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Sick Again--Ughh!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I can't believe it--my wife substitute taught at a local school on Monday and then ended up getting pretty sick that night. The works. The next morning I went to see how she was doing. I was in her presence for no more than 3 minutes and then said, "I better get out of here so I don't get sick," but just like that I got sick--again!

It knocked me out yesterday, but I feel a bit better today so I'm trying to pace myself. Whew, I am so tired of being sick.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/23/2014 8:32PM

    hope you get to feeling better soon!!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 4/23/2014 3:05PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon!

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Back to the Gym Today

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I haven't been able to get to the gym for a while. I've been exercising but not in the gym, but today I'm going back! The one thing I'm not sure of is whether I will ride my bike to and from the gym, and in this way get my cardio in, or hop on the elliptical and treadmill instead. We shall see, weather will probably play a part in my decision.

Hope you all have a great day!

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DNJEN471 4/23/2014 1:40AM

    Great job!

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FRAN0426 4/22/2014 2:32PM

    Either way you will be getting in some good exercise for today.

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AUNTRENEE 4/22/2014 12:14PM

    Go for it. Can't be out today with dad seeing his cardiologist.

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NEWLITTLE1 4/22/2014 8:01AM

    emoticon Feels good to break up the home workout with an occasional trip to the gym :)

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The Plan for the Week

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's been a busy few weeks and thus I've gotten a little off track. Not that I've completely lost it, just that I haven't been able to follow through on my fitness plan. But that's behind me, this is a much more normal week, and therefore I look forward to getting back to it. So here's the plan:

Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Gym (upper body)
Wednesday: Cycling (workout depends on weather)
Thursday: Gym (core)
Friday: Cycling (workout depends on weather)
Saturday: Gym (lower body)
Sunday: Cycling (workout depends on weather)

As for nutrition, I won't be experimenting with any recipes this week as my wife and I are extremely tight on finances. But that's okay, we have plenty to eat and I look forward to enjoying things I already enjoy--a lot!

Hope you all have a great day, God bless you!

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FRAN0426 4/21/2014 11:53PM

    Great job getting your exercise mapped out for the week. Sometimes the most enjoyable meals are the ones that we always go back too. I am sure you will be making new dishes soon.

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MCMARTI26 4/21/2014 8:56PM

    emoticon , you have a plan.

I should be doing more of that. I kind of just go with the flow. I do write things down or tell someone so that I am forced to go through with it but I haven't been doing that with my Sparkpeople goals.

Thanks for the good example. Nice week to start!! emoticon


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HILLSLUG98239 4/21/2014 3:44PM

    Good job on laying out your plan. I do that ... and then I ignore it. But at some point, it'll click!

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DDOORN 4/21/2014 9:55AM

    Working that Spark! Woo hoo!


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Finally, a Day of Rest

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Just life--I haven't had a day off in three weeks, and I'm exhausted. But tomorrow I get to do nothing but rest and I'm so glad. I really need it, and the timing is great as I'm still glowing from the glory of celebrating the risen Jesus Christ. He is the dawn of light, he is the Lord of life, and because of his grace I love him so much! Can't wait to rest and enjoy him all day.

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AUNTRENEE 4/20/2014 10:14PM

    Amen to all of that.

I'm going to be up in Minnesota next month to visit family. Youngest niece is graduation from a community college up there.

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High Stress = A Test

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I serve as the preaching Pastor of a church near Minneapolis. I can't go into details, but right now the stress of this role is exceedingly high. In addition to this, my family is going through some things that are fairly heavy as well. As I add up the pieces, I'm facing seven ministry related and four family related situations. Of these eleven things, only 2-3 are notably heavy in themselves, but it's the combo of all these things that's making the stress in my life palpable.

But at the end of the day, stress is a test. Will I trust the Lord? Will I cast my cares upon Him? Will I let him carry the burden day by day? Will I take care of my health, or turn to junk food to comfort me and ease the pain, even if temporarily?

Stress is a test, and by the grace of God in Jesus Christ, I want to pass this test! So, I'm going to get up now and eat a veggie-laden breakfast burrito, have a few meetings, and then go work out! May Jesus be exalted through this storm, and may I learn to trust in him and have deep joy while the winds are blowing and the waves are crashing.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).

"Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Philippians 4:5-8).

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7).

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IMSMILEY88 4/18/2014 8:31AM

    Thank you for this morning devotional and even for the reminder that our pastors are human, too!

I love how you out that stress is a test. I've been going through a lot of stressful things the past half year or so. But, I can see the light at the end of my tunnel! Praise God! Some days, I wasn't so sure it would all work out. But, God knew! And I wish I would've trusted more. And turned to food less!

I will pray for you this morning!

And, God must've wanted me to see these verses again as they were my devotional on Thursday.

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UWHK8STER 4/17/2014 12:22PM

    You will be able to get through this. Eventually the situations will be resolved and it will ease your stress levels.

I'd advise going for a bike ride or a run, but seeing your pictures of "spring" in Minnesota, might not be the best option today. ;-)

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AUNTRENEE 4/17/2014 8:35AM

    You will get through this. He has died for us for this.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/17/2014 8:21AM

    emoticon Hopefully the problems will sort themselves out with help from the Lord. As the saying goes…"Lift your problems up to the Lord and he will find a way."

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