Thursday, August 31, 2023

Great Pic/Thought-Provoking Quote...


This is my old Army buddy, Ragnar, and one of my favorite pics ever…


And I read a quote earlier today which really has me thinking: “We have too much freedom; too little responsibility.” – Thomas Ryan


Saturday, August 26, 2023

Day 25 Update of 75 Hard Challenge


I have completed 25 days, or a third, of the 75 Hard Challenge as of last night. My only regret is that I wish I had taken a better picture yesterday, as the lighting seems darker than the picture from day 1, but lesson learned.


As a recap, I’ve committed to the following tasks, daily, for 75 days:

·       Take a progress pic each day to reflect progress

·       Drink a gallon of water

·       Read 10 pages of a personal development or entrepreneurship book

·       Do 2 workouts lasting at least 45 minutes, one of which must be done outdoors

·       Follow a diet


To date, I’m down 2.6 pounds, which might not seem like much, but I’ve also reduced my waist measurement by 1.25 inches, which is indicative of a loss of 5 pounds of body fat based on prior experience, which include DEXA scans and caliper measurements. So, my guess is that I’ve offset 5 pounds of fat loss with roughly 2-1/2 pounds of muscle gain. This is quite believable to me based on strength gains I’ve observed since beginning this program, as I shifted to heavier, lower weight workouts to maintain muscle mass due to the amount of cardio I knew I would be doing throughout this program.


I’ve also read and taken notes from over 265 pages from ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ and over 140 pages from ‘Trejo’s Tacos,’ along with my regular Bible App lessons. I’ve also started looking into creating and/or investing in a local business, which is one of my primary goals to result from this process.


See you again on page 38, or just past the halfway point, God-willing…

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Day 16 Challenge - 75 Hard...


It is Day 16 of the 75 Hard Challenge and today I came across a minor challenge of its own…. I stopped by the car shop 6.5 miles from my home where I was expecting a quick brake pad job. 30 minutes later I found out it was going to be a 3.5-hour job due to needing new rotors and shocks to boot. My IBV immediately started telling me to call an UBER, but, realizing I could save some money while, at the same time, getting my outdoor workout in, I ignored him and started walking. The first hill into the hike, it dawned on me why my IBV was crying so much: I did a heavy leg workout this morning. Oh well, press on… One hour and 54 minutes later (17.35 minutes per mile), after walking up some big hills and wearing a blister on the ball of my right foot from walking on steep grades off the side of the highway to avoid being ran over, I arrived back home. And just in time to drink the last quarter gallon of water and consume my lunch of 69 grams of protein, 36 grams of carbs and 16 grams of fat (530 calories total) and to start prepping my dinner consisting of a chicken breast and baked potato. I also threw away a pair of shoes that didn’t survive the hike.


I don’t love everything about this challenge, but I love that my first thought when told my truck wouldn’t be ready for several hours was to go get a hard workout in that most would never have attempted. See you on Day 25, God-willing….

2023 Review

  Overall Summary : I had an exceptional year with regards to Fitness, a solid year with regards to Finances, an OK year with regards to F...