Winter Running With David Goggins and My Dog

Two living beings helped me run my way back into health last year. David Goggins and my dog, Bam Bam. At the time I got started last May, I was in the worst shape of my life. The dog would pull me like a sled as we shuffled along in those early days. The good… Continue reading Winter Running With David Goggins and My Dog

I Married Into a Family With Psychotic (in a good way) Thanksgiving Traditions

When it comes to Thanksgiving, my wife’s family is pretty much psychotic. While I now have many years of experience and I know how it goes, it’s still kind of a beating. It starts on Wednesday, with the opening party at my in-laws. In the past this used to be a rather rowdy affair, but… Continue reading I Married Into a Family With Psychotic (in a good way) Thanksgiving Traditions

Exercise IS Medicine

Earlier today, I was feeling a bit under the weather (thanks to my previously sick kids and wife, whom I love very, very much). It was a gorgeous day, the sky full of lazy clouds and radiant sunshine. The baby was home since his daycare was closed for the day. The wife started a new… Continue reading Exercise IS Medicine

Lose the Excuses and Find Inner Strength You Never Knew Existed

It sucks to suck. Yesterday I wrote about being unhealthy and then reaching a personal reckoning that sent me on a path back to good health. In the time since, the last year has been the most challenging and fulfilling time of my life. I got healthy again and lost 55 pounds. Then my mother… Continue reading Lose the Excuses and Find Inner Strength You Never Knew Existed

Adventures Being the Only American in a Portuguese Study Abroad Program

From day one, I was a bit of an anomaly. Being the only American in a program of hundreds of other international students will do that for you. Where we left off, wildfires surrounded the city, and I was beginning to make new friends. The international office set up nightly “coffee time” which took place… Continue reading Adventures Being the Only American in a Portuguese Study Abroad Program

Running in the Sand

I spent a weekend away with my wife (left the kids with grandparents – thank y’all so much) in Fort Lauderdale. It was a wild weekend to say the least. We have two young children. We had great meals and talked about our kids the entire time. Then we took naps. I suppose we also… Continue reading Running in the Sand

It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.

Last year I found myself at an unhealthy crossroads. I had turned 37. It had occurred to me that if I did not like this unhealthy condition I was in, it was on me to change it. Don’t like it? Get better. So being basic, I wrote down 37 goals. Some would be minor stretches.… Continue reading It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.

How I Lost 60 Lbs Feeding the Good Wolf

One day last May, I sharply scolded my son. His crime? Knocking over some blocks. He was two. Luckily, it was also just the “oh shit” moment I needed. Have you ever realized you are on your way to becoming the worst version of yourself? My second child was the on the way. I’d grown… Continue reading How I Lost 60 Lbs Feeding the Good Wolf

Don’t Fight the Intro

For years I found every reason to not get started. I fought the intro. Don’t wait to get started on things. Start today. Don’t fight the intro. 350 days ago, I was blessed to finally be disgusted with myself enough to change, precisely as the world was coming apart at the seams. I was overweight,… Continue reading Don’t Fight the Intro