Getting my kicks
Hey all, its been some time since my last post , I know I sound like a broken record…. but my evenings are starting to open up a bit so I have time I take it. I am in my final year of my Kuk Sool Won 3rd degree black belt testing cycle , I have 1 more year to get it right and be ready to hit it with everything I have.
This years test was not easy , I pulled my dam calf muscle 2 days before the test and limped through it the best I could. When I told my instructor all he said we “good luck sir” and I went on. I could not do any jumps or low stances I felt week and just helpless. Then I looked around and took in all the other 11 people testing that evening. Almost every one of them was over 40 and had tape on this leg or their ankles wrapped or elbows and hands. What a sorry bunch we made. Most of us were in rough shape before the test and all of us were wiped out after it.
How do you prepare for this test? I do it simply by practice, I practice several times a week but mix in weight training and cardio on top of the 100s of kicks and forms I perform. I use P90X and Insanity for this but also mix in CorDeForce and T25. I do my cardio in the am , right when I get up and in the evening I would practice. It was getting easier until i pulled my right calf muscle , it all hit the fan when I was showing the tigers class how to sprint around a marker. I was just getting started when I felt the snap in my leg like someone hit it with a bat. I managed to hobble through the rest of the class but went and got ice right after.
So i’m pretty sure I passed, well , they didn’t say I failed, so now the next year is up to me on how safe I play it. I’m pretty sure my leg got cramped from lack of hydration. I was not paying enough attention to what or how I was staying hydrated. Its so important to keep up with our water intake especially when training hard.
Getting tied up from my classmate Joe
Who knows what next year will bring , but I hope its not my calf, maybe my pinky toe?
I got an Air fryer from my wife for Christmas last year and have found some good uses for it and maybe some over hyped up ones too. The Air fryers themselves are all about the same and use a convection type heating style of cooking. Forcing hot air through a basket where your food is .
I remember the old air poppers from way back, it made pop corn , but it was dry and flavorless. Well My conception of the air fryer was the same at first.
What I made that I liked :
Chicken wings– Chicken wings do work well in this machine, but don’t expect it to taste like the bar down the street or a deep fryer. They are a much healthier version and with practice can taste good. My recommendations are:
- Make sure they are thawed well before you Air fry them
- Use a dry rub only
- sauce them up after they cook
- I have tried putting sauce on and then re-frying them, it just made it messy.
- Smoke the wings for about 1 hour before air frying (my favorite way)
- Shake the basket every 10-15 min during the frying process.
- Be sure they are cooked thoroughly
- For crispy wings , cook longer ,
- Crispy and dryer are where this machine will not preform as well
Note: if you want them to be crispy , they will be dry, so far I have not been able to get crispy and juicy at the same time. If you have any tips , let me know please.
Not sure if these devices will be more of a fad then an actual appliance , but they are nice to have, not “have to have” item. My son uses it mainly for veggie burgers and frozen foods. And for that is works great .
Easy to clean but not easy to store, they range in size from about the size of a small toaster oven to a crock pot. So if storage is short on hand you might have to leave it on the counter.
The big question is, are they worth the money?
It depends, if your looking to cut fat out of frying , and don’t want to heat up your oven and your whole kitchen , then I would recommend it. However if you like simple , your oven will do the same thing, it just takes longer.
The “Crispiness” you get from this is NOT the same as the deep fried version. but then again , I don’t really like deep fried stuff.
Please share any recipes you might like , I am looking for great ways to further utilize this ting.
When I started this whole coaching thing I thought it would be easy to stay in business for ever…… HA , yet I see new people sign up every day with hopes and dreams of becoming great coaches and making huge money.
You can , but not by quitting.
I have seen so many lose to their fears and give up for reasons that range from , ” I just don’t have the time” to ” my wife thinks this is a scam”
Why are they so eager to sign up and then become doubtful in a short time frame?
Well from my perspective its simple, when they sign up as a coach they are signing up to a challenge of making someone’s life better, it could be their own or a friend , or even a stranger. But the initial reason they sign up is there is a hope inside them that needs to come out and show that they can do something for themselves.
The reason we quit anything is our ego. We have grown up with perception as reality. What others see us as hurts the ego when we are doing “out of the norm” actions. People that let others control them are truly not free. To be free, you must not let others drive your aspirations. YOU are the driver in your life, and you choose the road to travel. Take responsibility for your life and take it where you want to go. Don’t say “But…..” Its your first line of defense for your ego. Step outside of yourself and look in, are you being controlled?
And being a Beachbody coach is not for every one , even though anyone can be a coach. You have to find what it is about you that will make you happy and what will drive you to your success.
So this is a new year, a new time in history for you to make of it what you will, and don’t let others tell you what that is, for the ones who say “don’t do that” may not have your best interest at heart, but its THIER fear that is holding you back.
I am a great Beachbody coach, how do I know? I have great success with those who join my team and those who join my challenge group. It may not be 100s of people it may just be 5-6 , but really the most important things in life are friendship and support. That’s what I bank on.
Have an awesome new year.