April 16, 2018

6 Lessons Learned by Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

I’ve never run the Boston Marathon, nor has it ever really been a goal. But QUALIFYING for it was. And, ultimately, it was something I did. It was at the 2011 St. Louis Rock n’ Roll Marathon that I qualified for Boston with a time of 3:09:40. I look back on that day with great fondness because I learned so much. Not just that day, but the many days, weeks, and months that proceeded it. Things that have helped me to this day . . […]
December 13, 2017

How An Overspender Helped An Overeater

Last weekend my foster kids had a Christmas party to attend. There would be food. I was the one assigned to take them. Around the time we were to leave, my wife Caroline would take my “bio” daughter (yeah, bio’s a thing) and her friend to our church’s Christmas market. There would be artisans selling their stuff. A short time before we were all to leave, I told Caroline I was afraid I’d overeat at the party. She turned toward me and shared she was […]
November 7, 2017

No Man Is An Island . . . Nor Should He Be

Last October my wife and I made the prayerful decision to become foster parents.  After going through the process and becoming licensed, we received our first two foster children two months ago.  We knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I can honestly say there are few things that have been more difficult in our life than this.  We even began wondering if we had made a good (or more importantly, the right) decision. For two months now, we’ve been navigating these uncharted waters.  We’ve read articles, blog […]
September 7, 2017

Coaches Aren’t for Everyone

Disclaimer: If you’re not yet on board with this exercise and nutrition stuff, then this article isn’t for you.  (What?  You can’t hear me over the sound of you getting fatter, unhealthier, and more outta shape?!)  If you have bought into the importance of exercise and nutrition, read on, reader. Early in my career I viewed personal training as a luxury, not a necessity.  Because deep down I didn’t think my clients needed me, I would do all I could to keep them happy just […]
August 16, 2017

A Different Kind of Elimination Diet

If you’ve taken an interest in diet and exercise (which I’m assuming you have since you’re reading this), you may be familiar with an elimination diet.  If not, or if familiar in name only, an ED is a diet where you eliminate certain foods for a period of time and slowly reintroduce them, monitoring your body for reactions or symptoms. The best ED will eliminate the greatest amount of foods.  The more restrictive the better.  If you suffer from gastrointestinal discomfort or issues, an ED […]
August 3, 2017

Dear Diary, I Kicked Butt in the Gym Today!

Pop Quiz time.  When you last lifted, how much weight did you lift, and how many reps did you perform, on your third exercise?  Don’t worry, this quiz is open notebook.  I’ll give you time to go get your workout journal.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  What?  You don’t have one?!  Oh. Before you start feeling like I’m gonna admonish you for not recording your works, know that I’m not beyond reproach.  I’m sometimes guilty of not recording my workouts either.  And you know what happens […]