A Fitness For Life Mindset

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How many of us played sports in high school and/or college?

How many of us enjoy sports, but threw out the idea of “being an athlete” after we stopped riding in buses with other sweaty people to play hard for a couple hours?

How old are you now? It doesn’t matter.

Since I started my trail running journey, I have realized that I AM an athlete. Perhaps even more so than I was in 1986. I found that proclaiming that, even speaking it outloud was huge in my development.

As I am on what is called life’s downhill grind, I do not have to throw away the idea that I am still progressing and growing in so many ways. There are many more trails to run for these legs. Now, instead of weight loss and management, I focus on…

Fitness For Life

So, I can now wrestle with weight loss from an athlete’s perspective.

Sadly most of us, for whatever reason, have ended up nuking totally good fitness regimens before they even lace up their sneakers.

Why? Because in a world filled with boxed food, weight loss commercials, and a politically driven diet recommendations, anything without a 3 day payoff goes against the grain of the typical instant gratification mindset. While it would be nice to actually drop inches in just a few days like what those miracle ads proclaim, managing flab and losing weight through physical fitness is a slow and steady process that takes time and commitment.

Setting weight management goals can be a good motivator.

Gradual weight loss, for those people who wish to shed off some extra pounds, is usually the safest.

That is why fitness pros have come up with the idea of lifetime fitness in order to teach people set realistic goals. These lifetime fitness programs generates dietary regimens that cut your normal carb consumption for your weight to 70-80 per day, so will burning the same amount each time you train. I prefer to use that term. Why call it exercise, when you can train? After all, you are an athlete. Right? I think this can encourage healthier weight loss.

Fitness For Life teaches you how to maintain a physically fit body at the same time enjoy and live a normal, active life. It gives you the chance to strike a balance between the two (training and diet), and make training, be it team sports, cycling, or walking, something you will really have fun with.

That is why fitness for life fulfills the idea of making a long-term healthy lifestyle change and is primary in keeping the pounds off once they are gone.

To know more of the benefits that lifetime fitness can bring, here are some facts that you need to know:

  1. Lifetime fitness programs offers you the most comprehensive and wide-ranging fitness and health encounter with quality services, in which the customers will feel gratified.

These fitness programs provide you the right method in maintaining health, build up and encourage your competence, and take care of your family’s physical fitness as well.

  1. Because the goal of lifetime fitness is to provide you with long-term achievements as far as physical fitness is concerned, these programs utilizes numerous fitness equipments that will tone and manage your health and the different parts of your body.

There are fitness equipment that will give your cardiovascular system a lift. You can also opt for some sports facilities that will provide you with an alternative way of being physically fit.

  1. Lifetime fitness programs and centers also provide nutritional products such as food supplements that will aid in the formation of good blood cells and tissues thereby making your body at its pek of health.

Lifetime fitness centers and programs also provide you with up-to-date fitness magazines that do not only give substantial information about fitness and health but inspirational stories as well. These articles will give you an insight on how to make you life balance and how to live a life that is healthy and fit.

Indeed, staying fit and healthy can be a long and winding road and there are instances wherein you may find your enthusiasm fading occasionally. Nevertheless, with the comprehensive programs provided by lifetime fitness plans, you can start heading back to the right track of a healthier you.

Who Makes The Best Fast Food Hamburger?

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What is our favorite fast food hamburger?

Did you know that many people can eat big old burgers and not gain weight? Check out my popular article on intermittent fasting here.

LET us help you decide on the best fast food burger. As a matter of fact, we will do you a huge favor and we will give you the ranking from best (number 1) to worst (number 5).

Every family has their favorites as well as their “go to” places to eat.  There are certainly differences of opinion within every castle, but if you get a feel for the likings, you can usually narrow in on an old standard. 

I polled my family on five fast food burger joints. Who has the best burger? 

Look, I’m old enough to have come to a conclusion on this. I don’t have to go out and buy them all, set them out and do a blind taste test. I can taste them in my mind right now. It may be that I will have to take a burger break as I write. I’m making myself hungry. I believe I need to do more research. 

Why am I doing this?

Is this a waste of time? Is this idle talk? I don’t think so. I think it is part of my mission to get people to take their minds off of the heavy things that press on them these days. For example, if you are a person of faith, you have a variety of disturbing news articles about discrimination and even persecution brewing in the land. No matter what belief you have, there is plenty to bring you down. I am here to intentionally lighten up the conversation to bring a smile or two.

As I share the results of our super scientific research based poll, I ask you to weigh in. We will notify the burger joints of our “findings” and, perhaps we can go get ground beef and fries together. 

By the way, we are certifying a “best fries” category as well. 

The results:

Hamburger

1. Whataburger

2. Hardees/Carl’s Jr.

3. Wendy’s

4. McDonalds

5. Burger King (no one in our family enjoys Burger King burgers). 

Fries 

1. Hardees

2. Wendy’s

3. Whataburger (My personal least favorite. Not into the thin, stringy fries.)

4. McDonalds 

5. Burger King 

OK, so here are a couple “Honorable Mentions” to establishments which are not in the poll. 

Really good fries, but not from a burger joint – Chick-Fil-A

Impressive burgers but mainly a drive thru – Checkers

Well, what do ya think? Our surprise here was the Hardees Fries. They were not the favorite of anyone, but they scored better than any other. Some fries like Wendy’s were at the top for me, but others don’t like the natural cut fries with sea salt, so Hardees was able to sneak up for a win. 

What is your family’s favorite burger?

What about the fries? 

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Our favorite Burger Joints in the news:

The first Whataburger was served 70 years ago in South Texas.

Seventy years ago, Texas was blessed with the burger supreme when Whataburger served its first customer in 1950 in Corpus Christi.

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Do McDonalds Employees Really Earn $21 an Hour in Denmark? – Dan Bongino

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Family Fun In Satellite Beach, Florida

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Another relaxing week at a lovely beach side condo in satellite Beach Florida. We could walk just about everywhere we needed to go. anytime we ventured further out stress from people worried about masks was a little daunting. So for the most part we stuck around, we had a great fellowship with some friends from the seat of Abraham fellowship in Merritt Island Florida. if you ever get a chance to visit seat of Abraham, you will love it.


our favorite little ice cream shop is right across the street. complete with live tortoises. But we did discover a new gem. due to the fact that our usual restaurant was closed for the time being. We walked a few more steps to a lovely little burrito hut. And I had to buy their sauce it was amazing. now I put it on everything excluding cereal.

Have you visited Satellite Beach?

My 21 Days Of Intermittent Fasting

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I just wrapped up my personal experiment of intermittent fasting for 21 days. I can report that I was faithful to the end.

How do I feel? Really good.

Do I miss having that early breakfast? Not anymore.

What were three main benefits that I experienced from intermittent fasting?

Number one: I lost weight. I weighed around 185 going in. And this morning I jumped up on the scale with fear and trembling. 175. A 10 lb weight loss in 3 weeks. I would prefer 20 lb of weight loss but when you compare it to not losing any weight, or gaining weight. Well, you see where I’m going with that. I’m happy with the results.

Number two: I feel good. Like James Brown, I’m thinking I’m going to do one of those little Twistee ankle slidy kind of dances. I know, I’ve got you picturing it. But I’m not doing it for video unless I have the wig. So if you can find me Good James Brown wig I’m going for it.

Number three: My stomach is not as flabby. Yeah even though I run on a regular basis, my fifty-three-year-old self has been over the legal weight limit for my hobby. Not that there is a legal weight limit, but if there was, I’m sure I would screeched over it.

But yesterday, just yesterday, on day 21, I realized my stretchy jeans we’re feeling a little bit on the loose side. So, I gave it a try and I tighten my belt loop one sweet notch.

Lake Dallas Holmes once said, “Hey I’m a Believer now.” I think he was talking about something else, However, I am a believer in the intermittent fast.

As a matter of fact, I am at the point now where I would recommend the intermittent fast. Being that I am not a licensed Healthcare professional, or dietitian, I guess I would not suggest that you do this thing unless you have spoken with your personal doctor of Chiropractic but if I were such a professional, I would give you a recommendation of such.

I do want to say that you might be interested in reading up on the intermittent fast.

What did I do for my 21 days?

That’s a good question. I’m glad I asked. I simply tapped into a 16-hour fast everyday. So if I was done eating by 6:30 p.m. my next meal would come at around 10:30 or so in the morning. Most days I did not get finished with dinner until around 7 or 7:30. And lately I have been running after work. I also pick up our daughter from dance class so, sometimes we don’t get home until after 7:30. That’s where the fun came in. It takes a little bit of planning for this scheme.

Any good system has a plan.

As a matter of fact the scriptures say that the people perish without a plan. So I made sure that I had some gluten free bread and peanut butter and jelly in the office. And that is a treat for me. No offense to any casserole makers in the bass household. But PB&J is one item which I believe, would be my items to bring on the island for Survivor, the (yes, it’s still on the air) TV show.

So what now?

Where do we go from here, not that all of the children are grown. (Ours aren’t) Games people play, diets people do? Right now, I am going to continue intermittent fasting. Why would I not? When I feel this good and I believe I have cracked my metabolism code.

Soon, I might go back to a Keto lifestyle, because I do enjoy the convenience of being able to pick up a slab of meat and enjoy the savory niceness. But, for now I shall intermittent-ize my fasting.

One note about the term diet.

Many people, diet gurus, like to say that diets are a bad thing. And that we need a lifestyle instead. I disagree with that. Because we all are on a diet. No matter what kind of Count Chocula or Pop-Tarts you have throughout the day and as a midnight snack. You are on a diet.

The question – is will you be on a healthy diet? Which is, yes a lifestyle. When we speak of the lion in the zoo, the zookeeper with the little Britney Spears microphone speaks out the items in the Lion’s “diet.” Sometimes they may even mention what their diet consists of in the wild. So what is your diet? We are all on a diet? Is yours healthy? How do you feel? Do you have a plan?

Have you ever tried intermittent fasting? And if so what version of the fast have you implemented? Leave your comments and suggestions in the comment area below.

Be blessed and keep smiling.

A Peaceful Walk In the Wild

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I know my readers might get tired of pictures of things around Lafayette Heritage Park, but I can’t help it.

Today I decided to zone in on a few bees. So much activity around the lake with the wild flowers. I guess that’s pretty normal after so much rain in the past couple weeks. The place was truly buzzing.

Check out this delightful video I made for you.

Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park

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A lesson on edible plants.

We took a Sunday stroll through natural Bridge Battlefield State Park. This is a small park, a historical monument. There is a hiking trail which runs along the road. You get to see where the St Marks River sinks into the ground. That’s unique.

Our special treat on this day was that we had our good friend Leah with us. She is an expert on edible plants. She has traveled the world and studied cultural sustainability. She pointed out a variety of plants with edible berries and/or leaves.

After showing us one of the edible plants, she mentioned that she doesn’t often eat from that plant because they are very popular around dog urine. Perhaps you could have told me that before trying the plant.

There’s not a lot to this park. But it was wide open, with very few people there. That made for a comfortable relaxing stroll.

If you’re ever near Tallahassee Florida, take a little side trip to natural Bridge Battlefield State Park. Hey, it’s only three bucks to get in.

Running in a Tropical Storm

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Join me for a wet trail run in Tallahassee.

This wasn’t a waterfall yesterday.

As you can see, this was a lot of fun. Anytime in Florida when you can exercise in the rain without lightning and thunder…

I was wondering what the best running shoe is for wet weather. That has been my frustration with trail shoes. I believe that not all trail shoes are tested with wet weather. Many of my shoes have proven to be super slippery on roots and rocks during the rain.

I have even resorted to wearing some glorified water shoes to go running in. They are great for traction. Very low to the ground of course. But the bottom is constructed of rubber that is very similar to that of a tire. Some of my shoes have more of a slick rubber.

What is the best wet weather running shoe? I’m talking off road here.

18 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Running – Most Have Little To Do With Running

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I have always been able to run, praise Yah! But I don’t think I ever really enjoyed it until recent years.

Necessary Steps

I always saw it as necessary for whatever sport I was involved with. I need to get to base quickly after that sorry excuse for a hit. I need to get to that ball before that big dude gets there. I need to get past these guys before that one over there tackles me and makes grass another food group.

A couple years ago, I must have run through a portal of some sort. I found myself looking forward (I know how that sounds) to a daily run. 

  • Every shoe was graded on how “runnable” it was, even if it was a work shoe.
  • I actually started reading about running. Why not? Why, actually?

Find Yourself

Man, I saw a bunch of movies in the eighties about going out there and finding one’s self. Vision Quest, Razor’s Edge, Weekend At Bernie’s. I had friends who went on journeys across the country or to the Jiffy Store in search of the real “me.”

Well, I never knew anyone who came back having found their-self. 

I love this version of the Keith Green Song “Run To The End Of The Highway.”

I Found More of God – That’s Where I Found Me

Out there on the trail, with squirrels jumping around, I started to hear from God… And I tell you, it just kept coming, the words of revelation. I really started to face things that I had run from (how ironic) for 30+ years. 

What have I learned from running. And most have little to do with running?

I could go on and on but I would rather be running, so here is a simple list. I can elaborate later, but I just need to get these out here before I chicken out. 

  1. I am gifted with what most call A.D.D.
  2. I grew up in a family that was rocked by substance abuse.
  3. I was drugged and abused one time, as a teenager. Never talked about it.
  4. I can run a half-marathon.
  5. I can run almost daily and still not achieve my ideal weight. It will take more strategy than that.
  6. I made many self-destructive choices while pretending to be in control.
  7. I like running because God wants me to run. 
  8. My Father-God loves me beyond my understanding.
  9. Plantar Faciitis possibly saved my life.
  10. I now know how to eat.
  11. Deer get used to the sound of my voice after a while. 
  12. I don’t ever want to stop running, even though I already know I will slow down. 
  13. I know what causes migraines for me, and how to keep them away, for the most part.
  14. I am 500% more confident.
  15. I am comfortable in my own skin.
  16. I have much more inspiration coming. To be continued.
  17. Trees are good for my mental health.
  18. God has given me keys to unlock doors.

Outdoors 

A real enhancer for the running cure, for me, is the addition of trails as the setting. I love nature. I always have. Running outdoors, in the forest, makes outdoors a real thing for me, and not just a screen saver. 

Quid Pro Go

If you make the time to go outdoors. If you treat it as you would a doctor’s appointment, you can gain tremendous benefits from your exercise. The gains can far outweigh the downsides of weather and sweat. 

You might want to consider getting on the trail and stepping it up a little. You might be surprised. I feel like I must give a disclaimer here: results vary, and blah blah, see your doctor before you….

Do you enjoy exercise, to the point that you joyfully embark on each session?

A Tale of Two Straws

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Paper Or Plastic?

Sometimes we have to think things over in a fresh way. I have done that with the environmental movement in general. Usually when I see their end request being something other than helping the immediate cause, I am skeptical. For instance if somebody wants to save a river or save some trees, why is it that they are working on it from a global warming narrative?

We took a step back in a big way when we stopped using paper straws and we opted for plastic ones that will be with us for many generations. The paper straw dies and goes to paper heaven into 6 weeks. The plastic version stays around and joins the hordes of tiny hollow zombies for many generations.

Why look at a pile of straws and say look this is making the temperature hotter? Why not clean the earth? Is it because most people realize that you can’t get 100% compliance? That you’ll still see these straws everywhere even if it’s against the law to litter?

Why build a secondary argument and seek to get 100% compliance in that way? Why would a litter bug suddenly stop spreading litter because it might make the place warm? Maybe that litter bug is in northern Canada. Maybe they want some warmth.

I wish that people who love the planet would love the planet and spread that message. Stop screaming in people’s face about thermometers. Stop telling them that using plastic straws is going to make Florida go away. Using plastic straws is going to fill the Earth with grubby petroleum based unattractive and harmful to animals sticks. Stop buying them. Boycott plastic straws. Do your part to educate friends and family. If you want to invest in a broader campaign, by starting some sort of nonprofit that seeks a strawless society, then super cool. Go for it.

I’ll probably do a follow-up video about paper and plastic bags. Those plastic bags were supposed to save a whole bunch of trees. Now how often do we see trees with little plastic parachute wannabes stuck on their limbs?

In many cases the environmental movement has turned into, instead of a save the world effort, a “control the world” scheme.

Do good. Don’t take people’s stuff. Be kind to people, animals, and the world. That should work.

Next time you are at a restaurant, skip the straw. Just drink from the cup. We should have graduated sippy cups by now.

You Are Not A Donut!

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Alternate title: Don’t be a D-hole.

Our past experiences do make us stronger, if we are determined to overcome. The journey is all part of the story.


However, we have all had times where we live in our past. We see ourselves as that foolish, and fumblng human being. We beat ourselves up for the wrong turns and the lost battles. As a child of the Redeemer, you are more than a conqueror. You are a new being. You are not that “hole,” you are not that missing peace. You are made “whole.” You are complete. You are made whole in Messiah. Then those broken dreams can become part of the testimony, but not your identity.

Less gory details, more Glory details.


I hope for you today, if you have been beating yourself up, is that you will rest in the fact that you are fully forgiven, and fully restored in the name of Jesus/Yeshua. I pray that you walk in victory, and walk in his provision and inheritance.

Amen.