I've always used this blog as a little peek inside my spiritual journey. I've fallen out of the habit of blogging over the years partially because my spiritual life was crap but also, because of my career, I am hindered by what I can say on a forum such as this. There are people who would take something I believe or an opinion I have and twist and turn it and potentially use it against me. It's also difficult to come up with different topics about what's going on in my spiritual life without sounding like a broken record. I still leap the same hurdles, have the same vices and sins that I've always faced.
Therefore, I'm going to expand on the blog and talk about my journey as a whole--not just spiritual, but my journey to improve my health, my physical capabilities, emotionally, mentally, as a father, a husband and as a person. This blog will serve sort of as an open journal into my life that maybe can motivate others as well as myself by the act of journalling.
I think I am at good place right now. I have goals set that I am slowing making but with a long long road ahead of me. Ironically, this all was set in motion by being in poor physical health and it was that poor physical health that helped me raise a sinking ship on the mental and spiritual health I was facing.
In July of 2015, I went to my doctor for a routine physical and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I faced that by continuing my diet of fast food and not working out. It really came as no surprise when, in August, 2017, a follow up physical showed I had full blown diabetes. The good news was, I didn't need medication but I could deal with it with diet and nutrition. I started doing better. I cleaned up my nutrition. I actually made it to the gym. I did well enough that three months later the doctor said he would not have to see me again for six months.
In those six months, I fell back off the boat and stopped going to the gym and ate fast food as much as I did in the past. As a result, my health markers also crashed. My A1C, which measures your blood sugar over time, rose from 6.7 (which is considered controlled) to 8.3 (which is not controlled.) As a result, I got put on 2000 mg of metformin daily.
The side effects of the medications as well as other effects of the diabetes, that were already occurring to me such as skin conditions and signs of kidney disease have encouraged me to get my act in gear. I've made to the gym more times in the last six months than I have the last 2-3 years. In the last three months, I've eaten clean about 85% of the time and lost about 20 lbs.
So, this is my journey--one that I'm dedicated to and become pretty opinionated about. And this is my invitation to you to peek in and see what's going on and hopefully become encouraged to make changes in your life.
Zōjō-ji [temple] in Shiba
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