Mind – We continue the “gym week” theme today with “Old Dudes”. For those of you who do use the gym, part of the fun of going is observing all the different personalities in the gym. For many reasons a particularly interesting set of gym creatures are “The Old Dudes.” I remember talking to my Grandpa “Buddy” about working out; I was discussing my strength program to get into the 1000 pound club to which he chuckled and said, “I’m just trying to keep what I got.” That was ten years ago at least, but as I get older I start to realize how smart my parents and grandparents were. As I look back I think the takeaway is we should be looking at fitness as a lifetime activity, not just trying to get into the 1000 pound club, or finish the Tough Mudder, or lose that last five pounds, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I think near term objectives and goals are essential and provide key motivation, but we should be looking at what activities we enjoy that will keep us active for the rest of our lives. This brings me to the “Old Dudes.” Everyday I go into the gym I see the same crew of guys whom I think have been playing squash since the game was invented. My hat is off to these guys with their red, white, and blue headbands, black knee socks with white shoes, tan shorts and white V-neck tee shirts. I think the point is they just enjoy what they are doing and it keeps them young, regardless of how they look. But on that same note, it leads me to back to the PAC ROE mentioned yesterday. Why is it that it is always the “Old Dudes” with their ham on the pine and wookie like bodies cruising the locker room completely bare ass naked? I guess they just don’t give shit and are trying to keep what they got. Good point Old Dudes! Keep rocking the socks.
Body – Flexibility/Mobility
Yoga, work on hip flexibility
Weapons Instructor Course
Hot Bikram yoga, work on back flexibility
Recipe of the Day – Spicy Sausage with Penne Pasta
1 lb spicy Italian sausage
1 large sweet onion
4 garlic cloves minced
1 10 oz can of Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan-Reggiano
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp of Texas Pete’s hot sauce
1 box of Penne Pasta
1. Bring to boil a large pot of salted water, make pasta per directions. Set aside when done. Whisk together the diced onion, scallions, Ro-Tel tomatoes, chicken broth, cream, and hot sauce, set aside
2. Pre-heat oven broiler on high. Remove skins from the sausage, slice them in half and place in oven safe pot. I prefer a cast iron skillet. Dice the onions and add to sausage. Place the skillet in the oven without the lid and brown the sausages and onions, stir occasionally, it takes about 8 minutes, watch closely. Add the minced garlic when almost done browning the mixture.
3. Turn the oven to bake and set to 450 degrees. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, Frank’s hot sauce, salt and pepper, bake for an additional 5 minutes. Add the pepper jack and stir, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted.
4. Serve immediately sprinkle with the Parm.
MackNBee give this recipe a 3 out of 4. As the chef I say pretty easy, efficient, and tasty. If you want to cut back on calories use less or non-fat pepper jack.
Spirit – Luke 5:39 “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”