How I Earned the Nickname Abdoman

L-Seat, age 50

I carried the handle, “Abdoman” for most of my adult life.

It happened during an army Junior Leadership Course (JLC). We were young army reservist corporals training to be military instructors. I was in my shorts shaving one morning, when a fellow trainee, Jordy Anderson, started pointed at me, laughing and shouting, “Look at those abs! I am going to call you Abdoman!”

We made up names for other people and constantly made jokes to handle the pressure of the course. The leadership course involved physical training, field craft, giving classroom and lessons on weapons, navigating, polishing boots and pressing uniforms. The drop-out rate was high in that course. (I think Jordy might have failed for kicking that boulder onto the course officer, but that’s another story.)

The nickname kind of faded out, until another friend, Bruce Kelly decided to exploit the nickname on our Infantry Section Commander’s Course. (Another gut-crunching leadership course that tested one’s tolerance more than their ability to instruct or lead.) Bruce announced that he would think of a different variation of Abdoman every day. So, it became, “Abdocommando, Abdogazelle, Apoco-ab Now, etc.” Regardless of the situation, it always got a laugh.

It was funny. Yet, it also reminded me of how important core strength was in those days of running around with a loaded rucksack (backpack), working long hours or training in martial arts. If the stomach muscles held up, the back muscle held up. And you are only as strong as your back muscles. So, as I got older, I studied and trained to maintain my core strength. It helped me in some difficult situations and really kept me from getting seriously injured.

Now that I am passed 60 years of age, I would like to share with you what I have learned, in my book: Flat Gut After 50.

I hope that you find it a good read and useful information. There is even a section on how to program yourself to like exercising.

HAIR: Your Crowning Glory

Where has all of the hair gone?

Back in the 60’s when I was growing up, it was all about hair. Hair this, hair that. Hippy hair, afros, beards, locks, … hair every where. Men’s hair styles were bizarre by anytime standards. It was like about freedom to grow your hair. 50 years later, things have settled down a bit and hair styles are a little more conservative. Even bald is considered cool.

Well, it looks good on some guys, while leaving others looking old.

But, hey, if you really want to keep your hair, then you have to feed your body. Genetics and certain conditions aside, many heads of hair, can stay there, if the person if the owner consumes the right nutrients. Namely, protein and micro-nutrients.

One formula described by Naturopathic Doctor, Logan Sisk, is to ingest the amino acid cysteine and vitamin C to stimulate hair growth. Logan described how this formula re-started fur growth in his old cat. I myself have been taking vitamin C for decades and have eaten plenty of eggs (full of cysteine). And aat age 61, I still have a full head of hair.

I have also heard (good) “hair-raising” reports where people who ate high protein diets, like Atkins and ketogenic, started growing hair again. These high protein diets tend to:

  1. Reduce the intake of grains and sugars, which inhibit the body’s ability to produce growth hormone and regenerate; and
  2. 2. supplies the needed proteins, like cysteine to build hair.

This high protein diet or formula might not work for everyone. But, I almost guarantee that you will look and feel better by cutting out the processed foods full of starches and sugars.

Start with a couple of eggs a day, or 100 mg of the amino acid cysteine and 300 mg of vitamin C. Stick with it for three weeks and see watch for the results.

Learn more about looking and feeling younger, stronger and more alert in my book: Flat Gut After 50

Hooks and Uppercuts for Fun and Fitness

Connecting with a right hook during a match with a Lama Fist Stylist. 1983.

Hook and uppercut punches depend on coordination and strong core muscles. Hence, they are a good part of an exercise routine. They also come in handy when you just want to be left alone by unruly persons. Learn more:

The Great Fashion Lie

The skinny-Minnie, toothpick figures that fill the news stands, is one of the great lies of the 21st century.

Fact 1: Guys like women with curves.

Fact 2: Nature prefers women with curves.

According to research by Dr. Devendra Singh from the University of Texas-Austin, the 0.7 WHR figure is not only evident in across the world cultures, but also in all of the Miss America winners from 1923 to 1987 and Playboy models 1955 to 1965 and 1976 to 1990.  Guys dig women with curves.

Dr. Devendra Singh also sought out the truth about what males find attractive about females on a primal level.  Singh and researcher Steven M. Platek, measured brain responses of 14 men with the average age of 25.  The part of the brain, the Orbital Frontal Cortex, would activate the reward centers of the brain (anterior paracingulate gyrus) when shown pictures of appealing female bodies.  The subjects were shown seven nude female bodies at random times.  The bodies with 0.7 WHR consistently received more responses than figures with smaller body masses (BMI height/weight). 

               The human brain does not lie.  Regardless of what the fashion industry or politically correct males claim, the curvy figures beat out the narrow figures in brain responses. 

To further drive this point home, let’s take the measurements of beauty icon, Marilyn Monroe:
Height: 5 feet, 5½ inches
Weight: 118-140 pounds
Bust: 35-37 inches
Waist: 22-23 inches
Hips: 35-36 inches

Do the math:  WHR = 23/36 = 0.64  
At today’s Body Mass Index standards, 5′ 5.5″ at 140 lbs, Marilyn  would have been considered over-weight.   Try telling that to the companies still making a killing selling Marilyn Monroe photographs.



Compare the two. 

Mame’s WHR:       22.5/35.5 = 0.63

Marilyn’s WHR:     23.5/37.5 = 0.62

The previously mentioned, six foot, two inch, 200 pound, Lillian Russell, had measurements of: 38-24-40 (Bust 38” Waist 24” Hips 40”).  This heavy weight gal had a WHR of 24/40 = 0.6. 

Is there a pattern here?

Other examples of the hourglass shape are the 2,500 year old sculptures of Venus.  Do you really think that mankind’s basic instinct towards an attractive, fertile mate has changed in a couple of thousand years?  Curvy meant healthy and fertile.  Maybe, on a primal level, the male sees the hourglass shape as a good sign that his genes will survive because the woman has a strong back, child bearing hips and able to nurture offspring.


What did early advertisers mean by “Skinny girls don’t have Oooomph!?

I would say, “Curves, baby.  Curves are what makes a woman attractive or desirable.” 

                You see, back in the late 50’s, early 60’s people were very active (walking, working, raising kids and labour-intensive living.)  There were fewer cars and fast foods and most people were not eating much, but also smoking and drinking like there was no tomorrow.  Processed food was prevalent. People ate plenty of hotdogs, white bread and pies. So skinny was the norm and not fashionable at all.  More pounds meant better chance of survival.  Women with big hips were considered very attractive.

                So, yeah.  A curvy gal was attractive.  Look at Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and Sophia Loren.  All hourglass shapes.  

                The Twiggy model was the start of a great lie for attractiveness, health and fertility. Somehow, our society was convinced that toothpick models were the ideal.  To be honest.  It is not.  Too often, I have met fit, attractive women who insist that they must lose an extra five, ten or twenty pounds.  Someone or some fashion ad has brainwashed them into thinking this. Too often, this is totally unnecessary.

                In a 1993 study, in the Researcher Dr. Devendra Singh proved that the first thing that attracts many 18 to 20-year-old college males is a normal weight, and curvy female drawing, not the fashion magazine stick figures. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 1993, Vol. 65, No. 2, 293-307). 

Dr. Singh tested a group of 106 college males, from different ethnic backgrounds.  The test subjects were shown drawings of three different weights (light, normal and heavy) with four different figures.  The figures ranged from an hourglass shape (narrow waist, wider hips and bust) to tubular shape (almost the same size bust, waist and hips). The drawings were graded on attractiveness, healthy-looking and ability to have children.

                The normal weight, hourglass shape was found consistently more attractive than the other body shapes. 

(See the study:

                So, instinctively, the hourglass shape tends to be more attractive and healthy.                    

                Learn more in Flat Gut After 50.

What Causes You to Drink Quiz

What Causes You to Drink?

            Why does a few drinks put some people into a party mood, some aggressive and others ready to sleep?

Family and medical conditions aside, people often react to alcohol based on their unique biochemistries.  Dr. Joan Mathews Larson, author of Seven Weeks to Sobriety and founder of the Health Recovery Center, describes different Alcohol Bio Types[i]   Taking the following revised quiz can give you an idea of what your own unique biochemistry with regards to the popular fermented drink.

To complete the quiz, match up the capital letter with a number. Find the answers on page:  

(Disclaimer: Always consult a physician or medical professional before treating yourself for alcohol or drug dependency.)

  1. Physical response

1. A few drinks make me feel sedated.

2. Drinking alcohol makes me uncoordinated and light headed.

3. Alcohol always makes me sick.

4. When I drink, I perform better and have lots of energy.

5. Alcohol first gives me a boost and I tend to drink until I am drunk.

6. Alcohol used to give me a lift. Now, it steadies my nerves.

7. (Women only) I need and use alcohol during premenstrual periods.

  • First Alcohol Experience

1. I cannot remember my first drinking experience.

2. I liked the feeling when I first drank alcohol. I remember it well.

3. I reacted badly to my first drinking experience. It was not good.

4. Alcohol has no appeal to me.      

    C. Hangovers

1. I do not get hangovers from regular light drinking.

2. I usually feel miserable in the morning after heavy drinking.

3. I often feel depressed after a night of heavy drinking.

4. I rarely got hangovers when I started drinking, but I do now.

5. I feel uncomfortable even with a small amount of alcohol.

  • Patterns

1. I rarely want more than two or three drinks at a time.

2. I can drink over six drinks of (1.5 oz) hard liquor, (8 oz.) beer or (4 oz.) wine without getting hangovers.

3. It is difficult to control how much I drink at a time.

4. I avoid drinking because of the way alcohol affects me.

5. After a day of working around fumes (from gasoline, house paint, printer’s ink, hydrocarbons or formaldehyde), I often crave a drink.

6. I can regularly drink lots, have little sleep and still have a strong sex drive and a strong type A personality.

   E.  Heredity

1. None of my family has a history of heavy drinking.

2. I have a Scandinavian, Celtic, Welsh or Scottish ancestry and have drinking relatives who suffer from depression.

3. My family is from the southern Mediterranean.

4. My background is Asian. My relatives and I become nauseated, flushed and dizzy from small amounts of alcohol.

  • Personality Effects

1. I get mellow and sleepy after a few drinks.

2. I feel a quick sense of well-being from my first two drinks, but often feel spacey after further drinking.

3. My personality and behavior have changed drastically over the years since I have started drinking. Though I did not start out this way.

4. I feel exhilarated and can party all night when I drink and show no signs of intoxication.

5. I often get into fights when I am drinking.

6. I use alcohol to control my anxiety.

  • Tolerance

1. I have a very low alcohol tolerance.

2. I have a very high alcohol tolerance.

3. I have increased my alcohol tolerance over time with minimum hangovers.

4. After several years of a high alcohol tolerance, my tolerance has decreased.

5. I have difficulty predicting my ability to control my drinking.


      Record your chosen answers (letter-number combinations) and match them to one of the six different alcohol biological types below.  Most people have some traits from each category, but you should find most of your answers in one area.  Write this category down as this holds the key to your body’s reaction to alcohol.

  1. Normal Drinker or Nonalcoholic Chemistry

A1 A few drinks calm you and make you feel drowsy.

B1 You probably have no vivid memory of your first drinking experience.

C1 You keep your drinking light and your hangovers rare.

D1 Your drinking limit is two to four drinks at a time.

E1 Your family has no history of heavy drinking and your biological.

family is from the southern Mediterranean areas of Europe or Asia.

F1 You tend to get mellow and sleepy after a few drinks.

G1 You have no ability to handle lots of alcohol.

  • Alcohol-Intolerant or Nonalcoholic Chemistry

A2 Alcohol makes you ill.

B3, B4 Your first drinking experience made you ill.  You do not like the taste of alcohol.

     D5 You generally do not drink due to the taste and effects.

     F1, F10 Alcohol makes you drowsy, but has no effect on your personality.

            G1 You have no ability to handle lots of alcohol.

  • Hypoglycemic Nonalcoholic Chemistry (Often labeled as alcoholic)

A2 Even small amounts of alcohol make you feel spaced out and uncoordinated.

B1 You probably cannot recall your first drinking experience.

E1 None of your family has a history of heavy drinking.  Or…

F1  You may be the type of hypoglycemic who becomes light headed and sleepy when they drink.

G1 You have a low alcohol tolerance.

  • THIQ/ADH Alcoholic Chemistry

A4   Alcohol gives you tremendous energy and performance.  Or

A6   Alcohol used to give you a boost, but now it just steadies your nerves.

B2    You enjoyed your first alcohol experience.  It did not make you ill.

C3, C5 You rarely got hangovers in your early days of drinking, but liver damage has changed your tolerance.

E2   You have at least one close relative with a high alcohol tolerance.

F4   You are starting to show signs of brain and nerve damage from years of excessive handling of alcohol.

F5   You can party for long periods without showing intoxication.  Alcohol boosts your energy.

G2   As a teenager, you had a high tolerance for alcohol.  Or…

G3   You have been able to increase your tolerance for alcohol.  Or…

G4   Your alcohol tolerance has declined over the years.

  • Addicted/Allergic Alcoholic Chemistry

A5  Alcohol will give you a boost at first, but then you usually lose control or drink until you are drunk.

B3   You probably remember getting sick from your first drink of alcohol.  Your body naturally rejects alcohol.  Repeated use has forced your body to accommodate and adapt the alcohol.  You now have an allergy-addiction.

C2   Heavy drinking gives you bad hangovers due to the high allergic reaction to the toxicity of alcohol.

C4   You usually feel depressed after a night of heavy drinking.

D3   Alcohol alters your brain’s ability to make choices.  You cannot predict the amount that you drink.

D4    You can go long periods without drinking before you go on a binge.

D6    Being around chemical fumes like paint, gasoline, ink and formaldehyde can set off your cravings for alcohol.

E2   A close relative of yours drinks or drank heavily.  Or…

F3   There is a marked change in your behavior when you drink alcohol.

F6   You tend to get into fights and arguments when you drink alcohol.

G5   You find it difficult to control the amount that you drink.

  • Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acid) Deficient Chemistry

A7  You can temporarily relieve depression by drinking.

B2   Your first drinking experience brought relief from your depression.

C4   Your depression returns when you stop drinking.

E2    You have alcoholics in your family.  Some may have been depressed and have committed suicide.

E3    Your ancestry is predominantly Scottish, Welsh, Irish or Scandinavian.

F8    You have used alcohol to relieve your depression since childhood.

G2    Your tolerance for alcohol has either increased over the years…Or

G4    Your tolerance has decreased over the years due to liver damage.

You should have consistent responses in one of the five or six categories.  There may be some confusion between allergic/addicted and ADH/THIQ answers.  Generally, if you are answering both bio-chemical types, but are over 40 years of age and have had several decades of heavy drinking, you are the ADH/THIQ bio-chemical type due to the extensive immune system damage.

According to this test, what Alcohol Bio-Chemical type are you?

Normal or Non-Alcoholic                 ___                    Alcoholic THIQ/ADH Chemistry___

Non-Alcoholic Alcohol Intolerant   ___                     Alcoholic Addictive/Allergic       ___

Non-Alcoholic Hypoglycemic         ___                     Alcoholic Linoleic Deficiency     ___

Remember this.  Write it down.             Each category will be covered in the next article.  Until then, I hope that this gives some food for

[i] i Mathews-Larson, Joan Phd. (1998) Seven Weeks to Sobriety. Random House Publishing, New York Pp. 51-61

Marilyn Monroe’s Diet and Workout

Marliyn Monroe Exercises

Marilyn Monroe’s Diet and Exercise

The late Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe was ahead of her time when it came to diet and exercise.  She did not exercise to exhaustion or diet to starvation. (At least not in the beginning of her career.)

According to an article “How I Stay in Shape,” in the September 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine,  Ms. Monroe ate a high protein diet and lifted weights.   Breakfast was usually a cup of hot milk with two raw eggs mixed in.  She also took a multi vitamin (but did not mention what brand or what dosage.)  Dinner was usually steak, liver or lamb chops, usually broiled in an electric oven.   Marilyn also enjoyed carrots sticks and sometimes stopping off at “Will Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae” on her way home from evening drama classes.

The famous actress’ exercise routine was a minimum 10 minutes of light weights every morning, consisting mostly of “lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head (like chest flys) …15 times slowly.”  She repeated the exercise overhead (eg. Lateral shoulder raises.)  Then, interestingly, she held the hand weights at 45-degree angles from the floor and moved the weights in circles until she was tired.  This last exercise was similar to one of the standing Pilates exercises with small weights.  Ms. Monroe also mentioned that she slept from five to ten hours per night.

Some early photos also suggest that Marilyn practised some yoga poses. Which was nearly unheard of in the 1950’s.

So, there you have it.  High protein diet and strength building exercises that helped develop a world-famous figure.

Learn more little-known old-timer methods for a strong, solid figure in Flat Gut After 50.

60 Year Old, Former Paratroopers’ Advice on Exercise, Injuries and Dating

Find out how three 60 year old, former paratroopers, stay strong, overcome injuries, date and even have children. Listen to the attached audio clip and/or read the summary:
AS = Andy Slusarenko
DB= Doug Burgis
DS= Doug Setter 

AS- Ate peanut butter sandwiches, hiked, swam and played soccer in the rural areas on Vancouver Island. Age 12, jumped and beaten by six guys. AS trained in judo and other martial arts. Was only “white guy” in judo classes. 

DB- Born in small town. Loved freedom of outdoors. Moved to Vancouver and experienced culture shock, such as never seeing a black or gay man before. Lied about his age to join army cadets and enjoyed camping and individual sports.

DS-Born on Airforce base. Enjoyed outdoors and individual sports. 


AS- Joined army. Was fittest guy in battalion. Joined CAR. (Canadian Airborne Regiment.)

DB- Joined army, infantry and CAR (Canadian Airborne Regiment). At CAR, you were judged by your physical abilities. You never wanted to fall behind.

DS- After too many beatings, joined army reserves, then regular army and trained in martial arts.


AS- Gift to self was workout challenge at local gym.

DB- Gave self “Birthday Workout.” Bench press was better than my 20’s. Reverse pullups: 6 sets of 8. 

DS- Run up Grouse Mountain, take girlfriend out dancing. 


AS- Pain is different as a kid. Had to work around a shoulder injury since I was 13 years old. Still went onto become a paratrooper and aikido black belt.

DB- Always work around the injury. Older means better patience with injuries. Have the wisdom to know I can “work around” the injury and get back in shape. Always keep training. If I cannot run, I skip, etc.

DS- If I injure my knee, I work on flexibility and upper body. The same with other body parts. Always keep moving. 


AS- It is what YOU want out of training. It is NOT what other people think. Take on challenges. You need a reason to get up in the morning. If you get hurt, just suck it up and get it done. During my Airborne reunion, so many guys were unfit and overweight. Take fitness challenges.

DB- You need to do something that boosts adrenaline and testosterone. Life will give you what you need. Look for challenges. Leave some mystery in it. I am going motorcycling in the Baja, Mexico and don’t have my logistics together yet. I’d like to see more guys fitter. Usually, when I train, there are only about four of us over 50 during kettle bell seminars. It should not be that way. There should be more over 50 year olds exercising. During my PPCLI infantry reunion many ex-soldiers looked bad. They should still be fit enough to play soccer. 

DS- You have to have some kind of excitement, some kind of risk to give you that boost. 


AS- Get a boat and see friends all over the world. Wind is not taxed and water is free. 

DB- Finish home renovations. I will do my adventure while retired, while my younger partner keeps working.

DS- Keep working. Learn more Strength Endurance Secrets