Whitesnake said it best!

There’s an old song that I really like and that was even on my running playlist back when I was a distance runner and used to listen to music while I ran those long runs.

The song was released in 1982 and the lyrics are perfect for this blog entry and for my blog in general. The group that wrote and recorded it was Whitesnake and the song was titled, Here I Go Again.

Check out some of the lyrics: (Or you can listen here to the version they played on the radio.)

I don’t know where I’m goin’
But I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go again, here I go again


It’s been a month and a half since I’ve posted anything. I keep learning the same lesson over and over again! It seems these days that I only have two speeds – lazy and obsessive. As I’ve said before, I just don’t seem to do casual very well. It quickly turns into lazy! Truth is, my normal mode has been obsessive for most of my life and only as I’ve gotten older, with a bit more spare time, have I allowed myself to take the lazy option.

Problem is, when I get lazy in one area it leads to laziness in another, and that leads to laziness in another and so on. And this excuse of getting older? I have to remind myself that it’s just an excuse to slow down; and, with only two speeds that’s simply not a good choice for me!

A bit of rain and a lot of cold weather have put a hurtin’ on my follow-through with running lately and, as a result, there hasn’t been much to blog about. Hold on! Did I say cold weather? This is the Florida panhandle! My friends up north tell me that we don’t do cold weather down here. Well, I would usually agree, but not for this past winter with those sub-freezing temps!

I guess I’ll have to draw inspiration from that old quote that says there’s no cold weather – only inappropriate clothing. I’ll be wishing I had more of that cold weather with those hot summer days arrive!

Meanwhile, here I go again!


My Fitness Pal

Speaking of measuring things, I’m a big fan of MyFitnessPal.com. I had used it on and off several years back, but with limited success due to my lack of follow-through.

In 2016 I decided to get serious about it. I was 15 pounds over my desired weight and decided to do something about it. As it turns out, myfitnesspal.com was the perfect tool for measuring my daily calories and nutritional information, becoming more consistent in my approach to a healthy diet, and staying true to my weight loss goal.

I also decided, in uncharacteristic fashion, to take my time and make it a more pleasant experience. I gave myself all of 2016 to accomplish the goal and wound up hitting it in mid-September.

For maintenance, I set a goal to stay in a range between goal weight and goal weight plus 5 pounds. For all of 2017 I was successful – up until the Holiday seasons of both Thanksgiving and Christmas. By year’s end I was up 8 pounds above my former goal weight. In other words, in 2017 I had put back on over half of the weight I had lost in 2016.

Well, I’m one week into February 2018 and sitting at 6.4 pounds above my goal weight. I’ve developed a plan for a lifestyle change to my eating that I think I can live with and that I believe will accomplish my goals – specifically getting back to (and even below) my goal weight and staying there! My wife and I are working together to adopt this new diet lifestyle, which only adds to my level of confidence for our ongoing success.

I hope your 2018 is off to a strong start!

Measuring Your Success

Generally speaking, I’ve been an early adopter of technology over my lifetime. However, that hasn’t been so true when it comes to my running hobby.

I was slow to adopt technical shirts and suffered all the problems associated with cotton much longer than I ever should have. I’m talking about the extra weight I carried with a soaking wet t-shirt and the bloody shirts that resulted from time to time with wet cotton rubbing my chests on a long race.

I’m still a cynic of the Five Fingers running shoes, and in similar fashion I just couldn’t get myself to pay big bucks and strap a bulky Garmin computer on my wrist or place an associated sensor in my shoe.

Well, that was then and this is now! The Garmin smart watches have become smart enough and sleek enough  (and with competition, even affordable enough) to capture my attention.

As such, Santa came to our home a week early in 2017 and added me to the Garmin smart watch owner’s community with a new Vivoactive 3 (VA3) pictured above.  And, with all that I have learned in using it, I’ve become a big believer in the technology and a big fan of the product.

As I have written in previous posts, I learned early on that the key to success with any goal starts with measuring. Whether it’s nutritional information for the food I eat or important data points regarding a run, I’ve always believed that the way to make improvements and find success is to set goals and measure my progress in attaining those goals.

Well, the VA3 has become my tool of choice for collecting data points on my runs. It’s one thing to obtain one’s average pace or even one’s average heart rate, but it’s totally another to sync my watch up with my phone after a training run and see that data defined in graph form and providing my pace or heart rate at any given moment during a run.

Even more surprising has been my ability to see my heart rate become measurably lower over a period of weeks even though a run covered the same distance and at a faster pace. Now, in my mind that’s a measure of success when it comes to better health and fitness.

I’ve also been amazed at the accuracy of the on-board GPS and, with it, my new found freedom in running any route that I choose and still being able to accurately track my distance. An added benefit is the customized screen I can build displaying whatever variables I consider most important to review during my run. To that end, I’ve chosen a three variable display presenting time, distance, and heart rate.

Pretty cool, don’t you think?


Life is all about choices and the consequences of those choices. That’s so easy to see, and so easy to say, but it’s a difficult process to navigate with any consistent success. It’s difficult because the intended result of any given choice is not always the actual result of that choice. Or, if it is the actual result, it is joined by unintended and undesirable consequences that were not anticipated.

That’s the battle I have been fighting at the end of 2017 and on into 2018. And, that’s the reason I shut down this blog for almost two months. I’m having to come to grips with the idea that, when it comes to choices and consequences, I am an all-or-nothing kind of guy. I just don’t do casual effort very well.

The good news is that I don’t struggle with getting out for a run. I’m admittedly obsessive about that and have been for a very long time. The bad news is that my eating choices can, and often will, undo everything I’ve accomplished with a run. Diet is clearly my Achilles heel. And, as a result, stepping on the scales can put me in a downward emotional spiral faster than just about anything else. Seeing that number on the scale is the ultimate measurement and confirmation of my failure.

In the spirit of all-or-nothing, I have come to realize (as I have before) that this blog is an important tool in maintaining my focus on a healthy regimen of diet and exercise. Readers and comments are always more than welcome, but that’s not the goal for me. The goal is consistent success in the areas of health and fitness. Those two things lead to so much success in so many other areas of my life that I simply cannot afford to live without them. And blogging about it all leads the way like nothing else I’ve seen or experienced.

Walking Obsession’s Fine Line

Have you noticed that I talk a lot about being obsessive in my posts? What is obsession anyway and is it good or bad? The dictionary.com website describes it as follows:

The domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.


So, if that is the definition of obsession, let me ask again – is it good or bad? Here’s what I’ve learned. At the highest level in our lives, we set objectives. To enable the achievement of those objectives, we define strategies. And, to support those strategies, we develop and execute tactics. These three layers are very popular in the business world and there’s no reason for avoiding them when seeking success in all areas of our personal lives.

The title of my blog provides a great example of this three layered approach. If one of my objectives in life is good health, then one of many strategies could be to develop a fitness plan, and a good fitness plan might include tactics such as an aerobic exercise (like running) as part of a more comprehensive exercise regimen. So far, so good – right?

A wise manager of mine once told me that the only way we can succeed at something is to measure it. I believe this to be absolutely true! And, measurement is primarily carried out at the tactical level. For example: how fast, far, and frequently am I running?  Unfortunately, this is where obsession can be good or bad. Obsession can encourage us to run that run when a weak moment of laziness tries to grab our attention, or obsession can blind us to the fact that a tactic only exists as a contributor to a strategy, and ultimately an objective, and not for it’s own sake.

I am so prone toward obsession (the bad kind!) in my executing and measuring at the tactical level that it becomes very easy for me to completely lose sight of the objectives and strategies. Have you ever run when you were sick? I have! We train for a race, decide we are going to break all land speed records, put ourselves at risk for all sorts of problems, defy the objective and strategy to execute at the tactical level, and then we wonder what went wrong and why we didn’t measure up? It’s a battle I fight more often than I would care to admit. It’s a trap. Don’t go there!

Here’s to your life’s most important objectives, a set of well balanced strategies, the careful consideration and measurement of your day-to-day tactics, and the all-important ongoing review of each against the others!


I’m basically an all or nothing kind of guy. I don’t do casual effort very well.

I knew we had family coming to join us over the Thanksgiving Holidays and I made a conscious decision to take a week off from work, step away from running, and enjoy all of the food selections that tend to accompany the season. And, that’s exactly what I did. No running, no blogging, and a lot of eating! All or nothing! Right?

During my time off, I found myself asking if I’m being too obsessive about my fitness and diet plan. After all, the R&R and the pecan pie were quite intoxicating! I even found myself thinking that I could get quite used to this style of comfortable living. Maybe I was indeed being too obsessive about exercise and weight management.

Fortunately, a TV commercial featuring an elderly runner brought me back to my senses. For me, the physical, mental, and emotional payout is just to strong to be ignored – not to mention the runner’s high and the incredible sense of accomplishment that comes with it.

When the next Holiday season rolls around (and there is one coming up!) I won’t make the same mistake again. After all, one person’s obsessive is another person’s normal. Right?

Or better yet, maybe obsessive is the new normal !

Never Stop

It’s easy to get caught up in the cares of the day and completely lose focus on what is important to us and what we want to accomplish. And so I decided to address that problem by inserting an intentional reminder into my daily plan.

I purchased one of those wrist bands that I have seen people wearing from time to time. It didn’t really matter what text appeared on the band, because the idea was more about its less than perfectly comfortable presence serving as a daily reminder (or perhaps interrupter?) Have I given thought as to how important today is and what I want to accomplish in it? And by the way, the moment that wrist band gets comfortable (and therefore becomes ineffective) is the moment it gets moved to the other wrist for a fresh and new start to its job.

The text on my wrist band says, NEVER STOP. That seemed like an appropriate reminder for all of the following reasons:


Listening to God’s daily whispers

Finding new ways to love and care for my beautiful soulmate

Giving my best to my job

Being thankful

Caring for, and about, others

Setting and pursuing important goals

Focusing on priorities

Taking care of the things with which I have been blessed

Pausing to reflect during a busy day

Remembering that each what in life usually has a more important who


Those are just a few of mine. What’s on your NEVER STOP list?