So after advising all my readers to replace your athletic shoes regularly, I have not been taking my own advice. I usually replace my shoes every January but I somehow forgot this year. Since my parents were here this past weekend, Adam and I were able to sneak out after the birthday party on Saturday and do some errands and I finally got my new shoes. What a difference they made for my treadmill walk this morning! Never underestimate the importance of your feet. Where would you be without them?
I've also been falling behind in providing an exercise of the week. So here's one of my favs that doesn't require any fancy equipment or a gym. Heck, if you don't have free weights, just use soup cans (preferably a nice thick, heavy soup like lentil or something. It's excellent for strengthening the rear shoulders and upper back. Try to do at least 2 sets of 15 reps. Start with 5 lbs and try to increase from there as you get stronger.
Oh, and here's a recipe I'm making this week. Easy and yummy.
Sausage and Greens
1 tsp olive oil
1 lb spicy Italian turkey sausage (or veggie sausage or any sausage you like), cut in bite size pieces
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 head kale, chopped with course stalks removed
1 large can ground tomatoes
chili flakes, to taste (optional)
Saute sausage in oil over medium heat until cooked through. Add onion and cook until it has some colour. Add garlic, fennel seeds and kale and cook for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and chili, if using and simmer at least 15 minutes. Serve over pasta, rice or quinoa.