How to start exercising again when you don’t feel like it.

Protecting yourself from the self-sabotaging trap.

I did something recently that is terribly annoying.  I started exercising.  Again.   My inability to consistently exercise is a source of great frustration to me.  I’m the classic example of a yo-yo exerciser.  I do it, feel amazing, get lazy, slowly fade out, and then gain 25 pounds and feel miserable.  Then I repeat the process.  Sound familiar?

Lower the Bar

When I find myself at the place of starting over again, I feel trapped.  I find myself wanting to get healthy but comparing my current condition with those at the top of the physical pinnacle.  I look at friends who do Cross Fit or those posting about their “incredible 40-mile bike ride” and then find myself not wanting to even move from the couch at all.  Let’s be honest.  I get winded walking up the stairs!  So how in the world will I ever get back in shape in like those superheroes I see all around me!?

Let’s be honest.  I get winded walking up the stairs!  So how in the world will I ever get back in shape in like those superheroes I see all around me!?

The problem, of course, is my aiming point.  I have raised the standard so high that it keeps me from ever starting where I am.  Exercising seems so impossible in these moments and I feel anything but optimistic in the beginning.  But optimism is exactly what we need to start and win.  (I wrote about why that’s true here).

So how can we keep ourselves from this self-sabotaging trap and get started exercising again even when we don’t feel like it?  Here’s what I suggest. (more…)

Why You Should Embrace Adversity

What Andy Andrews discovered that can change your life.

What if I told you that your life could be great but that the way to greatness required continual adversity? Would you still choose it?  I believe that there is something inside each of us that wants to be great.  But the road to greatness is wrought with trouble, doubt, and fear.  When facing adversity a decision must be made; do we shrink back in fear or do we move forward in confidence and courage?

Why You Should Embrace Adversity

I was reading through Andy Andrews book, The Seven Decisions, (which is as good as The Traveler’s Gift –the book where he introduces The Seven Decisions) and he addresses the issue of adversity and it’s correlation to greatness.  Andy’s message is clear:

You have a decision to make when it comes to dealing with adversity in your life.  You can let it cripple you (like it almost did him) or you can learn to embrace it.

Here’s his story and what he discovered that can change so much for you.


How Optimism Positively Affects Your Health

What Michael Gervais and Jon Gordon suggest we focus on first.

One of my favorite authors and leaders is Jon Gordon.  Jon is a self-proclaimed positive leader and thinker.  At first glance, that doesn’t sound like much of a big deal.  But the truth is, most leaders and most people, in general, are not like this.  So when Jon hosted an online Positivity Summit I was interested right away.

Why Optimism Matters to your Health

There were many speakers from across the country and I listened to a quite a few of them.  But I really enjoyed the conversation from one guy, in particular, who works with the Seattle Seahawks.  His name is Michael Gervais and his title is that of a high-performance psychologist.  Meaning, he helps high achievers (NFL athletes in this case) to reach their peak performance through understanding issues like this one.

Here are a few of the key things that I’m positive you’ll find as interesting and helpful as I did.   (more…)

Time Management: Addicted to Busyness

How a 15 Minute Meeting Can Energize Your Life and Family.

Time management is tough for a lot of us.  We are non-stop from the moment we get up and feel like there is never enough time to get everything done.  We shake our heads in disbelief and wonder how other people do it.

To-do: Stop.

Think about your own life for a minute.  With your busy schedule and growing To-Do list, does it feel like your life is energetic or draining?  Bustling or flat-out busy?

If you’re more like the latter of those two options, then maybe this post is for you.


B Vitamins

What they do and why they matter to your health.

B vitamins play an important role in your health.  I had no idea how much this was true until I began to study and research them a little bit more.  What I found was fascinating.

B Vitamins #1-4

Like many things, B Vitamins are a part of a family (known as B Complex Vitamins) of common vitamins that play an important role in your overall health.  (This is a family-focused blog, so I’m a big fan of all things “family”!)  This article will look at 4 B Vitamins in this family and why they matter (and where you can find them).  In general terms, B Vitamins help your body convert food into fuel and gives it the energy to function and operate at its best.

Here are the first 4 B Vitamins in this family and how they can help you and your family to thrive at life.


One Day of Rest Unlike The Rest

5 Steps For A Modern Day Sabbath

Our world is full of problems today.  Homelessness, poverty, cancer, racism, and sex trafficking all come to mind.  But if I’m honest about it, I rarely deal with these issues directly.  I recognize that they are problems, but they just don’t dominate my day-to-day life.  However, one of the biggest issues that I do face on an ongoing basis is the issue of “rest”.  While this may seem to pale in comparison to the issues mentioned above, this problem is more prevalent and serious than you may think.

A Day of Rest

Consider your own life for a minute.

When is the last time you simply rested and enjoyed your day?  Any day for that matter!

How difficult is it for you to unplug from your technology and go a full day without anything on the schedule?

How consistently do you find yourself saying ‘no’ and protecting your life from being over-run? (or maybe I should say from being “run over”!)

If you’re anything like me, these questions aren’t very easy to answer.  But finding margin and rhythm in your life is crucial if you want to thrive in it.  Here are a few ways that you can begin to do that today. (more…)

Kombucha: What is it?

4 reasons you may be interested

Kombucha – pronounced “com-boo-cha”, just seems weird to me.  My wife has been bugging me…I mean, lovingly encouraging me…to “just try it!”.  But I’m kind of wimpy when it comes to trying new things that I’m unfamiliar with or can’t pronounce very easily.  So I thought I’d do some research to see what this weird concoction was all about.  What I found was pretty interesting.

Health Benefits of Kombucha

First of all, for my non-Kombucha-understanding friends, Kombucha is a fermented tea.  It is a drink that uses something called a “SCOBY”:  symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.  (I’m not kidding)  When I first heard this it made it a lot easier to say “no way am I drinking a “colony” of anything!”.

Maybe you’re feeling the same way.  But hang in there.  Don’t stop reading yet.

Our bodies are amazing!  God has made the human body full of incredible design and wonder – including the fact that our gut health is made like a laboratory of good and bad bacterias and enzymes that help break down food, digest it, and helps us sort out everything we put inside it.  It is responsible for so much, including absorption of nutrition, fighting disease, getting rid of waste, and many other necessary functions that we pay no attention to at all.

Which is exactly the point, I guess, of why it may be wise to investigate and (dare I say it) drink Kombucha in moderation. 

Here’s a few reasons why you should consider using this crazy-sounding drink. (more…)