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?

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