Triathlon: 2010 Winner

Posted: August 15, 2010 in Health

I wasn’t really expecting to place, but we finished 1st this morning at the Lake Marion Triathlon in Lakeville, MN.

Glad to be with some of my very best friends: Cullin Bachmeier (swimmer) and Micah Benson (runner).

Team Tri-Lambs

Anna Eames, a student-athlete at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, departs the United States next week in route to accomplishing another world record. She currently holds the world record for the 50m butterfly, and now sets her sights on accomplishing that same medal in the 100m butterfly.

Anna Eames with strength trainer: Todd Stebleton, CCN, CPT

I started working with Anna just a few months ago, to help her gain strength and flexibility. Her true success has come from years of training in the water. She credits consistency for her success, spending hours in the water nearly every day for years.

What I find most amazing about Anna is her attitude. She has never complained one time. Never rolled her eyes, shrugged her shoulders, asked to be done, questioned an exercise, or complained about intensity. She welcomes every exercise as a challenge, and as a result, her accomplishments are obviously outstanding and world-class.

Wish Anna luck as she travels to the Netherlands this month in search of more amazing accomplishments by posting a good luck comment.

More information about Anna Eames

My first attempt at making a short movie.

One of this generation’s greatest leaders in personal development, Deepak Chopra, made a comment that I completely disagree with. It’s strange, because I believe in most of his fundamental principles. But not this one.

He speaks of true happiness and says, “The most important thing in life is to make other people happy. There are other ways to happiness, but the fastest way is to make others happy.”

On one hand, I do agree it feels good to make others happy. No question. In fact, that’s why we do things to make others happy, because it really makes us happy. However, most people I know who are unhappy, are so worried about trying to please and make others happy.

On the contrary, most people who I know who are truly happy, who have an incredible sense of peace with themselves and others, don’t give a crap about what others think. That doesn’t mean they’re disrespectful or don’t have tact, it just means they are happy enough from within that they don’t need some external and potentially fake stimulus to make them feel good.

Catch my drift?

“Health” or “Illness”

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Health

I have to admit, I’ve been lazy about blogging lately. A trip to Europe and busy work schedule provided convenient excuses not to get onto the computer.

In an effort to get some ideas, I logged onto to filter through their “health” section. I’ve realized this before, but it boggles me that nothing healthy is ever part of a “health” section. It’s always about illness. It doesn’t matter what media type either. It could be TV, newspaper, web, magazines, etc. The stories are always about some new stat on cancer, heart disease, adverse drug reaction, etc.

The only time I see anything positive and responsibility-oriented about health is on a subject that is so blatantly obvious that it’s more frustrating than positive. For example, I’m tired of seeing this headline, “New research shows exercise may help people feel better and even help prevent some diseases.” Really? Or “Eating breakfast before school may help students learn and behave better.” C’mon.

Instead, we’re inundated with commercials on the flu-vaccine during the fall/winter. Allergy medications during the spring and summer, and ED, blood pressure, and cholesterol medications the rest of the time. These things are not health. That doesn’t mean they don’t have their place, but they’re not health.

If you think about it, the average person must really struggle to get health information. By chance, they may read something at their local health food store, or maybe some tips from a group fitness instructor. But where do people go? Internet? There’s a lot of good information on the internet, but there’s also a lot of garbage.

I don’t know. Why must we have made it so difficult to help people get healthy? It’s not that hard, but most people have no idea. People can take an engine out of a car, disassemble it, clean it, put it back together, and then put it back into the car – and it works! But ask them to name 10 foods that are healthy and they can’t. Surgeon’s can do amazing things to a heart, even replace one perhaps.  But ask them to share 5 things you can do to prevent heart disease and it’s a struggle most of the time.

Question: where do you go to get healthy? Who do you see?

Life(style) in Spain

Posted: May 11, 2010 in Health, Nutrition

So I’ve spent the last 8 days in Spain and France with a soccer team that I work for. It’s obvious the difference in the amount of overweight people here, since there are next to none compared to the U.S. Naturally, many of the players and some other people who are traveling with the team want to know why. Here is a list with a brief explanation of my answers:

1. Movement: people here are always moving. Bikes and walking is the preferred mode of transportation. Lunch is always out of the office, and includes walking or biking.

2. Eating habits: life here is much more relaxed. Meals take hours instead of minutes. Family and friends are always involved in the experience.  This experience is valued so much that most businesses close for a couple of hours in the middle of the day so the employees can relax over a nice lunch.

3. Food: Made fresh most of the time. Sure, there is still junk food here, but it’s not the norm like it is in the U.S.

4. Stress-free: Obviously there is some stress, there has to be. But it’s undeniably a different feel. People are relaxed. Motivated by happiness and life rather than deadlines and numbers. People don’t meet at a certain time, or schedule anything at a certain time. They schedule at a time-frame. For example, people will schedule to meet either early morning (8am-10am), mid-morning (10am-12pm), or late morning (12pm-2pm). If in the afternoon, they will meet early afternoon (2pm-4pm), mid-afternoon (4pm-6pm), or late afternoon (6pm-8pm). Dinner is at 8pm. “Night-time” if after dinner.

5. Marketing: Maybe the biggest difference. I haven’t seen one sign, flyer, or otherwise advertising for food. Nothing except the front of restaurants or “cafe’s.”

6. :To-Go:” There is no option to buy food to go. Not even an option. No “Drive-thru’s” either. Impressive to say the least.

One of my clients shared some valuable yet simple insight with me a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been spreading the word, including at a Baby Expo I spoke at recently. It’s hard not to be touched by it.

His oldest son is about to have a baby boy, so I asked him “What advice will you give your son on being a good Dad?”

He said, “I have three things.”

1. Tell your child you love him, regardless of the age – and tell him often.

2. Show an incredible amount of affection for your child. Especially if you’re a Dad and it’s your Son. Kiss him – regardless of age.

3. Lead him. From day 1, you’re building a life – a human being. Always lead, it’s your responsibility.

I was blown away by the sheer simplicity. Profound. Nurturing. Kind. Giving.