Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Heroes... Thomas Hayward

Mr. Hayward was the son of an extremely wealthy planter in the South Carolina Province. His father arranged for him to be well educated, including shipping him to England to study law at one of the Inns  of court at the Temple. There he discovered how inferior the colonists were considered in the eyes of the British. Simply because Americans, English citizens, were born on another continent, they were considered of lesser value than those born in England.

He toured the Continent and was not impressed by the pomp of royalty and its minions, returning home determined to free his beloved homeland. He stood with Lee and Rutledge.

His brief biography told of how he mastered Latin and read the Roman historians and poets, fluently in Latin. My first thought was, "He was a Geek!" Then I read how he served in the military beside Rutledge and as a Judge and was captured and held captive. He lived in an age when men were Geeks and Soldiers and Leaders because there was no one to tell them it wasn't done. The need was there, and they stepped in to serve.

He died at 63.

How often do I allow convention to dictate what I do?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Brain dump...

"If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values, because you don't." - Jimmy Carter

Mr. Carter, you are misguided.

Christian values encourage hard work, helping others of our own accord, accepting personal responsibility and accountability. Christian values follow the Ten Commandments.

The government does not follow any of the Commandments. The values on which this nation was established were based on Bible verses, the same Bible being removed as quickly as the government can arrange it.

If my tax dollars went to help the poor, I wouldn't mind. However, my tax dollars pay Congress ridiculously high salaries. My tax dollars pay for people who don't want to work. My tax dollars go to incredibly stupid studies. My tax dollars are mismanaged, lost, and embezzled.

Jesus wanted us to invest ourselves in helping the poor, not expect the government to do it for us.

Mr. Carter, your way is lazy and irresponsible, corrupt and selfish, and nothing to do with Christian values. Pretending tax dollars help the poor in a Christian way is delusional.

Rule #1: Stop lying, especially to yourself.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Week 188 of REAL...

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
RIght up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. So my SEAL puppy reps (SEALp) consist of girls' pushups, crunches, and flutter kicks, a SEAL training basic. I started with doing one of each. 

PT ~ Physical therapy using 2-lb and 1-lb weights, alternating days.
UB ~ Upper body exercises
I'm starting low, at 10, to restart my workouts, with no weights yet.

23: 1-3/4+ mile walk. PT.

24: 2-mile walk. PT.

25: Rest.

26: 2-mile walk. PT.

27: Overslept. PT. A couple of hours on my feet, working in the kitchen. I'm more worn out by that than I am by my walks.

28: 2-mile walk. PT.

29: Overslept, again. PT. This is the pattern I used to have: Walk 2 miles 4 days a week and PT 6 days a week. Then again, I had nightmares last night. It's been a while.

The first picture was taken in February 2012. The second picture was taken in June 2012. Inspiration, at least to me: