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

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

Interpretive Nature Run

Being an avid non-runner, I look for opportunities to avoid the exercise at all costs. However, with the Sloth Army Running Club in full swing and meeting twice a week for runs, I can’t escape it. Coming up with running workouts on Thursdays is pretty easy, I have a slew of them. Coming up with interesting longer runs for Sundays is somewhat more difficult. I decided for today’s trail run, I’d revert a little to my background as an educator/naturalist and give an interpretive narration throughout the 2 mile run. Continue reading Interpretive Nature Run

Making Light of Climate Change

Whenever I discuss Conservation Fitness and turn the subject matter over to climate change, I often get feedback that I am too pessimistic and overshadow my program with doom and gloom. Frankly, climate change is a bit doom and gloom, but I understand people wanting a more light and positive approach to the problem. So when I came across a copy of “The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change” at the library, I immediately thought it might be helpful. Continue reading Making Light of Climate Change

Lessons from a Sloth

I started a running club this summer. I know, shocker! The girl who hates running, and avoids it at all costs just admitted to creating a running club. But wait. You didn’t hear the name of our running group. We call ourselves the Sloth Army. And in the past few weeks, I’ve learned there are some valuable lessons one can learn about health and fitness from a sloth. Continue reading Lessons from a Sloth

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

Progression Check-in

It’s been one week since I started on my Daily Writing Habit.  I haven’t officially rewarded myself yet, but I have downloaded a couple iPhone apps that help me track my healthy habits.  It’s weird how completely satisfying it is to check off the “completed” box next to the habits I’m trying to form. Continue reading Progression Check-in

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 75: Climate Change Grief

Here on Whidbey Island, Earth Day isn’t just a day event, nor just a week event.  On Whidbey Island, the whole month of April is dedicated to the earth and ocean, which explains the plethora of “green” and “environmental” activities and events taking place all over the island.  One special event was a film series on environmental issues and the movie playing tonight sparked a great deal of interest in me.  It was called “Global Meltdown” starring Bill Nye, but it didn’t just discuss the issue of Climate Change, it delved into the issue of Climate Change Grief. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 75: Climate Change Grief

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 68: Taking off the Training Wheels

I hate it when my husband is right.  I mean, I’m okay that he’s right when we’re in agreement, but when he tells me something I’m not prepared to hear, or scared to hear, in this particular instance, well, you’ve heard the term “Hell hath no fury…”? Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 68: Taking off the Training Wheels

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 65: Tiny Habits

I am not usually one to sit around and watch TEDx all day.  But this TEDx by BJ Fogg just blew my mind.  Not for sharing information that I didn’t know, but for sharing it in such an understandable way for anyone to comprehend and learn.  I’ve often said that in order to reach fitness goals, you have to break the behavior up into smaller steps.  But that’s animal training psycho-jargon.  BJ Fogg simplified my philosophy for me!  Create tiny habits. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 65: Tiny Habits