Before my husband (finally) accepted his call to ministry, his background was in broadcasting. Things like marketing, knowing your audience, catchy phrases and slogans still stick with him at times. One in particular is 43×43.
Karl set a goal of losing 43 pounds by his 43rd birthday, today. He made this goal back in January and the catchy 43×43 became his hashtag on Twitter and a constant reminder of what he was working toward. I’m more than proud and thrilled to say – he met and slightly surpassed his goal! Hallelujah!!
Happy birthday to him, but a gift for me. I’ve been concerned for some time regarding my husband’s health, for a variety of reasons. I’ve spoken with him about my concerns and spent many hours in prayer over it. He’s tried several things, but the 43×43 finally worked! Intermittent fasting, counting calories, God’s guidance and a bigger dose of fresh fruits and veggies were all a part of this success. For me, it is an answer to prayer. I know my husband is healthier and more physically active now and that gives me security.
As a wife and mother, I want my husband around for as long as possible. I have no desires to be a widow with three children. So Karl taking his healthy more seriously and losing the weight – that is truly a gift to me. It says he is committed to doing his part to be around as long as possible for his family. My gift, his birthday. I am blessed and so grateful. Praise the Lord!
My husband’s birthday comes in the middle of May – otherwise known as Strawberry season. For years he has loved a special treat for his birthday – strawberry shortcake. Not surprising that our youngest son, born in late November, had a strong affinity for Pumpkin pies, because they were always around in late November.
It has been such a tradition for Karl and for our family, that we don’t want to lose it at all. But when I mentioned trying to find a slightly healthier recipe for shortcake, Karl was actually thrilled! He is so excited about losing more than 30 pounds in less than six months and he doesn’t want to go backwards. This isn’t a diet, for him it is a new lifestyle.
Can there be a mix here? Absolutely! I intend to find a delicious and healthier version of strawberry shortcake and enjoy it with him on his birthday. If anyone has some great recipes – I’m open!!
My husband has accepted the accountability of the family in helping him to reach his weight loss goals. The end of 2011 and most of 2012 was quite crazy for us. Greta being hospitalized for ADEM, my Crohn’s Diagnosis and subsequent torture via modern medicine were bad enough. Add to that Karl’s desire to understand and be sympathetic regarding all of the surgeries I’ve had, so he decided to have his appendix removed. Yes, 2013 is the year to put the medical nightmares behind us and get our health back!
Karl’s goal is simple. Lose 43 pounds by his 43rd birthday. 43 by 43 is his slogan. Matthew, our middle child, has risen to the challenge of being his father’s diet drill sergeant. He takes his job seriously. He asked Matthew how many of the Danish butter cookies he could have. Matthew’s response – NONE! Karl’s reply – None???!!!! Matthew then proceeded to examine the tin of cookies again and give in. “You can have those crumbs.”
We all busted up laughing, and Karl ate no cookies and no crumbs. Karl also got to notate the weight loss from yesterday on his chart this morning. Way to go Matthew! Do you want to do something? Are you serious about it? Go for it like you mean it. Don’t even take the crumbs!