My Christmas break started off rather inauspiciously – I spent the majority of Christmas Eve in Richmond General Hospital. After a bevy of tests including a blood test, urine test, CT scan, and ultrasound, it was confirmed that I wasn’t pregnant (yay) but that I had an inflamed large intestine (boo). Needless to say, it made for a rather uncomfortable few days.
The remainder of the break was without incident, and we spent much of the time entertaining family and friends at our home or going to gatherings elsewhere. Between Christmas, New Year’s, church functions, birthday parties, family gatherings, meals at restaurants, and more, we always seemed to be around people. Intuitively, it made sense. The holidays are a chance to see people that you might not often see amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, school, etc).
In between gatherings, Gail and I enjoyed some much-needed quiet time at home with the kids. These quiet times were few and far between, but sacred nonetheless.
Here’s a highlight video of my #Roadto40 Roast held at the Hog Shack Cook House in Richmond on Saturday, June 28, 2014. I’ve condensed 2 hours of roasts down to 30 minutes.
I’ve never had so much fun having my self-esteem completely shredded. And I can’t really complain about the birthday serenade by Marie and Arielle (right at the start of the video). And thanks to Nicole for the awesome cake!
The speakers touch on all aspects of my life, from growing up to youth ministry to social media to the Canucks to YouTube videos to my friendship with Matt Maher haha. The complete list of speakers (in order of appearance in the video is):
-Gerard Garcia and Rich Chen
-Krissy Chua Litam
-Joseph San Jose
-Jason and Mike McBurney
Yesterday I turned 40 years old and thus it was the culmination of my #Roadto40 that I started exactly 5 months ago in January. In that blog post, I said that “My short-term goal is to lose 10 to 15 pounds. My long-term goal is to hit my 40th birthday in June much healthier.”
I’m happy to say that I’ve lost the weight that I wanted to and I’m eating better and exercising regularly…thanks to Craig and his team of trainers at Precision Athletics. We have less junk food in the house now, which is really good for the kids. I still need to get better with my sleeping habits; it’s admittedly a hard habit to change given that I’ve been a night owl since my high school days.
I had a lot of time to reflect this past weekend. Not just on the last 5 months, but the last decade overall. I think reflecting is a natural thing to do (especially when hitting certain milestones such as a 40th birthday) and thus I’d like to share with you what I believe are 5 of the most prominent memories of my thirties (ranging from June 2004 to June 2014).
Today I returned to Fort Worth, Texas for the second consecutive year. In fact, it’s my 3rd time to Texas in the past 4 years – I spoke at a youth conference back in the summer of 2011. Once again, I am here as a trainer for YouthLeader and I’m excited to work with the teens and youth ministry leaders in this wonderful community. I was blessed by my time here last year, and I’m looking forward to more of the same this time around.
The day started off well as I was able to secure emergency exit row seats on both legs of my flight. Thus, I was in row 2 of the small plane from Vancouver to Portland and I had all of row 16 to myself on the longer Portland to Dallas flight. At least I thought I had the whole row to myself. But after I woke up from the first of many quick naps, there was a woman sitting in my row. Reminded me of when I wake up after nodding off – I mean, after reflecting with my eyes closed – in the adoration chapel.
Last month, I was named Precision Athletics’ Client of the Month for March. I have 2 distinct theories on how this happened:
a) They were impressed with my results since I started attending the small group training sessions back in January
b) They had exhausted virtually their entire client base and fell to me on their list of people to profile
In all seriousness, I was flattered that they asked me and I happily filled out the small Q & A for their newsletter (I’ve included it below).
As I write this, I’m exactly 2 months away from my 40th birthday on June 22. I’ve increased my workouts from 3 days a week to 5 days a week. Now, in addition to my 360 Degree Abs small group training sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, I’m attending a “Core Circuit” class over the Tuesday lunch hour and a Boot Camp over the Thursday lunch hour. I’ve learned so much from these two additional days…mostly that I still have a lot of work to do! I’ll save some of those stories for my next blog though.