Friday, October 22, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey Exercise Spotlight - Pec Dec/Chest Fly

 Sit on the machine with your back against the pad. Position upper arms approximately parallel and parallel with the floor.

Push levers together, squeezing your chest muscles. Return until chest muscles feel a bit stretched and repeat. Great exercise to accompany any pressing motions like bench press and incline presses, barbell or dumbbell.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - How to make an Asian Scallion Pancake Beef Roll

 Typically a Taiwanese food (so I am told), the scallion pancake beef roll can be consumed any time of day. I have personally ingested this majestic meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes on the same day!

The most time consuming part of making this food is cooking the meat. The beef shank has to cook for a minimum of 2 hours (unless you have a microwave pressure cooker). Using a variety of spices and flavors, the beef shank absorbs an amazing array of components resulting in a flavorful meet that is tender and delicious. Add in a scallion pancake, which is nothing but a scallion flavored roti bread type thing, and spread hoisin sauce. The end result is nothing but magical and you will ask yourself "where has this been all my life?" Its easy to make if you have the time to wait, and so worth the time. Scallion Pancake Beef Roll! Delicious. Thanks for watching and make sure to share this with friends and family who enjoy making good food at home. We do.

  • 1 whole beef shank (about 2 pounds)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tbsp rock sugar
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 cloves of star anise
  • 2” ginger root (sliced thin)
  • 3 stalks of green onion (green part only)
  • water to cover 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Losing Weight Is All About What You Gain


Many people have thought about losing weight over the years, but often seem to fall short of an actual attempt to do it. The reason why so many people think about it so much is because deep down, they know that having that extra poundage is not at all good for them. The problem is, just knowing that being overweight is bad is not enough to really push many people to do something about it. Much like wanting to quit smoking, knowing it is bad for you doesn't induce people to quit doing it. However, if you were to find some really good reasons to quit smoking, like your doctor told you if you don’t quit, you will lose a lung next year, that might make you act and just do it.

 Well, losing weight is just like quitting smoking, the more good reasons you have to do it, the more likely you are to act on it and make it happen. If you have something driving your motivation aside from just knowing it is bad for you, you are also more likely to maintain your weight loss goal once you reach it.

First and foremost, losing weight means getting healthier. When you lose those extra pounds you greatly reduce the risk or heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and joint stress, all conditions associated with being overweight. When you reduce these risks, it means you can have a much better chance of being around to see your children grow up and being around to enjoy your grandchildren. That alone is reason enough to get that weight down.

Another reason you might want to consider losing weight is that you will feel better. As you begin to lose some of those extra pounds, you will start to notice your energy levels increasing. Being overweight by 20 pounds is like putting a 20 pound sack of potatoes on your shoulders all day. Extra body fat is nothing more than an extra burden to carry around with you everyday, so the extra weight drains your energy. For this reason, overweight people tend to be less active and this promotes more fat to collect up on them. As this continues, they become even less active and so this becomes a vicious cycle leading to obesity. 

As a nice little side benefit, losing weight will make you look better, and who doesn’t want to look better? Each and every one of us has a vision of what we want to look like. Most people are not completely satisfied with the way they look. They will always find something they don’t like about themselves and wish they could change and for people who are overweight; this can be a great motivator to lose weight. A recent study concluded that as early as age 5, girls who had higher body weights had lower self esteem than girls with normal body weight.

When a person loses weight, what are almost always the responses of other people who know that person? You hear things like; you look good; you’ve lost weight haven’t you? And think about how you would feel when you’ve lost enough weight to be able to fit into that dress or that pair of pants you wore back in high school. Now keep in mind, looking better is a great reason to lose weight but it should not be the only one.

When you have at least a few good, valid reasons to want to lose weight, it will be a lot easier to motivate yourself to get started and stay with it. Let’s face it, your health, well being and self esteem are very good reasons to get rid of those extra pounds and keep them off for good.