This past three-day weekend, I got zero work done. I’m sure I’m not alone in this no-productivity boat when I say this, but the temptation to relax and just have some fun was too great. I had unread e-mails sitting in my inbox, projects that were being neglected, papers unwritten, and phone calls unreturned – but I just couldn’t bring myself to care. Bahh, I’ll do it all on Tuesday, I told myself. And before I could dwell on my decision for too long and let the guilt sink in, I scuttled off to social event after social event, double-fisting beers and chowing down on burnt Bratwursts. Oh yeah, and last night? I had animal crackers for dinner. With a side of half of a chocolate bar.

This is the definition of relaxing.

Some of you fitness zealots may be sitting there at your computers with your mouths agape, sheer horror written all over your faces. I might as well have committed murder what with all my blasphemous behavior, no? How irresponsible of me to allow myself to be lazy, imbibe liberally, and consume a meal with no protein. (What about all my gainz, you guyz?!) Yes, I can understand the sentiment; I would have thought the same thing just a few years ago. The control freak in me would have never allowed myself to indulge in any sort of capacity.

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Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. In fact, you were warned time and time again that it was going to be hard. And there would be times when you’d want to give up and stop trying so damn hard. That you’d be betrayed, lied to, rejected, cheated on, and stabbed in the heart. That even your most trusted allies would turn around and abandon you without so much as a second glance back.

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been eerily quiet for the better part of the month, and I apologize for that. Times have been hard as of late, and I’ve been unable to produce quality writing. But I believe I’ve found my groove again and I’m more than excited to be back. I learned a few things over the past couple of months that I wish to share with you today.

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I want to kick off today’s post by introducing the Fit Habit series. There’s that word again: habit. For years, I’ve carried around more bad habits with me than I care to recall without making any kind of active effort to rid myself of them. But now I realize that they’ve been taking over my life and effectively eliminating any chance I have of achieving my goals I’ve set, both in and out of the gym. Below are just a few:

  • Multitasking (I’ve gotten much better at this as of late but still have plenty of room for improvement)
  • Being impatient
  • Letting myself become attached to certain people and things
  • Automatically correcting people’s spelling and grammar

If you want to live a fit and healthy life, it’s not enough to simply exercise often and eat right. You’re so diligent about getting in your workouts and tossing back your fish oil, but then one particularly stressful day, you find yourself wrist-deep in a box of donuts. You look solemnly at your powder-covered face in the mirror (yeah, you do look ridiculous like that) and vow to yourself that tomorrow you’ll be better. Tomorrow will be the first day of the rest of your life and you’ll never, ever have a slip up like that again. Ever. Until you do. Then you look solemnly at your chocolate-stained face in the mirror….

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