About seven years ago, I made a huge decision that really changed the way I viewed working out. I decided to workout for my health, instead of looks. It was one of the best decisions of my life. The more I focused on trying to be healthy and take care of my body, instead of trying to look like someone else, or achieve a magic number on a scale, is when everything started to fall into place. I realized working out is all about health, longevity and happiness, not about six packs, and selfies. 

Keep reading

I just moved to LA, and am in the process of trying out new gyms. I was working out at the YMCA down the street, and they had a little bulletin board in the corner filled with black and white printouts of motivational fitness sayings. One caught my eye, and made me smirk a little because it was so true: Get fit in the Gym. Lose weight in the kitchen.

Yup. It’s the truth.

Keep reading

Wilfred Peterson wrote one of my favorite quotes: “Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.”


I aim to be one of those people Wilfred would want to walk with. I think it’s a great compass in terms of your character and ambition. Why? Well, happy, motivated, positive, down to earth people who encourage you to follow your dreams, are a grand ‘ol crew to hang with.

Keep reading

Amazing things happen when you don’t take yourself too seriously….

You breathe more, you smile more, you are more prone to take risks, and you learn to laugh at yourself. A lot. (Which is something I love to do.) You lose a bunch of lame fears, grow more confident, are more adventurous, and tend to have a more lighthearted perspective on life. Which rocks.

Keep reading

If you think about it, there’s a lot to love, all around. 

It’s crazy how negative our mindsets can be, so here’s a little tip. Stop sometime today, look up, around you, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and figure out a few things that make you smile at that very moment. Yes, even if it’s in a grey felt cubicle, or driving in traffic. It doesn’t need to be something tropical, although that’s what typically floats my boat. Heck, the smell of coffee in the morning gives me permagrin. Just take a moment, and figure out something around you to be thankful for or excited about. Because you never know…somewhere, someone might be wishing they were where you are right now. 

Especially if it’s at a warm tropical beach. 

Keep reading


Every Thursday, for over a year now, I’ve been writing a column over at swell.com titled SWELLivin. (I’ve shared a few posts over here too.) It’s kind of a healthy living column, without being a healthy living column. If that makes sense.  Well, looking over it, and reading the posts, I am really pretty darn proud of it. High five.

So, here are a few of the images from some posts. But I suggest going over and reading a bunch too. I tend to be pretty blunt when it comes to talking about this stuff. And if one day, you happen to be craving a fitness tip by yours truly, think of this column as your library. 

Fun times. I love being able to spread the positivity, honest approach to healthy living, and love for queso dip. 

The grass is always greener…where you water it. It’s one of my favorite metaphors for saying… love, cherish, and nurture what you’ve got, where you are, and what you’ve been blessed with. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, which leads to a downward domino effect of taking what you have for granted, not appreciating the little things, and being a really blah human being in general. So water your own damn lawn, and water it a lot.

Keep reading

I am a firm believer that there is beauty everywhere, as long as you are on the lookout for it. Yes even the grocery store parking lot and while stuck in traffic. No joke. Two of the best sunsets I’ve seen in the past month were in those exact locations. It’s all about perspective. Are you open minded to seeing the beauty in your life or close minded because you just are always wishing you were somewhere else, or rushing through it all?

If you’re the latter you are missing out.

Keep reading