Burpees for Fun

I did my first Spartan Race this weekend. It was an experience I won’t soon forget. I was among the second largest Spartan Team in the history of the race- 500 other Optimize Coaches from all over the world convened in Los Angeles for a Sprint, the shortest race in the Trifecta. At four miles long and containing 20 obstacles (I’m still not sure I can recall all 20 obstacles), it was a mental and physical challenge. But with 500 other teammates, it was IMPOSSIBLE to fail. Read More “Burpees for Fun”

Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 21: The Zero Waste Chef

I’m pretty busy with a few projects but I still want to give my readers a daily dose of goodness for Plastic-Free July. It’s important to stay motivated, stay inspired.

But ZooFit Safari is *THIS* close to being published. I decided to give myself a day and let a professional take the wheel for today. Don’t worry, I still practiced Plastic-Free. But when it comes to helpful tips and practices, it’s good to know I’m certainly not alone.

I came across the Zero Waste Chef while in Kentucky, visiting family. Surfing the webs for a rhubarb crisp recipe, I stumbled upon a recipe using almond pulp from homemade almond milk. That’s curious, I thought. I looked at the site name, and saw the Zero-Waste Chef, and then her main quote- “We don’t need a few people doing waste-free perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

This woman must be one of my soulmates. Our philosophies are the same- small steps toward your goal, keep doing the best you can, it’s not about perfection. And so on.

If you want to be inspired, whether it’s a recipe you want to try doing waste-free, or looking for tips for breaking up with plastic, Anne Marie Bonneau has tons of experience and advice. After Plastic-Free July, I’m going to look into her 31 day challenge to go Zero-Waste. I’m also looking forward to trying her homemade Nutella recipe. No waste, and no palm oil?!?! What wizardry is this?!?!

So, while I finish up my incredible fitness challenge (it’s epic, my friends, EPIC!), I’ll let you peruse the Zero Waste Chef and see that each small behavior change leads to a better life and a better world.


Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 14: Watch a Movie

In my Optimize coach class, we discuss cutting down on television to make time for things which are important to us. Important things like fitness, writing, art, family time (and no, TV is not family time). But even our mentor, Brian Johnson, watches movies, documentaries, and even TED talks once in a while (he’s really impressed with the Mr. Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”). Read More “Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 14: Watch a Movie”