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Here at the Generally Speaking Production Network, our main goal is to produce entertaining, educational, encouraging, and inspirational podcasts. This blog is one of the places that we turn to communicate between podcast episodes. Of course you can follow Cliff on Twitter or Facebook. Stephanie is on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Just completed my first swimming training session for my triathlon.  I swam 16 laps of this 25 yard pool for a total 400 yards. This is twice the distance that I'll have to swim in my sprint triathlon.  I need to get to where I can do 200 yards without resting after every 25 yard lap.  But hey, you have to start somewhere.

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Matthew and I are having dinner and then going to see the movie Chappie.  #SpringBreak15

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Just completed a 40 minute lower body and shoulders strength training session.

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Just returned from a three mile walk while recording episode 602 of Pursuing A Balanced Life.Will publish later as I am heading to the gym for a strength training session.

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I'm so happy to be home with my family.  We are all at the movies seeing "Home" with Jim Parsons.  I'm sitting next to my girl.

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After attending sessions by @JohnLeeDumas and @patflynn this morning, I went to the San Diego Zoo and walked a total of ten miles.While I was there, I finished the audiobook version of the new "Becoming Steve Jobs" biography.  I loved it!

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I am happy to have done my part to add to the continued decline of Diet Coke in 2015. I never thought I would enjoy drinking so much!!!

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Just completed a one hour Zone 3-4 elliptical workout.  Burned 800 calories. Ready for the final day of #SMMW15

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Just completed a 45 minute aerobic Zone 3-4 workout with a good set of upper body strength training. #SMMW15  looking forward to my talk at 10:30 this morning.

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Just completed a 35 minute Zone 4 elliptical workout here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego

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Just completed a total of 90 minutes of working out. 30 minutes of upper body strength training, 40 minutes of cardio on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical.

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I sure am a blessed man!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 24, 2015

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I sure am a blessed man!

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I just preordered the book "Becoming Steve Jobs." Can't wait to read this one!

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Just completed an intense 40 minute lower body, core and shoulders strength training session followed by 20 minutes of Zone 4 elliptical workout.

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Just returned from a 9 mile bike ride.  I burned 783 calories. Stayed between Zone 3 and 4 the whole ride.

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Just completed a 45 minute elliptical workout.  Burned 600 calories.

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My workouts today include 40 minutes upper body strength training, 10 minutes stationary bike, 20 minutes elliptical and 30 minutes of basketball.

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November 2014 to March 2015.  I'm often encouraged by the posts from @ilbascy @amandaarlauskas and @alisweeney

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November 2014 to March 2015.  I'm often encouraged by the posts from @ilbascy @amandaarlauskas and @alisweeney

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Just completed a 45 minute elliptical workout in Zone 3.  Burned 600 calories.

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Living FULLY ALIVE!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 14, 2014

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c8e38031f65eec199840f58896e43538I woke up at 5am this morning because I want to live fully alive. I remember seeing the snooze button option on the alarm app on my iPhone. I hit the snooze button.

However, I asked myself… Do I want to live life to it’s fullest potential? Or do I want to coast through life without becoming the man who I was created to be? This simple question was all it took for me to sit up and immediately get out of bed. I was on the floor less than 60 seconds of my alarm going off the first time.

This is not the first time that I’ve got up at 5am. In fact, over the past few months, I’ve been pretty good at going to bed early and waking up early.

However, something’s different this time. I have a deeper sense of purpose and meaning for my desire to get an early start to my day.

Before, I would wake up early because I knew that I would have a more productive day. I knew that I would get more work done.

While I had previously had desires to get in an early morning workout… I found myself checking my schedule for the day and then checking my email and instantly jumping into work mode to get all the big stuff out of the way so that I could get some important things accomplished towards the big goals I had set for my business.

The fact is that I have been very successful at a lot of things. However, I know in my heart, I’ve missed out on the most important thing of all.

I know that I’ve been called to live for something more than the work that I do.

This past week in Colorado reminded me that I have been given a heart and passion for encouraging others to become the people they created to be.

Here’s the thing. I can’t encourage others to do that if I’m not actively working toward becoming the person that I was created to be.

While I know that I’ve encouraged and inspired a lot of people in a lot of areas, there has been one area that I’ve ignored, too often, in my own life.

I know that I was not created to weigh 265.4 pounds, which is what I weigh today. I was not created to feel the way that I feel physically. I was not created to live a life of reckless eating without physical activity.

I am not beating myself up. I’m more the man that I was created to be than I was 1, 5, or even 10 years ago. However, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the I was created to be a healthy man who weighs less than 200 pounds. I know that I was created to be more responsible for the care of my my body by eating more healthy and by being intentionally physically active on a daily basis.

In 2008/2009 I started a journey toward greater physical health. I had gone from 268 pounds down to 212 pounds. It too 18 months to achieve that. It was a full lifestyle change. I recall how great it felt and at that time.

I won’t share any excuses. However, I had eventually slipped back into my old lifestyle and I began to pour all of myself into my business once again. The success of my business has soared. However, my physical body has suffered.

This past week, I had a friend offer to mentor me in the area of living “Fully Alive.” I’ve had so many offers over the past few years from all sorts of experts and well meaning friends. However, this offer was different. My friend, Ken Davis, seemed to be offering more than encouragement and accountability to eat more healthy and to exercise more. Ken’s offer of mentorship seemed to focus on what spoke most to my heart… A desire to LIVE THE LIFE FOR WHICH I WAS CREATED.

I accepted Ken’s offer to me. I have been reading his book titled “Fully Alive.” I’m on chapter seven of the book as of this morning and it is speaking to my heart.

When I had made so much progress and lost those 56 pounds a few years ago, I had many great motivators. Those motivators are still there. However, this time around, I feel something deeper in my soul motivating me to leap into action.

Today is the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

The photo with this post is of Ken and I having fun in Colorado.

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Stop It!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 21, 2014

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I don’t know why I hadn’t created a blog post with this video before. I have lost count the number of times that I have referred people to go and watch the STOP IT video with Bob Newhart.

I know that there are serious issues out there and that some things should used in jokes. This video pushes it to the limit and, for some, it may have even crossed the line. However, I still find this video hilarious and when I am sharing a link to it as a response to a question that someone has asked me, I only share this video as a joke with the hope that it would cause someone to smile.

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