Greetings! You may have seen on my Facebook page or even on my Instagram that I have a very active lifestyle. This is based on a philosophy I had adopted about a decade ago when my health was failing. I had seen a doctor that had given a free screening for cholesterol and body fat. At the time, I was twenty-seven years old. I should have been at my physical peak of health. However, the doctor's diagnosis was that I was suffering from abnormally high blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat. In my mid-twenties, he said my health was like that of an ailing fifty year old! I needed to do something quick to fix my lifestyle.
From that moment on, my life changed. I went from 229lbs to 164lbs in three years. There was no quick method. This was gradual loss, with incremental loss, day-by-day, month-by-month. I also did not gain the prototypical male physique (i.e.: six-pack abs, ripped muscles, and stellar body). However, I did get my life back. After finishing two half-marathons, one in Fort Worth and one in Waco, as well as attempting my first triathlon, my next checkup was healthy as ever. At the age of thirty, I felt like I was in my young twenties!
Since then, I have been very active. I have learned to eat out of conviction and not out of convenience. I picked up functional training, learning to do video workouts rather than just walk around the gym, "assuming" I did something. I invested into H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) and pushed my body to its limit. I learned to build muscle and burn fat.
But most importantly, I developed and honed my senses to adapt to good nutrition, hand healthy living. I am in the process of ridding my body of all processed foods and sugars and choosing to live a very healthy and organic lifestyle. This does not mean I have always succeeded, but I have pushed myself to learn the importance of taking care of God's body.
Listen to Paul's writing to the church of Corinth: "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," -1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
The apostle Paul reminded believers of honoring God with their bodies. They were to be pure in their relationships, wholesome with their bodies, and living well with their lives so that they could serve the church and their community. The Gospel became pivotal to the well-being of their life.
This is a great life story change in my life. I would love to share more about these changes in my life if given the opportunity. God does indeed use transformed lives--both spiritually and physically. See you soon!