Read 3 Chapters of the Bible everyday.
Memorize 1 scripture a week.
Spend quality time with God every morning.
295 Bench Press
415 Back Squat
215 Front Squat
190 Clean and Jerk
185 Push Press
Participate in a Tough Mudder or Spartan Race
Run a 5k
Run a Half Marathon
Participate in a local Crossfit Competition
Become a Certified Personal Trainer (Crossfit or ACE)
Graduate with Masters Degree
Write 6 Chapters for a Book
The trainer I worked with on Friday asked me my goals for Crossfit. Being the arrogant twirp I am at times, I stated with great confidence, I want to compete in a Crossfit Game. To make the picture all the more poignant, imagine yourself as the trainer staring at an overweight Asian guy stating that his goal was to participate in the Olympics but not just any Olympic event, mind you, but the grand daddy of them all, the Triathlon.
My coach being the positive sort, stopped short of laughing in my face. She just smiled at me and nodded her head and moved the conversation into another direction. At the moment, I was a little crushed because I was for sure thinking I was going to get a round of applause and a hard slap on the back. Here I was shooting for the stars, nothing was going to hold me back. Isn’t that awesome???
After going home and thinking about the ridiculous picture that the situation rendered, I realized that the goal was a mite pretentious of me. Though major goals are great, and shooting for the sky is admirable, the reality is that there are milestones to achieve before one reaches the goal. What I should have stated to the trainer was that my goals for this coming year were three milestone PR’s.
1. Participate in a Tough Mudder event.
2. Participate in a 5K and achieve a time of under 25 minutes.
3. Participate in a local Crossfit competition in the Rx Division.
So these are far more reasonable then my lofty goal of trying to go to the games. In reality, that may never happen, but in the end if I can achieve the possibility of becoming very healthy and fit, an example to people around me, and a better servant of Christ, then in reality I could care less about PR’s. (However, if I catch a few PR’s along the way, that would be alright too!!)
The lesson I learned today was that shooting for the stars is great, as long as you count the baby steps it takes to get there. The reason why I have failed so many times before, in my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, (besides Crossfit) is because I burned myself out on unreasonable goals. Take the time and write down your goals and begin counting the baby steps it’s going to take to get there.
These words don’t usually run together. Whats more likely to work is a Sunday buffet and Faith. Health is something that Christianity hasn’t emphasized because of the primary emphasis towards inward spiritual health. There are a few who emphasize outward health but they tend to be a little weird in their delivery of Health in faith. In the end it’s hard as a Christian to see the need to take care of our bodies. However, in my recent walk in converting my unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy and fit lifestyle, I have encountered the reality that what we do with our bodies in some ways reflects our faith and honor of God.
In the first two verses of Romans 12, it speaks about how our love for God (worship) is displayed in how we sacrifice and honor our bodies. This scripture points out the reality that our bodies are significant in the realm of true worship to Christ and I believe (now) should be as important to us. Now do we need six pack abs and the ability to Snatch 315 pounds, probably not, but a healthy lifestyle seems to play a role in our worship of God. 1 Corinthians 6:20, is a clearer example of God’s commandment to honor our body because it mentions that we were created by Him and to not honor the body would in fact be dishonoring to Him. The clarity of this message is further exemplified in the fact that it does not specifically state just our spiritual body, its our whole body.
I haven’t lived my life by this concept for some time. School, Family, Spiritual health, and Work, all vied for my time and I forgot to honor the body that God gave me. In the back of my mind, I subconsciously thought that worrying about your health and fitness was primarily for egotistical and vain human beings. Rather than being subjugated to that definition, I worked hard on trying to make sure my brain and spiritual health were more important. What happened was an unbalanced life in which my brain and spiritual health were being influenced by my lack of health and fitness. I suffered sickness and health related issues. My Rheumatoid arthritis played a larger role in my life than it should.
Two months into my journey I am noticing changes. I feel more connected with God. I feel less eager to sin. I am less likely to be laid out for days dealing with minor health issues. (Though my sleeping patterns stink and I need to work on that) I feel as if I have a new motivation to be more conscientious of balance in my life and learning how to honor God with my health. I challenge you to take the dive into a more healthy lifestyle. It will change you and in the end draw you closer to God.
P.S. I don’t write this post as one who has figured it all out. I write this as one leaving memory stones along my path to encourage, not only you, but me in this journey. I hope, whether you need this advice or not, that this would be encouragement to your life and in turn you can be an encouragement in mine.
Recently I have been struggling with identity. Something that I have struggled with since the beginning of my life. Being adopted and the struggles of being raised away from home, at a boarding school, for the last four years of my teenage life, has brought many various issues into my life. Though God has healed many areas of my life and heart, sometimes I feel the pangs of old wounds. Now back to the present. I turned 30 this year and God has blessed me with many successes in my search for wholeness. I have been married for eight years and have three beautiful children. I will be graduating with a Master’s degree this year in Theological Studies. More importantly, I have been saved for 15 years. Yet even with these successes, I am still struggling with being fully whole.
One area which I was severely lacking is my health. My immune system isn’t the greatest due to Rheumatoid Arthritis so I battle with sickness. Just recently I had a battle with Lyme disease and Q fever both tick borne illnesses. Being overweight by 50 pounds didn’t help my recovery process, neither did it help my immune system. I realized I needed change. Yet I had tried to change before with limited success. (Though I had lost 15 pd. with mypersonalfitness.org)
I tried Weight Watchers, Insanity, couch to 5k and p90x. All of them were great programs but I struggled to make it work or be enjoyable. While watching ESPN one day I saw the Crossfit games. I was enthralled on the get go. However, I immediately dismissed it as another unachievable workout. Yet, I was intrigued and began to research. I saw the negative and the positive. What grabbed me was the personal approach of the workouts. The ability to use the exercises and work them into a routine that can be a ladder rather then a steep incline.
So I am now on that ladder to achieving the results of complete wholeness within my life. I am now on my second week of Crossfit and I am enjoying the challenge and flexibility. Though I don’t have a local gym I am researching several sites for information regarding WOD (workout of the day) and technique. Technique is very important to Crossfit so I hope to be going to a gym close by and receive some personal training. On this site I will be journaling my adventure and my personal WOD everyday that I train. I hope I can inspire and send some tips out to the global blogosphere. Thanks!