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Monday, June 24, 2013

The desk-potatoing of my first semester of graduate school continued into the second semester - I now find myself a total of 15 pounds heavier than when I started, and I promise, it's not muscle - it's donuts, beer, snacks, soda (which I know not to drink) and good 'ole down-south home cooking.

This summer is offering some relief in the form of weekend-warrioring. Bike rides of a few miles on Saturdays while pulling the amazingly heavy trailer my daughter rides in (60 lbs!) and waterskiing at the lake. If you think waterskiing is just getting pulled behind a boat, then you're wrong - it can be some seriously hard work.

I'm trying to incorporate something active into my day, every day, at a 15 minute minimum. Well, this is day 1 of that attempt; so far I have held to my promise by jumping rope for 15 minutes. Fun, sweaty, definitely got my heart rate up.

A big goal of mine this summer is to get back into running. I would like (maybe dreaming here), to be up to 10 miles by fall and pull 3 miles down in 18 minutes. The secondary goal is to stop jiggling when I ride my bike over bumps. :)

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BILL60 6/24/2013 3:26PM

    Good luck on your wishes.

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Well, I've been off of here a while. New things, in order:

Birth of beautiful baby girl!
Quit Job
Moved to Michigan
Started graduate school (Master's of Divinity)
Became a desk-potatoe
Started riding bike to school in January.

Those last two are why I'm back on SparkPeople. I don't want to become the atrophied overweight graduate student I see so much of everywhere. Since starting school I've added a few pounds and my pants are a testament to that. This conundrum ties in neatly with a specific project I've been working on:

Last semester, I crafted a "Rhythm of Life" which is an all-encompasing plan of who I want to be and what steps I'm going to try to undertake in the next two semesters to get there. This will be a plan that changes every couple of semesters as my goals change, but its kinda a guide to help me stay focused on the good. Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, & Robert Mulholland Jr. are responsible for this.

My two goals for January: a) Ride my bike to school every day that its feasible. Note: I am very well prepared for riding in inclement weather, so that's not a very good excuse for me not to ride. B) Stop snacking. No more snacks. no no no. Eat a real breakfast and lunch so that I don't have to snack during the day.

I thought I'd try to get back into SparkPeople to help me keep track of these goals. We'll see how it goes!

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GOODGETNBETR 1/7/2013 9:20AM

    Way to start the year off right. emoticon finding your rhythm.

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BILL60 1/5/2013 7:25AM

    Good luck!!

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GREENGENES 1/4/2013 11:14PM

    Welcome back to then Spark. Grad school is when I began to gain weight and it took me almost 15 years to realize how heavy I had become and about 5 years to finally find the right way to do something about it. Good luck!

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Walking Competition

Monday, August 30, 2010

Whew! It's been a while!

Well, I'm back on board. We'll see how long this time. But I figured I'd take advantage of the awesome fitness tracker on here to help me keep track of my fitness over the next couple of months.

See, my company is pretty awesome, so they have put together a walking competition. We divided up into teams (I'm a team captain) and have to see which team gets the most steps in (as proportionate to team size) during 2 months. Cool!

So I'm off onto the races. My goal is 10k steps a day! Ha!

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KELLYBEUMER 8/31/2010 10:09AM

    10000 should be a doable number. go for it! :) emoticon

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VFF's and Concrete Don't Mix

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Well, I was a good boy and changed into running clothes and headed out onto the Boise Greenbelt as soon as I got to the hotel. Super-long day of driving and working on a few towers, but pretty easy.

The run = c. six miles in 55 minutes. And I even threw in five minutes of stairs at the half-way point. The stairs were not the best idea, my normal habit of overdoing it...

I gotta say though, I love my Vibram Five Fingers. Most awesome running show of all time; unless you are on concrete. The run went well, but kinda ouch. Even asphalt gives more. I tried to run in the grass as much as possible, but even it was hardpack. I guess I'll save the VFFs for trail running. :)

I thought that I would go climbing afterward, but there just wasn't enough time when I got done running, ate something, and did some office work. So I'll have to save that for next time I'm up here.


OK first day back...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Well, I didn't wake up in time to run, but I did get in some good exercise today. I'll have to run tomorrow to make up for it though.

I got to hike through snow, at times hip-deep, to the summit of West Mountain and back down again, which took about 3 hours. That wouldn't be so bad, but it's a steep grade and I had my 40 pounds of safety equipment, water, light-bulbs, etc. hanging from me. At the top, I got to climb a short tower before heading down.

I drove straight from there to our Monday night SAR meeting; well, almost straight there, I caved in and got a burger at Carl's Junior on the way. But since I burned like 3000 calories today, I consider it fair.

When I got home, I forced myself to do my strength exercises and I did a circuit of: push-ups, pull-ups, hanging crunches, and jump-rope.

So, like I said, I didn't make it up in the morning to run, but I am definitely tired!

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RESCUEFROG 3/16/2010 10:58PM

    Yeah, it was definitely tough, but it was super-beautiful outside and quiet enough I could hear the water hitting the snow as it ran off the pine trees. emoticon

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KELLYBEUMER 3/16/2010 10:10AM

    Some how, I think slogging thru hip deep snow trumps a run! emoticon

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EMOAYN 3/15/2010 11:25PM

    keep up the good work!!!

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