MISSION STATEMENT: Welcome to my Blog! My goal with this blog is to inform and to inspire my sixty plus readers! You are never to old to exercise! Keep moving! All opinions, thoughts and statements are mine based on 70 years of living! Injuries and surgeries past and present will be discussed! If I recommend a product or a lifestyle change it is something that I myself have used or have experienced! All nutrients and supplements I recommend may appear to be harmless but please check with your MD! Some may interfere with your current medications! This blog will be ongoing! Posts will be made when I feel I have worthwhile opinions, thoughts and statements! I may go back and review past posts to make changes if I feel necessary! Before undertaking any exercise routine please check with your health care provider!

Thursday, August 22, 2013


I HAVE HEART DISEASE! Made an appointment with my cardiologist Oct 8th for a Exercise Nuclear stress test. It's been 17 yrs since my angioplasty in Oct 96 and By Pass Dec 96! This will be my first visit to see Dr Chen in about 17 yrs. Not to swift, but I have had no issues and have felt very good!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I will see an ad on TV promoting a certain medication and then literally ten minutes later I will see another ad advertising a law firm stating that the same drug advertised ten minutes ago may cause severe complications!

Friday, August 16, 2013


COPD: Another TV ad that annoys me: you know the guy with the elephant sitting on his chest. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a condition that is mainly caused by smoking! Do they mention that in the ad? No! Maybe a public service anouncement would be appropiate! The side effects are mentioned, which are numerous.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Although I eat healthy; consuming fruits, veggies, grains, the good fats, fiber and protein. I do take a multi vitamin- mineral supplement labeled " Men's 50 Plus" not to be confused with the "Men's" label I also see on the counters! Most vitamin and mineral supplements addressing different age groups among men and women, there is even one specializing in teenagers, contents are very similar! The supplements addressing men are similar but will possibly contain zinc for the prostate and lycopene for the heart. Whereas a women's supplement may contain more calcium! I also take one capsule that contains krill oil for my omega's 3's and another capsule that is a C Q10 supplement for my heart.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


ED MEDS: When Viagra and Cialis were placed on the market I remember it was marketed for the purpose of  helping men who had diabetes which could cause ED or men that were in their sixties, seventies or older. Several years ago I began to notice TV commercials that had young actors in their late forties and fifties portraying men needing an ED medication. I had mentioned to a friend of mine that if you need an ED med so young you had better see either a cardiologist, a vascular specialist, a urologist or maybe even a therapist. It was quite a fortuitous statement! Needing an ED med at such a relatively young age is now used as a "marker" for possibly a much larger problem! An opinion: The drug companies that make these products want you to believe that you need these products to be effective. If you don't smoke, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and eat well these products may never have to be taken.

10/29 These actors are getting younger and younger!


I felt all of my 65 years today! Slow moving when I got out of bed and very achy!  Took a pain reliever! Made it to the gym which is less then a mile away and struggled through a shoulder routine. I must admit I am glad I went, I feel much better mentally and physically.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


BE AWARE: Be aware of physical changes! July 07 I noticed a mole under my right arm while shaving. There was nothing ominous about it except that it literally appeared overnight. I called my dermatologist and was told I had to wait six weeks for an appointment. My response was "if this is an aggressive type of melanoma I won't be here in six weeks" ! I was given an appointment within several days! The suspicious mole was removed and sent to pathology. The dermatologist who is a friend of mine called me when the path report came in. It was second or third stage melanoma! I  don't remember! I was very scared but calm! A blood test was given at a local lab that was negative. The following week a 12 hr day at St Joseph's that included every scan you can imagine and then surgery! My lymph nodes were examined! All was clear! Then the following week a trip to The Winthrop Cancer Center at Emory! The specialists wanted me to take an experimental drug at their expense! I declined! I thought I was clear but they informed me that I had a 50/50 chance of the cancer returning. I am now very vigilant at self examining, not only for unusual moles but for headaches, lumps, etc. No more days at the beach and as a former Long Island, NY beach lifeguard I do miss spending time at the beach when I am in NY. When I do go out in the sun it is after 2 pm with an SPF of 30!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


LISTEN:Listen to your body! It may save your life! Sept 96 - Experienced a minor discomfort while running, I went to the Emergency Clinic, my doctor and a cardiologist, they all said I was fine! Another discomfort two weeks later, my doctor sent me to the cardiologist for further checking. I had a 80% - 90% blockage of a major artery known as the "widow maker." After an unsuccessful angioplasty I was admitted to St Joseph's Hospital Christmas 1996 for bypass surgery! I was told that if I was not in such good shape and if I was obese, smoked or diabetic I would not have made it to the OR!


Purchased some glucosamine/chondroitin today to lessen joint pain. I miss jumping rope and jogging/running. I will give it 30 days, then I will make a decision to continue or discontinue!

Discontinued after 30 days. May try another brand.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


The pictures you see are of Westhampton Beach NY, 2006, for those of you that believe that beautiful Long Island beaches don't exist!.... My trip to Paris in May 2013 with my two beautiful, wonderful daughters is something I will never forget! The history, the architecture, the cafes. A truly magnificant city! The trip was their Christmas gift to me.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


HEALTH/FITNESS: " Health is wealth" ! If you smoke--Quit! Smoking ages you internally and externally! Causes strokes, heart disease and many different cancers! A close friend of mine suffered a stroke three years ago, his doctor told him without hesitation that smoking caused his stroke. He immediately went from 1-2 packs a day to zero packs a day. Good for him and his family with whom I am very close! When you quit smoking your health improves immediately.
Be active! Jogging is excellent, but at 65 I can no longer jog so I walk or ride the stationary bike! I envy those 50 plus people who are still able to jog! Jumping rope is a great exercise and fun to do to music. Could be tough on the knees, be careful. Swimming is an excellent activity to tone and burn calories without putting stress on your joints! I plan to start swimming! My surgeon recommended doing cardio for 30 min every day and that was 17 yrs ago. It does not have to be continuous, break it up; take the stairs, walk briskly to your car,etc.
Weight Train to maintain muscle mass and to tone! Dumbbells and an adjustable bench is all that is needed! Biceps, triceps, chest, back, legs and shoulders can all be worked by doing 1-3 exercises per muscle group! Don't forget the abs! Simple crunches would be a good start.

  • Perform 1-3 sets, 
  • 12-15 reps per set of each exercise! 
When you reach 3 sets, 15 reps comfortably, increase the weight! Joining a gym would be ideal to get professional instruction and also from the social aspect to meet people who have the same goals as you!

Breakfast is a meal you should not miss! It jump starts your metabolism! It should consist of protein, some carbs and fat! My typical breakfast is one egg, or egg whites, 1/2 bagel or whole wheat toast with organic peanut butter, 1-2 cups of coffee. I have no more then two eggs per week. I may also have on a non egg day some whole wheat or oatmel pancakes with some turkey bacon without nitrates or nitrites!! You can find pancakes that do not contain any HFC!

Lunch: Tuna or chicken salad on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato and an apple.

I may have a protein shake later that day.

Dinner: Chicken breast, lean beef, salad, or pork chop with vegetables! Maybe a glass of red wine or a light beer.

I really try to avoid eating anything past 7-8 PM!

Chocolate and sweets are my weakness so I try to minimize my intake. Not easy!