Technologically Conservative

Probably a strange post title from someone who sits in front a computer about 14 hours a day.  It may be an exaggeration, as I definitely indulge in leisure browsing on the internet and facebook for more than I should, but in general I do consider myself to be on the conservative side when it comes to technology.

What about evolution you might ask… if you don’t push the limits, how will you advance?  Think about how much you can increase your productivity!

I do in fact think that technology is a beautiful thing, and enjoy finding out about the latest and greatest devices and what they can do, so while I appreciate the usefulness and beauty of technology, living in a society that tends to encourage us to indulge in as much as we can afford, I try my best to be very intentional about what technology I do and do not participate in.

Those who know me probably know that I do not text and that I do not have a smartphone.

When I see my students mass texting before an event and successfully recruiting/reminding people to show up somewhere, I wonder if I’m just being stubborn and cheap, but when I’m leading a meeting and I’m constantly distracted by the clicking of buttons and phone vibrations, I can’t help but be annoyed at the constant diversions.

When I play with my friends’ smartphones, I enjoy the convenience of being able to look anything up the internet whenever I want or to pull up a fun game when I’m bored.  But until my job requires it, I don’t plan on getting a phone with a data plan, because knowing my own habits and weaknesses, I know how likely it is for me to become consumed by the device instead of being the consumer… not to mention that data plans are expensive!

When people only had landlines, people only called you during normal hours or in emergencies.  With the emergence of cell phones, access to people has been increased dramatically.  Now with texting, you can literally contact anyone at any time of the day (or night) without having to feel bad about it.  Something about that is a little frightening to me… I don’t think I want anyone to have that much access to me except my future wife.  As technology evolves, our defined boundaries with other people should also evolve, but it seems as they evolve, the blurrier they get.  While it’s obvious that watching a movie in the dark with a person of the opposite sex at 3 in the morning is a bad idea, and maybe even that frequently staying up on your computer ’til 4 talking to someone of the opposite sex is a bad idea, but what’s the harm in a couple flirtatious texts before you fall asleep, laying there in your bed?

I’m not at all condemning texting, but in a generation of portability and convenience, I think that how we’re approaching technology merits some thought, and not only regarding facebook.

Am I just being closed-minded and slow to change?  It’s possible.  Maybe I just need to learn better self-control instead of avoiding the things that tempt me to stumble.  I was recently reading the food blog of Lynn Chen, an Asian American actress, and she was sharing about how when she was overcoming her eating disorder, she had to learn how to live with her “trigger foods” in her kitchen rather than abolishing them from her house, so that when she found herself in a place with those foods, she wouldn’t go crazy with them.  Is that a better approach?  After all, I’m not even married yet and I’m already dreading the day that my daughter asks me for cell phone and trying to figure out what I’m going to do if I don’t think she’s old enough yet.  Crisis orientation anyone?

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Health & Wellness

Right after the new year, I started writing a post about Urbana.  Turns out I never exactly finished it… so I think I’ll probably just let it sit and move on d=

As the new year has come around, one of the things I’ve been thinking about a little more is what it means to be healthy and respect the body that God has given me to experience life with.  While still young, I’m realizing that I’m starting to get to the point where I can’t just treat my body like dirt and expect not to pay some consequences for it.

Aside from putting on some weight, I take generally bad care of my eyes & my teeth, and I’ve had a strange lingering knee injury since I played a lot of volleyball last summer that I’m still trying to figure out.  It feels bruised when I push off of it, but there’s no sharp pain or swelling.  But anyway, this is all besides the point.

Here are some of the things I’m attempting this year to be more healthy… with varying success:
-Cutting back on fast food
-Exercising fairly intensely at least once a week
-Adding raw onions to my subs & switching to wheat bread (my typical sub now consists of oven roasted chicken on 6″ 9-grain honey oat, pepperjack, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, spinach, salt & pepper, and oregano)
-Paying more attention to sodium & caloric intake
-Walking to lunch
-Drinking more water
-Eating breakfast (even if it’s just something small on the way out)
-Eating slower (actually chewing my food)
-Taking out my contacts at night (this is a recent development)
-Using mouthwash periodically and brushing my teeth more
-Cutting down the habit of working on the couch until I fall asleep (there were probably almost entire weeks where I didn’t sleep on my bed)

and the list goes on…

I’m hoping to lose 15-20 lbs by my wedding day d=

The tough thing is as much willpower you exert through 80% of the week, all it takes is hanging out with a couple friends or a stressful day to indulge in a horribly unhealthy meal or 3.  But I guess it still helps to be actively trying to be healthy for most of the week than none of it d=  I had forgotten how skinny I used to be until looking back at some old pictures a couple months ago.

I think we often don’t acknowledge how exercise and eating can affect us spiritually.  God has given us our bodies to care for and has called them temples of the Holy Spirit.  How we’re maintaining our body and what we’re putting into it can easily affect our mood and also our spiritual health, so having discipline in how we treat our bodies can serve as an act of worship to God.  That being said, I’ve got a long, long way to go.

What do you do to try to be healthy, or do you at all?