Over 50 pounds and counting

WeightlossWell, some have you have emailed, IM’d me, cornered me at church and even while shopping…so here is the scoop.  Yes, I have lost A LOT of weight.  It is obvious enough that people who only know me from this blog are noticing.  Of course, being up in front of a thousand or so people each week makes it hard to hide. Yep.  A lot.  I did not do it alone.  My wife and I have journeyed this together and even my daughter has lost two sizes as a result of being around us.

I confess that I embarrassed that I had to lose this much weight in the first place.  And, I am a bit nervous that so many notice, but I appreciate the support at the same time.

Here are the FAQ’s:

  • How much?  53.3 lbs. in less than 6 months.  I am now 199.7 lbs. and have lost a few trouser sizes (now a 34 waist and M/L shirt if you think of Christmas gifts this year).
  • How?  Dieting…I used a service I will not endorse online (until they give me some payola or something for it), but they sell food and the system is based on 1500 or so calories eaten more than you burn off.  Basically, you eat less than you burn off.  Like I said, I could not do this alone.  My whole lifestyle has changed.
  • Exercise?  Not really, other than some cardio.  I am planning on beginning that phase.  I am going to do a home gym thing and begin some strength training.

This has been a huge life-change for me.  Really.  In fact, it has been a while since I have been this size and felt this way.  I am still working it all out and realize that I am never done.  As a Christian, the overeating thing is an “acceptable” sin.  Food is an addiction and just one way I have masked pain and stress.  Of course this is not good.  I really believe that I need to take care of my body, just like my soul and the rest of me.  I am not done yet, by any means, and never will be completely.  But, this is a huge thing for me at this point in time.  And no jiggle test or pics…yet. (That one is for my friend Carlos who is on a weight loss journey of his own).

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

24 comments

  1. Rich, that is truly awesome. And you’re right; my sin of overeating it not any more or less acceptable to God than that of the junkie turning tricks on the street corner. It’s just more socially acceptable. Encouraged, even.
    I’m inspired. I’ve been needing to do the same thing for a long time now. I just keep waiting for “tomorrow”, then look for another excuse to put it off another day, or week, or month. Thanks for posting this. You’re looking good, bro, and I imagine you’re feeling great, too.

  2. Rich, that is truly awesome. And you’re right; my sin of overeating it not any more or less acceptable to God than that of the junkie turning tricks on the street corner. It’s just more socially acceptable. Encouraged, even.
    I’m inspired. I’ve been needing to do the same thing for a long time now. I just keep waiting for “tomorrow”, then look for another excuse to put it off another day, or week, or month. Thanks for posting this. You’re looking good, bro, and I imagine you’re feeling great, too.

  3. Rich, that is truly awesome. And you’re right; my sin of overeating it not any more or less acceptable to God than that of the junkie turning tricks on the street corner. It’s just more socially acceptable. Encouraged, even.
    I’m inspired. I’ve been needing to do the same thing for a long time now. I just keep waiting for “tomorrow”, then look for another excuse to put it off another day, or week, or month. Thanks for posting this. You’re looking good, bro, and I imagine you’re feeling great, too.

  4. Rich, that is truly awesome. And you’re right; my sin of overeating it not any more or less acceptable to God than that of the junkie turning tricks on the street corner. It’s just more socially acceptable. Encouraged, even.
    I’m inspired. I’ve been needing to do the same thing for a long time now. I just keep waiting for “tomorrow”, then look for another excuse to put it off another day, or week, or month. Thanks for posting this. You’re looking good, bro, and I imagine you’re feeling great, too.

  5. Rich, I’m so proud of you. Yes, it was necessary, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Food is an ever present temptation and you are a visible inspiration to many that it CAN be overcome!

  6. Rich, I’m so proud of you. Yes, it was necessary, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Food is an ever present temptation and you are a visible inspiration to many that it CAN be overcome!

  7. Rich, I’m so proud of you. Yes, it was necessary, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Food is an ever present temptation and you are a visible inspiration to many that it CAN be overcome!

  8. Rich, I’m so proud of you. Yes, it was necessary, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Food is an ever present temptation and you are a visible inspiration to many that it CAN be overcome!

  9. Way to go man! I noticed the other day you were looking mighty trim. That’s awesome! Now…send me the info on how you’re doing it please!

  10. Way to go man! I noticed the other day you were looking mighty trim. That’s awesome! Now…send me the info on how you’re doing it please!

  11. Way to go man! I noticed the other day you were looking mighty trim. That’s awesome! Now…send me the info on how you’re doing it please!

  12. Way to go man! I noticed the other day you were looking mighty trim. That’s awesome! Now…send me the info on how you’re doing it please!

  13. I would love to know what program/service you used. You don’t want to mention them publicly, but perhaps privately? I badly need to drop 60 lbs.

  14. I would love to know what program/service you used. You don’t want to mention them publicly, but perhaps privately? I badly need to drop 60 lbs.

  15. I would love to know what program/service you used. You don’t want to mention them publicly, but perhaps privately? I badly need to drop 60 lbs.

  16. I would love to know what program/service you used. You don’t want to mention them publicly, but perhaps privately? I badly need to drop 60 lbs.

  17. It’s great to read of your success in weight loss. I also a few years back lost 110lbs. You can read my story on my site (just go to Archives –> Health & Fitness –> My Weight Loss story.
    Keep up the good work!

  18. It’s great to read of your success in weight loss. I also a few years back lost 110lbs. You can read my story on my site (just go to Archives –> Health & Fitness –> My Weight Loss story.
    Keep up the good work!

  19. It’s great to read of your success in weight loss. I also a few years back lost 110lbs. You can read my story on my site (just go to Archives –> Health & Fitness –> My Weight Loss story.
    Keep up the good work!

  20. It’s great to read of your success in weight loss. I also a few years back lost 110lbs. You can read my story on my site (just go to Archives –> Health & Fitness –> My Weight Loss story.
    Keep up the good work!

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