I have been struggling with how to convey my most important fitness message to my audience for some time. My main motivation and inspiration for getting fit was conservation. Doing my part to stay healthy and help the planet. But it has also been to create a healthy, positive attitude about our fitness, and conservation. This is where it gets tricky, and I have wrangled with my message. The situations our favorite animals are facing are dire. They need immediate, and often drastic action. To make the most positive impact, we need to change a lot of our eating habits, consumer habits, and even our workout habits. But as I’ve been told, learning about the dire situations our planet faces doesn’t actually inspire people, it brings them. How do I, as a trainer utilizing positive reinforcement put a positive spin on a dire situation and inspire people to get fit not just for themselves, but for the planet? Continue reading Positive Spin on a Dire Situation
I’ve been reading a helluva lot of books on the subject of willpower. Why? Well, willpower has a lot to do with fitness and meeting our wellness goals. Plus, I’ve been struggling recently to find the focus to write. From his book “Willpower”, Roy Baumeister tells us that willpower is the ability to do what you need to do, regardless if you feel like doing it. Continue reading Is Willpower Finite and Infinite? and How Conservation Helps
(I’m still playing a little catch-up on posts, but also focused on putting together all my writing segments from the past two months. This post is from January 1st):
I like the New year Resolution tradition and all the promises it offers. Some fitness professionals, and even some goal-setting and optimizing gurus may shy away from the sometimes outlandish promises we make to ourselves. I find making New Year resolutions to be a very hopeful time when mistakes are forgiven, errors are erased, and anything is possible. Continue reading Save the Planet with Healthy Habits
As a writer trying to get the word out about conservation and environmental practices, I allow myself a distraction once in a while for a movie as powerful as “Before the Flood”. Continue reading A New Wake-up Call
To answer the main question Why “Poach Eggs Not Rhinos”?, I have started writing what I hope will be my introduction to my conservation cookbook. Here is one draft. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 95: Why Poach Eggs, Not Rhinos?
I’m reading a great and helpful book to get me revved up to write my cookbook. It’s called “The Joy of Writing a Great Cookbook” by Kimberly Yorio, who has been Jamie Oliver’s, Julia Child’s, and Emeril Lagasse’s publicist. She has seen thousands of cookbook proposals, and her book has helped me hone my craft a little, while taking some of the incredibly valuable lessons I learned in my Social Media workshop with Tom Trimbath. In a nutshell, I want to ask a poignant question to cooks, readers, food enthusiasts, and people who like to eat- “What if we poached eggs instead of rhinos?” Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 94: What If We Poached Eggs Instead of Rhinos?
It’s a long drive from Whidbey Island to Portland, Oregon. And even in a Prius, it’s not the most environmentally friendly way to spend the one day out of the year dedicated to conserving resources and doing your part to protect the planet. But this year was not your typical Earth Day, and I was on my way to fulfill a few promises. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day
Here on Whidbey Island, Earth Day isn’t just a day event, nor just a week event. On Whidbey Island, the whole month of April is dedicated to the earth and ocean, which explains the plethora of “green” and “environmental” activities and events taking place all over the island. One special event was a film series on environmental issues and the movie playing tonight sparked a great deal of interest in me. It was called “Global Meltdown” starring Bill Nye, but it didn’t just discuss the issue of Climate Change, it delved into the issue of Climate Change Grief. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 75: Climate Change Grief
What does religion have to do with conservation OR fitness? What interest could EarthFit have in discussing theological theories with others? It does seem to be an odd relation, but I saw it immediately when I heard there was going to be a Pub Talk (a public speaker at a winery/brew house) entitled “Is God Green?”. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 74: Is God Green?
I’ve come across a couple news articles that have ignited a debate amongst hunters, conservationists, and animal rights. The articles in question all bring light to the issue of trophy hunters, particularly of endangered species in foreign countries, namely in Africa. Continue reading EarthFit Special Rant: Trophy Hunting- Bad for Animals, Bad for Conservation