Thursday, May 19, 2011:
Welcome everybody to Getting Healthy with the Browns.
This week has been a very good week. I’ve been following my program with Coach Kent Johnston, who’s given me a series of endurance exercises to work on my body composition because that was one of the areas I needed to work on, reducing weight as well as my body mass index, which was very high. I’ve been doing a lot of cardio exercises which consists of 20-25 minutes on the treadmill, another 15 on the elliptical and then, I’ll go into the fieldhouse and run five 30-yard wind sprints down and back.
I’ve been working closely with Monica Horn, which you will see on the next Browns Insider to air May 26, where I learn how to make healthy choices at the dinner table, at the breakfast table and the kitchen. I’m learning how to keep my calories under 1,400, which is a lot of food to eat, but it’s also good, healthy food that I’ve been eating. So far, I’ve lost a total of six pounds.
We received a question about core strength and from what I’m learning, the definition of core strength is strengthening your stomach muscles, your upper to lower abdomen muscles, as well as your lower back muscles, your midsection so to speak. When men get older and if you’re sitting at the table taking in a lot of calories and not as active as you should be, everything goes to your core. What you wouldn’t want to do is strengthen your core with a flabby body, so if you need to shed the pounds, I was told to work out, shed the pounds and then start to strengthen your core. You want to kick the fat off and then, you’ll start to strengthen your muscles.
It’s been a week-and-a-half since I drank any type of juice. Friends that know me know I’m a fan of Gatorade, fruit punch, berry punch, lemonade with iced tea mix. I love all of that and I have not had any juices, orange juices, grapefruit juices, apple juices, white grape juices, none of that. I’ve been drinking strictly water, Aquafina Flavor Splash. That Flavor Splash has been my juice. It is delicious and that’s one of my major hurdles.
I have a couple days off and I’m going to go home and visit my dad. I’m from New York and one thing that New Yorkers pride themselves on is pizza. I’m actually going to go to a Yankee game, cheer our (New York) Mets on and when you go to a baseball game, there are hot dogs. If you’re in Rome, you’ve got to do as the Romans do. It’s going to be very challenging for me not to eat a hot dog, not to have a slice of pizza or the huge, big pretzels. Everybody who comes to New York has to get a pretzel.
Plus, with the Italian food, you would think I’m part Sicilian because all of the Italian restaurants that are in New York, I just love pastas. There’s a lot of really rich, ethnic restaurants, anything from Italian, Jamaican, that are very good soul-food restaurants. I’m going to have to stick to my Kosher delis, eat my salads and make sure I hit my old high school, Bayshore High School, and while I’m there, get at least two to three days of running and exercise.
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