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Men's Health

Life Change Happens at the Dinner Table

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In 2017, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy identified the most common threat to public health that he had witnessed:  not heart disease, diabetes, or cancer-but loneliness.  Isolation and lack of social connections, he wrote in Harvard Business Review, “are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking fifteen cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.  Loneliness is also associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia…

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I Am A Spiritual Warrior Coach

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What is it about taking risks that scares us so much?  What is it about being so concerned with what people think of us?   I have been ensnared in the safety and comfort zone trap my whole life.  I have been bogged down by wanting people to like me as long as I can remember.  It’s an exhausting and soul killing way to live.  It has made me shrink back and play small out of fear of what people think about me. 

Here is my recent battle as small as it may seem, it’s a really big deal to me.   Over…

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Rewire Your Brain Back to Perfection

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I want to change the world.  I want to show people what is possible when we fully step into who we are created to be.  What I have realized is I will never be able to do this with my current self-limiting beliefs.  I will never become the person God created me to be with my history of toxic thinking. 

That’s why I recently embarked on a journey of renewing my mind.  I decided I was going to put as much effort into my mental training as my physical and spiritual training.    I am learning that t…

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Heart Transformation Happens in Community

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Is there ever a word that keeps showing up in your life over and over again?  It’s that tap on the shoulder, that voice in your head, that desire in your heart.   The word that keeps getting shown to me is community.  Which is kind of ironic as I have become a master of isolation over the course of a life time.  Isolation is my default button when I feel overwhelmed and don’t want to deal with the challenges in life.

What God is showing me is heart transformation happens in community.  Of cours…

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Soul on Fire

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How different would our life be if we did what made us feel truly alive?  How different would our world be if we were all living out our true purpose?

I would venture to guess most of us aren’t functioning in life with our soul on fire.  We are bored, complacent and I would guess maybe even a little angry.  When we aren’t fulfilled it is easy for anger to set in.  Believe me, I get it, as I have experienced all of those emotions. 

When I share my faith journey I often get the comment of how in…

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I Doubted I Could Do It

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post titled, “Why You Should Push Your Physical Limits.”  I shared how I signed up for the Triple Bypass bike ride which covers 120 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing.  I signed up for it because I didn’t know if I could do it.  Well I did it.  I finished the ride in nine hours and thirteen minutes.  It was the greatest feeling to accomplish something I didn’t know if I could do it or not. 

I want to challenge you to sign up for something you doubt you can do …

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Stop Shrinking Back

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For as long as I can remember I have always been overly concerned about what people think about me.  A chronic people pleaser.  A Christian nice guy.  I wanted people to like me so I could feel good about myself and get validation through others.  As a result of this I would shrink back and play small.  Not a very powerful way to live. 

I didn’t take criticism well.  I would get defensive.  I would make their stuff my stuff and go into a completely diminished state of being. 

Can you relate?  …

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Why You Should Push Your Physical Limits

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One of the things I loved the most about playing football was that adrenaline rush of running out onto the field in front of thousands of screaming fans.  It made me feel fully alive.  I was always nervous before a game, but completely pumped.  It’s what I lived for. 

There was always the fear of going into battle knowing that there was going to be pain involved.  In football there is just know way to escape it.   But I loved the game.  I felt like a warrior.  A team of men giving it our best a…

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Fit Dad Fit Kids

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One of my earliest memories of exercising with my kids is when they were two and one years old.  I traded in my road bike for a Burley bike trailer and attached it to my mountain bike.  I would sneak in a bike ride with my two kids in tow with their heads bouncing around like bobble heads.  Thank goodness I didn’t cause any permanent damage to their cervical spine. 

I have always included my kids in my exercise program.  I believe one of the most important things we can teach our children is …

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Move:  For Men’s Health  (A Fight for Your Life)

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This is a statistic I have a hard time believing, but it is true.    Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality and it causes 3.2 million deaths globally.  Physical inactivity is literally killing us.

41% of men don’t get enough exercise and that puts us at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity and certain cancers.   

From the American Cancer Society research shows that being physically active helps reduce the risk of a variety of cancers.  Physical…

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