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Blogging 201: Day One. Three Goals

achievement

I woke up this morning at 2:30 am sweat pooled on my forehead as I vividly recall the nightmare that woke me from slumber. I was terrified and excited; demons and puppeteers…what a great idea for a story I thought! Spending the next 30-40 minutes writing in bed before collapsing with pen in hand was fulfilling. Something about writing….its hard for me to explain. Perhaps this blog will help.

Write:
I want to write my thoughts here four to five times a week. Exercise routines and progress; Meals and Recipies; Short Stories; Investments etc.
My week starts Saturday, so that will be the start of week one. Everything I post before then will be week 0. I just wrote up a short paleo book I am pretty excited about once it goes up on Amazon I’ll link it here. Goal: Have another short story completed and uploaded to Amazon by the end of the month, and have at least 50 followers of my blog by the end of May.

Reading:
Currently reading: God Emperor of Dune; Total Recall: My unbelievably true life story; The Boron Letters.
Read: Whisky Sour by J.A. Konrath. Great book will have to write up a review one of these days. Funny with great pacing; I actually got annoyed when someone began speaking to me while reading dont bother me when I’m reading! Goal: Finish all 3 books with notes/annotations/lessons learned by end of the month.

Fitness:
Work is finally slowing down the bills are paid, and I have 0 incentive to continue working the 60 hour weeks that were killing my workout schedule. For fitness I will be continuing to eat paleo, but will be adding carb up days twice a week on leg days for muscle growth. I should have an idea of progress made by the end of May. Goals: Bench Press and squat 245 lbs for 8 reps and 3 sets; Pull-ups: One set of 10 by the end of the month.

Blogger 201!

Weekly Challenge

I have several goals for the week of February 16-22 below

  • Gym: 5x/Week. 45-60 min of multi joint movement (squat, bench, overhead press, and pull ups). Last week I did not go to the gym at all so I am really going to push hard this week.
  • Write 3 blog posts: This will be post #2 this week! The next post will most likely be about poker, finance, or a short story
  • Read: I am reading ‘Think and Grow Rich’, and  ‘On Writing’ as well to improve my mindset and skill respectively. The main thing about reading though is ALSO taking the time to write down any thoughts/summarize the material into your own words in your journal. 
  • Food & Drink: Keep the diet focused on fat heavy meats and fish, green leafy vegetables, and small portions of fruit nuts/legumes are also acceptable as a snack. 100 oz/day of water not including what I drink at the gym will be consumed. There really is no excuse for not getting this one complete.
  • Invest: I’ve been able to scrape together a few bucks, and looking to get an investment account going. It wont be much at first but everything great has to start small. 

I’ll be keeping this post updated throughout the week.

No more alcohol

ImageAh that sweet delicious temptress has been such a burden to me. Though not directly responsible for my financial/emotional upheaval over the last 3 years drinking was definitely the catalyst. From drinking myself out of a 5 year relationship to getting fired at my cushy well paying job and finally scraping the bottom of a jail cell for deciding to drive ‘buzzed’ its been one hell of a ride.

Not only is it expensive, but it absolutely destroys my workouts and/or my diet the next day. The knowledge that my speediest gains at the gym occurred in the 3 or 4 weeks back in November when I cut back my drinking.

So yesterday was February 8; Day 0. I will update this post in 3 days, and then on March 1.

The real tests of this personal challenge will be my days off. I tend to get bored and drink, so I HAVE to fill that time with productive goals and attempt to discover whatever in my environment that sets off the triggers to start drinking. It wont be easy, but then again nothing ever is.

Update Feb 18, 2014: Had some wine with the girlfriend on valentines day…I’m such a romantic heh.
Update May 4, 2014: Yeah….this one was alot harder than I thought it was going to be.

Moving forward looking back

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Crazy to think back how far I have come since this picture was taken last yearstanding under the Downtown Las Vegas canopy, but not just physically, mentally and emotionally as well. Trust me when I say that one year ago I was like most people I did not have the desire or motivation to push myself to the physical and mental limits I am now striving for….living for.

With no vision and no goal I was mindlessly wandering instead of taking life by the throat and riding that bitch til the end of time, and the worst part about that mindset is i was HAPPY to do so the thought now sickens me. Self improvement was thrust upon me; attempting to run from the mantle of responsibility like a child only increased the suffering. Growth, my friend, is incredibly hard and stupidly painful, but it only came when I allowed myself to be consumed by its towering flame

The person above anymore he never saw the tortuous events barreling down that turned his shit out like a freight train slamming into a kitten at full speed, but if you ask me that train is a savior. My savior.

BTW this is me as of early December Ive still got some ways to go but you get the idea. -100 lbs! 6 months. woot. woot. Image