I am a mechanical engineer born in 1953 with a lifetime interest in outdoor activities and fitness. My lovely wife of 44 years, Karen, and I live in Morgan Hill, Ca, a bit south of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have gone through and rehabbed from three major surgeries: two hip replacements, and a … Continue reading Welcome
I wrote this about a week before my surgery, during my "stayventures" period. This is a favorite local bike-hike of mine. The last mishap I had, along with tearing my rotator cuff, also strained my achilles, so I've been babying it for a few weeks with no hiking. It was nice to be able to … Continue reading Surpentine Trail to Rosendin Point
I came across this video on Netflx. Grant Korgan is a talented multi-sport athlete (mostly outdoorsy stuff like skiing and mountain biking). He gets injured badly in a snowmobile accident, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, although he starts to get some use back in his legs during rehab. His wonderful wife Shawna happens … Continue reading “The Push”
This was written on June 9th, part of my backlog of "stayventures". The other day I rode by Redwood retreat road southwest of Morgan Hill and said I'd return to it soon. I decided to do that today. This road dead ends after 7.09 km (4.4 miles), with really nice scenery on the way. Mostly … Continue reading Redwood Retreat and Mt Madonna Roads
I had a funny incident today on my walk. My achilles, which I strained back on May 8 in the same hiking fall that tore my rotator cuff, is finally feeling good, so I went for an hour today. This is me setting out. A few minutes into my walk I passed a young woman … Continue reading You Shouldn’t Be Walking!
A lot has been written on this topic, including an entire book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey and Eric Hagerman. Exercise helps with mental health issues like stress, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It also plays a helpful role in treating addiction. The latest book I've read on … Continue reading Mental Benefits of Exercise
Our little town has a nice little parade each year. It's so popular people show up more than a week in advance and stake out their claim to a seating area. But I'm fortunate enough to live less than a mile away so I can just walk to it and watch while walking. It was … Continue reading Happy 4th!
More “no-junk” motivation…
Full disclosure: I ate Ho Ho’s and Twinkies as a kid and loved them just like the other kids. But, I was a child and didn’t know any better. I’m not a kid any more and wouldn’t think of eating them now. We didn’t know better back in the 40’s and 50’s. My mom used to give us Wonder Bread slices slathered with butter and topped with sugar as a treat. My dentist safaried in Africa on that treat years later.
Let’s look closely at a package of Ho Ho’s. There are three cupcakes inside. I was amazed to see that the serving size is all three, the whole package. Usually, they break it down to a smaller number to reduce the caloric count. One serving of the Ho Ho’s yields 370 calories, according to Calorie Count.
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When I started this blog I wanted to recount my story of coming back from three major surgeries, and still staying active and healthy while aging. What I did not have in mind was recounting the continuing saga of rehabbing from new issues. I’m in my second rehab this year. After bouncing back from my … Continue reading On Staying Positive While Rehabbing Multiple Times
This is a report of a ride about a week and a half before my shoulder surgery. I went for a shorter ride today on my hybrid with more off-road thrown in. I like to ride in the dirt all though I have limited mountain bike skills and am on stern Doctors orders not to … Continue reading Local Dirt
I was surprised to hear from Dr Wong, my surgeon, that he wanted to see me ASAP and not wait for my next followup. He said it appears one of my anchors had shifted and possibly come loose. As a bit of background, I got a double-row repair. This is more secure and is a … Continue reading Rotator Cuff Slight Glitch