There was a link on Ol' Remus the other day to an interesting, short letter found on SurvivalBlog. A letter you may not take notice of at first, but after we read it a couple of times, we found a number of messages there. The part that struck us most were the last few sentences.
"Being fit enough to survive won’t happen overnight. It takes a long time
to harden especially if you are older. Most “tactical” courses are
money that is wasted. The way you have been trained to eat will kill
you. Prepare for war. Pray for peace. God bless, – Mark X."
You will have to read the rest of the letter to get the whole gist of his meaning, What You "Learn" Can Kill You.
For some reason that Frank and I have yet to figure out, December 3, 2014 was a day that we decided to change our lives. Why that particular day we don't know. We had a conversation with the neurosurgeon
that did Frank's back surgery and he told us about a book called Protein Power. When we left the office and got in the truck, we talked about it, looked at each other and agreed, we can do this. We had talked about losing weight many, many, many times for a number of years. We'd try for a while then go back to eating too much of the things we liked the most. We still wonder why this time was different, but we are very, very glad it was.
Now fast forward 10 months. Frank and I have lost almost 50 pounds each. We feel better and are able to do more than we have in a long, long time. Now go back and look at the quote from Mark X. "Being fit enough to survive won’t happen overnight. It takes a long time
to harden especially if you are older." We would have to agree with that. It has taken a while to get in better shape and adjust to the weight loss, and neither one of us has reached our weight loss goal yet.
Now for his next sentence. "The way you have been trained to eat will kill
you." If you read the rest of his letter he talks about fat, carbs and the popular healthy ways we're 'supposed' to eat. Most people are surprised when we tell them we are eating all of the meat and fats we want, lots of them. We are very careful about the amount of carbohydrates we eat because of how they are metabolized in the body. It was surprising for us to find out that the body, and especially the brain, prefers to obtain it's energy from protein instead of carbohydrates. We had always thought of carbohydrates as 'energy' food. Turns out they are the 'sleeper' foods because of the insulin spike needed to deal with all of the sugar produced from the carbohydrates. The book Protein Power explains it much better than I can, so if you are interested, I would recommend reading it.
Last Sunday at church, the preacher commented on Frank's weight loss and told him he looked very good. Frank told the preacher that he is better shape now at age 65 than he has ever been and the reason for that is because we have a war coming. You see, even though we're not sure of the how's or why's of the life changing events in our diet and life, we do know the purpose. We agree with Mark X, "prepare for war, pray for peace".
We wrote an article the other day called A Group of Your Own. There were multiple comments, but I want to share one in particular along with Frank's response to the comment.
"Even the people I know who do believe everything in America is coming
undone are either too ignorant (I mean "not having knowledge") or are
too afraid to admit that everything they have believed in and loved will
soon come to an end. They seem to feel that, if they can just keep
their heads down and not acknowledge it, the crises will all go away and
everything will be okay. While that attitude perturbs me, I can
understand it. I, too, am overcome with inexplicable grief for the loss
of culture, country, and the bountiful prosperity and liberty America
has known. Some days, I just want to ignore what is going on and never
read or watch "news" again.
People I love seem to understand
what is happening, but they refuse to move a muscle to do anything about
it -not even to prepare with a few weeks extra groceries. This makes
it all the harder for those of us who have been preparing. It is so
hard to trust people anymore, even those who have been friends for
"Hello and thank you. We feel the
same way, there are days that I just don't even want to think about it.
It grinds on my spirit, soul and heart. But I pull myself up, and
continue on with everyday life.
If folks will study history,
wars don't start with a single event, there are multiple divisions and
factions that are precursors to war, or what we call the beginning of a
war. We are well advanced into those stages right now. We are going to
experience war in this country. The lines are being drawn. Our
government is actively dividing this country. I can't speak of the
divisions, because I could be charged with a hate crime. This is where
we are, and remember, we are well into this process. This process can't
be stopped. Get ready. Frank"
Now Frank is absolutely not an historian or an expert on war, but then you don't have to be a meteorologist to see the obvious signs of a storm coming. We have war coming in this country. So what are we going to do to prepare? Continue to talk about it? Or we can wish, or we can hope, but hoping for something is a very poor strategy. Whatever you need to do,
get it done. If you need to be in better health, do what is necessary to take care of yourself. If you need to lose weight, lose it. If your diet is killing you, change it. Do what is necessary. If you watch too much TV, turn it off. If you are on the internet too much, quit reading this, get to work. Do what is necessary. Or, go turn the TV on, get a bag of Cheetos and zone out for a while, that will sure help you get in touch with reality. If you think this sounds a tad bit curt, it is. There is a reason why. You can't help save my life, if you can't save your own. Think about it, during the commercials. When this world falls, and fall it will, there will be no commercials, no time to get in shape, no time to learn how to survive and no escape.
Until next time - Fern