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If you’re wanting to make some healthy changes, and you’d allow me to give you one piece of advice, be intentional AND pragmatic about being active.

By intentional, I mean that you should know ahead of time when you’re going to exercise. For me, just saying, “I’m going to run 3 times this week”, without knowing WHEN I’m going to run, won’t work.

Likewise, saying something like, “I’m going to start exercising. I’m going to walk 3 miles every day!” just isn’t realistic for me.

I like to use Google Calendars to schedule my workouts. If for some reason I can’t make a particular workout, I reschedule it. So if your plan is to work out twice this week, figure out when that’s going to be and write it down. Post it on Facebook. Send yourself an email.

I know that this is an oversimplification, but fundamentally, it’s worked for me!

This week, Mark, Don (Don’s back!) and Aaron visit with Rick Wyckoff. Hear how Rick has entirely changed his life in less than 1 year. He’s down over 180 lbs! Click HERE to start listening!

Rick’s Facebook: Constructing a New Rick

This week, Mark and Aaron visit with fitness, nutrition, lifestyle coach Kate Deering. We discuss eggs, exercise, and the psychology of getting fit! Click HERE to start listening!

Kate’s website: KateDeering.com

This week the guys discuss motivation with Gretchen Agans!  Need a little? Come get some!! Click HERE to start listening!

Recipe/Cooking Tip: “Does It Touch? Nail It!” – Brought to you by Elizabeth Knecht of the CaveMomChronicles.com!

Sometimes, schedules just don’t work out. I’ve tried several times to have Carlton on my podcast, but it just hasn’t happened.  I get it!  He’s an in-demand trainer from Austin, Texas, and many of his clients want to schedule time in the evening.

So instead of waiting several more months, I thought I’d just make it happen by the wonders of technology.  Carlton does a weekly “tipz” show, and he’s always got something to say worth hearing.  Check out one of his latest videos!

Here’s his website: www.blueskystrongbox.com

 
 
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This week we talk with Tony Scornavacco! When Tony was 16 years old, he decided to make a change, and in a short time, he lost 85 lbs and transformed his life! Click HERE to start listening!

Tony’s Blog
Tony’s YouTube Video

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Healthy Recipe Tip: Kale Chips, courtesy of Lara Field

This week I received an email with some great ideas for podcasts, and the following couple of questions:

“I don’t like to run, it’s not for me. So what are the alternatives? We do a lot of walking around our neighborhood and local parks. We also cycle the bike trails at the local parks. We have hiking trails within a few minutes drive. What other activities do you find to keep the whole family involved and still make it fun for the kids? Do you plan family vacations around fitness or do you let it all go for the trip?”

We love to hike as a family. My son is 5, and when we first started it, he did not like it at all. Now, he loves to go to the state park to hike (and camp). We also play quite a bit of frisbee, believe it or not. Since we all stink at throwing a frisbee, it’s plenty of exercise.

Other than going to visit family, we’ve actually gone camping or included hiking in our last 5 vacations, and we’re going again next weekend. It’s not that we’re against a non-active vacation, we’re just having a LOT of fun being active.

For example, a few years ago (when I weighed almost 400 lbs), a friend of ours came to visit during the summer. We went to the Coca-cola museum, did some shopping, and my wife, my son, and our friend went to Stone Mountain…I didn’t feel up to going, so I just stayed home and sat on my duff.

This summer when she came back, we hiked to the bottom of Tellulah Gorge, went tubing down the Chattahoochee River, canoed and paddle-boated on Unicoi Lake, and finished it up with some indoor rock climbing. It wasn’t that we were trying to be “super-fitness-vacation-family”, but these were all things that appealed to us AND kept us active.

We’ve also run some races as a family. If you live in any kind of urban area, there are usually multiple races available each weekend, most of them benefiting great charities. My son loves to do these…even though I end up carrying him on the longer races.

So to answer the question, “Do you plan family vacations around fitness or do you let it all go for the trip?”, I would have to say that most vacations that appeal to us now involve some level of activity by default, whether it be camping, swimming, or hiking. On our to-do list: hiking the Grand Canyon, zip-lining in Costa Rica, and camping Yellowstone National Park.