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A Gift From My Dad


This past weekend was awesome! Sunshine and 50-60s temperatures in February are ok by me.


My son and I were planning to go for a hike when I got a text from dad asking if he could come along too. Hiking was his passion years ago, but he had not been able to hike in awhile. Of course we picked him up and the three generations headed out to Monte Sano.


Due to multiple surgeries, injuries, and health problems my dad hasn’t been able to walk for very long at all. His plan was to read a book and enjoy a nice day in the woods while we hiked.


But when we got there his plan changed a little. He decided to hike for a few minutes and then come back. Then he wanted to go a little further. Next thing you know he had completed a 3 hour hike!


It was amazing and my son and I were both extremely proud of him. My dad just kept plugging on, resting when he needed to, and hanging in there. It was truly a gift to be out there with him and my son on a perfect day on the trails.


Your heart and passion can take you further than your body tells you it can.


There is absolutely no way he could have walked 3 miles on a treadmill. That would have been cruel and unusual punishment. But get him out in the woods, spending time with family, and telling stories he hung in there like a champ.


When you find some form of movement you truly enjoy you will push yourself further, you will be much more consistent, and those will lead you to much better results. And you also get to have fun! Win, win. Have you found your form of movement yet? If so, keep doing it! If you quit, get back to it.


If you have not found a form of exercise you enjoy, keep searching. I promise you it is out there. Every human was made to move, we just aren’t all wired the same. Once you find it let me know what is, I might like to try it too.

Exercise is not punishment


You’ve been told a lie. You’ve been made to believe if you are not exhausted, covered in sweat in, and barely alive after a workout you are doing it wrong.

Fitness ads show oiled up, impossibly fit men and women doing things you could never dream of doing. They make you think you have to kill yourself every time, eat broccoli and chicken every meal, and then maybe you could look half as good.

Meanwhile, you dread going to the gym. You hate exercise and all the people who claim to like that torturous activity.

Here is a secret I will let you in on- exercise is a reward, not a punishment.


You were born to move. Your body requires movement to be at its best.

You should feel good after a workout! It is great to push yourself, break through plateaus, and test your limits. But here is the test- if you dread your workouts and don’t enjoy them, you will not stick to it long-term.

There is a mode of exercise out there that works for you. One that you enjoy and gets you results. It is your job to find out what that is.

If you are looking for something different, we are declaring June to be Adventure Month. Every Saturday in June, we will be offering a new adventure. These are open to men, women, and children.

June 4- Hike the Green Mountain Power Line

June 11- 1st annual HABC Adventure Race (partner 5K with tasks along the way like The Amazing Race)

June 18- Hiking/Biking beautiful Elkmont, AL

June- 25- Canoe/kayak trip

Registration is now open if want to join us. It is $15/adventure or $50 to take part in all 4.


Reserve your spot here --->Adventures

Looking forward to having some fun adventures with you!

4 Lessons from the “Wild”



I'm reading a book called "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed about a woman who decided to hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) by herself. Her route would take her over a thousand miles and she had never backpacked in her life. What could go wrong?

As you can imagine, lots of stuff does go wrong. I won't tell you everything that happened, you will have to read the book. Or you could watch the movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Thought I would share a couple of lessons that you can apply to your life that I got out of the book.

1. "Who's tougher than you?"

Along the trail, Cheryl developed a personal mantra to keep herself motivated and putting one foot in front of the other. She would say out loud, "Who's tougher than you? and then answer herself "No one!"

I thought that was a really awesome way to keep yourself motivated. She said even though she knew it was not true it still made her feel better and helped her push on.

What is a personal mantra you can develop to keep yourself going?

2. "You're doing great"

She meets a fellow hiker along the way who really buoys her spirits. He lets her know how amazing she is doing so far and to keep up the good work.

This one works both ways. First, you need people like that in your life. Someone who will lift you up and encourage you when you want to give up and give in. Second, you can be that person for someone else! If you notice someone who is giving it their all, struggling, and just trying to get by give them a word of encouragement. You never know how much it will mean to them.

3. "A mosquito, my libido"

At one point she is extremely bored, hurting, and needing something to take her mind off of things so she begins to sign Nirvana lyrics to herself over and over. She recites poetry. She does everything to take her mind somewhere else.

Your mind is an amazing thing. If you focus on the pain and tedium of a workout, it only seems to grow. But if you can take yourself elsewhere through music, laughter, literature, etc... you will be amazed at how much further you can go.

4. "If they can do it so can I"

She would see other hikers along the way and tell herself if they could do it, so can they. This is one I have used in my life several times. Most recently with taking jiu-jitsu. I thought I was the oldest one in there, until I met a guys who is 6 years older and doing great. If he can do it, so can I.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling like I had just been through 2 day football practice, it was 20 degrees, I was tired, didn't feel like going. But if Cheryl Strayed can hike over a thousand miles by herself, I can get through a 90 minute class. I went and had a great time.

When you go looking for inspiration, it turns out it is all around you.

Adventure Hiking Classes Are Back!

Another benefit of hiking. Selfies.

Another benefit of hiking. Selfies.

I've always wanted to do a back by popular demand announcement. So back by popular demand it is our:


Adventure Hiking Classes!


We did these awhile back and everyone had a blast.


The very first hike will be on Saturday January 23th at 9am.


What to expect:


-Gain strength and endurance


-Learn the basics of hiking


-See the most beautiful locations in north Alabama


-Sweat, smiles, and laughter


-Improved mood


Hiking is an excellent way to get an effective, low impact workout in. It is also great for your mood and attitude to get out and explore nature.


This class is open to women, men, and children who can handle the hiking. If mom and/or dad join, children can come free.


There will be 6 different hikes (1 every week) over the 6 week period. Each hike will be different and will last anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours hours per hike.


This is going to be an awesome class, sign up today!


Adventure Hiking sign up link

Then I went and TOTALLY redeemed myself!



I have a confession for you. These blogs are extremely painful to write sometimes.


I'm not the greatest writer in the world and sometimes I am flat out of ideas to write about.


Yesterday was one of those days.


So instead I decided to take a hike and skip writing my post for a day. And not just any hike, I decided to take on a mountain that defeated me a few years ago.


That was an experience I wrote about 2 weeks ago.

It got me last time

It got me last time

It was a pretty tough workout, but totally worth the view at the top.


Anyway, thought I would share a few lessons I took from this whole deal.


1. Don't let past experiences effect future actions


The last time I tried this, it was a complete disaster and I refused to even try it again. Has that ever happened to you?


Maybe you tried a class, attempted to start running, started lifting weights, tried a new diet, etc... and it was a terrible experience. Then you decided to never try anything like that again.


Don't give up! It's so much sweeter when you do something you thought you couldn't.


2. Be around encouragers


Lots of my friends read the story about my failure and told me not to give up, that the trail was cleared off more, and that I could do it. Call me gullible, but I believed them and they were right.


3. When you reach the top you are only half way


Sounds pretty silly to have to say it, but it's true! I thought that once I got to the top the hard work was over. I could just coast down.


Not so fast. It was almost tougher on the way down because it was so slippery. That combined with tired legs made for an interesting descent. I fell flat on my back 3 times. Not slipped a little, I was laid out. Good times.


Once you get in shape, it's not over! You need to continue the fight. Don't just coast and stay there. Find new and exciting ways to challenge yourself. Your body is capable of more than you give it credit for, go find out what that is.

There are a few other things I could share with you, but I don't want to bore you any more with my misadventures. Hope you enjoyed this story, it's much better than the one I wasn't going to write...

Go take a hike!



Glad you didn't take the title wrong. We are starting something new here in the Huntsville area.

Adventure Hiking Classes!

We will start the very first class on Saturday January 25th at 9am.

What to expect:

-Gain strength and endurance

-Learn the basics of hiking

-See the most beautiful locations in north Alabama

-Sweat, smiles, and laughter

-Improved mood

Hiking is an excellent way to get an effective, low impact workout in. It is also great for your mood and attitude to get out and explore nature.

This is open to women, men, and children who can handle 6-8 miles of hiking. If mom and/or dad join, children can come free.

There will be 5 different hikes (1 every other week) over a 10 week period. Every hike will be different and will last anywhere from 2-3 hours per hike.

And as a bonus, you will even learn plant identification.

This is going to be an awesome class, sign up today!

Adventure Hiking Class

The 10th Challenge- Try Something New


Time to change what circle you are in

  It is hard to believe we are already on our 10th challenge in this challenge series. How did you last week trying your affirmations challenge? For some it may be a little touchy feely, but that stuff works!   This next challenge is a little more on the fun side. Your challenge for this week is to try 3 new physical activities this week.   Examples would be: -trying an exercise you've never done -trying out a new fitness class -going on your first hike -Using a kettlebell for the first time -trying a rock climbing wall -doing burpees for the first time (life changing)   The purpose is to stay out of the exercise rut and to continue to challenge your body in new ways. There are so many awesome ways out there to stay in shape, go try them all!   If you would like to come try one of me boot camp classes, you can come as my guest any time this week. Or if you need suggestions on classes that fit your needs, I can help you with that as well. Send me an e-mail  at and I will set you up.   Thanks again to all of you for participating in this challenge, keep up the good work!
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