Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2nd Book Down

So I have just finished my second book about migraines that my neurologist recommended that I read. This book was entitled " Mayo Clinic on Headache" by Jerry W. Swanson, M.D. - Editor in Chief. Comparing this book to the other migraine book that I read, this book was much more technical. Not only did it include a lot of information about treatments that work, but it also talked about treatments that could possibly work, but that haven't been approved to work for headache relief. This book also talked more about headaches in general as opposed to focusing on migraines. Overall, I thought that the book was incredibly informative, but was not written with the free style that the "Migraines for Dummies" book was. This book was well written though and coming from an incredibly reliable source like the Mayo Clinic, I felt like I could use this information to seek treatments that maybe were a little more complimentary or alternative. I would definitely give this book an A.

I have recently started something that I have said I would do thousands and thousands of times before: working out and eating right. I have constantly spoken about how I want to lose weight and get healthy, and I would start working out and get excited about it. Then, I would quit. I would get bored or think that it was too much work and just stop doing the exercising. Well, that has now changed. I have been walking at least three times a week for the last three or four weeks now and yesterday, I started lifting free weights. Granted, I'm only using 5 lb weights right now, since I can't really lift that much weight otherwise and I am going to alternate between weight lifting and walking. That combined with eating better and watching my portions should help me to lose weight. My goal is two pounds a week until I'm down to my ideal weight, which you will find out number-wise when I get there. :)

Now as for answering the last interesting question that I posed to you all a couple of post ago: Questions: Do you believe in luck? Do you think that some people are luckier than others? Do actions cause reactions or are there intervening forces beyond our control that govern our destinies?

Answers: I believe in luck to a certain extent. I believe that things happen that make us feel lucky, like when we grab a winter jacket for the first time and find money in it that was put in it last year. I would consider that pretty lucky. Some people might consider the following situation as lucky: You go on a roller coaster and complete the ride. The next car goes on the coaster and has some problems with it, resulting in a dire situation. People might say "Hey, you were lucky that you weren't on that car" or "Good thing you got in line when you did."

Do I think that some people are luckier than others? Not really. I think that we make our own luck, so if people aren't as lucky as others, that's kind of their own fault. As for the last, highly intense question, I believe in free will. I believe that God has a plan for us, but that he has also given us the ability to make our own decisions. I feel that everything happens for a reason, whether it be a reaction to something that previously happened (in which case, people might say that is karma, which I also believe) or whether it is happening due to an intervening force. We may not be able to see that force that is intervening in our lives at the particular time that it is, but I get the feeling that we just know when it is there.

My last post may have seemed out of the ordinary from what you have seen so far. I'm sure many of you believe that this blog is about reading and books and learning. Well, it's also about the person I am - it's about me. I know that sounds self-centered and everything, but I don't really know of any other way to put it. I posed the question to whether or not actual joy is actually attainable. I've come to my own conclusion that it is. There are moments in our lives that make us happy, and moments in our lives that make us sad. But there are moments of actual joy that completely take our breath away. There are moments that we look back on where we can feel what we felt at that time. Actual joy is (in my opinion) actually attainable.

Now for the interesting question being posed to you this time: Do you collect anything? If so, describe your favorite collection, past or present.

Peace and Love

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