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Once More for the Win

Peach says: I follow some awesome diabetic people on IG, to learn, to expand my mind and keep mindful that there are SO many smart, focused, disciplined people, who have gone before me and are positively #SLAYING this beast. I was diagnosed 15 April 2016. I. Have. NOT. Slayed.

YET. I do believe, however, it’s in the works. As a person who doesn’t do ANYTHING without considering things from a faith viewpoint, I have never doubted His Grace is sufficient for me. He has impressed me with this verse from the beginning, over and over, oh, so faithfully. What I doubt, for good reason is ME. I know in theory when I am weak, He is strong. But, in practice, I am not only weak, but hardheaded, willful, and can I say, I really, really LIKE my sweets? 😟 I also like my fancy coffee. My occasional Mountain Dew. (It’s been a long, long time😭😭!). I also have a serious problem with self sabotage. For real! I have a tendency to take things right up to the Verrrrryyyy edge, just so I can come back from it. It’s awful. Like, I figured out how to navigate my calories and insulin and carbs and protein to be able to have my fancy coffee (NOT from Starbucks!) on my way to work, because, hey, I’m going to work, I β€˜deserve’ it! Except, I really don’t buy into that. Life isn’t about what we deserve. It’s about grace, it’s also about hard work and good results, it’s a complicated, and yet simple combination that varies at times. I feel like it’s the dance of life. I GET to make wise and healthy choices, through His Grace at work in me, THEN I will see better results!

Lately, His new verse to me, to help me and Batman, together, get to a new place in this, is Philippians 4:13. I know, it’s everywhere in social media, so it can be annoying. But, when HE, Whose Word it is, takes the time from sustaining the Universe, to impress this verse on your heart and mind, OVER, and OVER, it takes on brand new and shiny significance. I will #listen when He speaks, when He cares enough to πŸ‘‰πŸ»πŸ‘‰πŸ» point the way #forward and πŸ‘†πŸ»πŸ‘†πŸ» #up the πŸ”. So, Sunday night we threw out any carbs leftover from a family 4th of July get together. And just flipped the switch cold turkey. About 2-3 weeks ago the Lord had put it on my heart, to let up, walk away from the fancy coffees, do myself a favor and quit being foolishly ‘edgy’, just because I can. Why not see how much better results I can get without that totally unnecessary thing.

Yesterday was one of my very best eating days ever, as a person fighting the sugar/insulin battle. Today is day 3 of yet another turn around the mulberry bush, to try to find Batman’s and my healthy place in eating. Today I did hit a low, but I brought it back WITH proteins and fats! NO carbs! That’s a great success! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I don’t usually talk about this part of my life, because I’m a novice, and haven’t found my stride just yet, and I realllllly do not enjoy simple platitudes, judgy and condescending people, and people who are, (I’m sorry) talking out of their behinds! 🀣🀚🏻🀚🏻🀐 🚫 Lol! I might not have dealt with this long, but, I have had all sorts entertaining and annoying advice given me! Can’t take it personal. It’s just people being people, bless their hearts!

I’m deciding to talk about it now, because maybe my awfulness at this, followed by His redemptive work in me through this, will help somebody. And that is worth it all!

I CAN do ALL things, THROUGH Christ who STRENGTHENS me!!

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Naps

Batman says:

Naps? Why post about naps?

Because naps are awesome, who doesn’t remember sitting and staring at the television with its mundane, and either graphically violent or oversexed shows and nodding off, waking up at the end, missing all the violence and sex, but a bit more refreshed? I sure do, I nap all the time πŸ‘πŸΌ. I strategically space my naps around times of hectic goings on so as not to be interrupted. Parties and such are not good napping times, too much noise and too many people. I like the in between times, right after you have done everything needed, but before the noise starts, or after, and before the clean up begins.

I’m just kidding (mostly). Sure I take a nap now and then, while in my recliner that Peach got me (thanks πŸ‘), but it’s not an everyday thing or every weekend even, just once in a blue moon, but whenever I do I always wake up refreshed. I can see why kids nap, and why we used to in school, it lets the body rest even for a short while, so we can go back at the daily work, play, whatever, with more energy and focus.

Here’s hoping you get to nap sometime soon, really should try it, makes the whole day better.

Anyways, try and keep it down, please with all the responses and likes (haha), I’m due my nap soon….

Stop cleaning house πŸ‘ your making quite the racket..

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Bacon

Batman says:

Bacon πŸ‘πŸΌ

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Wine with Peach

Batman says:

Peach and I have discovered wine, now before you get all crazy let me explain. We have never been, nor will we ever be, big drinkers of anything but iced tea or water, but, we recently tried wine and discovered we still didn’t really like it. Was really sour and left an aftertaste. Tried several types too, still the same result, yuck! Read about them; white, red, pink, blah blah, read how they were best served blah blah. Somehow or another, probably due to the kangaroo on the bottle, we got some Yellow Tail “Big Bold Red” and stuffed it in the refrigerator, don’t ask why just did. Couple days later decided to try again and after searching around looking for it, found it in said refrigerator, poured a couple small glasses and drank them together, Peach and I, and actually liked it. Had a few more glasses with the same result. Under the guise of red wine is good for the heart, we have a glass now and then. Not every day, not large quantities, not to excess, but a glass, chilled and in a chilled glass.

Now you wine snobs out there just hold your tongue, I think the point the wine producers have is to sell wine for people to drink and enjoy however they like it. If this is the case, what’s wrong with having wine cold? If we like it cold? Anyways, Peach and I have discovered we like our one glass of wine, red, white, whatever, iced cold in a cold glass. If that’s not proper wine etiquette, oh well, I think we will survive just fine…

Hey, Peach, here’s your heart healthy Big Bold Red…love ya

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family life styles

End of People Connecting

Batman says:

Struck me today, we have reached a point in history where we no longer talk “to” a person we talk “at” a person. Texting, blogging, news etc, all talk at people. There is no human interaction, no tremble in the voice when upset, no visible smile when happy. There are just typed words or talking heads on a television screen (substitute with phone screen or computer monitor).

As I get older I tend to look back a bit at how things were (just like everyone does eventually) when people actually talked to each other, either face to face or on the phone, even on Ham radio. I believe we have traveled half way down a road that eventually leads to us just not ever having to speak to a human being in person. Just take a look around you pretty much anywhere you are at the moment (yes even in cars, which is stupid and will get you or someone hurt or killed if your driving) and I would be willing to bet there is someone with their face glued to a phone screen or computer monitor (don’t fib, you know there is someone).

The art of communication is one we should try and keep, it helps make meaningful contact, establishes life long friendships, works out issues and it’s just plain better than any form of communication.

Read an article someplace recently that said Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban don’t text, they actually call so they can speak to each other, remember the concept of that? Have when gotten so far down the path that we can’t go back? I for one hope not and will make a conscious effort to actually talk face to face with whoever I need to communicate with from now on, I may be old fashioned but I’ve never really liked even phones, I prefer face to face, it’s more “human” and leaves a better impression I think.

Anyways that’s my two cents, don’t text me I won’t get it anyways, and take the time today to find a person and just say hello, bet your surprised at the result.

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Lawn Mower Exercise

Batman says:

At the end of last mowing season (actually 2/3rds through) our riding mower had a malfunction. That’s putting it mildly, the mower deck basically fell apart. Now this is the second riding mower that this has happened to, the first being a used mower my brother gave me when he bought one of this new fangled ‘zero-turn’ mowers. So, here I was towards the end of the mowing season and no lawn mower, no problem says I, we will just buy a new mower deck and all will be well. I did some quick checking and found that a new deck was close to $700, welp, that’s a show stopper, I have to many things planned this year to spend that kind of money on something I am only probably use one more time this year….

Fast forward, it’s June 2018 and I still haven’t cut my grass! Started worrying I was going to lose my truck in the jungle out there and every time I let the dogs out it was like hide and seek. I started to wonder what else was lurking out there (don’t tell Peach that I had seen two snakes in the past month, she dislikes them and I’m sure somehow it would be my fault), so I decided I was going to do something about the grass.

Oh! That’s right, no mower deck, remember? “We will get it over the winter, no worries” were the words I distinctly remember myself saying. Crud! Hmmm now what? Then I start remembering when I was a tad (means same as a bit) younger, the only lawn mower was a walk behind push mower (sometimes self propelled). As I started remembering cutting grass with one of these I also had memories of how much better shape I was in. But then the lazy kicks back in and I tell Peach that we are just gonna have to break down and buy the deck so we can cut grass. As we are having this discussion I am in my recliner looking at self propelled mowers half heartedly and mentioning them to Peach and relaying the story of when I was younger and better shape blah blah..to my astonishment Peach says ‘I’ve been thinking about one of those at least until we can get the other fixed’. Well then that’s a fine kettle of fish I’ve flopped into now, so I start looking at prices hoping that it wouldn’t be worth it, it was, new deck almost $700, walk behind, less than $300, and with the walk behind there are so many health benefits, 1 your walking, 2 your using arms to steer and steady, 3 stopping and moving things requires bending and lifting…. (one other benefit will be mentioned later) I think you can see where I’m going by now.

Off to Lowe’s we go (10% discount for veterans) get the new mower, and back home in less than an hour. Assemble the mower (unfold handle and put two screws in it to hold it) put the supplied oil in it, gas’er up and 5 pulls later (would have been one if I had read the directions completely and known to hold the handle down) she’s a running and ready to cut grass. Give it a few test laps and such and in about an hour the worst part was cut, and Peach wanted a turn. So show her the basics and she cranks it up and off she goes cutting the bigger but more open front yard. Hour later she’s done, yards done.

We got the yard mowed mostly, we were more active for those two hours than we would normally, walking, twisting, bending,pushing and pulling. All the exercises we try to do in our routines plus more cardio. The mower was less than half what we would have spent to fix the other and provided so many more benefits.

Oh yeah, the other benefit? Getting to watch my Pretty Girl Peach cut grass in shorts πŸ™‚

Anyone wanna buy a riding mower…needs a lil work

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Exercise

Batman says:

Peach and I have always been in reasonably decent shape, but we decided to exercise a little.

We have the routine we try (notice the try) to do 3 times a week. Nothing crazy and no gyms, just little things we can do around the house. It’s always a chore to get started, even more of a chore to keep going and not stop in the middle. Sometimes we fail and do stop, but we do finish more than we don’t. Our routine would be laughed at as a joke by fitness over achievers, but it works for us. We also bike ride when we can and are pretty active around the house.

The reason for the post is, if you want to be around a long time to annoy Peach, and if you want to be around to annoy your best friend in life, ya mite wanna make exercise, no matter how ridiculous the routine you come up with is, a part of your week. Exercise is important, you don’t have to go overboard, just move around.

In the long run you will be surprised at the way you feel and heck you might even like it and exercise more…if you annoy your best friend to much, don’t blame me…exercise can help u outrun them to…just sayin..