Journey to the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif

This is Rhonda, and I am going to be blogging Tom’s journey to the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. With fingers crossed and lots of praying, we hope that tomorrow is good to go. I hope you will be a part of this exciting climb to the top of the coldest place on earth by following my updates on Tom’s Facebook page.


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and so does a 16,067 foot summit climb. In less than two weeks, I will be embarking on such a journey, but the preparations began about a year ago. Every mountaineering expedition has a season. The climbing season for Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica begins in November and ends in January. The first step begins with the decision. For the past six years, I have been working towards my…

Can Wearable Technology Transform Your Health?

We now have a generation that doesn’t know what life was like before iPhones, iPads, internet, and Facebook. Our lives today have become consumed by the technology that is supposed to make our lives easier. Some of it is good, and some of it not so good. We have become excessively dependent to the devices that run our life. Now we have the capability to track our health with a watch we wear on our wrist. These wearable devices help…

What do you take for granted?

“To take for granted” means to underestimate the value of someone or something.  I think we can all relate to this….whether it is the relationships in our lives (our parents, spouse, significant other, children, friends) or whether it’s a job, a possession (a car for transportation, a house for shelter) or our health.   Most of the time we don’t realize it has happened until that person or thing is gone. I would bet most of us take our health for…

Take the Stairs, Not the Elevator

Most people that know me, know I run stairs. This is part of my training, whether it’s for climbing mountains or competitive bodybuilding or part of my “move to live” philosophy. This is not only great for leg muscles and glutes, but it is an excellent cardio routine. I won’t say it’s easy, but I will tell you it’s worth it! Likewise, in life, things rarely come easy. There is no elevator to success! Not only is “take the stairs,…


Why should this number be important to you? It’s the number of seconds each of us is given every day! We must spend every second of every day because today’s seconds don’t carry over to tomorrow. Think of it like a daily deposit we get into our time account. How do you spend your deposit? There are many things that divide our time. Most of us have jobs we spend a portion of our time. We all have a family…

The Power of No

We have heard the word “no” our whole lives. From the time we could crawl or walk, no was a part of life. In those early years, it was meant for our good…teaching us the boundaries of what to do and what not to do. At some point, however, it ceased being something used as a part of instruction, and instead was used, inadvertently, to kill the dreams and aspirations of many. For some of us, as we became adults,…

Upping My Game

Nine months and counting until I go to Antarctica for my sixth summit. Training is one of the biggest factors in having a successful climb. I am in the gym almost every day for my normal routine to stay healthy and fit, but I have incorporated the use of an Elevation Mask to enhance training and mimic the various altitudes of the mountain…as high as 18,000 ft. Whether I am on the elliptical, stretching, weight training, or running stairs, this…


Many generations ago, a timepiece was a revered object of ownership. Our grandfathers and great grandfathers usually owned a pocket watch or wrist watch that they kept their whole lives. It was possibly something that was handed down to them to which they would hand down to the next generation. It was an honor to receive such a family heirloom. In these hi-tech days, the recent generations have lost the pride and value of owning a watch. They don’t think…