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You Know you had a good workout when...

You know you've had a good workout when:
A. You barely have enough energy to leave the gym.
B. You felt like you might throw up on your second to last set.
C. You're looking forward to the next workout.
D. All of the above.


I sadly don't have a lot of time to exercise.  I try to be somewhat consistent but basically I do what I can do when I can do it.  This weekend has been a good weekend.  Yesterday I did a leg workout.  Squats etc.  It was a bit frustrating because I can still can't hold the bar properly with my left arm due to a shoulder impingement but I did what I could.  It must have been pretty decent because boy did I feel it today.  Today I did an upper body workout and it felt great.  by the time I I was wrapping up my preacher curls I thought I might lose my breakfast.  Deep breath... and repeat.  I feel great and I'm hoping to get in another workout tomorrow before I need to hit the road for work.  At least on the streets of NYC I'll be doing a lot of walking.

In other news I'd like to do quick review of 2 pairs of shoes I've purchased recently.  First was the 

New Balance Men's MX20 Minimus Cross-Training Shoe .  I loved the look of these shoes and what little I was able to read in reviews of them.  Sadly I'm not able to wear them.  For some reason walking in them hurts like hell.  My left foot, right at the big toe joint where it meets the ball of the foot felt like it was broken.  With each step I took the sharp pain was unbearable.  To touch it there was no pain.  Taking the shoes off and walking barefoot the pain went away.  I gave them 3 attempts to see if my foot would adjust to them but nope.  I finally threw the shoes in the back of my care and have not worn them since.  

Next, I purchased the Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove .  I love them.  The feel is quite different from an normal sneaker.  You feel like your heal is lower than your toes.  It takes a little while to get used to the feel but I feel it's worth it.  They're so light.  Take your time getting used to them.  I don't recommend going out for run right off the bat as getting used to having almost nothing on your feet is foreign to most.  I highly recommend them. 

Tonight on the Paleo menu is slow cooker balsamic chicken and sausage . Tomorrow, crock pot pork loin and the following night cashew chicken.  Loving the food while getting in shape can't ask for much more.


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Fall has fell

Grilling is a year-round event. 
I love being able to get outside regardless of the weather and grilling gives me the opportunity.
I loved to be outside enjoying the quiet of nature or the sound of kids playing in the neighborhood.  The wind through the trees or the birds chirping. 
Fall brings a new treat. The crispness in the air. The changing of colors and the smell of a wood stove warming the house.
Soon I'll need to clean up the yard.  Put the chairs away before the snow fall flies.  I still have some wood to split. It will go on the back of the stack.
I'll probably mow the lawn once more this season before I rotate the mower to the back of the garage and the snow blower to the front.  Oh yes, I must get some shear pins.
Never a dull moment.  For now I'll enjoy my steak.