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Hello all,

FYI I have just self-hosted this blog within the past week!  I decided to do this as a step of faith, and after many months of contemplation.  In case you have not been able to tell, I am really passionate about this health stuff, so after 7 months of consistent blogging, I am taking it to the next level.

My URL remains the same:  yourhealthatthecrossroads.com.  The theme is the same as well, but there are a few significant differences:

  1. I have a front page now
  2. You now have to navigate to yourhealthatthecrossroads.com/blog to read the blog posts
  3. I have also added a few other pages that are still under construction
    1. I Recommend – a page where I primarily recommend products to you that I have used and liked.  For the most part, this will be stuff like exercise equipment and books
    2. My Products – in the relatively near future I will have my own eBook (already written; in the editing process).  Pretty exciting stuff.  I also anticipate more of my own products in the further future
    3. Online Personal Training – when I get the opportunity and the time, I will begin to offer Personal Trainer services online.  Basically, this will include personalized workouts with the option of accountability help

This is what I need from you.  Please subscribe to my blog, even if you have already.  When I switched hosts, it did not move my followers over.  Therefore, you will not receive my posts unless you subscribe again.

Also, if you see anything that has helped you, would you pay it forward by sending it to someone else who you believe needs it?  My sincere prayer and desire is that people be helped by the content on my site, and my best help with getting the word out will be from word of mouth from people like you.

Thanks for your help in advance, and remember to subscribe!

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Be The Best (Insert Your Name)!

I have wasted way too much time in my life trying to be like somebody else in regards to physical fitness.  Movies I liked and magazine articles I read featured muscle-bound guys who were ripped to shreds.  I read articles where folks said that if you did this workout, or if you ate that much food, you would achieve their coveted physique.

This never worked for me.

I would try someone’s prescribed muscle-building workout, but then I would fall off either because:

  1. I did not count the cost….OR
  2. I simply got bored.

I would stuff myself with food to gain weight – I am a hardgainer – and although I would gain some weight, I would repeatedly plateau.  I also would get tired of trying to eat so much, as well as of spending so much money to do so.

Not anymore.

It has been only within the past two or so years that I finally decided that I would do me.  In other words, instead of trying to achieve someone else’s physique, I would work hard doing workouts that I liked, and see where I would end up.  Instead of trying to eat so much food, I would focus on eating healthier and eating enough to be satiated, trusting that my body will respond.

Because of this, I live a much freer life.  Why force myself to do hours of exercise that I may not even enjoy?  Why stuff myself with large meals every 3 hours when my body is going to fight tooth and nail from gaining the weight anyway?  I want to have fun working out.  I want to enjoy my food.  I want to LIVE!

I want you to live, too.  If you do not get anything else from this article, read the following tips to help you to do you:

  1. Accept yourself.  There is literally no one else in the world like you.  Just like the folks you admire are one-of-a-kind, you are one-of-a-kind too.  You are no different than they are.
  2. Do NOT compare yourself to others.  Not smart.  How are you going to compare yourself to someone else, and you lack the same experiences, the same physical and mental makeup, and so on?  The bible talks about how this kind of comparison is not smart.
  3. Receive motivation – and that alone – from others.  There is nothing wrong with being motivated to get in shape by someone who is in shape.  When you want what they have though, you begin to cross into bad territory.
  4. Focus on exercise you actually likeThe more you actually like the exercise, the more likely you will stick with it, and the better results you will see.  Find what you like to do, and do that…a LOT.
  5. Eat healthy most of the time.  As long as you follow some basic principles for eating well, such as avoiding soft drinks and a lot of the packaged stuff, and focusing on fresh food, you should do well.  You might need to tweak that here and there, but there is no need to follow somebody’s crash diet.
  6. Wean yourself from needing fast results.  This is a big problem for us in our culture…wanting everything fast.  I like to say that anything that is truly worth something is going to take some time.  So get comfortable with being consistent with your eating and exercise for a LONG time.

Oh, one more thing that I must say to elaborate on the accept yourself point is that, while you should be happy to be who you are, please do not settle for an unhealthy version of yourself.  If you are truly overweight, you will only hurt yourself if you do not get to a healthy weight.  I understand the acceptance movements and sympathize with them, because society is cruel, but to be your healthiest, you have to lose the extra pounds.

I hope this article helps someone.

Weekend Harvest 5 July

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We went out to the garden and pulled out a few things:

  1. Garlic – All of the stuff covered in soil is garlic.  We eat a lot around here, for the taste as well as the health benefits.  It is very, very easy to grow.  Just pull those cloves out of the pantry that have started to sprout, plant them in the ground, and after they sprout, wait until the long green leaves/stems turn brown and fall over.  It’s ready.
  2. Tomato – Just one little tomato.  I need to water the garden a bit more…oops.
  3. Carrots – The carrot on the left would have been longer, but it grew into our Georgia clay and was very hard to pull out.  There is a lot more where this came from, though.  We planted 2-15 foot rows and just need to get out there and get them.