This morning I almost ‘didn’t’ work out. But I did anyway. So, there’s a good news story there. Here’s what I did today, which was not as easy as I had thought. Which means, I have some ground to re-cover fitness wise. The following workout was super-setted. I went from each exercise to each exercise for 3 rounds.
- Kettle Bell Swings w/ 25 lbs Bell, 20 Reps, x 3 Sets
- Push ups, 20 Reps x 3 Sets.
- Sumo Squats, 20 Reps x 3 Sets.
- Over Head Tri-Cep Extensions using a Band, 20 Reps
- Lunges, 20 Reps x 3 Sets
- Bicep Curls w/ 15 lbs Dumb bells, 20 Reps x 3 Sets
- Jump Ups or Box Jumps, 20 Reps x 3 Sets
- Shoulder Shurgs w/ 30 lbs Dumb bells, 20 Reps x 3 Sets
- Bird Dogs or Flying Dogs, 20 Reps x 3 Sets
- Crunches, 20 Reps x 3 Sets.
The best part of today’s workout was my almost 5 year old Max, who was stoked to ‘exercise with dad’. He came running out of the house and was moving right along with me. At one point, between the 2nd and 3rd round, I was apparently taking too long to get up off the ground from my last round of crunches, because he said to me, “Daddy! Get Up! You’re stuck in the mud!” I guess he’s going to be Fitness Trainer when he grows up.
So, I’m in this rough patch where my schedule and my obligations find ways to take precedence over my time to take care of myself. That’s really a core problem and issue for me. The biggest area to suffer is my time for working out. With a demanding job, content creation projects, two children (one of them sub-1-years old), I find myself having difficulty scheduling time to work out.
So, what’s the solution? Pretty simple. Get up earlier. I’ve realized that the only way to make time, is to make time. Back when I was doing Bootcamps, I routinely rose early to go workout. Since my schedule freed up for the summer (the boy is out of pre-school), I’m going to determine a new morning workout regiment, that will allow me to workout while all my lovelies slumber, and I’ll still have my time with them in the morning during breakfast and in the evenings.
So, I’m setting the alarm for 6:15am today, so I can be ready to get some time on the driveway tomorrow.
This weekend I had to work the Grill on Dad Day to cook up some Carne Asada. On Saturday while at the Farmers Market I picked up some awesome produce to make a solid sauce to accompany the Carne, a grilled Tomatilla Sauce. Here’s what I did.
Traditionally this is a roasted dish, but the grill adds this great charred flavor that you can’t pass up on.
Here is what you need.
1 – 2 pounds of Tomatillos
3 Large Poblano Chiles
1 Jalepeno Chiles
Quarter cup of chopped Cilantro (optional)
The Juice of a Lime
Olive Oil 2 table spoons
Three Cloves of Garlic
Get the grill good and HOT! Then coat the Chiles and Tomatillos in Oil. Put them on the Grill. As the Chiles Char turn them. Make a pocket of foil and enclose the garlic. Throw that on the Grill.
Once the Tomatillos star to spit or implode a bit, pull them. Once the Chiles are charred on all sides pull them. Yank that Garlic off too.
Let everything cool so you can work with the Chiles. Remove the skins, and de seed the chiles. Leave some seeds for spice.
Throw everything into the Food Processor or Blender. Blend until smooth. You can serve it slightly warm, then refrigerate it for later use as a salsa. It’s good stuff. Here is a picture!
The Summer is all about the Grill for or family. Nearly every single dinner features something that is marked by the grill. I am now at the point where I can do the whole plate on the Grill.
But doing Whole 30, I had to figure out how to do Yams or Sweet Potatoes. And I did. I was inspired by a technique I heard about, where you push root veggies into hot coals to cook.
Get your grill whopping hot. 400 – 500 degrees. If you can use indirect heat this will work best, but direct wont be a fail. Liberally coat the yam with olive oil, and rub with salt.
Let them fuckers sit there. As the skin chars and the texture turns to paper turn them. They will get smokey dark, and this is what you want.
Once you can grip them with tongs and they feel soft and the potato has been turned 4 times, remove them, split them, then add a little oil to the face and place them face down to get some Marks.
Remove, serve with an herby compound butter or coconut oil and chopped pecans. Real crowd pleaser.
Fail. It happens. Happens to me A LOT! This 2nd Round of WHOLE 30 was a complete and utter FAIL. So, I am starting over. Starting over from SCRATCH as of Saturday June 1st. This means I will have a NEW completion date for Round 2 on June 30th. Fairly round number. This means that just in time for my vacation I’ll have done another Whole 30, and this time without a big fail.
This Round Never got off on the right track with a lot of celebrations and family visits, but that’s just my own excuses talking. Realistically, I just relaxed too much. The success of round 1, made me feel invincible, and that’s not the point of the exercise. The point is to make solid food choices that aren’t based on re-warding myself emotionally or soothing myself emotionally with poor food.
Today is a GREAT example. Sick kids, sick myself, and my wife wanted me to go get us some lunch. We were all starving. The first choice (where I would have eaten a salad was PACKED with a line out the door. So, I hit up In N’ Out. Not for a Double Double with Fries, but for a Double Double PROTEIN style, with no sauce, no cheese and lots of vegetables. I left the fries, ketchup and dairy to the wife and kids.
This was a good choice. I have had pretty poor sleep, I felt bad myself, but I did not make a choice to soothe my discomfort with some ‘junk food’. I made a choice to eat within the boundaries that will keep me on the track towards a healthier life style. Sure, NO fast food would have been better, but I had to make a good enough call. Not just GIVE UP and give myself an excuse to make a bad choice nutrition wise.
So, this is me, raising my hand, and saying I failed. I need to be accountable to that fact and to my own goals. Here’s to hoping I can make enough progress to fit into my suit for my Brother In Law’s wedding.