Today I’m excited to have Mark Cornelison, contestant from The Biggest Loser, season 13, guest post for today’s Fitness Friday! I’m so honored he took time out of his busy schedule to share his journey with us! I know I’ve used some of the same excuses he listed in the past so I totally get where he is coming from. He is also from TEXAS! Read and be inspired! 🙂
My journey has been pretty visible…okay it’s been REALLY visible. My desire to get healthy and fit landed me in the public eye. Honestly, I was ready to make a change, I thought.
There were times I’d watch The Biggest Loser or see an exercise infomercial and get motivated to do something, anything.
My progression of thought was usually like this:
“This is it; this is my time. I’m going to get healthy; I’m going to make a change…tomorrow.
“Tomorrow morning I’ll get up and begin this journey. It’s my time and this is it.
“Except, I have a busy weekend…that’s a rough time to make a change like this so right after the retreat. I’m doing it; one more weekend of unhealthiness and then I’ll start…
“But, summer is coming pretty quick and to do something new in the summer will be rough. I mean with all the distractions and change in schedule I just don’t see how I can be healthy…but I will try to get more exercise.
“So for the summer I just won’t worry about how I eat but I’ll be more active and then when the school year starts it won’t just be a new year for my kids, it will be a new year for me. I can do this, I will do this, maybe…after summer…hopefully…”
But too many summers have come and gone for me as a youth pastor. Too many years of not living a truly healthy life. Too many years of making excuses, too many years of losing some weight only to be followed by gaining lots of weight, too many years of not being all I could be for my family, for my work, for my God.
I know God loves me; He accepts me the way I am. I’ve heard a million times: Christ catches His fish then He cleans them…problem was, I never let Him fully clean me. Until now, in a really weird way.
Finally, there was no next school year. My health/weight couldn’t wait for summer to come and go. I was tired of feeling weak and miserable. Tomorrow had come. The change was about to begin…the thing is, I really didn’t know what I had signed up for.
My journey has still barely begun and I’d ask you all to join me. What the TV show captured was only the start, only a taste of what is really going on with me. Maybe we can move forward together? It’s time. Are you ready?
Your tomorrow has come.
Mark Cornelison The Biggest Loser Contestant, Season 13
Web Site: www.sweatcor.com