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Finding the Balance to Reach Goals: Exercise and Eating Right

There is not a miracle cure, program or pill out there when it comes to achieving a healthy weight and fitness level.  Actually, their is simple math to the whole thing:  Burn more calories than you consume.   I have had doctors tell me that most people don’t understand that they can do more for themselves than a doctor or hospital can do for them.

I am the first to admit that now that I am closer to 50 than 40, eating right and staying physically fit have become a priority.  I am in a different season of life.  My eyesight has given in to reading glasses.  My pants’ waistline has attempted at times to go another size up.  I tend to want to sleep a little longer.  And on and on it goes as we get older.

I lived a very active life in my younger years of 35 and below.  Then I was in my corporate/work mode and lost my focus and desire to stay in shape.  So here we go again, setting goals and making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Here’s what I have done to get reengaged:

1.  Started slow.  I heard about this one guy who had a plan for eating and exercise to kickstart my effort.  Go here and learn more.  http://www.fit2fat2fit.com/

2.  While I had initial success, life got in the way of my focus after 60 days.  It was then 6 months later that I restarted.  This time with quality stretching and daily jogging.  What started out as 1 mile without stopping has expanded to 3+ miles in 60 days.

3.   Now that my commitment level is back in line, I am going back to the fit2fat2fit game plan.  I needed to see myself exercising whether or not I had a program to follow.  If it was always about a program, then I wasn’t committing to myself.

4.  Working out in the early morning is my best method to stay committed.  Nothing interferes with my mornings.  I am talking about exercising for 30-50 min between 4:30 am – 6:30 am.  I believe in the philosophy that if I workout early, the burn lasts all day.

Get started, do something, sweat, drink water, change your diet little by little, find a partner, stretch well, push yourself, set goals, track your results.

So What’s Your Excuse for NOT Accomplishing Your Goals and Dreams?

Even “Inspirational” speakers need to be inspired and keep focused on goals and dreams.  This video is about a young man who has gone on to perform with excellence in an industry that many thought he may not have a shot.  Is there any chance that when you are sick and tired of not achieving goals in your life that you could get back up and try again after viewing this video?   Richie Parker designs NASCAR components with his feet.

This Is What Success Looks Like

Here’s a pic (not all are pictured) of our graduating Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class. Since we started the class 9 weeks ago, here are some stats:

1. Over $160k in credit card offers by mail have been declined and shredded.
2. $78k in debt has been paid off so far.
3. 15 credit card accounts were closed and chopped up during our class. :o)
4. An additional $35k is accessible in savings.

Which Baby Step are you on?

“Live like no one else so you can some day live and give like no one else.” – Dave Ramsey

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Marriage isn’t Easy, but there are a few stats that could Benefit a Marriage

I love watching married couples do real life together.  It is not easy to be married but when you battle through the challenges and stay committed great things can happen.  Here’s Dave Ramsey‘s quote of the day:

“If 52% of marriages end in divorce, what can our children do to beat the odds. A recent study showed that marriages only have a 20% divorce rate when the following factors are present:

1. 6 month or longer engagement.
2. Detailed and in-depth pre-marriage counseling. Have agreement regarding $$, religion, children and crazy in-laws.
3. Both sets parents are still married.
4. Both graduate from college.
5. Marriage occurs after both are 22 yrs or older.
6. Combined avg. income of $50k or more. (As college grads it should be higher.)
7. Both attend regularly at a house of worship.

The lower your income, the more likely you are to “shack up” and not commit to marriage. But if you do live together prior to marriage, there’s an 88% likelihood that you will get a divorce.”

Do You Want Creative Students?

Over the weekend, after keynoting for Indiana PTA and sharing my early years education experience, an attendee came up and handed me the following insight:

Creativity, when teachers were surveyed:  “Do you want creative students?”  They responded, “Yes”.  “Do you want students that have all the traits that add up to creativity?”  They responded, “No”. It then said, “Scott’s high school years are the description of a creative kid.”  And today I have the opportunity to share about the value of family and education. How ironic!!

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A Talent I Do Not Have

I can still draw the same cartoon face that I did when I was in 5th grade but I never progressed in my sketching talent.  At the CO PTA state convention, one of the member’s sons was at the after party free-sketching protraits.  I very much appreciate the chiseled chin and slimming features he provided me.  And “Yes”, I still had on the camo paint for the protrait.

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It’s Okay to Look Back, just Don’t Live in It

I was decluttering over the weekend and found a newspaper clipping from 5 years ago. This is from the first leadership conference I was able to participate in as both a keynote/workshop and with multiple speakers in one day.  It was one of those “I remember it like yesterday” moments because of the unique format of the workshops.  For each breakout session, only two speakers were offered to the attendees.  Prior to the breakout time and after a keynote, those two presenters were required to go on stage and “sell” their workshop to the audience so they can make an informed decision.  To a natural “upfront personality type” ,  I ate it up.  So did the other guy with me who happened to also be named Scott.  We co-branded our promotion time as “Whichever you choose, you won’t go wrong with Scott.”

On the other hand, I remember during our promotion rehearsal time that some of the other speakers were very nervous about this opportunity to sell themselves.  It reminds me how some people want a piece of paper to tell their story and are not prepared for the interview.  I constantly remind myself to think like a business owner when I with people.  Not that I constantly selling a product or service, but how I present myself is very important to build trust and confidence in a relationship.  While enjoyed that moment in the bright lights, I realize I can’t live it everyday, but I can learn from it.

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What’s your excuse for not achieving your potential?

I guess I can thank God for wiring me to have a positive outlook on my life or that I accept the timeline/journey He has for my life. Then again, maybe I just choose to live this way.  Whatever the reason, I am inspired by many and it usually comes through written word, a movie or verbal story.  Make time to read about Zach Lipson “Perseverance Pays Off for Student Manager“.  So what’s your excuse for not achieving?  Are you over it yet?

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