The Best Part About Being My Age:
My best part is how nice it is to have so much free time to do the things I never had time for when I was working and raising kids .....cooking heathy meals, keeping my body healthy through yoga and Kenzai, being a grandmother, reading, and travel.
I learned a technique of stretching when I when I went through the Kenzai Reach program -
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation.
“PNF is a pattern of contracting and relaxing the target muscle to let the brain release the tissue to its true length”.
I use it now in Kenzai Silver Post Work Out Stretches. Before I learned this technique, I thought I could only stretch so far - arms and shoulders (surgery on both rotator cuffs), neck (cervical surgery), back (lumbar surgery).
I can now take all those stuck body parts to a whole new level of flexibility. This method has also helped me in my yoga practice!
If you get a chance to do Kenzai Reach, give it a try. I learned so much about my body. Talk to Ward and he can give you more information on Kenzai Reach.
I have seen blogs on Kenzai French toast but have not tried it until this morning for Tracy and I. It was good, glad I tried it.
This is how I made it for two people:
2 eggs, 2 egg whites.
Yesterday’s baguette that soaked up all the egg, 8 small slices.
My topping was cooked fresh blueberries and raspberries cooked in water and reduced to a “syrup”.
On the side I served a spinach salad and sautéed fennel and mushrooms. Now that did seem a little weird when you I think back to French Toast in the past. Before Kenzai French Toast I would have butter, maple syrup and pork sausage or bacon as my side.
Have a good weekend Plymouth JBB
Every morning when I prep and eat my large and delicious breakfast and how it gives me the correct energy for my busy day I think of the typical breakfast that the countries I have been visiting are eating.
I have mostly been in the EU and have found most folks have some sort of bread , different in every country and of course coffee.
I ask a French person what was her typical break fast, she said , “ a cigarette and espresso”.
I could be off base because most of what I observe is not in homes but in street cafes. The couple of friends that I visit in Europe also say bread and coffee during the week, weekends a bigger breakfast.
Day 47, Understanding Your Weight
Plymouth, last I time did Silver, I was home and weighed once a week. I complained to Ward I was not losing weight! He suggested to stop weighing and wait until program was over. I took his suggestion and behold at end of Silver I had lost 3 to 5 pounds, cannot remember exactly the # of pounds.
Now that we are traveling, I have no scale and have not weighed since we all started Plymouth Silver. I look at progress as to how my body looks and feels. It is liberating not to weigh myself every Monday morning.
Today’s Lesson - Regrets
The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the
things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference
One part of my plan for weekly meals is to not to waste food. On Mondays, I clean out the fridge and cupboard before I do any new shopping and use all these old ingredients in a Stir Fry for dinner or a Grain Bowl for breakfast. This morning I made the Grain Bowl.
This is what I had left in the refrigerator from the past week:
3 leaves of Swiss Char
4 Shiitake Mushrooms
1 red Bell Pepper
1 Sweet Potato
I cut and sautéed all (the ribs of the Swiss Char gave me lots of bulk).
I cooked Millet and Quinoa together and mixed the vegetables into the grain pot.
My carbs for breakfast were cut in today's new diet, from 70 grams to 50 grams. I had to make the adjustment in my grain portion.
I have not had a soft boiled egg for a while ....sounded like a good idea, for a change to have on the side.
And, I had enough left to give to Tracy for his breakfast.
Now off the the market for new vegetables.
We left France and are now in Northern Spain for a month. Three food items I could not find in France, I found right away here in Bilbao, Spain.
The first thing I do when I hit a new city is look for a natural food store, bio/organic. They have different names in every country, but usually I find one from the get go. We try to buy as much food from them as possible.
#1 Millet, yes the grain that you feed birds. I love it mixed with quinoa, they both cook the same time so throw in together (15 minute) and it is cheap, off sets the high price quinoa.
#2 Buckwheat, another special grain that like quinoa is high in protein. Buckwheat 13 grams protein per serving and quinoa 14 grams per serving.....millet has under 4 grams
#3 Oatly, oat plant milk from Sweden. I bet Margaretha knows this plant milk. The company just got to the US about a year ago. Their milk is like no other plant milk. I use it in my Chai tea for a Chai Latte. It is fortified so has all the same nutrients as cows milk, plus has lots of protein.
Now one my daughters says “why would you buy processed milk when cow milk is straight from cow with no processing or additives.” Yes, she is right, but I love this milk
and I try to eat a mostly plant diet.
I do have exceptions to my plant based diet, especially when on Kenzai.
Ward, do you know Oatly milk and what do you think about it for Kenzai?
Barbara D, you said your son surfs... it is a cool sport. When I was watching all the surfers on Sunday, before they climbed on their boards and headed out to the surf, most were doing some warm up exercises on the beach. Their short workouts were similar to the warm up exercises we do before our cardio! JBB
I did my 40 min speed walk this morning.
Tracy and I took the bus to a beach town and picked up the coastal trail and walked to another costal town where we caught a bus home. It was only two miles but with lots of up and down. We had lunch seaside and watched the surfers, this area is the surfing capital of France.
Day Light Savings Time is over here in Europe as of today. Tracy (he did a 5K this morning) and I were able to get out and run/walk one hour earlier (7:15). Being a Sunday, there were lots of warriors out this morning biking and running on our multi-use path. Some acknowledged me with a bon jour, two older guys were smiling and yelled something in French I did not understand.
Now, I look pretty funny when I do my speed walking, I pump my arms, I walk in “S “ curve posture and my feet are going really fast. The two guys were making fun of me or, I choose to think, that they thought I was just another warrior doing a different exercise.
I am home early and am ready to sit down and eat one of my fav breakfasts.
Brown rice with egg pancake
Curly Kale w/ garlic, sweet peppers and mushrooms
It is a good day,
Beware of ATM Thinking
I try not to, but have switched around a few times, and it mentally gets me confused. Now I see it also is not good for the body.
Goal....to plan ahead and try not to switch workouts or cardio.
Signing off for the day, I have become a blogging fool the last few days.
My husband Tracy is in Kenzai Run. On the day he runs (every other day) I join him for my brisk walking. He runs 25 min., I walk 25 min., we synchronize times and both arrive back at
same time. We start together and finish together! It is about a two mile run/walk.
We are in Bayonne, France (the Basque area in France, Acquitaine Region). We have a nice running path along the Adour River a couple blocks from our apartment.
When I read yesterday’s lesson I must not have read the end thoroughly. When I read Menno’s response I realized.
The Cardio before breakfast
Strength training after breakfast
Morning Cardio - another lesson that brings the science into play.
I have always thought, never researched, that you should eat before exercise to give you the energy. In my yoga practice they do tell you not to eat before your class, (up to one hour before), so they are in line with today’s lesson.
Tracy has always done his exercise before he eats breakfast. If he gets a late start and has a long workout it could be late morning before he eats. He does grab a banana or apple as he goes out the door.
I have tried for a long time to get him to change, “how can you go that long without eating”, “ you would probably preform better if you had food to fuel you” etc, etc, etc.
Well, looks like Tracy is right and I am wrong. I hate when that happens!
As soon as Day Light Saving time is over, I will get back to doing my cardio before breakfast and then try adding strength training right after that.