Purpose

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I never dreamed that Monday mornings could ever become a highlight of my week. However, as many of you know now, Monday is the day of the week that I've set aside as my “Weigh In Day.” Yet another week has gone by where I lost exactly the amount of weight that I had set out to lose. I lost two additional pounds last week for a total of 16 pounds lost since May 1st, 2009.

In this episode of the podcast, I share some other exciting items related to balanced living. I had an amazing weekend focused on spending time with my family.

It started off by fulfilling my goal of obtaining childcare Friday night so that I could take Stephanie out for a date night.

On Saturday, I was given the opportunity to work all day and skip out on a family reunion picnic for Stephanie's mom's side of the family. Instead of taking her up on her offer to work through the day, I made a conscious decision to spend time with my family. I'm glad I did.

I not only had a great time with family, I also had the opportunity to go for a five mile walk. Check out some of these photos that I took while on my walk. You can click on the thumbnails below to see the larger image.

Trail View 1 Trail View 2 See The Deer?

Sunday evening, we actually went to a Drive-In movie double feature. There is a great database of drive-ins if you click here. In the podcast, I shared how much we enjoyed this experience and what we saw while we were there.

Maurey sent in an excellent review of the Wii's Active Personal Trainer Program.

My friend Frank called in to let us know how he's been encouraged recently and his new found passion for waking up early in the morning.

I share a brief audio clip from the Fitness Rocks Podcast that supports my idea of putting your goals out there so that others know what you want to achieve with your lifestyle changes. It makes more sense when you listen to it in the episode.

Erik Fisher called in with a great suggestion! He suggested that we have a call in show for those of us who are Purusing A Balanced Life from time to time. I thought it was such a great idea that I've gone ahead and set up the first call for next Monday at 8:15pm Eastern Time. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (It's Free!)

Finally, I share some highlights from those who are using the #PABL in their tweets

jportier 1163 steps so far today and I haven't made it too the gym #pabl

CMSawyer No candy bars or snack cakes on breaks at work for over 3 weeks now!! #PABL

Bear1 Walked 3.37 miles and felt great. I did not stay at home at all today I got 7120 steps #pabl

erikjfisher Back from 3607 step walk. Recovering from yesterdays activity (17225 steps = 8.5 something miles!). Gonna eat light and relax today. #PABL

tonialiani #pabl 8440 step (goal 7000). Lots of firing at the university but I thankfully still have mine. Spent day w/fam & friends.

danieljohnsonjr I need to create another notch on my belt. Apparently I've lost another inch. #PABL

DadGetsFit Finding balance by taking my kids out individually on Saturdays. This morning is a daddy-daughter date. She likes yard sales & donuts #pabl

QueenAmy83 I just ordered mine, have you?! Are you Pursuing A Balanced Life? Why not tell the world with a PABL Sticker! https://gspn.tv/stickers #PABL

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A few weeks back, one of my great friends, Stephen Cross, had offered to send me a gift.

Stephen had seen the momentum building with the Pursuing A Balanced Life brand and how so many people were getting excited and inspired to jump on board with pursuing more balance in their own lives. His desire, with the gift, was to broaden my horizon to see the bigger picture of what this brand could become.

I'm very thankful to the people that God has placed in my life and in my community. The Bible says that “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22 NIV) It's been people, like Stephen, that have continued to help me see things that I might have overlooked with too much focus on managing the day to day tasks associated with the administration of gspn.tv content and the gspn.tv community.

Something as simple as the gift of “stickers” communicated to me the possibilities that exist for me in fulfilling my calling in life in the area of Pursuing A Balanced Life. In fact, while I'm already starting to have big ideas about the future of where this might lead, I have a sneaking suspicion that, in five years from now, I'll be in a place that I never would have dreamed possible.

In the mean time, these stickers are a perfect means of taking the Pursuing A Balance Life brand, that has already taken hold in the virtual world, and bringing it to the real world in a very tangible way.

If you would like your own PABL Sticker(s), I'm willing to send them to anyone with a donation of any amount to help offset the cost of shipping. A special cardboard envelope is required to keep it from bending. The total cost with postage within the United States is $3.25. I will also ship outside outside the US, so order yours today! Click Here To Order Yours!

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This morning, my body woke itself up at 4:43am and I hopped right out of bed. This is a huge deal for me.

I had attempted to change my daily routine, many times in the past, to going to bed at an early hour so that I could get a very early start each morning. However, with each previous attempt, I was disappointed by my seeming lack of self-discipline.

Of course the same can be said of my previously failed attempts at living a more healthy lifestyle as it relates to physical activity and my eating habits.

If you've been following this blog and podcast the past few weeks, you'll know that I've been experiencing a great deal of success in my pursuit of a balanced life. Oh, I'm no expert in the field and I certainly have a while to go before some will be convinced that this is indeed a lifestyle change and not yet another fad. However, I'm completely convinced that I'm on the path that leads to success.

As I look at the transformation of what has taken place in my life, I've been asking myself… What is different? What has changed? Why am I experiencing success in so many areas of my life now where I simply didn't have the drive and commitment to pull this sort of stuff off before.

I think I may have found a key ingredient that may help to answer these questions! [click to continue…]

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