It’s been a full month since I began my quest for improved health and fitness in 2016. As a new year’s resolution, I bought an 18-month gym membership and have made it a point to get to the gym every single day in January.
To keep track of my progress and commitment, I attached a red heart sticker on my desk calendar after each day I went to the gym.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that I worked out every single day in January. But I made it a point to at least check in at the gym. Some days, I worked out at home with our free-weights and recumbent bike. Other days, I walked one mile to the gym and one mile back. And when it was too cold or rainy, I would drive to the gym.
Now that February has arrived, I plan to use the same heart-sticker system as a source of motivation. This month, I’m using different color hearts for variety.
The reason I’m using hearts is because exercise is good for the heart. The heart also is the universal symbol of love. I’m going to the gym because I want to share a long, happy life with my wife, Tammy.
She made a commitment to health and exercise more than six years ago and she’s still working hard and staying fit and eating healthy. She’s a rock star in the gym and my major source of motivation. You can follow her blog on Facebook by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=lifting%20my%20spirits
Note: Tammy and I tied for “Biggest User” at Anytime Fitness Red Rock/Cold Springs! We each checked in 33 times in January, besting all other members. Most of the time we are at the gym at different times of the day, but occasionally we go together — a gym date, if you will.
1.) Breakfast — most important meal of the day. Re-kindles the fire from 8 hours of digesting.
2). Morning snack — just a coupe hundred calories to maintain a high metabolism. (When you stop eating for a few hours, your body goes into starvation mode and burns less energy.)
3.) Lunch: A lite lunch is good for maintaining energy levels and again stoking the body’s furnace. Too big of lunch will make you sleepy and decrease your brain’s activity for a couple of hours.
4.) Midafternoon Snack: Fruit like apples, oranges, mangoes, kiwis will help with digestion and the fructose will give you a slight sugar buzz.
5.) Supper: This should be your second biggest meal behind breakfast. Proteins like meat, chicken, fish and beans .
6.) Evening snack: a fudge-cycle, ice cream bar or something sweet will help reduce your hunger. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day also will help with digestion.
I hate new year’s resolutions! There, I said it.
In the past, I’ve avoided making resolutions like the plague. I’ve also been have been quick to criticize people who vow to lose weight, quit smoking, be kind to small animals and children, or any other addle-brained schemes that last a couple weeks and then fizzle out faster than the bubbles in a cheap bottle of champagne.
That said, this year feels like the year to toss my proverbial gym shorts into the ring, join the masses and transform myself into a burly, brawny manly man.
Truth be told, I’ve already begin the adventure. I started on Dec. 31 to get a 1-day head start on a monumental, life-changing, awe-inspiring new & improved me. Excited when I think where I will be in my fitness quest when we ring in 2017!
For the past 9 days, I’ve been routinely going to the gym, I’ve started eating healthier and more frequently. The result: I’m already 6 pounds lighter!
I WILL stick with it! Don’t have much of a choice. I’m publishing this blog and it’s no longer a secret.
Similar to how my wife, Tammy Hansen White, began her journey to a miraculous lifestyle transformation in 2009, I also will be writing a blog and journal to document my own progress.
This is me and Tammy at the new Anytime Fitness gym near our home in northwest Reno.
See you at the gym! 🙂
Got some amazing photo shoots scheduled in the next few days at KodaMax Pro Studios:
Two of them are beautiful teen-model portfolio workups with Isis and Janae. We’ll be doing head shots and poses with a variety of wardrobe changes with both girls in a professional studio session. Their best images will become part of printed business cards, model comp cards and a model bio for publicity packets.
Also doing a commercial marketing session centered around 4 Disney princesses including Cinderella, Snow White, Bella from “Beauty and the Beast” and Ella from the movie “Frozen.” Should be a fun and interesting shoot with all that royalty in KodaMax Pro studio at once time. 🙂
Professional model workups help aspiring models and actors create a professional-looking press kit with photos, business cards, head shots and comp cards with biographical information. I have worked with hundreds of models and helped many of them get a jump start on a professional career.
I’m very good at coaching models with poses. Helping them feel at ease in front of a camera and learning how to engage potential clients, who are eager to take a chance on someone who knows how to present themselves.
Just got this Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015 badge for the positive reviews from my clients. I have been too busy to use thumbtack much, but it’s nice to get recognition for my cinematography. I strive to give people professional products and always guarantee my work 100%. Thanks for the Kudos Thumbtack. 🙂
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Throwback Thursday: I love collecting vintage game boards!
Back in the day, we didn’t have Nintendo®, Playstation®, the Internet, smart phones and myriad of other electronic distractions to suck up our time and energy.
Remember when families and friends got together and entertained themselves playing games for hours on end? It created many lasting friendships, brought families closer together and the games didn’t break the bank buying one.
Friendships today often are disposable like plastic bags from the supermarket.
People seldom communicate face-to-face anymore. Instead of meeting, we call. Instead of calling, we text. When was the last time someone actually took the time to write a handwritten letter?
When a friendship is no longer beneficial to us, many just toss ’em and look for new people to interact with electronically to fulfill our instinctual desire to connect with other humans.
Wouldn’t it be great if these old games started making comeback and people unplugged one night a month or so to socialize and have fun the old-fashioned way?
Remember Carrom® game boards? You could play 100 different games on it including checkers, chess, pool and others. They had four pockets and sticks (or just used your index finger to ‘flick’ the cue and knock one of the game pieces into the green-mesh pocket.
Our family couldn’t afford a pool table, but I loved the game (and got fairly good at it).
I’ve collected dozens of games over the years and most are made with wooden game pieces. Game pieces are now made of plastic or some other synthetically, mass produced material, which is OK by me. I love trees, too. But switching to modern materials makes more sense (and is less expensive for the evil Capitalist manufacturers.) 😉
Remember learning different colors playing Candyland®? How about playing Twister® in your jammies with your cousins or summoning the spirits on the Other Side with your Ouija® Board?
Simpler times equaled more genuine fun, cherished memories and allowed us to learn about winning or losing gracefully and helped us hone our social skills.
Sure, I realize I’m now an old fart and few people have even seen a Carrom board, let along useed one. But every once in a while I enjoy connecting to those memories. It give me warm fuzzies every time I dig out some of my relics and connect to my past.
And even simply looking at those games helps me deal with today’s fast-paced, technologically oriented world.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m just as much a techno geek as the next guy. Love the Internet, computers, social media, digital cameras and all the other modern conveniences.
But it very therapeutic walking down Memory Lane every now and again and unplugging from the matrix once in a while.
What things from your past help make you happy and revitalize your passion for life?