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Rest Day & Reflection on the Week

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm the pastor of a little church in the suburbs of Minneapolis, and Monday is my one day off every week. I need it! It's been a very busy week at work (I put in 53.5 hours) and I transitioned in my strength training plan from low impact, full-body workouts to more intense, targeted workouts.

Specifically, I warmed up with a 30 minute walk/jog, then I targeted the upper body Tuesday, the core Thursday, and the lower body yesterday. After each workout I either got on the elliptical for 30 minutes or when home and hopped on the bike trainer for 30-45 minutes. With each strength workout I did two sets of each exercise and tried to hit the fatigue point by the tenth rep, that is, the point at which the body fails to complete the last rep. I was fairly successful at locating the proper weights so that this would happen, I had three great workouts, but my body needs a break! It needs to rest and rebuild.

So, thanks be to God, today is my day of rest and I intend to enjoy it to the fullest.

Hope you have a great day!

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GAILRUU 1/10/2011 9:59AM

    I admire your devotion to both work and health!

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Good Salad at Denny's

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Today after church a couple offered to buy us lunch at Denny's. Not my favorite place, but the price was right! And more importantly, I really counted it a privilege to spend time with this precious family.

As I searched the menu, I found a cranberry, chicken, vinaigrette salad that was actually quite good. I ordered the half-salad, combined it with a bowl of soup, and got out of there at around 500 cals and feeling good about my lunch.

So if you find yourself at Denny's, I would certainly recommend this salad.


Goodbye, Junior Mints

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I see now that when I go to the movies (which is very rare for me) I can't have Junior Mints anymore, a movie snack which I've enjoyed for years. The cals are big, that's true, but that's not the reason I must abstain. Rather, I have totally detoxed my body of caffeine and thus I'm very sensitive to it. Believe it or not, the chocolate on those Junior Mints kept me up almost all night last night! I'm running on about 3.5-4.0 hours of sleep, and that's no where near enough for me. Oh well, I don't mind leaving these old friends behind, there are plenty of other things I love to eat that don't keep me up and that do a better job of fueling my body.

So long, Junior Mints, it was good while it lasted but, alas, I must bid you adieu!

Hope you have a great day!

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KAILYNSTAR 1/9/2011 12:06PM

    Everytime I see the words junior mints, I can hear the advertising jingle when they first came out.

Soft creamy mints in pure milk chocolate...

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MRE1956 1/8/2011 4:10PM

    Good work on quitting those Junior Mints - I like them myself (though it's been quite a while since I've indulged)......

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    Sorry for the loss of sleep. That is frustrating! They can be a distant relative that you visit once every few years haha!

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TRIGFROST 1/8/2011 3:04PM

    I eat Junior Mints that I buy at the store..when I put them in to my food for snacks...they are 16 for One Serving...not bad at all...I think...but I do try not to eat too many..maybe half of them and stuck on them for a long time...but I know it time like you to say by for now... emoticon

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KATWOMAN12839 1/8/2011 2:41PM

  aha moment. emoticon nice blog

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Reached the Next Level of CP25K

Friday, January 07, 2011

Yesterday I finished the fourth week of CP25K workouts, namely, jog for 1.5 minutes, walk for 1.5 minutes, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes and repeat one time. I modified this a bit by jogging for 5 minutes on the last interval.

So now I've reached the next level! Week four goes like this: warmup, jog for 3, walk for 1.5, jog for 5, walk for 2.5 and repeat one time. I'm very excited, I start tomorrow, I can tell that it'll be easy and I'm so happy about that. Last year even this moderate level of jogging was very difficult. I can just taste that 5K in my near future and it makes me smile!

Hope you have a great day!

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NEWSPAPERFAX 1/20/2011 8:56PM

    I just finished week 1, day 1.
It looks like it will be a Love/Hate thing. :]

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LAURACONNER 1/8/2011 3:39PM

    You can do this !
I feel it in your future too... emoticon

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Patience is so Important

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I've had a wonderful last couple months in the gym and I've really been reaping the benefits lately. My main goals for this year come in July and September so it's very important that I not over-train now otherwise I'll be burnt out or injured when the big days come. So, as excited as I am about pushing forward hard and fast, I must take it easy, be patient, and trust the process.

This is a great problem to have--only two years ago I could hardly do anything anymore!

Hope you all have a great day!

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    Good insight and thanks for the post. When those of us in the midst of our transformation see you we (I) think you've got it all figured out. It's good to hear your logic and thought process.

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