I have so many thoughts, ideas and oddities rolling around in my head, that I need to get them down. I guess the beginning of my new life started when I turned 30. Karyn and I had been going to a small church for 2 years and never connected there. We decided to try another church, called Rolling Hills Community Church. Just about every Sunday we have been there, it is like God has spoken directly to us. One Sunday, I got convicted by the New Testament story, where Jesus told the man to sell everything and give it to the poor and follow HIM. The man didn’t because he had great wealth. I felt convicted that day to sell my Xbox and give the money to the poor. Out of obedience I did just that. Karyn was shocked since Xbox was on almost every day and late into the night at our house. It was an escape, an isolation, an addiction. It became my god and consumed my thoughts. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to give it up. I sold it on eBay and gave the money to Nashville Rescue Mission. The money would go to serve something like 300+ meals. It’s hard to imagine that while I was playing “games” and wasting my time, that could have gone to something to help someone in need.
In October, Karyn signed up for the Biggest Loser with her mom’s group. I was weighing in at an all-time high of 200 pounds at the time. I decided that I would do it with her. We completely changed our diet and our morning routine. For years I have lived without an alarm clock. I would wake up whenever the babies did or when the sun did. Being .5 miles away from work and not having to be on time was a luxury I took advantage of. Plus, my late night Xbox sessions required me to sleep in. Since that addiction was out of my life and I now had to get up early with Tegan while Karyn hit the gym, I found I had some time to make Karyn breakfast. In fact, I have been doing all the grocery shopping and most of the meal prep. Thanks to Harris Teeter opening up just a mile from home, it is easy to just buy the “daily bread” instead of stocking up. To date, I have lost 17 pounds with this lifestyle change. That is about 1.5 pounds a week, in the midst of the holidays even. I feel better, my pants fit better and I am even back in clothes that I haven’t been in for several years.
My body and soul are getting on the right track. The last is now the mind. I am a Dave Ramsey fan, but I am also stubborn. He always says to read 1 non-fiction book a month. This is a habit of most millionaires by the way. Well, this is the last piece of advice from DR, that I have been procrastinating on. I bought two books the other day. One for my mind: Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck and for my soul: Life’s Healing Choices by John Baker. The latter corresponds to a study we are doing through our church community group. Now that my beloved Chargers are eliminated from the tournament, I can turn off the TV and read every night. We are also doing the Bible in a year through church. This week we are going through Job.
2010 also kicked off with Karyn and me agreeing to RUN the Country Music 1/2 Marathon. This was one of Karyn’s bucket list items, so I decided to do it with her. I am excited about it. I even bought Nikes with the + chip so I can track all my runs, like a real-life video game.