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Making Good Choices When I Don't Want to
For the first time in the last four months I've hit a stretch where it's hard for me to make the right cuisine choices. I'm craving the old junk I used to love so much. But this time I'm making a choice: just don't do it. Just make the right cho... Read more
I've Reached Stage 4
I remember standing in my bathroom looking into the mirror 18 weeks ago and saying, "Charlie, you have to believe this is possible. You have to believe that you can do this." And lo and behold, 18 weeks later I'm 21 lbs lighter (I had already lo... Read more
One more week before my "Tour de France"
Well, I've been preparing myself for months now for The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. It's my Tour de France every year, and this looks like it will be my best by far. I'm shooting for a total average speed of 16 mph over 300 miles. ... Read more
Barely Got SP in Today
Today's been unusually busy--I just finished a 15 hour work day. For the first time since March I almost forgot to log in and get my SP points for the day! Whew, that was close!... Read more
MY Pattern of Rest is out of Whack
One of my teams tracks daily sleep so I've been going along with that over the last month or so and I've realized that my pattern is very irregular and probably not good. I'll get 8 here 7.5 there, but then there will be these intermittent stret... Read more
Starting to Memorize Psalm 84 Today
The church which I have the privilege of serving as Pastor loves to memorize the Bible together and this week we're starting a six-week journey into memorizing Psalm 84, two verses per week. Here are the verses for this week:
1 How love... Read more
Planning on a longer ride this week
My wife and I are preparing for a 300 mile, 5 day ride at the end of this month, the longest day of which is about 70 miles. So I've been bumping up my daily miles over the last few weeks but at least once this week I want to do a 70-miler as fa... Read more
Riding in the Wind
Whatever doesn't kill me will make me stronger! That's true, but riding straight into a 20+ mph wind for about 20 miles sometimes makes you feel like your going to die!
But alas, I survived and now I need to refuel so I can ride in the win... Read more
Yes, I Finally Lost Another Pound!
I've been stuck at 215 for quite a while now but this morning I was down to 214! My main goal is not to lose weight, but I must admit that it's sure fun!
The only thing that's changed is that I decided to start eating more. I've been cycli... Read more
Ah Yes, a Day Off
Well, tomorrow is my day off and so I'm finally able to rest after a hard week--a good one but a hard one. It feels so good to be resting, thanks Lord!... Read more
Training Hard but Just Can't Lose Weight
I've been training for a 300 mile bike ride my wife and I do every year. Last week I rode 20 miles per day for 5 days, and this week I've ridden 30 miles per day for 5 days--all at an average of 17 mph, which is fairly fast for me and takes a lo... Read more
I Can Overcome Impulsivity
All my life I've been impulsive, and for my entire teen years there was rarely an impulse I didn't give into, no matter how destructive it was (I was a pretty severe drug-addict from 11-20 years of age). This has a lot to do with why I'm an "emo... Read more
I Chose to Remain Impulsive
Yesterday I blogged about how my parents trained me to give into my impulses because all I had to do was pout loud and long enough and I usually got what I wanted. But at some point a boy becomes a man and has to take responsibility, and I must ... Read more
I Was Trained to be Impulsive
Yesterday I blogged about another trigger to emotional eating--hanging out with my wife. We love being with one another and it usually sounds good to us to go to a coffee shop or restaurant, which is great for the marriage but not so good for th... Read more
Another Trigger: Being with my Wife
I'm on stage three, part five of SP's plan and the topic I'm supposed to dwell on for a couple of weeks is triggers to emotional eating. I realized today that another major one, though i'm not sure I'd call it emotional, is spending time with my... Read more