Dieting and Workouts are Bad for my Health

Workouts - Playing out at the beachWhat?!? Sound crazy? Well for me eating food I don’t want to eat and doing workouts I don’t want to do, that’s crazy. I tried for decades to commit to formulaic diets and regimented gym workouts. I stuck it out for months and sometimes as long as a year, and every time I would eventually burnout. I wasted thousands of dollars on unused gym memberships and uneaten supplements, protein powders, and bars.

Why did I fail? Or did I? A lifetime spent doing stuff I don’t want to do sounds more like failure to me. I like to see it as I succeeded at escaping some miserable choices that weren’t really mine, I broke out of Shawshank

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Ocean Beach Heavy Water – SUP Surfer Gathering

Ocean Beach Heavy Water SUP EventI had a great time at the Heavy Water event at Ocean Beach Yesterday.  Big thanks to the organizers and athletes for bringing the wonderful SUP community together.  Feels good to see and be seen and known among good people at the beach.  Also might be the first time in history there have only been SUP surfers in the water at Ocean Beach.

Here is a quick slo mo highlight, and below is the complete edit with narration…

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GoPro Hero5 Session – First Surf Session – Technology and Love – Video

GoPro Hero5 Session - First Surf SessionA mini video review and my thoughts on the GoPro Hero5 Session camera.  Also I talk a bit about the expectations and desire for new tech and the reality of how we feel after we get it.  I swapped out the original GoPro session for this new one and gave it go on my bamboo SUP surfboard mounted elevated pole.  I am impressed, as the camera looks and sounds better with more image capturing horsepower in it.  Feeling stoked!  I am looking forward to capturing many adventures this fall and winter…

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Getting “Married” to Our Neighbors

BirdsTogether_8542What would you call a couple that lives in separate houses, doesn’t eat meals together, dates other people, and splits custody of their children? I would call this couple separated and if they aren’t already I’d say they will be divorced soon. We have this similar separation from our neighbors and our community and yet we don’t say we are divorced, we say this is normal and the way we are supposed to live.

I am twice married and both times our relationship changed significantly after we got married and lived together. In my dating experience there was often much time apart, and before we saw each other there was a discussion about where, how, and when we will be reunited. Then there was the parting of ways and saying goodbye for the night or maybe forever. For me that’s the real difference between dating and being married, we are uncertain where we stand and if this person is going to be in our life and for how long. Probably the real question we need answered is…

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Appreciating our home or home appreciation?

PoolSurfI’m sitting on the lanai in Maui enjoying breakfast after a really fun surf at the break we can see from the kitchen window. The enjoyment of the sound of the waves breaking and the birds singing is interrupted by the roar of leaf blowers and a sit down lawnmower. Cue the phrase “first world problems”, and that’s when it sank in how far from natural this development is.

The monthly Home Owners Association (HOA) dues at this gated community in Maui are around $800 and where I live in California are $380. Both grounds are beautiful and very well taken care of, and at the same time I’m wondering where are the crops, the orchard, and the fruit trees? Every Tuesday a full crew of people come and mow the lawns and blow the leaves for what is usually a full days work. What if instead of taking the mowed grass and tree trimmings to the landfill they left…

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