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Playing Calvinball (your weekend homework)



My son has recently got into reading Calvin and Hobbes. I love Calvin and Hobbes, so this is a great bonding experience because those books are still hilarious.


This guy is pretty hilarious too


Calvin is a young boy who is lawyers getting into trouble and adventures with his stuffed tiger Hobbes. Calvin is not a fan of organized sports, so they come up with something called Calvinball.


There is only one rule to Calvinball and that is that you can not play it the same way twice. My son thought this sounded awesome, so he asked me if we could play and I thought that sounded awesome too.


We got out a tire, soccer ball, football, inflatable float thing, some rope, a scooter, and a 360 degree Razor scooter. We kicked, threw, roped, rode, chased, wrestled, and next thing you know nearly an hour had gone by. It was one of the greatest workouts ever!


Your assignment is to go out this weekend and have some unstructured play time. Life is too short to be so serious all the time. Run, skip, hop, kick, throw, hike, dance, or whatever form of movement speaks to you. It doesn't matter if you have a kid with you or not, it is even better with a group of adults. The point is to have fun and MOVE!


I guarantee if you do this, you will laugh and feel so much better overall. Your neighbor will think you are nuts, but he cuts his grass with scissors who is he to judge? Just remember, you can't play it the same way twice.


Have a great weekend!




Last week I was co-race director for a local race. Since it was a trail run, we had to be extra careful with the weather. The weather would be beautiful one minute, raining the next, and repeat.


One day the race was on, yeah! Next day, race was off, boo! It was a maddening experience to be in limbo like that. Not knowing what was going to happen and having it be out of your hands.


We eventually had to cancel because when we checked the trials that morning it was an obvious decision to cancel. Despite that not being what anyone wanted, it felt good to have closure.


Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever thought:


"I should lose a few pounds...Who brought these stinking donuts into the office?"


"I'm going to train for that race... No way they are having a Blossom marathon on FX!"


"I'm going to get up early and go workout tomorrow... This pillow has me in a headlock, I better stay here and see if he loses strength."


These things can derail you if you truly have not decided to make the change. If it is just something you think would "be nice" or "I would like to (insert goal)."


Don't put yourself in limbo! Decide TODAY that you are going to make this happen. Whatever your THIS happens to be. Write it down right now, stick it on your steering wheel, fridge, computer, or whatever you will see it every day.


Stop putting yourself half in. That is a miserable place to be because you are constantly having to start over. Seriously think about it and if the goal you are going after is not something you truly want, stop trying to go after it.


I sound like an anti-motivational speaker guru, but I'm serious. If you are going to reach a lofty goal, it has to be something that you are excited about and that you will persevere to each. Don't make yourself feel bad all the time about something you don't truly care about.


Take 15 minutes this week to think about it. If you decide you are in, write that goal down on the places I suggested earlier. Then list the action steps you will take to get there. If you aren't in, trash that goal and move onto something that gets you excited.

Weird hacks for boiled eggs, balance, sweating, eating, claustrophobia, and elevators



Switching it up today and giving you a few things that are pretty weird, but can be helpful as well. Let me know if you have any weird tips, because I love learning things like this.

"Boil" eggs in the oven

Eggs are a great addition to salads or even as a quick meal. But did you know there are some people in the world that mess up boiled eggs almost every time? Me being one of them. This way never fails.

Put your eggs in a muffin pan, bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Done.

Help with balance

If you are doing stretches, yoga, single leg deadlifts, etc... you might have some trouble balancing. There are certain, normal things you can do. Staring at something that doesn't move to give you a steady reference point and keeping your ab muscles braced are helpful.. But give this a try.

Pull down on your ear lobe. Use the ear lobe on that is on the same side as the leg you are trying to balance on. Sounds silly, looks silly, but it works.

Stop the sweating

You know that "I've already showered, got dressed but I can't stop sweating" feeling? It's not so great. Try running cold water on the inside of your wrists. Because of the high concentration of blood vessels in that area, it can help cool your entire body.

tree-cant-pass-salt Slow down your eating

Fast eaters tend to eat a lot more food than slow eaters because they eat faster than their brain can tell them the stomach is full. One of the tips I learned from an Emotional Eating seminar we hosted awhile back, was to chew your food 50 times. That really does help slow you down. My record is 38 chews it is harder than you think.

Something I learned from being in a cast for 6 months is to eat with your weak hand. My right arm was in a cast (I'm right handed) so eating with my left hand was very inefficient and slowed me down a lot.

Green apple

Getting claustrophobic?

I'm slightly claustrophobic. I'm not sure I could ever ride in a smart car. But if I did, I would make sure to bring a green apple.The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago found that smelling a green apple can help soothe feelings of claustrophobia.


Use the express elevator

You didn't hear this one from me if you get in trouble. But next time you're in a rush you can try this and see if the elevator is programmed this way. If are in a hurry you can make the elevator go to your floor first without waiting on all the other floors. Push and hold your floor number while also holding down the close door button. Keep them both held down until the elevator starts moving.

This one can upset and confuse other people that are riding on the elevator with you. Use at your own risk.

Snow Day Sluggishness Solution

Did a lot of yoga last week

Did a lot of yoga last week

The snow and ice has really been messing with my routine. Throwing my work schedule off, throwing my nutrition off, and making my hands look like a dead person's.

Dead guy hands

Dead guy hands

I'm done with winter.


Last week I went and taught my 530am class, came home, and didn't do much of anything productive for the next 8 hours or so. I was completely unmotivated to get anything done, despite having free time on my hands.


My son was at the end of his rope too. He had built every Lego, read every book, and crafted every mine he could think of. One of his friends lives pretty close, so we set up the parent saving bring a friend over deal.


The only problem was we had to walk over in the freezing cold weather on the icy streets and sidewalks. It's only about a 15 minute walk, but it was built up in my head as 15 miles. The laziness was on me!


But I promised my son I would do it, so off we went. It was not great when we started off. Wind all in my face, walking like a 90 year old man so I didn't fall on the ice, and feeling like a 90 year old man telling my son to slow down.


But after about 10 minutes I could feel things changing. I started to enjoy the walk and I started feeling better overall.


When we got back, I cleaned up and rearranged my garage, got a bunch of work done, and did several other things on my list. I felt great!


So what changed? The thing that changed everything was just getting started. Sometimes it really is that simple.


That has happened to me so many times in life. It could be a workout, writing a paper, cleaning the house, or hundreds of other things.


You have to take the first step! It is the hardest one, it takes the most energy, and it is the scariest step but it is also the most important one.


If you have 50 pounds to lose, don't think yo have to get rid of it in that first workout. Just start one workout and see what happens.


If you are training for a 5K and you've never run in your life. Run for 5 minute and see what happens.


If you eat out every single night of the week, try cooking one meal at home this week.


Whatever it is that has you overwhelmed, take a step towards overcoming it. You don't have to accomplish it this week, the goal is to break out of the rut and get your momentum going in the right direction.


Write down one thing you will do this week, then use that to build on. Rinse and repeat.

A Grown Man in Gold Pants and a Rabbit Tail

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Since on paper I only work 3-4 hours a day, since I teach 3-4 fitness classes a day. So I get asked all the time "What do you do all day?"

I do several legitimate things to grow my business like work on marketing and advertising, do networking, learn about the latest research in health and fitness, etc... But there are days when things get a little outside of the box.


On Tuesday I found myself in the fitting room of a children's theater getting a giant rabbit's tail safety pinned to my glutes.


Read that sentence one more time. College did not prepare me for this.


You may have several questions right now and that is understandable. Just know that it is all for the kids.


I am the co-race director for the Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater's fundraising race they have coming up on March 14th. The theme of the race is the tortoise and the hare. My fellow race director has more common sense and got someone to be the tortoise for him. I'm not that quick.


It's going to be a fun day and I would encourage you to come out and bring your family to the race. There will races for the half mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, and a 5k so kids of all ages can take part in the race.


There will also be a costume contest for racers and families, along with bounce-houses, kids’ activities, photo opportunities, and door prizes. Plus, I hear the emcee will be a grown man in gold pants dressed as the hare...


If you would like to register, you can download the registration form here: 

The late registration deadline has been extended until March 9th. So you can still get registered for the usual price until then. You can also call 256-539-6829 to get registered.


Let me know you have any questions, it's going to be awesome!

That time I thought I had diabetes (embarrassing)

My clients win big time awards, like Thighmasters because I'm a baller.

My clients win big time awards, like Thighmasters because I'm a baller.

As an example, I will tell you the story of the time I thought I had diabetes. In my defense, please keep in mind that I had a newborn son at the time and sleep was not in abundance.


I woke up one morning, used the bathroom, and noticed that my urine smelled sweet. My genius brain perked up and said to me, "OMG Joe I think you have diabetes, you've got excess sugar in your urine!"


My brain talks like a 12 year old girl. I chose to ignore it, like you do when you have a possible, serious disease. It seemed to go away, until I got home from work that night and the sweet smell was back!


To make a long story short, my wife had put some sort of automatic toilet bowl cleaner thin in the toilet that emitted a sweet scent every time someone used the bathroom. No wonder I didn't notice it while I was at work...


Now I'm pretty smart, this only took me THREE DAYS to figure out! My wife, who is a nurse, still reminds me occasionally about this high point in my life.


I knew just enough information to totally freak myself out and be totally wrong.


This happens a lot in the fitness and nutrition industry. Dr. Oz is probably the best known example of someone who hypes up "miracle" pills. A study in the British Medical Journal found that only half of the products Dr. Oz recommended had evidence to back up their claims.


I grew up seeing commercials for 8 Minute Abs and Thigh Masters. More recently there were the Shape Up Shoes that not only could not back up their "shaping" claims, but were also injuring people and messing up their balance.

8minuteabs ShapeUpShoes

When you see a miracle cure or an easy fix you should be very skeptical. There are absolutely supplements that can help you. And there are lots of exercise videos and pieces of equipment that can helps as well. But there is no magic bullet or potion.


Try this instead:


And if you decide to do any toilet cleaner additions, alert the slower people in your house.

You look Smurferific!



Have you ever noticed that fast food places are either red or yellow interiors? Do you tend to eat more in places like that?

They have done studies that show rooms that are warmer colors (red, yellow, etc...) tend to make people eat more. So what do you do?

Well, first I have another question. Were any of the Smurfs overweight? It's been awhile, but I think the Smurfs all stayed pretty trim.

What's their secret? The color blue.

It is a natural appetite suppressant. A study published in Contract magazine showed that people who dined in a blue room, ate 33% less calories than the people who dined in a yellow room and a red room.

So go out tonight and paint your office break room, your dining room, wherever you eat, blue. You don't get this kind of hard hitting info just anywhere now.


How to Stop People from Dumping on You



Think about the last time someone was rude to you for no reason at all. What were you feeling? Anger, frustration, and most of all confusion. And the age old question:


"What's wrong with this dude?"


That person is rude to you and then you walk away angry at the world. And usually someone else catches the brunt of your anger and the cycle keeps going.


Stress and anger are not the best mindsets to have if you are looking to improve your health. When you are all tensed up and angry at the world, you are not thinking about eating right and exercising. You are only thinking about that jerk that made you mad.


I used to get really upset when people were unnecessarily rude to me. And I admit it still happens from time to time, but I am much better nowadays.


I want to share with you what helped changed my outlook. It was all about The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay.


Pollay talks about an experience he had in the back of a New York City cab. He was riding in the back of the cab when all of the sudden a car comes out of nowhere and nearly causes his a terrible wreck between Pollay's cab and the crazy driver.


If that is not bad enough, the guy who nearly caused the accident blames the cabbie and starts screaming and flipping off them off. The cab driver's reaction was amazing.


He just smiled and waved.


Pollay was astounded and asked the cab driver how he could be so friendly after that man nearly killed both of them. The cab driver answered:


"Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you.

So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier."


Wow. My challenge to you this weekend is to look for garbage trucks. I bet you won't have to look far. When they try to dump their trash on you just smile, wave, and have an awesome day.


PS-I highly recommend reading The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Stop People from Dumping on You, great book.

6 Odd Ways To Have More Energy



There are a ton of things that your energy level depends on. But I wanted to focus on some things that maybe you hadn't thought about in regards to your energy.

Here are 6 odd ways to increase energy:

1. Be Decisive

We all have a million choices we have to make every day. And it's even said that the #1 reason rich people become unhappy is because with more money, comes more options, which brings more decisions.

Do you ever look at a menu, get overwhelmed, and just choose something randomly just so you can move on with your life? It's why I always end up just getting what's in the pictures.

The best way to deal with decisions is to just be brash. Most often if you trust your gut you will be just fine.

AND whenever possible, limit your options.. the less options you have, the more you'll be willing to go for whatever you DO have.


2. Wear the right colors

Warm colors, such as red, yellow, and orange, are more energizing than their cool counterparts. That's because they're attention grabbing--which activates our brain circuitry.

And the best color to give you a jolt is orange. Boom, I have orange hair.

It's a blend of red, which is adrenaline producing in the viewer, and yellow, which reminds us of the sun and feelings of exuberance. Unless you are ginger like me and orange colors make your hair look even oranger (not sure if that's a word). I will have to stick with the hair.


3. Take a break from your smartphone

A recent study has shown that people who tried to juggle work and simultaneously keep up with their e-mail saw their measured IQ drop by 10 points!

Instead, find a few times during the day to close your e-mail and power off your phone. If work is especially busy, lunch can be your technology break.


4. Let go of regret

When you beat yourself up over the past, you're sucking your energy dry. The best way to deal with regret is to live a better life moving forward.

Regret is always experienced as a major loss, causing us to shut down psychologically and physically, which leads to fatigue and a loss of motivation.

In other words, feeling drained. Feelings of remorse can also cause your blood pressure to go up, and that translates into even less energy.

Instead, just put your regrets into context.

As Anthony Robbins says, "Your worst day is someone else's dream come true." There are always people who are less fortunate than you.


5. List all the stuff you accomplished

Remembering what you did well is the perfect antidote to feeling down. We get so busy, often times we forget just how much we have accomplished. Thinking about things you're proud of can induce a positive mood and a positive mood is associated with more energy.


6. There's always cold water

Cold water can invigorate our minds. This happens because when we encounter a stressor, our bodies often release noradrenaline, which is an energizing hormone.

Run cold water over your wrists for a minute or two to rev yourself up (also great for those times you can't seem to stop sweating after a shower). Because skin is covered in nerve endings, splashing cold water on your face works well too. Especially effective at 4am when it is 20 degrees outside.

These might seem a little strange, but try them out and let me know how it goes!

The Greatest Two Points Ever

Basketball rookie, Valentine's Day card box toilet veteran

Basketball rookie, Valentine's Day card box toilet and funny face veteran

My son is playing basketball right now. This is his second year playing, but last year it was in a non-competitive league. This year is a whole different deal.


He is surrounded by kids who are really good athletes and have been playing for several years at this level. My son is a good athlete, but this is the first year he has really struggled at a sport.


He does not like not being good at something, so he has practiced almost every day to get better. Even in the freezing cold, he will go outside to play basketball.


He has shown tremendous improvement and it has been fun to watch. His team is in a post-season tournament and he has played really well. But his job on the team is not to score, so he rarely shoots.


But the last game they played he was wide open, got the ball, and made a great shot. On court he is normally pretty stoic, but he pump his fist and looked over at me with the biggest smile on his face. It was an awesome moment.


For most kids, two points is nothing. But for him it was huge moment worth celebrating because he had put in the work and sweat to get there.


Why aren't we like that as adults?


Especially when it comes to changing our bodies, we should celebrate the small victories along the way. When you put in all the necessary work and you reach a goal, pump your fist and grin all the way down the court. The struggles are what makes the victories so much sweeter.


So next time you get into that pair of jeans you haven't been able to wear since college, celebrate.


When you complete that race you thought you could never finish, celebrate.


When you knock out 10 pushups on your toes, when a few months ago you could barely do 1 on your knees I think you know what to do now.


I'm not telling you to settle and stop when you reach your goal. I am telling you to take it it, enjoy the moment, and then use it as the fuel that will get you through that next trouble spot along the way.

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