Personal: I’m Changing my Life, and I Could Use Your Help

NOTE: This post is in reference to a new diet and lifestyle choice that I started on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  Feel free to skip this post if you aren’t interested.  However, if you are interested, and might like to know how to help me then read on. 


    • Starting Weight: 342pounds
    • BMI 47.7

This is the most I have ever weighed.  It is nearly 200 pounds above my weight when I finished high school.  It is obviously a serious health concern.

How You Can Help!

I need two types of people to help me in this endeavor.

  • Prayers
    • Pray daily for me to stay committed to the program.  To avoid giving in to temptation, to be able to manage the cravings, and to keep my eyes on the ultimate goal of better health and greater quality of life.
  • Cheerleaders
    • One of the things I’ve discovered about myself, having been me for these many years, is that I function best with encouragement, so I want some people who can be cheerleaders to help me stay the course, and to hold me accountable if they think I might be slipping or becoming discouraged by motivating and cheering me on.


Diet Day 2 – I’m hungry. 
Dieting is hard work.  Not only is there the hunger that comes with it, but prepping the food and getting ready for the day is more difficult than I anticipated.  I’ve never really worried about portions before, so it does not come naturally.  Making sure I’m actually having breakfast is also different since I’m usually content with just coffee in the morning.  I have not minded drinking my coffee (or tea) black, I’m just glad I can still have it.
The other thing is the amount of water.  I might have had a bottle of water or so on a normal day, but now I have to drink six bottles.  In addition, for every cup of coffee I have to add in another cup of water. 

Scripture Meditation:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  James 1:2-3


About bigdbentley

MEET DAVE "BIG D" BENTLEY - A MAN OF MANY HATS I wear a lot of hats in the course of my life. I wear the "husband hat" with my wife, Andie, whom I have been married to for 26 years. I wear the "daddy hat" with my children, Danielle and David, and their spouses, Micah and Tracie. I am privileged to don my "Papa hat" with my two gorgeous grand-daughters, Amaria and Jaydan, and my energetic grandson, Jethro. I wear the "pastor hat" with my church congregation in Wallingford, Vermont. I have served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Vermont. In December of last year my wife and I accepted the call to serve in Wallingford, Vermont. In addition to this variety of caps, I am a student, attending Liberty University to receive a Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education as well as secondary Language Arts. My hobbies tend to revolve around my family, so they include, camping, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with them. In addition I enjoy reading, rainy days, listening to and playing worship songs, and cooking.

5 responses to “Personal: I’m Changing my Life, and I Could Use Your Help”

  1. Jim says :

    I’ll be a cheerleader. Motivation is a big factor in sticking to your diet. Every time I’m tempted, I see the grandchildren I’ll never get to play with or see them get married. Usually works for me but everybody is motivated differently.

  2. Lee says :

    I have been dieting for a month now. It is VERY hard. I will pray for you.

  3. Sam says :

    It may be hard at first to prep the food and prepare for the day but it only takes 30 days to make a habit so stick to it. Here is an article I found for tricks to keep you on track. You may have already looked things up. Good Luck Pastor. I’m routing for you.
    And most of all…..You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!!

  4. Sue Easton Dugger says :

    Brother David I will be your cheerleader and also pray for you if you will do the same for me as Hayward and I are trying to do the same thing as you and Andie. So far we are 19 days into it.

  5. praisinggod4ever says :

    Hello! I will cheer for your and encourage you! We are all built to be encouragers and to be encouraged – receivers of encouragement. When you said its true of you, the verse immediately came to mind: Psalm 10:17 – NIV, You hear oh Lord, the desire of the afflicted, you encourage them and listen to their cry.”
    I read in the psalms almost every day. I know GOd is our might encourager. I know He calls us each to bless others, encourage others, build others up with songs, hymns and spiritual songs.
    Acts 15:32 – “Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.” May God provide brothers and sisters in His power to bless you with encouragement. All things are possible in Christ. It is the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer – the crying out to God for help in this matter that is going to be the solution, the answer, the help and power to be the healthy you He called and created you to be, all in His time – not ours. Lovingly, your sister! In Christ, Ally

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