In the spirit of GITTING YOU TO YER WEEKEND I shall cut to the chase.
I giveth you Lance. A blogger whose writing I truly enjoy & whose comments I always look forward to reading—–both here and elsewhere.
What made you start blogging/your blog?
It started with a movie.. A very good movie, if not for the plot, for the idea behind the movie, and how it gets you thinking. At least, that’s how it worked for me. We (my wife and I) saw the movie, and this led to a discussion of what would be on our bucket list. And writing came up on my list. And that was the beginning. The seed had been planted.
There are weightloss blogs, workout blogs, daddy blogs—the list goes on. How did you decide what to focus upon?
I tossed around ideas. What should I write about? Three areas came to mind., health and fitness, and personal growth. You’ll notice hints of each throughout “the Jungle”. But, what I found out as I wrote was that my real passion came from writing with an emphasis on personal growth. So, that’s what I typically will write about.
Writing has really become a great way to “know” myself better. This was not the purpose of writing, but has turned into being a powerful experience for me. The other “surprise” has been how meaningful the comments are. There is so much great stuff that gets shared in the comments, and really adds so much value to the whole conversation going on.
I occasionally talk about my family. They’re an integral part of my life. I am happily married to the sports nut. And we have three rugrats who’ve grown into fine kids – ages 9, 11, and 13. Two boys with a girl in the middle. It’s always (and I stress always) interesting.
You still talk about fitness quite often—-is that just a piece of who you are so you address it? has it alway been?
Fitness is a big part of my life. NOW. It wasn’t always. Growing up, I wasn’t the class jock. By any sense of that term. And then, I married the sports nut!
We had some kids and I gained some weight. Not a huge amount of weight, but still, way more than I should have. It was slow and steady (kind of like me at the time).
And then there we were, planning our 10 year wedding anniversary trip to Jamaica, and I was thinking – I’ll look like a beached whale on the…well…beach. And, I decided, enough was enough. I made drastic changes to both my diet and exercise plans. I took progress pictures. I ran (and then I walked). And I lost about 50 pounds in the course of about eight months.
I had reached what I call skinny-fat. I was much lighter, but had lost a lot of muscle. I discovered weight training. I used a mix of weight training and cardio, combined with good eating habits to lose some of the fat and gain back some muscle. That all began four years ago. I still have some work to do, but overall I’m happy.
In the process the Internet became a great source of information. Somehow I stumbled upon your blog. I stopped by, and was hooked by your humor tied in with sound fitness advice. What you provide here applies to both men and women (well, usually….). The benefits of running in a dress – I’m not going there! But, I also want to inflate your ego a bit, MizFit ( you deserve it!) – so here are two things I’ve picked up since reading your blog:
1. Park farther away from the building at work ( I now park as far away as I can – a few more steps on my fitness journey)
2. Broccoli with corn flakes and honey mustard – my kids actually didn’t complain about the broccoli when served this way (Guest chef time is awesome!). There are more, but you get the idea – your stuff is good stuff!
(MizFit note: thank you Lance. I almost edited this out :))
You know I have to ask: what are you fitness goals? Have you laid out specific ones?
To lose a little more fat, and gain a bit of muscle in the process. I try to do this through a combination of good eating habits (weekends are my downfall) combined with regular sessions of weight training and cardio.
Right now, it’s biking for me. I bike to work about 2-3 times each week (18 miles round trip). In addition to being great physical exercise, I’ve also found this time on the bike to be reflective time for me personally. Which leads to many of the posts I have on “The Jungle of Life”—and that’s all good.
Because in addition to Lance Im wondering how *you* are all doing.
How are all those Labor Day tips going? putting em into action?
We’re midway through THIS—you still walking?
It’s not too late to start up and, even if you only amble a few days a week, the site is packed with walking tips, quotes, trainer interviews & suggestions for music to use when walking (loved that!).
*and* in the spirit of motivating MBT has generously donated three tee shirt/water bottle combos our way.
You can be entered to win for the low, low price of a comment below.
(winners will be announced MONDAY. and yes *sigh* US residents only)