Monthly Archives: August 2018

Couch to 5k: Climbing the ladder

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If you’ve read my previous posts on the subject you will remember I’m in the process of ramping up the number of laps I cover on a 400 meter track.  My goal is to walk 13 laps (the approximate distance of a 5k run) hence the post title Climbing the ladder.  With only 3 workouts in the past 10 days it would seem I have not accomplished very much.  But, relationships are as important to your health as physical fitness; an anniversary here, family vacation there and sprinkle in entertaining loved ones.   Each engagement can have a positive impact on one’s mental health.

…Oh yeah, about the exercise thing.  Those three workouts covered 10, 10 and 11 laps.  With each workout I increased the # of 1/2 lap jogs.  The 5k fun run is about a month away so it is time for the final push.

Enjoy what is left of this summer.  Consider spending some quality time with family and friends to work on your mental health.

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A moment in time

leaves-731150_1920Another quote from my yet to be published dog story:

I shut off the engine, seeking to take in the significance of this moment. The world around me continued to march on. Lanterns fastened to our house flickered rhythmically in the lengthening shadows. Songbirds filled the air with music. Clouds, painted red and purple by the setting sun, mourned the loss of their companion as the horizon swallowed its golden prize. Colorful leaves fell gently to the ground like parachutes in the intermittent breeze.

I can do it! Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

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This picture is worth a 1000 words.  Perhaps some of your words begin with, “I can do…”

The scripture verse promises spiritual strength, available to those who choose to draw from it.  If you are facing a trial or hardship, it’s a promise you can stand upon.

 

Couch to 5k: recalibrating

runner-19195_960_720I began walking again yesterday, the last day of my vacation.  It felt good to be out on the track again ticking off laps.  I even broke into a trot a couple of times for a 1/2 lap.  In total I tallied eight laps.

Given all the medical situations I’ve been through this summer I decided to recalibrate my workout.  My new plan is to gradually increase the number of laps in my workout to 13, roughly the distance of a 5k run.  Once I get to 13 laps, sometime after the first of September, I will start working in 1/2 lap jogs.  We’ll see how my body handles the workload.  I hope this effort will help me to shed a few more pounds in the process.

The 5k fun run at the end of September is still on my calendar.  I wonder how much of it will I be walking.

 

My ark

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He’s another quote from my upcoming book.

“Patty loved animals as much as I did. We’ve had a pet of some kind ever since we’ve been married. When we set out to build our first house we couldn’t wait to fill it with animals. Not to the extent Noah filled the ark, but Patty wanted a kitten and I coveted a black Labrador retriever…By the time we finished building, our menagerie consisted of three species of birds, two large tanks of fish, a dog and two kittens.  The arrival of our first child changed everything.”

 

Be Content: Philippians 4:12

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I find this image to be a picture of contentment, which is probably why I love it.  It has great elements: friends, a favorite pet, a favorite hot beverage all in a relaxing setting.  Wouldn’t it be great if life was served up to us like this on a daily basis?

I find it hard to be content when I’m always on the go, busy with this and that, or striving for material things that never seem to completely satisfy. Apostle Paul’s addresses the subject of contentment in his letter to the Philippians.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12

According to Pastor Matt Chandler, contentment is something we must learn.  It does not come naturally.  We can learn contentment from staying connected to the source of truth (scripture), by remembering God’s past provision, and by being grateful for things we already have.

Contentment isn’t a path to complacency, rather, it involves actively striving to be a f.r.o.g (someone who Fully Relies On God).

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Couch to 5k: walking again

walk-2670512_960_720In spite of a few well-placed roadblocks on my path to participate in a 5k fun run, I’m 23 pound lighter than I was earlier this year.  With my heart deemed healthy and my blood pressure readings stable, I figure it’s time to test my stamina again.

I plan to resume my walking regimen and see where it leads. I think my dogs are more excited about the prospect than I am.