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Attitude Attack

Posted: January 14, 2013 in Mission

attitudeBack to reality, vacation is over.

Back to working to get healthy, that battle has yet to be won.

Attitude is what makes anything wanted a reality.

My attitude during vacation was phenomenal, thus I had an amazing vacation with my wife.

Achieving the healthy state I desire is as certain as my choosing to adopt an equally phenomenal attitude towards my health.

So, I’m doing just that…

I’m choosing to have an Attitude Attack versus a heart attack, stroke, or bout of doubt.

Today, my attitude requires us to go to the grocery store as the kids ate us out of food while away; a good thing. Now we get to restock with healthier options. Just in time too, I am really craving a Mickey Magic Cookie. A sure sign I had one, or three, too many last week.

Today, my attitude will see me eat fresh and real food at the cafe for lunch. Another hunk of cheese covered meat between some sort of bread with a side of carbo-nonsense is not on the menu today!

Today, I will get healthier!

Anyone else for an Attitude Attack?


Yummy Land Mines

Posted: December 27, 2012 in Mission


Land mines are all around me…

These are all over our house, remnants of the holiday feast still linger.

The Almond Joy, my fave, were a Christmas gift. I brought those to work today and set out for folks here to scarf up; so that land mine has been defused.

The rest remains and will be a danger to navigate until the kids finally eat it all. I give it another day, two tops.

How about you, what land mines are you having to tip-toe around as the year comes to a close?

Tasty Out, Grateful In

Posted: December 26, 2012 in Mission



After the past few days of celebrating another season of gift giving and food feasting, I am extremely not-hungry.

That plate of meatballs and garlic bread, I put that leftover fare together last night from our feast the day before. It was dinner time, according to the clock, and so I put together this little  something to eat. Look at it, its HUGE… Over a dozen Italian meatballs framed in garlic bread  to ensure they don’t roll off the plate.

That picture is as close as that 2,000 calories of yum on a plate came to my mouth.

After I sat down I stared at it for a few long seconds wondering why I had made it? It was a rhetorical question as the obvious answer is that I wanted it. No reason not to want it, those are some mighty tasty meatballs and that garlic bread is beyond tasty.

For whatever reason that moment was when I realized I had enjoyed enough gluttony for this holiday, and another plate, another bite; nope I didn’t need it.

So I got up, put it away, and resumed my evening without another calorie.


I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday!

We had a great time gathering with family, sharing laughter and celebrating another year for which we have much to be grateful for.

Ok, so the year is not quite over. I’m not impatient and not in a hurry for 2012 to end. Nope, just recognizing that everyday is a great day to be grateful and to share.

Drink Coffee & Jesus Too

Posted: December 5, 2012 in Mission


Do you drink coffee? I do on occasion, and even as an infrequent drinker of water filtered through crushed-dried beans, I’ve often wondered if it is good or bad for me. So, is it?

Enter this article…
The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

Now before I touch on the articles message, did anyone else laugh at the fact that there is an “Institute for Coffee Studies” at this university? I did, darn near laughed coffee back up and through my nose – don’t pause to try and visualize that!

There is a reference that coffee appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes… hmmm, my Grandmothers on fathers side we coffee junkies and both battled of type 2 diabetes the last 20’ish years of ife and died from complications attributed to the disease. So forgive me for not accepting this claim at face value.

There is a reference that most concerns about caffeine’s negative effects on the heart have been dispelled… and that and coffee didn’t stop being beneficial until subjects had increased their daily consumption to beyond ten cups… hmmm, oh how I hope so re: heart risk. Make no mistake, or so I suggest, that caffeine is a drug and an addictive one. Thus my concern for caffeine has always been how one becomes a slave to getting more and more of it and in doing so becomes a cranky-azz-monster that needs a swift slap back to humanity – yes, do  pause to try and visualize that!

Ok, coffee – read and draw your own conclusions. My take, allot of words here to reaffirm common sense; moderate use has no health impact worth spilling a cup over.

Let’s lighten it up, and, use coffee to address something more important… how we handle the notion that the gluttony of commercialism which the holidays have become and the shift in meaning for the season away from what it ought to be about…


The Hard Life

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Mission
Thanks to Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) for sharing this.
Excellent story of an NIU super-star working hard to realize his NFL dream… fave quote from the story, “My sweat was sweating”,…
The Hard Life of an N.F.L. Long Shot

Ok, I’m not going to sum this read up for you, read it; it is worth the 5 minutes… But I will say I got a reality check out of it.

I “think” I know what it is to work hard, to be tenacious and forge on for what I want.

Now I “know“, I need to re-think what I am willing to do to get where I’ve been saying I want to be.


Jacob Hughes Gets It

Posted: December 1, 2012 in Mission

My gesture for you is to share this gesture so that we may all gesture better…
Jacob Hughes, he is the Difference

I Got Net, U?

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Mission

The Camaro hit 27,000 miles this morning, pop the champagne

I am driving downtown right now, attending a training conference for a couple days. My employer wants me to get the training or actually assess a training program, and I will. But my main purpose here is networking.

Networking is probably the most important thing any of us can do in our careers. And I also marvel at how the topics of networking will move from the work-related stuff to personal stuff such as weight loss, fitness and just general health, very quickly. Okay, we will certainly talk about the Chicago Bears a lot too.

Oh I suppose I do not need to tell any of you about the importance of networking, right? After all, blogging and tweeting is certainly a form of networking, and a potent one at that.

So today I challenge you, as I have challenged myself, to exercise your networking skills as well as your fitness disciplines.