Turn Your Life Into A Heroic Journey!

Do you remember what it was like being a kid?

Back when you weren’t concerned about bills, stress at work, or if your pants were getting too tight?

You just lived life.

And you probably grew up living it with reckless abandon; full of joy, wonder and dreams!

Dreams of exotic lands, fantasies of riding dragons, and plans to go off on glorious adventures…

Now, of course, some of them were unachievable or unrealistic (if anyone knows where I can tame and ride a dragon though, speak up. Now!) But I know way too many people who just straight up abandoned their hopes and dreams in response to “real life.”

And that makes me really sad.

Which leads me to my point… you may have noticed a distinct lack of articles this past month, that’s because I was off having adventures (and planning for a few more).

So we are going to talk about how to get started on your own heroic journey, and hopefully give you the kick in the pants necessary for you to venture out on your own epic quest!

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We’re Back, Baby!

I owe you all an apology.

Not updating for a month is unacceptable.

So, to all of you readers (especially those of you supporting the site on Patreon) out there, I am sorry!

With that being said, I am happy to finally unveil the new version of the site to you all.

While you might not notice a lot of differences, the new platform (designed by the amazing folks at Ariad Partners) gives me a lot more freedom in how I can deliver content, and I should hopefully streamline the process as well.

Which will give me more time to do awesome things and share them with you!

The downtime has allowed me to have some epic adventures with my friends and family, brainstorm a lot of new content I can’t wait unleash on you all, and work on a few super-secret projects I can’t reveal quite yet. Which I am super stoked about…

But enough about me, what have you been up to in the past few weeks?

Let me know in the comments below!

PS: If you want help becoming a real-life superhero, then make sure to get your copy of “The Heroes’ Transformation Guide and support the site. Don’t wait!

PPS: Also, be sure to get your free e-book, “The 7 Fitness Obstacles Newbies Face” by subscribing to our mailing list… (no spam, I promise!)

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Two Important Things About This Site!

1) I love you guys, so I try to keep this site ad-free. That means the only revenue generated comes from the occasional Amazon affiliate link to a product I am endorsing, or via e-book sales.

So do me a favor!

If you find value in my ramblings, if you are picking up what I am laying down, then consider one of the following (or both!):

Either way, it would be greatly appreciated and a sign that you appreciate all the hard work into the site!

2) I think I am going to be a little less strict with the publishing schedule. While releasing an epic article every Friday has worked out pretty well, I think I want to try something new.

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2014 Year in Review!

2014 Year in Review - The Jerd

2014 was the year The Jerd got serious.

I started this site two and a half years ago, with absolutely no plan whatsoever, with the only goal being to help some of my nerd friends live a little bit healthier. Since then it has blossomed into something I am truly proud of!

While I’m preparing to take more steps toward Internet domination in 2015, I wanted to take a look back at 2014 and relish in all the cool things we’ve done!

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The Best Birthday Present I Could Ask For…

The Jerd SDCC Birthday
This past weekend I celebrated turning 42 surviving another year!

I spent the weekend with a vigorous workout, enjoying the company of my family, selectively ignoring the gray hairs cropping up in my beard, and reflecting on life in general.

While I often get caught up in the day-to-day, and complain about how little free time I seem to have, when I step back and look at my life I can’t help but be thankful.

One of the things I am most thankful for? All of you loyal readers!

Not only did I spend the day reflecting on my life as I moved my game piece another step forward on the game-board of life, but I also celebrated this website’s birthday!

That’s right, you best prepare yourselves because TheJerd.com turned 2 as well. Time to unleash the “terrible twos” on you all! (Don’t worry, I’m potty trained.)

I have poured my heart and soul into this site for the last two years… I have always 100% believed that this silly idea I came up with while sitting in the San Diego airport (you can read the origin story right here) would make a difference in people’s lives.

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and I still don’t feel like I have a clue as to what I am doing (seriously, you should hear the cursing that echoes from my office as I try to tweak site code,) but the hundreds of email subscribers and over 5000 registered users lead me to believe this is time well spent!

I knew I wasn’t alone!

I knew that there were other people out there who not only loved reading comic books and playing video games, but who also wanted to be fit and healthy. People who wanted to go from geek to real-life superhero!

As I gear up for another pilgrimage to Nerd-Mecca (San Diego Comic-Con); preparing to meet, and hang out with, 160,000 other nerds and geeks, I want to stop and ask you for a little birthday kindness.

Because it’s my birthday, I’m asking each and every one of you to help me celebrate in 1 of 3 ways…

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

Completely Different

There’s no Friday fitness article this week kids…

Now before you get all heart-broken that your pal the Jerd has forsaken you, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fitness wisdom being handed down to you, it’s just going to be in a different form than you might be used to.

Geekend Hangout – Fitness Edition

I will be doing a live Google Hangout with my friend Jens Reineking, the host of the Geekend Hangout, on Saturday January 18th at 4pm EST. The topic is going to be getting fit and staying fit, and I highly encourage you all to tune in and participate by asking questions.

If you can’t tune in live, then definitely use the Q&A app to pose your questions ahead of time and I will do my best to answer them on the show.

Here’s the link to the event and I will be posting a YouTube link after the fact as well.

Hope to see you there!


YouTube Domination!

We all new the day was coming…

That’s right, your old pal The Mighty Jerd (that’s me!) has finally caught up to 2007 and started a YouTube channel!

Nice Derp-face... Thanks YouTube!

“So what does this mean? Are you abandoning us?!?”

Absolutely not!

This is just one more way that I can help all of you loyal readers. You will still get your weekly dose of geeky fitness, diet and motivational articles right here but with the added bonus of getting to hear the sweet, dulcet tones of my voice sometimes! Every week I will be bringing you how-to exercise videos, custom workout videos and other assorted YouTube shenanigans.

So make sure you subscribe to the channel, and please let me know if there are any topics you would like covered! Let me know in the comments below, or toss them on a video (I promise to respond)! ‘Til next time!

Signed by the Jerd




And so it begins…

Although no-one will read this for a few days (or let’s be honest, maybe never), I am sitting on the airplane returning from the San Diego Comic-Con 2012, my feet sore and my mind filled to the brim with ideas.

While waiting in the airport I started jotting down things on my trusty iPad, and due to a flight delay I managed to have the time to register some domains, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages.

That’s the time to make sound decisions right?  Sleep deprived, on a nerd-high at the airport?

Yeah, I thought so too.

Anyway, as I type I am mentally asking myself things like – are they realistic? Is this really the creative outlet I have been looking for? Is this sustainable or will I burn out? Do I even have time for this??

Indulge me for a moment for a little self-reflection.  Here I am, a guy who:

  • has a full time job and family
  • is a member of a serious sports program
  • just turned *cough*40*cough*
  • set this up about one day after the idea hit with no clue as to what the hell he is doing
  • is pretty damned awesome

Just listing it out casts a shadow of doubt over my semi-coherent, yet optimistic, thoughts.

Be that as it may, if there is one massively abused Internet quote that immediately pops to mind it’s “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

I guess I should back up a bit and clarify my ramblings a bit.  Just as a note, it’s okay to stop me and say “Hold on Jerd, what hell are you babbling about?” I won’t be offended in the least.  Knowing me, I will probably give you aspiring “Jerdlings” (Did I just coin a term on my first post you ask?  Damned straight I did… Booyah!) reason time and time again to question and ridicule me.

So after day one of Comic-Con I was sensing that familiar feeling crawling up my spine; that longing to be artistic. To be a part of something outside my current paradigm.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life: A beautiful wife, healthy and talented children, and a successful career but every few years I get the urge to do something new.

I grew up wanting to draw comics for a living, wanting to act, wanting to do voice work, wanting to do nature photography but instead I work in IT and dream of dabbling.

But after listening to very inspiring talks by Felicia Day, and by the end of sitting through a live taping of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman doing their Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Saturday night, I knew I had to do something to scratch this proverbial itch.

I had to create something.

Maybe no-one will read this (or watch it, once the webisodes get rolling), but at least my forty year old nerd ass will have taken the shot.  And hey, maybe it will inspire some people along the way?

A guy can hope.