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It seemed necessary to take a step back from food and nutrition (for a brief moment) to focus on what others might be experiencing or can relate to.
This is a self dash of reality and inspiration to get an internal ball of motivation moving. Time on my side? Doesn’t exist anymore…
Have no fear, life is still good. Maybe too good. This is where the “problem” starts.


Being comfortable is one thing most of us…I…strive for.
That feeling of having your ducks in a row, finances in line, relationship goals on point, emotions are embraced, physical physique-oh yeah!, career progressions, and the ability to be in control of your life.
Seems pretty damn comfortable to me. Why change?

(insert personal experience)
Since moving to Key West, comfortability has been a silent discourager.
While I live in a place {Key West} where culture, opportunity, and environment give a limitless opportunity to be uncomfortable, it is easy to find comfort in working hard at your job(s) or daily tasks and responsibilities then putting off the additional priorities till “tomorrow.”
Tomorrow is easy. Now is when shit gets done.

(insert example)
After multiple discussions with you know who 😉 it (finally) came time to quit my second job down here at the beach bar. I throughly enjoyed working there…engaging in conversations with tourists and locals alike, looking out to the beautiful water every day and learning a thing or two from established service industry personnel. What it came down to was working SMART vs working HARD. I had been working extremely hard, but not smart. I had extra money in my pocket to cover expenses, but I lacked any enjoyment to spend on this beautiful island and time spent with my family/social life. Looking back on everything, it was “easy” to work here. I felt comfortable (duh, I’m working literally on the beach), enjoyed (how could I not!?!)  and appreciated my time here…but I wasn’t challenged.



So good, right!?!

I continue my rant with Progression.
I am not getting younger, but I am getting smarter.

Stop making excuses about time and age.

(insert personal experience)
I ran a 10K race this past weekend and witnessed a handful of athletes 60+years of age who were absolutely killing it. They seemed to be keeping a pace to set a PR and passing other runners like a boss 😉 Talk about progression and hard work — no excuses!

…which leads me to conclude that the quality of one’s future & decision making process is a timeline of one’s progression.
You attempt. Fail and/or Succeed. Learn. Repeat. { progression }

( insert example)
My garden.
I appreciate and gasp at the sight of fresh produce. I envied the farmers at the local farmers market when I lived in Kalamazoo, MI and throughout the states I found myself driving through. I always imagined having my own garden filled with seasonal produce, but had no idea where to start. Add a few years plus some procrastination and wa-lah the delipsch garden arrived and produces.
When I started my garden I had no idea where to start which meant that progression was the only option. I knew I wanted to learn and I failed several times along the way. (Watermelon needs LOTS of room to grow…you should have seen the vines that took over my garden, brussel sprouts are not the easiest veg to grow in FL…several attempts and still trying, tomatoes are temperamental, corn…I think I supported the nutritional needs of an entire colony of ants…I could go on and on). I didn’t know much to start but I asked a lot of questions and googled for numerous answers. Trail and error on repeat. My point: in order to experience the joy & nutrition of consuming and sharing local produce grown by little ol’ me, I had to START.
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I can’t finish without a dose of Accountability.
Without it, you’re nobody. Believe it.

Whether it be the family pet that depends on someone to feed them every day; whether it be the boss of an established business who is depended upon to write paychecks to their employees; whether it be a running partner one meets weekly for morning runs; whether it be one’s significant other to be there for the good and bad; or even if it be the bum who lives in the park…we are all depended on and held accountable.

(insert personal example)
Food & Nutrition are reflected in my daily conversations and lifestyle I choose to live. I have promised myself and those close to me that I would bring my knowledge and creations into what some refer to as a cookbook. This process has found itself on multiple pieces of paper/binders/sticky tabs/etc. Recipes, ideas, tips, references…the whole shebang BUT what is missing is the accountability. When you tell someone you are going to do something, you are held accountable to your word. My point: I am the one accountable for my cookbook and it is a responsibility that I have committed to.

The process is real….real scary and real exciting.
As it should be.
Stayed tuned my friends.

eat better feel better pic

My point here:
One’s accountability is one’s responsibility.
One’s responsibility is one’s accountability.

Keep your engine fueled with responsive accountability, every bit makes an impact.

Regardless of where you live, remain uncomfortable, progress at each decision and stay accountable…EVERY DAY! The rest will take care of itself.

Cheers and enjoy a delipsch day.








[ 2016 ] goal talk.

Hello 2016. Nice to meet you.
Lots of things happen at the beginning of the year. But why this time of all 365 days?
— A simple answer would be because that is just what you do on January 1. I am having a tough time this year accepting the beginning of the year as “THE TIME or DAY.” My little brain has been twisting and turning about what makes this time so different than any other time period through out the year. Probably over analyzing, but I think it is important to address both sides of the spectrum. Let the conversation begin.

What I’m (over) thinking about…
On one hand, I think it is necessary and important to have goals established. After discussions with multiple people, it is evident that setting goals allows you to work towards something and address the gray area between point A and B. Having a direction to follow and accountability to sustain – this helps accomplish your goals. But what about that gray area I just mentioned. The actual floor plan. I feel it is this area that gets lost and forgotten. This is why I bring up the conversation of goals and the beginning of each calendar year.
Goals are good. Really good. BUT in order to saturate yourself in the goal process, I think we need to focus more on the process instead of the outcome. The [ floor plan-gray area-process ] is the important part, not the goal itself. This process is so incredibly individualized – but it brings a perfect balance of conversation and challenge towards the gray area within the goal setting experience. The floor plan should keep you honest, accountable and rewarded.
Don’t just set a goal(s) because. Set goals because you have a plan and you want to.

1.1 goals

With every position comes opposition – why we will address the other side of goal setting. Setting goals just because.

As we approach the end of each calendar year, we tend to find ourselves promising to do certain things that we might not consider at different times of the year. Goals within … PHYSICAL — weight loss, nutrition, body image, etc.
RELATIONSHIP — listening, date nights, personal time, etc.
PROFESSIONAL — promotion, salary, title, etc.
FINANCIAL — saving, budgeting, planning, etc.
PERSONAL — self talk, organization, explore, etc.
SPIRITUAL — church, pray, action, etc.

The bullet list within these could go on and on as does life. Our life choices made each day are decided on some intention within. This is not a blog post about starting over and making things “actually” happen based on a promise(s) you make on 1.1.2016. This is a blog post focusing on continuity and working hard every day. Why choose January 1 to finally start exercising, eating right, communicating, accomplishing a tasks they’ve put off, taking a vacation/personalized time with friends and family, or even pampering yourself a bit more (which should happen often anyway)? I’m guilty – I have done it for several years past. Why though? Why the first calendar day of each year THE DAY of all 365 days for change is beyond me. Maybe it is easy to hop on the band wagon of motivation, maybe it is the “right thing to do,”  societal pressure, maybe it is just what you do. I don’t know everything, but what I do know is that most people have the opportunity to make decision and choices freely.


This above quote really struck a cord. Allow yourself to keep your fuel fired throughout the year. Avoid that imaginary New Year’s Day goal setting national holiday and embrace it throughout the year. There are 365 days to take advantage of, make each one count.

To conclude simply:
1. Setting (MEANINGFUL) goals is important and necessary. Allow yourself to learn through the process and be flexible.
2. Open up the conversation about taking advantage of the other 364 days to set goals. Don’t let one day restrain you from continuously setting goals — giving yourself opportunity to learn and grow through the challenges and successes experienced throughout.
3. The gray area is the focus. Your opportunity to build and work hard.

The scary part is not starting.

If this posts offends you, speak up. I’ve begun to vastly appreciate the process to talk opposition. I do hope you appreciate what my intent was behind all these words here: to acknowledge your opportunity to make each day count. Set goals frequently. Be flexible. Stay accountable. Work hard. Each and every day. Opportunity is always present. Take advantage of your present.