via: Christian Post Guest Writer, Greg Stier
In my late teens and early twenties I was in pretty good shape. By the time I was 23 years of age I had been roofing for eight years and did a lot of the “grunt” work of carrying shingles up ladders and tearing off old roofs. I was the go to guy for all things manual labor. In addition I played basketball on weekends and lived a very active lifestyle as a part time middle school youth leader. Then something strange happened…I got into ministry full-time.
Sedentary job + torn ACL + no work out regimen = flabby young preacher. Soon I was the butt (a big one at that) of jokes by my fellow elders and pastors. I remember once being used as a sermon illustration by one of our leaders and decided enough was enough. I was only 28 years old and weighed a muscle-free 223 pounds. I walked with a limp because I never followed through on my torn ACL physical therapy. I would lose my breath just walking up a set of stairs and then I would recover by eating a cake.
I remember when I made the conscious decision that enough was enough. Slowly but surely I started making better decisions. I started going to a gym on a semi-regular basis. I mixed in more salads, held back on the Big Macs and drank more water. I cut out sugary drinks (but New York’s Mayor Bloomberg didn’t even call once to congratulate me!)
The fat started shredding and the muscles started building.
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