Deserving Rain

IMG_6665Sometimes, our family is rebellious. I’m sure you could tell that about us. We are pretty edgy and all about sticking it to “the man”. Nonconformists, trouble makers, outcasts to society…that’s us. We may seem All-American and pure, but it’s time for you to know the truth…we can have a problem with authority. Check out this example of our delinquency…

The other day all five of us decided to have some time together by heading to the mall and a movie. As we put our car in the parking garage we were stopped by a security guard. He told us we could park there for the movie theater only, but if we were going into the mall we had to move the car. We were not interested in moving our car so we decided to head towards the theater…but we walked all the way around it and started across the parking lot (out of view of the security guard) to walk to the mall. As we walked we talked about how we had won this little battle after all…he didn’t know which car was ours…he never even saw us…we fought the law, but we won.

As we were discussing our rebellious activity, it began sprinkling a little bit…then it began sprinkling a lot. Next came a full out, hardcore downpour. A couple of us were in flip-flops which meant running wasn’t much of an option. We were in between the mall and the theater, right in the middle of this huge parking lot…so we just had to let it rain. We finally made it into the mall where Cathy decided a selfie was required (see the wet pic above…)

While walking and hoping to dry off, the statement was made that we deserved it. We had broken the rules so therefore the rain was punishment. God got us back for not doing what we should have done. However, some questions came up:

– Would it have still rained if we had followed the rules?
– What about those who hadn’t done anything wrong that were getting rained on as well?
– Is the rain really a punishment?

Here is what we discovered…the rain wasn’t about us. Rain happens. We may interpret it in different ways, but when it comes down to it part of life on this planet involves rain. In fact, it was a little arrogant of us to think that somehow we had influenced any of it. Matthew 5:45 says, “…He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” We all experience the rainy days and the sunshine equally…

In your journey to be healthy, there will be setbacks. It’s not always easy but you must remember that the difficulties and the tough days aren’t necessarily indicators that you have done something wrong. Most likely, you will mess up. Things won’t always go smoothly. But you can’t beat yourself up and live in guilt. Where would growth on earth come from without the rain from time to time…and for you, how will you grow without seasons of rain?

Choose to grow. Accept the rainy and sunny days equally on your journey. You don’t always deserve the rain…but you do need it.

- Mark Cornelison
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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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