My first picture ID was taken in 4th grade. I was 9 years old. My height was 4'9''. My weight was 145lbs.
I have been obese since I was a kid.
By the age of 5 I had earned my Master's Degree in Biscuits and Gravy.
Grandma told me I wasn't fat...but, Husky. Wrong. I was fat. Very fat.
Maybe this is TMI but I can recall sitting in my middle school and being able to tuck my belly into my desk. Thats fat. Not husky-ness. When I got to high school I was at an all time fat. I made some decisions to lose weight but I went about it in all the wrong ways. And to be honest, for mostly all the wrong reasons. Vanity. So I ended up gaining it all back, plus some.
In 2011, I was at a new all time high. On the day of my wedding I was about 5lbs short of 300. YIKES! (frowny face).
Brandy and I decided that my health was worth an investment. So we dropped a large chunk of money for me to see a doctor to help me get back on track. They put me on a meal plan. They weighed me and tracked my progress each week. I took obesity counseling. Eventually, I felt confident enough to step away from the program and into the world on my own again.
In 2014 we made another investment. We bought INSANITY, the insane home workout program that literally pushes its participants to such a max that they often almost barf. It was tough. When I started the program, I had NEVER been able to do a full-bodied push up in my life. By the end, I had lost 20lbs and could do push-ups with claps in between as I moved horizontally across the floor. Good stuff.
In the last couple of years, I have found a healthy balance of at home calisthenics using my own body weight, one set of free weights, and a cardio machine that graces our living room. We've also found a healthy balance in our diet. We do some meal prep and keep most of our foods clean and lean. The other day I was shopping at Kroger. On my way to check out it hit me...everything I am buying is "clean;" either natural or organic. Nothing is processed. Everything is simple. Big swing from the biscuits and gravy days!
Now, I am 105lbs (+) down from my wedding day weight and I still have a ways to go in this pursuit. Ill have good days and bad days along the way but I am committed. Not for vanity's sake. I am committed because my health impacts every area of my life. If I am unhealthy I can't live up to my calling and potential in any area of my life: a Jesus follower, a husband, an example to others, a leader, and the list could go on and on.
When Jesus tells me that this life is not my own because I've been bought with a price...and that my body is the temple of the most high God...I realize that there is still work to be done on this temple. I am challenged within my spirit to move ahead. To pursue and keep pursuing new levels of healthy-ness.