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Posted: April 30, 2014

I love winning. Everybody does. But you can’t always be the winner. Still, you can often learn from the experience.

Back when I was younger, I traveled quite a bit to sparring competitions. While I had my share of first place victories, more often than not, I took second.

Some of those losses were due to mistakes, and even chance. But sometimes, they just had my number. I have to say, even I was impressed with some of the ways they beat me.


Posted: April 22, 2014

I had a neat conversation with someone the other day. It was their first day back in the gym after spending the winter in Florida.

First of all, how cool is that? Not just Florida, but Florida during the blizzards! He said they were just lucky. I think he makes his own luck.

We were talking about older people and how to get them into the gym. He said he was working out because he doesn’t want to be back in a wheelchair.


Posted: April 15, 2014

Getting it Done:

Biggest Loser “19” finished last week with some nice results. Several lost over 25 lbs and two lost more than 30 lbs during the twelve weeks. But the completion rate has always been 50% at best. Sometimes it’s as low as a third of the group.

This has held true for 10 years, regardless of the season, the day we’ve done it (Mon, Fri, Sat), or even the time of day. It’s held true with winners ranging from 25 to 60 years of age. It’s even held true whether we eased into things, or hit the ground running.


Posted: January 23, 2014

It was quite a storm. Especially for us, here in Edgar County. You know it’s rare when you start hearing comparisons to the “Blizzard of 78.”

To me, it starts getting “cold” in the 30’s. Single digits make me start thinking fondly about just freezing temperatures. But when you get below zero, with these crazy wind chills, now we’re talking some serious weather.

How do people deal with this kind of stuff day in and day out, year after year? Imagine living in North Dakota or somewhere else up there? I guess they learn to deal with it, or move.


Posted: January 04, 2014

At first glance, that almost seems like an oxymoron: words that seem to suggest just the opposite. The words change and lasting don’t seem to go together very well, do they? But look at it this way. If you make an important change, you want it to last, right?

All too often, this is exactly what happens. You’ve probably heard of the yo-yo syndrome. This is where someone loses weight, then puts it back on, loses it again, gains it back, and so on. The problem is we like being lazier and eating whatever we want, more than we want to be thin.

How many of us have worked hard to eliminate our debt, maybe even followed Dave Ramsey’s debt reduction program, only to start using credit cards again when things tightened up. The problem was that we wanted stuff more than we wanted to stay debt free.

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