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
Healthy Living is not an End in Itself
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I Miss my Bike!
I've been in Charlotte NC for some meetings the last couple of days, and boy do I miss my bike! Lord willing, I'll be able to catch a brief ride after I get home (Minneapolis area) this afternoon and I can almost hear my bike calling me now--can... Read more
Thank God for a Healthy Cook!
I've been in Charlotte at an all day meeting of fellow pastors who start new churches, and the one preparing our meals for us must be a Sparkie! Thanks be to God. She served us spinach, mandarins, a very healthy stir fry, etc--with some brownies... Read more
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