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

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

Lazy, Busy, and who knows…

Yes a bit of everything at this point. But the big point is I haven’t posted a damned thing here in the last several days. I am going to chalk most of it up to just being way to busy for my own good, followed by laziness. Most of what I have been doing is working, which has kept me quite busy while here so I don’t have a lot of time to just take a few minutes to post something.

After I get done with work it is off to home where my time is then consumed with working out, then dinner and paying attention to the wife and our puppy. And catching up on the reading I need and want to get done. In the last couple of weeks I have finished a couple of books, one being The Terminal List: A Thriller by Jack Carr, highly recommend giving this a read for sure, it was a great book. The other book I read was The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning, also an excellent read which has helped me greatly on my journey back to God.

On the fitness front, I have mainly been doing Crossfit workouts, but I am going to go back to a more strength training/power building type routine at least for a few months, I think I will benefit from it far more as though Crossfit is great it isn’t giving me what I want in terms of strength and size gains/body fat loss. I have also started this week stepping up my eating game, because I seriously haven’t been eating enough food at all and this I am going to put on my wife as she forces her restricted calorie intake on me at times because she thinks I am eating too much, when my reality is I need somewhere in the vicinity of 2500+ calories a day just to maintain. So I decided to avoid letting her dictate so much in terms of what or how I eat in order to get my shit moving in the right direction. End goal still the same 10 – 12% body fat by the end of the summer. Bodyweight isn’t important just composition.

To that end I will do the power building type routine I have done in the past focusing mostly on the big exercises 5 sets of 8 reps for each. Trying to do a couple of different exercises per body part and working each body part once per week to start. Then working my way up to twice per week if I see fit. I will be including some Tabata style finishers at the end of each workout to get in necessary cardio and then doing cardio only on off days.

Well this is it for now, gotta actually get back to work and all.

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

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

The Weekend…

This is the worst part of traveling for work, nothing like having to spend a weekend alone by oneself. There is only so much you can do. So today was the day to have a bit of fun, so I took a drive to Disney Springs, which is a shopping mall by Disney itself. The last time I was here I also went there but I didn’t cover the whole thing at all, but this time I managed to see pretty much everything.

The other thing about this trip that sucks is with no fitness center in the building it makes it more difficult to get in a decent workout. So I have to investigate an alternative at least for the rest of the time I am here since this place doesn’t have its fitness center up and running. I noticed a place up the road from here and I am going to look them up and see if they charge a daily fee or something.

And it totally sucks to have to eat dinner by oneself is never fun so I just went to Chic-Fil-A rather than a real restaurant, cuz than it always feels weird.

The other downside to this trip is during it I found out that my company lost its contract and now I have to get my job but with the new company that won the contract. This shouldn’t be much of an issue as I have worked for said company twice before. The good thing is I go in with seniority with nearly 4 years working for them. The company itself well they did a bit of a backslide a bit ago, hopefully they have improved since the last time I worked with them, but I think that might have had a lot to do with the people and the organization I was working with, it wasn’t that great. The organization I work with now is cool, great people and I want to make sure I get to stay there, not just because of that but also because I am trying to transition to a gov’t position in the same location and that is something that should be happening soon or so I should hope. The gov’t doesn’t move all that fast which annoys me to no end.

I know my life is a bit boring, but hey we can’t all be overtly exciting.

Should be interesting when I get home, my wife is painting our master bath, as we decided it needed some color, so she was doing that today. Will be interesting to see how it turned out. I might not get to see it till I get home which is next Friday.

Well I am going to head off now to being bored, and finishing up with doing my son’s homework for him…LOL (not really but he is picking my brain seriously for the last 2 hours).

Oh, upside, it was about 86 degrees today, the downside, there are lots of new strange pollens in the air here that are aggravating the shit out of my allergies and sinuses leaving me miserable for the most part. LOL

Later,
The Madman

Hump Day – Week 1

So today again went off without a hitch. We made progress, so that is good. And so far this particular trip is going off quite well, in comparison to the first one which I made out here to same location but on a different project, that one was a disaster. So my expectations were set very low for this particular trip, and I am quite happy that I was able to raise them.

I am a bit disappointed though because I got stuck with a hotel that is being renovated so there fitness center is not open at all because well they are using the room for something else I guess. That puts a damper on my workouts, but it is Florida so yesterday I did a walk-run, unfortunately I am not going to be able to run every single day that I do that because well the whole knee thing, it puts a damper on those types of things unless I am on an elliptical machine. The other thing about this hotel that sucks, is it has ants I have spotted in the room, and then the microwave doesn’t work all that good. But I will get that replaced tomorrow and mention the damned bugs yet again.

Was supposed to go out to dinner with my son who was down here on a little vacation at the same time I am traveling here, but that didn’t happen so I didn’t get in a workout today, so that sucks too, on both counts. But all good, I will get to hang out with him after I get back home.

So other thing that sucks, nothing like finding out while you are on a work trip and you are a contractor that the company you work for lost the re-compete on the contract and that you won’t have a job in about a months time. Now I have already applied for said job with the new company, not that I wanted to but I did. I have worked for this company twice before, the first time was OK, the second time well it sucked. So hoping the third time is better. We will see. I have another option that is in the works but it could be very timely in how long it takes to make it happen.

So that is it for now, almost time for me to hit the sack.

Later,
The Madman