Shoot for the “C”

April 29, 2010

Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating

Icelandic Proverb quotes

What is the cost of complacency?  A lot.

How far to do you get by striving for “adequate” or “just good enough”? Not very.

I am saddened by the mediocrity I see around me.  No striving, no vision, or pushing to improve.   It is draining and far from creating less stress,  it creates more when we do not live to our potential.  I do not mean to sling  “whooo hooo” pop psychology around, but you must feel it, too.  You know when you settle for “just good enough” and soon, unknowingly, unwittingly it becomes “good”.

I do this every time I don’t speak up and say what is on my mind.  Every time I do not challenge a poor idea in the hope of moving to a quick conclusion to end the stress of having to think.   I know I short-change myself, and I short change those around me when I comprise and thus become bitter, cynical, and distrustful.

What can I do?

Start caring..   Expect more.  Give more.  Engage myself so I have some skin in the game.

Grades have been posted, and this girl is heading for the honor roll.

My Dad sent me this.  He had a squirrel infestation in his attic.

Read as a press release:

Clemson University and others are  fighting back against an invasion of squirrels on its South Carolina campus and in residents as far away as Kent, Washington.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reports workers spent much of December trapping Eastern gray squirrels, catching and euthanizing the 200 rodents allowed under federal law.

The squirrels have caused problems in recent years, killing about 100 mature trees by chewing on the bark for food, destroying attics and marking their territory. About 10 percent of the campus’ trees have been damaged in some way, likely costing the school about $1 million in the past decade, and in a related manner in Kent, Washington,  a significant amount of damage to the  residence of  James D. Hull.

Clemson officials tried a squirrel birth control program, but it didn’t do enough to curb the population.

Biologists estimate the 800-acre campus has two to three times the normal population of squirrels per acre.   Mr. Hull found the population in his attic was far greater than than one can imagine and has recently reported to us his best friend, Mr Victor Vasale has agreed to provide refuge for any addtional squirrels Mr. Hull or any other individuals need to remove.  Please contact Mr. Vasale at xxx-xxx-xxxx to arrange for an appointment.  Mr. Hull, known widely for his generous nature, has ageed to provide for the cages to transport the squirrels. His love for animals knows no bounds.

Workout logs

December 2, 2009

Exercise
Date Exercise Set Weight Reps Notes
Nov 17, 2009 lat pulldown 1 0 lb 12 at 5
Nov 17, 2009 lat pulldown 2 27.5 lb 24
Nov 17, 2009 machine triceps extension 1 50 lb 12
Nov 17, 2009 bar military press 1 20 lb 12
Nov 17, 2009 dumbbell biceps curl 1 15 lb 12
Nov 17, 2009 dumbbell flye 1 10 lb 12
Nov 17, 2009 cable seated low row 1 27.5 lb 12
Nov 17, 2009 dumbbell pull-over 1 10 lb 12
Nov 17, 2009 dumbbell pull-over 2 10 lb 24
Nov 19, 2009 machine triceps extension 1 30 lb 22
Nov 19, 2009 bar military press 1 20 lb 24
Nov 19, 2009 bar military press 2 20 lb 24 last set of 12 was hard
Nov 19, 2009 bar military press 3 20 lb 24 last set of 12 was hard
Nov 19, 2009 dumbbell biceps curl 1 15 lb 12
Nov 19, 2009 dumbbell biceps curl 2 15 lb 12
Nov 19, 2009 dumbbell pull-over 1 10 lb 24
Nov 19, 2009 dumbbell pull-over 2 10 lb 24
Nov 19, 2009 lat pulldown 1 27.5 lb 24
Nov 19, 2009 lat pulldown 2 27.5 lb 24
Nov 21, 2009 machine leg press 1 130 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 machine leg press 2 150 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 ab crunch on a ball 1 0 lb 20
Nov 21, 2009 dead lift 1 20 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 dead lift 2 30 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 lying triceps extension 1 7.5 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 lying triceps extension 2 7.5 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 multiple hip 1 120 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 multiple hip 2 120 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 single-leg standing calf raise 1 0 lb 24
Nov 21, 2009 dumbbell incline bench press 1 15 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 dumbbell incline bench press 2 15 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 bar military press 1 20 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 bar military press 2 20 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 dumbbell biceps curl 1 15 lb 10
Nov 21, 2009 dumbbell flye 1 10 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 dumbbell flye 2 10 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 cable seated low row 1 30 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 cable seated low row 2 30 lb 12 30 felt light
Nov 21, 2009 cable seated low row 3 40 lb 12 30 felt light
Nov 21, 2009 cable seated low row 4 40 lb 12 40 felt light
Nov 21, 2009 lat pulldown 1 50 lb 12
Nov 21, 2009 lat pulldown 2 70 lb 12 50 felt light
Nov 22, 2009 back squat 1 105 lb 10
Nov 22, 2009 back squat 2 105 lb 10
Nov 22, 2009 back squat 3 105 lb 10
Nov 22, 2009 machine leg press 1 150 lb 15
Nov 22, 2009 machine leg press 2 150 lb 12
Nov 22, 2009 multiple hip 1 150 lb 12
Nov 22, 2009 multiple hip 2 150 lb 12
Nov 29, 2009 back squat 1 50 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 back squat 2 60 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 jackknife 1 0 lb 3
Nov 29, 2009 jackknife 2 0 lb 10
Nov 29, 2009 set up 1 10 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 set up 2 10 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 cable seated low row 1 40 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 cable seated low row 2 50 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 pushup 1 0 lb 15
Nov 29, 2009 pushup 2 0 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 dead lift 1 40 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 dead lift 2 40 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 swiss-ball crunch 1 0 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 swiss-ball crunch 2 0 lb 15 body weight
Dec 1, 2009 dumbbell shoulder press 1 8 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 dumbbell shoulder press 2 8 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 dumbbell lunge 1 2 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 dumbbell lunge 2 2 lb 15
Dec 1, 2009 lat pulldown 1 5 lb 15

Unfortunately, not all at once.

I believe the excruciating pain I am feeling is called “delayed onset muscle soreness” or “why are curbs so high?”.   See, I am suffering from reaching total muscle failure on Sunday when I did far too many squats with far too much weight.  I am paying.  A lot.

I love lifting weights, yet need to learn my limits.   I know the best way to get results is to pile on the load, but this is too much.   Sensible limits, Dear, sensible limits.

On the upside, the GoWear Fit device is working and I am dropping body fat at a nice steady pace.  The key is awareness and  instant data on what is happening with my body when I eat right and move more.  Numbers don’t lie and seeing the numbers instantly is the motivation I need to stop the afternoon gorge of the mini Snickers bars that little my cube farm.

Awareness is the link in the chain I so sorely (pun intended) needed.

Must go.  An Epsom salt soak is calling me.

This time, I am serious.    I am committed to getting myself in shape and will end my newest hobby of “letting myself go”.  Ouch.

Today, I rested to give my body a chance to recover.  Aside from my walk to Shilpa’s house to meet her for the carpool, I did not do much excercise.  Noticed that I felt drained today and was constantly hungry – not bored hungry- but HUNGRY.     I chalk this up to the new obsession of lifting weights and doing a challenging cardio program.    I don’t yet know how to eat for this, and I suspect I need to learn how, else I will be dragging and sore for next several months.  Eating for fuel rather than emotionally is a good thing!

Over the past three weeks, I have felt a change in my body and I am able to do longer cardio sessions and lift heavier weights for more reps.  I have found using weights to be the best way to lean out quickly but I have been reluctant to focus on it.  Partly, my gym is busy and no one cleans off the machines when they are done and partly because I don’t want the chaos of other’s around me when I am trying to focus.  I need quiet when I workout (I know, this is probably in direct opposition to most other people.  I am used to this quirk of my personality).

Tomorrow I expect to continue the trend of sore arms.  Hopefully, a restful sleep will help with my energy levels, too.

Fish!

August 24, 2009

R.I.P, Chuck, my latest Betta fish.  He “met the porcelain bowl” this weekend.   Sad.

I realize that I like having something living in my life.  I enjoy the energy of another living being, even if it is a fish.

Fingers crossed that Cassius Clay makes it.

Polls are open!

August 15, 2009

Am starting to log the food/drink I consume in an effort to change my eating habits and get healthy.  With every bit of sugar or processed foods I feel my chins jiggling in anticipation of more fat cell friends.

Another impetus – via the miracle of Facebook I see my old high school peers looking great.  Better than when we were 18.  The bar has been raised and my arms needs to pull me up to meet it.  It’s a peer pressure chin-up.

I have not had a  problem dating.  I know I am attractive, but why not try to be a more complete healthy package?  Why not have more energy?  More confidence?  What am I hiding from?

Ru-Roh..

August 14, 2009

Can feel it coming on.  The throat hurts, the nose tingles, the head hurts.

Summer colds can suck it.

I don’t want to feel crappy over the weekend.  I want to enjoy the weekend (meaning waste 8 hrs at my computer at home in lieu of 8 hrs on a computer at work).

The dragged down feeling is starting.

Think I will be staying in all weekend.

Plain and Simple

August 14, 2009

What a week!  I am being given some amazing opportunities.  To what do I owe this sudden change?

Hard work.  Plain and simple.

I worked on my shortcomings by sucking up my ego and opening up to the thought that I had some things to do.  I saw that I was limiting myself and wanted to shake it up and see what happens when I got uncomfortable.

I listened.  I spoke up.  I empathized.  I didn’t excuse poor behavior or make excuses.

Waiting to see what happens next