Fit to be tried
October 4 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Fit to be tried | Friday, Oct. 4, 2002

Friday, Oct. 4, 2002

Fit to be tried

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

The accompanying editorial suggests that church members encourage their ministers to improve their health by losing weight and gaining better fitness.

I'll do my part by offering an added opportunity for accountability.

Nearly two years ago, I announced in this column that I was overweight, out of shape and determined to do something about it. I invited readers to guess when I would reach my target goal, and the simple accountability of public knowledge helped me lose almost 40 pounds and gain a boatload of energy.

It's time for me to confess that I fell back into some sloppy eating habits (namely, like a pig eating slop), and almost 12 of those pounds have returned. I can feel every one.

Tommy Yessick says that every pound of unnecessary fat requires 200 miles of blood vessels and capillaries. That means my heart is now pushing blood the equivalent of an extra cross-country trip with every beat.

No wonder I'm so tired.

I hereby declare my intention to honor God in my body by eating smarter and exercising longer. My goal is to drop the extra weight before the end of the year, despite the considerable obstacles of Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas goodies.

I trust you to help keep me accountable.

And, I invite others who want to shape up to join me in the arena of public scrutiny. Send in your name and your goal for the next three months, and I'll publish it.

Reach your goal by Dec. 31, and we'll celebrate in print. I'll also send you a Biblical Recorder desk clock/calculator/calendar to help you determine how many miles of capillaries you've rendered unnecessary.

My address, phone number and e-mail address are all listed in the masthead below.

You may think this idea is crazy, but I think it's fit to be tried.

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