Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I made a deal with myself: as long as I'm in the 140s I don't have to track, but if I get to 150 or above, it's back to tracking food & liquids. Having enjoyed a number of treats & second helpings lately, it's not surprising that this morning I was at 150. So I just tracked & will do so again tonight.
Hopefully it won't take long to return to the 140s. But I am not going to pressure myself too much, because I need to take account of the hard toll this winter is taking on me physically & emotionally. As I write this it is snowing yet again . . . surely Chicago has surpassed another record by now. What I need is to go into a kind of hibernation--not going incommunicado but lowering my self-expectations. Work, family, church, & Colombia work are enough to juggle; I need to stay healthy but not obsess over weight & calories; if I get any writing & art done, I'll consider that a bonus. I think the weekly art session that I had envisioned as a Lenten discipline will be made an Easter discipline instead.
It feels really good to let go a bit more.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Today I was able to get a couple of tasks done & another well under way. This was partly because I woke up an hour before my alarm was due to go off, something I thanked God for because the extra time was very useful. Time pressures have been a major part of the burdens I've been carrying (see previous post).
Now, of course, I'm extra tired, so I expect to get to bed in a few minutes.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
This morning, during the "sharing time" near the end of our church service, a man I really like--though I know him only from afar--got up. He is a new Christ-follower, & every time he talks about his new experiences of faith I get teary-eyed.
Today he just talked briefly about how much he is loving the Gospel of Matthew, & he read to us one pair of verses that have been speaking to him lately--words of Jesus: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
Old, much-loved words for me . . . & they touched me again, & I wept because I have been feeling VERY burdened in recent days. Really for several years, but especially right now. I need the rest Jesus promises. And hearing the promise right now gives me hope that my burden will actually be lightened, soon.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
A new study supplies motivation:
New York Times – February 5, 2008
Symptoms: Metabolic Syndrome Is Tied to Diet Soda
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome — the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure.
The scientists gathered dietary information on more than 9,500 men and women ages 45 to 64 and tracked their health for nine years.
Over all, a Western dietary pattern — high intakes of refined grains, fried foods and red meat — was associated with an 18 percent increased risk for metabolic syndrome, while a “prudent” diet dominated by fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry correlated with neither an increased nor a decreased risk.
But the one-third who ate the most fried food increased their risk by 25 percent compared with the one-third who ate the least, and surprisingly, the risk of developing metabolic syndrome was 34 percent higher among those who drank one can of diet soda a day compared with those who drank none.
“This is interesting,” said Lyn M. Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the paper, which was posted online in the journal Circulation on Jan. 22. “Why is it happening? Is it some kind of chemical in the diet soda, or something about the behavior of diet soda drinkers?”
Friday, February 08, 2008
I usually don't tell others what I am giving up for Lent, since Jesus tells us not to practice our piety before others. But I don't mind sharing that I'm still thinking about a POSITIVE practice that I want to take up this Lent: working on art every week.
I have neglected it sadly for quite a few months, & I feel part of myself has been abandoned. I really need my art.
Giving up a particular thing for Lent has given me a bit more time each day, so I want to make it fruitful. Sunday evening is the target time for art; if something else gets scheduled then, I will seek to open up another space that particular week so that painting isn't neglected.
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