Working on being healthy in body , mind , spirit..135 lbs lost, then Maintained for a few years, and lately some regained. Working on it -in and out of Pjs
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Give it up!...Sort of a Lenten / religious post...
When I post and Why I post blog entries is usually because I have a burning need to say something, a problem to put out there for reflection, to share something that struck me as meaningful, to confess, to rejoice, to report, to just say "hey, still hanging in...".
Sometimes I feel what I need to write is from a higher calling to help someone or me--maybe from God? maybe the Universe? Mother Nature? You pick or fill in the blank _________.
I don't ask-I know what I think--I try to comply. I am not the most eloquent of writers, I sho' can't speak worth nothin' (southern twang), and I could care less about grammar and punctuation which drives my husband crazy. (He is much younger than I am and when he gets older he'll get over that , I hope. )
I'm not sure exactly what this post is about other than to help me formulate my own ideas. Today is Ash Wednesday for some of the religious folks. I had a Jewish grandfather , was raised Baptist, converted to Methodist, had an agnostic / angry period, got kind of New Agey, tried Existentialism. And finally, I joined a Lutheran church where I still reside from a religious practice though I am still very open minded . I feel closest to God when I do Yoga, when I am helping someone, when I'm considering buying fruitcake (another post), or when I'm outside in nature. Ash Wednesday and Lent didn't really hit my radar till the Lutheran phase.
What does it all mean? I know Ash Wednesday and Lent falls the day after Mardi Gras which is drinking ,partying, bourbon street, beads, and naked boobies. It seemed like a time of repenting for sin. Well, why the heck 'sin' like that in the first place. Also, Just Catholics did it. The Catholic kids got out of school for Good Friday which made me jealous.
I'm big on Wikipedia so here they describe it better than I could: The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, alms giving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
What I hear about Lent the most is "what are you giving up for Lent?" Bread , chocolate, booze, sugar, a certain behavior, whatever. I've read some bloggers that recommend making this a time to abstain from something you really need to get rid of in your life. Well I always needed to lose weight ,so it was usually food related for me. Always, multitasking.
In the early phase of my Lutheran life when I worked at an office and was addicted to Dunkin Donuts, I would bravely say that I was giving up my weekly Dunkin Donuts coffee and 5000 calorie muffin. But the thing is , I am not perfect and that was painful. Plus, I kind of think if you are whining about missing the thing you are giving up then that completely negates the intent for giving it up. That's just my opinion. I don't pick any kind of food usually.
At our church our minister who is kind of a geeky but lovable nerd-type always reminds us that during this time you don't HAVE to give something up. Lent is a 40 day period when you can add something to your life or to your daily spiritual practice or to being involved in community or giving to the needy. For those of us introverted types, being involved in community is tough enough sometimes.
I haven't pin-pointed what I'm doing for this Lenten period. Maybe 40 different things. Tonight I will go to church and have ashes placed on my forehead and be told :" Remember that you are from dust and to dust you will return". I am sort of still formulating my idea for Lent. Thanks to Roxie at Gravel and Rust , I found this site and it's Lenten sort of Advent calendar -Fast Pray Give- A calendar with my favorite nerd from Big Bang theory ,Yoda, Meryl Streep, Lady GAGA, Homer Simpson, and Jesus. It's a thing to wonder about.
Sorry my linkey thing doesn't link right: I really like this short little video that explains Lent and Ash Wednesday . http://bustedhalo.com/video/ash-wednesday-in-two-minutes
The calendar http://bustedhalo.com/features/fast-pray-give
I'm a Geek for many things: Food, Pajamas, Coffee, Chocolate, Movies, Books, getting and being fit and healthy, 80's music, and the list goes on and on .....A nurse, a diabetic, I've lost over 130 lbs and have more to go . And I actually enjoy working out.
I chose the names of Ms. PJ Geek and PJ and Pounds because I have happy memories of childhood, coming in dirty and sweaty from playing in the yard. Then taking a bath, putting on a fresh nightgown and feeling all new again . I felt like a princess. Fresh renewal. .........
All names and situations will be changed to protect the innocent and the guilty, and so I can keep my job. While I am a nurse, I do not intend this to be a blog with specific directions or guidelines for healthcare. And.....though I have a college degree, that was a long time ago ya'll, and I don't remember proper punctuation or grammar.