November 18, 2019

Does Your Diet Pass the Eye Test?

When I’m training someone in the gym, a question that’s constantly on my mind is “Does this movement pass the eye test?”. This isn’t something that can only be answered by a fitness professional.  (That being said, having watched dozens of “fit pros” train clients, many of them don’t know the “answers” to the “eye test”.  But again, you don’t have to be a fit pro to accurately judge something.) I look at it like this.  My daughter dances.  Because of this, we were once […]
November 11, 2019

9 Things Basic Training Taught Me About Fitness

One of the greatest opportunities I’ve been afforded in my life was to serve my country in the Army National Guard.  And I’m reminded of this each and every Veterans Day. Having served myself makes me no less grateful and appreciative of those that served long before me or are currently serving both domestically and abroad.  If anything, it makes me even MORE grateful and appreciative of what they’ve done and continue to do. To this day, I’m still receiving the benefits of having served […]
October 18, 2019

You Hate Exercise? I Bet You Hate Soup, Too.

What do soup and exercise have in common?  On the surface, it may seem like nothing.  And after we dig a little deeper . . . maybe still nothing. When my wife and I began dating (because we’re still dating), she made the statement, “I hate soup.”  Really?  ALL soup?! I’ve done no fact checking, but I’m pretty sure there are no less than a bajillion different types of soup.  So for her to say she hates soup is a pretty generalized statement. I, too, […]
October 3, 2019

Are the Foods in Your Home Helping or Hurting You?

What’s your inner child asking, and how are you responding? I’m not busting [only] on my five-year-old Caleb. I’m certain my other two kids did this too when they were five. (Excuse me, Caleb would be quick to correct me. He’s five . . . and a half.) The other day he asked his mother if he could have chocolate milk as a treat. (Frankly, I pounded chocolate milk as a kid. It wasn’t a “treat”, it was a staple.) My wife responded with “No, […]
September 5, 2019

How to Cheat on Your Diet

Have you ever had a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend?  The type that wanted you to spend every waking moment with you, or at least wanted to know where you were.  They didn’t like you going out with your friends.  And if you spoke with someone of the opposite sex, fuggetaboutit.  One minute they tell you how great you look and the next they’re calling you puppy face. Eventually, though, you came to your senses and broke it off.  I mean, after all, why would you […]
August 20, 2019

Every Diet Works . . . If Only For a Little While

Last week I was encouraging my daughter Elizabeth to attend an event at our church.  She didn’t wanna go. I said, “Noelle’s gonna be there.” She said, “Noelle and I are complete opposites.” I asked, “Whadaya mean?” She answered, “Noelle’s really shy.” (She’s right.  Noelle is really shy.  And Elizabeth, after warming up to someone, is certainly not.) I asked, “Is Noelle mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?” She replied, “No.” I said, “So, you’re mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?!” She got my [hyperbolic] point. Instead […]