Kate Middleton, Jimmy Page, Richard Nixon, Dave Matthews, Crystal Gayle, Mark Martin, and...Gilligan (Bob Denver),
I'm in great company as I celebrate my 38th Birthday!
I love that my birthday is right at the beginning of a new year. Well, I've got to find something positive about having a birthday in the dead of winter. It's a fresh start and I have new goals in mind for the next year.
The last year has been one of the best of my life. I've missed all of my goals fitness wise, but am in the best shape I've ever been in. The commitment is what mattered most and that I have truly internalized. I never would have imagined that at this stage in life I'd be dead lifting 193 pounds or back squatting 143 pounds for the first time ever. I have achieved "double under" - a jump rope thing. But have failed to achieve "pull-up" - though the assistance bands I use have changed.
I had some blood work done a few months ago and it revealed a higher than desired bad cholesterol level. That is going to change this year. And the remaining 20 pounds I need to lose is going to go.
There have been some wonderful side effects to the fitness focus I've had. The positive mood I experience after every day I throw some iron around has been wonderful. I can't imagine a pill delivering better results. I accomplish more throughout my day when I take time out of it to work out. And the greatest side effect so far has been RLB saying to me, "those jeans make your ass look like crap when they are hanging off of you like that." They were my goal jeans that were hanging on my closet door one year ago.
I hope I'm not alone in making this next year a year to focus on health and fitness. If you haven't started your journey towards health, I hope you too decide there is no better time than now to start. You know it's time to stop looking in the mirror with shame and remorse. You know it's time to call out to God and pray for His assistance in giving you a resolve that can not be shaken. Ask Him to guard your thoughts so you may defeat your complacency. It is time to acknowledge the sin of gluttony and repent of it. Free yourself from it. Hold tight to the words of Galatians 5:16-26. No, I'm not going to give them to you. You look it up. Write it out and plaster it wherever you'll see it most.
Don't hide behind the lie that it's what's on the inside that matters. Your insides show on your outsides. You know that. Every relationship in your life will improve when you defeat that which is in your mind that holds you back. Most importantly your relationship with God will improve. And isn't that, after all, what we're all here for?
Now that I've become committed to fitness and health, my mind has been searching for other areas of improvement. Funny how that works. Please want that for yourself. You'll never regret it.