Yesterday I ran sprints and did dead lifts with Jane. Today I AM SORE! Whenever I do sprint work, its always in sets of 8. We walked for a few minutes to warm up and then found a spot to sprint, walk back and do it again–8 times. After walking back home we did dead lifts with 10 pound plates. Though we went on to do other exercises, just the sprints and the DLs can be a great cardio and lower body workout. Just ask my legs this morning.
Last night’s dinner was a success. Those grilled veggie subs are really easy and really good. I sliced zucchini, (the long way) a vidalia onion and portabella mushrooms and marinated them in a zip lock bag with olive oil, light soy sauce, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper for about 2 hours. About a half an hour before I was going to grill them, I added a sliced eggplant. (If you add the eggplant too soon, it will absorb TOO much marinade–just like a sponge.) Then I grilled them all up on the bbq. After cutting the 2 large, whole grain sub rolls in half, they got put under the broiler for just a minute or so and then I layered the veggies on the sub and cut into sandwich size pieces. They always come out great, and as Mishell said once, she never really liked veggies till she tasted these. I may just make them again on Sunday when the extended family comes for lunch, to celebrate the snowbird return of “Pappa Zipp.”
Tomorrow I will presenting a workshop called “THE FITNESS FACTOR,” at the Early Childhood Educators Conference, in Sunrise, Florida. I am excited to spread the word on the link between exercise and diet and our health, to these teachers. Because they are pre-school educators, I wrote a piece called The ABCs of GOOD HEALTH as a hand-0ut for this workshop, and hope that Kyle will be posting in the articles section of this site any day. This poem clearly exhibits where my inner Dr. Seuss, meets my inner Dr. Oz.
With weather expected to get cooler here this weekend, I am hoping to get in the pool today. Swimming not only helped heal my leg so well, but it definitely helped improve my cardiovascular endurance and is great for my arms. Since I know it’s going to get harder and harder as the temps cool down and the days get shorter, I am aiming to get in only twice a week and just increase the amount of laps I do, once in there. We all know the coldest part of swimming is just getting in. I’ll let you know how that works. I figure the less I can swim in the colder months, the more I will hope to run.
For this morning, it’s aerobics with Jane. Because she is almost 20 years younger than me, she always makes me raise my own bar when working out together. Everyone should exercise at an intensity that is right for them, but at the same time, it’s important to step out of the comfort zone every once in a while, because the human body is capable of INCREDIBLE things. Just look at how well those 33 miners did with the proper nutrition and exercise…Never, ever underestimate how resilient we really are.
Wishing you peace and fitness…and as my new friend, Lisa says, “sexy arms!”