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What Does 20,000 Steps Look Like

2017-26-3--21-42-23I had read a story recently about how “they” are increasing the daily steps recommendation from 10,000 to 15,000.  That seemed like a lot, but I had some time on Sunday, so I decided to go for it.  After, I got to my destination, it became clear that I was going to go over, so I amended my goal to an increased 20,000 steps.  To make the experience more “me”, I decided to go make it as much of a photo walk as a fitness one.

40 of the images I took were included in this post on Facebook.  I hope you enjoy them.  Please let me know which, if any, you connect with.

Please let me know if YOU decide to do a photo/fitness walk, so I can see a bit of YOUR world!

I still think 15k steps is a bit much for most people, especially considering this recommendation was IN ADDITION to your exercise.  I do think that every once and awhile a long walk like this can be great.  I hope to do one of these epic treks about once a month. Â

Credit Notes:
My fitness wearable is a Garmin Vivoactive HR.
My phone that took the pictures is a Lumia 950
The cities in this are West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City (Los Angeles).

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Why I Juice

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Once upon a time, I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead“, which got me intrigued and curious about this whole juicing thing.  About that same time, a neighbor offered me her Breville juicer.  Not being one to turn down the perfectly functioning throwaway items of others that also happens to coincide with a curiosity that I’m currently having, but not likely to invest in (PHEW)….I accepted…and the adventure begins!

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DalyDose of…#MyWhy

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Most of us have the practice of making and declaring goals, down pat.  Where we falter is with success.  Many people have written and said many things to motivate us towards success. On social media, I’m guessing that you can find an endless supply of memes, with inspiring quotes typeset atop awe-inspiring images.  The one thing that I’ve heard through the noise, that resonates with me, is finding your “why”.   The author and motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, speaks of this as an ingredient for success.  He’ll ask you “what’s your why?”.  Businesses do this with a “mission statement”.  They know why they exist and what keeps them on their path towards success.  Individuals can use some of that focus.

If we’re looking at the sacrifices that one must make to be successful in any pursuit, it’s no wonder that so many people give up.  If you have a strong collection of reasons “why” you are sacrificing, it might just push to you succeed.  What’s my why? Read on, my friends.

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ABC Juice for Mission: Camera Ready

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Oh how I wish getting fit could be exclusively handled in the gym.  If only I could lift and Spin my way back to Warrior JD with just my blood, sweat and tears.  Unfortunately, a good deal of fitness happens in the kitchen and while my muscles get their fair share of punishment, my taste buds take the most abuse.

In order to give a boost of micronutrients from time-to-time one can gulp down a juice.  Today, I did just that and I am am going to share the experience with you.

Keep on reading to see what the ABC Juice and how you can make it for yourself….

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Lumia Getting Me Fit

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I spend a lot of time talking about the imaging features of this amazing Nokia Lumia 1020 device, but it has other uses.  There are a bevy of apps that I should probably be writing about, but I can do that after my time with the 1020 is over.  I mean, I do have my Lumia 920, running the same operating system.

Photography and videography are one thing, but I find myself frequently on BOTH sides of the camera, so I need to keep an eye on  my fitness.  Obviously, vanity and aesthetics aren’t the only reasons for getting into shape, but they are powerful motivators for this guy.  No matter your reason, the Windows Phone powered Lumia can help buff you up, slim you down or just add to your performance level.

You can see here that I have the phone posing with my running shoes and a nasty post-run t-shirt.  Too bad Lumia can’t do laundry.  Never mind that though.  Like Olivia Newton John said back in the day, “Let’s Get Physical”. (BONUS – I added that music video to the end of this blog)

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A PureView of Solstice Canyon

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My friend Sara and I needed to scout out a location for a photo shoot that we have planned.  It’s not accessible except by hike, so I was glad to only carry along the Nokia Lumia 1020.  The DSLR can stay home until we lug the equipment up there.

In Solstice Canyon there is this mansion that burned in 80’s.  For more info on the trail and park, visit: http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/solsticecanyon.htm/index.htm

For more of MY pictures from this hike, keep on scrolling!

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Fix Stuff With Your Lumia

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There are several tools pictured here, but you’ll only need one of them to fix the things that I’m going to show you.  If you guess the white Lumia 1020 in the middle of the picture, you’d be correct.

Before we get started, I’d like to point out that while the Lumia 1020 takes great pictures, I’m also impressed with its photogenic qualities in front of the camera.  The Nokia is no diva though and worked well with the hardhat tools that share the spotlight.

OK, let’s dig in and fix some stuff in our lives with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and some apps to help us out.

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DalyDose of Fitness: 5 Pushups (w/ Video)

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I teach a Spin/Sculpt class at RPM Fitness Studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am.  We do Spinning until about 10:30 and then we move over to the other studio to work on the sculpting portion.  We usually only get about 20 minutes in there, so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to get workouts done in short amounts of time.  For example, we had tried working up to 100 pushups by doing them in sets of 20, but we don’t have time to run through a circuit 5 times.  I decided to try these pushups out and I debuted them to the class a couple of weeks ago and I’m happy to say that people were in pain the day after.  Fear not, for you too can feel the pain of JD’s “5” Style Pushup.

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What The Juice

WP_20130114_004I am a Midwest-raised, meat eating, beer drinking man, who is about to embark on a 10 Day Juicing “Reboot”.  As my friends’ son says, “What the juice?”.

It all started when my neighbor was getting rid of stuff in her apartment.  She called me and asked if I wanted her juicer.  I expected that she’d have a half-working cheapo model, but I still said “yes”, as I had thoughts of trying such a challenge.  I must have made a #NoExcuses manifestation, because this was a really nice Breville, in great condition.

What’s next? Read on, my friends.

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