Belleville Minimalist Training Boot

minimil2I support using a minimalist shoe for the gym.  I’ve worn the Reebok nano 2.0 , and I’ve worn the Inov-8 F-Lite 230.  When I heard about the Belleville Minimalist Training Boot, I was intrigued.  I need to send in my current boots (Danner brand) to get resoled, so I thought I try out minimalist boots for work.  They came in the mail this week. 

Here’s the good stuff:
-Vibram sole.  Comfort and slip-resistant.  I experienced this today after the bay floors were cleaned at the station.  No slipping.
-5mm drop.  Drop is the height differential between the heel and mid-sole.  Typical drop for a duty boot is approx 20mm.  A 5 mm drop is a lot more natural and comfortable for extended periods of time on one’s feet.
-Quick Lace.  This boot does not come with a side zip, but the quick lace feature makes it easy to tie for those middle of the night calls. 
-Less than 2# per pair. Pretty light compared to my Danners which were over 3#.
-Leather near the bottom of the boot and nylon towards the top make them light and breathable.  There is also a cushioned heel and reinforced ankle. 
-Comfort.  Ridiculously comfortable.  They’re kind of like wearing socks.  It’s pretty great.  Also, they’re comfortable enough where I feel like I could workout in them.  I ran around the yard in them the day that I got them in the mail.  Pretty slick.

Good for Belleville.  There aren’t many minimalist boots out there.  I dig it.  The perfect summer fashion for work. 

Video Review


After wearing these boots for  a few shifts, I have fallen in love with them.  I am finally able to stand for longer periods of time without pain in my back.  Comfort is huge with these boots.  Also, they’re not bad at all to lace up for those middle of the night calls.  If you’re looking for new duty boots, consider these.  I’m definitely pleased with my purchase.


70% diet, 30% gym

A recent conversation I had:

Friend: I’ve gained a little weight
Me: What are you going to do about it?
Friend: Workout more, maybe get a little more cardio in
Me: What if you cleaned up your diet a little bit and ate better
Friend: Oh, I eat well
Me: And by eating well, you mean that you eat food that you enjoy, but that is terrible for you?

Meanwhile, their diet consists of donuts, fruity pebbles, pizza rolls, cheesy pretzel bites, pizza 1-2x a week, no fruit, no vegetables, and so on and so forth.

I actually had this conversation.  Everyone thinks “I need to get to the gym, I need to get to the gym” or “I workout so that I can eat whatever I want.”  Yes, you need be active, but in order to acquire and maintain  physical fitness, you need to be diligent with your eating as well. It’s not just a gym that will help you in your fitness journey.  I guarantee that if you clean up your eating, you WILL see progress.  You WILL see gains in the gym.  You WILL tone up, shape up, bulk up…whatever your goal is.  Clean eating will help you to run faster, lift harder, and push yourself to a new level. 

Watch those carbs.  Watch those processed foods.  Watch the sugar.  Add vegetables.  Add even more vegetables.  Most people don’t get near enough in their diet.  Drink more water.  Eat more protein.  Once you start eating clean, eat more. For each meal, I try to have a source of protein, a large serving of vegetables, and some sort of fat.  Once a day, I throw in a piece of fruit for dessert.  Simple & clean. 

Questions/concerns? Send me a message or comment below.  I would love to hear from you.  I want to help you figure out this clean thing and reach your fitness goals. 

You’ve got this.  Get after it!

abs in the kitchen



While I was paying for my groceries at Trader Joe’s, the cashier recommended a way to keep limes from spoiling. She suggested quartering the limes, then freezing them. She said that they are a great substitute for an ice cube in a glass of water.

Try it out. I plan to.

A Paleo Fiesta


A paramedic student made some taco chicken the other day; I’ve been craving it ever since.

I sliced 4 chicken breast in half, seasoned with s&p, then the it on the grill for a little bit. Once that was perfectly grilled, I let it cool, shredded it, then tossed it in taco seasoning. The spices and the grill flavor go well together. If course you could always make your own taco seasoning, but I was all about the quick and easy with this one.

In the meantime, I grated 1 head of cauliflower into a pot, added a little butter, then heated it for a bit. After the butter was melted, I added salsa, green onion, red onion, s&p. I cooked this until most of the juices had cooked out. Again, you could make your own salsa and spices, but I was going for simple. If you choose to use pre-packaged salsa, check your labels. Sugar is sneaky.

I also whipped up some guacamole. I threw 2 avocados into the food processor for just a little bit. I’m a fan of chunky guac. To that, I added red onion, garlic, Jalapeño, and s&p. I used Terra brand veggie chips to dip into the guac.

I had the chicken over a handful of spinach to make a salad. This entire meal was pretty delicious. Spot hit. Cleanup, however….not as fun.


Skipping Lunch Fail

While walking through the halls of the hospital yesterday, I overheard an employee make mention that she skipped lunch the day before and was planning on doing the same that day. She said it with almost a boastful tone.  Then there’s me “Oh, it’s 0930?  I’m on my third meal of the day already.”

A few thoughts on this. 

First, I think “holy, hunger.”  I rarely go hungry.  I eat many times throughout the day.  Skipping meals WILL make you hungry.  Hunger leads to overeating.  Overeating leads to…well, you get the picture. 

Could skipping meals lead to…wait for it…weight gain??
Regularly skipping meals could make your body go into starvation mode.  Metabolism will slow which causes the body to use fewer calories to conserve energy.  If weight-loss is what you’re going for, you don’t want a slower metabolism, you want to speed it up.  In addition to slower metabolism, skipping meals may lead to fainting, dizziness, irritability, low blood sugar, headaches, dehydration, weakened immune system, along with a score of others. Bad news Bears.

Skipping meals a few times a week won’t help you to lose weight.  In order to lose 1 pound, you need to find a way to get rid of an extra 3500 calories.  So, in order to lose 1 pound a week, you need to scrap about 500 calories a day.  Instead of going hungry at lunch, an easy way to do that is to clean up your eating.  Don’t starve yourself, just make better choices. 

My suggestion will always be to eat.  No time?  Pack some small protein-rich snacks to have on your way to the Dr appointment or while getting your hair done or during whatever it is that you need to do instead of eat lunch.  Something that will satiate your hunger as well as keep your blood sugar up.  I keep a small packet of almond butter along with some pre-packaged nuts and berries trail mix in my car for emergencies.  When I’m working, I keep a package of almonds and a KIND bar or LARABAR in the pockets of my medic pants and flight suit in case hunger attacks en route.

When I have more time, I like to have ants on a log complete with celery sticks, Justin’s almond butter, and raisins.  I eat it up until I’m full.  Fat, protein, fruit, vegetable.  Perfect.  I also like cucumber sandwiches.  Slice a cucumber lengthwise, scoop out the innerds, add a little mustard, turkey lunchmeat, and just a little swiss.  If you’re a big snacker, keep some almonds or carrot sticks at work for mindless snacking.  Sometimes on ambulance trips, a gas station is the only place to fuel your body.  No worries.  My go-to snack is a slice of cheese, bag of almonds or pumpkin seeds (look at ingredients…sugar is sneaky), beef jerky (this one is tough…just try to find the kind with the cleanest ingredients), and maybe some fruit.  I have also been known to grab a couple of the pre-packed hard-boiled eggs.  I typically get the “I am completely disgusted by your food choice and I may vomit” look by my medic partner, BUT it’s a solid protein choice. Enjoy your cream cheese danish, Combos, and Mt. Dew, pal.   

When you clean up your eating, you will find that you can actually eat MORE.  Since going Paleo, I have found that I lose weight by eating.  By eating more throughout the day, I am never hungry AND it helps to keep my energy up.  I don’t get that sluggish feeling mid-afternoon. 

Don’t skip lunch, man.  You will not win.   If it’s a time thing, think ahead.  Pack snacks.  If it’s a weight thing, clean up your eating.

Need suggestions on some eat this, not that (Paleo as well as clean eating) foods?  Looking for some solid snack suggestions?  I would love to help you out.  Feel free to comment or message me.