Hank's Big Adventure Blog

Turn negative trait into a strength for better results

Posted 1/23/2014 12:03:00 PM

Being an impulsive person certainly has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to eating, in my case. But, as I try and battle my way back again to better fitness, I’m trying to positively embrace some of my traits that can cause failure.

I’ve never been a “planner”, someone who schedules a hair cut or other appointments, with a few exceptions. I do go to the doctors and I always go to the Beanpot! 

So, even though I’ve been better at making appointments to work out with Anthony Morando at Mike Boyle Stength and Conditioning, www.bodybyboyle.com, I’ve come up with a solution that will improve me success rate. In the past, I’d be driving home and feel like working out, but didn’t have my workout gear with me. I’d go home, get side tracked, etc. SO, I went out and bought about a dozen new t-shirts (cheap) and some ...

Preparing for successful holiday eating!

Posted 11/19/2013 8:09:00 AM


Go shopping at any mall, shopping center or even on-line and there it is: Christmas and the holidays.

Holidays are steeped in traditions surrounding food. Halloween kicks off the gluttonous 62 day stretch between October 31 and New Year's Eve. Thanksgiving rolls right in three weeks later and then it's off to the races for Christmas, Channukah, holiday parties and their respective leftovers.

Most people look at January 2nd as the date when they'll get back on track with better eating and exercise. They have a lot of time until the warm weather rolls around  and that security blanket gives them a false sense of hope. How many times have you asked yourself in April - "Why didn't I work out over the winter?"

As many of you know.....I live on the weight loss roller coaster. I'm not proud of it, but I haven't given ...


Posted 5/28/2013 8:40:00 AM

This is the time of year when teens and their friends enjoy warm weather, the last days of school and, all too often, alcohol.

A 51-year-old Hingham, MA man was just arrested recently for letting teens drink at his home. Seventeen you people between 17 and 20 were arrested, as well.

Teen and underage drinking is an enormous problem in our country. Check out some of these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According the the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survery, 39 percent of high school students drank alcohol in the past 30 days. Twenty-two percent of high school students binge drank and eight percent drove after drinking. Another 24 percent got in a car and rode with a driver who had been drinking! Alcohol is also the most used and abused drug among teens.

About 5,000 young people under the legal drinking age of 21 ...


Posted 5/14/2013 8:06:00 AM

It's prom season, one of the greatest times in the life of high school students. I can also be a time of great anxiety for parents.

WHY? First of all, we worry about our kids safety. How will they get there, who are they going with, what are they doing afterwards?

Second of all, THE COST! It's much more expensive if you have a daughter. My nearly 17 year old just went to her junior prom. Her dress was $200, but it easily could have been $500. The shoes were on sale for $40. The mani-pedi was $55, the hair and makeup $90, the eyebrow wax was $15, the cluth was $20, and the tickets were $160.  We got off easy with the limo. A friend's uncle provided it free, but would have cost $300-$400. We gave the driver a $20 tip. I also spent $100 on pizza and wings ...


Posted 4/16/2013 8:26:00 AM

It's a tough day in Massachusetts and the world after the senseless bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, on Boylston Street, yesterday afternoon. Three people, including an eight-year-old Dorchester boy, were killed and 144 others were injured, several critically.

For those of us who are parents it brings up the difficult question about how to handle it with our children. It's frightening for ALL adults, so it stands to reason children will be horrified and frightened, as well.

The experts, including Dr. Susan Swick, head of Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton Wellesley Hospital, suggest finding out exactly how much your kids know. Answer them in accordance with how old they are. Toddlers and three and four year olds need not be told, since they probably aren't aware anyway. However, Dr. Swick points out that if your four-year-old is the youngest and has older siblings, they may ...