Exercise vs diet

I understand the pandemic has contributed to some of you gaining weight and with restrictions on movement, no opportunity to burn all the calories you have been taking in. Those who are able to exercise (those new year resolutions) kudos. I hope you manage to keep the pounds down.

I am here to share good news. It should be obvious but I have discovered that things that are generally obvious to me are not so obvious.

In a previous post that I did on weight loss, I mentioned healthy eating, portion size and sustainable plans. This Times article based off some studies in Ecuador and Tanzania show that the difference is in types of food and quantity.

My free advice to anyone struggling with weight is to check their portions, and adopt low calorie dense healthy foods (where possible). And remember to sleep well and drink plenty of water. Sometimes you think you are hungry when you are dehydrated.

To healthy living and better quality of life.

Have you read your New Testament lately?

Because that could be only reason you are an atheist. So dear friends, atheists especially, pick up that dusty old bible of yours wherever you have been keeping it, jump to the new testament and Jesus will minister to you on every verse. Can I hear a loud Amen.

And then if you are lucky, you might just marry an international healing evangelist willing to compete with the local shaman in a village of your choice. Amen.

But this works well if you try it while undergoing a traumatic episode in your life. You can start with the 30 no-pay- trial period before you purchase the full version. What are you waiting for?

Or maybe you have the stomach for this. I didn’t.

Fishing

The Necessity of Atheism by Percy Shelley is one of the best you will ever find. It is precise and straightforward. It’s a joy to read only comparable to reading Nietzche’s the Antichrist.

I am looking for work by abolitionist Garrison; a lecture by Ernestine Rose in defense of Atheism, and Stunton’s work on women’s rights.

If you have pdfs or epub copies of these works, please share. And that is all the fishing I am doing today.

who knew

that all you heathens are on a slippery slope towards the troubled realms; and this means you are headed into veganism. Sometimes I think if people could read whatever they write out aloud to their friends they would be advised against pushing the publish button.

And this analogy has made me laugh. I almost want to agree with the author. Politics and religion are generally similar- chosen without much reflection.

It’s the end of January

And for some of us on this side of the Indian ocean, there are still 60 days of njaanuary left to be overcome. If you are not in that category, you are doing well.

How many are still keeping up with their new year resolutions; to lose weight, to read more, make money, get married, get divorce or whatever it is that was in your list?

Today morning I went for a run and shortly during the run, I had this urge to dunk. I don’t think I would have done an extra 100m without shitting myself but luckily I was at a gas station and so I paused my timer & got to business. After that, I went agoogling and discovered that as I run, the vertical oscillations make my colon jiggle combined with the caffeine & other physiological activities, I had to have the runners trot.

Have you been vaccinated yet? How did that go? Here we expect the first batch of vaccines mid February & it’s just a few million doses.

If you are still alive at the end of your reading this post, thank fortuna: such a blind giver & without no apparent favourites.

Happy February, everyone.

What do you believe in?

Is a question I get asked occasionally when I say I am not religious. Generally, depending on what I am doing at that precise moment, my response will be drawn from it. For example if we were having beer, I would jokingly say I believe beer is good.

But I don’t think this is the answer they are looking for. The question seems to me to be a loaded one. It does seem, in some sense, that to the believer, my lack of religious belief and by extension god belief, I am devoid of beliefs.

The other implication is, for the believer, all their other beliefs can be explained by their belief in god. That is to say, to the believer, any question would be answered by god and that would seem to be a sufficient answer.

But there is a problem. Whereas we hold beliefs to the degree we believe them true and no more, it is possible we hold unexamined beliefs, false beliefs and so on. And where there is true knowledge, we generally (in common usage) say we know 1+1=2 except for catholics where 1=3, but that’s a debate for another time.

Therefore, in answer to the above question, whoever should want an answer should be specific. I hold many beliefs depending on the weather and what side of the bed I wake up from.

To those who get asked this question, how do you respond?