Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

One of the best books you can buy on fitness is called “Stretching” by Bob Anderson and illustrated by Jean Anderson. You can order Stretch and Strength Charts for your home gym or exercise area from:
Stretching Inc.
Box 767
Palmer Lake, Colo. 80133
1(800)333-1307
http://shelterpub.com
shelter@shelterpub.com

Bob Anderson offers stretching charts for the following: Aerobic Exercise, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boardsailing, Bowling, Computer and Desk, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Everyday (general), Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Groin/Hip, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, In-Line Skating, Kids, Legs, Lower Back, Martial Arts, Motorcross, Neck/Shoulder/Arms, Over 50, Partners, Pregnancy, Racquetball/Handball/Squash, Rodeo, Rowing, Running, Skiing (Downhill), Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Walking, Weight Training, Wrestling, X-Country Skiing.
He also offers pocket sized cards for running, cycling, every day or travelers.

It’s beneficial to intellectualize your fitness regime and become knowledgeable about health simultaneously.  Good fitness may start in the brain!  See below Fitness Book List:

Fitness Book List

Stretching, By Bob Anderson
Stretching at Your Computer Desk, By Bob Anderson
Getting in Shape Workout Programs for Men & Women, By Bob Anderson
Alexander Technique, By Wilfred Barlow
Awareness Through Movement, By Moshe Feldenkrais
Bike Tripping, By Tom Cuthbertson
Breathing, What You Need to Know, By Ruth and Edward Brecher
The Complete Book of Running, By James Fixx
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, By Elizabeth Noble
Foot and Ankle Pain, By Rene Cailliet
Guidelines To Successful Jogging, By Rory Donaldson
Healthful Eating Without Confusion, By Paul Bragg
Helping Yourself With Foot Reflexology, By Mildred Carter
Hypokinetic Disease, Disease Produced By Lack of Exercise, By Hans Kraus
The Knee in Sports, By Karl K. Klein
Knee Pain and Disability, By Rene Cailliet
The Knees: Growth-Development and Activity Influences, By Karl K. Klein
Low Back Pain Syndrome, By, Rene Cailliet
The Massage Book, By George Downing
Mucusless Diet Healing System, By Prof. Arnold Ehret
New Aerobics, By Kenneth Cooper
Oh My Aching Back, By Leon Root and Thomas Kiernan
Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries, By John Pagliano
Richards Bicycle Book, By Richard Ballantine
Run, Run, Run, By Fred Wilt
Runner’s Medical Guide, By Richard Magni
Running Free, By Joan Ullyot
The Shocking Truth About Water, By Paul Bragg
Super Brain Breathing, By Paul C. Bragg
Touch For Health, By John F. Thie
Treatment of Injuries to Athletes, Don H. O’Donoghue
Track Technique, By Fred Wilt
Van Aaken Method, By Ernst Van Aaken
The Mindful Practice of Falun Gong, Meditation, Health and Wellness Beyond, By Dr. Margaret Trey
Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi
Light on Pranayama, the Yogic Art of Breathing, By B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar, His Life and Work, By Iyengar
Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan, By Richard Hittleman’s
Yoga for Women, Nancy Phelan and Nancy Volin

The majority of the book list is extracted from the bibliography in “Stretching” By Bob Anderson pg. 189

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #37

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #37
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

An OB/GYN said that 50% of women have uterine fibroid tumors. Some have reported grape sized others have reported grapefruit sized. Wikipedia may be somewhere to curate a binder on technical women’s health. Try searching a variety of topics and printing pages for a binder.

It’s good to throw out old make up just like it’s good to practice culinary’s FIFO-first in, first out or just check your pantries sell by dates and rid of all your unsafe products and make up.

Drops in the eyes, such as Thera Tears and Refresh are a beauty secret that gives your eyes a twinkle and health. Drops also help lubricate and wake up tired eyes. Beware of eyes that get irritated by perfumes and can get bacterial infections. Heavy perfumes can be dangerous to the eyes.

You might want to try getting a large plastic bin and throwing all your mending into it. Some time you will mend and have all these old new clothes. You can darn favorite socks that get a hole. It’s nice to keep a sewing project going all the time. Try your local public library for good sewing and craft books. Try making a mouse puppet or a mola or a quilt. You can check books out then order them later at home on Amazon.com to build your craft library and start up projects. You can also turn closets or walk in closet or extra rooms into sewing nooks which can always be a good time. Add a little boom box or an IPOD and some little hard candies, have bins for fabrics and a tackle box for threads and scissors and bin for patterns. Fit projects into little bags to keep track.

Goodreads.com is a good place to search for books and classics ideas. It’s nice to start reading goals and record in a book log all the books you read. Some read even 388 books a year. 1 book through the week, one on the weekend and check out four at the library on a subject of choice.

Scarves are a nice way to quickly spruce up your look. Even wrapping your head in a scarf like a babushka is romantic and beautifying. Scarves around the neck add haughtiness. Earrings are another quick spruce. Always be on the look- out when traveling or online or in catalogs for nice earrings.

Doctors often when you’re in their office and say you have pain will ask you to pinpoint the pain to see if for example you have pain in your muscle or pain from your bone. It makes a huge difference for your back if you have maybe a worn out disk, or need a muscle relaxer for strain, or a steroid to build your spine up.

It’s also good to sometimes change to a doctor who specializes in some of your key issues. If you find you are having prolonged issues maybe you can talk to more doctors or see a different doctor for new advice. Some primary care specialize in orthopedic areas others in OB/GYN others in other things.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The best TLC for the blues is a haircut. If your pony tail is not thick and you are unable to make a bun, perhaps you have a fine hair and may look better in a bob or shorter cut. Thicker hair generally looks better long and can go into those pony loops, pony tails, buns, front braid, French braids and on and on.
Salons are the ultimate change agents. It’s interesting when one decides in a hairstyle or just a basic trim or classic look. Make sure you get the sharpest scissors for nice ends. If you by chance have fine hair, one stylist recommends blow drying it up, then coming down for volume. If by chance you want more volume, you can use a round vented brush and a thin stream direct nozzle to blow curling up ends then reverse and blow curling under the second time. What can also be nice for fine hair that can’t have too many products may be products like Infusium and a hairspray spritz like Aveda’s Witch Hazel. You can also try spritzing ends you are curling with hairspray for more hold or sometimes for straighter or smoother looks. Try Infusium and air drying for a natural softer fluffier look.  It works differently on different hair, but generally a good hair tonic for most hair.
The basic point is to really analyze your hair. Is it fine, is it thick, what complements my face shape, would bangs, would a friar cut or a China Doll cut, or a curly natural look? The best test is the pony tail test. Some buns that are too thin from fine hair can look really horrific. Sometimes that would suggest perhaps a medium length or a shorter cut?
It’s also nice if you’re growing your hair to prune back and thicken when taking vitamins like Biotin. To thicken prune back. Think about no style vs. style? There are also some very beautiful bouffant styles.
You can think back to bushy Yoko Ono hair circa the “Imagine” Album for good natural long looks.

Paul Mitchell and Aveda both have good smoothing agents.  Try Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoo, Lavender and Mint Moisturizer, and Lemon Sage Body building shampoo-all available online from ulta.com. 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

It’s good to first look at all the remedies you can try for a knee pain for example like: Steroids, exercises, insoles in shoes, joint juice, weight loss, Tiger Balm massage, ice or heat, aspirins, compression socks, sitting/standing/laying percentages, yoga, stretching overall body, stretching all parts of knee, physical therapy, Voltarin gels, and finally-if none of that works or does work in some ways, try surgery.

Surgery in the end can really remedy an acute problem and cure it. Sometimes there are perhaps 4 things wrong-maybe you have a meniscus tear, a dislocation, and arthritis or are overweight. Perhaps you have to pin down your problems and address each of them. Surgery can heal long term ailments.

Then of course there is the after-care following surgery. Wounds may bleed or drain and you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean wounds and to remove the blood stains from your clothes like one hardcore nurse for a menstruating patient.

What one may simply do is create a list for your loved ones to pick up for you like: canned soups, case of Vernos for the nausea, orange juice, Activa Probiotics, laundry detergent and bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, gauze, an Ace Bandage, Band-Aid bandages, Triple Ointment, crutches, aspirin for fever or pain relief or swelling, and numbers to reach on call doctors should you have any problems. A caring loved one and a list, can save a distressed patient after returning from the hospital. Good to have those kinds of “First Aid,” items on hand anyway.

You can also make up your own pretend hospital bed with white bleached sheets, which is always fun when you are healing to create for yourself a sterile and welcoming place to heal. Keep a set of sheets that are your home hospital sheets.

Part of extended after care can be to get your scars removed after wounds have turned into scars. You can see a plastic surgeon to have scars removed.

Once you’re back on the block and you decide to return to the gym for a light work out and do your rehabilitation exercises, what can be nice is to strap on a velcro waist support to start molding your waist line, low impact. The heat and tightening should show some results. It’s also nice to get some 18 Hour Bra’s as another “low impact” way to tighten the waist and lift the breasts-you can train your body, especially when you are just returning to working out. In these ways you’re working out, when you’re not working. Then once you are feeling committed and tenacious, you can draw up a fitness plan. Perhaps ease your way with your ailing part and work other areas, perhaps upper body.

Later on you can graduate into yoga and dance. One yogi was featured in a “Natural Awakening Magazine” as a 30 year practitioner and looked sun kissed, supple and deeply beautiful.

Finally what can really perk up one’s life is creating a “fantasy” for your life (eg. A writers life) and writing a “Life Guide.”
Include in your “Life Guide,” dates, career plans, transitions, education, businesses and long term goals and map out your whole life if you can? Many things you can plan and the more planning the more prepared. After you get older you may settle into a career trajectory or business and your life gels and forms. Try to put some fun things “on deck” and plan an interesting life for yourself.

Another wonderful thing to do in winter is pick up some Blistek Medicated Mint Balm in a little green tube, it softens lips nicely.

A lot of times what we write in emails, chronicles our lives and feelings. What’s nice is to get a spiral notebook and paste in emails and type journal entries for a little homemade journal, from more than one perspective. One is what you tell people, which may be candid and the other is your journal or diary to yourself. Try getting glue sticks and pasting in things. Many writer’s, enjoy journalistic development as one of their styles. Try a multi perspective style of pasted emails and write ups and other interesting memorabilia, even calendars from “Time and Date” to remember your life as it was at one special time. You can use it to piece together memoirs or autobiographies or histories later.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fall can bring out the warmest and softest clothing like a snowflake fleece favorite or a Pooh Bear sweater.  It’s interesting to contemplate new vs. old or crisp vs. eclectic.  Avoid the overly faded, unless that’s the look you’re going for.  It’s a nice time to look for a little capelet and go to an event or fundraiser.

You can almost one day sit down and figure out what will be your life’s work.  You can plan your talents and execute the plan.  For example you may like linguistics, music, art, poetry, and sewing.  You may become a pianist or a singer or a horn player.

Even giving can be something you may like to include in your trajectory.  Try to give regularly, it creates good karma and you start to live positively in people.  People may think highly of you and it creates respect for you.  When they think back on your “string” they will remember that kind thing you did for them and that becomes who you are to them.  When you give people associate you to “prosperity,” and think of you as having a surplus, not poverty.  Even after a period of impoverishment it may also be good for one’s own PR and self-esteem to give.  The people with the best PR give. You can easily give with Amazon or tips on blogs or donations to places you visit or to colleges.  Giving is always positive and good for you.  Try to remember birthdays and holidays as well.  Keep track of all your dear friends birthdays and send a personal, loving and caring gift.  You can send poems, recipes and a card with money-give! It’s good to  give to your children, so that when they grow up, they will also know how to give.

You can give your hands a peel with creams like “Salacyn.”  Salacyn can remove little rashes and things from the hands and peel the hands to deeply clean them of some disease and more clean in general.

Back pain is a common problem that sometimes occurs from arthritis, or worn out discs or a need for a straightening and to see a chiropractor.  It’s in your best interest to get an X-Ray and check for worn out discs and also to check for arthritis.  What can work are massages with Icy Hot, or a round of Steroids from a Spine Doctor and physical therapy, or a massage with Tiger Balm or an anti-inflammatory aspirin or joint juice and to straighten your spine perhaps with a velcro brace or corset style brace and whatever a chiropractor or spine doctor would recommend.  Also yoga can be good to have a nice elongated Kundalini as well as keep you young, supple and limber.

It’s really interesting the Vaseline that grows the skin and all those steroids that rebuild the bones plus joint juice.  Apparently over time it’s good to “rebuild” bones, joints and skin to look and feel good into old age.  Targeted steroids are really key for this for rebuilding.  I think the general idea is to keep rebuilding joints and bones that wear down.

 

 

 

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A big part of beauty is managing life’s rough turns that leave you with physical and sometimes even emotional scars.  Apparently “Vaseline” may be an underrated little gem.  Vaseline can be placed on some burns; even those with blisters as a protective layer and heal in amazing ways (Dermatologist recommended).  Another step can be to see a plastic surgeon or surgical nurse for scar removals with perhaps what is called an IKON machine.  Some surgical nurses have little tricks where they might cut something out and turn it into a scar, like a tattoo for example, then after it has turned into a scar, use scar removal devices.  Part of beauty is maintaining clear skin and skin that is scar free-and it can be done!  Even stretch marks etc. can be removed.

The CPAP device also truly works wonders to restore the cells, the skin and the lips.  You can notice really dramatic changes to the face after using it.  It is so aerating it can give you gas, but the results are dramatic.  Especially if you were one of these late smokers who killed skin cells, discolored lips and fingers.  CPAP is a godsend.  It may help with swimming and sports.  Getting oxygen is just simply something great to give the body that it truly, truly needs.

Another good tip I found recently was not completely blow drying the hair but scrunching it with the hands to give it a hand perm, then almost dry it so it has some spring back from the drying process and gets more curl.  If hand perms do not work, or perhaps another thing to try, you can pin the hair in forms with bobby pins while wet and let it dry then keep or remove the pins.  You can pin the hair up or make easy waves or finger waves or 1920’s styles or bouffant styles.  Make long hair, short hair with bobby pins.  Droopy and ringlet styles, kind of school teacher looks.

What is really great is maintaining all your new vitamin grown hair!!  If you ever tried  Biotin and Zinc, they form really interesting young newly sprouted hair!!  Be very gentle with your new hair.  Also to recap again to try to dry it partially not all the way and let it dry naturally as much as possible for the most beautiful hair.

One important aspect of health is having enough time to stretch.  A nice book to follow for home practice of yoga is Richard Hittleman’s, “Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan.”  There is an exercise at the beginning of Hittleman’s book where you bend your arms at the elbow and with palms facing outward to open the chest that is really wonderful.  Collect and learn stretching exercises from magazines, books, tapes, personal trainers, classes.  I would also highly recommend in car emphasized states to get a treadmill and spend some time walking or running.  Even simple hand weights and strap on weights then marching gracefully can do wonders.  One personal trainer uses steps and squeezing the buttocks inward with each step to firm the buttocks.

Actually holding the downward dog position in yoga works on the whole body and has some special magic this writer is trying to decode.  If you’re sick and have been bedridden try exercising right in bed or in your bedroom or collecting books and exercising alone.  One can be too sickly to go to a class after a long period of sickness and may produce gas in a yoga class from a sluggish colon.  Sometimes you can’t keep up with a class regimen and need to go at your own pace.  Don’t be afraid to get a file of exercises together by making copies etc. and just begin.  You might have a yoga book or try doing a few simple exercises you remember like downward dog, plank, chair, balancing, sun salutations, deep breathing. There are also personal trainers who can tailor things to your needs and are worth every penny.  It’s nice to designate space in your house for exercise.  Look for some place to walk or get a treadmill.  Be very careful to not never walk.  I heard about the Camino de Santiago in Spain that has a nice walking pilgrimage.  You may try taking a walking holiday of your own design or look for a good pilgrimage area.

A wonderful experience can be to work on the values that will guide your life.  To look at what will be others perception of you, but also what your life will stand for or be your life’s primary goal areas.  These are not daily or monthly goals but rather those things at the back of your head that guide you and become who you are.

What can really make or break a relationship can be what one’s perception is of you.  Perception becomes the “boxing in” of a friend or family member into a positive or negative idea.  Sometimes it has to do with a time period or the context of the relationship, one friend may see you as a revolutionary, another may see you as child or have known you in childhood.  Some friends don’t see you all the time and their perception may or may not enlarge in tandem with your growth.  You may want to steer clear of those you don’t feel have a very positive perception of you.  Two things to watch out for that impact your self-esteem are “perception” and “dimmer” qualities.  Some may hold you within an idea, whether it be astrological, work oriented, related to an experience, adventure, a particular skill, your looks, gift oriented, a sickness and others at times like to dim a person’s abilities to increase their own using a reductionist model.  Perception may also be one’s personal branding.  Those two items can impact beauty and one should be aware of them.  Something you can do is say not less, but more or invite them over-the general idea is to inform their idea of you, tell them about yourself a little so when they speak of you, your information is on a mental string, not a convoluted poor perception. High self-esteem-not ego, but quality, can serve you in these kinds of conflicts as well as sharing and being informative.  Keep up to date with friends and family and do not allow them to live in old perceptions without regard for your growth.

Last point, is about counter culture lifestyles or those who pierced and tattooed and desired to live in a subculture or choose an alternative lifestyle.  Some people will cross social taboos or lines and desire to be on the outside of those lines or choose a wholly creative path that is aligned with social and physical designs which I find interesting.  I may have desired it as a young woman with a nose ring and tattoos.  Even an actor may lead a counter cultural life style going from theater to theater, character to character.

You still find a lot of counter culture but you might find yourself wanting a nice supplemental work or a creative career and one that is more foundational.  You may work in education, and then take all your vacations in acting.  It can be really nice to find interesting ways to live a creative life or an imaginative life, or athletic life, or culinary and writing, teaching and engineering etc.  I am finding the transition in later life can be getting into duplicity and trying to squeeze in all the things you love into a life.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Planning Good Times Around the Calendar

Continued from the work of happiness

January

End of month China, Chinese New Year 5 days (4000)

Skin resurfaced

Frenchie Faire, reading in French

Reading

Wine

Warming alcohols, hot toddy’s

New Years

Goals

February

Chinese Take Out Party, Sake, mai tai, Sapporo, sodas,

Cocoa Party and Cakes (250)

Luncheon

Valentines (100)

Drawing and painting, collage, illustration

Quilted art

Make prints

Movie Night

March

Mexico  4 day weekend  (3,000)

Mexican Fiesta, Margarita’s, Posole, meat pies, bunelos

Sewing Bee

Movie Night, Danzon

Drawing session

Reading days in Spanish

Arizona or Texas out west, mountains, resort, restaurants

Study Spanish

Meet Spanish teacher in Mexico

Get work books

Flash cards out

Spanish TV

Spanish subtitle movie

MUSIC, Susana Baca

Agua de rosas

Cantina

Corona with lime

Chilaquiles

Tequila

April

Gardening (100)

Cleaning (300)

Easter (300)

Tea

Church

Brunch

Eggs and Babka

Pastries

Ham and Cheese

See a Play

Spring Recital

Rites of Spring

Spritzers

Biblical

Facial and spa

Choir, classical, nature, relaxation, hippie faire, folk, Joni, carpenter, 70’s

Movie night

Reading

Spring cleanse

Get spiritual

Falun gong readings and exercises

Plant a garden

Prune bushes

Quiches

Buy some plants for the inside

Salads

Hams

Potato

Breakfasts

Panera take out pastries

Cocktails

Blood of Christ

Pray

Guitar

Bunny cake

Cupcakes

Bake Bread

Little salads

May

Cocktails

Ice cream cones

Look through recipes

Pad Thai

All favorite dishes

Invite chefs to cook

Culinary travels

Garage sales

Fire pit

Music

Thrifting

Music store

Fairlane shopping trip

Order clothes

Massage

Open up pool

Sewing

Plan presents for yourself

Rehearse music

Musical theater

Drawing and painting hire models

Bake birthday cakes all month

Game Night (250)

Frankenmuth (150)

SPA facial, mani, pedi, hair conditioned, cut

Buy new beauty products

Work on beauty

Get lots of exercise

Penmanship

Quiet writing time

Reading

Goals

Movie night

Birthday

BBQ (150)

Poolside with cocktails (250)

Shopping Trip Fairlane Detroit (600)

Cocktail Party

Vintage Photo

Breakfast with Panera and eggs sausages, casserole, frittata

reading

June

Road Trip

Holland Michigan

Pentwater rent  beach cottage  (500)

Dinner party (400)

Tapas

Kayaking

Friend visit 4 days, pub, dinner, cook, Vietnamese, bucket a chicken for lunch, Michigan Theater, ARK, case wine, Copernicus, desserts, movies, Midnight movies, matinee, Café, The Earle, BBQ, drawing, photo, pick up pastries, bake, parfaits

Summer Solstice Celebration

Crochet, Baci, Badminton, pool sports

Shopping dishes

Brazilian Samba

 

July

Wiards Orchard and Farm visit

Beach  (1000) Traverse/ Petoskey Camping , Mackinaw, thrifting, antiques,

Grinders,  hotel, Ypsilanti, cook, BBQ, Swim, concert, French restaurant, rubber raft, kayaks, pop up van, smores,

Fireworks (100)

Steak house

BBQ Soul food

Burger Bash

Friend visit,  read,  eat, drink,

Jamaican Night

August

Ghana  (3600)

NYC Film  (2500)

Cherry Trees and picking

Seasonal fruits and veg

September

CBC Road Trip  Book Signing

Plymouth Cider Mill

African Night, African Music,

Reading African books

Cider Mill (100)

Tailgating (250)

Fire pit

Reading play or poetry, singles, articles

Shopping Trip Detroit (350)

EMU Football Game

Submarine

Breakfasts

Music Store

 

October

Fire pit

Tailgating UM & Michigan chili dogs, brats, nachos

caramel apples

Halloween Candy

Spider cookies with Peanut butter cups and chocolate legs with eyes

Oktoberfest Frankenmuth

Bar for beers

Friends for beers and brats

Country Drive

Read Edgar Allan Poe, Hawthorne, Mystery, Dumaurier

Visit dead relatives, go to a cemetary

Poetry reading

Cider Mill

Halloween notes and films

Donuts and Coffee

Witches coven, pagan, Macbeth

Movie Night

Zombie thriller

Mystical

Herbs

Herbal first aid kits

Walk

Women

Sewing Bee

Ark

Live Music

Michigan Theater

Wiards

Plymouth Cider Mill

Day of the Dead and Mexican Faire

November

Thanksgiving  (1200)

Earthen

Chicago play  or a concert, shop xmas, restaurant (125)

Furrier

XIXI

Firepit

Christmas shopping fairlane, boutiques,

Breakfasts

Movie Night

December

Tree lighting (50)

Reading

Read Russian

Breakfasts

Christmas Lights

Meat pies

(2)Cocktail Parties (550)

Merry Mary  (400)

Opera (300)

Movie Night

Recital, rehearse Christmas music

Frankenmuth (400)

Loved ones Christmas Eve

Dad 2 days after Christmas exchange gifts meat pies christmas stuff

Homemade Egg rolls

Cookies

Pastries

Portraits

Cakes

EID  Middle Eastern Night

Caramel Corn

Martinis

Quilting

Carolling Christmas piano

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #30

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #30

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The personal trainer asked what size were you before?

All the shrinking and lifting that gets done at the gym.  The breasts easily lift with chest exercises like the LAT, FLY, Chest Press and arm curls.  There are three sculptors out there, one is a plastic surgeon, the second is a personal trainer and the third is yoga.

College events are nice places to meet intelligent and pioneering partners.  Dinner parties with friends are a sign of social health.  Ones time in nature also impacts their beauty.

The evidence of one’s beauty can be measured with:   a scale, mirror, self- assessment, exercise regime, wardrobe, health quality and quality of life, plus photographs.

Chronic pain can be a symptom of aging.  What ends up working for something like knee pain during aging or with arthritis are things like:  steroids, exercises, corrective shoes with insoles, joint juice, weight loss, tiger balm massage, ice or heat, aspirins, compression socks, sitting/standing/and laying percentages of time, yoga, stretching all of the body and all parts of the knee and frequent showers to warm muscles and joints.  Alot of people while aging may have problems with their knees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #29

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #29

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Sometimes strange things can be too much.  Even conditioner can be too heavy for fine hair and an all in one shampoo that mixes light conditioner with shampoo can be lighter for hair and give it new life.

A shampoo such as “Pert,” can be wonderful for fine hair.  Pert may return curl in hair or uplift hair that is too weighed down by heavy conditioners.  Pert leaves hair light and shiny.  Pert also has a hair thickening brand.

One doctor also recommended when he felt a diet was “adequate,” don’t adjust your diet, adjust your exercise.  What can become the best work out is a hustler’s job like say pizza delivery where you are running around and in constant motion.  Food Service in general is fast paced and can be a good work out.  Basic sweeping and mopping of a restaurant can be a surprising little work out.  Sometimes getting a new job can activate you and make a necessary financial change, physical change and even sometimes a social change.

Simple beauty changes can mean alot like a new shampoo, new body soap, and a new eyelash curler.  Oil of Olay Almond Milk Body Wash Products leave you really, really soft and slinky.

Look for an avocado sale.

Build up stamina utilizing a job.

Summer is good time to make sure you get enough lemon such as with lemonade or lemon water.

If your stomach starts sticking out start getting colonics and keep getting colonics according to one old friend.

One interesting thing to remember is to stretch out your body to relieve alot of pain and knee problems.  It’s important to strengthen your body to be strong for different jobs or even hard physical labor.

 

 

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #28

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #28

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Being healthy always creates beauty.  Some health treatments can result in greater beauty such as the CPAP device that gives oxygen via the nostrils.  The CPAP device can oxygenate the body and cells. One may notice small changes to their skin or their lips may become pinker.  The CPAP device is used for patients of sleep apnea and asthma or people with sleep disorders whose breathing may become interrupted while sleeping.  It is unknown by this author what percentage of the population is impacted by things like snoring or unusual breathing at night, perhaps most? The treatment for sleep disorders using the CPAP can impact the overall health and result in greater beauty via oxygenation and may even be good for brain cells or for the brain in general via the cells flourishing from an abundance of oxygen.

It is also possible to build one’s “healing library” and pick up a variety of books on healing.  There are old books that give a great description of the body that were once popular with young people called “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”  There are other books like “The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies,” “The Healthwise Handbook,” “Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies,” and for the hardcore healer, there are medical books like “Handbook of Gastroenterology,” “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine,” “Emergency Medicine The Medical Students Survival Guide,” “Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual.”  What can be really wonderful is when you look up proper vitamin usage in the “Handbook of Gastroenterology” and find that hair loss can be helped with zinc, biotin and protein-I think also sunlight may impact your little plant.

Plus perhaps find good anatomy books and reference Wikipedia for current and in-depth encyclopedic information about health that is often written by doctors.  Some of the best information you can find is right on Wiki, from depression to almost any disease to vitamins or great bibliographies.  You can even make a binder about bumps or your particular illnesses with things from Wikipedia or illnesses that run in your family in your health library.  You can also print out vaccine information from the Centers for Disease Control or your local Travel Clinic.  Try researching vitamins on Wikipedia; it has some of the most up to date and comprehensive information available and generally very accurate. Even things like menopause and menstruation can be found on Wikipedia.

The summer weather may have really intensely strong sunlight and humidity and while at the doctor’s this author noticed a man who had been on his boat and had severe sun damage and arrived in a wheelchair, perhaps from sun stroke.  His skin had severe sun burns, extremely red and raw looking.  Word to the wise-it’s best to be careful in the sun and always pay for air conditioning in the summer months.  Really gauge how much time you can fish and withstand the sun and perhaps skin needs layers of protection under clothes, hats and creams.  Plain seltzer water with lemon over ice is really refreshing.   You can easily flavor seltzer water and make a custom soda. Be sure to replace salts and electrolytes-even chips can be a health choice in the summer.  It’s a good time to recharge the air conditioner in your car. It’s a good time to work out in an air conditioned gym. It will be a good time shortly in the fall and winter to remove scars and stretch marks that you may not want to heal in the summer with short sleeves or shorts. It’s a good time to buy an extra-large leak proof water bottle and keep water with you at all times.