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Making Time by Prioritizing Time

I am in the middle of a great series at church.  What makes my pastor an awesome pastor is how he can apply the words of the bible to everyday life.  The series is called Becoming…What got you here won’t get you there.  It makes perfect sense if you are in a rut.  The main point or tag line is “If you want to go somewhere you have never been before you must become someone you have never been before”.  I write this because he is describing me of about a year ago.  I was trying to be fit and eat right but, nothing I was doing was working.  I needed to change who I was.  For instance, I don’t like sitting at my desk.  So, for my lunch I would go and walk on a treadmill.  I “worked out” mostly everyday but, nothing was happening. I needed to work out to make myself better, not just because I hate sitting.  So, my intensity increased, my body changed, and I became addicted to working out and now have added morning workouts (I made time…workouts to me are more important than sleeping in).

I have always said the only way to have time is to make time.  On my way out of church we were discussing a book the pastor referenced.  It is about habits and how you form them.  Someone said that they had the book and that I could borrow it.  I said I didn’t have time to read it and I am happy with my habits right now.  I thought about what I said.  It’s not that I don’t have time.  It is the other things I do with my time I feel are more important than reading that book.  Right now I am happy with my family, my life, and my habits.  So, this book, although probably very interesting, held low priority in my time budget.  The owner of the book could not believe I didn’t have time.  I went thru my day with her and asked her what I should give up to spend time reading.  Workouts?  Work? Weekly/Daily yardwork?  Kids sport camps? Time with my wife and kids? Daily New Testament reading? My fun read (I am reading Happy, Happy Happy…a Duck Dynasty book)? Eating? Or Sleeping?  I am sure she didn’t get anything I was saying but, reading the habit book at this part of my life just wasn’t a priority.

I kind of branched off the path about the church series Becoming.  I used habits about a year ago to become a fitter person that I wanted to be.  The pastor also mentioned to use tools to help you become someone you have never been before.  Coaches were the tool he said to use.  WOW…he really was talking about me.  Not only did I change my habits but, I also have great Fit Coaches that helped me become a fitter person.

I just thought I would share this series at church that I have already lived but had no idea I was living.

I do like this quote:

“If you want to go somewhere you have never been before you must become someone you have never been before”


Habit and Screen Me

I think I have said this before,  I am a creature of habit.  I like not having to work but, when my normal day changes, I get all fubarred.  My workouts and usually my food choices suffer.  Normally, I run in the morning before work.  At lunch, I lift weights in the gym at my office.  This gym has everything I need and it doesn’t cost me anything.  Anyway, over the 3 day weekend I ran once and no weight lifting.  Throw in my bad (but very good) food choices of ribs and grape pie, I am such a loser.  Now back to work and back to my normal habits.

I am under my wife’s health insurance plan.  We get a discount if we pass a health screen.  So, after my morning run of 7 miles in 55 minutes (I am patting my back right now), I went to a med check for some health measurements.  Here they are:

Weight: 141 pounds
Blood Pressure: 98/62 mm Hg
BMI: 23.0
Body Fat:  13%
Waist Circumference:  31 in. (weird…above my belly button)
Total Cholesterol:  175
HDL: 44
LDL: 108
Triglycerides: 117
Glucose:  77

There you go everything you wanted to know about me but, were afraid to ask.  Don’t be afraid to ask I am an open book.  I guess I am healthy enough for at least a discount.  I am up 10 pounds from my biggest loser lowest point.  That low point was a lot of water and I weighed in wearing very little clothes. Also, I am hoping some of those 10 pounds is muscle.

On a really, really side note…Should I be proud that Astroglide is now following me on twitter?  Is this a subliminal message that something is about to happen to me?