I am trying to get the site up and running while working on several changes. The first is you will see the site under fighterpilot.com shortly. Secondly, I will be working to add tabs for each category TRAIN, EAT, THINK. Finally, you will see an area called the LINEUP CARD. This card will be a nice print out page to take your daily program to the gym. Looking forward to hearing recommendations and stories.
I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve celebration. The start of a New Year usually means the start of resolutions like “getting in shape”, “losing 5 lbs”, etc. Resolutions are great, but usually they go by the wayside. How can you change that? I recommend setting mission objectives that are clear, obtainable, and measurable. Then you have to get someone on your team. If you don’t have a wingman to lookout for you and hold you accountable in the debrief, the objectives may be forgotten. When it comes to objectives, set ones that are achievable. For example, if you have not worked out regularly for the previous thirty years, don’t set an objective of working out 6 days a week, that is not realistic. Try starting off slow–workout twice a week for 3 months. At the end of that time reevaluate. If you miss a week, no biggy get back in the fight.
Rest Day – I had to take a rest day after cruising DC with Poacher on a whirlwind tour of all the monuments in 2 hours. Additionally, we had Oysters in G-town. This led to the realization that Poacher holds the world record for number of oysters eaten in one sitting…apparently it is 169 oysters. I think a new callsign might be in order…Cool Hand.
Beef and Broccoli
Recipe by Melissa Roberts
1 lb boneless top sirloin steak
1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
3 fat cloves garlic
6 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons medium dry Sherry
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons sugar (regular or brown)
1 ½ lbs broccoli
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Accompaniment: steamed rice
Freeze steak until solid and partially frozen, 3 to 4 hours.
Combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, Sherry, sesame oil, and sugar in a bowl until sugar dissolves.
Cut steak into thin (about 1/16” thick) slices. Transfer to bowl with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 and up to 8 hours.
Cut broccoli into (2” long, about 1” wide) spears. If you have stems, trim off outer fibrous layer. Halve lengthwise and cut into 1” pieces. Cook broccoli in a 4 to 5 quart of boiling water seasoned with 1 ½ teaspoons salt. Cook broccoli until crisp tender, 2 minutes, then drain well.
Heat oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over medium high heat until it shimmers. Stir fry beef (scraped of excess marinade; in 2 batches if using a skillet) until it’s just no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add broccoli and stir fry until just heated through, 2 minutes more. Whisk cornstarch into marinade, add to wok along with beef and continue to stir fry until liquid boils and just thickens, about 1 minute more.
Merlin gave me a great book I have been reading, Taste and See by John Piper. One of the chapters is called “Clyde Kilby’s resolutions for mental health”. It listed ten great resolutions, but I thought this one was especially good. I shall sometimes look back at the freshness of vision I had in childhood and try, at least for a little while, to be the child of the pure unclouded brow, and dreaming eyes of wonder.