Monday, September 26, 2011

Watch it, Tiger

I have lots of tricks to combat muscle and back soreness (massage, foam roller, Pilates videos, heat packs, ice packs, and Advil) and now I've added another one to my arsenal: Tiger Balm. I originally heard about Tiger Balm from a friend, when she heard me complaining of extreme back pain (turns out, I had broken a disc in my vertebra, and needed surgery for the fix) and heard of it again recently, on Dr. Oz.

Essentially, it is a herbal version of Icy Hot (only, it never gets cold). I have found that you have to put just the right amount of the ointment on, to get it to do its thing. And its thing? A burning sensation (in a good way). It feels like I have a heating pad on my back even though I don't. And it's great for when I want to be mobile because trying to tie the heating pad on to my back with ace bandages doesn't work so well.

The only drawback is, it "may stain cloth" scratch that, IT DOES STAIN! So skip the red version and get the white one, and you won't have to sit on towels for fear of staining the couch.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Knowledge Transforms

In three short months I have gone from someone terrified of guns to someone that loves "shooting holes through paper." And I owe lots of it to Mark and Mike at Cascades Firearms Training they were patient with me during the day long NRA Basic Pistol Course, and didn't push me when I was terrified to touch the open and unloaded guns sitting on the table. Because they were so patient, I was able to get comfortable with a situation I had only seen in movies and on T.V. (i.e. being near a real gun). And eventually, we went to the range and I was able to actually shoot. Yes, I was nervous (my blood sugar skyrocketed from the stress), but they didn't push me and I stopped when I'd had enough.

Their knowledge, attention to safety, and respect of firearms made me trust them, and thus trust myself. And that has made my journey in to plinking (shooting paper targets) that much sweeter.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You Can Take It With You

On a recent family trip to The Wayfarer Resort in Vida, OR I packed many things. Clothing, food, books ... the usual stuff. But my two new favorite additions were my Polder Pocket Size Digital Scale and my Turbo Jam exercise DVDs. I used the digital scale multiple times a day (as I do with my full size one at home) which meant I knew how much insulin to bolus and my blood sugars stayed consistent (which makes life so much easier).

Thankfully, the weather was nice enough to go for a walk every morning, but just knowing I had a back up in case of rain made me feel confident that my exercise routine would continue (which also helps my blood sugars stay consistent, which makes life easier).

So don't dump your fitness and health routine if you are going on vacation, take it with you!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thank Your Honey

One of my pet peeves is a "public" bathroom that does not have a hook for bags. I often have to go to the bathroom, and I often carry a bag. I've managed to balance my bag on things, hang it on doorknobs, etc. but was pretty much baffled with how to manage a port-a-potty, "Martin can you hold this?" was as good as it got.

Then one day at The English Pit (an outdoor shooting range in Vancouver, WA) while I was using the facilities, I looked up ... and behold ... there was a hook (and a mirror). I haven't done a lot of research, but I can say that not all port-a-potties have this lovely hook. So far, only Honey Bucket brand ones do.

And so I say, thanks, Honey.