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Emotional Run, God and I talked today.

So I didn’t want to run today. everything inside me said forget it, relax. I had gotten on the scale this morning and the number were up and it frustrates  me because I’m working so hard and keeping my calories right were they need to be. I had to keep telling myself to push on and trust that God’s at work. Sometimes that is easier than others. Today it was really hard. I dropped Kalel off at Preschool and I had already dressed in workout clothes so I hit the pavement for a little one on one time with God. He was going to get an earful from me this morning. Well, God did most of the talking today. I cried as I ran. I was flooded with emotion on just how much God in in control and I just need to trust he is at work in me and His plan will continue to be a blessing in my life. No matter what the scale says, today! God has been at work with in my life yesterday, today and He will be tomorrow as well. As I looked back at the last several years of my life I realized how the scale has moved…

What's Next

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Many of you have read my blog posts for some time and know that I have been on a long journey. One that hasn’t ended but is changing. The changes in my life have been gradual over the last two + years and these changes have given me the ability to do some stuff I’ve always wanted to do. One of those things was to ride the Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America. My size limited what I was able to do and that lead me down a dark path inside. I had given up hope. I accepted my size and decided food was my friend. I ate everything. Food was my drug of choice. Today I’m making better choices. Each day I work to make Christ the focus of my life. I reach for God’s will in my life and I have to say, His way is full of hope for tomorrow. I didn’t feel that before I started to turn my eating habits over to God. Maybe your like me or that person I used to be. Maybe you have lost all hope and are unwilling to give God full control of your life. I want to tell you today, that God wants for you to …

Pet Peeve Rant

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Ok, Last night at 11pm the neighbor was knocking on my door. Someone let our dog Jake outside to do his business and no one waited to let him back into the house. This has happened so many times before. One time Kya left the dog out in a snow storm. Our dog has been picked up by animal control before as well. This drives me crazy. When I let the dog out I wait at the door till he runs back. It’s not hard to let him back in. It just takes a bit of patience. 5 minutes tops. I’m so tired of my kids and Kirsten forgetting the dog. If you would like to give my dog a loving home, please let me know. My family just leaves him outside like the trash, hoping someone else will take care of him. So why the rant? My neighbor has brought our dog to our attention for the umpteenth time this year. Then this morning The kids swear MOM left him outside again. I’m this close to rigging up some sort of electronic reminder that the dog is outside. How ridiculous is that. NO MORE PETS! I’m done with it!!…

Livestrong.com

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So I have been using the Livestrong.com website to track my calories and fitness. I’ve attached the links to the right hand side of my blogger website so you can look at what I’m eating and doing. To be honest this week wasn’t one of my best. I ate way too much. I was going to try using my net calories and I did. Unfortunately I didn’t lose weight either. I’m going back to using my old method of consumed calories. All the exercise will add to the weight loss.

40 Pound Challenge

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Just the other day I was sitting at dinner with my family from NJ and I challenged my younger brother to a 40 pound weight loss by Dec. I thought he wasn’t going to take me seriously but to my surprise he accepted the challenge. I really needed a push to take my weight loss further and my brother has always been willing to help push me.  My brother has stopped working out in the last few years and he expressed a desire to get back to working out. I thought this challenge would be a great kick in the pants for both of us. I’m going to post my progress each week on Facebook to keep the pressure on. I need to be accountable for all I do and eat. I know how important it is to be accountable to someone when trying to change old habits. Even after two + years of discipline I make bad choices from time to time. These bad choices can snowball into days and even weeks of unhealthy living. I’m ready to make the next push towards my final weight loss goal. With Gods guidance and my Facebook frie…
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Blue Angels

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Good day of driving. Kirsten and I are hoping to eat. Our healthy lifestyle is creating quite a challenge for us. Tonight we are going to eat out at Ed’s Fish Shack or something like that. I’m hoping they can grill us some chicken with steamed veggies. Keep your fingers crossed, otherwise I’m going to be a hungry boy. We saw the Blue Angles today as we drove. One of the fighters flew right over our care at below ceiling altitudes. The car shock, It was awesome!. I was so startled because I started to cross an overpass and I look to my left and I saw the canopy of the jet glaring at me. It was so close. Way cool!

The River

I was going through my music today. I was making playlists for our mission trip. For my workouts and stuff. I came across a song I hadn’t listened to in quite some time. It’s amazing how time and experience changes what songs mean to us. This song talked about life and its difficulties. Read the lyrics and listen to the song in this video.
garth brooks -- the river @ Yahoo! Video You know a dream is like a river Ever changin' as it flows And a dreamer's just a vessel That must follow where it goes Trying to learn from what's behind you And never knowing what's in store Makes each day a constant battle Just to stay between the shores...and I will sail my vessel 'Til the river runs dry Like a bird upon the wind These waters are my sky I'll never reach my destination If I never try So I will sail my vessel 'Til the river runs dry Too many times we stand aside And let the waters slip away 'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow Has now become today So don'…

Healthy Choices

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Kirsten and I were talking last night about how others around us perceive our decision to eat health. I would argue, that is, to eat properly or the correct way. God wants us to fuel our bodies and make them the best they can be. When others see me choosing food I can eat while avoiding the other options available they almost turn there nose up at me. It really bugs me. For all you folks out there who give friends and family a hard time for being healthy, listen up. Would you serve alcohol to an alcoholic or would you find that socially unacceptable?Would you serve meat to a vegetarian?If you knew a guest was on a Dr. prescribed restrictive diet, would you try to accommodate there needs? (Crohn’s Disease, Allergies, ect….)My gut reaction is of course you would take action to make sure your guests could eat what you prepare. Then there are those of us who are making a choice to do the right thing and eat healthy. Many look at us as though we are asking too much. To all you people who …

Listen, God’s Way

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A reoccurring theme in my life is listening. I’m sure I’ve written about this topic before but it’s worth repeating, because sometimes we aren’t listening. I have many personal experiences about not listening. I’m sure you do as well. One such instance of me not listening was when I left my dad’s tools out in the back yard (not the first or the last time). My dad had a bunch of tools for just about any job and I liked to take stuff apart and fix stuff. I asked if I could have the key to his tools and he gladly gave me the key and said be sure to put everything back when you’re done. So I remember helping fix my friend’s bike and after we got it working, we rode off. I forget to put my dad’s tools back where they belonged. Well the next day before my dad went to work he noticed the tools covered in morning dew beginning to rust. Let’s just say I was awakened quite abruptly that morning. He was furious. He was so mad that I hadn’t listened to his request, to put the tools away when I w…

Drop Box

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Eckert Family Light Out Week

So our Lights out week is about to start. Kirsten and I have been talking about this for a long time. Almost two years. We plan to unplug everything electronic and not use anything that runs on batteries as well. There may be times we use the car but our goal is to keep those times to a minimum. I won’t be able to figure out my calorie burn or watch biggest loser but I’m excited about spending time away from the distractions. I’m looking forward to cooking all our meals on the open fire. Our diets will be a little crazy and my journaling will be done old school (pen and paper) I’ll have to figure out how well I did on Easter Sunday. That will be the first time we turn everything back on. Our plan is to do this for seven days. It will be like camping (not my favorite). I’m hoping my kids enjoy the time together. We will be avoiding processed foods too. Kirsten and I are trying to make the experience like it would have been at the turn of the century. Kya was telling me the stuff she li…

God is speaking, Are you listening to Him?

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So today I was working on my daily bible study and it hit me that things in my life are changing. Mainly because I'm following God's lead. My body is being restored to the temple God wants it to be. I feel great about that. I'm happy now, the sadness of my former self has faded into the distant past. Daily, God shows me how he want to use me to lead other through this life transformation and life restoration. I trust His lead each and every step. God's purpose for my life is so evident today. I'm here to serve my Lord with every moment. I seek His guidance and He leads me. God constantly blesses me and my family. I'm amazed at how God is working to restore not just my body, but my life. He nudges me to work on my relationships with those around me and he even gives me the strength to resist bad habits. God is even restoring my financial situation. It all starts with seeking God's guidance. Once I began to seek God in all areas of my life what He wants me to…

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New Group Starting

Our new FP4H group will be starting on January 25th at 4:30pm-6pm. This group will keep a food journal and be provided with a book of daily devotions as well as an audio weight loss devotion. We will be cooking together and working out together as well. If your interested joining our group please contact me at Skorkeper@gmail.com.