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Counting Calories the Modern Way

Posted: April 09, 2015

One of our members has been working pretty hard in the gym lately. Steve had also lost a significant amount of weight recently, so I asked him what was up (or down in this case).

He said he’s lost 70 pounds in the last six months. When I asked him how, he said “it was pretty simple.” He made a decision to turn it up in the gym, and was tracking his calories on MyFitnessPal.

I asked him if he had any advice for others. He said that anyone can do it, but “You’ve got to WANT to do it.” He knew he had to do it, but took him actually wanting to do it, before he found success.

Redemption and Restoration

Posted: April 08, 2015

As we move past the Easter season, we have a whole new chance at life. That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about the bunny.

But I often run into someone still living in the past. They’re beating themselves up over mistakes they’ve made, or things they’ve done.

I’ve been this guy, so I know what it feels like. My pastor, Troy Warner, once said something to me that really helped. “You’ve been forgiven, now you need to forgive yourself.”

Showing Up

Posted: March 31, 2015

’ve often heard it said that 80% of success is showing up. I wasn’t sure who said it, so I did a quick search.

It turns out that the actor, Woody Allen said it during an interview back in the 70’s. Over the years, it’s morphed into a maxim used by coaches, consultants, and even a former President.

Now I’ve always liked Woody Allen. He’s very funny in his ironic and understated kind of way. But is he right? 80%? What about all the other factors that go into success? Let’s take a look.

Being Intentional

Posted: March 30, 2015

Last week I wrote about how Kaizen (constant incremental changes) can help us improve. But sometimes, for some things, it takes a kind of total immersion to get the job done.

I was listening to my favorite radio host Dave Ramsey the other day when I heard him say: “I just don’t have a lot of success with people just kind of wandering out of debt. They don’t tend to do it. They wander in, but they don’t wander out.”

That’s so true. I’ve been wandering around for years! It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to quit spending and get out of debt. My problem is that “there’s always this one more thing I need to do.” Sound familiar?


Posted: March 24, 2015

I looked up the other day and it was almost April. What happened? It was just New Year’s. Time is just flying by. How’s 2015 going for you? Are you getting where you want to go?

Things have sure been hopping on this end. For one thing, we’ve been making a bunch of changes to our martial arts program. Things like a new website and a new Facebook page to better communicate with the students. We also launched an exciting new Adult/Teen class this week, and we’re getting ready to launch Combat Weapons sparring after a Regional Tournament, here in a couple weeks.

But perhaps the most important thing is our new ATA Bully Prevention program. This is a great new program that teaches kids how to avoid being bullied. It also gives them strategies for diffusing things if they’re ever in a bullying situation, whether as a target, or as a friend or bystander.

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