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  • Back to the Grind

    The visit with Jack and Sarah and the kids was a wonderful break in the routine, but back here in Peoria, I have maintenance to do: Lawn maintenance, Shih Tzu maintenance, and Body maintenance.

    Started the Body maintenance with my morning Bible session and by completing my interpretation of Romans chapter 13. The book of Romans has actually been a little easier to interpret to modern language that the other books I have done, but I'm not sure if it is because of the subject matter or just that I am getting used to doing it. Either way, I'm looking forward to completing that book and moving on to First Corinthians.

    As to the workout session, I started with the floor exercises for my abs, and as always they were challenging. I did complete 29 V-ups, one more than Saturday's session, and remained with the 40 bicycles, then polished them off with 160 situps on the exercise ball.

    The weights came next, beginning with bicep curls and moving on to shoulder raises, calf raises, leg extensions, seated rows and bench press. Three sets of 10 reps for each, and while I am perspiring nicely by the end of the session, I believe I'll be adjusting most of the weights up another 5 pounds next week. The exception will be the bench press: there I will change from the flat to the inclined bench until I am certain I can effectively handle the weight I have on the bar. As always, I will not collar the weights for safety's sake.

    The Gazelle was the last item, and I had a very nice twelve minute session with the pace being set by ACDC from their Highway to Hell album. The first three songs make for a very interesting workout. Highway to Hell, the title track, is a nice warm up pace, then you step it up with The Girl's Got Rhythm and go all out with Walk All Over You. That last one ought to have you sweating and panting nicely if you're staying up with it. Judge for yourself, it's the song I included with this entry.

    Oh, just a little side note. I have heard from concerned citizens that my use of commercial music might be an infringement of copyright. So long as I do not profit from said use, I am not breaking any laws or regulations. And should I ever decide to publish these notes in a comprehensive log, they will not include the songs, although I might still recommend them to my readers. I seriously doubt the artists would object to free advertising.

    Shih Tzu maintenance came next, and tonight Olivia is sporting a brand new collar and a new sweater in preparation for the cold winter months. Unlike many breeds, Shih Tzus are strictly pets and do not do well in either extreme hot or cold conditions. Olivia is happy with her new sweater and has been wagging about as she continues to torment the cats, Kanga and Sabrina. As Mel Gibson said in Lethal Weapon, my money's on the mutt.

    Lawn maintenance was easier, spreading a little more mulch over the wildflower garden bed and piling it thick around the base of the roses. Our weather has been nuts this month, going from unusually hot days at the beginning to very chilly days over the last week. Now they are predicting snow flurries tomorrow. Sigh!

    So tomorrow is an aerobic day, and so on and so forth. I've lost a few more pounds, tightened up a bit more, and am feeling great these days, with the exception of my sinuses, but Dr. Vonhake will be taking care of that early next month. I meet with him on the 28th of this month. Prayers and crossed fingers appreciated.

    I hope you had a blessed and warm day.

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