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Health Reflections: One Pound from My Wedding WeightBy Evan Nehring
I hit the scale this morning. I do it every day...honestly, multiple times per day. It's such a fun season! I go see my health coach this morning for my 11-week weigh in. I already know the results on my own scale. 77 days, 59 pounds! It's a medically monitored program, so don't worry. High protein, no muscle loss. I'm only a pound from my wedding weight! I gotta tell you, though, it's been a pretty wild roller coaster ride.
I was a high school athlete. My name is on the senior boys basketball MVP trophy next to an eventual Olympic decathlete: Canada’s Michael Smith. I played football as well and enjoyed running, biking, tennis and swimming.
That was then, this is now.
In January of 2010 I finally topped the scales at 300 pounds at 41 years of age. I've never been a pound over because that was the last straw for me. I determined to get back some of my former conditioning and proceeded to lose 72 pounds in nine months.
I had so much fun! I blogged every week for accountability with my 1200 Facebook friends and Col and I did the Weight Watchers home program. Week by week went by and the decades of weight (10 pound increments) melted away.
After about 20 pounds, people started to notice. After 30 or 40 pounds, it was just downright exciting. Energy levels went through the roof and clothing sizes plummeted. It was like Christmas Day going through my bins of smaller clothing and changing my wardrobe completely!
In that span of time, I got myself off all prescription medications. I also reversed my sleep apnea and was able to sleep again without the help of a CPAP machine with a mask for breathing.
I still fight for those pounds, but I learned that the health you take for granted in your teens is much harder work later on. Health is one of the gauges of our personal management. If it gets out of control, we burn out or freeze in our overweight tracks.
Spirit and Body
Do you know science has established a significant link between faith and fitness?[i] When you have a deep faith or intrinsic belief system, the following qualities are typically shown in your life:
- profound spiritual commitment
- a sense of having found the ultimate meaning of life
- a devotion to heartfelt prayer
- a quest for a truly transformed life
The significance is that this type of faith has scientifically proven impact on your health.
- Less depression, smoking and alcohol abuse
- Healthier mothers and babies
- Protection from colon and rectal cancer
- Improved coping with breast cancer
- A healthier emotional balance
- Reduced levels of stress
- Lower blood pressure and a healthier cardiovascular system
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul said it this way:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Even though the immediate context of these verses is sexual purity, there is a greater principle here of honoring God with our body in every way.
Real AgeDr. Kenneth Cooper talks about the idea of real age. He asserts that besides your chronological age—the number of years since your birth date—you can calculate your real age by using five main factors.
- General health
- Personal and family health history
I remember telling someone a few years ago that I felt I had aged 15 years that year. With real age, that’s actually possible. But it’s also possible to have your real age grow younger as your chronological age grows older.
Real age explains a lot, doesn’t it? People in their young adult years can seem so old and people in their senior years can seem so vibrant and alive! This is a message of hope for all of us. Whether we’re too old for our age or not, we can make the changes needed to see wonderful things happen with our health.