How Important is Technique When Exercising?

When I first attended one of those 5 AM outdoor bootcamps, they had us pair up with someone and do a series of exercises.  My partner ended up being a fairly fit woman who looked to be in her mid thirties.  One of the exercises they has us do together was a roughly thirty yard bear crawl.  And I stunk the place up.  I hated it mid way before I was finished as I watched my partner cross the finish line yards ahead of me.  “Drop your butt and use your legs for power.  And synchronize your movements.”, she suggested.  So I did.  And immediately I was able to keep up! read more

My Top Six Mental Tricks for Eating Healthier

I think we can all agree that everyone is capable of eating healthy.  It’s not like we are being forced to indulge in bad foods.  But day after day, for whatever reason, we eat too much, eat bad foods, have too much sugar, etc. Research indicates that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight-and stay thin.  But how do we stay positive when all the magazines we see showcase rail thin women or lean, muscular men and we are neither?

Well, the good news is that there is hope.  Why is it that someone who has been out of shape for years and always complained about it is now suddenly fit?  Or that overweight person who felt terrible about their body for years recently celebrated dropping 100 pounds?  The answer is, it was nothing more than changing their thoughts.  First, they made a decision (as they had many times in the past), convinced themselves they could do it, and went out and did it!  And so can you.  Below are six mental tricks that helped me along the way to better health. read more

Has it Been a Year??

Yes, it has.  And I can proudly say, it’s been a successful year.  The way I measure success is, was I able to stick with this lifestyle the entire time and the answer is, yes!  After years of fad diets, 30 day challenges, boot camps, gyms, etc., I have finally found, in my opinion, the easiest weight management “program” there is.  I don’t find myself starving, I get to eat great foods and my health has improved since going Primal.

Over the course of the year, I have lost nearly 30 pounds, six inches off my waist and no more back pain (I’m attributing that to the weight lost as well as no more inflammation from bad dieting).  Incorporating workouts has also helped add some muscle to my 55 year old body and I feel stronger now than when I was in my 30’s.  Plus, my wife loves the new body. read more

Six Tips for Staying on Track

I can’t tell you how many times I dreaded going to the gym, didn’t want to cook, REALLY wanted a bowl of ice cream or didn’t feel like getting out of bed.  Which is normal for just about everybody.  But I always feel great when I do get a workout in, do make a delicious, healthy meal, avoid the bowl of ice cream (confession…not every time) and get an early start to the day. All of these decision have lead me to a healthier, happier life.  Admittedly, it can be hard at times but hopefully these tips can help keep you staying on track. read more

The Perfect Paleo Taco Shell

Ever since I began eating paleo, I have tried various ways to eat foods that would normally require tortillas. My go to vessel has been lettuce wraps but those can only go so far. A few weeks ago, we had some company and I decided to slow cook some carnitas and make street tacos for dinner (a long time favorite). Since a lettuce wrap just didn’t seem right (I LOVE the small, corn tortillas normally associated with street tacos) I caved and had the tortillas.

This last week we were having family over and my wife suggested carnitas tacos again. So of course, I said yes! But I really wanted to figure out a way to have them without the tortilla so I did a little research. And low and behold, I FINALLY found the perfect replacement and that would be jicama! read more

Learn Something New – Starting Today!

Follow my blog with BloglovinI often find myself looking back at so many things I wanted to do in years gone by. Things I wanted to learn or try but just never got around to it. And then, with thanks to my children, I learned the wonders of YouTube. Now I know most people view YouTube as a web site that shows funny clips of people getting hit between the legs or maybe a place you can find a clip from an old TV show or music videos. But one day I ran into an old friend of mine and through conversation, he asked me if I wanted his old guitar. He was purchasing a new one next week, an upgrade, and didn’t need the old one. Well, I know as much about playing guitar as I do Mandarin Chinese but I took it from him with hopes of one day being able to sit by the campfire and effortlessly belt out a few country love songs or perhaps an acoustic version of songs my kids might recognize. read more