Friday, March 03, 2017
It's been a year since I blogged on SP, so I thought it was time.
This week is the first week of Lent, and I am working this Lent to get my weight under control. I gained 48 lbs. over the past year, and at the very least, I want to stop gaining weight and hopefully lose some. I have not been using my Spark tools, though I have successfully used those in the past. Because I am feeling overwhelmed by losing weight, I decided to join Weight Watchers. I used WW many many years ago and did okay on it, but I wasn't super resolved to lose weight at the time, and I am much more motivated now. I weighed in today and I lost 4.5 lbs. this week. I am super happy about that. I know that I won't lose that much weight in the coming weeks, but I am resolved to exercise more and eat better. The main thing I did this week is eat more vegetables. I ate a salad with both lunch and dinner. It really helped to fill me up and I know I'm getting a lot more nutrients by doing that. I'm also looking forward to going to my first WW meeting and getting support there.
Lent is not a time to focus on weight loss, but a time for spiritual renewal. The Church teaches us through the services to focus on repentance during this time, and to give alms and to help the poor. I know that the spiritual journey that I am on now is much more important to God than my weight, but I also know that I cannot improve my spiritual life if I am unhealthy. So I am working to balance things. All food in moderation; all things in moderation.
On Friday nights during Lent in the Orthodox Church, we have the service of Akathist to the Theotokos. Akathist means "to stand" in Greek, so it is a service that we stand for the entire time. The Theotokos is Mary, the Mother of God. It is the first service that I attended three years ago, so it is my favorite. It is a beautiful hymn to the Mother of God. We do not worship Mary. We pray to her to pray for us. So I pray to her that she would intercede in my efforts to find a job, or in my relationships with others when I am struggling, or whatever I am going through. I look forward to Friday evenings of Lent all year, when for an hour I am transported to the heavenly realm.
Most Holy Theotokos, save us!
Have a blessed Lent.