Lighter

Today I weighed myself.

I crossed a major threshold.

Before we had Judah I was pretty focused on losing weight and getting healthy. I lost a lot of weight.  I think I was lighter than I had been since my Jr. Year at Northwest University.  I felt great.  And I was working to keep losing weight.  Then we had Judah, and our whole life changed.  I had a part time job, I wasn’t sleeping, I was just too tired to exercise.  And I slowly gained back all of the weight that I had lost.

Judah is about to turn 5.  I just turned 30 and decided that I wanted to be healthy and see my kids grow up and my grandkids and hopefully my great grandkids.  So I started a health initiative.  My life is still pretty busy, but I knew I could lose weight if I would just change my eating habits.

So with the help of the book Four-Hour Body by TIm Ferris, I changed my eating habits, and I created a plan.  And I really enjoy this plan.

So this morning I weighed in at 267.  30 lbs since I started my health initiative in March.  I feel great.  And I hope to lose at least 30 more.

Here’s what I believe, our bodies are something that we are given to steward, to take care of and to use as God sees fit.  I’m not always great at taking care of my body, but I want to be.

I also believe that the biggest reason that people don’t take care of their bodies is because they believe they are too busy to eat well or to exercise.   I convinced myself that I was too busy to take care of myself.  But that’s a lie.  I am in the busiest season of my life so far.  I work full time, I’m finishing my Thesis for my MA in Theology and Culture, my wife Kathy, works pretty close to full time, we have two kids who like to go on adventures, and so on.  I understand busy.  In the midst of our buy-ness I’ve still managed to change my habits and get healthier.  I’ve got more to go but I’m on the right track.

Don’t wait.  Don’t lie to yourself.  Get healthy.  I’m not going to be a crusader but I also don’t want to hear excuses.

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2 thoughts on “Lighter

  1. Congrats on being down 30 pounds, I will be so glad when I can post that to my blog! Your post has motivated me to get on the treadmill. 🙂

  2. Good for you! Your family deserves your good stewardship. My aunt kept gaining weight after her first baby (to 400+ lb at 5′ tall! – Coca Cola addict). She’s lived an unhealthy and dependent life. Her husband, a healthy sportsman, passed away last year. We all felt sorry that he didn’t have the partner he could have enjoyed, had she been faithful to care for her body. Yup, she’s still going at 76. Who knew. And yup, Christian neighbors are looking after her.

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