As the school year approaches, many parents are getting a list of recommended school supplies for their kids to be successful this upcoming school year. As teachers and educators, I thought it would be a good idea to also give you a back to school list that will support your healthy habits. I am going to start a goal setting series next week, which will be good if you want to establish some healthy habits this year, and make this the first school year you actually get healthier during the year. I know that had a huge impact on my productivity and attitude at work last year. Even before you set specific goals for yourself for this upcoming school year, you can still make a decision to change. This is really the first step, but I’m getting ahead of myself. What I will do with this post, is offer you some tips on how you can make this the most productive teaching year of your life, and improve yourself as a teacher, simply by being healthier. Making lasting change will involve creating new habits. This back to school list will be the items you need to support your healthy habits. Continue Reading
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
(Kevin’s Note: This is a guest post I had last week on Caveman College. Check them out when you get a chance. This is good advice for college students about to return to school or anyone trying to create healthier habits.)
College is a place to improve your skills, grow as a person, mature into an adult, and train for a career. It’s also a place to get distracted, party, stay up late, and create or strengthen unhealthy eating and exercise habits. I was a good student, I graduated. I even got a Master’s degree, but there was much about life I didn’t learn in college that cost me 10 years of good health. Hopefully, I can convince some of you current college students to learn from my mistakes. This could be like an online course (which didn’t exist when I was in college, but that’s dating myself). Call it, Learn from an Idiot 101. Continue Reading
“A rising tide lifts all ships.”
(Kevin’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Kyle Ponder. Kyle has been a good friend of mine for over a decade. He is one of the most charismatic people you will ever meet, and his success has been awesome. I think his story goes exactly with the quote today, even though the quote he picked was, “America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed.” -Eleanor Roosevelt. I vetoed him, that’s the beauty of having your own blog! My hope is that by him sharing his story, people will see that the success I had is not just unique to me. Anyone that follows the system can achieve their fitness goals. I am grateful that Kyle decided to share his story, and excited to see how it impacts the community!)
First of all I just want to thank Kevin Turner for being brave enough to change his life, and with this change he has inspired many people to take their life to the next level, including me. Thank you for allowing me to share my story on this blog. I realize there are a number of similarities to my story and Kevin’s story but we decided that when more people see what the least of us can do (that’s me and Kevin) then more people will realize their true potential. With that said, here is what I have done and learned on my weight loss path. Here we go. Continue Reading
Well here it is, the end of the 6 week series. For me, I’m writing this at a time of a major accomplishment. I just finished my original goal I started with to get to 220 pounds from December 27, 2011 to August 7, 2012. I actually got to 216.4 (73.1 pounds lost). I am really excited. I feel like I have my whole life back, and this post is going to be centered on what needs to happen to create lasting change. We have to be growing, evolving and becoming better. If I get to my goal weight and then go back to the habits I was living with before, what’s going to happen? The same thing that happens to most people that “go on a diet”. My path is about continually getting better. I have a new goal now, 185lbs, and when I get there, I plan to re-evaluate that as well. Because this is all new territory for me, I know I’m going to have to experiment a little bit and figure out how to live a healthy and SUSTAINABLE life. So, this may be the most important post of the six. I just want to share with you the most important lessons I’m learning as I go on this journey.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
So I’m feeling a lot of positive energy from all the love I got about reaching a major milestone in my life yesterday, so I wanted to jot down a few lessons I’ve learned on the journey thus far, and hope that it inspires you to reach your goals as well. I know this is coming in the middle of my series on How I Lost 65 Pounds in Less than 6 Months, but it will conclude on Monday as planned. Think of this as just a little bonus insight haha. The last seven months have been a time of extreme learning for me, and I felt like it would be selfish of me not to pass along what I have been learning, so hopefully something in this post helps you achieve your goals, because what I’m Continue Reading
“That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.”
Week 1: Exercise
Week 2: Eating
Week 3: Walking
Week 4: Learning and Applying
When I initially started on my lifestyle transformation, I thought that losing weight and getting healthy would mean I had to change what I ate and I would have to be more active. One aspect that I didn’t give enough attention to at first was sleep. As a matter of fact, I thought that if I was going to really get in shape, I would have to sleep less because I was going to have more demands on my schedule with my added workouts. I have found the opposite to be true. I have had to adjust my sleep a little to make sure that I am well rested and have enough energy for both my daily job activities and my workouts.