Sunday, February 25, 2007

Update...finally

Well, that last post sure caused a firestorm! Carron even copied one of her responses to her new blog. Carron, don't worry. I'm not going to delete your comment. I delete only under extraordinary circumstances, and sorry, but you are not extraordinary. You are just another vegetarian (or maybe vegan?), all emotion and no science. Hey, Jimmy Moore is looking for Biblical reasons on his blog why the Atkins diet is sinful. Why don't you drop over there are tell him?

Anyway, let's see....my life of late. I came down with a cold and was out of work on Wednesday and Thursday. I'm supposed to work today, but decided to take it off. I'll go back in tomorrow. I also have an hour and a half overtime tomorrow and Tuesday because Lisa has to work her other job until midnight so I need to stay until about 12:30 a.m. Lisa will drive me home so no big deal. I should be able to get to bed at about my regular time.

Thursday I stayed home and did nothing. Wednesday and Thursday I pigged out on way too much food, so Friday I had nothing but a small non-fat sugar-free Cinnamon Dulce latte, two cans of chicken broth, and green tea. I also had a chiropractor's appointment with massage. I took the bus there and then Brad drove me home.

I decided I need to cut calories to keep my weight gain from getting even more out of control, so I gave Brad a bunch of high fat stuff I had around the house - a huge bowl of 10% ground beef, a bag of pork rinds, some whipping cream, and my cauliflower "potato" dish because it was made with low-fat products instead of non-fat. Later I found some avacados and gave those to him Saturday. In trade I want him to buy me some bottles of Merlot and White Merlot, which I am running low on. The easiest way for me to cut calories is to cut fat, so I'm going to buy non-fat products from now on except for cottage cheese - there's two varieties of low-fat and one has extra calcium added, something I need.

Saturday I skipped church and slept a lot, but Brad and I showed up later at Pastor Brent's house to see One Night with the King, a movie about Queen Esther. My biggest complaint is they should have followed the Bible more closely. There was ice cream served but I didn't have any. I had a sugar-free pudding cup I brought with me, way too much popcorn, and tons of Diet Coke.

Today I plan to stay home. Tomorrow before work I have to run into the City for my bimonthly mail run. I will stop at Old Navy and buy a new pair of size 8 jeans to replace the pair I ripped. I will not buy the next size up because I will get back to size 8 again!

I'm still looking into NutriSystem. I've made a couple of calls to them to ask questions. If I go with it I will have to go with the diabetic program - it has less sugar, which can only be good, especially when it comes to the free meals they choose for you; the lower the sugar the better. Other than that I figure I can sub in lean protein any time I'm supposed to supply my own bread. Time to stock up on tuna! The cats will love that because they get the tuna water I drain off. NutriSystem is woefully low in protein, and I need to keep it high so I can work on building muscle. Their idea of carbohydrate ratios is about 55%, and only about 80g protein. 80g is way to low for someone like me, and 55% carbohydrate will only make me miserable. So yeah, if I do this I'll have to tweak the program a little.

I wanted to add one more thought. This occurred to me Ash Wednesday, but I haven't had a chance to write it down. Ash Wednesday is, of course, the beginning of the six week period of Lent leading up to Easter. When the ashes are placed on your forehead it is with the following words, "For dust you are, and to dust you shall return." It is a reminder of our mortality, that someday we will be just as the dust now placed on us. And the thought that occurred to me is how ultimately useless weight loss and health and fitness is. Someday all the work I put into it won't matter at all. My body - both fat and lean tissue - will decompose to nothingness.

That's not to say that none of this is important. In the short term of life, here and now, it is important. But in the eternal view of things it's not. I'd just like to put off the eternal a little longer by taking care of myself, and feel better about myself now by getting off the weight.

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2 comments:

Arthur_of_Old said...

Hi V, I hope you are on the mend today. I assume you are beginning to feel better and the sniffles are going away. It was so uncharacteristic of you getting sick. Rare! Good diet and exercise have given you that benefit. Well, see ya soon. Don't worry as much on the weight, just make your adjustments and you'll soon be on target again.

Pendell said...

"That's not to say that none of this is important. In the short term of life, here and now, it is important. But in the eternal view of things it's not."

Going to disagree with you.

" 10"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?" (Luke 16:10-12).

How we take care of our bodies is a stewardship issue, and directly impacts how trustworthy we are in God's eyes with anything.

Does that mean it is the be-all and end-all? Of course not. But that doesn't mean it's irrelevant and unimportant, either.

Everything we do in this life is, in some way, a preparation for eternity. Presumably that's why we're going through this life in the first place.

Respectfully,

Brian P.