Mar 10, 2014 | No Comments »
There are many things I admire about my father, almost too many to count. If I had to narrow it down to the one thing I admire most, it would be his never-ending desire to problem solve. When my sister and I were young, rather than investing in yearly vacations and other “things,” my parents decided to invest in a small cottage about 3 hours from where we grew up. At the time and even still in hindsight, I think it was a great decision. I have sooooooooooo many great memories from going up to the cottage. We still took a few vacations, but non of those memories even come close to the memories I have from “The Cottage Summers.”
Well, as my sister and I got older the trips we took up there became less and less frequent to the point where we would only go up about twice a year, once to winterize it and once to thaw it out. The lack of attention took its toll and by the time my sister and I graduated and moved away from Pittsburgh, the cottage looked less like a house and more like a shed.
Never wanting to leave a problem unsolved, my father made it his goal to rehabilitate the property and over the course of 8 years he took it from “virtually unlivable” to “this is so legit, we’re going to retire here.” And, he wasn’t kidding. I had the good fortune to visit it a year or so ago and man, it looked amazing.
The final improvement was made in late 2012. That was it, the project was done!
…and within less than a year, my father passed away.
Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments »
Do you see that cat up there. There are three things in that photo that stick
out to me.
1) He is so determined to jump over that fence
2) He clearly has no idea what’s going to happen when he gets there.
3) Regardless of #2, he’s still going.
I think sometimes we want to have all the answers before we start but if there’s anything this photo has taught me, its that they’re not always needed to go.
I’m huge on strategies but sometimes, it’s just time to start. You don’t need the newest app, you don’t need the newest equipment, you don’t need the cutest gym outfit, you just need to start. Sometimes “starting” means starting over.
I’m looking at you lapsed new years resolutionists.
So how do we do that?
Feb 28, 2014 | No Comments »
Me, Myself and I…But deep down, discipline, it’s all about you.
What does it say that there’s no “I” in team but three in discipline? Ok, maybe I’m reading a bit too much into it, but before you completely write me off, let’s discuss.
We’ve talked a lot on here about discipline, accountability, consistency, effort, etc. But honestly, the one glaring thing I keep coming back to when I think about, write about, and talk about discipline in terms of life improvement, is how personal it is. You can’t be disciplined for me. Jeremy can’t be disciplined for me. Lacey can’t be disciplined for me. Only I can be disciplined for myself. (Sorry if that’s not grammatically correct, but you get the point.) Discipline is a deeply personal thing. Only I can care enough about wanting a better life to do the little things I need to do to stay disciplined.
To be completely honest and transparent, I haven’t been super disciplined this week. At all. Even more honestly, More »
Feb 17, 2014 | No Comments »
Do you see that photo to your right? That’s an ice hockey boot that’s been designed to be a shoe. Yes, an everyday “wear around the house” shoe. Somewhere, someone thought it was a good idea. The truth is, its not. So, in honor of the winter Olympics, here are 3 other “ideas” that seem like they’re good, but in actuality, they’re not.
Believing Everything You See: The biggest challenge with reality TV shows that revolve around weight loss is the fact that, while motivating, they’re also very fabricated.
Little known facts about these shows are: The contestants are paid the actors guild minimum wage while they’re on the show, all their groceries are provided at no cost, they’ve got unlimited access to fitness faculties, they’re given top notch physical and nutrition coaching at no cost to them. Truthfully, the list of privileges afforded to these contestants is extensive.
While this seems like a lament, the truth can be summed up in this question.
How much weight could you lose if it was your job?
Feb 14, 2014 | No Comments »
How do you react to adversity?
What do you turn to in times of struggle?
Where do you run when life presents you with challenges?
To say life threw Lacey and I a few of curve balls the past two weeks is an understatement.
I’ve seen challenges before in my life, and the thing is, every single time before, I would run to food. Don’t get me wrong, on Sunday I’d sing “Nothing But The Blood of Jesus”…but come Monday through Saturday, “Nothing But the Taste of Cheeses” was the hymn I worshiped to.
For me, food is easy. It’s been my comfort in times of need. Whether it was a personal crisis, boredom, loneliness, or fear, food has always been there to give me a delicious hug. And why not!
While food can never love you back, it sure can taste amazing, and that has to count for something.
Right? More »
Feb 10, 2014 | No Comments »
I was reminded of a few things this week.
1) Unfortunately, Sidney Crosby did not make the Team USA Olympic roster.
Probably because he was too busy being Canadian. Details.
2) We all handle being wrong in different way.
I think the tweet about Crosby and the USA Olympic team is a great example of #2. Shortly after this hockey fan tweeted her thoughts on this, she was bombarded with all kinds of words from the interwebs
all of them were constructive and well meaning I’m sure. The cyber hate got so bad that within minutes of this going viral, she shut down her twitter account and digital vanished into the sunset, never too be seen again. For now.
Why did this happen? Well, in her haste to be relevant, she was wrong. And, rather than owning it, she was wrong. Truthfully, I can’t blame her. When I was younger, my trade mark move was to say “Quit yelling at me,” whenever someone was telling me I was wrong. Ironically, in all the times I was told that I was wrong, I was never really yelled at. This was my defense mechanism because I, like most people, don’t like to be told they’re wrong.
But then, I got old.
Noted that the term “Old” is forever subjective.
Feb 5, 2014 | Comments Off
So, something decided not to work and the result is, in short, I’ve got a little non-web based work to do.
I’ll be back next Monday, but in the meantime, as Tim closes in on 40 LBS lost and the “200′s”, check out how it all started below.
Guest Post: Introducing Tim Southwick
Guest Post: Tim Southwick Week 1
Guest Post: Tim Southwick Week 2
Feb 3, 2014 | Comments Off
It’s amazing how sometimes the simple truths of our faith get hidden amongst the chaos of our everyday lives. Whether you’re struggling with weight, marital problems, finances, addictions, fears, or regrets, these things all stem from something in our past. Whether they’re self-inflicted or from others, most of us all have struggles, failures, shame, and regrets we need to overcome.
Trust me, I know.
One of the hardest things about being addicted to the overweight lifestyle is that you can’t really hide it. Not only can you not hide if from others, you can’t hide it from yourself and from God.
I know how many times I’ve tried to lose the weight and become the man I’ve always wanted to be-the man I knew God had called me to be. But alas, the ghosts from my past would (and at times still do) come back to haunt me. The voices would point to my previous failures, my love for what I wanted, my selfishness, and my gluttony.
However, More »
Jan 29, 2014 | Comments Off
Welcome to the very first installment of “HumpDay Holiness.” What we’re doing here at the Rochford Wellness Academy is making it a point every Wednesday to ensue that Faith and Wellness start to become interwoven in our worship vocabulary for the sake of honoring ourselves, our loved ones and our savoir.
Psalm 118:14 “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
…we read this and one has to ask the question, is HE really all three?
Our guest blogger Lacey Southwick shares a little insight into how she came face to face with the answer of this question.
Jan 27, 2014 | Comments Off
I recently had a friend who was so fed up with their weight loss journey that they literally threw their hands up in frustration and cried out:
“When will I be normal like you?”
“When will I be normal like my friends?”
“When will I be normal like everyone else who get to eat whatever they want?”
These are fair questions, and I fully understand the emotional frustration that leads to asking them. However, there are two very important things that we need to think about when answering this question.