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Mira Mesa Living Volume 2, Number 1

January/February 2011

Leo Reyes: The Young Artist Who Dressed Up The Electrical Boxes

Photo by Ted Brengel BrengelProductions.com


Happy New Year! How did last year’s resolutions hold up? Ugh, same here. Sigh. Oh well, that’s why we have 2011, right? It’s a new chance to start fresh, take a new approach to some old issues and basically forget everything we failed to accomplish in 2010 and find ways to complete those tasks in 2011. The New Year can provide an opportunity to look back on the previous year and pat ourselves on the back for some things and maybe scold ourselves for others. Here at Mira Mesa Living we got together last April with an idea to create a magazine for our wonderful community: one that highlights the positives, promotes our eclectic nature and enlightens our neighbors. We have received some amazing feedback which makes us believe we are headed in the right direction. It is a path we intend to stick to for the future. That said, we know we have a long road ahead of us. We will continue to take steps to provide insight to all things Mira Mesa. We will strive to bring you more pictures, so not only can you read about what’s happening, you can see it for yourself. Also, we will build a bridge over the cultural divide by presenting articles about different events and customs. Overall, we believe 2010 was amazing and 2011 can be even better, but we can’t do it alone. You can help produce a better publication by keeping in touch. If you, your neighbors or coworkers are doing anything you find interesting, chances are other people will also want to know about it. Just shoot us a quick email and you might see your story in the next issue! Thank you for your continued support. Without you, there would be no Mira Mesa Living. Sincerely, The Staff at Mira Mesa Living Here is how you can reach us: To To To To

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Table of Contents Electrical Boxes Etc. ................5 London Calling ........................7 Redistricting Mira Mesa..........8 Happy New Year ....................12 HUA! ......................................19 New Year, New You ...............20


Bringing the Community Together! A New Approach to Nutrition and Fitness

Fitness Facts—or Fiction? The New Year is here and we are all concerned about our health and fitness regimen. As many of us are trying to shed unwanted pounds from the holidays, we need to sift through Fitness Facts from Fitness Fiction. So let’s set the record straight! Myth: Cardio burns more calories than strength training. Fiction! Contrary to common belief, strength and weight training is superior to just steady-state cardio in caloric burn. Studies have shown that once you step off the treadmill after steady state cardio, that is it for your caloric burn. However with strength or weight training, you will continue to burn calories for up to 36 hours. Without a nutritious diet, all of your hard work in the gym is put to waste. Unfortunately, when you burn calories your body doesn’t take the energy from its fat stores; it takes it from your muscles first. To counteract this, taking in protein within 30 minutes

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Yogurtland Yogurtland (8220-F Mira Mesa Blvd.), the leading self-serve frozen yogurt brand in America, is impressing once again. For the health conscious New Year’s Resolutions, Yogurtland has created new limited time only flavors, Maqui (mah-kee) Berry Tart, and NSA Açai (ah-sigh-ee) Bowl. Both flavors are packed with super fruits, rich in antioxidants, and the NSA Açai Bowl has no sugar added. Yogurtland's frozen yogurt is packed with calcium, vitamin C, antioxidants, protein, probiotics, and live and active cultures that are all part of what makes the highest quality yogurt a functional part of your diet. Yogurtland is active in the community and recently completed a toy drive for the Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, which contributed hundreds of toys. The store also provides award certificates to the elementary schools in Mira Mesa and hosts in-store fundraisers, in which a portion of the proceeds have been donated to various schools and organizations within our community. Check out the incomparable quality, surprising value, and the one of a kind “You Rule” personality that makes Yogurtland the talk of the town. Their customers enjoy the freedom to create their own creations from a choice of 16 proprietary sweet and tart flavors of frozen yogurt and over 45 fresh fruit and dry toppings.

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By: Bernard Mauricia The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Mira Mesa/Penasquitos gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from May 14-15, 2011 at Hilltop Community Park.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the night. Relay brings together people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people get well, stay well and by finding cures and fighting back. Gail Hernandez, Mira Mesa/Penasquitos volunteer Relay event chair said, “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps brings hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.” Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at RelayForLife.org/miramesaca or by calling 800-227-2345.

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Inspiring Community By: Steve Nicoles Photos by: Ted Brengel, BrengelProductions.com Leo Reyes moved to Mira Mesa when he was six. He experienced so many different cultures growing up that he considers himself a true product of the “it takes a village to raise a child” doctrine. As an artist he is now giving back to the village through his painting. Leo and his artist friends are painting the electrical boxes throughout Mira Mesa. He says it is long work. A friend spent every Sunday for a few months painting an electrical box on Black Mountain Road and Mira Mesa Boulevard. Her painting is a landscape that looks like a vineyard. The artists hope to bring some inspiration by painting the electrical boxes. Leo said, “This is art from people here for people here.” Leo says he plans to work west on Mira Mesa Boulevard toward the 805 as well as Camino Ruiz near the Target and Vons shopping centers and north along Black Mountain Road. For information on how to help out and perhaps paint your own electrical box visit www.Facebook.com and search Mira Mesa Art. To see more of Leo’s work, visit his website www.leopaints.carbonmade.com.

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RSVP Needs Help By: Judy Taylor RSVP is an organization of retired seniors who wish to serve our community. We assist the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) in many ways. Duties include: the YANA (You Are Not Alone) program in which we check on shut-ins to insure they are doing okay; check on homes for people who are away on vacation; visit community parks, check and monitor schools and banks and write disabled parking cita-

tions. We also do special projects when requested by SDPD, such as patrolling the shopping malls during the holidays, search for missing children and elders, and anything else as needed. We are in need of more volunteers. Qualifications are that you possess a valid driver's license, be 50 years or older and complete a 40-hour SDPD Academy. Please contact the Police Storefront on Mira Mesa Blvd. or call 538-8156.

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• Monthly Dance and Social – 2:00pm to 4:30pm (Third Sunday) • Exercise Classes – 9am to 11am (Monday & Wednesday) • Game Day – 1:00pm (Tuesday) • Game Night – 7:00pm (Wednesday) • Painting Class (Thursday) • Bingo – 9am to 11am (Friday) • Yoga – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Friday) • Line Dancing – 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Friday)

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Bringing the Community Together!

Olympic Hopeful Helps Gymnastic Dreams Come True By: Steve Nicoles Photo by: SD United Sports Children who have a serious interest in gymnastics and would like a future in the sport do not have far to go to learn from one of the best in the business. SD United Sports (www.sdunitedsports.com, 7698 Miramar Rd.) trains Mira Mesa’s youth to have a legitimate shot at making the Junior Olympic team. Co-owner Joe Gram said, “If collegiate gymnatics is in their future we can prepare them for that. If they want to compete on the national stage, we have the coaches in place and curriculum in place and knowledge in place to prepare those kids.” One of the top coaches training the youth is also training himself. Charlie Tamayo spends about half his time in San Diego teaching young girls the fundamentals of competitive gymnastics. He spends the other half of his time

training in Texas for a spot on the 2012 Summer Olympic team. Gram said, “(Charlie’s) got a couple competitions coming up in the next month or two that will dictate whether he’s going to make it or not.”

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Charlie defected from Cuba and wound up in San Diego. According to Joe, Charlie spends 90-percent of his waking hours teaching children. He and his wife, Nicole, run the women’s team at SD United Sports. Charlie provides a positive example to the kids. They can see first hand the training and hard work needed to compete at a high level. SD United Sports’ focus is on higher levels of competition while maintaining a family atmosphere. Joe runs the gym with his brother. Their mother runs the front desk. They strive to maintain a family feel and many of the gymnasts become good friends, as do the parents. The Gram family hopes to strengthen its roots in Mira Mesa. With a potential Olympian on

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Redistricting Could Re-Unite Mira Mesa By: Steve Nicoles Map Source: apacsd.org In another year, the political make-up of San Diego could look quite different from today. The city council will have an additional councilmember and the areas each councilmember represents will differ, possibly drastically. Last summer San Diego voters approved a ballot measure that creates a ninth council district within the city limits. The city is also going through its every-decade ritual of redistricting. Politicians will fight for boundaries that give them an edge in future elections. Citizens of Mira Mesa have an opportunity to have a representative from their neighborhood sitting on the council. Mira Mesa is currently split in two districts with Camino Santa Fe acting as the border. That means the two councilors representing Mira Mesa also represent other parts of the city, and there are times when the

needs of those other neighborhoods do not match the needs of Mira Mesa. The Mira Mesa Town Council would like to unite the neighborhood, so one council member, not two, represents the roughly 80,000 residents. Mira Mesa Town Council Chair Ted Brengel said, “One single representative from Mira Mesa is better, much better.� Mira Mesa alone is not big enough to be a district. According to the San Diego City charter each district has to be close to the same population size. With nine districts, each will need about 150,000 residents, nearly double the size of Mira Mesa. Mitz Lee is the co-convener of the Asian and Pacific American Coalition, or APAC, which has a plan to tie communities to Mira Mesa. APAC wants to include Rancho Penasquitos to the north and Miramar and Kearny Mesa to the south. The communiRedistircting continued on page 10

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Get Involved with Mira Mesa Town Council The Mira Mesa Town Council (MMTC) is a volunteer organization that works toward the improvement of the Mira Mesa Community. The Mira Mesa Town Council holds monthly meetings that provide information to the community and act as a forum for identifying and solving community problems. Elected representatives or their staff attend most MMTC meetings, and can research and respond to issues that arise at the meetings. MMTC meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Monday of each month. The Mira Mesa Town Council sponsors many community activities and events including: • The Mira Mesa Street Fair, held in September • The Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration • Clean and Green Day • Annual Volunteer of the Year Dinner • The Verne Goodwin Scholarship for Mira Mesa community High School Students • The Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District Advisory Committee (MMMAD) that maintains landscaping along community streets. The Mira Mesa Town Council also helps to support independent community activities including the Halloween Carnival, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and the Regional Teen Center. For general information and membership, go to http://www.MiraMesaTownCouncil.org MMTC membership costs $20 for residents, $10 for additional residents living in the same household, $10 for seniors (age 60+) and $50 for business members. Members with addresses outside the Mira Mesa community will be non-voting Associate Members. Business members now also have the opportunity to join both the Mira Mesa Town Council and the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce at a reduced rate. Business members may have a business address and link to a commercial Web site posted on this Web page.

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There are several connections among those communities, but Lee is focused on one in particular: the population of Asian Americans. She says the Asian American community makes up about 15-percent of San Diego’s population. A majority live in the communities APAC would like to see make up the city’s ninth district.

Lee tried to join Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa, but fell short. She says the commission told her she was unorganized and did not get her proposal in on time. In 2010, APAC created a map highlighting the new ninth district for the San Diego Redistricting Commission. APAC was the first group to present an option to the commission, which has met a few times since October for procedural matters including who will sit on the commission and who will serve as its chairperson.

Brengel does not see a need to create a district aimed at bringing an Asian American to the city council. He says the Town Council’s goal is not to worry about the cultural heritage of Mira Mesa’s representative, but rather to make sure the council has a member with a focus, passion and understanding of what is best for Mira Mesa.

The redistricting commission has set rules it needs to follow including the size of the districts. Brengel said any proposal supported by the Town Council will have to have all nine districts figured out. He said the commission will likely not recognize a proposal that does not answer the major questions for the commission.

Lee says there is a general lack of political interest among Asian Americans. She believes if they have a voice on the city council - someone they can relate to their interest level will rise and a larger number of informed citizens will benefit Mira Mesa, specifically, and the city as a whole. She said, “They can affect who wins an election or who loses an election.”

Lee said APAC’s goal is just to define the ninth district. That could prove to be the downfall for APAC this time around. The group’s proposal highlights a strong ninth district, but it does not deal with the issue of taking away more than 78,000 people from the fifth district, leaving it with a mere 100,000 residents. That number falls well short of acceptable for the commission.

ties would form a district of about 140,000 people. Brengel expects Mira Mesa alone to grow by 10,000-15,000 people over the next decade.

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There is still time for APAC to gain support and fine tune its proposal. The redistricting commission has a year to create district boundaries once the final United States Census numbers come out in late March or early April. The commission also meets the first and third

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Help Fund Mira Mesa’s Skate Park By: Steve Nicoles Photo Source: Willy Santos Skaters need to remain patient and vigilant. A new skateboard park in Mira Mesa is likely still two years away, but it will not happen at all without support from the community. Leading the charge for the park is pro skater and Mira Mesa native Willy Santos. He learned to skate at Erickson Elementary School and wants to give back to the community.

Santos said, “Growing up here and going to school here and learning how to skateboard, this is definitely home for me. Before living here there was so many skate boarders, so many places to skate, but there just wasn’t a skate park, so we’d skate in the school yards and sometimes we’d get in trouble.” To keep our youth out of trouble, Santos’ ultimate project is the skate park. It has the support of the Mira Mesa Town Council and a planned location near the softball fields at Mira Mesa Blvd. and Reagan Rd. Now Santos needs your support. Visit www.miramesaskatepark.org to find out how you can help his dream become our reality.

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Happy New Year in February: Chinese AND Vietnamese New Year! By: Leah R. Singer

The celebration of the Vietnamese New Year – T?t Nguyên ?án, more commonly known as T?t – lasts for several weeks. Vietnamese believe the first day and the first week of the New Year will decide the fortunes or misfortunes of the year to come.

While Americans ring in the New Year on January 1, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures around the world (and here in Mira Mesa) are preparing for their New Year celebration taking place on February 3. While both celebrations have striking similarities (like celebrating the New Year on the same day), each holiday has unique differences as well.

The Year of the Rabbit (or Cat) The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar phases as well as the solar solstices and equinoxes. (American calendars are based on the solar phases.) The calendar is also closely aligned with the Chinese zodiac, which are the cycle of twelve stations along the path of the sun through the cosmos. Each New Year is marked by the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiacal animals: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

What is the New Year? Both Chinese and Vietnamese consider their New Year celebration the most important social and economic holiday. The Chinese New Year is a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It is also a time to bring family together for feasting.

February 3 begins the Year of the Rabbit. Interestingly, while the Vietnamese follow the Chinese calendar and celebrate the New Year on the same day, in their zodiac, the “cat” replaces the “rabbit.” This Vietnamese New Year celebration may be known as both the Year of the Rabbit or Cat.

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The image of the dragon is instantly identified with the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. The dragon is a highly revered mythical beast that is admired for its uniqueness, beauty and power. Both New Year celebrations are typically celebrated with parades of fireworks, gongs, and a larger-than-lifesized dragon.

The tradition of the red envelope is also present during both New Years celebrations. The tradition involves the giving of money inside a red envelope on holidays and celebrations. Red envelopes with dollar bills are handed out to younger generations by their parents, grandparents, relatives, and even close neighbors and friends during Chinese and Vietnamese New Year.

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Many Vietnamese-Americans in Mira Mesa are preparing for the Vietnamese New Year. Based on a luni-solar calendar, the Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan, more commonly known as Tet, is the second new moon after the winter’s solstice, which is February 3 for 2011. For Vietnamese, Tet is a time for family reunions. During Tet, people visit their relatives and the grave sites of loved ones. Tet is also considered to be the first day of spring and is often called Hoi xuan (Spring Festival). Many Vietnamese prepare for Tet by cooking special holiday foods. Vietnamese culture is almost obsessed with eating. When asking, “How are you doing?” the literal Vietnamese saying is, “What do you do to eat?” (“Lam an sao?”). To celebrate Tet is to an Tet (eating Tet). In fact, Tet Nguyen

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Touring Vietnam Put mildly; Vietnam is an enchanting country. Bordered by Cambodia, Laos, and China, Vietnam is located in the heart of South East Asia and is beloved by those who know it. The region itself is packed with interesting history and vibrant culture. Likewise, the country offers a wide spread of sites, activities, and cuisine that a broad spectrum of people can take interest in.

Vietnam. The beach itself lies between Da Nang and Hue, and is hands down some of Vietnam's most beautiful scenery. Bordered by long, white sandy beaches and crystal blue water, this rural fishing village is quickly becoming a must see destination for all travelers in Vietnam. People often spend days relaxing out on the beach, eating fresh seafood, and observing the local fisherman bringing in their catch.

Through the years the Vietnamese culture has undergone serious transformations. Because of the region's turbulent past, the country has become a melting pot of native Vietnamese culture along with strong Chinese, Polynesian, and Western influences as well. In turn, over the 4,000 years of documented Vietnamese history, the country has earned a reputation for being a country that combines tradition and innovation into one seamless blend. In terms of geography, the country is blessed with lush sub-tropical beauty in some parts, and impressive modernized metropolises in others. The largest city in the country, once called Sai Gon, now renamed Ho Chi Minh City, offers a buzz of excitement for backpacking travelers and tourists alike. Ho Chi Minh is not the capital of Vietnam, however it is the muscle of Vietnam's economic and commercial industries. Here travelers can find motorbikes zipping through the streets, accommodating people, and an unbelievable variety of exotic and delicious foods. To some the atmosphere of the city can be overwhelming, but for those who know what to look for, Ho Chi Minh City is an epicenter of fun. Now even though Vietnam may have densely populated, sprawling metropolises; the country certainly employs its fair share of natural beauty as well. Lang Co Beach is a developing coastal area located in the North East region of

April where the average temperature varies from North to South, but lies in a comfortable range of 71.6 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This busy season also encompasses a very special holiday to the Vietnamese people; T?t Nguyên ?án. Commonly referred to as just “Tet”, the Vietnamese New Year is considered to be the most important and popular holiday in Vietnam. The celebration takes place on the same day as the Chinese New Year and marks the arrival of Spring based upon the Lunar calendar.

North of Lang Co Beach lies the country's capital city, Ha Noi. Most consider Ha Noi to be the cultural headquarters of Vietnam, as the city has visible signs of a war stricken past and several foreign occupations. These very visible signs of diversity allow Ha Noi to openly share its unique history and diverse blend of culture with all those who stroll the streets. The most popular time of the year to travel to Vietnam is between the Months of October and

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day Locally! By: Leah R. Singer

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Every February, store displays begin featuring red hearts, cupids and chocolate. These symbols remind us the day of romance is upon us – Valentine’s Day. On February 14, cards, candy and flowers are exchanged and “I love you” is said, all in celebration of St. Valentine.

There are a variety of fantastic restaurants located right here in Mira Mesa offering Valentine’s Day specials. There’s something for everyone – from Japanese to Italian to Irish to Thai. Dine locally at one of the restaurants supporting Mira Mesa Living.

Mira Mesa residents can support local business by celebrating Valentine’s Day within the community. So, before you drive away in search of your Valentine’s Day gifts and treats, here are a few ideas to create a Valentine’s Day within our community. Buying Flowers Don’t break the bank buying expensive flowers from florists and online companies. Purchase a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from the Mira Mesa Farmer’s Market, which re-opens for the year on February 1, 2011. You’ll support the community and buy the freshest flowers available.

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Easy Homemade Confection Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without chocolate. Here’s an easy recipe that can be made quickly and is sure to please. Brownie Kisses 1. Purchase the individual brownie cups that can be found in nearly every store. 2. Make a simple cream cheese frosting by whipping together the following ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 lb. powdered sugar, 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 Tbsp. milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla, and a few drops of pink food coloring. 3. Spoon dollops of frosting onto the brownie bite and – viola – you have an easy and beautiful Valentine’s Day dessert. Perfect for the family or the kid’s classroom celebration.

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Mira Mesa Living Busy Teen Center Looking For More in 2011 By: Yazmin Hernandez 2011. Wow! Time flies by. It’s a new year with new hopes. Let’s all make this year even better. Let’s choose to be positive and enthusiastic. Let’s stick to our resolution. Most importantly, let’s dream big for this year.

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and many more. Another successful night was, “Back to the Mecca: an Epicentre Jam.” B-boys and Poppers came out of the woodwork! A Jabbawokee came out from his busy schedule to compete! The vibe was positive and energetic. Everyone was glad to bring it back to Epicentre! Some of our ideas for the following year include: a spring celebration of cultures, Open Mic and another Jam. We are excited for this year and hope to make a big difference in our community. Here is to a magnificent year with lots of love, happiness, and laughter.

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BOOT CAMP Tough on Recruits, Instructors By: Steve Nicoles Every year thousands of 18-, 19- and 20-yearolds decide they want to serve their country, and they travel to San Diego for the Marine Corps Boot Camp. For three months the young recruits endure the hardships of intense physical training culminating with a 54-hour session known as the Crucible, during which they get four hours of sleep per night and three meals total. Leading them on their journey from recruit to Marine is Mira Mesa resident Drill Instructor Sgt. Rob Patty. He said, “It’s our job to give them the proper motivation to make it.”

motivation is showing the recruits what it means to be a Marine, whether at home or on the front lines. Patty said, “You want to be someone they can look up to. You want to be the epitome of a Marine.” For drill instructors like Patty, that means always showing a strong front. While he has to eat and sleep during the 13-week boot

There is a certain psychology behind the motivation. Part of it is fear-based. Patty yells a lot, although he says swearing is kept to a minimum and he never directs foul language toward a recruit. He also makes recruits do push-ups or other exercises until they act the way he wants. He admits he has been known to make a few recruits cry. It is a way to instill discipline and the Marines’ values: honor, courage and commitment. And he never lets up. Patty said, “We are really strict.”

at a Mira Mesa bar or Starbucks relaxing with friends or keeping to himself. Patty said, “It’s a job. I’m Rob, but at work I’m Drill Instructor Sgt. Patty.” None of the recruits forget it. Patty joined the Marines in 1998. The Corps recalled him three times from 2002-2006. After his eight year contract, he reenlisted because he says he wanted to give something back to the institution. Patty said, “I feel like I owed something to those who came before us.” Currently in the midst of his third session as a drill instructor, Patty knows his recruits will be proud of their accomplishments after they become Marines. He will also be proud, and ready to go home for some welldeserved R&R.

A bigger part of the camp, none of the recruits will see him do so. And while recruits get three square meals and eight hours of sleep per day, Patty gets significantly less of each. Some days start before 5 am and end close to 10pm. It is hard work playing the tough guy in arguably the toughest branch of the U.S. military. During his last session, Patty dropped 22 pounds, more than 10-percent of his body weight. As he says, there will be days in war where food is scarce and no one gets to sleep. The tough guy routine is a far cry from Patty’s persona away from work. You might find him for advertising information call 858-335-2484 or sponsor@miramesaliving.com

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Drink To A Healthy And Prosperous New Year! By: Staff at Robeks At Robeks (www.robek.com, 8250 Mira Mesa Blvd.) we are passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what we can do to help our guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles. Robeks products are brimming with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts and energizers. Robeks proves that what is good for you can also taste good! Diet and Exercise We know that health is important to everyone. Diet and exercise are important factors in health. They are inextricably intertwined. It is difficult to exercise at optimal levels without proper nutrition and it is difficult to diet your way to good health without exercise. Robeks smoothies can contribute to your nutrition goals and help you exercise at optimal levels. Robeks smoothies contain fruit sugars which will help to increase your glycogen levels prior to exercise. This will increase your energy levels and help you through intense workouts. After working out it is important to replenish your glycogen stores in preparation for your next workout. All Robeks smoothies are suitable for pre- and postworkout energy sources. Additionally, you can add any of our high quality supplements to your smoothies. Product Quality Robeks owns special proprietary formulas which are used for manufacture of its non-fat yogurts, sherbets and juice concentrates. All fruits are flash frozen at the peak of their

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The Art of Yoga as Exercise By Leah R. Singer Want a healthy mind, body and spirit? Resolve to practice yoga this New Year. Aside from the traditional means of exercising in a gym, yoga is an extremely powerful way to align one’s body and mind to achieve balance, relaxation, flexibility and muscle strengthening. According to www.webm.com nearly 11 million Americans are enjoying the health benefits that the practice of yoga has provided for more than 5, 000 years.

and director of Four Seasons Yoga (www.fourseasonsyog a.com, 7160 Miramar Rd.). Barrett encourages Mira Mesa residents to begin the New Year with the practice of yoga and experience the benefits firsthand. Once you begin the journey of yoga, you will begin seeing the mental and physical benefits, said Barrett. Four Seasons Yoga – which has been in business since 2005 – offers a variety of classes including Beginning Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Gentle Hatha, Restorative, Mysore, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga for all levels.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: World’s Best Self-Defense System woman can effectively defend themselves against a larger and more aggressive assailant. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a ground-oriented martial art. The objective is to take an attacker to the ground. Once on the ground, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner invariably has the advantage, and the attacker can be contained and incapacitated through the application of chokes and/or joint manipulation.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a relatively new martial art which originated in the earlier part of the 20th Century, when a Japanese man named Mitsuya Maeda visited Brazil to spread the Judo of Jigoro Kano. The art grew from humble beginnings and, through the efforts of Helio Gracie and his family, was honed into what is now considered to be the world’s most effective martial art. The Gracie family challenged and defeated champions from other forms of martial arts (Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Kung Fu, etc.) throughout Brazil. As mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions have become more popular over the last two decades, one thing is clear: the total dominance and effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in these challenges. In the past, it was assumed that striking styles such as Karate and Tae Kwon Do were the most effective, but in open competitions it is apparent that vast majorities of fights start standing, go quickly to the clinch, and www.WissingerPhotography.com end up on the ground.

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New Year, New Routine By: D. Davis Hello, and welcome to the rest of your life. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Why is it we do that and do nothing else with it? Well, the time has come to change and get in gear this year. This year is different because you will be armed with the knowledge to get going in the right direction. Fitness is a lifestyle and it is all about how you want to live your life today and tomorrow. Nothing happens over night. There is no magic pill or easy button for fitness. Always be fair to yourself and get back on track. People always over do it, find it too hard and stop. I would like to show you a clear vision from the mental and physical sides of getting into shape.

There are many ways to quit, but very few ways to keep going. Honestly, the biggest way to attain your personal fitness goal is consistency. Every day that you do something is a day that beats doing nothing. If you are reading this, then you are already on the right path and Primal Training Center (www.primaltrainingcenter.com, 9811 Mira Mesa Blvd) is here to help you put one foot in front of the other. Every day is a new day of challenges that we must overcome. Please know that facing those challenges is the only way to defeat fear. There are countless excuses, “It’s hard,” “It’s far,” and, “I don’t have the equipment to work out.” Those excuses cannot stop you from

achieving the goal for your health as long as you’re willing to do something instead of nothing. Do not be afraid to start slow and leave room for improvement. When you start a training program set small goals like training two days a week. Once you feel confident, add a third day. It takes a lifetime to get out of shape and takes a lifetime to maintain good health. That said, let’s get to work. You need a water bottle, towel and any stopwatch. Water is the key to a great foundation of the body, without hydration there is nothing. The stopwatch is the only real friend you need when working out. A 30-minute workout is easy. You can use this time method for variety of workout for your Legs, Chest and ABS. Everyone’s body and fitness level is different. I highly recommend you consult a professional for your customized workout that best fits your fitness goal.

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A Cure For Diabetes? By: Robert Conroy A new medical article said a majority of Americans will have diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2020. According to the web site about.com, as of 2008, every other diagnosis for Type-2 diabetes was in a child. I believe there is a cure for diabetes. Americans are consuming too many highly refined carbohydrates, especially highly refined carbohydrates such as fries, pizza and ketchup. Studies show the risk of having Type-2 diabetes doubles when a person gains 11-16 pounds. Some researchers think there may be a chicken and egg scenario. It may be that weight gain is caused by insulin resistance - caused by too high insulin levels - from eating

high glycemic carbohydrates. Insulin is the storage hormone, so when it is high all the carbohydrates consumed, especially the high glycemic ones, are stored as fat rather than burning them up for energy. Get your insulin levels down and that weight will fall right off. Not only has this been proven, but it looks like the most effective lifestyle change for diabetes, too. No wonder the most successful weight loss diet is eating low glycemic food, which also lowers your insulin levels. Also, it is the most effective way to control Type-2 diabetes ever found. It decreases insulin resistance and makes you lose weight at the same time. It should also help prevent diabetes as well.

Maybe learning about this would also help a Type-1 diabetic not have to use as much insulin, or know what foods to eat if their blood sugar gets too low. Maybe eating low glycemic food is not just treating the symptoms, like the diabetes drugs do, maybe it is the cure.

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