The Countdown to My 50th Birthday

10557459_10203839537496555_3961256502935615372_n (3)On December 25, 2014 I will turn 49. During these 49 years, (at least the adult years), I have done my best to stay on top of my spiritual life, family life, life as a pastor, etc. While I know there is room for improvement in each of these spheres of life, I am certain that I have let my health go. I have lived a fairly sedentary life.

My goal for this year, (my last one before the BIG 50), is to get in the best shape I can before then. I’m not doing this so I can compete in the next CrossFit championship or run the next Spartan race. I don’t believe it’s a midlife crisis, (though living to be 100 would be great). Instead, like you often hear on shows like The Biggest Loser, I’m doing this so I can experience a better quality of health, enjoy my family longer, and so on.

Biblically and theologically, I am forced to admit that I have fallen short of what it means to treat my body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. God has created us as whole beings. We are not only spiritual or emotional or intellectual. We are also physical beings. I realize this is all pretty obvious, but it’s a truth I need to remember more often. I’m quick to develop the spiritual, intellectual, family, etc., areas of my life, all the while, ignoring my health.

About five years ago I did Weight Watchers and it was a wonderful experience. It was very important in helping me reach my goal weight. But even then I was not exercising. I lost weight, but I’m not sure I was healthy. This time around I want to be more intentional and comprehensive in my approach. I want to incorporate not only better eating, but also exercise.

I work best when I can track my progress. I believe accountability is key in this pursuit of better health and what’s more accountable than tracking all of this publicly?

At present I’m not sure what this will look like, so this will be a work in progress. We’ll see how it goes throughout this year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dale