Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thursday Nov 16 to Tues Nov 21

All of these days - and for the first time on the weekends, too - I've made the time to get to my gym to stretch and roll. Usually in the early morning.

I've watched five or six sunrises from inside my garage gym in a row. Not a bad thing to be doing. Not a bad habit to get in to. I've been thinking a lot about habits these days. The fact of the matter is I have a few habits that support a long happy life and a few that do not support a long happy life.

I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be a shepherd.

I've also been doing some thinking about what I'm studying these days. It's Hamlet - I've not studied it for a while. It's that damn "To be or not to be" speech. I'm wondering what happens after you pass away. It's this

The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?

I know that's he's talking about killing himself. I'm not thinking about that. I'm grappling with the idea of what happens after we shuffle off this "mortal coil". I'm wondering why I'm not living the life I think I should be living. I have such a small life; I keep wondering when the cool stuff happens. If I have to keep waiting for the cool stuff, maybe it never happens.

Seriously. That's what is rattling around my head. I am about ten years away from finishing a career as a teacher. I like being a teacher, but it's all I got working for me at the moment. I'll leave this discussion here, as it's bordering on "look what you've written online, you should be fired" stuff.

Saturday I got elected back to the Niagara Rugby Union exec. That was cool. I got some time spent being a dad and my life is going as well as it can. It's a great big ball of "Dude" with a side order of "Duuuuuude". I also had a twelve-lead stress test done on my heart - it's a normal heart. I'm also pretty healthy in terms of blood pressure. I'm going to have to chat with my favourite science teacher about how that works. I've just forgotten all that from my days at University. What was interesting was that I taught the technician during my time at the ALC. Circles within circles, I tell you.

Thursday I got a 2k walk in. It's what I could do after a freak of a day that day was.  Friday I had to be a dad, Saturday I was a rugby man, Sunday was a show and Monday was a write off, too.

Ah well, I got this done for four rounds tonight, too.

20 H2H kb swings
20 kb cleans
20 kb cleans and presses
20 kb squats
20 step ups
15 bw squats
15 push ups

After that, did three rounds of double kb cleans and press. One minute on and one-minute rest.

That was kind of interesting.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday Nov 15

Another slice of weirdness in my life these days. Did get the morning routines done both of these days; stretching and rolling. 

Even a little "meditation" ... if that is what you want to call sitting and staring out the garage window at the changing shades of grey/pink in the sky for about five minutes.

Tuesday night had to be a dad and could not make the team training session. Did do some evening gentle relaxation and stretching on my own. Still felling Monday's session.

Wednesday night I got into the pool at Cedar Springs for about 45 minutes. A lot of that was in the hot tub, to be honest. Helped make my shoulders and arms obtain a Jell-O like feeling.

Was very helpful.

me after the hot tub

Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 10 to Monday Nov 13

Things are slowly looking up, but there are major changes on the horizon. Things that may majorly change my horizon.

I've been able to leave earlier for work these days, but every single day - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday I was able to get some sort of morning rolling and stretching done. Mobility work, whatever you want to call it.

I am really happy to see the progress in my hips and knees these days. Pain-free; there is no pain after four rounds of this, plus four rounds of 10 two-handed deadlifts with the 40-kilo bell.

20 H2H Kb swings
10 kb cleans
10 kb cleans and presses
10 kb snatches
20 step ups
10 curls
15 bw squats
15 push ups

The deadlifts were different for me at this time. Haven't done them since before my surgery. It was nice to not blow anything in my stomach...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oct 27 to Nov 9

Still on the level around here. Starting to dip down and then scramble enough to keep heads above water.

At least I started lifting with a few of the rugby team at EPC twice a week. Tonight was the fourth session I've made it to in November. A pretty good session while we listened to the Wu.

Bulgarian split squats, over head plate lunges and the like. A pretty good session all around. The part I like is that I got home and my wife appreciated the fact that it was just over an hour. I was also back in time to help with bath and bedtime for the youngest.

I'll also mention that the morning sessions with coffee, stretching and rolling have been going quite well. I have also added working on flexibility in my shoulders and rolling with lats and rhomboids, too. Lots of adhesions to work on and flexibility to gain.

I also paid for a float and a massage that I just haven't been able to book and show up for  ...

I also picked up an 88 pound (40 kilogram) kettlebell Oct 30th. Ain't no one going to be shoplifting that baby anytime soon.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oct 7 to Oct 26

Things are finally calming down.

I can't say that I think everything is perfect at the moment. No, I would be lying if I said that.

But things are pointing in the right direction. Not quite moving on all cylinders in the right direction, but at least one or two cylinders are firing the correct way. At this point, I'll take that as a victory.

I mean at least I have a care provider for my son. I'm getting close to 6 hours of sleep a night with a nap in the afternoon. Work is as smooth as silk. The rest is ... as smooth as burlap sack on gravel.

I've hit a good set of habits, though. Mornings are down to a set pattern. I get up, I put together lunches and stretch and roll before getting kids up and ready for school. I get to work on time, I do my thing and eat a vegetarian lunch.

The rolling and stretching have sometimes be augmented with night time kettlebell training and rugby.

Oh yeah, rugby. I played lots of rugby until the season ended on a high note on Oct 14th.

We are getting promoted to the league above for 2018.

It sounds like I don't care, but with the crappy parts being as crappy as they are, it's hard to realize that a thing like that has been done.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oct 3 - Fri oct 6

I've been working steadily this week - did a night of rugby on Thursday and two training sessions in the morning before work. I even got a physio appointment in for mobility and my knee.

A good week, I'm trying to keep it up.

Again this week, I had breakfast and lunch nutrition on lock. It's when I get home from work and get into the evening that my schedule and pattern/habits go out the window and I eat like I'm 8 years of age.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2

Yeah, it's been a long time since I made a daily entry here.

But at least this is news that beings a smidgen of sunshine. I got up 0 stupid early thirty and did this before work.

After, I did get some stretching and rolling done, too. I was pretty stoked throughout the day being able to know that no matter what happened, I'd already done something to help my situation.