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Learning to See Rest as Part of the Plan
Monday is my one day off per week and two weeks ago, just after I started changing my eating habits, I was so totally out of energy that I didn't know what to do. It occurred to me that my body could simply be in a mild state of shock from the a... Read more
I Survived a Church Potluck!
I was concerned this morning about how I would handle our monthly church potluck. I'm the pastor of the church so I can't exactly skip it, so I had to find a way to exercise discipline in a situation where that is very difficult for me. But I wa... Read more
Down 7 Pounds!
I'm actually not too focused on weight loss. I'm more focused on eating well and exercising, trusting that my weight will land where it lands. But I must admit that it was very satisfying this morning to see that I'm down 7 pounds from only 14 d... Read more
Getting Ready for a Long Bike-Ride!
This May I'm traveling to California to perform a wedding for my nephew, and I've decided to take a few extra days out there to visit with some family and friends (I'm from there but now living in Minnesota). On one of those extra days I plan to... Read more
There's Plenty of Time
I've been working on "life-balance" lately, that is, on how to attend to all the things I must each day at home, church, work, and world. As you know, it's a lot to think about. So, last night I decided to write down the several things I want to... Read more
Advice about the nutrition tracker?
A few years ago I designed an easy to use, hand-written system of tracking my caloric intake and food variety. It's based on Liz Applegate's excellent book, "Eat Smart, Play Hard." Thus, when I joined Spark People a couple of weeks ago I was hes... Read more
I'm really enjoying food
It's a little perplexing to think of why I would ever eat poorly in the first place because when I'm eating well I enjoy food even more than when I'm not. The Lord has given such a wonderful variety of things to eat with such unique and satisfyi... Read more
Day off mentality
Today is my one day off per week and I most often just lay around, rest, and read or watch a movie or something. And I most often eat poorly because I get real lazy and don't feel like cooking. I do feel this mentality in me today, but I'm goiin... Read more
Yeah--I did it!
Last evening I went to a b-day party at my brother-in-law's house and, though there was tons of food there, I only ate what I needed to eat and left the rest alone! I was so glad to make it through that, although I must say that I still had a ve... Read more
Now for a real test
I have been on track with my diet and exercise for about eight days now, maybe nine, but later today I'm going to a birthday party at my brother-in-laws house where there will be tons of snacks and foods I love. I was tempted to eat less all day... Read more
I did it!
Well, it's only the first time, but still I want to celebrate small successes. I was able to eat very sensibly at my morning meeting yesterday and I left satisfied and happy as well! i'm very grateful.
And now this morning I have a meeting... Read more
Eating out this morning
I have a morning meeting today at a local Denny's, and this is the first time I've eaten out since I've started eating healthy again. So I've been contemplating all morning what to do, and here's my plan:
1. Order from the "lighter side" i... Read more
Putting God at the Center
The first commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength" (Mark 12:28-34). It is to look to God first, to desire him most, to seek him with passion, to learn from him with eagerness, to serve him with hum... Read more
That was a hard day!
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling so full of energy but only a few hours later I totally tanked--to the point where I was nearly immobile. I simply had no energy for anything I tried to do, even things I normally love doing. Luckily Mondays ar... Read more
A Foundational Discipline
I've been thinking this morning about how foundational to all of life healthy eating is. Everything else I am doing, and want to do, depends on having energy and a clear mind, both of which are fed or starved by my eating habits. Unhealthy eatin... Read more