My Personal Journey to a Better Life

Real Health in a Real World


From photography, to gardening, to martial arts, to technology and entertainment, we all need to relax and take time to enjoy things that make us happy.  Here are some of my interests.

Whatever you decide to do, give it an honest effort.  Try something new, or go back to something old that you enjoyed once.  Get active, the benefits are insurmountable.  Here are some of the things I do to stay in shape.  You will see that some things are pretty simple, affordable and easy to use.  

Foods you should definitely be eating to those you should avoid at all costs.  Get to know about Protein, good and bad Fats, and how to manage the very tricky Carbohydrate intake.

There’s a common misconception that exercise is work, that it’s painful, boring and repetitive.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Can you lose weight and feel good about yourself without it?  Sure.  Can you speed things up, build strength and improve your mindset with it?  You betcha.

My interests have changed dramatically since I was a kid.  Organized sports used to be my thing.  Years of my life were spent on the basketball court, and at the YMCA and Boys Club playing various other sports like flag football.  After my hiatus from life, I knew I needed to get back into some type of sport.  Something physical and challenging, but I had no desire to return to team sports.  Long story short, I came across mixed martial arts in my late 20s and I haven’t regretted it once.  Sure there are lots of bumps, bruises and the random broken nose.  But to me, it’s totally worth it.  This was something I never once thought I would be interested in, but I wanted to challenge myself, to learn something, and improve my body and mind at the same point.

Think exercise is a chore?  Don't have time?  No more feeling like a hamster in a wheel for hours on end.  Get results with functional strength training. 



A collection of recipes and guides to some of my favorite meals, sides and snacks.  Real ingredients, satisfying and healthy. 


Working out as an adult doesn’t have to be boring.  Do what you like, there are bound to be others doing the same thing.  Check out your local event center, hit up some groups on, take a stroll through a gym, ask your coworkers what they do, you may be surprised what is out there.

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If you’re adverse to exercise because you imagine running on a treadmill for hours on end, pounding the streets at 5 am to get your 2 hour jog in, or embarrass yourself in front of your family rocking to the oldies in your spandex and leg warmers, you couldn’t be further from reality.  

The information on this website is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only.  It is an opinion blog based on personal research and experimentation.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult with a licensed professional healthcare provider before undertaking any diet or lifestyle change.

Home Gym

Strong is the new strong.  And fun is the new fun.  Gone are the days of treadmill workouts.  Gyms are social destinations, garages are home gyms, marathons are mud runs, beer league softball is out, and ultimate frisbee is in.

What I want to emphasize, is that to get the most out of whatever you do, get out of your comfort zone.  Challenge yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.  Comfort zones are exactly what they sound like, they are comfortable.  You don’t grow by staying in a comfort zone. You don’t get stronger doing the same things, you don’t get faster running at the same speed, you don’t get better at whatever you are doing by doing the same thing over and over.