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On Tuesday I worked out again. My calves were still feeling like blocks of wood so I went with an upper body HIIT consisting of One-Arm Kettlebell Rows and push-ups. This was significantly harder than the Kettlebell swings. I used my 36lb kettlebell, and I just barely made it through the last session of push-ups. I am working on how to keep count of my rounds. The first time I did it just writing numbers in my smartphone during the rest periods, but in looking for a less complex method I found an old row counter in my knitting supplies and used that instead. I will stick with that method, it was nice and simple.

My next workout will be Sprints, which should be later today. My mood is kinda strange, but no particular reason for it. I plan on just pushing through that and getting my sprints done. I think it will help that my girlfriend wants to do them with me ^_^

Yesterday I did my first High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT) ever. I was doing 15 seconds work with 60secs active rest, and I did 12 rounds of that. It was only 30 minutes when I added my jogging as a warm-up or it, but maaaaan. My calves feel like blocks of wood. I decided to do kettlebell swings as my work, and jogging as my rest. Eventually I switched to just walking quickly as I was not getting actual rest. My kettlebell is 36lbs, and I wore my vibrams to workout. I know this is disjointed, but I wanted to make sure I got SOMETHING written about it.

Honestly the workout itself wasn’t hard. I think tomorrows workout, which I will be doing sore, will be harder to stick with and finish. It is upper body stuff, a mix of kettlebell rows and push-ups. I don’t think it is a good idea to run on this calves until they soften up a little bit, so Sprints will wait till thursday.

Wish me luck!

So, today and tomorrow I am going to be getting some basic measurements of my fitness. I’m thinking of simple stuff since this is the first time I have ever seriously considered cardio as my main workout.

Weight
Bodyfat%
Resting Heart Rate(RHR)
Blood Pressure
Total Inches

I am also thinking of doing tests I am a bit unfamiliar with:

VO2 Max
Movement Archetypes
Range of Motion
Endurance test

I am not sure f I have the stuff to test all these things, but I am going to do as many of them as I can.

Had a hard day; a rough day at work and some weird emotional reactions to simply being hungry.(which is out of character for me)

My job is just a simple $8/hour job I got after a friend wanted me to apply at the sweets shop they were excited about coming to town. It is strange having a job you did not have any strong desire to have. Especially when you did not need the work. I am sticking to it because it would be nice to have more normal work experience on my resume in case I need it. However, you get to see how managers interact with an employee who they think wouldn’t leave because they need that money. It isn’t abusive, but it is often rude.
I wonder how easy it would be to create a friendly work-place if where I work is considered, by my more experienced co-workers, friendlier and more pleasant than their other experiences. I hope the owner either realizes, or when I do eventually leave understands what I tell them, that the managers and fellow owners need more training themselves. The employees need practice, but the owners and management really need to learn a smoother way to communicate or I worry about the business surviving.

Turns out my friend Omar Mulla works at an Orange Theory Gym so I’ll be able to chat with him about how to best start playing around with HIIT! He already told me about the Tabata workouts, and I am looking at that information. Always exciting to find out you can use a friend as a resource and not just rely on books.

I think I am going to do Sprinting, mostly because I’ve never run much and it would be novel for me. The hard part for me is figuring out how much rest I need and when my body is telling me to rest. I don’t have any idea how to do that with Cardio.

Been trying out a diet focusing on high fats and low carbohydrate after listening to a Tim Ferris podcast. Mostly using the book Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes. It feels strange and I am hungry more often. However, you don’t stay hungry long if it is alright to snack on Heavy Cream or straight butter.

I am not sure if I want to fully commit to it, but so far moving towards ketosis has been easier than taking tons of insulin for carbs.

I just accidentally found myself eating the way the book recommends about 3 days ago and I have just stuck with it generally. I’m nowhere near the <30g of carbs recommended, but I am pretty low.

Other than that I am still having trouble with my sleep schedule, but with the learning from reading Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor I think I know, finally, how to tackle this.

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/treatment-for-diabetes.html (Great ketogenic diet website)

http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/11/03/dominic-dagostino/ (Podcast)

http://amzn.com/1860542387 (Don’t Shoot the Dog)

Been a bit adrift for a few days. Sat down and started a list of everything I could think of that could come after “I should be…” the other day. Right now I am at ~170 items after 3days of working on the list. I think I’ll put it in a spreadsheet and prioritize it once I feel it is complete enough. Most people have reacted to me making this list as though it was some terrible thing. I still feel adrift while writing, but it does feel nice to put all these usually overwhelming thoughts outside my mind and just keep them n a notebook instead. Maybe once I prioritize them some I can figure out which things I “Should” do will actually be positive things to work into my life. Do a 20/80 analysis on them.

Yesterday I sat by a fire with Mark again. It was wonderful. His kids ran around and we taught his son to put stuff in the fire without throwing it. I even got to read a bedtime story. It was a really good night.

Today I’m just writing and talking to people and avoiding eating meat for some type of world compassion day thingy. It is strangely peaceful to not have any passions pushing me to always be doing something, but I do hope something pops up soon for me to do, even if it is just my mysterious job actually starting.

I woke up at around 10 and somehow found myself reading In Defense of Prejudice. I am not sure how I got there, I was typing “in defense” and that popped up so I read it. It was quite good though. Written a decade ago about the rise of political correctness and its true nature as a version of Mental Purists. Rather than being terribly biased as most articles on the topic are it was a balanced and insightful read.

After a while I did a glucose test and found out that I had finally gotten my 3 month average below 200 for the first time in 15 years. I am still really excited about this. I went out and bought myself an expensive lunch at the organic/gourmet restaurant in town as a celebration and then had some amazing Buttermilk pie.

I spent the afternoon playing Fallout 4. I do wish I had gotten more done with that time, but the overcast sky had me a little sluggish and I guess I was thinking of playing the game as a reward. My plans for the day fell apart a little after I got excited hah.

Eventually I met up with my friend Ali, to return his house key and get a plate of delicious Biryani his mom made for me. I had been taking care of his snakes while he went home for part of  the Christmas break. I got some Japanese studying done on the way over, so that was good.

Ali joined me in going to the Kookaburra to have coffee, and we had some conversations about animal breeding, operant conditioning, and a good amount of discussion on Crested Geckos. It seems I am seeing more of my science-minded friends. Yesterday it was Mark, and today it was Ali. I wonder who I know who would continue this trend in intelligent conversations and camaraderie for tomorrow?

I also got permission from a neighbor of mine to come over and borrow their dog sometime. I have really wanted to train an animal since beginning to read Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor and this dog has energy and curiosity so she will be great to practice with.

I woke up in a really weird mood. I was just sad and felt terrible about the world in general. My best friend invited me to join her and her boyfriend at a market, but I couldn’t get myself out of my funk enough to join them.

After studying Japanese for a while I started to feel a little better, and eating a tuna fish salad also helped. I got myself out of the house to the coffee shop and had some fresh coffee while reading about Service Animals. I found out that diabetics can get service animals to help them when they have low glucose and just keep them exercising. It is a really tempting idea so I am going to keep looking into it.

While I’m out I get a text from another good friend, Mark, to join him in tending a fire he has set up in his backyard. After struggling through the holidays traffic I make it there and my whole day picked up and was great. I had to make one outing to grab another bag of firewood, but other than that I was glued to the fire. Talking with Mark and Daniel while their kids ran around being kids was just what I needed. Eventually Mark’s son, Sam, joined me in being glued to the fire and threw ripped up palm fronds into the fire to watch them flare. I also spent a good portion of time burning and then eating 1lbs of Conecha Smoked Sausage.

Oh Oh, I do not know the name right now, but I had the first Scotch I have ever enjoyed, and thus the first whiskey I have ever enjoyed. It was exciting because I’ve always hated having to tell people I don’t enjoy whiskey. They always look so sad. So now I know I can tell them what I like, even if I have no idea how to spell it haha.

New Years Eve I went out with my girlfriend and we wandered around town getting drinks. Thankfully we made it to a cigar bar in town and enjoyed the countdown right as we got our drinks. It was the first time I’ve ever had a New Years kiss the way it is thought of. Surrounded by people in a bar with a drink in my hand.

The next day we got up and went to Jacksonville to wander there for her day off. It was kinda an overcast day, so we spent most of the time driving, I enjoyed getting us lost a few times. We eventually ended up at Poe’s Tavern. It had a great burger and in the bathrooms they had an audiobook of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Golden Scarab playing.

On-wards from there we went to the mall and walked around till closing time. As a finale to the day we saw Star Wars The Force Awakens on a huuuuge screen at the Regal Theaters here. Much better than the neck breaking front row seas we had the last time we saw it.

 

It was a rainy day, I never found the oriental market I was looking for, and most of the time we were driving. I really enjoyed it 🙂