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  • Oh Yeah!

    JUST climbed off the Gazelle after an intense 20 minute session with Angus and the Boys (ACDC, to those who aren't on a first name basis with the band). There is nothing like keeping up with Thunderstruck while you are trying to burn calories. Great session, to be sure.

    Being it is aerobic day, I started the way I always do, first my ab and back stretches, but I decided to go directly into the 4 minute ab crunches instead of doing the floor obliques. After completing 40 of those, I moved to my V-ups and completed 30 reps, then on to the exercise ball for 150 situps. Light a few reps? Not at all, since just before I get to the Gazelle, the Total Gym is already set up and waiting, so I did my oblique crossovers there, 30 reps per side.

    My heart rate was starting to pump down a bit, so I added 30 bicep and back moves and 30 chest and shoulder moves to the Total Gym, then stepped over immediately to the Gazelle to get started.

    I look back at the beginning of this and realize how much better I feel, how much stronger I am, and how much I enjoy wearing clothes that don't need to hide my weight. Yeah, I have issues with various segments of my body (hip, shoulder, feet) but so what? At 61 I feel better now than I have felt since my 40's when I was active in personal training.

    But you know, I have to give credit where credit is due. None of this would have happened if it were not for my wife, Sandy. While I was her coach for her therapy sessions while she was recovering from knee surgery, her determination and dedication to that program inspired me to get back to working out. And I would love to brag about her a bit, since she has stayed with it even after she was released from therapy and has lost 35 lbs and a couple of clothing sizes. She's added 3 20 minute morning sessions on the exercise bike next to the Gazelle every week, and works out twice a day 7 days a week.

    Our diet is also a factor, since we are controlling our portions better, not keeping sweets and junk food around the house, and staying more involved with crafts, puzzles and other activities. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, instead of taking a “oh well, it's the holidays” attitude, we both kept up our exercise and our portion control. And we're both doing good!

    It wasn't easy at first, but now it's habit. Now we'll stay fit and keep active. And now it's your turn.

    I'm still working on the Rip week formula, what exercises I will do when, and how much weight will be involved, but January 13th is coming up, so I need to start writing it down so I can think it through. I'll publish something soon with the proposal, as soon as I can.

    And speaking of publishing, my Bible study on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans is in the final stages of approval at CreateSpace as I am typing. I sent the cover in today, loaded in the text yesterday, so with God's help and a little luck, it will be available from CreateSpace and Amazon within the week. That's book number eight in under two years, folks, and like the man said, “You ain't seen nothing yet!”.

    With the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, I am going to do the entire Bible, book by book. And I know the Holy Spirit is running the project, so I will listen to his lead and go where I am told.

    Temple building and interpretations. What a combination.

    I hope you are having a blessed and glorious day.

    Fred
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