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
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.
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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