Monthly Archives: December 2015

Nutrition – A Hard Nut to Crack

Nuts2016 is less than a week away and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions.  Like so many people, there is often a resolution to lose weight and have better nutritional habits.  While Brad and I certainly aren’t perfect on this front, we’ve learned some things over the years (through much trial and error) to manage to stay at reasonable weights without having a super restrictive diet and to have good ‘numbers’ (cholesterol, glucose, etc).  By being intentional about the foods we put into our body and learning to listen to what our bodies need and when we are hungry, we’ve developed better nutritional habits over the last decade.  Here are some things that have worked for us: Continue reading Nutrition – A Hard Nut to Crack

Adding the ‘Fun’ Back into Biking

bikeMany of us probably learned to ride a bicycle when we were little.  My bike had a banana boat seat, streamers on the handlebars and those colorful plastic things on the spokes that moved as you rode.  For Brad, a bike meant freedom to bike around the neighborhood and explore with friends.  But for us, sometime between being a kid and being an adult, we stopped riding our bikes for fun and pleasure.  Fortunately, we both later picked up cycling as an adult when we got into triathlons (swimming, biking, running). However, competing in tris came with a lot of structure in cycling.  We love racing and going fast on the bike, especially in sprint tris, but something was definitely missing.  We realized it was the pure enjoyment of riding our bike for fun.  We still love to train hard when we are ‘in-season’ and preparing for a tri but Brad has shown me that you can gain some really decent fitness and have a lot of fun in the off-season by looking at cycling differently.  Here are a few things we have done to put the ‘fun’ back in biking. Continue reading Adding the ‘Fun’ Back into Biking

The Lost Art of Planning

plannig calendarIn today’s culture, planning and thinking ahead seems to be a second thought.  With constant busy schedules, our actions are often reactionary instead of proactive.  For us, setting aside time to do some basic planning on the front end has yielded us major time savings and overall less stress on the back end. Here are a few areas of our lives that we are intentional about planning. Continue reading The Lost Art of Planning

The Team Earnest Giving Challenge

GivingBrad and I place a high value on giving and try to be very intentional in our lives in that area. For us, giving comes in many different forms.  Although we think monetary giving is very important and we include it in our budget each month, we also think it’s essential to give of our time and to show care and compassion towards others.  As Christians, we participate in ‘tithing’ or giving away 10% of our monthly income to our church and a select few charities that we support.  We also build money into our budget so that when we see a need and feel prompted, we are able to meet it.  That truly is probably our favorite part of monetary giving. We have grown in this area of our lives and by being more intentional about giving, we have gotten better at it. God has used giving as a tool in our lives to soften our hearts and has matured us as human beings. You just become a more thoughtful person when you realize it’s not all about you and you start placing a higher value on how you can serve others and give. Continue reading The Team Earnest Giving Challenge