You ALWAYS Have a Choice…

none-of-the-aboveIt’s a known fact that I’m a movie fan. As an 80’s kid, the door was wide open for me to catch lots of great (and not so great) movies. One that I really loved was a movie called Brewster’s Millions. The 1985 remake of this 1945 original, featured Richard Pryor and John Candy as minor league baseball players from New Jersey. Early in the movie, Pryor’s character, Monty Brewster, learns that he has inherited $30 million from a family member he didn’t know existed. However, there is a catch, he has 30 days to spend all the money. If he can do it, and have NOTHING to show for it, he will get $300 million. However, if he can’t do it he ends up getting nothing. Read More

Choose the Narrow Gate!

Olympian Ryan HallI had the privilege of making a new friend last week. Today, I’m excited to share a post from him which I am certain will encourage, motivate, and inspire all of you.

Meet Ryan Hall, two time Olympian marathoner and the U.S. record holder for the fastest half-marathon (59:43) and fastest marathon (2:04:58). He has accomplished some amazing feats in his life, but probably more impressive is his heart for encouraging others.

He and his wife, Sara, have been married for almost 11 years and in 2015 became the parents of four sisters they adopted from Ethiopia. His desire to motivate and love others is a message I know all of you will want to share. Enjoy…

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way broad that leads to destruction, and there are many there who enter through it. For the the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Confession: I used to hate to run, actually I despised it.  Now, after two decades of running which included setting the American record in the half-marathon, being the fastest American to ever run the marathon, and competing in two Olympic Marathons, it seems odd to me that it became my mission, calling, and passion for so long.  What I realize now is that like Jesus’ statement above, doesn’t just apply to our spiritual journey but is also true in our physical one as well.

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Replacing Your Thoughts

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 11.10.35 AMIs your motivation and attitude different now that the New Year Resolution is months down the road? You probably started off excited about the new beginning of a New Year and about this time of year your motivation and attitude has possibly changed. Motivation and attitude are a huge part of getting healthy. Are you one who looks at the glass half empty or half full? Being a “glass half full” person will help you see success in the small achievements you make each day that will produce huge results. If you always see the glass as half empty, you may never experience the joy of the little accomplishments you are making because you only want the end results.

I know my motivation and attitude start off strong for 2 or 3 weeks. I am determined and excited as I began to eat healthy and exercise. I start feeling better, losing some weight, have more energy but then all the sudden I lose focus. I have a desire to look better for the summer but by the time May hits, I am back to the old habits and old struggles. As I begin to feel failure, my motivation and attitude begin to change. Feelings of “I can’t do this” or “I have so far to go” are sometimes followed by, “I am just going to quit”. I have learned these thoughts will show up in my actions if I don’t get them out quickly and replace them with new thoughts. What you need is a change of thinking in these moments. How about using some of these new thoughts to replace the self defeating ones… Read More

Thoughts from a Loser

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 8.57.31 AMBefore I dive in, you all need to know I’m thankful for the experience I had on The Biggest Loser during season 13 and I truly care for all the BL Alumni. Even though my time on the show created controversy (check out our story on Why We Left…) I still look at the opportunity as something God put in my life. When I look at all I’ve been able to do in the past 4+ years, I can’t help but be in awe of the places we’ve been and the people we’ve met.

Unfortunately, the show seems to continue to create drama. Now a new study has been released focusing on the impact  the show had on many of the contestants from Season 8. You can see the story by checking out the article in the New York Times. This thing has really taken off and so I felt it was important to share opinions which will give you another side to consider. Read More