Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where have I been?

     Since my last post, I've been doing a lot of reading.  In doing so, I've discovered two fantastic resources for nutrition, exercise, and weight management.

     The first is a blog written by Mark Sisson entitled Mark's Daily Apple.  Hands down, some of the best writing out there.  Interesting, topical, and easy-to-understand.  Check it out here.

     The second is by a gentleman named Andrew B.  I'm not sure exactly how I came across him, but I'm really glad I did.  One of his webpages is available here.

     As you know, I've set a goal to be in top shape in less than 9 months (September 20, 2012).  Although my goal is unchanged, my method for achieving it has changed; several times!  I've learned (the hard way) that depriving myself is a "recipe" for disaster!  My main challenge is when I have a "treat", to not go off the deep (dish) end.

     I'll keep you posted of my progress.  If you've run across a great health, nutrition, or exercise site, I'd love to hear about it.

     The very best to you and your families in 2012.  Here's to reaching your goals and a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Monday, October 31, 2011

TPR (Taking Personal Responsibility) Of Your Weight

     This is a tough one.  One of the biggest obstacles we face daily are food choices and weight related issues.  Food is such a part of our daily routine and culture.  Our society overeats the worst kinds of food.  (Not to worry, I'm pointing the finger at me too!)  Food, especially bad food, is so easily accessible 24 hours a day.

     Over the last 5 years, I've "boned up" on a lot of nutritional information.  A lot of reports attribute our ill health to excessive sugar and carbs in diets.  One gentleman I've learned a great deal from in this area is Jorge Cruise.  He offers an outstanding free eBook from his site by liking his Facebook page.  After liking his site (if you're still in the "liking" mood), I'd be grateful if you would check out our Code Name:  TPR page and liking that as well.  (If you have any questions about it, please drop me a line.  I'd be happy to help!)

     I'll be the first to admit that self-discipline and exercise play a key role in weight management.  You can always follow a crazy diet and lose weight, but can you eat that way for the rest of your life?  No!  One of the toughest things for me was giving up the king-size Daddy portions.  The definition of a Daddy portion is a big glob of food 2-3x what everyone else eats.  For example, my former portion of a piece of cake or pie was 1/4 of the dessert, seriously.  Yep, two big cuts in the cake or pie and I was good to go!  Lol!  Oh well, it's fun to reminisce.

     What I've found is that you don't have to settle for a super-sized version of yourself.  It does take time, patience, and self-control.  You can do it!

     If you have any nutritional and fitness tips you'd like to pass along, I would gladly post them on our Code Name:  TPR page.

     I'm cheering you on!  I look forward to hearing from you.  Your new lighter weight is worth the wait!



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Taking Personal Responsibility (TPR) Of Your Money

     Years ago, I have to admit, our finances were a train wreck.  The worst!  It was such a horrible feeling going to work everyday and drowning in debt.

     Around this time, I was introduced to a relatively unknown financial guy named Dave Ramsey.  This was one of the first people that made me believe I could change the mess I was in.  Dave explains everything in a very simple, easy-to-understand way.

     If you're really having a tough time financially, check out Dave's "Baby Steps" on his site. Once you're on his site, click tools, then "The Seven Baby Steps".  I guarantee you, it will be life changing.  There is hope!

     The Code Name:  TPR community is making progress on Facebook.  Membership is free and all are welcome.  Find the community here, we'd love to have you join us.

     More topics to come.  Your comments, suggestions, and questions are always welcome.  Have a fantastic day!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Introducing "Code Name: TPR"

     TPR:  Taking Personal Responsibility

     TPR is a movement, a mission, a lifestyle.   TPR is no longer blaming anyone for your poor choices of the past.  It is admitting that positive change can only begin with you; not the government, your boss, or significant other. 

     Membership to Code Name:  TPR is free and open to anyone that wants to learn, grow, and improve.  Everyone is welcome.

     The Facebook community page is currently being developed, but I would be honored to have you "like" the page in its "bare bones" state.  You can find it here.

     Code Name:  TPR is something that I have been thinking about for a couple of years and am excited that it is coming to life.  Not to sound cliche, but life is short.  I will definitely need your help changing the world, one life at a time!

Sam Prindle
Code Name:  TPR

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Ultimate Diet?

     In my quest for ultimate health and nutrition, I was thankful to receive a recommendation from my good friend, Sean Seaberg.  Sean not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.  (Experience Sean & Boom! Athletics at  He encouraged me to check out a 30-day challenge called Whole9.  Whole 9, a.k.a. The Whole 30 Program, available at, is simple to grasp, but life changing.

     After getting acquainted with Whole9, I wanted to find out more.  I didn't realize that there was an entire nutritional movement called Paleo.  I'm currently reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.  Eye-opening!

     I also stumbled upon The Paleo Recipe Book.  I absolutely love to cook, but need step-by-step guidance in the kitchen.  This 395 page Paleo Cookbook is available at

     If you're wondering what this Paleo stuff is all about, I encourage you to check out the resources above.

     My ultimate goal is to be in optimum shape by September of 2012.  As I compose this, I still have over 10 months to prepare, focus, and succeed.  With all this good info, how can I go wrong?


Thursday, May 5, 2011

The #1 characteristic you must have to be successful (1 minute read)

I revisited my first motivational recording (a cassette at the time) from Brian Tracy and was truly blown away.  The first sentence was so profound that I had to share it.

The number 1 characteristic of ALL successful people is self-discipline.

Think about how your life would be positively affected with a new approach to food, money, health, fitness, relationships, and your career?

In celebration of self-discipline, I've adopted a new personal motto or catch phrase to live by:  "No excuses.  Make it happen!"

I wish you well in 2011 and if you see me slacking, please let me know!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A couple of tips for 21st century survival (really, really quick read!)

A couple of quickies to go along with your morning coffee:

Tip 1)  Always keep an open mind - Life changes daily.  Make sure to embrace change or you'll be left behind.

Tip 2)  Never stop learning - Special skills and talents pay big dividends.  If you don't know how to do something, why not dig in and figure it out?  The expression "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" has been buried with all the other bones in the backyard.

It's going to be a phenomenal 2011 and there's plenty of it left!