Posts Tagged ‘diet’

The Health of My Generation

April 14, 2010

Have you seen the television commercial with Michelle Obama advocating for our childrens’ health?  She encourages us to set a better example of proper diet and active lives.  She states that our current generation of children might be the first generation to not live as long as their parents.

I suspect that could be wrong.

When I first came here to pastor, I always got a kick out of an older gentleman that attended the church.  He would always look at the obituaries first, “to make sure my name wasn’t listed” he would say.  Actually, he was checking to see if any of the many people that he knew in the area had recently died.  He was at that age when many of his friends were passing on.

Maybe it’s my age showing, but I have started checking the obituaries myself.  I am sometimes surprised at the number of people in their forties, and fifties, and early sixties who are passing away.

I wonder if it is my generation that will be the first to not live longer than their parents.  After all, we grew up on television and fast food.  Less activity, more calories; it’s not a good thing.

If we don’t want to find ourselves listed in the wrong part of the paper, we should be making better choices on diet and lifestyle, not just to set an example for our children and grandchildren, but for the sake of our own health.

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Success and Failure

March 9, 2010

It was time again yesterday for my long run.  Every two weeks I try to go for a run that lasts for over an hour.  I am working my way slowly to the ten-mile mark.  Two weeks ago I blogged about how I had been inspired to lose weight to make the run a little easier.  I dropped five pounds in the first few days and was feeling pretty good about my efforts.

Then I gained back seven. 

That’s right.  Yesterday when  I was going to go for my long run, I was actually heavier than two weeks ago.  It started so well.  I was motivated. I lost weight.  I was enjoying the sweet headiness of successful dieting.

Then I failed.  Never mind the details.  I could give a list of reasons and excuses, but it wouldn’t matter.  The scale does not lie. 

Apparently neither success or failure are permanent, at least when it comes to dieting.

On another successful note, I ran outside for the first time in months.  It was wonderful.  I felt great.  The added weight around my waist, and the added weight of extra clothing did not hinder my running experience.  It was an exhilarating run!  The gravel shoulder was soft, the air was cool and damp, the countryside was in transition from winter to spring.  definitely a successful run.

So again, both success and failure, depend on what we are focusing on, and neither one is permanent.

This is true not only in diet and exercise, but in life.  Only when we quit trying do we truly fail.  We might fail in some ways, but succeed in others.

Life is good.  We can be successful, at least in some ways and at some times.  We win some, we lose some.   Failure isn’t permanent, so don’t quit.  Live your life.  We can all win, if we are able to enjoy the journey.

By the way,  my weight was down four pounds this morning from yesterday’s weight.  Sweet success!!  At least for now.

Spiritual Diet

February 4, 2010

You do not lose weight by indulging the appetite!

This is the thought that occurred to me recently.  My wife and I are both dieting.  We were checking out at a gas station and there were some really good-looking sweet rolls on the counter.  I have a weakness for sweets.  I really wanted one, but the line mentioned above came to me and I was able to resist because I do want to lose weight.

I sometimes think that some Christians are on a spiritual diet.

In order to grow as believers in Christ there are three basic components.  They are good helpings of scripture, prayer and fellowship.  Now these things are available in individual servings, but they are best enjoyed family style… that means in church, in case you are missing my point.  Yet many Christians place church attendance very low in their set of priorities.  I have personally attended services every time the doors were open since I was a teenager.  I greatly value my time at church, and that was true for years before I became a pastor.  I firmly believe that it contributes greatly to spiritual growth, and also helps in the smooth operations of daily life.

Some Christians seem to be on a starvation diet.

How often have you attended church in the last month?

Are you losing the wrong type of weight?

A Simple Weight Loss Plan

June 16, 2009

A few years ago, I went from 197 to 155.  I had never really thought of myself as overweight, but when I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, I needed to make some changes.  I did not want to immediately go on medication and thought that I would try diet and exercise first. 

The basic premise of weight loss is simple.  Burn more calories than you consume.  I already exercised a fair amount.  I utilize a cross training technique that employs aerobic and strength training.  So, I needed to make changes in my diet.    I looked over the list given to me by my doctor, of recommended and not recommended foods and decided to allow myself two “checks” in a day.  (Previously, I was consuming ten to fifteen “checks” in a day!)  A check is a food that contains something on the “not recommended list”.   I would increase the consumption of recommended foods.  I also decided to eat only twice a day, no snacks. 

This plan worked like a charm.  I lost weight and lowered my cholesterol.

Once I achieved my goal weight of 155 (which was what I weighed when I came home on leave after Marine Corps boot camp over twenty five years ago) I went back to three meals a day.  And snacks.  My weight crept back on a few pounds here and there until I found myself again at 187.  I recognized that a change was needed.  (The suits that I had tailered at 155 didn’t fit at 187!)  The problem was, I did not want to go back to two meals a day.  I tried adjusting what I eat, and managed to lose 10lbs but I was stuck in the mid 170s. 

Then a simple plan occurred to me.  I will continue to eat three meals a day, but there are some rules.

Breakfast is either oatmeal, or a heart healthy cereal… and not a large bowl.

One meal will be only fruit, or a small salad, and a glass of milk.

The third meal is a sensible, balanced,  meal.

There are a few rules.  No buffets until goal weight is achieved.  No snacks,  no sweets, except one miniature dark chocolate a day.

This is a diet.  When my goal weight is achieved then I can again eat normally.  The plan is to keep my weight between 155 and 160. ( I check my weight every morning.)  When I hit 160, I will diet until I hit 155 again.  I suspect that I will strive to stay within the desired range by adjusting the amounts that I eat so that I don’t have to diet. 

As each 5lbs benchmark is achieved, I will allow myself one treat.

I don’t like to diet.  I like to eat, but I also want to fit my suits. 

I have been on this plan for a little over a week.  This morning I weighed 169.  Fourteen pounds to go.