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Health, Fitness and Weight Loss, Part II

Little “Buddhist” dog prays for treats and walks at his local temple

Chiang Mai Expat Ladies’ Lunch Group

Please help - so that I can be with my beloved daughter again

 

Welcome to this week’s FeMail! Yes, we’re still slaving away in the hot hot hot to bring you what we hope you want to read! Because of the plea for help from Alicia’s mother - please, do keep your eyes open for this poor kid - we don’t have space to announce several things, so they’re in the intro! Firstly, at the Asian Healing Arts Center, there will be Reiki 1 and 2 trainings from April 2-5 and from April 7-12. Those of you who remember the “Baby Buff” story in the Mail last month will know that Reiki is a wonderful healing technique that we can all learn! More info from the website, www.asianhealingartscenter.com. Tragically, Tibet, as we’re sure you’ve noticed, is dominating world news again. Right now, 1,280,000 people have signed an online petition to be delivered on Monday to Chinese Embassies and Consulates worldwide, too soon, sadly, for readers of this paper to be able to add their signatures. But the site, www.avaaz.org, is a “find”, well worth visiting if you care about our world and what’s going on!

Health, Fitness and Weight Loss, Part II

John Bailey
The World Health Organisation defines health as “A state of complete mental, physical and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. So there! Fitness itself is the result of appropriate physical activity and in most cases will improve your health. But, as health and fitness are not the same things, it’s a mistake to interchange the two. You can be fit without being healthy, and vice versa!
Last week I introduced you to the FITT exercise concept; Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type. Of course you remember… Exercise, (activity), itself is structured and formal; under normal circumstances an active lifestyle is enough to maintain good health. However, here we are focusing on overweight and obesity… both are conditions which can cause debilitating and even life-threatening problems, particularly as one gets older. To combat these conditions, a planned exercise programme combined with a sensible diet is considered by medical professionals to be the best way of losing excess fat and therefore weight. An added benefit of this is that it stimulates a whole range of improvements in your body chemistry.
Proof exists that the most important factor is Frequency. Please, forget knocking yourself out twice a week at the gym - a brisk twice daily 20 minute walk burns more calories and elevates your metabolic rate far more effectively - but be careful about dehydration in the hot season!
Intensity is a problematic concept to explain in an article, therefore my strong advice is to have a thorough medical before you start. Tell the (English speaking…) doctor what you are planning to do, and make sure he takes your blood pressure and pulse rate. Ask if he would place any restrictions on your exercise regime, then, if the results are favourable, start gently and increase the intensity over time. Whilst exercising, you should feel slightly breathless, but still be able to hold a conversation.
Time is linked to intensity, and should take precedence - again, gradual increase is the key. You should also investigate “interval training”, e.g. 5-10 minutes on, 3 minutes off, etc. You’ll find it works well!
Type - what do you prefer? Treadmill? Bike? Rotex? Rowing machine? At first, please stay away from the Stepper! Swimming, of course, is brilliant, and can be combined with all the above. The choice is yours. But, please remember to take it easy at first. Next week - more on using the above - do’s and don’ts, plus your BMI.!

 

Little “Buddhist” dog prays for treats and walks at his local temple

Ex-temple pet surprises new owner

Staff Reporters
When his new owner, Kazuko Oshiro, rescued the cute little dog from his Buddhist temple home on the Japanese island of Okinawa, he could not have known the effect on his new pet of his former lodgings! Kazuko, 71, who had been visiting the same temple for more than 25 years, called the little Chihuahua Conan, and subsequently took him with him on his visits to pray. He was amazed to see his new pet sitting up on his back legs next to the priest, in front of the altar, gazing up at the Buddha statue, and clasping his little paws in seeming prayer!

Is this Conan’s “doggy” way of thanking the Buddha for his new life?

“Buddhists clasp their hands in prayer so that they may gain enlightenment“, said Joie Yoshikuni, the Buddhist priest at the temple. “However, Conan seems to have more worldly motivations, as he gets treats and walks as a result.” When Yoshikuni chants and raises his clasped hands, Conan imitates him and touches the tip of his nose with his clasped paws! His owner says that, if anyone sits in the dog’s favourite position next to the priest, he gets cross.
The little dog has become so popular that people come to the temple every week to take photographs of him. Yoshikuni estimates that there are at least 30% more visitors, many of them younger people. “I’m happy that people feel more comfortable here because of Conan”, he said, jokingly placing his hands in the prayer position and bowing to the little dog.


Chiang Mai Expat Ladies’ Lunch Group

The Chiang Mai Ladies’ Lunch Group at Lemongrass last Wednesday.

The chosen venue for this month’s March 26 get-together of the Ladies Lunch group was the recently opened Thai restaurant aptly named “Lemongrass”, situated in a small soi in the night market area. 19 friends arrived at 12.30, hot and hungry for conversation and an exchange of views on many subjects with like-minded souls - as well as for the lunch itself! Lemongrass had been kind enough to make a special arrangement, as they only normally open in the evening; as a result the group were comfortably accommodated on three long tables all within yelling distance of each other. “Yelling distance” turned out to be a very good and necessary idea, as within 10 minutes of sitting down, traders from the night market proceeded to wheel their trolleys out from an even smaller soi behind the restaurant! Not to be beaten, the ladies increased their own decibel count, and the conversations - and the lunch - proceeded! The 3 course menu, agreed beforehand, was Thai, but not aggressively so, and the several vegetarians present were well catered for. Food was served promptly and pleasantly, and in such generous quantities that most could not quite cope! Although the eating area was mostly outside, and therefore not air-conditioned, a number of fans were placed, which kept the majority cool enough to eat and enjoy. The 10 or so ladies who were last to leave were rewarded with generous “doggie bags” to take home - altogether an enjoyable experience. The next lunch will be held on April 30, at the Elizabethan Room opposite Rimping Condos, right next to the river - for those who do not already know the restaurant, it serves the very best of traditional English cooking, which is all, YES, ALL, home made! Can’t wait!


Please help - so that I can be with my beloved daughter again

Maria and her missing daughter Alicia.

My daughter Alicia has been missing since June 4, 2007. It has now been nearly ten months since I last saw her, and I have no idea where she or how she is feeling. Alicia’s father, Torgeir Nordbo, has abducted her, and has been charged in his absence. I have always had sole legal custody of my daughter.

Torgeir Nordbo, Alica’s father, who has abducted her.

Neither the police nor the authorities have been able to find out to which country he has taken her. I therefore want to make this plea for help. Alicia was last seen in February this year in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We now think that Torgeir may have taken Alicia to Thailand, as he has business there. I will never give up the fight to find my beloved daughter. I hope you can help me! A reward of $10,000 is offered for information leading to our finding Alicia.
Maria Elfversson, Tel: 46-(0)-737-061-657 / email: [email protected]
Contact persons: Therese Berggren, (Swedish Foreign Ministry), Tel: 46-(0)-8-405-3941. Annethe Ahlenius, (Police contact Bangkok), Tel: 66-(0)-2-263-7282.
Email Interpol Bangkok: [email protected] / Tel: 66-(0)-2-263-7280.
YouTube: Video showing Alica and Torgeir: www. youtube.com/watch/?v=fSkTmNBBsFK



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