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I’ve let myself slip over the last six months.  I fell down the stairs at work the first weekend of September, and as soon as I was just feeling like I could get back to my exercise, I had a car accident (mid-October, not my fault) and the subsequent back issues didn’t begin to clear up till Christmas break.  I got a new job (finally!) teaching fourth grade at an inner-city Catholic school — this started two weeks before Christmas break, so with everything, I’m just getting to where I’m feeling caught up with everything there and able to spend some extra time catching up at home.  This includes (unfortunately) diet, exercise, house cleaning, and personal devotions.  Yes, I’ve gained weight since October 6, when I had actually dipped below the 140 mark. 😦

Grades were due for midterms yesterday, so I’m not only caught up on classroom organization, but my grading is not a large pile glaring at me. Just this last week’s worth and a couple tests I had to wait for students to finish.  Plenty, yes, but I should be able to spend time tomorrow doing something else other than either grading or stalling getting started. 🙂

I decided, since the grading is done and Ash Wednesday is this week, I’d start my Lent discipline early — today.  My church doesn’t celebrate Lent, but for the past few years I have used it as a time to discipline myself either with my diet or in my spiritual life.  I’m feeling flabby, both physically and spiritually, so I’m going to try to do both this time.

Starting today, I will:

  • Track my food
  • Exercise at least to 10K steps daily — try to do more on the days I can get to the gym
  • Have personal devotions
  • Keep up with my grading!

I’d like to blog a few times a week too, but I know how that goes, and exercising and planning meals takes a lot of time!  So I will try, but no promises.

In looking for images for Lent, I came across one that pretty well sums up what I think it’s for:

lentmmcIt reminds me of the verse in Psalm 1 about the righteous person — “a tree planted by streams of water…whatever [he] does prospers.”

Prayerfully, I hope what I am trying to do in these next weeks prospers as well.



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All right.  I’ve been running, as those of you who see my Facebook posts and Mapmyrun posts know.  I haven’t been losing any weight, however.  It’s a little annoying.  Maybe I am eating more to compensate? Maybe running twice or three times a week (I haven’t managed to be very consistent) and nothing else isn’t enough?  I know I need to do yoga or other strength training too, only I never seem to manage to do it.  The holidays are coming up and I’m a little afraid.  Last year I was at the same weight and gained 6# over the holidays — then lost them (and a few more) by summer and gained them all right back during the summer classes I took.  I managed to get the 6# off again (to my current weight), but haven’t really budged more than two pounds in either direction for the last two months, despite semi-regular running.  As I said.

So one of my FB friends posted this challenge — a Skinny Snowman challenge.  I do better with some support or incentive, so I’m going to take this challenge.  Starting Sunday the 25th, I’m going to try to maintain, or even lose, during the holidays!  That means, for me, since I already eat pretty healthfully, I will need to plan my meals better, do some strength training, and step it up on the cardio (time to actually *try* to get those 10K steps on my FitBit!).

Anyone want to join me?  You don’t have to lose, just maintain, but maybe it will help you feel less sluggish when Dec. 31 rolls around and you realize it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions you just spent a month making more difficult…Here are the rules and point charts!

Anyway, please cheer me on!  I will post at least weekly about this during the next 5 weeks (starting the 25th), and I will need some encouragement — Christmas is my favorite time of year and part of that is the lovely Christmas treats…and I’m going home for a week between Christmas and New Year’s, and my family is all about food, and not much about exercise….See why I’m afraid?  I will definitely need help! 🙂




And just for the record, I weigh 150#.  I am trying to get my weight down to 125 from 179, which it was two years ago now.  Haven’t done too well after the initial weight loss, but still trying!

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Does anyone want to explain this to me?  I “take some time off” from my diet and exercise goals because I had no time while taking two classes and doing student teaching. I eat whatever crap I feel like at the time.  I lie around because I’m so tired…I don’t sleep properly, don’t drink enough water, fall asleep in the middle of studying because I’m not sleeping enough at night, and then eat a bunch of trail mix to stay awake (note to self: trail mix is for people ON THE TRAIL!).  I gained ten pounds in two months.  Yes, the same ten pounds I gained over the holidays and worked so hard to lose by the beginning of June.  Those.

So. I spend August trying to catch up on sleep, housework, and getting back to healthier habits.  I lose five pounds and start a new diet and exercise regimen.  I’m supposed to spend the month of September observing at an ESL-only high school in St. Paul.  I start observing Thursday the 6th.  Wednesday the 5th is the first choir practice for my organ job.  I am unaccountably nervous about school the next day (why?  I am just sitting observing!) and the song from choir is flying through my head.  I barely sleep (and wake Kent up, but that’s another post), and by 3:30 AM I have a sore throat.

Now I’m sick.

WHY!  Why do I get sick now, after a month of decent sleep, good food habits and exercising at least three times a week?  One night of bad sleep (ok, almost no sleep) and I am sick??  WHAT is up with that?  If I were to get sick, it should have been this summer, not now when I’m actually being healthy, taking my vitamins and all that crap.  This is stupid.

All I can say is, I’m not letting this cold put me off my exercise.  Unless I can’t breathe, I’m doing it!

This isn’t me, but this is how I feel!

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“Give us this day our daily bread…”

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well (Luke 12:22-31).


Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

 I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever” (John 6:35-40, 48-51, 54-58).


Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, Lord, on you alone we feed;

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, for you satisfy our need.

Always may our hearts be fed with your true and living bread,

Day by day with strength supplied through the life of Christ who died.

Wine of heaven, wine of heaven, O the joy your love supplies,

Wine of heaven, wine of heaven, O blest cup of sacrifice.

By your wounds our sin forgive, to your cross we look and live.

Christ our life! O let us be dead to self and one with Thee.


in a low-carb life

we pursue

more filling options

a spiritual atkins diet

pursuing the meat of

theological debate

embracing a vegan


(because it is trendy

and politically



when He said

I am the bread

He meant simple


and daily sustenance


our hunger for more

only to be filled

by the broken

true bread

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(I’ve exercised for over an hour, been good with my food, had a Pampered Chef meeting, taught three piano lessons, and I’m zonked!  Somehow that took all day.)


[I did read two books and finish a third.]

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