Michael Under a Rock

Under the Circumstances

From The HeartMotivation

In just two weeks we went from feeling on top of the world (almost literally as we stood on the mountain looking down at the Delaware Water Gap) to an emergency situation with my mom in the hospital and having to take care of my dad and my handicapped sister.  Needless to say, we were a little shell shocked.  Sending our oldest two sons back off to college, juggling the responsibilities of two households, harvesting and putting up the produce from two gardens, and still trying find time to make a living.  Not really much time for hiking the past couple of weeks. But there has been a good bit of time for some serious reflection on what really matters in life. I’d really like to tell you we’re doing alright under the circumstances…but I can’t. Keep reading

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SweetPea on a floaty thingy

The Dog Days of Summer


It’s hot. It’s humid. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but summer has arrived in Indiana. You go outside and feel like you’re getting licked in the face by a yak. July is worse for motivation then February is for new year’s resolutions. Seriously, I worked up a sweat just writing those last few sentences. If I actually got up off the couch, put on my exercise clothes, and walked out the door I just might melt…literally melt from the buckets of sweat pouring from my body. Okay, okay. So maybe I’m overexaggerating, but it is hot. Keep reading

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Biking in the fall

A Little Help?


I know I’m probably alone here. I realize that I have a problem unique unto myself, but I’m going to put myself out there on the off-chance that there is someone out there that suffers from the same affliction that I do. So here goes. I understand my need for exercise. I am aware of the benefits of said exercise on both my physical and mental well-being. But when it comes to actually exercising, I’m…well…unmotivated. There, I said it. I lack the motivation to do that which will only benefit me in the long run. (Did you see what I did there?…”long run”) Keep reading

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Grand Canyon

Whose Idea Was This Anyway

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Sticking to it and achieving your goals

Have you ever set a difficult goal for yourself and when the going got tough, asked yourself, “Whose idea was this anyway?” This has happened to me several times in my journey to lose weight and get in shape. In a perfect world, all my progress would be forward; but the world isn’t perfect and my self-discipline wavers, causing me sometimes to go two steps forward and one step back. I had found myself in a step back a couple of months before our trip this summer, and the thought of all the hiking we planned to do on our trip was giving me the motivation to move forward again. I knew I needed something challenging to work towards, and the hike that I was the most excited about was hiking from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I needed to get in shape! Keep reading

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Slot Canyon

What Do You Mean Take a Hike?


Not as in “get lost” or “go away.” I actually mean take a hike. Let’s face it. There is a broad spectrum of interpretations that flood the mind when someone suggests taking a hike. For the enthusiast, this conjures up a gamut of emotions ranging from excitement to downright euphoria. For the person less enthralled with venturing into the great outdoors (or physical exertion of any kind, for that matter) this suggestion ranks right up there with waterboarding and electro-shock therapy. So, I’ll give you a few of the things that hiking means to me and why I like to hike. Then, you can make up your own mind as to the what and why of the enjoyment that hiking brings to you. Unless, of course, you’re a slug. In which case, you won’t enjoy hiking. Mainly because it takes forever just to get where you need to go and you often get squished in the process. Typically by overzealous hikers! Keep reading

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Pokemon Go


Well, the latest craze to take the nation and the world by storm is here. I know you have all been dying for the next big thing. The wait is finally over. I think this has taken all of the life cycle of a butterfly to turn into full-fledged hysteria. I know for me personally, I heard about it less than a week ago, and as of this morning it has over 100 million users. So not to be left in the technological dust storm that is Pokemon Go, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and explore all of the benefits of this new frenzy before it is cast onto the ash heap of discarded phone apps. The list is going to be extensive, but try to keep up. Keep reading

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How I Lost 40 Pounds and Regained My Active Lifestyle


Randi Unhappy

I had allowed myself to become the proverbial stick in the mud. I didn’t feel like doing anything, or going anywhere. I had no energy. I was content to sit at home and read a book – and eat, of course. My fat clothes were stretched to the limit and I was going to have to buy a new wardrobe or do something, what that something was, I didn’t know. I looked longingly at commercials that said “if you just buy this pill, you can lose weight without changing your diet or exercise.” I gazed with envy at friends who didn’t have a weight problem, wondering why it was so “easy” for them. I was even tempted to go into network marketing (although I am a terrible sales person) just because people on Facebook were doing it and losing weight while promoting their products. I felt stuck and thought, “I just need to accept that this is my new reality and be fine with it”, but I couldn’t. Finally Michael said Keep reading

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Tough As They Come: One Soldier’s Story

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Image Source–Team Travis Mills


Tough As They Come is the true story of SSG Travis Mills. On April 10, 2012, while on patrol in Afghanistan with his men, Travis halted his troops in an area they had just finished sweeping for mines. When he set his pack on the ground beside him, it detonated a buried IED. Thinking he was dying, his thoughts were for his men who had been wounded in the blast and their medical needs. Fighting back the fear that swept over him, he determined to leave this world with dignity as an example to his men of true courage. But death did not come that day. His men were a
ble to stabilize him, get him on a helicopter, and effectively save his life in the process. That day, Travis Mills became the fourth surviving quadruple amputee in American military history. Keep reading

Life is an Adventure-Live It



Life is an adventure!  There’s your nugget of wisdom.  Truth for today.  Here is why I bring it up.  So often it seems that our concept of adventure is something that’s mystical or ethereal or whatever unachievable adjective we want to assign to it.  We think we have to arrange it­—make an appointment. Sometimes we feel it is a trip we have to spend months planning and saving for and examining every detail of in order to create the perfect set of memories.  My point is, every day you get out of bed and head out into your life is an adventure.  All too often we let routine and mundane parts of life rob us of the joy that can come from living in the moment.  Adventure is waiting for you to live it. Keep reading

Peekaboo Canyon, Escalante National Monument

Procrastinators Anonymous


Hi, my name is Mike… and I’m a procrastinator. Maybe I should start my own support group. We could have t-shirts made and meet every other Monday night at 7. That is, unless we have something else more important to do. Then we could confess our failings to one another and gain strength and all that, you know, from realizing we’re not alone. The struggle is real. Procrastinators unite… tomorrow. Truth is, you know for a fact we would never get around to it. All seriousness aside, I really am a procrastinator, but not of a stereotypical sort. Keep reading

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