By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

I’ve heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.   Have you ever found yourself in this cycle?  We are creatures of habit and creatures who seek comfort.  Both lend themselves to a path of routine. 

My exercise routine had become just that, a routine.  Lately, I haven’t been getting the results I had hoped for.  I’ve been working really hard but the weight isn’t coming off.  After talking to a few experts in exercise, I decided it was time to change up the routine.  I’ve had good results but it was time to move on to something a little different, something a little outside my comfort zone….something exhausting.  I can’t expect the same results I received early on by doing the same thing over and over.

INTERVALS ... it’s a dirty word to me.  But it is working.  After dropping 4 pounds in three days, I think I’ve escaped exercise insanity, at least until my body adjusts and I’ll have to shock it with a new routine.  But I’ll be watching out for that.

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

When injury and illness call, you better answer.  I was blessed to have them both conference call me at the same time.  Injury called in first shortly behind illness.  My back had been sore and tired for a couple weeks but I kept pushing, taking no rest days except Sunday.

By: Joe Ergle

We managed to have our morning routine nailed down just in time for the last day of riding. The route was from Parkway Baptist Church in Kosciusko (not to be confused with our previous host, Parkway Baptist Church in Houston) to Tougaloo College in Jackson. This is would be our last day of cycling. Morale was high, the weather looked promising, and the spirits of the Old Natchez Trace beckoned us.
The rollout was our warmest yet, though still a little chilly. Most of the cold weather gear was ditched by the first rest stop.

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

Medieval times certainly had their torture devices, but the 21st century isn't to be outdone.  I present to you the spinner.  Sure, it looks somewhat harmless but so did the rack.  But upon closer examination, the spinner reveals a very dark, dark secret.  One hour on the spinner, and the object of its torture is begging to be released.

By: Kathryn Grossnickle

This morning after a great warm breakfast spread prepared by the pastor and the men of the church we had our morning devotion.  Jack started it off by reciting a poem that he wrote.  The poem was called

Natchez Poem

When I started out
I felt strong and stout
But as I went
My legs felt spent

I asked my friends
About good mends
For tired feet
And an aching seat.

As the miles rolled by
With clear blue sky
I got advice
Both bad and nice.

Drink lots of water,
Think about your daughter
Change your gears
Avoid your fears. 

But the best I got
Helped a lot
“Just do your best,
Then stop and rest.”