Geek Fitness: From Fat to Fit - A Geeky Weight Loss Memoir
By B.J. Keeton
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I’m a runner, a fitness junkie, a nutrition nut, but most importantly--I’m a geek. I used to be overweight, unhealthy, and lazy. I lost 155 pounds, and along the way, I figured out how to lead a healthy, active lifestyle without giving up a single bit of the geekery that makes me who I am. Every episode of Geek Fitness Health Hacks is packed with strategies that I personally used to overhaul my life, and I want to share them with you so that you can be as happy and healthy as I am, all while making sure that you keep geeking out for the long haul. I have severe anxiety, and even though I I practice meditation, study Buddhism and am all about mindfulness, I still take medication to keep my panic attacks under control. Mental health is every bit as important as physical health, and I don’t want that to get shoved under the rug. I don’t want there to be a stigma about it, so I discuss strategies for self-care and dealing with panic and stress in your life. Additionally, I truly believe that compassion and kindness are essential to being healthy and happy, so this is a very positive show. I want to motivate you into living a good life and being happy, not scare you into one. So are you ready to press start, player one?
||CleanS2E02 - From Fat to Fit, Chapter 1: Morbid Obesity? Nahhh...||Morbid Obesity? Nahhh||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E01 - From Fat to Fit, Prologue: Harry Potter and the 150lb Weight Loss||Harry Potter and the 150lb weight loss||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E36 - Geektitude and prepping for #yogaeverydamnday||Howdy do, geeks! It's Friday, the world is beautiful, springtime is here, and we are all upright and breathing. What's there not to be happy about? Geektitude! We added a new podcast to the network this week, Geektitude! Our take on a network is...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E35 - The Legend of Zelda made me fat||Breath of the Wild is so good||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E34 - Weight Loss, Podcasts, and Persona 4 Golden||#FitGeekFriday||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E33 - Special Mini Bonus Episode Surprise!||This time, it's a super short episode with a very strong message that I just had to get out there to you. Got a minute? (Literally!) Then listen up. I've got something to tell ya!||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E32 - This #FitGeekFriday is busy busy busy||This week has been cray cray. Cray. Cray. I can't talk about a lot of it right now, but if things work out the way I'm hoping, I have no doubt y'all will hear my shouts of joy from wherever you are in the world. So keep your fingers crossed and...||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E31 - Running a 5k and playing Darksiders II on #FitGeekFriday||This week's #FitGeekFriday is full of all kinds of awesome. Let's cut to the chase and get to the cool stuff! Darksiders II: Deathfinitive Edition First up, I am playing a ton of Darksiders II thanks to @cbdroege, my awesome audiobook narrator, and...||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E30 - Stronglifts 5x5 is awesome (or some good strength training for runners!)||Today's a good day. Like Faith would say on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, everything is five by five. What in the world do I mean by that? Well, for starters, I'm running again. Yay! And secondly, I started the Stronglifts 5x5 program. Some of you...||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E29 - FitGeekFriday and Being Freaking Nice to Each Other||A couple years back back, I had a feature here called #FitGeekFriday. It was pretty cool, I thought, and I’ve kind of missed doing it. So I am reviving #FitGeekFriday into a fitnessy, mindful, hodge-podge of cool stuff I’ve found....||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS EPISODE - B.J.'s Guest Spot on the Dumbbells & Dragons podcast||Ahoy, fitgeeks! Today is a special episode of Health Hacks because it's not an episode of Health Hacks at all! I appeared on the super-awesome Dumbbells and Dragons podcast this week, and I wanted to make sure that all of you who...||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E28 - Self-care in stressful times||These days, it's pretty hard to avoid negativity. It's everywhere. From TV to our social media feeds to discussion with strangers in line at the grocery store, we are inundated right now with bad stuff. And most of it stems from the current political...||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E27 - Stop overthinking your goals and go break a sweat!||If you’re like most people, you have recently made some sort of resolution to exercise or lose weight. And probably, if you really are like most people, that resolution may or may not have been kept so far. Or at all. After all, life does tend to...||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E26 - #runstreak day 20 - super healthy fun snack time||Well, this weekend was tough. The dread of quitting my job set in. I hit that "OMG what the heck have I done?" moment in my transition into a new career. And pretty much all I could do was sit on the couch and stare or play Overwatch. But I still got...||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E25 - #runstreak day 17 - a simple way to make sure you drink enough water||Seventeen days in a row, fitgeeks! 17! Wahoo! I just ran 17 days in a row, and I am so tired. Today's run was hard. I only went a single mile, and I ran every step. It was hard to get out the door. But I did. And I'm glad I did. I feel a lot better...||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E24 - #runstreak day 15 - how to start c25k and pick running shoes||I get asked how to start running a lot. A lot. I love this question because it's easy to answer: use Couch-to-5K or a program like it. But there's a problem. C25K is hard. Like really hard. Especially if you're not a runner. Even more so if you're not...||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E23 - #runstreak day 14 - Two Weeks of Awesomesauce||The #runstreak has lasted 2 weeks. 14 days! Wahoo! I could not have done it without y'all. I want you to know that. You're awesome. For realsies. It's also the first official day of my self/unemployment! I'm scared but excited! Eeeeee! Halloween...||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E22 - #runstreak day 13 - how to exercise without exercising (and happy hallowgeek!)||Happy Hallowgeek!||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021 - #runstreak day 11 - Activity Trackers and Workout Selfies||Day 11! What what! Today got me thinking about activity trackers because we have a fundraiser zombie/costume walk as a fundraiser for a local charity tonight--Shoals Crisis Center. I only ran a mile because I knew that I was going to be moving...||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E20 - #runstreak day 10 - Professorbeej is Dead||So big news: Professorbeej is dead. From a certain point of view. #obiwan You see, yesterday...I quit my job. So, if you look at it a certain way, professorbeej as you knew him is dead. I'm just Beej now. The same way that Darth Vader killed Anakin...||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E19 - #runstreak day 8 - follow-up and community check-in||I ran a mile! Yaaay! It's the second-longest runstreak I've ever done. I've had a 60-day streak and a 7-day streak, and now there's an 8-day one smushed right up in the middle. Hooray! Hip hip! Today's run was pretty easy. A 9:27 mile, and my...||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E18 - #runstreak day 7: Proper Running Form||I did a 5k! Just like I told y'all I was going to! And it was super easy and super hard...depending on which point in the run we're talking about. I wore my Altras today since I expected a longer run, and they were awesome except for the laces coming...||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E17 - #runstreak day 6: yoga on the side||The week is almost done! The week is almost done! The streak is almost done...? Really? Is it? No. No, it isn't. The streak is gonna keep going. The streak has been one of the best things that's happened to me in a long, long time. Y'all's support for...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E16 - #runstreak day 5: Staying Motivated to Run||Day 5 is over and done! I went for a run, just did a single mile...and it was horrible! Seriously. I feel great now, but while I was running, all I could think about was sitting on my couch with a laptop in my lap and something awesome on TV. ...||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E15 - #runstreak day 5: Food, Running Shoes, and Monkey Feet||Day 4! Woo! I only ran a mile today, but I did it faster than I did yet: 8:54. I look forward to when my typical mile time gets down to the 7:50-8min mark again. That's always a good boost to my confidence. I ate myself a pretty good sweet potato...||10/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E14 - #runstreak day 3: It's okay for runners to take walk breaks||First of all, tomorrow's gonna be food day. I pushed it a day because I wanted to talk about something else that's on my mind because day 3 of the #runstreak went phenomenally well. I was able to do 2.3 miles, and they were great. I felt great,...||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E13 - #runstreak day 2: the weigh-in||Day two of the runstreak happened. I recorded while dripping sweat from my run (or maybe it was from the rain that started in while I was out). I ran 1.1 miles, and my shoelaces came untied at 0.9. Never try to run a quarter mile with loose shoes....||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E12 - #runstreak day 1: What is a runstreak?||I've done a runstreak before. And I am doing it again. After looking through some pictures from just over a year ago, I see that I've gained 28-30 lbs, but not only that, my clothes don't fit. Weirdly, though, I don't feel as though I look fat. I'm...||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E11 - Severe Anxiety Disorder. I have it. And it's okay if you do, too.||So mental health is a big topic for me right now. It has taken pretty much all of my energy and focus over the past year, honestly. To the point where I haven't focused on my physical fitness (I have gained 25lbs and run in all of 2016 what I'd have...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E10 - Hydration Station||It’s summertime, y’all, and you’re probably not drinking enough water. If your mouth is dry and you feel thirsty, it’s already too late--you’re on the way to dehydration. Even if you think you’re drinking enough, you’re probably not (we...||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E9 - It's Dangerous to Go Alone||Like that old dude in the cave said in The Legend of Zelda back on the NES, “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone.” And honestly, it kind of is. As you embark on your fitness quest, the most dangerous thing you can do is try to do this solo. Just like in...||7/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E8 - Your Excuses Are Garbage (And So Are Mine!)||YOUR EXCUSES ARE GARBAGE (AND SO ARE MINE!) The hardest part about fitness is just showing up. Heck, the hardest part about *life* is just showing up. The thing is, though, we make excuses so that we don’t have to show up, and then we delude...||7/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E7 - In Defense of Walmart Bikes and Discount Running Shoes||it’s okay to buy a Walmart bike (I have one!). In that same vein, it’s okay to buy discount running shoes. Honestly, unless you’re going to be competing at an elite level, it’s just not worth it. At least not in the beginning. I bought my...||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E6 - 7 Simple Hacks to Move More Every Day||If you're a true newbie, you have to train your body to get used to moving before you start beating it up. You need to get yourself used to moving. If you take the time to adjust your lifestyle before you set out, you'll have a much better...||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E5 - Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Care||Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Care Too often, the "health" part of mental health is disregarded. Wellness is not just about your physical health. If any one of us is out of shape physically, we often seek outside help for it. We go to the...||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E4 - Harry Potter and Heart Disease: How I Lost 155 Pounds||I used to weigh 310 pounds. I was unhealthy, pre-diabetic (at least), and completely sedentary. I hated moving, being sweaty, working hard at anything, sports, and pretty much anything that didn’t involve being inside and staring at a screen. Then,...||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E3 - What do you need to start running?||WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START RUNNING? As a new runner, you don’t need much to start. Technically, all you need are feet. But if you want some gear, the most important purchase you can make is (obviously) a decent pair of running shoes. As long as...||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E2 - My Favorite Sweet Potato Recipe||SWEET POTATO = ORANGEY GOODNESS! In our house, we eat a lot of sweet potatoes, and this is my favorite sweet potato recipe. It takes maybe 10-12 minutes, and it costs very little money (or effort!) When things are tight, this recipe helps my wife...||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E1 - Running with Asthma!||RUNNING WITH ASTHMA! Roughly 15% of athletes are diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, but many people believe it’s a make-believe ailment. You can still be a runner if you have EIA or traditional asthma. You need to train like you have asthma by...||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great short format!
I like getting little health hacks like this in a short digestible format! Great content! I'm excited to see what's next :)
look forward to more!
really like this idea and presented in a fun way. i really look forward to more episodes!
Fitness can be hard; thanks to Geek Fitness Health Hacks for providing some additional guidance.
+5 to strength and intellect!