Faith Fitness and Laughter


on July 7, 2013

Morning my friends!  How has your weekend been?  Can I just request that the work days be dwindled down to only four days a week instead of 5??  Please?  Just one more day to relax and hang out with cool people would be great!


I had to work yesterday, but after I just came on home and took a nap.  It was nice.  I didn’t fully fall asleep, but just to be able to close my eyes and rest was really nice.  I had already gotten up and got my workout in so I didn’t have to worry about doing that.  I had already cleaned my friends house the night before so that wasn’t pressing.  I made a point not to clean in my own house, so resting it was. 


The only thing that I had planned was meeting my brother and his family for dinner that night.  I also met a friend of my sister-n-laws and he turned out to be really nice.  We ate at a local Mexican place and then went back to their house for coffee and pie.  It was a great evening. 


This morning I am enjoying some yoga, a smoothie and a great cup of coffee!








I have church this morning but then I am headed to do a little more hiking.  I know I know……I just can’t get enough of it!  If any of my fellow church members reading this would like to go, just let me know!!





I just love this song by Big Daddy Weave…  Redeemed.  It’s just a great great song about not living in your past and knowing that you are not who you once were.  You are changed.  Different.  You are not your past.  You are enough.

I came across some really great blog posts that I wanted to share with you…


Overcome The Lie:  Be Brave

Also at Overcome the Lie:  Face Your Fear down with Love


Beautiful Moments:  Like a Newborn


Run Pretty:  Find Your Joy


Chasing Chels: My New Normal


Freeing Imperfections:  Faith in my Friday (Enough)


Just some really great reads!





So I read this online yesterday:



Are you interested in gaining weight? If you are, perform cardiovascular exercise, and a lot of it.

Are you interested in losing weight? Then you should cut back on classic cardiovascular exercise. Shun it, even. Abolish it. Throw out your treadmill or better yet, give it to someone you don’t like as cardio doesn’t work if your goal is long-term weight loss.

There truly is only one reason to exercise: To increase your metabolism in order to burn more calories 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What is the only style of exercise that accomplishes that goal? Strength training. Increasing your metabolism through strength training is the key to successful, permanent weight loss.

Why? Because a classic diet coupled with cardiovascular exercise will result in weight loss, but it will come at a cost as 60% of the weight loss will be fat (that’s good!) while the remaining 40% will come from muscle (that’s really, really bad!).

Natural Muscle Loss After Age 20

You never want to lose lean muscle tissue. It’s simple mathematics.

  • One pound of muscle burns six calories per pound per day.
  • One pound of fat burns two calories per pound per day.

That four calorie difference may not sound like much, but for most people, that’s the difference between living lean and living obese and even morbidly obese (defined by those who are 100 or more pounds overweight).

To further complicate things, after the age of 20, the average person loses one-half to seven-tenths of a pound of muscle a year. That’s 5 to 7 pounds a decade.

As women approach menopause, the rate at which they lose muscle doubles, which is why so many women begin to gain weight right around that time of life.


After the age of 70, the average person loses 3 pounds of muscle—per year! And you wonder why some of our formerly lean celebrities blow up before our eyes. Did I hear William Shatner? Come on, did young Captain Kirk look like he had a weight problem?

Why is this weight gain happening? It’s simple—muscle loss. When you lose muscle, your metabolism is destroyed.

You are also decimating your metabolism by dieting without exercise or dieting with cardio. Your successful weight loss formula is dieting plus strength training. Period.

How Cardio (Negatively) Effects Your Body

In 2007, my book The Cardio-Free Diet was published and went on to become a New York Times best-seller. The original title of the book was CARDIO KILLS, and to this day I believe that was a far more effective representations of my opinion. That book represented a revolutionary, highly controversial approach to exercise, which continues to gain a huge following. I firmly believe that classic cardiovascular exercise is a total waste of your time because it has adverse effects on your body in the following ways:

  • Your Joints: An article about "boomeritis" in The New York Times reveals that the number two reason baby boomers visit their doctor is because of an exercise-related injury, most of which are attributable to the punishing nature of classic cardio.
  • Your Posture: Do you really want the rounded shoulder, chin jutting alignment of a runner, stair stepper or spin fanatic?
  • Your Immunity: Want to get sick and tired? Blast the life out of your immunity, which is what happens after 20 to 30 minutes of classic cardio. Why do you think so many marathon runners get sick post event or during training?
  • Your Lungs: A brilliant article by Men’s Health called “Dying Breaths” proved that while exercising in a heavily polluted area, such as Central Park or along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago (my hometown), you are gulping down gallons of toxic air. You might as well put your mouth over the exhaust of your car as that is the quality of what you are breathing. Just think of what those toxins are doing to your insides? How about the wrinkled, gray pallor of most runners’ faces. Ever wonder why?
  • Your Shape: If you are shaped like a pear and do manage to lose a few pounds with cardio, what do you end up looking like? A smaller pear. This won’t get me out of bed and into the gym with gusto as cardio does nothing to change your body’s composition and often results in a big old muffin top from all the stress.
  • Your Muscle: After 20 to 30 minutes, most classic, steady state cardiovascular exercise begins to chew up your precious, calorie-burning muscle. Shocking to realize that something you believed was the ultimate weight-loss tool ends up being the ultimate weight-gain tool because the moment you chew up that muscle, you are in a metabolic free fall.

But wait, there is one thing cardio doesn’t kill—your appetite. Go out for a run, burn a few calories, and then come back and eat up twice as many calories. Translation: Weight (and fat) gain. Doesn’t sound like a solution to me.


Interval Training Works Best

Clearly exercise is a must to lose weight, so what should you be doing? Only interval-based strength training. Here are the benefits:

  • Better heart health than classic cardio because exercising in intervals enhances what is called heart rate variability, and by doing so, you reduce your risk of heart disease much more than classic cardio.
  • A maintenance and increase in your lean muscle tissue. A diet without strength training results in a diminished metabolism. I bet you always wondered why you couldn’t keep the weight off. It’s simple, without strength training, you are all but doomed to fail.
  • An enhanced after burn. You never want to worry about the calories you burn during exercise. More important are the calories burned after exercise, called EPOC (Excess, Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). You get up to 38 hours of EPOC from interval-based strength training. That is the key to long-term weight loss success. (You get maybe two to three hours of EPOC from classic cardio training.)
  • Optimized posture. When you properly balance your interval-based strength training, you immediately see improvement in your posture.
  • Flat abs. Honestly, most abdominal exercises are a complete and utter waste of time. Want to burn abdominal fat? Strength train your upper and lower body, blast off that fat, and reveal defined abs.
  • Results. If you don’t believe me, take the “Jim Karas Challenge.” Go to your gym, and look at the people performing cardio. More than likely, they are not in shape, hanging over the machines, frowning, and burning nothing but their precious time, which all but guarantees that they will continue to “live life large,” and that’s not “large” in a good way. Then look at the people performing strength training. What do you see? People who are long and lean with flat abs, great posture, and sexy bodies. Which person would you rather be?




What are your thoughts??  Strength training is something that I have started incorporating into my workouts in the past month or so, but I am a cardio junkie in my heart.  I think it’s important to find a balance and find one that works for you.  I can remember when I first started to lose the weight and walking was the only thing that I could do.  I did eventually have to do other things that would help my body change.  I’m not an expert by any means, but finding a balance is important and everyone’s is going to be different. 




I’m off my friends… have a great great Sunday. Smile


5 responses to “Redeemed

  1. chasingchels says:

    Thanks for the shout out, love! I hope you have a great Sunday 🙂

  2. oh man that is really interesting about cardio/weight loss! also, I agree…3 day weekends would be great 🙂

  3. Shawn says:

    I love both strength training and cardio, can’t live without either one of them. As for three day weekends, I’ve been dreaming about them for a long long time.

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