It's Weigh-In Wednesday! How's it going? For those of you who are just reading this here is the scoop...

Years ago I read a statistic that the average American gains 7-10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Thanksgiving day alone, most people consume more than 4,500 calories often including 229 grams of fat. 
This is one thing I have no desire at being average, and now that my season on the farm is over, I will have to put much more effort into maintaining my weight. I also have no desire depriving myself of the holiday decadence and comfort deliciousness. This is the happiest time of the year right? 
So here we go! Weigh yourself today and this is 0. Next Wednesday when you weigh yourself again, if you gained weight it is +1 or 2 or ... and if you lost weight it will be -1 or 2 or...
Accountability! Let's NOT be average!

That was week 01. I am +1 since we started 2 weeks ago.

Ok so if I put my mind to it, I can clean up my eating and I will be back to healthy habits. And gaining one pound isn't huge in the scheme of things yet it is not something to continue.

But what about the mental weight gain?

On Monday I was absolutely exhausted. The head bob mid morning while driving told me to go straight home and take a nap which was 2 hours long!

I think what weighed the heaviest was a couple movies I had watched over the weekend: one on global warming everything from power plants and pollution in China to deforestation and crude oil pipeline leaks in the Amazon; then the other Lord of the Rings.

Lord of the Rings opening line..."The world is changing" and then the comments about men of the human race being driven by power and what really hit me was the line,

Elrond: "There is no strength left in the world of men. They're scattered, divided and leaderless." 

Whoa! No wonder the energy was sucked out of me! But here's the thing. Yes it is good to be educated and have a global perspective, however when it becomes so overwhelming and you are feeding your mind with heavy topics, it is just as toxic as too much heavy food in your body! So I asked myself, "How does this affect me?" Which is often a question my brother will ask. I can put limit my purchases that are made in China. I can get rain barrels and install them to my gutter system. I can stop running the water so much when I wash my hands, brush my teeth and rinse my dishes. And it would be totally cool to find a way to use solar energy for my home!

Just like I can put my mind to healthy eating being aware of what I am feeding my body, I can put my mind to healthy knowledge and be aware of what I am feeding my mind. It's all connected! And! I believe that there will be heroes, many like simple everyday hobbits, that will prevail with goodness and decency.