Boredom is a Four Letter Word

I’m working on the Enrichment section for my book Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. Enrichment was one of my favorite aspects of being a zookeeper. Keeping the animals mentally and physically active, increasing naturalistic behaviors, and engaging them in more dynamic ways was the epitome of zookeeping, personally.  Continue reading Boredom is a Four Letter Word

The Game is Afoot!

The past few weeks I have been engrossed in books with similar theme as A Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. I finished Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb last week, and I’ve started on a new fitness/diet book called The Game On! Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson. Vernoff is the executive producer (or is it Executive Producer, I’m asking for a friend) for Grey’s Anatomy, so she has a strong writing background, but I’m not digging her approach with the book. It was a little difficult to adjust to her style, although I understand her process. The book is about really having fun with your fitness, and taking things up a notch by not just turning our fitness into a game, but making it a team-oriented, competitive game as well. Continue reading The Game is Afoot!

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth the ZooFit Way

I’ve been on the fence about how to present this seemingly delicate subject matter, and the most comfortable platform is obviously writing on my blog where only a small limited number of people will actually see it to dispute or argue with me. For some reason, the topic of sugar versus honey is very touchy. Continue reading Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth the ZooFit Way

The MacGyver Factor

 

I’ve often referred to zookeepers as the MacGyvers of the professional world.  I can’t think of any other profession where employees routinely think quick on their feet, respond immediately to issues, and utilize resources the way zookeepers do.  We are innovative, creative, and inventive, the Ravenclaws for the Care of Truly Magical Creatures.  This resourcefulness I learned in the animal care field has helped me more times than I can count, as a zookeeper, as a writer, as a fitness enthusiast, and as a conservationist. Continue reading The MacGyver Factor

Level Up My Life- How I Write!

I’ve become engrossed in a book very similar to my concept of “Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness”.  I thought reading a book with the same ideas as my own would cave my motivation, as I feared someone beat me to the punch, but actually I feel quite the opposite.   I am motivated and stoked to share another program with just a few subtle differences, to reinforce the first one.  They are on the right track, and I love what they are doing with fitness and achieving goals.  I am bringing more to the table.
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Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

When I first came home from the Clicker Expo last month, I complained that I didn’t get out of it as much as I would have liked.  Looking back on my notes, however, I think I may have spoke too soon.  There were quite a few presentations and speakers that, well, spoke to me on a personal level.  Not just for animal training, but for writing, for fitness, and for life. Continue reading Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

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

Willpower- Part 2

Willpower is having the ability to do what you need to do, regardless if you feel like it or not.  I concede, I falter on this virtue more often than I’d like to admit.  It’s not even things I don’t want to do or don’t feel like doing.  I’ll be super motivated to get something accomplished and the time comes for me to muster the willpower to finish, and I just collapse.   Continue reading Willpower- Part 2

Is Willpower Finite and Infinite? and How Conservation Helps

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