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2011 Goals--Part 1
Over the next few days I want to share my goals and strategy for 2011. Cycling is my main sport and so my goals are centered around that, but in fact cycling is simply a means to a greater end, namely, to pursue health for the glory of God, the ... Read more
Day of Rest Tomorrow
It's been a great week, especially in the gym, and to be honest I'm chomping at the bit to get in another workout. However, tomorrow's my one day off per week and I use it to rest my body so I'm going to have to discipline myself and stay home. ... Read more
Today I Become a Trainer!
My wife has been on again off again with her exercise and nutrition regimen for years. Lately she's put on a few extra pounds, not too many but a few, and has been feeling sluggish, so I told her that I was going to get her a personal trainer fo... Read more
I'm Surprised--My Core is not Sore!
I've been into gym season for about 4-5 weeks now and to this point my core has been rather sore after each visit. Yesterday I bumped up the core portion of my workout, nearly doubling what I normally do, and yet I'm hardly sore at all this morn... Read more
Adding Side-Planks Today
I have known of side planks for a long time but I never tried one until last night. Ouch! I quickly discovered that my left obliques are stronger than my right, and that side planks are hard--ouch! But as hard as they are I can see that they'll ... Read more
Can you "Plank" for 1 Minute?
Last year I learned to do planks (if you don't know what a plank is search on SP or google), and I found them to be rather painful. I could hardly hold one for 30 seconds, although I made it to 45 a time or two. This year one of my goals is to b... Read more
I Must Dig Deep to Reach My Goal for 2011
Over the last couple of years I've dropped 32 lbs, going from 242 to 210. I've put a few pounds back on over the last month or so not so much because of the holidays but because of a slight winter depression and corollary lack of discipline. Bu... Read more
Patience--That's the Key for Me
The "gym season" is going well for me so far and I'm very tempted to push farther faster than I had planned. But I can really feel my body getting stronger and fitter and I think it's probably best to stay the course with my plan for the year an... Read more
It's a Blustery Day!
Wow, the snow is really coming down this morning. I'm looking out my window, watching it blow sideways, and pile up all over the place. I sure love the snow but I have to go out into it right now and I sure hope I don't get stuck!
Hope you... Read more
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