30 Days of ZooFit: Day 3- Cut Plastic Out Challenge

I have a lot of ideas I am hoping to try this year. This 30 Day of ZooFit Challenge is one of them. Some of these ideas are social media conservation fitness campaigns I hope to share, and I’m practicing one of them now. I call it “Cut It Out” Plastic Challenge. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 3- Cut Plastic Out Challenge

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 1- Habit Building 101

I’m re-reading a favorite book of mine, Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb, and just finished giving a class on Building Habits for North Sound Writers. These have reminded me of my lessons from ZooFit for building habits.

As I start a 30 day writing/fitness challenge, I recall how important habits are in our daily lives. Whether it’s eating habits, fitness habits, habits to take care of ourselves, or habits to improve our lives, they are the building block to success. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 1- Habit Building 101

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

Whole30 Rant

Whole30 is a program where you remove certain foods from your diet, such as processed foods, addictive sugary foods, foods with a history of causing inflammation, and foods with high correlation to allergies. For thirty days, you maintain a steady diet of whole vegetables and unprocessed meats. This is essentially resetting your body by removing all the potential negative foods, and letting your body settle into a completely natural and whole diet. After thirty days, you reintroduce the foods you eliminated, one by one, and evaluate how your body and how your brain responds and reacts to it. Continue reading Whole30 Rant

Writer’s Block

What do you do when you have a daily goal of writing five hundred words a day, and you don’t have a thing to write about?
Okay, I have plenty to write about. I have two book projects that need desperate attention. I have several other books I could start work on. I have several side projects that I need to finish soon. I have articles to write for blogs and magazines.
I have plenty to do. But, if you are another writer reading this, you know what my problem is.
I have nothing to write about. Continue reading Writer’s Block

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

Positive Reinforcement for Punishing Situations


I’m reading an interesting book called Triggers: Creating Behaviors That Last, Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith, and I just had the most interesting insight from reading the book. 

When discussing our most powerful triggers, they tend to be one of four specific types- Encouraging triggers (associated with what we want), discouraging triggers (what we don’t want), productive triggers (what we need), and counter-productive triggers (what we don’t need).   Continue reading Positive Reinforcement for Punishing Situations

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!