But God Can: My Healthy Lifestyle Journey DAY 1

Welcome to my blog “…but God can”! Over the past few months, God has been working in me in the areas of health and nutrition, family relationships, being a better husband, being a better dad, being a stronger (physically and mentally) Christian.

Big boy from the front!

As I’ve approached this day, I’ve asked God to give me the strength to “be a better person” both spiritually and physically. I know without a doubt that I can’t make myself lose weight. I can’t make myself eat health. I can’t make myself exercise regularly. I can’t make myself build better stronger relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. I can’t…but God can!

As sit here writing this I know without a doubt that I will have to call on Jesus my savior for help…strength…and the resolve I need to change my unhealthy habits and replace them with habits that will make my life better, my family’s life better…and bring glory to God.

Big boy from the side!

Currently, I’m considered morbidly obese…or as my doctor puts it, “Wow!” It took a long time for me to get my body into this mess…so I expect it will take a long time to get it back into fighting shape. And I’m beginning to understand that and I’m really OK with that.

I understand I’ve made poor choices, and those choices were and are my responsibility. I’m owning that. Nobody made me eat all of the pizzas, cupcakes, cookies, candy bars, hotdogs, and chips. I did that! Nobody made me drink all of the Cokes, Dr. Peppers, beers and sweet tea. I did that! I’m upset with myself…I’m disappointed with myself…but I forgive myself. Time to move on. What God has in store for me going forward physically, spiritually, and mentally is what matters. Forgive, forget, move forward!

I’m 51 years old and I’m an unhealthy mess. I wasn’t always that way. I’m my youth and through my 20’s I was strong as an ox…physically fit…farm boy with the strength and stamina to get the job done…ANY JOB DONE!

Over the years I just let go of that active lifestyle and traded it in for the sedentary and complacent lifestyle. Well, that’s all about to change.

In an effort to prepare for my healthy lifestyle journey, I’ve been lowering my caloric intake over the past month as I know without a doubt lower calories is going to be my “diet” of choice. I’ve also begun the ritual of stretching in the mornings when I wake up. This has really been mainly because I want the flexibility I had when I was younger. My old body has gotten so stiff! Ugh! But, with God’s help, I will restore those healthy habits so that I can better serve him.

In researching how to start living a healthy lifestyle, I stumbled across the 75 Hard Challenge by Andy Frisella. The challenge is meant to just that…challenge you. It challenges you to step outside your comfort zone and create a 75 day regimen of exercise, “dieting”, reading, and water intake. It’s focus is on an overall mind shift, from unhealthy habits to healthy habits. Oh…and no alcohol or “cheat meals”. If you do either of those…you start over.

I like structure, so I feel like the 75 Hard challenge will be just what I need to jumpstart my healthy living habits.

I encourage you to follow my journey…heck…even join me in the journey to better health. I look forward to your encouragement AND being able to encourage you as together we build a life that will benefit us, our families, and most importantly, allow us to better serve the God who loves us…and wants us to be at peak performance. I understand that alone, I can’t do it. You can’t do it! We can’t do it! BUT GOD CAN!

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