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Overcoming Obstacles in the New Year

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On my quest to becoming fit forever I have discovered that we all have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed. All we need is a passion and desire to drive us to our goals.

Too many times we let obstacles discourage us from attaining our goals. What I’ve learned on my journey is that obstacles are just a part of the landscape. How we react to those obstacles is a key to achieving success with our health and wellness.

What do I know about obstacles? In the next few paragraphs I’m going to be transparent and share some challenges that I wake up with each day that could keep me from attaining my fitness goals.

When I was in my 20’s I noticed a 2 inch increase in my neck size. Little did I know that there was a large fast growing tumor fused to my thyroid gland. This was causing a whirlwind of symptoms: elevated heart rate, uncontrollable sweats, fatigue, and massive weight fluctuation. Not something the average person wants to deal with in the midst of life and stressful work demands.

I experienced these symptoms for months. The doctors had difficulty trying to detect what was causing these problems. By the time that the condition was diagnosed my thyroid gland was damaged to the point of needing to be removed. Radiation treatment was required to remove the tumor and my thyroid.

Without a thyroid gland, I would need to be on replacement medication for the rest of my life, and was told by my doctor that weight control would be a constant struggle. His words were, “Those without a thyroid are destined to struggle with weight the rest of their lives.  Really?  From that moment on it was my goal to prove this Houston doctor wrong!

I made a decision that with God’s help and the proper balance of nutrition and exercise, I would get in the best condition of my life and stay that way. I would be FIT FOREVER! (That title sounds somewhat familiar).  Now, more than 30 years after that doctor’s prognosis, I am still proving him wrong! Every day I have the chance to set the course for my destiny the rest of my life.

This situation is not easily dealt with, as pounds will pile on if I choose not to stay active and exercise. But guess what?  Everyone has obstacles of some kind to deal with.  It’s time for me to stop the excuses and to get my tail in to Colorado Athletic Club and do the work!

Now is the time to hit our obstacles head on.  No more excuses!  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  Today is a brand new day of a fresh New Year. Get started on the path to health, strength, and happiness.

 

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Think positive!

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NEWSFLASH! It’s time to THINK POSITIVE!

Change begins with thinking in a different way. We hold the power in our own mind to make the changes that need to happen.

We must begin to think positive, and to trust that great things are in our future. Next, we must erase the negative thoughts that plague our minds. You know the kinds of thoughts that I’m talking about; the ones that play all too often:

“Here we go again, you remember what happened the last time you tried a new workout plan?”

“Why even bother? You know that you won’t be able to stick with it.”

“Go ahead, quit, you know you don’t have what it takes.”

“I just can’t help being overweight, my metabolism is messed up!”

“I’ll never be able to look like I want to look, so why even try”

We need to replace those negative thoughts with positive thinking and stop being our own worst enemy. Let’s make the mindful decision to focus forward on a new beginning.

Whatever happened to:

“You can do it.”

“You have what it takes.”

“You are a winner!”

“Keep keeping on.”

“You’ve got this!”

Aren’t you ready to embrace an active lifestyle of health and strength? Then get started and embrace it and consider it yours.  The truth is we all have within us the power to change. We have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed! But we must believe it before we achieve it.

 

 

 

 

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Your body tells the story…

miraculous body“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”  –Frank Gillette Burgess
Have you ever thought about the fact that our bodies tell a piece of our life story? We must realize that we get but one body in life to manage for a lifetime. The choices we make every day concerning our bodies shape and sculpt that “work of art” into the image that we have created.

In order to change our body, the first thing we must change is our minds. The mind is a very powerful thing! It controls all the cravings, and the choices, either good or bad that have gotten us to the point that we are right now.

Many of us have daily habits that enslave us and do little more than suck the life out of us. We want to change, but deep down we are holding onto these habits because that’s all we know. We need to see the big picture of how life could be different.

Think about your situation for a moment. Take responsibility. Stop blaming. Aren’t we the ones making the choices that have gotten us where we are? We determine our success or failure. Not our parents, not our friends, not our co-workers. We can choose to be our own best friend or we can be our own worst enemy.

Realize that there is no better time to embrace a healthy lifestyle than now. Remember that we are the only ones who can choose to change the old ways. Often the main difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is simply the decision to make a change and the ability to follow through.

Bottom line: Only one person is accountable for making the necessary changes, and that someone is you!  You can embrace a mindset that will change your total outlook on life, or you can always do what you’ve always done and always get what you’ve always gotten!  Let’s manage our body in a way  that tells a happier, healthier story.

 

 

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What keeps me up at night…

unhealthySome time ago a pastor asked me some questions relating to passion and making a difference in this world.  It invigorated me when  he asked the following:  “What drives you to do what you do? What is your “inward discontent” that keeps you up at night?  Better yet, what are you doing every day to make a difference in that area?”

Well, here is my “inward discontent:”  The sobering fact is that the majority of Americans are at a great health risk because they are overweight (dangerously so). That troubles me for sure.  But what keeps me even more troubled is that  Christians, and in particular pastors, have higher obesity rates and poorer health than the average American.                                         

Studies say that the average pastor’s health is significantly worse than others on the planet.  At a recent annual leadership meeting of ministers in a mainline denomination free health screenings were administered. Of those screened more than 73 percent were found to be overweight or obese. If you are keeping track, that is a much higher percentage than those outside the church.  On average, a pastor’s health risk is more than a 10% higher than the average person.

What really pains me is that I have had to help bury way too many of my colleagues who died an early death due to not taking care of themselves and poor health habits.  The tragedy?  Most of these were 100 per cent preventable.

There is something wrong about that. So I know that I have to take my share of responsibility for setting the right example.  I need to show people that God can help us in every aspect of life, including our health.  If I refuse to take care of my body, I set a poor example as a leader of God’s church.

As pastors and leaders this means that you have a responsibility to help train your family and your church to take care of their bodies. Let’s be a good example!

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” 1 Peter 5:2-4

You can be an example that food is given to us by God to be enjoyed–not to be abused.  As Christians we can’t be telling people on one hand that we are all about the glory of God, and then kill ourselves with the food we are stuffing in our body.

Maybe it would be a good idea to re-think our prayers before our meals asking for God’s wisdom and discipline to manage what we eat, as opposed to just blessing what we are about to eat.  In our gratefulness we should thank God for providing the food and then remind ourselves to enjoy our food, not to worship it.

Bottom line is we need to take care of ourselves!  According to Leadership Journal, a pastor works on average 55-60 hours a week and is so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs that they often neglect their own, especially their health.  Nationwide, an estimated 1,500 pastors leave their assignments each month because of poor health and ministry-related stress.

Chances are very high that your effectiveness in ministry will be limited if you are unhealthy and overweight. You will not be able to maximize your ability to shepherd, study, teach, preach and care as you should.

This is the way that I see it: If you are a minister then you are leader. That means God daily gives you the opportunity to set the example that God cares about every aspect of our life, including and especially our health.  Not only that, you have an incredible opportunity to show your people the way to balance mind, body and spirit in a healthy way.  With God’s help you can do it!

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Ephesians 6:10  NIV

Back to the first part of this blog that asked, “What is your “inward discontent and what are you doing every day to make a difference in that area?” My goal is to partner with pastors to give them the tools and resources to take care of themselves, their families, and their churches.  I am committed to do what I can to help turn the tide.  I have lost too many friends to heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Through this healthy FIT FOREVER blog, my workshops, and a new book called “FIT (Not Fat) FOREVER” coming out I am determined to make a difference to help as many people as I can.  Feel free to “Follow” this blog for up to date blogs and daily motivations.

The time has come to commit ourselves to taking care of this body that God has given us. We must remember that we will only receive one body in the span of our life, and it’s up to us to do all that we can to take care of it.  Here are some healthy tips to get us started: http://wp.me/pGpee-2W

 

 

 

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Valentines Day Tip: Think Dark Chocolate!

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Okay, you love birds.  Here’s a healthy tip I bet you didn’t know.

Believe it or not, dark chocolate is good for your heart…okay, I’m not talking about eating the entire box of Chocolates in one sitting! But some people don’t realize that dark chocolate with 80% cacao has antioxidants that protect the body from aging caused by free radicals.  It has nearly 8 times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries!

Dark Chocolate actually helps keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well.   It is known to reduce blood pressure, and lower cholesterol by up to 10 percent.  It also stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure; and contains serotonin, which helps with moods and sleep patterns as well as increased memory and learning.  So there you go, guys. Something sweet for her and it aids in better memory for you to remember the next anniversary or special day!

 

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Getting Healthy in Body, Mind and Spirit

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Every man is the builder of a temple called his body -Henry David Thoreau

We must take responsibility as builders for the temple that we call our body.  Day by day we are adding brick and mortar or taking the wrecking ball to this sacred place.

It’s not up to anyone else to do the building.  If our body is going to be healthy we must be the one to make the right daily choices to see it happen.

The decision to find balance with eating smart and exercise is up to you. This doesn’t have to be taken to the extreme.  Carve out a little time today and go for a walk. Eat some fruit instead of a candy bar. Get enough sleep for a change (8 hours a night).  Make a mindful decision to build up and not tear down this magnificent temple called your body.    For some more health tips check out  http://wp.me/pGpee-2W

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Looking for Healthy Balance? Check out Fit Forever: The Next Step

FIT FOREVER The Next Step is a uniquely designed lifestyle book that focuses on daily consistency in leading a healthy life. 

This second book in the FIT FOREVER series helps people find healthy balance through nutrition and exercise. Look no further… this is a no-nonsense book helping you daily live a healthy lifestyle.

You should read FIT FOREVER, The Next Step if…

You are looking to find balance in mind, body, and spirit
You want to look and feel younger than you are
You are looking for healthy, easy to fix recipes
You are committed to advance to the next step in your Fit Forever Journey.

This simplistic book offers three sections: Be Well, Eat Well and Live Well.

Be Well opens with 180 daily motivational studies that highlight topics of the ten chapters from book one entitled FIT FOREVER.

Eat Well shows a healthy approach to eating, including food lists, and eating plans.  This section also includes healthy recipes from a Whole Foods Nutritionist with 28 years experience.

Live Well gives workouts and illustrated pictures of weight training exercises at three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced.

The author says, “On my quest in helping people find healthy balance I have discovered that regardless of our age, genetics, or body type we all have within us the power to change.  We must remember that we will only receive one body in the span of our life, and it’s up to us to do all that we can to take care of it.  Welcome to ‘The Next Step’ of your Fit Forever Journey.”

For more information on the FIT FOREVER SERIES simply click “Store” on this web site.

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