A never-ending journey in making health way more awesome than you'd ever think.
Roasted pork tenderloin atop arugula and endive with a walnut-garlic-red wine vinaigrette.
Orzo with orange vinaigrette, fennel and green onion.
This was seriously one of the BEST dinners I have ever made. I am not even kidding. The vinaigrette for the pork was made from the pan jus drippings, and was topped with more toasted walnuts, so that part had a uniform spicy/meaty/nutty flavor that matched well with the spicy arugula greens and the tender pork. The orzo was just softer than al dente which went well with the warm, but still raw, fennel and green onion and the bright-tasting sections of orange. They paired well together: Spicy, savory and slightly spicy flavors with the pork and greens, and the bright citrus of the orzo. Perfect.
Today I did the Bill Phillips 5-25 core workout, as a quick improvisation because when I got to the gym the weight section was PACKED. Call me a prima donna but I like to have a couple feet of open space around me when I do circuit training. The core workout KILLED. Five exercises, 10 reps of each, repeated five times over. I was aerobically exhausted by the end; tried to get in a mild-pace run afterward for a cooldown but could barely muster an 11:00 mile for more than five minutes, so I called it at 15 and most of that was walking. Phew.
Tomorrow, a 25 minute HIIT cardio session while fasting for 9x the fat burn. Because I had an ice cream sandwich after dinner. Don’t judge.
Event + Response = Outcome
The e + r = o forumla is from The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield. Which I have not read, for the record, but it’s moving up in my reading list.
This is an interesting way to rethink Cause and Effect. There is this third dimension that no one ever talks about and it’s VERY FUCKING IMPORTANT.
My boss brought this up in his podcast and I think it’s an interesting way to approach motivation and experience. Did you fail at something? Okay. Did you learn from it? Then you had a positive outcome as a result of that failure. It’s all about what you take away from it and apply after the initial incident.
I think this is important in life, every single day. If you fail at something on the day-to-day, does it really matter that much? You are going to miss a workout, have a stupid argument with your partner, eat a huge slice of chocolate cake, or have an idea rejected. You know what? The world didn’t end. Let yourself use that as a way to create new expectations of yourself and eventually turn it into success.
Try to use this as a way to recreate yourself as a more perceptive, responsive, intelligent person.
First post is food. Of course.
I made this salad yesterday, and it received a huge amount of Facebook compliments. I am gonna take a page from one of my favorite fitness blogs, Stupid Gym Shit:
Many people believe that in order to eat healthy you have to eat tasteless and boring foods. This may be true if you fall into one of these two categories below.
1. You’re lazy!
2. Your intelligence stops at punching numbers on a microwave (microwavable foods), or dialing numbers on a telephone (take-out).
Yep, that pretty much sums it up. It is NOT hard to look at Clean Eating Magazine, Cook’s Illustrated, or Epicurious and get killer recipe ideas, or just throw together something absolutely beautiful, delicious, and unbelievably healthy.
Epic Tuna Salad:
1 can water-packed tuna, drained
2 cups green leaf lettuce, chopped
1/4 cucumber with peel, sliced thin and then quartered
4 thin slices red onion, separated
1 medium carrot, cut into small sticks (I usually cut 2” sections, then cut in half, then cut that into fourths)
2 Tbsp fat-free all-natural salsa (Green Mountain Gringo is my favorite)
1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced. If you don’t know how to slice a mango, learn.
Pile all the veg together. Top with tuna. Top that with salsa. Ring with mango, or fan the slices out in the corners if you have enough room.
309 calories / 49g carbs / 28g protein / 2g fat / 37g sugars / 533g sodium