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Ready for the holidays?

Updated: Mar 3, 2023



"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

The Same Mistake It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I’ve made the same mistake that I’ve made for the last five decades…I ate too much. It’s a very challenging time of the year for those of us that enjoy food. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is when the average American gains more weight than any time of the year. The good news is that Americans only gain 1.6 pounds during this period. But the bad news is that we only remove about half a pound in the months after our holiday indulgence. This is that one pound per year that we so often refer to in MD5. The Why vs. the How We all know how to get that pound off so there is no need to go into the “how.” But do we seriously consider the “why” of that pound being removed? In MD5 we talked about fitness not being about vanity or self-centeredness. Instead, fitness needs to be about having the energy to carry out the responsibilities of a Christian man. We all want a life of energy where the condition or our body doesn’t prevent us from commandment and commission work. Our energy level should never interfere with a focused energy to improve the 5% of our lives that only we can control. Keep Perspective Enjoy your holidays and don’t sacrifice the social aspects of food and fellowship, but don’t let that one pound linger. Attack that pound and get it off quickly. Each of you men understand your “why.” “The only difference between me and most men is one pound per year.” 58 year-old ultra-marathoner, Jim Doan


Roger Smithson MD5 Facilitator

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