Please check out my latest vid!!! This is my Vitamix 6300 review that my wife Sam Schuerman and I did together. We bought this at Costco and it was on sale for Mother's Day! If you can please check out my vid and maybe pick yourself up a new Vitamix!!!
Cardio can be a bit overwhelming for more reasons than just doing it. What cardio equipment do I want to use and why? First I fill up my water bottle to avoid any interruption during my session. I walk into the room filled with bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, etc. I wonder what it is that I want to use by how I am feeling. Some days I can be very motivated to do cardio and other days I have to make sure I don't waste my time. I know being in the gym I should give 1 million percent but let's face it, I am not training to be a cardio machine expert. I just want to do my hour to keep my heart rate up.
Now I really don't feel like doing the treadmill because it can be easy to cheat while using it. When you walk on the treadmill at an incline all you have to do is hold on a little and bam, cheater. Next I think about using the elliptical. You can cheat on the elliptical also. All you have to do on this machine is bounce and use gravity and momentum to waste movement. I don't want to "waste" movements because each time I do that I would technically be required to do more time! No thank you. I think I will try for a solid 60 instead of messing around. I move on to the upright bike and that also allows gravity to help push down the pedals. This will wait for another day also. Personally for me, even when I was doing cardio for 1 hour 5 days a week I got the most out of the recumbent bike. This may seem easiest but trust me. The only way to maintain speed and heart rate is to keep pushing and pulling with your legs. Gravity doesn't help, bouncing doesn't help, no momentum and you can't hold on or step off to take a break. This bike is the one that always gets me very tired and sweaty!
With all this said I continue to survey the crowd and see who I want to be next to. I really dislike smelling armpits of strangers so I attempt to avoid this situation. Picking a machine on the end lowers your chances of someone coming next to you that may smell. The chance of them needing the one machine next to you is pretty slim. I chose the recumbent bike on the end. I set my resistance to 6 and pedaled away for a full 60 minutes.
Remember when you are choosing a piece of cardio equipment you want to be near a nice smelling person. You also want a piece of equipment that you can't "cheat" on. This way you are getting a complete session and not wasting time.
Is drinking this stuff really worth it? I have no idea yet but one thing I will talk about is how terrible the stuff tastes. I will also tell you about a few of the things it has done to me. When I say things it has done to me, some pleasant and some unpleasant.
When I first started drinking this Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) I had to make a choice. Do I drink this straight or do I mix it with water and prolong the bitterness and shock! It is a bittersweet decision because drinking it quickly in a shot style makes the agony go much quicker. If I make a concoction of some sort then I have to drink it longer but it won't be quite as shocking. I chose to shoot it. I think this is the best way but it is very gross. I drink 2 tablespoons 3 times a day. That doesn't seem like much until you are drinking it. When you wake up in the morning and BAM a shot of acidic ACV! YUMMY.
The positive things it has done for me so far have been slight but noticeable. I think it has been giving me more energy. I am unable to say for sure if this is from the ACV, a placebo or all the coffee I drink. I feel better so my body is starting to run more efficient, which feels like more energy compared to feeling bad. I am not certain about this yet. I also want to mention that one morning I had my gorgeous wife put a dab of the stuff on her zit. The vinegar dried it up within hours. We haven't repeated this process on other zits. To conclude the zit clearing qualities of vinegar is inconclusive at the moment but our very first experiment is successful. Next thing is the detoxifying ability the stuff contains. I will spare the details for sake of my readers but let me tell you that Charmin Ultra Soft is worth the money.
My recommendation so far would be to do some research and see if ACV is something you would be willing to try. I have been Tweeted that ACV tablets exist out there and they are very capable. I enjoy the challenge of shooting ACV 3 times a day!!
Here is the ACV I have been drinking. 2 tablespoons 3/day! Yummy.
I want to talk for a minute about my weight. The last photo update I did on June 14, 2014 day 283 I weighed in at 209#'s. That is pretty good. Since then I have put on a little fluff and got up to 239! It was totally worth it! Now that I am back in the gym I'm down to 229#'s. That's pretty good considering my eating isn't on fleek yet.
So for the update... I was heavy, spent 280 some days to weigh 209, then spent a bunch of days to gain it back. Such is life. My diet is getting back on track and today is the first day I ate very clean. I spent a couple of weeks dialing down and weaning things out so it doesn't happen all at once. Then I slowly changed the volume of food I consume. Next I changed the food and the frequency. I have found over the years, if I cold turkey my eating I will be miserable and probably cheat.
Being back in the gym has been great. I love working out. I am happiest when I work out. I don't know that it has anything to do with making me look better or feeling better physically. I imagine that helps but going to the gym for me is a place to relax and zen. My mind is always running even though I may not look like much is going on. When I go to they gym though I am able to turn it off and live in the moment. The only thing I am thinking about is how much this hurts or that burns etc. It is calming and I need to make it a higher priority.
I don't mind looking better, feeling better and all the things associated with going to the gym. What I need to focus on is how to make it more of a priority. Who doesn't like to look better, lose weight, feel better, have a six pack whatever. I think what it is for me is I am not too concerned with "looking" amazing. What I should focus on is why I fail. Why did I do so well, then stop. What is it that made me quit. I love going to the gym for the zen like feeling I get. So why stop? Maybe I get a tolerance for the calm? Maybe I feel like I am there? Maybe I get bored? I really don't know what it is but I think I am going to work more on making going to the gym a priority. The rest will follow.
Where I was at 209...
P.S. NOT photoshopped. It's the power of self tanner.
Music has always been there for me. I listen to all music and what I listen to depends on the mood I am in. I will listen to certain music to help change my mood also or supplement whatever it is I might be doing. When I work out, it is certain music. When I drive other music. When I write, who knows what I might have playing. I find sometimes listening to dark music makes me happy. Happy music calms me down. Today I found myself wanting to listen to things on the groovy side. A song will pop into my head that I must listen to at that moment. Today, the song was "Smooth Operator" - Sade. What a great song. I love the passion, tempo and feeling it has. It is very sexy, smooth and groovy. If you have never heard this song, give it a go. If you have heard it before, I am willing to bet it has been a while since you grooved to it. This song is pretty old, I can imagine some of the stories you could tell when you first heard it. I listen to it a couple more times, then move on to another. In my mind is a guitar playing and I can't get it out of my head. I remember this awesome guitar riff as a child. I can't get it out of my head. I won't stop searching until I find it. It goes something like, bada bada bap bump bummp, buhmp buhmp. It is a very sexy guitar riff from the 70's and it has this whimsical jam session toward the end. I finally find it. The song is "From The Beginning" - Emerson, Lake and Palmer (1972) It is a relief when you find a song that has invaded your mind. What a relief! Give this a listen.
If you are a movie buff I will share this with you. The movie trailer for Terminator Genysis (2015) played a song that I instantly recognized. The song that is playing in the trailer is, "I'd Love To Change The World - Jetta" This is a great cover of a song that I have been in love with for many years! If you love this song by Jetta, please pay tribute and give a listen to the original by the guys ahead of their time "I'd Love To Change The World"- Ten Years After (1971).
Sometimes you just want to eat a good stuffed pepper. My problem with them is they take a while to make. If you haven't made them before maybe this will help!
I chop a red onion, some garlic and open up the pepper. Take 1 pound of ground turkey meat add it to a pan on medium high with the onion, garlic and olive oil. Then preheat the oven to 425F. In the meantime the meat, onion and garlic are cooking in the pan. Now I make quinoa per the directions on the package. When the quinoa is finished, I put it in the pan with the cooked meat and onions. Next, I add salt, pepper, oregano, red wine vinegar, and parsley. Turn the heat to low for a few more minutes. Taste your mix, season a little more if necessary.
The meat is all cooked and quinoa all mixed in. Put the mix inside the bell pepper. Now stuffed, the peppers go in the oven for about 15 minutes. You can cook them longer if you want a softer pepper etc.
Bell peppers- any color and as many as you need
Ground meat- I used turkey, you can use beef if you like.
Quinoa-enough to mix in with the meat evenly
Salt & pepper
Cheese if you want :)
I hope you give this a go!
I love shepherds pie! I really don't like to bake it though because I spend all that time preparing it then I have to bake it! Here is what I made. Cut up the onion, zucchinis, bell peppers and garlic then throw it all in a pan with enough oil to lightly cover the veggies. Cook at medium heat.
After the veggies are added, put the turkey burger in so it can cook with all that onion and garlic. YUMMY! The meat and veggies cook in about the same amount of time. Now splash a bit of wine vinegar, salt, pepper. Brown the meat then reduce heat to low.
While you are browning the meat, boil the potatoes.
When the meat is browned, add the Worcestershire sauce to flavor. Then mash your potatoes with a bit of milk and butter. Make up a little gravy and you are set!
I hope this is as good for you as it is for me! Enjoy.
Olive Oil- enough to wet the veggies
garlic clove-2 or so
Salt & Pepper-to flavor
White wine vinegar-splash it on
1 red onion
1 Green Zucchini
1 Yellow Zucchini
1 Bell pepper
1# Ground Turkey Meat
Potato-enough to mash so you can cover the meat
butter-a splotch in the mashed potato