Support and encouragement for Christian men in their journey to maintain good health.
Praying Backwards - Join us Monday night
tags: Carlos Whittaker, election, prayer, President, Ragamuffin Soul
On Monday evening, Carlos Whittaker of Ragamuffin Soul is leading an online video prayer meeting to pray specifically for Tuesday’s election. I’m planning on joining in - why don’t you as well? It’s at 8:30 Central, 9:30 Eastern. For more information, go read his blog entry from today - see you there!
tags: cauliflower, lifestyle, Love and Respect, marriage, Mental Floss, Seurat, Slashfood
Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far. If you have a few minutes, you might want to check out some of these sites I’ve starred in Google Reader:
Preventative Maintenance - look at the pace of your life right now, and comment on this statement - ‘Who you are is more important than what you do.’
Guaranteed Manly Children - seeing as I have two girls, this doesn’t apply for me; however, for those of you who have boys or are expecting a son, this one’s for you.
Man Biggification: Taking the Lead in Marriage - having just attended a Love and Respect conference with my bride, this article from The Simple Marriage Project is a very good reminder of our role as husbands.
In Season: Roasted Cauliflower - yes, I know, it’s pretty jarring to go from a link about marriage to a link about cruciferous vegetables, but this recipe looks so good I had to share it. I think I’ll try it out this week and let you know how it was.
One of the Chosen Ones: Chris Jordan - a replica of ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ made of 106,000 aluminum cans? Amazing.
Okay, so it’s really not scary, but here are some pics from today’s festivities:
tags: Exercise, resistance training, running, weight training
Unbeknownst to me (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence), apparently there has been some sort of schism between those who profess running as the best form of exercise, and those who profess weight lifting or resistance training as the best form. Having come into both of them so recently, I’ve not built up any type of bias toward one or the other - I do both of them, despising or loving both with equal measure, depending on the day, my mood, and what parts of me are sore and achy.
Anyway, I just read this article from Andrew Heffernan of Male Pattern Fitness (love that blog name) stating that both running and weight training can be beneficial to overall good health and fitness. Both offer distinct, but equally important, facets to an overall exercise regimen. Can running have a detrimental effect on muscle gain? Yes, but those losses can be offset by regular resistance training. Can lifting weights bulk you up and slow down your pace? Yes, but building up those muscles helps in overall stabilization and endurance.
So you can read the article for yourself and let me know what you think - do you incorporate both running and weight training into your daily regimen?
For today’s conversation starter with your wife, I’m going to borrow a question from the Love and Respect conference that my wife and I recently attended. During one session of the conference, Emerson Eggerich went through a list of areas that helps a wife feel loved by her husband, and a separate list of items that helps a husband feel respected by his wife.
So here’s the question - ask your wife if she agrees or disagrees with the following statement, and why:
I feel a closeness with you (face to face and heart to heart) when you:
Men - before your wife gives you her answers to this question, ask yourself how she would answer, and then compare your answers with hers. How accurate were you?
How to kick the junk food habit
tags: budget, DietHack, junk food, portion control
Since I’ve been on the low-carb diet, junk food hasn’t been that much of an issue for me. However, up until the past year, junk food was my ultimate nemesis - it seemed that some fatty, or salted, or sugar-laden food was lurking right around the corner, waiting for me to devour it. I wish I had had this article from DietHack and DumbLittleMan, giving practical tips for curbing your desire for junk food once and for all.
Here are some of the suggestions:
First, switch to buying all of your junk food in individual portions for easier measurement. Get potato chips in individual bags, cookies in single serving size containers, individually wrapped candy bars, etc. It might cost you a bit more, but individual portions will make it much easier to count how much junk food you’re eating. Quitting junk food is going to be hard enough, so you’ll want to do everything you can to make the process as easy as possible. If the snack you prefer doesn’t come in individual serving sizes, you can divide a bigger bag yourself into individual portions and store them in ziplock bags.
For the first week, just eat how you normally would, but count how many portions of junk food you’re consuming. To help you count, save the wrappers of every portion you eat. At the end of the week, just count the wrappers and you’ll know how many portions you had.
Take the number of portions you ate for the week and cut it in half. This is your new junk food budget, or how much junk food you’ll get to eat each week from now on. If possible, buy as close to that many portions as possible each week and no more. That will help you keep from going over your budget - once you’re out, you’re done until your trip to the store next week.
Every two weeks, cut your budget by a certain amount, say 2-4 portions. Keep going until you’re eating an amount of junk food each week you feel comfortable with - ideally zero, of course!
Try to keep substitute healthy snacks on hand to help kill those junk food cravings. Nuts, fruit, vegetables, or low-fat yogurt are all quick, healthy snacks that can fill you up without the extra junk food calories.
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