Should Pastors be concerned about their physical health?

I ask this question and it really is rhetorical because of course we (I am a pastor so I am included in this) should be concerned about our physical health. Instead I write this because even though I wanted to be concerned about my health I have seen my my weight go up and down over the years…mostly up!

One of the hardest thing over the last few years for me is seeing that no matter how hard I try to eat healthier and exercise I still have found it nearly impossible to lose weight. Maybe it is because I am in my 40’s now or maybe it is because I eat to be entertained. The problem is still the same. I have watched myself and some of my friends try different DIETS and quick FIXES only to still feel frustrated, or see them end back where they started.

This past December I watched my weight go up about 8 pounds from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I had horrible reflux and had to sleep sitting up most nights. It wasn’t until about 3 am that I could lay flat on my bed. I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t feel good.  I even remember sitting on the stage teaching one Sunday and seeing my stomach looking way to big. I didn’t want to be up teaching in front of people about their spiritual health when I couldn’t even keep control on my physical health.

It was frustrating. I was done. I knew I was ready to do whatever it took to lose weight. The problem is I didn’t want to do the Keto diet. I had tried that before and I always plateaued. Plus I couldn’t have any sugar or it would mess everything up. Did I mention how much I love food?

So instead I reached out to a friend of mine that I saw had lost a ton of weight and did the unthinkable…he and his wife both have kept it off for over a year. I called him and said, I am ready to do something. I have to make a change. My health, my weight affects me in life and ministry.  He told we what he was doing and I didn’t even have to hesitate.  This health plan was made for me. I wasn’t looking for pills or patches or to drink shakes all day.  I wasn’t looking for having to count my calories and have to think about everything I was going to eat.  I was busy. I wanted SIMPLE, I wanted EASY, and I wanted something that would WORK!  This was it. The only thing I had to pay for was some food and since I was already paying for food I thought, hey this is easy enough.

Here is a picture of me and some of my friends who have taken the step to better health.  I am the one on the middle left!

So, I started in Jan and have lost 50 pounds. I am at the weight I was in my early 20’s and have no reflux anymore. I am living proof that this works. It is not a quick fix diet.  It is a health plan that now allows for me to feel better and now I don’t have to stumble over my words when I speak into people’s lives for their physical health.

I get excited for anyone who keeps contending in their Health.  Getting healthy is not just a one time thing, it is journey. I encourage you to please don’t stop pursuing the best version of the YOU God wants you to be spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

If and when you are ready for lasting results, and easy to follow nutrition program, to look and feeling AMAZING in just a few weeks and lasts for a lifetime. If and when you want to be empowered by a community that gets the struggle can be real, but also that supports you for not just the short term weight loss (which will happen) but the Habits and skills to create long term health this fill out this quick form.

This health plan is an INVESTMENT for your long term goals, it works and WILL work for YOU, and the ones who love you the most that need you at your best.  People seem to rally around others who are reaching for goals, and leading others to a better health and life. Of course we know, in the end what matters the most is your faith in God through a relationship with Jesus. But as pastors, ministers, people working in churches and seeking to help people in their spiritual walk, we need to also think about our physical health and the health of the people we love.

I would love the opportunity to share with you how you can finally be healthy.  How you can finally be at the weight you never thought you could and your life will be able to be more productive.  Take a step today and fill out this quick health assessment.  When you do I will get someone to email you more information on what you can do.  Feel free to ask any questions and see if this is a right fit for you. I know that it will work and I know it will work for you, if you are ready!!

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Kevin Deming

Kevin has been in ministry for 20+ years working in churches of under 200 to over 2500 in attendance. He understands small churches needs as well as the needs of churches that are growing and needing a larger staff.

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