I once had a client say to me: “Lee, you must admit…you’re a little over the top” and I said “Well I’m just as obsessed with getting you to your dream as I am with living mine if that makes you feel any better”.
I’ve found that when our focus is precisely directed at the one thing that we want; we get it! If you’re completely consumed by it then you become it! Oh, you may appear slightly insane at times or “a bit over the top” but who cares! I can tell you with certainty that most onlookers secretly wish they were as committed as you and someday will ask “How do you do it?” Life’s crossing guards with their good intentions beg us to choose safe routes, social acceptance, and paths free of danger. However by doing so, we get side tracked with tasks that keep us busy as bees but fail to provide true fulfillment in our lives. Every treasure in my life was challenging to attain and keep. I sincerely believe that the reward is equal to the effort. Still we unceasingly feel we’ve worked hard enough…when we’ve almost done so. As a tadpole struggling to catch my first wave I was treated to a profound bit of advice by a 19 year old wise man & surfer. As he paddled up alongside me he said;
Continue reading Long Live Obsession!
We enjoy this seasonal snow treat, once maybe twice a year if we’re lucky! Hey… we live in Virginia :- )
To make 3-ingredient Vanilla Snow Cream, you’ll need:
8-12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow (a cup here in North America is 8 oz.)
300 ml can of sweetened condensed milk (10 ounces)
1 tsp vanilla
freezer-proof container for storing your leftovers
ingredients for snow ice cream – snow, condensed milk and vanilla
Fill a huge salad bowl with fresh snow. Gather about 10-12 cups of snow. Very light and fluffy and impossible to pack. Your snow might be heavier, and you may not need as much as I did. Don’t worry too much about being precise. You can always add more snow to your ice cream if need be.
Sprinkle a tsp of vanilla onto the snow.
Then drizzle half the condensed milk over top.
With the wooden spoon, fold the condensed milk and vanilla into the snow, kind of chopping, stirring and mixing to combine everything, mixing condensed milk and snow together.
Then we transfer the whole mixture back into the big bowl of remaining snow, and add the rest of the condensed milk as desired. The condensed milk does not melt the snow, and make it watery. It’s quite the opposite, actually. The snow sort of freezes the condensed milk, making it thick and icy.
This is an updated version of the Brinn family Snow Cream recipe – This one is easier and makes for a chunkier bowl of snow cream! Courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com
Big sets. Use weights that are appropriate for quality repetitions.
Jump Rope x 2 min. or Bike med-high intensity 2 min.
Close grip lat pull x 10
Bent over Barbell or single arm Dumbbell Rows Continue reading Fit (back, Chest, Arms, Balance)
- Chin-ups x 3-6 or reverse bench press (modified pull-ups)
- Toe Touch x 25 (sitting on your sit-bones with feet in the air knees bent slightly)
- Squat Thrusts (Touch floor with hands on squat) x 20
- Burpees with Jump x 5
- Bench Dips x 20
- Toe Touch x 15
- Squat Thrusts x 15
- Pushups x 10 (full 90 degrees elbows)
- Toe Touch x 25
- Squat Thrusts x 20
- Jumping Lunges x 20 ea.
- Chins x 3-6 or reverse bench press (modified pull-ups)
- Toe Touch x 10
- Squat Thrusts x 10
- Pogo over Versa Bar x 60 sec
- High Knees x 60 sec (knees up to waist)
- Squat Thrust Touch floor x 15
Continue reading M.I.B (Mission Impossible)
If you’re a Surfer or wish to be a surfer some day, the first thing that you need to know is that all surfboards won’t engender those visionary nose rides, hits, hacks, carves, and aerials on that tasty wish list of yours. You’ll need a “real” surfboard for that…
Last weekend I paddled out at one of our local spots for a test ride on my new “Poker Chip”; the most recent addition to my quiver. My first takeoff was so automatic and natural that I’d swear it was one of my old whips; each ride after, being a repeat celebration. The uniqueness of this first ride was that the board’s dimensions were completely different from any of my other boards; a completely new design and yet it new me! Continue reading Artistry in Motion, Locally Crafted Custom Surfboards
If you’ve ever said or thought this then you’ll find the information herein both helpful and enlightening. For those admirably disciplined women who’ve fallen victim to such an accusation mistakenly or otherwise…kudos for all you do! In this; the first of a three part blog series; we’ll explore the factors involved in getting and staying “thin as a rail” in the real world. Women are by far the most flattering to each other of all the clients I’ve trained in my career. To say that anyone eats whatever they want and stays in perfect shape is certainly a complement to their superior genetic code; kind of like a guy calling another guy “Superman”. But are they actually failing to recognize these women’s commitment to their diets, lifestyle disciplines, and knowledge of fitness? It’s true that some women metabolize calories slightly more efficiently than others, but implying that they can eat “anything they want” all the time and not gain a pound is not only ridiculous; it’s a little insulting. So what gives some the edge over others who seem to gain a pound by merely “thinking” about chocolate?
Continue reading “She eats whatever she wants and stays thin as a rail!”