Wednesday, December 31

Cheers to 2015!

2014 was an incredible year for us at Live Better Forever. From getting married, to buying our first home, to Brian qualifying for the Boston Marathon, we couldn't have had a better year. As we welcome 2015 in Madeira, Portugal, we want to wish everyone a wonderful New Year. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2015!

Friday, December 19

A Paleo Thanksgiving

Recently I had one of the healthiest meals I've ever eaten... and it just so happened to fall on Thanksgiving Day. Jessie's dad -- Dr. C -- was the chef who cooked up a delicious and nutritious Whole30-compliant feast. It was incredible. Here are a few thoughts on the experience, followed by our menu list and corresponding recipes.
  • We certainly ate some larger-than-normal portion sizes, but not nearly as much as your standard Thanksgiving due to satiation. It's amazing how your brain encourages you to stop consuming when you aren't eating refined sugars and processed carbohydrates.
  • Jessie and I have hosted a Whole30 Potluck in the past, and the realization is evident that you can, in fact, stick to your healthy eating guns even at parties and social situations.
  • Many would think that omitting some of the Thanksgiving staples (stuffing, bread, etc.) is sacrilegious and disrespects tradition. I'll kindly disagree. Jessie and I don't plan to have Whole30-compliant Thanksgiving dinners every year moving forward. And while certain dishes can hold a special place in your heart, the more important piece is who you're with.

Top Left: Kale Salad
Left: Turkey with Dressing
Bottom: Root Vegetable Mash
Middle: Swiss Chard
Top Right: Squash
Bottom Right: Cranberry Sauce

Recipe links coming soon!

Monday, December 15

Becoming a Coach

Back in October I met David Bertrand for coffee to have a casual conversation about his career path and to learn more about his life story. David is well-known and respected within the coaching and triathlon community, two areas in life I’ve had a long-time affinity for. I wanted to pick his brain.

I’m not sure if it was the coffee, or our dialogue, but we chatted for over two hours – and it felt like ten minutes. Near the end David asked me a question to which I thought the answer was obvious: “Have you ever thought about coaching?” Of course I had. My passion for health/wellness, sharing information, and helping others is far from fleeting; I had just never taken that next step to make it official.

So here I am. Making it official by becoming a Coach with DFW Tri Club. I’m hitching my wagon to an organization that believes in healthy living, keeps training simple, appreciates consistency, and – arguably most important – has fun!

It’s been a big year. 2014 has been filled with milestones: I got married, qualified for Boston, and bought a house. And yet even with all that, the excitement of becoming a coach has still been hard to contain.

David and I met again recently, this time to talk shop on coaching next steps. The conversation was equally as invigorating as the one a couple months back. Nearly two hours went by before we left the restaurant. I walked outside to my car and realized I had left my keys inside, but after several minutes of searching with no luck I was stumped – where the heck were they?

That’s when David made the profound statement: “Dude, your car is running.”

I had left my car running our entire meeting. Whoops.

Here’s to many more memories and milestones in 2015 with DFW Tri Club. Here’s to becoming a coach.

One of my first clients, Will, making me proud after the Dallas Marathon

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