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Traveling--Hmm, How will it Go?
I'm leaving town for 10 days and will be living (mostly) out of a hotel where I'll get free breakfast (and where I can nab some good snacks for the day) but I'm on my own for lunch and dinner. No fridge in the room so I'm trying to think through... Read more
The Glory of Christ & Healthy Living
I'm a pastor so I've been putting the finishing touches on my Sunday sermon this morning. It's about how God has responded to our sin, and the dire consequences thereof, but sending Jesus Christ into the world that whosoever would believe in him... Read more
Sub-220--I'm Learning to Believe!
I can't believe it--I weighed in at 219 this morning! I've been straining to remember the last time I was sub 220 but I can't. I know it's been several years.
So I had a good talk with myself this morning. The day I started SP (March 21 I ... Read more
Hit 17.2 mph on my Ride Today
I'm not the fastest biker you've ever met but I do like to go as fast as I can. There's a particular trail I ride quite a bit that's about 14.8 miles. It's hilly, woodsy, beautiful. The best time I've ever posted there was 16.5 mph, so on my SP ... Read more
Down 15 Pounds!
I've been on SP for about 8.5 weeks now, and I just hit the 15 lb down mark! I'm so thankful to the Lord for the weight loss, but much more for the desire and discipline to steward this body well. I do find joy in losing the weight, of course, b... Read more
Another MS Checkup Today
My wife was diagnosed with MS 13 years ago now, and every time we change insurance companies (due to her employer, not us) we have to go through an MS checkup/intake procedure with the new doc. He/she will look at her MRI's, get some history, lo... Read more
Pushing a Power Mower
The last strategy of SP Stage 2 is finding ways to exercise/eat well in every day situations. So yesterday, as I mowed my lawn, I decided to burn a few more cals by pushing the power mower rather than pulling that little handle! Of course, I let... Read more
A Motivating Quote
I moved to stage three today and one of the activities they have you do early on is find a motivating quote or two to spur you on. As I thought about what really motivated me to pursue a healthy lifestyle, a couple verses from the Bible came to ... Read more
Walk for Life Today
I serve on the board of the Abba Pregnancy Resource Center in Elk River, Minnesota. Today is our annual "Walk for Life" where we try to raise money and awareness for the cause of life. We believe that unborn children are full human beings who de... Read more
Why I Love Walking
Like most of you, I've been walking for quite a while now--since I was about 1 year old! But only more recently did I start walking as part of my exercise regimen and I must say that I've really come to love it for at least these reasons:
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Prayer & Spinach
Today is the National Day of Prayer and thus I attended our local Mayor's prayer breakfast this morning. The choice was between eggs, ham, and cheese AND eggs, spinach, sausage, and cheese. I'm always up for a good ham and cheese omelet or what ... Read more
Small Victory over Emotional Eating
For a number of reasons, the last two weeks have been fairly stressful, and yesterday was the most stressful of all--by far. Because a few things needed to be accomplished by early this morning, I had to work deep into the night and early mornin... Read more
I Splurged--But I Don't Feel Guilty!
Yesterday was my daughter's 15th birthday and so we took her out to dinner. I made a great choice for the entree, but when it came to dessert...not so much! I won't mention what I had so as not to tempt anyone, but let's just say it put me a lit... Read more
How I Thank the Lord for My Bike!
I had the privilege of riding my bike for a little over 50 miles today. The weather was perfect--50-65 degrees, slight east wind, I cleaned my bike from head to toe yesterday so it was smooth and quiet, I felt particularly good on the bike today... Read more
Yard Work as Exercise
Well, today was the first day we did yard work out here in the burbs of Minneapolis. I mowed, seeded, weeded, etc. But I decided to make a race of it and turn it into more than yard work, and I must say that I got quite a workout. My neighbors m... Read more