Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

I have been struggling with how to convey my most important fitness message to my audience for some time.  My main motivation and inspiration for getting fit was conservation.  Doing my part to stay healthy and help the planet.  But it has also been to create a healthy, positive attitude about our fitness, and conservation.  This is where it gets tricky, and I have wrangled with my message.  The situations our favorite animals are facing are dire.  They need immediate, and often drastic action.  To make the most positive impact, we need to change a lot of our eating habits, consumer habits, and even our workout habits.  But as I’ve been told, learning about the dire situations our planet faces doesn’t actually inspire people, it brings them.  How do I, as a trainer utilizing positive reinforcement put a positive spin on a dire situation and inspire people to get fit not just for themselves, but for the planet? Read More “Positive Spin on a Dire Situation”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 98: Why I’m Here

The last few weeks I feel I’ve drifted a bit away from the physical aspects of EarthFit and have been focused on the mental/psychological aspects of our health and well-being. There’s nothing wrong with that, necessarily, it’s merely an observation.  But it’s an interesting one.  I have found myself seeking out excuses to be alone, take naps, skip workouts, binge snack, and basically revert to old habits of (non)self-care.   Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 98: Why I’m Here”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

I have always considered myself someone who deeply cares for the well-being of animals.  Whether they are my food, my pets, or my job, I have always considered myself devoted to the humane and ethical treatment of the creatures with whom we share this earth.  But after reading “Animals Matter” by Marc Beckoff, I have discovered that my whole life has been a lie.  I obviously don’t care about animals, or how could I ever eat them, or products made by them.  As someone who respects animals, how can I ever deny even my pet who I cherish as my own child anything they desire?  And no person who serves to protect animals would ever think that any animal can ever have their needs met living at a zoological facility.   Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day

It’s a long drive from Whidbey Island to Portland, Oregon.  And even in a Prius, it’s not the most environmentally friendly way to spend the one day out of the year dedicated to conserving resources and doing your part to protect the planet.  But this year was not your typical Earth Day,  and I was on my way to fulfill a few promises. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human

I just finished a remarkable book by a remarkable woman and really felt it was necessary to share.  I may have fallen in deep infatuation with Temple Grandin.  She truly is an amazing woman, and I admire all the work she has done to improve the welfare of not just livestock, but all animals in the care of humans.  I read “Animals In Translation” e few years ago, and I remember having a few “aha” moments, but not as strongly as when I finished reading “Animals Make Us Human”.  The experience and knowledge that Grandin holds and openly shares with the public is admirable.  But the degree of understanding that she incorporates in her narrative is truly eye-opening.animals.make.us.human.cover Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human”