Strength in Weakness

strengthWe have been doing a lot of traveling this summer and it is not easy staying on the healthy track when you are gone a lot. I find myself slipping back into my old habits or thoughts. “We don’t have a choice so I can go ahead and eat it.” I will eat healthy when I get home.” “I don’t have time to exercise or I am just to tired.” These thoughts and actions are so harmful to my healthy lifestyle. How do I get myself back on track? What do I do when these thoughts begin to become action?

There are a few things that help me when I am feeling myself slip back into those old ways. The most important thing is reach out to God and pray for His help. He is the one who has taught me so much about how to eat healthy and given me the ability to get active. He knows exactly how to get me focused! In our weakness He is strong!

Also, think back to how you felt when you were on track: more energy, sleeping better, how clothes fit and just more confidence. I realize that I feel better now then I have ever felt in my life. I love having more energy to go throughout my day and not feeling like I am getting old…even though I am getting more grey hairs every day!

Also, remember you can do this! You know how to eat healthy and exercise. If you have lost weight in the past and gotten off track, you can start fresh today. The awesome thing about eating healthy and exercise is that you can always start again and begin to see results. Your body likes it when you focus on what is nutritious and when you get it moving again!

If you are sitting there saying “No, I really don’t even know where to start.” I want you to know that I have been there. When Mark and Chism left for the “Biggest Loser” I knew I needed to do something but didn’t know where to start. I also knew I had done all those fad diets and supplements and lost weight only to gain it all back again. I wanted to learn about nutrition and exercise, not just buy products that would help me for a little while. I really was at a point that I wanted to change for life. Are you at that point?

We are here to help you get started! We want to pay it forward and share with everyone all that we have learned. We are not experts. We are learning new things everyday and facing challenges along this journey. We just want to share what we have learned and encourage others as they begin. Over the past few years we have had the opportunity to share our Fit to Serve program in many churches, businesses and schools. We don’t sell any products. We share three important parts in getting healthy: how God sees you, nutrition and fitness. Check out more on the website or send us an email at We are in the process of filming the sessions which will be available in the Fall.

One of the greatest things about this adventure is connecting with people. I have loved getting to know so many new friends and the encouragement that each one has been to me. I have learned so much from so many people and that has been such a great help. Tell someone where you are struggling and ask them to pray for you. We can all be here for each other.

Healthy Tip: Eat every 3 to 4 hours. Eating smaller meals 5 to 6 times a day keeps your metabolism going throughout the day. We are used to eating 3 meals a day with maybe a few snacks in between or at night before bed. Eating smaller meals several times during the day will help you stay fuller and never get to the point of starving. Starving leads to overeating on your next meal.

It is one good choice at a time!

- Cathy Cornelison
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All In

im-all-in-blkThe other day I went to a movie with my girls and one of the previews shown before the movie was Dolphin Tale 2 and I was excited to see that Bethany Hamilton is going to be in it. In case you don’t know who she is, Bethany was a surfer in Hawaii whose arm was bitten off by a shark as a young girl. Against all odds, she decided to still become a professional surfer. The movie Soul Surfer was based around her life.

There were a couple of amazing things that NBC did for the contestants of season 13 of Biggest Loser and one of those was to fly us out to Hawaii! As if that wasn’t enough, they arranged private surfing lessons for us through none other than…yep, you guessed it…Bethany Hamilton! It was an incredible experience that I will be forever grateful for. (Check out this previous SweatCor blog post for more of this amazing story.)

One thing that really impacted me about Bethany was what happened after the cameras stopped rolling. I had been around Hollywood long enough to know how it should work. Once the cameras stopped, the “stars” would immediately leave. They were no longer being paid, so they had no reason to be there. They had fulfilled their contractual obligation. Not so with Bethany. She hung around. She sat with us and talked. She took pictures with us. She shared her story and waited patiently as we shared ours. She and I talked about what it was like to publish our books. I was blown away that someone who was a star would have time to just be into what was happening that day.

After thinking about this, I am inspired to be more like Bethany. When I agree to do things, I want to fully give myself to them. I want to believe in causes and then invest into them. I want to count costs before I begin things, and when I decide to proceed, I want to follow through.

Too often in our lives, we don’t give ourselves fully to things. A trendy diet comes along and we jump on board for a week or two and then we go back to the old. We sign up at the gym or for an online exercise challenge, and we don’t actually give ourselves to it. We act like we’re the star, we show up and grace the event with our presence…and then jump ship. If our healthy is truly the priority, we must choose to be all in. 

In order to do this, I’m always in the process of simplifying my life. Join me in subscribing  to the “less is more” philosophy. When planning your days, try to only do things that you believe in, that way can fully participate and really be all in. You will have days that you struggle or don’t give all you have, but let’s make those days the uncommon ones.

Think about these questions:
- What are you passionate about?
- What is a healthy activity that you love doing?
- How can the two of these work together?

It’s time to give all you have to being healthy. Are you all in?

- Buddy Shuh
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To Do or Not to Do

iStock_ToDoOrNotToDOXSmall1One of the greatest struggles we all seem to have is getting started…especially if it is something we know will be difficult. I have met many people like me in the past few years who deeply desire to change their life, but continue to put it off. They want to be different, they want to be healthy, they want to live life…but, honestly, they don’t. Sometimes the thought of changing the routine of life isn’t worth their desire to feel better and do more.

I’ve been curious about a passage that I’ve seen many times in the Bible. In Matthew 21, Jesus says, “There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today…’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.”

This has always been a strange lesson to me. In my opinion, neither of them were that great. One said they would do it and didn’t. The other complained and said no, but ended up doing what was asked. But then I noticed the question…He didn’t say, “Which was better?”; He says, “Which did what the father wanted?” Neither handled the situation well, but at least one completed the task. Only one worked past their initial unwillingness and finished well. Maybe this speaks to you too.

Becoming the you that you are meant to be is not easy, but it is worth it. There is a life to be lived that is greater than you can imagine, but it’s going to take work to get there. So each of us has a choice, in fact it’s a choice that must be made every single day. Who will you be?
– One who will talk about what you will do? or…
– One that will do it? (even if there is a little complaining involved)

Don’t overcomplicate it; don’t think about the year, month or week ahead. Don’t look at how hard or long the road looks. Think only about now and what you can do today. Which choice will you make for this day?

- Mark Cornelison
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