Your Capabilities…

sell-my-old-cell-phone-imgOur family has new phones. We tend to make the change every couple of years and are always drawn into the newest and coolest phones out there. I really was not intending to get the latest and fanciest but after looking at the deal we were offered, we dove in. Now we are all cool, and I’m realizing I didn’t know everything I was getting. 

These things are amazing. I’m realizing that they can do much more than I really want or need them to do; for example, phones have calculators now…what? (kidding) It seems I’m finding out everyday something new that my phone can do. I really wanted to learn more so I went to a couple of sites online and then eventually landed on the creator of the phone’s site. Instantly, I was aware of more than I ever imagined! After all of my time working on my phone I had only scratched the surface of what it was capable of doing.

This made me realize something important. We all are able to do so much more than we can even imagine. We keep moving forward, trying to figure life out and I think most of us haven’t even scratched the surface of whom we really are. We even have times that we connect with others and work to learn more about ourselves but what we must do is turn to the one who created us. Just like I had to look to the company who designed my phone to truly learn everything I could about it; we must continually go to the One who designed us if we expect to learn what we are able to do and what we were designed to accomplish.

Take a few minutes and read Psalm 139. There are so many amazing statements made in these 24 verses but the overwhelming message is that a God who treasures you, also specifically and purposely created you. Let that sink in…He wants you to recognize everything He designed for you. You were not cast from a mold; you were made on purpose with purpose.

You can spend time wondering what this life is about or you can run to Him who gave you this life to begin living it as He planned. 

Before you go, read one more passage…this is from John 17. Do you realize this is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus…and He wraps it up by praying for you. That’s how important you are to His purposes. The One who designed and created you took time to pray for you.

Don’t miss out on all that this life has to offer. You are much more valuable than a phone…and your purposes are far greater than anything you can even imagine.

“…as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him…” 1 Corinthians 2:9

-Mark Cornelison

The BL Scoop…

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 8.26.31 AMMany of you know that this site/blog began because of the experience Buddy Shuh, Chism Cornelison, and myself (Mark Cornelison) had on season 13 of The Biggest Loser. This greatly changed our lives and our families. We never could have imagined the amazing journey God had in store for us. We have deepened relationships, created new friendships, and now live a life that seemed foreign to us just a few years ago. It was hard, but this is the most fun any of us have ever had…

Recently, there have been BL alumni doing interviews and raising lots of questions about the methods and integrity of the show. To understand where this is going you may want to read them; the first one is here; And the other is here;

One thing that happens after having been on any reality TV show is that whenever there is “controversy” you become the go to person for the truth. Needless to say in the last couple of weeks I have gotten various emails/messages asking my thoughts on these articles. It is difficult to write the same thing over and over so today’s blog post is being used to answer questions and share truth. If you are a fan of health but not a fan of The Biggest Loser then my apologies, but this is a big enough issue for many that it just seems right to address it here. 

-We all have to understand, it is a TV show – Yes, it is inspirational and yes, the people are real; but what you see each week is edited to inspire. There is mounds of footage that no one ever sees of life on the show and that’s okay, it’s TV and we know it when we sign up.

-You get out of it what you want out of it – A key word for me in my time there was “ownership”. It was a time where God made it clear to me that it was time to own my health journey. There were amazing resources available but what ultimately came of it was in my hands. This was the catalyst for change in my life. 

-It is not healthy weight loss – Let’s be real, losing 10+ pounds a week is not healthy. It continues to hurt my heart when I meet people who feel like they are failing because they aren’t losing “Biggest Loser” numbers each week. Most health professionals will tell you, fast weight loss is not optimal.

-I was never told to workout injured – Day 1 of week 1 I tore my left hamstring in a 40 yard dash on the show. I was never once told to workout (here’s the important part) like everyone else. The medic, Sandy, and my trainer, Dolvett, continually gave me modified workouts that allowed my leg to heal. I never once felt that I was at risk. We were told often, “there is a difference between pain and soreness, learn this difference…”

-We did not have to do what we didn’t want to do – We all have free will. There is nothing we are told to do that we could not say “no” to. Other alumni say they felt bullied or forced and I understand this. However, when it came down to it we had the ability, within our contracts, to refuse to do what we were told to do.

-We are not “all fat again” – This was one of the most hurtful, generalized statements made (and I would like to believe that this is a possible editing issue in the interview, I don’t want to believe an alumni would put us all in the same category.) Many alumni have gained all their weight back, some have gained more than they had before. But not everyone. We are all still working at it. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Unfortunately, when you start your marathon off by sprinting it gets much harder to keep going. Plain and simple, there are many BL alum who continue to do well.

-Why do some do negative interviews? – Two reasons, one is that they truly want to share with others that what they see on the show is not healthy. I know one alum in particular that really has a heart to help others not hurt themselves the way she was hurt. The other reason…this may sting but it’s true, getting the attention and exposure that comes from the show is addicting. When the season is done and you begin to be forgotten, the adjustment is hard for some of us. (Yep, I said “us”.) Sometimes it’s easy to extend our time in the light by addressing controversy…there are always “news” organizations wanting a negative story.

-It was the hardest thing I have ever experienced – This may sound pitiful, but my 6 months on the show was the most difficult thing I’ve ever experienced. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual changes within myself were overwhelming…now add 19 others who were experiencing the same thing…

-Everyone has a different experience – I’ll openly say I can’t speak for everyone. Some hated it while others loved it much more than I did. Some felt forced to do things they didn’t want to and others felt pushed from within to work beyond what was healthy. I share a common bond with all the BL alumni but each of us has a different story of how we got there and what the experience did to us.

-I would absolutely do it all over again – Life is not the same and change has been rough. My circumstances for leaving the show created a whirlwind of hate mail and pain for me and my family. I missed 6 months of my family’s life and felt pain in ways I never expected. But yes, I would do it all over again simply because of the relationships that have come from it and the opportunities that God has given us over the past 3 years.

Hopefully this clears some things up for those of you who care. Your comments are welcome below! Let us know if you have thoughts or questions.

It continues to be an honor to share the health journey with so many of you. You were worth it all. Now, let’s keep moving forward in our health journey. It’s time to live the life you were created for and to become the you that you were meant to be!

-Mark Cornelison

You Only Live Once

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 1.07.00 PMThe expression, YOLO,  has been going around for awhile to help us understand that you only get one chance at life so we need to do what we want to do because after all we “only live once”. Enjoy all the things in life “good” or “bad” and live for you. It is a very selfish statement until you look at it in a different light. I have been pondering this for a couple of days and come to the realization that Paul was saying this very thing to the Ephesians.“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭15-16‬

Paul was encouraging the believers to “make the most of every opportunity”. In essence he was saying “YOLO”. He warned them to be careful how they live and to live wise. Each opportunity that God gives you make it the best. Paul isn’t encouraging them or us to be selfish but to live a life understanding what the Lord wants you to do.(Eph. 5:17) Paul is saying “you only live once” so make the most of ever opportunity to live your life for the one who created you. Not for what makes you feel good or those selfish thoughts of this is my life so I can do what I want.

How does this help motivate me to be healthy? Every day I have to make the choice to eat healthy or not. When God’s word encourages me to “make the most of every opportunity” I realize that what I put in my body is either going to benefit me or hurt me.

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine
or the slowest form of poison.” ~Ann Wigmore

I can’t make the most of every opportunity if I feel bad because of my choices. I have felt bad for my eating choices long enough and it is time to realize that this body “only lives once”. I want to be ready for all the awesome opportunities God gives me each day. God created our bodies to move. Exercise helps us to keep our body in the best physical condition. As I get more active I feel better and can do more which in turns gives me more energy to live out this life to the fullest.

So today is the day that we look at this popular phrase differently. “You Only Live Once” to make the most of every opportunity! Let this be the new motivation to get healthy and live your life to the fullest! It is one good choice at a time! Get educated in what is the best for you, don’t be pursued by all the marketing schemes that are trying to get you to buy their products. Go to the resources that are teaching you about your body and how it works.

Resources that have helped me:
WebMD - app on your smartphone or tablet. Also signup for their emails that give you facts and
quizzes - free courses you can take on nutrition
Looking at Health Textbooks - sells all kinds of textbooks

-Cathy Cornelison