August- November 2003
I know this bird here is not a turkey,
but I haven't met any good turkeys to do a shoot with me, so I am using
another cute and tastefully edible
bird - my friends ostriches from Tuscon, who almost ate me... So I had
revenge on the ostrich population. In Bloomington, I went to Fuddruckers and ordered a
juicy ostrich burger. Yum, yum. If you never ate ostrich, it's worth a
try. It tastes
almost like beef, but has half amount of calories and more protein. It
has less cholesterol and fat. Ostrich is actually very popular in
If you want to educate yourself more on these cute birds, visit
Summer is over, for real. It almost seems like I am updating the
newsletter when the season changes... It is still nice and sunny here
in Cali, that's why I love to live here. I still can run around in
shorts and it's November. This year is almost over and I did not find
any time to diet and compete in bodybuilding. My tennis practice keeps
me busy and it's a bit tough to diet for a show. When I diet, I have to
eat every 3 hours. Now, the tennis practice is 2 hours, at least, so
it's just too hard to fit my meals in.
So I postponed competing to the next year, probably early on, and then
will try to play some tennis tournaments the rest of the year. My
remains similar like during and before the summer, weights 4-5 times a
splitting upper and lower body. Sometimes I do my early morning cardio,
I do it after my weights. Without the pressure of dieting and training
a contest, no pressure with my diet and cardio. If I am too tired, I
it, if I am too hungry, I have a meal or a snack... not bad, I kind of
During summer I was running a lot on the beach, in the sand, and I
must admit that it keeps me in a good shape. I can feel it when I do
some indoors cardio, the gauntlet/stepmill... I can do much higher
intensity for the
whole hour. And running on the beach is so beautiful too, the ocean
differently every day. So I've been keeping myself in a good
shape, 180 lbs instead of my regular 190 lbs. My diet has been much
lately, somehow I cannot stand all the protein foods that I normally
So I've been eating much less protein and more carbs. Lots of fruits
grains. I am so much into blueberries lately. I mix some frozen ones
kefir and they melt half way and the kefir freezes half way and it
like the most delicious ice cream... Never heard of kefir? It's the
European thing, it's better than yogurt, has more of all the
less carbs, more protein... very yummy in pretty any food. Read more on
At the end of October, I went
to Las Vegas for the Olympia Expo. I was sitting in the booth for The Lasik Spa. Thanks for
me, to all of you who stopped by! We had a drawing for a free lasik and
got a lot of people to sign up. Only two of them got lucky. If you are
to be in LA area in February, stop by The Fit Expo in Pasadena, I'll
working in the booth there, too. Maybe you get lucky to win a free
Vegas was great! And I got stuck there... I Was about to leave on
but all these big fires around LA cut off the freeway, and the airport
So I had to re-check-in (what a nice word) to Mandalay Bay... Isn't
a bad destiny??? Of course I am kidding very much, to get stranded in
a beautiful hotel with nothing else to do, it's not that bad! I spent
rest of the day in the spa. Next day, I spent all my time in the gym,
bathing in the sunshine, ate some yummies in the buffet, then back to
gym and back to the spa. Royal life... Then I hit the road to LA,
refreshed and rested. The fires were somehow under control, at least
the freeway, so I got home safely. I live about 50 or more miles away
the fires, but we could even smell it here on the beach, dirty smelly
Last, but not least, I've been working on the advertising campaign
for The Lasik Spa, a newly opened clinic for laser vision correction.
are located on the west side of Los Angeles, 11600 Wilshire Blvd.
While you get your vision corrected, you get also pampered with facial,
mini-massage, etc at the same time. The following composite is from one
of the advertisements for LA Times and Shopwise. If you ever
to stop by for a surgery and get your eyes pampered, don't forget to
that you are coming from my web site, so you would get a VIP handling
Flu Season Is Here
In some parts of US, the flu season is already strong, a few months
before it typically peaks. There's a warning that this flu season could
be worse than usual. The flu shots are recommended for adults over 50,
children between 6 months and 2 years, people with chronic medical
conditions and people who work in health care. The vaccine is readily
available this year. In an average year, the disease infects up to 20
percent of the U.S. population, killing about 36,000 Americans and
hospitalizing 114,000. So far this season, the outbreaks were strongest
in Texas and Colorado in October and early November. Most of the
country has had only sporadic flu infections. But doctors are worried
this year's flu season could be brutal. Not only were the outbreaks
early in Texas and Colorado, they involved a strain of influenza not
targeted by the vaccine. The strain of flu showing up this year is part
of a deadly group called H3N2, a type of flu that leads to more deaths
and hospitalizations than other flu strains. But because this year's
flu vaccine targets a slightly different type of H3N2 flu than patients
are getting, doctors have no idea how well the vaccine will work. The
virus changes slightly over time, a change doctors call "drift," which
is why doctors suggest getting a new flu shot every year. The doctors
say that the vaccine should still protect most people, because the
strains are very similar.
What you can do to reduce the risk of catching the flu
- Get a flu shot
- Wash your hands frequently
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily
- Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night
- Don't drink alcohol
- Don't smoke
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Children and obesity
US children under
two years of age already have picked up the poor eating habits of their
parents. According to a study, their caloric intake is 20-30 percent
above their needs, frequently thanks to a glut of sugary drinks, pizza
and french fries. The study, financed by the Gerber baby
food company, found that nearly two thirds of children under 12 months
eat at candy or a sugary dessert at least once a day while 16 percent
at least one salty snack. Worse still two percent of children under the
age of one and 11 percent of children 19-24 months old eat pizza once a
day, while 23 percent of the older group also has a drink with added
Fries are daily fare for 9 percent of the children from 9-11 months
and 21 percent of those 19-24 months old. One quarter of this older
ate hot dogs, bacon or sausage once a day. Many parents routinely
most pediatricians' recommendations, and almost one third of children
fed solid foods before the age of four months, or juice before the age
six months. The study carried out by Mathematic Policy Research of
New Jersey looked at the eating habits of 3,000 children aged 4-24
It was presented at a conference of the American Dietetic Association
San Antonio, Texas.
Low-Carb Diets Are Working, Study Says
By DANIEL Q. HANEY, AP Medical Editor
The dietary establishment has long argued it's impossible, but a new
study offers intriguing evidence for the idea that people on
low-carbohydrate diets can actually eat more than folks on standard
lowfat plans and still lose weight. Perhaps no idea is more
controversial in the diet world than the contention — long espoused by
the late Dr. Robert Atkins — that people on low-carbohydrate diets can
consume more calories without paying a price on the scales. Over the
past year, several small studies have shown, to
many experts' surprise, that the Atkins approach actually does work
at least in the short run. Dieters lose more than those on a standard
American Heart Association plan without driving up their cholesterol
levels, as many feared would happen. Skeptics contend, however, that
these dieters simply must be eating less. Maybe the low-carb diets are
more satisfying, so they do not get so hungry. Or perhaps the food
choices are just so limited that low-carb dieters are too bored to eat
a lot. Now, a small but carefully
controlled study offers a strong hint that maybe Atkins was right:
on low-carb, high-fat diets actually can eat more.
The study, directed by Penelope Greene of the
Harvard School of
Public Health and presented at a meeting here this week of the American
Association for the Study of Obesity, found that people eating an extra
300 calories a day on a very low-carb regimen lost just as much during
12-week study as those on a standard lowfat diet. Over the course of
study, they consumed an extra 25,000 calories. That should have added
to about seven pounds. But for some reason, it did not. "There does
seem to be something about a low-carb diet that says you can eat more
and lose a similar amount of weight," Greene said. That strikes at one
the most revered beliefs in nutrition: A calorie is a calorie is a
It does not matter whether they come from bacon or mashed potatoes;
all go on the waistline in just the same way. Not even Greene says this
settles the case, but some at the meeting found her report fascinating.
"A lot of our assumptions about a calorie is a calorie are being
said Marlene Schwartz of Yale. "As scientists, we need to be
Others, though, found the data hard to swallow. "It doesn't make sense,
does it?" said Barbara Rolls of Pennsylvania State University. "It
the laws of thermodynamics. No one has ever found any miraculous
In the study, 21 overweight volunteers were divided into three
categories: Two groups were randomly assigned to either lowfat or
low-carb diets with 1,500 calories for women and 1,800 for men; a third
group was also low-carb but got an extra 300 calories a day. The study
was unique because all the food was prepared at an upscale Italian
restaurant in Cambridge, Mass.,
so researchers knew exactly what they ate. Most earlier studies simply
sent people home with diet plans to follow as best they could. Each
afternoon, the volunteers picked up that evening's dinner, a bedtime
snack and the
next day's breakfast and lunch. Instead of lots of red meat and
fat, which many find disturbing about low-carb diets, these people ate
fish, chicken, salads, vegetables and unsaturated oils. "This is not
people think of when they think about an Atkins diet," Greene said.
Nevertheless, the Atkins organization agreed to pay for the research,
though it had no
input into the study's design, conduct or analysis.
Everyone's food looked similar but was cooked to different recipes. The
low-carb meals were 5 percent carbohydrate, 15 percent protein and 65
percent fat. The rest got 55 percent carbohydrate, 15 percent protein
and 30 percent fat. In the end, everyone lost weight. Those on the
lower-cal, low-carb regimen took off 23 pounds, while people who got
the same calories on the lowfat
approach lost 17 pounds. The big surprise, though, was that volunteers
the extra 300 calories a day of low-carb food lost 20 pounds. "It's
intriguing, but it raises more questions than it answers," said Gary
of the University of Pennsylvania. "There is lots of data to suggest
shouldn't be true." Greene said she can only guess why the people
getting the extra calories did so well. Maybe they burned up more
calories digesting their food. Dr. Samuel Klein of Washington
University, the obesity organization's president, called the results
"hard to believe" and said perhaps the people eating more calories also
got more exercise or they were less apt to cheat because they were less
On the way to success...
What does it take to succeed? Talent or
persistence, or both? We've seen many athletes with different amount of
talents, and many of the "less talented" are on a top of the game. So
what does it really take to be the best?
You must want to improve on each level: physical, mental and spiritual.
You always walk around thinking about achieving more and you challenge
yourself all the time. You never get really comfortable in your
You always have a realistic, well defined goal. And you work diligently
on your goal on a daily basis. You are very persistent. You never give
up and you don't get easily distracted by any temptations - you always
stay focused on your goal, which you desire more than anything else.
You stay optimistic
and positive. You always believe that you can overcome any obstacle.
thinking brings positive results.
On the way to your goal, you humbly take credits for all you successes,
and take responsibility for your failures. You know, that succeeding
doesn't make you better than anybody else. You always talk positively
about things and people you interact with on your way to your goal. You
others for your shortcomings or misfortunes. You always look inside
and learn from the situations. You always find obstacles to be
opportunities for improvement.
You also selflessly try to help others and help them to improve. You
feel privileged to be able to give and share all your knowledge. You
everybody excel as much as you do. You are a good role model for
living your life well and setting a good example. You keep it all in
because you've realized that you need to have a balance in your
mental and spiritual life. Then you are a true success.
Interesting optical illusion
Although the image bellow appears to be moving, it is static and your
brain is doing the moving.
Thoughts on life by George Carlin
The paradox of our time in history is
that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but
narrower viewpoints. We spend
more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses
and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time We have more
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our
possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom,
hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years
to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back,
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered
space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the
atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan
but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever,
we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days
of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality,
one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from
cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the
showroom window and nothing in
the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and
time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who
up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and
your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because
that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't
Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but
most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes
from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment
for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love,
give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
moments that take our breath away.
On the Funny Note - a few Chinese Proverbs
Virginity like bubble, one prick,
Man who run in front of car get tired.
Man who run behind car get exhausted.
Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day.
Foolish man give wife grand piano, wise man give wife upright
Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.
Man with one chopstick go hungry.
Man who scratch ass should not bite fingernails.
Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.
Baseball wrong: man with four balls cannot walk.
Panties not best thing on earth, but next to best thing on earth.
War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.
Wife who put husband in dog house soon find him in cat
Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.
It take many nails to build crib, but one screw to fill it.
Man who drive like hell, bound to get there.
Man who stand on toilet is high on pot.
Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.
Man who fish in other man's well often catch crabs.
Man who fart in church sit in own pew.
Crowded elevator smell different to midget.
See you at the end of 2003!!!
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