Tuesday, May 8, 2018

April 8 to May 8

Coffee continues to run the show.

I had to take some time off of training due to a hip flexor muscle injury. I have yet to play in a game of rugby in 2018. I'm not that offended by that statement, as I know I will be playing a lot of rugby in the next six months.

I keep my home life on the down low in my various online communities, but you have to know it's a struggle. Having a child with special needs is stressful. Dealing with stress with a gentle walk and talk with your spouse while someone looks after them is really the only solution that is doable at this point.

Not much else really helps, man.

ok, maybe a massage.

Anyway, I kept up the GPP with the 30-35 minute workouts of alternating kettlebell and running. I have done more than a few walks and stretching sessions. I am really looking forward to training on the beach this summer.

Monday, April 9, 2018

March 26 to April 8

I keep stretching in the morning, keeping a decent routine for health going for myself. I put lunches together for two kids and myself at the same time.

I did discover that the cafeteria at work does decently priced fresh salads. I liked those, too. Lots of veggies and you get to control how much of the goo gets into your own mouth.

Home life is a disaster, though. At least I got my gym back to a functioning level during this time. I had a decent workout yesterday ... a 30 minute one alternating round of elliptical trainer and kettlebell swings.

My Polar Link tracker continues to function, too.

Otherwise, coffee is running the show at the moment.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Feb 11 to March 25

Man, this is awful.

I keep updating my list of books read. I keep mentioning that list and this blog in passing to people when talking about training and talking about what books I'm reading these days.

I have been using the Polar Loop quite a bit. I've been thinking about moving the number of steps up a bit, as I'm finding making ten thousand steps a day a fairly regular thing. I've been making it a habit to move around while at work and include a walk or training sessions at night.

But my garage gym is still out of order, covered in dust from the sanding of the dining room table. I've been doing a few online courses and been walking while I listen to the lectures. Stretching in the basement every morning is actually very helpful, too.

But I still miss Wrestling. I still miss swinging a bell for time. I miss running ... walking is a nice compromise for the time being, but I do miss the focus that running brought to my training. But running at 270 pounds is not a good thing. Never a good thing for my knees.

In any case, I've been training, just not blogging here.

I did get a rather nice taste of retirement over the March Break. A little chillier than I'd like to have happen in my older age, but still not a bad taste of it. Work in the morning, a nice walk or training session then back to chat with my family or other responsible people. Rugby. Good food and working towards helping others.

It was like I was Cain from the television show "Kung Fu", walking the earth and helping people.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Feb 4 to Saturday Feb 10

This week flew by. I did keep all morning stretching sessions, although with the table in there, and the dust still in there, some stretching sessions were pretty short.

I'm going to have an awful time cleaning up the garage gym this spring.

Wednesday was a walk in the pool night with my wife, Thursday I was doing this kettlebell set for four rounds:

20 KB swings
20 kb cleans
20 kb clean and press
20 Kb snatches
20 step ups

I also did a 5m farmers walk, too.

I did that four rounds. I felt pretty good, too.

Friday was a date night, so we went to Zee Float, and had a relaxing night.

Saturday was an idiot driving everywhere day, but I got a chance to do a half hour of kettlebells and then about an hour of BJJ.

I was so happy to be back on the mats. I am really out of shape, but I was still pretty happy to be out there rolling.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday and Saturday Feb 3

These last two days have been a study in the whole yin-yang idea.

Friday was a busy but lazy day. I got through the work day and then went home. I got through the day and then got online with a stupid video game.

I did get a walk in ... well, a few and I got my correct number of steps.

Saturday was busy - but I made fitness a priority and got to the gym and got a kettlebell session in. It was pretty damn cool, man.

Felt good at the end of it, too.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Jan 25 to Thur Feb 1

An eventful week.

It snowed, so I had a number of informal "training" sessions. I also took a long look at myself and joined a BJJ gym.

I had to, I missed it too much.

Money and time are tight, but stress management is now more of a priority.

I went and did a kettlebell session there on Tuesday ... at least I think it was Tuesday.

My usual session: swings, cleans, cleans and presses. Snatches too. I did the step ups and seated knee tucks, too.

Four rounds.

I also got a Polar Loop. For cheap, cheap.

At least it will help me see who stupid I've been.

Tonight was the check in at the new club. I was shocked at how high the weight was on the screen. Shameful.

I have to do better.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Dec 14 to Wed Jan 24

A lot of stretching.

That's all I've really been doing since Dec 13.

Doing a lot of silly habits - poor sleep hygiene and leaving the cooking up to others in my family. I don't know why I've stopped.

At least the morning stretching sessions have continued. I have that and a knowledge that rugby is coming this summer. And BJJ should be included in anything else I try.

I have recently started the checklists again - and it's working for writing and working on small projects in the short term. I'm hoping that checklist method will rub off on the other aspects ...the Physical Culture aspects of life soon, too.

In the meantime, this is one of the stressful times of the year at work, made moreso by family life. I'm back to wondering how my youngest is going to be getting to school and whether I can drive safely enough to pick up every day.