Did the Stair-Stepper for the First Time in Years
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 re... Read more
Strength Training Today
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... Read more
Very Busy Day Today
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 ... Read more
A Slight Winter Funk
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 ... Read more
I Really Like Breathing (Or How Greg Chaffin Saved My Life)
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 p... Read more
Snow, Lots of Snow!
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 pre... Read more
Good Workout Today
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 ... Read more
Fitness Test Results
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.
... Read more
Fitness Test Today
Today I am going to take several fitness tests which I will then repeat at the beginning of January, February, and March to track my progress. Using SP's guidelines, I will take the push up test, crunch test, and step test. I'll do them back to ... Read more
Icy Roads Today--Don't Like 'Em!
I can deal with all kinds of weather conditions, and I actually enjoy the variety. I wouldn't want to move back to an area where the weather's oh so predictable. But I must admit that the one thing I really hate is icy roads. It takes so much ti... Read more
Today is my 19th Wedding Anniversary
Nineteen years ago today I married the love of my life, and my very best friend. Today I love her even more and she's an even better friend as we've walked through so many difficulties, challenges, opportunities and successes together. I am more... Read more
Low Cal Day Today
Today is my one day off per week and I tend to do a whole lot of nothing on these days! So I generally back my cals way off which I plan to do today. I normally eat about 2200 per day but today I'm shooting for 1500.
But here's the deal--I... Read more
Buffalo Wild Wings--great for the taste buds, Not so much for the waste line!
We went to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings today and I had the chicken tenders and popcorn shrimp combo with Asian Zing--wow, what a sauce.
And wow, what a pile of calories! It all tasted so good but it was all deep fried and added up to about... Read more
Too Much, Too Soon--Need to Slow Down Just a Bit
I started gym season in earnest several weeks ago and thought I was starting off slow enough, however, my hamstrings have been feeling quite sore and I'm afraid that means I'm pushing my body too much, too soon. The gym season lasts another 3-4 ... Read more
I knew I was going to overeat for the T-day meal so I ate a smaller breakfast, no mid-morning snack, a massive lunch/dinner at around 2:00 p.m. or so, a little dessert around 4:00, and then nothing from there on. I think I actually stayed within... Read more
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