Wednesday (or so) Weigh-In #4

The weigh-In:
Last week: 209 (I’m guessing, here, because of last week’s schedule.)
This week: 209 (I could have gained a pound last week, then lost a pound this week…)

Turning the 20 pack into a 6 0r 8 pack:
Last week: 42 3/4 (Using the headphone cable and ruler)
This week: 42 1/8 (Using measuring tape. I guess the headphone cable and ruler were pretty accurate!)

I’m guessing that most of you couldn’t care less about these “weigh-in” posts, and I can’t say I blame you. I understand. You may be asking things like: “What about Compass Church? What’s the countdown strategy? How about more Church Planting stuff? What about the Worship Series? Etc.?… Etc.?” But believe me, you’ll be hearing more than you ever wanted to about all of that soon enough, I promise you. πŸ™‚

I’m just posting these very slim stats (pun intended) here for my own accountability. It just puts it out there and keeps it in front of me.

And looking back over them, it’s a little stunning to see where I am four weeks after announcing I was doing something about my personal fitness. It’s also convicting to look over the posts and see the number of times I’ve said something like “Now it’s time to get serious about this.” When I read that on my own blog it becomes obvious that I’ve only given it marginal effort. The stats make that clear. It’s a public, personal kick in the pants.

But – It is also stunning to see that with even the smallest amount of intentionality, I’ve made some progress. And I’m making more realistic lifestyle changes that are likely to become my long-term way of life.

I heard recently that basically there are three factors that affect our health: Genetics, Environment, and Behavior. You can’t do a lot about genetics, you can do a little bit about your environment, but you can do a LOT about your behavior. It’s the one that points directly to our personal choices more than anything.

Now if you know me, you know that I am not a health food nut by any stretch of the imagination, nor am I striving to become one. (Notice the cake in the last post πŸ™‚ ) But some major adjustments are necessary and I do want to be a good steward of this body that I’ve been given. I can’t over-spiritualize the command to “present my body” as a “spiritual or reasonable act of worship.” And that starts with a renewing of my mind, reflecting a new set of better choices.

I don’t want to worship my body (gross), I want to worship God with my body – as well as I can for as long as I can. It’s actually a spiritual discipline and reflects the spiritual fruit of self-control. That alone is a motivator for me.

So I’ll keep posting the weekly “Get Fit” updates and the things I’m doing as I go. It’s a way to keep me on track, and maybe inspire you to move in a similar direction.

[By the way, the American Heart Association has some great information, tips and tools for a good starting point.]

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