Before and After Pics FINALLY published: Weight loss benchmarks

Beforeafter

When you make major life changes such as losing a lot of weight, the human thing is to forget the past.  So I am reminding myself today of the journey over the past year.  I feel so much better today than back in May when the picture on the left was shot.  It has now been almost six months since I have lost 50 pounds and have kept it off. (The rumor that this was related to illness or my surgery is still not true.) I can now run a few miles without completely losing my breath and I feel better about myself since I know I have improved self-control in my eating habits.  The before and after pictures remind me of how God is always in the business of life-change.  Why are we so enamored with the idea of "makeover" or the before-and-after pictures?  I think it is because our hearts desire is to grow and to become more than we are.

What is it that we want to become?  When we are listening to our souls as followers of Christ, our deepest desire is to be like Jesus. He is simply amazing.  He is disciplined, smart, and self-controlled. Unfortunately, we celebrate in our culture the "easy" or "extreme" makeover and forget the steps needed to achieve real life-change. These steps take the help of family and friends, courageous humility to admit the need to change, and a reasonable plan to guide our steps.  It is clear that physical discipline sounds so much like the spiritual life.  In fact, here is what the Bible says about this:

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)

Alright folks, I am a bit embarrassed about putting these pictures up.  But, I sure hope this encourages you to take a step in your life either with your health or in your spiritual journey.

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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.

44 comments

  1. Inspiring post man. It’s awesome to see these pictures and see an amazing accomplishment with the help of Jesus. Congrats!
    Now I just wish I had read it before finishing those 4 chocolate covered oreos I just finished downing. Dang it!

  2. Inspiring post man. It’s awesome to see these pictures and see an amazing accomplishment with the help of Jesus. Congrats!
    Now I just wish I had read it before finishing those 4 chocolate covered oreos I just finished downing. Dang it!

  3. Inspiring post man. It’s awesome to see these pictures and see an amazing accomplishment with the help of Jesus. Congrats!
    Now I just wish I had read it before finishing those 4 chocolate covered oreos I just finished downing. Dang it!

  4. Inspiring post man. It’s awesome to see these pictures and see an amazing accomplishment with the help of Jesus. Congrats!
    Now I just wish I had read it before finishing those 4 chocolate covered oreos I just finished downing. Dang it!

  5. Do not be embarrassed to share those pictures, or your story. It is something I needed to hear. I have, for all of my life, struggled with my weight. I finally decided three nights ago to change my life.
    Reading your post was needed. Even though I just started, it has been a stuggle. Seeing your results are very encouraging. Thank you.

  6. Do not be embarrassed to share those pictures, or your story. It is something I needed to hear. I have, for all of my life, struggled with my weight. I finally decided three nights ago to change my life.
    Reading your post was needed. Even though I just started, it has been a stuggle. Seeing your results are very encouraging. Thank you.

  7. Do not be embarrassed to share those pictures, or your story. It is something I needed to hear. I have, for all of my life, struggled with my weight. I finally decided three nights ago to change my life.
    Reading your post was needed. Even though I just started, it has been a stuggle. Seeing your results are very encouraging. Thank you.

  8. Do not be embarrassed to share those pictures, or your story. It is something I needed to hear. I have, for all of my life, struggled with my weight. I finally decided three nights ago to change my life.
    Reading your post was needed. Even though I just started, it has been a stuggle. Seeing your results are very encouraging. Thank you.

  9. Rich -WOW – I don’t know what else to say … I guess we’re MySpace.Com Friends … because I saw your Bulletin Post … but that alone is a miracle because I never see Bulletins – they don’t post on Band Pages … but what an inspiration. I need to drop about 40-50 pounds myself. I’d be interested in seeing your story – have you blogged on it previously? Did you just change your diet? We wanna know!

    I’m subscribing to your blog now for sure, too – hope you’ll check mine out at http://www.fredmckinnon.com.

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred McKinnon
    Worship Leader, Pianist, Producer
    http://www.fredmckinnon.com

  10. Rich -WOW – I don’t know what else to say … I guess we’re MySpace.Com Friends … because I saw your Bulletin Post … but that alone is a miracle because I never see Bulletins – they don’t post on Band Pages … but what an inspiration. I need to drop about 40-50 pounds myself. I’d be interested in seeing your story – have you blogged on it previously? Did you just change your diet? We wanna know!

    I’m subscribing to your blog now for sure, too – hope you’ll check mine out at http://www.fredmckinnon.com.

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred McKinnon
    Worship Leader, Pianist, Producer
    http://www.fredmckinnon.com

  11. Rich -WOW – I don’t know what else to say … I guess we’re MySpace.Com Friends … because I saw your Bulletin Post … but that alone is a miracle because I never see Bulletins – they don’t post on Band Pages … but what an inspiration. I need to drop about 40-50 pounds myself. I’d be interested in seeing your story – have you blogged on it previously? Did you just change your diet? We wanna know!

    I’m subscribing to your blog now for sure, too – hope you’ll check mine out at http://www.fredmckinnon.com.

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred McKinnon
    Worship Leader, Pianist, Producer
    http://www.fredmckinnon.com

  12. Rich -WOW – I don’t know what else to say … I guess we’re MySpace.Com Friends … because I saw your Bulletin Post … but that alone is a miracle because I never see Bulletins – they don’t post on Band Pages … but what an inspiration. I need to drop about 40-50 pounds myself. I’d be interested in seeing your story – have you blogged on it previously? Did you just change your diet? We wanna know!

    I’m subscribing to your blog now for sure, too – hope you’ll check mine out at http://www.fredmckinnon.com.

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred McKinnon
    Worship Leader, Pianist, Producer
    http://www.fredmckinnon.com

  13. Awesome! I’m so happy that you’ve lost the weight. You look great!We miss you guys. I’m glad that things are going great in CA. Dan and I should come out and visit sometime.
    Dan is not very good with keeping in touch with people, so he really could use a phone call from you. We are about to embark on a huge transistion at our church. He is leading us through dropping our trad. service and moving to blended services. I’m sure he could use some advice.

    God bless!

  14. Awesome! I’m so happy that you’ve lost the weight. You look great!We miss you guys. I’m glad that things are going great in CA. Dan and I should come out and visit sometime.
    Dan is not very good with keeping in touch with people, so he really could use a phone call from you. We are about to embark on a huge transistion at our church. He is leading us through dropping our trad. service and moving to blended services. I’m sure he could use some advice.

    God bless!

  15. Awesome! I’m so happy that you’ve lost the weight. You look great!We miss you guys. I’m glad that things are going great in CA. Dan and I should come out and visit sometime.
    Dan is not very good with keeping in touch with people, so he really could use a phone call from you. We are about to embark on a huge transistion at our church. He is leading us through dropping our trad. service and moving to blended services. I’m sure he could use some advice.

    God bless!

  16. Awesome! I’m so happy that you’ve lost the weight. You look great!We miss you guys. I’m glad that things are going great in CA. Dan and I should come out and visit sometime.
    Dan is not very good with keeping in touch with people, so he really could use a phone call from you. We are about to embark on a huge transistion at our church. He is leading us through dropping our trad. service and moving to blended services. I’m sure he could use some advice.

    God bless!

  17. Way to go — you look fantastic! I am jealous and inspired [wink wink].

  18. Way to go — you look fantastic! I am jealous and inspired [wink wink].

  19. Way to go — you look fantastic! I am jealous and inspired [wink wink].

  20. Way to go — you look fantastic! I am jealous and inspired [wink wink].

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