Part 4: Food, Faith, and Fasting

Reading chapter two of Rita Madden’s book didn’t come as seamless as chapter one for me and that could be for a multitude of reasons.

  1. I am still eating dinner in front of the TV. What can I say? Sometimes the Honey Badger is going to bed later and TBF still isn’t home. It is a lonely idea eating at the table by myself. Plus, I am usually just eating some leftover item. So there may not really even be “dinner” that is prepared as most people think about it. However, this really isn’t a good excuse and I need to try again this week.
  2. I am reading the meal prayers off of my phone app called Daily Readings. But I always forget to do the after meal prayer. And lets face it…when TBF isn’t home, I usually always forget. I need to try a little harder here.
  3. I was hoping that the group was going to be more excited to do something together, such as swap recipes, or do something that would help the greater good, like decluttering and donating somewhere. But when the leader at the first meeting read through the leader notes and posed this as an idea, the group didn’t really say anything and no one seemed excited. So I didn’t put myself out there. After managing a group of people in the past at my job, I don’t want to take that on again, especially if people aren’t excited about the endeavor. I will just declutter as I go, which is pretty much how I live my life (although I could always do a better job).
  4. Otherwise, this isn’t about weight loss but I have lost about 10 pounds from when the Triodian period had started, so my measurements are moving in the right direction. I just need to start incorporating more exercise into my day–Jillian Michaels level 1 isn’t easy for me (Mrs. Out-of-shape) but I know that if I stay at it, I will feel better and see some results.
  5. I have had about a half dozen cups of coffee throughout the fast. Coffee itself is not actually part of the Lenten Fast, but I put sugar/cream in my coffee so I have been trying to stay away from it, but I will be honest, this has been one area that I keep giving in.
  6. I have been good about excluding the dairy, eggs, meat products, and mostly sugar from my diet. Someone had given me some sweets the other day and in lieu of hurting their feelings when they came over, I just threw them away after they left. I don’t know if they got the memo that I am overweight, but I don’t need that stuff to begin with. Secondly, no one else does either. But the down and dirty during Lent is that those things were made with eggs, sugar, and milk…so I am pretty sure that has no place in our home right now…too tempting.
  7. Lastly, we need some more icons. We have some up in the bedrooms, but I would like to put a couple up downstairs.

So I hosted the second part of this book series at my home this past week. There were eight of us total (and two little Honey Badgers). It was beautiful. The conversations didn’t seem like we discussed everything in the chapter, but hey, the conversation went the way it went. So I am thankful to be doing this walk with so many lovely ladies. It is truly a blessing to be part of this church community that wants to help one another out and seek God together as we approach Pascha!

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