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It's a New Month!
Tuesday, November 01, 2016      4 comments

I've been off of SP for a month or so due to extreme busyness. I've done a pretty good job with eating but not quite as good with exercise because at this time of year I have to give 6 hours per week to picking up leaves--no kidding, we have tha... Read more
2.5 Day Prayer Retreat
Saturday, August 20, 2016      1 comments

During our vacation this year, the Lord did some good things in our lives, one of which was helping me to see that I need to make sure and give prayer--long periods of a prayer--a high priority in my life. One of the ways I plan to do that is ta... Read more
Today's Fitness Plan
Friday, August 19, 2016      4 comments

August is a month of recovery and transition for me. July is a huge cycling month with our big 300-mile bike ride taking place near to the end of it, and over the years I've struggled after that to keep on keeping on. The issue is that I get tir... Read more
Getting Ready for a 5k
Thursday, August 18, 2016      4 comments

My main sport, and fitness love, is cycling. But over the fall and winter, I've decided to add jogging to the mix again. The last two times I did this, I advanced quite a bit in aerobic endurance which is very important in cycling. So, I'm... Read more
Nice Short Bike Ride Today
Tuesday, August 16, 2016      2 comments

Took a quick 11.1 mile bike ride today and averaged 15.8 mph without pushing much at all. In years past, i was riding at 18.5 - 20.0 mph on a regular basis but given how bad a shape I let myself get in last year, I feel very good about this. My ... Read more
New Running Shoes
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      5 comments

Now that the heart of the 2016 cycling season is behind me, I'm in the initial phases of my fall/winter training plan which includes working back up to jogging a 5k and then a 10k. So I got some new shoes today (my old running shoes are two or t... Read more
Back to Work Today
Tuesday, August 09, 2016      4 comments

After three weeks of vacation, I had to go back to work today. I say "had to" because I was just beginning to truly relax and yet it was time to jump back into the fast-flowing river that is daily life. This morning I tried not to think about it... Read more
An Eight-Pound Northern Pike!
Monday, August 08, 2016      2 comments

Last Saturday my wife and I went for a 7-mile canoe trip down the Saint Croix River, and near the end of out time there she landed a big one! It was quite a fight getting it into the canoe and on the stringer but she did it. Today it's time eat!... Read more
Back from Vacation
Sunday, August 07, 2016      1 comments

My wife and I had a wonderful time at the Wild River State Park near the Saint Croix River and just north of Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Three of the seven days were brutally hot and humid so that we had to hibernate, but the other four days were ... Read more
Seven Days on the Saint Croix River!
Sunday, July 31, 2016      3 comments

Today my wife and I have the privilege of heading out to the Saint Croix River where we'll be camping in a travel trailer, fishing, cycling, swimming, relaxing, reading, and enjoying one another. We plan to leave in about three hours and I can't... Read more
42.6 Mile Bike Ride in Minneapolis Yesterday
Saturday, July 30, 2016      3 comments

It's been several days now since we returned from our 300 mile bike ride. Since I'm still on vacation and yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day, I decided to drive to a town called Hopkins where there's a very cool coffee shop and easy access... Read more
Savoring my Food Today
Friday, July 29, 2016      2 comments

Today is Day 4 of the "Fit Food Challenge" and the assignment for the day is to savor our food. The idea, as most of you know, is that it takes about 20 minutes for the brain and the stomach to agree that the stomach is full. So, the assignment ... Read more
Thursday, July 28, 2016      3 comments

Today is Day 4 of the "Fit Food Challenge," and the daily task is to carefully measure every piece of food we eat as much as possible. Thankfully, this task is also included in the "30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge" and so I've been measuring pr... Read more
Re-organizing the Cupboards Today
Wednesday, July 27, 2016      1 comments

Today is Day Three of the "Fit Food Challenge," and the challenge for the day is to reorganize the cupboards. I'm on vacation and, like yesterday, have been wanting to do this for a long time, so I'm very grateful for the challenge! Hope y... Read more
Re-organizing the Fridge Today
Tuesday, July 26, 2016      1 comments

Today is Day Two of the "Fit Food Challenge," and the challenge for the day is to reorganize the refrigerator with the specific goal of storing fruits and veggies in a healthy way and keeping them where they can be seen and thus eaten. I've been... Read more

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