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Did the Stair-Stepper for the First Time in Years

Friday, December 10, 2010

I used to hate the stair stepping machine but I did it because I knew it was good for me. But when they came out with the elliptical machine I thought, "Oh, this is for me," and I never went back to the stair stepper again--until yesterday. I really want to improve my climbing on the bike this year and thought that machine might help me, and by golly, I think it will. It was still painful, but nothing near so bad as years ago and I'm glad I tried it.

Hope you have a great day!

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BACKTOTEN12 12/10/2010 4:05PM

    It's amazing how God made our bodies to adapt, isn't it? We get stronger with every activity and losing weight certainly makes exerting oneself so much easier. Hang in there and it'll get less painful. ( I doubt if it will ever go to "FUN"!!! but it might- it's all in our attitude. and it WILL increase you climbing ability)I was thinking about trying it at our gym. I haven't been on it for 10 years but I'm soooo much better - I may just be inspired. Thanks. emoticon

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Strength Training Today

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I strength train three times per week at this time of year, and today is one of those days. Throughout December I'm doing a fairly simple full body workout: one set of 15 reps for about 20 exercises with moderate weight, at medium speed. Then in January I'll change it up and do upper body on Tuesdays, core on Thursdays, and lower body on Saturdays.

I normally stop strength training in the heart of cycling season, but I've been thinking that I might somehow work it in for the 2011 season. We'll see how it goes.

Peace to you all!

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BACKTOTEN12 12/10/2010 4:08PM

    I love the strength training. I always feel great when I get done. It makes lots of things easier, too. I feel lots "lighter" for some reason. Good luck on your routine. It's hard to keep on schedule this time of year. I've been doing pretty well and sounds like you are to. Keep it up!!

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MROSE721 12/9/2010 12:03PM

  wishing u well, keep us posted on your workouts

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Very Busy Day Today

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ever had one of those days where you have so much to do that you feel like shutting down? A sort of system overload if you will. Well, that's the kind of day I'm having and to add to the issue I'm in a slight winter depression.

So, what's a guy to do? Just lean on Jesus, put my hand to the plow, focus on one thing at a time, and stop thinking about it! I trust that the Lord will have his way in and through me today.

Hope you have a good one.

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LEARNING2LUVME 12/8/2010 9:37PM

    I have those days all. the. time. Had one yesterday, as a matter of fact.

In regards to your winter blues, I'm sure you've tried this, but taking vitamin D really helped me with mine. Also, Niacin is supposed to be helpful. I found that out when I watched the documentary Food Matters.

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THOMPS0126 12/8/2010 2:10PM

    Praying for you! I find it very encouraging to remember what Jesus brought me from. Something about changing your perspective to lift your spirit! Blessings my friend!

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A Slight Winter Funk

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Over the last few days I've been in a bit of a winter funk. The short days and cold weather often combine to send me into a slight depression every year, and this one is no exception. My energy and passion and attitude tend to go down, and then I sometimes start fudging on my diet a bit which only adds to the problem.

I never go deep into this kind of funk but just enough that it does affect my daily life. So today I'm just going to try to do the right thing, eat what I ought, exercise as I planned, and trust the Lord to help me. Hopefully this boat will turn around in the near future.


I Really Like Breathing (Or How Greg Chaffin Saved My Life)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

On the first Sunday of every month our church celebrates communion, which is to say we take the time to remember and think about what Jesus Christ did for us. After the worship service we then enjoy a meal together.

At that meal I took a piece of beef, and I enjoyed most of it very much. But apparently I didn't chew that last bite quite as much as I should have because it lodged in my esophagus and I could not get it to move. I tried drinking a little water, I tried coughing it up, but very soon I realized that it was really stuck and I couldn't breathe at all.

As the water came pouring out of my mouth, those around me realized that something was wrong and I signaled to my good friend Greg Chaffin and he came running. He grabbed me from around the back and began squeezing and hitting my back and thanks be to God at some point that little piece of meat dropped down into my stomach.

I don't know how long I was unable to breathe but it felt like a very long time and it really got my attention. It made me realize anew that life is a gift from God, that I don't deserve that gift or have any rights to it, and that God could snatch it from me at any moment. He is gracious in life and death, but one way or the other he alone is God and I praise him.

Wow, it turns out that I really like breathing! Thanks, Lord, and thanks Greg!

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LEARNING2LUVME 12/6/2010 10:38AM

    How scary! What a blessing that your friend was there and able to save you!!

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ILRURALRT 12/5/2010 2:20PM

    Amazing, you will have a great praise report to anyone who asks. God is good. Treasure every day and be thankful to God your friend was there. Make the best of it!

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