I was listening to a podcast interview of Seth Godin by Tim Ferriss and they were talking about how to write well. Seth mentioned starting and regularly writing in a blog. He clearly meant writing a blog to say things about the world and how things will turn out, but I’m not ready to do that yet. It did make me want to write more often. Write more terrible stuff. So eventually I will write something good.

Paragraphs and Poems

Laying in my bed I was thinking about the first time I learned how to write a paragraph. Really the beginning of my learning to write anything that wasn’t just practice of how to write a letter or learn grammar.

A paragraph begins with a statement of it’s purpose. After that you write about supporting ideas, which I think of as premises, that make that statement a reality. Finally, the paragraph wraps up what it said in some sort of synthesis, and has to be three sentences long.

I really enjoyed sitting and thinking about the first time I learned about paragraphs. I have no idea where I was other than guessing by the school I went to etc. etc.. However, I can almost hear the voice of the woman explaining it to me. I wonder how many times people think about these sorts of things? Do published authors think back to when they learned the structure of a paragraph, or the first time they were required to think up their own 5-paragraph essay?

I think about whether there is anything more complex, in prose, other than the paragraph. Essays work in a similar structure. Research Papers have the same Thesis, Premises/Evidence, and Synthesis. Poems are entirely different. Fiction even does a similar activity with foreshadowing and other devices. I’ve written poetry. I’ve attempted to finish many research papers on-time. I kept excellent journals. Almost the only thing I’ve written in most categories, besides things you could actually make money from, and I often feel like you are always writing a Paragraph or a Poem.

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I always feel like writing on here like LiveJournal in the early days. Just spilling sloppy teenage angst all over the page.

It would make sense today. I had a close call with a low glucose last night. In the middle of having some existential doubts this week. It seems that miniture existential crisis are becoming a pattern for me. Not good. 

I guess the last one I just post-poned or wasn’t fully resolved. Or I pushed through another goal? I did get the job I wanted, finally. It isn’t a life-long commitment. I doubt I can pay for my diabetic medication working as a Barista. I enjoy it though, and it is a good experience surrounded by friends. Maybe reaching that goal has opened a new challenge for me. I hope to write more later. 
I just don’t feel comfortable with my life right now. 

I sprained some muscle or tendon in the bridge of my foot, among other unpleasant things. So I stopped with working out for a bit while letting my foo heal. It took a week or two. I did do some push-ups and upper body work near the end cause I got bored.

 

Now I’ve been doing a bit of a holding pattern by doing Stronglifts 5×5 for 3 weeks. I want to check out Gymnasticbodies.com but I just started a college course in Positive Psychology and have had more hours at work so I am waiting until either there is less for me to focus on, or I get less committed to Stronglifts. Then I’ll check out that gymnastic strength program.

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.

Just felt like writing something on here. I’ve been building some habits over the last month. Mostly I am back on the wagon with daily meditation. Usually 20~30 minutes a day but I got up to an hour today.

Been planning a workout and nutrition plan for Spring, so I can jump onto something as soon as the we reach the equinox. As I did in the Winter, I am basing my exercise and health on Taoist health practices from The Yellow Emperor’s Classic. Mostly that meant doing almost nothing in Winter. Now I need to build flexibility and endurance. I am not certain what that will include other than that I am interested in using HIIT principles or workouts.

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)