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The Carrot and the Stick

Posted: July 03, 2015

Some people are motivated by the carrot. Some are motivated by the stick. Which type are you?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, because of a certain little strong willed boy nearing the age of five years old. He’s a joy, and lots of fun, but man, does he challenge you. Perhaps it’s God’s sense of humor for all those times I …. 

First of all, let me say I think I’ve used positive reinforcement very effectively in my life. It’s worked with hundreds, possibly even a thousand Karate Kids over the last 30 years. 


Lessons from Jehoshaphat

Posted: June 25, 2015

Have you ever felt like you were about to be overwhelmed in battle? Or facing a superior force coming to try and take everything you had? Being scared would be an understatement.” 

That was the situation with a king named Jehoshaphat who ruled over Judah in Old Testament times. He was a good king. The Bible says “he followed his father’s God and obeyed God’s commands instead of following the evil practices of the kingdom of Israel.” 

Back then, God’s people had split into two countries, Israel and Judah, that were often at war with each other. Jehoshaphat ruled in Judah, having followed his father, Asa, who had also been a righteous King. 


5 Tips for Success in Weight Loss and Life

Posted: June 18, 2015

We launched Biggest Loser “25” two weeks ago at the fitness center. Some are members of the gym but at least half are not. This means for most of them, the only time I see them is when they come to the Boot Camp workouts. 

Anytime we launch a new group like this, I always spend a lot of time thinking about how to help them reach their goals. To that end, we’ve made a couple changes that hopefully will help them on their weight loss journey. 

The first was having them download and start using the free MyFitnessPal app that I’ve written about before. What you eat matters, but for weight loss, how much you’re eating really matters more, especially early on. 


A Plan Can Make All The Difference

Posted: June 04, 2015

“I love it when a plan comes together.” If you’re around my age, you might recognize that quote from John “Hannibal” Smith. Hannibal was the leader on the “A-Team” series from the mid 80’s. Younger readers may recognize him from the recent movie remakes.

Each week on the show, the former special forces A-Team came to the rescue of someone in desperate need. They always worked Hannibal’s precarious plan (under questionable circumstances), and after a bunch of shooting, explosions, and some fast talking, they always came out on top.

Of course, that’s when Hannibal would sit back with his cigar, and say “I love it when a plan comes together.” You couldn’t really fault him for that. It was one of the most expected punch-line moments of the show.


Grace When We Need It

Posted: May 29, 2015

Have you ever had the feeling you’ve gotten in over your head? Things were going fine. You were just kind of wading out there, when all of a sudden, you hit a drop off and wham!

There’s nothing like total immersion all at once, especially when you didn’t expect it. This happened to me a couple weeks ago. It certainly changes things in a hurry.

Now it wasn’t the kind of earth shattering news you get when you find out you have a serious illness. It wasn’t the sick feeling you get in your gut when you hear someone you know was seriously hurt, or killed.


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