“But Israel soon became fat and unruly; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.

~Deuteronomy 32:15, NLT


The reason I am fat is a tiny body could not store all this personality and brains.

~C. Willard Garnett

Big Mama has put the Bailey clan on a diet. We have to weight in each Sunday after lunch and she is offering a cash prize to the winner at the end of each month. I don’t need the money but I do need to lose some weight. Matter of fact, about 90% of the Bailey’s want to lose a few pounds. I was not allowed to watch them weigh in, they were afraid I would put it on the blog but a little bird talked and the Bailey clan weighs just less than two tons. If my math is correct, our composite weight is 3,500.

Your body needs some fat from food. It’s a major source of energy. It helps you absorb some vitamins and minerals. Fat is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation. For long-term health, some fats are better than others. Good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Bad ones include industrial-made trans fats such as you get in a Willie Burger. Saturated fats fall somewhere in the middle. Everyone needs some fat: those who have no fat are not as healthy as they think. I’ve seen people starve themselves down to skin and bones and this is not healthy. Fat is not bad, it is too much fat that is harmful.

When June and I were in Alaska, I went on the Denali National Park tour. The guides are all liberals or at least ours was and he knew everything. According to our guide, Grizzly Bears have to eat around the clock in summer to survive the winter. They are basically grazers. They eat foliage, berries and such. They eat around the clock because they have to store up body fat for winter. They do not hibernate but they do sleep through winter in what is called a torpor. A hibernating animal is hard to wake up but bears can wake up easily by touch or sound during their winter sleep. Their heart rate does slows down and they do not discharge waste but they can be aroused. They survive on their body fat; they lose weight but not muscle. If I believed in reincarnation, I might want to come back as a Grizzly, eat all summer and sleep all winter. Plus you burn up that fat while you sleep.

Unfortunately, we humans don’t sleep long enough to burn up the fat we have stored. I had a preacher friend who weighed about 350. He had to be put in an induced coma and before they put him to sleep, he said, “Wake me up when I get to a size 36.”

Congratulations to Clemson and Dabo Sweeney: they played a great game. We had our changes and we didn’t play bad, just not our best. Bo’s injury didn’t help. I’m glad it’s over. I am excited about the warm air that is coming into the valley.

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