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
More lists to love!
If you ever need a book recommendation, I am your gal! This year, I have major plans to cut down on my To Read List in a major way. Continue reading 2017 To Read List
100 Days, 100 Ways of EarthFit. Not exactly what I envisioned when I started my 100 day challenge, but I accomplished a lot during that time. It was without a doubt an amazing exercise that has developed into a habit, at least I hope. Continue reading Beyond 100 Ways- The Next Chapter
The last few weeks I feel I’ve drifted a bit away from the physical aspects of EarthFit and have been focused on the mental/psychological aspects of our health and well-being. There’s nothing wrong with that, necessarily, it’s merely an observation. But it’s an interesting one. I have found myself seeking out excuses to be alone, take naps, skip workouts, binge snack, and basically revert to old habits of (non)self-care. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 98: Why I’m Here
The book “Animals Matter” was incredibly frustrating to read. So when I came across another book, “Why Animals Matter” by Marian Stamp Dawkins, I was hesitant to say the least. But by Chapter Two, which was entitled “Seduced by Words”, I had a much better opinion and feeling on the topic. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 85: WHY Animals Matter
I have always considered myself someone who deeply cares for the well-being of animals. Whether they are my food, my pets, or my job, I have always considered myself devoted to the humane and ethical treatment of the creatures with whom we share this earth. But after reading “Animals Matter” by Marc Beckoff, I have discovered that my whole life has been a lie. I obviously don’t care about animals, or how could I ever eat them, or products made by them. As someone who respects animals, how can I ever deny even my pet who I cherish as my own child anything they desire? And no person who serves to protect animals would ever think that any animal can ever have their needs met living at a zoological facility. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)
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
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 just finished a remarkable book by a remarkable woman and really felt it was necessary to share. I may have fallen in deep infatuation with Temple Grandin. She truly is an amazing woman, and I admire all the work she has done to improve the welfare of not just livestock, but all animals in the care of humans. I read “Animals In Translation” e few years ago, and I remember having a few “aha” moments, but not as strongly as when I finished reading “Animals Make Us Human”. The experience and knowledge that Grandin holds and openly shares with the public is admirable. But the degree of understanding that she incorporates in her narrative is truly eye-opening. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human
I had a great day with the hubby exploring Portland one last time before we move next Sunday. It was one last chance to experience some of the things we have enjoyed about living in Oregon, and either can’t or won’t have the opportunities to experience once we are on Whidbey Island. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit-Day 42: Last Chance in Portland