Category Archives: Diet and Exercise

Run For Your Life

My wife and I have been “running” for a while now. Nearly three years, I guess. It doesn’t really seem that long because I would’ve thought there would be more progress in three years. I put the word “running” in quotes because what we actually do probably more closely resembles waddling….like a duck….than running.

Nevertheless, like most people who run, we began to run as a way to lose weight and improve our health. We were both on a one way ticket to a life of health problems if we continued eating whatever and exercising never.

I’ve seen a bumper sticker on the back of cars that reads “Run. For life”. All of the reasons people run can be summed up in this statement. Running improves the quality of a person’s life. And that’s why I started running. Hopefully to improve my physical health….my physical life.

These past couple if years have been rough ones. Deaths in the family. Job loss looming in the background like a dark cloud. And worst of all, changing churches and the ensuing loss of a stable “spiritual life”.

The other day I realized that running is one of the things I’ve been using to help me cope with the enormity of it all. I’ve been “Running. For life.” When all the thoughts of darkness have threatened to envelop me, I run.

I thought about the bumper sticker I mentioned above, “Run. For life”, the other day. I wondered what my bumper sticker would say if I was to have a similar sticker on my truck. Maybe something like this:

  • Run. Because the pain in your lungs clears your head.
  • Run. Because the pain in your lungs isn’t as bad as the pain in your head.
  • Run. Because thanking God for the extra mile you ran is necessary when you’re finding it too difficult to  be thankful.
  • Run. Because it gives you something to talk about other than problems.
  • Run. Because you find it easier to pray on Sunday while running than attending church.
  • Run. It occupies the time you used to have serving the church.

And maybe the “best” of them all.

  • Run. If you don’t you might just run….away.

Running, for me, has filled a place in my life that needed filling. The pain of being left in the cold between churches has been the most difficult time of my life. Probably much like a divorce, I don’t know.

I know I’ll have to curtail it someday, before it becomes an idol. But for now I believe it’s been a gift from God, allowing me something to occupy myself with while I wait. I’m not good at waiting, and I guess He knows this.

So for now, I run…..maybe tomorrow something else……because God is sovereign and don’t forget that.

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Second 5K…It’s An Addiction

Today we were a couple of heathens and skipped church and ran another 5K in Trinity River Park. It was our second 5K. Well, other than this one here. But it was the second one that we were able to actually participate in.

The 5K was named the Honored Hero Run and it benefitted children with blood cancers.

As it seems with most 5K’s or any other organized runs for that matter, we received a t-shirt to wear while running. This year the logo on the t-shirts and awards were designed by a couple of children who are currently patients with blood cancer. I thought it was kinda cool that the logos are designed by the kids that are benefitting from the run.

The run started at 8 am and it was perfect weather for running. It was cool, a little humid, with a light breeze. We ran along the Trinity River. The fresh air and the scenery was great.

Laura Ann finally was able to run in a 1K fun run. She did pretty well and was able to run about half the way. She received a medal for finishing and my wife and I were so proud of her. She was pretty proud of herself too.

Kristine and I ran together just like we did last time. Once again, Kristine took second place in her age group and received a pretty cool trophy. I’m so proud of where she’s come from. I think her and I running together is one of the funnest things her and I have ever done as a couple since we’ve been married.

It’s still so hard to believe that she runs toward the top of her age group in speed. Sure, when you look at the results of other races and distances around the area, there are many that are much faster, but she certainly is in the top 10 percent of women aged 40-44.

May the LORD continue to bless us with physical strength and if He’s willing  I hope we can only get better, because my plans are for a 10K next time!

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Our First 5K Run

As I’ve written on this blog before, my wife and I have come a long way from the unhealthy downward spiral we were falling into. My wife especially avoided “healthy” at all costs. That was until about 4 years ago.

Now, she is almost someone who could be considered an exercise junkie…..almost. Shoot, she even knows people up at Gold’s Gym by name!

7 Years Ago

I guess you just have to know how anti-health, anti-exercise my wife used to be.  I was a pretty bad off also, though over the years I would make slight efforts to get my weight down and exercise. All to no avail, though.

Her complete turn-around has given me my drive to get healthy. When I saw results in her that were more than just physical, but mental, I knew she was for real.

For quite some time now, she has wanted to run a 5K…..I guess for about 2 years when she met a lady at our daughter’s dance studio that ran 5K’s and 10K’s. As the date drew closer this year for the annual Burleson, TX Harvest Run, she started training.

She was worried, but I knew she had it licked.

Today was the big day. She finished it in 31:42 and I finished in 31:47…..(ya, I let her win, it was the gentlemanly thing to do!)…..not blazing speed, but not bad for a couple of old fatties.

Nevertheless, I’m so proud of my wife and the turnaround she’s made in her life. I thank God for the grace he’s given us to be able to care for our earthly bodies better, and although they will perish like the flowers of the field, I thank Him for the gift he’s given us.

Crossin' The Finish

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My Loss Is Your Gain

I’m a man…I’m not a woman….

I don’t pretend to know nor understand completely how a woman thinks nor do I believe all women think or act the same.

All of us can, however, stand at a distance and become observers of behavior. We can’t fully understand the motives of individuals for behaving in certain ways nor should we think we can understand their motives. That would be the very definition of “judgementalism”.

One interesting thing, among many, I’ve noticed about women’s behavior toward each other is their behavior toward another woman’s weight loss. I have noticed that when a woman first starts to lose weight it draws other women out of the woodwork. They are almost magnetically drawn toward the woman who has experienced the weight loss.

The talk about the weight loss is excited. Full of compliments. Full of questions. Pumping the “weightlossee” for information on how they can do it too. Women who wouldn’t normally give the time of day to the “loser” will now make a beeline across the the room to find out how she “did it”. The weight loss, that is.

That is until they find out how….Eat a lot less and exercise…..alot…..relentlessly…..religiously…..never cheating. Then ain’t it funny how all the questions and compliments cease. They thought she would recommend a pill or something. But sweat and hunger….No way.

That is unless they’re about to go on vacation or something involving a wedding.

Then they’ll starve themselves to death until about 39 seconds before the vacation or wedding starts.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Weight on The Lord

My first post on my first blog should be something witty. Maybe something political. Maybe even something that exposes an injustice.

But it’s not to be.

My first post will be about my wife and the milestone she reached in her life today.

Today my wife is the lowest weight she has been as an adult. This might be a concern if she was the same weight as, say, one of the Olson Twins. But she isn’t.

We both have struggled with our weight all of our lives. The stuggles have been physical, emotional, and sad to say even marital.

My wife began, in earnest, trying to lose weight around January 2006. She had around 102 pounds to lose to be around her healthy weight. At the same time I was around 95 pounds overweight. She began the weightloss, not I.

Over the last 3-1/2 years she has had many ups and downs. She has learned to exercise. Eat. Cook. She has cried and even gave up once and re-gained 20 pounds. During this time I have seen her transformed before my eyes from a young, sometimes impulsive, woman into a wise and strong woman of faith. A Solid Rock.

She still has exactly 20 pounds to go. I wish I could say it will be easy for her, but I know it won’t. There will be more tears and physical pain. I know, though, that she is up for the challenge and will win.

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