Cooking out

Spent the majority of my morning wishing I had a bottomless cup of Coffee, but it was not in the cards! It all started with placing an order from a Big box retailer for pick up. Got up, walked my Gunner, fed him and made a cup of Joe. Got in the car and headed out with the assumption of just driving up, pick up and haul it back home to use it.

The it happens to be a grill. Our first grill that we can call our ow, and it’s awesome. Ok, back to our debacle. Arrived, gave our info and waited. The website does not provide information stating that our product was prebuilt, and we assumed ( you know the saying) that it was boxed. Hahahahaha on me! Pre built equipment does not, and repeat does not fit in a small car no matter what you try to throw out to make things fit!

Heck, I tried to unscrew some of the attachments (one actually popped right off to our surprise but we were stumped. Sideways, backwards, forwards and even had a gentleman offer to take to our house and wanted for us to pay him. Heck, we both had the same car, and who’s to say he wouldn’t driven away with it and left us high and dry anyway?

Weber grill

We made a few calls and had a bite, and it totally fit! Drove it back, and got it situated. Oh, heck we need gas/propane container so we can use it. So off we went to our provide around the corner. Oh, the luxury of having something close by and open. Of course that was an event too. Called to reserve it, but could not reserve. First come first served. Arrived only to be sent to the filling station, then directed back to storefront and back twice without container because two people could not communicate with their handsets properly.

Purchased the container, put everything on properly and tested the connection. Safety first, so they said. ‘Nene said ‘how do you know if it turned on?’ (You know where this is going don’t you?)

Well, of course I being the intrepid gentleman I said it feels warm, but it’s hot today and it could be just the sun radiating from the grill so reaching in I glanced my thumb on one of the burner shields and ooooohhh boy yeah it works alright!

Prepped a little meal for us to break it in, and boy was it delicious!

Medium rare please!

Oh, now after late lunch enjoying my Perdomo Cigar, Guinness, and much needed sun! Food was delicious! I can’t wait to use it again and explore some delicious ways to cook food also.

Have a great Sunday all! Grill on, and be merry!

G

Keep moving, mental health is your reward

The continuing order to endure enclosed spaces for most people means a lot of time spent being either complacent in their life’s choices, or deliberate on staying focused and active. Which are you?

Well, for starters I like being active. I love to workout, mostly outdoors with my ruck, kettlebell, sandbag, hilly area or just a trail. Either way, I can make it work also at home since exercise is not exclusive to either out of doors or indoors in the context of moving. Complexity is not useful, simplicity is the norm.

Using basic movement patterns of push/pull, press, extension, flexion, and rotation you can basically move in any pattern that your body can get into without much effort, but the magic in that pudding is the amount of times you perform it, and frequency with a good serving of either resistance, time or speed.

Look around your environment right now. Where are you seated? Let’s begin with a simple chair, either folding, fixed four legged model with or without padding. Pry it up against a wall and you can use it for squats if you’re learning to sit and stand again for rehab or prehab. Squats once more if you are trying box squats with a weight to a prescribed depth. How about upper body work by performing dips, on one chair while legs are elevated on the other, or push ups with feet atop of seat while hands are on floor?

Core work? Sure, lets try this: Sit ups with elevated feet on the seat portion of the chair, plank holds in same manner, or glute work like butt biters- where your butt raises from the floor while feet (heels) remain on seat portion of chair for multiple reps. Bridges (one legged) with heels in the same place (atop of seat) go for multiple reps/sets. You see that it’s just imagination that is the limiter.

Food items – no, not raw food like chicken or frozen fish. I’m talking about canned foods, and there are plenty of sizes and weights to use for exercises. Cans in a backpack/rucksack wrapped in a towel so it doesn’t jostle around in the pack while you exercise with it. You can run with the pack, squat it, swing it, plank with it and press it. Imagination once again is your limiter. Indoors/Outdoors are your playground.

Just because you’re asked to stay home does not mean you should be sedentary. You need to keep moving, because mental health is not a given. You’ll need to make the effort to sweat a little and get the benefits you so desire.

Happy Easter All!!

Butt biters, dips, hill bear crawls, ground to overhead, and team squats!

The week before the quarantine

Well, one week prior to being shut indoors in IL we were rucking and working out very hard. Parks are now off limits, especially at Chicago’s lakefront path. Mayor Lightfoot ordered the lakefront closed until further notice and people are going to get a warning, a fine, and then possibly tossed in the brig!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! This is gonna piss more people off, but I get it. I’m mostly an introvert so being alone is not a big issue. Having time to catch up on audiobooks, read books, and reach out to people I’ve not heard from in some time.

Now as you sit there contemplating your life in the new age of being cooped up inside many people that I’ve spoken with have stated a truth that was missing in everyone’s life. People contact is important. A meaningful conversation, or a handshake or bro hug goes a long way to make people connected.

Stay in touch using a product called zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. Anything, or smoke signals….. not kidding. (J/k)

Our pics from the workouts – enjoy:

The nap must go on

Upon waking every morning I find it so hard to go back to bed once I’m up and out of the warmth of the ever pulling comfort of a warm mattress. Tell me again how staying in bed longer once you’re awake make one more relaxed?

I really can’t find a way to really nap at all during the day even when I feel drained. However I did find out the hard way when after a very long, hot and difficult workout one early frosty morning (I did say HOT) that we sweat so much running up a hill, dragging a rucksack bear crawling up the same hill and other pretty cool and nauseating exercises for 45 min that I can safely say that I sat down, and stripped my clothes off then proceeded to shower to get the cold mud off my body that I felt my body unwind and it actually felt very relaxed.

Recalling how once out of the shower knowing I had nothing scheduled for the remainder of the day that I sat on the couch and turned on the tube. Used it for white noise while working to program a clients workout for the month/cycle to make sure they get what they pay for. I began opening the spreadsheet, opened my Notes app and began to plan, scribble, and talk to myself (don’t judge). Talking out loud the program I began to yawn, and in that tune I actually went to heat up water for my coffee press.

My java in hand, hot and smelling so good I turned off my tv and turned on Spotify. Began to listen to Andrea Bocelli. Yes! I can finish my planning, and finalize this cycle and begin to outline a new cycle for others. Placed my java on the floor after finishing one cup that I felt so warm, calm, and yet focused that I was startled that an hour had gone by and was alarmed to find I had napped for such a long time An actual hour! The reason I know it was an hour was the time stamp on my spreadsheet when I had saved it.

It felt good. Heck, I felt very energized and more alert than with just the java. I have taken naps before, but I do believe that just grinding and not recuperating is not really a healthy thing to do either. Take small breaks, close your eyes, meditate, pray, hum, listen to yourself breathing and begin to familiarize yourself just being still if you are not able to sleep/nap.

It will help, and who knows. A coffee press, and a laptop do come in handy with Andrea in the background. Just sayin’.

Til next time

G