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The Golden Hour, a Kettlebell Workout, and What I Ate Yesterday...

As some of you already know, I'm not a huge fan of the sun, but I do love the time near sunset that photographers refer to as the "golden hour". It is great for photos and videos for sure, but I also like the feel of that time of day, and the lack of burning feeling on my face. In fact, I'm considering a whole series of sunset-related videos for both of these reasons.  To see what originally inspired that idea, check out this fun skimboarding video I shot a few weeks ago:

Inspiring Articles and Interviews, and an Easy Salad Idea

First off, if you haven't already read this really great experience article about kettlebells and tai chi, please do!   And while you might think the info doesn't apply to you, think again.   Allison's experience is by no means isolated.  As someone 50+, she was able to regain a lot of health and vitality from her kettlebell practice and enjoy her passion for taiji all the more.   Check out Allison's article on Dragon Door by clicking here.  Regardless what you're into, you want to be able to enjoy it for your whole life -- if that's a sport, hobby, etc.  Smart training with kettlebells can make that happen.

Guest Spotlight: Corey Howard, RKC, CK-FMS and owner of Results Personal Training Weighs in on his FOOD Strategy

Adrienne: I recently met Corey Howard, RKC, CK-FMS at the Marketing Mastermind Intensive workshop in San Diego.   In addition to being in incredible athletic shape, Corey and his wife, Tricia both maintain super busy schedules.   During the very brief breaks at the workshop several of us got to know each other a little better, and I was intrigued to learn about some of the rules and strategies they have been using personally and with their clients to achieve great results and healthy lifestyle changes.   

Corey Howard: When fellow RKC, Adrienne Harvey asked me to write an article discussing the eating philosophy I use with my clients, I panicked! Read More...

It's Not Summer Until... Plus an Interesting Kettlebell Workout

As a child in the 1980s, I formed some interesting ideas.  For instance, it seemed every Summer, a pitcher would be endlessly filled with Crystal Light lemonade... with it's persistent lemon flavor, and odd bitter edge that would persist even though your cousin splashed a good gallon of chlorinated pool water at your face and right into your mouth.  Seeing as I'm not into chemical flavors anymore, I found that slicing up a thoroughly scrubbed organic lemon into nearly "wafer thin"* slices and chucking the whole business into this fabled pitcher with some filtered water actually fit the bill.   Here's the fun part - the bitter edge of the lemon's pith seems to fill the bitter edge requirement as well - no scary 1980s faux sugar necessary.   If you really want some lemony goodness, squeeze a fist full of the lemon slices in the top of the pitcher.


At Long Last - the CONTEST....

OK!  So I finally decided what you all need to do in order to be entered into the 2012 Food Lifestyle Prize Pack Contest thingy...

You have to answer a whole lot of questions... ESSAY QUESTIONS!  And I don't want incomplete goof off answers either - do it RIGHT or it won't get into the drawing.

ONLY 100 people will be able to participate - so make sure you get RIGHT on it and DO IT!!!!!

What do you get?  Watch THIS (contest items start at 1:25):

For US Residents only, VOID WHERE PROHIBITIED (sorry on both accounts).


Rings of Power by Mike GIllette

Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)


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What I'm Reading

(including but not limited to)
1. *A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
2. Strong Medicine Dr. Chris Hardy and Marty Gallagher
3. The Spiritual Journey of Joseph L. Greenstein: The Mighty Atom Ed Spielman

(just finished)
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo
2. A Deadly Wandering Matt Richtel
3. Rings of Power Mike Gillette

Good Things

Deadlift Dynamite

In paperback or eBook!!! Pavel and Andy Bolton's awesome plan to skyrocket your deadlift progress... there's so many valuable tips in here, that you need to check out the list yourself! 

Deadlift Dynamite

Geoff Neupert's Kettlebell Burn