Friday, October 29, 2010

Champps Americana and More Thoughts & Ramblings

Last night we got stuck in traffic and as I was inching at less than 5 mph, my blood sugar sunk. We had a crazy busy day and it was one of those where 6 hours had passed and I hadn't eaten anything and then realized my hunger in the car, stuck. Argh. So, I decided that I wasn't about to cook and I needed food ASAP. That is when I pulled off and took the boys to Champps. Did you know that Thursdays are $2.50 draft beers? I did not but was good anyways and had my water. But, I did order a Cobb Salad with NO cheese, NO olives (I really wish I liked olives) and extra egg/avocado with balsamic dressing. This was a huge mound of food. I ate every last morsel.

If you happen to be in a funk with your workouts, I just read a great article in the November issue of Men's Journal titled "The One True Path to Real Fitness" written by Daniel Duane. I love that this author doesn't say that any one fitness regimen (training for triathlons, crossfit or Billy Blanks, for instance) is the one and gives people who workout at "globo gyms" ideas for obtaining true fitness there as well. My favorite quote from this article is: "Most gyms do include a few token free weights, but think about where you find them: around the edges of the room, like fresh fruits and vegetables in a supermarket that gives all the prime middle of the store shelf space to Frosted Flakes and frozen cheese cake." So true, just like the grocery, stick with the perimeter of the gym!

We also get Men's Health and I have to say, they usually have great recipes! However, this month's issue (actually November) included and article titled "I Hate Fat People" written by Richard Conniff. By the way, I hate the word hate! As someone that is about to dive into a study to find out the affects of exercise on borderline Type II diabetes kiddos, it was interesting for me to read this article to get an idea of what obese people experience. I know these kids are lacking self confidence and most likely get teased at school. For some people teasing might motivate them to change their habits. For others, it might drive them to eat more.

So here I am. I want to help people. I get super excited when I see someone at the gym shrinking! These are the peeps that inspire me the most and when they see awesome progress, their smiles get bigger, they want to become more involved in the community and the result is, they inspire others. It is something I get to witness frequently and is one of the things I love most about my job.

Let's keep the following mindset:

Food is fuel. Food is fuel. Food is fuel. Food is fuel. Food is fuel. People, FOOD IS FUEL!!!


terrygruggen said...

I read that article in Men's Journal, too...and I loved it. Son Sean read the entire thing as well. Only thing I didn't like is that he called CrossFit sadistic. It's much worse than that.

Lori Yeater said...

That was an awesome article. It took me back 15 years to when I was a martial arts maniac (I'm 51 now) and my coach said that squats and dead lifts were the THANG. I'm going to try it again. Can anyone post the link to the workout on Men's Journal? Good luck, all!