Weight Loss #4

This morning I got up and (after Bible reading, of course) warmed up then made my best attempt at interval running. It’s actually moderately intensive jogging for 20 seconds then walking for a minute, but it really got my heart rate up and the sweat pouring! It’s hard to find time in the evenings to workout and run, so I really hope to make doing so in the mornings my usual thing.

I followed that up with a very refreshing cold shower, then drank my COLD water. Why do I make it a point to drink iced water early in the morning?

  • Introducing that cold water to my system in a fasted state and early means my body has to burn a few more calories to warm it up (and to warm me up).
  • It kicks off my daily hydration focus with a nice start. The routine is easy to remember and gets me hydrated before I have my black coffee, a diuretic.
  • It helps me feel full, making intermittent fasting much easier. My mind isn’t on my empty stomach, because it’s not really empty; I can focus on what I need to do instead of food.

In future posts, I’ll go into the whys of:

  • Walking 30 minutes to an hour a day
  • Eating one meal a day (OMAD, 23:1)
  • Making a conscious effort to stand as much as possible, rather than sitting

I’m down 15 pounds thus far!

Weight Loss #3

I had a cold, my wife had it too; my older daughter had bronchitis and a nasty fever, and my younger daughter had an ear infection. It was a rough few days with COVID tests for everybody.

I caved and took warm showers for three or four days, but I’m back on the cold shower train today.

Why cold showers? Cold therapy, such as one gets by taking a cold shower, has been shown to:

  • Decrease inflammation and soreness
  • Aid the immune system
  • Increase the metabolic rate
  • Help convert “white fat” to “brown fat,” a type of fat that is leaner and lowers levels of certain amino acids in the bloodstream that studies have linked to obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes

Plus–and I really don’t know any other way to say this–I just feel cleaner after a cold shower!

In future posts, I’ll go into the “whys” of:

  • Drinking a quart of iced water early in the morning
  • Walking 30 minutes to an hour a day
  • Eating one meal a day (OMAD, 23:1)
  • Making a conscious effort to stand as much as possible, rather than sitting

I’m down 12 pounds thus far!

Weight Loss #2

Here’s what my day looks like with the new lifestyle adaptations (note that I didn’t start all these at once):

  • Wake at 5:00 AM and read my Bible (Exodus and Luke right now)
  • Take a cold shower (!)
  • Drink a quart of iced water
  • Get myself and the kids ready for the day
  • Work, with a 30-minute walk on my lunch break
  • Family worship after work
  • Eat my one meal for the day (OMAD, 23:1) anywhere from 5:30-6:30
  • Take multivitamin caplet and sambucas immune booster pill
  • Walk for 30 minutes again
  • Hang out with the family, read, take care of things around the house, journal, etc. (basically here I try to really restrict screen time)
  • ALL THE WHILE I stand, walk, or pace as much as possible. I’ve been sitting way too much for years
  • Lie down and read from the Psalms or Proverbs (read through them every four months)
  • Asleep by 10:00 PM

I’m down 6.5 pounds thus far! In the next post, I’ll go into the “why” of some of my choices.

Weight Loss #1

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.

And 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.

To Done List 5/12/20

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:

  1. Planted sunflowers in three different spots
  2. Removed tape and stakes from three year old pawpaw trees
  3. Planted two pawpaw trees in one hole one foot apart below patio; drive tobacco sticks in ground to add shade cloth; mulched
  4. Planted sweet peppers and sugar rush peach peppers
  5. Planted cucumbers; watered
  6. Planted squash
  7. Mowed around area I cleared along old fence row
  8. Watered pawpaw and chestnut seedlings
  9. Hoed new raised beds out front
  10. Played with Lydia; she was a big help with hoeing and planting cukes; she’s her daddy’s little shadow

#006 Burning Garden Beds and Justly Derived Authority

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.