Don’t let your incarceration stop you from improving your health. It is critical to pursue the best health you can in any given circumstances. The two biggest treats to our future financial survival are taxes and the cost of healthcare. Once you hit 50 it seems a lot more real than it does when you are not 50. Even at 45 it seemed like I had plenty of time to get back in shape. Well I have discovered that you don’t have plenty of time, and on top of that, you can’t get it back. Not really. You can get some of it back, but for the most part after say 30 or 35 you are really working to just not lose it, to just maintain what you have. Now granted, I will be in better shape and health at 55 than I was at 45, but there is some mobility and are some movements that I will never be able to do the same way again.
In addition to the mobility and fitness aspect, there is the reality question of “how much of a burden do I want to be to my kids while they are trying to navigate careers, family, and life?” How heartbreaking will it be for me to know that they have to take care of me because my mind has outlived my body’s usefulness, or my body has outlived my mind? How heartbreaking will it be for them to have to watch the man, the rock, the hero that took care of them, rescued them, provided for and loved them to the best of his capabilities deteriorate into helplessness? Not for me thanks, just take my name off that list. If that is my (and their) destiny, then it will be solely the will of God, not because of my negligence.
I have been trying to get up earlier, well I have been getting up earlier, but today I didn’t get up until 5:55.
8:30 checking my blood and starting the pushup app early. 127 mg/dl, here we go
Warm up with pec deck movement x 30
Pushup app x 11, 9, 13, 9, 13; didn’t use full 2 minutes for rest, usually 1 ½ min; Left shoulder a little gimpy after set 1, medium (shoulder) width hands and elbows (about 40 degrees) from body;
8:55 – Biceps Flex x 30 seconds; tried for failure but don’t think it is possible without weight
10:30 – Neck Mobility Drills; Hip Mobility Drills;
11:20 – BCAAs
– Superman Legs only (as warmup for pushup); stretched a little afterward. I did this on the advice of Elizabeth, but she is very mainstream knowledge based; I don’t think I will stretch next time. I am trying to see if legs only gives me the same results the full superman dies. My back is really stiff and tender today.
– Pushup App x 12, 16, 11, 10, 14; after set 1 back feels a little spasm-y, I definitely won’t stretch after Supermans next time; took full 2 minute rest after set 1, 1 ½ each one after; Brings my total to 118 pushups today.
11:40 – Handstand against wall x 33 seconds; arms were shaking and starting to give out, elbows were bending. That’s freaking hard. I need to check out GMB to see how to do them properly.
– Seated Scapular Dips x 75; hands forward of hips; was challenging, coulda done more but just wimped out
– Chair Squats x 25; basically knees bent at 90°, squatting down until my butt hits the chair.
My Back is definitely distracting me.
So much truth to being in the right environments to succeed. If I weren’t surrounded by sloths I would be pushing harder, but I don’t want to call a bunch of attention to myself y breathing really heavily. It’s not just that people will hear, but the wrong people will hear. The “if you have time to take care of yourself then you need more work to do” people.
3:05 – Stairs x 8 x 2 Floors; I just did the stairs in my building rather than walk to the tower. Didn’t time myself, just kind of took it easy. I figure about 10 minutes desk to desk
I’m sitting at my desk, and man I am getting sleepy. I did go to bed at 8:30, but didn’t get to real sleep until around10:00-10:30. Still glad I did it though, there is a sense of pride and a feeling of accomplishment. I do feel like I seized the day.
7:50 – warmup – chair twists, arm circles
– Pushup App x 14, 18, 12, 12 16; Close Hands and Elbows. 1 ½ minute rest; this one got kind of tough, I was surprised that I didn’t hit failure on my last set of 16.
I think I need to re-clarify hand positions. Close is directly below shoulder, thumbs are actually below pecs, it’s my index and middle fingers that are below my front delts. Medium hands is when my thumbs are below my front delts and none of my fingers are, except on medium elbows. Then my index fingers would be as well. Close elbows means my elbows run right alongside my body, wider elbows means they are flared out almost 90° from my body.
8:13 – What the Hell, why not! 10 minute rest and then Pushups x 30; close hands and elbows, reached failure at top of #30. I am roasting in here now. I figured it’s still early and no one is here to judge me so why not go for it? So fa today I’ve done 102 pushups.
I Wish I had taken some BCAAs first! Oh well, I’ll take a little now and put some protein in my coffee. I should also note that I took one 125mg of armodafinil today before leaving the house. I don’t feel any energy boost, I just don’t feel as tired. Which is nice since I got up at 4:45 this morning.
10:30 – Neck and Hip Mobility Drills. These are basically just ROM Movement patterns. Motion is Lotion.
10:50 – Pushups x 35; narrow hands and elbows; almost failure maybe 1 or 2 more; panting like a dog in heat!
Thought about doing the app again, but am limited on time as I have a phone interview at 11:15
– Seated Scapular Dips x 30; hands behind hips; pretty tiring but not failure
1:04 – Standing bent Over Calf Stretch x 1 minute; felt it in the backs of knees too. Felt so good.
Freaking new project I was bitching about on Thursday. “it should only take one full day…” Yeah, it looked like that was possible, because it isn’t complicated – it’s as mundane and mind numbing as anything I freaking do. Just copy and paste, copy and paste. But it is taking way longer than expected. I have to create a workbook for 45 states and put each one in its own folder, then copy the list of invoices for that state – separated by month – for three years into each State’s workbook and total by month to compare to the summary info. This information is contained in two different spreadsheets per monthly workbook.
What this means is open up the Michigan workbook that I created, open up the Jan 2016 sales data workbook, find the lines that contain Michigan’s info, then copy it to the 2016 tab in the Michigan workbook and total it for the month. Then Copy the summary information to the Summary tab of the Michigan workbook. Close the January workbook and open the Feb 2016 workbook and do the same. Repeat this procedure for every month in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Then do it all over again for Minnesota, then Texas, then Oklahoma, California, and so on, and so on, and so on… 45 state workbooks, 34 monthly workbooks each, yeah it should take about a day.
3:30 – Elevated Calf Raise x 20, single leg; did warmup with both feet x 20; toes pointed straight forward to focus on inner calf.
Have a Great Day!