End of Week 171 – The Feeling of Progress….

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This week I was successful at staying away from ice cream!  I’m taking it one day at a time.  I have stuck to my eating plan, and worked out twice most days.  When I got on the scale I was another 3 pounds lighter!  This renewed effort and revamped combination of eating and workouts seems to be working.

I am enjoying my personal training!  I can already tell my back muscles are improving.  We had two sessions this week and now I know what machines and weights to use in between those times.  I used the elliptical each morning.  At lunch I would do a little cardio to warm up and then do weight training, except Wednesday when I went to Zumba class.  Friday I was sick, unfortunately, but I made up for it this morning.

It’s funny how feelings toward working out change when you can see progress!  Now it feels good to go to the gym.  It’s not so much of a chore now – more like a treat.  I’m hoping to lose enough weight that I get below what I was at my last physical by the time my next physical comes around in late November.  I need to lose at least 10 more pounds to get to that point, but I think I have time for that.

The news is full of the awful things happening to the Syrian refugees.  I can’t believe the countries in Europe would turn these poor people away.  They had no choice but to run.  Their own government is bombing them!  What else were they supposed to do?  Between ISIS, the Assad regime, and Iran, the situation in the middle east has become so mired in contradictory purposes and goals that no one knows what they are doing anymore.  I wish the US would offer to transport some of them over here.  We don’t seem to mind having other illegal immigrants here – why can’t we help with this crisis?

The other big story this week was an elected clerk of the court in Kentucky that felt she should be allowed to pick and choose which of her job duties to perform based on her religious beliefs.  Of course, she is a conservative born-again Christian and the duty she refuses to perform is the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  It went through the courts.  All the rulings went against her.  She still refused, and consequently was held in contempt of court.  As far as I know she is currently still in jail for the contempt charge.  It has been a few days.

Of course, this is exactly what she wants.  She is getting her 15 minutes of fame, and is being hailed as a hero by the hard-line right-wing conservative political movement and those who would like to make us all convert to being born-again Christians.

Her name is Kim Davis.  This situation is not without its irony.  Seems she has been married four times.  Now, forget the religious implications.  It just seems ludicrous that someone can think it is ok to continually marry and divorce and remarry just because they are part of a heterosexual couple, and then deny a license to same-sex couples.

It is difficult to ignore the religious aspect since that is the basis of Ms. Davis’ objection.  Lots of people are arguing about exactly what the Bible says regarding marriage and divorce, but in the end it does not matter because; 1. the Bible is a book written by humans, not actually written by God (if you even believe in that being).  It should not be taken literally.  There are several different versions and the reason they are all different is that humans have not been able to agree on what to include.  2. Kim Davis was elected to a civil office.  Her’s is not a religious job.  She does not work for a church, nor is her position part of a privately owned company; her job involves performing certain civic duties in compliance with the law.  Ms. Davis is certainly entitled to her religious beliefs, but she also must completely and fully perform her duties at her job.  We have separation of church and state and her beliefs must not keep her from doing her job.  If she cannot perform her job because of her beliefs, then she should resign her position.  I think what Ms. Davis did is considered Nonfeasance.

I guess I just don’t understand what other people do sometimes.  Best to just keep to my own business – but I can’t help worrying about the Syrian refugees.

Have a great Labor Day!

Until next week…

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