Every morning I wake up, eat breakfast, brush and floss, wash my face and put on one shoe at a time before hopping on the Redline for my morning commute. I love my job and work longer hours than most and not as much as others. My job is quite physical in nature but I do find the time to enjoy my own workouts several times a week. Maybe 4 days a week for about an hour, usually less. I take the train home, watch the news, check any updates on the Red Sox, brush my teeth and go to sleep. I’m assuming that my day is no different then yours. So what do I do different from you to maintain my fitness levels?
One word: habits. I never miss breakfast or any meal for that matter and I only eat food that keeps me strong and healthy. Basically, I do what my grandmother told me to do every day like eating a healthy breakfast, drinking water, eating my vegetables (all of them), and getting a good nights sleep. I’ll be the first to admit though that I’m not perfect. I don’t take supplements, I don’t do crunches, I don’t go running every day, I don’t “diet” and I don’t workout 7 days a week. I do love good beer (especially Guiness) , I stay out late some nights and on special occasions I will enjoy a nice cigar with a glass of scotch.
But I know that I have created enough good habits that I don’t have to worry about doing a little damage to my liver every once in a while. Last night was one of those nights where I enjoyed a nice 6 pack, a fine cigar, and barbequed with the guys. And although I was a little hungover this morning (I get hungover from 3 beers…I miss college) I did not feel guilty like I have fallen off track. Changing your habits is hard but work hard and you will reap the benefits.Even when you do on occasion enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures make sure you are not straying too far from your goals. I love to compliment food with good beverage whether it is beer or wine. Last night I grilled some delicious pineapple chicken teryaki kabobs and paired that with Hoegaarden to bring out the sweetness of the pineapple. If you like Belgian style white ales then Hoegaarden is king. To make the kabobs you will need:
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 Spanish white onion
- 1 lb chicken cutlets
- 1 package pineapple chunks
- teryaki marinade
One of the best habits I have developed over the years which I have mentioned in various posts is eating a big healthy breakfast every morning. Not most mornings or almost every morning. EVERY morning. Every Sunday morning I do my food shopping and prepare everything I will need for the week so I have it ready to go without thinking. I buy tons of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as dairy weekly. I don’t buy any snacks or processed food…period. I prepare almost everything I eat and use whole food so I know exactly what I am putting into my body. I am going to get more into what foods you should be eating in my next post revolving around Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules”.
I chop peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms and whatever else I can throw in with my eggs every morning. I start off my day with all sorts of fresh veggies so if I can’t eat them for the rest of the day I at least got them in for breakfast. No excuses.
Sundays are also the one day a week when I get out and go on a run. Not to lose weight or improve my cardio (which I have discovered is as useful as a poop flavored lollipop) but just because I enjoy going running every now and then. Today was a special day though as it might just be the last day I run in conventional sneakers as I finally ordered my minimalist running shoes. The Terra Plana company has come out with a barefoot running shoe called the Evo that gets high reviews for both style and grace. The best part is they don’t make you look like a mutant like the Vibram Five Finger running shoes.
They should arrive within the next week and I will post my thoughts as well as the benefits and claims of “barefoot” running. Also, more on my affinity for beer so stay tuned.