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Stop Eating C.R.A.P.

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Stop eating C.R.A.P.

Hi. My name is Roger. I work out 6 days a week, drink plenty of water, and still struggle with my weight. The culprit?


It stands for:

Carbonated drinks and coffee

Refined sugars

Artificial preservatives and additives

Processed foods

I want to share my story of weight loss and gain, and loss and gain, with the hopes of encouraging you in your journey.

It’s been close to a year now, since my wife and I started putting the desire to get healthier into action. We have lost around 32 pounds and KEPT IT OFF. We are exercising regularly and eating better. Not perfect. Better. Here is how we are doing it:

  1. Guilt, shame and imposition did not work.

I’ve always been a vegetarian so that part was easy. But it is perfectly common to see vegetarians that are unhealthy. I know. I was one of them. I was out of shape, and added a couple of pounds every year. That doesn’t seem like a lot, except that it went on for around 15 years. I don’t aspire to know all the answers as far as what works, but what I do know what DOES NOT and that is shaming, guilt and imposition. I had an acquaintance who was extremely involved in veganism. His approach was to make me feel less than, stupid and incapable. I ran the other way. If you want to change someone, explain and set an example, leave the enforcing to the Holy Spirit,

  1. Desire and goals are two different things.

Desire is what you want. Goals have timelines, deadlines and are:




We did not set out to lose 100 pounds. We just took it day by day, doing T25 this week, then the next week, then the next. We haven’t stopped.

  1. I decided.

That phrase was key. If you notice, most of the conversations with people that achieve something important, forgive, or overcome obstacles have that phrase somewhere in there. We decided to start working out. It wasn’t our anniversary. Birthday. New Year’s resolution. It was 17th of December. A day just like any other. We don’t promise. We decide. Promises keep you living in the future, frustrated about your past. A decision involves the present. Today. Whether I feel like it or not.

We are not where we would like to be. I still eat C.R.A.P. on occasion. But it’s improving. Understanding that I am after progress and not perfection, after my goals and not yours, has helped.

Pray for us. Share your story and tips about what worked for you.

I decided.

Roger Hernandez

Roger Hernandez accepted the call to serve as the Southern Union Conference's Ministerial and Evangelism Director. His wife, Kathy, works along side Roger as the Ministerial and Evangelism Coordinator. They came to the Southern Union Conference from the Oregon Conference where they served as Associate Ministerial director for Hispanic Ministries. They have been part of the Southern Union since summer 2012.

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  1. Pastor Roger!
    Thanks much for your story about c.r.a.p. aka known as s.a.d. Standard American Diet.

    I’m puzzled that millions of human beings don’t make the connection between what goes
    in and what come out of us. Smiles.

    My journey of vegetarianism began over 40 years ago. I still have battles with self!

    My goal now is to try to remain: HEALTH HUNGRY! I want cravings to be well!
    I’m constantly asking heaven to keep me focused on the benefits of feeling good!

    One secret for me is to sing tunes to help me remember what steps to take. Just a tune
    reminds me about colorful foods, portion size etc. etc. I’ve written thirty some tunes one of which is:
    If the food has a face on its’ head, I don’t eat it, not even with bread. Wings, legs, thighs,
    or a snout, it’s not good for me, to order in house, to drive thru fast food, or take out.

    I commend you and your bride! 32 lbs. lighter is AWESOME! Please keep congratulating yourselves!

    Thanks for being open and vulnerable with us all! As I like
    to remind myself and others: if Adam and Eve, his bride, had their first ‘trial’ with food, hmm,
    it’s to be expected that we, their offspring, will struggle as well! AND, THE STRUGGLE WILL

    By God’s Sweet Spirit we’ll be successful, even though we may have setbacks.


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