Megan Phelps-Roper

I listened to a fascinating podcast interview with Megan Phelps-Roper.

She’s the young woman who grew up in the Westboro Baptism Church (the church known for preaching a message of hate and protesting the funerals of military soldiers & gay people and such.)

She’s extremely intelligent, and listening to her chat about her upbringing and her realizations was extremely powerful.

You can find the interview on Sam Harris’s podcast, “Making Sense.”

Here’s the link: https://samharris.org/podcasts/171-escaping-christian-cult/

11 Life Focuses

Over the years I’ve done a ton of thinking about life, and these are the 11 things I’ve been led to concentrate on the most:

1. Try every day to build people up 

2. Be curious, ask questions, listen, learn & grow

3. Enjoy entertainment of all sorts 

4. Work a job well to bless people 

5. Enjoy the benefits & high of exercise 

6. Travel, explore & experience wondrous things

7. Create your own art to offer to others (music, podcasts, blogs, videos, paintings, goods, etc)

8. Soak up nature often

9. Enjoy good food & drink a bunch, but don’t let them own you or ruin your health

10. Enjoy relationships & intimacy

11. Worship God in a moving/heartfelt way that truly touches your soul

Weight Loss Hacks

I lost a ton of weight between 2018 & 2019. So this post is about things I learned firsthand about diet & exercise.

These are four really simple weight loss tips that worked wonders for me. I’m not a health expert by any means, but these are things that helped me lose 100+ pounds.

#1 You can eat a ton of good food and still lose weight. Just avoid like the plague anything high in carbs or added sugars. That’s the biggest key by far.

#2 The time of day you eat food makes a huge difference. Eat a lot more food earlier in the day, and eat as little as possible in the evening. Going to bed with a bit of hunger gnawing at you works miracles with weight loss. Then wake up & eat a big ass breakfast.

#3 Buy a good, accurate scale that you like. And get on it twice a week no matter what (I weigh myself every Sunday & Wednesday morning, & I plan to do so the rest of my life.) As you get into the habit of weighing yourself twice weekly, concentrate on one main goal - to have that weight number go down a least a tiny little bit every single time you get on your scale (until you reach your goal of course.)

#4 Do some kind of daily exercise. Walking even just a little bit each day is glorious. Whatever it is you choose to do, make it something you enjoy (or you can at least tolerate), & do it daily, without exception. Consistent exercise makes a huge difference with weight loss.