Monday, February 11, 2019

RRK Weight Loss Program with Thanks to Mark Roden

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)


    My famous friend Tony that I used to hang with when I was an important pastor/presbyter often chastened clergy that lived lavish lifestyles while he wore a plastic watch that he got in a Happy Meal from McDs.

    Then there was Dr. Woflgang Lowe who was one of my professors in Germany.

    While I'm not one of those fundy morons in churches that think Jesus used Welch's at Cana, I'd rather have my wife's iced tea than beer though Dr. Lowe and I shared a few unfiltered and full-bodied mugs of it on Heidelberg's Hauptstasse that's made me immune to American colored water versions ever since; pero if you can get me a shot of B&B, Sambuca, or Pisa while savoring a fuma...

    Anyway, he once criticized American clergy because, in his words, "You drive caddyyacks and pretend to believe what you don't really believe anymore."

    I got mad at him because I hadn't been around clergy enough back then to know it's true; so I blurted, "Yeah, well, if you Germans are so great, how come you start world wars that you never win?"

    I still got an A.

    Professors didn't grade by ideology in Germany back then.

    Then there's Paul Roberts.

    He is the proverbial father of the Confessing Church Movement that tried unsuccessfully to save the PCUSA by calling it back to Jesus by the book a few decades ago.

    There have been similar failed movements among Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, UCCers, and...

    Getting back to Paul, he is one of the most confident, courageous, redemptive, assertive to sometimes aggressive while remaining humble in a 1 John 1 kinda way pastors that I've ever met; so I was surpirsed when he seemed so depressed during a lunch in Pittsburgh so long ago.

    He said, "I'm becoming a fat pastor and it's a bad witness."

    Being fat myself at the time in a continuing struggle that started not long after my first church potluck in 1971, you will be surprised to hear I kept my mouth shut.

    I have never forgotten any of those three preceding conversations.

    God always brings them to mind when I need confessional, conduct, or countenance chastening.

    Recently, after a bad doctor's appointment, I realized I was gaining too much weight again and...

    Fortunately, God's providence intervened again and...

While I'm not an expert, people have been asking about my recent weight loss and increased energy.

It's true.

Though those who would like to see me dead because I am unrelenting when it comes to Jesus by the book as the only answer to what's plaguing the planet and especially America in these last days may have been cursing me with a terminal illness - and remember they come in sheep's clothing - my increasingly physical fitness is approaching my emotional, intellectual, and spiritual passion for loving the hell out of people.

Get it?

Anyway, I flunked an iron test to give blood before Thanksgiving 2018 and was taking too many naps.

God's providence took over.

I met Mark Roden.

He is the main man of M&R Custom Millwork - Google it/him - and has become a close friend and we met because Leslie is finally getting a kitchen that she has deserved for too long.

Yeah, you can go on the cheap and get crappy work in such areas pero Mark and his crew are the best quality with enduring excellence of anyone in the area at any cost.

O.K., back to the weight loss program.

Mark told me about his plan for managing diet, weight, and vigor.

Basically, it's a smoothie that includes more vegetables and other stuff than we'd ever eat in a day at the start of the day; and since I've started it, I don't graze as much as I used to and I'm losing weight faster and more permanently than ever before.

Here's my variation of what Mark has taught me.

I blend most of these things into every smoothie every day for breakfast and even love the taste.

It may sound gross to you; but if you haven't tried it and you're still going to Kohl's for expanded waistlines more often than not...

Or as I say to mainline denominational pastors and pewsitters who don't like our passion for Jesus on the corner of Lincoln and Main in the words of Moody, "I prefer how I do it to how you don't do it."

Contents (preferred fresh pero frozen if necessary):

Beets (Power Beets if no fresh ones available but always beets)
Blueberries, blackberries, or any dark fruit
Whey Protein
Green Superfood
Apple Cider Vinegar (not much)
Any kinda juice or tea, especially green, or even water

More than less, that's it.

I never add ice cream or peanut butter (though I may eat that during the day) or chocolate (though a little dark chocolate is good for blood pressure; especially apres a fuma).

Nothing against milk but...

My serving size is a large cup from McDs or Starbucks.

One a day at dawn.

I also walk two miles in the morning - around 3:45 - 4:00 a.m.  If you wait until after work, yeah, right! That'll work!  Not! - and more when away when not pressed by high maintenance ministry or a pick up after 11:30 p.m.

Blessings and Love!


Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!

Shatter the sound of silence!

Salt! Shine! Leavenate!





1 comment:

James said...

There's a little PCUSA left in me: I accept you as you are and don't expect you to change, even if it's for your own good.