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changes for 2010

I have been thinking about making some big changes for a while.  More personally than ministry related but still these changes will have an impact on my ministry.  Over the past few years I have felt myself drifting more and more into “social media.”  Social media isn’t bad or evil in and of itself – but when it becomes something that takes half of your time through the day then I think it’s something to address and deal with.  Lets be honest in our culture today everything is shifting to social media so we can be connected.  This really weirds some people out and really excited/ draws others in.  For me, it really drew me in.  Like many others I have an online community that follows what I am doing or what is going on in my life.  Now there are some great pros to this.  I can post a prayer request and have literally hundreds of people praying for different things.  I can get ministry advice in minutes.  But there are cons; it takes time to develop this community and sustain it.  It can take away from your work or life.  Social media is made to enhance our lives but really it can take away from it if we let it.  We can get to the place where we use it to see how much value we have which is a false reality and it isn’t how God values us.

So in 2010 I am making some changes in how I use social media personally.  Starting this week I will begin to ween myself down to one Twitter post a day.   I will also only be making one Facebook status update once a day OR every other day.  From here on they will pertain MOSTLY to blog posts. I will continue to use TXTSignal for our student ministry updates as well as Facebook.

I will also be drastically changing how I spend my time online and through the day.  I haven’t gotten my daily schedule down just yet but this week I will have it broken into blocks for studying/ reading, responding to phone calls/ emails and lesson development.  I will post more on the breakdown of my day as I develop it more.  It will definitely be a structure change I need to make to become more effective as a Youth Pastor.  These changes will not come easy and will be met with resistance but I know it will happen.

What changes do you need to make for 2010?  Notice these aren’t resolutions – they are lifestyle changes.


the biggest change…

When I decided to go on my journey of losing 100lbs I did it purely for me.  I was tired of being tired.  I was tired of eating, and eating and feeling horrible.  It’s funny because now I’ve got people asking me how I did it and if I feel any different.  I feel a lot different honestly.  I can run up flights of stairs without getting winded.  Heck I can even walk up 8-12 steps without getting winded.  I have more energy.  I am proud of myself – which I haven’t been in a while.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel – knocking off another 50-60 by summer.

So what’s the biggest change?

My wardrobe or lack of it.  I have spent the past few days doing a deep clean of the clothes I can no longer wear because they are too big.  I’ve got four 55 gallon trash bags full of clothes to give to Goodwill now.  So now my problem isn’t not having clothes because they are too small.  Now my problem is not having clothes to wear because everything is too big and needs to be thrown out.  It’s a great feeling.  I kept some things from a few years ago that I really liked and they fit pretty good back then.  Now they are baggy on me.  My clothes are the biggest change.

I’ve got enough to get me through until March I think.  March should be when I hit my second goal and can actually buy clothes for the long haul.  It will be so nice.  I am not looking forward to actually buying a whole new wardrobe either.  My rough guess is that it will be $1k-$1500 (at the least) since I’ll be buying dress clothes and everything.  Clothes are expensive.  Good thing I can do it in short bursts.

christmas 2009

It feels really weird to not be celebrating Christmas with my family this year.  There is a stack of gifts sitting in my dining room that won’t be opened today…they will wait until I can get home again.  I don’t know…I think being single and being away from your family is harder than being married and being away from them.  As a single person you have no family – you’re just on your own.  I guess that’s why they call it ‘single’ because there’s one.  When you’re married you have family close by.  Then again I’ve never been married so I don’t really know.  I do know today is different for me.  Right now my family is watching my nieces and nephew open gifts and go crazy over the things they are receiving today.   Wrapping paper is all over the living room by now and everyone is having a great time with each other.

This year Christmas is different for me.

It’s the first time in my 33 years that I have been on my own for Christmas…well at least with no family close by.  I will spend part of the day with a family from church and I am really looking forward to that – still it’s just not the same as being with family.  Don’t take this as a complaint because it’s not.  I knew when i went into ministry that eventually I would miss Christmas with my family – I just always thought I would at least be with my own family…but God’s timing is perfect – even in singleness.

We got a huge snow and my drive was drifted in.  I went out to start my snow blower this morning and it was frozen up and wouldn’t start.  A little while after that I received a text from a friend that said, “I have tractor…on my way.”  It was a great surprise to see the picture below a little bit ago.  It’s good to know there are some who are willing to lend a hand when it’s needed.

Last Saturday was my ‘high calorie’ day.   I got up at 5am to workout before our little kids Christmas program practice, adult choir cantata practice and going to Des Moines for the rest of the day with Joel and Nate.  I ate a yogurt for breakfast and so since it was my ‘high calorie day’ we went to Chili’s for supper.  I had a jalapeno cheddar burger with jalapeno ranch sauce.  We also had jalapeno ranch fried onion strips (haystack?).  Oh and for dessert I had some white chocolate volcano cake with white hard shell topping on top of the ice cream that came on it.  Oh yeah.  It was definitely my ‘high calorie day.’  So the rest of the week I cut back to about 1600 calories a day trying to lose the 6lbs I needed to break the 100lbs mark.

I worked harder and a little longer each day.  I switched some things up.  All week I couldn’t notice a difference in anything.  I felt sluggish – almost like I was coming down with something.  I was tired through my workouts and was getting frustrated.  Still I kept pushing.  In the end it was all worth it.  This weeks results are below:

Last week: 307
This week: 298

Journey total: 103

I FINALLY broke the 100lbs mark.  Honestly I can’t really put into words the emotions I have been going through for the 45 minutes I have known.  I have been crying – but in a good way.  I had no idea losing 100lbs would be so emotional.  I would often watch The Biggest Loser and when they would get emotional on there I would often think to myself, “Why is it such a big deal?”  Well now I know why.  It is a BIG deal.  I am the lightest I have been in 10 years.  I am finally under 300lbs…it feels good to say that.  I am going to keep going.  I have 50-60 more I want to drop then I’ll be at a spot where I can really be happy.

I need a shower and a nap now.  Thanks for praying for me and continually checking in and challenging me.  We have reached this point together.

I got our promo packs done and ready to be dropped off at the post office to be mailed out today. The exciting thing for me is that there will be 70 area churches who will be getting a promo pack full of good stuff. For me the most exciting thing about the pack is the FREE Michael Fugitt CD that is in each one of them. Youth Pastor’s love FREE stuff and this is our way of blessing them with something cool and free BEFORE Christmas. The picks of the packs are below.

This week was tough on me.  We got a major snow storm so I missed Tuesday and Wednesday nights of working out.  I also made homemade chili and ate it all week.  That would be 2 bowls for lunch and 2 for supper for maybe 3 days last week.  Definitely not good when you’re trying to cut back calories.  So all in all it was a slow week.  Still I lost a little and am a tad-but closer to my goal of 100.  This weeks results:

Last week: 310
This week: 307

Journey total: 94lbs since January of this year. Not too bad considering I took 5 months off and got lazy so I’ve lost the 94lbs in 5.5 months. Not too shabby.

hopefully this will be the week. I’m going to be a food nazi and really watch what i eat and try to get some extra work outs in this week to knock of the remaining 6lbs.

I haven’t really done any graphics design since I’ve been in Newell.  I am really limited in what I can do as well.  Today I spent a LOT of time creating posters, bulletin inserts, invite cards, postcards and fliers for our Super Bowl Bash.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  Let me know your thoughts.

Well I am no officially 10 weeks into this last round of my journey to 100.  I say last round becuase I will NOT have to do this again once the weight is off and I’m back where  I want to be.  Then I will start the maintaining phase which I am really looking forward to.   Honestly I’m not averaging the weight loss I would like to.  I would rather be averaging 8lbs a week but right now I’m at 5.8 per week.  Still losing almost 6 pounds every week is incredible in it’s own right considering what I am doing to work out.   This week started off slow but I was able to walk 3 miles 2 mornings this week then go work out later at night and do my normal routine.  That helped some.  Now with it getting colder I need to start doing some cardio stuff indoors in the mornings for 30-40 minutes then do my normal routine later in the day at thy gym.

Still I’m not complaining.  I made some pretty decent progress this week that I am really excited about.  The results are below:

Last week: 318
This week: 310

That’s 91lbs total I have lost since January.  I’m pretty excited about that.  I’m setting my goal at losing 10 pounds this week so I can FINALLY say I’ve met my goal of losing 100lbs and also I will be UNDER 300 for the first time in 12 years.  I can’t really even describe how excited I am to be so close to being under 300.  It’s a surreal feeling honestly.

Even if I don’t hit the 10lbs mark this week I know I have still made some good ground.  I will still be proud of my progress and know I will hit it before Christmas either way.  Thanks for your continued prayers as I start down the final leg of this journey.

one thing i love…

…is to help people.  Honestly I love giving of my time and helping someone if I can really help them.  I had a few opportunities over the past few weeks to help people who were in need.  I loved it.

The first was for Pastor Jay.  Deb called me and wanted to know if I could install a CD player in his car since his didn’t work.  The trick was he wasn’t to know about it and we were talking about it on Tuesday.  I was going to try to put it in on Friday.  I was hoping to have gotten his car from him while mine was in the shop but there was no chance in that happening.  I jut got the vibe that I wasn’t going to be able to convince him to let me drive it for the day.  Wednesday Deb and the kids went to Wal-Mart and picked up the CD player and install kit.  The amazing thing was that the kids KNEW and still kept it a secret.  So two weeks ago on a Friday night they went to eat at a family from church’s house.   So while they were gone I got into the car and installed the CD player.  Jay and the boys were leaving at 4am Saturday morning to go to the Iowa game against Minnesota.  Once they got home he needed to go and fill his car up with gas and when he did – BAM! – there was the new CD player.  He called me and I was already on my way to the gas station to get some mile.  Once I got up there  it was funny to hear his reaction and see the total surprise on his face.

The second was for my parents.  This past week while I was home they wanted me to lead worship, speak and break some things for their youth group.  It was great.  I talked from Ephesians 4 and how we need to leave our old sinful self behind but also how we need to begin a relationship with Christ.  My dad was pretty thankful for me being there.  The night overall was good even though I botched the songs and the message wasn’t that great.  The kids were surprised when I started breaking stuff.  Below is a picture of the stuff I broke.

The third was yesterday.  I went over to Pastor Jay’s and installed an HDTV for him that he bought for their family.  Although the install was simple I enjoyed being able to help them out with it.  I love doing audio visual installs whether they are big or small.

I do love helping people.  I love being an encourager and helping to cheer people on too.

I can’t believe it’s been 9 weeks since I’ve started working out again.  It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long.  I have come a long way – even from where I was when I worked out January-April.  I did take May-September off but my stamina is way up.  My intensity on my cardio is way up.  I can tell a hug difference and since this is about me getting to where I want myself to be – I am pretty excited.

So this was the week of Thanksgiving.  I had so many people telling me,

“Just enjoy the week and eat like you used to.”

Are you serious?  And get back into habits I don’t want to be involved in again – EVER?  No way.  I did really well this past week.  I had 2 pieces of pie TOTAL for the week and Thanksgiving day.  Every time I was offered a pop I said no thanks.  I think my family thought I was crazy.  I got a 3 day membership to the “Y” in Burlington and it was worth it.

It was a little awkward working out in an gym I don’t normally work out in.  My cardio suffered a little bit because of how busy they were and the 30 minute time limit on the cardio machines.  So frustrating.  However my time in the weight room was really worth it.  I was able to push through to some plateaus  I have been experience and I started a new back/ bicep workout.  Wow.  I am loving it.

The results of Thanksgiving week are below;

Last week: 321
This week: 318
Total over 9 weeks: 50lbs

Total in my journey so far: 83lbs.

I only have 17 pounds to reaching 100. I should easily hit it by Christmas if not before.