A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about motivation. Motivation and self-care are really popular topics at the moment. So popular they run the risk of any buzzword—meaninglessness through overuse and overextension. Aside from becoming a word everyone uses and no one understands, there's another serious risk lurking in both of those terms I was … Continue reading Real Talk About Rest
When the blog was starting out, one of the repeated requests I received was a post about motivation. Specifically, including motivation when "not training for some particular event but just trying to live life and feel fit / strong / healthy / awesome." Like life balance, motivation is an enormous topic, but I will do … Continue reading The Seven Buts of Motivation
I was not the kid my mom would have pegged as the one who'd enjoy cooking. I hated touching raw meat. I had zero patience for the exactitude or step-by-step process required by most recipes and all baking. I even infamously nearly burned the house down trying to boil hot dogs once. (PSA: burner covers … Continue reading Cooking as a Self-Care Practice
When my wife Beth and I conceived of the idea of starting a wellness blog that would share a bit of our journey and maybe help a few people along theirs, we reached out to our friends to see what they might be interested in reading about. From their ideas emerged the three things we … Continue reading The Balancing Act
Recovery (etymology): to come back or return Today was supposed to be it: my return, however humble to the world of training and fundraising for good causes. For those not in the loop, I had debilitating knee pain that stopped me cold after my last triathlon. That led to knee surgery last July (refurbished, not … Continue reading The Long Walk of Recovery
Generally, around this time in January, I have a pretty clear idea of which of my new year's goals I'm likely to pull off and which I'm going to have to table. In reflecting on that list this past week and thinking about the lists I've made in past years, I noticed a pattern: I'm … Continue reading Why are habits hard to break?
Just this week it happened again. Someone asked about my next race (a safe-bet conversation topic these days) and then shook their head saying 'I admire your self-discipline.' The clear implication was one I hear both verbally and between the lines over and over again: 'I could never do that.' I gently pushed back, trying … Continue reading Discipline versus Care
What do you want? In so many forms, in so many sizes, it seems like this is the question that gets thrown at me more often than any other. In meetings and professional networking sessions. At writing workshops and spiritual retreats. In friendships and in the bedroom. It's everywhere. And it's also the question, at … Continue reading Naming what you want