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45 pounds down as of today . . .

I guess spending over half of Saturday digging and planting out new plants, then preaching four times in worship yesterday morning, then singing and playing guitar with some of our 1st Church Guitar guys at the Atria Retirement Center for an hour yesterday afternoon took more out of me than I thought.

On the scales this morning, I saw that I have lost 45 pounds since Fat Tuesday (2/5/08).

And there is a special joy this morning. The first number in my weight, for the first time in about 3 years, is a new number . . . one less than what it was.

I am feeling very good this morning . . .

I love water . . .

My wife called me "Skinny" this morning.

I think that it will be safe to have one Diet Dr. Pepper today to celebrate.

Thank you again for the support many of you send my way. I would not have lost this much weight without it, along with your prayers.

And . . . I thank God!

I appreciate you all.

Ever forward . . . ><>

For all you H2O drinkers out there . . .

Nalgene to Phase Out Production of Consumer Bottles Containing BPA . . .

Water is a wonderful gift from God. We can't live without it.

Water is also, as I am learning, a key to losing weight. 128 ounces a day is the goal I was told to aim for. That's four 32 oz. bottles of water a day.

Most of us who drink lots of water and love the outdoors know about Nalgene water bottles. Bulletproof, crushproof, they don't leak, and they come in the color of your choice. However, the clear hard plastic version contains a chemical called BPA, which may leach out of the plastic into the water you drink, with possible medical harm.

So, in a proactive move . . . Nalgene is phasing out BPA from their water bottle line. REI, Wal-Mart and other retailers around the country have voluntarily removed the BPA bottles . . . the clear plastic ones with the number "7" in the triangle on the bottom of the bottle.

I'm an REI member, and just received an email from one of their on-line custome…

42 pounds down as of today . . .

Several emailed me for a weight loss report.

Down to almost 42 pounds lost.

I have a health advisor, and she called me today. One of her questions was "What is your goal for how much weight you will lose in May?"

I told her the truth . . . a specific weight loss amount is not my goal in this at all.

My goal . . . is to lose enough weight, and get into good enough shape . . . to take a 4-day hike into the Grand Canyon. It all depends on my additional weight loss positivily affecting my sleep apnea. Can't travel far right now unless I have electricity for the good ol' CPAP machine.

In the past, when I reached a weight goal . . . I would celebrate by pigging out on a cheat meal. I don't do cheat meals anymore. They are too destructive to recover from. That's a path I have decided to no longer go down.
I do appreciate the positive remarks and support. It is a BIG help to me!

Ever forward . . . ><>

A long time favorite quote of mine . . .

Going to speak to a professional when you believe you may have an emotional, physical, relational or spiritual problem of some sorts . . .

IS ALWAYS A SIGN OF STRENGTH!!!!!!!!

Another great quote:

We were not made to live through life alone!

Ever forward . . . ><>

The value of Christian encouragement . . .

I'm about half-way through Leonard Sweet's book, 11 Indispendible Relationships You Can't Be Without.I think Sweet and Philip Yancey are our two great contemporary theologians of our time. I've got several more books, written by both, to read through this summer.

Sweet makes some neat comments about the value of encouragement. My focus in losing 41 pounds since Fat Tuesday has been . . . well . . . me! It has all been about me. What I can eat, what I can't eat, what I can wear, what I can't wear. But along the way, I have really been encouraged by the positive and supportive comments of many people here at the church, who are urging me on to better health.

I mean, I really do appreciate the encouragement, especially when I was considering chucking it all and going to get the really big chicken fried steak.

Sweet writes the following about encouraging someone (pp. 108-109):

-When you encourage someone, you stiffen his or her spine.
-When you encourage your spouse, th…

Quick weight report . . .

41 pounds as of this morning!

For those of you with anything sounding like or similar to diabetes . . .

Diet drinks with anything but Splenda are going to keep you from losing weight with any speed, or cause your weight loss to plateau for long periods before being jump-started again.

In other words . . . (and in my opinion) . . . Nutri-Sweet is evil . . . especially if you have pancreas related problems.

OK . . . that was my 2 cents worth. Now . . . I've got to finally give up Diet Dr. Pepper!

But there is hope! Pepsi One and Diet Coke have versions with Splenda. And, of course, Diet Rite has always been an option . . . and it has been available for years.

All is well . . . until some study comes out that Splenda is bad for us.

I turn it all over to God's capable and loving hands!

Ever forward . . . ><>

From my friend Jim Peterson . . .

In our Thursday Iron Men's Bible Study / Breakfast this morning, we talked about Ephesians 4: 26-27 . . . Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (NIV)

Jim Peterson, one of my fishing buddies and good friends, emailed us the following after our time together this morning.

"The Law of the Garbage Truck"

I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly.

So I asked, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck." He explai…

Taking a short break from blogging . . .

Things are getting pretty busy around here, and will be getting even busier as our Central Texas Annual Conference prepares to host the 2008 General Conference sessions of the UMC in Fort Worth in a few weeks.

Plus . . . I have an awful lot of reading to catch up on . . .

And . . . I am helping to write a song for a contest our preschool ministry has entered . . .

Plus . . . I have an awful lot of reading to catch up on . . .

And . . . I am going to go fishing . . .

Plus . . . I have an awful lot of reading to catch up on . . .

And . . . I am going to Houston to see my friend Joe and his wife Riva . . .

Plus . . . I have an awful lot of reading to catch up on . . .

And . . . I need to get to work on my flower beds at home . . .

Plus . . . I have a really awful lot of reading to catch up on (I have almost 20 books on the coffee table here in my office ) . . .

So . . . it will be awhile before any new blogs appear . . . unless I am really moved to make commentary on something I read, see and hear…

38 pounds lost as of this morning . . .

But I am nursing two very sore calves from walking 10,000+ steps two days in a row.

The 10,288 steps yesterday was a little over 5 miles. The 10,oo8 steps the day before was a little less than 5 miles.

Guess I will add Ibuprofen to my supplements list.

Feeling good!

Ever forward . . . ><>

Something I found helpful today . . .

- Good advice on what to strive for, as written by John Mason, from the book An Enemy Called Average .

Have...
Have peace enough to pass all understanding.
Have hope enough to keep your heart looking forward.
Have strength enough to battle obstacles and overcome them.
Have commitment enough to not give up too soon.
Have faith enough to please God.
Have fun enough to enjoy every aspect of life.
Have patience enough to let faith complete its work in you.
Have love enough to give to those who deserve it the least but need it the most.
Have focus enough to say no to many good ideas.
Have forgiveness enough to never let the sun go down on your wrath.
Have honesty enough to never have to remember what you said.
Have character enough to do in the light what you would do in the dark.
Have gratitude enough to say "thank you" for the small things.
Have purpose enough to know why not just how.
Have perseverance enough to run the entire race that is set out before you.
Have wisdom enough to fear God and…

For those who saw it Sunday, and for those who have asked . . .

I've done a lot of soul-searching lately about guitars and guitar playing. Conversations with Floyd, Joe, and Sean came down to my understanding that I was trying to go down the wrong road.

So . . . I have reduced the number of guitars I have by about half, but did feel led to get the guitar I played in worship this past Sunday, a Takamine EF381C 12-string.

When I first learned to play, it was on a 12-string. When I played in the band years ago, I played a 12-string. I guess my "inner adolescent" has been wanting a 12-string for a long time. I thought he wanted a Strat, Tele, or ES-335.

Guess I was wrong. Is that a man thing . . . when your heart tells you something . . . but it isn't what your head wants to hear . . . so you interpret what your head wants to hear as what you thought your heart said . . . ??

Yep, I need to stay in counseling for just a little while longer!!!!

It is a wonderful guitar, very loud and clear without an amp. It will be great for all sorts of e…

6,837 steps equals . . .

3.28 miles . . . the length of my walk last night in our nearby park. According to the timer on the pedometer, that was a walk of 61 mintues, with 484 calories burned.

As of this morning . . . I have lost 36 pounds. I am 9 pounds away from the first digit in my weight decreasing by one number.

And last night . . . I actually ate cauliflower. With cheese sauce, it isn't that bad.

Ever forward . . . ><>

10,000 steps a day . . . are you kidding me???

Ordered an Omron Pedometer through Amazon.com. One of our church members, whose advice about health I listen very carefully to, advised me it was about the best unit you can get for the price.

So . . . I am dieting (lower carb, nothing white except caulifower) . . .

So . . . I am exercising (walking when I can in the evening and hiking w/ backpack on Saturday mornings) . . .

And now I have this gnawing thought in my mind, "Just how many steps do I take a day? And . . . is that number enough??"

Then I found out that the goal for the number of steps it takes, with dieting, to achieve optimal health results . . . is 10,000 steps a day.

Let's see, figuring the length of my stride is several inches less than 3 feet . . . divide the number of feet in a mile by my stride length . . . divide 10,000 by that number, and . . .

Hmmmm . . . my goal for optimal health by diet and walking . . . is to walk slightly less than 6 miles a day (regular daily walking at work + walking for exercise)…