Clean Monday: Last Weigh-In Before Pascha!

Good morning, everyone! A happy and blessed “Clean Monday” to my Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic (aka “Orthodox Lite”) friends out there!

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And rather than repeat myself ad nauseum, I’ll just refer you to LAST year’s Clean Monday blog post and let you go on about your day.

Meanwhile, without further adieux, here’s the weigh-in:

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Aw shucks … back in the ’80s! But hey — Lenten fasting is upon us! So obviously that’s a great opportunity to lose some weight … right?

…this is the fundamental basis of Lenten promises. Whatever we give up, we have to ensure that God is kept at the centre of our resolve, and that the primary purpose is to draw near to Him. I will decrease my indulgences or bad habits so that God can increase in glory. NOT: I will decrease my chocolate intake so that I can increase my confidence on the beach, popularity at school or likeness to the celebs.

Oh, OK — and well said! So on that note, whether your Lent starts today, or Wednesday, hope it’s spiritually profitable for you – and not “just another diet”!

Post-Road Trip, Pre-Lent Weigh-In

Good morning, everyone!

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Yes, that’s right — as I’ve occasionally mentioned in this blog before, I’m an Eastern Catholic (Byzantine, Ruthenian, Greek Catholic, or whatever). We’re simple folk with different ways, but we’re cool.

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Anyway, the main thing to know about us as it relates to this blog is that even though we’re Catholic, we follow the same basic traditions as the Eastern Orthodox. And yesterday was what we call “Meatfare,” or “Farewell, Meat!” (You militant vegans out there should appreciate that since it’s the total, polar opposite of “Meet your Meat.”)

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The idea is that instead of melodramatically going from feast (Mardi Gras) to famine (Ash Wednesday), we kinda slide into the whole fasting thing gently. This week, we give up meat. Next week, after Cheesefare Sunday, we give up … well … everything else, basically!

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That’s right — our Lent officially starts two days BEFORE your Ash Wednesday!

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Anyway, you can read more about the whole Meatfare/Cheesefare Sundays thing here, if you’re so inclined. Meanwhile, I suppose I should get on with the whole weigh-in thing.

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Oh … wait … did I mention I was on a road trip last week? So that might have affected my weight? I mean, I did put the words “Post-Road Trip” in the post title and all, so I probably should at least mention it, right?

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Oh, all right!! Today’s weigh-in is, like people who don’t spout their political opinions to everyone they meet, whether they want to hear them or not (*cough* EVERY DAMN PERSON AT THE OSCARS *cough*), surprisingly neutral!

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That’s right — it’s EXACTLY the same as it was Monday, before I hit the road for beautiful, sunny Phoenix, Arizona!

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And I did indulge in some non-diet-type foods at the hotel’s fabulous Continental Breakfast Bar.

So I’m actually pretty impressed that I managed to keep the numbers from wildly skyrocketing. I did do some walking (in between the torrential storms) so that probably helped.

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Anyway, that’s it! And I’m going out on a limb AND going on record (hmm, can’t seem to find a meme that combines those two images! how bizarre) to renew my pledge, before God and everybody, to start counting my calories again. To be completely honest, I’d slacked off a bit on actually writing everything down, and keeping a running total in my head. Now that may work for you super math geniuses, but y’know, I’m not one of those.

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So it’s back to pen(cil) and paper for me! Let’s see how that works out. Meanwhile, have a GREAT first week of pre-Lent, everyone! See you Friday for a brand-new Five!

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Surprise! Just poppin’ in to say Merry Christmas!

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m on a blogging break and all that.

Still, if former Pres. Obama can pop in to say hi, I guess I can, too!

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I’m enjoying my little break, and hope you’re all keeping snug as the proverbial bugs in your rugs, keeping warm, sipping cocoa and enjoying life.

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Listen — we’ll get back to the diet and exercise struggle soon enough. This is a time to relax and enjoy yourself. Go ahead, have some chocolate. We’ll work it off, together, in January.

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Merry Christmas to all my loyal readers! See you again on Monday, January 7, 2019 (aka Orthodox Christmas, for my non-Western readers)!

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Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: Fare Thee Well, Colonel Sanders!

Good morning, everyone! Well, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’ve slacked off a bit this past week, so I have a bit of a gain this morning. Let’s get this over with, shall we?

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Wow, that’s not so great!
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Oh well, as Homer Simpson once said, “Hope springs internal!” And if you’ll permit me to explain, I do have an explanation, kinda sorta!

Now as I’ve said before, this isn’t a religious blog. However, my lame excuse perfectly reasonable explanation involves religion, so those of you who hate God feel uncomfortable with that should feel perfectly free to go back to bed.

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For the handful who remain, the excuse explanation is that, as I’ve mentioned before, we’re Eastern Catholic, which is similar to Eastern Orthodox. And yesterday was Meatfare Sunday, aka “farewell to meat,” or as I like to call it, “Bye-bye Colonel Sanders!” Sunday. That means it’s the last day we can (well, *should*!) eat meat before Lent starts next week.

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So I allowed myself to overindulge a bit this past week on things like KFC and, er, chicken-fried steak with gravy and scrambled eggs at Corky’s Diner. Because breakfast food, amiright?

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So this week was a bit of a wash. Howsomever (and yes, that’s a real word! I looked it up! so there!), for the next six weeks I’ll be foregoing the hot cooked flesh of helpless animals, so things should even out pretty soon.

Still, NEXT Sunday is Cheesefare, which means I’ve only got a week to indulge in dairy products … milk, butter, cheese … oh no …

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Oh dear! Well, luckily, we have some friends in high places who have some excellent recipes for meatless cheeseless Lenten indulgences, so perhaps I’ll find some delectable substitutes to get me through this.

Seriously, if you’ve never seen Father Moses and Mother Gabriella’s show, “Eastern Hospitality,” it’s a real treat! They make all sorts of excellent stuff (plus I think they’re really cute together!)

Maybe during the next few weeks I’ll actually try one of their recipes, instead of just saying what a nice idea it is and then buying some overpriced fake cheese at the grocery store, like I usually do. If so, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Meanwhile, on to the real cheese!!

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