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Another MS Checkup Today

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My wife was diagnosed with MS 13 years ago now, and every time we change insurance companies (due to her employer, not us) we have to go through an MS checkup/intake procedure with the new doc. He/she will look at her MRI's, get some history, look at her meds history, and make recommendations. Normally, we enjoy these visits because we learn a thing or two and find out where she is with the disease, but the last one of these we had was the best one ever--we loved the doc more than any other we've had, and he set her on a good path. But then he left that system and left us having to find another MS doc.

So here we go again. Oh well, at least we get to spend the day together!

  


Pushing a Power Mower

Monday, May 11, 2009

The last strategy of SP Stage 2 is finding ways to exercise/eat well in every day situations. So yesterday, as I mowed my lawn, I decided to burn a few more cals by pushing the power mower rather than pulling that little handle! Of course, I let it help me go up hill to save my back, but on flats and of course downs I "let it fly"!

Thank God for small pleasures!

  


A Motivating Quote

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I moved to stage three today and one of the activities they have you do early on is find a motivating quote or two to spur you on. As I thought about what really motivated me to pursue a healthy lifestyle, a couple verses from the Bible came to mind:

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy 4:7-8).

  


Walk for Life Today

Saturday, May 09, 2009

I serve on the board of the Abba Pregnancy Resource Center in Elk River, Minnesota. Today is our annual "Walk for Life" where we try to raise money and awareness for the cause of life. We believe that unborn children are full human beings who deserve to be valued and protected as such, and who have as much right to life as anyone. It grieves us that one of the most dangerous places in America is a mother's womb, as over 40 million children have been killed since Roe v. Wade. We pray for the day when abortion is as unthinkable as any other form of murder or infanticide or genocide.

And so we walk. May the Lord hear and answer our prayers. May the people in our community wake up to the reality of what abortion really is and turn from the horror of it. May the Lord forgive and cover and heal any who have been involved in the industry, or who have had an abortion in their past. And may He grant that the church be a place of hope and healing, as well as a place of truth and advocacy.

  


Why I Love Walking

Friday, May 08, 2009

Like most of you, I've been walking for quite a while now--since I was about 1 year old! But only more recently did I start walking as part of my exercise regimen and I must say that I've really come to love it for at least these reasons:

1. I can do it anywhere. Today I was at a business meeting that lasted for eight hours, with 45 minutes for lunch. So I chowed down in 15 minutes and did a 30 minute power walk. It was great and it really helped me to push through that post lunch lull!

2. I love being outdoors.

3. Even though it is exercise, I can still do other things like memorize and rehearse verses of the Bible. Over the last couple of years I've memorized the one of the smaller letters in the Bible called Ephesians (because it was written to a church in a little city in what is now western Turkey called Ephesus). I have memorized most of the last chapter over the last couple of weeks during my daily walks, and so I feel like I'm accomplishing two or three things at once--exercise, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with the Lord.

I'm sure I could think of more reasons why I love walking but I'm tired and I need to go to sleep!

  


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