WOW where did the time go???
I know it has been way too long….life has been getting in the way of my writing here. Not that I think you have been waiting since April for my next writing..I hope you haven’t…cause you might be skin and bones by now…probably more bones than skin…
Well…let’s see…scale check…280 lbs this morning…not bad…but I have hit the wall..I just don’t have the want to to keep going right now..still good weight loss but it should be way more than that…but I will keep at it…just not as motivated…seems to be a consistent thing in my life…I heard this week from the pulpit that I am an otter personality…one that starts a lot of things…but doesn’t usually finish them…uh..like uh…blogs…and weight loss…and Bible study…and oh…wait…there is a few blog topics in there…..so OK maybe I do have a few things I could write about.. HEHE
Anyway…I will say that the past few months have been interesting to say the least…I think the best way to phrase it is I have been in a bit of a valley..and I can’t say what it is that is leading me there…other than my quiet time has been inconsistent to almost nil…and that, if I can be honest with myself, is where the majority of the problem really lies…I know that if I spend the time to seek God He is there…the great thing is that He is there even when I don’t seek Him.
I tell you this not as a way to publicly humiliate myself about not being a good Christian…but I say it to give my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ a bit of hope..to be a day in day devoted turned on for Christ Christian is tough.
I know this may shock some of you who are not believers but…ready?? I still sin ( cue gasp)…and sin will still be a part of my life no matter how much I read from Scriptures or how much time I spend in prayer…what I think we can lose sight of as Christians is how we should react when we don’t want to be Christian…
Yep…I said it..
There are times lately when life and those around me have made life hell that I have fleeting moments of chucking the Christian walk and just give into those sinful natures…
Well as I got back into my quiet time again this morning I remembered the apostle Paul struggled with sin…and I am not that far out to think I am better than him…
Struggles come and go…what we do with the valleys in our life can be a great time to look back and say…yep I stunk at this Christian walk for a bit but God was there waiting for me…and when I turned my eyes back to Him and placed my trust in Him…then that valley seemed not as big as it did yesterday…
What about you?? What have you done to get yourself out of the valley? Leave a comment and let me know.
Also if I can be praying for you…let me know as well…time to get groovin’
So..yea..it has been a while sorry but that…trying to find my footing in he new year without that foot ending up in my mouth. If you know me then you know that is a HUGE job for me.
So as I sit here I decided it has been a while for the weight update. As of today I am at 290. Which is almost a 70 lbs. loss since the first part of October. So far so good. Man the holiday’s became a struggle unlike anything I have done before. I basically came to the goal of staying within a 10 lbs. range and I made it through that so that was a plus.
While I am excited that I made it this far for me it is a subdued excitement. In October 2009 I was blessed to be in a musical at me church and I was at 292. Up until this week it was the lowest I had been in over 10 years. Then I went a ballooned up to the 357 I started out in October. So as you can tell it has been an interesting year or so.
So now I draw a new line and we push forward to the next goal. Interestingly enough it is a short one since the next one came to my mind the other day while watching what has become called Chris’ Japan Video. This was during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and since in the story they make a comment about me being 130 kg…you do the math and that means I was at 286 lbs. So I know not a huge stretch to get there but that would turn the clock to 1996…so that is a good. Reminding myself of the ultimate goal I know I am a bit behind so if I can pull off a couple of nice weeks and get back within range life will be good.
So how are you doing so far at your New Year’s stuff? If you may have slipped it is ok…just get back at it…we fail…we are human…turn it over to God and it will work out! Well time to get groovin’..
Alright I don’t usually go back and read an old post but in checking yesterday’s I realized I left out a side bar…in September I had entered into a contest between several different IT, Technical Directors, Video, Audio type folks at churches around the country. This is the 6th year that this contest has been held and I thought it would motivate me to get back on the path of weight loss. In the first week I gained 9 lbs..fabulous job…the good news is that the 2nd week…no weight gain! Oh well no weight loss either but hey I had something to hold onto…
It was during that second week of the contest I had the talk with my doc and he sent me to a place that he had looked at with a fine tooth comb. See my doc is a guy who wants his patients to find something that can be life changing, and in looking for that something he found Slim 4 Life. A fellow doctor showed up at a conference and lost a dramatic amount of weight. My doc asked him if he finally did the surgery and he said nope I found Slim 4 Life. So doc said he had people on the program who had lost the weight they needed too lose on this program and he checked it out and it was medically sound. Nothing crazy and not something you can’t keep losing weight on.
Now folks I have been on A LOT of different diets..Pat Walker’s, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, cabbage soup (ugh)…cookie, Slim Fast, a protein shake and candy bar diet. I mean I don’t know if you can relate but if something came out and it said I could lose some weight…baby it was in my house by the end of the day… So honestly…going to another “diet” place…made me want to hurl…but..I went…
I went to Slim 4 Life ready to tell them no thanks…and I was ready to say forget this I will shoot for 400 lbs and prove the good old doctor wrong..I will be alive…HA! So I go expecting the same old pitch…which I did get…”this can change your life! You can be healthier! We know what we are doing!” Only problem is…I could see the results around me…one person who works there..she lost 50 lbs and believed in the program so much that she now works for the company. In fact everybody in the place I go to has done the plan and come on staff afterwards not the oh yea I need to see how this thing works. Nope they have been there and done that.
So I did it. I decided that I would give it a shot. By the time i made it in there i had gotten up to 357 lbs…two months later…as of this morning I am at 308 lbs…yea I know not too bad..I am somewhat reserved in my excitement only because this time last year I was 295…but it works. Not does it work but I am changing my life and the way I eat. I have for the longest time eaten like “give me a bucket full of stuff cause it may all go away!” Now I know I don’t need to eat all I can cause it will still be around. Also it is amazing how better you feel when you actually get your fruits and veggies in a day. I am not going to go into the diet. If you are interested check Slim 4 Life out. Have a been absolutely perfect? Nope just ask my pal Rusty…I ate 20 chicken wings and had a large fry at Wing Stop just last Saturday. The difference now is…I understand how to get rid of that poundage that comes afterwards.
I will be doing this diet till June according to them…mainly because we are shooting for 210. So as of today I am about 100 lbs away…I will keep you updated better since maybe I can give some people out there hope. Cause really I had given up…I was resigned that I was going to be fat and unhealthy for the rest of my life…now I know I won’t be. So I will be praying for you and ask that you would pray for me. Food addiction is a struggle…and I know I have that addiction…but I know I can lick it.
Oh by the way..after giving the contest a two week head start….I am now in 2nd place…two more weeks to go till it is over I will let you know how it ends…time to get groovin’.