Category: Life, Play, Podcast
Aaron Xterra 2004

Tip #1 -Don’t Ever Stop

For most people, the fitness goals they committed to on January 1st are broken.

It might even feel like a recurring story of the past few years.
You know you want to feel better, sleep better and look better.
Yet life is stuffed full of millions of conflicting priorities.

I think you’re going to love this podcast.

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This is not your traditional “How to” podcast.

We discuss topics ranging from what iPhone application to use for tracking calories to how fitness can be used as medication covering up deeper questions in your life.

If you are a competitive athlete or a couch potato wanting to get started, there is a nugget of wisdom for you.

In this podcast episode, Jon Dale and I discuss how we have navigated our fitness journeys.

We have very different stories.

Four years ago Jon weighed in at 207 lbs.  That’s not too bad for a linebacker playing for Texas A&M.  But Jon is 5’ 10”.

Jon tells his story of adopting a lifestyle of fitness and completing his first Half-Ironman triathlon.  He is now at a lean and mean 160 lbs.

Jon @ 207 lbs

Jon @ 207 lbs

For me, I have not missed more than two weeks of running for almost twenty years.  I’ve climbed mountains, raced mountain bikes, ran ultra-marathons and completed a full Ironman triathlon.

Plug in your headphones, go for a walk, run, jog, bike, hike, or workout and enjoy the dialogue.

In this episode we discuss

(I know it’s a long list-it’s that good):

  • How Jon pursued a lifestyle of fitness and lost 50+ lbs over four year
  • Why running is the perfect offload of stress if you have young kids at home
  • How I used Fitness as medication for attempting to answer deeper questions in my masculine journey
  • Why conquest and adventure is the missing ingredient when you are riding a stationary bike or running on a treadmill
  • How Fitness can negatively be used as a synthetic concoction as proof that you are tough
  • Why even 15 minutes of exercise is better than skipping a workout
  • Why most people don’t start their first marathon because they get injured
  • How to fight discouragement and stop comparing yourself to others
  • Why you should stop going to meet friends for coffee and meet them at a trailhead instead
  • Why it is so important to use fitness as a way to share life with other people
  • Why leaving your cell phone at home will help you enjoy yourself more when exercising
160 lb. Jon Dale Ice Climbing

160 lb. Jon Dale Ice Climbing


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  • Stellar stuff guys. Would have loved to mtn bike with you in the Redwoods. Fitness is my #1 drug, no doubt.

    • It was amazing Kevin. You would have loved it.

    • Kevin you would have been proud of Jon. He is a beast on a bike after shedding 50 lbs.

  • BWilliamson

    Sorry in advance for the lengthy message.

    I wanted to share a quick story that for me relates very well to this recent podcast. I was very similar to Jon except I did not go through the injury like he did. For years I have wanted to get into a better shape than I was but was
    either too lazy to do it or just didn’t have something to motivate me. I once ate 40 McNuggets just because I liked them. I think having a daughter is what changed this for me. The other factor for me was that there was not a gym within
    30 minutes of my house so going to the gym was not easy at all. I didn’t want to be 60 yrs old going to her college graduation in a wheelchair with oxygen. Previously I ate with no regard to health. My company recently built a $3.5mil wellness facility on campus. I’ve started going to the gym for the first time ever in my life the first week in Jaunary 2013. I now go to the gym for 45-60 minutes every morning before work. It’s unbelievable how much better I feel
    after only 6.5 weeks. I was at 258lbs when I started and already I am down to 247lbs. I also changed my diet a bit; I only eat salads for lunch and I try to stay away from all the junk food I used to eat. I used to get winded just
    walking up the stairs or have take a nap after I got home from work because I just couldn’t stay awake. That’s all gone. One thing I do want to be able to do is ride my bike again and not be ready to pass out after a mile. I bought one of the tow-behind kid haulers to take my daughter with me and hope to be able to ride with her this summer. You and Jon are both right, it’s really eye opening
    once you get into fitness and realize everything good it actually does for you.

    • Wow…so proud of you.

      This is going to change your life and your family. Keep it up. If there’s any encouragement we can offer please let us know.


    • Brandon this really is an incredible before and after story. Keep going. Glad we could cheer you on.

  • Aaron Johnson

    You men create such a compelling vision for the physical, as well as the spiritual life, in this podcast. Please keep them coming. Aaron made a comment (either when we were up at Toth Ranch or here on a previous post) about working out 15 minutes a day. It really hit me like a ton of bricks. So, I did it, and it has put me on a new path now for about 5 months. I love the before and after Jon pics! Thanks for modeling this for us, and sharing like this.

    • Jon, you were just thanked for modeling. I didn’t see that coming…

      • Kevin, you may only be familiar with one type of male modeling…

      • You should see Jon @ the pool in his Speedo. Men of Colorado calendar worthy. 🙂

    • Thanks Aaron! 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference. That’s phenomenal.

    • AJ I’m stoked that you are enjoying these. I got in my 15 min of exercise today. With 15 minutes of chocolate yesterday. Counting on Dollar Cost Averaging over the long haul.

      • Aaron Johnson

        You should write a Dollar Cost Averaging app for exercise 🙂

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Posted on: 02 / 14 / 2013