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Prayer & Spinach

Thursday, May 07, 2009      0 comments

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

Wednesday, May 06, 2009      0 comments

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!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009      1 comments

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!

Monday, May 04, 2009      0 comments

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

Sunday, May 03, 2009      2 comments

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

Healthy Living is not an End in Itself

Saturday, May 02, 2009      0 comments

Air is important. If we don't breathe we will die. But air itself is not the point of breathing, living is. In the same way, eating well and exercising and caring for our emotional and spiritual needs are important, but these things are not ends... Read more

Tough Day on the Bike

Friday, May 01, 2009      1 comments

"Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger!" That's what I kept telling myself as I pedaled my bike straight into a 15-25 mph wind for about 40 miles. It's hard to explain just how much harder this kind of wind makes riding, but let me put it t... Read more

80 Mile Bike Ride Today

Thursday, April 30, 2009      0 comments

I've been training for a 110 mile ride I plan to take on May 19 in Palm Springs, CA, and today I'm scheduled to do an 80 miler. Two weeks ago I did 67 and felt great at the end, today I hope to finish strong as well. They key to finishing strong... Read more

Where the Real Joy Is

Wednesday, April 29, 2009      0 comments

I must admit that I enjoy loosing weight. But past experience tells me that if I focus on that I will most likely fail in the long-run and my mood will fluctuate wildly in the short-run depending on what the scale says each day. Not a physically... Read more

Actually Lost 10 lbs in April

Tuesday, April 28, 2009      1 comments

In late March I signed on for the "Lose 10 lbs in April Challenge" but soon I began to doubt that I could do it, and furthermore I began to question the wisdom of trying. I have learned from Spark People that attempting too much too soon will mo... Read more

Glad to be Part of SP

Monday, April 27, 2009      0 comments

Mondays are my one day off per week which obviously allows me a lot more leisure, so I spent quite a bit of time on SP today mostly replying to posts on the message boards that I would normally pass over in the interest of time. And I must say t... Read more

Nice to Enjoy a Meal Out Once in a While

Sunday, April 26, 2009      0 comments

Now that I've been focusing on healthy eating for a little over a month, it's nice to eat out knowing (1) that I have a much better idea of the calories I'm taking in and can at least "ball-part" them and (2) that even though I ate more than nor... Read more

Values are Better Caught than Taught

Saturday, April 25, 2009      1 comments

I started Spark People a little over a month ago and so far I've lost 11 lbs. This, however, is just a symptom of healthy eating and more regular exercise which are the things on which I'm focusing rather than weight loss. Within a few days of b... Read more

Walking while Working

Friday, April 24, 2009      1 comments

I have a very sedentary, intellectual-oriented job--I teach the Bible, theology, and the original biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew, and a little bit of Aramaic) in the context of a church. Yesterday I decided to experiment with walking while I ... Read more

Good to be Home

Thursday, April 23, 2009      1 comments

It's so good to be home again (I've been at a conference in NC this week) where I have complete control over my diet. I was excited to see that I only gained .5 lb this week given that I ate quite a lot and drank more southern sweet tea then I s... Read more


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