Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Feast of the Annunciation: God is serious about our salvation!

The Feast of the Annunciation. More properly the "Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord."  This is a real and tangible event. Not some vague feeling or thought or word. Not some story that could have no real impact but an actual historical event. In other words, God did something for us to show that he meant business, that he would provide a real means for our reconciliation and salvation that we may once again be untied with Him.

He gave us freedom, He gave us laws and commandments, He gave us covenant after covenant. It wasn't enough to salvage the wreck we had made. Finally, He gave us Himself and today we celebrate that particular moment in time when He became human in flesh and blood; that real moment in history when God became man. Think about that. That He would come down and become like us that we may go up and become like Him. Praise you God for giving us your Son and thank you Mother Mary for you unconditional Yes

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her. LK 1:26-38

Friday, March 21, 2014

Getting Healthy isn't Complicated so Quit Making it that Way.

I feel very sorry for people who get hung up on fad exercise and diets. I watch you flail and fail and try again with the next fad. Never getting where you want to be. Never getting to know what it feels like to be healthy. Never understanding what fitness is and how it changes every aspect of your life. You never get there because the fads get in your way. 

If you really want to get healthy I'll tell you how. It is plain. It's simple. I can't write an entire book or books about it and I can't dedicate an entire website to it. There just isn't that much to say about it. Remember, this is coming from a guy who was 50 lbs over weight and growing, smoked 2 packs a day, guzzled Coke like you can't even imagine and ate pizza more days a week than not.  Here is it, don't blink because you'll miss it. Move more, eat less and eat better.  That's all.

OK, fine a little explanation. Just to prove it really is that simple because I know you think there has to be more to it than that.

Moving is the really simple part. Just move your body. We spend way to much time sitting and laying. Way to much time watching TV and surfing the Internet. Instead go walk, run, bike, elliptical or swim. Don't complicate it more than that just make sure you get your heart rate up, your breathing faster and your body fatigued doing it. 20 minutes minimum but really you should go for more than that.

The diet isn't that much more complicated. Eat simple, single ingredient foods. If you do this you don't need to worry about paleo, vegan, low carb, low fat, blah, blah, blah. Just figure out how much you need to eat and then focus on getting most of your daily calories from things like vegetables, fruits, eggs, lean meat like chicken breast etc. You know, real food. Quit shoving junk in your face and drinking more calories than you should even be eating.

By doing these two simple things you will see phenomenal gains in health and fitness. Sure, at first you will miss the salt, fat, and sugar but trust me after a while you won't.  It's not that we eat what we like it's that we like what we eat. At first you may not like the exercise. Don't worry, it will grow on you just give it time.

There may come a time that you plateau on this simple program. For most people, when you do, you will be a very good place and if you just focus on maintaining you'll be in better shape than 95% of the people in this country. If you get here and you want to progress further you may have to complicate things and do more specific training and eat in a special way. But for the majority of Americans who have a very unhealthy baseline, this will get you to a much better spot and because it is so simple you won't burn out, fade away or confuse yourself in the process. Instead, you will finally know what it feels like to achieve your goal and be healthy and fit.