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Lost another Pound
Saturday, January 22, 2011      1 comments

Since March 2009 I've lost 30 pounds. I dropped that weight in a year, really, and then have been in a holding pattern right around the 212-15 range. But lately I've gotten super-motivated to lose some more weight and try to live in that 195-200... Read more
Reached the Next Level of CP25K
Friday, January 21, 2011      2 comments

I did it! I completed week 5 of the CP25K plan and tomorrow I begin week 6. Week 5 consisted of a warm-up, 5 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 5 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 5 minute jog and cool down. I added an extra minute in the middle to make it 5-6... Read more
Improving Flexibility
Thursday, January 20, 2011      2 comments

I'm not exactly flexible. I can just hear my daughter laughing at this because she can bend in half without any problems and do the splits while standing! I can hardly bend in quarter but I'm trying to improve. I've been taking about 15 or 20 mi... Read more
A Great Late Evening Workout
Wednesday, January 19, 2011      0 comments

I don't really like working out in the evening but on Tuesdays, at least for the foreseeable future, I must. But last night I got to the gym about 7:00 and completed run two of CP25K week five and felt as good as if I'd worked out in the middle ... Read more
Taking off those Fall Pounds
Tuesday, January 18, 2011      0 comments

Last year, early in the fall, I got a little undisciplined with my weight management and put on about three pounds. At that point I said to myself, "Alright, enough of that, let's turn this boat around." So I started to take the steps I knew wer... Read more
Hit 59.6 mph on the Bike Trainer this Week
Monday, January 17, 2011      1 comments

In the winter months I do a modest amount of bike training on a "Cyclops" trainer. The Cyclops allows me to attach my actual bike to it and then adjust the tension as I ride so that it becomes easier or harder to spin the rear wheel. Among... Read more
Ooppss, ate a bit too much--ah, more than a bit!
Sunday, January 16, 2011      1 comments

Well, lunch today was not one of my more stellar moments, to say the least. The family and I went to a Mexican restaurant after church and I had a steak fajita which was very good and not too high in cals. I didn't eat much of the brown rice or ... Read more
Changed my Screen Name
Saturday, January 15, 2011      1 comments

My name is Charlie Handren and thus I originally chose the screen name chandren. To those who don't know me, this name appears to spell chand-ren rather than c-handren and thus I've toyed with the idea of switching up my screen name from time to... Read more
Cutting Edge Core Exercises
Friday, January 14, 2011      1 comments

My core is not very strong. I've been doing what I know to do in order to strengthen it this winter but my body is acclimating to the exercises I've been doing and thus not responding terribly well, that is, not growing much stronger. So this mo... Read more
Reached the Next Level of CP25K
Thursday, January 13, 2011      1 comments

I finished up week four of the "CP25K" plan today, and plan to do the first run of week four on Saturday. On week five I'll warm up for 10 minutes with a mellow walk and then jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3, jog for 5, walk for 3, and jog for 5. I... Read more
Dealing with "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness"
Wednesday, January 12, 2011      0 comments

Last week my strength training program transitioned from low-resistance, high-rep, full-body workouts to higher-resistance, lower-rep, targeted workouts. I had completed the full-body workouts for eight weeks in a row and felt that my body was n... Read more
Earned my 50,000 Point Trophy!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011      8 comments

I reached a milestone yesterday--I earned my 50,000 point trophy! It took 1 year and 10 months, lots of working out, lots of tracking, lots of points chasing, but it was all worth it. I have come so far and learned so much, and I'm very thankful... Read more
Rest Day & Reflection on the Week
Monday, January 10, 2011      1 comments

I'm the pastor of a little church in the suburbs of Minneapolis, and Monday is my one day off every week. I need it! It's been a very busy week at work (I put in 53.5 hours) and I transitioned in my strength training plan from low impact, full-b... Read more
Good Salad at Denny's
Sunday, January 09, 2011      0 comments

Today after church a couple offered to buy us lunch at Denny's. Not my favorite place, but the price was right! And more importantly, I really counted it a privilege to spend time with this precious family. As I searched the menu, I found... Read more
Goodbye, Junior Mints
Saturday, January 08, 2011      5 comments

I see now that when I go to the movies (which is very rare for me) I can't have Junior Mints anymore, a movie snack which I've enjoyed for years. The cals are big, that's true, but that's not the reason I must abstain. Rather, I have totally det... Read more

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