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#TakeHotterSelfies: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

How does Dysmorphic Disorder affect me? Last night I was going through old selfies to measure my fitness progress. And some of those selfies were really, really truly fantastic. But with Dysmorphic Disorder, you really can't see that about yourself. So I'm...

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Innercise: Emotional Wellness – In My Fillings

Handling Emotional Triggers Click links below to skip to: Introduction The Trigger: He got me in my fillings Room to Fail Summary Accept yourself as powerful instead of as victim to remove the veil of self-deception. When you seek to identify what is...

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Suggested Reading: The Obesity Code

Janet Jackson has made more of lasting impact on me than any other person outside my family. When she shares herself in her music and writing, it’s often like opening a window into my own heart, mind, and soul. Janet has suffered from many of the same type of depression and body shame issues I have, so reading about the ways she contends with her demons was very inspiring to me. This isn’t a memoir of a celebrity life. It’s a journal with many entries about learning to accept oneself.

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Improving body composition into middle age

Why was I concerned about body composition? By the time you read this it will have passed, but today I turned 42 years old. I’m a personal trainer and wellness coach, so I spend practically every day helping others with their goals, but I’d neglected my...

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My 8-week Fitness Challenge: Week 8

I’m about to turn 42 years old, and I want to keep pushing myself to make fitness gains. It isn’t enough to maintain: For as long as you can grow, you should. To keep myself going, and to show how good my program is, I have designed a fitness challenge for myself using all eight of the patterns in my program.

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My 8-week Fitness Challenge: Week 7

I’m about to turn 42 years old, and I want to keep pushing myself to make fitness gains. It isn’t enough to maintain: For as long as you can grow, you should. To keep myself going, and to show how good my program is, I have designed a fitness challenge for myself using all eight of the patterns in my program.

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My 8-week Fitness Challenge: Week 6

I’m about to turn 42 years old, and I want to keep pushing myself to make fitness gains. It isn’t enough to maintain: For as long as you can grow, you should. To keep myself going, and to show how good my program is, I have designed a fitness challenge for myself using all eight of the patterns in my program.

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Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness Blog!

Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness blog! Here you’ll find dozens of articles I’ve written about a wide range of topics. There are entries about exercise, fitness, wellness, nutrition, and personal stories. I hope they help inform you as you continue on your process of self improvement.

Blog Mission

I want to provide helpful information for workouts, recipes, personal stories, philosophy and position statements, interviews with content experts, and other ideas. I also have a lifetime of observations concerning body image, self esteem, goal setting, and perseverance. If you ever want some inspiration, I have a page just for that as well. The idea is that the posts on this site will be practical, inspirational, personal, conversational, and educational.

The INTEGRE8T System

I am a strong advocate of taking a wholistic approach to wellness. The eight patterns of fitness are Breath, Hydration, Nutrition, Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility, Focus, and Rest; however, these look primarily at the physical body. We are more complex than that, so many of my vlog posts will address the eight modalities of wellness. These address the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological, Social, Sexual, Spiritual, and Financial components of our lives, which are intrinsically connected to each other like a web. Plucking one part of the web creates reverberations throughout the whole.

I will sometimes include thoughts about my favorite topics. These pressing concerns will generally focus on arts and culture; dance and theatre; language, poetry and fiction; personal stories; The Kitty Consortium; diamonds; aesthetics; chocolate; and, most importantly, Janet Jackson.

Enjoy!

Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness YouTube Feed!

Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness YouTube Feed! Here you will the list for my YouTube channel, so all the videos from that channel are in chronological order here. If you prefer to view the content by topic, I have playlists that organize the entries into different categories and groupings. The vlog covers a wide variety of material. Some of it is more explanatory, and other portions are demonstration based.

YouTube Feed Mission

As of May 2017, my idea is to have sub-channels for vlog feed playlists for workouts, recipes, personal stories, philosophy and position statements, interviews with content experts, and other ideas. I will explain my own goals, and I will be able to demonstrate my progress. I also have a lifetime of observations concerning body image, self esteem, goal setting, and perseverance. The idea is that the posts on this site will be practical, inspirational, personal, conversational, and educational.

Playlists

I am a strong advocate of taking a wholistic approach to wellness. The eight patterns of fitness are Breath, Hydration, Nutrition, Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility, Focus, and Rest; however, these look primarily at the physical body. We are more complex than that, so many of my vlog posts will address the eight patterns of wellness. These address the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological, Social, Sexual, Spiritual, and Financial components of our lives, which are intrinsically connected to each other like a web. Plucking one part of the web creates reverberations throughout the whole.

SPORTY 40

It is very important to me to demonstrate that people in their middle years can still be fit. In 2016 I turned 40 years old. My SPORTY 40 vlog feed sub-channel will showcase how I have been able to maintain physical vigor and youthful vitality well beyond my teens and twenties. Also, for those who enjoy them, I plan to include FLEXCERPTS on this channel. Some viewers get motivation and inspiration by seeing results, so I will make little videos to show the pump my sessions give me.

STR8 TALK

All of this will have more value if people know me better as a person. Another vlog feed sub-channel I plan to create is called STR8 TALK. Obviously the 8 is a branding reference; however, there is also some snark built into this. Rampant homophobia is still an issue in many sporting contexts, so it is also important to me that people appreciate the abilities of LGBTQ athletes. With this in mind, straight becomes an ironic double or triple entendre. Yes, I will speak frankly about my experiences and observations, but I will do it from my perspective, and I will often include thoughts about my favorite topics. These pressing concerns will generally focus on arts and culture; dance and theatre; language, poetry and fiction; personal stories; The Kitty Consortium; diamonds; aesthetics; chocolate; and, most importantly, Janet Jackson.

Enjoy!

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