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  • A light rain fell on the sidewalk as we left the house this morning for our walk, me in my sideline gear with a Raiders ball cap, Olivia in her gray raincoat. The temperature was around 50 degrees, and while the weatherman had predicted a high of 80 today, it never happened. Fall in Illinois, what can you say.

    I came back to the house and took Olivia's raincoat off, but kept my sideline gear on and headed down for my 20 minute cardio session on the Gazelle. Olivia trotted right along and sat on the seat of the stationary bike while I did the session and listened to a local country station. She is definitely my dog.

    Upstairs for the morning 50's and the ab work. Like every ab day, I begin with my unweighted Squats and follow with Bend Overs, then kneel Japanese style to stretch my knees and ankles. After a couple of Yoga seated stretches, I lie on my back to do hip stretches, then raise my legs parallel to the floor to begin the Crunch Ups, 50, followed immediately by 50 Leg Raises, a pause of about a minute, and then 50 bicycles. Interesting note: when you do bicycles on a carpet wearing a nylon sideline suit, you actually move in a counter clockwise circle on the floor if you are doing them right. When they are complete, a pause of about a minute and turn over to complete 50 pushups.

    I move up to the exercise ball, locking my toes under a chair to keep me stable and begin my situps, 150, followed by 150 oblique twists. By now I am sweating profusely, but the exercise seem to work well.

    Got to love Ab Day.

    I hope you are having a blessed and powerful day.

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