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Thoughts on Herbs & Spices?
I've got high blood pressure and thus need to watch my sodium intake. Thus, I want to begin learning about the wide variety of herbs and spices out there so that I can still enjoy tasty foods without putting too much sodium in my system.
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Great Day for a Long Ride
I'm traveling to CA in mid-May and one thing I plan to do while there is take a long bike ride--110 miles in one day. So each week I do an endurance ride, among other things, to get my body and mind ready for the big day. Today I'm scheduled to ... Read more
YES! I'm no Longer "Obese"
Thanks be to God, I just recalculated my BMI for the first time in three weeks (when I started Spark People) and, having lost 10 lbs, I've eaked out of the "obese" category! A score of 30.0+ is over the line, 29.9- is under, and I'm at 29.7! Awf... Read more
I've Got the "Have to do my Taxes" Blues
Today is normally my one day off per week, but this week I have to do my taxes--wah, wah, wah. Yeah, I'm a tax procrastinator, but I'll git 'er dun!
Well, at least I can look forward to an amazingly healthy breakfast burrito and some fresh... Read more
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