I don’t take care of him, he takes care of me.

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It started with a simple idea. Get a dog, and get moving again.

The impetus for change came from my deteriorating health. On the cusp of turning 40 three years ago, my body felt much older than its chronological age. I was in the worst shape of my life. I had put on a lot of weight, around 30 pounds in three years. Low back pain, knee pain, and migraines were recurring with greater frequency. According to my body fat percentage, I was officially obese. My doctor told me to do something about my cholesterol and blood pressure levels. …


Self-Care through Fitness

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The word ergometry is made of two Greek words, namely ergon (meaning “work”) and metron (the minimal unit of measure in classical Greek verse). Ergometry translates as “work measurement”. An ergometer, therefore, measures the work and energy of an individual during physical exercise.

I chose to name this publication “Ergometer” as it reflects my intention to put my work and energy into fitness and health. I had rediscovered fitness around the time I turned 40 and facing a bit of a mid-life crisis. …


I call them the hunger, habit, emotion, impulse, craving, and social sugars

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I never thought that I had a problem with sugar. After all, I did not particularly enjoy sweet food.

Yet I was somehow consuming 140 grams (around 5 ounces) or more of added sugar a day. That meant 4.2 kilograms (9.25 pounds) in a month and 50 kilograms (110 pounds) in a year. I was eating the equivalent of two-thirds of my body weight in added sugar. It was no surprise that I was ballooning like the Marshmallow Man.

I resolved to get fit. I started to exercise regularly. I cleaned up my diet, starting with added sugar. It has…


There are only 2 steps in this recipe.

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Poke, in Hawaiian, is translated as “cubed.” It usually consists of chopped seafood that is marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil and mixed with onion. It is believed that poke was first prepared by native Polynesians before Western travelers arrived on the islands. In more recent times, Chef Sam Choy (aka “Godfather of Poke”) helped to popularize poke when he launched his first poke contest in 1991, which allowed chefs and home cooks to demonstrate their creativity with poke. The Keauhou Poke Contest is held annually in March.

My salmon poke…


How to prepare, work out, and recover for maximum gains and minimum risk

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Safety is perhaps the least sexy topic when it comes to discussing physical training. It is more interesting to talk about our body goals and how to make improvements in size, strength, speed, agility, and/or flexibility. However, failure to observe training safety can easily result in injury, setting back our training, and ultimately compromising our ability to achieve our objectives.

THE PARADOXICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EXERCISE AND INJURY

Exercise, especially resistance training, reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injury in several ways:

  1. Resistance training increases bone mineral density. This reduces the risk of bone diseases such as osteoporosis as well as injuries such as bone fractures.
  2. Resistance training builds…


And the emerging battle of smart trackers

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Apple finally launched its new AirTag at its Spring Loaded event on April 20, 2021. The AirTag was the only brand-new item launched at the event; the other announcements (iMac, iPad Pro, iPhone 12, and AppleTV 4K) were upgrades of existing products.

Apple has certainly taken its time to hopefully perfect the Air Tag. Tile and a bevy of other smart trackers have been on the market for almost a decade. Apple nevertheless enjoys a significant advantage despite being a late entrant. It can after all leverage its apps ecosystem as well as the large universe of Apple device users…


Reflections on My First Month of Writing

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When I started writing on the platform a month ago, I swore to myself that I would not write about writing. The idea seemed too self-indulgent and too meta. Moreover, I felt like there were too many articles about writing on the platform. What additional value could I possibly provide?

Nevertheless, it is my reluctant observation that articles on writing tend to focus on how to be successful on the platform, which is narrowly defined in terms of how to foster greater reader engagement, attract more followers, secure a higher percentage of curation, etc.

Such an approach holds little appeal…


An easy recipe that can be made with as few as 3 ingredients

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Japanese curry rice (or ka-rei rai-su) was one of my favorite foods when I lived in Tokyo. It was a simple yet hearty dish that always soothed my soul after a tough day at work. I suspect that many Japanese salarymen who pop into a curry restaurant at the end of the day before going home felt the same way.

Curry was introduced to Japan during the Meiji era (1862–1912) by the Europeans, who had invented curry powder after importing curry from India. Japanese curry is distinctive due to its relative sweetness and lack of spiciness. It also does not…


A lifelong habit that supports health, fitness, weight management, mindfulness, and well-being.

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Walking was the first step of my fat-loss journey. I had been living a sedentary lifestyle. I would wake up just in time to go to the office, work on a computer all day, eat my meals outside, and spend my evenings watching Netflix. It wasn’t long before I became overweight and then obese. To get my health back in order, I started to take daily walks. It would prove to be a life-changing decision.

FINDING MY MOTIVATION

There are two forms of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic. We are said to be driven by intrinsic motivation when we perform an action for the…


Everything I need to be happy, I already have within me.

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Six months ago, I had an epiphany as I was preparing to move home after a series of overseas assignments. I had accumulated too much stuff, most of which had no functional or sentimental value.

In decluttering my possessions, I traced my materialistic accumulation back to my childhood. It dawned on me that the habit was a legacy of the achievement-reward system that my mother had created during my childhood.

It will be a long journey to overcome this unhealthy habit. However, I am confident that it will be worth the effort.

“The journey is the reward.” ~ Steve Jobs

THE HABIT IN CHILDHOOD

Ethan C. Wright

Personal trainer in training. Reflections on mid-life, health, fitness, and the life-changing magic of dogs. https://medium.com/ergometer

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