I ran out of booze last night. It is a rare occasion that I would let that happen but I did it on purpose. Even though I miscalculated by a day or two and because I have no intention of replacing it for a while, this does nothing but allow me to start my fitness challenge early.
I am still not comfortable with those words, fitness challenge but I decided to take on the task for a lot of reasons. There is money that will be donated to school lunch programs for one but mostly because I started my fitness journey almost 1 1/2 years ago and I have hit the wall over the past months. As with everything in life lots of things get in the way, we loose interest, or gain interest in other pastimes but nonetheless it is easy to move onto other things.
I kept chiding myself though. I wasn’t ready to give up on my fitness goals, I am not ready to settle for less then what I told myself I would accomplish, nor am I ready to go into a maintenance mode where I don’t loose what I have gained but don’t gain anything either. I want more.
Of course if you know me, or haven’t been around me for a while, you would know these are foreign words coming out of my mouth but somehow I have really taken to the idea of being healthy from an exercise standpoint.
So the journey continues and for the next 90 days I am going to lift myself up each day and exercise, go the the gym, and run. I am also going track my diet, make sure I am on track to eat healthy well rounded meals so that I don’t hurt my, uh hum, 50 year old body.
I think you will see I don’t plan on changing my diet a whole lot. I do want to track my macro intake so I know my percentages of carbs, fats, and protein. I want a good balance. I also have no intention of weighing myself. This challenge is about Body Mass Index (BMI) for me, it is not about losing weight. The goal is to change my body shape by gaining muscle mass and building a stronger core.
My ultimate goal isn’t that I might live longer but my hopes are I will live better.
Poached Eggs, Roasted Asparagus and Crispy Prosciutto
1 bunch of asparagus
4 pieces of prosciutto, real prosciutto is cured with salt only and the ingredients list should reflect that, if you are trying to avoid sugar or additives make sure you read the list.
red wine vinegar
1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. Place the asparagus onto a sheet tray and drizzle it with olive oil. Roll, or toss them around being sure to give them a good coating of oil. Salt and pepper the asparagus.
3. Separate the thin slices prosciutto and place them on top of the asparagus making sure to keep them from overlapping.
4. Fill a 3 1/2 quart sauce pan 2/3 full with water. Add 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar. Bring the water to a boil then reduce the heat to low.
5. Place the asparagus and prosciutto into the oven. Roast for 15 minutes, or until the prosciutto is crispy and the asparagus tender.
6. Crack your first egg into a small bowl. Using a slotted spoon stir the water vigorously so you create a water spout/tornado kind of effect. As it slows carefully lower the small bowl to the center of the vortex with out letting the bowl touch. Gently pour the egg into the center of the vortex. Let it spin. Poach the egg for 3 minutes. Remove it to a plate and continue to poach the remaining eggs.
7. When you have finished poaching all the eggs place them all back into the water to gently warm them. Don’t leave them in the water to long or they will become hard.
8. Plate up the asparagus and prosciutto, top with two warm eggs and serve.
12 thoughts on “A 90 Day Fitness Challenge (Breakfast Day One)”
Mmmmm bacon 😛
Reblogged this on tofit2quit and commented:
I couldn’t agree more with this post! I am very active and workout a lot, but my eating habits were horrible-just all over the place! I could be really really good and then be really really bad. I still struggle with reducing the number of cups of coffee that I drink a day or splashing it with two spoons of sugar…YIKES! If it wasn’t for me working out as much as I do all these years I would be a lot heavier and unhappier at that weight, so for me it was NOT about maintenance, it’s about losing it and keeping it off! But it’s one day at a time and remembering that we eat to live and not to live to eat.
I just stumbled on your blog. I hope you don’t find this advice unsolicited. Have you considered doing a primarily weight lifting routine instead of running? I was able to get into way better shape through an hour of weightlifting a day even compared to when I was training for an Ironman… Good luck on your new challenge!
Hey Rebecca! I agree with you totally and I do lift three times a week. More muscle mass equals higher metabilism but the cardio makes me feel good too
Awesome. Good to hear. I always look forward to a morning cycle so I hear ya.
That prosciutto has my mouth watering. Looks like a wonderful breakfast, one I can’t wait to try in the spring when the asparagus is local. Yum!
Reblogged this on healthy is a lifestyle choice and commented:
A great, healthy and delicious breakfast recipe to go along with a steady workout schedule! Eggs are my go-to protein food after a morning workout. Tom also mentions that when following a workout plan, it isn’t losing weight that’s the most important, but rather your BMI, or Body Mass Index, which combines things like height, weight and age to tell you if you’re healthy. Working out and eating well will not help you lose weight per se, but it will help you burn fat and gain muscle.
This is perfect timing–my husband and I were talking about eating better/being more active, and I always struggle with breakfast ideas (mostly because I’m sleepy then). Gorgeous photos!
Beautiful photos! Looks delish.
Reblogged this on Ember Branch and commented:
Thought this one will be a great challenge to everyone!