The Pursuit of Optimal Living

After more than four decades of  sports, fitness, health, and various business pursuits, I have come to realize that the more I learn the less I know.  Perhaps this is just a sign of developing maturity that goes a long with graying facial hair!  I’m not really sure, but the world is definitely a lot less black and white than it was in my younger years…

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A little natural movement in beautiful New Zealand!

Hi.  My name is Thomas (aka TJ).  I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades master of none.   I have traveled to or lived in over 55 countries, and love learning new things—anything.   I am happy, but not content.

In my youth I competed in football, soccer, track & field, and cycling.  Later, I served in the military and worked as a management consultant, investment banker, technology executive and entrepreneur, headhunter, medical technician, process improvement manager, and strength & conditioning coach, plus countless other jobs not worth mentioning.

Needless to say, my quest to live an optimally healthy life has been and continues to be a journey without destination.  It seems that there are more variables than I ever anticipated.  Although I have been involved in sports and fitness for over 40 years and I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, my health journey has really only just begun.

And what have I learned so far you ask?  I have learned that living a healthy, fulfilling life in the modern age can be really difficult.  I have learned that being an athlete is not the same as being healthy.  I have learned that understanding that human body can be confusing, contradictory, enlightening, and at times downright frustrating!

But why?  Why is it so hard?  And more important, what can we do about it?  Well, I am not completely sure, but I do have a few ideas and thoughts on the subject—and still lots more questions!   Perhaps with your help, we can figure it out together… or at least get one step closer in our individual journeys to discovering our optimal life.

Let the journey begin.

-TJ

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