June 14, 2016

Why We Came To Iceland

Recently I went on an 11 day trip to Iceland with my cousin Justin.
Justin and I have been best buds since birth despite the vast distance between where we both live (Me-New Jersey, Justin- Indiana). We both share a love for adventure, exploring, and nature. So it made sense that we took a trip to Iceland, where all three of our loves could be found.

We rented a cheap car, changed out our currency for Icelandic Krona, and set off on an adventure of a lifetime.
This being my first time to Europe I was filled with excitement and a lot of nerves. Justin has traveled far more than I have. He’s been to places such as Austria, China, Ireland, and Norway, so I took a backseat and let him lead the way.

Our trip was amazing! We experienced so much in Iceland. The culture shock of the Icelandic language, vast untamed landscapes, breathtaking waterfalls, majestic mountains, and beautiful glaciers. All of this made for a perfect trip. I made a video documenting the best of my trip and titled it “Why We Came To Iceland”. The title was inspired from the mixed reviews people wild give me when I told them where I traveled, which was always followed up by “why would you take a trip there?” or “wasn’t it cold”. Yes, yes it was cold, but the temperature was nothing compared to the beauty of the country and the amazing time I got to spend with my cousin.

Please feel free to watch the video I made about my experience in Iceland, and also Subscribe to my Youtube channel to view the daily videos that I created while in Iceland documenting our day-to-day travels. Thanks & I hope you enjoy!!!

June 13, 2016

Why Everyone Should Track Their Food Intake

Many people I know love to eat food, talk about food, and sometimes talk while eating their food. I have nothing against anyone who loves food, or even talks about food but, I hate it when they combine the two activities. Now, while eating food is important it is equally important to know what you are actually putting into your body. This sounds like a difficult and time consuming process right? Surprisingly it’s not so hard at. With apps like MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, and FatSecret, its easy to enter your daily intake and see exactly what you are putting into your body.

I personally use MyFitnessPal. My friends used to tease me when we would go out to dinner and I would be putting my dinner into the app. Ironically those same friends are the ones complimenting my physique and begging me for tips. Here’s a tip, tracking you intake works!

These apps are free and easy to use
These calorie tracking apps help you to set up a goal for your daily intake based on whether you want to lose weight, put on muscle, or keep at a certain weight. They ask you for simple things like height, age, current weight and ask you what your goals are and the time frame that you’d be comfortable in completing your goals. It really is an easy process.

Why should I bother to track what I eat?

Whether you are training for a 26 mile marathon or a Friends re-run marathon tracking what you eat is a great habit to develop. Simply because knowing what you are actually putting into your body is a KEY to getting the body you want. You would want to know what type of gas is god for your car right? After all your car gets to places and is important to your ability to function in daily life. You wouldn’t pour maple syrup into your gas tank would you??? No absolutely not! All I’m trying to say is that your body is similar to that of a car, in the sense that you need fuel to get you from point a to b. Tracking your input helps you to better understand your body and how foods affect it. Now its your turn, I recommend you begin tracking your daily input. And hey, if you would like add me as your friend on MyFitnessPal! Username: John_Torri

Link To MyFitnessPal website: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile/android

May 12, 2016

Why I don’t want to become an “Andy Bernard” & rather be a “Jim Halpert”

I don’t want to become Andy Bernard. I’m talking of course about the fictional character in the hit show The Office. I am a long time fan of this show and relate to many of the characters (especially Michael Scott). Recently I have been observing the show with a new perspective. The perspective that I am going down a similar path as Andy Bernard. I do not want to become Andy Bernard.

Who Is Andy? (more…)

May 4, 2016

Resistance & Art

I’ve become more and more interested in the topic of resistance.

Resistance is something internal, something that holds us back from doing what we want to do with our lives. Your resistance is at work when you become afraid to post something on the internet, when you hold back and don’t talk to someone, when you tell yourself its easier to stay comfortable and safe. I hate resistance.

In his book War of Art Steven Pressfield talks on the conflict between creating authentic art and the war we have internally with fighting our inner resistance.  As Steven Pressfield puts it “The resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise”.  We tend to sabotage our efforts, this is mainly because we are afraid of succeeding, of making a difference, of leaving our resistance behind. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with this problem.

As I am writing this post I am struggling with my own resistance. I almost stopped writing this post, I was so close to hitting “delete”, to let my resistance win, but I recognized my resistance and instead of giving up saying “this is stupid” I challenged myself to finish this post and to share my thoughts on resistance.

I encourage you to do the same, the next time you want to do something, do it! Recognize your internal resistance when its telling you to not pursue something, recognize it and push through. This will help you become a more authentic human being and help you to contribute true art.

Question: When was the last time you have felt this internal resistance? Did you take control, or did your resistance win?

May 3, 2016

Finally Done With Finals

I had a surreal moment today as I was handing in my last final exam of college.

As I was walking out of the room I was overcome with a wave of memories and emotional from my past 17 years of schooling.

I had memories of getting dropped off for kindergarten, lunch times and “show choir” in elementary school, doing the national fitness challenge and struggling to hold my pull up for 30 seconds in middle school, the friends and videos I made in high school, and  all the fun adventures I’ve had in college. Handing in that exam was exciting.

It was exciting because I did it, I sat through hours of classes, lectures, papers, projects, exams, and although I had my doubts I did it, I put in the time and effort and now I finished.

This is not to say that I won’t miss the friends I’ve made or the experiences that I’ve shared at school. I’m simply excited to take on another challenge and pursue my dreams.