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One week down already

   Posted by: jasoncbunn

It’s already January 8th and one week is already in the bag for 2016.  As a Catholic, the next couple of years could prove interesting as we arrive at the 100th anniversary of Fatima and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  There are some that believe that the 100 years that was given to Satan according to the vision of Pope Leo XIII started with Fatima and thus his time is nearly up.  Undoubtedly society has moved away from its past affiliation with Christian principals at an alarming rate in the last century.  We don’t know the future, so all we can do is pray fervently, raise our kids the best we can, and leave the rest up to the Almighty.

To more mundane matters, it’s been a slower start to the new year than I wanted in regards to the weight loss battle.  Lost 3, gained 2 back.  It’s not a family affair, so it’s tough.  I read recently that you only change when the pain of change is less than the pain of the status quo.  The pain of change is really the pain of loss.  Giving up this dessert or that heavy meal, giving up convenience in favor of cooking a meal.  There is some physical pain from exercise, but I believe 80% or more of the battle is with food.  You can probably strive to just walk a ton and get your 10K to 15K daily steps and be fine for a good long part of the weight loss battle.

So what’s the pain of the status quo?  Not fitting into clothes right.  Not being able to keep up with the kids or to take them on any sort of physically challenging activity.  We live in the great white north and don’t ski.  Partially because I hang on to my east coast right to complain incessantly about the weather in winter, but mostly because I can’t physically do it.  So the kids miss out.  Same thing with something like a roller coaster.  The problem, or challenge, is that most of those pains can be avoided.  We don’t ski.  We rarely go to amusement parks.  Other pains are more hypothetical, like not being here for the family.  Terrifying, but too easily dismissed; you can’t focus on the future all the time.  There’s work to be done.

So victory, or at least progress, comes when the pain of eating in or eating right is less than the pain of being fat.  The immediate vs. the hypothetical/avoided makes it difficult.