Yeah, with all the talk about diabetes and all that, it begs the question what is the goal for the Body Rabyd now? Honestly, I don’t think too much has really changed other than there is a new definition added for my understanding of victory. For too long I have forgotten the goal of this was to kick ass and not just get by. Time to kick it back into gear. If this is the goal I am pretty sure that the diabetes does not have a chance. Time to work to being a fit bad ass.
The Body Rundown:
Flexibility: This really is the one area I have left and I am think a good stretch before I take my walk might actually help things.
Strength: I now have done three weeks of lifting with no exercise or sets missed. It is light weight and high reps right now but I also have to be mindful not to bend my upper abs too much with the hernia there but so far so good.
Cardio: The hiking training walks are really walking and I feel much better. I think I have found a form of cardio I actually enjoy. First time for everything I guess.
Nutrition: Can you say low crab diet for multiple reasons? – I not only can, I have to. Diabetes can be credited for one thing good so far and that is motivating me to get my nutrition tight. Note: added in here now each week with be my high and low sugar score for the week. High: 205 Low: 133 (norm is under 95). Still a little work to do.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
I have always found this photograph humorous. If all it took not to have to kiss any one of these ladies is alcohol, then pass the beer. There may be one good-looking one maybe and all of them are so sour-faced that I would not want to touch their lips to mine anyway. I grew up in a church with such and attitude. The Assemblies of God was formed in the era of the Temperance Movement and a product of the Holiness Movement so needless to say they embraced this as part of their social aspect and it remains true to this day. I grew up in that and for he most part it is because of this and my own family history that I have avoided alcohol except in very special occasions.
Fast forward to this last weekend and you need to understand that my sons have long abandoned this attitude but I remain mostly alcohol free but I am questioning why that is. I have long dismissed the notion that alcohol in and of itself is evil and I have learned and believe that some alcohol in moderation might be beneficial. I have drunk more than a single beverage maybe twice in my life and this weekend I broke this rule.
I decided that my relationships with my sons are more important than my abstaining from alcohol. I had three beers in the space of about eight hours. I felt nothing and I must say I did not mind the taste of it that much. Of course, I had several recommendations from an expert beer drinker friend of mine. So I had higher priced good beer and that was good. I am coming to terms with it and I don’t feel my walk with God has gone south because of it. I don’t think it was harmed at all because I know the difference between drinking and getting drunk.
Not that it would be easy to get me drunk. 1) I am a big man and to be honest I felt nothing. 2) Even my Doctor said with diabetes that ten beers would probably not affect me or it much. I don’t know, I feel a new world has opened to me. I just have to remind myself that it might be difficult for me to feel anything given my size and family history.
With all the craft breweries out there, is there a place for a blog from a new beer drinker (who has not experienced much beer so he comes with an open mind) giving his opinion on another blog about beer. I am definitely getting over the guilt. Hmm.
Blessings an Cheers!!!
It has been a grinding week in some respects. I too experience this thing of ‘would the week hurry up so I can get to vacation!” Mostly though I am already on the process of soul searching which is what this sabbatical/hiatus is all about. I feel like I am missing something but I am really not sure what that is and so I want some time to look and see. If there is anything that is. I am not sure and that is what bothers and puzzles me the most right now. Perhaps I just need some sort of quest.
The Soul Rundown:
Reading: Still moving forward. My hope is to use some day hikes to get some reading done and I will have some time off coming up.
Writing: The point of all the reading was to have extra stuff to talk about on the blog. I need more than one post a day to hit my goals this year so it is important that the two go hand in hand. Right now it is being in limbo before my vacation that is just making me listless.
Family: Well, with the bachelor party in the rear view mirror, all sights turn toward the wedding of the year on June 17th. Just so everyone knows: Yes, I had alcohol to drink this last weekend following a few beer recommendations from an expert. No, I didn’t see and adult entertainment experts. Yes, even with diabetes, my doc tells me a guy my size could get away with drinking ten beers but I don’t drink that much anyway.
Finances: To pay for my new hiking hobby. I think I will just create a jar and drop ten to twenty buck in it every week until I get the next amount for the next purchase. Being that my being temporarily diabetic condition prevents a lot of trips to the convince store, so I should be able to channel that money into some equipment over time.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
It has truly been a busy day in many respects and because I went to the doctor and case worker nurse today I have a special edition of the Body Rabyd. I now have a new companion that I have to test my blood sugar every day right after I get up. A finger poke a day isn’t so bad, it’s the two prescriptions and baby aspirin as part of my daily regimen that is a real problem. I hate pill more than stabbing myself; I suppose to some that is odd.
The doctor say that he is surprised because all my other numbers look good except my sugar so he feels I can actually beat the diabetic label if I follow nutrition plan, exercise and use my meds as a way to speed things up a little. I have to monitor my blood sugar every day. Not necessarily at the same time and I was even encouraged a little to check it after a meal I might have questions about its effects on me. He believes we caught this before I have suffered any other damage including kidney damage so if I can get my sugar under control I might be doing myself a tremendous favor..
In short, I now have a battle plan to beat this thing so I am going after it. I want to beat this and no longer be considered diabetic but that is going to take an incredible amount of discipline both from an exercise and nutrition point of view. Well, now it requires this one two punch so I need to focus more than ever and be very conscious of when and what I am eating. I must be doing something right because when I tested my sugar today it was half of what it had been after a twenty four hour fast the first time. Just need to keep at it and be a good patient (damn it).
Blessings and Cheers!!!
Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. So he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brothers.”
He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.
“May God enlarge Japheth,
And let him dwell in the tents of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.”
Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.
My interpretation of this passage is far different from most because I don’t see Noah’s kids particularly Ham as the problem but rather I see Noah as the person who is in need of correction. I suppose we should expect that after doing this great thing for God he decides in boredom to plant a vineyard. It is Noah that makes the grapes into wine. Noah is the one who gets drunk and strips his clothes and yet we are led to believe Ham and more specifically Canaan is to be cursed because Ham walks in on his father laying naked in his tent. It is in my mind that Noah should be saying: “Hi, I’m Noah and I am an alcoholic” and exercising a little humility.
Noah is not the good character in story. He gets drunk, gets naked and then when he is discovered he curses his grandson who had nothing to do with anything and that probably the result of a hangover. Noah is the one to blame for this but he is trying to blame others for seeing him. It should be noted that this curse does not really play out and like Jacob’s cursing of Simeon and Levi seems to actually be null and void as soon as it is uttered.. It should be noted the Bible in this story records the events but no moral judgment is given by God.
Noah forgot that his walk with God remained. It is a great temptation in many cases to do great things for God and then think you can do no wrong. In boredom, arrogance, etc. we can feel we can never fall from God’s favor or that God will overlook our stupidity because he owes us one. Such is not the case, because god still expects us each day to live for him.
I have one more Sunday and then my sabbatical begins. I have never looked forward to something this much in a long time. It is not that I dislike my job as a pastor, far from it, I just need to take a break. This last year has been difficult. The church has lost a beloved saint, I seem sickness after sickness in the others. It has been very taxing fro ma stress point of view trying to get a new vision going and to be honest I really need to reevaluate my direction personally. Simple put – time to take a break.
That said this month off has some things to be done. 1) Visiting an old friend’s sons graduation, 2) My wife and I’s 27th anniversary on June 10th and 3) My son’s wedding on June 17th. On top of that I need to clean the garage, work on my physical health and generally deal with some other issues.
The Spirit Rundown:
Celebration: Been a good weekend as we celebrated my son’ bachelor party and he has been up for the weekend. I will say no more.
Spiritual Disciplines: Lots of prayer but mostly mediation as I walk each day.
Leadership: I need to finish up the registration process to run for office of the local school board.
Ministry: One week till my time off.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
I don’t really have time for a proper post on my normal subjects so I will do some writing here on hiking and what I think about when I am on a hike at times.
- I think about hiking. I know this is a tremendous surprise but I think about what I am doing at the moment, future hiking trips and hiking goals.
- Theology – Yeah I tend to take theological ideas and bash them around too.
- Books – Either ones I have read or want to read.
- Stories – I actually come up with story ideas when walking too. The only problem with this is not having a notebook is sometimes I forget them.
- Family – given.
- School – what I am going to do long term and short-term.
- Gripes – I have them but it is easier to air them out on the trail to God.
There is also a whole other list of assorted things I think about on the trail but this is the normal thoughts list. I think things through and it has definitely made me feel a lot better.
I have been spending time with my son this weekend instead of writing so much but i should be back at it full tilt next week.
Blessings and Cheers!!!