A Thin Man's Guide to losing Weight: Chapter 4.

Use the stairs.

I just started watching “Biggest Loser” I know I am late to the party. It reminded me I need to get back to my little blog serise called “A Thin Man’s Guide to Losing Weight”.

*caution rant alert* I have this theory in life that people who are trying to lose weight always ask other people who are also overweight advice on how to lose weight. I in all my years have never been asked advice on how to lose weight. I find this odd. I thought one thing I could do is write a little blog based book on how to lose weight or keep unwanted weight off. *rant over*

So chapter 4: Use the stairs.

One of the things I do fairly often is I try to use the stairs rather than take the elevator. This may sound stupid trivial and strange but I think that doing something small like take the stairs helps to reinforce the fact that diet alone can not solve unhealthful. You must change your lifestyle. I say unhealthiness because you can be unhealthy no matter what shape presently are in. When you are in a unhealthy lifestyle you need to take small steps to see big results. For people who work all the time you need to look at your environment and try to build in activity so you can still do what you need to do for work while focusing on making small healthier choices one “literal” step at a time.

If you are ever given two options take the road less traveled. You will thank me later.

So chapter 4 is rather short but if you take the simple action of getting active when people in our country work so hard to creative innovative ways to facilitate inactivity. We are blessed in this country. We have little go carts in our grocery stores so we can ride instead of walk. Why are people thinner in Europe has less ingenuity, smaller portions, and no all you can eat or drink anything. (They do however smoke like it’s their job over there. I guess every Country has it’s vice, ours happens to be food)

So take it from a thin man if you want to lose weight, use the stairs.

A Thin Man's Guide to Losing Weight: Chapter 2


If you need to catch up:
The Introduction
Chapter One

Chapter 2: Just because it’s there you don’t have to eat it.

Another rule I live by that has served me well so far in life is do not eat it just because it’s there.

Scenario – You go to a friends house they bring out a big plate of cookies, everyone has one cookie,fine. There are two cookies left they sit on the plate they taunt you. You feel compelled as either a good guest or a lover of cookies to eat the remaining cookies. DO NOT do this.

Scenario – You go to the movies and get a bucket of popcorn (I’ll address the buying of movie popcorn and candy goodness later) roughly the size of a two year old human. You start eating you family has all reached their limit and have stopped but you paid 25.99 and are going to get your moneys worth. You eat the popcorn just because it’s there. Never do this.

Scenario – Any time you eat at the house of any Italian BEWARE they are skilled in the art of overfeeding their guests. I know I married into a family that are amazing cooks but also try to overfeed every person who walks through their doors.

Say no to food that is extra and above. Eat till you are satisfied and not full.

If food is there taunting you it is not your responsibility. Do not eat it and you will be one step closer to living a thin man’s life.

A Thin Man's Guide To Losing Weight: Chapter 1

Chapter 1: NEVER get full.

I think this is one of the foundation blocks to staying thin. I remember the day I uncovered this truth. I was 9 years old. We lived in the midwest. There where these new restaurants that were becoming very popular, we got our first one “The Royal Fork”. A restaurant where you pay one price and can eat as much as you want.

This was an amazing idea for a fourth grader. I can eat as much as I want. And you know what I did? Eat, eat and eat some more. I had Chinese, Italian and most importantly “Desert Bar.”

I was in heaven. I ate and ate and ate. I remember getting up from the table and was feeling a bit strange but the gravity of my decision didn’t hit me till we got into the car. My dad pulled out the packed parking lot of The Royal Fork. I was siting in the back of the car and with every turn my father took I was more of the impact that my decision had created. With every turn my dad made I felt pain in my full belly.

What did I do? I made a foxhole prayer and asked God to help me fell better and if he did I do whatever he asked of me.

And it was through his situation that I learned the art of not getting full. I can literally count on one hand the amount of times I have eaten till I was full.

So to lose weight and keep it off. Stop eating till you are full eat till you are satisfied. When you eat till you are full you train your body to consume more and more quantities of food.

Thin Man’s Guide to Losing weight! Chapter 1: never get full.

My 12 Rules for Life

A few months ago Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life was all the rage. I found his book interesting and him as a person even more so. What I found interesting is that his rules were based on his worldview. The truth is we all live by a set of propositions we believe to be true. Here are my thoughts on his book as a Christian. His list gave me the idea of coming up with my own list.  I thought it would be fun to give the 12 rules I live by.

  1. Stop eating before you are full – This is one of my many rules that I go by that keep me from gaining weight. I have a book I have never published but have been working on for years called “A Thin Man’s Guide to Losing Weight” – If you stop eating before you get full you will never eat too much.
  2. Teach your kids to protect the small and the weak – speak for those who have no voice. One of the things that get lost in a world where gender roles are not passed on to our kids we have kids who don’t know what they are supposed to do in any given situation. I tell my boys all the time that one of the things men do is protect those who are weaker or smaller than they are. I tell them if they get in trouble for defending kids who are picked on or protecting their sisters they will never be in trouble with me.
  3. Life can only be understood in light of the golden rule in light of the golden ruler. Everyone loves the golden rule not everyone likes the giver of that rule. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God first and the second is like it to love our neighbor. We can’t truly love our neighbor if we do not love God first and understand how we have been loved by God in Christ.
  4. Go to the buffet table last. This is one my mom always taught me. In a group of people always eat last. No exceptions. It breeds humility.
  5. Work three Jobs at the same time. This is another one my parents taught me. You will never go hungry, and you will make yourself irreplaceable in your work if you can do more than one thing.
  6. Kiss babies and old people. This is a lost virtue in our society. We used to value new life and esteem old life. As a society, we now worship beauty and wealth a culture that sacrifices the most vulnerable for the idols of beauty and wealth will always and every time destroy its self from the inside out. Ask the Greeks and the Romans.
  7. Be efficient with problems so you can be patient with people. I say this to my team all the time. We live in a culture that esteems efficiency and time management so that we can have more time to do what we want. The gospel says this is not the way we invest our life. We are efficient with problems, so we have more time to love and serve others

Top Posts of 2009

Well, I am still on a blogging hiatus of sorts. Enjoying the holiday season with my family. I thought it would be fun to look back at the year at the Top posts of 2009 and look forward to 2010.

Top 10 Posts of 2009

1. Announcing Claudia to the world – (#1 as it should be)

2. Announcing Bible Bucks 2.0

3. Stuff Kids Pastors Like #101 – (The letter Z)

4. Is VBS Dead

5. Should women be leading? Nancy Beach

6. Resources to help your kids read their Bible

7. Free tool for parents and kids pastors – (Happy Birthday Jesus Party)

8. And every parent says “God bless you Google”

9. Free Book! (Free copy Think Orange)

10. Voluntwitter – using twitter for your volunteers

As far as next year I want to hear more from you guys. – Here is what I am excited to be blogging about you tell me what you would like to discuss.

1. Innovation in ministry
2. Being an Image manager vs. Building the Kingdom
3. Blogging from Orange again!
4. Thinking inside the box
5. What social tools you need to be using to connect with families
6. How to grow in your leadership
7. leading volunteer staff
8. Why I like dark colored Tee-shirts in kids ministry
9. More chapters to my online book “A thin man’s guide to losing weight”
10. More stuff kids pastors like

Looking forward to hearing from y’all (trying to fit it with my southern reading peeps)

Merry Christmas and Happy New year!