I’ve wanted to enter a bodybuilding competition since 2009 when I declared it one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but I put it off, year after year. Until 3 weeks ago: I harnessed competition and teamwork to up my game and entered the Gold’s Gym Challenge, a 12-week bodybuilding/transformation contest. There was a lot of […]
“There are three cures for everything: tears, sweat, and the sea.” I’m on my way back to Los Angeles after spending a week on the east coast in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I had heard about “P-Town” for years through my gay brothers and sisters, but this was my first time. The trip was a gift from […]
The Year of the Fire Monkey, 2016, could not be more on point: Four friends have died, all unexpectedly and some tragically. I can almost hear a lone trumpet playing that old military death knell, “Taps” resonating in the back of my mind: a stirring and often overwhelming call to action for me who remains, conscious and above ground. It is really hard […]
Choosing the right personal trainer is more than just another task. Your new trainer will touch upon many of the deep themes we face in these modern times: a little bit of celebrity, undivided personal attention, the elusive promises of transformation and improvement. As you begin to take responsibility for your new body and life, it’s important to […]
Did you know that the average U.S. citizen gains between one and five pounds over Thanksgiving? And they tend to keep that weight, and add even more, after the holiday season. For each pound you gain, you place three pounds of pressure on your heart and lungs. The average American Thanksgiving meal is about 5,000 […]
In these modern times, as innumerable distractions compete for our attention, it’s so important to structure our days to offer a little space for solitude. By balancing day by day, we get more balanced weeks, which become months, which become years. Here’s my ideal day . . .
When you’re trying to shed fat quickly, there are four things to do right away that will make a big difference. These principles are also part of my Zig Zag Meal Plan.
I TURNED THE SITE PINK for breast cancer awareness month to honor the brave women (we all know them) who have faced cancer. Ovarian cancer took my mom’s life in 2009, and with advances in medicine, outcomes are improving. But prevention and early detection are key to longer life expectancies. I’ll be featuring some prevention content […]
For those of you obsessed with the #quantifiedlife, here are the latest “Best Practices” for a good night’s sleep, based on current scientific research, via Dr. Rhonda Patrick, whom I adore. Get 30 minutes of bright, blue-enriched light early in the day, but really avoid atelier blue light in the evening. Engage in sustained physical […]
Kathy Bates says early detection saved her life.
I believe you cannot really assist anything / anyone unless you are first walking the talk. So, it has taken me a couple of years to write and publish this post. This stuff may seem obvious if you’re married, affluent, have a big family, or other helping hands. But speaking as a self-employed person in the big […]
I’m a 40-year-old “weekend warrior” I play basketball, football, and run frequently. Lately, however, I’ve experienced a lot of injuries (strains, pulls and joint issues) and I’m wondering why do I keep getting injured and what I can do to prevent this? ~Matt, Los Angeles It’s crucial you stretch and build flexibility. Think of your arms and […]
This advanced exercise is so tough, after finishing a set, people in the gym might be thinking to themselves: “What kind of wo/man trains like this?” Walking lunges. Double push-ups. Renegade rear delt raises. An optional burpee. The “not-for-beginners” combination works legs, core, chest, and shoulders, (not to mention the cardiovascular output). #ProTip: On exercises […]
10 Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, 7 days/week. Move more, says Yoko Ono: “Walk until your body feels like dancing, then dance! You will find that you no more have difficulty in sleeping at night.” Cover all clocks in the bedroom. Do not look at […]
Are you struggling with self-motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet? We all struggle with motivation from time to time. But building self trust through a healthy dose of motivation, coupled with a little determination, will get you almost […]