Today’s Workout – You Don’t Grow in Your Comfort Zone….

IMG_6248I got this quote from a work colleague the other day. I was so impressed by this simple statement that I wrote it on a sticky note and taped it to a wall in my office.

When you think about it, its true. When we are comfortable, when we are not challenged, the ride can be easy and even boring, but its not until we get out of the comfort zone that we really grow as individuals.

So I got up early this morning for a workout. Here’s what I did, It’s my workout C – biceps and triceps.

Bicep curls on preacher rest – 3 sets of 10 reps each, incline bicep curls – 3 sets of 10 reps, tricep extensions on bench – 3 sets of 10 reps, tricep cable pull downs, 3 sets of 10 reps, lying leg raises, 3 sets of 20, 15, 10.

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Today’s Workout – stick to your guns!

Hi Bloggers,

I went to Blairmore gym today in Saskatoon. It’s a great gym, I’m a member of a chain of 3 gyms, soon to be 4 apparently. I like Blairmore because it is quiet compared to the other two gyms, and the equipment is brand new. Makes for a nice work out. work out Sun 17 Sep 2017

So, hopefully, a very human post today. This morning I was feeling a little achy in the upper back/neck where I often experience headaches, so I was conscious of that getting started. I used some moisturiser and rubbed my traps and upper back as best I could. I felt just a little nauseous which can be an effect of these neck type pains.

I put on my gym gear – hot shorts of course. I shave my legs because I can’t stand hairy legs. I made a resolution to shave once a week – keeps everything relatively smooth. I took an extra 10 minutes or so to get that done.

I felt a bit like I needed to pee. I put that aside as I got into my workout. Getting through my sets, I was doubtful within myself that I could do the 5 sets of 5 bench press with 225 lbs. But I kept going. Pushing through. The good news, I got through my work out, and actually feel pretty damn good right now! work out Sun 17 Sep 2017 2I also did lat raises, bent over lat raises, incline bench press, chest flyes, and lying leg raises.

This week I was challenged a few times, in work, in life whatever. Sometimes these things are put before us to test out mettle. I think what matters is what you do with these challenges, how you respond. Can you make yourself a better person from the experience?

It’s not about taking a bunch of shit and accepting it. Its not about reacting strongly or getting emotional. Its about standing up for yourself. Responding appropriately. Being direct with people, yet courteous and polite. Its about sticking to your guns….. 

 

 

My daughter’s 12 today.

HI Bloggers,

My wonderful daughter turns 12 today. Twelve years ago I was at a country town hospital – Biloela in Central Queensland. My wife had been in labour over night. She was born in the morning – around 7 am. I was the first person to hold her, except perhaps for my wife. I remember I cried tears of joy. I was so happy. I called my sister and my parents and I told them about our new baby girl. I was happy and recall trying to talk clearly to my sister but being kind of choked by happy tears – if that is even possible.

We have our moments, my daughter and I. She’s growing up to be a young woman. Sometimes I hardly recognise her. She’s beautiful, and sweet and all the things I could hope for.

Glad to share this with the world today.

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I had to take her shopping to get this hug!

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With her mom.

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Today, down by the river. It was nice day.

 

Saturday’s workout and other ramblings. SO much to be thankful for!

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Ahhh Bhudda, I hardly know your philosophies, yet at the same time I get it, like in an ignorant westerner looking for spirituality kind of way……

 Hi Bloggers,

Today was leg day. I wore my new long tights I bought on line, so that was a bit of fun. Here’s my workout: Following the general Arnie written split workout deal…. loosely following.

  • Squats: 6 sets of 15, 10, 8, 6, 4, 4.
  • Leg extensions, 5 sets of 10 reps.
  • Leg curls, 6 sets of 15, 10, 8, 8, 6.
  • Sit ups 3 sets of 25, 15, 10.
  • Calf raises, 3 sets of 10.
  • Straight leg deadlift, 3 sets of 10.

It was a good work out.

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Yes, I do like these new tights!

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BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My daughter hugged me!

It’s her 12th birthday tomorrow. I woke her this morning to ask what she wanted for her birthday. I was kind of surprised, she didn’t even yell at me! So that’s the plan here today, I will be taking her shopping and get something that she would like. One small step for fatherhood, one giant leap for this dad!

I was also reflecting on the past few months. I had a chat with the ex – with kids being noisy in the background, but a chat all the same. Sometimes its good to talk. A few months ago I was really not doing too good. I was struggling a bit. Ok, a lot perhaps. Strangely, within myself I felt pretty good but all around me there was chaos and upset….

All self caused, and I’m ok with that too. Major changes are tough – especially on those around you. I’ve had to modify a few things in my life and I’ve had some learnings about what works and what causes upset. I don’t have any regrets. None. Its just a matter of living and learning and finding your true path.

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If you see this guy, buy him a coffee, he probably has some stories to tell! Or, maybe let me buy you a coffee. As long as I can blog on your story! 😉

So its probably worth a quick list of the things I am thankful for:

  • I am loved.
  • I have two wonderful healthy children.
  • I have an ex who cares about me.
  • I have a job. It pays well.
  • I have a new boss, and so far the arrangement is very decent.
  • I have my health.
  • I enjoy keeping fit and working out.
  • I have family that cares for me (even if I disappoint sometimes!)
  • I have eyesight.
  • I have mental faculties that allow me to express myself, to write, to draw, to play music, to dance!
  • I have a car, that runs, and its cheap on petrol!
  • I have two wonderful dogs in my life.
  • I could probably keep going but I hear people dry retching so I will quit now!

WordPress readers and bloggers, you get a hug! Namaste.

 

Today’s Workout, and other Random Bullshit….

Hi Bloggers,

On Sunday I started my Arnie developed split workout deal.

Anyway, I was doing awesome, into my evening split work out which was legs. I always enjoy legs. Monday – the stat holiday, I woke with a terrible dull headache that I often get from muscle pain and strain in the traps and upper back/neck. Its not a new concept – I have a history of mild headaches about once or twice a week associated with the upper back/neck strains. I modified my workout to remove shrugs and dead lifts because of this and I’ve been generally better off.

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Ok, so in the Arnie workout, there is shrugs, and bent over lat raises and other things that target the traps etc. I was also coming off another workout which did my shoulders etc and I was feeling tweaky in the upper back/neck so I just fucking blew it out on Sunday, and the result was that I spent most of Monday sleeping off a headache. But I digress. Tonight I was back in the gym!

 

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Damn these shorts feel good to wear. Do they feel good to you too?

 

 

Ok so on the second alternating work out, here’s what I did:

Barbell bench press, dips, sit ups, pull ups, cable rows, and bent over rows. Without boring you with the weight and rep detail lets just say its a punishing routine of 5 sets of 15, 12, 10, 8, 8 reps. So I moderated the weight a bit which is a nice change.

I had a snooze today. I needed it after an early start this morning. I struggled for motivation. The parking lot was full of red-neck high lift kit pick up trucks. I knew it was going to be busy. The place was a fucking zoo.

I didn’t know if I had the energy to face the judgy 20-ish crowd in my lycra hot shorts. At a point, I committed, and got stuck in. Soon enough I was in there amongst it, with the bromance work outers, the 30 other guys, and two extremely hot girls (there’s always one or two – sadly grossly outnumbered by guys but whatever) and a few average looking people.

Soon enough, I was owning it. I couldn’t give a flying fk what anyone else was doing. I was getting my workout on, and enjoying it!

 

 

Cooking for meatheads…. cook in bulk.

Hey bloggers,

I like to eat. I like to cook to but I’m more about cooking in bulk so I can feed myself during the week. This weekend I went all out. I did a chicken hot pot and a beef hot pot. Here’s how I got it done.

Here’s the shopping list:

Buy like two trays of diced steak.

Buy two trays of skinless, boneless chicken thighs. They are just the right size.

Celery. Two bunches.

Mushrooms, pre cut.

Capsicum (peppers for the North Americans).

Small potatoes.

Baby carrots.

Onions.

A jar of sauce, I use a tomato based sauce for the beef and an alfredo pasta sauce for the chicken.

Cut your vegies up on a board, put them in a big bowl. Don’t fuck around, just cut it up this isn’t a-la-carte dining.

Throw your beef in the slow cooker. I cooked my chicken in a large saucepan. Give the chicken some time and stir it around to brown up a bit.

Throw your vegies in. Forget about the beef hot pot for about 6 hours min. Keep stirring the chicken every half hour or so.

After about 2 hours the chicken dish is ready.

I bought a bunch of storage tubs to keep everything in the freezer. Viola, you will have meals to take to work or for evenings for at least a week.

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Here’s the chicken. 

 

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This would be the beef, in the slow cooker. 

 

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Lots of wholesome veggies. Keep the sharp knives away from the ex 😉

 

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These fuckers are useless and just get in the way. Plus they will steal your food if you turn you back.. but they are cute and fun to have around!

 

 

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Dinner or lunch for the next week or so. 

 

Life is a Balancing Act

Hi Bloggers,

Life is a balancing act. We are constantly and often intuitively adjusting to the variables – maybe its the slope of the pavement, maybe its going around a corner on a bicycle, or deciding how much to spend on ourselves or our loved ones when buying a gift or having  a night out.

Balance also applies to personal freedoms. As with everything, there are balance issues to consider. How do you express yourself with the amount of freedom or experience you desire, while being considerate of the feelings of those who care about you? Even within yourself, there is balance to consider. How much to drink on a night out? Too much and you end up in gutter, too little and you maybe don’t get the buzz you are looking for. I’ve fucked that one up plenty of times.

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What if you don’t even know what your limits of acceptable experience are, because you are still finding your way in life, or your situation has changed? Sometimes you might over commit, sometimes you haven’t found your balance and invariably, you will leave people feeling disappointed, or perhaps find yourself regretting your actions or motivations.

There’s no magic answers here, sometimes its just down to life experience, going with the flow, and knowing when to say yes, and when to say no, even to yourself.

 

 

 

If anybody needs me, I will be in my basement room, riffing away on the guitar… simple bliss.

Ah, the simple pleasures in life. Relative calm, my own room in the basement.

Riffing away with Bad Company’s Feels Like Making Love, or AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, or how about a bit of John Cougar’s Hurts So Good? 

That’s what I’m talking about. Just leave me be, with my guitar! Fuck yeah!!!! I’m a happy clam.

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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!