Many of us make resolutions every year. But before we get into our new resolutions for 2009 next month, how about we talk about how we’re doing with this past year’s resolution. This is an easy question so I’m hoping that many of the regulars, visitors, and blog lurkers and stalkers will contribute.
Question: What was your past year resolution? And, how’s it going? [* Be honest. Don't forget. You are commenting on a minister's blog.]
Me and my past year resolution? Not well.
My resolution was to exercise regularly and lose some weight. I’ve been hovering around 160 this past year. I don’t want to get fixated on weight but I really am not eating healthy, sleeping healthy, and not exercising. I still would like to get down to 145 but would be content just exercising regularly.
My summer sabbatical actually went well. I managed to exercise 4-5 days/week but the minute I got back to Seattle and started getting into the swing of a busy schedule complicated by unpredictables things that came up to people I love at our church, my weight ballooned from 150 to 160 in three months.
Why? Poor eating habits. And, I have not exercised once since I returned from my three month sabbatical – until couple weeks ago. I finally took out the basketball and shot for about 10 minutes in the backyard and went for a light jog. It was downright painful and embarrassing. Even despite lowering the rim and playing “alone,” I had a hard time dribbling, shooting, and simply…breathing. The video below doesn’t capture me gasping for air. Can someone say “Cardiovascular?”
I’m in the East Coast now to speak at couple venues. Afterwards, I hit the basketball court for some full court hoops with some current seminary students. I know it’s hard to believe but there was a time when I was sort of a basketball legend: aka Minister Sinister was what they called me or I kept asking people to call me. Not many did. They just referred to me as the “Asian that can jump.” In seminary [16 years ago], my claim to fame was being the scoring champ of our seminary basketball league one year. Why do I share this? Because as guys get older, they have to bring stuff up to make themselves feel better. After one ruptured achilles, one knee surgery, and being run over by car and nearly dying, I’ve only got stories left.
Dangit! I’m tired of liking the idea of doing stuff rather than doing it. I really need to start exercising which leads to a preview of my 2009 resolution. My daughter was playing with our camera and shot the video footage above of me attempting a basketball comeback. I’m still gasping for air…