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Don’t Blame the Lettuce…

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

I posted this over at my old blog, and thought that today would be a nice day to posted it here as well. Comments welcomed! -g-

Another Pole who understands Japanese posted the following on her FB page on Wednesday. Credit goes to Ewa for posting it and to Thich Nhat Hanh for writing it.

I invite you to take a few minutes to read it. After that, read it again. Slower, this time. Go ahead. Sip your coffee or tea while you read. Think about how it can apply to you and the way you go about your day. I’ve been ruminating on it most of the day.

Which is why I want to share it with you.

When You Plant Lettuce

Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other …person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”

Have a great day!!!



For the Love of Bits!

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By now it is no secret that I have found another product and company that I really like. There have been few that I have actually continued to use, amoung them Generation UCAN, DesignerWhey, and of course ArcticEase. Besides the products actually doing what they claim they will do, the PEOPLE behind them are important to me. I mean, if the owners/creators/marketers are a bunch of jackwagons, I don’t care HOW good your product is (are you listening, CHOBANI???).

The new kid on my block (who i’ve been hanging out with for several months, actually) is ENERGYBITS. They have more than just energy bits, actually, but that’s the bit i like the best! Cruise on over to their site to see more about their story. After you’ve done that, come back here. I have a bit of a give away going on. Yep. FREE BITS.

energybits red  hearts

I am offering up for grabs a sample package of EnergyBits from the folks at BitsOfEnergy. Yep. You’ll get a sample tin of bits along with some other goodies. Here’s what you have to do:

Leave me a comment (on the blog, NOT on FaceBook) saying you want in. In the comment please feel free to ask me any questions about the Bits that you might have. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll get in touch with the folks at BitsOfEnergy who will have the answers, and I will reply to you in the comments.

You can enter up to 5 times, contest closes on the 13th, and I’ll announce the winner of the bits on the 14th. Bits are GREAT for heart health, and it just seems fitting to give away some heart health on Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check back here on the 14th to see who won, as well as learn a few things about how algae can help improve your heart health as well as your overall wellness!!!


To err is human.

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

*this is NOT a feel good post. it is raw.*

Without going into detail, I’ve screwed up. I’ve made several bad decisions over the past several years, and innocent people have been impacted by my choices. It has been recently said of me that “…he never takes responsibility for his actions! He never admits when he’s done wrong, and never tries to actually DO anything about it.” (and no, some of you, it wasn’t who you might think it is who said that. But you are probably close).

I disagree with their assessment, but that doesn’t really matter; at least not to them. I don’t think that there is anything…ANYTHING that I could do to change their mind about the way things have been in the past. My only hope is to do things going FORWARD that help shape their opinion in the future. Because there’s nothing that I can do about the past. None of us can.

To paraphrase someone much wiser than I: “No one can change the past. But we can ALL make the decision now to do something about our future.” This post is part of my decision.

Thing is, that person will never likely read this. That said, am I writing this for them, then, or for myself? I don’t really know the answer to that just yet.

I am going to say this here, now, and then move forward. Yes, I will occasionally look back, but only to see how far i’ve come; NOT to languish, lament, or reside.

Events occurred in November, and I made some bad decisions that have had and will continue to have negative ramifications likely for the rest of my life. For this, and the way my poor choices have afflicted some innocent people, I wish to express my deep sorrow and regret. I will forever beg your forgiveness. To those who were not directly involved in the events, I apologize for bringing pain and stress into your lives.

In the months and years to come, I ask for everyone’s patience and perhaps some assistance as I try to move forward toward a better, brighter future.

Thank you for your time. I hope to make my subsequent posts MUCH lighter in tone.



I look forward to being able to participate in the weekly #Attune twitter chats. There are several people who show up every week, and we always seem to pull in new people too. A great bunch, they’ve tolerated and come to expect my impromptu #DipChallenge that I started back in October. I get a good, quick workout in (usually around 250-300 dips during the half hour chat), and we have fun with the word of the day.

Today, though, I had a schedule conflict at work and was unable to attend the #Attune chat. Fear not, though, as I am about to give my answers to the questions posed this week!

Q1: Do you have any healthy eating goals for the year (or the month or the week?)

A1: Yes. Next question, please. AHAHAH just kidding. I am going to incorporate more fish, more fresh veggies, and more roasted veggies into my eats this year. I also intend to get a gas grill this spring so that i can enjoy grilled meats and veggies. I’ve missed out on most of those things for the past several years, and am very excited to get back to that way of cooking!

Q2:  How important is accountability & community to your healthy eating goals / healthy living?

A2: Accountability is so important, I named my old blog “Accountability” to remind me to hold myself accountable for my actions. Community is important in that it is there (here?) that I go for ideas for new foods, new twists on standard items, and as a place to bounce my own ideas. I also enjoy the dialogue that the online community offers. Most people are very positive and supportive, which is nice. It is also nice to have those friends who are able to call me to task when I start to lose focus.

Q3: Do you have any goals or actions on keeping your space in line w/ healthy eating goals?

A3: By space I assume that you mean domicile? (hat tip to @MizFitOnline)Yes, I do. Recent events have placed me in a new house, and I am keeping all of my foods either in the fridge or in view on the counters. I am fortune to have enough space to do that, and my intention is that it will keep all of my good foods in easy reach. Since I am the one purchasing the food, I am careful to only buy foods that are good for me (pay no attention to the empty orange cream ice cream container in the trash…move along now…). I’ve started putting fruits in a bowl so that I see them right away when I feel like having a snack. So far, this has been working ok for me.

Well, folks, that’s all the time we have for today. Be sure and check back soon. Better yet, just subscribe, and I’ll magically appear in your mailbox!


I’ve asked a few people who I know outside of the web-world how they define wellness, and most of them are quick to answer “being physically fit” or “being in good shape” and “being the right weight for me”. While I think that these are worth-while pursuits, they don’t really encompass Wellness as a whole.

As I read the many blogs and articles that show up in my feeds, I am reminded that wellness isn’t just about physical fitness. Quality time with family and friends is an aspect, as are giving back to the community, eating healthy foods, spiritual involvement, and mental health. Of these, there are two areas in which I lack…confidence in to say that I am a Well Rounded person; Spiritual and Mental Health.

For me, being a spiritual person and being a religious person are two different things. Spirituality, for me, is being in touch with a power or force bigger than ourselves. This could be in many, almost any, form. It doesn’t involve worship, per se, but more involvement in the group/belief/vision/community related to that higher power. One doesn’t need be fully devoted to one philosophy in order to be spiritual. If so chooses, one can pull from many religions as a base for their spiritual beliefs.

Religious beliefs, in contrast, are limited to one sect, one way of believing in a specific higher power or Supreme Being. Religions, to me, fit themselves nicely into a set of rules for believers to follow; a certain way of behaving and things that need doing in order for that person to reach the promise land, heaven, or whatever that religion calls its after life. There are some readers who may disagree with me here (Mom?), and that’s ok.

I’m not proposing that either way is the right way to believe. That isn’t for me to decide. I’m simply laying it out why I feel that I am not well rounded based on my views of spirituality.

The other aspect where I fall flat is mental health. Hey, I’m doing the best that I can and every day I wake up and put my teflon coat on again. Trouble is, someone along the way used a metal spatula to scrape my coat, and the DuPont covering has blemishes. Sometimes things stick to it fora bit loner than I’d like them to before falling off and going down the drain.

Those things said, I am a work in progress, and I am happy with that. Being happy with where I am carries me a long way along the path to being Well Rounded.

What are some things that you struggle with on your journey? Share them in the comments!

Thank you,


Lately it seems that everyone and their brother are becoming personal trainers, massage therapists, nutrition counselors, or social media gurus.

Hi. My name is Gene, and I just signed up to get my personal trainer certification through NASM. That’s right. I had a sip of the kool-aid and I’m hooked. Do I plan to make a career of being a CPT? No. Do i think that it could be a good side business? Sure. I like to think of it as a hobby that pays me back, and one that I can use to pay it forward. I signed up this past Friday, even though I was going to wait until after the first of the year to pay. By the end of the day, I’d received several emails from NASM welcoming me to the family, etc, etc, etc. Nice people there. Then later in the evening I received an email that listed shipping information for items…to be shipped. (?) Anyway, imagine my sheer excitement when I read the list of items:

CPT4001001 CPT 4th Edition Welcome Letter 1 12/28/2012
CPT4104001 CPT 4th-Essentials of Personal Fitness Training Textbook 1 12/28/2012
MER1011026 NASM Backpack 1 12/28/2012
MER1011027 Packaging, Locker Box 1 12/28/2012

Which one do you think got me the MOST excited? (hint: NOT the welcome letter….)

That’s RIGHT!!! The BACKPACK! I neeeeeed another one. Must.Have. I hoard them, actually. I think that I own 5 at the moment. Used to be 6, but then the dog (few years back) decided that it looked like a green fire hydrant, and, well….i had to retire it. Pity, too, because that one was a HUGE pack from L.L.Bean.

So yes, my journey to becoming a(nother) CPT has begun. I wonder that if, like most people taking Psych 101, i’ll see ‘myself’ in just about every aspect of training. That will be interesting, for sure. I also think that I’ll find many, many instances where I say, “I THOUGHT SO!”

Be sure and join me, won’t you, on this fantastic journey. We’ll be glad you did.

What’s In a Name?

Posted: December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I am the oldest grandchild on my father’s side of the family, and am named after my grandfather. We both shared Eugene Zigmont Soboleski until he passed in 1997. I miss him to this day, and find myself talking to him more often than I thought I would. But this isn’t about that…

He had nicknames for all of his grandkids: Ker-bear, Beav, Cuppetti-girl, etc. His nickname for me was Zig. I can still hear him say, “Hey, Zig, bring me that 9/16″ socket, will ya?” I have 2 other male cousins on that side, and after they were born, I became “Big Zig”.

I have a son, who we didn’t name after my dad (I hope i don’t suffer any bad ju-ju for breaking tradition!). My Dad called him “Ziggy” and “Zig” until my sister had a son. Now he calls Carson “Zig” and Bryce is known as “Big Zig”. See what we did there?

When I first became involved with Twitter (yes, we have a relationship) I wanted my handle to be “BigZig”, but it was already taken. I immediately thought that perhaps one of my cousins had taken it, but they hadn’t. I belongs to someone who doesn’t even tweet…seriously. I’m not happy about it, but hey…So I chose @boutdrz (be outdoors), as that had once been my license plate. Every so often I would tweet the meaning and pronunciation. People seemed accepting of the name, so I didn’t think much of it. Until very recently.

My life is changing in ways that I didn’t really expect it to, and I feel that it is time for me, in part at least, to be re-born. For over a year I’ve been wanting to get certified as a personal trainer. I talked about it on my other blog, so I won’t go deep into it here. Suffice to say I WILL be certified in 2013. The good Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise (which has nothing to do with water, btw). As I’ve been thinking about being a part time trainer, I’ve thought about how I should start branding myself. Keeping the moniker “boutdrz’ just didn’t seem to roll off the tongue easily enough; i’d likely have to explain it to every potential client. Then I looked back into my memory banks and came up with, naturally, BigZig Fitness.

Catchy, and serves as an homage to my grandfather.

So I welcome you to these pages, and encourage you to join me along my journey. If it suits us, our fitness and wellness paths will cross, and we’ll both be the better for it.