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The Eucharist Diet: I Wait

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: I Wait  March 25, 2010 Day 84 Weight: 196 lbs Weight lost: -10 lbs A fitting song lyric by Kathryn Scott… Hungry hungry I come to You for I know You satisfy I am empty but I […]

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Hungry for More

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Hungry for More  March 21, 2010 Day 80 Weight: 196 lbs Weight lost: -10 lbs We sang this song in church yesterday… Made me hungry! “We are Hungry” by Brad Kilman Lord, I want more of YouLiving […]

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The Eucharist Diet: Continued

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Continued   March 20, 2010 Day 79 Weight: 196 lbs Weight lost: -10 lbs I have not forgotten; I have not quit. I am continuing my “Eucharist Diet” adventure, my six month experiment taking daily communion and then […]

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The Eucharist Diet: A Gourmet Christian

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: A Gourmet Christian March 2, 2010 Day 60 Weight: 195 lbs Weight lost: -11 lbs I’m meeting my friend Brian in 30 minutes to talk about how to make a feast. Serious. Brian is a professional chef […]

The Eucharist Diet: Milk and Honey

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 23, 2010 Day 53 Weight: 195 lbs Weight lost: -11 lbs   I’m down 11 pounds… Not bad! Not done, but not bad… There’s a land of milk and honey, and I want to live there and enjoy the […]

The Eucharist Diet: Giving Up Austerity for Lent

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 18, 2010 Day 48 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   I’m giving up austerity for Lent. My impulse to beat myself-up in order to win God’s favor seems to die hard.  So I’m tackling this with a […]

The Eucharist Diet: On Ash Wednesday

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 18, 2010 Day 48 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…” Fire makes ashes. And how do we fight fire? With… water. Specifically we fight fire with the waters of baptism. Fire […]

The Eucharist Diet: Focus, Focus, Focus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 12, 2010 Day 42 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   I’ve been focused on food. I’m taking communion every day, just to see what would happen in my life – particularly what would happen in my relationship […]

The Eucharist Diet: The Law of Displacement

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 8, 2010 Day 39 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I’m static, parked now for more than a week at this level. I’m still taking communion daily. I’m still finding myself conscience of what I eat. But I’m […]

The Eucharist Diet: Chocolate Galore

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 10, 2010 Day 41 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I love chocolate. I like coffee. I prefer to drink my coffee with a “shot” of chocolate. This morning I’ve parked at my butt at Caribou Coffee to […]

The Eucharist Diet: Hybrid Food

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 3, 2010 Day 32 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs   I don’t believe in magic; I do believe in miracles. I don’t believe in luck; I do believe in favor. I don’t believe in Karma; I do […]

The Eucharist Diet: Rebounding

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Rebounding   February 2, 2010 Day 31 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   Just a quick report for anyone still interested: I’m parked at 200 lbs, down from my original 206 lbs. I’m staying true […]

The Eucharist Diet: Evicting Temptation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 28, 2010 Day 27 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs “Lead me not into temptation…” My friend Mindy – her office is next to mine – just returned from a trip to Israel. The day she flew home […]

The Eucharist Diet: Two or Three Together

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 26, 2010 Day 25 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs   Surprised this morning… Down two more pounds! Okay, I’ll take it. And I even had seconds on stir fry and rice for dinner last night… Communion is […]

The Eucharist Diet: Dissecting Hunger

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 25, 2010 Day 24 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   What is hunger? Looking at the horrid pictures of the broken people of Haiti, I’m convinced I do not truly know. “God, teach me to see the […]

The Eucharist Diet: An Unorthodox Leverage of Orthodoxy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 22, 2010 Day 21 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I’ve fallen below the benchmark threshold of 200 lbs! I think I’ll celebrate with something chocolate… I can’t figure – exactly – how this is happening, except to […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Water is Almost Everything”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 20, 2010 Day 19 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   One more pound burned off and honestly, I don’t know how… I ate three handfuls of M & Ms yesterday too… and a piece of carrot cake, […]

The Eucharist Diet: “What’s with the Water?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 19, 2010 Day 18 Weight: 201 lbs Weight lost: -5   Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this [natural] water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Burn Baby, Burn”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 18, 2010 Day 17 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4   “All the fat belongs to the Lord,” Leviticus 3:16. This morning the temperature on the thermostat outside the kitchen window reads 16 degrees. I wish I was in […]

The Eucharist Diet: Full

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 17, 2010 Day 16 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4 My father died one year ago last April.  I miss him.  He passed along to me so many aspects of my life: a love for baseball, my eye color, […]

The Eucharist Diet: Unintended Progress

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 16, 2010 Day 15 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4   Down two more pounds since I’ve posted last. Jill (my wife) and I have been away on a prayer/planning retreat in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin. We ate […]

The Eucharist Diet: How is this Working?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 11, 2010 Day 10 Weight: 203 lbs Weight lost: -3   Come, all you who are thirsty,        come to the waters;        and you who have no money,        come, buy and eat!        Come, buy wine and […]

The Eucharist Diet: How Hungry are You?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 11, 2010 Day 10 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2   “I have food you know not of…” John 4:31   I’m in a reflective mood this morning, needing to ponder and pen some basics, to remind myself what […]

The Eucharist Diet: No Cheesecake, No Regrets

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet Adventure: A six month experiment taking daily communion and tracking the results in my personal life, relationships, health, and body fat percentage.    January 10, 2010 Day 9 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2 Report: I’m parked at […]

Who can “Bless” the Bread and Wine?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Earlier today someone posted a comment on the blog topic I’ve been calling “The Eucharist Diet” – a day to day report of my practice of taking daily communion and the corresponding results on my weight. I thought this question was worth highlighting and addressing:   […]

The Eucharist Diet: Where’s the Beef?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 9, 2010 Day 8 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2 lbs Now I know something “different” is happening. This morning I weighed in again and found – to my stunned surprise – that I was down another one pound, […]

The Eucharist Diet: Going Hybrid

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 8, 2010 Day 7 Weight: 205 Weight lost: -1 “I have a kind of food you know nothing about… My nourishment comes from doing the will of God.” (Jesus, in John 4:32,34). There’s food, and then there is “food.” […]

The Eucharist Diet: Merlot Anyone?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 7, 2010 Day 6 Weight: 206 Weight lost: 0 I weighed in and I’m parked at 206 lbs. Okay… I’m still taking communion each day and praying for my meals. The place and time and company with which I […]

The Eucharist Diet: Bread for the Hungry

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 6, 2010 Day 5 Weight: 206 Weight lost: 0 No change from yesterday, which is not a bad thing given the fact they had a piece of Mile’s chocolate cake after dinner last night. Oh, I have rendered a […]

The Eucharist Diet: Results with an *

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 5, 2010 Day 4 Weight: 206* Weight lost: 4 pounds*  For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Get Ye Behind Me!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 4, 2010 Day 3 Last night was a mega-challenge for my new diet adventure, and a perfect test for my theory. Jill, my wife invited about 20 of my friends over to celebrate my 50th birthday. By January 2nd […]

The Eucharist Diet: Day 2

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I still weigh 210 pounds… but I’m making progress: I’m hungry this morning and I’m not running full speed to fix it. That’s progress… Jesus began hungry.  Hunger I suppose is not a bad thing. Hunger is just a signal, […]

“The Eucharist Diet: Living on Bread and Water, Turned to Wine”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is January 2, 2010, my 50th birthday, and I weigh 210 pounds.  Evidently, that’s a problem.  According to a chart I found online I shouldn’t lug more than 185 pounds. By other metrics I am reasonably fit.  I ran […]

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I Found My Happiness
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“The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”     ~Nehemiah 2:20 If the boundaries of your life are in shambles, pray the prayer Nehemiah prayed. He was sent to Jerusalem from e

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