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Friday, March 21, 2014

This Health Thing

Since my primary physician has advise me last year to get a "Blood Pressure" cuff at home as a parent and adult, i have invested few dollars on one and so far i am trying to use as much as i can.
Funnily, i like using the one at the CVS stores which is five blogs from home and whenever i am close by the store. The readings are always slight different but i don't really knows more into it.

  On one cold evening around 7:00 pm after work and working out, i went by the CVS store, just to check my BP then i met two other gentlemen there waiting for prescription and also checking there BP. It happens that one of the guy is a gentleman that i knew years back. I said hello to them and i removed my tick winter jacket and sweats in order for me to get my big muscle by-ceps through the cuffs. They laugh at me , so i join them laughing at myself too.

  My reading came out 133/83/67. Now remember i just get off from gym and it's cold outside, so one of the gym said, "Oh your reading is less, meaning that my BP is normal but i then remind them, that the normal reading is 120/80 but before i move any further, let's talk about this normal reading at current: There's new reading level now, which is 140/90 for ages in the 40's.
  that's what my Doctor said and also on the Internets and it's a big debates because many Doctor preferred the original one of 120/80. The juries are still out on that for now. But what really hits me is this. The gentleman that i know , said that he normally don't check his BP or take care of himself as it supposed to be. That scared me a bit , so i asked him , what's going on Bro?

  And the flood gates opens . I have learned that it's always good to listen and ask and that makes people knows that they can talk to you and express there feelings and more. But this evening was a bit different. Here we go now. So he decided to test his BP , he get off his jacket, fold up his sleeves and get to the BP machine within few minutes, his result are out: and is 167/90. That's a bit high, so i asked him to seat for awhile and redo it again. I asked him , what's going on in your life? Here is our chat: Life is stressful, he is a single man, no kids, no wife, no lover. He taught, that will make him happy, yes he is happy but he needs companion. Life as not been so kind to him like others, life as not shake up so well for him, he has being let down by his ex-wife, hurts  and down. I can feel those words sometimes too. So nothing new , but this guy is down, i can feel his emotions and the way he is looking at me as we chat. So i let him finished, and i say to him bro , life is never going to be fair or equal. Life is hard , life is not a one way stress sometimes.

  As he took his seat and relaxed back, the other guy with him get to the BP machine, in few minutes,his reading was 133/86/57. Now earlier when they arrived his reading was 167/90, that's what they told me since i was not around when the arrived, so i told them , see now, it's went down after they have relaxed and get there calmness together from the cold out but this is the deal about this blog for today: As my Doctor said before, stress is not good for you or me or anyone, let's try hard to reduce it or work on it. If there's something you want to tell someone or want to get done, try hard but don't over do it or hurts yourself or anyone on it.

  No relationship is perfect but try, try and try. Let's all take responsibilities for our short coming, we are human, you know. We all have flaws, let's stop pretending that we are perfect . On;y God is perfect and no one else, tomorrow will always comes, talk calmly and always try to say the truth, it might help heals a broken heart. Don't be afraid of the unknown always . There's nothing wrong to fall in love, as long as you are real and genuine and devout. Always put God first one responsibilities in life

I Find This On MindBodyGreen

As I was thinking of what to write down this night, I came across this article and I am adding my own taught into it. But it's true that sometimes we all just have to take a back seat sometimes, just breath, calm down, look, listen and appreciates all.

You probably already know the things that make up a good, healthy, happiness-filled life. (And you’re pretty sure it’s not Cheetos, checking email in bed, or gossiping.)
But we all need occasional (or even daily) reminders. And the good news is: you don’t have to do these things five times a day, every day to see a big shift in your life. Even just a few times a week or five minutes a day can make a big difference. Promise!
With that in mind, here are 12 things that all of us—myself very much included—should be doing more often.
1. Disconnect from technology.
Let’s turn our phones off, especially at dinner. Institute a "no phones on the table" rule. We don’t need to spend all our time documenting our lives for social media. Contrary to the popular saying, yes it did happen, even if it’s not on Instagram. This is hard for me. But in reality it's good for couple of hours.
2. Spend time in each other's company.
Physically being with people is the only way to get that sense of human connectedness. Yes, it’s lovely to video chat with your grandma every weekend, but that’s not the same as standing in her kitchen, working through her famous recipe for cinnamon rolls. Commit to making more time for in-person interaction with the people you love.Spending time with my daughter always makes me feels bless and calm, above all the time with me mother was the best. I remember when I arrived at Connaught Hospital, she was not expecting me, because I try hard for her not to know that I am coming to take care of her, my mom eyes was wide open and she smiles and this is what she says to me and everyone around her sick bed: This is my son. I know you will definitely come to see me and take care of me, despite I didn't tell her, but something in her says that I am coming to be with her. Wow. It hits me hard. But she's my Mother, and she's my blessings. So please give your time generously to your parents and love one.

3. Put your well-being first.
Many of us have a tendency to let our egos and bank accounts make decisions for us. If we don’t go to that party, they won’t invite us next time. If we say no to that client, they won’t put us on retainer. If we don’t order a cocktail and appetizer, they’ll think we’re boring or broke.
Our emotional and physical well-being often falls to the wayside. Take those personal days, drink water and eat a salad, turn down things that feel wrong.Baby, I am not a Party freak, so less stress here. I careless what other's will think of me for my Anti-Social life, but it takes away lot of stress from me. Yes we all have to give body to each other, since no one knows tomorrow, but just parting is not my cut. I try, but always fall short of that social scene.

4. Call family members just to say hi.
Your mom would love to hear your voice and your sister would love to hear all about your trip to Mexico. So call them! Don’t save phone calls for those "figuring out travel plans" or "what should we get Dad for his birthday" situations. I will confess. I am bad when it comes to calling people. I am the guy who text even my lovely daughter just to know that she's in school or what's she wants for dinner. But slowly I've been doing calls. I normally don't call my Aunt's much, now I do once a week, despite talking to Fati daily, everyone else I just text to say Hello. But yest it's good to call and just hear each other voice. I used to call my Mother daily, that's exception above all. May Her Soul rest in perfect peace. Missing you Hajja Saliamatu

5. Read real, actual books.
I love the feel of books and the smell of the pages. I love to write in the margins, fold the pages, and crack the spine when I open them for the first time. Books are a treasure box of words in your pocket. Spend more time with them. I normally read the QURAN more during Ramadan, but recently I've been reading it at work  more than at home. Since the electronic World has make things much more easier.
6. Think before responding.
Since we’re constantly returning texts and replying to emails within five minutes, we’ve gotten into the habit of responding to situations immediately. And that’s fine when your friend is just emailing to say she’ll be 10 minutes late. But when you receive important news, good or bad, sit with it for a while. Give yourself time to work through it and feel your feelings. You’ll probably be much happier with your response if you give yourself some time. There's a jerk who normally e-mails me via Facebook and try to be so rude, now this is man, he's story is this: He's after a girl in my home Country Sierra Leone, but the girl told her that she prefer me more than any man, no listen to this. I don't have no relationship with this girl or this man, But the miracle of Facebook again, someone is crazy about me that I don't know, so this man is upsets with me for that and starts sending e-mails, in the beginning I was getting upsets, but then I realized, some people just needs to vents, so  let me be. I try  not to reply him back immediately, maybe a day or two. Slowly, he starts to change his manner to me

7. Get more laughing done in a day.
The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old laughs four. How can you up your laugh quota? Surround yourself with funny people, learn how to tell a joke, subscribe to some hilarious podcast, or just search YouTube for funny videos.

I've always like looking at any HAPPY PERSON'S. It's relief stress. I know we're not perfect, but some people are just too unhappy to be around, they'll drain your positive energy so fast. I feel bless whenever I'll talks to Fati, she have that positive energy and smiles that will  just hits you and make you feel welcome and special 8. Write by hand.
Write letters to your family or friends, write notes to lovers, lists for the store, goals for the week, or thank you notes. Digital communication is fantastic and convenient but there’s a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and writing it on a note and leaving it taped to the front door or bathroom mirror.
9. Go to sleep one hour earlier.
When we’re well rested we’re more productive, happier, and we make better decisions. Those emails will still be there in the morning, as will Netflix. Close the screen and go to sleep.
With my age now in the 40's, I am expereiencing some form of sleeping problems. I might try to go to sleep bit early most time, since I've to wake up at 4:30 am. But most time I just can't sleep. Don't ask me why, But I am trying hard. 10. Make time to do nothing.
Yes, even if you have to actually schedule it into your calendar. Doing nothing could be going for a walk, cuddling your pet, taking a long bath, or just laying on the sofa and staring into the middle distance. Down time is required if you really want to recharge your batteries.
11. Get dressed up.
I know that leggings-as-pants are incredibly comfortable. But sometimes we need to take the time to shine our shoes, put on some red lipstick, and get out of our yoga clothes. Even if it’s for no good reason! Make your own reason—drinks with the girls, a gallery opening, dinner at that cool new restaurant.
12. Wander. Without your GPS, without a destination or purpose.
Take a walk around a new neighborhood, pull over when you see a cute shop you’ve never noticed before, let your dog lead the way on his daily walk. You never know what you’ll find or who you’ll meet.
Now, I bet that you already know that these simple steps will make your life more amazing. Consider this a loving push to really, actually do them a little more often.

Nothing Stay's The Same Forever...

Fasted for almost eleven hours, wakes up and take Sally to school, I then drives head first to Dr. Moody office.
It's my year
physical exams. As the ritual goes, "Blood work first", after results are in, the physical
​body works ​
kicks in. It's a routine that I've done for the past several years now, I am
n my forties now, and more considerate than before. I normally don't see doctor's for years in the past, that sometimes ago.I find myself now more careful and health guru
​ kind of guy now (Despite I don't know much about it anyway)​
, if I may borrow that word. I am not a doctor or health personnel,  but I have been thinking deeper about health since my mother passed away, despite about four years ago when my daughter was diagnose with high cholesterol, I tried to starts monitoring things, we start
eating salad instead of fast food, we start
baking food at home instead of eating at restaurants, but it only last for few weeks, we're back to our old tricks again.Now, my mom died from "Heart problems". My whole views has changed from that day on about my health and love ones health.
​ It's get scary sometimes when I imagine me eating all kind of junk food that I used to, despite I don't smoke or drinks alcohol, but I do eat lot, I mean I really eats lot. I don't think there's anything wrong with eating lot, but I am starting to eat more healthy foods than just eating all. I am thankful for my faith that taught me not to eat pork or drinks alcohol or smokes any kind of thing.​
Back to my yearly checkup results: After all the tests of this and that, Dr. Moody came in and my heart was beating faster. I always tells my Dr to give me the bad news first before any good news. He smiles and said to me, calm down, I looked away. "Oh well, he took a deep breath and said, Man you're in good shape, you're a healthy man, I said oh no Doc, what do you mean? I am an older man now in his 40's, he smiles again, and starts reading my blood works results, all is good, my Cholesterol is down, my total cholesterol is 140, just when I came from Africa last May from taking care of my mom, my cholesterol was 198, that's high. He asked me to take Crestor, well for many people who knows me, I don't like medicines, so the battle started to lower my cholesterol. Despite I did pick up the Crestor from the Pharmacy, I was not taking it as he asked me to. I will do it maybe twice a week, I starts doing garlic, and stop eating salts, lot of Olives oil, fruits, greens, baked all my food, that includes fish, chicken and even small amount of beef, I cut down lot, I tried to lose more weights and increase my workout. It's not easy and it's not getting easy. But wow, I felt a bit relief to lower my cholesterol, but that's not the end of the game, I just realized I've to be on this for the rest of my life. Can I cry for help? Anyone out there to help me?

​ As I was telling my Aunt's that evening after my Doctor visit, and by the way, my Aunt is an RN, Her first advice was: Don't go on medication's, yes Aunty, I hear you loud and clear, she just makes me feel good that I can do it better and change my life styles.
Did I just say changing my life styles? Do I really have any life styles? Uhmm, let me see: Work, Workouts, Come home, Wake up again and start the routines again, and on Wednesday night, go get Sally, Take her to school on Thursday and Friday. Is this all? Wait a minute now. Oh, I see. yes that's my life styles for now. I want to spicy this up a bit. Any suggestions please? ​

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Blog. I am Back

As iam signing into my blogging websites again, after a year and some months of not posting.  I have so many "THEME" to embark on. This time is about my mom, jobs, lifes, Woman, love, familities, life in America, the gym , etc.

  But  as i was sitting in the steam room just less than an hour ago , after my vigorous workout . I was in the steam room with a gym partner, though, he's not my friend but we use the same gym, sometimes the same equipments, the same pool and now the same steam room. He is a big guy, sometimes , he's a show to watch, i mean the way he uses the the gym equipments wrongly  sometimes but i feel like warning him to be careful about the way he uses the equipments but i didn't,  i know i can be vocal too fast when things are wrong, despite i am not perfect but when it comes to gym , my blood always run fast. O Kay!  let me go  back a little bit :

I have being trying for the past seven months now to post most of what i wrote while i was with my late mother back in freetown. I lost my mom on the 8th, may 2013. I was helpless looking at her dieing on my arms and i could't do anything, i became so speechless for a while but i struggle to wake myself up and say "from God we came and to God we shall return", i am a musilm , so i have to accept the reality of life . Hmmm... Death is inevitable! My mom died from congestive heart failure.

   I  might write about those sad days or just post those blogs that i wrote and never post. December 29th, 2013, few days to new year and i know i don't want to be among the people who will always says their new year resolutions at the beginning of  a new year . Today  i am going to re- starts my blogging and this time , its forever, God willing.

Back to the steam room, this Sunday evening the guy i said , is one of my gym partner', his name is Derek. He's over weight, and will be roughly about 280 Lbs, 6ft, 4in. I am taller than him but i weight less than him, i am 239 Lbs.  Funnily , we started conversation about level of temperature of the heat , in the steam room. Derek says  to me , he likes it hotter but i like the steam at normal temperature. He was showing me how to keep the steam  hotter, And he suddenly says to me "you are a muscle man" and  then i said , oh well, because i hear that always from others, so, hearing it , is not a big deal to me. Then i asked him , Derek what is your weight? And he said is weighing 280 lbs, then i says , Oh wow!  Thats a lot. And then we continue talking about the important of workout and staying healthy. But then i cant remember how we ends up about : health matters". But in our conversation he also told me,  his blood pressure is very high and he's on medication.

  we stayed in the steam room for about fifteen minutes and its hot but this is the deal for the first of my blog this new year. I am going to be writing about things that matters to me and to the people closer to me but i am going to concentrate and write more on health than ever before, also i want us all to know that we're responsible for our life, health and how we do things.

Back to Derek, he keeps talking,  while  i am sweating and enjoying the steam. As he talks , i started realizing or let me say,i learned something new about our health. O Kay!  Now back to my family,  my family have the history of obesity and high blood pressure. Sometimes it's scared me a lot looking at my daughter who is growing so fast,  the last time we went to see her doctor, the doctor was telling me that i have to help my daughter get in shape. My girl is just a bit above her weight and  her doctor says she as a cholesterol which i have too and i am fighting it hard daily by working out five (5) to six (6) days in a week and i sometimes , think i am  crazy about my health but i am not and i also think i am doing too much but i am not. Our health is the most precious thing we need to give more attention to in life, so we all have to take care of our health . It's not jokes out there.

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