Christ came to be our peace

Extracted from a devotional I’m reading.

Yet Christ came to be our peace. Everything—our hopes, worries, fears, doubts, dreams—are met by him and found in him. He can put our worries to rest and surround us with an everlasting peace that calms the raging storm in our lives.

Let’s set aside quiet time with our family and more importantly ourselves to reflect on God’s promises and let his peace wash over us. Through the good and bad, through times of laughter and tears, Christ came to be our peace.

An encouraging reminder.

 From @YouVersion plan 'The King Is Coming'.

How I’m feeling

These days I get asked how I’m feeling a moderate amount, most likely because some folks know about my health challenges I faced earlier in the year. I’m actually feeling quite well physically as well as most “other” ways, but this is about my current physical status.

The way I’m judging my physical status is basically two ways. The first is just how I’m thinking about my physical status. Are things working OK? Do I have adequate energy? Sleeping well? How am I feeling compared to a prior timeframe like last year or the year before or some other timeframe when I thought things were really, really good. Basically it’s just some sort of overall internal evaluation of how I think I’m doing and generally the answer is “good’.

The other primary way is by my cycling capabilities some of which is how I feel about the various rides and the other measure is the analysis provided by the various bits of technology that I use while riding like a heart rate monitor and a power meter. 

Today, I had an experience with both on my ride.

While doing the ride I noticed that I was able to hold 225-250 watts with a moderate amount of effort. Only a very short time ago this was not possible. Granted, I’ve been riding more frequently to improve my fitness, and it seems to be paying off. While riding I was thinking this was the kind of pace I could hold a couple of years ago while cycling around the Kenora area on the Bypass loop. Feels good to be getting back into better shape. Hopefully, in the summer of 2019 I won’t be hanging on for dear life to the back of the pack on group rides and back into taking my full turns pulling on the front like the “old” days. This internal personal assessment was backed up by the Strava stats. This was one of my better rides in quite some time.

Keto becoming challenging

Ok, the fun of doing something new and crazy, eating keto, is wearing off. In fact I’m having a major “cheat” moment with a raspberry scon at Starbucks! First bread with n two weeks. Need to stay strong. Got to get some more varied “go to” recipes / foods. Bacon and eggs is fun for only so long.

New Eats & Drinks

The Keto saga deepens. Bulletproof coffee is now a daily routine and I’m enjoying it! Actually, after you push by the idea of drinking butter, it’s very good.

Today’s breakfast (sorry no pictures) eaten after 11am as per the program, was three scrambled eggs and 1/2 a tin of sardines in olive oil! I like sardines fortunately but even I found the initial smell a little “rough”. Thankfully, the tase was much milder that the smell.

Next up on the new program was an exogenous ketone supplement.

This stuff is brutally expensive at almost $10/per serving so I’m not sure this will be a regular part of the diet. Today, as recommended, it’s 1/2 a serving to allow my body to adapt and avoid what Keto folks call disaster pants :-). Apparently a lot of exogenous ketone supplements taste pretty bad. While Pruvit apparently has the best taste on the market, there was one online comment that said it tasted like “death”! Fortunately, this seems to be quite an over reaction. The Raspberry Lemonade was quite acceptable, if fact I found it very tasty and surprisingly sweet. I considered the sweetness a “treat” because not much on the Keto diet is sweet. Learn more about the product here. It’s only been a few minutes but I have an inner warmth feeling in my stomach. Who knows what will happen next.

What’s for dinner? Pizza! S is making a cauliflower/rice crust and I’m going to make the Fathead Pizza Dough crust. Perhaps there will be a post later about how that went.

Keto Krazy?

Well, hopefully not too crazy, but I’m getting into the Ketogenic Diet and doing a lot of reading, listening & research in general. It seems to have some fabulous benefits with the usual problem of making a big change in eating habits, and this will be a big switch!

I’m not planning on jumping in hard core but more of a gradual adoption of a new way of eating. For sure there will be some major breaks with the plan over the next week or two. For example, we’re committed to an event at
DeLuca’s where it will be unlimited pasta, bread, desserts and wine, not exactly a Keto friendly environment. 

So, what have I been looking at and doing so far? Here’s a few lists:

Books

Web Sites & Podcasts

Web

Podcasts

Things I’ve tried so far

  • Bulletproof coffee
    • Butter in coffee!?! Sounds weird but tastes pretty good. Plus MCT oil. 
  • Keto Breakfast Taco
    • Proclaimed a success by my breakfast buddy. Chopping up the bacon makes it a little easier to eat without destroying the egg taco shell.
  • Stevia, well actually Truvia
    • Dropping Splenda & sugar for Stevia. Tried this a while back but the taste was uggg! They must have improved the tase or I’m more tolerate now.  Actually in the Bulletproof Coffee, a sweetener is optional for me, it’s good without.
  • Cut the Carbs
    • Bye Bye to bread etc. This most likely will be a little tough to get used to. So used to lots of carbs.

Planning or thinking about trying

Wednesday FROG ride

I’ve been off the bike for 2 weeks, and this might have been a bit ambitious given the circumstances. I did pretty well until 55km in and then I just had to stop, too tired to keep going. I might have sat around for 15-20 minutes before I could get back on the bike. By that time Rene had looped back around to check on me. He graciously trailed me all the way home to make sure I made it  as I limped back another 10km at 20-24km/hr. Thanks Rene!