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Life is too precious not to take care of yourself

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

It’s hard to believe that another year will be over after the ball drops in New York City at midnight on Friday, January 1.
This time of year gives many families a unique time to take a break from the hustle of our daily lives to spend much needed time together.
I want to encourage families to make the most of this time.
My wife and I sat in our living room on Christmas night looking at our children watch the DVD, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Our 15-year-old, 11-year-old, and 2-year-old were squeezed into a “Hello Kitty” tent our little girl received for Christmas while our 8-year-old was sprawled out on a chair.
As my wife and I sat on the couch, we just looked over at the kids watching the movie and thought to ourselves, there’s not going to be many more moments like this left.
Before we know it, the oldest will be graduating while the next oldest becomes a teenager.
Now that I’m getting closer to age 40, I’ve been thinking more about my time spent and left in this world.
With an average life expectancy of 75, I’m halfway to my home in heaven (if God allows me to be here that long.)
Every moment with my kids and my wife are even that more special because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. In fact, we are not guaranteed the amount of time it takes to read this sentence. If we live our lives foolishly and without care for what is right or wrong, then it is at a risk of perhaps not living as long as we could be.
While I try to live my life in accordance to God’s Word and yet fall short in so many areas, one area of concern for me is my weight.
I am to be a good steward of what I have and my body is one of those things I need to take better care of.
With my job, I work countless nights on the newspaper and never-ending projects associated with my position (i.e. print jobs, promotional materials, managerial reports, etc.)
This has caused me to gain a lot of weight after nearly 15 years in the newspaper industry.
I know I’ve made a public challenge to myself before by saying I’m going to lose weight.
This year, I’m finally going to get the job done.
My goal is to lose 100 lbs. by this Summer as I have my 20-year class reunion.
This gives me a goal to shoot for and I hope others who have struggled with this discipline around the time of setting a similar resolution will join me in finally accomplishing their weight loss goal. While I’m not guaranteed my next breath, I do feel that I would not be doing myself any good cutting my life span with poor health that could be somewhat controlled.
It will take some work but I know I can do it.
I just have to shake up my insane schedule and sleep deprivation to make it happen.
I’ll even take a new mug shot for this editorial when I’m done.