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  • The Winter Rises

    This morning was clear and partly sunny, a little crisp, but not chilling. This afternoon? As you can see by the pics at the end, not so much.

    Got preparations made for tomorrow's trip to Iowa. In case you've forgotten, I'll be “off-line” for a few days while we visit my in laws around Monroe and Newton. (For all you fans of Farmer's Insurance commercials, no worries. Crystal Anne will be here at the house while we're gone, with full access to firearms, if necessary.) Haven't done this in a while and I am looking forward to being “unplugged” for a few days.

    That doesn't mean I won't be writing. Old Schooler that I am, I purchased a couple of composition books to take with me along with a couple of favorite poets and my Bible. When I get back, I'm certain I'll have a few things to post, and maybe a few pics as well.

    Today's workout was a bit of a change, since Friday I won't have a weight bench to work with, so the next few days will be strictly aerobic. Charlotte has an exercise bike, so I should get plenty of work on that, and I'm taking my exercise ball and a resistance band to fill the gaps. Today, I decided to work Chest and Back.

    Instead of the normal routine, I varied both sets of exercises to compliment one another and changed the angles. I started with the Standing Chest Press where the weight begins at the top of the chest and is pressed straight up until the arms are fully extended, then lowered and repeated. When I had completed three sets of 10 reps, I went almost immediately to Bent Over Rows.

    Next came the Bench Press, then the Seated Low Rows.

    Now I polished off with an Inclined Arnold Press. Dumbbells are held on either side of the chest at the shoulder while seated at a 60° incline. To complete the exercise, you lift the weight straight up, twisting the wrist outward until at the top of the motion the dumbbells are 90° out from where they began. The exercise was invented by, well, you know, and was originally a shoulder exercise, but works very effectively as an outer chest exercise as well.

    I finished off with Bent Over Dumbbell Rows and headed down to the Gazelle to do the ten minute session accompanied by Enya again.

    As I stepped out to do my cool down, large cup of juice in hand, I noticed it had started to rain. The sky was dark, the wind was cold, and for the first time this year I knew: Winter was here.

    I'll see everyone in a few days, keeping you all in my prayers always. May your days be blessed with inspiration and beauty, and above all, peace.

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