Systems, go!

My friend Andrew (http://designsmithnl.com) is a pretty smart guy. He helps companies develop processes and systems so that they work more efficiently and with better quality results and products. When someone needs to make a restaurant or manufacturing system work better, Andrew puts on his cape and flies in to look at what they’re doing…

Maybe Yes. Maybe No.

Tuesday I was doing some seemingly benign barbell split squats and pulled an adductor muscle. There was a mild popping sensation in my groin coupled with the simultaneous thought (like a line from a cheesy movie), “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” Actually, in that initial shining moment, my chief sensation was dread rather…

Confidence begets patience (a meandering stream of consciousness for a sunny Friday)

Look through the curve. When you ride a bike, you encounter curves all the time. You steer through those by looking ahead to where you want to go. Your bike and body will do what it takes to negotiate the curve if you give it direction. If you stare at the wheel, you’ll go off-course. Stare at the handlebars and you may lose the ability to adjust to bumps that crop up in front of you. Never lose sight of the end of the curve.

Faith and deadlifts

Sometimes I think it would be easier to be a religious person. There’s a certain appeal in the idea of being able to hand off ultimate control to some intangible, omniscient entity, a relief in the idea of not holding your own destiny firmly in your two hands every hour of every day. But I’m…

This is my life and it is beautiful

Since March 31 of this year, Life has been rather a whirlwind. John and I have made some momentous decisions, both together and individually that have altered both our long-term plans and our daily lives significantly and those take wearing for a while to discover precisely how they fit. John has decided that he wants…

The Secret, or “Yo, Vick! What do you eat?”

How do you lose fat and get stronger? There must be a secret, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, there are techniques. No, they aren’t secrets. I get at least an email a week from people who want to know what my secret to getting in shape is, assuming that since I’ve managed to make…