Aged Alaskan Goalie

Welcome to the Aged AK Goalie

 

Sharing the excitement of a lifestyle change that can help friends and family get in better physical & mental health while enjoying themselves.

"Never too Old...

Several years ago (about my early forties) I learned how to ice skate after moving to Anchorage, Alaska. I learned to skate after being convinced to coach a U10 Squirt "D" level team for the local Boys & Girls Club. As I became better and better at stopping, I was further convinced to skate in the local adult "beer" league. Soon thereafter (two seasons later), someone convinced me to try being a goalie and loaned me the equipment. Within another two or three seasons, I found myself studying for and passing the referee's exam, and reffing the local adult league. This, of course, led to me refereeing youth hockey which culminated in a U16 girls game in the spring of 2009, where I took a slapshot to the lower back, ending my skating career.

I took about a decade off the ice as the rest of my life kind of took over my direction. In the fall of 2017, I returned to the ice. This time I am only playing the position of goaltender exclusively. Now, at the age of 50+, I examine the uniqueness of the position of netminder and provide an understanding of how ice hockey (and goaltending) can be a healthy, and fun, option for physical exercise.

Just as importantly, I use my connections within the hockey community, and my age (perceived as being wise), to assist in establishing legitimate mental health practices and coping mechanisms. Taking time before, and after, every game to lend an ear to players, and parents alike.

... and be sure to follow our teammates at The Goalie Guild, with their "Lift the Mask" program addressing the positive mental health needed to play the position of the goaltender, as well as generally being successful in life. Click the link below.

Follow my YouTube Channel here (Click here)

Images are the Property of "Lift the Mask" at liftthemask.com

Aged Alaskan Goalie Recent Posts

  • - Here we go again.

    Starting a new journey of weight loss.

  • - Staying the course

    During my last journey, I remember where I walked through snow, rain, and bitter cold to burn the needed calories for that day. I didn’t let anything come between me and my required exercise. It was what made that journey as successful as it was. Ultimately arriving at running three miles a night, and walking for two nights. Week after week.

  • - You have to walk before you run.

    Starting the weight loss challenge can be daunting, the trick is to start where you are. Start slow and small and build it until you have success. Please continue to follow me as I recreate my process to successful weight loss.

  • - The path forward.

    In my quest to lose and maintain my weight, I have had to make several adjustments to my normal life. While none of them are truly “fun”, the understanding that they are necessary is the underlying motivation. These tasks, while some may consider them bothersome, have had to become an engrained part of my new lifestyle.

  • - The struggle is unrelenting.

    For those of us who struggle to lose, or maintain our weight, every day is a struggle to monitor and maintain daily calories. While the focus of reducing input calories is fairly easy, the “back-lash” of the mind can be as powerful as any drug addiction. If our mind believes that we are “shorting” ourselves, or taking something away, our minds may create an incredibly powerful desire to balance things out. This desire will be unrelenting. How do we combat this unrelenting desire to ingest more calories? Ultimately, there are two methods that I have found some level of success with. The first is to use rational thought. This is where I convince myself that the recognized imbalance is necessary to reduce my body weight or be more healthy. I find that this method of mental control is subject to other senses (smelling something tasty, boredom begat mindless munching). Another point here is that this method only works for a shorter time period, one can not “sit around” for long periods of time.The second is the “distraction” method. This is where I fully engage myself in other activities to preoccupy my mind. The more completely I focus my mind on other tasks the easier it is to avoid. Optimally, when I distract my mind from eating, I physically remove myself from the temptation by being further away. As an example, if I am out in the back yard getting chores done, I am further away from the food sources and the temptation. The byproduct of this method is that by exercising (moving around) I am actually burning additional calories, which, in turn, burns more fat. By implementing different methods at different times, I find that I can enjoy a little more success in maintaining a caloric intake value that is more conducive of success. However, in some cases these defined methods lead to my next obstacle, serving size. This is where I, and most Americans, run into a serious obstacle for maintaining our weight. I would say (without too much reservation) that 90% of Americans have never read the nutrition labels on the products they eat, and more dangerously, eat out at restaurants more frequently where the nutrition information is not readily available. This is a HUGE obstacle in the fight to maintain, or lose weight. How can we average folks conquer this obstacle? I chose to measure my servings. This is accomplished by first, determining what a serving size is, then using a measuring device (measuring cups, spoons, or a scale) I ensure that I measure each food type at least once. After performing an initial measurement, I then use the old “Kentucky windage” method afterward. This ensures that at least, I have a good understanding of how much I have been served. While these suggestions are not the entirety of the needs to lose weight, they will put us on the right track for success. The major assistance we can hope to acquire is the inclusion of a level of physical exercise. While the exercise does not have to include a gym membership or running a 5K, the amount of weight loss from simply walking will amaze you. The idea is to include some level of movement.

  • - Turning on the healthy choices.

    Well, here we go again. Today I began to reintroduce exercise into my normal routines. Starting with three days a week, the goal will be to walk away about 30 pounds, so I can implement a jog. So, as I said we are back underway to weight loss.

  • - Motivational Videos

    Aged Alaskan Goalie Motivational Videos Providing some musical backdrop for motivational videos to playing ice hockey and goal tending 4Mar2020-MotoVid

  • - Kick Save Episode 2

    Mark discusses some of the tips and traps that he’s discovered as he gets going on his third weight loss adventure.

  • - Building the momentum.

    So, as of last night (Wednesday, November 6th, 2019) I began filming with three cameras per each game

  • - So, Pond Hockey late 2019 may have done it.

    Possible career limiting injury rolling back over my knees.

How can I help?

With decades of experience as a civilian chaplain, I offer a unique view of mental health. I try to help anyone who asks by assisting them in establishing practices and methods to combat any mental health issue they may be experiencing. I also work with other mental health professionals to ensure that you can apply the best methods to help you accomplish your next objectives.

How can I help YOU?

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Our Friends:

Please check out some sites that provide some level of support to me, and the Aged Alaskan Goalie.

Anchorage Adult Hockey League

South Anchorage Hockey League

Champions Choice Hockey Shop

USA Hockey sponsors many functions throughout the US and provides guidance for rules of play. Check out their site at (http://usahockey.com). Specifically, note the adult league information at (Click Here)

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