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For a number of years, I’ve suffered from hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Because of this, I’m forced to supplement my underperforming gland with synthetic hormone.

I guess it’s helped. After losing about forty pounds a few years ago doing low carb, my body seems to have settled in the 210s. Even with supplemental thyroid, I don’t lose–or gain.

I decided to do something about that. Beginning about five weeks ago, I hit the gym. I’ve been going six days  a week, alternating cardio, and weightlifting, days. This had worked out for the most part.

I say “for the most part” because I’ve hit some speedbumps on the road to wellness:

I strained my low back doing squats (my fault–I wasn’t wearing a belt).

I’ve begun experiencing what are termed “exertional headaches.” For a phenomenon this common (all over the Internet), I’d never heard of them. Guess I’m in the lucky ten percent of the populace that gets to experience:

                            

I know that’s gross–but it’s exactly like what an exertional headache feels like. In my case, it presented as an intense bilateral pain in the base of my skull. Having never had a headache like this before in forty-five years of life, I thought I was going to stroke out. Yes. It. Was. That. Bad…

Having since read up on the phenomenon, I’m not as concerned. However, I’m bummed. Because the only cure seems to be time. Time to heal whatever damage I caused via poor form, straining, performing the Valsalva Maneuver (holding one’s breath to stabilize the thoracic cavity).

It’s a bummer because I was making progress, getting stronger. But it is what it is. Pain is warning which tells us that something is awry. My body didn’t like something, and I’ve got to slow down. It’s not as young as it used to be, and I’ve been (he who knew very little exercise) pushing it pretty hard.

Now it has pushed back.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s the lesson of the Tortoise and the Hare; namely, that slow and steady wins the race.

These speedbumps will be overcome. And I will be the best me I can be.

For Jesus.

For my family.

For my friends.

And coworkers.

You see, I used to view the gym as a temple to the self, as a form of self-worship. I don’t see it that way anymore. I see it as taking care of the one and only temple God has given me: my body (the temple of the Holy Spirit). At the same time, that while “physical exercise profits little,” and that “godliness profits in all,” there’s still value in exercise.

It’s a way for me to buffet (not buh-fay) my body. I’ve spent a lifetime buffeting, eating what I wanted. Now, I’m eating, and exercising, for a purpose. And that purpose is many-fold; chief among them is to be used of God for as long as He wills.

At the same time I’ve been pursuing physical fitness, I’ve also been pursuing spiritual, mental, and emotional fitness via: Bible reading, prayer, a faith community, and counseling.

If this is what a midlife crisis is, it’s not that bad. 😉

In closing, I’d like to say this:

All praise and glory to God, for in Him I (we) live and move and have our being.

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Hi! I know you came here for humorous send-up in tribute to a fellow blogger. Believe me: there are plenty of folks out there to “hate.” (And their time is indeed coming).

That said, today I’d like to get some things off my chest. What I mean is: today I’ll be sharing some things I really hate. For reals–no joke. These are things that piss me off.

(Forgive me if I sound curmudgeonly, but I’m entitled; I’m 42). 😉

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Creative Setbacks

randomlychad  —  May 13, 2011 — 1 Comment

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As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, this week I received a rejection letter of sorts from one of my blogging heroes, Jon Acuff.

I wanted to be sad about it, but found that urge to write my next post was greater than the desire to wallow. It’s not that it wasn’t a good piece–it was–but more that it wasn’t a satirical piece. Stuff Christians Like is a blog that takes a satirical look at modern Christian culture. My mistake was writing a serious piece about the impact Jon’s new book, Quitter, was having on me, and submitting it for use on a satirical blog. Jon was right in turning my piece down: it didn’t fit his stated mission.

Time was, I would have taken this personally–as a rejection of me–instead of a rejection of the work.

And that’s the crux of it: the work. I love it. I love sitting down, sometimes not even knowing what I’m going to say, and yet still having something pour forth on the page. It never ceases to amaze me!

I’m never going to be everyone’s cup of tea–and I’m OK with that now. The work is the only validation that I need–it’s what drives me, makes me continue even when I don’t feel like it. Because making something from what was mere gossamer thought is a total rush!

So, writers, artists, creatives, there will be setbacks, but they are not obstacles, just stepping stones, teaching tools sent to guide us to greater heights.

My question to you is: what do you do when “the resistance” wants to mop the floor with you? What drives you?

Creative Setbacks

randomlychad  —  May 11, 2011 — 6 Comments

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As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, this week I received a rejection letter of sorts from one of my blogging heroes, Jon Acuff.

I wanted to be sad about it, but found that urge to write my next post was greater than the desire to wallow. It’s not that it wasn’t a good piece–it was–but more that it wasn’t a satirical piece. Stuff Christians Like is a blog that takes a satirical look at modern Christian culture. My mistake was writing a serious piece about the impact Jon’s new book, Quitter, was having on me, and submitting it for use on a satirical blog. Jon was right in turning my piece down: it didn’t fit his stated mission.

Time was, I would have taken this personally–as a rejection of me–instead of a rejection of the work.

And that’s the crux of it: the work. I love it. I love sitting down, sometimes not even knowing what I’m going to say, and yet still having something pour forth on the page. It never ceases to amaze me!

I’m never going to be everyone’s cup of tea–and I’m OK with that now. The work is the only validation that I need–it’s what drives me, makes me continue even when I don’t feel like it. Because making something from what was mere gossamer thought is a total rush!

So, writers, artists, creatives, there will be setbacks, but they are not obstacles, just stepping stones, teaching tools sent to guide us to greater heights.

My question to you is: what do you do when “the resistance” wants to mop the floor with you? What drives you?