Meeting in the Middle, Not Halfway

QIC: Skitch

Date: 07/16/2019

PAX: Back Pew, Blindside, CareBear, Countdown, Free Candy, Goose, Hobo, Jazzy Jag, Money Ball, Peanuts, Prosciutto, Red Tees, Ringwald, She Shed, Sunshine, Wort, WuzntMe

AO: Hill City


Muggy, full moon, like it’s mid-July.


SSH x 26 IC

Mosey to Rhino and encircle

Forward Fold x 10 IC

Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 x 2 IC

Toe Merkins x 20 OYO

Mosey to world benches

Dips x 20 (2 count) IC

Incline Merkins x 20 OYO

Decline Merkins (or Squats with coupon) x 10 OYO

Walk to middle of big circle in Coolidge.

The Thang – Meeting in the Middle, Not Halfway

Split into pairs. Goal: most number of reps in time allotted. Way: in middle of the circle:

  1. Wheelbarrow decline merkins x 15 (single count) x 2 partners = 30; (or both partners do squats with coupon until first reaches 30)
  2.  Both partners do Big Boy Situps until first partner reaches 20
  3. Both partners get up and either bear crawl or lunge (together) to any edge of the outer circle
  4. Partners run around outer circle in opposite directions as fast as they can until they meet
  5. Both partners run/jog together to the middle of the circle

Rinse and repeat until 6:10. Each set of inner circle reps = 50 points and each joint lap on outer circle = 50 points.

Mosey to parking lot, returning coupons on the way. American hammers x 10 IC + low plank until 6. Time.


We are often told relationships are 50-50. But we are called to higher standard as HIM. 1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands live with your wives in an understanding way.” Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.” John 15:12-14 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Meet in the Middle (go to the heart of the matter). Not halfway — we are called to go 100%, and we are able to do so only because someone went 100% of the way for us first.

CIRCLE OF TRUST: Counterama, Namerama, Announcearama (Hobo VQ this Thursday; radio – faith and work opportunity), prayer requests.
BALL OF MAN: CareBear.


Sunshine and Jazzy Jag took the prize on the Meet in the Middle challenge with 650+ points and most everyone else lost count. It’s hot. We sweat. We ran in circles. Bear crawls seem to be faster than lunging. Wheelbarrow decline merkins may be faster than squats with coupons. We still don’t know if aliens are the architects of the Coolidge crop circles… 


Recap of Fallen Five convergence and ruck. They were a success and the Fallen Five were honored.

Recent Backblasts

    A Lesson in “Resilience”

    QIC: Prosciutto
    Date: 12/26/2017
    PAX: Angus, Best In Show (Respect!) Ohms, Sundance, Wort
    AO: Hill City


    Calm, clear and brisk. 30’s with a chance of pain; game on!

    The Disclaimer

    Signed, sealed, delivered


    Single Leg Squat x 10 IC (Each leg)
    Plank Jacks x 12 IC
    Parker Peters x 10 IC
    Windmills x 10 IC
    Slow-Tempo Squats x 10 IC
    Slow-Tempo Merkins x 10 IC
    SSH x 13 IC

    ** Mosey down to the river walk down and around swamp thing **

    The Thang

    Mini ROT:
    A brief explanation of the ROT was provided for the two newish PAX (Sundance and Wort). YHC felt it was necessary just so that they knew exactly what they had gotten themselves into… It would have been a good time to provide some insightful words of wisdom regarding resilience, but time was of the essence. This wasn’t the full diesel ROT that Angus has demonstrated, but it was effective. Also, in the interest of the Abvent and XMAS Abs challenge, we swapped a few things. With that said, YHC gives you the “Abbreviated James Brown ROT”:
    Each bench you find along the river walk, perform the following exercises (in no particular order)
    10 BBSU
    10 Step-ups (right leg)
    15 Squats
    10 Step-ups (left leg)
    15 Merkins
    When complete, *LUNGE* to the next park bench
    At the last bench along this walk (just before the great hall) hold plank & wait for the six. 
    Rock Fellowship:
    YHC personally selected six Duane “The Rock” Johnson’s (thank you Mr. Clean; glad we have a name for them) and delivered them. After all, YHC hospital name is Nicholas…
    With these gifted “Duane’s”, the PAX circled up for the next thing:
    10 bottom to middle curls
    10 middle to upper curls
    10 full curls
    *Drop rock & rotate to your right
    **Repeat 4x
    After all 4, again with the Duane’s:
    10 Tricep extensions
    10 Shoulder presses
    **Repeat 2x
    …and mosey back to the love shack for the 1 minute and 45 second “1:45MOM”
    LBC x 15 IC
    Flutter kicks x 7 IC


    One word- “Resilience”
    In this season of Christmas, YHC can’t help but think of the story of Jesus’ birth. The odds against his mother and father and those in their camp on that fateful night…And not just the night of His birth, but the weeks leading up to it. What a tough go at it. Those with children of their own can’t fathom how difficult it may have been. And the struggle that Joesph was facing and just how it all came about. Take this woman, Mary, to be your wife; she’ll bear a child, you’ll give it this name and carry this forward as this is what God has asked of you.  Most men would crumble, given these circumstances.  And Mary, Chosen to be the giver of His life. Amazing, really.
    The real aspect I considered was Joseph’s resilience as a soon-to-be father, his resilience during that time-period, from the conception and through to the birth and his belief and following of God’s word – what an incredible lesson and implement of God’s plan and his word and test of faith. Dare I say, one of the ultimate and true #HIMs
    We are all facing struggle, decisions… challenges. Joseph and Mary faced many, many challenges. They carried on, pushed through those struggles. What came of it?? Oh, you know… just, the birth of a savior and king of Kings. His ultimate sacrifice many years later potentially hung in the balance of Mary and Joseph’s decision in those moments to be resilient, trust in their faith and trust in God’s plan.
    As Laces Out (@gregghauss) has discussed, “We are all weathering a storm of one kind or another”. As this next verse from Ephesians mentions, The resilience that we have or any resistance we face should be rooted and met with our ability to trust in God, believe in ourselves and know that we are given favor and strength to do good things, all things, for His glory.
    Ephesians 6: 10-14

    The Whole Armor of God

    10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

    13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.

    Turning Pain Into Purpose-The Final Wrap on the First Annual Operation Sweet Tooth Toy Drive

    When my wife and I had the idea to create Operation Sweet Tooth to honor our daughter’s memory, we had no idea of how our initiative would be welcomed.  We are just a simple, mourning family, wanting to honor our daughter’s memory and do some good for other children, and their families while trying to find some healing during the process.  As Pastor Rusty of Camino Church said, “We are turning our pain into a life of purpose.”  When we enlisted the help of our brothers from F3 ( and sisters of FiA (, the response and support was overwhelming.  Friends, strangers, co-workers and family were eager to help support, honor our daughter and have a positive impact on children within our local communities.  Receiving all the texts, tweets, emails and pictures of all the trunks filled with toys and gifts was just absolutely incredible to see.  Moreover, receiving the numerous thank you letters, hugs and condolences for our loss was equally impactful.  We cannot express our gratitude enough for everyone’s generosity and support and we are truly humbled and blessed that you played a significant role in making a difference.
    During this time, we were invited to Christmas parties, asked to give speeches, guest workouts, helped deliver the donations to many of the institutions we supported and were honored for our strength and vision at a nearby Church.  This experience only fortified the belief that through our grief, we could muster up enough strength to help others in need.
    Together, with all your help, Operation Sweet Tooth was able to collect over 2500 presents, personal items, clothes and gift cards.  In addition, we raised over $3000 dollars in cash donations to be used for future initiatives and projects in the upcoming year and beyond. $205 was graciously donated in the memory of David Lacivita. The foundation has been set and we welcome the opportunity to continue to provide hope and lift the spirits of those children who need it most.
    The institutions we were able to help are listed below.  There may have been some we left out and if so, we do apologize.
    Levine’s Children Hospital
    Camino Church
    The Children’s Attention Home
    Boys and Girls Club
    Birthday Blessings
    Duke Hospital
    UNC Hospital
    Betty H Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital
    Toys for Tots
    McLeod Hospital
    Ada Jenkins Center
    Church of God Orphanage
    Thompson Children Home
    Sojouner Truth House
    Lydia’s Loft
    Alexander Youth Network
    Individual Families
    Nassau County Hospital
    New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    Although 2016 was the worst year imaginable for us personally, losing our precious daughter, we do recognize that Operation Sweet Tooth has provided us with a small amount of comfort and peace.  We are excited to continue with our efforts in 2017.  Please continue to follow our website, and social media to learn more about upcoming initiatives beginning in the Spring and how you can help make a difference.
    *This write up is also available on the website under “Blog”.  Please visit and check it out as we have some of the pictures everyone shared with us during their respective toy drives.