|Have you seen this man? He's out to make you fit! Go take Eric's Spin Class at LA Fitness in Midtown.|
P.S. If Eric looks familiar, it's because he's also head bartender at Ecco, where he brings some very inventive and award winning cocktails to the table. We'll have a post on Atlanta cocktails soon. Stay tuned.
P.P.S. Eric recommends the Body For Life approach to diet and exercise. Basically, that boils down to 6 smaller meals a day, varied exercise from day to day, and - best of all - a day off each week for cheating. The psychology behind that is fascinating. Apparently, if you know you are going to get a day off, then you're much less likely to cheat the rest of the week. Isn't that cool?! How about this? On Wednesday, we are going to try to do Body for Life.
Here's what you do on Wednesday:
|Get some Pears!|
First: Meal #1. Have some cottage cheese, yogurt, and blue berries. Super foods that will get you going. Enjoy them on your deck while the temperatures are still low. Also, take a good multivitamin today. ($ - $5 per person).
Second: Shopping at the Dekalb Farmer's Market. So, it's not that much of a secret, but it's really quite a treat to go to the Farmer's Market. Their stuff is fresh, and authentic, and tastes so good. They get in new produce every day. Actually, just focus on fruit this morning. Try to get something you haven't had in a while, or that you've never had. Get whole coconut and crack into it when you get home and drink the water. It's like a mini vacation to Jamaica. Or, pick up some pears. They're in season now, and so good. ($ - $20 per person).
Third: Meal #2. Before the workout, have lots of water and try a Zone protein bar, which you can get a Publix. They're good for ya, and will get you prepared. ($ - $1 per person)
Fourth: Work Out! Get to LA Fitness around 11:30 and get ready for a 45 minutes of high energy spin class. Eric will lead you through. Push yourself. Eric says the important parts are 1) the sweat, and 2) the music. Enjoy both. When you're done drink some water and take a long shower. You'll get a nap in the afternoon to recover. ($ - $15 per person).
Fifth: Meal #3. Head on over to the Imperial Fez from 2-4, and learn how to make Moroccan food with chef Rafih Benjelloun. They'll give you a little sample in the end that'll work just fine as meal #3. ($ - $25)
Sixth: Nap. You'll really enjoy the nap today after your workout. Don't forget to follow the perfect bed rules!
Seventh: Meal #4. Some fruit is just the ticket for Meal #4. Have a pear and a cup of tea and read some of your favorite blog posts from Here's What You Do. :-). ($ - $Included in shopping this morning)
|Take in a couple hours at the pool this afternoon.|
|Parish in Inman Park for dinner.|
Finally: Finish off the day with a relaxed read. Try Broken Harbor, by Tana French. Here's what the NYT has to say about this psychological thriller:
"Ms. French’s books all give the same first impression. They start slowly and seem to need tighter editing. But...she patiently lays her groundwork, then moves into full page-turner mode."
Have a cup of green tea and a small cookie for meal #6. I'd recommend a milano from pepperidge farm. Yum! ($ - $17 for the book, $5 for Meal #6 per person).
|Have a cup of green tea and a milano before bed|
Book Keeping:For Two People:
Meal #1 - $10
Farmer's Market - $40
Meal #2 - $3
Work Out - $30
Imperial Fez and Meal #3 - $50
Nap - $Free
Meal #4 - $Included in shopping
Pool - $Free
Meal #5, Parish - $30
Read and Meal #6 - $27
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