Regular exercise…a magic potion?


“When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.”
~ Tich Nhat Hanh

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I don’t always feel like exercising.  I don’t always feel motivated to exercise.  But usually, after I do exercise I feel better.  The exercising I am doing these days includes two days of Camp Gladiator a week along with about 4 or 5 times riding my bike. 

Camp Gladiator’s Birthday is being celebrated this week on September 1st and for $9 you can join and get 4 weeks of virtual classes and in-person classes. 

I like Camp Gladiator because it helps me move my body in different ways than traditional running or biking does.  We move sideways.  We lift dumbbell weights.  We strengthen our legs, arms, and core.  And not only that but a certified personal trainer is out there with you cheering you on and correcting your form.  Camp Gladiator workouts have been working for me for years now and I would strongly recommend you check it out if you have not done so already. 

You can fill out this form:  or you can contact me on September 1st and I can get you a link to sign up.  

Exercise gives you endorphins.  The quote today says it’s like a magic potion that helps you feel better. 

Here are some other things you can do to feel healthy that I saw recently from Jack Canfield

In short, they are: practice meditation, listen to calming music or sounds, exercise, laugh, and use essential oils. 

1) Today I will exercise my body and experience the full benefits that it offers. 
2) Today is a great day to be alive.
3) Exercise is fun.

Life is uncharted territory…


 “Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.”  ― Leo Buscaglia

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: No one knows how your life will turn out exactly.  Life is uncharted territory.  And you never know what is coming around the next curve.  Treat this day as a great gift from the Creator.  Go forth into the world with courage to face the day.  You have what you need inside of you already.  Furthermore, you have survived all your challenges up to this point.  Monday, what have you got in store for us?  A little surprise here, a little boredom there, and a little bit of fun in the middle.  Maybe.  Maybe that is how your day goes.  Or it could go completely south.  Or it could get better.  You get the point right?  Life is uncharted territory.  Let’s let it reveal its story one moment at a time. 


1) I am confident that I am living my story with purpose. 
2) I live my life one moment at a time.
3) Life is uncharted territory. 

Lapping everyone on the couch…


Don’t become discouraged when things get hard or are taking longer than you thought to make happen. Most of the time it’s the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Believe in yourself, embrace discomfort, crush your goals and be happy!
~Camp Gladiator Trainer Tanner Smith

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It has been so hot out lately and I am longing for some cooler temperatures.  Is anyone with me?  The other day I didn’t even feel like going on a run.  I was a little tired and it was so hot out.  But I went out anyway.  I heard one time that no matter how slow you are running you are still lapping everyone sitting on the couch.  Ha.  That was my mantra that slow afternoon.  It’s hot and I can’t wait for fall temperatures to come.  Here in Texas that might not happen until maybe November if we are lucky.  But we still are here and in my early morning workouts, I do get a little relief.  We are still alive and so we might as well celebrate the miracle of our existence.  We can be thankful for another Monday.  Don’t take today for granted.  Say to yourself, today is a gift that I cherish.  Be thankful always and go have a great day!


1) Today is a gift that I cherish
2) I experience gratitude for everything I have in my life.
3) I am so grateful for supportive friends and a loving family

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New every day…



The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23 from the Bible

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s mercies are new every day.  That means you get a new chance to start over every day.  Every day is a new day.  The verse quoted above says that God’s mercies begin afresh each morning. 

I am more of what you would call a morning person.  I get up early, start my day early, and well then go to bed early.  I like to get in a good workout in the morning and if I am not doing that, a good meditation session is in order to start my day right.  To set up myself for success these are my morning habits. 

Here is another quote to consider: “You only have control over three things in your life –  the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, & the actions you take.” ― Jack Canfield

What can you accomplish on this new day?

I would love to hear what you are up to and how you are doing. 

Hit reply and let me know. 

Happy Monday! TGIM! 

From Matt


1) I am living this day with joy as I remember God’s mercies are new every morning. 

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The sun shows up every morning…


“The sun shows up every morning, no matter how bad you’ve been the night before. It shines without judgment. It never withholds. It warms the sinners, the saints, the druggies, the cheerleaders—the saved and the heathens alike. You can hide from the sun, but it won’t take you personally. It’ll never, ever punish you for hiding. You can stay in the dark for years or decades, and when you finally step outside, it’ll be there.”
~ Glennon Doyle

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  I stumbled upon this quote this week and I thought it was pretty good and worth sharing. What do you think?


1) Each morning I open my eyes to the light of a new day with feelings of joy and wonder. I experience life with renewed vigor and optimism.
2) Every day is a new day, new hope, and new opportunity.
3) The morning shines upon everyone the same. Its beauty is for rich or poor alike. You are not less than anyone else in the eyes of the morning.