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30 for Sam (day 3 of 30)

Day 3 of 30

Five days into Sam’s 7-day chemo drip last June, his spirits were down. But he and Jenny needed to keep their heads down and keep going. Sam needed three blood transfusions that day, so they started connecting the dots. People were asking how they could help so they put a link at the bottom of the post to give blood.

I wonder if anyone did.

Jenny asked for something else – she asked for pictures to be posted on Facebook, “tag Sam.” In the process, she said, “now I’m really asking a lot.” I don’t know Jenny or her writing, but as I read the post today she seems sincere. “I’m asking a lot, for you guys who are mostly in really good health to donate blood (easy, one hour?) and post pics on Facebook (easier, 20 seconds?). It’s the least we could do as we support Sam from afar.
Today’s high temperature in Oregon, WI was about 3 degrees. The wind chill was south of 10 below zero all day. In my mind, running two miles was the least I could do to support Sam from afar.


2.0 miles to Rome Corners middle school

from the blog

Sam, you’re a gamer!

Last night we celebrated solstice out on the 4th floor patio and played a game of HORSE with the deflated basketball out there. You’ll all be amused to know that he still beat me even though his left arm was hooked up to all his IVs the whole time.


God, keep a competitive spirit in Sam. I don’t know the struggle of chemo but I imagine the physical and the mental aspects are a scary one-two punch. Give Sam the strength to fight.

30 for Sam (day 3 of 30) from Hans Schiefelbein on Vimeo.

Not Done Yet

Lip o’ mayo

For seven years I worked with the college ministry at Blackhawk church in Madison, Wisconsin. I was part of the original team that got programing started, which included large group meetings, service projects, small groups, and special trips. On one of the special trips we made a food stop at Subway. I was at a table with my friend Al, a farm kid who one time brought baby goats in for a show-and-tell evening. If you looked at and talked with Al, you’d know you can’t take the farm out of this guy. On this particular lunch break, we were eating sandwiches and as I looked up at Al, I noticed a big glob of mayo on the corner of his lip. Conversation at the table was lively, full of energy but there was moment of silence so as I handed him a napkin I said to Al, “You’ve got mayo…” and I motioned which side it was on. Without stopping his chewing, without cracking a smile, just a quick connection of his eyes to mine, he responded, “I’m not done yet.” It was hilarious! He didn’t take the napkin, he didn’t clear his lip, no one really got the joke because they hadn’t seen the mayo, motioned with the napkin, or were denied the clean-up!

First Draft

Yesterday I was rolling through my Twitter feed and came across a similar comment from Ben Arment:

As I continue to perfect my craft of writing, I greatly appreciated this mindset of an accomplished writer. Not only did Ben demonstrate the process (first draft is necessary, don’t try to get to final draft in one shot), but he also demonstrated the mentality a successful writer must have. Excellent writing is a process; we enter the process, give it our best, edit, try again, and keep working and reworking until we get it right. That’s an exercise of the mind as much as it is the actual act of writing.

Exercise in process

In my world, this mentality is critical for successful athletes. And I’m not just talking about marathoners, Ironmen, or century cyclists. Many of my clients are with me to lose weight. My job is to constantly push them to their best, then challenge them to best their best. They need to have the mentality that “I’m not done yet.” It took them years of practice as they developed a less-than-desirable lifestyle and it may take them years of practice to develop a healthy and active lifestyle.


One thing I know about you

One thing I know about you: you’re not done yet. You have goals, some big and some small, some short term and some long term. Either you’re working on them or your not. Often it is easier to accomplish these goals with a coach. If I can be of service, you know how to get in touch. But you’re not done yet. What’s next?

Training Openings Fall 2012

Yesterday ended a wonderful three-day Labor Day weekend. I could sure get used to those! It’s the unofficial end of summer which means two things: school and football. Sure, everyone makes a big deal out of New Year’s resolutions during that first week of January but the reality is that so many of us work on a school calendar… either we’re in school or our kids are.

The fall semester for me involves three big components: work, school, and business. I’m still in the business of helping people lead healthy and active lifestyles. Graduate school has continued to remind me how important this work is. Getting involved with the science of exercise, psychology, and physiology has ignited a fresh fire for this industry, and I look forward to sharing that with my readers this semester. But for now, it’s important for me to let you know that I have some training spot open for the fall semester.

I currently have two training sessions open Monday mornings. My biomechanics class will be meeting then and we’re actually still deciding if that will be 8:50-10:30 or 10:00-11:40. Either way – I have time for your health and wellness! So if you or anyone you know needs a personal trainer, head over to Hire Hans and let’s get started on your fitness plan.