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Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201709

Personal Update 201709 | 30 September 2017 | Saturday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Health & Wellness

The big wellness news this month is that I’ve started another 120-day wellness challenge. This time I’m developing a 1,500 calorie-per-day diet with mostly low-carb foods and little or no sugar. The early results are quite good. I’ll have some clinical data for you in a few months. For further details, read “7 Powerful Wellness Videos on Weight Loss and Insulin Resistance” where I share further information about the program and some of the videos that inspired it.

Videos

If you’re interested in seeing some of the videos I’m producing, you can visit YouTube.com/resourcesforlife/videos to see the latest uploads. You’ll find videos on technology, bicycle riding, woodworking, and other topics. One of my favorites was a humorous old-style “jingle” advertisement for Iowa City Computer Support.

Personal Video Update for September 2017

Below is a video message I recorded for a more personalized update.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201708

Personal Update 201708 | 31 August 2017 | Thursday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Bike • Work • Life

In the same way I helped launch and grow the small house movement, I’d like to provide support and resources to a movement of people working from bicycle throughout the day. To this end, I’ve launched three new websites BikeWorkLife.com, IowaCityBikeTrails.com and BikeIowaCity.com.

So far this year I’ve traveled 930 miles on 447 bike rides. Since May 16, I’ve spent 109 hours on my bicycle, taking phone calls, providing tech support, dictating emails, and creating instructional videos. I’ve commuted by bicycle most of my life, but working from my bicycle all day long, riding from one meeting to another, and spending more time on trails rather than a desk is a new experience for me. As time goes on, I’m learning and refining my approach.

Thank you to everyone who has helped in the initial launch of this initiative. I look forward to providing more progress reports in the future.

Wellness

Last year I created a strength training tracking system using the Apple iOS Numbers spreadsheet app on my iPhone that allows for easy entry of weight lifting exercise data. This helps record my workouts, track progress, and plan accordingly.

This year I’ve lifted 442 tons (884,580 pounds), and this past month, I’ve lifted over 140,000 pounds. At present, I lift just over 8,000 pounds during my regular daily workout. So, that’s the same as 800 pounds ten times or 80 pounds 100 times. Ideally a person finds the right ratio of weight and repetitions to achieve the highest comfortable total lifted for a workout.

As I build more muscle mass, I’m hoping that it will help boost my metabolism throughout the day and make me more resistant to injury. I had a chance to try out this theory on August 6 following a bicycle accident, which I’m happy to say I quickly recovered from.

Woodworking

I’ve added a woodworking page to my personal site where I hope to post videos about various woodworking projects, beginning with my very first (and very rough) project which is a charity box.

I’m excited about woodworking because it offers similar versatility of 3D printing, but with renewable materials. It’s ideal for makers and creators. My initial interest was with creating computer related desk supplies and computer enclosures for my computer customers, but I’ve now expanded my horizons to include some future projects that I envision making which are listed on my woodworking page.

Videos

I’ve produced about 50 videos this month on a variety of topics. Here are some of the more popular ones so far. Dates provided are the recording date, not the posted date. These links go directly to the YouTube video post.

Personal Video Update for August 2017

Below is a video message I recorded for a more personalized update.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

My Approach to Sunrise Photography

In this video I talk about adjusting exposure for greater impact, and also how going for a bike ride early in the morning can help get you to the right place at the right time for sunrise photos. Recorded 23 Aug 2017.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201707

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Personal Update 201707 | 31 July 2017 | Monday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

 

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

Over the past few months, I’ve been writing about my Bicycle Iowa City initiative that is explained more through the about page of BikeIowaCity.com website. It’s a project I began a few years ago with video recording of local trails. I was doing my best to share the vision and get the word out by promoting the website and ideas.

This month I learned that a local quasi-government agency recently started a BikeIowaCity.org website (not launched yet) and they are also planning a similar Bike Iowa City initiative — reaching out to local bike shops and clubs. So, that’s resulted in me wanting to create an additional bicycle initiative website which I’ll announce soon.

With the Small House Movement, I attempted to create something that people could easily replicate and help spread. Similarly, with the Bike Iowa City concept, I was hoping to create something that could be easily copied, and apparently it has been (perhaps inadvertently). So, that’s a good sign. I don’t want to suggest they copied my idea. I think it’s more likely an example of people unwittingly working on parallel paths. In any event, the concept seems to be workable and popular.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201706

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Personal Update 201706 | 30 June 2017 | Friday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Fitness Program

Since my last update, I’ve ridden my bicycle 214 miles and have increased my strength training program to include lifting over 10,000 pounds per day. I’m also spending time on the elliptical workout and hiking as well.

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

I’m continuing with my project to promote bicycling in the Iowa City area through the BikeIowaCity.com website. My goal is to create a program that is engaging and impactful, as explained on the about page of the site.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. I’m still catching up on the past few weeks of photos. Today I posted photos from 1-7 April 2017.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201705

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Personal Update 201705 | 21 May 2017 | Sunday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Fitness Program

Over the past 30 days, I’ve lifted a cumulative total of over 140,000 pounds with my weight lifting and strength training program. In the coming month I hope to improve on that by increasing the weights, reps, and sets. In the same period of time, I’ve ridden my bicycle over 180 miles on trails in the Iowa City area as part of the trails project I’m working on.

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

Over the past month I’ve been working on the scenic tour and bike ride of the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty area that will emphasize a variety of themes including: local trails, parks, photography, bike shops, coffee houses, restaurants, local craft breweries, architecture, neighborhood restaurants, walkable communities, health and fitness, housing centers, area art, and more.

The tour will include the most beautiful scenic trails in the area, connected up with stops along the way to support local businesses. I’m combining my trail riding project with the technology consulting I do. So, each day I get a good bike ride in, while enjoying local trails, and visiting my various tech support customers in the area. I’ll post more on this in the future, but wanted to share this initial announcement to solicit any suggestions you have for what the local ride should include.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. In recent weeks, these photos have all been taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. I still have some recent photos that need posting, but I’m getting caught up.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201704

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Personal Update 201704 | 30 April 2017 | Sunday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

I’m working on developing a scenic tour and bike ride of the Iowa City and Coralville area that will emphasize a variety of themes including: local trails, parks, photography, bike shops, coffee houses, restaurants, local craft breweries, architecture, neighborhood restaurants, walkable communities, health and fitness, housing centers, area art, and more.

The tour will include the most beautiful scenic trails in the area, connected up with stops along the way to support local businesses.

I’m combining my trail riding project with the technology consulting I do. So, each day I get a good bike ride in, while enjoying local trails, and visiting my various tech support customers in the area.

I’ll post more on this in the future, but wanted to share this initial announcement to solicit any suggestions you have for what the local ride should include.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. In recent weeks, these photos have all been taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. I still have some recent photos that need posting, but I’m getting caught up. Here are some recent photos from 11-17 March 2017 from a trip to the University of Iowa Main Library, and a hike at Kent Park. Some photos have had artistic filters applied. Enjoy!

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Selected Photos for 8-14 April 2017

Here are some selected photos for 8-14 April 2017. Click any image for a larger gallery view which also includes information about the camera and settings used. Hover over any image for captions if available. Note: If you received this by email, you’ll need to click the post title link above to view the post and photo gallery on my website.