Workout/work balance

Here’s my notes from last week. Specifically:“we’ve also been getting more walking exercise because our well is leaking & the driveway is dug up. We are parked at the neighbors and go back and forth 1-4x a day with 5-gallon jugs of water – hopefully this ends soon.” Dear Reader, it ended late Wednesday. Could…

The 40-hour work week and me

Ok, so I started documenting this journey – just had my first full week of this 40-hour a week remote job. I still maintain a handful of clients at the gym, and I use my lunch hour several times a week and time on the weekends to train. The structure is like this: Minimize sitting…

The 40-ish hour work week & you

Ok, so I’ve started on a contract job requiring full time hours – at a computer. I’ve done 4 days so far, and I can tell you that the sore neck muscles and stiff body came right back, after years away from dedicated work like this. Yes, even though I’m a trainer and know tons…

How to not be sedentary and how to value your time

I was pleased to see a couple of articles this week that addressed exercise more factually than I’ve seen for a long time. If you’ve been around me for a minute, you already know that I don’t tell people to rely on exercise for weight loss – this is because exercise doesn’t directly lead to…

More on the BMI

Last week, I aired my feelings about the BMI as a measurement tool for us and our doctors. I’m not done yet. I stumbled upon a podcast called “Maintenance Phase”, presented by Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes, which discusses the shortcomings of the wellness industry (if I’m being kind, as ‘criminality’ is probably more accurate…

Weight, BMI, WTF

The picture accompanying today’s post illustrates the problem at hand – this incredibly muscular guy will likely be tagged as ‘Obese’ for his weight/height ratio alone. If that can happen, why do we even use this measurement? We exist in a pretty dismal situation in this country, where it comes to an individual’s weight and…

Finding time in batch cooking

I can blab all day about the importance of protein, but that’s not going to help anyone make dinner unless they’re already 1) proficient at cooking and 2) have enough time in their schedule to do it. Extra work hours, schoolwork, or an unscheduled trip to the mechanic or doctor can really mess with your…

On protein

I haven’t written about protein for awhile, and it’s coming up a lot for me lately in my day-to-day work, so I’m here to share the good news about protein! Lol, ok, let’s ground this in some details & facts. But first, a little story. I used to think protein was just for bodybuilders –…

What holds you back?

What would you do if you achieved your physical goals, either about your appearance alone, your appearance & your strength/flexibility, etc., or just your strength/flexibility? Have you ever felt that achieving such a goal might…..suck, somehow? I’m asking because I have felt that myself, to be honest. I’ve hit my weight goals plenty of times…

53 laps around the sun

It’s my birthday weekend and we just returned from a lovely time in Vermont – we hiked, walked, boated, and wandered, and I think about the richness of our life, even though it would probably seem modest to most people. In the last year and a half, we have learned a lot about gratitude, and…