Tending the Temple (audio added)

24 Jan
January 24, 2008

Tending the Temple was a message I delivered back in January of 2007.  In a lot of ways, it’s my personal spiritual and physical changes in thinking and practice that took place over the eight months of Biggest Loser and my pursuit of health and weight loss.  I think one of the biggest surprises for me – because I had sworn that I wouldn’t try to “spiritualize” weight loss – was discovering just how much the physical and spiritual are intertwined.  Part of my growth was in recognizing that God created us to be spiritually healthy and physically healthy, and in realizing that I could bring honor and glory to Him through how I cared for my body I found the sense of purpose and excitement to finally lose the weight.  (to save the mp3, simply right click the link and select “save target as” to save to your computer)

Tending the Temple mp3 (January, 2007)

Youth Pastor Biggest Loser contest!

24 Jan
January 24, 2008

 Youth Specialties, one of the best youth ministry resource companies out there, as well as a great source for youth ministry training and encouragement, is having a weight loss competition!  And I get to be a part of it!  We’re still sorting out some of the details, but it should be a lot of fun and have some great prizes for the competitors!

Basically, Marko (president of Youth Specialties) needs to lose some weight – you can read his blog here.  But doing it with others always sets you up for more success so he’s looking for youth workers to do it with!

Baby #4 on the way!

23 Jan
January 23, 2008

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There you see it!  Our fourth child is on the way … much to our surprise!  This ultrasound is actually at nine weeks, which was about a month ago.  We’re excited, but still recovering from the shock – we found out about five weeks ago!  We had been so crazy busy the first couple months of the pregnancy that we didn’t even notice, so they brought us in and did an ultrasound to figure out hold the baby is, hence the early pictures (usually you don’t get one until twenty weeks or so).  The due date is July 19th, so the little tyke will be born right around MY birthday!

It was amazing to see the ultrasound (if I get around to it, I’ll youtube it); the heart beating, at one point the baby was kicking and waving its arms and legs … incredible to think just how tiny it is right now!

Biggest Loser: Farewell Pink Team

23 Jan
January 23, 2008
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Well, I’m disappointed to say the least.  I really enjoyed watching the Pink team week after week.  What’s really disappointing to me, though, is how they went out.  Not because of yellow team; honestly, I get the decision they made.  I probably would have choosen out of the teams that voted against me as well, and Pink was the bigger threat.  No … what bothered me was the whole immunity thing.

Seemed kind of like a blatant move by the producers to keep the Black team around.  Think about it; everyone knew they were going to kill like no other week to make up for any loading their teammates might try to pull.  Their percentages were guaranteed to be up … but never mind that.  The producers have openly said in interviews that the scale on the show is a prop; in other words, while the reactions of the contestants are real since they haven’t seen their weights … but the production staff has already seen the weights.  In other words, they already knew who the Biggest Loser of the week would be – then they told the teams that who ever had the best weigh in would win immunity for that night’s elimination?  Nice way to cause a lot of drama.  And perhaps keep a team around that would otherwise have been guaranteed to go home.

I don’t know, maybe that was their plan all along.  It was almost certain with that many teams lumped together someone was going to try to throw the weigh in in exchange for something, so having an immunity ready for the team that tried the hardest NOT to throw the weigh in might make sense … but it still seems fishy to me.

I think Betty gets the prize for the best exit speech, though!  “I’m a sore loser!”  She and her daughter are an inspiration to everyone who watches and they certainly didn’t deserve to go home so soon!  But their results in the follow up reveal were amazing!  They’re killing it!  And they still have a few months to go until the finale!

Audio from BL Boothbay online

22 Jan
January 22, 2008
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The audio from last Saturday’s Biggest Loser: New Year’s Challenge is online!  I split it into two files; they’re about an hour long each and cover the basics of the diet plan, as well as my story and some question and answer stuff.  You can download it from the Audio page, or use the links here (right click and select “save target as” to save to your computer):

Biggest Loser Boothbay: New Years Challenge kickoff (part one)

Biggest Loser Boothbay: New Years Challenge kickoff (part two)

Now that I’ve actually looked at the paperwork, it turns out there were about 85-90 people present for the kickoff!  Wow!  What a great challenge!  Wiscasset has about 35 in their group, and Boothbay has about 55 competing in our group!  That means for some hefty cash prizes at the end, and now I’m thinking we’ll have some weekly prizes and incentives as well – with this many people, the more winners we can have, the more fun it is for everyone!

Zero calorie cooking sprays?

22 Jan
January 22, 2008

Like most of America, you probably have aerosol cooking sprays that loudly proclaim themselves to be fat free and calorie free … but is that really the case?  I mean, if you stop and think about it, how could they possibly be zero calorie and zero fat?  Think about the kind of stuff that goes into them – vegetable oil, olive oil, etc.  That stuff is all fat!  It’s all about the serving size.

You see, as long as something has less than 0.5 grams of fat in a serving size, it can be called fat free.  And as long as there are less than five calories per serving, it can also be called calorie free.  Check out the nutritional information on your cooking spray; most likely the serving size is a spray that lasts one third of a second.  One third of a second?!?  When was the last time you ever sprayed one of those bad boys for a third of a second?  Is that even possible?  But if the serving is that small, it falls below those legal requirements and can be called fat free and calorie free.

Here’s the reality: for Pam cooking spray, which is at least honest about their stats when asked (other companies won’t release the info so willingly), a full one second spray is actually about seven calories.  I typically spray for a few seconds, so I’m getting 20-30 calories worth of fat on my eggs, omelet, or whatever.  That’s okay – we need fats in our diet, but we need to know they’re there.  I have to factor that number of calories into my eating over the course of the day. 

A healthier way of getting these fats would be to use a non-aerosol mister; it uses a pump to build up pressure and then sprays a fine mist of whatever is in it.  I use olive oil; it’s healthier, adds great flavor, and with a mister, I actually keep the serving down even smaller than with an aerosol can.  On top of that, I’ve eliminated all those preservatives, aerosol type stuff and other things that I really don’t need in my system.  If you want, you can order one here!

Saving Me notes & audio

22 Jan
January 22, 2008

 January 20, 2008; Saving Me sermon audio (right click and select “save target as” to save to your computer) 

For my message on Sunday morning, I stayed on the subject of Sanctity of Life (after all, it was the official National Sanctity of Life Day), but with a different focus: that people’s spiritual life is so important and valuable that we must be reaching out to the world with the message of hope and salvation.  For the most part we stayed in Acts 1-2, reading about how the disciples, after Christ’s last words before ascending to heaven was telling them to evangelize the planet, literally poured into the streets of Jerusalem with an energy and urgency that is incredible … and thousands made decisions to follow Jesus each day as a result.  As an example of the sense of focus and urgency that we should have, I showed Nickelback’s music video for “Savin’ Me” (you can watch it below).  I absolutely love the imagery in that video of the ticking clocks above each person’s head; that while he has that glimpse all else is forgotten and he is focused on people’s need for life.  The same needs to happen for Christians; it’s very easy to get wrap up in the day to day distractions, but what is truly important – people’s need for Jesus, there is an urgency to that that we cannot lose sight of.

So very, very happy.

21 Jan
January 21, 2008

 

They’ve just released a teaser trailer for the new Star Trek movie.  Watch it.

Wow.

I’m so very, very happy.

Finger Rocket Fun

19 Jan
January 19, 2008

Brought a few dozen of these bad boys to youth group on Thursday night.  Nothing like playing a dodgeball type game with foam finger rockets!  They were flying all over the place!  Definitely a lot of fun.  I managed to take out more than my share of rocket warriors … but in the end, I never actually survived long enough to finish a round.  Either they recognized the threat that I represented and all targeted me, resulting in an overwhelming show of force that not even Captain America could resist … or I have slow reflexes and made for an easy target.

I prefer the first explanation.

Biggest Loser Boothbay – Day 1

19 Jan
January 19, 2008

Wow.

What a first day!  I haven’t gone over all the paperwork yet, but I think there were over eighty people there today for the first meeting of our twelve week New Year’s challenge!  Now, we did get a boost because the Wiscasset Baptist Church is also doing a group, so they kicked their challenge off with us today so I could do the overview for both groups at the same time.  Wiscasset showed up with just over 30 people – they were expecting 20-ish, so that was a great turnout.  Meanwhile, I was expecting around thirty … and had somewhere around fifty walk through the door!

I was laughing because I had ordered 75 of the Biggest Loser Calorie Counter books, thinking I would have some left over for future things, etc.  Just trying to give myself wiggle room – and instead, the only reason I was okay for books was because half a dozen of the people were repeat participants, so they already had them from the last challenge.  Wow!

Anyway, I actually recorded the audio from the kickoff and will hopefully be posting it to the site in the next few days; basically, it’s an overview of the diet plan and some tips on exercising.  In future meetings we’ll get more specific on those issues, as well as tackle emotional eating, dining out, travel, failure and more.  It looks to be a fun challenge!