RTC – Reboot

I absolutely believe I can make it to my goal of 10 lbs by the first weekend of August… but I’ve gained back the 3 lbs I lost. My feet are swollen like water-filled balloons. So are my ankles. Alot of that weight is water.

So, to reach my goal, I have added some mini-challenges:

  1. Walk 8000 steps a day (this is actually rather easy between walking at the bus and at work)
  2. Eat 4 or more servings of fruit/veggies per day
  3. Back to the 60 days of being in the Word (the reason I started this blog in the first place!). I believe that my lack of discipline in my spiritual life is reflected in my lack of discipline in my physical body. Gluttony is my middle name right now.
  4. Eat at home. Bring my lunch. Stop eating at the Commons. It’s got to be loaded with too much sodium.
  5. Go to bed early enough so I can get up early enough to fix breakfast.
  6. Write it down.

Entire bags of cookies. Too much caffeine. I could beat myself up for days. Not going to. Starting over. Right now. I’ve got my neighbor Dino’s book and I’m going to bring it tomorrow and make copy of the journal pages and use them. I have other food journals (one from the Center for Human Nutrition… another from Body Works that I actually like)… but sometimes change is good. Try a new journal for a while. Staring at the fact that I wrote down that I ate a dozen oreos is ugly.

I’m going to make a separate page where I will put in brief log entries for accountability.

Do I go back to the gym? Do I work out at home for the short term? I don’t know yet. Will decide that one later.

Are your nails too long?

(to the tune of “Turkey in the Straw” or as we probably know it “do your ears hang low?”)

Do they get in the way?  Can you not use an iPhone, no matter what they say?


As someone with kind of long fingernails, I really don’t know what they are talking about.  My nails are about the same length as the one lady in the picture in that above article (notice, I said fingernails – not claws… yeesh.  There is such a thing as too long) and my iPhone and I get along swimmingly.

Again, Apple can’t help it if there is a problem with the end user who can’t really figure out a way to orient her hands to use the iPhone and keep her 10ft nails.  Steve Jobs designed a beautiful product meant to restore a sense of child-like wonder about technology and the universe as a whole where you have alot of your music, your email, a REAL web browser, and many other cool things at your fingertips any time you want them.

I should listen

On my bus ride home, a woman named Lisa sat next to me.  When she got on, I could see she was exhausted and at the end of her rope.  She asked if it was alright to sit next to me.  I said ‘of course.’

I felt in my spirit that I should take out my earbuds and talk to her.

I didn’t.

About 5 minutes later, she asked me about where one of the routes went and what time it left.  I explained it to her and we continued to chat.  She had gotten sick and got off the other bus on that route to throw up (outside – not on the bus).  Turns out she only lives about a half mile from me.  She said she was going to have to walk from the bus stop to her apartment (which was mostly up hill and about 2 miles away).

I felt in my spirit that I should offer to give her a ride, but I didn’t.

When I told her that I did the park-n-ride thing and suggested she try that once they shut down the route that runs by her place, she asked if I would give her a ride home.

I immediately said yes and that I was happy that I could be a blessing to her.  But, I still feel a little pang of guilt that I knew I should have spoken first for the same result.  She was ecstatic and prayed a blessing over me for my kindness.

She was much happier when she got off the bus than when she got on.

I am thankful that I was obedient the second time around.

RTC – Week 3

w00t! I lost another pound!  The exercise was meh this week but I didn’t eat much…. mainly because of the attack of the summer cold/flu/virus going around work.  Because of that, next week might be a gain or nothing, but I can live with that.

Overall, I feel really good about my progress.  I feel like I am regaining control and that I should be able to reach my goal of 10 lbs by the first week of August.

Christianity in Docs

At the Nashville Film Festival, I saw a number of documentaries on Christianity or their interaction with the world: Pussycat Preacher, At the Death House Door, Prophets Rising, and Join Us. There is also another recent documentary I’ve seen twice (CBS and the Biography Channel) – Jesus Camp. Given that I love movies, I want to take some time to talk about what I thought of these movies and how they portray believers and how non-believers might view them.

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