Burpee Bonus

I hadn’t been this proud since my days as an animal care specialist working with young dolphins and whales. It was a proud mama moment, even though I’ve never had children. The moment your pupils, animals or humans, finally get it. The moment the light bulb goes off and they do what you’ve been trying to teach them for so long. Without prompting, guiding, or leading them. Continue reading Burpee Bonus

Dealing With the Negative Nancy

This month for North Sound Writers book club, we are reading Don’t Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor. Karen is the mother goddess-dragon of all animal trainers, and she is attributed to developing positive reinforcement training which zoos and aquariums adhere to in working with their animals. The book she wrote is considered the animal trainer’s bible. 

But Karen didn’t write the book just for animal trainers. She wrote it specifically for people outside the training world. She wrote it for people looking to change their pet’s behavior. To change your kids’ behavior. Your spouse’s habits. Even your own. Karen shows how a shift from negative focus, punishment methods to a positive reinforcement mindset will bring life long changes in habits. Continue reading Dealing With the Negative Nancy

Reinforcement Versus Reward

It’s strange how inspiration works. For my book club selection next month, I chose an oldie but a goodie, Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot the Dog. I chose it for a variety of reasons. It is what animal trainers sometimes call “the Animal Training Bible”. This is a book I grew up reading in my career. It influenced me as an animal care specialist and zookeeper, and it is one of the inspirations for The Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness (or whatever I’m calling it these days). I was curious how my friends in the book club would appreciate a self-help book over their normal selections of science-fiction, fantasy, and occasional memoir/autobiography. I am writing a self-help book. It’s kind of important for me to know how people will potential review my own book. Continue reading Reinforcement Versus Reward

Revive Your Resolution

It’s that time of year again. Where we are counting the days until summer and bikini season, and panicking because our bodies are way way way not ready for either.

This is also the time of year when most New Year resolution makers, who at midnight on January 1st of this year claimed THIS is the year they will finally get in shape, start falling off the wagon. It’s a great time to go to the gym. Up until last week the gym was packed with newbies running on YOUR treadmill, swimming in YOUR pool lane, taking up space in YOUR class. Go on back. Those classes are empty once again. There may be a couple new faces, but for the most part the band-wagoneers have all jumped off. Continue reading Revive Your Resolution

Working Out the Kinks- Habit Hive: Goals Vs. Desired Outcomes

I have an interesting method for writing. I’ve been told it’s a great way to waste time, but most of the time it works for me. I’ve been really working out the kinks for the first section of my book The Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. As we inch closer to the end of the old year and look forward to the beginning of a new one, now is a great time for me to discuss the Habit Hive. Continue reading Working Out the Kinks- Habit Hive: Goals Vs. Desired Outcomes

Trying New Things- ZooFit Edition

I love trying new things, and this week has been chalk full of new adventures in ZooFit. I’ve been trying new classes at the local gym. I’ve been trying new recipes at home. And I even tried my hand at canning and pie baking.  Continue reading Trying New Things- ZooFit Edition

Back in my Element

This weekend has been a great reminder of how powerful finding one’s sacred space for fitness can be. I participated in two activities over the weekend that got me back in my element. And I can’t wait to return, again and again and again. Continue reading Back in my Element