For me it is essential that I know before walking into the gym precisely what I intend to accomplish. No practice is more damaging to goal achievement than failing to set short, intermediate, and long-term objectives. Starting a workout without a clear end in mind is like embarking on a journey absent a targeted destination.
Even the most highly inspired amongst us have occasional bouts with lethargy, distraction, lack of drive. At such times it is very important to have a strong understanding of not just “what” we are committed to achieving but also “why.” For each of us there is something for which we would risk embarrassment, ridicule, and even personal safety if necessary. For me that catalyst was the respect of my son. Knowing that to a large degree he will eventually become what I am still drives me beyond what would otherwise be possible.
As painful as it may be, the first step in measuring success is making a comprehensive assessment of where one presently stands. This includes body composition, strength levels, pulmonary functioning, and any other aspects of fitness or even unrelated areas wherein improvement is desired.
I believe it is critical to view supplements as just that—an adjunct or complement to an overall fitness regimen. Supplements must be viewed as part of a synergistic approach which balances resistance training, cardio, proper diet, and adequate rest.
The marvelous thing about assisting others is that it is impossible to do so without the giver also benefiting. Help can come in several forms including offering a complement on a new gym member’s frequency of working out or commenting on their high level of intensity, noting weight loss or muscle gain, or where appropriate suggesting a new variation on an old exercise.
Jeffrey and have come to like this one!
1 bunch of broccoli
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 orange peeled and sectioned
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Break the broccoli into stalks and steam for five minutes. Place the broccoli in a shallow 1 and 1/2 quart casserole. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter, orange juice, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Pour over broccoli. Arrange the orange sections on top; sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake for one hour.