Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lenten fasts and stuff

I am taking a very strict 500 calorie diet for lent this year. it includes a supplement to help curb hunger and direct fat to the kinds of fat that are importaint to lose. it is called the HCG diet. I found about about it from my aunt who is a nurse and my mother tried it and it worked, and I have other family members who are trying it and having positive results.

i am on day five and really right now i feel fine, not hungry but craving all kinds of things, like popcorn, chips, french toast, ice cream, saltine crackers, and chocolate cake. so far i haven't noticed any change in my ability to study or function which is good.

what i have found that i like about this diet is that it is forcing me to try different things to make my meals interesting, for example tonight for dinner i had a spinach salad, but wail on this diet i can not have any dressings so I made a dressing out of some things that i can eat. lemon juice with pepper, oregino, Rose Mary (because like S. book says a man can live on food cubes till Armageddon if he has enough Rose Mary) a little salt, a little stevia, and...strawberries. it was very tasty actually.

but at the same time there are a few things i am worried about. mostly that at some point this will back fire and i will find out that wail i am losing weight it is muscle weight, or the kinds of fat that protect the organs. I am worried that i might get tire as the diet goes on.

my hope is that this diet gets me down to a weight i can manage that inside the parameters of my ideal weight and size, by mostly exercise. and that i will have untrained myself from not so good eating habits.

but most of all it is a spiritual practice to fast, that by self mortification I can grow spiritually. I plan to use the money i save on groceries (assuming i do) as alms.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow fall at Asbury

Snow is falling gently in quiet Wilmore making it seem as if the campus of Asbury Theological seminary has been transported into the magical realm of the snow globe. as the spring semester gets kicked off the students are treated to a landscape of white snow and treacherous ice which has caused the seminary to delay its opening and cancel the earliest morning classes.

Which has allowed plenty of time for the time honored past time of yeti hunting. yes i know it may sound completely observed that in the southern state of Kentucky (at least south of the Ohio river) there would be a yeti. But it is as true as tales of leprechaun, gremlins, and poltergeists which reside in the library.

The yeties which are native to Kentucky are of a very odd breed who spend much of the year sleeping in hidden caves surrounding the Kentucky River. they only appear when the smell of snow pull them from their deep slumber calling them out to play and gather food. they have little fear because they have a special type of magic which makes them very difficult to see.

and so as with so many students of the past the students of Asbury Seminary go forth in hopes of finding the ever elusive Yeti. it is very rare that a yeti is actually caught but enough have been caught to provided several stories to be pasted down along with a special recipe for Yeti stew.

So may to all the hopefuls I bid you good luck!