Archive for January, 2011

There are three reasons why I love this dinner, it’s quick easy and delicious. I put the pot roast in the crock pot around 10 am and let it cook on low for about eight hours. It turned out incredibly flavorful and tender. I love rosemary, so that helps.

Here’s what I did (if you can even call this a recipe), I placed a medium sized chuck roast in the crock pot. Sprinkled liberally with sea salt, pepper and rosemary on both sides. Drizzled with olive oil and add about 1-2 inches of water. Set on low, until the last hour and a half and then I bumped it up to high heat. There’s a little trick to tender pot roast: let it cook until it’s fork tender. If the meat doesn’t break apart easily, it still needs time to cook.

The Hasselback potatoes were easy too: set your oven temp. to 425 degrees. Wash potatoes thoroughly and then cut thin slits careful not to cut in half. Place garlic in the slits in you like. I used Garlic Gold on top (an olive oil and garlic mixture) with some sea salt. Let bake until tender about 40-45 minutes. I had these baking while I worked out, which was a nice reward. I topped with a little butter after they came out of the oven.

The thing I love about these potatoes is that there isn’t any room for over eating. I made enough for us (and another for lunch today) and that’s it. The problem I have with mashed potatoes is that I could eat them until I turn into an actual potato.

Add some raw spinach, almonds and dressing on your plate and you’re set!

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Jack Lalanne Dead at 96

Jack Lalanne Dead at 96

Jack Lalanne

Jack Lalanne, one of the originators of the fitness movement has died but left a fantastic legacy to help people to look after their health and concentrate on their fitness as one of the cornerstones of a great life.

Here is a great article from the Globe and mail today talking about Jack Lalanne and what he taught and meant to those in the fitness community.

Jack LaLanne, who died on Sunday at age 96, was regarded as the father of the modern fitness movement. Dressed in snug jumpsuits, the television fixture preached a balance of exercise and healthy diet and inspired millions. The Post spoke to fitness gurus about the top lessons learned from LaLanne’s legacy.

What was  the Jack Lalanne Legacy?

1. There is no excuse for not exercising. Long before Nike told everyone to “just do it,” LaLanne was relentless in his pitches, using a drill sergeant’s bark and cadence. “Jack inspired the world with his no-nonsense approach to exercise,” says Maureen Hagan, fitness instructor and VP of operations at GoodLife Fitness Canada. “Many of us will recall Jack showing his TV viewers how to exercise in the kitchen, using a chair and lifting soup cans as dumbbells. His ‘no excuse, just do it’ attitude inspired the world to at least try exercise.”

2. Weight training is a key component of a fitness regimen. “He popularized the whole notion of fitness before we recognized it as a crisis situation,” says Christa Costas-Bradstreet, physical activity specialist at ParticipAction, the national not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting active living. When LaLanne first began recommending weights in the 1930s, he said that physicians opposed his advice, warning it would cause heart attacks and lower sex drives. “People thought I was a charlatan and a nut,” LaLanne said in a posting on his website. “Time has proven that what I was doing was scientifically correct — starting with a healthy diet followed by systematic exercise, and today everyone knows it.”

3. Fitness is for everyone. “He taught that physical activity was something for all ages, irrespective of socio-economic status and ability,” Costas-Bradstreet says. LaLanne invited women into his health clubs, and also encouraged the elderly and the disabled to exercise. “I share the great passion for bringing women into the gym environment that Jack LaLanne pioneered,” says Craig Ramsay, author of Anatomy of Exercise and trainer on Bravo’s Thintervention.

4. Practise what you preach. When LaLanne was 42, he did a record 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes. When he was 60, he swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf — while handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Late in life, he continued to rise at 4 or 5 a.m. for two-hour workouts. “He himself was a role model,” Costas-Bradstreet says. “Only 7% of Canadian children and youth are meeting Canada’s physical activity guidelines and 15% of adults. We absolutely need role models, particularly for kids.”

Read more  at the National Post here

To me Jack Lalanne has always been the old guy that has lived what he preached. He sold Juicers to make sure people stayed healthy, he espoused healthy and fit lifestyle choices and most importantly Jack Lalanne made sure that we knew that growing old did not mean we had to live and acet that way.

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Heavy – Weight Loss Series Starts

Heavy   Weight Loss Series Starts

Heavy TV Show

My wife and I caught a new series on A E this weekend called Heavy. The show was pretty good but again it called into question an individuals responsibility to themselves as well as those around them.

Here is the way that the TV series Heavy is setup. Each week there is two people and those two people are huge. There are two trainers and over a few months time each of these trainers work with one of the two people to try ot help them lose weight.

Heavy – The TV Series

I have lots of questions. First, were do they find these people, second are we going to have the same trainers every week, and third are there going to be updates later as to how the people are doing?

First the people – Heavy Season premiere had Jodi, a childcare worker who started at 367 pounds and dropped down to 289 pounds. And Tom who started at 638 pounds and got down to 476 pounds. Both of these people had no real strength and their motivation was lacking compared to the people on a show like Biggest Loser. In fact Tom was living in his bed and had trouble walking to his car in the driveway. Just getting to the gym was terrible for both of these guys so it was great to see them transform into tougher, stronger people.

Heavy TV Series Trainers – My wife and I were blown away by one of the trainers, the guy was very big and ripped. I wish I could find their names but I will have to search some more. The lady trainer was great and tried to motivate Jodi but was having trouble getting a bond with her which was too bad.

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