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 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!
I am all for accountability! It really works. My husband is back on his weight loss goals and we have the chart out again. He loves to hear the excitement of the kids each day when he lowers the number on the board. Hooray for daddy! The encouragement keeps him going.
As a woman, I can tell you right now that I have no intention of putting my weight on the chart each day. Karl has invited me to join him in his motivation tool, but I know my kids. They tell everything! What could I do?
Finally God revealed the perfect idea to me. Getting Down with Me Money!
I made a chart for the days of the week and a simple motivation tool. Each day that I put a down arrow on the chart (meaning my weight went down, however great or small the amount), that equals one Me Dollar – money I can spend on myself. I have the accountability of the public chart and the encouragement of the kids, but not the constant fear that one of them will reveal my weight at school to their friends. I also have a great motivator tool. You see, I always feel guilty about spending money on myself. You know; there are bills to pay, donations to give and always something more important than splurging on a little thing for yourself. My family will encourage me to use those Me Dollars and to keep getting down arrows on my chart.
I put my first down arrow on the chart today. Here is to many more down arrows and safe accountability.