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Traveling--Hmm, How will it Go?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I'm leaving town for 10 days and will be living (mostly) out of a hotel where I'll get free breakfast (and where I can nab some good snacks for the day) but I'm on my own for lunch and dinner. No fridge in the room so I'm trying to think through what I can do. For the first time in nine weeks, I'm a little nervous about how this is going to go. I really don't want to blow it and gain back a couple of pounds.

Any thoughts?


The Glory of Christ & Healthy Living

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I'm a pastor so I've been putting the finishing touches on my Sunday sermon this morning. It's about how God has responded to our sin, and the dire consequences thereof, but sending Jesus Christ into the world that whosoever would believe in him would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16; see also Ephesians 2:1-10).

I remember what I was like before I knew Jesus Christ. I remember how hopeless I was and how alienated I was from God, even though at times I thought I was near him. I was like a rebellious son who thought he'd done nothing wrong when in fact his sin had ripped out his parent's hearts.

But by the grace of God in Christ he saved me from my sin and is changing me one day at a time to be the man he created me to be. And I'm just SO grateful!

One interesting impulse this has produced in me this morning is to strive all the more to live a healthy lifestyle out of gratitude for him. He's given me this body and forgiven me so much in this body, that I want to steward it well and use it to glorify his great Name.

Thanks, God, for Jesus Christ, and for the desire to take better care of myself for your glory! Please hear my prayer.


Sub-220--I'm Learning to Believe!

Friday, May 15, 2009

I can't believe it--I weighed in at 219 this morning! I've been straining to remember the last time I was sub 220 but I can't. I know it's been several years.

So I had a good talk with myself this morning. The day I started SP (March 21 I think) I looked at myself in the mirror and said, "Charlie, you have to believe this is possible." Because to be quite honest, I didn't. I've been struggling to manage my weight for years and I've been mostly on the losing end in the last several. In fact, I said to some of my closest friends last year, "I've given up trying." I was deflated.

But then a couple of things happened in my life to make me wake up to the reality that I must take better care of myself and during the course of conversation about this one day, my wife told me about SP. I spent hours reading the material and setting up my stuff and then I went and looked in the mirror: "Charlie, you have to believe this is possible! You have to believe that your little bicycle can move down that weight loss scale."

Most of me didn't believe it could happen in my life, but a small part of me did--I chose to listen to that small part and do EVERYTHING SP told me to do. I chose not to think, "I know this, I can skip that, etc.," but rather to think, "I know nothing, they obviously know what they're talking about, I'm going to follow EVERYTHING they tell me to do!" So in stage one I followed everything; in stage two I followed everything and took every step; I'm now in stage 3 strategy one and I've done everything they've told me to do; as I move through the remaining four strategies and then on to stage 4 I'll do everything they tell me to do--and all I can say is that it's working and now I believe!

There's still a small part of me that thinks my goal weight, 185, is not possible--I haven't weighed less that 190 in over 15 years. But I'm going to keep doing the right things and I'm going to fight to get there! Honestly, I don't really care much if my weight lands at 205 or 200 or 190 or 185. Living a healthy lifestyle is what I'm after. BUT, just to show myself that it is possible I want to get there one healthy choice at a time.

SP, both the organization and the members, THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Hit 17.2 mph on my Ride Today

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm not the fastest biker you've ever met but I do like to go as fast as I can. There's a particular trail I ride quite a bit that's about 14.8 miles. It's hilly, woodsy, beautiful. The best time I've ever posted there was 16.5 mph, so on my SP collage I wrote "16.6 Now!" as a way of motivating me to beat my record. Well, today was the day for me to try and I did not post 16.6--I posted 17.2 which really surprised me.

Because of SP, and of course the Lord in my life, I have exercised more consistently and lost 16 pounds over the last 9 weeks and I must say that these twin facts conspired to help me meet, and far exceed, one of my early season goals.

So I write to rejoice in the Lord and to say thanks SP!


Down 15 Pounds!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I've been on SP for about 8.5 weeks now, and I just hit the 15 lb down mark! I'm so thankful to the Lord for the weight loss, but much more for the desire and discipline to steward this body well. I do find joy in losing the weight, of course, but more so in pursuing health for the glory of God and the good of others.


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