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  • Rounding Third and Heading for Home

    As always, I began with my floor stretches and ab routine. Oblique side twists, 4 minute ab routine, v-ups, and situps for a total of 250 repetitions.

    Arms and Shoulders today. Raised the barbell to 60 lbs. Dumbbells to 30 lbs. (27.2 kg and 13.6 kg, respectively).

    Started with the Shoulder Shrugs, 3 sets of 10 @ 100 lbs. Moved to the Blaster bar and completed 3 sets of 10 bicep Curls with the barbell. Moved to the weight bench and completed 3 sets of 10 Overhead Triceps extensions with the barbell. Cycle one complete.

    Started cycle two with Standing Shoulder flyes, 3 sets of 10 @ 30 lbs each. Moved to the Preacher bench and completed 3 sets of 10 @ 60 pounds for cable curls, then turned around and used the same 60 lbs to do Triceps pushdowns. Cycle two complete.

    Started cycle three with Dumbbell Upright rows with the 30 lb. Dumbbells, 3 sets of 10 reps. Lowered the dumbbell weight to 20 lbs and completed 3 sets of 10 reps of Concentration Curls. Biceps and triceps were feeling like they were ready to burst through the skin. Started to complete the dumbbell overhead triceps presses, but the arms failed at that time.

    Better than last week. Better next week.

    Since I had to fast from 8 pm to 8 am to do the blood test this morning (hope I passed), I ate light for breakfast and a snack before the workout. The snack was 4 pieces of pickled okra, 2 small dill pickles, and 5 radishes with about 8 wheat crackers for about 250 calories. Breakfast was two pieces of sausage, two slices of cheese and two pieces of dark rye, about 350 calories. After the workout, I had a can of sardines (120 calories) and a few more crackers (140 calories).

    Why eat so light? I knew the Christmas dinner at the Civic Center Christmas party tonight would be calorie heavy and I didn't want to overdo it. Just the same, when I went through the buffet line, I shied away from the potatoes, corn and stuffing and indulged instead on lean white turkey breast (amazingly moist), ham, salad, and green beans. I wanted to have room for one piece of cheesecake, which is always amazing. Whoever makes it, I would love to shake their hand. Some of the best I have ever tasted and I have tasted a lot of cheesecake.

    So I'm back home now, feeling a little stuffed, but not overly so. Sipping dark black coffee and getting ready to watch an episode of Major Crimes on TBS. 1st Corinthians 12 will come out tomorrow morning, and I hope to have Romans ready for publication by the end of the week. The cover will be the tricky part. The rest is compilation and editing.

    Is all this exercise working? You be the judge.

    I hope you are all having a blessed and glorious day.

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