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19 January 2017

Good Morning, FS Friends! Well, the hard part is over - getting started. It's been about a week since I committed to beginning this journey again. I know that I know that I know that I have never been able to restrict my intake without incorporating some kind of exercise program. Once I started getting on the treadmill again, and working out on the Total Gym clone, I am more conscious about what I am about to put in my mouth. I find myself asking the question, “Is this worth sabotaging the effort that you are putting in early every morning?” So far, it seems to be working. My current weight allows me to eat over 2000 calories a day and still lose weight, but experience tells me that I have to develop good habits now, or I will fail after some of the weight comes off, and my RDI is reduced. Experience is a good teacher, but it can also be an obstacle. The journey is not always easy, and experience kept me from making the commitment for a long time.

This afternoon, I have my interview before the District Ministry Board for my Ministers License. I am already a Pastor and doing pretty good, but there is still that little bit of apprehension and anxiety. I know that the same God that called me to this ministry is going to complete the work that He began in me; I just have to make sure that my emotions don't drive me to some kind of feeding frenzy.

Have you ever noticed that looking in the mirror can sabotage your motivation. I swear that my profile looks worse a week after losing a few pounds than it did before. I always have to remind myself that things always look worse before they look better. It could be that your face is the first thing to lose the fat, and everything else then looks out of proportion. I have heard women say that they first lose weight in their boobs and get frustrated. I think there is probably something to that. Just don't look in the mirror sideways for a while.

Anyway, thanks for listening. Toodles!

17 January 2017

Weigh-in: 258.0 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 68.0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (12 comments) on diet DairyKing's own diet   gaining 0.6 lb a week

28 September 2016

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Yep, I'm still alive. I have been plenty busy, but I haven't done well at losing weight. While it is true that it could be a lot worse, I am not happy that it hasn't been a high priority for me. I am now the pastor of a small church running anywhere from 35 to 45 people each week. I love preaching and teaching, and I've got a great group of people. I can walk to church, and try to divide my time between home and the Pastor's study. I still sing in the nursing homes, and lead the worship group at church. It has been a challenge just keeping up with the mowing - at both places this year; it rains just often enough that the grass can't dry thoroughly, and then it gets tall enough to bail. It looks like things will slack off now. It is amazing how much difference a week makes. Last week it was in the 80's; today it felt like it could snow. Well, I hope that everyone is doing well; I haven't had time to check all of my buddies' pages. Take care. Toodles!

28 September 2016

Weigh-in: 248.0 lb lost so far: 6.5 lb still to go: 58.0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   add comment on diet DairyKing's own diet   gaining 0.3 lb a week

13 July 2016

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Yes, I am still alive - and even well. I have been a bit overwhelmed with the assignments for this course I have been taking, but only a couple more days to go. This was one of those "have to" courses that are required to be licensed by the District, and earn the right to be called "Reverend." Who'da thunk it? If it happens, it will be sometime in the Spring of next year. Being ordained is a different story; that takes about 3 years minimum. The courses are probably the most demanding of the process, but they do not guarantee that the Denomination will license you or ordain you. There are other factors that go into the process of confirming their ministers. The Nazarene Church takes this stuff pretty seriously.

You would think that all that anxiety would sweat the pounds off. Not so far. I've actually put a few back on. Not as big as when I started, but a long way from where I got to before.

Haven't had time to work on much other than regular maintenance around the home. Yards have needed mowing. The garden is producing. I have been picking kale, Swiss chard, green peppers and tomatoes for over a week now. It will still be a while before I can harvest the green beans.

Starting next week, I will have at least 7 weeks off before I begin my next course. I hope to get a lot more projects done. I also hope to get in some fishing. All work and no play make for a pretty boring life. I did escalate the Nursing Home Ministry to include Assisted Living. I am going to have to do some solo performances because my team finds more than once a month too overwhelming, and I find getting around to the same place only once every six months unsatisfactory. So, who know how all of this will play out. I say "performing" because my ministry never was just to go and preach to these shut-ins. My vision has always been to just lift their spirits and give them hope for a life beyond the one they are living.

Well, enough rambling for now. You never know when I'll drop in. Miss you all. Just haven't had time for much socializing. Toodles!

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