Weights, and benches, and lap pulls, oh my. A thirty something former arena football playing trainer worked with me today to launch my goal of “college-weight” before Thanksgiving. What was I thinking? A goal worthy of applause, you say? My svelte brothers would be proud but it hasn’t been twenty-four hours and my muscles already are shaking like gelatin. He asked me, “So how often do you plan on coming to the gym?” I replied, “My goal is four times a week – but minimum – three.”
“Some of my clients come four to five times a week working different muscle groups. It all depends on what you want to accomplish.” he said. So we begin. I made up a song to the tune of, “If You Want to be Happy” (…for the rest of your life), by Jimmy Soul, using lyrics more befitting a personal trainer. “Stop being a cry-baby,” I’m telling myself. Mr. Universe had to start somewhere and I’d be happy with Mr. City Block or Mr. Two Doors Down.
Booker T. Washington, inventor and entrapenure once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” So this is how I will look at it. I want my personal carbon footprint to be smaller and I’d like to help someone else out. So here is the deal:
For ever pound I lose I will give $10.00 toward building a fresh water system for a village that does not have clean water. Anyone want to pledge with me to help? You wont have to give me any money. I will print the address below and I will tell you how much I lose each month. So let’s say I lose seven pounds in May – $70.00 will go toward this effort.
Mercy Corps PO Box 2669, Dept W Portland, OR 97208-2669 USA – General inquiries: (800) 292-3355 To give: (888) 747-7440 or visit http://www.mercycorps.org
It will motivate me even if I pretend that others are going to do this. I remember what Jesus said, I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. (Mark 9:41). I can go get a clean glass of water right now. Many can’t.