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  • Reason #2 - Motivation, Pain and the Great Oreo Cookie Caper

    Reason #2 – Motivation, Pain and the Great Oreo Cookie Caper

    We have all heard the “No Pain, No Gain” theory and to a certain extent this is true, but pain can also be the fastest way to demotivate someone to continue a New Year’s Resolution Workout Plan.

    Let’s go back to talking about Bob. Now that bob has calculated his Basal Metabolic Rate and his Harris Benedict magic number, Bob is ready to hit the gym and start shedding that 10 pounds, or 35,000 calories.

    Day 1 – Knowing that afternoons are hectic and his chances of getting to the gym after work are slim to nil, Bob sets the alarm for an hour earlier than normal so he can work out and still be back home in time to help the kids get off to school. Bob rolls out of bed at 5:30 and pulls on his workout clothes which he got as a very supportive gift from the kids for Christmas. Bob is at the gym by 5:45, right on schedule to meet the other hundreds of people who decided that this was the morning to begin their New Year’s resolutions of getting back in shape. A spot on the treadmill opens up and Bob hurries to claim his place before anyone else can get there. In a frantic rush to make sure that he can get a workout in, Bob forgets to stretch.

    Bob selects a program from the onboard treadmill computer and within a couple minutes is jogging at a good clip. 10 minutes goes by and Bob thinks “This is not half bad.” Another ten minutes goes by and now Bob is starting to feel the burn. His underused muscles aren’t use to this kind of pace. By 29 minutes Bob is in pure agony. His lungs are screaming at him to stop and his heart is ready to beat out of his chest. But Bob is determined to finish his thirty minutes of cardio and burn that 310 calories.

    The clock reaches 30 minutes and Bob pounds the stop button on the treadmill. Even though his legs are on fire and he thinks his heart rate is somewhere north of 2 million beats a minute, a small smile appears on his face. Day 1 in the bag. I can do this Bob thinks to himself.

    Bob heads home, cleans up and gets ready for his work day. He kisses his wife and kids goodbye and heads to the office where he sits in his cubicle till lunch. Bob even decides to have a salad for lunch as further proof of his motivation to get back in shape. However, after lunch Bob comes back to the office where one of his colleagues has left a tray of holiday cookies out in the conference room. Bob, recognizing that he has really worked out for the first time in years, decides he has earned a couple of cookies. The white chocolate dipped Oreos are his favorite so he grabs 5 of those and heads back to his desk. A couple hours later Bob has to use the copy machine strategically located right next to the conference room. After making his copies, Bob, in his most Ninja like manner, sneaks back into the conference room and grabs another handful of those delicious Oreo Cookies.

    Bob gets home at his usual time, hangs out with the family, takes the dog on a walk and orders up pizza for family movie night. The family crowds around the TV with pizza and a movie and Bob enjoys his couple large slices of pepperoni with a couple beers. Since Bob’s body isn’t use to getting up that early, he falls asleep shortly after the movie starts.

    At some point the kids get angry with Bob’s snoring and send him off to bed where he sets his alarm for the same time before drifting back off to sleep.

    The alarm’s obnoxious wailing wakes Bob from a dead sleep. He turns off the alarm, swings his legs out of bed, stands up and cries out in pain. Almost every muscle in his body is in agony. Bob instantly decides he can’t work out again and falls back into bed, glad for the extra hour of sleep. Right before he drifts back to sleep, he whispers out loud to none in particular. “I’ll go tomorrow.”

    Bob’s story might sound a little dramatic but is really the commonplace for most people looking to get back into shape. Tips we can learn from Bob: 1- Stretch. Gyms are crowded in the morning and it can be tough to get on a machine but afford yourself the extra 10 minutes to warm up and cool down. Your body will thank you the next day. 2- Snacks. Part of getting back in shape is training your body to always expect food. Now that you are working out, you will have more of an appetite. Oreo cookies, however are not the best way to reach your goals. Stock your desk with high fiber low sugar snacks like rice cakes or carrots. Diet Tips come tomorrow. 3- Hydration is Key. If you are working out you are sweating and losing electrolytes. Make sure to replace them with Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Solution. Make sure to drink more water throughout the day. Not only does it make a world of difference in keeping your body healthy, but it also fills you up and will help keep you away from the cookie plate. 4- Recovery is key. Vitalyte’s Complete Recovery will help buffer lactic acid, reduce inflammation, and synthesize protein to make sure that you don’t wake up the next day feeling like you were in a car wreck. 5- 3 Days a week to start. If you set the expectation that you will be at the gym 5 days a week right out of the gate, you will be sorely disappointed. Commit to getting there 3 days a week in the beginning and build. Your body will thank you and it will be a whole lot easier to maintain that kind of schedule.

  • Top 3 Reason's New Year's Resolutions Fail - Part 1 of 3

    Top 3 Reason’s New Year’s Resolutions Fail

    by Evan DeMarco

    For so many people out there, there comes a moment shortly after Christmas where you recognize a startling and somewhat scary fact. It is that moment that comes when getting dressed for work, or when reaching for the remote on the coffee table, or even while preparing that third plate of leftovers. Your brain finally recognizes your expanding waistline brought on by overindulgence consistent with the holiday season. Enter New Year’s Resolutions. They usually sound something like: I’m going to finally lose those ten pounds, or I’m going to get back in shape, or I’m going to get back into those jeans I love so much. Whatever the actual resolution, a vast majority of fitness or lifestyle based resolutions fail for all the same reasons. #1 – Setting Unrealistic Expectations The Problem - The TV is ripe this time of year with infomercials selling the latest and greatest exercise and diet fads. They all seem to have the same ridiculous sales pitch. Lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks. Take 5 inches off your waistline. Get back that sexy more confident you in only 4 minutes a day. Crap, Crap and more crap. These infomercial products all offer a quick fix to a big problem and history has always shown that these never work. The Solution – Throw away the scale, stop watching those infomercials and set a realistic goal. Just because you put on 15-20 pounds in two months doesn’t mean you can take it off that quickly. How do you set that goal? Time to do some math. Get a pen and paper and do the equation below based on your gender.

    Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years ) Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) - ( 6.8 x age in year )

    This equation is the Basal Metabolic Rate. It determines how many calories you need to function if you did nothing but lay in bed all day long. Now on to Harris Benedict: Harris Benedict Formula To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows: • If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2 • If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375 • If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55 • If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725 • If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9

    The Harris Benedict Equation determines the calorie intake required to maintain weight based on your activity level.

    Now we get into the most complicated aspect of weight loss called the Evan DeMarco Equation (that’s me by the way). This is a principle of weight loss that is so complex, most people have a hard time following it. Are you Ready? Here it is:

    Eat more calories than you burn in a day and you gain weight. Burn more calories in a day than you eat and you will lose weight.

    Ok, so it really isn’t that complex at all, but so many try to make it that way so they can sell you something. Let’s break this down so it all makes sense. To do that, we will use Bob as our test subject. Bob is a middle aged insurance underwriter with two kids, a dog and mini-van (shame on you for the mini van Bob). Bob is 38 years old, 6 feet tall, weighs 195 pounds. He walks the dog every day and plays with his kids on the weekend but doesn’t really get any other exercise. Bob’s BSM is roughly 1911. That is the number of calories Bob will burn if he does nothing but lay around all day long.

    Bob is lightly active so is Harris Benedict number is 2627. That number represents the number of calories Bob must eat to maintain his 195 pounds at his current activity level.

    There are roughly 3500 calories in a pound of fat. Bob would like to weigh 185 pounds so he has a calorie differential of 35,000.

    Let’s say Bob joins a local health club to get back in shape and starts off jogging on a treadmill for 30 minutes a day. He will burn roughly 310 calories. Assuming Bob doesn’t change his eating habits and sticks with his regiment, he will have to repeat the same 30 minute exercise for 112 days to reach his goal of 10 pounds.

    So back to setting realistic expectations. Bob represents the most simplistic way of looking at weight loss and doesn’t factor in other concepts that we will get to later on but you can see why many people will get frustrated when it comes to weight loss.

    Use this formula to understand what it takes to lose a pound of fat. Knowing is half the battle.

  • Coconut Water: Friend or Foe?

    Coconut water- Friend or Foe?If you have stepped into a health food store in the last couple of years, or a regular grocery store in the last few months, you have undoubtedly been bombarded by coconut water displays. It seems that there is a new coconut water brand popping up every day.

    If you believe the media hype, coconut water is the best electrolyte replacement drink in the market, boasting “15 times the electrolytes of sports drinks.”

    So is coconut water really that great of an electrolyte replacement? An answer to that very same question was recently pursued by ConsumerLab.com and the answer isn’t exactly what the makers of all those brands were hoping for. In fact, that report by ConsumerLab.com was the catalyst for a pending lawsuit against Vita Coco, the biggest coconut water brand on the market.

    The lawsuit cites the study, which found “at least some” Vita Coco flavors had significantly less sodium and magnesium than advertised. Hmmm.

    The other question not specifically answered by the ConsumerLab.com study concerns the nutritional benefit of coconut water. The sporting community has gone to great lengths to understand the delicate balance of electrolytes necessary for optimal hydration. Coconut water may have 15 times the potassium of other sports drinks, but without a proper ratio of sodium—which acts as a transport mechanism for other electrolytes—all you have is a really expensive bottle of potassium.

  • Extreme Kellie San Diego - Day 2 - The Ride of a Lifetime

    The alarm clock on the bedside table of my hotel reads 5:45 am. For those who have ever had one to many drinks, sometimes the most difficult conflict is that which rages between your body craving more sleep and your brain knowing it has somewhere to be. At 5:45 my brain was telling me that a film crew had to be in Mexico in 4 hours and I was the one responsible for getting them there. My body, however was begging to go back to sleep.

    Cue Vitalyte to the rescue. After downing a couple bottles of Vitalyte, a cup of coffee and a croissant from the hotel bakery, I was ready to begin our trek south of the border. The scheduled departure time was 8:00am and about 8:15 I realized that I wasn't the only one struggling with the decision to get out of bed and begin the day. After 20 minutes or so, the whole entourage arrives and we begin our trek to Ensenadas, Mexico. But first, people need caffeine and grease.

    This is the part of the blog that I recommend you pay attention to as it contains some very valuable lessons about driving to Mexico.

    Lesson #1 - Not all McDonald's are created equally. 2 miles from the Mexican border we pulled into a McDonalds for a much needed coffee and food break. Needless to say my egg McMuffin had the consistency of a racquetball and my coffee could melt steel. Not the best thing for a sour stomach. Luckily I had more Vitalyte.

    Lesson #2 - It occured to me as I was crossing the border that I never informed my rental car company of my destination, so in an attempt to be proactive, I called the rental car company as I was crossing the border. There response was simple: You can't take that car to Mexico. Oh well. Better to beg forgiveness then ask permission I recall someone once saying.

    Lesson #3 The 900 plus signs you see in the last 5 miles before you reach the border that say "Get Your Mexican Insurance Here" actually have a purpose. Apparently if an American vehicle gets in a wreck in Mexico, standard insurance doesn't cover the accident. Without the Mexican insurance, the driver gets a one way ticket to jail. So here I am driving in an uninsured rental vehicle in a country where the vehicle wasn't suppose to be in the first place. Sometimes things just get interesting. (By the way, I upgraded to a car with  built in GPS so I wouldn't get lost in Mexico. This, of course stops working about 400 yards past the border.) Oh well.

    So now we are running late, we have no insurance, are in a car that isn't suppose to be in Mexico and the GPS isn't working. All of this on the heels of one of one of the deadliest border shootouts in recent memory. Border patrol, which apparently is usually fairly tame, now consisted of M-16's, tanks with really big guns mounted to the tops and a lot of soldiers. Not a good day to be hungover.

    Luckily the directions to our destination were on my laptop and only 2 hours late, we finally arrive at the Horsepower Ranch to begin our Baja tour with Wide Open Baja.

    There have been few moments in my life where I have been truly excited and surprised and this was one of them. After driving through some rougher areas of Ensenadas (more because I was lost) I was beginning to think that this was a bad idea. But then we found our exit, thanks to James who led us off the main road to one of the most beautiful ranches I have ever seen. Tucked back in the mountains and hills of Mexico is Horsepower Ranch, the hub of Wide Open Baja. And parked in front of the ranch were 4 of the coolest machines ever made. This is the reason we are here. Extreme Kellie runs the Baja.

    Now this is where you the reader would do well to tune into the live broadcast (or watch online) of the show, for I lack the words to describe the collection of cars they had out for us or how the next 30 minutes went. I will do my best and say that within those short 30 minutes, we were introduced to the amazing staff at the ranch, given a introductory walk through of the cars, fitted with helmets and led off to begin the adventure.

    "I can't believe they are letting us drive these things," was the collective spoken idea said amongst us we took off. With little or no training, James put us behind the wheel of these machines and led us out on the off road adventure of a lifetime.

    With Kellie and Noah in the lead car behind James, and Brian and me following, we set out to conquer terrain that was, needless to say, quite intimidating. At first I think we are all a little skiddish but once you get behind the wheel of one of these cars, understand what they can do, we were all having the time of our lives. Hitting jumps at 80 miles an hour, taking 90 degree turns almost as fast, watching the beautiful hills of Mexico blaze by as these cars handled the most aggressive terrain like it was simply a long stretch of highway is an experience I'll never forget. After a couple hours of driving and shooting, James takes us to a beautiful meadow where the crew at Wide Open prepared the mos amazing meal.

    After fueling up, taking some pictures for future blogging, we were ready to get at again.

    For the next couple hours we all took turns driving, slowly but surely get more comfortable with these incredible vehicles. Eventually the sun began to set and the night air let us know it was time to head back. We pulled into the ranch and even before we were all fully out of the cars, one of the ranch guys was there with a beer. After a quick shower we were all once again treated to an amazing meal and after, we sat around with drinks in hand reliving the events of the day. From Kellie's mud facial (you have to see the show to catch this, one of the funniest things I have ever seen) to the high flying jumps and everything in between, it was truly a day to be relived over drinks in front of a fire, and certainly a day that I will not soon forget.

    From weekend warriors to the nitro charged metal heads, this a vacation I would recommend everyone take at least once in a lifetime. Go to www.wideopenbaja.com for more info, and thanks to the entire staff at Wide Open for putting this together and showing us an amazing time.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 15

    Lake Powell - Day 2

    Someone once told me that solitude is a precious thing. Standing on a giant rock overlooking the lake with a cup of coffee in hand while watching the sun splash its first rays down on the desert made me understand that statement. Moments like that are fleeting and so rare that you wish you could stop time and stay in that moment for a lot longer. Unfortunately that isn't a possibility so you do the next best thing... Go Scuba Diving.

    We want to send a shout out to our friends at A1 Scuba in Denver, who provided some awesome gear for us to try while diving Lake Powell. In addition they are also the sponsors of the Aquarium Shark Dive in Denver. Check out their link on our website for more info about this company. There seems to be this conflict amongst divers as to the diving quality of the lake, and although I have been there many times in the past, I have never dove the waters of Lake Powell. Now that I have, I can say that was an awesome experience.

    The visibility changes depending on your location but my first dive took place along the main channel wall where the bottom depth was registering at 380 feet. The algae growing along the wall captured sunlight and reflected it back into the lake making visibility roughly 30 to 40 feet. My first dive was with Kenneth, an experienced diver so we decided to drop down to 35 feet to check conditions and take a couple of pictures.

    The rock wall we diving along opened up in many places to reveal an entire network of caves. Not having the proper equipment, we decided to stay away, although I must say the allure of the unknown was pretty tempting. Our total bottom time for the first dive was about 25 minutes with a max depth of 45 feet. After that, visibility got pretty bad and all you could see was the abysmal drop off that ran another 340 feet to the lake bottom. Ocean diving is different in the sense that you can usually see down to the floor or at least a reef that you may be diving. Looking down into the lake, you see nothing but slow change from lighted water to the infinite black of the murky depths. It can be a little freaky sometimes, especially when you let your imagination run wild and think of all that could be lurking down there.

    Needless to say we had a great first dive and were both ready to enjoy some above lake activities. Today was wakesurfing day, something I have yet to experience on decent water. Wake surfing is an attempt to surf on a lake instead of the ocean by using the ballast system of a boat to create a large enough way to surf on.

    I think I did alright.

    The great thing about a place like lake Powell is that there is always something to do, so when wake surfing gets old, you can move right into rock climbing and cliff diving.

    Cliff Diving led into more wake boarding and the day progressed as well as any day could, with plenty of sun, fun and beer. I even got in a decent run or two on the board whihc Tami captured so well.

    Day 2 finished out a lot stronger than day 1 as it was my friends birthday. The celebration got going with a huge fire by the lake where I was able to introduce "V", the new Vitalyte mascot to the group.

    Turns out that V is quite the ladies man.

    Watch for the continuing adventures of V as he travels the world in search of fun and excitement. This guy is a prototype but we will soon have V for sale on the website for all Vitalyte fans to enjoy in their adventures. I'm guessing that we will also be offering up some great prizes in the future for the best "V" pics and stories.

    The party kept going until the wee hours of the morning, when by sheer exhaustion people slowly migrated back to whatever part of the houseboat they could call a bed for a few hours before the next day.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 12

    Housekeeping Items - The response to the 30 Days Campaign has been overwhelming and once again we want thank you all for taking the time to read, comment and write your own blogs.

    We are still giving away Free Vitalyte to the best blog of the day so keep em coming.

    If you haven't had a chance to check out Kellie MacMullan's blog from the KWGN News Channel, I highly encourage you to do so. Lots of great of stuff in there. It's available in an RSS Feed from Vitalyte's website.

    Vitalyte is also running our "Weekend Warrior" campaign. With lifestyles being as hectic as they are, sometimes the weekends are really the only opportunity to get in some fun. We at Vitalyte would love to hear about it. Whether you are a top rated triathlete competing, an adrenalin junkie like me looking for something crazy to do, or a family spending an afternoon at the [ark, we want to hear about. The goal of Vitalyte is to inspire everyone to take advantage of all the opportunities that lie away from the T.V. Remember, great prizes in store for the best stories.

    Some days the weather just doesn't corporate, but that doesn't mean awesome has to take place outside. Of course, as I get nearer to leaving for Lake Powell for a good friends 30th b-day, I wish the weather would be a little bit more cooperative as I try to get in as many lake days as possible perfecting some of this summer's tricks. Soon it will be time to hang up the wake board and tune the snow skis. Of course that brings a whole different kind of awesome.

    Speaking of, I want to congratulate Tami for passing her open water dive test last night. Hopefully she will soon be exploring the majesty of the great blue with me soon.

    Anyway, in lieu of the ability to go to the lake and with the days training session in prep for the Muddy Buddy completed, I figured it was time to bring awesome to the kitchen.

    Growing up in the kitchen of my families Italian Restaurant, I got to watch my grandmother do things with food that I'm sure no will ever be able to do ever. The woman was a magician in the kitchen, taking the most simple of recipes and turning them into the things of legend. I learned a lot from her and although I will never be able to match her skill in the kitchen, every now and then I come up with something worth bragging about. Last night it was Pizza.

    My grandmother was famous for her pizza and would she have been with me last night, I'm sure I would have got that subtle but approving smile from the master for my work in the kitchen. Of course, had she have been there, I wouldn't have been stuck doing the dishes alone. Oh well, small price to pay. The pizza was awesome and I was able to get some shots of the weird storm system moving along the front range.

    As the night wore on the system moved through the sky turned all sorts of funky colors. It was really a cool thing to watch as I enjoyed my pizza and a glass of Shiraz.

    I don't issue challenges or advice very often but I will today. If your parents or grandparents are around, pick up the phone just to say hi. It gets easy to forget about the people in your life amidst the hustle and bustle, but simply taking the time to pick up the phone and spend a couple of minutes with someone is such a valuable gift.

    Have a great day.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 11

    Muddy Buddy Prep - Still looking for some feedback from Vitalyte Fans out there on a prize for the winning Vitalyte Team in the upcoming Muddy Buddy.

    Sunday Funday - Back in high school I had read the Book Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. The book is a perfect one for teaching kids all about symbolism and character development, and according to one of my high school English teachers, the ridiculousness of war. I enjoyed the novel, not because of its symbolism and character development, but because it was a good story. I especially liked the character Orr who was constantly taking apart small mechanical things like carburetors from trucks and planes, and putting them back together. This character appealed to me because he had the patience to do things like that for no apparent reason. Of course, if you have read the book you know that there was reason for it later on, but that's not important.  I have never been like Orr in the book. Perhaps I suffer from Adult ADD or perhaps I lack a certain spacial awareness necessary to do things overtly mechanical. Whatever the reason, the idea of taking apart a carburetor and putting it back together is on the same level as getting a root canal without Novocaine.

    So you can imagine my excitement when it came time to put together a new gas grill on Sunday. I hate to bring up something like the unshakable power of the human spirit but I know that without that undefinable urge to trudge onward in the face of such incredible adversity, I most likely would have stopped after pulling the darn thing out of the box. Seriously, is it really necessary to break these things down into as many pieces as humanly possible to get them into a smaller box. I understand the logistics and the decreased cost of shipping something like this when the boxes are smaller but for love of all things holy, it is certainly not necessary to break a grill down to the point that I couldn't tell if I was putting together a bar-b-q or a jet engine. And don't get me started on the instructions for this thing, which were clearly written by someone whose grasp of the English language was minimal at best.

    Ok, enough complaining. Bottom line is I did it. Two hours and forty-five minutes later I screwed the last screw in and marveled at my mastery of such a complex task like putting together a grill, which in Colorado will get another two months of use before the weather turns on us.   Back to the whole human spirit thing. Hokey, yes it is but sometimes these little tasks  are exactly what I need to remind me how sometimes there is a storm before the calm, or in this case, a lot of work before a porterhouse. Besides, you never know when your plane will go down in the Atlantic, you will have to paddle to Switzerland in a life boat, and the patience derived from such a mundane task will be the difference between making it or not. (Catch 22 reference in case you're wondering)

    That wasn't the end of Sunday though. After such a daunting task like putting together a grill, I felt I needed to reqrd myself with a movie. Growing up like so many kids across the country there was only one logical choice for the afternoon entertainment. G.I. Joe.

    Evan's Movie Corner - Sometimes we go to movies because we see a story that offers insights into ourselves, movies like Schindler's List or The Notebook for those hopeless romantics out there. Sometimes we go to a movie because we need to laugh ourselves silly for 2 hours, movies like Old School or The Hangover. Sometimes, not all the times, but sometimes we go to just get lost in the scenery of a movie for two hours. If you have any other preconceived notion about G.I. Joe, I'm sorry to say you will be grossly disappointed. If however, you want to see a supermodel cast in skin tight costumes set amongst the backdrop of amazing special effects, then this movie is for you.

    This movie is never going to be an Oscar Worthy flick, but then again blockbusters seldom are. If you are looking to kill two hours of your day by seeing a beautiful cast of people beat each other up, the you are in luck.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 10

    Muddy Buddy Training

    The Muddy Buddy is a 6-7 mile race for a team of two where each person runs 3 miles and bikes 3 miles in a leap frog fashion. One team member rids while the other runs and at each interval change there is some kind of obstacle. The end of the race requires the teams to crawl through the giant mud pit before crossing the finish line.

    With a messed up ankle I was a little concerned about my ability to handle this course but since there is a yet unnamed prize awaiting the victorious Vitalyte Team, I am 100 percent committed to winning.

    For those of you that live in the Denver area, come on out and cheer on all the Vitalyte Teams, especially mine. There is a huge party afterwards where you can meet the Vitalyte Teams and assuming the training regiment goes well this week, you can shake hands with the victorious Sarah and Evan.

    Saturday was another great day at the lake, at least for the first couple hours before the crowds arrived. My buddy's 30th b-day in lake Powell is coming up in less than 3 weeks and so each run on the lake is a chance to try a new trick or perfect an existing one before the big summer blow out in a real body of water.

    Saturday was my opportunity to put a new board in the water and try it out. the Hyperlite Imperial is a 3 stage rocker with a wider middle section is designed to give more pop of the wake and a smoother landing. Unfortunately it was difficult to really get a feel for the board in the ocean like chop of Chatfield. Basically all I succeeded in doing was getting some great wipe out shots.

    Samuel Clemens once said "always leave em laughing." In the absence of decent water on a day where far to many boats were on the lake, I find it best to just to follow Sam's words. At the least the people on the boat get a show.

    I guess its bag to Muddy Buddy Training.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 9

    Ladies and Gentlemen. We are now midway through our second week of the 30 Days of Awesome and campaign and I wanted to thank all of you for following me on my journey this summer and I also want to thank those of you who have submitted to the Vitalyte Blog. I have had a chance to read some great stories this summer and even award a couple of Vitalyte Prizes.

    Check out the website and our Facebook page to read some of the other entries, especially Kellie MacMullan's blog. Kellie is an anchorwoman for WB News here in Denver and has a segment of her show called Extreme Kellie. This woman is awesome!

    Keep the entries coming.

    The Weekend Begins

    When I was younger and caught up in the world of corporate travel, usually spending 4 days a week on the road, I had to reserve my weekends for the all the things I couldn't do during the week, such as laundry, paying bills, watering the plants, (this one became less and less of a problem as I realized I can't keep a plant alive). As I get older and paradoxically less mature, I have found that the weekends are a great opportunity to really kick back and have some fun.

    Some times that fun begins at a local watering hole for Happy Hour, or an early flight out for a long weekend away from home. Somtimes a relaxed weekend is all you need to recharge and a quiet dinner party is the thing to start it off. That's what I was thinking when I invited a couple friends over for some drinks and dinner Friday night. Of course, in typical high school fashion, the couple swiftly multiplied and the next thing I knew there were 16 people in my loft.

    What started out as an attempt at a quiet evening quickly turned into a great party with lots of friends. Who am I kidding, I never really liked the quiet evenings anyway.

    The party was a great time and more importantly and opportunity to begin the trash talk between the three Vitalyte Teams competing in next weekends Muddy Buddy Challenge.

    The Teams are:

    Brian and Tami

    Sarah and Evan

    Brooke and Joe

    We as a group are having a hard time deciding what the victorious team should get as a prize so I would like to open this up to suggestions (keep them clean people, this is a family site). Post suggestions to the blog or our Facebook and Twitter page.

    Check back this week or updates on the brewing rivalry.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 8

    In mid November I will be traveling to Australia to complete negotiations for the new Vitalyte Australia. From a business standpoint, this is an amazing opportunity for us to grow as a company and capture a foothold in the global marketplace. From a personal standpoint, this will give me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream, two actually.

    The first will be to dive the Great Barrier Reef, something I have wanted to do since I put on my first BCD and fins. A series of reefs that stretch over 1600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is a must for any diver. With the human impact becoming more apparent, I want to make sure I see it before it is to late.

    The second dream of mine is to cage dive with the great whites of Neptune Isalnd.

    Take a look at this picture below and tell me that doesn't look like the most amazing thing in the world.

    So in preparation for the dream come true trip, I decided to work the rust out of my land locked scuba gear by doing the shark dive at the Denver Aquarium.

    Couple issues if you are a diver that make this less than a perfect dive. First it's a negative bouyancy dive. You are overweighted so you sink like a stone. The second problem, which is only a problem if you feel like being an appetizer for a shark, is that you kneel in trenches along the perimeter of the aquarium. Apparently diving in the middle of the sharks swimming and eating patterns is like signing up to be someone else's lunch.

    All in all though, a truly awesome experience. The shark aquarium has a number of brown sharks, zebra sharks, some barracudas, but the most ferocious looking is the sand tiger shark. The sea turtles are also amazing. They are not in the least bit shy and on a number of occasions swam right up and nudged me.

    You'll notice that my pictures for this dive are absolutely horrible. It has been a long time since I have used a real 35mm camera with film and I forgot to wind the darn thing back up when I was finished so most of the pics are double exposed.  Seriously, what did we all do before digital?

    The lasted about 45 minutes and was an awesome experience. More importantly it made me even more excited for my trip to Australia. The chance to see a great white up close and personal is something that I have been wanting to do for as long as I can remember and now that I have the opportunity, well lets just say November wont get here soon enough.

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