Author Archives: Dr. Ryan Noel Fraser

About Dr. Ryan Noel Fraser

I'm happily married and have two teenage children. I work as a minister, counseling professor, pastoral counselor, and Christian nonfiction author. I enjoying hiking in the mountains, camping and fishing. I'm a closet connosieur of 80's rock music.

So what form of torture (aka: cardio) is right for you?

Great post on cardio’s relationship to weight loss and muscle gain.

Curls, Carbs, and Crazy Ramblings

Cardio, or as I like to call it, “The devil’s favorite pastime,” sucks.

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When it is hated by many, and loved by so few, it is hard to know exactly what you should do (I’m the next Dr. Seuss). So, where exactly should you start? How much should you do? Why should you even get off the couch? Well, come on and follow me down the rabbit hole!

Because my current goal is to maintain the muscle I currently have, while I am cutting down on the fat I also currently have, I don’t overdo it on the cardio. (“Cutting” is when you work on getting down to a certain body-fat percentage, so you can then bulk back up to build muscle.)

The heavens open up, a bright light shines down, loud celestia- like music plays, I float down before you in a white track suit: “It’s your lucky…

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Pick Yourself Up And Dust Yourself Off, Because It’s Time For Squats.

My daughter is a fitness “beast.” So inspiring to me in my own journey toward improved health!

Curls, Carbs, and Crazy Ramblings

Man, that week sure flew by quickly!


But in all seriousness, you might be wondering where I’ve been. Which is fair. Nosey, but fair. So, just for you, I’ll give you a quick recap before my actual post. These past few months have been a little crazy. I’ve started school, found out I have hypothyroidism (which is always a fun thing to find out), got a new puppy, and have been settling into married life.

Ah, my favorite little trouble maker. She loves her family (especially her grandpa, who visits with her every morning before the gym), jumping and climbing, eating what she shouldn’t, and cuddling. She can be cute, but only when she wants to be.

But I haven’t stopped working out:

Me with a spray tan oranger than an oompa-loompa a few weeks ago. But I was still the finest looking oompa-loompa in the factory 😉

Me flexing…

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Rise and Shine.

Such an honest and inspiring first blog post from my daughter about her journey toward greater health, fitness and wholeness.

Curls, Carbs, and Crazy Ramblings

If we’re being completely honest with one another, I never thought I would weigh over one-hundred-and-fifty pounds. But there I was, four weeks ago, clocking in at one-seventy. And what a terrible kick in the teeth that was. That freshman fifteen took a quick turn into freshman forty. But it’s not fair to blame it all on college, even though I wish I could blame it for everything (it’s not like it doesn’t deserve it). But no, I had been struggling with my weight, with my motivation, and with loving who I am, long before college.

Untitled design.png It wasn’t just that I was one-seventy, it was that my husband was only twelve pounds heavier than me.

I knew I wasn’t happy with the way things were, so I made a plan. My husband and I started going to the gym, which is always scary when you haven’t been in a long…

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