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Maintaining Personal Health

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This content below was written in January of 2014 for Tom Nebel. He asked if I would be willing to write something for a book he and Steve Pike were putting together entitled, Leading Church Multiplication. (Short side note – Great book and you will love it if you have a heart for church multiplication.)

I have debated putting this on the blog or even saying much about it. One thing I waited for was to maintain my weight for awhile before saying much, if even then.  I have now maintained my goal weight for 20 months.

People ask me what motivated me in this area and there were a couple of things and here a few of them:

  • There began a desire in me to finish strong. To maintain my pace and be able to travel as much as I do I knew it would be so much easier if I was healthy.
  • There was a strong conviction to place myself in a better place health wise. There were potentially many health challenges and complications coming if I did not change my lifestyle.
  • Once while on a smaller plane, with my wife, I could not get the seat belt fastened. She told me they had extensions but my pride would not allow me to ask. I got it fastened but it was one of the most uncomfortable trips I ever took.
  • The presurgery weigh in I mention in the book was actually quite humorous. When I stepped onto the scale the aide said, “Oh, that even shocks me!” Well it shocked me too!

Here is the what they published in Chapter 15, Maintaining Personal Health:

“I was facing surgery in Nov of 2011 and when I weighed it at the hospital it was the heaviest I had ever weighed! It really brought me under conviction to take care of my temple in order to finish strong. I had always been very athletic but because of bad knees and then having knee replacements my activity level was at an all time low.

In 2012 I decided just to slowly lose weight and not say much about it. I lost 45 that year and then on Jan 5, 2013 I decided to go to the next level. I got the Lose It app for my phone and started the Atkins Low Carb diet. I then weighed 305 and the weight began to come off. I also wanted to start walking but every time I did my knees would ache and swell. When my weight dropped below 270 I added the Map My Walk app to my phone and I was able to pick up my activity level by walking.

Also, in April of 2013 I began lifting light weights and doing a regular workout directed by youngest son who is a personal trainer at a gym. I am now walking 4-6 miles a day 3-4 times a week and also working out 3 times a week. I am actually 7 lbs below my goal weight and have lost 137 lbs.

I feel the best I have in probably 10 years and my energy level is so much better than it was. When I travel I am far more comfortable and can actually stay in my space. It is wonderful to be where I am now physically and I am determined to not go back. One outcome that I did not expect was the younger pastors in our work telling me that I had gained their respect by taking the initiative to discipline myself in this area.

While I already had influence with some in our movement I do believe this increased my ability to speak into more peoples lives and gained more ears through this.”

Here are some things you should know:

  1. I am not an authority on weight loss.
  2. I have always struggled with my weight.
  3. I love food. I mean I really really love food!!!!!
  4. I have tried many different diets and lost significant amounts of weight several times but always regained it.
  5. I now able to run 4-5 miles a day usually 5 times a week.
  6. Everyone is different and you have to find something that will work for you.
  7. You have to start somewhere and remain committed.

Here is the most important thing I want you to know:

  • If I can do this, so can you!!!