Today’s workout, and other random happiness….. Current Mood – Ziggy Stardust!

Hi Bloggers,

I worked out yesterday. The weekdays can be a bit of a grind – I normally get a couple of workouts in during the  week and I really rely on weekends for catch up work outs. But Saturday was all about trying to find a room.

I headed over to my favourite gym – Blairmore, it’s so quiet there on weekend mornings and its a nice new gym too. I did a work out with squats, calf raises, bicep alternating curls, ezy bar curls, and zane cross over bicep curls. It was a good work out!

Later in the morning, realizing that it was an absolutely flawless glamour sunny day, I had something to eat, and headed to the beach. I went to a beach down on the river. It’s a short drive from the city, maybe 15 minutes. The road is kind of straight and lazy as it heads down a long decline into the river valley, but it’s Saskatchewan and its pretty flat so its not like a dramatic change in elevation, more like just a gentle rise.

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Soon enough I was at the dirt turn off to the beach road. Its a straight grid type road. About 2 minutes and I was pulling into the beach reserve parking lot. There were about a dozen cars there already. I thought that the beach must be somewhat populated already. I collected my things from the car, and I walked the short trail to the beach. There is a small cliff of dirt embankment that overlooks the beach. Two words: fucking glorious, that’s how the beach looked.

The sun was beaming down, glimmering and glinting off the water. The water looked inviting on this lovely warm day. The river flows steadily and ripples form in the eddies and open areas as it makes its way downstream.

There was no-one on the beach. It was absolutely devoid of people. The sand is lovely and white. Some areas are perhaps a bit browner and damp from when the water was higher. The sand compares to any beautiful beach anywhere.

I rolled out my beach mat, and set a towel down. I removed my shirt and shorts and got down to a skimpy black man thong. I always like the way the sun and the gentle breeze feels on my almost naked body. I took a bottle of sun screen – the spray on stuff. I got that going all over. The spray leaves a nice kind of a shine that makes me feel a little bit more tanned even though I’m not that tanned!

I walked on the beach for a while, just appreciating the awesome stillness and quietness. The sun warming my skin. I stepped into the water in a few places, the water was cool and refreshing. After a while I took my reading book and lied in the sun. A few people came down to the river to launch canoes and kayaks. I rolled over once or twice. When I was warm enough I took a swim. There’s something really nice about swimming in water when you are almost naked.

After a while a few people started to come down to the beach to enjoy this lovely day. I stayed for a couple of hours maybe and after a while I made my way home. That was just awesome!

 So last night I was having a little Bowie retrospective. No apparent reason. Who needs one to enjoy Ziggy Stardust? Watch out for the rock attitudes and guitar riffs!

 

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Today’s bike ride…. a photo essay.

Hi bloggers,

If you know anything about me from following my blog, you know I like nothing more than pulling on my lycra shorts and riding on the trails around the city I live. Its fitness, its fun, and it feels wickedly kind of nekkid ;). No underwear, as per usual. 

 

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Self absorbed selfie. 

 

Ok, so I went out the front of the house this morning. The sun is shining, its not yet too hot to enjoy the day. There is no breeze at all and its a super comfortable 20C or about 70F. ‘That’s perfect for a bike ride’  I though to myself. Even the bugs are having a day off. Unbelievable.

I started my ride after pumping the tires in the shed. 50 psi, I like them kind of hard. As I pedalled off I thought about how damn nice it feels with no shirt and just a thin layer of spandex between me and the world. There was very little traffic, I took the back streets. My mission today was to ride from the south traffic bridge all the way up the river to the north traffic bridge. It probably took me about 1-2 hours, but I had no agenda, no where to be and only myself to answer to. Awesome.

 

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The south traffic bridge. 

 

 

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Sweaty jogger. I wonder if it was a personal best?

The air had a mild coolness about it as I rode onto the river trail. I stopped to grab some pictures at the area with the bench seats. A sweaty jogger came up the trail and stopped to check her watch before making the arduous climb up the steps to the parking lot above. The river level has come down a bit. It snakes its way gracefully alongside the city. In a way it divides the city, yet provides a focal point that brings us together.

 

 

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Saskatoon Shines. 

 

I crossed the first bridge and rode along the river trail on the far side of the bank. A lot of people are out enjoying the mid summer weather. There are  families and joggers, and bike riders, and everything. I rode by the skateboard park. A surprising number of people are using the park so early in the morning. I rode past the area that later would host the yoga in the park.

I continued on through the pathways at the city centre. I continued north, and rode past some bicycle cops. Eventually,  I found myself at the far north bridge. I crossed over it, taking some pictures as I crossed. Some people were fishing in the river. As I went onto the trail on the other side, I passed by a guy on his bike, out with his kids.

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The trail winds in and out of river bank tree stands, and occasionally opens up to panoramas of this beautiful city. A small furry mammal crossed the path and entered a burrow. ‘Was that a ground squirrel?’ I thought. A bee buzzed its way across my path. At the University crop area a harvester was collecting what looked like grain, loading it into trucks that drove along side it.

 

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I wonder what a police pursuit would look like on bicycles? I wonder if I could out ride them? I don’t want to find out. They have Tasers and shit. 

 

Soon enough, I was back at the Broadway area. The last piece of the trail that I took on was a windy dirt side track. It was a real rush scooting along and taking the turns and rises and falls among trees and bushes. I passed a couple of joggers, and had a close call with a bike rider coming the other way. It was a great day for a ride, and I’m happy to share it with you all, enjoy!

 

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Some tai chi ladies posing for a photo, with their fans. 

 

 

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The north traffic bridge. 

 

 

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Mural on the north bridge underpass. 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Workout – if you are going to make omelettes, you will need to break some eggs!

Hi Bloggers,

Well I don’t think I could come up with a more insensitive blog title for what I am going through in life right now, so I’m focussed on being extra sensitive and kind hearted. Please, don’t be reading too much into the title. I made an omelette, and I literally broke a couple of eggs. This is in no way analogous for any situation, persons, or circumstances in my life at this time or in reference for past events or future reference. Phew, glad to get that out there, I get feedback from my blogs, and its not always good!

Alrighty then. This morning I went over to the Blairmore gym for a workout. It was good. The crowd there is very relaxed at about 8 am on a Saturday. The people there are just regular gym goers. Very normal people really (perhaps, except for me!!??).

So this morning’s workout was all about the biceps and triceps. Here’s what was in it:

Bicep curls on preacher bench.  3 sets of 10 reps, using a 40 then 45 then 50 lbs dumbbell.

Bicep concentration curls. Same weight.

Bicep curls on incline bench.

Tricep extension on bench.

Tricep cable curls.

On the way home, I was thinking about omelette. I got home and I cooked up a frying pan of bacon, onion, mushroom and eggs.

Later, my son was up and I helped him make pancakes.

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I’m not one of those people who post what they cook. I just don’t do that. Ever. Except today.

 

It was just awesome.

Today’s Workout, and some words of compassion…

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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.

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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!

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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????????????

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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 

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The importance of hot yoga 2 – feeding the spiritual side.

So tonight I went to hot yoga. If you have been following me at all, you’ll know that I do this often enough. I got home from work, pulled my fav pair of lycra shorts (sans underwear, cause that’s how I roll), and a sleeveless lycra shirt. Pulled on some socks and runners, and grabbed the yoga mat and was out the door.

Today I went to a different gym – a 7 pm class. When I arrived there was a small line up. The 5.30 class had not yet finished. Soon enough it was time to go in and get set up on the mat. It was quite busy. Seems like everyone is doing yoga these days.

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OK, the hot yoga was not naked, this is just a gratuitous pic of me! 

 

My shirt comes off even before the class starts. I have my block, water bottle, and strap. There are two candles lit either side of the teachers mat, and there is a fragrance that I can’t put my finger on but I know its pleasant. Is that cinnamon mixed with something floral? I take a few moments before the class to sit cross legged and meditate.

Soon enough, class starts. Its normally always a meditation exercise to start. Its where we might set an intention, but to be honest I did not set an intention I was just really happy to be there, in that space, I made it. I got my day at work done, drove the 15 minutes, and got in to class in time.

As class started it felt like the heat was set on ‘tropical’ but nice. We made our way through the regular assortment of flows – plank, chattaranga, cobra pose, downward dog, hop forward, full fold, inhale half fold….

As the bodies in the small space began to warm up, so did the room. It went from ‘tropical’ to sweaty. We continued to move through various flows mixed with minor contortions of limbs that my body can only partly achieve. As the session wears on, my muscles shake in some poses (side plank, anyone?), and sweat runs off my body. I realise: its fucking hot in here! I sweated soooooo much. Really.

Its normally at this point my rational mind says something like “hey, you don’t do well in heat, this is probably going to make you feel ill, did you notice that, you were a bit wobbly coming out of tree pose, I think I might collapse if we keep going.” 

But this is where you need to give in to the yoga, to truly be in the moment, to defer any thoughts about not being able to get enough breaths, while your torso is twisted or you have your head somewhere between your knees.

And that, readers, is where the yoga gets spiritual. Your mind is slightly altered, you have to go with the flow, literally. You cannot hold on to your bullshit worries when you are in lizard pose, with sweat running down your back and off your forehead. 

Its like any profound human experience, it transcends words. I can’t tell you how it feels, other than intense, and challenging, and liberating. Ok maybe I can come up with a bunch of words but the overall experience is beyond words.

 

Out on my bike again. Sunny days, too nice to waste inside. A photo essay.

 

 

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I know right? Look at those calves damn it! 

With the sun shining and the long days, I like to get out and ride my bike. It’s something I do a lot in the summer. You have to make the most of the good weather here because this place is under snow about half the year, but when the summer comes, there are a few glorious months where this place is awesome!

 

 

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Just pretend to look at something over there while the camera thing counts down to take pic. 

 

I slipped on my favourite pair of mid length lycra shorts. No underwear (again). These are quite supportive and comfortable. It feels nice to just wear the lycra shorts and no shirt on a ride. Feels very free. Breezy, nice! 😉

 

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My view. 

 

 

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I can’t help getting excited about quality engineering work like this. 

 

I rode under the traffic bridge. There is a suspended cycling and walking path that runs underneath. I like the lines of the concrete and steel work.

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The river is running swiftly and it is deep. As the season progresses normally the level goes down a bit. Last year the level was quite low.

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I stopped down by the canoe/kayak club. Some ladies were training in a dragon boat. Every year there is a big dragon boat race. I will be in it again this year.

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There is a jetty that has plenty of space to launch a canoe or boat. The river is running fairly quick so upstream paddling would be demanding.

 

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I AM confident, damn it! 

 

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There is a trail alongside the river. I rode this, it was a lot of fun.

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I crossed back over the river on the University Bridge.

 

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These statues are real marble, no shit. 

 

Some of the nicest real estate is on the south side of the river, the views are of the city and they are up on a ridge. Its really nice.

 

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Ok, get your bike out of the shed. We’re going riding!