My Biggest Fear is Getting Fat Again

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the time of year where we go out of our ways to scare ourselves silly. We go to haunted attractions and let actors dressed as zombies and werewolves jump out at us to get our blood flowing and our adrenaline pumping.

Just this weekend, I went to a fantastic haunted corn maze that hosted an airsoft zombie hunt. It was awesome.

But I wasn’t scared. I laughed and ran and shot and had a dandy time with my friends.

Because, you see, I’m not scared of monsters, ghouls, and ghosts. I love them, but I’m not afraid of them. My biggest fear isn’t something popping out of the shadows and darkness to eat my brains.

My biggest fear is gaining all my weight back and getting fat again.

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Detox from Technology for a Happier and Healthier Life

Tech Detox

About a month ago, I broke my cell phone–my beautiful and precious Nexus 4–and it was one of the best things that has happened to me in recent memory.

It took the loss of my favorite piece of technology to realize just how tethered to technology I have become over the years. Not only that, but how being so connected has negatively impacted my life.

Admittedly, I didn’t immediately see this forced tech-detox as a good thing. I spent days wailing and moaning and gnashing my teeth. I was twitchy, and I was anxious. I was moody and frustrated and angry. And I was sad.

Essentially, I was the geeky equivalent of Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting.

After I went through my withdrawals, though, I was free, and I felt liberated.

And perhaps most surprisingly, I was also happier.

You see, this past month without a really good phone (I have a functional iPhone 3GS with an almost-burned-out battery) has really opened my eyes to how unhealthy I was being, both mentally and physically. I can see how being so tethered affects our mood, habits, even relationships with friends and family.

And more importantly, it opened my eyes on some pretty painless and relatively simple ways to detox and insert some more happiness into our lives.

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Experimenting for Health and Happiness

Kettlebell and Brooks Glycerin

I’ve been injured over the past few months. After a trip to the orthopedist, I was diagnosed with Trochanteric Bursitis and told to stop running until it was taken care of. That’s at least three weeks with a potential to be three months.

Might as well be forever. If you’re a runner, you know what I mean. Being still this long is making me go a little loopy.

Luckily, though, I’m not in a rut, and I’m using this as an opportunity to experiment and try new things. And outside of the sadness and mild anxiety that I feel about being unable to run, I’m having a hell of a time finding other activities that I love.

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30-minute Kettlebell Pyramid Workout – “Thor”

Thor with Hammer Raised

I’m becoming a big fan of kettlebell workouts, and as I learn new things regarding form and intensity, I’m tweaking the workouts that I do before work each morning. This one is my favorite, and I call it “Thor” because it’s based around the swing and the clean-and-press–which makes me feel like I’m hefting Mjolnir to vanquish some kind of ancient evil.

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Jedi Fitness Icon: Yoda

Jedi are in crazy shape, but how do they get that way?

In the original Star Wars trilogy, we see Luke backpacking across Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back, but that short time with Yoda was hardly marathon training. We see various younglings and padawans training in the prequel trilogy, but we don’t see a lot of detail regarding what makes up the biggest part of Jedi training.

We learn in the Star Wars EU (novels, games, comics, etc.) that Jedi training was both incredibly intense and incredibly focused, with each prospective knight working on a regimen that catered specifically to his or her strengths and talents.

Which is like, coincidentally, our current fitness landscape.

Within each gym, we can find strength trainers, cardio bunnies, yoga pretzels, and everything in between. There are exercises and routines for every style and within each style, there are icons and mentors for people to emulate.

But if you’re the geeky type of athlete, you might not relate to Usain Bolt as much as you would Obi-Wan Kenobi. And that’s okay. There are still plenty of role-models to choose from.

They just might be from a planet in a galaxy far, far away instead of Planet Fitness.

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