Being a Pastor is not the most active calling in life. Pam and I had never been very heavy people, but in a few short years we put on a lot of extra weight. Suddenly I had high blood pressure, tachycardia (fast pulse rate of 126 bpm), acid reflux, and no energy. I weighed 265 lbs., wore a 3X shirt and was about to move into pants with a waist size of 46 inches. We began to feel convicted about our need to be better stewards of the bodies God had given us. How could we fulfill our calling to serve others if we needed to be served because of lack of care of our physical bodies? I was also concerned about Pam’s family history of breast cancer. The cause of a great percentage of cancers is lifestyle. Our first step in the spring of 2011 was to connect with Christian Care Medishare; a Christian medical cost sharing program. Because of weight, blood pressure and other factors, we were assigned health coaches to meet with once each month. Their goal was to lead us on a path of lifestyle changes towards a more healthy physical profile.
Through “one step at a time” changes within 1 year we had together lost more than 100 lbs., I was no longer on blood pressure meds, my tachycardia was gone, as was the acid reflux, and we were off the coaching program. Pam and I never went on a diet. We consider the changes we have made to be permanent lifestyle changes. Our dietary changes included gradually decreasing animal products in our diet until we became practically vegetarians. We have added some fish, and occasionally some cheese and ice cream back into our diet. We eat whole grains in cereals, breads and pasta. We avoid sugar and especially high fructose corn syrup. We try to eat foods as close to the way God provided them for us. We also began to regularly exercise. We started small and worked our way up. Pam is more faithful in exercise than I am. She spends 45 minutes each morning with an exercise regimen on her Wii Fit, and a few exercise DVDs. My minimum goal is 2 miles in about 30 minutes on the treadmill. We are still in the change process.
Recently we joined the YMCA and intend on working out there at least 3 times per week, especially enjoying the pool. Our encouragement is this; whatever your age your physical condition; take a step to improve your health today. Take another step tomorrow. You will be surprised how far you can go “one step at a time”. Just ask my pal Justin.
Pastor Pete and Pam Tremblay
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Food Consumed Me: How I Overcame Food Addiction – http://justinwilloughby.com/600-pound-weight-loss/landing/i-weighed-799-pounds-and-lost-600/