Well, I was happily gratified at Weight Watchers to discover that I’ve now lost 5% of my body weight. I was going to say “body fat,” but I guess not even I am that buoyant!! At any rate, I am a fan of their approach to losing weight. One of their sayings is “Stop dieting and start living.” That is good advice. Basically, it’s all about learning to enjoy eating healthy food. It makes me think of so many areas of life where I have to keep fighting the urge to slip into an unhealthy habit in this or that area. Sometimes it’s due to “the tyranny of the urgent,” (and I have total sympathy for young moms and dads), but for those of us whose kids are pretty much on self-propel and who no longer wake up in the morning with a saber clenched in our fists for chopping a path through the jungle to survive…well, it’s time to get moving in the right direction! Life is a marathon, and we’re in the final stretches. This is no time to be sitting on the sidelines munching chocolate-coated caramel corn!
True, true, true. May I be so motivated in five more weeks. With Valentine’s Day, Alan and my 37th anniversary coming up, and spring break…well, I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to report another 5% loss in five more weeks…maybe in seven or eight. At any rate…I’ll keep plugging away and hope you’re also plugging away at improving in whatever area of life is forefront on your mind.
Alan had his second cataract surgery this morning, and so far, so good! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! We are both delighted. Alan’s had glasses since he was seven and was dramatically near-sided, so he’s been in his glory to be able to see well enough to get around without glasses now! Truly a wonderful thing!
We have watched more than our share of videos lately, however, while he’s been recuperating. Two that I want to really recommend are:
Something the Lord Made: The marvelous story of Dr. Blalock (head of surgery at Johns Hopkins) and his Afro-American assistant, Viviane Thomas, who made history by developing cardiac by-pass surgery during the 1940’s to save “blue babies,” starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def, 2004.
October Sky, Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, Jr., son of a coal miner in West Virginia who worked hard with three of his buddies to build a rocket in hopes of winning a national science contest. Homer went on to become an aerospace engineer and worked at Cape Canaveral. This picture was the winner of Best Family Film, 1999.
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of “Clear Play,” but we got one at our local Christian bookstore. It plays videos and somehow manages to delete extreme violence, profanity, nudity, and coarse language. It works great…so great that I can’t exactly tell you if the above biographies are perfectly family friendly, but I think they are. If not…you can always fast forward. 🙂 By the way, I would love to hear what some of your favorite movies are. We’re always in the market for a good, thought-provoking video for evenings when we’re just too tired to work hard at some more demanding enterprise!