Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Jumping on the Bandwagon Again

The following post is a note of thanks to my co-blogger, Fr. Hamilton. It takes a true friend to call you to task and in a loving way express their concern for your well-being.

Fr. Hamilton called and asked about what I was doing to improve my health and lose weight. As he put it, "we (meaning the Church at large) need you around for many years to come." Granted, I have all my life fought my weight, and largely losing the war. When it comes down to practical considerations, I think it stems from the fact that I am not particularly temperate as a person. If one serving is good, three are better. I would speculate that some of it has to do with, given my irregular upbringing, defective self-comfort rituals. You know this as "This cookie will make you feel better" reasoning. So, as you can see there is a substantial work ahead.

Here's the strategy at hand. First, I am going to visit some doctors, namely a nutrionist, an endocrinologist, and an allergy specialist, to clear obvious roadblocks which are not directly in my power to affect. After all, if my thryoid isn't working, this needs its own direction and treatment. Second, I am getting back to the gym. Luckily, we have a wellness center at the university, so I can look forward to extra evangelization time while sweating on the treadmill. The plan here at the outset is to spend the first 6 weeks or so just doing the weight loss setting on the treadmill and going from there. Before lifting weights, I think I could use some cardio strengthening. Third, and this agrivates me to no end, I am going to join Weight Watchers. I sat down and thought about it and the one thing that has hindered my progess is an absence of accountablity for holding to the course. Thankfully, Fr. H, who also is looking to trim down, will be accompanying me. We are planning to meet in Enid as that is conveniently located to both of us.

I am telling you all this so that you will remember to pray for one of the weakest priests out there. I know that this is something I need to work at and I need as much help as possible.

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