First off today, Tracy Anderson shut your hole, you're killing me on the inside (and outside) slowly. That's the end of that rant, on to the more important things. I will admit, this is a bit random and out of the left field.
We all know that the food we eat is directly related to what comes to fruition from our workouts. I'm not here to talk about that today, there's been plenty of others that talk about that. This post is a change of pace in the subject of food and fitness.
Let's set the record straight between my fiance and I (she did say yes!), I am the cook in the house. Don't let her fool you for a minute, but to be fair I have some advantages that are a bit unfair. Since I work for myself I control my schedule and can make my own time for cooking to be sure we are both properly fueled. The other thing is, it never feels like work to cook for us. Granted the days I'm on a time crunch, which is less frequent, adds a bit of a stress factor to getting things prepped and cooked if I didn't think ahead enough to do it on the weekend or the morning before. For the most part it doesn't feel like work, much like my coaching, it doesn't feel like a job.
I've come up with recent observation, I enjoy both fitness and cooking because they both have a tangible rewarding end product from the work you do. Whether it's cooking food for the week or programming the 12th different program for a client that said she didn't like strength training when she first met me. Watching a well put together meal come to fruition feels almost as good as having a client tell you they got into an old pair of jeans they haven't gotten into for years.
I don't have the super science filled answer for why this is the case, possibly something to do with I have people that are very appreciative in both cases. Trusting someone with food isn't nearly as big of a hump to get over as trusting someone to help make you healthy and more awesome. Even still they both take trust so when the outcome is something they are happy with their's appreciation in there. I think everyone likes a little appreciation now and again right?
End of the day, appreciate those that give you something you're enjoying in general. The world needs more appreciation these days. That's all I got today folks, just a quick one to get back on the writing horse. Go out there and get after it today, in the kitchen too!
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Jarrod Dyke, CSCS