Snow, Reading, and Exercise

Hello, today is hump day. Get your head out of the gutter! It is the middle of the week. But I agree with you, hump Wednesday sounds funny.


Yesterday, here in Maryland, we had a little snow storm come through these here parts. Where I live we got about 6 inches or so. For you measurement geeks, that would be half a foot or one sixth of a yard.

Luckily for me and my wallet, snow flakes and flurries didn’t start until 10am or so yesterday, so I got a few hours of personal training in. Then I came home and chilled with the family. We watched some television while playing Scrabble, and later that evening I finished reading “The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernesto Hemingway. He is one of my favorite authors. This is him sipping on what I assume is something other than water, and writing. He passed away in 1961.


Hemingway broke several rules when he wrote. He often didn’t use commas and he started many sentences with “I” and “The”. But he was a great story-teller and that is what matters in writing. He also didn’t use longer words where shorter ones sufficed. Ernesto, like many, enjoyed alcohol. Here are two quotes from him about alcohol that I agree with.

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”  I many times have done the same. And “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” Sounds good to me.

I like to read classics on my Kindle. For starters, most of them are free or a buck. I’ll buy that for a dollar! But I really read the classics because I didn’t read them in High School and I realized that when I do read them they inspire me to write, so much so that I am currently working on a novel. And what better way to learn to write than by reading classics that have withstood, or is it stood, the test of time. The first literary classic I read was “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, when I was attending Community College straight out of the Marines in the mid 1990’s. Thanks G.I. Bill! Then I read “The Call of The Wild” by Jack London and I was hooked. Fast forward to now.

Last summer I read “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. That book was l-o-n-g, but it was a great read too. Recently I read “The Scarlett Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. For me, it was a complicated read. Hawthorne, in some ways, is opposite of Hemingway. Hawthorne’s sentences are wordy, long, and full of comas. I had to read many of his sentences twice just to make sure I was sure of what I had just read. When I was done reading the book I thought “Damn, many men and women should wear the scarlet letter A.”


I have now moved on to the writings of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his writing name, Mark Twain. Just last night I started reading “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Twain. It was written in 1885. I warn you now though, if you decide to read that book, the N word appears as often in it as it does in a KKK membership pamphlet, a bunch. But the book is a classic, so I shall read it.


I read a few pages and then I decided to look up quotes by Twain. And guess what I found? Twain had a quote on exercise that fits to this day.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.” This quote is over 100 years old! So even back then people didn’t like to eat right, move, and drink water. Wow!!

exercise motivation

Here’s a quote from Twain the ladies will like mucho.

“No civilization can be perfect until exact equality between man and woman is included.”

Here’s one for parents, or expecting parents, also by Twain.

“As long as you’re in your right mind don’t you ever pray for twins. Twins amount to a permanent riot. And there ain’t any real difference between triplets and an insurrection.”

Here’s one on children.

“We lavish gifts upon them [children]; but the most precious gift-our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.”

And this quote by Twain is hilarious and true.

“When red-headed people are above a certain social grade, their hair is auburn.”

As for today. I woke up, had my oatmeal with whey protein powder, some coffee, and shoveled the driveway in the name of duty and exercise. After that I came in the house and exercised with some free weights because I wasn’t sure if the roads were clear to head to the gym. Now I blog, and then it is off to train some clients and help them get strong and lose weight. Oh, if you shoveled snow today I want you to know that it does count as exercise. I found a “Snow Shoveling Calories Burned Calculator” online. It said that I burned 391 calories shoveling snow for 45 minutes. Damn! and then I worked-out too. Leadership by example is best.


Just a reminder, 57 days til spring. So stay on top of your resolution to lose weight. The sun will shine bright and warm before you know it. And for my Angelinos, please don’t remind me. I know that the high will be 83 degrees in city of Angels and city of my birth today. The good news is that with hard work, we can always catch a plane to change the weather.

















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