Weight Loss Update

Did I make my goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of 2007? Nope. I ended the year with an overall weight loss of 41 pounds. I went from 223 lbs. to 182 lbs. Am I disappointed? Not really. My body mass index (BMI) went from 33.9 to 27.7. I went from being obese to overweight. My fat percentage dropped and my pants size went from a 38 inch waist to a 34 inch waist. I thank and praise God for helping me to lose this much weight.

Even though I’m very pleased with the weight loss, I’m still a little dismayed. By Thanksgiving I had made it down to 178 lbs. and was in striking distance of reaching my goal of 173 lbs. by the end of the year.

But December was a crazy time. That’s when I moved from Illinois to Oklahoma and I started my new job. With all the stuff going on, exercising and eating right were not in the forefront of my mind. Unfortunately, I didn’t stay disciplined.

But with the new year, I’m renewing my commitment to treating my body as God’s temple. I’m setting an ambitious goal of losing another 18 pounds by the end of 2008. If I can do that, I’ll have reached my ideal weight of 164 lbs. Will I make it? Who knows. But I’m going to try. I’m going to ask God for strength and perseverance and we’ll see what happens.

Weight Loss Update

Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

2007 was an incredible year for me. I can look at the past year and see that it was a major turning point in my life. The last major turning point for me was in 2004 when I went into full time ministry. Back in 2004, after answering God’s call to full time ministry, I knew that my life would never be the same. I had no idea that three years later, God would call me to leave everything and everyone I knew to be part of a church in Oklahoma. This past year was exciting, sad, thrilling, and scary. It’s strange, but I’m thankful for every part of it; even the painful parts. I know that God is using that pain to teach and shape me.

At the beginning of 2007, I had no idea that I’d be living in Oklahoma by the end of the year. So, I’m not even going to try to guess what the end of 2008 is going to look like, but I know that it is going to be a wild ride. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

BTW, Some of you maybe wondering if I made my goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of 2007. Stay tuned. More on that tomorrow….

Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008