Exercise and Fitness

Being on sabbatical is in some ways a treat. Reading, writing, reflecting on the Word of the Lord. Fielding phone calls, emails, and texts. Saying Masses for the good hermits in the woods of southern Mississippi. Adoring the Lord, praying the Office, reflecting on the life in the Spirit.

And as inevitably is going to happen in any such time of potentially sedentary activity the subjects of strength and fitness come up. One can’t live out in the woods and not have some level of physical activity that requires an alert body, mind, and spirit. Dodging the spiders and snakes alone means one has to be nimble as a deer. And walking the woods, trails, and roads is always a healthy exercise.

So this caught my eye on the Twitter this morning.


Comments attest that many confirm the shoulder solution, if thats the diagnosis.

How does one grow to such wisdom of years without knowing these simple facts of exercise and fitness? When you’re 6’6″ and looking down at a shorter world constantly, sometimes it’s all about the shoulders. And the neck, the back, and the core.

Here’s to staying well, being healthy, and holy. Will be working on some essays, reworking Social Media presence, considering this website, and other intriguing tasks of the day. ‘Til next time.


The Fitbit Flex – or How I came to Realize I was Fat

the fitbit flex

Awhile ago I bought a Fitbit Flex, began using it religiously, and put it down when the band broke.  Which is my big criticism, as the band is kind of cheap, and prone to breaking.

The good news is that the bands are inexpensive and easily replaced.  I highly suspected as much, and the other day came across an all in one package in the WalMart, which included a new band and and new USB charger.  About which I was very happy, as I could not find my USB charger anywhere.

As Benjamin Franklin wrote in The Way to Wealth, so long ago, and which I should no doubt read more often, expenses will always be with us.  So I shelled out the $15 and brought it home and cranked it up.  Mainly because my friend Billy added me as a friend in fitbit.com, and I figured this was a great way to re-start the lifelong process of “getting back into shape”.

Which all came about because, after a year’s worth of coaching with Precision Nutrition Coaching, which is really a great program, I realized I’m still fat, essentially out of shape, and never going to live a long full life if I don’t get with the program and make some changes.

A lot of which I’ve already made, as a matter of fact. Fitness used to be a way of life for me, from about 18 on, after growing up an overweight, bookish, Star Trek and film nerd.

But, when push comes to shove, “it’s the diet, stupid.”  I would go into dietary changes Im considering at length, but…. I have to get walking, people!  I think that the phrase “plant strong” about sums it up though.

Feel free to look me up on fitbit.  I could definitely use the support and motivation.

The Rev. Kenneth Allen