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Weight for it or wait for it.

Weight for it or wait for it.

We Are One.

Is beauty only skin deep.

Is beauty only skin deep?

Taking the time to look after our own health and welfare rather than leaving it up to doctors and drug companies.

Number one or number 5 keep smiling.

Number one or number 5 keep smiling.

Our first concern should be for our own welfare.

He has a date with Mother Nature.

He has a date with Mother Nature.

This is not a selfish attitude because a healthy person can help others instead of being a sickly burden on the community.

Knees up and this is not mother Brown.

Knees up and this is not mother Brown.

It takes effort and willpower to maintain a healthy body and wholesome outlook. Restraint is needed on the amount of food and what we drink. Balancing, exercise activity against the intake of calories consumed. Learning what is beneficial for us and how to cope with the stress of modern life.

Or father Time.

Or father Time.

People respond positively to a smile. When we are in pain or suffering in any way it is not easy to smile and a stressed look is often interpreted as unfriendliness. So it is very important not to look dejected but smile and not complain. Do not burden other people with your problems.

It is Jack kicking up his heels.

It is Jack kicking up his heels.

An unsmiling face is not always a sign that a person is unfriendly. People in unfamiliar surroundings, amongst strangers, can feel pressures the locals are unaware of. They need a friendly smile and a kind word of reassurance. Vary rarely will this bring a negative response.

Some think I am unbalanced.

Some think I am unbalanced.

To travel in foreign lands makes one realise simple things like shopping for groceries can be stressful. It is easy to get lost or commit a faux pas in a foreign land. So a traveller is cautious and can look unfriendly.

Keeping in balance is important to prevent falls.

Keeping in balance is important to prevent falls.

A smile can transform an old wrinkly face into a charming beautiful one. A smile makes the whole interconnected world sparkle. We realise we are one in the cosmic creation and all the silly differences vanish.

Especially for old push bikies.

Especially for old push bikers.

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First Choice Fitness, on my way to the beach.

The burliegh beach is around the corner.

Turn in and Tone up.

Hard work pays off.

Hard work pays off.

We have been busy traveling and although we both have not been taking it easy. As we have been gardening, biking and a lot of walking and for me the occasional swim. We also have been spending a lot of time on the computer since we started blogging.

Go at your own pace.

Go at your own pace.

I realized I was loosing what little muscle I still had and stiffening up in all the wrong places. Travelling is wonderful but it is easy to get out of the exercise routine. Casual visits to gyms are more expensive and a bit inconvenient.

It all helps.

It all helps.

That is only an excuse if I make the effort I could have fitted in a visit to a gym. Like I am now doing, three weeks in one place then miss a week then start again at a gym in another place. I will do it and also keep to my morning stretching exercises where ever I am.

Good use of the area by Burleigh Beach.

Good use of the area by Burleigh Beach.

All exercise is good but I find I need to get into a habit of systematically doing a variety of exercises. We need stretching exercises to keep supple, resistance to tone up the muscles and strengthen our bones.

I do not let my ego stop me.

I do not let my ego stop me.

Weights are good for this but at my age it is better to do more repetitions with relatively light weights. I am not trying to get big muscles, just tone up. The cardio vascular exercises are for the heart and lungs.

Same exercise but more weight.

Same exercise but more weight.

I like the cross-trainer as I can monitor my progress, time, resistance; cadence and heart rate are shown on the dash-board.

On the cross-trainer.

On the cross-trainer.

I try to beat my best effort and it gets easier after a few weeks then I add five more minutes or put up the resistance. At least twenty minutes at a challenging pace is advisable for best results. Work hard as possible but not to the point that you cannot carry on a conversation.

They say no pain, no gain but there should never be pain, just a demanding uneasiness. Get out of your comfort zone, but not to the point of hurting. Challenge yourself; you only need to compete against your best performance. There are days you will not quite reach your best performance, but with effort and perseverance we do improve.

This is dedication to muscle strength.

This is dedication to muscle strength.

I hope this post inspires any one that needs reminding, that doctors are not responsible for our health. It is our responsibility to respect and not abuse the gifts we are given.

82 year olders are prone  to falls, practice balance.

We are prone to falls at 82, so I practice balance.

Like yin and yang balance is needed for a healthful life. Balance food intake against calories burnt. Balance physical exercise against mental exercises, the body needs its quiet time to rejuvenate. Meditation is a part of this process.

I think they are over dressed.

I think they are over dressed.

Blogging helps me and perhaps may help others. If nothing else it reinforces and reminds me of the important things to value in life.

Eye candy the only candy to keep you slim.

Eye candy the only candy to keep you slim.

This world, regardless of dukkha http://buddhism.about.com/od/thefournobletruths/a/dukkhaexplain.htm, world is a wondrous place, with the right attitude and understanding. I rave on a bit but when you are in love you are apt to do this. I am in love with Mother Nature and this wondrous life I am blessed with.

They can't keep up with Pauline on her bike.

They can’t keep up with Pauline on her bike.

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Nature unspoiled.

Nature unspoiled.

Fear Courage Balance.

Praying mantis hitches a ride.

  Praying mantis hitches a ride.

Fear is a necessary emotion to protect us from danger. Courage allows us to overcome fear. Balance is the skill needed to act sensibly neither cowardly nor reckless. Balance is needed in every aspect of life. When things are in balance they are in perfect harmony. Nature keeps the whole universe in equilibrium. I respect nature as some people respect their god. Nature will restore the unbalance man has created in the world. Some men fear God and have no respect for nature this is reckless ignorance not courage.

The good life.

The good life.

Abrahamic religions use the fear of God to enforce laws. Fear is often used by politicians to sway public opinion. Advertising uses many methods to sell products fear is one of their tactics. Is your house so dirty it is threatening to ruin your health? Insects must be killed and the ads show how to do it. Fear needs to be balanced with caution and common-sense. What kills insects surely is not good for our health. As for germs a healthy person’s immune system can cope with most germs. Bacteria is like cholesterol there are two kinds one kind is good for you the other blocks up your circulatory system. Less than one percent of bacteria are harmful some that live in your body are essential for your health. Cleanliness is very important but advertising has some people frightened of a bit mother earth.

Kimchee Seoul street market.

Kimchee Seoul street market.

I grew up with nothing more than water from a well to drink and a bar of plain soap was used to wash with. There were only basic natural things to remedy coughs, cuts and all the usual ailments.  No flush toilets when I was a boy only what we called a dunny. We did not use chemicals unless there was a real problem. We had no air-conditioning we opened a window and had fresh air; it killed germs and toughened me up. I have survived eighty-one years and never been unduly afraid of a bit of dirt. I do not expect doctors to look after my health, it is my responsibility. I try to live a clean and balanced life without all the pills and disinfectants I do not need chemical germ and insect killers to protect me.

All we needed.

All we needed.

We tend to leave it up to bureaucrats to protect us, consequently there are too many laws supposedly to protect the public. Health regulations have gone to extremes. I have eaten food prepared and cooked at food stalls in the streets of other countries and have suffered no ill effects. Seeing the fresh food cooked one can decide if it is fit to eat. In a restaurant, even though health department requirements have been met, one still has to trust the management. These laws cut down competition from the small man and favour the big food chain operators. We have lost control over our own welfare because of imaginary fears.

Hot lunch Bangkok.

Hot lunch Bangkok.

Safety regulations have a place but they have now taken a lot of the skill, challenge and team effort out of construction work. In general work today is looked upon as making money to buy luxuries. People used to ask “What is your game?” when they wanted to know how you made a living, now it is “What is your job?” Sport has become a job. TV time and sponsoring by big business has taken the fun out of the game. We need some courage to take control and get balance back in our life.

Breakfast  fresh vegetable omelette.

Breakfast fresh vegetable omelette.

I do not fear the Muslims, the Christians or the Hindus. The Islamic Jihad does not scare me as I am no threat to their religion. There may be one religious fanatic in thousands. Should we fear all the others? You have more chance of being killed by a car. Do you hate cars because of this? I do not agree with many religions or their ideas but I find wisdom in some and I do respect the ethics of the sincere followers. I try to live by the five precepts that all major religions incorporate.  There are good people everywhere there are no evil people only the ignorant or sick. We should try to teach the ignorant and show compassion and care for the sick. The incurable cases need special care.  Courage balanced with understanding instead fear is needed.

Picnic lunch with friends.

The white haired boy having a picnic lunch with friends.

We should be weighing up and concentrating on real dangers. Nature is trying to balance everything and man is only trying to balance the budget. Do not trust your health and welfare to doctors, chemists, bureaucrats or big business. Do not believe all the advertising, think for yourself and take responsibility for your own welfare. Do not let fear, greed or ignorance control you. According to Shakespeare, “Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant die but once”. Often rephrased as, a coward dies a thousand deaths a hero dies but once. Cowards or heroes death is inevitable so cherish all life and leave something for the next generation. All Mother Nature’s gifts are free and mans incestuous desires are unforgivable. Man’s greed is   reckless unbalancing the ecology there is nothing brave or courageous in raping mother earth.

 Clean and healthy.

Clean and healthy.

 

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A Balancing menagerie.

Beetle mainia.

Beetle mania.

The light outside the toilets attract the Black Beetles, they fly too close, crash into it and fall to the ground stunned. The Green-tree Frogs sit waiting for the beetles. As soon as the beetle recovers and moves the frog sees the movement. In an instant the beetle disappears, the end of the frog’s tongue is the end of the beetle.

I witnessed this with the frogs, beetles and Green Tree Snakes in action at Bunderbreg Qld. .

Australia Christmas beetle.

Australia Christmas beetle.

Snakes are plentiful, in the garden by the toilet, they feed on the frogs. This is nature’s way of keeping things in balance. The snakes eat the frogs, the frogs eat the beetles, and the beetles eat the garden. We need this balance as deprived of plants we would perish.

It is not easy being green.

It is not easy being green.

Everything is interdependent if one creature dies out this has an effect on the whole chain of balance. This is only one simple example of nature’s way of keeping things in balance. There are complex connections only a botanist or scientist studying the food chains in nature would be aware of.

The Green Tree Frog often seen in Queensland.

The Green Tree Frog .

Man has created many problems by interfering with natures balance. Rabbits, foxes, cats, Prickly-pear, Cane Toads even Honey Bees and many more invasive pests have been introduced into Australia.

Often in toilet bowls.

Often in Queensland toilet bowls.

Everything has been tried to eradicate rabbits, a virus causing Myxomatosis, a very inhumane way of killing them, had some success, the longest fence in the world, 1,833 km,1,139 miles, has been built to contain them, rabbits are still a pest.

He does not look wild.

He does not look wild.

Prickly pear invaded 40,000 square km of farm land till a moth was imported from South America its lava ate the Prickly pear. This is claimed to be a success in biological pest control. Drugs cure illness but have side effects and there are side effects from biological cures also.

Carpet Snake actually a python and this one is not real.

Carpet Snake actually a python and this one is not real.

The introduction of the Cane toad brought in to get rid of a beetle that was a problem to the sugar cane industry. It has spread from Queensland to Western Australia it is estimated it migrates at the rate of 140 km per year. Its poison kills any animal that eats it and it competes with native wild life for food. This has causing a decline in the numbers of native creatures.

The Honey Bee.

The Honey Bee.

How could a Honey bee affect our environment?  Many native flowers can only be pollinated by native bees and insects. The flowers are shaped to allow only special insects to spread their pollen to other flowers. Honey bees are not capable of spreading and fertilizing these flowers. The Honey bees swarm and inhabit hollows in trees, depriving the native species of a home.

Another colourful beetle I saw in west Australia.

Another colourful beetle I saw in west Australia.

Natures balance is far more complex than most people realize. In physics there is no action without a reaction. In nature there is no action without repercussions. These are laws man must heed or suffer the consequences. Nature is infinite, man is mortal we either live in harmony with nature or continue to fight her and it is obvious to anyone, that is not blinded by greed, who will win.

The Koala is in danger because of auburn sprawl.

The Koala is in danger because of auburn sprawl.

Man is like the beetle eating up natures green garden, but man destroys any controlling force. Our population explosion is like a cancer on our island planet. The laws of nature cannot be altered without adverse side effects. If natures balance is disturbed in any way nature in its infinite time will restore the balance.

While these fellows are multiplying like crazy.

While both these species are multiplying like crazy.

Do not support wasteful ways and buy only what you need, recycle things. Live peacefully, war is wasteful and investing your money in armaments of destruction is as suicidal as smoking. Nature cannot be destroyed; it changes form, as water freezes or turns to steam. The climate heating up will not destroy any thing it will only alter things. Beatles, frogs and snakes, along with man will change, breaking down into compost for other lower forms of life to feed on. One way or another everything must change. It is mans unavoidable fate so let us do our best to prolong this wonderful life as long as possible.  Man has no answer other than going with the flow of nature to the best of his ability. We cannot fight to put it right, we can only do our own individual best.

An empty case.

An empty case.

 

 

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Soraksan Gwongeumseonng Mountain Korea.

The Cock That Rises With the Sun.

I heard a rooster crow this morning. It let me know that day was dawning. My mind was busy right away, planning how to spend my day.

Time is precious, life is fleeting, Could be the message in his greeting. Fine and sunny or rain and cloud, another day I have been allowed.

The bird may be wiser than we realize. He sees through us with birds strong eyes. His head cut off with a cruel blow, to feed mans greed, he must go.

That is no way to treat our feathered friend. That wakes us up to the magic light of day. To marvel and admire nature’s superior display, man can never replicate an achievement anyway as great.

Still we waste our time in stupid things like hate and vanity, instead of caring and sharing with humanity. We hoard the things we do not need. What is our reward for this greed? It incites envy from the needy, that’s our reward for being greedy.

How would we respond in third world conditions, without sophisticated, state of the art ammunitions? Would we fight in an underhand way, or would we trust in god and pray?

Clinging to impermanent things, think of all the trouble it brings. Wasting time on petty things, like a candle in a draft, our Chi cut off, our life is past.

What will I do today, continue in the usual way. With Yin and Yang leading a balanced life, on the Eight Fold path free from trouble and strife. I’ll give a miss to the Kentucky Fry menu. So my feathered friend’s life might continue.

If it is not too far I will not take the motorcar. I will keep fit doing what I like, getting exercise on my push-bike. I will try not to let advertising fuel my greed, only buying what I really need. The wheels of progress need to go round; still we need to turn the climate change around. The war with natures plan could be the end of mortal man. Nature is infinite her laws of balance will endure, obey them or impartially she will send you down her sewer.

That is not a good way to end, but it does happen, don’t be a dodo.

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Surf up, no need to diet.

  Surfies battle to get to where the waves are breaking; this is burning up heaps of calories. They paddle hard to catch a wave. Their glands are secreting hormones, endorphin directly into their veins giving them a high better than drugs. Drugs are like masturbation it feels good but not like the real thing.

This is the real thing, living in the moment, nothing else exists, and the mind is totally focused like when the bat connects with the ball or the few seconds before the parachute opens.      

What exhilaration but the great feeling does not last and it is another struggle out for more of what they love. People can become addicted to physical exercise but most people are more likely to become couch potatoes, addicted to television.

No wonder you never see a fat surfie. They have mastered balance on their boards and in their food intake and energy expenditure.   

 

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