Birthday conversations today with Manuel Monge

Today a group of us went to play table tennis. It was fun, the last couple times I played I couldn’t aim at all. We did a lof of warm-ups before really playing. So I learned to just let the faster ball just bounce off my paddle. And the slower shots, or spinning shots: I had to actually push foward to make sure it would clear the net to the other side. it was fun, we even played doubles, and had to learn to take turns with our partner, so every other shot we had to slide over to give room for our partner to take the next shot. And this created much more movement to be necessary and helped me to get a good workout. I needed a lot of water, and small meal afterwards. I had some water, iced tea, mangos with shaved ice from guppies, miso soup, a passion fruit mango drink, and a plate of egg whites. Since they didnt have protein powder for the shake, I asked for the egg whites. The miso did have some soy in it though.

We started talking, and one topic came to me as we talked about different religions. I just realized that  St Joseph the guardian of Jesus: would be an excellent patron saint for any adults who are step-parents or who want to adopt and care for a child that they did not conceive with their wife or husband. St Joseph took care of Jesus with Mary, even though he was not the actual parent of Jesus. At first he did not want to: but he became the guardian of Jesus along with Mary here on Earth, and God the Father made certain to send an angel to Joseph in his sleep so he would understand the mission and purpose God had given him to be the guardian of Jesus Christ as an infant and child. And who would be a better role model for guardians of adopted children then the Joseph the guardian of our Messiah and Savior. 

We were talking about abortions and how beautiful it is to finish the pregnancy and give the child for adoption to a family that would love to have kids and care for them. Especially now in this contemporary era of time, so many couples marry later in life in their late 30s, and even 40s or 50s:and most likely they might not be able to conceive a child together through intercourse and prayer. But I know there are many of these responsible married couples who would be honored to take on a child just as Moses was adopted and raised by a family who was not his parents. There is a rhythmn and reason for everything that happens in life, and one stressful event like an unplanned pregnancy could be a special child like moses, or jesus, or I know it’s a silly example but Shaquille O’ neal was adopted and he became such a beautiful and strong human being on this planet. My friend, Steve, who I have known since high school was adopted. And we have stayed in touch since then even when we were at different colleges, and we live in different parts of the country. He asked me to be part of his wedding as one of the groomsmen. I keep him and his wife, Eileen, in my prayers and they recently had their first child born to them as well.  It is amazing what happens when we give life a chance to be loved, and pray that a family and a community of God’s people will help care for a child, even when the actual parents are unable to provide and might have aborted them instead if not given the option to let them be adopted and loved as St Joseph did with Jesus, and Sarge did with Shaq, and I am sure many of you know friends who were adopted and loved. And you dont have to leave them in a basket in a river, who have the internet and so many doctors, counselors, and church groups who can help you contact the people who can screen the possible families who will adopt children, and also provide education and support to the birth parents so they can finish the pregnancy and deliver a healthy child to those adopted parents. The movie Juno is one of my favorites because of how it all worked out, and the mom of the baby is so sassy and funny: and she knew herself and definitely wanted to find a good home for her baby.


By the way, I found a massage therapist at the grand in brea, who also grinds her teeth. And she showed me some great stretches for my neck, and places to apply pressure in through my trapezius muscles, deep into my collarbones towards the shoulder, and on my lymphnodes by my ear and jaw. She said the fluids were backed up in that area. A chiropractor helped her, and she really helped me in that one session. I plan on going back to her soon so I can repeat the relief of the tension in my jaw. This has been a struggle for me for almost a year now. I am finding I have overdeveloped some of my neck muscles and had a very limited range of motion in the other direction. So with the stretches and strengthening muscles of my neck and upper spine with my head pointing towards my chest and abdomen, I could feel a great stretch in the back of my skull down my trapezius muscles towards my spine. I often arch my head backwards to keep my chin up, even when I sit down in a chair. So I am learning that sometimes it is best to just hang my head and relax those muscles and it takes pressure out of my neck and jaw from trying to support my big knucklehead skull all the time. 🙂 I will try to post some videos on my channel soon to show you what I am talking about. I have spoken to multiple people about this, and it seems that grinding and clenching of the jaw and teeth is pretty common for a lot of people.

my favorite workout and pregame music, and food to fight being anemic

Just wanted to share a great source of christian hip hop that I found on tuneinradio app, it is called yhot in orlando florida…I think it is at 88.3

definitely some good food for the ears and dancing, and for workout routines that are upbeat like high intensity cardio or team sports, and plyometrics, or quickness and agility drills, I listen to it on my headphones before playing in games for sports as well…it gets me pumped up 🙂

some tips for if people dealing with being anemic

Well some of my friends are struggling with being anemic at times. It happened to me once as well like 3 years ago. I felt really tired, and my doctor recommended finding foods that are high in iron. And one thing she mentioned is that I was donating whole blood to often, so now I normally only donate platelets, because it doesn’t deplete my iron levels like whole blood.

In any case some good ways to get iron. Don’t just buy lettuce for salad. Grab the bag that says spring mix. If you look at the nutrients you will see that these packs have more iron, because they have mixed greens. They key to nutritional balance in general is to eat a wide variety of food. If your whole plate is almost all the same color: than most of your nutrition is overbalanced to one type. Imagine if you have spinach, mushrooms, squash, a palm size filet of grilled salmon, blueberries and cherries, and some olive oil, rasberry vinagrette for your veggies, a portion of brown rice, a large cup of water…and some greek yogurt with honey, flaxseed, and frozen mangos for dessert. So many different colors, and nutrients that will give you a great meal.