food
you eat (much like certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals).

Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from plant or animal sources.

The richest animal source of omega-3 is fatty fish such as salmon,
mackerel, albacore tuna, rainbow trout, sardines or herring.

The fat in fish contains two important long-chain polyunsaturated
omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA). These appear to be the major players responsible for
the biological activity in fish oil that produces the long list
of benefits.

The richest plant sources of omega-3 fats are flaxseeds or flaxseed
oil.  Flaxseed contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which your
body can convert into DHA and EPA.

The list of potential health benefits from eating these “good fats”
is so long, that if you couldn’t look up the scientific references
to confirm them for yourself, you would swear I was just pulling
your leg.

Peer-reviewed research has been published on fish oil and omega-3 fats
for the treatment, management or prevention of ALL these conditions:

cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, high blood
pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, inflammatory diseases, joint pain,
arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney disease, prostate cancer, colon
cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, crohn’s disease, ulcerative
colitis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, sickle cell anemia, glaucoma, lupus, multiple
sclerosis, fibromyalgia, cirrhosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue
syndrome, menstrual symptoms, psoriasis, diabetes, insulin resistance,
migraines, response to stress, bipolar disorder, depression, psychological
disorders, and metabolic syndrome.

Okay, so omega 3 fats are healthy stuff, we can all agree on that!

Here’s why I also suggest that omega-3 fats should be added to the
list of “sure things for fat loss”:

At least a half a dozen human studies and more than two dozen animal
studies in the last 10 years suggest that the omega-3 fatty acids
found in fish may help you burn more fat or at the very least that
they play an important role in the fat burning process, or that
a deficiency could inhibit fat burning.

Some studies found that omega 3 fats may function as fuel partitioners
and increase fat oxidation. This means that omega-3’s shift glucose
toward glycogen storage and direct fatty acids away from body fat
formation and toward fatty acid oxidation.

Omega-3 fatty acids also enhance the expression of the Uncoupling
protein 3 (UCP3) gene in skeletal muscle. Scientists say that this
may indirectly increase energy expenditure by dissipating calories
as heat.

Other potential mechanisms include increased sensitivity to the
“anti starvation hormone” leptin, decreased insulin, reduced
fat cell proliferation and improved cell membrane fluidity.

It’s an exciting area of research and a highly publicized one as well.

If you pay attention to the news or read any fitness or nutrition
literature, you probably already know about the benefits of omega-3
fats – it’s no secret anymore.

What’s shocking is the fact that most people are still deficient
in omega-3 fats, according to the latest statistics.

As with that other “super food” – vegetables – most people seem
to know that they “should” be eating more healthy fats, but they
still don’t do it.

This gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it is a
real problem, when it’s so easy to take advantage of the benefits
of this incredible “power nutrient.”

Here are 7 tips that can accommodate both vegetarians and
fish eaters alike:

1) eat fatty fish at least twice per week and even daily
if practical and economical for you. If not, you could
supplement with fish oil (2-3 grams of combined DHA/EPA daily)

2) Omega 6 fatty acids are also essential, but most people
have an unbalanced omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. This can be
remedied by increasing the omega 3 consumption and or
reducing the omega 6 consumption (by decreasing intake of
processed foods, refined grains, and supermarket cooking
oils, with the exception of extra virgin olive oil)

3) grind up flaxseeds and sprinkle them on salads or add
them to oatmeal, protein shakes or morning cereals. Alternately,
supplement with flaxseed oil; 1 tbsp is equivalent to 3 tbsp
flaxseeds (use as a supplement; Not for cooking)

4) snack on walnuts, which contain modest amounts of omega 3 fats

5) increase your consumption of leafy greens which
contain small amounts of omega 3 fats.

6) if you eat red meat, try game meats or grass fed
beef or bison. they dont have nearly the quantity
of omega-3 as marine sources, but they are higher in
omega-3 and have a better omega-3 to omega-6 ratio
than conventionally raised and fed beef.

7) Try omega-3 fortified eggs instead of regular eggs.

See how easy it is to get more omega-3?

With all the health benefits stacked on top of the potential
fat loss benefits, you simply can’t go wrong by making this
one change to your diet program – it’s a sure thing!

Book Review – Dead Wrong by J.A. Jance

Story outline :

Juggling a family and a career is never easy — and it’s becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Joanna needs are two serious crimes. First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all ten of his fingers savagely severed. Following the scant clues, Joanna learns that the victim was an ex-con who had served twenty years in prison after confessing to the murder of his pregnant wife. In his last days he was seen following and photographing a young woman.

Then one of Joanna’s officers is brutally attacked and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Because she’s one of their own, the department throws its resources into finding the officer’s attacker. But the murder haunts Joanna. Being a sheriff is no longer an empty title she wants to achieve — somehow it has become what she is. Her job is to avenge man’s inhumanity to man, and finding out who the victim was and why he is now dead is what she has been summoned to do with her life. Strapping on a bulletproof vest, she’ll risk everything to see that justice is done.

This is my first book from the Author, and I enjoyed it immensely. I loved Sheriff Joanna Brady’s character and how she manages her departments in her final stage of her pregnancy. With all the constant ‘fire fighting’ she and her team has to undertake while investigations are on the way and her struggle with the pregnancy certainly lends authenticity to a very well written story, even a very unique perspective.

The build up with all the various characters, real life situations and family issues makes this easy to read book highly entertaining!

DVD Weekend Playlist

  • Maria Full Of Grace- Starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Wilson  Guerrero, Evagelina Morales. Plot Outline – A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. Initially I thought it was some kind of spiritual film, but instead it was an eye opener to see the harsh realities of life and how some of the drug lords operate.  The film is in Spanish and won awards during the Sundance Film Festival 2004, Berlin Awards and more.
  • Walking Tall The Payback- Starring Kevin Sorbo, Yvette Nipar, Gail Cronauer.  Plot Outline –  A man goes back to his hometown that is now overrun with crime and single-handedly takes justice into his own hands. It was entertaining but I can’t really say I enjoyed it all that much.  I remember Bo Svenson when he acted the part of Sheriff Buford and he did a great job.  ‘The Rock’ also made him look good, but Kevin Sorbo well he was just okay to me.  Besides there is quite a fair bit of plot holes in the movie.
  •  Walking Tall : Lone Justice- Starring Kevin Sorbo, Yvette Nipar, Elisabeth Barondes, Rodrigo Del La Rosa.  Much better storyline but the fight scenes were just not that great.
  • 28 Weeks Later – Starring Cathering McCormack, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Emily Beecham, Imogen Poots. Plot Outline- Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan. I didn’t realise that this was a sequel to an earlier film 28 Days Later.  I’ll admit that the zombie attack sequences were quite thrilling but other than that, this movie was a waste of time!

  • Random Pre-Christmas Pics Of Kenan

    Can I take this one home for our tree?

    What’s this house doing at Causeway Point?

    Mirror..mirror..on the wall..who is the cheekiest of them all?

    Dinner At Pasta De Waraku

    It’s been a while since I’ve met with some old friends from the forum I frequent, and once again I had a great time. Even managed to get to know three of whom I’ve never met before a little better.

    This time round, dinner was at Pasta De Waraku in Marina Square. I had walked past the restaurant before and it never occured to me to try it out as I couldn’t get past the idea of having Japanese infused Pasta offerings. Anyhow in good company, I am always game to try out new things.

    Quite a fair bit of what we ordered looked bland or rather lacked colour in presentation. Perhaps that is why some of the food was served in unusually large or small plates and bowls, to make up for the lack of presentation? But at the end of the day, what matters the most is the taste of the food right? And Yes I would say the food tasted good!

    After dinner some of us moved on to Gloria Jeans for coffee, cake and more banter! What makes this group unique, is that we are all from different walks of life and majority leading different lifestyles. But together, we are just a wild bunch of 30s! Oh and the best part, ’30s’ is just a term of endearment not all members are even 30 yet.

    Pasta Selection on display

    Bacon, Mushroom & Egg Pasta

    My Impersonation of Remy from Ratatouille fame

    Having a go at Ivan’s Squid Inked Pasta…*shivers*

     

    Liz’s Salad in a gigantic bowl being tossed…see pic above

     

    Unlikely Twins

     

    Ms. Sweden…hee hee

    Prayer before the food comes…..

    My Latte! Pity they don’t come in regular cups!

    Pistachio Topped Carrot Cake

    Gloria Jean’s Angels

    The King & I….erm scratch that…the Queen & I

    Click here for the Queen’s take on the evening!

     

    :) My Dominant Right Brain :(

    I got this article off an email link to an Australian News website and I’m literally dumbfounded! It is actually a simple test to see if you have a dominant side. When I first saw the dancer, she was only moving in an anti-clockwise direction. When I looked away to read the text then looked back at her again she was turning in a clockwise direction. And ever since then I cannot seem to see her moving in an anti-clockwise direction!

    I thought it might be a trick so I asked my Mrs to have a go, and she seems to be able to see her switch directions every few minutes while I can’t! Well at a certain point I gave up and just concentrated on the dancer’s figure…ha ha

    *Update* Just experimented and it works! I can finally compel myself to see her switch directions simply by doing some simple mental mathematics!

    dancer.gif

    IT’S the Great Right Brain vs Left Brain Test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

    If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

    Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

    LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
    uses logic uses feeling
    detail oriented “big picture” oriented
    facts rule imagination rules
    words and language symbols and images
    present and past present and future
    maths and science philosophy & religion
    can comprehend can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
    knowing believes
    acknowledges appreciates
    order/pattern perception spatial perception
    knows object name knows object function
    reality based fantasy based
    forms strategies presents possibilities
    practical impetuous
    safe risk taking

    Our Christmas Tree

    Well here’s to show you that I’m serious about getting into the Christmas Spirit! Yay! I can now strike off item one in the Todolist below….*grins*

    Here is our seven year old Christmas Tree, that is if memory serves me right! Could be older….

    Oh Christmas Tree…Oh Christmas Tree!

    Almost every year I’ve thought of replacing the Angel on top with a Big Bright Star but each and every year as I gaze upon that angelic face, the urge to do so disappears.

    *sings in Elvis’s voice* Angel….with those Angel eyes….

    Our Christmas Guardian Angel

    Gotta Get Me Some Christmas Spirit

    Growing up I had always looked forward to Christmas, but somehow along the way to adulthood it gets tougher each and every year to get into the spirit of things.  Some years it feels like a chore! But hey I ain’t giving up….No siree!

    Now let me try a different approach, perhaps by creating a todolist to get into the spirit of things might help….so here goes……

    • Start by putting up the Christmas Tree
    • Play some Christmas Carols
    • Watch some old Christmas Themed Movies
    • Try to remember that Christmas is only once a year and get into the spirit of giving, presents aren’t expected to be expensive.
    • For Christians, remember the real reason for Christmas and why we celebrate it.
    • Good or bad it is the countdown to the end of the year and the hopeful beginning to a brighter year ahead.

    Hmmm….well I’m sure that must be more to add on but hey it’s a start!

    What about you? How do you get yourself into the chrismassy mood?

    Beowulf (2007)

    Okay so I said I was going to wait for the DVD, but I had free tickets and the Mrs wanted to catch it! Besides I also I wanted to see what the hype was all about.

    Overall the storyline was good and the 3D characters were a sight to behold, but I just felt that this could have been an Epic Classic if they used real life characters instead.  Hence the movie in my opinion was soulless! CGI based on current technology just cannot capture or rather display the human elements….you know, the look, the feel and the range of emotions.

    Also maybe it was just the Movie Theatre  I was in, but I had to strain my ears to hear certain parts of the conversations.  Parts where Grendel who already has a speech impairment was talking and when some of the other cast with accents were mumbling, made me feel like I was watching a foreign film! Without subtitles! At least the chinese folks in the Theatre could understand every word because at least they had Chinese subtitles throughout!

    Lastly I already mentioned that the storyline was good, but I cannot help but feel that there were chunks of the story missing.  And I am not talking about the way it ended, which was okay by me.  Anyhow go watch it yourself and see if you agree with me.

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