Making Progress

strive-for-progress-not-perfection-300x300There is a new movie out starring Denzel Washington named The Equalizer. It is probably not for everyone. It’s DEFINITELY not for those with a weak stomach! There is a lot of graphic violence throughout the movie.

The point of today’s blog is not to review the movie, but rather springboard off of a saying that Denzel’s character says. In the movie, Denzel is a philosopher of sorts. He reads a lot. He tries to give life advice to friends. And he gives a lot of quotes. One of the quotes that stuck out to me came early in the movie. He was helping a friend to lose weight, and he says, “Progress. Not perfection.”

Boom. There it is. The thing I struggle with. Almost every day. I’m not perfect, and it is painful. When I mess up, I have thoughts like “I’m horrible. I might as well quit. I’m a horrible role model. People are watching me, and I know it’s important, and I still blew it.” And guilt sets in. And a downward spiral ensues.

One of the main problems that I encounter is the unbalanced weight that I assign to negative things. For example, if 99 people tell me that I look thin, and 1 person tells me that I look like I’ve gained weight, I will think about the one negative comment 100 times more than the positive comments. It’s pure madness.

It’s time for the equalizer. It’s time to weigh things properly. It’s time to measure progress, not perfection. God has me on a journey. I don’t need to compare myself to others. Or even to what others say about me. What I need to do is find out where God thinks I should be and measure myself against that.

This morning I was reading scripture and I was greatly encouraged by a verse from Psalm 103:8, “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” I was struck with the phrase “slow to get angry.” I realized that this is God’s heart. But it is often not my heart towards myself. I mess up and get angry quickly.

I resolve to treat myself (mentally and emotionally) more like God does. I will be slow to get angry. I will be filled with unfailing love. I will believe the best. I will be filled with hope. God is the great equalizer of all that is out of balance in my life.

Progress, people. Not perfection.

- Buddy Shuh
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Up and Down

up-and-downThis journey is not simple. In fact, it’s got its challenges every single day. I’m sure not trying to discourage you but being a healthy person seems to battle against everything this world says is important. We are taking a stand for something that requires continual thought, planning, and focus. Some days are good, but some days are not.

Take this past week, it’s been a good one for the most part. I’m home for a while, I’ve gotten into a good running plan, my nutrition is on point and I’m feeling like I’m in a healthy rhythm…and then a different day hit. I literally woke up the other morning with my mind telling me I deserved to make some poor choices. My motivation was suddenly weakened and an apathetic attitude was in place. It would have been so easy to give in and just go with how I was feeling but something stopped me. In an instant I found myself evaluating these emotions. Why had things changed? What triggered the struggle? What was I going to do about it? How could I be so down after feeling so up?

My questions actually interrupted the process. I couldn’t give up that easily because my curiosity had stepped in and I wanted to understand what causes our ups and downs. Here is what I’ve learned about me:

I’m UP when…
-I can be on a schedule
-I feel in control
-I keep my mind focused on a goal
-I remember where I’ve been

I get DOWN…
-when life throws an unexpected curve at me
-when I think all my doing “good” deserves a little “bad”
-when I’m tired
-when I’m bored

I have to tell you, just simply making this list did something in my mind. I know I could have added many more things but these few items helped me evaluate myself a little more. Now, keeping focused on the Up’s and being warned of the Down’s has renewed my desire to stay on track. This journey is not simple. Again, it’s got it’s challenges every single day. But I’m learning something we all need to know…I control the Up’s and Down’s. 

Today, make your own list. It may look completely different than mine and that’s perfectly okay. Use it to renew your focus and keep moving forward towards your goal. Up or Down…what will you choose?

- Mark Cornelison
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SweatCor Review – Skinny Pop Popcorn

One of our favorite snacks is popcorn, especially movie popcorn. However, what makes movie popcorn so good is all the butter and oil they add to it. But, this does add the fat and calories that make it so unhealthy.  The microwave popcorn you can buy at the store has so many additives and preservatives.  Sometimes it is good to have an easy alternative to movie popcorn and microwave popcorn.  Skinny Pop sent us a few bags to review for you.

0003068482732_500X500Skinny Pop Popcorn
*This product was sent to SweatCor free of charge for an honest review.

Serving Size: 1 single package (18g)

Calories:  100 per package

Calories from fat:  50 (more than 20%)

Sodium:  45mg

Ingredients List: (3 ingredients!): All Natural Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, and salt

Health Benefits: No preservatives, No artificial anything, Good source of Fiber, Low in sodium, Less calories and fat then movie popcorn
FYI! Researchers found movie theater popcorn offerings range from 400 to 1,200 calories, with one to three days’ worth of saturated fat and up to 1,500 milligrams of sodium.

Some things to be aware of: The fat is higher than 20% so this is not a popcorn I would recommend to have all the time.

Taste Test: Skinny Pop taste a lot like movie popcorn. It is not to salty or oily. We really like the single serve packages because it helps you not eat to much. The single serve packages would be a great alternative to movie popcorn just put one in your bag and take it to the movie with you. This will save you money, calories, salt intake and fats. It will also keep you from eating that huge bucket of popcorn!

Cost: Single Serving bags – .80 to $1 per bag, Larger bag – $2.50 – $2.99 per bag     

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 8.35.56 AMWe would recommend Skinny Pop Popcorn for a great alternative to movie popcorn. Just make sure it is not an everyday snack just because it is high in fat. Planning before you go to the movie is important so as not to add those extra calories, fat and/or salt. If you fail to plan you plan to fail!

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