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18.2 mph was not an Anomaly
The other day I went for a bike ride, 17.2 miles, and averaged 18.2 mph. That's very fast for me, I've only ridden that fast a handful of times in my 10 years of biking. I thought it was an anomaly but I went for a 22.0 ride yesterday and, I'll ... Read more
Riding in the Rain
I just put everything together so that I can go for my daily bike ride. It's been threatening to rain all day but hasn't. And--you guessed--now that I'm 5 minutes from taking off it's starting to rain. Oh well, I'm a Baptist, so what do I care! ... Read more
I Think I Have to Exercise More
I've been stalled in my weight loss for the last couple of weeks.
Last January I weighed 242 lbs and realized that something had to happen. My dad died of his second heart attack at 51 years old, just 9 years older than I am now, and I did... Read more
Ah Yes, a Day Off
Last week was insane--I worked 15+ hours per day for seven straight days! And boy am I tired! So tomorrow is my one day off each week and am I ever glad it's here. I'm laying down even now at 7:00 p.m. and I probably won't get out of bed, except... Read more
Motivational Quote of the Day
Today on the SP front page, Sir James M. Barrie is quoted as asking, "Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than necessary?"
In a word, "Yes!"... Read more
Whew--I'm Finally Done
I've been working on a project for my doctoral degree this week which was due today--in fact, if I didn't get it in I would have flunked my current course. I way underestimated the work I had to do for the project and thus have put in about 50 h... Read more
Pushing a Power Mower
Well I took the brave step of pushing the power mower UPhill today. It was actually a pretty cool workout and made mowing the lawn more fruitful for my overall health plan. Hmmm, what shall I try next, adding weight to the mower?... Read more
Exercise Helps me to "Digest" Ideas
Today I've been researching a paper for a doctoral course which I then have to outline this evening. But the problem I'm having is that my brain is on "overload" and I can't think straight. My brain is full of substance but so full that I can ha... Read more
Learning to Eat Slowly
I read an interesting article in Healthy Lifestyle => Nutrition today about the benefits of eating slowly. I was surprised to see how much is really involved in this simple habit and I did feel encouraged, even excited, about slowing down a litt... Read more
Think Soberly, not Highly, of Self
On today's front page SP has the following quote: "Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your own estimate." I do understand the general logic of this quote but there's a more important referent to which we ought to compare our... Read more
The Groundwork of all Happiness
This morning on the SP front page, Leigh Hunt is quoted as saying, "The groundwork of all happiness is good health." I don't agree.
Good health is an important component of happiness but it is not the ground of it. In fact, if one gets the... Read more
Thanks SP for Target Heart Rate Article
I read a great article today under the health-->fitness category about determining your target heart rate. I've been cycling for a decade now but I'm also cheap so I've never bought a heart rate monitor. And now SP has given me several, fairly a... Read more
A Little Each Day Yields a Lot Over Time
Yesterday I mentioned in my blog that I'm riding my bike much faster than expected at this time of year (yesterday I put in 15 miles at an average of 17.7 mph, which is fast for me). As I reflected on this yesterday, it struck me that the reason... Read more
Riding Much Faster, Thanks to SP
I love cycling, it's really a passion for me. Every year I take a 5-day, 300-mile bike ride for MS research since my wife suffers with the disease, and every year I set a particular goal and strive to reach it. This year my goal is to achieve an... Read more