Training is a blessing

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

I know I’ve talked a lot about how difficult getting ready for the Bike Adventure has been, and in many ways, it has been difficult. But I can’t stress enough the blessing it has been and the change I have seen in me, both physically and spiritually. Now you might look at me today and think to yourself; “You know, Aaron doesn’t really look much different. When is this weight gonna start falling off of him?

Believe me, I keep asking myself that question every day. But it isn’t just about the weight, it can’t be. I’m of that certain age (yes, mid-40s) where it is VERY difficult to lose that belly fat. It doesn’t fall off like it did 10 years ago. But I’ve noticed something when I’m doing my workouts … they’re getting less painful.

For example, last night, I did an hour and twenty minutes of cardio; 40 minutes on the dreadmill, I mean treadmill; 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the stairclimber. I then did weights and crunches. And here’s the miracle. THEY DIDN’T CARRY ME OUT ON A STRETCHER. … I may not ever see my abs again but running 5 miles doesn’t scare me I’m starting to believe I’ll be able to ride a bike 80 miles a day.

Now I’ve lost some weight and I can see muscles where I didn’t use to see muscles. I believe I’m starting to look as good as I feel. (OK, that’s subjective.) And I’ve set lofty goals for this adventure; getting in shape but more importantly, raising serious funds to help families in need. IT’S NOT ABOUT ME!!!

This whole adventure can’t be about me, it’s about helping families in need with a hand-up. I’m doing the exercise; I need your help in raising the money. 2 Chronicles 15:7 says to “…take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” Our combined efforts will be rewarded. Partner with me and The Fuller Center for Housing by making a tax-deductible gift to sponsor my ride this summer. Together, our work will be rewarded.

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