Flatten the Curve

Okay … they weren’t talking about me. I’ve always had a famine-resistant body and this whole Covid thing has not helped. Less movement, more comfort-food cravings, and a general sense of fatigue … all things widely reported during the lockdowns. “Widely” reported … oops maybe a poor choice of words. 

The fatigue thing is real. There’s been more days than usual when I’ve just had to muscle through the necessary activities. Days when I told Sue “I’m tired of sitting still and to tired not to.” It made me feel a little better when I came across a host of articles discussing “Quarantine Fatigue.” Evidently, coping with long-term uncertainty and disrupted life patterns is mentally exhausting. So, maybe we can cut ourselves a little bit of slack. But somethings got to give and … I’m hoping it won’t be my buttons.

The main cause for weight gain is no mystery. You are taking in more calories than you are burning. Either reduce in-take or expend more energy. We all know that we should be exercising. That’s why the global sports equipment market is currently valued at approximately 126-billion USD. You might want to invest in the market rather than the equipment. You know there’s going to be a spike from people trying to shed their Covid-curves. If you still want to buy a treadmill, I can personally recommend a model that is perfect for … drying sweaters.

Our physical bodies need nourishment … and exercise. If our lifestyle is a mix of carbs, calories and couch … it’s going to show. I wonder if there’s a correlation spiritually. Scripture routinely compares God’s Word to spiritual food. “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God,” Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. A Christian that neglects the Word of God will be anemic and weak in faith.  “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17. I don’t think it’s possible to over emphasize the importance of imbibing God’s Word. You can’t spiritually overeat … unless you do nothing with what you take in. According to James, if you listen to the word, but don’t do what it says, it is a type of self-deception. James 1:22 If you’re feeling spiritually weighted down and lethargic, maybe it’s time to act on the truth you’ve received. God’s Word is intended to fuel your life and change the world.

Jesus said, “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The person our Master described as “foolish” was not one who failed to listen to his teachings … but one who listened and then failed to “put them into practice.” Matthew 7:24–27