Day: January 10, 2012

“Working Out Sucks” by Chuck Runyon, Brian Zehetner (MS, RD, CSCS) and Rebecca Derossett (MSW)

“Working Out Sucks” by Chuck Runyon, Brian Zehetner (MS, RD, CSCS) and Rebecca Derossett (MSW) c.2012, Da Capo Lifelong $14.99 / $17.50 Canada 224 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The year has barely gotten started, and you’ve already ruined a resolution. Actually, make that all resolutions. You’ve already broken all your resolutions because the only one you made was to lose weight and even with the best of intentions, it ain’t happening. Not this year. Why not?  You’re not lazy. You are motivated. The real truth is that “Working Out Sucks” but, as you’ll learn in a new book with that intriguing title by Chuck Runyon, Brian Zehetner, and Rebecca Derossett, it doesn’t have to. Seriously. So you have a billion reasons why you aren’t exercising, starting with lack of money, lack of time, lack of commitment. Those are the three top excuses, says Chuck Runyon, but they’re just that: excuses. The average American spends less on exercise than on car-related expenses. Annual beer cost is almost as much as the amount we spend on working the brewskis off. Everybody in the world is given the same amount of time, and Runyon says that just 1% of our week – that’s 90-120 minutes – spent exercising is all most of us need. And as for commitment, working out sucks but so does self-pity, lack of self-esteem, lack of energy,...

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Teriyaki hotspot is a family affair

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Teriyaki Bento Location: 3720 Cherry Ave. NE, Keizer Phone: (503) 463-9899 Hours: Monday though Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Closed Sunday When Tony and Eva He emigrated to the United States from their native China, their experiences traveling the States dictated where they wanted to go. Much like their home in the Guangdong province of China, big cities like New York City were too crowded and brusque, said Eva. They wanted somewhere smaller, with friendly people. So they picked Salem-Keizer, and now own Teriyaki Bento, alternatively known as Bento to Go, on Cherry Avenue in Keizer. The restaurant has been open since the mid-1990s; they bought it in 2007. Tony is the kitchen mastermind, said Eva. The tiny restaurant serves up Japanese, Chinese and Korean fare, and offers lunch teriyaki and yakisoba specials. Other specialties include the General Tso’s chicken and udon chicken. Tony and Eva had no restaurant experience upon coming to the Salem area, and also spoke virtually no English. They had worked as driving instructors in China. Classes at Chemeketa Community College helped with the language barrier, but they found restaurants were one industry they could work in without needing to be proficient in English. Tony honed his cooking skills at Lucky Fortune on Lancaster Drive, at Rocco’s Bar Grill and at Good Times. And he discovered he loves it, said wife Eva. There’s a...

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City’s public records now easier to search

The city of Keizer has unveiled a new public records retrieval system that is touted as saving thousands of dollars and more effectively serving residents. For years the city’s record searching system at Keizer.org required downloading and installing software before allowing users to open documents one page at a time. This proved cumbersome to users who were seeking a page out of a budget or council packet that could be hundreds of pages long. Files were downloaded in a format more common among photographers and graphic designers than city recorders and councilors. “It makes it a lot easier for people to read them,” said Deputy City Recorder Debbie Lockhart. And if you were using a non-Windows based system, good luck: Apple and Linux users were out in the cold. The new system, provided by the firm Kentucky Underground Storage – allows virtually any computer user with a modern web browser to inspect and download budgets, financial statements, meeting minutes and staff reports from as far back as the 1990s. And while local policy wonks and journalists may enjoy the change (newsrooms are dominated by Macintoshes), money ultimately was the reason for the switch – a savings of some $6,270 annually, Lockhart said. The new system will cost about $400 a month, down from $960, and the provider was planning a substantial price hike, she said. While many of the...

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