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Excellence Matters

Posted: April 30, 2015

A good quote gets your attention. It makes you think. Hopefully, it inspires you to action, too. So as part of my ongoing series of interesting quotes, I have several for you to consider this week.

To get the ball rolling, here’s one of my favorites: “If you tolerate okay, it keeps you from being excellent.” -Dave Ramsey.

It’s very easy to settle. It doesn’t cost you nearly as much, in the short term. But what about the opportunity cost of what you might be missing out on?

Give Yourself Time To Succeed

Posted: April 28, 2015

I’ve had a chance to do some interesting things over the years and have noticed a principle that I keep running into. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish, there’s always more to it than you think.

My older, wiser friends probably already know this, but things usually take longer than you think they will. It’s probably going to be harder than you thought, and it’s likely going to cost you more too.

I first ran into this principle when doing some remodeling many years ago. After lots of projects, I’ve concluded it takes twice as long, and costs about twice as much as you first thought.

Deficits Can Be A Good Thing!

Posted: April 23, 2015

Last week we looked at fitness trackers, and the week before, MyFitnessPal, an excellent daily calorie diary. Both are powerful tools to help you lose weight. They’ll also help you maintain, once you’re at your ideal weight.

This week, I’d like to put it all together, in this third installment about daily calorie deficits. It’s the only time I know of where running a daily deficit is a good thing.

For most people, weight loss or maintenance is really about managing your calories in versus your calories out. There are just three possibilities.

Students Attend Regional Tournament

Posted: April 22, 2015

Many of our Karate Kids recently had the chance to participate in an American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Regional Tournament a couple weeks ago. It was held at the awesome sports complex at Rose-Hulman University in Terre Haute, IN.

We usually have four Regional Tournaments a year that are close enough for students to attend, but this one was certainly the closest. It’s also hosted by my long-time instructor, Chief Master Phil Minton.

An outstanding mentor to me for over 3 decades, Chief Master Minton is well known for his extensive martial arts background. When I met him over 30 years ago, he was already a very accomplished martial artist. In fact, the reason I picked Indiana State University was so I could be near his school to train with him.

Lose Weight With A Fitness Tracker

Posted: April 16, 2015

Last week we looked at using MyFitnessPal to keep track of your calories. Knowing your calories IN is one of the keys to losing weight.

But that’s just half of the story. It also takes a lot of activity, and calories OUT. Usually more than you think. So how do you know if you’re burning enough calories every day?

I like to use a fitness tracker. There are quite a few brands, ranging from $49 to several hundred dollars. There’s even a new Apple iwatch coming out.

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