This time of year it is very common to come across pictures on the web of people beginning their newly resolved fitness journeys. I have mad respect for people who are willing to throw public scorn to the wind and post pictures of themselves in various stages of being dressed all the while showing more skin than they might otherwise display.
These brave souls will put “BEFORE” underneath their pictures to be sure that no one believes that these are their destination photos, but more of a “here i am, at my worst, and then i’ll get better”. I really admire this. I don’t think that I could ever do it. I mean, I’m relatively healthy, and I won’t even go shirtless at the beach or local swimming hole. I get the whole concept of the “BEFORE” picture.
What I DON’T understand are the “AFTER” pictures. Think about it. If you are on a fitness journey for whatever reason, my suspicion is that EVERY DAY is part of the journey. I don’t know of anyone who is “done”. Every day we’re shufflin’ to either improve or maintain. We aren’t finished; the wellness/fitness lifestyle is a work in progress.
Here’s my challenge to all of us:
If you have before and after pictures on your blog/FB/locker/dashboard…change the caption on the “AFTER” picture to read “DURNING”. I believe that it will serve to remind all of us that the journey has no appreciable end. The only REAL “AFTER” picture would look like this:

Crypt Keeper "AFTER"

Crypt Keeper “AFTER”


Go for the GOAL(s)…

Posted: January 22, 2013 in Goals
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Inspired by a post by Sandra over at OrganicRunnerMom, i thought it would be fun to try to come up with some BIG Spring Goals (mmmm….spring rolls….) and then some concrete ones for the week. Why not, right? Ok, after you’ve read hers, come back and read mine. After that, share some of your own? Link to your blog in the comments….


1) Finish out the Winter Wild Series. I had such a great time at the race, how can i NOT go to all of them? The series finale at Bretton Woods should be a great time. If anyone knows of a couch I can crash on that Friday night, please let me know? Thanks….

2) First marathon of 2013 will be in MAY at the Shires of Vermont Marathon. I’ve not been down in that area of our state for a long time, and this seems like as good a reason as any to get down there and run.

3) Drop 7 pounds by end of February. I’ve joined  dietbet, with the original intention of helping to motivate others to lose 4% of their body weight. Do I think that I really need to lose the weight? Well, not really, but in doing so I will gain some definition around my gut, which is ALWAYS beneficial. Am I right????


1) Sweat every day

2) Run every other day (M/W/Sat (long)

3) Improve sleep

4) Study NASM information every night


Those should keep me motivated and busy, no? Yes.

Ok, now YOUR turn? Whatcha got? Care to share just one goal? You’ll be glad you did.

Then you need to try @EnergyBits! Seriously. I was fortunate enough to be able to try a sample of their Energy Bits (they also have RecoverySkinny, and Vitality Bits).

Made with ONE INGREDIENT (hello, Clean Eating!), they really packed a punch. I took the recommended amount (20 bits), and sat back to wait.jekyllandhyde Kinda like Dr. Jekyll, I was excited and apprehensive at the same time…ok, not really, but can you imagine? wow. anyway…it was an interesting half hour or so before I began to feel any changes…

The first thing I noticed was that I had a bit more pep. I was at work, and typically I need an extra cup of coffee or two in the afternoon to perk me up. The bits were fantastic, and the energy lasted MUCH LONGER than coffee.


The second time I tried them, it was before I went out for a medium distance (10k) run. I had NO belly issues, and no dip in energy levels during the run or for quite a while afterward (my wife was happy about this, as I used that energy to finish some projects around the yard!).

The sample came in a nice little tin. When you buy a full order (which I highly recommend that you do!), you will get a refillable travel tin like this one to take with you for those unplanned pick me ups.

 Curious about what you get out of these little gems? Here is the nutritional information for the EnergyBits.


As you may know, I am a big fan of companies or “brands” who engage with customers online. EnergyBits has a great Twitter presence, actively participating in weekly #runchat, #ultrachat, and my favourite, #wellnesschat.

Based in Boston, MA, they are a young, energetic, active company with a great new product that is actually useful. They are made in the USA, contain NO chemicals, additives, preservatives…just ALGAE. That’s right. I’m no scientist, so I’ll leave the technical jargon to the experts. Check out their website at and see what you think~!

As a special thank you, readers can use the code BIGZIGFITNESS when checking out to receive 15% off of your order!!!

HOLY COW, 15 percent off!!!!!

In disclosure, I am an official Brand Ambassador for EnergyBits. Purchasing bits using my code of BIGZIGFITNESS not only nets you a nice discount, i get a little somethin’ somethin’ too.

What are you waiting for??? Get yer credit cards out! Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!!!!!

Dinky-do and Boobie-do

Posted: January 20, 2013 in spoofs
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“There is a pestilence upon this land, nothing is sacred.” –Roger the Shrubber-

Warning: graphic images…

A few years ago I met a nurse who coined the phrase “dinky-do disease”. I’ve since expanded it to include boobie-do disease. Bear with me; I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time, and after I read a status update from Tony (the anti-jared) in which he stated that he was happy to be able to see a certain part of his body again, I became re-inspired.

Many of us guys are either currently suffering from dinky-do disease, know someone who is suffering, or have suffered ourselves and are now on the mend. I don’t want to say ‘cured’, simply because it is an ongoing process, and not just something that you are able to walk away from. Same thing applies to the ladies with boobie-do disease.

Granted, there are some who are born with a distinct….disadvantage (?), and are therefore excluded from the diagnoses. What on EARTH (the ONLY planet not named after a God, btw) am I talking about????

Ok, here are the definitions:

Dinky-do disease occurs when your belly sticks out farther (further?) than your dinky-do. (Caveat here is that the diagnosis CANNOT be made immediately after exiting a cold shower, pool, river, etc.)

Boobie-do disease is the diagnosis when your belly sticks out further

(farther?) than your boobies do.

Seriously. Take a look down, next time you are in the shower. Do you suffer from either one (can’t be both, really….)? If so, are you presently, ACTIVELY, taking steps to rid yourself of the disease?

If not, WHY not? Do you need direction? Do you need motivational emails? Do you need….what? “Help me help YOU” –J. McGuire- Really. How can I help? How can WE, your online and IRL friends, help? We’re here for you. For us.

Help eradicate dinky-do and booby-do diseases. You’ll be glad you did.

Simple as that.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win some samples of @DesignerWhey’s Protein2GO. I have really enjoyed the product, so I thought I’d share my thoughts and experience with you.

From their website:

PROTEIN 2GO®designerwhey2go
It’s a marvel that these pocket-sized packs of Designer Whey Protein 2GO® carry so much lip smacking taste. Small enough to enjoy anytime, anywhere and powerful enough to transform ordinary water into an explosion of citrus and vitamins, each serving delivers everything you want and exactly what you need. Take them to the office for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or to the gym for an energy boost. It’s good, to go.


You would be correct if you guessed that the lemonade is my favourite flavour. Orange would be my second choice. I am not a big fan of berries anyway, so that one is last. Sorry. The other thing that I wasn’t keen on with the mixed berry is that i found it a bit sweeter than the others.

The mix uses stevia as a sweetener, and this is the first product I have tried that has stevia in it. While I can detect an after taste, it isn’t as strong as some other sweeteners, and doesn’t give me a headache like nutrasweet or that stuff in the yellow bags that people put in their coffee, etc.

The DesignerWhey Protein2Go is a great way to add a little boost to your nutrition, either after a workout or just as an alternative to plain water. I had no problems mixing it with water in my shaker bottle; it also mixes well in smoothies!  Next time you are shopping around for something different for your workout bag, give strong consideration to DesignerWhey Protein2Go!


Sometimes, I just can’t help myself. A good friend and collegue of mine is applying to RN school (she’s an LPN). Since she’s a great nurse and is looking to go to my Alma Mater, I thought I would try to help her out and write a letter of recommendation for her. I share with you one version of the letter I will be handing her this morning:

Dear Admissions Counselor:

When Jennifer FLIBBIDY-FLOO told me that she was applying to the VTC RN program, I leaped at the chance to write a letter of recommendation for her.

I have known Jennifer for nearly 4 years while working with her at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, and let me tell you, those have been some crazy years!

One of the first times that I interacted with Star (as she likes to be called) was right after she came back from a few days off during the summer. You know that she’s fair skinned, right? Well, let’s just say that she spent a bit TOO MUCH time out in the sun without adequate sun screen. Yea. Who DOES that these days?? Lemme tell ya, she was as red as the carpet at the Oscars! She tried to laugh it off, but her face started to crack and peel when she did, so we just left it at that.

Then there was the time when…well, I probably shouldn’t write that one down. Never mind. Moving on…

Recently she had trouble getting her motorcycle started, so I tried to help get her “badass” rig rolling. In doing so, I inadvertently broke one of the decorative panels on the side of her bike. Holy Good God in Heaven. You’d have thought that I said bad things about her horse! She took that broken piece from me and began to beat on my head and shoulders so hard that, as a result of my reconstructive surgeries, I now need to carry a notarized letter of explanation from my doctor whenever I travel by airplane. That Jenny, she’s a FIRECRACKER!

I almost feel the need to go on about how she’s not afraid to use her down time to go into unoccupied patient rooms to work-out, but that might not paint a good picture. I think I’ve said enough already.

It is without hesitation that I whole-heartedly endorse Jennifer FLIBBIDY-FLOO’s acceptance into your RN-ADN program. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions.


Gene Soboleski, RN

Nursing Informatics Coordinator

Veterans’ Health Administration




Saturday (yesterday) I ran in my first race of 2013. It was a last minute decision (thanks to @organicrunmom) to enter this race that was held at a ski area where I grew up skiing. I’d spent many a Saturday racing friends down the slopes and tossing back hot cocoa in the lodge while trying to impress the rich girls staying at the nearby Woodstock Inn. I won some races, but never met any girls. Such is life.

I didn’t win anything from the race (well…that’s not true. They hold a raffle after the race during which you have 10 seconds to choose something from the table of goodies. I chose a dozen eggs from Pete & Gerry’s. DEEEE-Lish. I placed 38th out of 73 overall (mid-pack-ish) and 5th in my age group. Out of 10. My highest finish as an adult, and still mi-pack. BOOM.

Rather than write and write and write, I thought that a little video would be a fun way to do my report. Just be thankful I didn’t decide on interpretive dance…

Make it a GREAT WEEK!!!