Archive for February, 2010
I have been interested in magic and especially escapes ever since I was a kid. I was always trying to beat the boys in whatever they did. I always had the attitude Anything you can do, I can do better. Whether it was rope climbing or breath holds in the pool, I was always trying to better someone else.
In high school, I remember seeing an old Tony Curtis movie where he played Houdini. I was mesmerized. To see what the Master of Escape did to challenge himself really inspired me. How he captivated the world with his daring feats really struck a cord with me. I immediately started to try and duplicate some of his escapes. I first did simple rope escapes in my pool. I later found out that Houdini refused to use rope in underwater escapes as he said it was too unpredictable. I loved the challenge and ropes are still my favorite escapes to do. And if it is something I do that Harry wouldn’t, all the better.
Once I mastered rope underwater, I graduated to chains and then shackles. I am trying to master lock picking now. I am about to venture into standard straitjackets (I do a chain straitjacket escape underwater now) and other restraints. My ultimate goal is to develop my own show. I have begun to dabble in magic much like Houdini but my true love is escapes. To do battle with my restraints and to wow the audience is what motivates me. I love the sensation of being genuinely scared of not being able to get out and then somehow being able to break free of my bonds. It is an amazing feeling to escape when others think you can’t.
I love to put on a show and in The Escape Show I hope to dazzle you with my feats of daring. Note: If you have any ideas of other escapes that you would like me to try, contact me at alexanderiathegreat29@yahoo. I am always up for a challenge.
Just as your body can adapt to a stagnant diet program, it too can adapt to routine cardio. Your body loves its comfort zone, and if you don’t challenge it, it has no reason to change.
Changing cardio can come in many forms. You can change your pace, time, distance, form, etc. If you have been walking on the treadmill six months, your body has become cardio efficient. It’s great for the heart, but your body had adapted to know how many calories to burn. You need to change it up and I will tell you how…
A big container of fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 cans sugar free mandarin oranges or 4 fresh
2 cups sliced and washed strawberries
3 bananas sliced
mix all together and serve
You can also add blueberries, raspberries or any other berries you want
2 cans (15 oz each) Progresso black beans drained, rinsed
1 can (15 oz) Progresso dark red kidney beans, drained rinsed
1 can (11 0z) Green Giant Nib-lets no salt added whole kernel sweet corn, drained
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, each cut in half
1 cup chopped green bell pepper (1 medium)
1 cup chpped red bell pepper (1 medium)
1/2 cup sliced green onions (8 medium)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. In large bowl, mix salad ingredients in small bowl, mix dressing ingredients with wire whisk until blended
2. Pour dressing over salad, toss to mix, Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours to blend flavors
Boil brown rice (Uncle Ben’s boil a bag)
saute 1 yellow pepper with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then add 1/2 cup of onions chopped
put yellow pepper and onion into rice add fresh ground pepper and serve
1 Empire, Fuji or Braeburn apple
cored and finely diced
1/2 cup fat free shredded Cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp seasoned dried bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyne, plus 3 large sprigs
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp each salt and freshly ground pepper, mixed
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (6oz each)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
2 tsp canola oil
3/4 cup of apple cider
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1. you ‘ll need 12 wooden toothpicks coated with nonstick spray, in a smal bowl, mix apple, cheese, bread crumbs, chopped thyme, lemon juice and half the salt mixture. On a cutting board, lightly press each chicken breast flat with one hand, using sharp knife, carefully cut into side of breast to form a deep , horizontal pocket
2. Divide the apple mix into 4 portions and stuff into chicken pockets, with the prepared tootpicks pic closed sprinkle the remaining salt mix over breats dredge chickent in flour to lightly coat tap off excess flour.
3. heal oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat to low cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until chicken is cooked through,
4. remove chicken to a serving place, cover with foil to keep warm whisk mustard and remaining 1/4 cup cider into juices in skillet, boil mix 3 minutes on high until reduced slightly thickened, spoon sauce over chicken and serve.