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Taking a Load Off
Yesterday I rode my bike into the office which is about 8 miles from my home. I needed my laptop, of course, so I packed it in my backpack with a few other misc things and headed off. I had a headwind all the way in which made the ride a little ... Read more
Any Ideas for Low-Sodium Soups?
I have slight blood pressure issues and therefore need to watch my sodium intake. I love soups but it seems that all canned soups and soup starters are packed with sodium. So I've been looking for low-sodium soup recipes but am not having much l... Read more
Any Ideas for Low-Sodium Soups?
I have slight blood pressure problems and thus need to watch my sodium intake each day. I love soups, but it seems that all canned soups and soup starters are packed with sodium. So I've been looking for ways to make homemade soup from scratch t... Read more
Christ Died for our Sin--Which Includes Indulgence
At the end of the day, the reason I'm so overweight (about 50 lbs) is that I'm a self-centered, indulgent person. If I had simply obeyed the Lord and treated my body as he would have me, I would have enjoyed food very much--after all He gave it ... Read more
My Double Joy
I'm sure there will be days when I'm tempted to eat more than I should at a restaurant, but for this morning I'm celebrating the small victory that I want to eat well. And furthermore, I've learned how to eat things that fit within my plan and t... Read more
What a Great Ride!
Well my 55-miler went very well yesterday. Came in just slightly under 15.0 mph due to a stiff head wind over the last 11 miles. More importantly, my body felt good and strong just about the whole way through. I must admit though, that I couldn'... Read more
Long Bike Ride Today
Today is the second of five endurance rides designed to prepare me for a one day, 110 mile bike ride on May 19. I'll be traveling 55 miles today, Lord willing, and will be shooting for 15 mph. Because I've been eating well for a couple of weeks ... Read more
Learning to See Rest as Part of the Plan
Monday is my one day off per week and two weeks ago, just after I started changing my eating habits, I was so totally out of energy that I didn't know what to do. It occurred to me that my body could simply be in a mild state of shock from the a... Read more
I Survived a Church Potluck!
I was concerned this morning about how I would handle our monthly church potluck. I'm the pastor of the church so I can't exactly skip it, so I had to find a way to exercise discipline in a situation where that is very difficult for me. But I wa... Read more
Down 7 Pounds!
I'm actually not too focused on weight loss. I'm more focused on eating well and exercising, trusting that my weight will land where it lands. But I must admit that it was very satisfying this morning to see that I'm down 7 pounds from only 14 d... Read more
Getting Ready for a Long Bike-Ride!
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... Read more
There's Plenty of Time
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... Read more
Advice about the nutrition tracker?
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 hes... Read more
I'm really enjoying food
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 satisfyi... Read more
Day off mentality
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 goiin... Read more