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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the ...
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the South Shore of Boston). I've also served parishes in Maryland and New York. When I'm not tending to my parish, hanging out with my family, or writing, I can usually be found drinking good coffee -- not that drinking coffee and these other activities are mutually exclusive. I hope you'll visit my website at www.frtim.com to find out more about me, read some excerpts from my book \x34What Size are God's Shoes: Kids, Chaos & the Spiritual Life\x34 (Morehouse, 2008), and check out some recent sermons.
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Excuses, excuses, excuses. If you are living with these excuses, you are doing an injustice to yourself and your family.  We will tell ourselves anything to make us feel better and take away our accountability. It's time to own up to yourself and your potential.



Why is it that some cannot work out hard? Is it because we know the workout is going to hurt, we are going to sweat, breathe heavily, have an internal mental battle, or sprawled on the floor about to get sick when it's done?



Why is it that some cannot eat well? Is it because we love our sugar too much, our grains give us 'fiber' (and taste good), we enjoy drinking on the weekends, our kids/spouse won't eat well, or we don't have the time or money?



 



















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Excuses, excuses, excuses. If you are living with these excuses, you are doing an injustice to yourself and your family.  We will tell ourselves anything to make us feel better and take away our accountability. It's time to own up to yourself and your potential. Every single person was given an incredible drive to accomplish anything they set their mind to; it's just a matter of tapping into what inspires you.



 



 



Yes, workouts are hard, they hurt, we mentally argue with ourselves, and sometimes finish hunched over a trash can, but there is no excuse not to take it to this level each and every workout. Working at a comfortable pace keeps your body in a comfortable place, maintaining your current fitness level. If you are going to take the time and effort to work out, the least you can do is make it an effective one. In order to live at the highest quality of life for an extended period you need to keep improving your body. Make your time in the gym worth it. Make progress; don't just maintain.



 



 



The same concept applies for nutrition. No matter what, you have to eat, spend money on food, plan your meals, and think about what you are putting into your mouth. Eating healthy is actually cheaper than not. Eating out happens less often, seasonal fresh foods come at great bargains, your visits to the doctor are decreased, and you will be spending far less on store-bought medicines. Kicking bad food out of your diet allows your palette to taste foods for what they are. Sugars, grains, dairy and excessive salt (along with more unhealthy foods) deaden your taste buds so you cannot appreciate the rich, satisfying taste of healthy food. When it comes down to it, food either makes you healthy or unhealthy.



 



 



Everything in life is a choice. Choose to either better yourself or not. Take a few minutes each day to make up your mind that you will put forth the effort to become fitter and eat better. Take things one day at a time, one meal at a time and one workout at a time to set yourself up for success.



 

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