Over the course of a year, I lost 60lbs. I did pretty good for that whole year. Then I didn't do as well. I stopped running, and I started eating crap again. I gained back 20lbs.
So, I am going on record. See I'm getting married in 5 months. And I WILL be at least 45lbs lighter when I stand at the alter. So far so good. I've started by walking and rollerblading. By early next week I'll start running again. I've gotten back to eating healthy - and not over-eating (the major cause of my problems!)
So, it helps me to put it out there so people can keep me accountable. Now you know.
drove down to Monterey for the 4th. We spent part of the afternoon wandering around Target (one of our favorite places), and then went in to town and had a picnic in a park right on the bay. We went for a nice walk on the boardwalk trail, and sat down on a nice little bench overlooking the marina and all of the boats gathered to watch the fireworks. It was sitting there on that bench that I asked Beth to marry me. She said yes :) We watched the sunset, and then sat in a park and watched the fireworks. All in all - a pretty good day :
It's a little late in the year to be posting a list like this, but here it is anyway....
10. Some really cool movies!
9. Loosing about 35 more lbs.
8. Running a half-marathon
7. Mission trip to the Dominican Republic (technically 01/08)
6. Helping lead a mission trip to Jamaica
5. Trip to Orlando, FL
4. Trip to Grand Cayman!
3. Weddings in CA and MI
2. Trip to Treasure Island over Thanksgiving
1. Starting a life with Beth
I guess it looks like I'll be doing a lot of traveling this year! Maybe I'll even finally get beyond Silver Elite on one of the FF programs I'm a part of.
Just a couple things I'd like to do this year. I thought I'd throw them out there:
1. Lose 35lbs.
2. Run a Marathon
3. Pay off my car
4. Read the Bible from cover to cover
5. Read one book a week
There are a couple others, but I'm not quite ready to put them out there yet.
Some things I am really glad I have memories of this year:
10. Losing 65 lbs. (I have about 30 more to go)
9. Moving 2400 miles across the country. The drive was actually pretty flippin' sweet.
8. Ichthus with friends
7. Driving a bus for some friends to Orlando all night long just to fly back home.
6. Golf Scramble for iServe
5. Flying over 35,000 miles this year.
4. Road trip to Cincinnati
3. Flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter
2. Trips to Dallas
1. Las Vegas Trip with my best friend.
Heard someone talking about their daughter yesterday. She had gotten out of bed very early, and was downstairs in the living room while everyone else was sleeping. She was disoriented and confused because she'd never been up without her family. When her father (the person I was talking with) came into the room she was sort of standing with her hands folded and her head down. He asked her what was wrong, and her response was "I'm too wittle for dis."
I know the feeling. I often feel like I'm too little for the world around me. So many things have changed over the past year, and even more in the past 5 months. I find myself standing at home thinking to myself that I'm too little. I'm too little to have moved 2300 miles away from where I grew up - from where my family is. I'm too little to have this job. I'm too little to live in a city of a million people where I know almost no one. Fortunately, in the midst of all the change - one thing remains the same - God is bigger.
He's bigger than my fears, anxieties, and worries. He's bigger than my relationships, my finances, my job. He's bigger than everything else in my life. I might be too little, but God isn't.
Next time you feel like you're too little, remember that you are - and it's okay. God is bigger.
So, I'm starting to get settled in out here. First - I love it. It's a huge change for me, but I absolutely love it. Campbell is a great city. It has a historic downtown that is very much small-town, yet it's in the middle of over 1 million people. It's kind of the best of both worlds.
Every Sunday morning they have this farmer's market downtown. It's incredible. You can get anything - from Alaskan Salmon, King Crab, fresh produce, flowers - anything, and it's all about as fresh as it can get. They also have a lot of worthless stuff (crafts, etc), but it's a lot of fun. The best part is that you can sort of just walk along eating as you go. They call it sampling.... I always thought it was more like grazing.
It's only about a 45 minute drive to San Francisco from here. That's a crazy town. There is so much to do there. We went up on Sunday and saw the Golden Gate Bridge, then drove down the crookedest road in the world. That was nuts. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's Lombard St.
Adjusting to Pacific Time has been interesting. For the most part, my body still operates on Eastern Time - so I get up around 5AM and go to bed around 10PM!
More updates to come - I promise.