• John

    Mark – Another great read!! I enjoyed this a lot. I like that you said its a “choice”. I believe that very much!! It applies to much of life. Stuff like debt, health, relationships, all comes down to choices.

    • SoleAdventure

      Very true, John! And it’s the small choices that compound to make big changes.

  • Tucker

    Started reading the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. Interesting and informative. Going on 4 weeks of no diet soda and for working on late watch that’s a start.

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s a great start, Tucker! I’m not strict paleo, but I borrow some of those ideas.

  • My big change came when someone demystified strength training for me. That was 2 years ago. I’m now the same weight as when I started at my gym, but my bodyfat % is about 10 percentage points lower. I used to just run for exercise, but lifting changed everything.

    • SoleAdventure

      I agree. I only ran for a while, and although I was lighter than I am now, I was soft. Now I mix strength training with short-interval and long-endurance running, and I’ve never felt or performed better.

  • David

    I began meditating in
    April 2013. It’s difficult with 2 kids, because I’m giving up some sleep. But
    it’s about thanking God for everything good in your life every day, and
    allowing the smart part of your brain to conquer the weaker, impulse part of
    your brain to achieve long-term happiness instead of instant reward.

    • SoleAdventure

      Good points, David. I have two you kids as well (ages 2 & 5), so I know what you mean. I don’t follow any sort of formal meditation, but I try to practice silence/solitude/mindfulness somewhat regularly. You don’t realize how fast your mind is racing until you try to slow it down to nothing.

  • Allan K.

    Really good article, I like your statement “Think about your health and fitness in terms of your life.” I was always geared up to hit the weight room and that kept me in shape, but the months after elbow surgery with no lifting – the weight just packed on. Now the elbow is close to 100 percent and I also realized being healthy isn’t just about lifting; going into my 4th week of a running program, biking on occasion, and slowly cleaning up my diet has shed about 25% of unwanted weight. Once I reach my goal – I will continue to enjoy a healthy and fit life style probably with some added goals, completing my first race or doing a century bike ride – just to keep things interesting.

    • SoleAdventure

      Way to go, Allan! What you said about “slowly cleaning up” is important. I see a lot of people do too much, too soon – and they get burned out. Slowly making changes so that you are creating a healthy LIFESTYLE, and not just a crash diet/exercise program is critical. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. Keep it up, buddy!