Organizing and Cleaning my Brain

I did something for my mental health today. I made plans. Not the kind of “Zoom on Tuesday” plans, but real, tangible plans for the future. Now, it took me a major screw-up at work to come to this realization. I had been doing things with no real trajectory or outcome set. In other words, I wasn’t living my life as a values-driven person making goal-oriented committed action. In other other words, I was floating Read more…

What is science? And who owns it?

Be prepared. This might be a little bit of a rant. Last night, an old colleague (and dare I say, mentor) of mine went on a long series of posts on my Facebook page. What started as a mild criticism of a turn of phrase turned into an all out war against me, a few authors, and some others. One of my favorite parts of the (well, conversation isn’t the right word) was when he Read more…

Home, sweet home

Hi. Remember me? It’s been a while. I was all hyped up to do my weekly coaching spiel – then COVID-19 became a household word. Suddenly, no one knew if it was safe to work out at the gym. Was produce safe to eat? Ok, now the gym is closed. Whoa, now the University is closed. Well, not really, we just can’t get to our offices. Through the miracle of Zoom, GoToMeeting, and other conferencing Read more…

So, how did Week 1 Go?

Well, not so good, and not so bad. Which is good, too, because I can talk about the bad and the good. There were some goals I met, some that I downright didn’t, and others that need a little tweaking. So let’s look at what my goals were: Write in my journal for at least 15 minutes for 5 days this week at the beginning of the day Meditate for at least 15 minutes each Read more…

A voyage into the coaching experience

Physician, heal thyself. Or coach, be a Coachy McCoacherson. Rather than tell you what the coaching experience is like, I’m going to semi-have you experience it from my vantage point. You see, I could use a little self-coaching right now. Here’s the backstory – around Thanksgiving, I caught a cold. That cold turned into a cough. That cough lingered, and I found myself short of breath (see, even the medical people could call me SOB Read more…

What is a Health Coach, anyway?

So, I realized I told you that I was available for coaching, but really didn’t tell you what a coach does. Important information, poor delivery on my part. The truth is that there is no one, standard definition of a coach. Anyone can really hang a shingle and call themselves a Coach. Just like behavior analysis was 20 years ago, there isn’t any uniform certification or licensure. So, as they say, buyer beware. I’ll start Read more…

Learning How to Rest

Oh, give me a break. No, really, give me a break. I’ve realized that I have NO IDEA how to rest. I picked up this month’s issue of Yoga Journal, which happens to be about resting. In this issue, one of the authors suggested that many of us have two states – tense and asleep. They argue that we never really rest. My guess is that there are a lot of us academics who can Read more…

It’s been a while, but I am back!

Hi everyone! It has been quite a while since I have blogged here or posted on Facebook, but I promise there were very good reasons why! I, a Ph.D. Assistant Professor at an R1 institution, proudly enrolled in my local community college for a certificate in Personal Training. And proceeded to get my BUTT KICKED by an online anatomy and physiology course. More about that in a later blog. I did finish the Soldier Field Read more…

I’m not so sure I’m gonna make it….

Two Debbie Downer posts in a row – promise not to make this a habit! I’m starting to doubt myself with this 10-Miler. Always knew that I was just a little crazy to want to try it, but now I’m pretty sure I’ve lost my ever-loving mind. My foot pins and needles has gotten steadily worse, and even happened on the Treadclimber (i.e., the thing I almost fell off more than once during my workout). Read more…

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