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The Whirlwind of Life: Tangling with the Unknown

I planned on turning some notes into posts today, but that is not what happened. Instead, I let my fingertips just work magic on the keyboard.

It’s been a while since I sat down and actually put a post together from my notes. I’ve been writing consistently in my notebooks, working on a bunch of different ideas and content. I’ve toyed around with shorter posts concerning random thoughts, stories and workouts (which you can read on the website). I took a small hiatus to restore the creative juices; I was beginning to get bogged down in the routine of creating. Since it’s a one-man show right now, having to come up with constant ideas was becoming a burden. I don’t want it to be at this point. I have enough to-dos with my family and working for the man. I want to get to a point where I have more time to devote to this endeavor, but it will be few more years before that becomes a reality.

I’ve been in Japan for 3 months now, while the family has been back in Virginia. The wife and I received some awesome news the other day; we will be able to live together here in Japan! Since we are a blended family, there were certain civil matters that needed to be addressed. While we planned on flying over as a family, our court case kept getting continued for various reasons. We lost our initial hearing (once it actually happened) and the appeal didn’t happen until this past week. We won. All of our money and effort finally paid off. When I left for Japan a few months ago, we didn’t know when the family would be back together. Was it going to be me flying home to visit, or them flying our here to live? To say is was a stressful situation would be an understatement. With my job, being away from the family comes with the territory. It was the unknown outcome of the court case that caused the most stress and heartache. I don’t wish this situation on anyone.

While being away, I have enjoyed the random videos I get of my kids. I watched my son smack his dome piece in his teepee and get back up like it was no big deal. My daughter got involved in gymnastics and is becoming quite the young lady (even though she is 4). I’ll be flying back to pick them up in about a month, and I can’t wait. There is still plenty to do, but we now know what direction to go. We have been sitting in a holding pattern waiting for the green light to land. My wife has been doing a hell of a job holding it down since I have been gone. Being able to facetime and talk daily has been a huge help. Both Kash and Lincoln enjoy when my face pops up on the TV (Isn’t technology is awesome?). Sometimes when I call, Hot Rod would get a hold of the phone and run off to hide, not wanting to share. If I had a weaker stomach, the motion sickness from his phone handling would have been terrible. He also enjoyed hitting the red button to end the call (future marine?). When I would talk to Kash, we came up with way to keep mom on her toes. The sandwich maker was not amused at times and used my full name a few times. 6,000 miles doesn’t really make a difference when your wife uses your full name. It still has the same effect.

The unknown can be a bitch. It’s something that is out of your control and you have to learn how to work with it. Plans can be made and executed, but it’s never a guarantee you will get the outcome you desire. We wanted to come to Japan as a family last year. We couldn’t, and we had to figure out how live not knowing when we would be back under the same roof. Sure, there are always things you learn that could have been done better, but beating yourself up over them doesn’t help. Looking back at this whole situation, I could have done some different things and maybe avoided some of this. Who knows? Hindsight is 20/20. All you can do is keep going and look to the goal. Shake off the missteps, press on, and adapt. If you have a hard time adapting, life will chew you up, spit you out and feed you to her chicks. 2017 was a rollercoaster of emotion for our family and we came out on top. While I would like life to slow down a bit, it’s still ramping up. The man has me working hard, the oldest will be starting school, and we will be living in a new country. It’s going to be awesome.

Do work, be rad

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Do work: Buck Farlow

If you ask my wife, she will tell you I’m a yuge fan of t-shirts. I was pretty excited when a package from America arrived for me the other day. My wife sent out some t’s and other odds that I meant to pack for Japan. One of the t’s that arrived was from my cousin Jason. He owns a screen printing company and dabbles a bit with his own with his own designs when he isn’t cranking out orders. This design references a hill that he trains (for triathlons) on, Barlow. It seems to be well known in the triathlon training groups in Madison, Wisconsin and everyone says the same thing, Buck Farlow. Anyway, it is a rad shirt and super comfy for fitness. So comfy, I wore it today while doing some cleans, push presses and kettle bell swings. I forgot my video recording device and had to settle for a selfie to show off the shirt.

Do work.

Warm-up

2 rounds

x10 sit-ups

x10 squats

x10 push-ups

x2 barbell complex

Training

x10 drop squats

Cleans

x3 @115

x3 @135

x3 @135

x2 @155

x2 @165

x2 @185

x1 @185

x2 @165

Push press

5 @115

5×3 @125

Front squat

5×5 @135

Kettlebell swing

4×15 @70lbs

Stretch

Do Work: More ab circuit

After not getting it in much last week, I started of with day one of the ab circuit. I was jamming to DMX, Ke$ha, and Lil Jon. I plan on deadlifting tomorrow, and look forward to going heavy. After I got done, I snagged a salad and treated myself to an ice cream from Baskin Robbins. It was kinda healthy with its pistachios and almonds. I even added a warm macadamia nut cookie for giggles.

Check out my instagram (link below) to check out a little video I did for it.

If you want to see the workout, check out the link to an original Do Work post.

https://shortsandsweatbands.com/2017/12/05/do-work-5-nov-17/#more-832

Do Work.

Do Work: All the bench press 17 DEC 17

Funny thing about plans, they are just something to deviate from. I went today, planning on working back and going heavy on deadlift. When I arrived, everyone else had similar plans. All of the lifting platforms were in use. I shifted gears and went to a power rack with a bench. It was an adjustable bench, which I generally dislike using when bench pressing. I made due and began to work. I pyramided up and down in weight. Then moved on to reps with chains on the bar. I finished up with a couple tricep exercises and core workouts. It turned out to be a solid day. Do work.

Note: Adjust the weight as needed for the bench.

Warm-up

3 rounds

x10 sit-ups

x10 push-ups

x10 squats

2 rounds

x10 bench press (light)

Training

Bench press

x10 @135

x4 @185

x3 @195

x3 @205

x3 @205

x3 @195

x4 @185

x10 @135

3×10 @135 with chains

4×10 skull crushers

4×10 cable flys

3×10 tri cable pulldown

4 rounds

x15 med-ball sit-ups

x16 single arm kettlebell swing

A few drinks in: Wannabe Hustler

I am changing the name of the Daily Quickie, which wasn’t really daily, to A few drinks in. I’m more than a few in now, and it seems like a good time to change things up. Prince is jamming on the jukebox and I’m losing terribly at pool. It been a long week at work, and the gym has been almost none existent in my daily routine (this week). When Europe began to play the Final countdown, I caught a booze wind, where I sunk 5 balls quick. It was then back to shotty play and missed opportunities. Since then, I’ve just been losing. Pool is not my specialty. I enjoy it, but hardly win (without fault of my opponent). I understand how the shots work, but my execution leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t go out of my way to get better, I usually play when I’ve had a few libations (current one is Jamo and ginger). Ill occasionally be legit and win a few games in a row, but it’s all dependent ok n the amount of booze I’ve had. I accept not because my great at pool. I enjoy the atmosphere, comradery and drinks.

Do work sessions to come.

Do Work: 11 DEC 17

I didn’t go to the gym yesterday. I got sucked into watching Game of Thrones season 6 and lost track of time. It was totally worth it.

When I went today, I planned on doing my core circuit. As I walked into the weight room, I decided to do something completely different. I have said this before (I think), I love to use the barbell. It’s my favorite piece of equipment in the gym. You can press it, lift it, and squat with it. It does just about everything, except make sandwiches. I kept the weight around 50% if what I usually do, mainly to get my form and mind right. It turned out to be a “fuck around day.” A little this, a little that, and some “why am I doing this again?” I spent about 45 min on this one, then went a did some incline walking on the treadmill while catching up with someone I used to work with.

Note: I remembered my video recording device this time. Check out the video on my Instagram or the book of face. Links are below (or above).

Warm-up

2 rounds/10 each

Pushups

Squats

Sit-ups

2 rounds

Barbell complex

Training

5×3 hang clean

3×5 front squat

3 rounds

x8 thrusters

x12 wall balls

Stretch

Do work, be rad

Do Work: 9 DEC 17

To day was part three of the core circuit. I found myself getting into a groove while going through the motions. It is the same as the one on the 7th, but with one more exercise added. At the end, I added in some kettlebell swings for good measure. I was gassed and almost threw up during the last round. I’ll stick with this workout for the next 3 weeks or so, doing it every other day. The next time I do this, I’ll start back with the day one workout. Do work.

Warm-up

3 rounds

X10 push-ups

x10 squats

x10 sit-ups

Training

3 rounds

x10 overhead barbell (or dumbbell) lunges

x10 slash-to-halo (or back extensions with weight)

x10 bus driver rotations (use landmine)

x10 single arm ab squat (use landmine)

x10 single arm lift and twist (use landmine)

x10 push-ups with row

x10 inverted row

x10 single arm static dumbbell curl

x15 push-ups

x6 single leg deadlift

3×15 Kettlebell swing

Do Work: 7 Dec 17

I had all the reasons not to go today. Didn’t sleep well, my knee felt funny, tired, etc. Its a good thing a scientist in a science lab used his science skills to create something to combat that. I am talking about pre-workout. I have tried a few different kinds over the years, my favorite being Super Pump. I have try C4 and N.O. Xplode, but they aren’t my jam. Right now I am using 1MR. I have used it before and it doesn’t give me the jitters. It gives me the energy to do work and be rad (see what I did there).

For today’s fun, I continued on with the circuit workout from Tuesday. This time though I added two more exercises to it, which made each round a tad longer. I also upped the weight for the barbell/landmine work (smoke checked me).

Warm-up

4 rounds

x10 squats

x10 sit-ups

Training

3 rounds

x10 overhead barbell (or dumbbell) lunges

x10 slash-to-halo (or back extensions with weight)

x10 bus driver rotations (use landmine)

x10 single arm ab squat (use landmine)

x10 single arm lift and twist (use landmine)

x10 push-ups with row

x10 inverted row

x10 single arm static dumbbell curl

x15 push-ups

Daily quickie: Where my sammich makers at?

What happened to the good ol fashioned sandwich maker? It seems women now-a-days are getting on their soap box, wearing “pussy” hats and protesting (and seem to write books about it). I have a message for you, get back in the kitchen, make your man a ham and cheese sandwich (with all the fixings) and bring him a beer. He will appreciate the shit out of you. Hell, he might get around to fixing that squeaky door, do the dishes, or even make you breakfast in bed.

I have the raddest wife in the world and love the shit out of her. She doesn’t need that garbage(modern day feminism) to be a strong, independent and loving women and mother to our kids.

Note: I saw these books at the local Barnes and Noble in VA and had a chuckle. Shit ain’t that serious.

Let’s take a moment and find the humor in the 20% off sticker.