August 29, 2018

Hara Hachi Bu and You!

Although what you eat is important to losing fat, how you eat is equally, if not more, important. In The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Eating, the first habit is “eat slowly to 80% full”.  If you apply these two “anchor” habits—regardless of where you’re eating, what you’re eating, or whomever you’re eating with—you can have fat-loss success.  I cover eating slowly here.  This article is focused on the latter of the two—eating to 80% full.  (Note: until you’ve developed some level of mastery with […]
August 15, 2018

Ain’t No Perfect

If you’ve subscribed to our email list, “liked” us on Facebook, or are simply making the time to read this, I’ll assume you’ve taken an interest in improving some aspect of your health and fitness. And I’m gonna also assume it’s not the first time you’ve taken an interest. If I’m correct, what have you tried in the past? What worked well? What didn’t? Regardless, I’m sure you had a plan (you did have a plan, didn’t you?) to follow. Your plan may have looked […]
May 23, 2018

Maybe the Opposite of Harder is Different

“You can’t do what you did to get here if you want to get there!” – Coach Martin Rooney I’m working with a new coaching client.  We met last week for our bi-weekly assessments, i.e., weight and circumference measurements.  More than occasionally, clients will preface our measurements with phrases such as, “I had a bad week” or “The numbers aren’t gonna be good.” First off, that’s just what they are—numbers.  Or more “scientifically”, data.  Taking measurements, or assessing, simply allows us to see what’s working […]
May 17, 2018

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered!

Last Saturday I competed in the first annual Nashville Fit Magazine FITTEST (Fit Test).  The event entailed 10 different disciplines of power, strength, agility, and endurance. I’m a coach.  I’d like to think I’ve got the heart of a teacher.  And though I do love teaching, I love learning, equally, if not more.  But, I don’t wanna stop at the learning.  I wanna know how I can apply what I learn, filter that information, and disseminate it to my clients and others at the right […]
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 […]
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 […]