What I’m Reading This Week: Two Articles and a Recipe

I’m on the cusp of some exciting stuff with Booty Quake and Roller Derby Athletics, and am spending all of my free time getting ready for the amazingness that’s headed your way. As such, this week’s post is some great content from other people’s blogs.

image1-350x262First up, former power lifter Corey Howard’s take on incorporating Original Strength (loaded crawling specifically) into your strength work. He’s a big fan, asserting that the learning curve for crawling is way shorter than that of the deadlift. Which is true. The standout point for me is when he says,

“Sometimes the simplest movements yield the biggest results”.

I’ve been incorporating OS into my warm-ups and adding cross crawls into my pressing sessions with good results. The bottom line for me is, the more efficient we can be, the better we move. The better we move, the more often we want to move. OS is efficient, fun, and effective – it makes you WANT to move. If you’re curious, check it out!



Next, a great read from Nia Shanks, about how we can often lose the plot when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. There’s just SO much information out there, it can be a minefield to wade through and even the information processing can become an additional stressor. I’ve been guilty of all of the things she mentions – I’ve chastised myself up for food choices, I’ve looked in the mirror and focused on what could be tighter, smaller or more defined, and added in another training session because I felt bad about myself. It takes just as much discipline to limit your training and eat a reasonable diet as going crazy with your training and following an incredibly restrictive meal plan. Nia says, “A health and fitness regimen should enhance your life, not dominate it.” TRUTH. Find some sustainable habits, and make them a lifestyle, rather than beating yourself into the ground in the name of self-improvement.

“Beware the person selling suffering as dedication, exhaustion as virtue, and obsession as health.” – Brad Pilon


Finally, I’m reading Tim Ferriss’, The 4-Hour Chef, and it is blowing my mind. Seriously, it is making me want to be a chef, and a hunter, and a farmer, and a chemist. Every time I read one of his books, I get so fired up and this one is no different. I’ve been trying some of the recipes from the book, and the first one is a winner, simple and delicious. If you like easy dishes that taste (and look) like gourmet, you’ll love this one.images

4-Hour Chef “Osso Bucco” (it’s not actually Osso Bucco since it uses lamb instead of veal)

Cook time 2 hrs, prep time 5 mins, serves 4
4 lamb shanks
Bunch of carrots
Canned whole San Marzano tomatoes
5 cloves garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) (about 2 tbsp, or one glug)
Bottle of white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

– I added mushrooms and onions too, because that’s how I roll.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Thaw lamb shanks, clean carrots and chop off the ends. Place carrots in bottom of Dutch oven to make a bed for the meat. Add lamb shanks, then can of tomatoes (squishing them as you add to the pot). Sprinkle in the cloves (and onions and mushrooms, if that’s how you roll). Drizzle with oil, add enough wine to cover 1/2 to 3/4 of the dish. Grind some pepper over top and add some sea salt. Cover, bake for 2 hours. Serve.

This dish looks and tastes so fancy, that your lucky dinner companions will have no idea how ridiculously easy (and healthy) it is.

Keep your eyes peeled for all of the new things happening at Roller Derby Athletics, the relaunch is going to be amazing!

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