Lifestyles/ Travel

The New Apple Watch – Staying in the Moment?

It’s interesting to me that the new Apple Watch is being billed as the product that will help us all to better “stay in the moment”. It will allow us to be more attentive to our families and friends. It will enable us to lift up our heads from the iPhone screen and interact with the world around us more.

What a fantastic marketing message. I nearly bought it…

In reality, the only way to disconnect from technology and “be in the moment” is to actually disconnect from technology and BE in the moment. Not to add new technology to the arsenal.

If you decide to buy the Apple Watch, do so on its own merit. If you want to start staying in the moment, here’s what you can do right now – without adding a costly piece of electronics to your wardrobe;

Turn your phone off. Use the Do Not Disturb function. Set up Favorites and change your call screening sections. Put your phone away or leave it on your desk when going to lunch. Turn it on vibrate. Put it on the table face down and don’t pick it up.

There, just saved you $500. You’re welcome:)

Here’s a link to the article I based these comments on.

By |April 2nd, 2015|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Mindsets|0 Comments

30 Things to do Before You Die

This is a re-broadcast of something tom my Facebook feed. I love it!

Stop worrying about debt.
Forgive your ex-lovers.
Stop trying to control your outcome.
Look in the mirror and love yourself unconditionally.
Leave the job you hate.
Find your purpose and live it full heartedly.
Adopt a furry friend.
Don’t feel guilty for holiday weight gain.
Trust that everything is in its right order.
Travel to the place you keep thinking about.
Try something that scares you daily.
Be open to change.
Let go of your past.
Stop trying to change people.
Stop looking for answers outside of yourself.
Stop thinking you did something wrong.
Be your weird, crazy, beautiful self.
Follow your heart.
Risk everything for love.
Reject rejection.
See the world as a beautiful, safe, and loving place.
See everyone as equals.
Give up all attachments to stuff.
Recognize the journey is the reward.
Stay hopeful and optimistic in difficult situations.
Welcome all life lessons.
See the opportunities in every challenge rather than give up.
Live your values.
Inspire others by your own bigness.
Play with the world.

By |September 26th, 2014|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel|0 Comments

5 Must Stopover Locations in Quebec – Guest Post by Janet Becker

5 Must Stopover Locations in Quebec

Quebec is probably Canada`s most favourite and visited province. If you plan on getting the most out of your trip, you should know that Quebec is the biggest province that Canada has to offer. This means that you should plan your trip in advance so you can enjoy all the wonderful things that this region has to offer.

Before booking in advance any type of accommodation or renting a car, you should take care of your passport application. Canada has some rules for foreign visitors and you should go to the Canadian visa office first if you want to find out what additional forms or papers you need to fill out.

After your forms have been approved you can start planning your trip and if you don`t know which places you should visit, here are some locations that are a must if you want to grab the essence of Quebec.

Outaouais is a destination preferred by many people that want to escape the big city, the traffic jams, and the noise. If you are a culture lover, this location is the perfect place for you since you can visit many great museums that will expand your knowledge. Outdoor lovers think Outaouais to be one of Quebec`s major highlights since this location is overwhelmed by forests, mountains; the Ottawa River runs through here, too. If you plan on hiking, sightseeing or taking incredible photos of the Canadian landscapes, prepare for spending some quality time here.

If you want diversity, Montreal should be the next stop in your journey. Montreal is one of the top 5 favourite destinations in Quebec and you can easily understand why. This metropolis is filled with a splendid architecture, from the […]

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel|0 Comments

Get Some Rest!

 If you want to develop better instincts, improve your habits.

Relational memory defines our mind’s ability to process multiple, simultaneous sources of stimulus and find meaningful connections between them. Calling on stores of memories such as sights, sounds, smells, emotions, scents and scenes gives us the ability to ‘know’ something without actually understanding how we know it. (Think hunches and intuition.)

Michael Torrice, author of the article “Remembering Without Knowing It”, asks you to try the following trick at home. Have a friend remove an object from a room that you are very familiar with – and then see if you can uncover what object they took away. There is an extremely high likelihood, according to Torrice, that your eyes will naturally fixate on the spot where the missing item used to be. Even if your mind hasn’t identified the missing item, your brain knows what (and where) it was.

Little is still known about the process the mind uses to gather relational memory from its multiple sources, but this does not diminish the proof that it occurs.

Studies performed by cognitive neurologists Hannula and Ranganath, of the University of California, used magnetic resonance imaging to measure changes occurring in the brain when volunteers participated in their picture-pairing study. Volunteers were shown 216 pairs of pictures, each grouped a person’s face with a scene (such as the Grand Canyon).

Amazingly, even when the subject picked the incorrect face, their hippocampus was notably more active when their eyes were looking at the correct face. In these cases, the mind ‘knew’, but the correlation wasn’t made consciously.

Hannula and Ranganath also observed that when the volunteers actually made correct choices, their pre-fontal cortex lit up significantly. This helped them to surmise that relational […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Mindsets|0 Comments

Group Exercise vs Gym Membership – An easier way

The CDC states emphatically that exercise reduces the risk of heart attack, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, and also helps with weight control, to relieve arthritis pain and even reduce symptoms of depression. Despite this clear statement, it is estimated that 50% of all Americans exercise at intervals below recommended levels, and an astonishing 24% of Americans don’t exercise at all.

The number one reason given by working Americans – no time. Between commutes, work hours and family time (oh, and also sleep) Americans have difficulty carving out additional hours to visit their nearby gyms. This makes home exercise the ideal answer.

Web MD lists the five essential components of a good home exercise program. They  include cardio, strength, balance, flexibility and guidance. This would imply that an investment of $300 to $2,000+ (low tech at $300 vs. gym grade equipment at $2,000+) would take away the number one reason for inactivity by providing a suitable home exercise set-up.

I disagree. On top of the above,  Livestrong adds an important dimension to the argument for better exercise percentages in America. They state that group exercise coupled with accountability to a trainer are the necessary final additions to a successful and long-term commitment to exercise.

This, above all other reasons, is why I have so strongly advocated programs such as Tapout XT. For a minimal investment  ($120) Tapout covers cardio, strength, balance and flexibility and couples it with expert instruction in a ‘near group’ environment (the socialization aspect os obviously missing during the workout, however Tapout XT offers a robust online support community of users).

If you haven’t yet purchased your treadmill, weight machine and other home exercise equipment, consider the value of home-instruction programs like Tapout XT. If, […]

By |October 29th, 2012|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|2 Comments

Exercise Your Body and Protect your Brain!

The results of on-going studies continue to further reinforce the many benefits of regular exercise. Here’s an excerpt from the latest…

“The participants reported a range of physical activity, from household chores to heavy exercise or playing competitive sports several times a week. Over the three years, those who exercised the most had the largest brains, and showed the least shrinkage in white matter compared to those who were the least active, suggesting regular exercise in old age could protect the brain from age-related decline. Those who reported engaging in more intellectual pursuits didn’t show the same benefit.”

Enough said.

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By |October 27th, 2012|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|0 Comments

Frequent Traveler? Beware of fbtB…

I had set my alarm for 8:30 am the night before. When I awakened at 9:19 am in a complete stupor I knew something was wrong.

I was not too late to begin my workday, so I stumbled thru the coffee-making process and took the end result to my workstation with me. I postponed my 10 am call to 11 am, then sat down purposed to focus. It was not to be. In less than 15 minutes I abandoned all hope of working and reported myself in for PTO.

I went back to bed, and slept deeply for two more hours. Something was wrong…

fbtB – The Silent Neutralizer

You may not know fbtB by name, but you may recognize its symptoms;

Mild to moderate – Laundry disarray,  date-expired food in the refrigerator,  partially unpacked suitcase(s) on the floor, general feeling of air-headedness, date-related task confusion

Advanced –  Bills unpaid, spoiled food in the refrigerator, neighbors and loved ones casting glances of non-recognition, loss of work appetite, general non-productivity

Severe – Pictures of you appear on a milk cartons, loss of all desire to do anything productive, bills are 30+ days late, inside of refrigerator resembles a science experiment, undeniable craving for cartoons, ice cream and or chocolate

Frequent business traveler BURNOUT (fbtB) is an imminent threat. Ignore the warning signs and you may end up like me – couch potato’ed with the inability to move, and only limited use of thumbs and right index finger.

For more on fbtB…you will have to wait until I recuperate. For now I am returning to the couch to play XBox.

By |October 8th, 2012|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel|4 Comments

My Email to Tapout XT Upon Completion

Dear Tapout XT crew,

My 20’s and 30’s afforded me a lot of latitude with regard to my healthy lifestyle choices, less so in my 40’s. The 50’s – foggettaboutit. 


When I turned 50 I began noticing that a new group of commercials were targeting me. All were health related. They talked about the increased risks of high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks after the age of 50. Couple these with the knowledge that muscle and bone loss both occur beginning at age 40 (which create increased risk of falls and injuries, loss of mobility and general decreases in ADLs) and the need for a commitment to healthy living becomes a no-brainer. It was time to take these commercials more seriously.


There are two common sense core elements to good health – exercise and diet.  I have always maintained a regular exercise regimen, however have not always been consistent in the intensity level of these workouts. This holds especially true for cardio and legs, both of which I never found to be fun. I love to push weights, and most of all to bang on a heavy bag. Over the years (having neglected my legs) I grew a frame not unlike Johnny Bravo. My diet consisted of carbs, cheese, hot sauce and more carbs. Johnny Bravo eventually become the StayPuff Marshmallow man.


It was clear to me that my exercise routines needed to become more cardio intense and well rounded. This, along with a commitment to improve my diet, was my birthday gift to myself.


Having heard a lot about P90X over the years I decided to try it. I am however an avid MMA guy. Fortunately  (and quite accidentally) I discovered Tapout XT just before ordering P90X. I […]

By |October 2nd, 2012|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|0 Comments

When Pain Leads to Addiction – Part II – The Beginning and End of My Addiction

The Opry

Life provides its share of wonderful surprises. One never knows when to expect them. It was 2011 – a remarkably tough year for me. But Bridget was coming to San Diego and I was taking her to The Grand Ol’ Opry. We would be backstage and watching my good friend play piano. She would meet the person she described as her future husband – Dierks Bentley.

I had just finished moving to my new place the day before she arrived, and that day it looked like a bubble-wrap/ masking tape bomb had just exploded. We stayed up until 1 am talking that night, and after just a few hours of sleep were off the airport the next morning. We were on our way to what she later described as the best night of her life… unexpectedly one of the most life-changing one’s of mine.
Growing up in rural Ohio there was not a lot to do, if like me you were not a hunting and fishing enthusiast. To illustrate my point…after moving to California years earlier I went back home to visit my family. One evening I thought I would look for old friends at the neighborhood bar. I was the only guy in the whole place who wasn’t wearing a hunter’s vest and hat there. Twenty-five Elmer Fudd lookalikes and me. I grew up playing basketball and football, camping and hiking. Like many of my friends I also picked up the smoking habit young. Over time I became a tobacco enthusiast and enjoyed it in its various forms. As illogical as it is, I stayed highly active and did cardio-intense workouts while remaining a smoker. A smart person would know that smoking compromises cardio. I […]

By |August 20th, 2012|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Starters® Stories|1 Comment

Home Exercise vs. Gym Membership – A Dilemma? Not If You Travel

I have been a ‘gym rat’ for many years. 24 Hour Fitness, locally owned gyms, and most recently FIT San Diego ( Fit is an amazing gym. It offers a ridiculous number of amenities – including the two most important to me; a steam room and heavy bag room. Like most other gyms, it has an excellent personal trainer program too. So why in the world did I buy Tapout XT? And why am I also looking into buying the TRX system and P90X?

The answers are summed up in two words – complexity and continuity.

Complexity – Over the next 6 weeks (42 days) I will be traveling 27 days. This leaves 15 days. When I return from each of the 4 trips (that account for my travel) I will lose nearly a full day to jet-lag, laundry and errands. This leaves me 11 days. 7 of these 11 remaining are work-days – leaving limited evening time to visit the gym. Put it all together, I have 4 ‘non-complex’ days (non-work, non-travel) to visit FIT, and 7 additional ‘complex’ ones. I do my best , but if my schedule at home gets crazy I need alternatives. Home Exercise Programs ensure that no matter how crazy a day gets (when I am not traveling) I can find time for a one hour work-out thanks to the convenience of working out at home.

Continuity – Like many of you, I try to maintain a regular exercise regimen of a minimum 5 days per week. When I am traveling, hotel gyms are sometimes ok – mostly not. Often they feature a treadmill, an elliptical or two, and a weight-stack machine that frequently doesn’t work. That’s it. I am not a jogger, so […]

By |August 14th, 2012|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|7 Comments