EarthFit Special- A Magical Evening With Loreena McKennitt

My favorite musician is a Scottish-Irish Canadian who sings ballads and poetry with the most ethereal voice I’ve ever heard.  I don’t use that word often, “ethereal”.  In fact, I think the only time I’ve ever used that word is to describe my favorite music artist.  Last night we had our third chance to see her in concert, and we got to spend another magical evening with Loreena McKennitt. Continue reading EarthFit Special- A Magical Evening With Loreena McKennitt

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 50: Glass is Half-Full

As we hit the half-way marker for my 100 day writing challenge, I want to reflect on some things I have experienced.  While I am not where I’d like to be fitness-wise or professionally, I am hopeful that my physical location and momentum to write will help inspire good choices and motivation to reach my goals.  I have spoken before about focusing on the positive, so I’d like to see my glass as half-full at this half-way point in my challenge. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 50: Glass is Half-Full

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 32: Good Form, I Say

Visiting a great CrossFit box for a trial membership has been great for me to work on fitness goals that I just don’t have the equipment or facility to practice at times.  But more than anything, I’m really proud of myself for not bending to the pressure of competition or feeling like I’m going too slow.  This week, I’ve said screw it to Rx weights, and didn’t pay the least bit of attention to my time (until I was finished with my workout).  I’ve been working solely on good form and taking time to do the exercises right. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 32: Good Form, I Say

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 25: Giving with the Heart

If you are a devout and dedicated EarthFitter, than you may be aware that a main component to EarthFit is what I call “Experiencing Nature”.  Getting outdoors and connecting to the earth in healthy ways is the core of EarthFit, and there are dozens of ways to foster a better appreciation for nature and the environment Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 25: Giving with the Heart

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 22: Carrots and Sticks

I’m starting an experiment today that goes against what I preach for Zookeeper Fitness.  I just finished a book called “Carrots and Sticks” by Ian Ayres and in solidarity of trying new things, I have decided to enter into a Commitment Contract on their website, stickk.com to ensure that I finish my 75 entries of 100 Ways of EarthFit.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 22: Carrots and Sticks

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

I am probably the world’s worst salesperson.  I swear.  My sister?  She could have sold ice to an Inuit.  My dad is a world class businessman who networks like nobody’s business, to the point where we can be on vacation and he will make a potential professional acquaintance.  My mom is great at customer service.  She is so genuinely helpful and considerate.  Not that I don’t think I possess any of these traits to some small degree, but I definitely was not cut out to be a salesperson. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 8: Something Worth Writing About

I thought I might be on a role today.  I finished my grocery shopping and did NOT buy unnecessary snacks (although I was tempted more than once).  I stayed within my calories, drank a pre-workout, took all my supplements, and went to a new gym to do a 20 minute interval on the elliptical and a 20 minute round of Death By Goblet Squats.  I did cave and snack on some corn tortilla shells while making Teriyaki Tofu Lettuce Wraps for dinner. But all I needed and wanted to do this evening before I wrote my post was to complete my Glute Exercises so I would have “something worth writing about”. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 8: Something Worth Writing About

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 4: Nutritional Education

I thought about taking an “off” day today, and just lounging around being a general lazy-bum.  But then I got into my new online Nutritional Education Certificate program I started earlier in the week, and I ended up plowing through the remainder of the lessons, taking good notes, and passing yet another exam to receive my certificate in Nutrition. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 4: Nutritional Education

Be Flexible in Your Fitness Routine

As I progress in my Personal Training course, I had some revelations about Stretching.  Of the four components of fitness, Flexibility is the most overlooked and under-worked (the other three components are Stabilization, Cardiovascular, and Strength).   Most people think to be flexible in your fitness routine, you should be ready for obstacles and scheduling conflicts that come up.  Not many think of stretching or improving your range of motion. Continue reading Be Flexible in Your Fitness Routine

Have my Cheese and Eat it, too

I have been looking for a way to eat more animal friendly lately.  I have a few issues with cheese, but for the most part, I actually really love it!  Cottage cheese, cream cheese, cheddar, mozzarella.  But the more I learn about our food industry, particularly hear in the United States, the more I am realizing that I should say farewell.  That is, until I borrowed a book from the library that may have actually changed the way I cook. And now I can have my cheese AND eat it too! Continue reading Have my Cheese and Eat it, too