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  • Originally posted by AppalachianMatt View Post
    What a random post.
    But a great one. I like your explanation to your coworkers.
    +10 for not saying anything about cavemen or evolution.
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    • When that comes up people look at me like I'm the crazy one. Grok, as much as well love him, should probably stay out of the conversation in the beginning and be introduced later if you want people to take you seriously.
      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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      • Didn't sleep much last night but still feel pretty good. It's going to be a long day with me giving blood during lunch and how much stuff I have to finish up. Didn't work out this morning but plan on knocking out some push-ups/squats before I give and will rest up tonight.

        Tomorrow me and Little man going for a nice walk and watch some foosball. Can't wait till next week when he goes to his first game.

        This weekend I am experimenting, possibly tonight, with a few Primal recipes. Our new focus is to combat stress and live in the moment.
        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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        • Just gave blood and plan on taking things easy for the rest of the day with a decent workout planned for tomorrow morning. Sunday will be a pretty tough workout as I will combine a few sprints with the playground equipment I'll use to see if I can do some actual muscle-ups. i never realized how awkward they are at first but anything worth doing is never easy (unless its the PB). I have really put a focus on gaining more lean muscle and to relieve stress.

          This may sound weird but after my last dentist appt they mentioned my jaw on the left side had created more bone due to my grinding/chewing at night. Apparently thats when my stress comes out but when I took a gander last night I couldn't believe how much it had actually grown. I didn't even know it would do that but this is another indication that I need to up the training to deal with stress levels better.
          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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          • Had a pretty relaxing weekend with the son. Wife worked Saturday and played in a golf tournament on Sunday so me and little man took full advantage and made a weekend out of it. It sucked with the wifey working but what are you gonna do? I got in a pretty intense workout session yesterday focusing onbodyweight exercises as well some band work.

            Dinner last night- Chicken fried in EVOO with aspargaus and steamed Sweet potatoes.

            B'fast- I guess we'll call that IF but not by choice. (Slept in)
            Lunch- fast food -I know but didn't have a chance ot make lunch today
            Snack- Can of tuna
            Dinner- Tilapia with Broccolli, cauliflower

            Tonight after the wife gets home I am hitting the heavy bag for a good workout followed by functional abs. I refuse to do situps again considering they are pointless and kill my neck. Goal is to gain 10 lbs by Nov 20 for the Florida game. My tiny little school in the beautiful mountains of NC make their way to Gainesville to take on the overrated Florida Gators. Now do i think we'll win? I don't know and all indications would say that we have no shot but Florida hasn't played that great, we beat a better Michigan team at the Big House, and our team has looked amazing thus far. This will be more about the experience than anything else as we try our best to make the best of any situaiton.

            Also just received my copy of We're working out by one of the PB'ers Al Kavado (sorry if I misspell your name). I am really trying ot focus on the positives in life and take more of a Zen approach to not only fitness but the way I see the world around me. I had so many depressing conversations with people over politics, education, etc this past weekend and while I tried ot have them focus on the positives it was no use. I know people will do their best to fulfill their own self destruction but I for one am doing everything in my power to take control over my emotions, actions and responsibilities. My wife and I are planning on taking classes for gardening, more survival training (8 yrs in the Army where I received top notch training but there were a few areas they didn't really go over), construction, etc in order to become more self suffcient. This isn't b/c I feel the world is coming to an end but moreso to become less relaint on others for the basic survival needs. We want to pass these on to our kids so they too can feel confident in their abilities.
            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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            • Live life as if you could care less.
              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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              • Random post:
                What an amazing day it has been already. This morning me and Little man did a Primal workout outside and I swear I think we have created the next evolution of Grok. My son is a shade over ten months old but can already do a pull-up, walks around (almost running). We did some Grok crawls, lunges (he was in his front carrier for this), During the push-ups he would walk up to me and push me down as I descended. He was cackling up a storm while I was sweating my ass off. Our biggest thing is ensuring he sees fitness as a way of life not just somehting you do at a gym for an hour 3 times per week. We've instituted a minimum of 2-3 hours per day of play time with music playing in the background. Every night our goal is for him to pass out from being tired which has worked great so far. I just don't see the point in plopping your kid in front of the tv then vegging out for 4-5 hours watching some mind numbing crap.

                I have been reading Al's book and despite a little different view on things it pretty enjoyable. I see and understand his point of view and have started ot incorporate his version of Eastern Philosophy into my training and life. I have reached a point where I don't concern myself with the little things. Like Grok my mind is set on being happy, enjoying life and squeezing every last second out of it. From my time in the Army and through the various wars I have been witness too I realized that we make our own destiny. We decide how what mindset we have and no matter what life may through at you it's your decision on how you deal with it. I have chosen a path (Am I channeling David Carradine now?) where I will not allow others to bring me down but more importantly not let myself hold me back. My goal in life now is not to reach a certain income level or own a house this big or with this many amenities but to live a good life. I don't really care if anyone remembers me when I pass but I do want my family to look back and say he lived a good life. He stepped out and actually helped people who needed it instead of just being a selfish prick (I'm a bit of an asshole occasionally).

                Just feeling super positive right now. I hope whoever reads this if anyone actually does to remember theres always someone out there whose worse off then you are and thats its your choice how you handle it. We can mope all day feeling depressed and alone or we can get off our asses and do something to remedy the situation.
                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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                • Originally posted by AppalachianMatt View Post
                  I hope whoever reads this if anyone actually does...
                  not much to say, but wanted to let you know I follow your journal. The way you incorporate the PB laws into your life is inspiring and your family sounds wonderful. Grok on brutha!
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                  • Why thank you much. I'm just a good ol' Southern man who wants to help other as much as possible. Oh and sorry about the randomness of my posts. My brain works at about 1000 mph and my typing doesn't always keep the pace.
                    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 like the randomness of your posts, Matt. It gives us an idea of who you really are. I especially liked the part about and you and the little man working out together and what you're teaching him!

                      A+ Daddy Award
                      Starting Weight/BMI: 184/29.7
                      Current Weight/BMI: 130 /21.0
                      Ultimate Goal: 125/18

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                      • Went on a few walks today to clear my head of work. It's been one of those days and I needed some freshly polluted Atlanta air to get me back on track. I need to wash the Vibrams tonight since I have worn them for about 10 straight days. It's amazing the way people look at them, look at you, look at them and shake their head in either wonderment or disbelief. I really don't care anymore about their reactions but it pains me to see that if you don't fit into a little box of whats cool or hip then you're seen as the weird guy. Oh well. I usually just say, "Crazy aren't they?" or "These are the most comfortable shoes ever". Again this throws them off and they just walk away with that confused look on their faces.

                        Tonight we're having a few friends over for a late dinner. I got a call yesterday and my neighbors wanted to know what we were doing to stay in good shape. I explained a little about how I try to mesh the PB lifestyle with my own methods (good ol' Army). This of course led to silence on their end so I invited them to have dinner so they can see how we eat and how we've set up our home to be one big gym. The wife and I are both former college athletes so we'll always be in decent shape, its a mentality we'll never shake. We've ensured this by putting up a pull-up bar downstairs in the bathroom doorway in the hall by the kitchen. By having this where it is we see it everytime we walk around so we knock out 4-5 pull-ups randomly through the day with my goal being 50-60 per day, the wife's is about 15-20. I do variations like circular pull-ups, pull-ups with different grips (hands facing different directions, etc). I also have some bands downstairs, the perfect push-up things and a 20 lb curl bar and I almost forgot the medicine ball we sit on. I want to explain to them that getting in shape is so much simpler and cheaper than paying $100 bucks a month at a gym with a bunch of people who only go there for the social aspect. I mean who specifically puts on Make-up to work out? And why do you need to look at yourself in the mirror in a speedo flexing. I am as vain as the next person but have some respect for those around you. The gym is a place where you're supposed to work hard and bust your ass not put on a beauty pageant or wear a banana hammock.

                        Sorry about the rant but back to the lecture at hand (thx Snoop)...I am going to explain to my neighbors that fitness is a continuous state of mind where everything falls on you and what your goals are. It is a realistic mindset, worse person to lie to is yourself, that says I will be prepared for anything whether its combat, a pick-up basketball game or you get a last second call to play in a softball league. It's about being prepared mentally and physically for anything that comes your way. Fitness should be fun but challenging. It should be something that you look forward to and if you don't feel like it then hold off until you do. Even when I am sick I stil get in a little workout to get the blood flowing, to release the endorphins, etc. I don't claim to be a fitness expert but the results show for themselves. I love the way I look but more importantly how I feel. I feel alive and energy is never in short supply. When i see my co-workers going for their 3rd or 4th cup of coffee before 11 AM I just wonder what the hell they eat or why they're so tired. They often wonder why their blood pressure is high and why they can't lose those last 10-15 lbs. It's all about the choices you make.

                        I wake up every morning excited about what will take place. I see life now as an experience, a challenge that you can enjoy or hate and I've been through depression when I got back home from overseas and its not fun. At some point in your life you need to take a long look in the mirror and take control of your own existence. That was probably the most round about way of explaining my mindset/mentality to my neighbors. Crazy to think I am actually pretty organized in everything besides my own blog. Oh well, I enjoy 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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                        • Unfortunately last night we weren't able to have that late dinner due to the devil coming out of my neighbors kids last night. Not a big deal and besides it was nice to spend a little QT with the misses.

                          Got a great night of sleep last night and woke up pretty refreshed until I remembered how many things I had to do before work. Luckily little man slept in so I was able to knock out about 90%. I always try to cram in as much as possible in the morning to make the day run smoother and it gets me ready for work. Big ol' cup of Nicaruagan coffee, black as night is the best way to wake up. Screw folgers. But got a decent workout in but today at the office I will make sure I finish my daily ritual of push-ups, squats and abs. Just keeps me energy levels consistent throughout the day and also helps manage my stress levels. Probably take another 30 minute walk and listen to some Nonpoint as I go.
                          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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                          • Little tired from not enough sleep and too heavy a workout this morning. Heading to B'ham to see my App State play so tomorrow I'll hit the heavy bag for a few minutes then finish up all the prep work required ot get a youngin out the door.

                            Last night he did 2.5 pull-ups on his on. Not bad for 10.5 months old. The kid looks like a little body builder. Not gross but just ripped. I am glad that we started him out with a lot of physical activity at an early age. I want him to be physically active during his life. People spend far too much time in front of the television wasting away.

                            I did a pretty basic but hard workout this morning followed by IF (not by choice) and a crap lunch but today was just oen of those days. Did my version of the Simplefit except the pull-ups were circular close and wide grip pull ups. If you've never tried them then please check them out. I have never seen anyone do these before but talk about a killer workout. Pretty simple concept. Start from a dead hang and pull yourself up. At the top move your body in a circular motion (when you are at the bottom do not do a dead hang-not good for the shoulders during this exercise) then reverse directions once you reach the top. I like these b/c it hits the back in so many different ways. It helps build those stabilizing muscles, changes the weight on each arm but still hits every muscle equally. Push-ups on the perfect push-ups with holding my self a few inches off the ground then moving my upper body left to right twice then regular push-up. I typically will do some negatives as well to get a good burn. Regualr squats followed by lunges and I attempted the shrimp squat whihc is damn near impossible. Proves I need more leg work but if you have any questions thej please check out Al's site and he has a tutorial for you to follow. http://www.alkavadlo.com/ Short and sweet version is a one legged squat using body weight. I am almost killed myself.

                            Next week I am bringing back the Parkour. I did this for years as a training tool in the Army for combat ops and it works. If you aren't necessarily trying to do just add bulk or look like Arnold (don't know why thats even popular anymore) but have a focus geared towards better health and overall fitness then I suggest Parkour. But be warned, its not that difficult yet its easy as hell to injure yourself. During my Army years we trained to jump from buil;ding to building with gear (typically carrying mission essential things such as side arm, ammo, knife, rope, etc.) The key to be good at Parkour is the ability to focus your compete attention on the task at hand. Always remember to use your momentum and keep moving. I'v seen people who'll jump off a 1 story building and roll properly and BAM!!! Ankle snapped or they'll injure their back. Parkour is about trusting yourself, believing in yourself and staying fluid.

                            Randomness ensues (good thing I don't do this for a living). Last night we ate like kings and queens. I steamed fresh cauliflower and Broccoli but the kicker was fried salmon in EVOO. I had never even heard of this before but being from the south I have an understanding that anything can be fried and salmon is delicious. I know a lot of people like their salmon raw and if necessary I'll do that in a heartbeat but if you don't have to then why not just cook the damn thing? It was scrumptious and absolutely perfect.

                            Well folks ahve a good weekend, be safe and keep Groking on.
                            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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                            • What a phenomenal weekend. Drove to Birmingham for little man's first football game whicc was hotter than 2 rats making sweet, sweet love in a wool sock on a hot summer's day. Hopefully that visual will explain how oppressive the humidity was. 4 people mostly older, were taken by ambulance for heat exhaustion. 1 lady may not have been so lucky considering she was in the early stages of heat stroke. It was pretty obvious her body had started the process of shutting down and the paramedics were completely incompetent. How bad is it when a husband and wife holding a baby (wife is a PA, I was a combat medic) have to explain in full detail to not only the lady but also the paramedic how to handle these situations? This is probably the easiest thing to treat. Loosen clothes, take off shoes, douse the head in colder (not super cold), put a cold water bottle in the armpits or on the inside of leg. There are a few other things that could be thrown in but these are trained professionals for crying out loud.

                              Anyway the game went great, we continously doused little man with waterr and rotated an ice pack on his back and neck to keep him cooled off. He loved it and slept like a log on the way home. Rest of the weekend we chilled, got in some good workouts and organized the house.

                              Dinner last night- Broiled Salmon, steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

                              Breakfast- split with wife- 6 eggs, red bell peppers and mushrooms, bacon and a bagel. I know grains aren't the best but I still enjoy them in moderation.
                              Lunch- lefotver- salmon, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and acron squash
                              Snack- can of sardines with bell peppers, grapes, banana, and almond butter
                              Dinner- fried tilapia, zuchinni, sweet potatoes, and 1 other veggie.

                              We've decided to go ahead and cook 3-4 veggies a night in order to ensure we don't waste anything and always have a steady supply of healthy snacks. This also gives us a more nutritionally balanced meal that night as well. My wife and I had a nice discussion last night about truly committing for thirty days to our version of the PB. I always try to do this but my life is always on the go and with a schedule never set in stone it always seems to throw off my eating habits. So with this methodolgy of always having fresh veggies to snack on I'll be able to handle this is a better manner. I am also putting more emphasis on Parkour training. I talked about it briefly last week but this seems to me, at least for now, as the ultimate way to have a complete body workout that not only encompasses muscle memory but also coordination and self confidence. My view is that fitness is preparation. Yes it should be fun and challenging but it should encompass having the ability to handle any situation.

                              Hope everyone has a good day and remember that we choose how we feel.
                              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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                              • Way to go on the parkour training! I hope to be athletic enough to do the same sooner than later.
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