A Real New Year’s Resolution

Lots of people make resolutions to ring in the new year… And last year (2012), I made a resolution to run a 5k in May.  I started training in February.  Typically 3 times a week utilizing a ‘Couch to 5k’ app on my iPod.  Sometimes it was fun, other times not so much.  But after a lot of miles, Autumn (who had been training separately) joined me and together we ran and crossed the finish line.  It was a great feeling!  I had accomplished a goal that took a lot of hard work for my fat body!

Well… after hitting my goal of running a 5k, guess what I did… I stopped running.  Work gets busy for me in May – July as I travel a lot, so it was so easy for me to just simply stop.  I have found that when I have a goal, I work really hard to accomplish it, but when I have no specific goal, I simply become stagnate.  So now I am setting a new goal!

Spoiler alert – I have never been fatter in my life than I am right now… which is scary since I am 35, and I have high triglycerides and a family history of heart disease.   I work from home, at a desk, and when I am on the road, I eat out a lot.  I love potatoes (fried, mashed, baked, scalloped, french fries, chips) and crackers (Wheat Thins, Triscuits, saltines).  Autumn and I like to go out to eat, and I always get the fried whatever with a side of fat.  I drink diet soda like my life depends on it (36-68 ounces a day).  As I write this I realize what my wife has been telling me for a while… I am not taking care of myself.  In fact, I’d say that I am either trying to pickle my liver / kidneys or hoping that my diet and lack of exercise bumps me off before my liver and kidneys go out!

On May 11th, 2013, I am going to run a 10k!  I am going to participate in the new 10k race of the “Run for Freedom” in Marion, Indiana (http://www.runforfreedom5k.com/).  With this blog, I am going to keep track of my training, my caloric intake, my weight, and my thoughts.  You are welcome to read it as I know that EVERYONE wants to keep track of my weight!  🙂  This blog is more for me to stay accountable to myself than it is for your reading pleasure, but I know that I have so many followers and fans that just want to know my every thought and whim, so this blog is for you too.

My first training run and post will be January 7th.  I will be running 3 times a week, so there will be at least 3 updates per week.  If you notice that I haven’t updated for a while, feel free to harass me! ~ HM

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The Meeker Adventure Day Four

Today I woke up and hit the road rather early.  My goal was to get to Mt. Rushmore in the evening and be there when it was lit up for the night.  Montana is a beautiful state. Click on the picture to load a larger version.

I was in Buffalo Country.

And I had to watch out for rattle snakes!

I finally made it to Wyoming.

Again, surrounded by beauty.

I arrived at Rapid City SD with enough time to check in, grab a bite and hit Mt. Rushmore before it got dark.  I have to say, I was quite impressed.  I was a little apprehensive that it wouldn’t be all that spectacular and I would be disappointed (like the time I saw the Mona Lisa, which is much smaller than I expected).  I was pleasantly surprised at its scale.

A closer view shows the detail of the sculpture.

At 8 PM, there was a service highlighting each of the four presidents.  It included a park ranger talking about Mt. Rushmore, a very nice video on a digital screen, signing of the National Anthem, a time to recognize all current and past service men on stage (there were about 100 there) and concluded with the lighting of Mt. Rushmore.

If you ever go to Mt. Rushmore, go in the evening and stay for the lighting.  Not only is a great view, the service was well put together.  It was modern, yet reflective and patriotic.

After my visit to Mt. Rushmore, I went back to my hotel.  My room made me feel like I was sleeping in an episode of Miami Vice.  Super 8’s most recent remodel was a FAIL in my opinion.  Remember, I was in South Dakota, not Florida!  My walls almost glowed after I turned off the lights!

The Meeker Adventure Day Three

I got an early start on Day Three.  I left early and was on the road by 8 AM.  I took some amazing pictures!  It was pretty clear out and I was able to snap a shot of Mt. Rainier while at a rest area.  Click the pictures to load the full pictures

There was a scenic overlook in Washington, that was pretty neat.

I took this pic to show that I was in Idaho, I wasn’t in the state very long since I went through the pan handle.

The last three pics are of Montana mountains.

I have say that I have been in awe of the natural beauty and God’s creation.  As I would go around the bend of one mountain, there was another one just as awesome.

I am off to bed now!  I have another big day driving through the rest of Montana!

The Meeker Adventure Day Two

Day Two went much better than Day One!  After a great night’s rest, Holly, Nathanael and I walked downtown where I was able to see the world’s first Starbucks (I’m not a coffee drinker but it was awesome to see), Pike Market, (Click the pictures to load the full pictures)

and I ate the World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese (and it was the best I have ever had!).  We ate our food in a little park by the water.  We caught a tram to the Space Needle and I snapped a pic.

We walked backed to H and N’s department, I got another pic of the Needle from their apartment,

and we relaxed before heading back out.

We went to Red Mill Burgers and I had some of the best onion rings I have ever had.

We went up a mountain and I took a pic of Downtown Seattle.

We then headed to Walmart, which is not allowed in the city of Seattle, so we had to drive a bit to get to one.  I was able to replace my phone left in L.A.

I had such a good time with Holly and Nathanael.  They were such great hosts and made me feel very welcome.  I hope the move back to IN soon!

The Meeker Adventure Day One

The ‘Meeker’ Adventure has begun! My flight from Indianapolis to LA was very uneventful. I had a window seat with no one beside me. The flight was smooth and very pleasant.
However, once I got to LAX, that all changed! I had about an hour to get to my next flight, use the restroom and grab a bite to eat. I got off the plane, looked for the boards for my connecting flight and could not find any information. I finally found someone to ask and she told me to go to Gate 32b to catch a shuttle to my next flight. So I went to the restroom, got food and went and sat at Gate 32b. At 8:25 PM, some lady made an announcement for a shuttle for American Airlines flights had arrived. I sat there and continued to eat my dinner, since my flight was Alaska Air. At 8:27 PM, I decided to check in the status of my shuttle and the same lady told me that was my shuttle and I had missed it. I asked her why she didn’t say anything about my flight or Alaska Air in her announcement, and she looked at me like I hadn’t even asked the question. Instead, she told me that I could do a 6 minute brisk walk to my gate. The plane was scheduled to take off at 9 PM. I said ok, no biggie. She gave me crazy directions and off I went. I went through 2 parking garages, the international concourse and after walking 10 minutes and realizing that I was still a ways off, I started running! I had to go outside, which meant I had to go back through security. After sprinting for ever (with a huge backpack on) I made it to the right concourse, and went through security. They had to scan my laptop 3 times and finally I was good to go and run 6 gates to my flight. I made it with no time to spare! I was actually late, but there were like 5 other people that were late, so they were waiting. I got to my seat and got settled only to realize that in the confusion at security, I had left my cell phone in one of the bins. Luckily, it is just a trac phone and I can get another and keep my number and minutes. But it was a heck of a Meeker Adventure. I finally got to be ‘that guy’ running through the airport.
Nathanael and Holly picked me up and we were up until 3 AM yacking in their apartment. Today, Sunday, we are going to the fish market and seeing the space needle! I’ll blog more later!

Friday, Jan 22nd, Devotion

9. – Live and work in such a way as to bring glory and honor to God.
A. – People witness what kind of fruit grows from God’s tree. There are good apples and bad apples. And there are apples that look like they are from God’s tree, but really come from a whole other orchard! We are to be the best produce we can be for we are God’s fruit. Others will judge our God by the witness we put forth in our lives.
Biblical reference: “‘My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father”‘ – John 15:8

10. – Remember the customer and his/her needs and expectations
A. – We are a people of needs. We often hear people say, “I need a new job” or “I need this project completed by tomorrow” or “I need you to…” Each one of these people are our customer in one form or another. The person who needs a new job often needs an ear to listen. The person who needs the project completed needs to be assured their expectations can be met. The person who needs you to … needs something that only you can provide in your special way. Likewise, we are customers of Jesus. Jesus understands our needs and has something that only he can provide. We only need to go to him and allow him to GIVE us something for which he already paid the price.
Biblical reference: “‘For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”‘ – Matt 20:28

Free Methodist Missionaries in Haiti

The Haiti earthquake has directly or indirectly affected most people’s life in America one way or another.  Autumn and I have attended Wesley Free Methodist church in Anderson for some years now.  The Free Methodist lost some missionaries during the quake.  Please pray for the families and for the Haitian people in this devastating time of loss.  Below is taken from The website of the Free Methodist Church of N. A.

“With profound sadness, Free Methodist World Missions reports Rev. Jeanne Acheson-Munos, Merle West, and Gene Dufour, the three missionaries who have been unaccounted for, have not been located and are now presumed to not be alive. Today Bishop David Roller conducted a funeral service at the site of the building they were in which collapsed when Tuesday’s earthquake hit. These three individuals gave their lives in service to the Haitian people whom they loved deeply.

Pastor Jeanne Acheson-Munos

Rev. Jeanne Acheson-Munos, and her husband, Jack, were appointed as career missionaries to Haiti in March 2004. Together they worked alongside the national church to develop and strengthen the conference, pastors, church leaders and members. Jeanne’s deepest desire was that Haiti, the Pearl of the Antilles, would shine again with “Haiti for Christ” becoming a reality.

Merle West had been ministering in Haiti since 1978. He served as president of FOHO (Friends of Haiti Organization) and supervised construction of the new FOHO building. Merle was active in Craftsman for Christ and worked construction in the Miami Haitian churches. He also took three trips to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Gene Dufour

Gene Dufour had been on three trips to Haiti and one to Africa. Gene, along with Merle, was active in Craftsman for Christ and worked construction in the Miami Haitian churches. Gene and Merle were good friends, enjoying each other’s company and sharing a heart and love for Haiti.

Jack Munos and Katie Zook (Arlington FMC, Arlington WA) remain in ICU in a Miami hospital. Both continue to improve. Katie was on a 2 year VISA assignment which began September 2009. She was assisting Rev. Jeanne Acheson-Munos in day-to-day ministry and helping with hospitality at the FOHO Guesthouse.

DeeAnn Snyder has arrived safely in Michigan. Dan is expected to arrive late this evening. James, their son who was with them in Haiti, returns to his college in the U.S. this evening.

Among the Free Methodists serving in Haiti at the time of the earthquake were several VISA Ministries volunteers. Melanie Brooks, Chris Browne, Dave Hornish, and Bruce Oberlin, part of the Clear Blue Global Water Project from the Cornerstone FMC (Akron, OH), returned home safely late yesterday evening.

Working in conjunction with the Clear Blue team, Rev. Arron Swenson and Jason Sheete from Cornerstone Community Church (Pendelton, OR) and Kelly Perkins from the Deer Flat FMC (Caldwell, ID) are expected to arrive in Seattle this evening.

Russ and Sherrie Cole from the Quincy FMC (Quincy, WA), who have been in Haiti since November helping with guesthouse management/hospitality, bookkeeping and maintenance, depart from Miami on Monday.”