I ate healthy, had a personal trainer, drank protein shakes, drank water as much as I could, and then….I got MRSA.
MRSA is a staff infection. I am not sure how exactly I came into contact with it. It was not pretty. The doctor told me that I had to stop going to the gym. I did. I have not been back since.
Now, I am on the verge of forty and at the heaviest I have ever been. I have said in the past that I wanted to get healthy but I never made the commitment to follow through with it.
I had to sit down and take a long hard look at where I am at and make the decision to have a healthier body and a healthier lifestyle.
These are the six reasons why I want to get healthy:
- I am a husband. I love my wife. I love her more than I can describe in words. She is my biggest encourager and she is my best friend. We are on this journey of life together and I do not want my unhealthy self to jeopardize things for us. I don’t want to be so unhealthy that I get diabetes or some other type of problem that prevents me from being able to go on trips with her, have date nights, take family vacations, or be the husband that she needs me to be.
- I am a daddy. I love my boys tremendously. They are so much fun and a joy to my life. I am blessed that God gave my wife and I these two precious little guys. I love being a daddy. We like to play with soft darts, wrestle, pretend to be superheroes or ninjas, play on playgrounds and go down slides, we like to play. If I continue down the path of being unhealthy, I will no longer be able to play with them or wrestle with them. I don’t want to miss out on any events in their lives. I want to lead them the way that I believe that God wants me to lead them and I want to push them towards Jesus. Every opportunity I have to disciple them, I want to take advantage of. Teaching moments can happen anytime and anywhere. I want to be healthy so that I can be a good teacher for them.
- I am a Christian. I believe that honoring and glorifying God through what I eat is just as important as what I watch, listen to, or read. I have written past posts on our body being a temple of the Holy Spirit and that I can see the benefits of eating what God created and not eating processed food because God did not make processed foods and trans fats. You can read that post here. What goes into my body is a definite sign of whether or not I display self control. Self control is important. It is a discipline that most people lack today. Self control is listed as part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. It is also listed last. I believe that Paul listed self control last for good reason. If you have self control, than you have most or all of the components that make up the whole fruit of the Spirit.
- I am a pastor. God called me to be a pastor and a church planter. A pastor must do diligent work to lead both his family and the church. He is to lead, guard, feed, and protect his family and the sheep. It is highly difficult to be all that God created me to be if I am physically unable to accomplish the work that God has given me. Being overweight and not being used by God is not God’s fault. When being overweight takes you out of the game, you tapped out. If you want to be used by God, you have to be able to be the tool that God wants to use to accomplish his purposes. That means that I have to keep myself sharpened. Why? A dull tool is of no use to anyone.
- I have a family history. Earlier this year, I wrote about my mom having cancer. While she was still in the hospital, we found out all kinds of things. It was as if someone had opened the closet and all of the skeletons walked into the room. The cat was out of the bag. My aunt had ovarian cancer, my grandpa had bone cancer, my grandma had ovarian cancer. Can you say, I was a little surprised, I am almost 40 and never had heard any of these stories. The bomb had been dropped. I freaked out for a moment. Cancer, diabetes, and dementia/Alzheimer’s runs rampant in my family. I want to do whatever I can to fight to be healthy so that my wife and boys do not have to lose a husband and daddy to any of the three. This means for me…making radical changes. (That will be a future blog post)
- I have a bicycle. I am not a runner. Running falls into my category that classifies things such as cats, the Toyota Prius and decaf coffee. I used to have a passion for riding bikes and I am working to rekindle that passion. I did not think it would be as difficult as it seems. It is fine. It gives me something to work harder at. I want to be able to get back to the place where I was when riding a bicycle was fun and not work. I think for a little time, it will take some effort because until I lose some weight, riding a bike is going to challenge me. Soon, I will be able to ride and go anywhere and it will not seem like work at all.
My ultimate goal is to be off blood pressure medicine by the time I turn 40 in October.
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Are you thinking about getting healthier?
What is your motivation? I would like to hear about it. Let me know in the comments.