It is all about habits. Establishing good ones and discarding bad ones. For me this has been my constant struggle and if I have had any victories it is because of this fact. Good habits putt you in a position to be successful. You still need to make sound decisions at the moments of truth, but often you are not in position to make those decisions because your habits are poor to begin with and so you don’t even have the opportunity to succeed or fail. Habits define our character.
That said I have to establish some new ones that are good and better. I used to have to struggle to get things in because I worked tow jobs and one of those jobs was overnight. I had to schedule a lot of my life so I fought hard to get workout times in and writing times in so that I could accomplish what I needed to do. Once I left that overnight job I didn’t have to do that anymore. I had time to do things and a lot more flexibility. On the plus side, the stress of that job is gone. I feel better emotionally and it has been good in some ways to just focus on the church. The downside is my situation now allows me to say “I will do that later” far too much. Procrastination is the devil’s habit in my humble opinion and unfortunately I am getting it in large amounts these days. So time for some changes.
I had originally thought this week would be a six day week for lifting but after this weekend I am sure I need regular rest when I lift so I can recover. I am thinking a four-day routine with a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday pattern so I get two days of rest on the weekend and one day midweek to rest. Cardio however will be six days a week until I lose the weight I want to lose. I might keep that up just because it is good for me. Nutritionally, I just want to move day by day to a more meat, veggies and fruit diet with less and less carbs each day until I get the weight off. Once that happens I am going to have to have to calculate things to gain muscle growth without gaining back the fat, but right now the issue is fat loss so I don’t care that much about muscle growth at the present time. I would like to keep what I have so having enough protein in my diet should prevent that loss. Also I want to stretch more. I am having trouble moving, and that needs to be fixed. I feel stiff. Basic stretching going into Yoga or something similar is in the works. The lifting split looks something like this.
Monday: Back, Biceps, Forearms
Tuesday: Chest, Triceps, Abs
Thursday: Quads, Hamstrings, Calves
Friday: Delts, Traps, Abs
Monday through Saturday: Stretch and HIIT Cardio (20 minutes). Before lifting on lifting days.
On the writing front, I need to be more consistent on this blog. I have skipped a lot lately because I have been thinking about all this stuff instead of taking action. Some of my features keep me reading so I am not worried about my reading habits. The blog though needs a change in the lineup.
Sunday: Rabyd Discipline (yeah even this post is late)
Monday: Sermon Redux, Cold Reading
Wednesday: Biblical Inspiration – The Final Quest*, Rabyd Apologetics
Thursday: The Christian Marriage Bed, Rabyd Writer
Friday: Rabyd Philosophy, The Iron and Me
Saturday: The Open God Throughout the Scriptures, The Bill of Rights*
Theology Pub – Every ten posts but I have decided that it will no longer be the last post for the day. if there is still stuff to write, I will write it after the Theology Pub.
I must say though after today Rabyd Discipline will be about my Spiritual walk more and less about writing and fitness because I have two features on that – Rabyd Writer and my new feature – The Iron and Me which is exclusively devoted on Friday to looking a back on my week of lifting. Of course all the ones marked with asterisk (*) are current running series which will change once finished. I dropped Rabyd Football Fan because I just am not as into it this year as past years. I watch my teams and then go about my business.
My non-fiction books are ready for me to start writing. I may have to do some research if certain things come up but I am ready. NaNoWriMo is less than month away so another novel is in the works. Time to write.
On the financial front, I am still looking for a second job. The real problem in this has been sadly the church. I can’t seem to find a job that will not interfere with my job as a pastor with out a) going back to third shift which I do not want to do or b) making work weekends which I can’t do and pastor the church at the same time. That said. some good jobs have been put in front of me which had good salaries and decent benefits but either conflicted with the above or were a long distance to drive requiring us to get another vehicle and would definitely interfere with church activities during the week or weekends. In short, I feel a little stuck right now on this and all my other financial goals are stuck then as well. I am 45 so retirement concerns loom. I have 15 to 20 years left and nothing set aside. The ministry has been kind to me in a lot of ways but not in the financial department. I have a vacation coming up at the end of the month and part of that is going to be spent praying and thinking about this issue hard.
On the family and friend front, I am also going to see my oldest son in Pennsylvania during said vacation, I have not seen him in a while so that should be good. I am hopefully taking the whole family as well so it might be the only time I see all my kids in the same room for a while. These moments happen rarely so I have learned to enjoy them and celebrate them. I have some other things in the works to get me out more but I will reserve comment at this time because I don’t know how they will work out.
The church is fine but I am also a little burned out with it. I have spent the last two years trying to come up with something that will change things so we get over the plateau we have been on but nothing has worked. That’s two years of failed ideas for me so I am not feeling as confident about things as I once did. I keep working at it but I am at a loss what to do right now. I am praying to God about it but there is a lot of silence right now.
Finally. the elections are less than a month away. My campaign strategy is pretty simple, be myself, if any interviews come up to do them and be myself and let the chips fall where they fall on November 4th. There are four people running for three seats so one of us will be disappointed. If it is me, I am good with that, if not I am good with that too.
All in all, I think I am motivated enough to every day make some changes and move forward. I do have some big questions to answer but I need to put myself in a position to answer them.
Blessings and Cheers!!!