the strength NOT to...

The overindulgence and underachievement of our age have created a monster 
whose brain is lazy, vision is blurred, hands are greedy, skin is thin, 
middle is round, and seat is wide. 
Color him baby blue! 

What has spawned this strange, pillowy product? 
The Greeks would say: "A serious lack of enkrateia." 
That isn't a vitamin, it's a virtue—self-control. 

The word actually means "inner power or strength." 
Expanded, it includes such things as having mastery or possession of something, 
the controlling power of the will (under the operation of the Spirit of God), 
the inner strength to resist and refrain, 
the strength not to indulge, not to act on impulse. 
The above paragraphs are lifted from a devotional by Charles Swindoll here
 Seriously good, don't you think?

maintained and sustained

June 3, 2017.
While enjoying the Fast 5 lifestyle,
health and weight are maintained and sustained.
I couldn't ask for more...
unless it be a pleasant week as we leave Monday to enjoy a few days away from home.
Meals will be provided at the Abbey of Gethsemani
where we'll enjoy the quiet beauty of the Kentucky hills.
These glass water bulbs will maintain and sustain
our potted tomato plant in our absence.
(It will be the first time we've actually put them to more than ornamental use!)

this side of 2017

Four days into 2017 find me C*O*L*D but committed to the Fast-5 lifestyle that I (re)started back in May.  I'm SO thankful for this lifestyle that allowed for enjoying the holiday desserts and candy.  I've come through Christmas and New Years at a healthy weight. I look forward to incorporating a bit more exercise - primarily walking - to maintain my hard-fought-for loss.

Just about the only allowance I've made to Fast-5 over the holidays 
was an extension of the eating "window" 
from a strict 5 hours to an occasional 6 hour one.  

Fast-5 is SO worth it.