I used to go to the gym with a mission. A mission to fall on the ground in a heap, to crawl out of there with every muscle twitching, every fiber burning, every breath feeling like my last one, but it was a victorious feeling because I DID IT. Then, I hit a big fat ugly wall and my entire life changed. I will not bore you with the details but I went very quickly from being all or nothing – not only in life but in the gym – to barely being able to drag my tired, sorry, over-trained, under-slept, stressed out body out of bed. It took me several months to recover from what I had done to myself, and during those months, I often asked myself – what the hell was I chasing?? I am not a competitive athlete and never will be, I am a MOM a WIFE a WOMAN and today I am happy to be strong enough to pick up some weights, wise enough to know when I shouldn’t, aware of my own capabilities and lack of capabilities, and most importantly; I have finally figured out what I am “going for” when I show up to work out. I go to the gym to escape from the kids, to feel a sense of community, to hug the people that I love and call friends, to feel good about myself, to fit into my jeans, to discover what new and fun stuff my mommy of three body can do and be proud of whatever that might be. I go to the gym to know that not every day is a good day and that for me, the stop watch doesn’t really prove anything, and I go to prove that I really have NOTHING to prove.
The moral to my rambling story? I would like to introduce you to a person who without even realizing it, has been and continues to be an instrumental influence on my new and much more productive outlook on what fitness is for me; and that person is Andy Deas. I am grateful that he has joined our Norcal family and I am grateful for what I have learned from training with him and from reading his blog, Chasing Capacity. Most of you know Andy as the co-host of the Paleo Solution with Robb Wolf and I hope you take the chance to know him further by reading his musings on fitness, and life in general. Oh, and if you haven’t thought about it in a while, the next time you go to work out – ask yourself, “What am I chasing??”
Now, a recipe!! Dinner tonight seriously rocked and was ridiculously easy. I have been rushing like a mad woman all day, came home, threw open the fridge and saw some chicken that needed to be cooked, a jar of sun dried tomatoes, some bacon, and some basil. Hello dinner!!
Basil Bacon Wrapped Chicken
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast tenders or chicken breasts cut into 1″ wide slices
1 – 8.5 oz jar of julienne cut sun dried tomatoes
8-12 fresh basil leaves
8-12 bacon strips
Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400. Grease a baking sheet with either grass fed organic butter or coconut oil. Take a chicken piece, top with a large scoop on sun dried tomatoes, top that with a basil leaf, and wrap the whole thing tightly with a piece of bacon. Place all the wrapped chicken pieces on the greased baking sheet, sprinkle them all with pepper, and bake for 15 minutes. Finish under the broiler for 3-4 minutes to crisp the bacon. I served the chicken with kale steamed in chicken stock and carrots cooked in the pressure cooker.