THE "MECCA"

June 21, 2010Read: Genesis 11

"Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.'" --Genesis 11:4

Recently, I spent a day directing a photo shoot at Gold's gym in Venice, Calif., arguably the world's hub for bodybuilding and fitness. A couple of years removed from the magazine business, the spectacle was eye-opening. Above the over-sized mirrors are the words "THE MECCA," the massive letters easily 10-feet tall apiece. And if you look around the room, the word is as appropriate as it is misleading, because many  in the mirror really do believe they've arrived.

Now is a perfect time of year to make new commitments to greater health, but like we've said from the beginning, it's not about the body. At PrayFit, we believe our mission toward greater fitness is all about obedience and never about perfection. Our mantra is that it doesn't matter how big we get in life, but that embracing our smallness each day is what matters most. Remember we serve a great, big God, which makes us no match and a perfect match all at the same time. For that reason, it's only after He's arrived, that we'll ever be able to claim the same.

--J.P.

SUMMER SLIMDOWN Start shedding bodyfat with this simple, if grueling, lifestyle change Looking to really get ready for the beach? Well, while planning your workouts is important, it may be more critical to clean up your diet. So, it's time to pick out all the old, processed bags of food and replace them with wholesome food choices.

Today, the first Monday of spring time, the task is simple: gut your kitchen, ridding it of foods that do little to help you achieve balance, let alone allow for a fitter, healthier physique. But before you replace them, make a list of what shouldn't be and post it somewhere you'll see it often. That way, if it's on that list, it'll never find its way on a new grocery list again.

We're asking the brave ones to share their "do not buy" lists on the forums. Welcome to spring! Let's spread the health.

>>NUTRITIONAL SPRING CLEANING: What types of foods do you have in your pantry that need to go? Let us know on the forums!

Originally posted 3/22/10.