Absent, but here…

I started this with the idea that I would be able to post something every single day even if it was quite simple, like my workouts, but alas, life has a way of getting well in the way. The last couple of weeks I have been quite busy, both at work itself and at home, and that has kept me from doing anything here at all.

Work has been quite busy, I have lots of items which have come in recently for review and I am trying to get something ready for authentication (approval) which is time consuming because I am running through a checklist which the contractor who actually wrote the book should have used or run through on there end. And then it doesn’t help that I work from 630AM till around 330PM (I get up at about 425 every morning), which also causes the lost of about 45 minutes of my day on either end for travel time too work and also back home. Once I get home it is time to workout, I generally lose about another hour of my day there, and we don’t eat dinner till after we workout. I might actually get about 2 hours of time to relax in a day at this point if I am lucky and honestly most days it sucks incredibly. The funny thing is I go to work so early to have more time for me at the other end of the day, but my wife forgets that work is only 8 hours a day, which is why I don’t leave till 330, otherwise quitting time would be 3 and we would be home before 4 and actually have more time. Convincing her of that is my next big thing.

Other things on the work front, I am a gov’t contractor, and also right now I have the chance to become an actual gov’t working, albeit on a temporary basis for 6 years which might lead to being made a permanent employee. The problem with this is sometimes I am not sure I really want to do this, I have been a contractor for nearly 18 years, and though it kind of sucks at times it isn’t that bad, because there is always work. I think part of it is I don’t want to be stuck doing the same thing I am now, I want to move on from it to something else, something where I am back in charge again which hasn’t been for a while. What makes this decision harder is that I had a former boss who started her own company approach me with something that looks potentially cool and well better than if I took the gov’t gig. I have much to weigh in all this, and you know making choices you are always afraid what if I make the wrong one. I do know one thing, if I could get into it and make the same money I do now, would love to work in the firearms industry in some capacity or another, but not so sure that will be happening, though I would love for it too.

Oh, on the side of cool stuff, bought another new gun, actually two, but the second one won’t be in my hands for a couple of months, the magic of layaway. Traded my Glock G19 Gen 5 for an FNH FN 509, which I just loved so much more. And then yesterday pulled the trigger on a replacement for the 19 which will be an M&P 9 2.0 Compact from Smith & Wesson. It just fits my hand so much better. Another cool thing I will be doing is next weekend I will be an RO (Range Officer) for a GSSF (Glock Shooting Sports Foundation) match up in NJ where I am from. Not sure if I am going to get to shoot the match or not but I hope to be able to, if not all good.

Ah yes that is it for the bitching for now. Today is an early day from work, thank goodness as I need it.

I will have to make it a point though from now on even if I don’t have time to write anything witty or worth while I just write something as that was part of the deal with this to write, and keep writing till at some point I get used to it to a point I can get this novel in my head out on paper (LOL, who uses paper anymore).

Later,
The Madman

Workouts so far this week…

I am again running out of time in my days and don’t get anything posted. So here I am again getting in a quick post while at work. Just gives me a rest from my other editing that I am doing.

Monday:
Chest & Triceps
DB Bench Press – 5 x 8 x 50 lbs.
Incline DB Bench Press – 5 x 8 x 40 lbs.
Triceps Press – 5 x 8 x 48 lbs.
Bench Dips – 5 x 8 x BW
Finisher – 8 Minute Tabata 40/20 on my elliptical.

Tuesday:
Back & Biceps
Pull-Up – 5 x 8 x BW
DB Row – 5 x 8 x 40 lbs.
Good Morning – 5 x 8 x 95 lbs.
DB Bicep Curl – 5 x 8 x 40 lbs.
Hammer Curl – 5 x 8 x 30 lbs.

I am thinking about changing this to a more push/pull based thing as well, doing 4 days still but doing a push day followed by pull with the first one being a heavy, followed by a push/pull that is more moderate. So the first set of days would be using 6 reps and heavier weight and then the second half would be 8 reps and lighter weights. Right now this is more of a contemplation and I will decide later this week before moving towards that. I think it could be good because I can play around with some extra exercises I wouldn’t have done or wouldn’t have included otherwise.

As far as eating I am still keeping to the around 2100 calorie mark that I have set for myself, so that is a good thing. And I am not doing bad with keeping away from eating things like chocolate.

Of course I haven’t done anything with the blog here in a few days because of how busy I have been. My life doesn’t amount to much, Monday through Friday I wake up around 430AM get ready for work, head out for work around 535ish spend 40 minutes in the car getting here, then I work from 630ish till around 330ish and back in the car to head home, another 45 minutes to an hour, all depends on traffic. Get home change, work out and then its time for a shower and dinner. After that its time to do a bit of relaxing and reading. It is usually 8PM before I even get to that. Bedtime is usually 10 – 1030ish. And of course then I wake up and repeat. This leaves me little to no time for anything else.

Things I still need to get in on a daily basis, trying to post something to this blog, so that I am writing something on a daily basis even if it is something like this post. Dry fire practice, very important as a gun owner who carries and being I intend to compete at some point I need to get that in so that I have really good trigger control, so that I get good hits on target. And then of course time to start writing that novel I want to get done. At some point I will figure this all out. It would surely help if I could get my wife to exit her place of work not far from me on time, we are only supposed to work 8 hours a day not 9+.

Well this is all for now!
Later,
The Madman

Wednesday, Thursday workouts and more…

Wednesday was shoulder day for me, so this is what I did:

Military Press – 5 x 8 x 85 lbs.
1-Arm KB Press – 5 x 8 x 30 lbs.
Finisher – 8 Minute Tabata 40/20 on the Heavy Bag.

Thursday was simple, Elliptical Trainer for 30 Minutes. This was more because my knee and ankle were a bit hosed up and all so that made me decide to put off the leg day till Saturday vs doing it while I could cause myself more harm than good.

So far I have also been keeping to my eating, and have kept the amount of sweets which I tend to eat to a minimum so doing pretty good there as well.

Otherwise all I have been doing is work, and that is busy the last few days. It is boring work, but it is work and it pays the bills. So I can’t complain all that much in regards to that at all.

Still reading the same couple of books I was talking about in a previous post, most likely won’t be done with them till next week or the week after. Not sure which books I will start after that as I have lots of choices.

A small writing update, I haven’t done much of that, but I have been working out details of what I am planning on doing for my first novel, with that said what I do have is a working title, the main characters name, the fact that it will be a thriller of sorts. But at least I have that going and keep getting more. I have most of this story locked into my head just have to start getting it out. So my biggest thing is I have to work out where to add time for writing into my already ridiculously busy schedule.

OK, that will be all for now, maybe more later.

Later,
The Madman

Monday & Tuesday Workouts…

And so the journey begins back to a more power building centric workout, here is Monday and Tuesday. Today I will do Shoulders, but haven’t figured that out yet.

Monday – Chest/Triceps

Bench Press – 5 x 8 x 135 lbs.

Dip – 5 x 8 x BW

Incline DB Bench Press – 5 x 8 x 45 lbs.

Finisher – 8 minute Tabata 40/20 on the Heavy Bag.

Tuesday – Back/Biceps

Pull-Ups – 5 x 8 x BW w/2” Band

Barbell Row – 5 x 8 x 115 lbs.

Deadlift – 5 x 8 x 175 lbs.

Barbell Curl – 5 x 8 x 70 lbs.

Finisher – 8 minute Tabata 40/20 on the Elliptical.

Wednesdays of course will be for Shoulders and on Thursday I will do Legs. As far as the diet part of it now getting at least 2 protein drinks per day to increase my protein intake and I have been pretty good eliminating any extra unnatural sugar sources, which is honestly my downfall.

Weighed myself and since re-evaluating my goals and changing my goal weight, I am down half a pound. I am hoping that gets better of the next couple of weeks of course. I have a new scale on the way to me which will give me more stats the one I use now is my fit bit scale which gives me weight and body fat, I want more of a breakdown so the new one does weight, body fat, water weight and lean mass, so more stats. Maybe unnecessary but I see some of those things as important.

Going back to more regular eating just in the two days I have done so has been much better, I have far more energy because I am getting more calories and being I burn way more calories than I consume I am still running a deficit in those terms by huge numbers but without letting my body kick itself into starvation mode. I was seriously doing myself harm by letting my wife dictate how much food I was getting, which led me to making some poor eating choices just to slam down calories that my body needed. No more of that.

Going to try these BCAA’s from ReaalMuscle.com for post-workout, I have read some good stuff about them so going to give that a whirl and see how it goes, at least for thirty days or so, to see if it helps. One of my biggest issues post-workout is lactic acid build up which can lead to some serious muscle soreness which I have in my chest, but not to bad.

Oh and started another new book, this time Violence of Mind: Training and Preparation for Extreme Violence  by Varg Freeborn, so far it isn’t bad, jury still out on this one as I haven’t gotten into where it might provide anything of use for my own training I guess. Will check back in on this one after I have gotten through more of it.

OK that is all for now!

Later!
The Madman

Today’s WOD

For Time:

2,000 meter Row

At 1-minute mark, begin:

Death by Thrusters (65 lbs.)

With a running clock start the row. At the 1-minute mark get off the rower, do one thruster, and resume rowing until the 2-minute mark. Do two thrusters, row until the 3-minute mark, do three thrusters, etc. until the 2K row is complete – or until you can no longer continue.

So this workout was a bitch, I made it to 18 minutes on the Thrusters before the previous two days workouts took there toll. But it was a great workout for sure. It might make me have to take it a bit easy for tomorrows workout. Maybe.

This week has been a bit of a bore for sure, but from time to time work gets that way, the reality is I should have been in Austin, TX for two weeks or next week I should have been leaving for Alabama, but that trip got nixed and that also caused the other to get nixed. So not happy about that at all. Oh well, at least I will get to head back to Fort Hood again in the summer, just hopefully it won’t be as warm as it was last summer when I was there.

The other thing I seriously need to do is get serious about killing my sugar habit, I just love chocolate too damned much and that makes it very hard to stop eating it but next week I am going to just do my best to stop eating it and just allow myself a single cheat day per week for junk type food. My other problem is I have to figure out how to keep doing intermittent fasting and get enough damned calories into my body so that I can actually lose weight. That has been a bit of an issue. Never thought it could be so damned hard to get 1900 calories per day.

OK, that is it for now.

Later,
The Madma

Laziness abounds…

Yes I have been quite lazy the last few days in terms of posting. I haven’t even posted my daily workouts which I have done pretty much everyday since the last time I posted a few days ago.

Yesterday’s I would call epic, just did Military Presses but finished with the final set of about 12 total at 130 x 2, which I would consider to be pretty damn good as that is about 60% of my body weight and I was only shooting for my final to be about 50% of my body weight.

I have to make it a point to start posting a lot more often, just to get things out of my head that get in there and drive me nutty. That should technically have me writing all day long every single day though, so maybe that totally won’t work, but at least once or twice a day for sure from now on.

So one of the things on my mind which has me conflicted is something to do with religion, you see back when I was younger I was more or less force fed Catholicism up to the age of about 16 or so when I was then allowed to chose, and I quickly turned away from it in a completely opposite direction. First turning towards Laveyan Satanism, and then Wicca, then Paganism and back to Laveyan Satanism and finally to Luciferianism. Now these last two aren’t much different from one another and they both more or less have the same concept, that you are your own god, and there is no belief in a heaven or hell or a god and or devil. But now as time has gone by I find myself in conflict over my beliefs, and keep coming back to is there actually a God, is there a Devil, is there a Heaven and Hell? I know deep fucking questions! There is a part of me that now looks at things in terms of if I can have God in my life in my terms and not the way it was force fed to me then maybe I could allow myself those beliefs again. Part of me sees it, but then I want to stomp it when it pops into my head. Maybe time to start considering it again rather than stomping it out.

OK, deep subject taken care of. This weekend was fun, went to the range did some shooting, and that is always fun and a great way to do stress relief. Workouts of course are next best thing. Other fun stuff, I got laid this weekend too, always nice when that happens as well. And just to toss this out there I am reading about 5 different books, most of them are all around 50% complete, so I might write some reviews on them when I am done.

OK, all for now. More later I hope.

Later,
The Madman

And the Weekend is ending

So it is Sunday evening and so tomorrow we return to work and getting things done for this particular validation. It has been moving along nicely and we are accomplishing what was set out to be done.

I did spend some time today working, but wasn’t able to get what I wanted to finished because the network was down for updates back up at my home station which totally stunk for sure. That will leave me doing it in the AM or I might try in a few minutes to see if they brought it back up and see what I can get done before I head off to bed.

The weather has been great down here so workouts have just been long ass walks outside, I might run into an issue with that in the next couple of days as there is supposed to be rain here on Tuesday and Wednesday so that will stink for sure as the fitness center isn’t yet up and running here. They do appear to be closer to being done with everything but they aren’t completely done as of yet. Was hoping they would be finished but doesn’t appear.

Hopefully the week moves along quickly at least I can hope for that but gotta be prepared for it to drag a bit.

I am definitely not a fan of traveling for work, though I have to do it. Not a fan because it screws up my exercise routine and it messes up my diet some, though I do the best I can with both depending on my circumstances it still isn’t easy.

Oh, one thing, I might not have mentioned, as far as air travel, traveler be WARNED Spirit Airways is a total rip off, not only did my company pay airfare, but then when I went to check in to get a seat there was an extra charge ($11, up to $44), then there was also the baggage fee, highest amongst the airlines ($40), oh and get this, so I get to the airport and find out my bag is overweight, 40lbs is there top end, so there goes another $30 bucks. So now on the way back going to cost me another $70 bucks to get my luggage home and another $11 for getting a seat again, so that cheap fair I think the company thought I was getting turned out to not be so cheap. Very annoying. I won’t ever be flying on that particular airline ever again because of that.

Well must run, need to see if I can get on the network and get that stuff done maybe before I go to bed.

Later,
The Madman