Breaking The Silence: Let’s Do This! #FitByFall

Pardon my silence. It’s been an amazing couple of months. Here’s what’s happened: POLAND + PRAGUE: Late July I traveled to Poland and Czech for two weeks with a group from work. While there we ate and drank like royalty, visited the tourist hotspots, and consumed far too much vodka. (I’ll post photos in a…

Gardening 101

I’ve always had a passion for gardening. I can remember spending warm summer evenings with my mom playing in the garden in our backyard as a child. Even while living in a small duplex in downtown Columbia, my porch would be full of pots brimming with strawberry plants, tomatoes and numerous colorful flowers. Now that…

What Inspires You? | My 180

My neighborhood gym, Anytime Fitness, recently underwent a remodel. Other than the new shade of green that looks like it’s been taken from the set of a Nickelodeon game show, the place looks great. One addition that I’m fond of is the new chalkboard wall. Recently the question “What inspires you” was written on the…

Rewards | My 180

During the five years I’ve owned my yellow lab, Killian, I’ve probably spent hundreds of dollars on treats. Peanut butter, beef or chicken flavor, she’s not discriminating. Just like any dog owner, I’ve discovered that these treats have the power to control and reward my dog’s behavior. In our house, rewards are used sparingly so…

Priorities.

Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.”…

Morning Redemption | My 180

I have an ongoing love hate relationship with my alarm clock. It seems that the screeching noise it makes is becoming ever more annoying the longer I’m in this relationship. This morning I was tempted to slam the damn thing into the ground, but considering I don’t want to damage my hardwood floors, I resisted…

All Or Nothing | My 180

It seems  “all or nothing” has been more than just a cliche phrase, but has become more of a way of life for me. You see, when I’m committed to something, I’m 100% there. Friends. Family. God. Work. Health and fitness. I’m either fully engaged or a half assed fool, full of excuses, continually compromising…

100 Push Up Challenge | My 180

Confession: Sometimes I do push ups in my underwear. That was probably more than you wanted to know. Now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, I will say I’ve got a love/hate relationship with push ups. Yes, I realize the benefits of push ups and that one day, if I do a million of them, I’ll…

Even When I Don’t Feel Like It | My 180

When my alarm went off this morning at 6:30a, all I wanted to do was say in bed. I reset the alarm, allowing myself another 30 minutes of sleep and hid under the covers. Finally at 7:00a, after a pep talk with myself (yes, I talk to myself), I was convinced to get my ass…

Sleep

Great weekend. Got a solid workout in on Saturday, bought a dapper new vest and pair of dress pants for Josh’s wedding and spent some time with friends. I’ll get a longer post up later in the week, but for now it’s off to bed. I’m committing the next two weeks to getting 8-9 hours…

Addiction: Peanut Butter to Pornography

It it were up to me and I could eat anything I wanted without the consequences, my diet would consist of nothing but peanut butter. Smooth or creamy, it doesn’t matter to me. There’s something about a spoonful of honey roasted peanut better that makes everything right with the world. Typically I’m pretty good about…

Truth.

Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.