Let’s Play…Pick the Poison!!

I know for a fact that many of you are out there reading this thing but not commenting (and several others just typed in “keywords” to Google..but that is another matter-you people can just drive on thru thank you!). Well here is your chance to really help me help myself! Please grasp the opportunity, embrace it and join the fight with me! Here is the deal, I am switching to a new form of chemo next week because the last one was murder on my toenails, fingernails, and feet. It got so bad that my good doctor and I have decided to try a new chemo drug. Well, we are down to two choices and this is where I need some help. Each has various side effects, I will list them and then you give me your advice as to which YOU would pick and why. Remember that each drug COULD be just as good as the other one…but its the side effects, baby!! Here we go..

Drug A.
More Common: Vomiting, nausea, tiredness or weakness, loss of hair
Less Common: Black tarry stools, blood in urine, pain at place of injection, cough or hoarseness, fever or chills, lower back or side pain, painful or difficult urination, pinpoint red spots on skin, skin rash, unusual bleeding or bruising, numbness or tingling in fingers or toes, constipation or diarrhea (well which is it!!)

Drug B.
More Common: Diarrhea, heartburn, sores in mouth and on lips, nausea, loss of appetite, skin rash, weakness, darkening of skin and/or nails, watery eyes
Less Common: Black, tarry stools, cough, fever and/or chills, lower back pain, vomiting, painful urination, stomach cramps

OK. There you go, now give me your honest advice, A or B? See, now wasn’t that fun?

A day in the life

This page is simply a snapshot of a single day of my life – yesterday. More specifically, it details what I did to increase my vertical jump. This was a ‘work’ day for me (as opposed to a ‘rest’ day). I will break this up into two sections: first my workout and secondly my diet.

For my morning workout, I only did 3 exercises. I like to vary my routine day-to-day and generally only do each exercise once a week to allow for proper recovery. I started off with ten minutes of jumping rope. Nothing fancy, just ten minutes of great jumping work.

Second, I did ten minutes of work with my jump box. I will try to get some information up on how I made my jump box and the exercises I do with it. It’s a great tool to increase your vertical and jump higher.

And finally, I moved on to squats with free weights. The first set being a warm up set at a very light weight. The second and third sets consisted of the most weight I could handle for 8 repetitions. Sometimes I only make it to 6! The important part, for me, is making sure I physically cannot perform another rep.

On to my diet. Again, this changes day-to-day, but this is what I had yesterday. Breakfast was 5 raw eggs and a green smoothie (1/2 head of romaine, 1/3 cucumber, 1 carrot, 2 sticks of celery, and a bit of filtered water). For an early lunch, I had about 2 cups of whole milk (raw – as in straight from the udder) mixed with chocolate whey protein powder. My next meal was I had roughly 8 ounces of organic chicken and a healthy serving of guacamole with raw food chips. Dinner was a little over 2 cups of chili with bison meat. An hour before bed, I had 1/4 cup of almonds and a hunk of cheddar cheese. Also, throughout the day, I drank a bunch of filtered water. I believe my diet is just as important at advancing my vertical jump as the workout part.

I hope to post more of these, ‘day in the life’ posts in the future to give everyone a glimpse at what I am doing and have done to condition my body to jump higher.