Friday, June 11, 2010

Workout Meme

I figured I'd do the RevGals meme today, which is related to working out in various ways.

1. Do you work out physically, spiritually, or psychologically? (I'll let you define what that might mean to you) Yes. With it being beach season, I've forced myself back into an exercise routine. When I'm really motivated, I do really well. Five pounds lost already, and going for 7-8 more in the next 2 months. Spiritually, I mainly do my sanctuary thing. But I've been considering scheduling a monthly visit to an area retreat center as well, just to decompress and recharge every so often.

2. Are you more inclined to join a gym, or a book club? I thought about joining a gym a while ago, but couldn't justify the cost. It just didn't seem to be worth it considering what I could do at home. I'm already a part of a book club of sorts, so I guess that answers that. When it comes to exercise, I've become very private. Years ago I worked out in a gym and it was fine, but I'm just not big on being around other people for that nowadays.

3. Are you more inclined to read self-help books like Gail Sheehy's "Passages" or spiritual books like Richard Rohr or Theresa of Avila? And if so, what is your favorite? Spiritual books hands-down. I'm a Thomas Merton fan, with his New Seeds of Contemplation being my favorite. I'd like to delve into his journals again...I tried starting it a while back and trailed off. The only self-help books that I read are things like How to Speed Read and How to Play Guitar. I don't read the Stuart Smalley-type stuff.

4. Are you a loyal fan of a sports team? Or do you join the bandwagon when the local team is winning? And, if so, which one? In the best and worst of times, I am a Michigan Wolverine. I've learned what that truly means in recent years. And I live in Ohio, so there's that added fun as well. Lately I've been lamenting not having more local Michigan fan friends...this is not something one should go through alone. I also follow Detroit teams, mainly the Tigers. Our local teams are Cleveland teams, which I follow in passing. Like, I haven't jumped on the Cavs bandwagon the past few years or anything. I do enjoy baseball games at Progressive Field, and the Indians are far and away the local team I follow most closely.

5. Or do you lean more toward having a favorite theologian/Spiritual writer or self help author and if so, who? And, why. My favorite popular theologian is Rob Bell - I take some preaching cues from him and enjoy the concepts he puts forth. My favorite hardcore theologians are Schleiermacher and Moltmann - the former for his mystical bent on the Reformed tradition and the latter for his theology of the cross. And I've already mentioned Merton.

Bonus: What was the last play-off series you watched and did your team win? I'm pretty sure it was the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And no, they didn't.


Mary Beth said...

Mmm, Merton. Been a while since I read him...time to go back. Thanks!

altar ego said...

I've read a little Merton, little enough that I quote one of his lines quite often! Need to read more of his stuff.

I'm thinking that every couple of weeks I may go hang out at the local college library as a time to get away and have the quiet and space to think/read/write. The luxury of some extended time to do that is really a good thing.

Terri said...

I read Merton a long time ago but like him a lot. As a long time Chicagoan who moved away for a few years I really struggled whether to stick to my home teams or go local. In the end I did both - and if my home teams was playing the local one I figured I couldn't lose no matter who won. But it took a lot of the fun and excitement out of it. Good play!

Jan said...

I used to love Moltmann; maybe I should re-read those thick books. .
Good job in exercise and diet.