I wanted to post something because I haven’t posted in several days. It seems like so much has been going on lately that I can’t think of anything to report. It’s almost like too much has become muddied into nothing much. I’ve just been balancing work, school, family, diet/excercise, and the worship team had a very busy Easter weekend with traveling back and forth between 6 services over the span of 2 days.
So, lots going on lately. I guess the biggest challenge I’ve faced lately is doing all of it and not letting my wife or son feel like they’ve been put on the back burner. There are only so many hours in a day. Wow….
Jon Foreman has become one of my favorite singer/songwriters. He’s recently released 2 out of a 4 EP set named after the 4 different seasons, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. I purchased the Fall and Winter EPs and have been listening to them, literally non-stop since I got them. His songs paint such vivid and touching pictures. The lyrics really speak to my soul. There’s is a lot of feeling and emotion in his writing. I wanted to post some song lyrics from his song, “Lord, Save Me From Myself”. Maybe it’ll speak to you. I also posted a video of Jon performing the song.
Well, it’s awhile since I posted on this blog but I’ve been sort of in a haze. I am a very focused and single minded person at times, so when I’m working on something or focused on a particular goal it’s hard to get my mind off of it and onto other “wonderings” which I might blog on.
I’ve been working as of late on getting myself into good shape (when am I not working on that one). So my mind has kinda been consumed with eating at the right time, the right stuff, working out, sleeping, etc…. Sometimes I think I’m good at multi-tasking and then other times…..not so much.
Anyway, I sold my guitar about a week ago because I really needed to upgrade. The guitar I had was great when I got it like 10 years ago (and didn’t know anything about a good sounding guitar) but I realized I needed/wanted something that sounded better. God has really re-birthed the desire in me to play some music. Ever since I shipped my guitar off I’ve just had this ache to strum around on a guitar and learn some new songs. So I’m visiting a guitar store every day at lunch and “test driving” guitars in hopes that one will just jump out at me.
I’d love to get a Taylor guitar of some sort but I just can’t justify dropping that kind of money on a guitar at this time. Maybe later. I was recently added to the singing ensemble at church(also known as a choir but I think that sound real old fashioned and weird since I’m an instrumentalist) and sang at my first scheduled event this past Friday. It was a women’s event at the church and it was really fun to be using the talents that God has given me again. I originally auditioned for our church’s worship team on guitar and vocals but I don’t think my showing was that strong (I hadn’t picked up my guitar in 2 years). Anyway, I was asked to sing in the “choir” instead. I originally wasn’t too sure what to think about that. I almost took it as a failure because it wasn’t what I’d set out to accomplish but after thinking about it more I realized that that is where God wants me to start out. I’m taking as a lesson in humility really. You see, I’ve always been used to being the best at my instrument (trumpet). All through school I was the top at what I did so when I missed the mark on this audition it kind of bruised my ego at first but I think it was really a lesson that God had for me in humility. I must say that I’m actually enjoying the process and feel like there is a lot to be learned from this experience.
I’m just glad to be in a musical environment and setting again. Hanging out with other musicians and being given the opportunity to use those talents that God has given me and express myself in that way.
Ok…. now I’m rambling…..
If you’ll look at my links, I’ve created a new blog to chronicle my experience on the Velocity Diet. Check that out for the latest updates.
I’m about to embark on an interesting journey to see what kind of shape I can get my body into. I’ve always been interested in fitness and nutrition. If you ask my wife she’ll tell you that I’m a little over the top with it all and to be honest I probably am. However, I don’t think I’ve ever actually achieved the best condition that I’m capable of. The reason is probably due to lack of discipline and “want to”.
I lost about 20 to 30 lbs. a year or so ago and I’ve kept it off for the most part for a while, but I’m ready to take things to the next level. My road map to getting there involves a plan called the Velocity Diet. This plan is designed to do exactly what the name indicates. It’s designed to rapidly strip the fat off of the body. Some people will think that I’m kinda ridiculous for considering a plan like this but I think it’s got a lot of merit. I’ll be receiving all of the nutrients that I need, just in a different and calculated way.
The quick description of the plan is this: I’ll drink 5 high quality protein shakes a day along with fish oil capsules, a couple servings of milled flax seed, and some fiber tabs. The shakes will be consumed every 2 to 3 hours. I’ll eat 1 healthy solid meal a week. That’s right, I said “1” solid meal a week. I’ll do this for 28 days straight and then I’ll transition off of this plan back to consuming solid food on a regular basis again over a 2 week period.
I’ll also be lifting weights 3 days per week and doing some kind of low intensity cardio every day without fail.
The goal is to strip off about 20 or so pounds during this time and uncover the muscle that is hiding below the fat.
My motivation is the desire to experience being in the best shape of my life and to successfully complete a challenging program that requires extreme focus and discipline.
Note: I’ll be starting a separate blog where I’ll be chronicling each day of this journey to my best physique ever. I’ll record the good, the bad, and the ugly. There will probably be progress photos involved…. otherwise how would you know I made any progress?
Check Out my Velocity Diet blog @: Velocity Diet Blog
I just wanted to post this picture of myself with Subway’s Jared on the way to the Foo Fighters show. Is this really me or is it a cardboard cut out of me? You decide.