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Scrooge Driving a Tank

Posted by Mark Winebrenner on Dec 5, 2018 1:12:02 PM

Scrooge Driving a Tank 

Every year I watch at least one version of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. By far my favorite stars Alastair Sim as Scrooge. He is both ideally mean and believable. I attempted to watch the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge but could never get past his role as Patton. At any moment I fully expected Scrooge to roll down the streets of London in a tank on his way to take out Bob Cratchit’s house.

 

This year I did something I have never done: read the book! Though I did complete it, after a few pages I was reminded that I do not speak “Charles Dickens” very well.  Often I would read an entire paragraph only to realize I had no idea what it meant. The power of “context” and familiarity with the story pulled me through.

 

I want to share a passage from the book and if you have never read it or at least watched the movie (Scrooged with Bill Murray does not count…not even close.), then I may lose you for moment but hold on, the principle is awesome.

 

To briefly set this up, Scrooge is being escorted by the Spirit of Christmas Past and now taking watch over the company Christmas party thrown by his boss, Mr. Fezziwig when Scrooge was young in his career. While watching the replay of the party, Scrooge took leave of his senses and forgot he was mean and nasty and enjoyed the party.

 

Charles Dickens describe Scrooge’s state as “His heart and soul were in the scene, and with his former self. He corroborated everything, remembered everything, enjoyed everything and underwent the strangest agitation.”

 

At that moment, the Ghost commented “A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.” Scrooge, again forgetting his ornery-self, disagreed with the Ghost. Here is what Scrooge said in Fezziwig’s defense:

 

“It isn’t that” said Scrooge, heated by the remark, and speaking unconsciously like his former, not his latter self. “It isn’t that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that this power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up; what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

 

I love that exchange. In a moment of clarity, Scrooge realized the impact of the powerful positive influence Mr. Fezziwig had into the lives of his employees. Fezziwig VALUED others. It was no small thing what Fezziwig did for those he led. Mr. Scrooge basically said it was priceless.

 

In many ways can’t the same be said of you and me?

 

In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi he wrote: 

 

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” (Phil. 4:8-9, MSG)

 

Daily we have the opportunity to render people happy or unhappy; to lighten their load; to help make their life a pleasure not a toil.  Do we not have the power to see the best in people; to perceive their potential regardless of their behavior? Do we remind them and our hearts that God loves them as much as He loves us; that He has a plan for them, just as He has for us?   

 

I Corinthians 15:57, NIV “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”    

 

Jesus was an indescribable gift willing to die for our sins.  Rising again on the third day willing and able to live in our hearts today.

 

Merry Christmas to all and “God bless us every one!” 

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Seated Leg Curl Machine

Posted by Katie Frissell on Nov 30, 2018 12:41:53 PM

Seated Leg Curl Machine

 

Step 1: Adjust the machine lever to fit your height and sit on the machine with your back against the back support pad.

Step 2: Place the back of lower leg on top of padded lever (just a few inches under the calves) and secure the lap pad against your thighs, just above the knees. Then grasp the side handles on the machine as you point your toes straight (or you can also use any of the other two stances) and ensure that the legs are fully straight right in front of you. This will be your starting position.

Step 3: As you exhale, pull the machine lever as far as possible to the back of your thighs by flexing at the knees. Keep your torso stationary at all times. Hold the contracted position for a second.

Step 4: Slowly return to the starting position as you breathe in.

Step 5: Repeat for 3-4 sets of 10-12 repetitions.

Caution: Do not use so much weight on the exercise that you are swinging and jerking as you can risk both lower back injury and also a hamstring tear.

 

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Five Tips to Stay Active During The Holidays

Posted by Jill Derryberry on Nov 21, 2018 6:15:26 PM

Turkey Running

It’s that time of year already. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, holiday music is already playing in the stores and decorations are going up!  For the rest of the year we will be busy with shopping, parties, family gatherings, and food.  Lots of food.  Exercise is usually the first thing to get cut when things get hectic, but this is the time when it is especially important to keep fitness in your schedule.  Workouts will help you cope with the stress and excess food that comes with the season.  Plus, it will help keep your immune system strong.  Who wants to be sick during the Holidays?  No excuses to skip a workout when you need it now more than any other time of year!  Here are five tips to keep moving this Holiday Season.

1.  Make it a priority.  Instead of canceling your normal workout class after work to do some holiday prep, what else can you reduce so you can keep that workout in the schedule?  Maybe cut back an hour of a Netflix binge or social media time to go pick up some gifts instead of skipping that group class.  Write out your schedule and look for windows of time for all you have to accomplish.

2.  Add a walk after your meal.  Walking after you eat aids in digestion and helps reduce any potential bloating.  Make it a family event and bring everyone out to walk after dinner. 

3.  Sign up for a race.  There are so many fun Holiday themed races.  Plan and train to run or walk a Thanksgiving or other Holiday race.  It will be a fun atmosphere and sometimes raises money for a great cause.  They even have races where you wear ugly Christmas sweaters or Santa Hats

4.  Traveling?  No excuse! Traveling is the perfect time to check out new workouts and fitness centers!  I love checking out the fitness centers in hotels.  I want to get every penny's worth from a hotel stay and love to take advantage of everything they offer.  

If you are staying with family or friends, see if they have a place they currently workout and if they would take you.  Many gyms and studios let members bring a guest for free.  A great opportunity to try a new workout you might not have at home or just haven't done before. 

Another way to exercise while traveling is to walk or run in the area.  It's a great way to see somewhere you aren't as familiar with.  As a jogger myself, I love running in new places  (especially when a beach is involved).  It makes your workout more interesting and fun plus you get to see sights you might have otherwise missed.

5.  Embrace short workouts.  If you truly feel you don't have time to get in a workout class, online video, DVD or a trip to the gym, don't forget that any movement adds up.  Find a short circuit workout to do at home.  Many don't require any equipment.   Make sure you are getting plenty of movement in each day.  Walk farther away from the store.  Do squats and jumping jacks while you prepare dinner or watch tv, you get the idea, just get moving whenever you can!

Bottom line, enjoy the holiday season but keep your fitness habit even if it has to change a little for a month or two. Stay healthy for the most wonderful time of the year!

 

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Reverse Flyes

Posted by Katie Frissell on Nov 18, 2018 8:53:55 PM

Reverse flyes

Step 1: Stand to the right of a weight bench, hold a dumbbell in your right hand with your palm facing in

Step 2: Place your left knee and your left hand on top of the bench for support. Let your right arm hang down and a bit forward

Step 3: Pull your abdominals in and bend forward from the hips so that your back is naturally arched and roughly parallel to the floor, and your right knee is slightly bent. Tilt your chin toward your chest so that your neck is in line with the rest of your spine

Step 4: Pull your right arm up until your elbow is pointing to the ceiling, your upper arm is parallel to the floor, and your hand comes to the outside of the ribcage

Step 5: Lower the weight slowly back down

  

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Resistance band rows

Posted by Katie Frissell on Nov 18, 2018 8:45:38 PM

Resistance band Rows

Step 1: Stand to the right of a weight bench, hold a dumbbell in your right hand with your palm facing in

Step 2: Place your left knee and your left hand on top of the bench for support. Let your right arm hang down and a bit forward

Step 3: Pull your abdominals in and bend forward from the hips so that your back is naturally arched and roughly parallel to the floor, and your right knee is slightly bent. Tilt your chin toward your chest so that your neck is in line with the rest of your spine

Step 4: Pull your right arm up until your elbow is pointing to the ceiling, your upper arm is parallel to the floor, and your hand comes to the outside of the ribcage

Step 5: Lower the weight slowly back down

  

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