How Feedback Helps or Kills Our Motivation

This year my wife and I each got a Fitbit for Christmas. We do a lot of hiking in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter so we are usually in pretty good shape. But as we drift into our late 60’s it seems important to be aware of staying in good shape – but how do you do that other than “tipping the scale”? Wearing a Fitbit and checking out our exercise, resting heart rate, calories burned, active minutes, and even how we’ve slept every night helps us know how we’ve exercised. But it does more. Continue reading "How Feedback Helps or Kills Our Motivation"

How Feedback Helps or Kills Our Motivation

This year my wife and I each got a Fitbit for Christmas. We do a lot of hiking in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter so we are usually in pretty good shape. But as we drift into our late 60’s it seems important to be aware of staying in good shape – but how do you do that other than “tipping the scale”? Wearing a Fitbit and checking out our exercise, resting heart rate, calories burned, active minutes, and even how we’ve slept every night helps us know how we’ve exercised. But it does more. Continue reading “How Feedback Helps or Kills Our Motivation”

Moving on from the Holidays

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. I’m sorry I have been so tardy in getting a post out to the FirstanAmateur.com Blog but I took an extended trip to the Midwest to visit some friends and our sons and grandkids. Fun stuff but I must admit that I didn’t do much photography, except for a type of photography that I just took for granted – point-and-shoot pictures of the holidays. Continue reading "Moving on from the Holidays"

Moving on from the Holidays

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. I’m sorry I have been so tardy in getting a post out to the FirstanAmateur.com Blog but I took an extended trip to the Midwest to visit some friends and our sons and grandkids. Fun stuff but I must admit that I didn’t do much photography, except for a type of photography that I just took for granted – point-and-shoot pictures of the holidays. Continue reading “Moving on from the Holidays”

What I Learned from The Arizona Trail

Huachuca Mountains

The dust has long since settled and I’m now well beyond many of the priorities and responsibilities that forced me to end my thru-hike of the Arizona Trail early. It now just seems like a clichéd distant memory, though I still remember enough of it to know that I’m very anxious to get back there to give it a more legitimate attempt, and of course, finish it. The main reason I believe the memories already seem so distant is because I spent much of the trail stressed out, and a good portion of it wondering why I wasn’t happier while in the process of making a dream come true. The realization of this is what ultimately led to my bittersweet decision to leave the trail and head back home. Continue reading “What I Learned from The Arizona Trail”