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Getting Ready for a Long Bike-Ride!

Friday, April 03, 2009

This May I'm traveling to California to perform a wedding for my nephew, and I've decided to take a few extra days out there to visit with some family and friends (I'm from there but now living in Minnesota). On one of those extra days I plan to rent a good road bike and enjoy a 110 mile ride around the Palm Springs area. I've been riding regularly for about 10 years now, but in any case that's a long way to go in one day.

So I'm preparing myself by taking several shorter rides each week and then one endurance ride. This week 40 miles, next week 55, the next 70, and the next 90. Then I'll back off the miles for a week or two and hopefully be well rested and strong for the big day!

Well, today is the 40 mile day, and praise be to God, my wife is home this week on spring vacation so she can ride with me. We're looking forward to a grand and glorious day!


There's Plenty of Time

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I've been working on "life-balance" lately, that is, on how to attend to all the things I must each day at home, church, work, and world. As you know, it's a lot to think about. So, last night I decided to write down the several things I want to be part of my day everyday, without compromise. I called them the "daily non-negotiables."

Amazingly enough, when I subtracted the time I need for these things each day from the total of 24 hours--which included time for eating well and exercising--I still had 12.5 hours left for work and miscellaneous whatever!

So I've come to see that the age-old excuse, "I don't have time to eat well" is a myth. There's plenty of time in the day for the things that are important.

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MSTIGGERFAN 4/2/2009 8:25AM

    So glad your still finding time for you and good luck in reaching all the goals you have set. This is really about a lifestyle change not a diet and once you find your balance you will do great. So glad you have found yours and sure you will see big results around the corner.

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Advice about the nutrition tracker?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A few years ago I designed an easy to use, hand-written system of tracking my caloric intake and food variety. It's based on Liz Applegate's excellent book, "Eat Smart, Play Hard." Thus, when I joined Spark People a couple of weeks ago I was hesitant to use the nutrition tracker because it looked complicated to me and my system is so easy--it only take 30-60 seconds to fill out for each meal.

But last night I decided to spend a couple of hours looking it over and giving it a try and I actually like it very much. It's much more flexible than I originally thought it was, and it tracks so many things I would never take the time to track, things that are important to me. I can see that it will take a lot of time to get it set up the way I want it, but that over time it will be fairly quick and easy to use and most of all more helpful than my own system.

So, I'm hoping that over the next month I will be able to input many of the meals I/we eat over and again so that in the coming months the tracker will be easy to use.

Any thoughts for a newcomer?


I'm really enjoying food

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's a little perplexing to think of why I would ever eat poorly in the first place because when I'm eating well I enjoy food even more than when I'm not. The Lord has given such a wonderful variety of things to eat with such unique and satisfying tastes, and enjoying a range of them each day gives me so much joy! And there's also the added enjoyment of knowing that I'm giving my body what it needs and of feeling a body that's at peace.

I used to have such problems with heart burn every day that I'd eat Tums like they were candy, but since I've started eating well again I have absolutely no heart burn and haven't reached even once for my bottle of Tums in 10 days!

So, for these reasons I'm sure enjoying the gift of food and I only pray that the Lord will give me grace to remember this and not go back to my old, lazy, unhealthy, joy-killing ways.


Day off mentality

Monday, March 30, 2009

Today is my one day off per week and I most often just lay around, rest, and read or watch a movie or something. And I most often eat poorly because I get real lazy and don't feel like cooking. I do feel this mentality in me today, but I'm goiing to break through it and find ways to eat well even if it means I've got to get my lazy butt up and cook!

Next week I think I'll make extras of a couple of meals I cook so that on my day off I'll only have to heat them up or what have you. But for now, I'm off to eat a good breakfast and nestle in for some rest!


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