Fit Pastor

2014-09-06 11.10.58Men lead busy lives. Dads and husbands are working, cultivating their marriage, spending time with their kids, doing projects around the house, serving their church, going to community group, running errands, and taking their kids a hundred different places.

A pastor is both a dad and a husband. In addition, he also has a hundred different things that he has to do.

For these busy men, it is far too easy to drive the car to the drive thru window of their favorite fast food restaurant.

Burgers and fries should not be the main food source of a man who is leading their families, and working at being the man who God called them to be in all areas of their life.

I failed at this for a long time.

Something had to change.

It is hard to be the man who God called us to be if we are overweight, sick, and tired all of the time. If we are unhealthy, our batteries are running on empty most of the time because we are not filling the batteries with what they need to provide us with the right kind of energy.

Not to be cliché but I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I created the hashtag #fitpastor to be a reminder of my decision to be healthy. I said healthy. I don’t want to end up looking like the Incredible Hulk. I want to be healthy. My main goal is to get off of blood pressure medicine. I want to kick those pills to the curb.

This 365 day journey is about becoming the man who God created us to be in all areas of our lives. This includes being healthy. I am not going to start recommending cookbooks or posting recipes on the blog this year, however, I am making the commitment to my wife, my kids, FaithPoint and you that by the time this journey is over, I will not be the same as I am now.

Here is part of my plan for becoming a #fitpastor.

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and nuts
  • Eat whole grains
  • Quit processed foods
  • Drastically reduce the amount of dairy that I consume
  • Reduce the amount of meat that I eat in a week
  • P90X
  • Cycling

Part of creating a new lifestyle plan means that somewhere in the plan we have to make room for exercise. I choose cycling as my main part of exercise. P90X will be incorporated later in our journey. We have to get moving.

This means more than walking from the couch to the refrigerator.

If you are a walker, walk around the block and work your way up to a couple miles.

If you are a runner, run.

I am a cyclist. Part of my fitness goal this year is to do a 100 mile ride. I am excited to do this ride. I want to accomplish this in the early fall of this year.

What are your fitness goals for this year? What kind of nutrition and lifestyle changes did you incorporate into your plan? I look forward to reading your comments.

You can follow the hashtag #fitpastor on Instagram.