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.
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!
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Well, we got about 5 inches of snow in the nw suburbs of Minneapolis last night and I sure do love it! It was a bit of a pain digging out this morning but I actually had fun doing it, and I gained some spark points along the way! It's such a pretty, glistening snow and now that the sun is out it looks as though we live in a winter wonderland.
Oh thank you, Lord for such a beautiful day as this!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Here's what I do for the first 6-8 weeks of the gym season just to get my body ready for more strenuous workouts in Jan and Feb:
1. Walk/Jog for 30 minutes (CP25K)
2. Full circuit through every machine in my gym, moderate weight and 15 reps at a medium pace.
3. 15-30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity to cool down.
4. Stretch for about 10 minutes.
5. Smile big and give thanks to Jesus!
I did this workout today and it sure felt good. I had to skip a couple of them last week because my schedule was off the hook and so, again, it sure felt good to get back to it. Interestingly enough, I'm still pretty sore from the wimpy fitness test I took on Wednesday. I only did 15 push ups in 1 minute, plus several warm ups before the test, and 30 crunches in one minute, plus several warm ups. But holy smokes, my abs and pecs are really sore!
Oh well, I still felt good in the gym and I'm hoping that my "slow and steady" approach this year will yield better results than last year.
Make it a great day today!
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Yesterday I took three of SP's fitness tests: push up test, crunch test, and the step test. Here are my results:
Push Up Test: 15 in one minute which is in the poor range.
Crunch Test: 30 in one minute which is in the marginal range.
Step Test: 106 heart-beats in the minute after the exercise which is in the average range.
My goal for this year's "gym season" is to get my scores into the average range or above for my age bracket, and thus I will repeat these tests at the beginning of January, February, and March to track my progress. The average range for push ups is 20-29 so I'm not that far off there. The average range for crunches is 40-49 so I'm not that far off there either. I'm already in the average range for the step test so mission accomplished there!
All in all, I feel good about the test and see that I'm actually closer to my goals than I thought I would be. If I reach them earlier than expected I might bump my goals up for the year. We shall see!
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