As I am writing this, I am sweating and breathing hard. Tuesday is high intensity day and that means fifteen minutes of pure, non stop “fun.” I get a lot of questions about “if I lost weight” and the answer is a resounding “yes!” But that is not why I must workout.
In 2004, I started my earnest endeavors to get into shape. I was 37 and weighed at 231 pounds, which was the most I ever weighed. I decided that I wanted to be able to do whatever my kids asked me to do. So, I trained and ran in the Disney Marathon and did a number of triathlons with Kristin and the kids in the following years. But that is not why I must work out.
I left a year-end board meeting in 2007 and was so humbled by the hearts of the GFC Board. I left thinking, “They really believe in our church, the leadership and me as one of those leaders.” I want to be able to do whatever the church needs me to do. I don’t want to be hindered by any physical limitations. But that is not why I must work out.
After leaving that meeting, I met my personal trainer, Jodi Labban, of Fit Personal Training and Group Fitness. I told her my desire to be in the best shape possible to be able to do whatever my kids or God wanted me to do. We began slow…I remember tripping and falling doing one of my first (of many) shuttle runs. I was determined to “beat myself.” But that is not why I must work out.
Fast Forward to this year. I started the year weighing in at 220 pds. (I unfortunately gain weight when stressed and pastoring a church can be stressful at times.) After Casey’s wedding in February, Kristin’s uncle told me about how he changed his diet based on a hair analysis he did. I took the challenge and after seeing my personal results, changed my diet as well. I found out that I was working out too much and my body didn’t process sugars very well. The changes have been dramatic. I weigh between 203-206 pds. each morning, my BP went from 130/90 down to 116/72 and by cholesterol ratio is at 2.0 which is 4/10 lower than being at risk. I lift 2 days a week, do one day of High intensity, one day of recreational fun (golf, paddleboard, etc) and one group class. But that isn’t why I must work out.
Here is why I must work out. I am passionately in love with Kristin, my kids and our family. I love serving at GFC as one of the pastors leading the church in reaching the Tampa area and abroad. There are too many leaders for me to impact with my wisdom and experience. And honestly, God is far from done with me. So I must work out so that I am available to be used by Him at any time. I am far from done and hungry for more.
That is why I must work out…how about you?