I don’t say much about my personal life here. This blog is mostly for sermons and quotes. Now and then I’ll write something personal. Now and then is right now.
Since November, 2014 I’ve lost 42 pounds. I’ve lost at least two, going on three, pant sizes. I’m down a couple inches in neck size. Shirts I haven’t worn in ten years now fit. I had to give away about three diaper boxes full of golf shirts that look like a tent when I wear them.
The big question is, “What are you doing?” So I’ll tell you what I am doing.
- I work out three times a week at Elite PT One-On-One Personal Training in Bourbonnais, IL. My PT once worked for Impact Fitness in Bradley, IL. That business closed in late March. Ron (my PT) went out on his own and opened a new facility in about a week’s time. It’s an amazing story and I couldn’t be more proud of him for doing it. Monday is chest and shoulders day. Wednesday is leg day. Thursday is back and biceps day, aka, “Deadlift Day”. I set a new personal best yesterday, deadlifting 405 pounds. I know, it’s heavy, but it’s doable if you know what you’re doing. I try to do some cardio time every workout day, but some days are better than other days.
- I see a health coach every fortnight at Green and Healthy in Bradley, IL. Tammy (my health coach) practices Integrative Nutrition, weaving body, mind, and spirit together in a cohesive whole. She has helped me form a better relationship with food. She continues to help me break down walls in my life that have been erected over time. I am in a much better place mentally than I have been in many years. There’s still work to do here, but I’m happy where I’m at now.
- I make better choices about what to put inside my body. We drink raw milk. We like to know where all our food comes from. I rarely drink pop. I drink more water. I eat less. I enjoy every bite of what I eat. Yes, there are those times when fast food is the only choice, but I make as good of a choice as I can when those times come. For the first time in my life, I am eating to live rather than living to eat. I can’t thank my wife and our children for being my best cheerleaders in the food department!
I am a person who needs accountability. Some people are able to make lifestyle changes on their own. God bless them. I can’t do it. I need accountability. I have a great accountability crew that help keep me focused. I’d like to lose about another 25 pounds. That will put me where I would like to be for now. I’m happy with my body. There’s always more work to be done. I’m up for the task.
If you need to make a lifestyle change, don’t wait. Do it now. You can do it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and/or for accountability if and when you need it. Finally, don’t be bashful to do something for yourself. You deserve it.