Catholic Dads and Husbands Need to Stay Around Not Stay Round

God does not need a building campaign in your body. The temple of the Holy Spirit does not need more space.

Guys, you know from experience or advice that the male metabolism starts slowing at 18. You recall or were warned about the “freshman 15”, the weight you would gain your first year in college.  Add to that the poor food decisions most Americans (can’t speak for other nations) make on a daily basis. What you get is the potential for less than optimal health, possibly poor health.

We must be more careful with the fuel we put into our bodies and how we maintain our well being. Proper nutrition and exercise is what each of us need.

At the time of this writing, I am 38 and I have 5 kids. If poor health took me out right now, my wife and kids would be up crap creek in a lot of ways. They nees us around for a long time, men. They do not need us to be round.

1. Annual Physicals

I had a scare a few months ago in which my blood pressure was at stroke level. It wouldn’t go down. I thought I was having a heart attack and admitted myself to the ER. What I learned was that I had extremely high blood pressure that needed medication. I am now on meds to assist while I make better food choices and keep improving my health. What led to that? Never went to the doctor. An annual physical is a good thing, guys. Even without insurance you can find places to get an annual physical for little oe no money. This is the only way to identify hidden signs of future problems and deal with them.

2. Staying Active

I am a wrestler. I coach. I grapple with anyone near my size (or bigger). For a long time though after I got married I did very little exercise. As a result I gained a lot of weight. Bad idea. We have to stay active in order to keep ourselves in the best condition we can. We do this so we can protect, provide, and procreate. Fitness is the key. Luckily for me, all that conditioning and training as a wrestler gave me good lungs and a high threshold for endurance. It has been easier to do more activity. The additional weight just makes it more difficult. In fact, I have lost 40 lbs since my bout with depression and I continue to improve.

Incorporate daily exercise such as…

  • Walking (park far from the office as well)
  • Crunches
  • Push ups
  • Hindu squats
  • Burpies
  • Lunges

You can do these anywhere with no equipment. The important thing is regular exercise. Just do it.

3. Drink Water

I hate water. I still drink .5-.75 gallons of water each day. Water provides means for your body to operate as well as to flush the bad stuff out. Cut out the cokes and beer. Limit dairy and juices as well. Not only is that extra calories, but it is a poor substitute for water and may cause you to drink less of it. I am not saying never have them. Just limit your intake. Cutting cokes is an easy way to shed 3-5 lbs. If you drink plenty of water, you will pee more often. Okay, but you will be flushing impurities much more efficiently. It will also help you lose weight. Water. Not flavored water. Not club soda. Not tea. Water water water. Drink it. If you must, add a couple drops of pure lemon juice (no sugar or sweetener and no lemonade).

4. Improve Your Fuel

You gotta watch the fuel that goes in the tank, dudes. Calories matter for sure. Weight loss is always a matter of calorie intake – calorie expenditure. Expend more calories than you take in and you will lose weight. However, you gotta have good nutrition to properly fuel the body. Lean meats, fish, along with fresh vegetabkes and fruits. Not processed food, which are normally loaded with sodium and fat. Yes, it costs a little more than a microwave pizza, but a homemade pizza tastes better and can give you more bang for your buck in the long run.

Lastly, limit extra calories from sweets and booze. Not only do the calories add up, but high volumes can harm your body. Sinful habits can also develop, and we don’t want that.

5. Cut Out the Crap

Extra calories are one thing. Smoking, drugs, porn, and other unhealthy actions will destroy us. Even if you don’t believe in moral absolutes (Catholics absolutely do believe in right and wrong) you need only look at the statistics to see that these activities lead to destruction. Stop now, and if you need help (we all need help) tell a trusted friend and begin the process of stopping and healing now.


That’s it for now. We can revisit these things later. I am telling you though. We have to stick around. Our kids and our wives need us.


About Tactical Catholic

Catholic husband, dad, and convert to the Catholic Faith. A Catholic layman doing his part to strengthen Catholic men for their vocation.

Posted on June 6, 2014, in Catholic Family, Catholic Husbands, Catholic Manliness, Parenting, Preparedness, Small Church Community, Spiritual Warfare and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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