Yesterday, as I teed off on the second hole at Encintas Ranch, I noticed a twinge in my left hip. So, as I usually do, I continued to play through it, stretching whenever I could.
By the time I finished the 18 holes, the pain had increased dramatically. I called my life saving chiropractor, Dr. Cherie, (official chiropractor to the LPGA seniors),
and paid her a visit.
Now usually when I go to see her I know what I did: Wii boxing, new ab crunches, picking up a 50lb. box or? This time I was stumped. "Did you mow your lawn?" I laughed. "Were you vaccuuming?" "No". Vacuuming can really stress a body out. A good reason not to do it.
She adjusted my poor body, suggested I rest (no golf) for a few days, ice it on and off.
This morning I woke up feeling really stiff. I sat down at my computer and Voila! I realized that for some reason I had my laptop aimed toward my left (the side that was hurting). I have been spending lots of computer time lately,and evidently I've been tweaking my body to the left for several weeks. Also I noticed when I was sitting at my piano keyboard the other night, leading a retirement center Sing-a-Long, I was doing the same thing.
Mystery solved! After 50 and beyond, you really need to pay attention to how you are treating your body: what positions do you continually hold it in; are you sitting more than usual, doing an activity you're not used to.
In addition to my chiropractic adjustment, I used iced - 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off (frozen corn or peas in a baggie work well), took a soothing bath in Epsom Salts this morning (99c a quart at the dollar store) and applied some Arnica (or Traumeel) cream to the side that hur.
Take care of that wondrous vehicle called your body. Treat it well and it will stay with you for a long tim.
It's not my intention to bring religion into this blog but I feel moved to share a passage from Ecclesiastics.
"For everything there is a time..."
In watching the PGA tournamnets over the last year, you can't help notice that the younger players are emerging, one by one, on the leaderboard. Although I'm not a Tiger fan per his personal life, I still like to watch him play, when he's at his best.
Each time Tiger has taken the lead,or been in the mix on a weekend, the commentators argue whether or not he is 'back'. Maybe that will never happen. Maybe Tiger's time is over.
When certain phases of your life comes to an end, it can happen in many different ways. How it takes place is never as important as the fact that it has taken place. It's time for you to move on and it's time for others to step up.
Will Tiger make a comeback or has he accomplished his purpose over the years? Was his purpose to be the best golfer ever or was it to increase interest in the game, increase the size of the galleries and subsequently income of the player, caddies and everyone else associated with the game? We will never know. But isn't it fun to hope on a Saturday night that Tiger will roar on sunday?
I played with some new people the other day. It was a tough enough day as this was the first time I had played this difficult course. Didn't know the procedure for getting a cart, i.e., carry your clubs from the parking lot which sits about 3/4 of a block from the clubhouse, carry them down a ramp (and up when you're finished) to the carts, etc.
The women I played with carried high handicaps. Now I am very grateful to those who put up with me when I first began playing. But at least I had some sense of three very important things to remember whenever you are playing golf.
1) Pace of play
You really don't have to put your club back in your bag right after a shot. It's okay to wait until you get to your next shot, then pick out your club and replace the last one at the same time. Pace of play.Be aware of where everyone's balls lie. That way you will be ready to hit yours when the other player is finished.
2) Have some sense of where the other players are. It's not polite, nor is it safe, to walk in front of someone's ball. Stay behind, preferably out of the person's line of vision, let them hit the ball, then walk to yours. When you are out on the green and you putt your ball, if you want to mark it, don't stand and admire the shot first. Move quickly (or at least semi-quickly) to your ball, mark it and get out of the way.
3) Don't walk around, clank your clubs or talk while the other person is hitting the ball. Have you ever noticed the placard bearers at the tournament? When the pro is ready to hit, the sign holder holds up the sign that reads, "Quiet!". That means quiet your body, your clubs and your mouth. And please, watch where you hit the ball. It's not up to the other players to find it for you. Sure, there are times when it lands in the rough and gets buried. We'll help look for it. But at least have some idea of where you have hit it.
Playing golf is difficult enough without dealing with ill-mannered people in your foursome. Don't walk around the course as if yo
I guess this goes back to the age-old question, "Should celebrities serve as role models?" When Tiger's dalliances came out, parents were outraged that someone who projected such a clean image would do something like that.
Yesterday I was watching the Waste Management Open from Phoenix. (Remember when we had the Bob Hope and the Andy Williams? Now we have tournaments named after trash disposal companies.) A young rookie, Spence Levin was buring up the course -literally. He made some great shots, pulled 6 strokes ahead of the pack, so the camera began to follow his every move - unfortunately.
Late in the afternoon they showed Spencer Levin walking down the fairway to his next shot. What a surprise when he lit up a cigarette and began smoking it while walking. No, it's not like cheating multiple times on your wife, putting your children at risk. It's also not as bad as Arjan Atwal driving drunk a few years ago and getting into an accident. But smoking on the golf course?
Okay, maybe I'm old fashioned. But I was outraged! Even President Obama doesn't smoke on camera. We all know he does it, but don't show our kids that smoking is ok. After all, if you . become President, how bad could it be. And even a world class athlete like Spencer Levin smokes.
How about outlawing smoking on the golf course. I would be all for it. And by the way, Spencer, there are lots of young kids watching you. What are you thinking?
I know that there are many medical professionals who believe in the power of prescription drugs only for their patients. However, I am constantly amazed at some of those who are either ignorant of other remedies or simply close minded. This morning I was jolted back to reality once more.
I talked to a woman who told me she had what the doctor described as 'microscopic colitis" which cause severe intestinal problems for her including diarrhea. She has been suffering from this for almost a year. She also told me it was pretty much under control now, after losing more than 10 pounds from her thin frame, because the doctor had prescribed up to 10 medications to take. I asked her if he had mentioned anything about diet. Here are her exact words, "He said the meds would take care of it and that I could eat anything I wanted." I was floored!
I spent more than 25 pages of my book on Chapter 4, Food as Medicine.. I told my friend some of what I had shared. Anything described as -itis means 'inflammation'. Inflammation in your body is what causes many diseases and all of your aches and pains in muscles and joints, whether it's from injury, misuse or any other cause. And the quickest way to curb inflammation is through diet.
I included an anti-inflammatory diet in my book. For instance, Turmeric, the 5,000 year old Indian spice is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory agent you can use. Mustard contains lots of turmeric, therefore it's an anti-inflammatory. Red berries, cherries, cinnamon, cruciferous vegetables all counteract inflammation. What makes inflammation worse? Processed foods, those pesky, most popular foods we eat: anything in a box or bag, anything in the center aisles of your supermarket.
If you want to poison your system with toxic medications instead of making small changes in your diet, go ahead. I just don't understand why you wouldn't want to eat a few cherries, sprinkle a little turmeric on a salad, to make you feel better.
As always, the choice is yours. Make that choice today!