Posts Tagged ‘2013’


The End of the Beginning

April 11, 2013



Well, this is the end of the beginning.  The end of Health Kwest, but the beginning of this weight loss, healthy me, new life, more knowledgeable self, lifestyle change.  Above are a few photos from before that show the tired, lazy, heavy, worn out, double chinned me, and the after (or middle really) picture of the last Day of the competition me.  70 pounds lighter and an amazing transformation of how I feel.  I’m starting to feel like the athlete again.  I’ve completed my first 5K, and I have 5 more on the books, as well as a few 10K’s, and a half marathon in November.  The biggest encouragement in the process has been being able to see the changes, as well as, others seeing the changes.  Friends and family have been a huge encouragement in the process.  From my 2 1/2 year old saying “Go Daddy”, to some of our 90 year old senior adults in our church telling me how good I look and that I have inspired them to get healthy.  (I’m thinking you’re 90 years old, my goodness, you’re pretty healthy).  My students that I work with pooled their own money together and got me and my family a 1 year YMCA membership and a gift card to Academy Sports.  I have had so much encouragement from friends on social media, and have had the opportunity to tell several people how I’ve been able to lose the weight.  As I have exercised and have watched the sweat soak through to many shirts to count, I see the “before” me.  I see the guy who would sit on the couch and down a whole pizza with cheese sticks while drinking a two liter Mountain Dew.  I have done more exercise in the last 60 days than I did all of last year, I am certain.  I have a great group of friends that keep me accountable and exercise with me.  I have learned that I can stay on an elliptical for hours and never get tired of it.  I have also learned that the more friends that can keep you accountable to something, the harder you work.  I am headed the right direction with all of the exercise.     The new me with food deals with monitoring and journaling to see what I am putting into my body.  Just as I have tracked my mileage, I am tracking what I eat.  Throughout this contest, I have eaten oatmeal and peanut butter for breakfast, an great Genghis Grill lunch, and then eaten vegetable soup or a smoothie for dinner.  Will I eat pizza after the competition is over?  Sure.  Will it be the whole pizza, and cheese sticks, and a 2 liter of Mountain Dew.  Not so much.  I have learned that calories and carbs are these things that have meaning in our lives.  Eating sensibly is going to be a huge part of keeping a healthy lifestyle.  I saw the quote the other day, “Eat to live, Don’t live to eat”.  Before Health Kwest, I lived to eat.  I would wake up in the morning feeling like P Ditty… that’s not right.  I would wake up in the morning, already thinking about what I was going to indulge myself on for lunch.  Aint nobody got time for that.  It was definitely no wonder I was almost at 400 pounds.  This is the end of a really good thing for me.  Health Kwest has been great.  Thanks Genghis Grill, Corporate, Chiara, Brad, Keith, James, Kiana, Tara, Annette, Skippy, and everyone else at our store.  Your encouragement has been great.  This is the end of the contest, but the beginning of the race for the ultimate goal.



DAY 17 Health Kwest

February 27, 2013

ONEHOPE Wine gave each contestant a bottle of wine at the beginning of this competition.  My family and I don’t drink alcohol because I work with students and would never want to be a stumbling block to them or anyone else as I seek to share the gospel.  However, In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul instructs Timothy to not only drink water but to have a little wine to help him with his health.  The things that I have read about this verse are that Timothy was in a habit of drinking only water and Paul’s advice to him was to help him through the use of wine almost like a medicine.  That goes right along with studies that show that wine can be used to keep your heart healthy.  A study by the Mayo Clinic found that and I quote “Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.”  The doctors do stop short, however, of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol.  One thing that I love about one hope is that half of their profits go to various charities.  From ONEHOPE’s website you find this explanation “HALF of profits from this wine are donated to Hope For The Warriors® to help provide job readiness services for returning troops and service members. The mission of Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restring hope for our service members and our military families. As of November 9, 2012, more than 5,000 have been killed in action, about 7,000 total deaths, more than 50,000 have been wounded in action from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of generous donations, Hope For The Warriors® has helped more than 3,000 service members and their families in 2012 alone.” I love that people and companies are looking out for someone or something other than just themselves.  Now that is awesome.  Also from the website we learn that ONEHOPE has given more than 1 million dollars to their partner charities.  To find out more about ONEHOPE and their work visit   Thanks, ONEHOPE.  #genghisgrill #onehopewine #healthkwest


Health Kwest 2013

February 7, 2013

I have been selected to compete for the Montgomery Genghis Grill location in the Health Kwest competition for 2013.  I am pretty excited.  I got my packet in the m ail the other day and I go to weigh in and start the competition on Monday, February 11.  THAT’S THIS MONDAY!!!!!!!  I have assignments to do with all kinds of social media (facebook, twitter, blog, youtube, instagram, as well as an awesome weight loss regimen that I have put together.  My goal is obviously to win this thing.  I think there are 105 stores?  Not exactly sure, but I am a pretty competitive guy.  I will put up some big numbers.  Follow my journey here, or on my facebook, youtube, twitter, or instagram pages.  I have 60 days starting Monday, to eat at Genghis grill everyday, and lose as much weight as I can in the process.  Wish me luck!