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Annoying Diet Terms

I work in an interesting environment; filled with people who care way too much about how they look and people who should probably care more… Every day I have conversations with both of these groups of people and there are some terms that I would love to eradicate:

I am a “foodie.”

No you are not. You just don’t have any discipline. Guess who else likes food? Me. I just don’t feel the need to splurge on my food intake every single day.

I’m a total “wino.”

Oh, wow! I really like that word because it sounds so much nicer than “alcoholic.” I’m sorry, but if you are one of those people doing 2hrs of cardio every day to make up for the bottle of wine you top off every dinner with, you have a freaking problem and need to go to meetings.

Friday was my “carb loading” day.

You mean your “cheat day”? I’m sorry, but unless you are 1 week out from a bodybuilding show, its not carb loading. It’s binge eating. Stop making it sound so scientific. You could just be honest with yourself and say “On Friday I didn’t give a crap about my diet.” This term will most likely be used by someone who has major self-image issues, looks great, but doesn’t know it, and they feel guilty for having a piece of fruit after noon.

Thank you for reading my rant. I feel better now and am going back to work. 🙂

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Congress: Pizza is a Vegetable!

Have you heard? Congress recently rejected a bill that would call for stricter nutrition standards in school lunches. Their argument was essentially that as long as a slice of pizza had 2 Tbsp of tomato sauce, it could be considered a vegetable. Besides the fact that tomatoes are fruits and not vegetables at all, this is just complete and utter stupidity. To make this even crazier, they are also considering french fries as a serving of vegetables. Hey, at least they classified potatoes correctly!  It is sad that children are being the victims of horrible decisions based on money, and that their declining health is the outcome of those decisions.  I can go on and on about this, but you already know what I am going to say.

So…. let’s move on.

I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Things that I am thankful for:

My wife.

My family.

My health.

My career and my clients.

Life itself and the experiences that come with it.

All of you who follow my blog and give me a reason to write.

Please travel safe and try to keep in mind what this holiday is supposed to be about. And remember, pumpkin pie IS a vegetable!

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Is Your Massage Therapist Good or Knot?

Your body gets put through the ringer every day. Sitting, standing up, walking up and down stairs, running to cross the street, bending over to pick something you dropped, and hardly ever stretching. Regardless of your daily pattern, you have a DAILY PATTERN. What this means is that you are most likely repeating certain movements over and over again without realizing it. This can lead to muscles being shortened or overactive. Lets say for example that Muscle A and Muscle B help move a joint in the same direction, but Muscle A is the “prime mover”, and Muscle B’s job is to help keep the joint stable during movement. Muscle C moves the joint in the opposing direction. Now lets pretend that something has caused Muscle C to become shortened. Maybe you have a knot, or maybe it is overused and never stretched (happens all the time). If Muscle C is shortened, then chances are Muscle A will become lengthened and will only be able to produce a fraction of its normal force to help move that joint. What’s so bad about that? You won’t notice. That’s the problem. Somebody is going to have to take over for the work that Muscle A is no longer able to do, and that somebody is Muscle B. Muscle B, however, is only built to handle smaller loads, because his job is to keep the joint stable during movement- not to move the joint by himself. This can cause inflammation and discomfort  in Muscle B.

So now Muscle B is hurting and achy so you go to your local spa. It smells nice, they are playing soothing music to help you relax, and your massage therapist walks in and asks if anything is bothering you. You say “Yes!”, and you point to Muscle B. Here is where you know if you have a good massage therapist or “knot”:

Your rookie massage therapist is going to unleash his/her wrath on Muscle B. They will dig in and say, “Wow! This one is really bad!” Then they will dig, dig, dig some more. They spend a huge chunk of time on this one area. Two things can happen here:

  1. The inflammation can increase because they have prodded way too much on a muscle that was already aggravated when you walked in. This kinda sucks for you, but is also a great reason to find a new massage therapist.
  2. You can feel relief. What’s so bad about that? The discomfort is going to keep coming back, and you are going to end up spending WAY too much money and time on massages.

Why is the discomfort going to keep coming back? Read the first paragraph again and see if you can guess. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Did you figure it out?

A good massage therapist is going to be able to see that although Muscle B should be worked on to help it relax, it is not the problem. Muscle C is the one that caused all of this in the first place! Remember? Muscle C is the one that was shortened, causing Muscle A to leave it’s duties to little Muscle B, who is now screaming in agony because he is overworked.

This happens all of the time with people who sit in front of a computer every day. Do you know anybody like that? 🙂 They sit with their head and arms forward, their shoulders sloped. This shortens the Pectoralis Major & Minor (your chest muscles). If your shoulders start to stay in that sloped position, your Upper and Middle Trapezius Muscle fibers (run across the top of your shoulders and the back of your neck) can become overworked, from holding your head up all day.

Stretching helps a ton. The only problem is that you cannot stretch a knot. So try to find yourself a good massage therapist, or better yet, an Active Release Technique practitioner (ART). Here are some good resources in the Orange County Area:

Wellness Choice Center: Corrective Chiropractic and Massage Therapy,                        www.wellnesschoicecenter.com

Dr. Sebastian Gonzalez @ P3 Sports Care, Inc: Active Release Technique and Chiropractic, www.p3sportscare.com

Dr. John Saddik @ Spinal & Sports Wellness Center: Active Release Technique and Chiropractic, www.drsaddik.com

 

 

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Losing My Stage Virginity…

Last weekend I did something that I never would have seen myself do. Not in a million years!

For the last few months I have been working out hard. Really hard. I have been spending WAY too much time critiquing myself in the mirror, obsessing about any and all imperfections. I may not be able to stop my hair from falling out, but can I get my calves to grow? Fill out my shoulders? Tighten up my abs? That I CAN do.

I have been shaving my legs and getting spray tans- all the while laughing at myself. I am a simple person from a simple town. What am I doing??

After months of preparation, Saturday was show time. I was smooth, tanned, and ready to step on stage at my very 1st fitness competition!

I had a blast! I did not place, but I was very happy with the way that I looked. I am happy that I competed and I hope that I can continue to do things like this (things that motivate my clients to achieve their goals as well).

If you want to see some pictures of me and the guys that kicked my butt, go to www.musclecontest.com

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