2018-10-17 Control vs. Responsibility

We all want control. It’s a pretty simple drive for a lot of us in the human race. I want be in control of my destiny, my future, my health, my diet, my mindset and so on and so on. The problem I tend to see is that most of who want control are afraid to take responsibility. If you want to take leadership or control of a project in the IT world or any profession really you are also responsible for its success or failure. Control and responsibility are a package deal. Ultimately anything you control you are responsible for and if you don’t accept that responsibility you are not in control, period.

So next time you want to take charge you had best be prepared to be responsible, they are not mutually exclusive.

2018-04-26 Excuses, excuses.

So the other day I hustled up 2 flights of stairs and was left a little winded. I was like who the hell am I that 25ish stairs leaves me huffing and puffing. Instantly 100 excuses flood my mind, you were busy on this last flood of projects, you helped support a company purchase and well there’s happy hour and victory celebrations for successful launches. However at the heart of it is just that excuses. I have no excuse, I own a nice rowing machines and could snag a tabata session any time I want was my bed to comfy, no I was lazy and allowed excuses to rule my actions. It comes down to discipline. I do this thing now and and I don’t do this, that or the other thing until it’s done. Discipline and prioritizing.

Stop making excuses maintain your discipline.

2018-03-23 ‘Supp

Supplements: I pretty much believed that if you eat right and and you get some sun and exercise you’d be fine. However over the years while I did things right and still gained weight and have tried a lot of things I’m not sure this is the case anymore. There seems to be a lot of strong evidence that our food doesn’t contain the same level of micronutrients it once did. Like I said I’ve tried a lot of things and many of them made me feel a little better. Gluten Free, alcohol free and even paleo. All of these made a minor impact to what I was feeling. Still eating right and avoiding the bad stuff I never felt the energy levels I knew or at least believed I should be at until I tried a little supplementation. I don’t do too much but I feel I’ve experienced tremendous benefit from a few specific supplements. I am now taking Calcium D-glucarate, kelp(for iodine) magnesium and selenium. I only started a few days ago but this combination seems to peak my energy. I sleep better, I wake up with fewer aches and pains and my energy levels are peaked and don’t seem to plummet all day. Now with that being said it’s only been a few days so I intend to Follow-Up in a few weeks but I feel pretty amazing these last few days and I hope it continues. Don’t try this on your own supplements can have harmful interactions or side effects based on your personal situation so always consult your healthcare professional before introducing any supplements into your regimen.

2018-03-20 Morning Routine

Quick round of morning yoga about 5-7 minutes to loosen up then 10 push-ups from my knees. This is not about killing myself but about slowly loosening and conditioning my joins, ligaments and tendons. Let’s see if I can hit 2 days in a row. Weighed in at 300lbs 43.3% body fat. Now I’m not a huge scale watcher and don’t believe that it dictates health but I wanted to set a few benchmarks.

Training – 2017-03-27

  • Rower 500M
  • Arm Circles 20 front/20 back
  • PVC Passthrough
  • PVC Overhead Squats 10 reps
  • Pushups 10 reps
  • Hip Flexor Stretch
  • Squat Warmup
    • Bar Only (45lbs) 1×10
    • 80lbs 1×5
    • 95lbs 1×5
    • 115lbs 1×5
  • Squat
    • 125lbs 1×5
    • 145lbs 1×5
    • 165lbs 1×5
  • OHP Warmup
    • Bar Only (35lbs) 1×10
    • 40lbs 1×5
    • 45lbs 1×5
    • 55lbs 1×5
  • OHP 5/3/1 (5’s)
    • 60lbs 1×5
    • 70lbs 1×5
    • 80lbs 1×12
    • 60lbs 1×15 (FSL)
  • Deadlift Warmup
    • 65lbs 1×10
    • 85lbs 1×5
    • 105lbs 1×5
    • 130lbs 1×5
  • Deadlift 5/3/1 (5’s)
    • 140lbs 1×5
    • 160lbs 1×5
    • 180lbs 1×5
    • 140lbs 1×5 (FSL)
  • Bench Dips 3×10

 

Training – 2017-03-23

  • Rower 500M
  • Arm Circles 20 front/20 back
  • PVC Passthrough
  • PVC Overhead Squats 10 reps
  • Pushups 10 reps
  • Hip Flexor Stretch
  • Squat Warmup
    • Bar Only (45lbs) 1×10
    • 80lbs 1×5
    • 95lbs 1×5
    • 115lbs 1×5
  • Squat
    • 125lbs 1×5
    • 145lbs 1×5
    • 165lbs 1×5
  • Bench Warmup
    • Bar Only (45lbs) 1×10
    • 70lbs 1×5
    • 85lbs 1×5
    • 100lbs 1×5
  • Bench 5/3/1 (5’s)
    • 110lbs 1×5
    • 125lbs 1×5
    • 145lbs 1×10
    • 110lbs 1×15 (FSL)
  • Band Lat Pulldowns
    • Green and Black band 3×10
    • Green Band 2×10
  • Glute Bridge
    • Bodyweight 3×20

 

Out of Gas

Let’s say you are driving your car and the gas light comes on, you could keep driving and deal with it when you run out of gas. I mean who knows where you will end up and how far it will leave you from civilization or your destination; however you could always stop at the next gas station which may be a detour and fill up to get back on track.  Perhaps even better you could evaluate your trip in advance and plan the route with the right stops for refueling.

Let’s say this isn’t a car let’s say it’s something to do with your health. Do you just keep going until the system in question gives out and you have to rehabilitate or do you stop to take stock, and figure out and fix what is wrong?

Try to plan ahead but also build into your plan or approach a way to avoid complete failure to avoid a system failure.  Sometime you need a break whether it be at work or at the gym.  you can take vacation at work or meditate to manage stress, you can take a deload week at the gym to prevent overload and injury.  Finally looking at your health you can take stock of your issues and habits and change them to avoid a lifetime of medications and complications.