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  • Another great Thursday. Woke up bright and early and have already hit the day in stride. I cheated a little this morning and went to the dreaded McD's for breakfast. I know I said I wouldn't but time ran out on me this morning to cook my 4 eggs and bacon. No worries though as I am getting back to basics again.

    Last night I started reading the Primal Blueprint for the third time and its still brings back that initial feeling of empowerment. I read the book the first time in about 3 days and I had to stop myself last night from staying up too late. It just lights a fire under me and I want to tackle it like I did before. Now I am not able to competely give up grains or at least I need ot find a substitute. Right now I am a healthy 195 lbs and feel outstanding.
    Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

    Mary Pickford

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    • Thank God it's Friday. I need a break and could use some relaxation and more time with the family.

      Yesterdays workout
      150 push-ups
      100 squats
      50 Dips
      20 pull-ups
      40 lunges
      100 abs (variations
      hit the heavy bag for about 5 minutes when I got home.

      I have to admit I am seeing some good results with my new workout. My main concern is not getting enough rest but I work on the phone all day and to sit idle for too long kills me. I typically try to rest on the weekends but I need to incorporate some sprints (once it stops raining here in Georgia long enough).
      Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

      Mary Pickford

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      • Monday, Monday Monday. Why are the weekends so short? Well I took my weekend as my rest days and feel better from a soreness standpoint. I did some light stretching and hit the heavy bag for about 10 minutes but other than that we took it pretty easy. On Saturday we went to the Universoul Circus at Turner Field. Probably the best circus we've ever been too. Talk about pure athleticism. People doing flips off horses and elephants, the trapese artist balance and even some parkour to boot.

        This week I am increasing the intensity and reps for my workouts. My goal is to consistently build up to 200 push-ups, 200 squats/lunges, 300 abs and hit the heavy bag 2-3 tims per week with one day of sprints. Again I have to stay busy or my energy levels drop drastically.
        Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

        Mary Pickford

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        • Today has gone by much smoother than yesterday. For some reason my mornig yesterday was alittle off btu it rebounded nicely and today has started out pretty strong. Yesterday my total workout consisted of 150 push-ups, 138 squats, 3x 5 flights of stairs, stretching but no pull-ups or abs. \

          Today I have been slammed but plan on starting my workouts before lunch. I have started using the water jugs for weights and the ladies in the office might think I am a little crazy but fitness is a part of my life and I plan on working it into every aspect. I don't have time to go to a gym and workout for an hour so I have to do it when I can. I feel pretty good right now but I wonder what other people think about a workout that spans throughout the day instead of one 30-50 minute session.
          Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

          Mary Pickford

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          • Another great day to be alive. I have added a few more exercises ot my daily routine; RDL's, calf raises, more variations to the push ups and balancing on one foot (rotating of course) while I talk to potential interviews on the phone. I figure it will add a little variety and also get me prepared for flag football/softball. The wife and I are both former college athletes and not being in team sports is eating at us. I want our kids to see us play so they can emulate it when they get to the age of organized sports.

            RDL's are rough though. I did a few last night and my back and hammy's are already sore. That'll probably be an every 2 or day thing but I plan on keepig up with my squats and push-ups. Again the goal is to reach 200 push-ups a day, 175 squats along with 75-100 pull-ups. By the end of March I want to be able to knock out 15 pull-ups without stopping. Going to be tough but it will help lead to me my ultimate goal of doing muscle ups.

            Todays workout
            175 push-ups
            150 squats
            40 RDL's
            Dips 75
            Stairs 3 times
            Calf Raises 125
            Pull-ups 50
            Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

            Mary Pickford

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            • Back into the swing of things. I started my new workout routine 2 weeks ago and today beigns week 3. I feel great as my energy is consistent, my nutrition is back on track and my attitude is more confident and positive. Over the past few weeks I have focused mainly on core movements; push-ups, situps, dips, squats and lunges, but over thw eeekdn I realized that while I do feel very good I was becoming complacent and thats a dirty word to me. When one becomes complacent they get lazy and start to make excuses. Doing 175 push-ups a day can get old and boring so I decided to kick it up a notch.

              On Friday I went out and hit the heavy bag for about 10 minutes and the workout I got was ridiculous. I was instantly destressed from a long week and felt brand new again. In my golden years I taught hand-to-hand with my Army unit and would occasionally be deployed stateside to assist in various training programs. I loved it. The idea of pitting yourself against someone else puts you on edge and brings the best out of me. I need to be challenged and constantly so I have incorporated fighting into my routine; kicking, punching, kneeing. To increase the intensity of workouts I have also began combos of punching, squats and kneeing which is killer. One it makes me feel even more confident if a situation ever arises where I need to protect myself or my family but also its a great COre workout as well as Cardio.

              Keep Calm and Chive on my friends. This is going to be a killer week.
              Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

              Mary Pickford

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              • Good morning all. It is a beautiful Monday morning (rain headed in) and I'm loving the beginning of Spring. We had the most beautiful weekend, sunny skies and 70-75 degrees with a lite breeze. We spent almost the entire weekend outside either playing in the backyard or building our raised garden. My son can't get enough of the outdoors and my daughter could play in the yard for hours on end.

                Yesterday I didn't work out and today may be a bit of a rest after I built the raised garden. Last year we used wood as the wall from a tree we cut down in the front yard but decided ot chop it up this year so we can use the wood for out fire pit and make the garden look a little more professsional. Sunday mornign after breakfast (5 eggs, 2 strips of bacon and sweet potato hash browns) we went to Home Depot and bought 60 stones for the garden (2 trips) and I carried them to the bgackyard, dug out the foundation for them and put them together. I didn't realize how much work it would be but it was worth it. We've been composting for quite some time and the soil I shoveled in was absolutely beautiful. I didn't get a chance to plant anything yet due to a birthday party but we'll get that done this week. Our goal is to supplement 25-30% of our veggies from our garden and to teach the kids the importance of ebing self reliant. Of course my 3 year old son loves playing in the dirt so this should be a breeze for him.

                Whie I am sore from lifting heavy things yesterday I still plan on doing about 125 squats and some stairs. I'll also do some push-ups but with my shoulder beig a touch sore it'll probably be limited and just to get some movement. I sit all day so I break up my workouts to keep an even energy level throughout the day.

                Hope everyone has a great day and remember that we get out of the day what we put into it.
                Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                Mary Pickford

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                • I found a great website yesterday that really motivated me to try new things. I have always had a fascination with working out on a pull-up bar. The possibilities are endless and after being introduced to www.madbarz.com I have decided its itme to build a pull-up bar set in the backyard. While doing a little research I ran across Al Kavadlo's youtube video of he and his brother building a set in the backyard and with that I found the perfect design that will afford me the ability to do a wide variety of exercises.

                  I showed the wife the video and she's on board. Now Al's video didn't have exact measurements but that won't be hard to find nor build. I just need some good weather, the water and gas company to come out and let me know where my lines are and hopefully this weekend or next it will be built. All day I have been watching various training videos and I know it will take time to build the necessary strength to do a lot of the things I want to do. But this would permanently replace the need for a gym as well as give the whole family a place to workout outside and play. My son is going to go crazy on this thing and it'll be a great way to train together but have fun doing so.
                  Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                  Mary Pickford

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