My son played his first baseball game of the season today. His team won 16-9 in extra innings. He was 4 out 5 with 3 RBIs. He is one of the youngest players on the team.
While playing catcher, he took a pitch (machine pitch) to the face mask. No reaction. No tears. Just focus.
Obviously I’m proud of him. You see, last year he was very shy. He once struck out and quit the game out of embarrassment. If he would have been hit by a pitch then, he would have broken out in tears.
He conquered some significant fears today. He played aggressively. He played smart. He followed the fundamentals his coaches have taught him.
On my journey towards fitness, I can learn a lot from him. I can’t be stifled by fear. I need to go after my goals aggressively. I need to stay disciplined – follow the fundamentals that got me this far. I need encouragement from others.
What about you? Have you improved over last year?
I went shopping tonight. My waist size has gone from a size 38 to a 36. I think I’ll lose more this summer. But I needed new shorts and a new swimming suit.
I like downsizing.
I made this the other night. It’s very good. I served it over rice. I used tofu sour cream.
30 minutes or fewer
Making this stew ahead gives the flavors a chance to develop. Serve over egg noodles, gnocchi, or pan-fried polenta slices.
1 Tbs. olive oil
4 cups sliced mushrooms (10 oz.)
1 medium bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
1 medium onion, diced (1½ cups)
½ cup dry white wine
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. hot or sweet paprika
1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes
¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and cook 7 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and onion; reduce heat to medium. Sauté 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add wine, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in flour and paprika. Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup water, and cook 3 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
STORE/SERVE Cool, and refrigerate in airtight container up to 5 days. Warm in saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir sour cream into warm paprikash mixture just before serving.
Hannah did not place in the science fair. We are still very proud of her! I am very happy with her project because I lost – 23 lbs! She’s first place to me!
By Lenny Berstein
It wasn’t the toll from lugging a heavy tool box to work that finally sent Ray Clark to the gym. It was something more profound. He lost his wife of 67 years. Then he lost his daughter. He was looking for something to fill the empty hours.
“I was getting a little lazy at home, and I decided I’d go down to the exercise club,” he recalled.
That was more than three years ago, when Clark was 98. As he turned 102 last week, Clark was able to curl
40 pounds, work out vigorously on a rowing machine and deftly pluck bouncing eight-pound kettle bells from the air with the hand-eye coordination of a much younger man.
“He’s a tenacious son of a gun,” said Thom Hunter, Clark’s 70-year-old personal trainer at the Sport&Health club in the Lakeforest section of Gaithersburg. “They built them tougher in those days. He doesn’t say he can’t do it until he tries and sees he can’t.”
In a single 151-pound package, Clark embodies some of the greatest hopes and concerns that public health experts have for the fitness and health of the “older old,” the growing population of people over 85. Clark has significantly improved his strength, balance, endurance and range of motion over the past three years, staving off frailty, possibly saving untold medical costs and proving that gains can be made at any age.
But there are far too few like him.
I’m seriously considering transitioning to vegetarianism. What are some good resources I should be reading. I’ve been reading Dr. Ornish’s book and others. I’ve got Vegetarian Times.
If you are or have recently transitioned, I would appreciate any insights and resources you have found helpful.
Well, we got the snow they promised. I’ve only had to shovel snow one other time this winter so I haven’t bothered to buy a snow blower. This morning would have been a great time to have one. I got most of my driveway cleared – on my wife’s side. It was a good work out with more to come.
Lift with your legs, not with your back…