THE COWBOY CORNER EDITION 10 VOL.1

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Another Foal

Some of you who read my newsletter might be doing a double-take. You may be saying, "Wait, didn't we just read an article titled another foal?" Will you are not mistaken but, neither am I for titling the article this way. We do, in fact, have another foal on the ground! This time, it is a colt that belongs to my favorite horse, Pepper. I'm not going to lie; it is a special moment for me as Pepper is the only horse I like riding. To see another in her line is an awesome thing. Sam also has a special spot in his heart for Pepper and is excited to see a little colt walking around. The new generation of horses on the ranch is going to be very special since they came from some of our favorite horses. It might be tough to wait three years before we can work them. 

The new colt does not have a name yet, and if you have any ideas, please feel free to add it to the comment section below. One of my favorite parts about this youngin is that he is an identical image of his mom. The white spot on their faces makes the little one almost a clone of her. That is why I think that his name should be Mini Me. I don't think the cowboys are into that name, but that is my nonranching mind at work. I will keep you guys updated on this new foal and the others soon.

 

Health and Fitness

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In the last health and fitness article, we discussed the benefits of proteins in meat, particularly beef. I was able to confirm the immense strength gains received from eating protein. I was excited about the results, as strength training/bodybuilding had recently become my sport of choice. It is also exciting that I was able to put on more muscle than my old sport of choice, skiing.

However, when I moved from Colorado to Texas and switched sports, I still had another problem: calories. With skiing, I easily burn thousands of calories in a day by hitting the slopes. That meant I could eat like I was 17, back when I ran cross country for high school. When I moved to Texas, that all changed. Even with cowboying, the amount of calories I was burning was not close to the amount I burned in Colorado. I started to gain weight.

I started looking for answers to my weight gain, and I never knew that the answer I was looking for was right in front of me all this time: beef. My first clue to this was when I was listening to one of my favorite fitness podcasts, and the host gave me an amazing tip. The host said if you are trying to lose weight, eating the protein on your plate first before you eat anything else is best. This is because protein is one of the most filling nutrients. Try eating the densely nutritious beef first and as a result you may find yourself leaving the fattening side of the plate because you are full. Moreover, you won’t be as hungry throughout the day and could find yourself snacking less.

Many studies show that beef is one of the most filling foods. In my personal experience, I noticed that I could eat a steak at 6 O’clock at night and not be hungry before bed. Now, if I did that with a bowl of noodles, I would be hungry again in two hours. Often, this would lead to a second dinner of sorts and many more calories in any given day.

With my protein intake skyrocketing, I noticed that my weight had started to come back down. I noticed a lot less desire to eat junk food and snacks, and my hunger was more under control. The best part of all of this is that my strength gains and muscle mass continued on the rise. If you are looking for filling food to help with hunger, consider eating your protein goals before anything else.

 

 

GET TO KNOW THE AUTHOR: FOR THOSE NEW TO READING MY NEWSLETTER, MY NAME IS CONNOR MCCAULEY, AND I'M MARRIED TO A FIFTH-GENERATION RANCHER. I WRITE THESE ARTICLES FROM MY PERSPECTIVE A LOT OF THE TIME. AS SOMEONE RAISED IN THE HOUSE OF A STOCKBROKER IN SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, MY PERSPECTIVE CONTRASTS WITH MY NEW TEXAS RANCHING LIFE. IN 2015, I MOVED TO COLORADO AND PURSUED A CAREER WITH THE SKI RESORTS. THAT IS WHERE I MET MY WONDERFUL WIFE, HELEN. IN 2021, WE MOVED TO HER FAMILY'S RANCH FULL-TIME, AND I BECAME A MIX OF THINGS FROM RANCH HAND TO MARKETER TO RETAIL MANAGER.

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