I'm feeling a tinge of guilt for not regularly posting on my blog this past week. My excuse, a very full schedule. All in all, progress is happening in regards to my challenge: I'm eating the right foods, not eating the one's I committed to omit, my training for 154-mile self-supported bike race is progressing, I'm becoming more mindful, and I can truthfully say the work to fulfill all other aspects of my twelve tasks is on track . So, why did I neglect to write? I needed to spend a lot time on two specific aspects of my challenge, my wellness checkups and community service.
For decades, I've avoided doctors out of fear about health concerns I might discover. Five years ago, I knew I was experiencing life-threatening health troubles (high blood pressure and cholesterol, morbid obesity, and other increased risk factors for diabetes and heart disease). After making substantial lifestyle changes, I'm ready to face whatever news awaits me. I feel the need to know exactly where my health is, so I had a full-spectrum blood screening. I hope to gain the knowledge I need to take my health next level and will share my results, discoveries, and plans later.
Community service is also part of my year-long challenge. One of several things I've committed to do is continue the service of operating a "beyond-organic" farm. My wife and I have provided local, seasonable produce to our community at an affordable price through our CSA (community supported agriculture program) for around fifteen years. Recently, I've considered getting out of this commitment to focus on other life ambitions. After many hours soul-searching contemplation, I have recognized a strong connection between my overall health and that of my community. For this reason, I've decided to farm for others again. This asks for long hours of work from me in April and May when the demands of teaching and planting overlap. Thus, my excuse for neglecting to post on my blog.
My solution to this dilemma, I believe, is to step up one aspect of my challenge. The decision to eliminate my daily consumption of news was not solely to remove negativity from my life, it was also intended to provide the needed time to train for my bike races and to serve others. For this reason, I've determined to let go of what I consider to be a somewhat positive luxury for just one month, watching documentaries and movies on Netflix. Hopefully, this will help me find the time to consistently write. Not only do I intend to blog in order to preserve my history, but I also hope to provide content that could be of some use to others. More consistency in writing and posting, I feel, will improve the content and value of what I have to share through this experience.