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[blog] Is it an age thing?

August 22, 2011

What does age have to do with exercise?

Well, it has a lot to do with it. Some of it is logical of course, meaning it is somewhat unlikely for a 96 year run a mile at the same pace as someone in their 20’s.  Yes, that is logically thinking, but the flip side of that, is that it is a mindset as well.

Afterboot camp a few weeks ago, some of the campers stayed around and talked and one question came up about the “age” of someone who exercises and when they should stop.

The question was: “should I be doing some of these exercises at my age”?

This was an excellent question and my response was “you’re never too old to exercise”.  As I proceeded to explain the benefits and reasons of the importance of exercise in our later years, I also stated to the person that since you can do the exercises at your age should mean a lot!  The camper laughed and agreed.

We went on to discuss how some of the younger folks can not keep up with the “older” ones in the camp at times.  One camper suggested it was the mindset of those over 40 who tend to push thru things. Whereas, the younger ones seem to take a break, look around or say it’s too hard… this because this is a day and time of instant gratification without working for it?


I started to think about the other classes that I teach and the range of ages in the class. And it seems there was some credibility to that statement about mindset of those over 40. the ones over 40 really push a little harder to get thru it? And if so,why, and what is the motivation?  The challenges are there; and they meet and overcome them.

And it is true that you have to have a mindset change in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

As we continued to talk it seemed that the consensus was that if you are over 40, you seem to push thru it; no matter how difficult the challenge.

In no way  am I saying that the under 40 crowd who exercise are slackers or are not giving 100%, because I do know some under 40 who are go-getters and giver their all-n-all! What I’m saying is that there seems to be a difference when it comes to working out- younger vs. older.  And I guess this discussion could really go both ways.


So, what’s age got to do with it? 

I’d like to hear your take on this – both under and over 40.  is there some truth about what I’ve blogged about?  Let me hear from you!   Let me get about 15 comments and the next blog will have a workout for you.


And the survey says…..

January 29, 2010

Well, I hope you are enjoying this new year so far!

Some of you may or may not know, but I have been selected  by some of the top fitness experts in the industry to make an exercise DVD and to write a book to accompany it.  Glory to God! 

Psalms 37:23 reads: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  

This awesome blessing happened in October 2009, and the is giving me the desires of my heart.   I am forever grateful for that.

Now, here is the part that you can participate in!  I am getting ready to shoot the DVD and I would like to see what YOU would like see in it – exercise related.  So that is why I am doing the survey.

The DVD is to be ready this year; hopefully by the summer. 


There is a lot of time and hard work involved, but I know that the reward will be great! Especially if both the DVD and book are able to help someone make that lifestyle change to exercise and to eat better.  Let’s  live the way God wants us to live – prosperous and healthy!

Again, this is where you come in.   What would you like to see on the DVD?  Do you see any DVD’s out there that are spiritually based and have real church music to exercise to?  I know there are a few DVD’s out there…but  the goal is to make this different from those.

I have my ideas but would like to hear from others. 

So please tell me what specifics you would like to see in the DVD – in shape people? normal weight people,? overweight people  and/or  white people? Any specific exercises?   

Each and every post will be considered.   God has given me a gift to share I want this DVD to be for the people!  Please tell me your thoughts.   Let me know! I would love to hear from you!


this is on my mind…

December 21, 2009

Hello all

Hope you are well!  I was off for a week..but I’m back…and I have a question for you.

….do you want to feel beautiful?  Or handsome??  I think every person does, rite?

What do you do when you get up in the morning? You shower, shave, make sure your hair is rite (I know some women who will take a sick day of work if their hair ain’t together!). 

But in the morning, we “prepare” ourselves to go out in to the world.  We want to look our best.   Oh yes! The men shave, take the time to have on a belt that matches their shoes, tuck in the shirts and get ready to head to the office or wherever they work.   I know I do these things!  I even get my hair cut every week.

The women take time to put on their lipstick and makeup; put on perfume.  They check themselves in the mirror as they drive. Both – men and women, wanting to look good.  There is nothing wrong with that!

Even an overweight person feels they look good – they WANT to look good.  They want to feel good on the inside and out.  I am not against anything and people do what they want, but this is what I’m thinking…and I could very well be wrong.   But if there is an overweight person, man or woman, and they have taken the time to look their best, that means they love life so to say and they care about themselves.

Again, they WANT to look beautiful or handsome.  I don’t know why I am writing this, and where it is coming from! I am just typing…so bare with me!  So if they WANT to look good……again, they are wanting to look good,  so why do they put the BAD stuff inside their body?? 

 Their body is turning against them! Do they realize that? 

One blogger wrote during my first blog that “..I can remember eating the entire pack of chunky chips ahoy with no guilt.  Freely eating until my heart’s content (and artery clogging, hips spreading, etc…Jesus!).    This was just an excerpt, but this blogger went on to make a lifestyle  change and indicated it was well worth it.

So do the overweight people actually know what they are putting into their bodies?  They see the food or pop advertised on TV or hear it on the radio and they run out and buy it! Eat it, drink it and then want some more.  So is the media tricking us or persuading us as we become overweight as they rake in the money!!??   Hey! I have some good junk food over here! C’mon…it’s good for you.   (sigh…) we are all being lied to! Deceived I tell you! Deceived! 

Ok, I just got a butterfly in my stomach – I am starting to feel this thing.  I was supposed to do a video blog today, but as you see, the format of this blog has changed!  ( I guess this is why I do what I do – try to help people).

What is in the advertising? Is there a warning that says if you drink a pop you’ve exceeded your daily sugar requirement?  I don’t think there is.  What about some of the food.  Is there a warning label that states “if you eat this you will be lining your arteries waxy substances and you can bet your sweet tooty it will someday make you be dependent on medicine..!”   is there a food label out there like that?  Probably not.  

I was at dinner with two very close teacher friends  of mine yesterday and we got to talking about the childhood obesity epidemic.  Schools are now requiring that lunches have more healthier choices than the ‘junkier” choices and that students can select these healthier food items.   I thought that was very good. And now some schools are not going to have vending machines with candy bars, fruit drinks and the likes.  

Ok, so now we know we have healthy food. Junk foods.  And the really, really bad foods.  Are our bodies that messed up because of the poor food choices we made/make?  Yes.  We have eaten the bad stuff all of, or most of our lives.   And yet, we are still walking around – alive.  How can that be? only by the grace of God.  He has blessed us!

How much water do you drink?  How much splenda do you use? Hmmmm…how many cigarettes do you smoke?  How much pop or alcohol do you drink?  How much candy do you eat? 

So our bodies are messed up because of the food choices.  For me if i eat rite, I FEEL right.  If I eat something bad, my body can REALLY tell.   So can that be a reason why we have so much sickness?  Due to the things we eat?  u bet.

 So if you are reading this and are overweight, don’t be afraid, offended or discouraged!   Take small steps by changing your food choices!  That one step will lead to bigger and better!  Don’t procrastinate.  Take massive action. Do it now.  You want to be around for your kids, your grandkids and your family!  You can do it!  We can all begin by eating right and exercising!

As we prepare  or focus on making  ourselves beautiful or handsome on a daily basis, let’s propose to do the same with our food choices (include exercise).   Can we make a conscious effort to do that?

 Ok, I’m taking up waaaay too much of your time.  I will finish this up next week! 

Any comments?

Hey, is your pastor gaining weight!?

December 7, 2009

The pastor seems to be gaining weight –and are we, the congregation, doing it to him/her? Food. Food. Food. Bake pastor sweet potato pies, cake, cookies. Feed him/her at anniversary times, birthday time, any special church event, the pastor will go over to Deacon and sister Glackenbottom’s house after church for the Sunday feast. They eat…and eat…and eat…and it is a great fellowship!     

The pastor has gained weight. Are we, the congregation, part of this problem? Being a pastor, I am certain, is a very difficult job! They must socialize and a lot of that socializing seems to happen at the table. Come to the table and fellowship. And, since we are part of their flock, we tend to shower our pastors with gifts and foods many times throughout the year. We love them and we show it. If Sister Darlington bakes a pound cake, the pastor graciously accepts it.

The pastor is overweight. Are we, the congregation, part of this problem? Does the pastor get out of breath when preaching? They preach the Word hard.. sweat.. get tired…have they burned more calories during a sermon than they have consumed over the course of the day or the week? Perhaps not.

Many pastors may be experiencing high-blood pressure, sickness, diabetes, etc…is it hereditary, or are we, the congregation,  part of the problem? I wonder if the pastors are aware of what they eat (and lack of exercise) could be causing health problems. Or, if they have a doctor’s recommendation to lose weight and/or change eating habits and exercise but just haven’t done it.

Are there any physically fit pastors out there? If there are, they may the exception to the rule.

Do we see more overweight pastors in the pulpit? Do they have visceral fat (the dangerous fat around the belly area)?

Our pastors are gaining weight. Are we, the congregation, part of the problem?

From the paragraphs above, which one, if any, can you relate to: My pastor seems to be gaining weight, my pastor has gained weight, my pastor is overweight?

What are your thoughts?

Exercise and the African American Church

November 16, 2009

Hey i need your opinion!…this will be a series of posts.  This first one is about exercise. 

What do you guys think about the lack of exercise regarding the African American community? Better yet, let me drill down even further, let’s take this question into the church!  From state to state there are African American churches – some with large congregations- that have gym facilities but many of the gyms have little use or sit idle.  So access to exercise is there for the people, but not taken full advantage of, it seems.  And, it doesnt even have to be a gym located at the church; exercise can pratically be done anywhere.   group

So what is your opinion as to why many of the saints who attend the black church do not exercise?  The benefits of exercise are great!  There are many members in the Body of Christ under attack with sickness and disease.  Doctors may have even prescribed exercise as medicine for some! The statistics are very alarming (in a bad way) when compared to our caucasian brothers and sisters regarding health and fitness.  Nope, the stats ain’t good at all.  The bible provides scriptures that tell us that exercise is good for us; yet we all don’t do it.  hmmm…can exercise help you shout longer???  Ok, that’s a topic for another blog post!


…so again, within the black church, for those members who can, there is little exercise done (excluding the elderly).  I have my ideas as to why, but why do you think that is? Would really like to hear from you!