Hello, Friends!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world. My typing is a little off after jamming my index finger into a carton of milk Thursday morning. I have only myself to blame. I was rushing to get things done and didn't pay attention to what I was doing. As I lifted the bag containing the milk, I did so in such a way that one of the cartons began to fall from the bag. As I reached up to prevent the carton from falling onto the floor of the trunk, I jammed my finger into it. 'Ouch!' The takeaway: pay attention to what you are doing and do not be in a rush to get it done. Jammed finger aside, I had a very productive Thursday. 

This week was my first week at making a conscientious effort of tracking how much I eat and the number of steps I walk per day. To reach my target goal of losing 5 pounds by August 14th, I need to walk an average of 10,000 steps per day and not consume more than 2,410 calories per day.

This is by no means easy to do. Then again, anything worth having should never come easy. It requires determination, discipline, commitment, and the courage to say, "I can do this!" My goal is to get down to 200 pounds. But more importantly, my desire is to remain healthy so I may continue to do the Lord's work. I would also like to get off my blood pressure medication. Please contine to pray for my efforts. 
After watching Chris Stefanik's, founder of Real Life Catholic, keynote speech which he gave at a parish conference in Anaheim, California in 2019, I feel greatly empowered. The topic of his keynote talk was having more joy in Christ. The message isn't new, but the way it is presented is unique to Chris. Below is what he wrote in his email:
Joy isn’t what we get when the battle is won. It’s the strength we need to enter the battle. Joy IS strength. The devil also knows this, which is why he’s so often trying to attack your joy. 
Just as I was empowered to finally do something about my weight problem, I felt empowered by Chris' message to begin the task of retraining my mind so that what I am believing is reflected in my actions. If I keep telling myself that I am a loser, I will be a loser. If I keep telling myself that I am not good looking, atheletic, or successful like Joe Blow across the street, then I will not see what is good looking, athletic, or successful within me and not as Joe Blow across the street. Click here to listen to Chris' keynote speech and perhaps you will feel empowered as well.

If you are a fan of Supernatural, you might enjoy watching GRIMM (2011-2017). You can purchase the entire six seasons on Amazon for just under $40. According to Wikipedia 2021, The series' narriative follows Portland homicide detective Nicholas Burkhard (played by David Giuntoli), who discovers he is a Grimm, the latest in a line of guardians who is sworn to keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures, known as Wesen. The series features a supporting cast consisting of Russel Hornsby (Hank), Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette/Eve), Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe), Sasha Roiz (Capt. Sean Renard), Reggie Lee (Sargeant Wu), Bree Turner (Rosalee), and Claire Coffee (Adalin). I have enjoyed this made-for-television series from beginning to end and am certain you will to.

That's it for now. God Bless.


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