Motivation Monday: Six Months of Workout Wisdom

After hitting the gym hard this year as my main goal for 2016, I’ve learned a heck of a lot about fitness, nutrition, and motivation.  Just over 6 months has passed and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned, especially about motivation and the expectation vs reality aspect. When I started the year, my main goal was to be consistent.  I went to the gym no matter how I felt.  Even if I sat there and stretched or walked on a treadmill, I would consider it a win.  With nutrition the goal was to eat cleanly (I’ll...

Motivation Monday: The Shared Path

“No man is an island; entire of itself; Every man is a piece of the continent.” -John Donne It’s easy to feel alone sometimes.  We feel as if our feelings of anger, shame, or sadness are ours alone.  The rest of the world, in the meantime, is happy, confident, and energetic.  As a counter to this you’ve probably heard that we compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.  Well not only is that true, but it’s also true that we are not the only ones to feel these emotions.  We, as humans, never realize how much deeper our similarities...

Motivation Monday: What do you want out of Life?

What drives you? What is it that makes you get up early? Go to work? Eat well? Do you want a lot of money? Do you want to find love? Be successful? Live a long time? Why? What is your reason? Do you want to be happy? Do you want others to respect and revere you? Or do you just want to be better than other people? Maybe you want to provide a good life for your family, impress your parents, or show off to the world.   Do you want to be remembered? Chances are, something in the last few...

2015: A Calendar Year of Blogging

This is it, my 365th post of 2015.  I didn’t post every day, but I produced one post for each and every day.  Some days I was on vacation, with family, having adventures, sick, tired, working, or any of a hundred other reasons for not posting.  But regardless of the reason, I took the day, got up the next day, and worked extra hard to keep up with it.  This is the first time I have ever completed a New Year’s Resolution, and it was certainly an ambitious one. Maybe my writing has improved, and maybe it hasn’t, but 2015...

A Great Year of Perseid Meteors!

I’m back from vacation! And what a time it was up north seeing the Perseid meteor shower this year.  With no Moon and the best dark skies I have had all summer, the shower did not disappoint, with at least 50 per hour and perhaps as many as 80 where I was viewing!  I saw a few great shots on Reddit’s Astronomy sub. I didn’t catch any meteors in my photos, and not for lack of trying.  I am still a rookie astrophotographer, so I had some trouble getting the settings right on my camera, even though I spent two...

Motivation Monday: Balancing on the Roller Coaster

There are times in my life when I work in overdrive.  I give it my all for days or sometimes weeks at a time to get a major project done.  My motivation comes from having a deadline, and combine that with the fact that I truly hate to lose, you end up with me working for every waking minute, while ignoring some of the other necessities.  Projects around the house get sidetracked, sleep goes to the minimum I need to function, and I live at my computer. It can be tough, but I also love to revel in the glory of...