tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-49797458376238333582016-11-28T00:45:25.668-08:00Fit with A PurposeFaith Family Fitness Health LifeSeth Tylernoreply@blogger.comBlogger289125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-26036311218557218962016-06-28T10:30:00.000-07:002016-06-28T10:30:10.789-07:00RACE RECAP: Harold's National Doughnut Day 5k - Columbia, MO<div class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><b>Disclaimer:</b> I understand that after writing a review of something that it might make some people upset and others happy.&nbsp; We all claim to desire change but when challenged with change we tend to fight it with hurricane force.&nbsp; My goal in reviewing the races that I participate is solely based on my experience with the race.&nbsp; Each review will be honest but try to highlight the positives moreso than the negatives.</span></i><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D8TVlGK5ngw/V3Kvkt8WwJI/AAAAAAAAB0E/N4tIK0g18EMBhNaZPxMcwvlxjvtQz_2nACLcB/s1600/13393901_10100299233536471_711326400218192660_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D8TVlGK5ngw/V3Kvkt8WwJI/AAAAAAAAB0E/N4tIK0g18EMBhNaZPxMcwvlxjvtQz_2nACLcB/s320/13393901_10100299233536471_711326400218192660_n.jpg" width="180" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">HAROLD’S NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY 5K RUN/WALK</span><o:p></o:p></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><u><br /></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">BIB # 129</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Date: </b>June 4, 2016</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Time: </b>28'53"</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Actual Distance: </b>2.9 miles</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Location:</b>&nbsp; Columbia, MO<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Time of Race:</b>10:00am<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Race Beneficiary:</b>&nbsp;Central Missouri Humane Society<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Registration or Check-in Process</b>: &nbsp;Easy.&nbsp; Signed up online and picked up bib and shirt right away on race day.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Course Difficulty</b>: Easy <i>[out and back]</i> and relatively flat.&nbsp; The 5k started in a park and followed paved path for first ½-1 mile and then turned to trail path and ended back at the same park. &nbsp;The race began on a sidewalk and funneled everyone through a tight path at very beginning [<i>not good for dogs on leashes which equated into a tangle or two</i>]. &nbsp;Granted, it was not a certified course but the course was not the full 3.1 miles but was marked as such.&nbsp; It had the same start and finish line.&nbsp; Turn around point was marked at 1.5 miles.&nbsp; Interestingly enough, there was a 3 mile marker towards the end of the race despite the 5k not actually reaching 3 miles in total.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Being a dog friendly race, there were a couple times that leashes were tangled and caused a traffic jam.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Family/Child Friendly:</b>&nbsp; Yes and No. <i>&nbsp;[Music had many F*Bombs blasting over system in downtown Columbia] </i>I guess that’s a personal preference but not really child friendly.&nbsp; Children were allowed to go with parent on the race or be pushed in a stroller which is a plus for those needing to do so. &nbsp;Letting children run begins the run-bug at an early age which is a positive.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Pet Friendly</b>:&nbsp; As stated, many dogs were there with their owners. &nbsp;Very Pet Friendly. &nbsp;They did hand out packets of dog food at the end of the race as well.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Race Swag:</b>&nbsp; There wasn't a lot of swag with this race. &nbsp;We did not receive a Swag Big. &nbsp;They did give a shirt &amp; race bib and handed out packets of dog food at the end of the race.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Post-Race Food</b>:&nbsp; Fresh and On-Site made doughnuts, Beer, water, coffee, Popsicles &nbsp;and small cup of recovery drink [<i>chocolate</i>].&nbsp; They did not have the typical post race food: fruit, yogurt, energy bars, Gatorade, etc.&nbsp; The spread was pretty good and the doughnuts were awesome!&nbsp; They did have on-site vendors so that you could buy recovery products.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Race Environment:</b>&nbsp; Music was playing.&nbsp; Many dogs were there as the race was supporting the humane society.&nbsp; This race was dog friendly and many runners took advantage of that and ran with their dog.&nbsp; There were plenty of people cheering at the finish line as finishers crossed.&nbsp; A dancing robot was at the halfway point and later at the registration tent.&nbsp; Runners were encouraged to dance with the robot.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Additional Comments:</b>&nbsp; Overall, it was a functional race.&nbsp; It was their inaugural race with it's own quirks.&nbsp; There were no medals or official time keeping. &nbsp;The Harold’s National Doughnut Day 5k has potential to be a really fun race.&nbsp; I’ve run a lot of small races and this race could be one of those that could be a ‘<i>I’m going to come back</i>’ type of race.&nbsp; There are some things that I would suggest for that to happen.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">SUGGESTIONS:</span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>1)</b></span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">The course doesn’t have to be certified.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">It can simply be a Fun Run but the distance still needs to be 5k distance or advertise it as 5k[</span><i style="text-indent: -0.25in;">ish</i><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">].</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; Even unofficial time keeping would be cool. Medals aren't necessary but it would gain more attention from people searching for races to compete in.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>2)</b></span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>&nbsp;</b> &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Have those running with dogs start in the back.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">It is not a penalty to them but makes it easier for those not running with dogs to not get tangled up in the event of a tangle.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; Many runners are still training and want to compete despite it being a 'fun run'. &nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">It was cool to see all of the dogs there and made me wish that my dog was better trained so that I could take her out and run like that.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>3)</b> &nbsp; Play family friendly, or simply edited, music.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">F*bombs suck.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">I get that kids will hear it at school, home, out in public or wherever.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">The race was advertised as a fun environment and it’s got to be tailored to everyone for that to happen.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;Simple fix would be to p</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">lay the radio version.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>4)</b>&nbsp; Running on roads may help. &nbsp;The Start and Finish Line funnelled through the vendors. &nbsp;On the return, it made it very congested as runners were to run on the same sidewalk that people were standing on to visit the vendor booths.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0px;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">FAVORITES:</span></u><o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>1) &nbsp;</b> On-Site Freshly mad</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">e doughnuts.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Hands down my favorite part!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>2) &nbsp; </b></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Dancing Robot – I didn’t dance with it but I did give it a high-five at the turnaround.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>3) &nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Shirts and Bib design was pretty cool.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">The Doughnut had a headband of icing on it with a long john next to it.</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Bib had a doughnut on it.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>4)</b></span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b> &nbsp; &nbsp; </b>&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">The 10:00 am race start gave time for those driving any distance to get there with plenty of time and be able to have received plenty of sleep before.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Any time one can eat a freshly made doughnut at the end of the race -- that's &nbsp;a win in my book!</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; text-indent: -.25in;"><o:p></o:p></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-86012873200971795062016-02-08T15:07:00.000-08:002016-02-08T15:07:14.866-08:00Get out of your head!<div style="text-align: center;">Loser! &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Failure!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You can't finish this!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You won't be able to lift that!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">That is too high!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">That is way too much weight!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You look fat!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You are fat!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">She is better than you!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">He is faster than you!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You can't ever look like that!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You won't be able to be successful!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You always come up short!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I can't change!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">This is who I always will be!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Stop!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Just Quit!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">***</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Get out of your head and defy the thoughts that pull you down!</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-12212981259005420522016-01-26T12:41:00.000-08:002016-01-26T12:53:26.332-08:00Afraid of the Gym?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vQFIphnwaZ0/VqfYQ8A9YpI/AAAAAAAABxY/Z-DUTTQ_qWM/s1600/afraid%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bgym-.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vQFIphnwaZ0/VqfYQ8A9YpI/AAAAAAAABxY/Z-DUTTQ_qWM/s320/afraid%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bgym-.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>When I talk to others that go to the gym - it seems that there is always anxiety attached to it.<br /><br />I'm sure that there is a scientific study to it but I'm going to list the reasons that people are timid or even refuse to go to the gym through conversations that I've had.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><u>1. &nbsp;INSECURITIES OR FEAR</u></b></div><br />People are genuinely afraid to go to the gym to work out. &nbsp;Maybe even more afraid of just being in public while working out or any form of exercise. &nbsp;The thought is frightening. &nbsp;I get that. &nbsp;Have you ever heard a 265 lb man run on a treadmill. &nbsp;Do you think I didn't hear it too as I ran on it? &nbsp;I didn't need looks. &nbsp;I didn't want to weaken the bolts that are holding it together. &nbsp;I especially don't like people see my fat jiggle around with each step. <br /><br />But then I realized these two things: <br /><br />A) It's not my equipment and if it breaks, maybe they'll buy better equipment and<br />B) Who cares what they think. &nbsp;If I am at the gym making myself better, it's sure doing a lot more than taking up a weight bench staring at me run. <br /><br />Others in the gym are just as insecure with how they look as you are with how you look. <br /><br /><b>MY ADVICE: Know that your worth, beauty, strengths and values are not in what others think of you. </b><br /><br /><i>Side Note: &nbsp;I am afraid to run on my treadmill at home. &nbsp;While I think it can handle me, it's not as solid as the one at the gym.</i><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><u>2. &nbsp;NO KNOWLEDGE OF MACHINES OR FREE WEIGHTS</u></b></div><br />There was a time that I didn't know how to type. &nbsp;There was a time that I didn't know how to drive a car. &nbsp;There was even a time that I didn't know how to get dressed on my own. &nbsp;And then I learned. &nbsp;Some of my learning came from trial and error while some was by hands on experience. &nbsp;Most though, came from instruction. <br /><br />Using the machines or free weights can be intimidating. &nbsp;It still is for me today. &nbsp;It's intimidating to go into the weight lifting area. &nbsp;I get it. &nbsp;There's other people in the area and you going in with little knowledge is a brave step and one few people take. <br /><br />You can prepare before you go to the gym as well. &nbsp;<b>Check YOUTUBE </b>for instructional videos. &nbsp;<b>Take a class</b> - Many gyms have classes that you can take part in that educate you in different exercises and how to perform them. &nbsp;<b>Hire a trainer</b> - it's a financial commitment but even if you only do this for a little while it can pay off. &nbsp;<b>Download an app</b> - there are a ton of apps out there that will show you the exercise; imitate it. &nbsp;<b>Keep your eyes open </b>- most machines have instructions mounted to them in order for you to use them properly.<br /><br /><b>MY ADVICE: &nbsp;Take the step. &nbsp;Talk to the gym manager or trainer and have them show you the machines. &nbsp;If you are worried about form, (form is key; quality over quantity), ask a trainer or a trusted peer. &nbsp;Most likely, if there is someone else there in the same area - they'll help you if they see something wrong. &nbsp;People look out for people more often than not. &nbsp;Be brave!</b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>3. &nbsp;PEACOCKING!</b></u></div><br /><span style="font-size: xx-small;">(Google defines the following)</span><br /><b>Peacock: </b><br /><i><br /></i><i>noun: a male peafowl, which has very long tail feathers that have eye-like markings and that can be erected and expanded in display like a fan.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i><b>verb: display oneself ostentatiously; strut like a peacock</b></i><br /><br />There are those guys and girls that want to fan their feathers for all to see! &nbsp;They focus more on how their triceps looks in the mirror without a weight in their hand than actually doing triceps extensions. &nbsp;They strut their stuff and want all to look at them. &nbsp;Those gyms are no fun to be at. &nbsp;Talk about intimidating. &nbsp;It's like looking at Arnold Schwarzenegger strut around the gym and then I look at myself in the mirror and see short Arnold Schwarzenegger in a fat suit. <br /><br />It's tempting to do that when you do feel good about yourself and how you look outwardly but it's a tell tale sign of what is happening inwardly. &nbsp;The gym is not a dating platform, or shouldn't be, and you shouldn't be afraid of the peacocks. &nbsp;Eventually, the peacocks will be outdone by another and they''ll wimper back to their corner.<br /><b><br /></b><b>MY ADVICE: &nbsp;You do your thing and better yourself! &nbsp;Let the peacocks strut and you take care of yourself. &nbsp;They won't bite you. &nbsp;They might look at you but if you refuse to entertain it - they know they'll have to go somewhere else. &nbsp;They might get in the way too - just brush them aside and go about your business. &nbsp;If you are tempted -- it's best for you to ignore the peacocks and find your significant other somewhere else. &nbsp;They might look like peacocks with pretty feathers but they're more like vultures looking to prey on others' weaknesses. &nbsp;If you continue to better yourself - your hard work and determination will pay off and when you mix that with a solid inner beauty; that's something on another level!</b><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>WHATEVER THE REASON THAT YOU HAVE FOR NOT GOING TO THE GYM - THROW IT IN THE WIND AND GET BUSY! &nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>YOUR HEALTH IS WORTH MORE THAN YOUR FEAR AND YOUR FEAR CAN HURT YOUR HEALTH!</b></span></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-79775092084761121402016-01-18T10:02:00.001-08:002016-01-19T08:42:56.981-08:00What's on your Gym Playlist?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Are you a Daydreamer [<i>fans of Adele</i>]? &nbsp;Are you a Belieber [<i>fans of Justin Beiber</i>]? &nbsp;Are you a Swiftie [<i>fans of Taylor Swift</i>]? <br /><br />Whoever you are - you probably like some sort of music!<br /><br />My playlists vary. &nbsp;Different places mean different playlists. &nbsp;I don't usually play the same music during my office hours as I do driving or working out.<br /><br />When I am writing a lesson I like to have music on in the background that requires no focus. <br /><br />When I am doing work in my garage - cleaning, wood work, being creative - it's usually country [usually because that's the only station that the radio picks up in there].<br /><br />When I am at work I usually tend to listen to something that isn't going to bother the offices next door; something along the lines of alternative/rockish and it's usually at a volume that they don't hear it anyways. <br /><br />When I am doing yard work - I actually like to listen to podcasts. &nbsp;Because the mower and the weedeater are loud anyway, turning the music up loud enough to hear it leaves my ears ringing afterwards. &nbsp;I enjoy doing the yard work but sometimes there are other things that I need to do so at least the podcast makes the time pass by easier.<br /><br />When I am in the car or driving it is the radio. &nbsp;I don't have sirius radio or anything so I'm stuck with whatever is currently playing on Ryan Seacrest's top songs show. &nbsp;That's not always ideal as a lot of it is crap - I guess I'm old enough to say that now but seriously - a lot of it's crap.<br /><br />When I am in the gym though, it's usually rap and/or hip hop. &nbsp;It keeps me going. &nbsp;I love to work out to it. <br /><br />Now, most of what I listen to is by christian artists. &nbsp;This isn't some knock on "alternative music" as I still listen to non-christian music today. &nbsp;I grew up on rap with the likes of Tupac, Dre, Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Bone Thugs, and such. &nbsp;Eminem came soon after and I liked listening to him too. &nbsp;His songs still have that catch for me. &nbsp;Here's the thing though with all of these artists: while lyrically pretty genious, and even with accuracy of the times then - it doesn't do it for me anymore. &nbsp;The darkness of Eminem's early stuff is just crazy to me now. &nbsp;Honestly though, what was considered dark, crazy and vulgar back then is much of the norm today with any genre. <br /><br />I strive to have things around me that are going to better me. &nbsp;I want stuff that I am going to be challenged with. The strides that christian rap, hip hop and rock has taken - I have that now in music.<br /><br />My gym playlist consists of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qbnOLxI4T4" target="_blank">Lecrae</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WopyrETP-CU" target="_blank">Andy Mineo</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqJT7F2OD7Q" target="_blank">Propaganda</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsk1e9GFD1U" target="_blank">KB</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N-3ciXPNik" target="_blank">Trip Lee</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXROSYtod8w" target="_blank">Sho Baraka</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiugPi0vhGw" target="_blank">Tedashii</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au7of6Bd47Q" target="_blank">Family Force 5</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uf8F7jIkYc" target="_blank">Derek Minor</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9SNpWFU4_w" target="_blank">Beautiful Eulogy</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH-k_6tU9Wc" target="_blank">Red</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaeUJEUk5nY" target="_blank">Manafest</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o03vc9pjHnw/Vp5kmjGpTTI/AAAAAAAABwY/sO8zG98l8gg/s1600/What%2527s%2Bon%2Byour%2Bgym%2Bplaylist-.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o03vc9pjHnw/Vp5kmjGpTTI/AAAAAAAABwY/sO8zG98l8gg/s320/What%2527s%2Bon%2Byour%2Bgym%2Bplaylist-.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-45910008515752586752016-01-12T13:43:00.000-08:002016-01-12T13:43:04.169-08:007 people + 3 months = Fit With a Purpose on Facebook<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>7 people + 3 months = Fit With a Purpose on Facebook</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;">Fit With a Purpose has expanded onto Facebook for a more personal interaction. &nbsp;The platform makes conversation easier and more accessible. &nbsp;The website is a tool for many to use and continue to provide relevant content concerning Fitness, Faith, and Family. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For the next 3 months, people are following the health and fitness journeys of 7 individuals as they embark on their personal journey to better fitness. &nbsp;This is at their pace, will power, discipline, workout plans, gyms, homes, etc. &nbsp;This is all up to them. &nbsp;Each week, they will post a video talking about the successes and failures of the past week and share hopes for the upcoming week. &nbsp;Throughout the weeks, Fit With a Purpose will provide insight into workout routines, healthy recipes, and similar areas. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">We hope that you will add Fit With a Purpose's Facebook community to your 'must follow' social media list and that you will continue to watch the website for ongoing conversation in the world of fitness, faith, and healthy family advice.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Fit-With-A-Purpose-524527647710326/" target="_blank">GO TO Fit With a Purpose's Facebook Community</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="147" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EZV1hOLuYW8/VpVybud0C7I/AAAAAAAABwE/OVWxPY6PM_w/s400/Fit%2BWith%2BA%2BPurpose.jpg" width="400" /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-84762456642645422792016-01-08T12:43:00.000-08:002016-01-08T12:43:09.643-08:002016 Goals<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AzzYj6aL31U/VpAe9XLlWzI/AAAAAAAABv0/MOnXynU1qpc/s1600/log%2B%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AzzYj6aL31U/VpAe9XLlWzI/AAAAAAAABv0/MOnXynU1qpc/s400/log%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="282" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: start;">Here are my goals for 2016!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: start;">As you can see, there is no magical number for me to land on or to lose in order to be happy at concerning weight. Each day that I make good decisions will reap benefits health-wise overall. Exercising the body, mind, relationships and generosity with my goals this year.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: start;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">What are your goals for 2016?</span></b></span></div><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-20679174868640152462016-01-05T10:23:00.000-08:002016-01-05T10:23:31.793-08:005 Ways to Exercise for Free!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MWMDrsnWuFk/VowFzhFhPPI/AAAAAAAABvg/XzlwN7yK3ro/s1600/the%2Bwild%2B%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MWMDrsnWuFk/VowFzhFhPPI/AAAAAAAABvg/XzlwN7yK3ro/s320/the%2Bwild%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />If you have made New Year's resolutions then you probably have said that you want to lose more weight. &nbsp;You're under the same line of thinking as last year and the year before that. <br /><br />How's that going for you? &nbsp;If we are making the same resolution as the year before than we have gone wrong somewhere. &nbsp;What is or what is not working? &nbsp;For many, what isn't working is paying for a membership to a gym and not going to the gym. &nbsp;If you can afford to do so, a gym membership is a great thing to have as long as you use it! <br /><br />Maybe you have a membership to a gym as I do or maybe you recently acquired your membership to enhance your health and fitness for your new goal. &nbsp;That is great! Many people are unable to do so though and I thought it'd be good for everyone, gym members included, to know of ways that exercise and fitness can come at no cost; health and fitness can come free.<br /><br /><b><u>I. &nbsp;Go for a walk.</u></b><br /><br />What is a walk going to do for you? &nbsp;Everything! &nbsp;Your goal was to become healthier right? &nbsp;Breathing fresh air, moving around, and outdoor scenery can do great things for you! &nbsp;Maybe it's around your block that you'll walk. &nbsp;Going to the nearby park and walking around will give you a good workout as well. Many parks now have walking paths for those wanting to get outdoors. If you live near a school, chances are that there is a running track near you then - take advantage of that track and track your distance with ease and without any special technology. &nbsp;Walking is free and it's benefits are priceless.<br /><br /><u><b>II. &nbsp;Take up Hiking.</b></u><br /><br />Hiking has a lot of walking in it but here is much more to hiking. &nbsp;Hiking can be very challenging. &nbsp;When hiking, you will find that your heart rate is going to perform at different rates rather than the consistency of walking. &nbsp;This would be compared to circuit training. &nbsp;Your heart rate is going to rise when hiking uphill in the woods more so than walking through a valley. &nbsp;This change in heart rate is going to promote weight loss just as circuit training in the gym. &nbsp;Find a nearby state park, friend's or family's property, or local park and go exploring! &nbsp;Hiking can be great for the mind as well. &nbsp;Any type of exercise can be rewarding but hiking and taking in the outdoors will provide you an opportunity to view the grandeur of the creation around us. &nbsp;As you hike, look for wildlife, beauty and get away from the busyness of the everyday. <br /><br /><b><u>III. &nbsp;Use Your Body for Resistance Training</u></b><br /><br />Being overweight comes at a health cost. &nbsp;It usually means labored breathing, higher risk of heart disease, lack of energy, sleep problems, and many, many more side effects. &nbsp;One way that you can overcome this weight problem is to use the weight against your weight. &nbsp;Simple exercises, in terms of difficulty to perform, like push-ups, squats, and lunges can use your current weight to build muscle - all while losing weight. &nbsp;Let your inhibitor become a benefactor. <br /><br /><b><u>IV. &nbsp;Get Creative with your No-Cost Workouts</u></b><br /><br />I've carried a lot of groceries in from the car to the house for my wife. &nbsp;I tell you that a gallon of milk can get heavy after a while. &nbsp;Why not save your milk containers and fill them with water and use them as weights for lifting? &nbsp;Do lunges while carrying the filled containers. Fill them with dirt, water or sand - all of that would work for the task. &nbsp;Why not do what many gyms are doing and use a tire for a workout? &nbsp;Let's face it, you won't be able to lift a tractor tire in the beginning for this workout so go with a smaller one. &nbsp;Take an old tire and flip the tire over again and again. Take a sledge hammer, bat or stick and hit the tire with force. &nbsp;Tie a rope around the tire and drag it. &nbsp;Do you have a fire place? &nbsp;Take those pieces of wood that you've cut for the fire place and throw them as far as you can again and again. &nbsp;Does your child have a swing set? &nbsp;Go and do pull ups on the swing set. &nbsp;A quick search on the internet can give you machines or exercises that you can perform in the gym; just mimic those moves and machines with things you have around the home.<br /><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>V. &nbsp; Scour the Free Listings on Social Media &amp; Craigslist</u></b><br /><b><u><br /></u></b>People are always getting rid of things. &nbsp;Granted, at the beginning of any year it would be a little harder to find exercise equipment for free as many are now using their dusty machines or people are benefiting from selling their unused equipment. &nbsp;Some though are being given away. &nbsp;Find a local Facebook group and search for free items. &nbsp;Put a ISO (In Search of) or WANTED post out there on those sites stating what you are looking for. &nbsp;Drive around during spring cleaning and see what people have put on the curb. &nbsp;It seems that exercise bikes are always available. &nbsp;Check Craigslist to see what is in your area. &nbsp;Ask family to see if they have something around the house that is unused. &nbsp;Remember that you don't have to own the equipment personally but can borrow the equipment from friends or family until you can save up enough to get what you want! <br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">It may not be as easy to exercise as it is to come up with excuses not to exercise but it is totally worth it when you see the results! &nbsp;</span></b></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-79711951912230195752015-07-14T10:04:00.000-07:002015-07-14T10:08:39.019-07:00BEING OUTSIDE - A thing of the past?<div><br /></div>When I look back [<i>I'm only 31</i>] at my childhood I can legitimately say that 'growing up' isn't like it used to be. &nbsp;No I didn't walk up hill both ways to school in the snow. &nbsp;No I didn't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows or feed the chickens. &nbsp;I didn't have to to plow the field while it was still cool in the morning before school. &nbsp;I didn't have those chores.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Those are the things that my dad had to do when he was growing up.</div><div><br /></div><div>But when I do look back, &nbsp;I find that life was simple. &nbsp;No No, not simple like you all older than me, but simple compared to what kids growing up now have [<i>don't confuse simple with lazy</i>].</div><div><br /></div><div>We've all seen the movies where the future is a bunch of lazy people sitting on chairs living life through a headset of virtual reality oblivious of what is really going on around them. &nbsp;I'm not saying we are at that point but we are a bunch of lazy people oblivious of what is really happening around us, or even to us.</div><div><br /></div><div>A goal that I set this year and have stuck to most out of all the goals set is this:&nbsp;</div><div><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>"Spend ONE hour outside each day."&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>This isn't adding up the time it takes when I walk from the car to the grocery store entrance. &nbsp;This isn't counting the minutes from one building on campus to another. &nbsp;All of the goals that I set this year were goals that required intentional behavior. &nbsp;Intentionally being outside for one hour each day. &nbsp;I have not been successful every day but I find myself longing to be outside. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I am an outdoors type of guy anyway. &nbsp;I like to hunt, fish, play sports, run, garden, and all of the similar activities. &nbsp;It's refreshing to be outside. &nbsp;It reminds me of my childhood.</div><div><br /></div><div>We did not have the video game systems that I have now. &nbsp;We had a Playstation. &nbsp;We had two games that I remember: Tony Hawk's skateboarding game and Resident Evil. &nbsp;Oh yeah, we did have a Snowboarding Sample game as well. &nbsp;You could run one slope and get a score. &nbsp;The next person ran the same slope and try to beat the score. &nbsp;And over and over it went. &nbsp;That's it.</div><div><br /></div><div>My childhood was spent outside.</div><div><br /></div><div>Bike riding, playing 500 in the streets, playing in the snow, hunting and fishing with my dad, baseball, football, and playing basketball on crappy goals at the school playground are some of the things that I remember most.</div><div><br /></div><div>Now that I think about it, I remember getting hurt a lot or someone else get hurt a lot from some of those things but it was worth it. &nbsp;Are we that tough any more? &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I remember popping a blood vessel in my leg because I attempted to ride my bike down a rain washout made path down a rugged hill and crashed my bike. &nbsp;I remember playing tag and tried to climb a fence and cut open my leg and had to let my buddy's mom fix me up. &nbsp;I remember my brother falling from a tree branch only to hit another one on the way down and bust his chin up pretty bad. &nbsp;Another time, my brother dove face first into a fire hydrant playing 500. &nbsp;I remember bruised wrists because we lowered the basketball goals to where a 6th grader could dunk. &nbsp;We were flying high. Pump up the jam!</div><div><br /></div><div>So, this year I set out a goal to be outside more often. &nbsp;As this year progresses my goals have grown as well. &nbsp;I look at my son and wish for him a childhood that involves a lot of the same things that mine did. &nbsp;Of course I want him to have cool things [<i>daddy likes the cool things and gadgets too</i>] but I want him to have more memories than, "do you remember that one time Bob the Builder did that on his show?" &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I want him to learn hands on. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>He loves being outside. &nbsp;He watches from the window when I mow. &nbsp;He always wants to go to the playground. &nbsp;He loves to run around, ride his truck, his bike and play with other toys outside. &nbsp;He likes to sit around the fire pit. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Honestly, his love for this stuff just started this year. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>As my goals have transformed throughout the year - some of my hopes for him have become clearer.</div><div><br /></div><div>Because of this one goal of mine, he has been one to benefit. &nbsp;We have been able to have ten times more Daddy and Son time. &nbsp;Our garden, which used to consist of a 10' x 5' raised bed is now a 20' x 15' garden. &nbsp;We also now have four flower beds instead of just two. &nbsp;We've been on a couple "jogs" together and are learning how to &nbsp;keep our balance on a bike [<i>hopefully he won't have a crash like the many I had</i>]. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_I6hCSDdN-o/VaVAHd8nZJI/AAAAAAAABuM/BkulgXXmRFo/s1600/garden2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_I6hCSDdN-o/VaVAHd8nZJI/AAAAAAAABuM/BkulgXXmRFo/s320/garden2.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">[From the first picking]</td></tr></tbody></table><div>Being outside does not have to be a thing of the past. &nbsp;I am not going to get a "Father of the Year" award. &nbsp;I know people that are doing ten times better than I am at finishing their Goals, being a parent and all that. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>What I do know is that I am intentional. &nbsp;To complete any goal you need to be intentional. &nbsp;To be a good daddy you need to be intentional. &nbsp;To be a good husband you need to be intentional. &nbsp;To be a good anything you need to be intentional.</div><div><br /></div><div>Don't use "intentional" interchangeably with "good intentions". &nbsp;"Good intentions" is something completely different. &nbsp;That is motivation behind something but intentional is the execution of those good intentions; <b>done on purpose</b>.</div><div><br /></div><div>How do I think I'm doing with this goal? &nbsp;Pretty good. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Go do life on purpose!</span></b></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-88149884805955670912015-05-26T12:40:00.000-07:002015-07-14T09:11:51.180-07:00Reading: Exercising the Mind<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fGqn1BXNXds/VWSZC4TspmI/AAAAAAAABtA/5mQSmoXV7tk/s1600/Reading.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fGqn1BXNXds/VWSZC4TspmI/AAAAAAAABtA/5mQSmoXV7tk/s400/Reading.png" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div>My wife and I were talking the other day about homework. &nbsp;When I was in high school, I rarely took school work home. &nbsp;I found a way to get most everything done at school. &nbsp;She said that she always had homework. &nbsp;My lack of homework may have been due to the necessity of getting it done quickly because sports took up many afternoons and evenings. &nbsp;Rarely did I enjoy the school work. &nbsp;I enjoyed the benefits and rewards of having completed all of the assignments. &nbsp;Most of all, my playing sports never was in question when it came to midterms and quarter grades. &nbsp;I had teammates who weren't sure if their grades were going to be good enough to meet the sports requirements each quarter. There were many benefits of having high grades: respect from teachers, scholarships, sports privileges and others but few outweigh the benefit that it had inwardly. &nbsp;I was unaware of it then but studying was beneficial for the mental health which affects the physical health.<br /><div><br /></div><div>This is another follow up to my&nbsp;<b><a href="http://www.fitwithapurpose.com/2015/05/setting-goals-and-sticking-to-them.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;"><i>Original Goals List for 2015</i></span></a>.</b> &nbsp;The first goal was to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fitwithapurpose.com/2015/05/giving-is-making-you-stronger.html" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: black;"><i>GIVE MORE</i></span></b></a>&nbsp;and the second is to <b>READ MORE</b>. &nbsp;More specifically, read one book each month of 2015. &nbsp;Admittedly, I am struggling and falling behind on this one. &nbsp;<i>Finding time to read is difficult.</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>That is my excuse.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>I find time if I want to go to the movies. &nbsp;I find time if one of my favorite TV shows are one. &nbsp;I find time to do many different things; those things are more fun than reading.</div><div><br /></div><div>I never was a huge fan of reading. &nbsp;Playing the Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast or Playstation [original] was always more fun than reading. &nbsp;Gameboy always suited me better on car rides than a book. &nbsp;Riding my bike was much more of an adventure than sitting in my room with a book. &nbsp;You would find me outside, playing video games, at a friends house or watching TV but never reading a book. &nbsp;For whatever reason, I don't have many memories of reading a book because I wanted to. &nbsp;Black Beauty was a book I remember reading as a child. &nbsp;Goosebumps at school. &nbsp;The 'Choose your Own Adventure' books were fun but always read at school during reading class. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Now that I am older, I still struggle with just sitting down and reading a book. &nbsp;Magazines are easy to read due to shorter articles. &nbsp;It isn't that I don't read books as I have a need to stay current, relevant, be inspired and so forth in my profession. &nbsp;I have to study and become more knowledgeable like any other who wants to be solid in their career. &nbsp;I've taken a bit of that approach in order to complete my list. &nbsp;Some of the books on my list will aid me with my job and some will be for 'pleasure'. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><i><b>"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"</b></i> - <i><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Joseph Addison</span></i></div><div><br /></div><div>In order to do fulfill my goal of reading one book each month I had to be prepared. &nbsp;I needed to have a list of books to read for each month. &nbsp;I took to social media for that. &nbsp;I asked my friends if they could suggest some books for me to read throughout this year. &nbsp;Here is the list that we, they, configured.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>1. &nbsp;Jesus&nbsp;+ Nothing = Everything [[[January]]]</b> -- <i>page 141 of 209</i></div><div><b>2. &nbsp;Sustainable Youth Ministry [[[February]]]</b> -- <i>page 51 of 204</i></div><div><b>3. &nbsp;Unbroken [[[March]]] </b>-- <i>page 1 of 528</i></div><div>4<b>. &nbsp;Churchless [[[April]]]</b> -- <i>page 38 of 191</i></div><div>5. &nbsp;<b>The Explicit Gospel [[[May]]]</b> -- <i>page 150 of 224</i></div><div>6. &nbsp;Circle Maker [[[June]]]</div><div>7. &nbsp;Think Orange [[[July]]]</div><div>8. &nbsp;Lead Small [[[August]]]</div><div>9. &nbsp;Killer Angels [[[September]]]</div><div>10. &nbsp;Sticky Faith [[[October]]]</div><div>11. &nbsp;Love Does [[[November]]]</div><div>12. &nbsp;The Tipping Point [[[December]]]<br /><br />**EXTRA READING**<br /><br />The Hobbit<br />The Two Towers<br />Multiply - Francis Chan<br />They Smell Like Sheep<br />Developing the Leader Within You<br />Becoming a Person of Influence<br />Growing True Disciples</div><div><br /></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">As you can tell, I have some work to do. &nbsp;If I look at it statistically as we look at almost everything else in our lives, I am only 16% towards my goal. &nbsp;That means that I have only read 16% of the pages out of 5 books for January through May. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">That's not good! &nbsp;</span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">To find results is what I'm doing here. &nbsp;Academically, a 16% would require a big fat F on my report card. With any review, you find where you are going wrong and fix it. &nbsp;I find that I have not put the time and energy necessary into this particular goal.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">These are some benefits, from my own brainstorming session, that I believe reading does for a person. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><b>stimulates the brain - requires discipline - challenges self - makes hard things easier - ignites creativity - promotes imagination - inspires - educates</b></span></div><div><br /></div><div>These are scientifically proven benefits,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-small;"><i><b><a href="http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2012/04/09/your-brain-on-books-20-proven-benefits-of-being-an-avid-reader/" target="_blank">collected from here</a>,</b></i></span>&nbsp;which are from daily habits of reading.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>enhances the sense - enables life long learning - allows for better skill retention - improves creativity - better verbal abilities - increases one's store of knowledge - higher test scores - reduces stress levels - improves critical thinking - staves off dementia - dementia settles in at a slower rate - better reasoning - confidence builder - more white matter - increases brain flexibility - improved memory - builds relationship between parents and children - better listening skills - an easier time concentrating - alleviates mental health disorders</b></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">After reading that list, why wouldn't we all read daily? &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, lucida grande, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">I know that it is motivating for me to see that a little bit of reading, even the smallest bit daily, is positive for my health. &nbsp;That's what this is all about right? &nbsp;Mental and Physical Health all play together. &nbsp;What good would it be to have one and not the other? &nbsp;We have the opportunity to help both forms of health by taking simple steps in the right direction. &nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, lucida grande, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, lucida grande, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">I challenge you to &nbsp;be intentional in both your physical and mental health.</span></span></div><div><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, lucida grande, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, lucida grande, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><b>WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?</b></span></span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-51536744202485243422015-05-15T09:37:00.000-07:002015-05-15T12:22:25.376-07:00GIVING is making you stronger!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nb317v4eXhc/VVYd5C8T1RI/AAAAAAAABr8/TdMtb9rQ9rQ/s1600/giving.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nb317v4eXhc/VVYd5C8T1RI/AAAAAAAABr8/TdMtb9rQ9rQ/s400/giving.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />Why give? It's healthy!<br /><br />This is another follow up from my goals list for 2015. &nbsp;It's an explanation or a "where am I now" with the goals that I set at the beginning of the year. &nbsp;If you don't remember my goals, you can find them <a href="http://www.fitwithapurpose.com/2015/05/setting-goals-and-sticking-to-them.html" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;on a previous post.<br /><br />The first of my goals is to give 10% more than I did last year. &nbsp;That's not a crazy goal. &nbsp;To give more is something I think many of us would like to be able to do. &nbsp;Money doesn't always seem to be there though does it? &nbsp;It's there probably more than you realize. &nbsp;I remember a time that my wife and I were looking to rent a house and the monthly rent was a bit more than we could afford and the very generous potential landlord said to me, 'It's not hard for money to come around, you set the price that you can afford'. &nbsp;We were blown away by that. &nbsp;Someone that didn't worry about money?!<br /><br />I work in the ministry, it's no secret that most of those who work in the ministry don't make a ton of money. &nbsp;It's also no secret that much of the population live like it is better to receive than to give. <br /><br />That old saying, it's better to give than receive has flip flopped and is a distant memory from today. &nbsp;I am encouraged however when I see others paying it forward. <br /><br />Why give? &nbsp;Isn't this a health site? &nbsp;To answer the second question, it is but there is something very healthy about giving. &nbsp;It doesn't have to do with the tax write-off of giving. &nbsp;It doesn't even have to have anything to do with the church. &nbsp;Giving is good for the person, mind, and entire body.<br /><br />Don't just take my word for it. &nbsp;Take this <a href="http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/12/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/" target="_blank"><b>article</b></a>&nbsp;for instance.&nbsp; Take this <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/12/17/health-benefits-giving/" target="_blank"><b>article</b></a> too! &nbsp;And <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/01/generosity-health_n_4323727.html" target="_blank"><b>another</b></a>. &nbsp;Actually, Google came up with result after result when I typed in "<i>health benefits of giving</i>" to the search bar. &nbsp;There must be something to this giving thing and the direct relation to physical and mental health.<br /><br />I went through a study called '40 Day Spiritual Journey to a more Generous Life' a few years back. &nbsp;It's primary approach is obvious through the title. &nbsp;It used the Bible as the focus throughout the topic of giving. &nbsp;While many feel that the church is all about money, that's not true. &nbsp;The church does need money to pay the bills, aid and support missionaries, aid the community and the likes of that. &nbsp;I raise the question as to why we believe, church goer or not, our wallets are the only things that are called to give of? &nbsp;Why is it that we view those that need our help only in a financial manner? <br /><br />I do believe in tithing and strive to give 10% more financially this year than last but I also hope to give much more of myself to those in need as well. <br /><br />What does your community need? &nbsp;Think about that? &nbsp;What is it that your community could stand to benefit from? &nbsp;Is it trash clean-up at the park? &nbsp;Maybe it is volunteering at the soup kitchen, animal shelter, helping the elderly with yard work, visiting the nursing homes, sharing your skills for a project, writing grants for non-profits, making blankets for abused women shelters [so many kids go through those]. &nbsp;This is a never-ending list! <br /><br />To be honest, if most of us were to consider how much time was spent serving someone else other than our family and friends last year, it wouldn't take much to give 10% more than last year. &nbsp;The art of serving other people exited the building several years ago but it's time to give back. <br /><br />If the idea of giving simply to help another out doesn't work for you, think of the health benefits anyways. &nbsp;I know that is selfish to view it that way but if you are helping someone out selfishly or not - follow through. <br /><br />I particularly like that the studies show that giving offers:<br /><ul><li>better managed stress</li><li>longer life expectancy</li><li>better outlook of others</li><li>stronger marriage</li><li>better mental health</li><li>more success</li><li>a little more happiness at work</li></ul>Whatever it is that will push you to give more this year, do it! &nbsp;Your relationships, mental &amp; physical health, success and life will benefit from it as well!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">HOW DO YOU PLAN TO GIVE MORE THIS YEAR?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">HOW CAN YOU INCLUDE YOUR FAMILY ON GIVING MORE THIS YEAR?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-80946905935463674982015-05-12T13:18:00.000-07:002015-05-12T13:36:04.199-07:00Setting Goals and sticking to them! <div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_EtdvmKkMaQ/VVJeaPKaumI/AAAAAAAABqk/0UL3tMVZumU/s1600/Royals.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_EtdvmKkMaQ/VVJeaPKaumI/AAAAAAAABqk/0UL3tMVZumU/s320/Royals.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />I love Kansas City sports teams! &nbsp;Chiefs &amp; Royals all the way! &nbsp;I have been a fan all of my life. &nbsp;Watching the Royals last year was really awesome for me. &nbsp;Do you think that the Chiefs or the Royals start each year thinking and believing that they will only go so far? &nbsp;Take any professional sports team and ask them at the beginning of the year and they all believe that they have what it takes to make it to the top. &nbsp;Take any profession and ask each employee and most will say that they have what it takes to make their company better or make them more money. &nbsp;It's all because of goals. &nbsp;The Royals want the World Series Championship. &nbsp;The Chiefs want the Super Bowl Championship. &nbsp;The Patriots want their quarterback back. &nbsp;Whatever it is that people want - it starts with goals.<br /><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">I am a "Goals" person. &nbsp;Each year I write out a list of goals and hope that I have the discipline to stick to it. &nbsp;One of the hardest goals that I had set for myself, and failed to complete, was to reach 1000 miles running/jogging/walking in one year. &nbsp;I got to the 750's. &nbsp;It was close but didn't get the medal that they'd give every runner at the end of a marathon, (or half). &nbsp;I'll admit, it was a bit of a pipe dream, impractical, unrealistic but it got me moving.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px;">This year, I believe I set difficult goals to achieve for myself though they are attainable goals. &nbsp;Here is a list of my goals from the beginning of the year.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">_________________________</div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><b><u>2015 Goals:</u></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><b><span data-reactid=".3rr.1:4:1:$comment10153032579159859_10153032672999859:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0" style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;"><span data-reactid=".3rr.1:4:1:$comment10153032579159859_10153032672999859:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0.$end:0:$4:0">1. &nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;">Give 10% more than last year</span></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;"><b>2. &nbsp;Read one book each month [outside of my Bible Study]</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;"><b>3. &nbsp;Spend one hour outside each day as possible</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;"><b>4. &nbsp;Limit TV time to 1 hour each day</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;"><b>5. &nbsp;500 miles [run/walk]</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.0799999237061px;"><b>6. &nbsp;Get Healthier!</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;">_________________________<br /><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: left;"><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">I'm going to do some follow up posts in evaluating how I'm doing on each of my six goals so far and throughout the year. &nbsp;It's important to do this after you've set goals for yourself. &nbsp;How will you know if you ever achieved what you set out to do? &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">My goals are specific. &nbsp;I don't want to be cookie cutter. &nbsp;The only cookie cutter goal is #6 but if I do #'s 1-5, #6 is bound to happen. &nbsp;Too general of goals makes it very easy to back out. &nbsp;The general "decisions" takes any decisive approach out of making goals. &nbsp;"Make more money" is subjective; will you be happy if you make $1 more than you did the previous year? &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Goals are important in life. &nbsp;They are used as motivation to keep moving; to push forward further than you thought you could. &nbsp;Will there be times that I fail? Absolutely. &nbsp;Will there be time that I succeed? Absolutely. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">They say life is a marathon and not a sprint; I say life is meant to be lived and &nbsp;not to wait for tomorrow to live. &nbsp;This doesn't mean to be stupid for the sake of stupidity. It means to live life in the present because life is happening all around you! &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Goals are meant to better oneself. &nbsp;They give a person something to strive for and the moment a person gets an inch closer to completing a goal, it's encouraging and the goal is made real. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px;">This is real life.</div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><br /></div><div style="font-size: 14px;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">WHAT GOALS DID YOU MAKE THIS YEAR? &nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">HOW ARE YOU ACHIEVING THESE GOALS?</span></b></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px; margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;">Comment your answers below!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-27408045651901099862015-03-09T13:48:00.001-07:002015-03-09T13:53:04.972-07:00Fat Shaming and Fairy Tales<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I recently read an article about a guy named Sean. &nbsp;He was having a good time dancing and abruptly stopped having fun when he noticed people laughing and making fun of him.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Good time" turns to "most embarrassing moment ever" quickly.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It was a 'fat shaming' experience. &nbsp;The guy is big. &nbsp;He was simply having fun and someone took a picture of the guy posting it online publicly shaming him for being fat.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I enjoy a good time. &nbsp;I enjoy being stupid, silly and crazy. &nbsp;What I don't enjoy is being made fun of while I do it...or ever. &nbsp;There is a HUGE difference between making fun of someone being crazy and having fun with someone who is being crazy. &nbsp;You can laugh along and be crazy too OR you can laugh at them and poke fun of them. &nbsp;Big difference in how it is received emotionally. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The latter is not acceptable. &nbsp;Actually, in the world that we live in, it seems that it may&nbsp;actually&nbsp;be&nbsp;acceptable for many people to shame, bully, and take advantage of others. &nbsp;Why is it that way?!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I've been encouraged by seeing the response of others that don't know this guy that was 'fat shamed'. &nbsp;They've stepped up and decided to throw a dance party for the guy. &nbsp;Starting with a women's group [props for you guys...er girls...for doing that]! &nbsp;Famous people, organizations, and others have decided to take a stand for this guy. &nbsp;My fear is that this generosity will end with one guy. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I am stoked for this guy that he may have new confidence in life. &nbsp;What could have been, and probably still is in his mind, one of the most embarrassing moments has been turned into the craziest ride of his life. &nbsp;People have given over $30,000 so that this guy can have a dance party! &nbsp;How crazy is that?! &nbsp;I have a feeling that this dance party that he is going to have is going to be C-R-A-Z-Y!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And then reality will hit.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What was done still remains. &nbsp;He will still be a large man that will still have to struggle with people giving him looks or shaming him, less publicly I'm sure. &nbsp;I don't know if he wants to lose weight. He might not want too. &nbsp;He possibly could have a clean and clear bill of health from his doctors and not see the health benefits of losing weight. &nbsp;That's for him to decide - not you, me, fat shaming picture taker or anyone else. &nbsp;I'll be honest though. &nbsp;I always have this fear, this gut feeling, when it comes to stories like this. &nbsp;Maybe it's just my cynicism but outside of the dance parties and 15 minutes of fame - what have we done to change his or anyone else's future for the better. &nbsp;Is this another one-hit wonder of generosity or are we going to help him and others in the same boat.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Let's empower people with the tools to make themselves better. &nbsp;We can't do the work for them but why not lead them to the door and let them choose to walk in or walk away. &nbsp;Let's be grand and great in gesture sure, but let's also follow up with something more tangible than a pumpkin carriage and glass slippers. &nbsp;Let the rich and famous come riding in as the knight in shining armor coming to rescue the poor peasant person unable to defend themselves but let's also equip both sides with knowledge and tools that promote self-confidence and respect. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I was watching a new show called "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix. &nbsp;Kimmy was kidnapped and put into a cult when she was younger and was rescued as an adult and is trying to live in New York City. &nbsp;She found a roommate but she tried to keep her past out of conversations. He, the roommate, said something to her that was spot on:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>"People love hearing terrible details of news stories. One, it's titillating like a horror movie. Two, it makes them feel like a good person because they care about a stranger. Three, it makes people feel safe that it didn't happen to them."</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Seriously, how true are those things? &nbsp;Can I tell you something? &nbsp;Of course I can, we can put anything on the internet for a while longer still.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I keep a portable scanner radio in my house so that I can know what is going on when sirens are going off. &nbsp;I can hear what the firemen are telling the home base. &nbsp;I can listen to the police as they report to command. &nbsp;I like to know those things and partly because I'm nosy. &nbsp;Some of it is due to the excitement of it all and another part because it lets me know that I'm safe. &nbsp;It became real to me though one night when it was my friend's house that the firemen were responding too. &nbsp;The fire was in their garage and burnt the thing to the ground. &nbsp;It didn't touch their house but they lost a lot due to the fire.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I wanted to be there for them. &nbsp;We offered to help out any way we could. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Did I do that for any of the other many, many fires that have come across that scanner? &nbsp;No I didn't. &nbsp;I had a relationship with them and so I wanted the best for them. &nbsp;Yes, the grand gesture of offering help to them was there immediately but that could only last so long. &nbsp;That initial fight or flight response would wear off. &nbsp;Eventually, the fire is out and as time gets in between the date of the fire and the present - things go back to the way they were. &nbsp;The fire is second thought just like when reality will again hit Sean.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This needs to be more than a bunch of people jumping on the bandwagon to help one guy. &nbsp;Let's help and equip this guy to then go and change the lives of others.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">While this is a great story of others coming to the aid of someone that was put out, I want for it to be more than that. &nbsp;This is not the only story that has left me wanting more for the person shamed or in need. &nbsp;Life is more than being in the news for a little bit, a visit to the Ellen show and a Twitter trend. &nbsp;While those things are probably pretty fun - I can't get that second picture of him out of my head. &nbsp;He's standing there with his hands on his hips and his head hung in shame and embarrassment. &nbsp;I've been there. &nbsp;That's not fun and you hold onto that despite what you say.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I can't say that I know the answer. &nbsp;I'd be lying if I said I did. &nbsp;To be honest, at this point in the conversation - it's not about the Sean and the Fat Shaming any more. &nbsp;He may not want his life to be any different. &nbsp;He may have a great life but what has been sold to all of us is that he was shamed and needs rescuing. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What we need to realize is that this is about us having an opportunity to take a stand for someone else AND equip them in the process.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I give praise to the organization that sent out the dance party invite to Sean and for all of the people who have supported him publicly and with their own money. &nbsp;I don't know very many men that wouldn't want to attend a dance party with 1700+ women and be the only guy?! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My challenge is this:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">When the lights go out, the clock strikes twelve, and the party is over - I challenge you to have changed his life and not just have given him a vacation. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div><br /></div><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-20785807719369934372015-01-09T09:28:00.000-08:002015-01-09T09:29:35.576-08:00No Healthy U selection but I choose Healthy Me selection.I was not selected for Healthy U here in Sedalia.<br /><div><br /></div><div>As I posted before, it was a long shot for me to be a part of it. &nbsp;I was happy that I was one of the 25 granted interviews before the final selection. &nbsp;In all honesty though, when I saw the size of the first four or five selected I leaned over to my wife and said, "I don't think I'm big enough for the competition". &nbsp;Let me add that the comment was not a dig at any of the contestants' size but a matter of disappointment. &nbsp;I do wish that there was more variance in size of people picked. &nbsp;I might not be the biggest and I might be healthier than some but I am not where I need or could be. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I am super stoked for the contestants, or students as they call them, that were selected and hope that the 13 others [from the 25 that I was a part of] do not stop their attempts at being healthy.</div><div><br /></div><div>Healthy U is an awesome program and the results were there as the class of 2014 showed how much they <strike>have lost</strike> have gained in the one year paired up with a personal trainer and nutritionist. &nbsp;It was pretty cool to see the transformations.</div><div><br /></div><div>So here I am, still doing this journey on my own. &nbsp;I believe I have found a way to have a 'personal trainer' without paying the cost of a training sessions. &nbsp;The gym that I belong to is Total Fitness and they have crossfit classes. &nbsp;I have done them before but the classes weren't working with my schedule. &nbsp;They now work with my schedule! &nbsp;I just have to get up early to go to them.</div><div><br /></div><div>I also have a treadmill and stationary bike at home. &nbsp;I'd like to get a kettlebell and some other free weights but those will have to come when I have some extra dough.</div><div><br /></div><div>Be on the lookout for a before shot. &nbsp;My hope is that in one year from now when they have the next Healthy U program - that I don't need to be there but will have lost the body percentage necessary to have won this year's competition. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>If nothing else, maybe I could win a door prize next year.</div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-82403020924788781882014-12-01T10:05:00.000-08:002014-12-02T10:05:50.575-08:00Turkey Dinners, Thanks, and Black ThursdayNot one.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Not two.</div><div><br /></div><div>But Three. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Three Thanksgiving meals that I took part in and the question I had for myself was, "how was I going to recover from them?". &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The answer: &nbsp;All at the same time.</div><div><br /></div><div>I didn't stuff myself. &nbsp;I ate comfortably and felt comfortable afterwards but it so happened that all three meals took place within a day and a half. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Wednesday Lunch. Wednesday Dinner. Thursday Lunch. &nbsp;That leaves only one opportunity to recover and regroup from the delicious food instead of three different days and recovery times. &nbsp;ha.</div><div><br /></div><div>You would think that after three Turkey Dinners in 24 hours that I'd be rolling around everywhere but that wasn't the case. &nbsp;To be honest, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I love sandwiches and cold turkey leftovers as a sandwich is awesome. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I believe that I handled myself during the holiday eating pretty well. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I even had enough energy to go out and brave all of the crazies at Walmart. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I was almost trampled when they gave the go ahead for shoppers to start grabbing things. &nbsp;People were nuts. &nbsp;In all seriousness though, who advertises something at a great price and then only gets less then 20 items for the whole store. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Sedalia is not huge, but come on man! &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I know many are doing the 30 days of Thankfulness, but I will do just one publicly.</div><div><br /></div><div>I am thankful for my wife, my son, and the opportunities that I have had in my life to be where I am at. &nbsp;I am thankful for my work. &nbsp;I am thankful for those that I work with and those that I have in my life. &nbsp;Life is not perfect but I am thankful for the blessings that I have and hope that I am always aware of those blessings!</div><div><br /></div><div><b><i><u>Healthy U update</u>: &nbsp;Anticipation is killing me. &nbsp;Jan. 8th can't get here soon enough. &nbsp;I understand it might not mean much for those just reading about the program from here but it'd definitely be a blessing. &nbsp;I think the reason why so many people choose not to get healthy is that they don't know where to start or have the resources readily available. &nbsp;</i></b></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-18846219140343666452014-11-14T10:37:00.001-08:002014-11-16T19:15:26.844-08:00I am 1 of 25 for Healthy U 2015Recently, I posted about the Healthy U program where I live.<br /><br />After filling out a very in depth application, I submitted it. &nbsp;That was that and the rest was out of my hands, at least for the initial selection process.<br /><br />On Tuesday night, I was out finishing up my deer stand for the upcoming season [way late in making that happen], and I received a phone call. &nbsp;My service was sketchy but I made out the voice-mail that &nbsp;I was one of the 25 selected for personal interviews. &nbsp;I quickly called them back and between bad reception in the middle of the field and a constant beep from a failing phone battery - we made an appointment for the personal interview.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R0uznGSn3-g/VGZHDMidVaI/AAAAAAAABiU/FgJR0umfekw/s1600/294690_200013173404620_1772529823_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R0uznGSn3-g/VGZHDMidVaI/AAAAAAAABiU/FgJR0umfekw/s1600/294690_200013173404620_1772529823_n.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">(picture from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HUPettisCounty" target="_blank">Healthy U Facebook</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br />For me, being in front of people isn't anything out of the norm. &nbsp;It is common for a minister when he has job interviews to have formal and informal meetings and interviews with multiple people. &nbsp;This was three women though. &nbsp;It's not as easy as you'd think. &nbsp;It reminded me of the time that I first got my driver's license. &nbsp;I took my driving test with the 'driving grader/instructor' [not sure of official title] in the passenger seat and then a rookie on the job learning sitting in the back seat.<br /><br />Overall, I believe the interview went well from my perspective. &nbsp;I do believe that I have a few things that are up against me. &nbsp;These are by my own thinking and were not said in the interview. <br /><br />One, I'm not overly overweight. &nbsp;I am over weight and could lose 40-50 lbs and by all BMI and body figuring formulas, I am obese. &nbsp;Two, I've been successful on my own and so I can see how that may interfere with the thinking, 'he doesn't need this as much'. <br /><br />This may all be in my head too. <br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">I'm super pumped though and hope I am selected as one of the twelve! &nbsp;</span></b><br /><br /><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-49855533837542654252014-11-06T10:15:00.000-08:002014-11-14T10:20:56.610-08:00Very public weight loss Accountability may be in my futureHealthy U is a program in Sedalia, Missouri created to help others get off their butts and start to get healthy. &nbsp;They have a very small, hand selected, class each year that they invest into in order to jump start and educate the participants on how to live healthy each and every day...consistently. <br /><br />I applied for this program. &nbsp;They take all of the applications and blindly select 25 of them for personal interviews. &nbsp;They then select 12 participants for the year to invest in and help make lifestyle changes.<br /><br />This is a 'Biggest Loser' type of competition without the big money. &nbsp;What I find most attractive about this program is that they hook you up with a nutritionist/dietitian AND a personal trainer for the year. <br /><br />If you have been a part of my weight-loss journey for a while, you know that those are two things that I've never had. &nbsp;Those are two things that I really want and believe can contribute to further success.<br /><br />I won't lie, I've been successful on my own in losing weight and keeping it off - but I need next level type of stuff. &nbsp;I recently went in to the doctor for a general check-up as my insurance pays for it. &nbsp;I got a good bill of health and I want to make it a great bill of health. &nbsp;I want to be healthier. &nbsp;I want to be faster, stronger and a healthier me. <br /><br />I do hope that I get selected. &nbsp;I don't know how many applicants that there are but it'd be pretty awesome to be selected.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R0uznGSn3-g/VGZHDMidVaI/AAAAAAAABiU/FgJR0umfekw/s1600/294690_200013173404620_1772529823_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R0uznGSn3-g/VGZHDMidVaI/AAAAAAAABiU/FgJR0umfekw/s1600/294690_200013173404620_1772529823_n.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">(Picture from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HUPettisCounty" target="_blank">Healthy U Facebook</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-54299495912864121882014-02-26T13:04:00.000-08:002014-02-26T13:04:31.532-08:00Sugar HappyI love sweet food.&nbsp; <br /><br />I do.&nbsp; It's so tasty.&nbsp; It's so comforting.&nbsp; My taste buds dance with joy when the sweet rush of sugar floods their sensors.&nbsp; It's almost as if they command - no, <strong>they control</strong> the way that I eat.&nbsp; It's a love hate relationship that me and my tongue have.&nbsp; I so want to please the craving but at the same time I know that it is not my tongue that is dictating my eating habits...it's in my head.&nbsp; It's my decisions.&nbsp; <br /><br />It's not like my tongue is picking up the food with it's arms.&nbsp; To be honest, if my tongue grew arms and starting picking up food - I'd be a&nbsp;little freaked out.&nbsp; I would then have to join the freak show circus and I don't think my wife and son would follow me down that route so here's to my tongue staying a normal tongue.&nbsp; <br /><br />I've cut out soda.&nbsp; I can cut out the other crap too, but sugar is my Achilles heal.&nbsp; It is my weakness.<br /><br />In fact, I have Flipz White Fudge Pretzels sitting on my desk at work.&nbsp; I justify the fact that I have already had an apple and yogurt for breakfast and will be running later...so <strike>twenty</strike> one or two pretzels will be cool to eat right? They'll cancel themselves out.&nbsp; In fact, their motto on the bag says this:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>"So completely irresistible you'll make up excuses to eat'em"</strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong></strong>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">It's true.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">They are irresistible.</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">I must resist.</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Self control is lacking.</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Just one more?</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">I must resist!</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Okay, while I fight my urges - here's some music that I've been listening to while running.&nbsp; Enjoy!</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YiUdrIsqmyQ" width="560"></iframe><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-7498463507961735562014-01-28T13:45:00.002-08:002014-01-28T13:45:24.781-08:00Going Off...<div style="text-align: center;">Thought I'd share a song from my workout/running playlist.</div><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4HiXaeRFPkE" width="420"></iframe><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-12454664650276994882014-01-16T20:58:00.001-08:002014-01-16T20:58:16.765-08:00Texas Stew and lots of lapsI was wearing shorts in the afternoon and had to be in some heavy clothes this evening.&nbsp; Temperature was near 50 and then snowing tonight.&nbsp; Crazy!<br /><br />Today was a good day though for some stew.&nbsp; I made a recipe called Texas Stew.&nbsp; It was delicious!&nbsp; It has been one of my favorite meals so far this year that we've eaten.&nbsp; Actually, it was awesome.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/texas-stew-10000001875079/" target="_blank"><img alt="check recipe here" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-44sCCzfDk-w/UtiziA_XLyI/AAAAAAAABgM/h1LG1E_1e6U/s1600/texas-stew-ay-1875079-l.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I really can't wait until I get to have some leftovers.&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">..........</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Last night I got to play some basketball over at the church.&nbsp; We had been having a lot of guys just show up that we had never met and causing some fights.&nbsp; No fist fights but I do believe that it was heading there.&nbsp; We had taken a break for a while from playing and that break helped weed out the guys that were&nbsp;the hotheads.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I noticed though that I was out of breath a lot faster than I used to be.&nbsp; So...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">that means that I need to get in better shape.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">...so I ran laps at the gym.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-20858988864742471202014-01-15T08:42:00.000-08:002014-01-15T08:44:02.028-08:00Fillings. Beards. and WifeI got that filling fixed yesterday morning.&nbsp; I'm so thankful for that!&nbsp; When I got back into my office I checked out my facebook and saw this story... <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nh1v4B5JebQ/Uta3DynzzCI/AAAAAAAABf4/KGviFtoMiEA/s1600/clear-lens-facial-piercing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nh1v4B5JebQ/Uta3DynzzCI/AAAAAAAABf4/KGviFtoMiEA/s1600/clear-lens-facial-piercing.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(googled "clear facial piercing" for this pic)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>I don't mind piercings and plugs and stuff as I've had multiple piercings. This just seems creepy to me.&nbsp; Granted, I might have grown a bit of a phobia of dentists through my latest dentist experiences but I can just see the lens, or the metal from the loop,&nbsp;constantly knocking against my teeth.&nbsp; <br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Anyhow, I'm DOWN to 208.8 lbs.</span>&nbsp; That's less than 9 lbs from ONEderland again.&nbsp; It'd be nice to get down there.&nbsp; Also, I've shaved my beard.<br /><br />The beard reached just over 3 inches during that 3 month period (I grow a beard like a man...and some women).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lenzH9rs0E/Uta4cXnOMjI/AAAAAAAABgA/kGqFK2Lqkvw/s1600/IMG_20140111_183713.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lenzH9rs0E/Uta4cXnOMjI/AAAAAAAABgA/kGqFK2Lqkvw/s320/IMG_20140111_183713.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Now it's trimmed 1/2 inch long beard.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And this is how my wife has been waking up next to me each morning...just to keep all of you in the loop.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="710" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/jFJgFqkBnP/embed/" width="612"></iframe><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-53575241370486438822014-01-12T20:17:00.002-08:002014-01-12T20:17:32.714-08:001 Month Strong and down 10 lbs Since posting the last time - I've been working at losing some of this weight.<br /><br />I'm down to 210 lbs and have been soda free for 1 month now.<br /><br />What has helped with the soda free deal is the dentist.&nbsp; yeah, the dentist always tells you to not drink soda because of all of the acidic stuff in the soda or to at least drink through a straw.&nbsp; Well, I do drink through a straw most of the time but this was much different than just a cleaning the last trip to the dentist.<br /><br />I had to have a tooth extracted and it was a difficult extraction (and broke a recent new filling and you can't have all of the carbonation and such when the healing is taking place.&nbsp; It's been pretty easy to give up the soda.&nbsp; I believe the hardest part was the no drinking of soda during the Christmas dinners and New Year's party.&nbsp; It worked out though for the best.&nbsp; I go to have a temporary filling removed on Tuesday and the permanent one put in.<br /><br />It was a crazy ordeal and one that I'll be glad to be done with.<br /><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-19383465880518506762013-11-26T13:40:00.001-08:002013-11-26T13:59:00.977-08:00Challenge Accepted: 2 Hour Half MarathonA few weeks ago on HIMYM, Barney accepted a list of challenges from Lilly and Robin on picking up women.&nbsp; If you know anything about the show - Barney will accept the challenge before hearing it...and even when he puts forth the challenge himself.<br /><br />Nobody has challenged me to the 2 hour half marathon and for many marathoners, especially successful ones, a&nbsp;2 hour Half seems a little slow.&nbsp; How about this though, my first (and only) Half Marathon was completed in 2hr 35min.&nbsp; I'd be trying to cut 35 minutes from that initial time.&nbsp; <br /><br />I've gained some weight since that race as well.&nbsp; I'd say around 25 lbs I've added&nbsp;since running that Half Marathon.&nbsp; <br /><br />Today I weigh 220 lbs.&nbsp; <br /><br />To be able to get a 2 hr Half Marathon under my belt - it's going to take a lot of discipline, determination, and self-control.&nbsp; I want to do something to focus my winter time so that I don't gain 20 more lbs and since I love running - this seems like a legitimate and achievable goal.<br /><br />So, here's to you Barney Stinson - challenge accepted.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5E1Os-X8K5U/UpUYRExs6uI/AAAAAAAABfk/F5pL_trXPgc/s1600/th+(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5E1Os-X8K5U/UpUYRExs6uI/AAAAAAAABfk/F5pL_trXPgc/s400/th+(3).jpg" width="381" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-58940733491265771802013-09-17T13:21:00.002-07:002013-09-18T09:35:16.577-07:005 Rules for Getting Started<div dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-575a2f40-2d91-aaca-4a57-bdde0d90fa67" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Figuring out your starting point is vital to being successful in pursuing quality health. No one ever realizes how unhealthy they are until it hits them at the doctor’s office or on the home scale. Health just does not come in terms of a number on a scale however, but getting rid of the excess fat from the body is a good starting point.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">1. &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><u>Write down your Starting Weight</u></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. &nbsp;Yes, this does mean that you need to use the scale that is in your bathroom. &nbsp;It does not have to be a bad thing. &nbsp;We can lie all day long but accepting where you are only allows the opportunity to speak from the point from which you’ve conquered.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">2. &nbsp;<u>Calculate your BMI or Body Mass Index</u></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><u>.</u> &nbsp;You can do that</span><a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">HERE</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> for an idea of where you are at. &nbsp;If you have a gym near you, a trainer would probably take their time to help you out and also give you a free workout as a tryout. &nbsp;It doesn’t hurt to ask and to receive professional help.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">3. &nbsp;<u>Physically, write out a plan and make it viewable on a regular basis</u>. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;Give yourself a challenge or level that you can embrace mentally. &nbsp;If you would’ve told me that I would be running 13.1 miles without stopping when I first started my health journey – I would have laughed in your face. &nbsp;When starting, write out a plan that you can mentally embrace and push for. &nbsp;It’s important to be able to see it as achievable.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">4. &nbsp;<u>Be in prayer about your health journey</u></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><u>.</u> &nbsp;This isn’t a diet. &nbsp;A diet is “something that you regularly have or take part in” (my definition); this means that if you daily eat cake and soda than you have a diet of cake and soda. &nbsp;This is a life change, a journey to become healthy. &nbsp;We pray about every other part of our lives but only about our health when we go to the hospital or get diagnosed with something. &nbsp;Pray about this too.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">&nbsp;</div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">5. <u>Walk out the door</u></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. &nbsp;This is the follow-through. &nbsp;Everything listed before this can happen and you still fail. &nbsp;Be bold and walk out the door. &nbsp;Go and be active. &nbsp;Don’t be afraid. &nbsp;Be strong and conquer what has conquered you to this point.</span><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a data-ved="0CAUQjRw" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;frm=1&amp;source=images&amp;cd=&amp;cad=rja&amp;docid=g4_El91m_vdliM&amp;tbnid=BtWdqZFKLrwliM:&amp;ved=0CAUQjRw&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDont-Quit-Music-Exercise-Aerobics%2Fdp%2FB001P75BVU&amp;ei=JLk4Up3MDKXt2wWg84DABw&amp;bvm=bv.52164340,d.b2I&amp;psig=AFQjCNHWr_Hjvz55i4O3IzkaV_UyT7FvBw&amp;ust=1379535515006645" id="irc_mil" style="border: 0px currentColor; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img height="400" id="irc_mi" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41NfnMvlpdL._SL500_AA280_.jpg" style="margin-top: 122px;" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">(pic from google image "getting started" search)</span></td></tr></tbody></table>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-35572991077209119062013-07-15T09:10:00.001-07:002013-07-15T09:10:47.526-07:00vbs mohawk<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IcvPaHJvQ2w/UeQe9r5ZrqI/AAAAAAAABdM/C-Ub13VlKaE/s1600/IMG_20130714_191003.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IcvPaHJvQ2w/UeQe9r5ZrqI/AAAAAAAABdM/C-Ub13VlKaE/s400/IMG_20130714_191003.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4979745837623833358.post-91423834158120740362013-07-03T08:41:00.002-07:002013-07-03T08:41:59.301-07:00man with a plan. nope, just a strollerI jogged for the first time with a stroller.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kCy_GtYD71k/UdRFIT8rhZI/AAAAAAAABcg/rFSOq_8KeCA/s500/stroller.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kCy_GtYD71k/UdRFIT8rhZI/AAAAAAAABcg/rFSOq_8KeCA/s320/stroller.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Blake loved it.<br /><br />I felt weird.<br /><br />Everyone smiled at me and said Good Morning.&nbsp; Even the one chick that never says Good Morning said Good Morning.<br /><br />I think I'll do it again - run with the stroller.&nbsp; <br /><br />Blake got to play at the park after the run since we were already there for the path that winds in and around the park.&nbsp; It's so nice to have that just across the street so that when I wake up, I can eat my breakfast and then get Blake out of bed and dressed and then go for my morning workout.&nbsp; this makes 9 or 10 days in a row that I've gotten up on time...early that is...and gone for a workout. The one day that I did not work out was on purpose as I get up early anyways on Sunday so that I can get over to the church (my place of employment).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gGUO7OS-apE/UdRGLnumVDI/AAAAAAAABcw/x95-z6YWrT0/s1600/IMG_20130703_084322.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gGUO7OS-apE/UdRGLnumVDI/AAAAAAAABcw/x95-z6YWrT0/s400/IMG_20130703_084322.jpg" width="300" /></a></div>Seth Tylerhttps://plus.google.com/104350265411871532029noreply@blogger.com2