Friday, May 09, 2014

I Love-Hate the Gym

I have had a love-hate relationship with the gym. It had never been a place that I really felt comfortable. For twenty years after getting married I simply avoided going to the gym. It was so much easier that way (or so I believed). Eventually I reached 206 pounds. I did not like the way I fit in my XL size clothing, or needing to pause to catch my breath so often.

At that point I started running and radically changed my diet. I dropped nearly 50 pounds and my wife told me I needed to stop losing weight and start gaining muscle. This idea was met with fear. My distant memories of the weight room in high school were filled with feeling small and being intimidated by others. Inside I felt like such a weakling.

My wife joined Golds Gym in Issaquah in 2011. I joined at the beginning of 2012 and when I went with her I would simply do cardio. This helped my weight stay in the 175-185 range, but I was not building muscle. I kept avoiding the idea of strength training. In 2013 Deanne completed the Challenge and she really got into it. I saw the impact that working with a personal trainer had made in her life. I saw her dedication and commitment to working hard. And most significantly, I saw results. She looked amazing.

My son and my wife kept encouraging me to work out with weights. They inspired me to push past my inner fears and to pursue the results I wanted. As I ventured into the other side of the gym, I gained confidence. Thanks to some personal training sessions with Garrett, I became more comfortable with the gym. I still faced feelings of intimidation, but I was motivated by the results I saw in my wife.

In December 2013, I decided to set some fitness goals for this year. I had never done this before in my life. Remember, I was the guy who avoided the gym for 20+ years. I made fun of people who worked out while I enjoyed pizza and pasta and ice cream. Here are my goals: 1. Complete 5 pull-ups, 2. Bench-press my weight, 3. Keep running three days each week, and 4. See my abs.

My daughter has an 8-pack and obliques. I thought, "Why not me?" On top of that, my dad died when he was 50 years old. I'm going to turn 50 next year. I know his lack of a healthy diet and exercise contributed to the heart condition which took his life. I'm motivated to take better care of myself and there's no time like the present.

So, when the Golds Gym Challenge was announced this year, I was eager to sign up. I welcomed the opportunity to track my progress toward my goals with measurements and photos. I was ready to start working again with a personal trainer. I was motivated to see the kind of results that my wife had seen.

As I write this, my triceps are sore from yesterday’s workout and that is a good feeling. I hope my body is always sore somewhere. That will be a great indication that I’m sticking with the gym workouts. Overall, the Challenge has been a great experience.

I have made progress toward my fitness goals – I already can complete 5 pull-ups. I believe by the end of the year I will see my abs.

So how about you? What's your story?

And more importantly, what are you doing to pursue your goals this year?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Free on Kindle: Flesh by Hugh Halter

My friend +Hugh Halter's new book is free on Kindle today (!

Watch this video about the book.

Hugh writes in the introduction:
Here's the deal. People are not looking for doctrine. They're looking for a God with skin on, a God they can know, speak with, learn from, struggle with, be honest with, get straight answers from, and connect their lives to...

This is why I'm writing this book. People need to know what the incarnation of God is. This one "doctrine" must become central because it not only tells you exactly what God is like but also shows you how big a life you get to live. As you understand the incarnation of Jesus, all the false notions about what Christianity is will become clear.
I ordered this book a few weeks ago and have just read a little bit so far -- but I think you'll find it to be helpful. And besides that, it's FREE on Kindle -

Today's Missional Challenge: Learn to be human like Jesus. Practice being Jesus to everyone everywhere! 

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

How Far Will You Go to Break a Habit?

Today I watched this video and it totally captivated me.

First - I loved the simplicity of the solution that it presents.

Second - I am often tempted myself when faced with this problem. Yet I'm hesitant to take a step like the one offered in the video.

Which makes me think:
How far will I go to break a habit? 

And what is it about this video that makes me think I'd not go this far? 

Watch it yourself and let me know what you think...

Today's Missional Challenge: Consider what habits in your life need to be broken. Take steps now to break them.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Don't Give Up (Seattle Seahawks - World Champions)

I loved watching the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl. I loved watching the parade through the streets of Seattle a few days later.

At that time, I had wanted to post something really meaningful about the win. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that I had anything to say to add to the conversation.

Today I watched this video and began to consider how there is always opposition in life.

Whatever it is that you may be pursuing, there are those who will stand in your way. There are those who will tear you down.

No matter how good you are at what you do, you will hear voices of those who say you are not good enough. It's going to happen.

I want to say - Don't lose heart! Don't give up! Don't get discouraged!

I'm reminded of the apostle Paul's words to those who followed Jesus in Galatia -
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.     Galatians 6:9

Today's Missional Challenge: Don't give up as you follow Jesus!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pray for Los Angeles

Pray for Los Angeles!

Watch City Lights as you pray!

City Lights on Vimeo

I was born in north LA county. I grew up loving Los Angeles.

As I watched this video today, I lifted a prayer for this city. Every twinkling light reminded me of the people in this city who need to know and follow Jesus.

Please pray for disciplemaking movements multiplying among all the peoples of Los Angeles.

Today's Missional Challenge: Pray for disciplemaking movements in Los Angeles and beyond! 

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