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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Recovering from Last Week and Preparing for the Week Ahead

For the past several weeks, I've been subjecting myself to a form of torture otherwise known as the Barnyard Brawl prep at Praxis.

The Barnyard Brawl is a CrossFit competition sponsored by Big Barn CrossFit in Albuquerque and scheduled for August 19th and 20th.

This last week was probably one of the toughest weeks of workouts I have had in many years but I survived.

My body was so beat up I have simply rested all weekend with a few walks for some easy, active recovery.

Looking ahead at the workouts for the week ahead, I realized it's gonna be another Barnyard Burner so I figured I better prepare myself the best I could in the food department.

So I fired up the back patio Weber.

And begin prep'g.....

Fresh pineapple cut in discs and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Vidalia onions, Poblano Peppers, Red Bell Pepper, Jalapeno Peppers, yellow squash, Fuji Apple, a few slices of Ciabatta bread and 3 ribeyes and a pork chop preseasoned with meat tenderizer, salt and pepper and a mix of curry powder, garam masala and allspice with these same spices and seasonings on the veggies.

Looks about right....

Round 1.... Peppers

Round 2.... Onion and Pineapple.

And on and on.... with all the cooked components ending up in a large Dutch Oven and hit with a little Balsamic Vinegar, EVOO and a dusting of salt.

Finally, the bread and meat.  I want a hard sear on the meat to create a crust with the spice rub and seal in the juice so I let the fire come on and watched it real close flipping as needed.

Now that's a pile of Paleo goodness!

And that ribeye is a perfect medium to medium rare.

When I cook a lot of meat and veggies and know I will be eating on them for several days, I will take the veggies off a little al dente and the meat a little rare because I know I will be heating them up.

Incidentally, I use a cast iron skillet for the heat up not a microwave to keep from getting that rubbery twice cooked texture.

Let's plate the first meal up and pair it with a Pinot Noir spritzer with Fresca and a squeeze of fresh lime.


At 55, I will never keep pace with my younger and fitter compatriots at Praxis nor will I likely ever win any sort of competition, but I will give myself every chance I can to be the best I can be by managing the workouts I'm given and giving my body the rest, recuperation and nutrition it needs.

And in the end analysis, that's a Win for me in this Game we call Life!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Arm Yourself with Knowledge, Diet and Nutrition and Exercise

Had a guy email me the other day about my blog remarking on my endorsement of the Fondren Orthopedic Group and Texas Orthopedic Hospital in my dealings with my Left Knee Total Knee Replacement in April 2016.

Turns out this reader was a Mesothelioma cancer survivor and had some information to pass along about a network that had helped him.....

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that’s most often caused by asbestos exposure. It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart. There are a number of therapies available that can help prolong survival and minimize symptoms and discomfort, but in most cases the cancer is too aggressive and too advanced at the time of diagnosis to be cured.
I am actually flying to Texas this weekend to visit my 90 year old dad who has been dealing with prostate cancer for several years.
One of the common things with cancer prevention and treatment is that the situation is always helped with a good diet and exercise.
Here's a link to an article on the mesothelioma site that endorses that concept -
Here are those top 5 benefits - please read the article for details.
1. Strength Training and Exercise Relieve Fatigue
2. Strength Training Reduces Muscle Loss
3. Building Muscle Improves Mobility, Activity, and Quality of Life
4. Having More Muscle Mass Stimulates Appetite
5. Being Active Relieves Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
This is a common theme throughout this blog.  It's probably naive and oversimplified to say that a good diet and exercise cures everything but in essence it is the best approach to minimizing risk of disease or in treating any disease.

I realize it's often hard for people who are older or who are suffering from disease or ailment to consider taxing their body more through exercise but this is the right thing to do.

The human body is an incredibly adaptive machine that can overcome a lot of trauma.

Arm it with good food, work it with exercise, restore it with sleep and control its environment of stress and you will be amazed what you can do.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Remember the Name

When it's all over and done and you dance around my grave or ashes, hopefully you will Remember the Name.

The assembly:
Cast iron skillet grilled sweet onions, poblano - jalapeƱo - red bell peppers, green beans, asparagus, Fuji apples., Holmes pork and venison sausage, chicken thigh, scrambled eggs, Gouda cheese and fresh cilantro.
You ready?! Let's go!
Yeah, for those of you that wanna know what we're all about
It's like this y'all (c'mon)
This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

Home away from Home

I was telling a friend the other day that I try to create my home atmosphere any place I go while traveling.

I bring some essential things for stretching and working out and for cooking and preparing meals.

That way when I get where I'm going I can do the same things I do at home.

Like prepare 3 days worth of veggies in 30 minutes.

And here's my mobile office.  The monitor, printer and keyboard were already at this location but I brought everything else for an office away from home.

Cast iron skillet grilled green beans....

And asparagus.

and apples!

And the results.

Gym-ing away from home

Outback Willie's Gym at the Guest House.

Who says you have to give up working out when you are away from home base?

Weighing in at 178 and still clinging to the edge of the abyss that separates an active younger man from a stoved up, inactive old man.

Running like Hell from Father Time but realizing I am no longer....

Monday, May 29, 2017

1st time Murph in 53:28 at my old stomping grounds.

Did a mix of sweet potato, avocado, scrambled eggs, bacon and blackberries for my Pre-Murph meal.

At CrossFitWMD in Angleton on a TYPICAL rainy, humid Texas Gulf Coast day.

This is where I started CrossFit on March 22, 2014.

Definitely a different facility and vibe from Praxis.

Same old Beauty on the Bomb.

New TV display.

Warmup like a Workout.

Murph in Progress.

1st 3 guys in.

Me and the Man that started it all for me - Will Black.

My Murph tally.

Yep - I am hot and tired after Murph.

And happy to be done.

Again, I remember why I moved away from here.

Not bad for a first time Murph in a last time place.

What if there is no Life after this Life?

It's something I've thought about quite a bit for quite a while.

Almost all religions promise an After Life.

Spiritualists and Mystics espouse transforming from this Body of Life to another character in another Play of Life or to an animal that continues the journey of the previous flesh's spirit.

But what if this is it?

What if this Life is the end of Life?

Would it change how you Live this Life?

For many, the only way to maintain hope or better yet, sanity, in this Life is to look forward to the Next Life.

For reasons incomprehensible to me, they are looking forward to something they perceive will be better without focusing on enjoying what they have in the here and now.

I would contend that if all of humanity was faced with a fact and proof of No Life after Death, maybe just maybe, they would take care to do everything possible to get the most out of this Life.

That might include taking better care of the vessel they've been given for this one way journey, treating those around them better and preserving the environment around them, just to name a few things.

They might work less, play more and live and love beyond what they thought possible.

So ask yourself this question -

If I knew today that I have only One Life to Live, what would I do differently tomorrow?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Welcome to Texas!

Had to laugh at this because it is exactly where I am right now.

And speaking of where I am which is south Houston - it is f'g hot!!!

List of things I need to live my life away from home.

Set up at the Discovery Hotel!

There's no place like home but this is the best I can do till I get back there.