Cultivating Discomfort

I don’t like being uncomfortable but I love having been uncomfortable.” J. Bundy

Stacy has known for nearly 17 years that I’m not all right upstairs; I’m alright but not all right. My parents and brothers have known for 36; my buddies are learning more by the day.

My newest idea? Tomorrow my buddies and I start a 48 hour fast. Why? Why not?

I’ve written before about fasting. This one will be the toughest yet. Here’s the rules: water only plus up to 3 tablespoons of MCT oil per day. The oil appears to help physically get you into ketosis and prevent muscle wasting. I’m all for suffering but not shutting down kidneys and losing muscle. So what happens if you give up? They said no to tattoos or nipple piercings as punishment; you can ask one of the fellas what we wound up with but suffice it to say they’re motivated to stick with it.

Aside from the physical challenge, we’re going to spend our normal eating/preparing food time praying and reading God’s word. Hopefully the headaches, nausea and overall hangry will turn our attention to God. Hopefully.

“Suffer a little regularly and you often cease to suffer.” T. Ferriss

Hiking Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon in one day was uncomfortable but I love having done it.

I feel better right now because I felt like my legs were going to fall off during this morning’s wall balls and sprints combo. After years of this I know I’ll pass out long before I’ll die.

Sitting in a cramped van for 9 hours with a dozen folks who don’t speak my language and smell like a farmyard? Uncomfortable.

But none of those things are really painful. None of that is permanent.

I started taking cold showers after our last trip to Cambodia. The gals’ water heater wasn’t working so it was a fun forced introduction to the practice. There’s lots of info out there about cold immersion but mostly I like the everyday “this is gonna suck but it won’t kill me.” And yeah the water coming out of our faucet is in the 40s so it’s cold. Not as cold as the snow-melt Hassayampa river I talked Allan into jumping into with me a few months ago, but it’s cold.

So here goes nothin’

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting….” Matthew 6:16

…nothing in there about Facebook or blogging so this post is OK

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