Things Change

Today’s article has nothing to do with fitness…I hope you don’t mind.

It’s just a little personal update I wanted to share with all of my friends, including you.

From time to time, everyone has days in their lives they will remember forever. Yesterday was one of them.

Yesterday, we sold the farm.

Ever since my dad passed away in 2008, it was inevitable.

But after over 40 years of her living in the same house, and after 36.5 years of me having a bedroom in the same northwest corner of that house, it was time for my mom to sell the old homestead and move on.

The house is just too big for one old little lady.

Plus the farm comes with a massive lawn that takes her and her brother (my uncle) over 3 hours to cut – and they have to recruit her old friend Gord, a dairy farmer up the road to bring his tractor down to cut the slope of the large front yard.

(Good ol’ Gord also has to come down after every winter snowfall to clear the 150 yard laneway too.)

Yesterday, after Bally and I went for a big walk from the farm all the way into where I went to high school, we loaded him up into the back of my mom’s SUV. Then we drove to nearby St. Mary’s to sign the legal documents that finalized the sale of the ol’ Howie Ballantyne farm.

Then again, there’s not much left of the farm now anyways.

If, like many readers, you’ve been around for a while, then you probably remember the article I wrote about the day they knocked down the barn and silo out here.

If not, you can read that article about “getting out of your comfort zone” and you can see photos of the demolition here.

I wasn’t around the day of that demolition, but those pictures sure tell an interesting story, don’t they?

After we left the lawyer’s office yesterday morning, we drove home through the beautiful countryside, past farm after farm getting ready for harvest, and we eventually drove by the small elementary school where I went from Kindergarten through Grade 8.

It looked like the old place hadn’t changed one bit, but for the cars in the parking lot.

The soccer field where lil’ Craiggy used to play and get in fights with other kids to impress the girls was still there.

The old baseball diamond…the bus loading zone…the swings…same as it looked 30 years ago.

Hard to believe it’s been that long. But on we went, passing by the old township baseball diamonds where I used to play as a kid.

Believe it or not, my mom would send me – alone – on the 3 mile bike ride from home to the ball diamonds – and back, every Monday and Wednesday during the summers when I was just 9 years old.

That’s how things were back then, you could just send a kid on his own biking down the back dirt roads and not worry about him.

Yes’um, I was the original dirt road scholar.

I’d buy my jumbo freezie after baseball, hop on my bike, and slowly get home just before dark.

Boy, those were some tough rides on a two-wheeler without any fancy gears when you’re just 9 years old. But it sure kept me lean even though I would get home and dive into some soda and chips each night. Maybe steal a few gumdrop candies from my old man while he was sleeping, too.

Those were the days.

The days gone by.

My good old days.

We’ll have one more Christmas out on the farm.

Maybe even one more summer too, before my mom gets her new house built.

Then we’ll have to be a little more careful when crazy ol’ Bally the Dog goes to visit my mom, since her new house will be closer to the road.

But until then, we’ll get up Thursday morning before the sun and start our walk through the fields just as it begins to crest the hills that surrounds the old ranch.

Lil’ Bally will run through the streams, bark at some ducks, sniff around where the old barn used to be, and mark his territory – as soon it will no longer be his.

I hope you enjoyed that little roll down memory lane for me, letting me show you where I’m coming from.

Reminds me to be both thankful for everything I have but also to remember that life hurries on, and that time is ticking on everything.

Maybe there’s a fitness lesson in here after all…a reminder to us that we gotta get moving on our goals.

How’s about this…

Take some time on the weekend and run through a list of all the things you have to be grateful for…

And then make another list of all the things you still want to accomplish…

And then let’s start working on an action plan to help you get what you want and deserve out of life.

Let me know what you have planned for the future in the comments section below.

To your success,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT, MS
Certified Turbulence Trainer

  • Leo Williamson

    Thanks for including us in your life. I’m glad to be part of the TT family. But as a friend of mine likes to say, “THESE are the good ol’ days.” We’ll have more fond memories to look back on 30 years from now. I’m 46 now, and my future? Raise my children, grow old with my wife, help as many people as I can for as long I can. Those are big enough dreams for me.

  • Christopher

    Thanks for sharing this, Craig. Gratitude is a good thing to recall, and one that I’ve been reminding myself daily about. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Jason Tawn

    Great memories are a gift. Cheers for sharing that with us, Craig.

  • Meg

    OMG, Craig! I cried like a baby!

    I thought I lived a life of gratitude, but this article made me feel as though I actually take quite a bit of what I do, am ABLE to do, and what I have, for granted.

    I’m re-starting my gratitude journal tonight, and will focus on each item the following day.

    Thanks for sharing your story, and yourself, with us.
    Meg

  • Shelley

    Great post, CB! Made me feel all nostalgic about our family farm…my uncle sold it this summer.

    I’ll be writing in my Gratitude Journal tonight and you and your inspiring words will be in there, among many other blessings!

    As for my “to do” list, finishing up my TT certification requirements is a priority (has been tough with a part-time lab tech job, part-time training job, 2 kids in activities… but no more excuses! I CAN and WILL do this!) Taking the Agatsu Kettlebell Certification is another and getting some small group training sessions going ASAP at the gym where I work is also something I am going to work on.

    Thanks for sharing all your wisdom and encouragement. You are the best!

    • Thanks for the update Shelley, this is great to hear.

  • Craig,

    Just letting you know how you feel. My mom has been in her house since she was 6. She moved there with her mom, went to college for 2 years, moved back home. After getting married, lived in an apartment for a year, but then bought the house from her mom. She’s been there ever since. She’s now 72, getting to the point where we have to talk about selling, it kills her.

    My mother in law just sold her farm that’s been in her family for 140 years. Devistating. But like your mom, she just couldn’t keep up with cutting the grass and taking care of stuff. A farm that old requires a LOT of upkeep.

    If you have any time left before the new owners take over, make sure you take some videos and photos, just to help the memories. I’ve been doing that with my grandparents home (it was theirs for 75 years – grandpa just moved into a nursing home at age 96).

    Good luck and thanks for sharing!

    Chris

    • Thanks Chris, great idea on the videos and photos. I’ll do that.

  • I don’t usually read your emails (I admit.. my inbox is too full of newsletters) but today’s one caught my eye and here I am. The future is full of great stuff for me, for a start, by the end of November I will have finished my bachelors degree in Health Science, which has taken me 9 years of part time study, because I also work. Although I am still making my decisions regarding Postgrad (nutrition or psych?) at least I finally have those options. But, there is something else, related to your post, that I wanted to say about change of physical things that link us to our childhood. I’ve had a lot of that ‘places I will never see again’ moments since my city was flattened on several occasions by earthquakes this year (and last year). So like you, where there used to be a silo or barn (church, cafe, library, playground, swimming pool.. whatever), there is now just rubble and I understand the sadness of knowing certain memories will never be recreated. But at the same time, letting the old stuff go and focusing on the now and on the future creates a lot of internal energy and a desire to move forward to something even better. Hope that made sense. Remember to visit NZ in about 10 years when we have a new Christchurch. 😉

    • Thanks Sara, good to hear from you again. Hope Christchurch is getting a boost from RWC. Stay strong down there, you guys are holding up the world.

  • Rosie

    Hi Craig…I thoroughly enjoyed your article today…sometimes going down memory lane is a bittersweet thing. You fell the joy but you also feel the pain.

    I have so many things to be grateful for but God and my family come first.

    For me, I have really been pushing myself to finally change my body to what I want it to be. I’ve been doing fairly well on the nutrition part for quite some time but the working out has been lagging. I just joined a gym and am pushing myself to do some type of exercise 5 to 6 days a week which was not my norm but it is now. I feel so awesome after a good work out. My goal is to tone my body and lose about 10% body fat. My action plan, work out daily and keep my nutrition in check.

    I so enjoy listening to your podcasts and reading your articles. Thanks for all that you do for me!

    Rosie

  • Jeff

    Hey Craig nice story, I have been living and working as an ESL teacher over in S. Korea for the past ten years (can’t believe how fast that’s gone by). Anyways about 4 or 5 years ago I made the decision to change my lifestyle and started searching the internet for fitness advice. I had always been active to some degree all my life and had worked out since I was 18 off and on. At 36 years of age it was more off than on and I was drinking on the weekends every weekend and eating whatever. Anyways I felt like crap. On the net I found Jeff Anderson purchased his Optimum Anabolics program which I felt was ok. I however, became linked to other people online: yourself, Mike Greary, Mike Robertson etc. Anyways from all the info. I kept reading I was using it in my own life. In the following 6 months I dropped 8kilos and my soccer game improved vastly.

    It was only about a year ago when I started feeling directionless, yes I make a decent living here with my wife but I needed something to challenge me and invigorate me. I decided that I would go back to school something I said I would never do. I graduated with a BA in History and Geography, not alot you can do with that. Anyways I decided on Kinesiology. The scoured the internet to try and find a university where I could do my Masters. It was a challenging process but I found one legitamite school. I contacted the Chairman of the dept. to ask what I would need to get in. He asked about my GPA which was not very impressive to say the least, then he asked me about my BA, which of course was not related to Kinesiology. Anyways what I had to do to try to be accepted to the course was to take the appropriate leveling courses, write the GRE test and hopefully do well enough to be accepted as a provisional student.

    After that year of doing all that I was accepted and have just begun my first semester. My wife and I have made plans to move back to Canada, the Toronto area. This move is going to be difficult but I want to eventually become a strength and conditioning coach. I look forward to the challenge and know that it won’t be easy. If you have any tips for what I should do or contact I would be most greatful.

    Jeff

    • Great work Jeff, keep going to your goal.

  • Ria

    Hi Craig,

    Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story with us.

    Keep up the great work.

    Your friend in the fitness world,
    Ria 🙂

  • JUJU

    Great post there Craig. I remember seeing a video of you and Bally training in the snow at this very farm 🙂 As you said, life goes on and although painful to deal with, selling the farm shows that neither you or your mum are attached to material stuff.
    Good memories like you’ve just shared will be enough to enrich your souls and inspire you to keep going 🙂
    Cheers, Juju

  • Izabella

    Oh my soul your storie moved me o much as l know how it feels to lose sum thing u know and grow up with. My heart goes out to you so sad. this is about fittiness of the heart. You have brought me so much over the year l would like to thank you for such a great info. Have a blessed day may the angels keep you and your family safe

  • Hi Craig:

    I never grew up on a farm but I left home at 18 to go to Uni & viewed the ‘old place’ as a have, a retreat and a sanctuary – and I was knocked around a bit when Mum & Dad announced they had sold it and were moving interstate (from Voctoria to Quensland in Australia).

    I didn’t get the chance to re-vist the pold place before it left our hands but I certainly spent a bit of time mentally revisiting it. I know how you feel.

    Still things change often for the better and sometimes when the time is right.

    Treasure the memories and get out & create new ones!!

  • This was a good article.

  • John N.

    Craig,
    I have been reading your articles for quite sometime. I like your Turbulence Training program. I am sure it would benefit me. However, and this brings me to my reply to what my plans are for the future. I have a few idea’s… One is building on my massage practice and add some other modalities. I would like to continue to encourage and empower clients to take responsibility for their health in a holistic manner. The big physical one(actually there are two) is to run the three major north/south US national trails in one calendar year(the Appalachian, the Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest). I am an endurance athlete… I love to run long distances, especially on mountain and forest trails. I had a golden retriever many years ago and she was trained and ready to run my first 50 miler. I got permission from the race director for her to run the last 8 miles with me. It was a special moment when we crossed the finish line in second place overall. Keep up the good work and thanks for letting me share a special time in my life and my goals for the future.

    • Thanks John, appreciate it, and thanks for sharing your story.

  • Kanupreeyaa

    Hey!
    It was a lovely start to the morning, reading your mail today – nostalgic, reflective, dynamic, motivating and dynamic, all at the same once..
    Guess it reflects your qualities, first, as the Human Being you are.. the Human Being, who makes for a brilliant Trainer – more because of the ability to find just the right reason to remain positive – To remain motivated, even in the most somber of the moments! Kudos CB! Thanx for choosing the profession you did! Stay likewise!

    God Bless..

  • Robyn

    WOW, thanks for sharing your heart with us Craig. We truly have alot to be thankful for each and every day. Even simply for each breath of air that we fill our lungs with, without cost. This post has come at a particularly relevant time for personally, so I will be sure to follow your inspirational lead to take some time out this weekend to plan for the future. 🙂

    Blessings to you Craig,

    Robyn

  • k64

    I wish you and your Mother all the best for the future and thank you for sharing such a moving and personal story.

  • floyd

    Hi Craig
    Thanks for your email. What resonated is your line… Life Hurries On & time is ticking on Everything.
    I am working on my goals particularly in improving my financial position and setting up my own business (realised a J.O.B means Just Over Broke).
    After several years I realised that perhaps my failing has been my Action Plan to achieve my own goals, basically two many steps and not whittling down so that I focus ONLY on the Key Steps To That Will Achieve My Goals.

    Hindered by often being distracted by the next new “Shiny Object” syndrome to achieve my goals.

    Can you help me by sending me a practical example of How You achieved one of your key business Goals showing the relationship beteween the Goal as listed in your Journal and the Written Action Plan detailing milestones, ammendements on the journey etc to achieve that GOAL? Im interested in your thought process & methodology in prioritising the Action steps You take.

    Any help you could offer would be extremely grateful. Regards Floyd UK.

    • This is a great question. I’ll need a bit of time to formulate a good answer, but I promise I will write about this. Thank you Floyd.

  • Sandy

    Your story is bittersweet indeed. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    As for personal changes, I’m planning to move to a different country in the next few months. It’s been my intention for a while now, but my younger brother passed away last week and I feel moving is more important to me now than ever. I need a fresh start, a place with no sad memories.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your brother, Sandy. Wishing you the best on your new journey.

      Craig

  • Andrew Lowry

    Good article Craig. Fifty years ago this country was full of stories like yours – farm kid moves to the city and goes back to visit the farm when he can especially holidays. That was my Father’s story. Now we are born and raised in cities and farms are something we drive by on the way to a hocky arena or a resort.
    I answer your questions. I’m grateful for the ‘boring’ childhood that I had and my engineering training. I have thanked my parents for both. Too many of my friends had drama or tragedy or abuse during their childhoods, my Parents still live in a house with a white picket fence. Children need stability and my parents gave me that.
    Now I’m taking measures to be more of a tourist. It is an amazing world and I want to see it. I’m taking time to see things when I travel for business. I have some trips or trip planning on my Magic 100 list (Dax Moy). TT is keeping me fit at 52 so I can do the tourism stuff while my friends can’t go because of a sore knee or fatigue. I’m going to be a strong and fit tourist. Thanks for sharing such a personal story CB.

  • Ian Hession

    WOW.. I never thought of it like that. My parents are moving on in age and I will have to do the same thing at some point. What I learned from this is to take the time to enjoy but to also be prepared for what will come inevitably and be ready with a plan when the situation arises. Still gonna suck though…

    Thanks for sharing,

    Ian

  • GLYN WYSS

    Thanks Craig.I am reflecting and enjoying my quiet commute on the Staten Island ferry.Did motto home to England as Mum is trying to sell the house we lived in forever.Always tough decision.I have only had one goal recently as tomorrow I start my 3 day RKC Kettlebells.
    We don’t know what is around the corner but preparation is the key to success.Keep up the good work !Glyn

    • Thanks Glyn, enjoy the RKC. Proud of you for taking that on…well done.

      C

  • dk

    LOL – You just made me cry!!

    Jerk! 😉

    Makes me miss being a kid. I always hated being a kid…I wanted to be a grownup and have the “freedom” to do what I wanted to, when I wanted to, and not be told what to do. Who knew LOL.

    The rebel in me lives on. I’m working toward that freedom thing…..you know, like we had when we were kids!

  • Craig,

    I grew up on a number of farms.
    If the farm is located in farming country, why tear down the outbuildings…
    and leave the house ?

    • Everything was falling apart. Unsafe. Environmentally breaking a million rules, etc.

  • cheryl b

    What a great story ! Thank you so much for sharing. Life does move on so quickly- thanks for reminding us of the grateful things in our lives we have to be thankful for. And what great memories you have with many more to come. A new chapter in your life.

  • I’m bookmarking this one Craig. This came at a really good time. Unfortunately, I lost my flash drive last night, which had clients’ workouts, articles, etc., etc. on it. I backed it up in July, but still – it’s a big deal.

    I honestly felt sorry for myself for a little bit, then realized I could use it as an opportunity. I probably had too much clutter on there anyway. Here’s my chance to start fresh, with a clean slate as I work towards my goal of building an online business and allowing my wife to be a stay-at-home Mom. I’m surrounded by great like-minded people and I’m being coached along the way. I have nothing but success and making an impact on my mind now.

    Great article and reminder,
    Mike

    • Sorry to hear Mike, oh well, small worry with all the great stuff you have going on.

  • Tanya

    Hey Craig, thanks for sharing your pivotal moments with us! I felt this one right in my gut.

    My folks have a farm very near there, on Perth Line 43. We moved there from the city just before my last year of high school, and at the time, it was the last place in the world I wanted to be (I was one angry teenager!). Since then, with a lot of living in between, it’s become my favorite place in the world – it’s good to know that when I need to get away from the crazy disconnectedness of Toronto life I have that 100 acres of quiet to escape to.

    But if I’m honest with myself, I have to accept that it won’t be long before the place will be too much for them to handle too, and they’ll have to sell, and I’ll have to grow up and get my own place of peace.

    I intend to thank them profusely when I get home for Thanksgiving next weekend! And as for my goals, I’m reminded that I need to treat my body in the best way I can, so that when I have that place of my own in the country (one of my financial goals), I can take care of it and enjoy it for as long as possible.

    Thanks again, for your honesty and integrity in everything that you do. See ya round the ol’ dirt roads!

    Tanya

  • Hi, Craig,

    Thanks for sharing your story with me. I don’t have a farm on my life, but I do lost my dad on my college stage. The old house with a big beautiful yard where I had lived for tens years was recovered by government after my dad passing away. Now another tens years passed, but the house and all the relevant memories still living on my dream.

    Here I would show my great thanks for the great materials and instructions you have provided on body building. I do work for a site right now and hope it will show a new fact to visitors next week.

    God blessing you,

    Robert

  • Hey Craig,

    Thanks for the post. I feel as if you’re my friend since I’ve been reading your stuff since I first got involved in fitness, 60 pounds ago. I”m now a personal trainer, specializing bringing the non-athletic into a healthy lifestyle–I truly believe it’s my life’s calling, and your material has influenced me quite a bit.

    My plans are to continue to grow and to help more and more people to transform their lives through my bootcamps and other training, and through my websites.

    Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us over the years!
    xoxo
    Lisa

    • Lisa, congratulations. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. This is wonderful to hear. Keep up the great work on inspiring others.

      Craig

  • Craig,
    Thx for sharing this.

    I think the line that stood out most for me was “a reminder to us that we gotta get moving on our goals”.

    Isn’t that true? Time is fleeting.

    A new chapter has begun for you too.

    I wish you the best,
    Coop

  • Randi

    As a fellow farmer and fitness enthusiest, I feel your pain. It’s so hard to watch a farm, especially one that you love go. You will always have your memories.We’re just passing through this life, so make each day count. Live for today, because we are guaranteed nothing more. That is my goal.

    Soak in the sunsets and long secluded walks. Treasure them. Remember the best things in life aren’t things at all. You’ll be ok.

  • Vic Savage

    Craig,

    I can relate to this in several ways.
    Although not from a farm, I left my home town in New Zealand at 17 and moved to Christchurch (not knowing anyone there) to start an apprenticeship.
    My Dad died 7 years ago and we moved Mum to a smaller unit soon after.
    I still try to get back ‘home’ at least once a year as I have sisters still in the area too. I always cruise back along outside the house where I grew up and check out the changes throughout the town.

    My life is in a bit of disarray currently due to a shock personal dilemma, but I hope to use TT as a focus point going forward once I get the home front sorted out a little better. I have spent too much time reading and not enough time doing (TT) to date. Having reached 50 yrs now, you realise how short life is and that you need to get on and do things rather than just dream about them.

    Heck, next time I get over to visit my Sis in Connecticutt, I may see if I can get over your way.

    Cheers, Vic.

  • Respect.

    Mad respect.

    -Alex

  • Hi Craig,
    Your story is one of the few I’ve read recently that really caused me to stop and reevaluate.
    While New Zealand is a long way from where you are writing, I also grew up on a country farm, from time to time biking the 7 miles on a gravel road to school – just for fun, and coz we could! I would regularly meet half way with a friend a couple of miles from both our homes to play by the creek on the weekend. Society has changed in 40 years. I would never let my 9 yr old boy do that today.
    However life does go on, and we do have much to be grateful for, as you have reminded me. Thank you! Our mostly grown-up family now gathers regularly on Friday nights for tea, and we then sit around and discuss things that are important to us (that’s what hebrewcovenant.com is about). It’s good. Our family is strong. We have good friends.
    And with the changes that have happened over the last 40 years we are now able to be inspired and encouraged by a handful of good people like you. That would not have been possible even just a few years ago. How things have changed – in good ways too.
    Keep up the good work, and thanks,
    Howard Wilson

  • Karen

    Definitely one of the few worthwhile things I’ve read today; I loved it. I’ve been following you for some time now and I absolutely love your heart. Thanks so much for putting yourself out there like that. PLUS look at everything it generated in the way of comments (and I loved reading them all).

    I too remember doing things as a kid that people would NEVER do now. Like taking off for hours at a time on my bike, like taking a little sailboat to the pond down the road (no my parents were not with me…a sister maybe), ice skating on that pond alone in the winter. I’m glad I experienced that stuff.

    Think I’ll take your advice and start a journal. There’s something to be said for staying where all your energy is (and has been for years). You can always feel it when you “go home”. But too something about moving on that is exciting and positive.

    I want to send lots of good energy to your mom when she opens the next door.

  • Craig!

    Awesome trip down memory lane. And YES there certainly is a fitness lesson in that. “Time waits for no one.” Waiting around for all the “stars to line up” before we start taking control of our physical health is one of those hard-learned lessons. As always, you are a great writer. And teacher!

    Regards,

    -Pablo

    • Thank you Pablo, appreciate it. I think you summed up the lesson better than I did. Thanks,
      Craig

  • Niall E.

    Craig,

    Your story brought a tear to my eye. I understand how you feel, though mine is not an identical situation to yours.

    I just moved from Ireland to the U.S. this summer and I know I’ll be missing plenty of good times back home. It’s tough but time will pass whether we want it to or not. Though we’ll always have our memories of the past, we should never dwell in them and allow them to consume us. If we do, we’re missing out on the chance to make new ones.

    Life is better in real time. Keep up the great work!

    All the best to you and yours,
    Niall

    • Life’s better in real time, I like that. Thank you Niall,

      Craig

  • Milt

    Great posting, Craig. I enjoyed reading you reminisce about the days of old and also of the country landscape.

    Thank you for posting the question about one’s future. I have several goals in mind: the first right now is to land a full-time job. I’m one of the millions out of one right now, and hopefully my search ends successfully sooner rather than later. My second goal is to get myself established again (I’m temporarily staying at a relative’s place) and move out and buy a car. My third goal is to do some world traveling, after accruing some vacation days on the future new job. In tangent with this one, somewhat, I’d like to get in the best shape possible – develop a much more muscular lean frame, build up my endurance and increase my running speed. I’d finally like to settle down with Ms. Right, get hitched and one day start my own nuclear family and move of course to a nice quiet area, where the schools are top notch, etc.. Being single can be fun and all, but I feel that I’m ready to get married. But I do want to accomplish the financial stability goals first, and will promise to of course, keep working out even after I find and marry the woman of my dreams. I’m no expert on marital matters, but my guess is that wives, especially ones who keep in shape, appreciate husbands who do likewise and don’t slack off 🙂

  • Lynne Gvozdenovic

    Hi Craig, Thanks for your positive and creative motivational emails. My Question is the contest back on for 2013? i thought it was. I wanted my sister and myself to join. I thought it was possible to join till Jan 31st.. recent emails are 2011..Little confusion on my side. My sister could lose 125 lbs or 150 lbs. I am commited to 15 lbs by June 2013.. Your program or Weight watchers or the YMCA??
    Sincerely Lynne G

  • I am amazed at how I transformed myself in under 3 yrs from a Big, Big Boy to now a personal trainer. I help many clients achieve their owns goals and transform themselves as I have done.
    Great reading material!……..Thank you

  • Rachel

    Craig,
    Appreciate heart and soul in your
    writing. Whatever seeds your
    mom (and dad) planted, definitely
    come through in the way you
    share your thoughts in words.
    Your writing causes me to pause
    and be thankful for my past and
    hopeful for my future. Generally
    don’t respond to “email writings”
    but guess your words today were
    just what I needed to
    hear. Thank you. Much success
    to you as you continue your work.
    Best to you,
    Rachel
    ps…..love the “mind pic” of your
    sweet canine friend being lit
    up as the Christmas tree! ;o) but
    hard to put presents under.

  • Kim

    Hi Craig,

    This past year i was diagnosed with POTS. I also have lupus. I can NOT let them win. I need to keep exercising to counteract these illnesses. I also need to keep my weight down. I am 49 and a TKD instructor. Before the POTS hit, i was in pretty good shape. 3 mos. in a chair while trying to figure out what was happening and get straightened out, did not do me well. I only wish there was a data base for work out buddies. Thanks for all your articles and information.

    Kim

  • Craig,
    What a beautiful story. Your mother sounds like a wonderful and special person – as you are. I love your writing and have already gained so much for being a part of the transformation contest.

    Just keep up your great work and attitude. I appreciate your mentioning the ups and downs. Right now I am struggling with a new website program, but am chalking it up as a learning experience.

    Thanks again for everything,
    Chris