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

Defining Your Heroes…

No, don’t call me a hero. Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs, and get a distress call from the Commissioner and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around fighting crime. Those are the real heroes.” – Dwight K. Schrute: The Office

True Heroes

My Healthy Living Accountability Group… they are nicer than they look…

I love this quote, mainly because I love this show, but also because it does describe our slightly flawed view of heroes in our world today. Now, if you know me, you know I am a huge SuperHero fan and am anxiously awaiting the end of this week when Captain America: Civil War (#teamcap) comes out! These are easily my favorite movie genre as they do what movies should do…allow you to have fun and escape for a little bit.

However, if you really want to think about heroes, we have to get much more realistic. It is healthy for us to pause every now and then to reflect on those people in our lives who “save” you. They keep you going when you don’t want to. They are the ones who you look to when you struggle and don’t need judgement but simply need help. If you think about these people then the real definition of a hero works much better…(sorry, Dwight). Read More

Feeling Weak…

74fad4554925bb6c2fdf4f13a8c774deThe other day as I was teaching, one of the teachers invited me to her room to eat lunch. As I walked in, I realized it was one of the other teacher’s birthday and they were having a little party for her. At the center of the table was a box of homemade cupcakes made by one of the other teachers.

They kept talking about how wonderful the cupcakes taste! I kept looking at the cupcakes as my flesh began to get weak. I thought to myself “It won’t hurt to have just one”, “I haven’t had sugar in a long time…”, “How do I tell them I don’t want one?”, “I don’t want to hurt her feelings…”. I also started worrying about if I say no to the cupcake will they think I am judging them for eating the cupcake. I don’t even remember eating my lunch because I was so anxious and started praying for help. I asked God to help me know what to say when they asked me and to be able to say “no”. As they passed the cupcakes to me, I just politely said “No, thank you, I am really trying not to eat sugar right now. They look delicious and smell amazing!” They all looked my way and one teacher said “I think that is great!”  Read More

Practical Prepping

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 1.43.24 PMIt is likely that at some point in your life, you have heard the phrase, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” If you have never heard this phrase, then it is likely that you have never met the Queen of Sweatcor, Cathy Cornelison!

Every time I hear Cathy speak along these lines, I am inspired! I’m like, “Yep, it’s true. I plan to some degree, but I need to get better.” And it gives me the motivation to take the next step in making a winning plan. When I started making a plan, I typically pulled out a pen and paper, thought and prayed, and then wrote things down. I’d plan my exercise and my menu for the week. I can tell you this has been very helpful every time I’ve done this.

However, this week I did something different, and I LOVED it! I am super-excited about it, and want to share the “how-to” side of what I did. This week, when it came to nutrition, my planning was action-based! If you’re to try a great plan, below is my step-by-step process that I recently used to prep 10 meals: Read More