My New Year Resolutions. To Deadlift 600 Lbs and……..
Much the same, just like many of you reading, I too made a few New Years resolutions this year. Namely:
Drink more water– think about it, your body is 83% water. We need water for every single metabolic process in the body. What’s more, water is vital for the digestion and absorption of all the nutrients (and vitamins) we eat on a daily basis. It also carries away metabolic waste, and helps to flush fat and toxins through the liver and kidneys. In short, water is kind of a big deal. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of us are chronically under-hydrated. Trust me, you are.
And when I say “drink more water,” I’m not referring to Vitamin Water (which is crap by the way), or soda, or any other substitute you can think of. Nope. Just plain ol’ water. My goal? At least one gallon per day.
Stretch More– I’m not going to sugar coat this. I’d rather take an Ewok spear to the face than stretch. Nonetheless, the more and more I think about it, the more I realize that this is just something that has to be done. Point. Blank. Period.
I mean, I spend a large part of my day on my feet coaching athletes, and even I feel I’m tighter than a camels ass in a sandstorm. Now, if I feel I should stretch more (and I do), then what does that say for the bulk of you reading this blog right now who spend upwards of 8-10 hours per day sitting in front of a computer? Hmmmm?
Write More Articles– Admittedly, I’ve been slacking on this front, for what, two years now? 2010 is going to be my comeback. Ready or not, here I come. To that end, any thoughts or ideas of articles you’d like to see written, feel free to leave a comment below.
Diversify my Diet– Not surprisingly, I tend to be a little “set in my ways” when it comes to the foods I eat. Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, my girlfriend has coined the term “Tony friendly restaurant,” because she knows I tend to be a little finicky. In my defense, however, I’m certainly not scared to down a pizza from time to time, and I ALWAYS order dessert whenever I eat out at a fancy place. Applebee’s counts, right?
In an effort to broaden my food repertoire, I’ve decided that I’m going to try as many different foods that I can this year. My only caveat are Brussle sprouts and calamari, or anything that used to have tenticles for that matter. Too, anything that is considered part of French cuisine is off-limits as well (duck, lamb, frog legs, French fries, etc). Other than that, everything else is fair game.
As such, for Christmas, I bought my girlfriend Jonny Bowden’s book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.
She’s just as much into nutrition as I am, and luckily for me, she loves to cook. Neither one of us can put the book down, and we’ve spent the past two weekends at Whole Foods and the local Chinease supermarket picking up foods that we’ve read about. It’s kind of like our very own version of Julie and Julia.
So far, here’s what I’ve tried:
Turmeric– Bowden RAVES about this spice, and to be honest, I can see why. It has a very unique taste, and it’s known benefits include alleviating athritis and joint inflammation, decreasing cholesterol, and liver health, to name a few.
Also on the list, Bok choy, chard, kale, beets, Dandelion greens, and spaghetti squash (my new favorite).
Not a bad start if I do say so myself.