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  • Interesting day. Up since 5:15, cereal for breakfast after feeding the animals and taking care of the morning necessities. Reading the Bible and the Baigent book until almost 8 am, then off to the hospital for the blood test (just routine). Spent a couple hours with Clyde, Son #4, chatting and enjoying his's his 43rd birthday, so I dropped off a card and made it more personal.

    Came home and cleaned the house top to bottom, including all the ceiling fans. Ate a tasty lunch of two Mexican hot dogs with Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and pickled peppers. Kicked back with a cup of coffee and let the food settle before I got to the workout.

    Concentration day. Not that I don't concentrate every time I work out, but there is concentration and INTENSE concentration. Today was the latter.

    Started big muscle to small today. Bench Press, then Seated Back Rows, then Leg Extensions, Calf Raises, Shoulder Flyes and Biceps Curls. Basically, the difference is I was lifting at a 1 to 2 ratio on all my moves, which means for every second I spent raising, I spent 2 seconds lowering. This technique is also called doing the Negatives.

    I've said it before and it bears repeating. You can lower much more weight that you can raise. When doing a Bench Press, the correct move is to lower the weight until the bar just touches your chest and then explosively return the bar to full extension. The exercise is most effective when there are no pauses at the top or the bottom of the move.

    Same thing with any movement. Always LOWER the weight AGAINST gravity. DO NOT allow gravity to take over. The most important reason is you are wasting your time if you are just letting the weights fall at the end of the movement. However, equally important is the effect gravity + weight will have on your joints if you allow gravity to take over. The sudden stop at the bottom will cause some long term damage if you don't control it.

    Because of this, the session lasted a little longer than usual. The entire workout, including the situps and side ups on the exercise ball and the 13 minutes on the Gazelle took about 48 minutes. And I know I will be sore tomorrow. I'll probably break out my massage pad and spend a couple of sessions on it while watching the tube tonight....if there is anything on worth watching.

    Cool down was a walk in the backyard, as usual, with a nice 16 ounce glass of room temperature water. Believe me, you do not want Ice Cold water at the end of a workout, unless you enjoy stomach cramps and vomiting. And if you are strong enough to feel comfortable with ice cold water after a workout, you didn't work out Hard Enough.

    Remember what I said about muscle confusion and repetitive tasks? It hasn't stopped being true. If you truly want to build lean, strong muscles, you have to work at it hard. If you're just going through the motions, you might as well be playing a nice game of solitaire. Remember, if it doesn't make you sweat, it isn't exercise.

    On to Baigent and “The Jesus Papers” and our author has turned now to the efforts of the Catholic church (or what is to become the Catholic church) to centralize Christian authority. Baigent is going through the history of the Popes and points out the claims of infallibility and the title “Vicar of Christ” only came about after the death of Constantine (who was baptized on his death bed) and well after the authority of local bishops and other clergy were usurped, often by force. In other words, the formation of the “Christian” church was as much politically and economy based as any other nation. Before that, local congregations and other groups preached as they wished, but after the amalgamation of power, the Pope dictated the content of both theology and conduct. This included various rewrites of some documents and the outright destruction of others so that everyone would conform to the Party Line.

    Now it is easy to get caught up in all sorts of conspiracy theories (don't believe me, check out any site on 9/11 or just about everything to do with politics on the internet.), and that is what I believe Baigent has fallen into. In his book, the man is bouncing around from event to event as steps to give credence to his assertion that the man known as Jesus was alive and living as a Zealot leader with his wife, Mary Magdalene, well after the crucifixion.

    You have to remember he cannot produce the initial evidence of scrolls he claimed to have photographed which led him to pursue this idea. Folks, for me this is along the same lines as the golden sheets shown to and translated by Joseph Smith (no relation) to create the book of Mormon. Yes, I have read it and no, I do not believe it to be authored by the same spirit present in the Old and New Testaments. And yes, I could be wrong. We'll know when we meet Christ, and not until.

    Bottom Line for today:

    #1) Work out with intensity! Concentrate and don't let gravity pull you down!

    #2) History and Spirituality are not the same. I don't care what the name of God is for you, the history of one church or another has nothing to do with your relationship with the Spirit.

    #3) Begin every day being thankful for you have, and thankful you have another day to appreciate it. Like they say, folks, tomorrow is promised to no one.

    Hope everyone is having a blessed day.


    PS - went out last night to see The Family with DeNiro and Tommy Lee Jones. Hilarious with some great action sequences. If you haven't seen it already, I recommend it if you need a good laugh with a twisted sense of humor.
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