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October 3, 2019

Are the Foods in Your Home Helping or Hurting You?

What’s your inner child asking, and how are you responding? I’m not busting [only] on my five-year-old Caleb. I’m certain my other two kids did this too when they were five. (Excuse me, Caleb would be quick to correct me. He’s five . . . and a half.) The other day he asked his mother if he could have chocolate milk as a treat. (Frankly, I pounded chocolate milk as a kid. It wasn’t a “treat”, it was a staple.) My wife responded with “No, […]
September 5, 2019

How to Cheat on Your Diet

Have you ever had a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend?  The type that wanted you to spend every waking moment with you, or at least wanted to know where you were.  They didn’t like you going out with your friends.  And if you spoke with someone of the opposite sex, fuggetaboutit.  One minute they tell you how great you look and the next they’re calling you puppy face. Eventually, though, you came to your senses and broke it off.  I mean, after all, why would you […]
August 20, 2019

Every Diet Works . . . If Only For a Little While

Last week I was encouraging my daughter Elizabeth to attend an event at our church.  She didn’t wanna go. I said, “Noelle’s gonna be there.” She said, “Noelle and I are complete opposites.” I asked, “Whadaya mean?” She answered, “Noelle’s really shy.” (She’s right.  Noelle is really shy.  And Elizabeth, after warming up to someone, is certainly not.) I asked, “Is Noelle mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?” She replied, “No.” I said, “So, you’re mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?!” She got my [hyperbolic] point. Instead […]
April 15, 2019

Painful and Powerless or Painless and Powerful?

There’s a fable that says if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out.  But if you place it in tepid water and begin boiling the water slowly, the frog won’t notice the danger and will be cooked to death. The moral of the story is that if a threat arises slowly versus suddenly, people will be unaware or unable to react. I get it.  It makes sense.  But some biologists did a study, and this is what […]
March 12, 2019

Rise and Shine, Athlete! Yes, You!

ath·lete /ˈaTHˌlēt/ noun a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise Whether you consider yourself to be one or not, if you’ve taken any interest in the way you look, feel, and move, you’re an athlete. Although I’m not a Crossfit coach or athlete, founder Greg Glassman stated . . . “[Our] needs and those of an Olympic athlete differ by degree not kind.  Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy are […]
March 6, 2019

The Pen Is Mightier Than the . . . Dumbbell?!

(I’ve tried to limit my recent posts to 500-700 words.  This one is double that.  But it’s only because I needed most of these words to explain this invaluable success tool!) A new tool I’ve recently placed in my toolbox is the Advantages Response Card.  It’s something I learned about while reading the Beck DIET solution by Dr. Judith Beck, Ph.D.*, a book I highly recommend.  It’s been an essential tool that has help her clients change their mindset and overcome the [the inevitable] sabotaging […]