This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are my own. This weekend was a good mix of relaxing and getting some work in. Saturday marked the end of my fitness challenge — something that I will recap and reflect on later this week. We conquered a serious last workout and Sunday met up for brunch at True Food Kitchen to celebrate. Prior to brunch, Neil and I headed to check out the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge. I was invited to cover the event by Johnsonville, who partnered with the Special Olympics… View Post

Happy Friday friends! Well, tomorrow marks the last day of my fitness challenge and I honestly didn’t even realize it until this week. The main thing that changed for me was to be a little more cognizant of my eating, but after getting into a groove it didn’t really feel like it was much outside my normal. I plan to write a recap of what I learned, but my plan is to basically continue what I’m doing minus the actual food tracking and plus a few more desserts. 🙂 This weekend I have our final workout, celebratory brunch at True… View Post

Ok, that’s a lie. Some parts of blogging aren’t fun. I had the idea for this post after I heard this for the millionth time: “Man, I want to just blog and have people send me stuff all the time.” As I typically do to avoid confrontation, I laughed it off with a quick “yeaaahhh…” and smiled. I figured that this happens enough, however, that I would think out loud on the subject. Just to be clear, I understand the difference between someone saying it from a place of respect and someone saying it with absolutely no idea the work that’s… View Post

Man, that’s a title for you. IDEA is the company that also brings you Blogfest — a smaller conference that runs concurrently with their annual World fitness conference. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I’ve gone for the past two years and plan to go again this July in Las Vegas. PTI East is a smaller version of the World conference. There isn’t an enormous expo, but there are a number of vendors present during the day. You can see all the conferences they offer here. The conference was held in Bethesda, MD, which you saw on… View Post