I’ve never liked talking about my weight. It started creeping up in high school, jumped up in (my first round of) college, ballooned after I got married and started a VERY stressful job, and stabilized once I got serious about college and had my first daughter.
I even cut quite a bit of weight in 2016, put it back on, and cut again in 2017. In 2018, it started right back up. But instead of the downward trend of the yo-yo-ing, it kept going up.
Then the lockdown started. Working from home was not the best thing for my weight. I put on 20+ pounds to be the heaviest I’ve ever been. I felt bad, looked worse, and had to spend money on new clothes that are so big they could never look nice on me.
And so, I’ve started another weight loss journey in 2021. Really, it’s more a lifestyle change journey:
I want to be healthy for me wife.
I want to be healthy for my kids.
I want to be healthy for my homestead, to care for the home and land with which God has blessed me.
I want to be healthy for my church so my appearance doesn’t detract from the message of the Gospel and mission of the saints.
I’m DOWN 4.5 pounds thus far! In the next post, I’ll talk about some things I’m doing to make these changes for the better.
I’m starting a new series today. Since I’m great at making to-do lists on my phone that go away when marked complete—never to be seen or heard from again—I wanted to make instead a “to done” list. This will allow me to look back at what I’ve accomplished around the homestead, what I should have spent more time on, and about what time of year I was able to do this and that.
So with pipe in hand filled with Signature Louisiana Red, let’s list:
Planted sunflowers in three different spots
Removed tape and stakes from three year old pawpaw trees
Planted two pawpaw trees in one hole one foot apart below patio; drive tobacco sticks in ground to add shade cloth; mulched
Planted sweet peppers and sugar rush peach peppers
Planted cucumbers; watered
Mowed around area I cleared along old fence row
Watered pawpaw and chestnut seedlings
Hoed new raised beds out front
Played with Lydia; she was a big help with hoeing and planting cukes; she’s her daddy’s little shadow
In this episode, Ryan gives his recommendations for trying out the wonderfully relaxing and contemplative hobby of pipe smoking. He also talks about what he and his fellow elders have done during the quarantine to shepherd the church family.
In this episode, Ryan talks about burning garden beds, how, and why. Ryan also discusses how the fact that all human authority is derived from God’s ultimate, divine, and comprehensive authority determines his political beliefs. Secondarily, Ryan relates how his Scripture reading informs his beliefs about how other human institutions relate to God and one another.