Maximize Your Life

MaximizeYourLife

Ever since I started watching the Biggest Loser it has been a goal of mine to meet Jillian Michaels. That goal finally became a reality when my wife and I had the pleasure of attending her Maximize Your Life Tour last Thursday in Joliet.

If you’ve seen her on The Biggest Loser or listened to any of Jillian’s Podcasts before, then you know what you’re getting: A fun, yet serious, no BS approach to life and change.  I absolutely love this approach; There’s no sugar coating and no excuses. You either do it or your don’t. The choice is yours.  The show is a close companion to her book, “Unlimited: A Three Step Plan for Achieving Your Dreams”, and is broken down into 3 different sections: diet, exercise, self.

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April Desktop Calendars

April, a new month filled with new challenges and adventures. With the help of Ten26 Design Group we have put together 2 new calendars to help you stay motivated and on track. Is there anything you would like to read about over the next few months, let us know and we will be sure to tackle it. Thanks as always.


April | One Reason.
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April | Ride
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I’m Back!


The last few weeks have been very busy and crazy around the Healthy Dad house. So I apologize for the lack of posts, but I am back and ready to move forward.

Tonight my coach Diane has given me the following workout for my homework assignment.
5 Minute warm-up
Then 1 min of each of these
– jumping jacks
– push ups
– crunches
– bicep curls
– lunges
– overhead press
– squats
– plank
– triceps dip
– mountain climbers
4X, 1min rest in between complete sets

Its a workout that you don’t need a gym for and the real only resistance is your own body weight. I am passing it on to all of you to see if you would like to complete it as well. Maybe we can compare notes and comments at the end. Good luck with the work out, and don’t forget to come back in the next day or so for your April desktop calendar.


March Calendar

March is finally here, which means that nice weather should be right around the corner. With the help of Ten26 Design Group we have put together 2 new calendars to help you stay motivated and on track. Is there anything you would like to read about over the next few months, let us know and we will be sure to tackle it. Thanks as always.


March | Yes You Can.
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March| Sweat Is Good
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First Outdoor Run.

Today was very exciting for me. For the first time since October I went for a run outside. The weather was a bit chilly at first, but after the first mile you couldn’t even feel the brisk air anymore. My lungs felt great taking in all of the good crisp fresh air. I found myself just going and going, weaving in and out of town, clearing my mind of all the distraction I have and focusing on the task at hand, and it felt amazing. When I got home I felt so energized mentally and physically, I am so ready for spring and outdoor running. There are a few different iPhone apps that I will be trying out this season. Today I went with my old stand by Trail Guru. I love it for running and biking as it maps out your run using GPS and graphs your run in a number of different ways so you can easily track your progress.

For those keeping track at home, here were my stats. I was very pleased with my time, especially for it being the first time on the road this season.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 52:00
Avg. Pace: 8:42 min/mile
Avg. Speed: 6.88 mph
Top Speed: 9.94 mph
Calories Burned: 729

2-18-11 (Running) | Crystal Lake, IL 60014, USA


Lunch is Served

No food takes me back to feeling like a kid more than grilled cheese sandwiches. My mom used to make these for me and I can remember how amazing they were with the gooey drippy cheese, and the awesome buttery goodness. To me they say warmth and love, and today I was in one of those moods. However, I made my grilled cheese a bit different from my mom used to…

1 Slice of Swiss Cheese – 70 cals.
1 Slice Mozzarella Cheese – 50 cals.
1 Slice American Cheese – 60 cals.
1 Arnold Multi-Grain Sandwich Thin – 100 cals.
1 Large Golden Delicious Apple – 80 cals.
Total Meal – 360 Calories – 17g Protein – 44g Carbs.

Well worth it as far as I am concerned.


A Challenge, To Do Something Great.

January is almost over and that means gyms around the country will start to be less and less crowded.  Many people will be giving up on their resolutions to “live healthier” or “lose weight”. Its just a fact of life and it happens every year. The question is why? Do people decide that they were wrong and that they don’t want to be healthy? Or, are they simply unmotivated to change?

I feel that too many people are looking for immediate gratification, a quick fix pill that solves all of their woes and the less work the better. The problem is when the results don’t happen right away, they often lose focus and become disinterested. In reality, changing your life for the better takes a huge effort, serious commitment and the right motivation.

What worked for me and others that I have talked to, is setting a challenge for yourself and then working to accomplishing it. Not a challenge like, “I want to lose 16lbs in the next 2 weeks”, that is a recipe for failure. Stuff like that only happens on the Biggest Loser, and as a huge fan of the show, I can tell you those contestants work hard.

So what sort of challenge am I talking about… Race season.

I know that the idea of signing up for a race to many people is a daunting and frightening task, but it shouldn’t be. In reality, it’s the perfect opportunity to better your life and help the community around you. Many races that take place are associated with one cause or another with the proceeds from that race going towards a particular organization.

So your challenge, if you so choose to accept it, is to first find a race and register for it. Then, tell all your friends and family that you will be participating in the event, brag about it and take pride in the fact that you are about to accomplish something awesome.  After that, the only thing left to do is train yourself to reach that finish line. I guarantee that along the way you will shed weight, lose inches, and feel better about yourself.

My first race this year will be the Galena Triathlon, what about you?

Find a race in your area.