Last night’s workout.. and some inspiration for those who may be struggling a bit!

Hi Bloggers,

I want to reach out to those people who have maybe let themselves go a bit. Maybe your diet is not what it should be, maybe you have a few extra kilos that you are carrying that are not serving you well. I want to encourage you to start your journey towards wellness today. If this inspires one person, then I think that’s awesome.

I’m 43 in February. I see a lot of people in this age bracket start to ‘fall apart’. If you are working long hours, eating too much fast food and not prioritising exercise and diet, you may be one of these people. This is only going to lead to health problems and a general decline in your physical well being.

IMG_6831 (2)The good news is that the changes are really simple. There is no magic wand or silver bullet solutions. It’s just down to eating the right food, and getting yourself to the gym, or whatever sport it might be that keeps you active and strong. I thing weights is a great option for all people, men and women to keep their bodies in good physical shape.

Here’s what I would suggest: if you are smoking, stub that ciggie out now! Get some help to quit if you need it. Stock your fridge or freezer with fresh and frozen vegetables. Cook at home – make your meals from mostly whole, unprocessed foods (I’m not kidding anyone here, I like a treat or snack and often its junk, but the majority of my diet is good healthy food). Start exercising if you are not doing it now. Plan to do 3 to 4 decent work outs in a week.

If you are interested in learning more, or want my workouts I will send them to you. I am not selling anything! I am just enthusiastic about health and wellness. 

So last night’s work out for me:IMG_6835

Wide grip chin ups (back, lats)

Ezy bar curls (biceps)

Lunges (glutes and thighs)

Power clean-to squat-to overhead press (all over body)

Cable cross over pulls (chest)

Wide grip cable pull downs (Back, lats)

 

 

 

 

 

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F it, it’s Friday!

One of those rare occasions that I don’t have much to say – so we’ll see where this goes I guess. It’s only a few short days until the T bird takes off and leaves this continent (this planet, this universe?) forever. How am I feeling? Kind of relieved, a bit melancholy I suppose. Without doubt, the biggest kicker is my kids leaving. They don’t seem concerned at all.

In fact, they are quite dismissive to me, when I try to engage them. My son, he’s ok. We talk sometimes. I still get a good sense of animosity from him; but its fleeting. He can be downright dismissive, but in a later moment we can be talking together – which normally consists of him shooting rapid fire questions about all sorts of random shit: ‘does your intestines know what sort of food you like to eat? Did you know that the Ebola virus is a new epidemic? Sometimes I cant feel my fingers, is this normal? etc. ok questions are hypothetical and generic but you get the gist… 

Disclaimer: As challenging and stressful as all of this has been, I would not change anything. I’m not complaining, just sharing. It was a journey that I really needed to experience.

 

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Somewhere on the border between BC and Alberta. That’s the start of the Rocky Mountains, folks. 

 

Has anyone noticed the tree tattoo trend thing that seems to be going around? I just saw a girl with one on the back of her neck, and a guy at work got one on his forearm. I don’t know if its a Saskatchewan thing or a bit broader than that.

I got a new book from the library – actually I got a bunch of new books from the library. The one I’m about to inhale is called ‘How to be a great boss.’ I figure reading that can’t hurt, based on some of the feedback I’ve got over the past months.

So how do I feel? Actually pretty good. I’m ready to move forward. I just don’t know what I am moving forward into, and guess what? I don’t mind that at all.

So, what have I learned? It might be a good moment for some reflection and sharing. So, here goes, here’s my recommended list of take away’s:

  1. Be yourself. For fuck’s sake, be yourself. If you are gay, straight, a total prude or wild thang, religious zealot or worshipper of the devil, just do what you need to do. Allow others to accept you or not.
  2. Respect others.
  3. While being yourself, don’t be completely blind to the effect you have on others. Be considerate! This is the fine balance that I have eluded to before. How do you strike that balance? IDK. But you have to find the balance. The net results of not getting the balance right leads to divorce, loss of job, alienation, and a whole bunch of shit that can make life difficult. The challenge here, in my humble opinion is to come to terms with yourself, exercise discretion where prudent and be ready for some tough conversations where you are not prepared to yield. 
  4. Exercise discretion in the workplace. Realise that even though you may feel like an open book with ‘nothing to hide,’ realise that your shit is freaking people out. There is a fairly narrow band of what is acceptable to people in society. This band narrows considerably in the workplace. It also narrows with your position. Especially if you are a leader. There is an unwritten code for expected behaviour. Know that in the workplace, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Keep it professional. Develop networks outside work to air your laundry and find a shoulder to cry on (or arse to grab if that is your thing – disclaimer, I do NOT grab arse in the workplace, period).
  5. Take chances, and don’t let fear rule your decisions. This too, needs a balanced approach. Reckless choices lead to bad outcomes. Don’t be completely stupid. Have fun and keep your wits about you. Some of my best experiences have been had while taking a chance and getting out of my comfort zone.
  6. Travel as much as you can. There is no teacher like travel. I’ve moved a bunch and the way I’ve seen it is something like ‘there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet.’
  7. Yoga, and meditation. Just meditation if yoga is not your thing. I can’t emphasise enough the benefits of meditation.
  8. Exercise. This is not a recent development for me, but I can’t make a list without exercise in it ;).
  9. Eat well. healthy food. Lots of vegies. Contributes to overall wellness.
  10. Get a good amount of sleep.

 

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I took this picture of a buck outside someone’s house. Kinda random but cool eh?