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The Groundwork of all Happiness

Saturday, June 06, 2009

This morning on the SP front page, Leigh Hunt is quoted as saying, "The groundwork of all happiness is good health." I don't agree.

Good health is an important component of happiness but it is not the ground of it. In fact, if one gets the "ground" right, one can still be happy in a state of ill health. The true ground of happiness is peace with God.

Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." And 1 Timothy 4:7-10, "Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. 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. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe."

Hoping in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, is the true groundwork of happiness for "in his presence there is fullness of joy"--in sickness and in health.

  


Thanks SP for Target Heart Rate Article

Friday, June 05, 2009

I read a great article today under the health-->fitness category about determining your target heart rate. I've been cycling for a decade now but I'm also cheap so I've never bought a heart rate monitor. And now SP has given me several, fairly accurate ways of determining my target heart rate (and associated rates) without buying a heart rate monitor.

Maybe sometime I'll break down and buy one, but for now, thanks SP!

  


A Little Each Day Yields a Lot Over Time

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Yesterday I mentioned in my blog that I'm riding my bike much faster than expected at this time of year (yesterday I put in 15 miles at an average of 17.7 mph, which is fast for me). As I reflected on this yesterday, it struck me that the reason I'm riding so much faster now than in past years at this time is because SP has taught me to focus more on the little daily habits rather than the big, dramatic things. For instance, it has taught me to think more about establishing healthy habits each day rather than trying to loose 50 lbs in 4 weeks, or whatever.

And the bottom line is this: doing a little bit each day yields quite a lot over time.

  


Riding Much Faster, Thanks to SP

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I love cycling, it's really a passion for me. Every year I take a 5-day, 300-mile bike ride for MS research since my wife suffers with the disease, and every year I set a particular goal and strive to reach it. This year my goal is to achieve an average speed of 15.5 mph because my former best is 15.4. An increase of 1/10 of a mph may not seem like much, but over a 300 mile distance it's actually quite a bit.

Well, I expected to be sustaining speeds of 16.0 or so on shorter rides by this time of year but just yesterday I went for a fairly intense 10 mile ride and achieved an average speed of 17.5 mph. I think this is due to following SP because I'm lighter, my body has all the nutrients it needs to perform well, and I've been slowly building strength and stamina as I've committed myself to exercising 6 days per week.

So thanks SP! If I reach or exceed my goal it'll be your fault!

  
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KASSIANDORA 6/3/2009 12:45PM

    Congratulations!

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I Love Soup

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Man, I sure do love soup! Ate it twice today. Low cal, full of goodies, tasty--gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!

  
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ONCEUPONMYLIPS 6/2/2009 11:21PM

    another soup and stew lover here as well... warm and so good for you when you pump up the veggies.

Canned does it in a pinch, but I like making my own so much more.

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SHAREDJOURNEY 6/2/2009 11:15PM

    I love soup! I try to order a cup of clear soup and a salad when we go out to dinner. It always pays off in satisfaction.

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