Good reads?

I'm heading off tomorrow and plan to indulge my love of reading as well as stumble and bumble our way through Seattle. Read any good books lately you'd recommend? Trainer J referred me to a couple of interesting blogs and I have some beach books downloaded from Kindle Unlimited, but I am always seeking more,…

My battle with resolve

For several weeks now I have been making progress on my overall health and fitness by doing things that are good for my body. Training with J, practicing the movements he has demonstrated and taught me, regular yoga practice, rowing and walking almost daily, doing better with three daily meals and not snacking, counting carbs…

Lightbulb zen

M and I went to Costco to buy a replacement recessed LED for my bathroom. When we remodeled 3+ years ago we installed these and have been delighted with them. However, one of the two them began blinking intermittently in the last several weeks, the way a tube light does when the ballast goes bad. When he…

80 days of summer – week #11

On Friday, June 12, I posted my 80 days of summer to-do/goal list and committed to updating each week. It's hard to believe summer is nearly concluded, but here it is, August 24, and in our neighborhoods the kids returned to school almost 2 weeks ago. It is strange to see the few in my neighborhood trudging…

Fall Fitness 2015 #4 – Goodyear blimp edition

Monday was my fourth of 20 personal training appointments. Because I am on vacation during our regular appointment time, J gave me an available slot on Monday instead. First we reviewed the stretchy band circuit from last week: Band-assisted squat Seated (or kneeling) band lat pulldown Band reverse fly Band abs pullover Band triceps pressdown Band assisted…

Fear and anxiety – not today, thank you

On Friday I was awarded another contract that presently runs through December 31 and may be extended through 2016 if all goes well and the need continues on their end. There was a minor freak-out associated with that, because I had submitted my proposal via email just before 9 in the morning and received a…

Exercise, fitness – do I have an end game?

I started thinking about this writing my latest entry to my Fall Fitness 2015 series. With 17 hours of personal training left in my initial investment, what is my overall goal/plan for this purchase? Originally, I thought it was to learn how to safely and sanely perform strength training exercises. That is still the foundation of everything I…

Vacay cray-cray

I was chatting with my son last night about K's new job, school, life, other stuff, and mentioned that we're leaving on Wednesday, they are leaving on Thursday, C and A are on home check (for us) and dog-sitting (for them) duty, and I am in pre-vacation craziness. G grew up with me, lived at…

The art of saying no

Work and life completely blew up the last couple of days, and I have suddenly been overwhelmed with work and very busy. Just starting out my self-employed career this is a very good thing, yet the stress is building and needs to be managed better. I also know it is a transitory situation stemming from…