Monday, March 25, 2019


When we returned from Mesa, Arizona -- I thought I could resume doing cold therapy the way I had previously done it.  NO. I COULD NOT!!!  My regular routine was toooooo much for my body. It had been 24 days without the rigorous training. 

I started over - spending less time in the tub during the workout. Instead of the 12 minutes, I dropped back to only 4 minutes. Another day it was 8 minutes. The next time it was 12 minutes. A day later it was up to 15 minutes.

The workouts vary. Jan and I look at the water temp, the air temp, and how we are feeling that day. One thing I can tell you is that CT works for us. It is the workout of our choice. We burn off fat by sitting in a tub of cold water between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drawing from my journal

Four minutes. I brought the tub out of storage while we were gone. The 140 gallon stock tank was bought at Orschelns Farm Supply for 96 dollars September 2018. This video gives you an idea of its size and how water is put in. There is no pump. Anybody can do this.

Loading tub onto truck bed at Orschelns in Carrollton, Missouri

Carting tank with wheel barrow around house to the back yard

Home movie from snow day north central Missouri two months ago.

The work out is called Cold Thermogenesis. It is the generating of heat and burning fat. Not at the gym. Not with exercising muscles and sweating. But by cold adaption. While sitting in water between 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit  hormones in humans work better. 

Mitochondria, the batteries in our cells, spin faster. The body creates more brown fat (brown adipose tissue). This is what we have around our neck and spine and chest to keep organs warm. During the workout of sitting in cold water the body transforms white fat (white adipose tissue) into brown fat, which gives off heat much faster. Leptin is a hormone that controls metabolism and blood sugar. 

Embracing the cold activates a metabolic pathway in the body that shuts off sugar cravings and promotes the burning of fatty acids to support thermogenesis. That means calories cannot be stored in the cold when your mitochondria burns them for heat under the activation of the sympathetic nervous system.         Kris Domitrovits

We've been fortunate. Cold air over nite keeps the tub in the 40s. We are able to bring water temp up with bucket heater. I have heard of others adding ice to the water to bring the temps down to the 55 degree range. This summer we'll see.

The second part of the workout is warming back up. I heat up my wrists in a bowl in the sink. The best way. I also change into clothes and walk up hillside on our street and back to the house. Sometimes I jog. It depends. It gets my blood pumping. To warm up organs that are cold.

Hard fat tissue has become soft underneath. Skin over muscles is tightening up. We like the results very much. Cheers.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

february placements

We Are Treasured In His Hands
Oil Lacquer, 18 x 18
Luther and Carmen Runge, Santa Fe, New Mexico

East End
Acrylic, 2012
Crystal Turner, Cottonwood, Ariznona

Visible Likeness of the Invisible God
Glitter, fabric, paint. 1998
Tom and Lori Runge, Noble, Oklahoma

My Sister in Prayer
Acrylic, 2004
Luther and Carmen Runge, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Friday, March 22, 2019

feb mesa road trip

Olive Mill tour at Queen Creek, Arizona

Our 20 day road trip in February left snow and ice behind in Missouri. Jan and I stayed with distant cousins Marty and Melanie Runge in Wichita, Kansas. Luther and Carmen Runge in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A tremendous surprise in Gallup, New Mexico. An overnight with Carrollton friend Crystal Turner in Cottonwood, Arizona. 

Six travel days to Mesa, Arizona.

In 2006 Jan and I made a trip out to see the Turners. The art couple had lived in Carrollton, Missouri, a number of years. Michael was a good friend on mine. He was known for his mylar paintings. (See sample below)   He died January of 2018. Lots of history between us. Crystal is a sweet friend.

Out of the Flagstaff mountains at 6,909 feet to  Cottonwood at 3,314 feet to the Mesa valley at 1,240 feet. We enjoyed the mild weather of Mesa. Sunshine and desert air. Temps in the 50s and lower 60s. Eight day stay with Carrollton friend Patience Bourne in her unit at the Windsor Park. 

Tall palm trees, workouts at the outdoor pool every day, shuffleboard, morning coffee, eating out, hanging out, making new friends, but mostly being present with our host. 

        Our return route kept us free from snow. Six travel days through lower Arizona, New Mexico, up through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. A few sights follow here ------

The Saguaro National Park was worth seeing. A 16 mile road loop. Each type of cactus wild + unique + twisted + amazing. Sonora Desert near Tucson.


Cadillac Ranch. Amarillo. Texas. A site you must walk out to, leaving your car parked along the service road. The day we stopped it was very very windy. 

An engineer figured out how to support the weight of the leaning cars.

South of Amarillo is the city of Canyon, Texas.
East of town we drove down into the Palo Duro State Park Canyon. Go see it.

Well worth the drive.The park ranger also gave me directions to two more sites. Locals doing their version of the Cadillac Ranch. First, Combine City, near Canyon, Texas with old models of farm combines. Second, near the city of Conway, Texas we saw buried VW cars. The Internet named it the Slug Bug Ranch. 

Just south of Interstate 40 near Conway, Texas -- below.

A warm spell melted Missouri snow. As we pulled out of Kansas City we found fog. Now we are home. The trip was a success. Jan got her wish. To leave snowy winter behind and enjoy sunshine without snow down South. 

New Mexico moon.