7 Quick Takes Saturday: Fall edition!

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So, the New Brunswick election happened on Monday and, although the results are still being contested, the Liberals won. Which means unfettered abortion access that my tax money will be paying for. I’m not impressed, discouraged and more than a little annoyed. But the fight continues with a whole lot more obstacles.

My friend tagged me in this photo after my irritation about the election became extremely apparent.

My friend tagged me in this photo after my irritation about the election became extremely apparent.

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I got some new cookbooks! Super exciting. One of these days I’ll write my full food manifesto (ha!) but for right now, I’m going to be tabbing up my new books to mark off all the of recipes I can eat (the ones that don’t include fish (ew) or nightshade vegetables). Nightshade veg and I do not agree, at all. For a really long time I just thought I had an issue with tomatoes, but once I started removing all of the the other nightshades I started feeling SO much better.

My slow cooker shall become my best friend!

My slow cooker shall become my best friend!


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It is glorious in New Brunswick right now. Sunny and warm and feeling more like late August/early September than September actually did. So I’ve been taking advantage. Last week I went on a 7km walk and today, 9km! 9! I was barely walking by the time I got home (I think I need new shoes) and my back was SO sore, but, now I’ve stretched and am drinking the most delicious smoothie.

 

1/4 cup of water 1/2 a banana 1/4 of an avocado (frozen) handful of frozen berries 1 cup of Silk dark chocolate almond milk

1/4 cup of water
1/2 a banana
1/4 of an avocado (frozen)
handful of frozen berries
1 cup of Silk dark chocolate almond milk

And yes, I have Wizard of Oz cups. I’m a total WoO fangirl.

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Tomorrow will be a youth group gathering and prayers would be greatly appreciated. The frustrations and difficulties that I’ve been dealing with are seriously making me think that my time would be better spent working on other things. It’s hard when the other youth group leaders are constantly try to make the Church “hip” and “relevant” by watering it down and trying to be cool instead of just teaching the glory and beauty of the Catholic Church.

They also have a really strong love for Development and Peace and the UN and neither entities are things that I can look upon favourable as a Catholic (the promotion of abortion and birth control overseas is not something worth supporting)

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My bootcamp is still going well. The workouts never seem hard and when I’m doing them I’m always feeling like it’s not doing anything, but then the next day…ouch. I’ve not weighed myself this week (Sunday mornings are my weighin’ days) but after the first week I had gained 2 pounds. I call it muscle. We will see if there is any change tomorrow.

I did have to tighten my bra this morning, so, that’s something.

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Some more photos from my walk! There is something so ridiculously magical about walking on a dirt path surrounded by tree. The beauty and the glory just surrounds. God is so good.

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Does anyone else’s iTunes every shuffle from Audrey Assad to Eminem? Because mine just did and I thought the transition was hilarious. So, in my 7 (never on Friday) Quick takes tradition, here’s a song for you:

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

And now for something completely different….Boot Camp Week One

I’m going to try blogging more. I know when The Dweej hit a blogging slump 7 in 7 broke her out of it. I don’t plan/want/have fodder for 7 posts in 7 days (I don’t think?), but I’m going to try for like 4 or 5.

Any way, I started a gym bootcamp this week. It’s called Downsize Fitness and it is specifically designed for people with 50+ pounds they need to lose. I have like 80 to lose to get to my “healthy weight range” but I also know that health is so so so much bigger than a number on a scale. Although, the number helps.

I signed up for this bootcamp for a few reasons.

First, back in 2013 I got down to my lowest weight ever. I was in the 180s, and I felt great and my clothes fit and shopping was fun. Then I started to get super busy and my planning skills are not great so eventually the weight started creeping back on. Then I could never find a rhythm again, I had to much going on finding time to work out was…not impossible, but not easy.

Second, my motivation level on my own is zero. I need accountability and I had no gym buddy. So that is a problem. I tried the apps, setting reminders on my phone, the DVDs, the 15 minute blasts and I couldn’t stick with anything

Third, I like working out with people. I like competition and I like to feel pushed. Working out on your own doesn’t give me that same edge.

So far,  I’m really liking the bootcamp. There are only 4 other people and I’m the youngest (though not by much) and the thinnest, so I sometimes feel that the trainer might have higher expectations of me. I have met with her one on one and she gave me some strength training exercises that I can do outside of the bootcamp times. Which is great. I’m not much for strength training. So I love having someone guiding me through it.

The bootcamp is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour, which means that for the next 4 months I’ll be late to my Catholic adults group, but ultimately, worth it.

The downside, is that because it is only 2 times a week that gives me a lot of time to screw it up, working out intensively for 2 hours a week and then doing nothing for the other 5 days? Not super effective.

So on that note, I’ll be incorporating some other gym time based on the exercises that the trainer gave me and I’ll be trying to hit 10,000 steps a day at least 3 times a week. Apparently that’s good for you, probably cause it forces you to move about. So far, 10,000 steps has amount to ~7.5km a day.

I’m super excited for this next adventure and will keep you all updated.

God bless,

R.

Brian Gallant, Postcards and the Economy

On Wednesday I participated in the Face the Children postcard campaign initiated by the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform and Campaign Life Coalition – Youth.

And I felt conflicted the entire time. Dropping off postcards in people’s mailboxes with pictures of aborted babies? Did it need to be so graphic to make its point? Does it have to be so in your face? What about the dead babies? Do we really have a right to use them in this way?

My head was a bundle of conflict and anxiety. What if there was a confrontation? WHAT IF SOMEONE SEES ME?! What if they yell? Swear? Attack?

I was nervous, I was anxious and the whole morning before I went postcarding I was certain I was going to throw up. (I am really good at working myself up into an anxious frenzy).

But then I realized 2 things:

  1. I have really great friends who listen and respond when I am being a complete head case 
  2. If I don’t speak for these children, who will?

Their lives mattered. People deserve to know them. To see their faces. To see their bodies. 

Their lives matter, and people need to see what choice does. The heartbeats that it stops. These children deserve their voices to be heard. 

In the postcard campaign, they get a voice. People see them. People see their faces, their hands and their feet. People see their humanity.

We live in our comfortable little bubbles. We talk of abortion using flowery language to disguise its nature. We talk of choice, reproductive health, and bodily autonomy.

We never discuss the children. The children who had no say in their conception and no choice in their death. We treat them as disposable garbage, as inconveniences. We deny them their right to life.

And that is wrong. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that all Canadians have a right to life and freedom of conscience. Abortion on demand eliminates that right, and the Liberals want to eliminate freedom of conscience both federally and provincially.

“The existing incumbent MPs were green lit (to seek nominations) originally through a different process that we respect. But the policy going forward is that every single Liberal MP will be expected to stand up for women’s right to choose.” – Justin Trudeau

“Some Liberals who oppose abortion have insisted their leader won’t impose his beliefs on them, but Gallant has said the party will adopt a policy similar to the federal Liberals’ and promote a position “that respects a woman’s right to choose.” – Brian Gallant

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the very thing our politicians are meant to uphold, they are willing to violate.

And, just so we are clear, in Canada there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

People are quick to say that abortion doesn’t matter in the New Brunswick election. The economy matters. According to the CBC, New Brunswick is barrelling towards bankruptcy.

But, Brian Gallant’s Liberals, the NDP and the Green party want to tax fund abortions.

According to the CBC: “Annual increases in public spending on health care in recent years have exceeded economic growth, inflation and population increase. In other words, massive infusions of money into health care are impossible”

But, the Liberals, the NDP and the Green Party want to tax fund abortion.

“The province’s net debt currently stands at about $11 billion and could jump to about $62 billion by 2035, he said.” 

But, the Liberals, the NDP and the Green Party want to tax fund abortion.

Abortion is not an essential service. Abortion on demand is not necessary and not economically reasonable. “Medically necessary” abortions would still be available. 

New Brunswick, like Canada, is below population replacement rate. More people are aging and drawing pensions, the median age of workers is 44, and there are no young workers coming up to replace them and pay into the social programs that provide the pensions.

You can’t recover an economy if there are no workers. The economy will continue to suffer if people are not here. Jobs get outsourced when people aren’t here. Population growth, again from the CBC, drives economic growth.

But don’t worry, because even though we don’t have people to work and stabilize the economy, we can use the precious tax money we do have to fund the elimination of unborn children instead of funding programs that would foster life, families and actual growth. Tax funded abortion perpetuates economic decline, it doesn’t foster population growth and it takes money that could be used on practical and necessary services and wastes it.

Wasting money on abortion is not what is good for New Brunswick, a woman’s  choice is more than one woman and one baby. The ramifications effect everyone.

That is ultimately why I chose to involve myself in the postcard campaign because even with all the violence we see in the movies people still react such an outcry to images of dead babies because it makes us uncomfortable but it sparks a discussion, as it should.

We need to ask why it makes us so uncomfortable. Is it because we know the only outcome to pregnancy is a baby? Is it because we know that what we all have in common is that we were all at that stage of development in our mother’s wombs and someone could’ve made the choice to kill us? Is it because we were given life and they were not?

Or, is it because seeing these images make it harder for us to deny the humanity of those aborted babies?  People don’t like to be wrong. Facing choice makes it harder to reconcile the pro-abortion viewpoint with human rights. And I think that is why people respond so strongly. They are so committed to the euphemisms they aren’t able to see the reality and when they do, they don’t want to be wrong so they get angry. 

And that is why I decided to help people Face the Children, because their voices may be silenced, but mine is not. 

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Never thought I’d see myself agreeing with this guy…

If you are interested in seeing the postcard that was distributed, it can be seen here: http://www.unmaskingchoice.ca/sites/default/files/gallant_web_large.jpg