Prior to the birth of my little girl, I spoke to a work colleague how I would fit my gym routine around my soon to be changing life.
“Oh you won’t have time for all that anymore,” they said in an almost self-satisfied manner.
The gym has been part of my life for over 15 years and to say its something I wouldn’t be doing anymore was like saying I wouldn’t be doing any breathing anymore – it just was not an option – I wasn’t going to sit back with TV, comfort eating and a dadbod (vomit..) Continue reading “The fit father”
Around the beginning of November last year I set myself the objective to be squat 120kg one rep max by the end of January 2018.
My one rep max at the time was 105kg, which I would say I performed with a “faltering” form. The pressure of my weight pushed my back and shoulders too far forward when squatting that I imagine if I had upped the weight it would have looked like I was doing a good morning.
Video of a good morning weight exercise.
Because I underestimated the difficulty to maintain good form (even for what seems like a measly extra 15kg) and remembering that I was running the No Ego Challenge in March, I failed to achieve my January objective. Continue reading “120kg squat”
My dad joked when my daughter was born “Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements”
It was a statement I couldn’t help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague.
The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited opinions on the President across the pond paying off a hooker; yet it took over a year for someone who I knew, someone who lived about 20 miles away was no longer of this Earth.
A part of me can’t believe that not one person said to me “James were you aware…”
I only realised after another ex-colleagues, made a one-year anniversary reflection post. I had been living my life to miss the news first time around and I thought what I was doing to miss this; I think I was worrying about some problem at work… insignificant in the scheme of life.
I couldn’t help see the bitter irony that as one family mourned the end of a life, my wife and myself were overjoyed and preparing for the baby scheduled to come into our life.
As a reflex I texted a dozen friends and family members sending my love and asking how they were doing. It’s funny how death sucker punches you in the face making you appreciate who you do have.
The disappointing thing about not knowing was it came off like I did not cared, I cared… Continue reading “The sense of it all”
Recently I had the pleasure of running the No Ego Challenge, a delightful five mile trail race that starts at 6.30pm. Because of this noticeable caveat, it is pitch black, therefore a head torch is not a luxury, but a must to run.
As it was my first race in almost two years, No Ego was a new challenge, where I couldn’t predict how I would perform.
The darkness was a unique challenge making it difficult to see what was underfoot and I had fresh concerns about old injuries wondering if my plantar fasciitis coming back to bite me in the… foot.
The good news is I am writing this post, so I returned and am not still wondering about Dalby Forest lost. No Ego was a race where I learned about the importance of mental grit. Continue reading “No ego, No quit, No hate”
So you want to be a writer
by Charles Bukowski
if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it. Continue reading “So you want to be a writer?”
Hello dear reader,
Upon the positive feedback on my post writing good comments on a blog, I thought I would extend my advice to another area that irritates me in the world of blogging and blog writing.
The irritant is when a site or an author takes the piss out of their loyal readers.
Firstly I will give a definition of my colloquialism:
take the piss (out of someone or something)
phrase of piss
- [British] vulgar slang
Mock someone or something
Right now that’s cleared up onto the issue… Continue reading “Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss”
I have started writing my life story.
Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic. To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right?
But I have been motivated to do this indirectly by family. Continue reading “Writing your life story”
One habit that I have followed religiously since I read Scott Adams book “How to fail at almost everything and still win big” to encourage me to think positively and focus on what I want is affirmations.
What is an affirmation?
An affirmation is basically something that you say to yourself in order to help encourage a positive outcome. So for example in Scott Adams book he would say to himself
“I Scott Adams will one day I will be a successful cartoonist”.
I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had.
It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom – basically I am the office junior and have to do all the tedious work that comes with that. Continue reading “Competition in the work place”
One of the problems with setting goals is that you get really focused on getting the goals done and letting the ‘housekeeping’ part of your life slip.
I can easily write a 1000 words a day without even trying. I can get up at 6am to go to the gym and yet if one of the bulbs go in my hallway light I can procrastinate and ignore the problem, even though it is a simple task because I have no desire to do it!
These tedious tasks help make up your day-to-day life and are just as important as the goals you want to do because if you can’t even keep your own house in order how do you expect to achieve anything? Continue reading “How to do more of the must do tasks that you don’t want to do each day”