A couple of weeks ago we started back to school with our weekly FCA Huddles at Lee County High School and Middle School. It’s been great getting back to seeing our students each week and being able to share with them from God’s word in their schools. The exciting thing to report has been the growth in our Middle School FCA Huddle. This year we are averaging over 40 students a week and they are not only excited to be there, but they are bringing their friends. Our Huddle at the high school is doing well in that we have a faithful core group of students who are coming and we are really enjoying getting to know better. However, we have lost a lot of students who came last year. Please pray for us that we will be able to get these students to come back and participate. Also, be praying for my wife Erin as she is hoping to start a Bible study with some of our older FCA students and even one or two of our former students. We are excited to see God do something great this year through our FCA Huddles and as you to pray for us and our students each day!
Over the years I’ve posted about trying to be better about taking care of myself and losing weight and getting in shape. And to be honest it’s been a roller coaster struggle of up and down. And before I get any further into this post, if you are one of my friends who sells some sort of product or program from a fitness or nutrition company, please do not think you have the answer and solicit me after reading this =). Back to what I was saying it’s been a struggle.
I have been very happy with my time on Visalus and their various Body by Vi products. However, it’s honestly just been a matter of finances. When I joined the program I envisioned selling enough product to just pay for my own product. I didn’t consider two important factors though. First of all, I am just not pushy enough to bug people about trying my product. Even though I believe in it and know it works when they tell me they aren’t interested I just am not the type of person who keeps pushing. Secondly, I live in an area that just doesn’t care. I would schedule parties and invite people to come out and try samples and no one would show up. It was very frustrating and soon I found myself in a situation where I wasn’t having enough income from selling to take care of providing my own product. I personally would love to get back on my Body by Vi program, but financially it’s jut not a possibility at the moment. That being said, if you want to help me get back on the path to selling it, I would be more than happy to hook you up so that I can start back on a program I really do believe in!
In the mean time though, I have been very concerned about my own health and fitness after my father was diagnosed with Diabetes this past spring. With a history of this disease in my family and now someone as close as my dad having it it’s really been a wake up call that I need to do a better job of taking care of myself. While waiting to get to where I can better do things like my Body by Vi program, I knew I needed to do something now to help me with my biggest area of struggle diet. That’s when I remembered my “My Fitness Pal” app on my phone. With this app I have been really watching my intake of carbs and calories in an attempt to lose these extra pounds that are just not healthy to have on me. I have also been avoiding drinking pop as much as possible. Pop, soda, or whatever you call it is probably one of my greatest weaknesses. So far I have gone 4 days without any pop and my goal is to go with out as much as possible, except for the occasional treat when eating out at a Restaurant. The great thing about living where I do, is that I don’t have many restaurants to eat out at and have that temptation.
My Fitness Pal has been great so far and has really kept me doing well on my diet. I try to look at what the calories are in things before I eat them rather than eating them and then adding them into my daily diary. That way if something is a big red flag that I shouldn’t be eating it, I don’t even bother. Also, I am able to plan for meals where I am wanting to be a little more generous to myself, by being good before that meal. In just a week of being back on the My Fitness Pal program I am already dropping weight as I have lost 2 lbs.
So, it’s time for me to get off this roller coaster. It’s time for me to get a hold of my health once and for all. For the sake of my personal well being and for the sake of being the best healthy father and husband that I can be. I appreciate all your prayers and encouragement as I dedicate myself to this journey!
Last week we were covered in snow most of the week, followed by a weekend covered in ice. Out of six possible days to have the Rec Center open for the community we only were able to open one day. With the dangerous road conditions shutting down was the right choice and the safe choice. However, we definitely needed the income that was lost to help keep the ministry of the Rec Center going.
I have been looking ahead at the weather reports for this coming week it looks like we might escape more snow and ice, but have some cold days. As we look ahead we are very hopeful that all week we will be able to stay open all week. We are praying that our bowlers will be excited to come back out after a week of not being able to bowl and our fitness people will want to get back to the gym. At least today there is no school and so hopefully we will get some students out bowling!
We need a good week of people coming back out to the Rec Center after being shut down last week. Please pray for good weather and lots of people to come back to the Rec Center!
The first week of my new Body By Vi Challenge has passed and I am excited to share that I am doing awesome with my progress!!! Last week I really got back into the swing of being dedicated to taking my Vi-Shakes and getting some great frozen fruit and berries to make some awesome Vi-Shake smoothies. I do have a confession though, while this past week I really got into my Visalus plan again, I have been really calorie counting with My Fitness Pal and dieting since the day after Christmas. I am happy to report that I am down 11 lbs. in just three weeks! That means only 29 lbs. more to reach my 40 lbs. goal! Lots more work and dedication to go, but I am excited to be seeing this progress so early. I am still looking for people to join me on this weight loss and get fit journey, so what about you? Contact me today if you are interested in doing a 90 Day Challenge!
This week I am happy to report another pound has been lost. I have really been trying to do a good job of calorie counting along with my Vi-Shakes. I know I have mentioned it in past blogs, but if you have a smart phone you really need to get the My Fitness Pal app. It works great for keeping track of calories and knowing the nutritional value of what you are eating. Also, you plug in your exercise and see if you are doing enough to really get in better shape. My Fitness Pal is a definite must!
As always, if you are serious about wanting to get serious about your health, let’s get you on your own Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge going! Contact me personally or check out my webpage aowens23.myvi.net!!!
Today I am one week into my new Body by Vi challenge. It’s been a tough week with sickness invading the family and tons of stuff going on, but I am happy to report that I am down 3.4 lbs. since I began this new challenge last Wednesday! I am very excited to be moving in this direction again and really want to get more people to join me. At the Rec Center, beginning this month, we are doing our annual Biggest Loser Competition. So far over 20 people from the community have joined and committed themselves to getting healthier over the next three months. I hope to be able to convince some of them to join me on my 90 Day Challenge as a way to aid them in their weight-loss and fitness goals. If you live in this area and would like to join our Biggest Loser contest stop by the Lee County Recreational Center and see me asap! There is no cost to join and we have cash prizes. No matter where you live, please consider joining me on my 90 Day Challenge. Hopefully together we can get healthier!!!
A couple of weeks ago now I finished my first 90 Day Body By Vi challenge. Today, after a couple of weeks of travel, festivals and various other things that kept me from being consistent I am beginning my new 90 Day Challenge. I still have 48 lbs to lose before I reach my weight loss goal. Much like the last challenge I plan on checking in and sharing my progress with you. If you are ready to get serious about your health I would love to have you join me on this journey. Contact me today or check out aowens23.myvi.net and let’s get your 90 Day Challenge going too!!!