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Relational Yoga Retreat Summary

I have successfully plugged myself back into society! The Yoga Retreat at the Relational Yoga Mandiram was incredible. The place has changed me forever. Definitely for the better. It is hard to truly capture all the experiences, and definitely impossible to do any of them full justice with words. Nonetheless, I will provide a summary …

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The Power of Affirmation

When I was a kid I had constant validation that I would do well when I grew up. Noone told me how old a grown-up was supposed to be, but ever since I can remember, all the grown-ups had moved out on their own. So once you have gotten your own place, you were an …

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A Bigger Bang!

The concert was really great. Dave Matthews rally stole the show (IMHO), and his little duet with Mick Jagger really topped it all off! I must say, with the energy The Stones showed today, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them still touring 10 years from now! My Flickr slideshow is here.

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Knowing When To Take a Day Off

I was scheduled to train Chest and Back in the weight room after my “off” day yesterday. The off days are never really off, it just means that I don’t do any weight training on those days. Yesterday I did a 90 minute yoga class. It was an intense workout and just what I needed. …

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Consistency in Training = Progress

Since I was in my early teens, I have been weightlifting on and off. You would never guess by looking at me! The issue has been consistency. My weight training has always been as a supplement to some other sport, such as running, swimming or tennis in high school; and triathlons in college and beyond. …

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Show your cell phone who's boss

The past month or so has been a technological disaster for me. First my hard drive blows up. Then, my phone stops working. I have a 18 month old (i.e. out-of-warranty) Palm Treo 650. I love the device. It has taken a ton of abuse. I’ve never bothered to get one of those nice cushy …

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Where will we be in 10 years?

I just learned that someone from my high school class died in a house fire a few days ago. She past away trying to save her baby girl from the blaze. I am sorry that I didn’t get to know Dana better when I was in school, but given the small size of our town; every …

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When in doubt, SAY YES

We face lots of decisions that are binary, YES/NO decisions. Should I workout this morning? Should I call mom? Should I drink (another) nasty green drink? Should I go to that party? Should I bother showering today 🙂 ? In all cases, the answer YES is the right one. We program our brains to say …

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The pendulum swings

I’ve been traveling for the past two weeks. For the first few days I was diligent about sticking to my raw food diet. Breakfast would typically be a few pieces of fruit. I carried raw almonds with me to snack on during the days. Lunch was typically a large salad. Dinner would typically be eaten …

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Real friendship

Kathryn, a very dear friend of mine will be starting an adventure soon. First off to India for a several months, to study yoga at an ashram, and then possibly off to Spain for some language immersion. After some globetrotting, she’ll probably settle down somewhere with great weather, which means Seattle is out of the …

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Taking action is the only way

I’ve started keeping track of all the little times my brain has said “no” to something that deep down I really knew I should say “yes” to. Most of the time, this tension involves doing something outgoing like approaching a stranger (mostly cute girls!), speaking up in a meeting, writing an e-mail I’ve been procrastinating …

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Weightlifting with Steve

Today I joined my buddy Steve for one of his crazy workouts. I had seen him running around the gym like a madman doing about 20 exercises in 45 minutes in the past, and decided to see what it was all about. It was one of the more intense weight workouts I’ve done in the …

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Vegan Bodybuilders

I was in Portland this weekend visiting my sister and brother in-law; and hanging out with a group of Vegan Bodybuilders. I don’t consider myself Vegan right now, but back in 2002, I was Vegan for a few years. I had heard of several endurance athletes that were Vegan, but I always felt like bodybuilding …

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Financial Abundance on the SR520 Bridge

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Tony Robbins Confronts Al Gore

At the TED Conference (a gathering of movers and shakers in Monterrey, CA every spring) Al Gore apparently gave a very impressive delivery of his global warming presentation. For anyone who has seen An Inconvenient Truth, you can see how Al Gore really has passion for this topic. Tony Robbins was also a speaker at …

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Clear Skin

My face is clearer than it has been since I was literally 12 years old. I have a few annoying blemishes, but they are slowly clearing away. A few months ago, I had quite a lot of acne. After upping my raw food intake, I’ve lost my cravings for coffee, and alchohol. I think the …

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The mind goes to what you focus on

I was jettin outta work early to hit a 5:30pm yoga class. I’ve been getting in at crazy early hours so I can disregard the sly glances from my hallway-mates with good faith. I left at 4pm which would give me plenty of time to make the commute across the 520 bridge to Ballard for …

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Life isn't black & white

It is far to common for us to think of things from a dualistic point of view. Situations are either good or bad, people are kind or mean, food is tasty or terrible, we are either rich or poor, we’re either having fun or bored, our ‘inner circle’ of friends seem to either love us …

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Tony Robbins Wealth Mastery Seminar

I’m leaving for Baltimore tomorrow to attend my first course in the Tony Robbins Mastery University program. I attended his 4-day Unleash the Power Within (UPW) seminar in March and after going through several of his audio programs, and excited to get back to live instruction. This specific seminar is 5 days and focuses on …

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Plan for the best, then throw the plans out the window

Having goals is great. Knowing what you want is fine. Just don’t get too tied to them. I have had a streak of late, where whatever plans I make tend to change….causing me to pull out the few hairs I have left…..while in the end things end up working out not only fine…but often better …

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