Archive for February, 2013

Hitting Your Bottom - Standing on Bedrock

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Within the prison of my mind, I had gone mad. It felt for me, as it does for many, that I had been trapped within the walls of my skull, unable to communicate with the soap opera outside, and alter the predictable, declining trajectory of my life. The learning disabled labels ...

Warrior not Worrier

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I perseverated on every corner wondering who might jump out this time. Would it be my thrift store clothing, my obese belly, my incomprehensible speech impediment, my bottle bottom glasses, or something unpredictable that would be ridiculed, or incite the ire of the next encounter? Fixating on the daily hazards ...

When Kettlebells and Clubbells Began…

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

2001: A Fitness Odyssey begins. Pavel Tsatsouline - the man who pioneered the kettlebell revolution in the world, conducted his first kettlebell seminar here, hosted by what would become the first Crossfit gym outside of their HQ, and attended by a long time friend, yours truly. Pavel and I sat and talked ...

Homemade Healthy Smiles

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Dr. Weston Price, DDS, researched disease-free cultures. The Doctor discovered that despite different diets, they all had excellent teeth. He determined that whole, organic foods are essential, as nutrients must be present to avoid cavities. Not a product of genetics, healthy teeth result from the chemistry of the enamel ...

Are you the only one?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

  My daughter slipped out of my hand, running down the sidewalk toward a man in a tattered trenchcoat and grimy wool beanie. Body in motion I ran, but she approached the man from behind faster than I could catch her. Bending over, she picked up a crumpled wrapper, tugged on the ...

The 3 Keys to Unhappiness

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

It was my parents' fault, my teachers' fault, my neighbor's, my boss' fault; it was my enemy's fault, my government's fault, a leader's fault, a religion's fault, a corporation's fault... Why does God do this to me? He must hate me. Satan surely possessed me; he must control me. When I ...

On-the-go Healthy Meals

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

For those of you on-the-go types like me, you have to get real creative in your travel options for healthy meals, especially when you want to eat sufficiently to avoid hampering your metabolism and going into starvation hibernation. Here's a great portable wellness meal storage idea: 1. Arrange ingredients in a ...

When is your final repetition?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The final repetition is always the most important. It's difficult, even overwhelming, to hold your form, but don't quit on your healthy fitness by exchanging quality technique for quantity performance. The ease of the earlier repetitions prepares you with practiced focus to endure the final repetition. The last technique that ...

Reach Long to Stay Strong

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Reach long to stay strong. Your movements are only as powerful and graceful as your ability to move to their complete, natural range. After an awesome morning of Muay Thai, I use the variation I created for the Dancer's bridge to release the tension of their powerful round kicks which begin ...

The Greatest Weapon Against Stress

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

  We are the only creatures we know for certain which can think about thinking. Philosophers call us "second-order" intentional beings, where others which can only react to what happens are distinguished as first-order. This incredible capability - to think about our thoughts - can either dominate us like a cruel ...