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Dancing with My Star…

February 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

Tonight Sheri and I start ballroom dance lessons. I have to say that I’m not really looking forward to the “dancing” part of this, but I am really looking forward to spending some time with my STAR and getting to do something out of our comfort zone.

What can you do that takes you out of your comfort zone and closer to your wife? What’s stopping you?



During our flight back from California this weekend, I had (what I thought was) a minor issue on the flight. I passed out. Not the type of fainting where you stand up too fast. No. I really was out for the count. As a result I was immediately diagnosed with a severe case of Worried Wife Syndrome.

My lessons from these past couple of days:

  1. I’m in outstanding condition. I have no heart issues, no brain tumors, and no clogged arteries. I have a very low resting heart rate, and am fit as can be. Raw Raw Team Steve!
  2. My health is extremely important to my family. My wife kind-a-sort-a-lost-it when I claimed there was nothing wrong with me. She wouldn’t hear it. In fact the only real reason I came willingly is because of my friend Brian who is fighting some very serious health issues. I didn’t want to repeat his mistakes (not going to the doctor early). I also saw the fear in Sheri’s eyes. She was seriously worried and when she gets worried, it means there’s reason for concern.
  3. I have issues with cholesterol. While nothing urgent today, this becomes a bigger issue later. It’s strange to me because Sheri’s cholesterol is outstanding ~ we eat the same, exercise the same amount, and drink very little. This is an area I have to now make a life change in.

I never considered how important it is to my family that I am healthy. In My Life Manifesto I discuss life style and fitness as key parts of my life. I guess it’s time to pay closer attention to this thing called cholesterol. I assumed only unhealthy people had to deal with this stuff…

Go get your cholesterol checked today. Why? Because real men protect their families, and protecting your health is key to protecting your family.

What assumptions do you have about your health?

I’m blogging this because it’s too long for twitter…
Question #1
As you do song selection every week, do you spend time being strategically matching the songs to the weekly message? If not: why not? If yes: next question.

Question #2
Does your church post the weekly message in iTunes or some other media outlet? If not: why not? If yes: next question.

Question #3
If you’ve gotten this far, this is really what I wanted to ask you…
Can you post an iTunes link with the message to the songs you played that week?

It would be awesome to download the message on Monday along with the 3 or 4 worship songs designed to support that message to recap the week with. Playing those songs all week on my drive to and from work will not only give me pleasure, but reinforce the message that most of us forget as soon as we start road ragging…

Kindle and the iPad…

For me there’s no comparison. I’m a Kindle guy all the way. My wife is an iPad girl all the way. Why the difference in opinion? My lack of self-discipline – period.

We both enjoy reading and read what I consider enough to make the shelling out of the $ worth it. It comes down to my abaility to unplug at the end of the day. Having the internet in bed with me is a really bad idea. It will check my e-mail one more time, look at The Drudge Report, check Facebook, or some other crap that I needed to stop doing by 8PM. That’s why the Kindle is a much better tool for me. I don’t want the internet in bed with me. I’ll never get any sleep.

Besides the experts agree with me. So, don’t bring your latop, iPad, cell phone/smart phone, or any other “connected” device to bed with you. Who knows, you may find something better to do with your wife who’s right next to you! Good night all.

Upon returning from my weekend away with my girlfriend, I decided to change my schedule and move my workout to in the morning (running 4 miles). It means 40ish minutes moved to before work. Here’s what I observed by doing this:

  • It’s dark: I have to run on the streets – instead of the dirt road in the Everglades
  • It’s cooler: I almost had heat stroke a couple weeks ago running in 106 degree temps (that’s heat index heat – actual temp 94 degrees)
  • Smoother Days: I’m more focused and alert through the day
  • Hitting Snooze matters:  10 extra minutes=20 minutes late for work
  • I have less stress in the afternoon/evening, because I have one less thing to do before bed

Overall, I forgot how much I enjoy working out in the mornings. I wish our gym opened by 6 instead of 7, then I could hit the weights. But for now, I need to lose the 7 lbs I have put on this summer and running is the most effective way for me to do that.

If you could make one change to your schedule, what would it be? Why? What’s stopping you?

Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2010 — Leave a comment

Well Happy Earth Day everyone

Last year I posted about the  Missing Dragon Flies on my run in the Everglades. Well today, I’m happy to report, they are back! Running in the worlds ONLY River of Grass, is an amazing experience. It’s a shame that we continue to harm this world treasure through, over watering our yards, using too much fertilizer, and releasing all types of crazy invasive plants and animals into the environment.

Next time you need to fertilize your yard, read the instructions. Don’t over do it. It ends up in the water and damaging the only River of Grass in the world (which happens to be across the street from my house).

Happy Earth Day 2010.