Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

Running in Omaha


September 5, 2014

My Fitness Tips

I was in Omaha, Nebraska, to speak at WordCamp Omaha in August 2014, and found some time to go running in Omaha. Of course, I didn’t know where to go running since I hadn’t been there before. I did the natural thing and asked my friends on Facebook for suggestions. Here’s what they came up […]

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Why don’t we see our bodies the way they actually look?


August 29, 2014

My Fitness Tips

Our own self-image can be so inaccurate it can border on misrepresentation. Many times we don’t see ourselves the way we actually look. Somebody once told me that this is our brain playing tricks on us. I don’t know why it happens, but I know that it does happen. Some examples … Growing up I […]

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Never thought I would be able to do this many pull-ups


August 25, 2014

My Fitness Tips

I remember when I was around 15 and tried to do pull-ups. I could do maybe one and a half. Of course I started gaining lots of weight from age 15-24 because of football and just enjoying food in general. Needless to say, I didn’t try pull-ups again for a while. That all changed in […]

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Saving calories for the evening


August 22, 2014

My Fitness Tips

I’ve been tracking my daily calorie intake for a while now and a few things are for certain: It’s hard to figure out how many calories certain foods have.- for example when eating out or enjoying a homemade meal., Once the tracking is a habit it’s easy to remember to do. Planning calories for much […]

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Goals: “Just one more mile”


August 8, 2014

My Fitness Tips

Setting goals is great and works. Yes, they’ve helped me get where I wanted to go. But sometimes, just starting without a definite goal can also work in the gym. Now, it’s always good to have some kind of idea about the destination. This could be as simple as a healthier or slimmer you. Those […]

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Change takes time – but it’s hard to keep track of it

I’ve lost over 100 pounds since 2007. Wow. That’s seven years ago – as I’m writing this in 2014. Change takes time. But between 2001 and 2007 I’ve gained 60 pounds or so. That took some time, too. Change takes time and that’s true for the positive and the negative. Looking back today I wouldn’t have guessed […]

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Weightlifting gloves – how to pick what to wear at the gym

Lifting weights at the a gym can help our health and can make us feel good and accomplished. In the case of weightlifting it’s good to pack on the pounds – on the bar that is. Pound by pound we get stronger. Somehow you have to hold onto all this weight. Some people wear weightlifting […]

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Exercise tips for the traveling gym rat

Exercising while traveling can be tricky. For once, hotel gyms aren’t necessarily what we are used to at home. But somebody once said: “If you don’t like the hotel gym book a hotel with a better gym.” Exactly. So I don’t complain about hotel gyms. I either pick a hotel with a good gym or […]

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Holidays are for family and calories

Holidays are great to catch up with family members, ask for more details on their Facebook posts and consume a lot of calories. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The calories part that is. Catching up with friends and family won’t hurt your waistline – unless you eat the entire time. Who is on the list […]

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How come less food is more expensive?

When less food is more expensive that might mean that we end up saving dollars but not our waistlines. I’m pretty sure that this sign means that one meal costs just under $15 and there are 15 meals at that price point and not that you can eat 15 meals total for just $15. But […]

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PODCAST: Sometimes we don’t need the food that we want

This short podcast discusses the difference between needing food (ice cream, for example) and wanting it. Not realizing the difference can impact your diet and weight loss. Audio not playing or can’t listen right now? Try the transcript below. Hi there. Chistoph Trappe here,, and today I want to talk about controlling our hunger, controlling […]

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Happy Father’s Day to me – These size 34 shorts fit

My six-year-old got me a pair of cargo shorts for Father’s Day 2014. They are size 34. Since I wore size 46 (maybe even 48) years ago seeing the 34 felt good. I have actually gained some weight in recent months and as this chart shows I’ve started losing it again. The Father’s Day feeling […]

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No gym required: volunteering keeps us fit

Some great workouts can be had without ever going to the gym or even following a workout. Volunteering can help and volunteering keeps us fit. I volunteer somewhere between 150-200 hours a year and the volunteer opportunities that I enjoy the most usually involve some kind of physical activity. Highway cleanup Cleaning up the ditches […]

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