Sunday, April 30, 2006

Day 28

Free Day and Week 4 Results

Today is Free Day. No working out. No restrictions with food as to what I eat. Free Day is not about unbridled indulgence and gluttony. Free Day is about celebrating the week, the 12 week plan, and rewards for hard work. As I continue through the next 8 weeks, I know from experience that Free Days will become less and less about eating sugar and sweets, in fact by week 8, free day sugar cravings are totally gone.

Today I am celebrating the last 4 weeks. The commitment to the program has paid off. I started the program at 250 lbs. This morning I am at 239. I am happy to be down 11 pounds but this program is not about losing weight, it is about transforming old to new - old habits to new habits, old shapes to new shapes, old thinking to new thinking. A key indicator of old to new is body fat percent. I started at 29.5% body fat and today I am at 28.1% I have more fat to lose than muscle to gain. I do expect my actual body weight to drop in the next four weeks by perhaps another 10-12 lbs, but I really am focusing on seeing a major drop in body fat % by the end of week 12. At the end of 12 weeks if I am 200 lbs but my body fat percent is 15% (or so), that would be major success. It is kinda funny how some fitness level indicators (i.e. BMI) would still catagorize 200 at 5'11' obese. 200 at 15% is possible and realistic and that is what I am working for.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Day 27

Cardio. Had to ride stationary bike inside today as it was raining out. It was good because I worked out with Carla and listened to 80's hairband music (e.g. Def Leppard, Van Halen, Scorpians, Eddie Money, etc.)

Will I ever blog about anything other than working out?

What is that Amonia Smell?

Have you ever worked your body so physically hard that you smell Amonia? The sensation happens to me quite a bit. It is not necessarily a bad thing but the smell is a clue to something that is going on with the body and needs to be addressed. Here is a good explanation of the Amonia smell. What I like about fitness is that it is as much of a science (if not more) as it is just plain moving your body.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Day 26

Legs. You know how I feel about legs. But it was still a good workout.

My workout partner, and wife, Carla, kicks my tail on calf exercises. I have such limited range of motion (because of flat feet) it feels like the only stress I put on my calves is equivilant to bending my pinky.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"I Just Want Double Meat"

Joey at Wide White is the political pundit of the FAITHCOM Blog Coalition and so he takes this more seriously than I do. Please check it out...I think it is hilarious!

HT: Joey of Wide White

Day 24

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Hold On. I'll be baaaacckkk.

I can barely type, need to slow down. I guess that is what typing looks like with rubber arms. What a great workout today! I am most excited about benching 200 - 8 times and 215 - 6 times, after having done two warmups of 12 and 10 repaoa (oopps, did it again), reps is what I meant to type.

What do you think I was trying to type in the opening sentence?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Men and The Church

This article puts words to many of my thoughts, concerns, and desires for the men in (and out of) the Christian body.

Day 23

Cardio. In-line skating. 20 minutes. 138 average heart rate. 260 Calories burned.

The route I am skating is getting easier. I do not get winded like I did even two weeks ago, and I don't burn as many calories. I can also hold the long stride (bent over, arms behind back) for almost one block. This is progress and it is probably time to extend the route and or time.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Day 22

Start of week four. Lower Body workout today. I can feel my legs getting stronger but the pain in my knee is increasing. I think I am just fatigued. I am hoping that as the stronger the muscles around my knee get, the more stable it will get as well.

Obstacle Course

My son Josh had his "kid" b-day party this last Saturday. The grand game was an obstacle course. Here are some action pictures of the boys (and two girls) racing against the clock:

Day 21

Free Day (yesterday was.)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Day 20

Cardio. Wanted to skate but it was too wet. Went biking instead. Rode for 38 minutes, burned 615 calories at average heart rate of 138. This mornings motivation was offered by my workout partner (Carla, my wife.) She mentioned her deep concern that I wasn't doing Cardio hard enough and according to her, by the book, like she does. I gratefully accepted her advice even though I've taught her everything she knows. Thanks Babe.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Dream Recall, Part III and The End of the Story

After a full twenty four hours of not thinking about the dream, my mind is on to other things and before I forget, it is about time to wrap this posting series up (Dream Recall, Part I, Dream Recall, Part II)


I just didn't know how to respond after my friend (in real life) and the President of the United States (in the dream) tells me I have no clue about life. I had many thoughts though. Where have I been? Is he right? Am I clueless? Is he clueless? What is he talking about? Shut up, ask him.

I did finally say this in response "No sir, Mr President I do not understand what you are talking about and so by definition I apparently am clueless. Please Mr. President, would you be so kind as to clue me in." He said, "Well Agent Stream, you have been awakened to the reality of life. Life is difficult and full of terrorists. Now you need to step up and take notice to what is going on around you. I am giving you a life mandate to work with Jeff Burton as he continues to build the map of every single air vent in every single building across the entire United States."


At this point it was 3:30 am and I woke up to go to the bathroom. I remember moving a little faster to the bathroom than I usually do. I wanted to get back to sleep to see if this dream continued. I love it when this happens, within seconds (I think) I was right back into the dream.


Steve Gray, Chief of Staff, steps in and says "Agent Stream, your job is to travel around to each air vent site that Jeff maps out. When you arrive at each site, you are to use this encrypted hyrdostatic screwdriver with built in GPS chip to open and physically check each air vent for rice sized bio terrorist weapons. If you find nothing, move on. If you find one or more, put them in this plastic baggy and bring them to us."

President Zimmerman provided final words of encouragement before deploying me, "Agent Stream, there are many air vents in the United States. There will continue to be more and more air vents as new buildings and new homes are going up all the time. This is truly a life long mission and we need you to be devoted to us and your purpose in life. Agent Stream, you have been awakened to the reason for your existence. Are you ready to go?" I nodded in agreement.

Suddenly we were transported down to the underground computer lab where Jeff Burton was making progress on building those maps. President Zimmermann put his hand on my right shoulder while Chief Gray put his on my left. They simultaneously said "Good Luck" and then they vanished into thin air.

Burton gave me a smile, gave me a map, keyed a few things, said "Good Luck", and made one final tap on the Enter key of his keyboard. Next thing I know I am back into my weightroom in my basement. I look back at the wall and see the hole I created is all patched up. I then look up and see my first air vent. I went to work.


It was a relatively boring ending. However, the dream world and reality soon seemed like one when I visited Burton's blog after working out. Ironically, his post included a map. My heart skipped a few beats. In the end though, the final analysis of this dream was pretty cool!

Day 19

Upper Body. Decent workout. Really good benchpress today. Difficult week. Bored. Discontent. Tired. Hungry.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Good Riddins Idol Ace

Ace got voted off American Idol last night. Good. I've never liked his style, it is all for the women. I've held off saying anything up until now because I been psycho-analyzing a deep internal tension in my soul about Ace. I just figured it out.

He can sing as good as the other Idol contestants and deserves actually to stay on Idol longer. It is his showman(or woman)ship that I can't stand. He plays this puppy dog, pretty boy, soft man part, and He thinks it works for him - showing his scar, pouting with his eyes, and whatever it is that he does with his lips in between lyrics. It is just too much of a show and I can't stand it. He reminds me of the Zoolander look. Ace is trying to pull off Zoolander and that offends me. There is only one Zoolander, the one and only Ben Stiller.

The World Record Chasing Balloon Guy

Last night was the AWANA Carnival celebrating this years AWANA season that has come to a close. I enjoyed walking around helping out where I could and especially watching all the kids have a blast. The most popular station to stop at was the "Balloon Guy" (sorry, didn't catch his name so I can't tell you what it is.) This guy was good! He could twist a balloon into whatever a child's imagination could dream up. I saw everything from a flower, sword, puppy, bear, and even Green Bay Packer and Minnesota Viking helmets (the Viking helmets came with yellow horns even.)

The Balloon guy was also very fast. He could inflate a balloon within a nanosecond and shape his creations in literally under five seconds. I was so impressed! Observers where watching in amazement and praising him for his speed. He informed us he is currently in the running to set a new world record of more than 520 balloons in one hour, his current pace is 498 - he's close. He said the key to the world record is in increasing the speed at which he can blow up the balloons. I am not sure how he can get any faster but he said it is all in the abs. Apparently you need to start with a good set of abs but they get tighter and stronger as you practice, makes sense. Most of us standing around watching simultaneously thought of a new exercising trend, Ballooning for Abs.

I was also inspired watching the balloon guy. I thought perhaps I could get this guy to come to Josh's kid birthday party on Saturday. Even better, I'd be the coolest Dad ever if I could learn how to make the balloon creations myself. But then my dream faded as I realized the kids would soon figure me a fraud when I would ask the same question as to what they wanted me to make, "Snake, Eel, or Earthworm?"

Day 18

Cardio. Rode mountain bike for 40 minutes at average heart rate of 129. Burned 543 calories.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Dream Recall, Part II

This post is a continuation of Dream Recall, Part I.

It has been two full days since the dream and I am still thinking about it. This morning I was having coffee with two of the main characters and I kept feeling like I was in the dream. In fact, they both kept asking me to clarify if what I was saying was part of the dream or reality.


As instructed by Burton (agent Burton) I headed up to the massive house on the hill. I entered to meet Randy Zimmerman and Steve Gray. Like Burton, they said "Pat, we've", (no it was more like) "Paaaatt, weee'vvvvve been waaaiiittting for yoooouuuu." I knew who Randy was right away, the President of the United States. And Steve Gray's title was easy to determine since his name badge said "Chief of Staff".

With a slight nudge of my shoulder, Steve Gray lead me into a small side room. Inside there was a young couple. Randy introduced me by name only. Then Randy proceeded to talk about our home church to the couple. Right off I could tell this was a meeting to get the couple acquainted with our church. Steve even pipped in every now and then telling them how important it was for them to know who Jesus Christ is. I started to get excited because I like to talk about Faith Community Church. I got really into the discussions and started to contribute more than both Randy and Steve.

Suddenly the female got up and left the room. Within a few seconds the man left too. I turned to Randy with a what do we do now Mr. President look on my face. I then turned to Steve Gray with the same look. Steve just gave Randy this big head nod as if to say, "OK, now it is time to tell him." I was facinated by the Alfred Hitchcock like shadow on the wall behind Steve that he was giving off.

Randy sucked in a really big sigh, clinched his lips and brow and then let out the sigh. Knowing Randy as a personal friend outside of this dream, I knew some disturbing news was coming. I can tell when Randy is holding back frustration and irritation. As he left out the last half of the sigh he said "Pat, you just have no clue do you?" I waited for him to clue me in. He said, "Pat, you think we've been sitting here evangelizing to this pretty little couple don't you? You just have no clue."


Now I have to go. Big AWANA Carnival tonight. I try to pick up the rest of the dream tomorrow.

Day 17

Leg day today. Nothing makes this grown man wimper more than that last set of lunges. I've said it before, I hate doing leg exercises, period. Right now I am glad to be done. Things are good though and changes are happening!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Wrestling With God

Is this a modern day reenactment of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32:22-32?

Here is a good take on what is going down with God being on the WWE Backlash card ticket.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: Do I even need to make it known that I don't watch WWE? Just in case you wonder, I don't watch it.

Day 16

Cardio. Skated for 20 minutes. Did a lot of sprinting but only burned 279 calories, not sure what's going on there. I am feeling really good. After 15 days of eating clean, I can tell the cravings for fabricated carbs is waning.

Dream Recall, Part I

Sunday night I went to sleep just like every other night. Monday morning I woke up with a big smile on my face because I had dreamed one continuous flow of action, drama, and adventure. It was one of those dreams that is so real you think about it for the next twenty-four hours.


Waking up like I do every morning I went down into my office/weightroom to read the news, blogs, etc. on my computer. I enjoy the quite time sipping coffee as I wait for Carla to come down so we can begin our workout. As I am clicking though my bloglines list, I hear a scratching sound coming from my left ear. I run a little space heater to keep me toasty and so I turned it off to focus on the source of the sound. For sure, the sound was coming from the left. The only object on my left though is a cement wall. Was the scratching coming from behind the wall? There is a window close enough right in front of me and I hear the bush outside rustling all the time. I am thinking this morning my mind is goofing around a bit and displacing the scratching sound. Am I only being fooled and thinking wrongly that the sound is behind the wall? Like having the sensation of somthing crawling under my skin, the noise behind the wall was driving me insane.

My obessesive side kicked in and I needed to find the sound. So I grab the sledge hammer that is conveniently right next to my desk and start slamming away at the wall. Within seconds I busted open a big enough hole to crawl into. Now I can hear voices and there is a short tunnel to a door. I crawl a few feet and put my ear up to the door to listen. Sounds like Jeff Burton's voice, Jeff is a good friend of mine in real life. As long as my right hand was on the door handle I turned it and walked inside. I had discovered a huge, I mean football field size, underground computer lab, under my house. Over to my right there was Jeff Burton pounding away at a keyboard with his head bobbing between eight 27" monitors. Jeff looked over his should, saw me, and said "Pat, ah, I've been waiting for you." Jeff proceeded to describe to me in great detail his task at hand. He was creating a comprehensive map of all the air vents in every single building in the United States. He said he'd been given orders from the President to map it all out so we could stop the terrorists. So on one screen there was Google, on another there was Gmail, another showed a CAD program. If there was anybody to pull of this amazing mental stunt, I knew right then and there Jeff was the man.

Jeff took a break from his work to walk me down a corridor in the lab. We came to a door and Jeff explained to me what direction I should go once he opens the door. He said "When I open this door, walk through and turn to your left. You are to walk up the hill to that huge house. There is someone that has been waiting for you also and needs to talk with you. Go." I walked through the door and noticed immediately that I was standing in the middle of Burton's paintball field. I wasn't quite sure how the invisible door got there though.

I followed Jeff's direction and proceeded up the hill to the huge house. I had a feeling that something big was going to happen up there in that house. Something that would clue me into what this dream was all about.


Right now I need to go and workout. I'll have to get back to the dream later. Part II features two more really good buddys - Randy Zimmermann as the President and Steve Gray as his Chief of Staff. In Matrix type fasion, I also learn of my real identity and how the world really works.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Day 15

Upper Body. That means I lifted weights - chest, shoulders, back, triceps and biceps. Today's workout rivals the upperbody from last Wednesday. Right now it is 4:30 and I can feel the lactic acid buidling up as I am getting sore by the minute. Tomorrow if you happen to wave at me, I'll probably just smile.

I gotta hand it to my wife. She pushed it as much as I did today. Every single rep was to the max. I am very proud of her. She keeps me in line as well, if she wasn't there in our weightroom with me, I'd slack for sure.

One last note. I like to calculate the total volume of weight lift across all sets and reps and then compare the amount to actual objects. I lifted:
  • 8,480 lbs - bench press and flyes
  • 1,780 lbs - shoulder military press and side raises
  • 2,300 lbs - bentover rows (back)
  • 1,200 lbs - tricep kickbacks
  • 1,750 lbs - seated bicep curls
  • 15,510 total volume lifted
One million one dollar bills weigh in at roughly 1 US ton, or 2,000 lbs. Today I lifted 7.75 million one dollar bills.

Happy Birthday Josh!

My oldest son Josh is 9 years old today! Happy Birthday Buddy! I love you!

Josh is an incredibly imaginative pup. For years now he has been drawing super heros, villians, monsters, good guys, warriors, etc. My best guestimate as to the number he has sketched out, over 200. Amazingly, he has a name and story for every single one of them. (Just ask him.)

Last night Josh asked me if I were a super hero, who would I want to be? I think I said spiderman. But Josh showed me who he wants to be from one of his drawings.

The drawing on the right is of super hero Optimus Primal. His top three skills/attributes are:
  1. Light saber in chest
  2. Shoots lightening from side bolts on neck
  3. Hover knee pads (makes him float in the air)
Optimus Primal is known for his strength. His mission in life is to build things to make people's lives better.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Favorite Easter Hymn

For as long as I can remember, all the way back to the days of sitting in the pews at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in Lindstrom Minnesota, my absolutey favorite Easter hymn is Christ the Lord is Risen Today. I especially like it with a good solid trumphet blaring through it. To me it is one of the greatest Christian victory calls, the entire Christian faith depends on the fact of the ressurection of Jesus.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Day 14

Today is free day. No working out and no limits on what to eat. However, I do still keep a govenor on the volume of food taken in.

I like it when free day corresponds with a holiday celebration. I am looking forward to enjoying today's resurrection feast.

BTW - Today I weighed in and took some measurements. I am on track. The primary objective of my efforts is to transform fat to muscle so scale weight is not an overriding metric. Lowering body fat and increasing muscle mass is the ticket.

Day 13

Cardo. Went inline skating for 25 minutes. Burned 434 calories. My legs are sore to the touch from yesterday.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Name Combos

I try to avoid commenting on other blogs using my first initial and last name. I just accidently did it over at Wide White. I guess I want to be taken seriously but who can with that name combo. Incidently, I was never called by this crude name combo in my younger years. In fact, strangely enough it never occured to me that others could be calling me by it. Not until that one evening roughly seven years ago. I was playing softball (church softball) and one of my team member yells out an encouraging word as I am stepping up to the plate. "C'mon P Stream, lets go, base hit, base hit, that is what we need. Hit it solid P Stream." Now, when others make the aforementioned name combo connection in thier head, they let it roll. It is kinda like when you buy a new car. You think you have the only one like it, after driving it around for a few weeks, you see the exact same car everywhere you look. I do know things could be worse so I don't complain much. I only get after myself when I use the name combo.

I Am So Busy

I've been rereading "Ordering You Private World" by Gordan MacDonald.

MacDonald uses the first five chapters comparing and contrasting a driven person to a called person. One of the distinquishing marks of a driven person is that they are abnormally busy.

MacDonald says:

"They are usually too busy for the pursuit of ordinary relationships in marriage, family, or friendship, or even to carry a relationship with themselves - not to speak of one with God. Because driven people rarely think they have accomplished enough, they seize every available minute to attend more meetings, to study more material, to initiate more projects. They operate on the precept that a reputation for busyness is a sign of success and personal importance. Thus they attempt to impress people with the fullness of their schedule. They may even express a high level of self-pity, bemoaning the "trap" of responsibility they claim to be in, wishing aloud that there was some possible release from all that they have to live with. But just try to suggest a way out!"

One huge take away I get from what MacDonald is saying is the idea that people (myself included) who work so hard to declare and display how busy they are want the world to know that they are important.

This morning, thinking of everything that is either on a to-do list somewhere, or swirling around in my head, I relate to what MacDonald has written. Also, thinking of relationships that I wish were more than an inch deep, or the fullness of life with God that I so desire, I see how I try so hard to make life happen to me. In addition, I see how others I know do the same thing. Everybody is so busy. This driven treck through life needs to change direction.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Catch Up: Workout Journaling

With Burn The Ships getting axed last week, this post catches up on the last week of tracking my fitness plan.

Day 5 - Upper Body. Normal workout. I was actually incredibly tired and so I didn't push much.

Day 6 - Cardio. Saturday's are my own multi-cardio-event day, like a mini triathlon. I skated for 30 minutes then got on the mountain bike and rode for another 40 minutes. Burned 840 calories.

Day 7 - Free Day. No workout. Ate freely, but not overboard.

Day 8 - Lower Body, Legs. I hate leg work outs, they hurt. Also, you kinda have a buzzy light headedness all day cause all the blood is in your legs - sometimes I enjoy that feeling.

Day 9 - Cardio. Skated.

Day 10 - Upper Body. WOW! What a fantasic workout. Carla and I pushed the limit on every single rep.

Day 11 - Cardio. Biked outside for 25 minutes, kept heart rate above 125. Burned 343 calories

Day 12 - Lower Body, Legs See day 8.

The Suffering and Glory of a King

I tremble at the thoughts and images of Jesus' sufferings. The worst suffering I've ever experienced, past, present, and future, is only a light puff of air compared to His suffering.

Isaish 52: 13-15 (NIV)
See, my servant will act wisely ;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him —
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
and his form marred beyond human likeness—

15 so will he sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Jesus was beaten so badly that he was unrecognizable. The disfigurement caused him to look unhuman.

Contemplating the suffering and death of Jesus today is necessary because of the ultimate end it achieved. Because of what He did, his followers will never have to experience the Father's wrath.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Not Just Any Old Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. Today followers of Christ commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples.

I look forward to the service tonight at my home church, it is simply one of the best worship services of the year.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Oops...I Got Burned

How fitting it is, being Holy Week, that Burn The Ships has been resurrected. There was a little too much fire setting going on over this past weekend and Burn The Ships got deleted.

Thank You Blogger for restoring things!!!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Latest Study Laughs At Lasik@Home

A recent study confirms that the Lasik@Home product is a spoof joke and thus all related blog posts are deemed invaild.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Gee, one week from Easter, and another slam against God

A week or so ago I posted about the study that says prayer doesn't work.

Yesterday there was news of a study that raises the possiblity that Jesus actually walked on ice, not water in the Dead Sea.

Today there is this. This new revelation claims that Jesus and Judas actually conspired together as a hidden masterplan to have Jesus killed by making it appear as though Judas betrayed him. It is said that the discovered manuscripts have discussions between Jesus and Judas. Jesus encourages Judas by promising that he would get his reward in heaven.

This, The Stupids Do new Testement 101, is really good perspective on the Gospel of Judas discovery (because I agree with it.) Right Porter?

A worthy cause and a great business opportunity

Every once in a while a great product hits the market that revolutionizes the way people live. I am so excited that I have finally discovered a tremendous opportunity for myself, my family and friends, everyone I know, and the whole world. I can hardly contain myself! This morning my wife told me she thought my attitude toward life has improved dramatically in the last few days. Here is why.

I am so excited because I love technology, especially when there is no doubt as to the direct impact it will have in improving the ill's of man. As I've stated, I have found what will be a major life changing product - click here to see what it is.

I am also very proud to announce that, after investing extensive hours of research time, I have become an authorzied reseller of the amazing product. My family will be proud of me. Hi Mom! I know you read this blog daily.

But wait! I've also discovered what a great opportunity this could be for others I know. I am not talking about them buying the product to use on themselves. I am referring to the business opportunity that would allow working mothers to finally stay home and raise the family, and the burned out executive working 12 hour days to finally stake his claim as a successful entreprenuer. This is the ideal multi-level marketing opportunity for anyone, no matter who you are. All you have to do is believe in yourself and that the product actually works.

But wait! That's not all. Read about it yourself. Check it out again by clicking here and you'll learn how to become a world-changer.

Take it from me, one man who has seen many products come and go, this is the real deal. Are you just going sit there and watch the world change?

My lovely bride Carl

I just got back from the printer where I reviewed the first proofs of the product packaging for the startup I am employed with. I could tell the printershop worker was getting impatient with me because I was taking so long. I learned an incredibly valuable editing lesson twelve years ago that's why.

Twelve years ago this coming July a beautiful girl name Carla A. Nelson became my wife. One of the attributes that I cherish about Carla is her apathy toward big spending. Of the two of us, she is the saver no doubt. Because we had to pay for nearly 90% of our marriage celebration, Carla's frugalness ruled our buying decisions. Most of the stuff we did ourselves. I was in charge of personally producing the ceremony "handouts" on my wordprocessor. Between the two of us, Carla agreed that I had the skills to get this done.

Seconds before I was to enter the scene to start the ceremony, one of my groomsmen approached me very agitated and said "Who the heck made these programs." (He actually used a different "h" word.) At the same time he was pointing to the section of the program that said "Patrick S. Stream and Carl A. Nelson". I replied sheepishly "I did".

In about-face fashion my friend slapped me on the back a few times and encouraged me "It's ok man, no big deal. It's ok. Let's go and get you married." Out we went and the rest is history.

In the instances where I hold ultimate responsiblity for proof reading content I try not to let history repeat itself.

P.S. Obviously I don't always adhere to this principle when it comes to Burn The Ships.

Day 4

Cardio today. Just got done with 25 minutes interval biking outside. 412 calories burned.

Yesterday I guaranteed two friends that I'd be 30 lbs lighter on June 25. I looked them straight in the eye and gave them my word. In my little world this is similar to giving a victory guarantee like all the great sports heros do on occassion :-)

I am working on a post as to why I am driving so hard to achieve this fitness goal. My pastor and brother Porter will be happy to know it is laced with what he has taught me about biblical theology. I hope to post it by the end of the day today, but for sure by tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Day 3

I bet you thought I fell off the wagon already. Nope. I promise I am sticking to my April Fools resolution.

Today was day 3 and it was leg day. In addition, I don't think I could be eating any cleaner.

Son Kills Dad Because Dad Wasn't Strick Enough

What am I thinking? What am I about to say? Am I insane?

There is something about the ironic honesty in this story that sparks my curiousity.

Federal Official Busted In Child Porn Sting

What news service in not reporting about the federal official getting caught in a child porn sting. Here is some of the report from Fox News:
A deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was charged with using a computer to seduce a child after authorities said he struck up sexual conversations with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Brian J. Doyle, 55, the fourth-ranking official in the department's public affairs office, was expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon in Maryland and also to be placed on administrative leave.

There is so much that could be said about this. I am not going to put in writing what my initial reaction is to this news. I don't know how to describe the feelings I have about it all.

I will just list a few thoughts I've had:
  1. The fourth man in charge of the safety and security of our homeland was busted probably with the tools and techniques he had something to do with in designing and deploying.
  2. The biggest myth of the internet is that it is private.
  3. The lure of porn is more complex than anyone has, can, or will ever understand. What the world knows about the power of porn to inflict damage and death is nothing.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Day 2: Inline Skating

Just completed a 20 minute cardio session on my blades. Burned 342 calories.

I have a goal to participate in the St. Paul Inline Marathon again this year. What would make it a total success for me is if I arrive on race day 50 pounds lighter than I am currently. I really have my heart set on racing below 200 lbs this year. Why? Well, I want to finish in under two hours first off and I think being lighter is going to be a major help (although last year I finished first in my age/weight class :-) ha!

My biggest concern is how my knee is going to hold up. I really have no doubt I can lose the weight but what can I do about my knee? I messed up my knee last year playing paintball at Burtonia and have not had the recommended surgery yet. I am betting on strength and flexibility training to get me ready. This morning was the second time on my blades since the accident and things seem to be ok. There is just a slight sharp pain deep inside and I feel a little excess cushioning going on, but again, I'll see what happens after a few weeks of skating.

Minnesota Vikings

This report about the possiblity of obtaining QB Matt Schuab from the Atlanta Falcons makes me do back flips of joy! I have always loved Brad Johnson. In contrast to Daunte Culpepper, Brad Johnson has always shown himself to be a respectable man and he has been a top quality QB in his career - but a has been is obviously not the direction the Vikings need to take. Matt Schuab can be a starter. I hope this deal gets done!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Why "Burn The Ships"?

The name of this blog is inspired by a song from singer songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. Burn The Ships tells the story of spanish explorer Hernando Cortez who would literally burn his crews ships upon entering uncharted territory. Knowing what there is to take hold of in this life and the life to come, I want to live my life burning ships with the perspective of never looking back and wishing for the "good old days" to return. Another way to look at it is to consider what Jesus calls his followers to self denial and death by taking up the cross (Matthew 16:24.)

Here are the lyrics of the song:

Burn The Ships

(Steven Curtis Chapman and James Isaac Elliott)

In the spring of 1519 a Spanish fleet set sail
Cortez told his sailors this mission must not fail
On the eastern shore of Mexico they landed with great dreams
But the hardships of the new world make them restless and weak
Quietly they whispered, "Let's sail back to the life we knew"
But the one who led them there was saying

Burn the ships, we're here to stay
There's no way we could go back
Now that we've come this far by faith
Burn the ships, we've passed the point of no return
Our life is here
So let the ships burn

In the spring of new beginnings a searching heart set sail
Looking for a new life and a love that would not fail
On the shores of grace and mercy we landed with great joy
But an enemy was waiting to steal, kill, and destroy
Quietly he whispers, "Go back to the life you know"
But the one who led us here is saying


Nobody said it would be easy
But the one who brought us here
Is never gonna leave us alone


Related Scripture

Luke 9:62

Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

Philippians 3;12-14
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

Fitness Motivation From My Son Josh

I am not going to compete with my wife over at Four By 40 by blogging about the adventures of childrearing - she is so much better at it for sure. But, I am going to claim this tidbit for myself. I have to, I feel obligated to.

Last night Carla was out at an event for ladies only, a much deserved time away for my dearest babe. So I had the kids all to myself, or should I say I had all the kids to myself. Carla has always been a good steward by stocking up milk for times when she is away so baby Timothy can still be "breast fed." Josh observed me getting something going for Timothy and so he asked "What's up Dad, what are you going to do?" I replied "It is time to feed Timmy." Josh looked at my chest area with just a small wince and asked "You got milk in those things?"

April Fools Resolution Was No Joke

If you are wondering if I would start right (See April Fools Resolutions)...Yes, I did workout this morning. Just finished upperbody exercises with Carla my wife.

Day 1 out of 84 complete.