Lent

Feb. 17th, 2010 09:12 am
jayfurr: (Baptism)
I've made up my mind -- not that anyone was waiting for the news.

I'm giving up cheese and nuts for Lent. I can eat virtually unlimited amounts of both, if they're placed in front of me. Past experience shows that I have virtually no self control if you put a bag of cashews and almonds within my reach. Even if I'm on a diet. At times, I can be the same way where cheese is concerned. What's one more slice?

Well, time to learn some self control. No cheese and no nuts for me throughout Lent. Yes, I know nuts theoretically have "healthy fat" -- my Livestrong.com newsletter yesterday led off with an article about that very point. But "healthy fat" from nuts isn't much consolation when you wake up in the morning and soberly realize that you just ate 3500 calories' worth of nuts in a nocturnal binge.

Peace, y'all.


Lent

Feb. 17th, 2010 09:12 am
jayfurr: (Baptism)
I've made up my mind -- not that anyone was waiting for the news.

I'm giving up cheese and nuts for Lent. I can eat virtually unlimited amounts of both, if they're placed in front of me. Past experience shows that I have virtually no self control if you put a bag of cashews and almonds within my reach. Even if I'm on a diet. At times, I can be the same way where cheese is concerned. What's one more slice?

Well, time to learn some self control. No cheese and no nuts for me throughout Lent. Yes, I know nuts theoretically have "healthy fat" -- my Livestrong.com newsletter yesterday led off with an article about that very point. But "healthy fat" from nuts isn't much consolation when you wake up in the morning and soberly realize that you just ate 3500 calories' worth of nuts in a nocturnal binge.

Peace, y'all.


jayfurr: (Default)
Ash Wednesday starts teh season of Lent.

Tell you what: it's considered acceptable these days (instead of sacrificing something or giving something up) to make a volunteer commitment or help out with a cause.

Want to sign up to help crew the Breast Cancer 3-Day in your area? There's no fund-raising requirement -- just have to give up a long weekend to help support the walkers. You can sign up here: http://www.the3day.org/site/PageServer?pagename=crew_landing_2010 -- there IS a registration fee to cover your meals and crew t-shirts, but the LOVE and GOOD FEELINGS you get are FREE OF CHARGE!

Alternately, if you don't want to work as crew, my wife and I would LOVE to have your financial support toward the cause of curing breast cancer. That'd be a heck of a Lenten commitment, right?

Lent is traditionally forty days in length, not counting the Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. How about a dollar per day -- then you don't have to give up coffee, drankin', donuts, chocolate, American Idol, or any of them other sinful vices that are so hard to tear yerself away from.

$40 donation, and yer off the hook. It's THAT SIMPLE!

Woot!

You can donate toward my fundraising total here: http://www.the3day.org/goto/jayfurr

Thank you, brothers and sisters!

jayfurr: (Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! Redux)
So there I was, slouched in a heap in an examining room at my doctor's office, waiting for a fasting cholesterol check. I'd had nothing to eat or drink except for water since dinner the night before and here it was, just past 11 in the morning. My thoughts wandered. I found myself pondering, "What would be the hardest possible Lenten vow I could realistically make?"

Since "death warmed over" just about summed up how I felt at that exact moment, the answer came pretty quickly: "NO COFFEE".

I'm not a guy who's got a coffee monkey on his back in the traditional sense. I can have a single cup on a Saturday or Sunday morning and last the rest of the day without any difficulties.

Really.

Okay, I DO sip cold black coffee all day from a 1-quart Nalgene bottle when I'm training, but appalling as that sounds, some days I don't even make it to the bottom of the bottle. I bring it with me to work just in case it turns into one of those days, but most days it doesn't.

What I'm trying to say is that I do drink coffee but I don't need six pots a day to just make it to the barely-human level.

But I DO need that first cup of the day. It's so essential to my metabolic processes that when I'm on the road, staying in hotels, I usually use my in-room coffee maker before going to bed each evening to make a mini-pot's worth of coffee to swill down the next morning. The mini-pot sits there all night cooling and by dawn has reached that perfect level of semi-evaporated room-temperature brackishness which does to my groggy brain approximately the same thing that a can of spinach does for Popeye's muscles. (Insert "KA-WHOOMBA" and onomatopoeic words to that effect.)

This morning I felt like a piece of warmed-over lunchmeat, hanging out on a clothesline, twisting slowly in a hazy cloud of ... I dunno, stupor.

I honestly can't imagine what it would be like if I got all bold and mighty and said "I WILL DRINK NO COFFEE THROUGHOUT LENT". Or even worse, if I said I wouldn't drink any caffeinated soda or anything else with the magic dust in it. If I basically went all Mormon and stuff vis-a-vis caffeine.

Walking sixty miles for the 3-Day would be NOTHIN' compared to that. I honestly wonder if I'd be able to do it.

So unless someone out there is reading this and thinking "heh heh heh, I'll make him a deal, I'll donate $100 to his 3-Day total and I'll go get all my friends to donate too, but in return for our $500 he has to abstain from caffeine throughout Lent", I'm going to have to think of some other meaningful Lenten vow.

(But just in case anyone DOES get the urge to make me that bet, I'm all ears. It'll be hell on Earth, but I'll do just about anything to find a cure for breast cancer. My donation URL is http://www.the3day.org/goto/jayfurr and if I get $500 in donations between now and Ash Wednesday service tomorrow night, I'll give it the old college try.)

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