Today’s Workout, and some words of compassion…

8 jul 2017 2

Hi Bloggers,

Today’s workout:

Squats

Calf raises

Alternating dumbbell curls

ezy bar bicep curls

Cross over (Zane) curls.

I had a really good work out.

Be kind, be kind to yourself, be kind to others. Do one act of kindness. Let someone know how much you mean to them, even if the situation has been challenging. 

Be yourself, don’t compromise who you are, and allow others to adjust to the person that you are becoming, if you are going through changes. 

Love and hugs. Namaste.

8 jul 2017

Today’s workout, and other wisdom shared… Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

 Bloggers, here is the work out I did today. I really enjoyed it but I felt a tweak in my right knee when bending and flexing, so I’ll be paying attention to that so it doesn’t become a long term injury, fingers crossed!

July 6

Combo lat raises with overhead press dumbbell
Wide grip chin up
Cable cross over chest pulls
Bent over rows
Push ups with feet on bench

Ok, now for the wisdom part…

I got a book from the library called ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.’ I highly recommend it. One chapter in the book described a really good concept.

Imagine that everyone else in your life is perfectly enlightened, and you, are not enlightened at all…..

Take a moment to let that sink in. You know what it does? It helps you to listen, to ask questions, and to refrain from jumping in and telling other people how it is, which is what we spend a lot of time doing. The net effect is that all of your interactions are less adversarial, and you will see the tension disappear from your conversations and conflicts. Plus, its humbling as anything, you just have to take a back seat, and sometimes that is refreshing.

Having said that, it doesn’t mean that you relinquish power, or compromise your values, you just spend more time trying to understand, rather than being understood.

Try it out – today!!!!!

Peace, and Namaste.

 

Today’s workout – biceps and triceps…

Preacher curls on bench 40 lbs/45 lbs/ 50 lbs. 3 sets, 10, 10, 8 reps.

Concentration curls, 3 sets, same weight.

Tricep extension leaning on bench. 3 sets, same weight.

Ezy curl bars, 3 sets, 15, 12, 12 reps.

Cable triceps extensions, 3 sets x 10 reps.

Nice workout!

what did you work out today????????????

17 Jun 2017 1 (2)

Today’s workout – and random ramblings….

So I got home from work today, kinda feeling a bit tired I had a long nap. I was only so-so about going for a workout. I got it done though, and surprisingly enough, it was a decent workout too. I seemed to get through my sets with ease. Some days are strong healthy days and some days we struggle. This was a strong day! 8 June 2017 3 (2)

Last night I had dinner with some work colleagues – the team. It was a nice restaurant. Maybe even a bit too nice for the crowd that I was with – they are good people alright, but I think maybe we were a bit out of place – laughing and joking and probably saying stuff that raised some eyebrows in the place.

There’s a guy I work with – complete prairie redneck. Now, I have to add, I have nothing against prairie rednecks, I’d even say I’m kind of fond of them, but I can assure you they don’t hold back when it comes to having a laugh and they don’t waste effort on social graces and political correctness.

He had me laughing so hard that I had to leave the table. It was ridiculous and I felt like a bit of a goose – snickering my way to the entrance to compose myself a bit. I actually laughed to the point of tears. Man, that was refreshing. I haven’t laughed like that in a very long time.

Lately, I feel like I’v8 June 2017 (2)e been doing better. Some blockages have been cleared. I have had time to reflect and adjust to a changing life situation. I feel pretty good. It’s apparent that I am obviously the major influence in my life, and my thoughts and actions have the biggest bearing on success or failure in all of my endeavours. Having said that, I can’t think or act for others, and how people perceive me, or react to me, or act in relation to what I say and do.

So I’m saying – ok. That’s ok. I’ll be alright. We can work together on issues or just avoid each other, it makes no difference to me.

Maybe that’s not entirely true, because I don’t live in a bubble and I do care about the quality of my inter-human relationships, very much actually. I guess I’m saying that I am finding my own direction, and people will either be content to be part of that or they won’t.

So we get one chance in this life. Actually lots of chances in life, but what matters is what we do with that. What I mean is that we only have a certain time on this planet, and so much energy, time, and perhaps entire lives are wasted on negative bullshit. I decided, I don’t want a part of that. Some people have real problems, health, family, employment, substance abuse, etc. I do feel for them. Really. I’m grateful that I have a lot of good in my life, and I’m busy making the most of my opportunities to be the best ‘me’ that I can.

You’re all welcome to join me if you wish.

Namaste 

8 June 2017 2 (2)

 

Today’s workout – and other ramblings…

4 June 2017 2

So today was a good day. I did a work out this evening. More about that later. It was such a nice sunny day, I decided to go to the beach. Even though I live out in the prairies of Canada, we are lucky enough to have a really nice sandy beach that is on the river not far from the city.

I always wear a man thong when lying in the sun. Its just something I like to do. I’d be ok with being naked too, and often do, but sometimes I think wearing less can be more appealing than wearing nothing. Each to their own I guess. Whenever I get out and about, its always nice to say hi to people, and on the beach most people are quite friendly, especially at the ‘nude end’.

If you are not acquainted with the nude beach scene, its perhaps not what you are thinking. There are guys and girls there, and the atmosphere is relaxed and its quite safe for everybody. People are actually more inclined to say hi or have a conversation. Its like when you take the clothes away, people are just more friendly.

I met a guy from India, and his friend, a girl from China, I met a lady who goes down to the beach a lot, and a couple of other guys that were talking with her. I think I’d summarise it by saying that if you strip away (no pun intended) all the bullshit, and your intentions are good, people are generally very friendly and approachable.

At the other end of the beach – the crowd is certainly more ‘spring break’ like. Coolers are taken to the beach, stereos are blaring, and unfortunately a lot of trash is left which spoils it somewhat for others. Of course this is a few people, not the majority of those who enjoy the beach.

At gym tonight, I started chatting with a young guy, 22 years old, a cop as it turns out. Pretty fit looking guy too. We bullshitted about chest work out or whatever. I was working in with him on the cable fly rack.

Anyway, here was today’s work out, all about the chest and shoulders:

Dumbbell bench press. 10 reps at 80 lb dumbbells, then 5 x 5 sets and reps of 100 lbs.

Shoulder lat raises, 3 x 10. I use 40 lb dumbbells.

Cable cross over flys.

Crunch machine.

Leg curls.

What did you work out today????

 

Todays workout …

So this morning I had a late start, so I made the most of it and went to gym. Due to poor time management and distractions, i.e. WordPress, I found myself having to cram a quick workout in before getting off to work.

Friday 2 June 2017 (2)

Here’s what was in todays workout:

Incline bench press – warm up with 70 lb dumbbells x 10 reps, then went to 80 lb dumbbells for 5 sets of 5.

Chest flyes, 3 x 10.

Dips, 3 x 10

Crunch machine 3 x 15.

Normally I like to do 5 exercises per work out but today was a bit compressed with my available time.

Tonight, I did a session of Yin-Yang hot yoga. It was a great stretch, very calming and a great way to finish the week!

What did you work out today?

Today’s workout – biceps and legs.

Hi Bloggers,

From the other morning actually, but this workout was fairly quick and efficient.

The biceps were done as a superset (one after another 3 sets of 10 reps)

Bicep curls with ezy bar

Standing alternating bicep curls.

Seated incline bicep curls – these really work the biceps good!

Leg extension machine

Leg curl machine

What did you work out today?????????????

Work out 29 May 2 (2)

Buff – its a lifestyle thing

via Daily Prompt: Buff

Hi bloggers, a bit late with this daily post. As you may well know, I enjoy a good workout. Its a lifestyle thing. Eat healthy, stay fit, enjoy life. It’s not something you do after Christmas break or as a new year’s thing, you just have to get up and get going.

That is, if you want to be buff. 

But its more that that. It’s feeling good about yourself, within yourself. Its getting up early in the morning to hit the gym, or squeezing in a work out on a Saturday morning before running the kids to soccer or what ever it is you do with your days.

Its a mind set, if you want to be buff. 

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My bikes, their stories, and why I love them (the bikes, not the stories…)

Hi Bloggers,

So its summer time, and that’s when I like to pump up the tires and get out on my bike. I live in the city, and there are lots of trails and streets to ride on. There’s a riverside pathway system and lots of dirt trails too. The days are long and often the weather is sunny and dry and that makes for great conditions to get out there and enjoy it.

I have a road bike, but the reality is that I don’t get it out much. I used to ride that a lot more where I lived previously due to nice open roads and little traffic. But this blog is about my mountain bikes, which I really love.

A few years ago, maybe about 5 now, I purchased a Kona Cinder Cone bike. My wife had bought a Kona Blast a year or two before that and that bike is a more basic model but I was impressed with how it rode and felt. I bought this one at a shop in Dawson Creek, BC. I spent about $1200 Canadian on this bike. I remember that I was there on a Saturday morning. I wasn’t even intending on buying a bike that day. I had owned a bike previous to that for almost 20 years, so its not like I upgrade every year or two.

I took the Kona for a test ride, and boy, I was sold on that bike. It was so frikkin’ smooth to ride. The only thing I didn’t like was the seat, which was this hard racing style seat. I can’t understand why a decent bike has to be fitted with a sort of hard seat just to be credible. I exchanged that seat with a gel one. If you are kind of thinking about it, get a gel one. They are super comfy and they come in ergonomic forms that don’t look clunky or whatever but the comfort level is amazing.

I had to mess with things a little bit to keep it working well. It was not changing gears cleanly – making noises and sort of hanging on to one gear and clicking etc. I took it to the bike shop for an unrelated matter and the guy put it on the stand and checked my derailleur alignment. The piece the derailleur is bolted to gets bent out of shape and it needs to be bent back to straight. It rides like a dream now.

Here are some pictures of my Kona:

So back in 1992, I bought a Giant ATX 860. I bought it at Joe’s Cycles in Mt Isa, Queensland, Australia. I had it shipped to Canada when I moved here. Aluminum frame, no front suspension. In those days if you wanted front suspension, you pretty much had to go high end, or substitute a rock shox or something that would set you back half as much again as the value of the bike. I spent $900 on this bike.

I really got a lot of value out of it. I’ve done so many kilometers on this thing. I’ve changed tire styles and treads on it, I put a rack on the back, and some of those handle bar extensions. It’s been a loyal friend of mine. The lack of front suspension, and the brake effectiveness had me thinking about changing up to a better bike, so I did. I figured for as much value as I got out of this bike, I could easily justify a new one.