In Defense of New Year's Resolutions

I am 12,871.75 days old (as of this writing, 1/1/2019).

Everyone’s talking about resolutions right now, just like every new year.

I LOVE New Year’s Resolutions! I just can’t help it. They’re so fun! I love planning! I love looking to the future, and knowing it’ll be better, because I can make it that way!

That’s why it makes me so sad to hear people say stuff like this, true quotes taken from the internet:

  • Start the year with making a promise to myself that I know I will break and end up feeling like a failure? I'll pass, thank you.

  • Why bother?

  • Nope. Life is hard enough as it is without setting yourself up for failure by making dumb resolutions

  • Mine is to overthrow the puppet regime of a third world country, and then install myself as Grand Poobah! Oh, RESOLUTIONS, not revolutions. Sorry, my bad. (Kathryn: Ok, this one made me laugh.)

(All resolutions from Ask Someone Else’s Mom Column, 1/1/2019. I love advice columns. Don’t judge me.)

What if Resolutions Can Help You?

Why not re-assess your goals and where your life is going? It’s really not much different than assessing and planning quarters, as in the business world.

What if a calendar wasn’t little 30-day chunks that hung on your wall? What if it was a big string of days that kept going from left to right along the way across all the walls in your room, little one inch squares to represent the days with no differentiators of week or months or years?

In a Rut? Do This One Thing For a Mid Year Restart

In a Rut? Do This One Thing For a Mid Year Restart

It is fall as I am writing this. If you made New Year goals, you should be in your “after” situation right now. This was going to be the year, you were going to make the changes you know you’ve been needing to. You were going to establish a healthy, disciplined routine.

Did you? If not, start here.

What are the best shoes to lift in?

Have you ever wondered if you have the right gear for lifting? Ya know, the belt, the shoes, the gloves? The good news is, there's usually not a "right" or "wrong". (Except for gloves. Those are wrong.)

However, there is often a "better" and "best" option. Let's look at shoes and the role they play in lifting.

I talked with Amy Roberts about why Chucks can be a great lifting shoe, and she does a great job of giving much more detail at wirecutter.com. Click to read more.

San Antonio Highland Games 2018 with Athletic Director Ed Cosner

San Antonio Highland Games 2018 with Athletic Director Ed Cosner

If you are like me and enjoy watching throwing, sport, competition, or maybe have a thing for kilts, you should head to the Highland Games in San Antonio April 7 and 8. 

The San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival brings Scottish Games, music, cooking, and Highland dancing together for a celebration of Scottish heritage. Over 30 clans represent their people and culture in a weekend that is fun for all ages. 

I talked to Athletic Director and former Highland Games champ, Ed Cosner, about the games, his experience throwing, and what you can expect at the games this year. 

ReadyUp Podcast, talking shop about Max's Ride and Lifting

ReadyUp Athletic Podcast

Hey hey guys, I recently had the honor of sitting down to talk with my friend Zack on his podcast, ReadyUp Athletic Development

Before the podcast, I posted this video on Instagram explaining Max's Ride for ALS, a fundraiser I am part of. Shortly after, Zack invited me to be on his podcast. 

Max's Ride

Max's Ride is a motorcycle ride and concert that raises money to support finding a cure. It is in Austin, TX, on April 21 this year. It is fun, family friendly, and welcomes all riders and non riders. Visit Maxals.org to learn more, and please join us! 

ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, strikes people in every demographic, but with a greater frequency in the military population. It is always devastating, expensive, and fatal. 

I know, because my dad had ALS. He passed in 2007. ALS will always be my biggest fight, but that is to be expected. When people like Zack, who haven't had a familial link to ALS, support our cause, I can never properly express my gratitude. THANK YOU Zack and Readyup for both giving us a voice, and becoming a sponsor of Max's Ride!

We had a great conversation covering lifting, gyms in Austin, TX, the fight against ALS, and fun things we are getting into next. 

Listen here, and check out the ReadyUp podcast. It has central themes on lifting, athletic development, and great music, but covers many other topics. 

ReadyUp Podcast Episode 6 with Kathryn Alexander


The Fitness and Food Scene Around The Domain Austin

The Fitness and Food Scene Around The Domain Austin

The Domain in north Austin an exciting mix of upscale shopping, modern apartments, dining, entertainment, nightlife, offices and co-working spaces. It's also a great place to get a workout and eat healthy. Check out exercise options here, such as Flywheel, SoulCycle, Gym One, Whole Foods, Mad Greens, and Flower Child.

Last Minute Survival Guide for Holiday Eating

Last Minute Survival Guide for Holiday Eating

The holiday season can be the most fun, celebrated, joyous time of year. It is filled with special indulgences, vacations, and reunions with loved ones. It can also be a time of pressure, tight deadlines, and to-do lists as long as CVS receipts. It is the combination of all of this - excitement, happiness, stress, and fatigue - that makes the holidays so tiring! 

The good news is that smart, healthy food choices can help you feel better and manage stress through the craziness. Read on for ideas about how to eat healthy around and on holidays, and how to stand your ground against food pushers.

The Paris Experiment, A Sleep Study with Unintentional Benefits

The Paris Experiment, A Sleep Study with Unintentional Benefits

A couple years ago, I got the chance to go to Paris. It was last minute, and would be a quick trip. 

The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the stores, the fashion. I was giddy thinking about it!

There was one catch: it would be a weekend trip, and I handle jet lag like a narcoleptic ninety-year old. I'm talking, out-like-a-light at 6 pm, can't even hang with the toddlers. Then like a resurrection miracle, fully awake and happily functioning (all alone) at 3:30 am.

Le sigh. 

Iron Game Chalk Talk with Ron McKeefery

Ron McKeefery is a coach I have looked up to for years, so you can imagine how excited I was to be on his podcast, Iron Game Chalk Talk. Coach, thanks for having me! 

Check it out below, and check out his previous podcasts for many more great episodes at RonMcKeefery.com

Things we mention: 

A book I love, one of the most instructional books for coaches and trainers: Coach McKeefery's #1 Amazon International Bestseller "CEO Strength Coach"

Ed Cosner's PowerSport Strength and Conditioning 

Physical Training for Tactical Populations: An Optimal Approach - Matt Wenning, M.S., and Major Mark Ivejaz. Info here

Jocko Willink's Podcast