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Ooppss, ate two dinners!

Saturday, January 29, 2011      1 comments

Last night my wife and I were scheduled to be at a friend's house but we didn't get the memo that dinner was involved. So we went out to eat and had a wonderful time, even though we were very tired, and headed on over. Boy were we surprised to s... Read more

Rest is in Order Today

Friday, January 28, 2011      2 comments

I've been feeling really good in the gym and out, exercising 5 to 6 days per week and getting stronger. But yesterday and today I have been feeling the exhaustion of it all and thus I am going to stay completely away from exercise today and save... Read more

CP25K--Week 5 Day 2 Went Well

Thursday, January 27, 2011      1 comments

Last week I decided to repeat week 5 of the "Couch Potato to 5K" training plan because I messed it up the first time. So Tuesday was the first workout--warm up, jog 5, walk 3, jog 5, walk 3, jog 5, cool down. And today was the second workout--wa... Read more

Jogged at 6.0 mph Yesterday

Wednesday, January 26, 2011      2 comments

I'm new to jogging/running so I decided to start out slow at a pace that I could maintain over time. I settled in at 4.5 for the first few weeks, which is barely past the "crawl" stage I know but it worked for me! Then I crept up to 4.8 and then... Read more

CP25K--Re-Doing Week 5 because I Messed Up

Tuesday, January 25, 2011      0 comments

A couple of years ago when I first heard of the "Couch Potato to 5K Plan" I made my own summary chart from the chart on the Cool Running website. Somehow I messed up and thought that all nine weeks included three identical runs but early this we... Read more

Oh Yes, a Day of Rest!

Monday, January 24, 2011      0 comments

Today's my day off and boy do I plan to take advantage of it! Here's my agenda: 1. Be lazy. 2. Do nothing. 3. Sleep when I sleep. 4. Sleep some more. 5. Do more nothing. 6. Go to bed. Sound good? Hope you have a great ... Read more

Cycling: One Leg Exercise

Sunday, January 23, 2011      1 comments

At this time of year I primarily train in the gym but I do mix in two bike trainer workouts per week. Yesterday I did an exercise that I don't particularly like but that's good for identifying week spots in one's pedal stroke and for developing ... Read more

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


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