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Bike Riding in Minnesota     Did you know that this technique can be applied to bike riding? Bike riding is an excellent way to add variety to your workout routine. Remember to warm up your muscles before starting your ride. Repeat the "I am focused" affirmation each time you stretch a major muscle group. Head stretches ensure your neck feels good so that looking for traffic is comfortable. First move your head to each side holding the stretch long enough to repeat the "I am focused" affirmation. Next move your shoulders up and down. Rotate your wrists. Now twist at your waist, stretch your inner thighs, calves and ankles. Going through these simple stretches gives you a chance to make sure your muscles are ready for the ride. Repeating the "I am focused" affirmation means your mind is ready as well.

     Before starting your bike ride make sure you drink some water and have plenty more for the trip. A good rule of thumb is to stop and drink water before you get thirsty.

     Staying focused while riding means you are enjoying the scenery and your body. For me sometimes my thoughts wander. If my thoughts go to a past conversation, I repeat the "I am focused" affirmation several times to detach my mind from my own internal dialog. This breaks my thought pattern. So when you are aware that you are thinking about the past or future, try using the "I am focused" affirmation to bring you back to present moment.

Enjoy the rewards of being focused - Ellie
Bike Riding in Minnesota

Map of Trip     Riding a bike in Minnesota is easy and fun because of our extensive bike trails. When was the last time you had an adventure in your own city? My adventure was with my girlfriend, Judy, and we rode a total of 97 miles. Starting in Chanhassen, we rode through Minneapolis and then to Wayzata and were on trails the whole way. From Wayzata we picked up the Dakota trail and went through St. Bonifacious and on to Waconia. Unfortunately there was no trail to Waconia. We stayed overnight in Waconia so we could experience a bike trip carrying our gear. I felt a little silly because technically I was only about 24 miles from home and yet this route was perfect for our first overnight bike adventure.

Big Stone Mini Gold and Sculpture Garden      While eating a light breakfast at the Depot in Hopkins, we learned that Jill Biden was speaking there later in the day. Lunch was so enjoyable. Relaxing and watching the sail boats on Lake Minnetonka, we sipped a glass of wine. It was so fun to be leisurely and explore parts of Minnesota I've not seen before. The trail took us by Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Gardens so we stopped. The mini golf course was spectacular. Each golf hole was creative with many different outdoor sculptures close by. My favorite which is shown to the right was rock, paper, and scissors. It brought back childhood memories of playing that game.

     As Jeff Foxworthy would say, "You might live in Minnesota if you know how to say...Wayzata...Mahtomedi ... Cloquet ... Edina... and Shakopee." These cities have bike paths so you will want to know how to say their names.

     Minneapolis has Nice Ride bikes that are available for rent. They are easy to use. You pay with a credit or debit card and you can get a bike in one location and drop it off at another. For in towners or out of towners, this website is a great resource to learn about bike rentals, trails, calculating trip distances and an online route-finding tool.

     Check out: Maps & Where to Ride in Minnesota

Upcoming Events

Mankato Women and Spirituality Conference
Date: October 14 & 15 (I'll be presenting at Session II on Saturday.)

Meditative Movements

Is your existing exercise routine helping you become the person you want to be? This fun, one hour workshop shows you how to claim your own personal power so that you can be excited about who you are and how you look and feel. You will:

  • Understand the benefits of affirming yourself as you move
  • Practice simple meditation with movements
  • Experience the flexibility, balance, cardio and strengthening movements with spoken affirmation mantras
  • Develop a plan to integrate the movements you learn into your daily life
Date/time: Oct 14, 2012 from 12:15 - 1:15
Location: Banks Building, 615 1st Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55413
Instructor: Ellie Peterson
Cost: $10 donation - net proceeds going to Our Spiritual Center

In addition to the workshop, you will receive a Meditative Yoga eBook & light snacks.

A Bike Riding Story - Author Unknown

BikesAt first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the president. I recognized his picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know him.

But later on when I recognized my Higher Power, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride but it was a tandem bike and I noticed that God was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that He suggested to me we change places, but then life has not been the same since, life with my Higher Power that is. God makes life exciting!

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, he knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds: it was all I could do to hang on!! Even though it looked like madness, he said “Pedal”. I worried and was anxious and asked “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say “I’m scared”, he’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, God’s and mine.

And we were off again. He said “Give the gifts away, they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving, I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust him at first, in control of my life. I thought he’d wreck it, but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful companion, my Higher Power. And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, he just smiles and says….."Pedal."

Step #1 to Your Success – Imagine By Monica of ImageThat!

Monica's mission is to help individuals in transition to transform their quality of life through her unique personal and professional development process called The IMAGE Success System. The IMAGE Success System is a step by step blueprint that provides a framework to accomplish goals. Imagine. Manage. Take Action. Grow. Enjoy!

The idea that Imagine is the first step in becoming more successful should not be a new concept to you.

Here is a link to the entire article: Step #1 to Your Success – Imagine

Grilled Chicken Legs by Cheryl Seeman

Chicken Legs After a bike ride, you deserve to enjoy this nutritious grill favorite.

Grill Temperature: 300 degrees
Time: 40 minutes

  1. Grill chicken legs for 10 minutes and turn.
  2. Grill another 10 minutes and turn again. Now brush on your favorite sauce. Cheryl recommends the mild Maggi Taste of Asia Sweet Chile Sauce.
  3. Cook for another 10 minutes, turn and reglaze.
  4. One more time...cook 10 minutes and reglaze.
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