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Sunday, November 27, 2005
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Saturday, November 26, 2005
Intentions- Tomorrow, we're going to Animal Kingdom.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Can you guess who this is? Yes! You got it right! It's ME, and my first bike. I think I was about five years old in this picture, maybe less. My mom can add to this post, when she remembers the year. I don't remember the year, much less the bike. Can you believe the stuff they made us wear in the 60's?
I didn't have any pictures of today, so I decided to show you that one.
Yesterday- I trained my clients, worked on homework, learned more Linux, and went to work.
Today- I goofed around all morning, took a nap, had Thankstaking dinner, had two glasses of wine (which I rarely ever have any alcohol) and got a bit tipsy -cheap drunk that I am.
I will have more entertaining post for you in the future. A bit dry with them lately, huh? And, I haven't kept to that fitness thing very well, have I. Sorry about that.
Oh, and once again, You're welcome.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Today- I worked on my Powerpoint presentation for school. I'm doing it on Alternative Publication methods, and using our Florida Shorts book as an example (don't forget to click on the link, purchase a copy, and have Amazon gift wrap it for you. They'll deliver it too). I also read over a little about the Linux Command Line. I actually was able to make it do something today. Not really sure what, but it did something. Hey, it's progress. I'll take what I can get. It amazes me what you can do with a free operating system and free software. I had a few bitchy moments putting this blog down, but you're reading it, so it couldn't have been too bad. After lunch, we went to the movies, and saw Harry Potter; Goblet of Fire. It was really good - the best so far. I'd forgotten that I didn't have work today, but remembered this morning, luckily. After the movie, we went to Borders. There were a lot of teenage girls from Bishop Moore Catholic High School there. Most had theire skirts hiked up a bit. Young girls never change, do they? At my age, I see that and I think, "Yeah, that's cute, little girl. Now where the hell is your father?" You know your over the hill when you see a young girl, thong showing, and you think, "There's no way I'd let a daughter of mine out of the house like that!" I don't even have a daughter. We ate dinner late, and watched Firefly. I tried to get the bed earily, but failed miserably.
Nutrition- Maze. I ate a lot of Popmaze (Thought I'd try that out. It just doesn't have the ring of popcorn, does it?) We saw Harry Potter today. It was good. I highly recommend it. It's a big long - two urinal visits for me. That's a long movie.
Exercise- None. Friggin none. Not even Yoga. I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy.
The Awful Truth- The real fact-of-the-matter is; at any given moment, I rarely have any clue of what I'm doing.
Brownie Points- I was able to get the command line thing to actually do something today.
Intention- After tomorrow, I will have regretted the intentions I intended on making today, but didn't. More than likely though, I won't remember that. I'm like a dog that way.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Today, I worked more on setting this little beast up, obviously, went to work, came back and set up Linux some more. Loaded some of my files on here; pictures, documents, etc. Not that I'll really use them a lot, but I do need the practice with this. I'm willing to bet Linux will eventually beat out Windows, unless Microsoft can bring down the Windows prices. Bring them down A LOT. And Mac OS isn't winning any kudo's with tech types anymore either. When you're update contains 13,000 bug fixes, somethings wrong. The thing that's wrong is you're releasing software before it's ready! This is nothing new, though.
Exercise- Other than walking the dogs, didn't workout. That's not good, but not really bad. The whole intention of Holiday training is to get as much in as you can, and let the holiday schedule cause your rest days.
The Awful Truth- Spent way too much time obsessing on getting this computer working. Sorry Nancy.
I don't want to start my next class unprepared, so it was important for me to get this working. But, I do tend to overfocus on it.
Brownie Points- I've added Linux Red Hat to my skills. Now, I just need to learn some basics of that whole command line prompt thing. Ugh. Text based computing is the pits.
Bored enough yet?
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Today and yesterday have been uneventful. I did have my class lastnight. Saw that I did well on my test. Worked on the start of learning Powerpoint. Trained clients this morning, did homework, worked at Sports Authority. Didn't really have any eventful thoughts, either. Least not, ones that I can remember. Guess I'm just getting old.
The old part, I can tell. I've really noticed a change in my eyes and hearing in the last two years. I struggle to read things close now. Time for the reading glasses. With hearing, I sometimes struggle to discern sounds. Sounds close to me sometimes are more difficult to hear than sounds coming from farther away.
Then there's the whole digestive problems. And allergies that I didn't have before. I'm convinced it's a feminist plot! Hey, it's just easier to blame them for everything, anyway.
This week, I'm going to do my nighttime oatmeal trick, to heal up my belly. The last two days, I must have had some allergic reaction to something. My gut rumbled like crazy, every joint in my body swelled, and my hands and lips were swollen. Even the lining of my mouth and my tongue swoll up. Not enough to go to the hospital, but just enough to make me really uncomfortable.
Enough complaining Danny. Time for bed.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
- Breakfast- Zone bar for breakfast, midmorn- Whole wheat bagel with Olivia spread
- Lunch- Asigio Roast Beef sandwich (Panera), chips, pickle. It's what they had at the festival.
- Dinner- Turkey sandwich, apple, leftover cake. evening- honeynut cheerios with added protein and fiber. I figure; if I'm going to eat bad, might as well make it better.
The Awful Truth- The whole no workout today thing. Also, while writing this blog, I almost forgot what part comes next.
Brownie Points- Being able to remember what comes next. I think I was respectful to Nancy's friends at the Festival. It's hard to tell if I embarass people, since I don't experience that emotion. Usually, when people tell me I've embarassed them, I'm more curious about what that feels like to them, instead of what I did. To be honest, I'm not really interested in what I did anyway. I'm going to be me either way. I can't let someone elses embarassment dictate my personality. So, brownie points for being ME!
Intentions- I intend to do tomorrow, what I intended yesterday to do today. Don't worry, I had trouble with that one, too.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Maybe, they have Fitness Crusades. I'd like that.
Friday, November 11, 2005
I promised to give you more pictures, and stuff about fitness, so here's what I have today. This is a pic of me doing what I call, Lower Abs. I'm backwards, on a decline bench press. This is the top of the exercise. My legs lower to the ground with bent knees. My feet barely touch the floor, the the next repetition starts.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
- Breakfast- 2 Zone bars
- Lunch- Subway grilled chicken sandwich, with spinach, tomatoes, and lots of green peppers. I like to tell the sandwich maker, "You might not have enough green peppers in that little bucket. Strangely enough, green peppers don't mess with my stomach. Go figure.
- Dinner- Ham sandwich, chicken-noodle soup.
- Snacks- a few pieces of Halloween candy, but much less that the last few days.
Exercise- I was suppose to do some endurance training tomorrow. Life got in the way. Either that, or poor planning. We know the real answer there, don't we?
The Awful Truth- I didn't plan a better time for my endurance training.
Brownie Points- Reread the whole thing about screening. Both parts.
Intentions- Better planning for Yoga and endurance training. I can do endurance in the mornings, but Yoga still has to be in the afternoon. I've tried Yoga in the morning enough times to know that it just don't work well for me there.
I also intend to getting more sleep, and getting you more pictures of me.
Anxiety has been my own personal plague. It lead to a really good freakout in college circa 1985, a decent one in 99, and please excuse me while I have an entertaining freakout now. Interestingly enough, I have learned to somewhat compartmentalize my anxiety. I keep it specific to the anxious topic, as best I can.
The whole Art Festival thing isn't going too well. At least it doesn't seem like it is. I'm ill-prepared for what I have to do this Saturday, and the impending screw up will be seen as my fault (can anyone say- 1.Fortune Telling, 2.Mind Reading, 3.All-or-nothing thinking, 4.Mental Filter, 5.Magnification - I'm just all over the lists of 'cognitive distortions' here. Hey, my anxiety just went down a bit. How bout that?
Truth is; it will probably workout fine. There will be some awkard stuff, since I am very new to using Excel, and I'm not practiced with the procedure the guy who set this workbook up used. I'll get through it. But, in the meantime, excuse the 'rage against the machine' yell. Thank Pink Floyd
Enough about me. Wait, forget that; it's never enough about me.
All day, I tried to think about what to write about with fitness. Nothing came through. We'll keep working on that, won't we. In the meantime, know that trainers do struggle with this stuff, just as much as all of you. The fact that we have the knowledge, access, and ability to this stuff makes any excuse stupid, but it's still tough. We do understand. Be right back,...have to finish another Milky Way. Halloween is no longer a favorite Holiday, but Haunted Mansion will still be my favorite ride.
Today- I didn't workout any clients, as I told them to scram. Actually, some rescheduled, and one had a death in the family. No, it wasn't her own death.
Nutrition- I didn't want to post this, but I guess I should:
- Breakfast- 3 slices of Nancy's wonderful French Toast, from leftovers. Hey, I didn't want it to spoil. I've heard that some foods actually do spoil in the freezer, but I just can't let my french toast show me that.
- Lunch- Arby's French Dip. Such a hypocrite I can be.
- Supper- Some sort of premade pasta/chicken dish. I'm sure the sauce is now clinging to my ribs.
- Snacks- Halloween candy is almost gone. Almost.
Exercise- One thing that I fail to post, mostly because I don't consider it exercise, is the 45min-1 hour of walking the dogs, most often twice a day. You see, it's how the log on to the Urinet, and read their Peemail. I can't deny them the scent surfing, can I? Abby must have found a few good message boards, and left one helluva reply.
Nancy and I worked Chest/Biceps today. I think the anxiety from the whole Art Festival thing helped me push a bit harder. I was stronger, even though I didn't have as much sleep.
The Awful Truth- The whole anxiety thing, and how it's difficult to keep in check. To all who've had to deal with it with me; sorry. The Yoga really helps for it, and that's the main reason I do Yoga. Actually, there's another reason, but it's just not fit to print here.
Brownie Points- For passing my Excel test today; perfect score with extra credit. Now, the REAL test- actually using it in life- comes this Saturday. PostGrad studies, anyone?
Intentions- I intend to look here tomorrow to see what I intended on doing today, even if I had no intentions. At least, no 'honorable' intentions.
Monday, November 07, 2005
The emails I get about my blog tell me they like the candidness. It's 'out in the open' so to speak. Like my profile says, "No secrets here." My commentary gets some good reviews, but only when it's humorous. The serious ones get nothing.
So, for awhile, I'll try to change up on my blog a bit; more focus on fitness. After all, I am CoachDANNY.
If you ever intend on being able to workout at home, I greatly encourage you to get one of these:
No bolts to screw in, no shower curtain like telescoping to do. Just teeter in it, and go to town. The lever effect holds it place very well. As part of a home gym, I'd rate this 3rd in my list of necessary items. The first being a decent set of dumbbells. The second being an adjustable bench. With those three items, you're pretty much good to go, as far as what's needed for a home gym. Well, there is that other thing; self discipline.
If you aren't able to chin your bodyweight, simply put a chair in the doorway, and let your feet help you. I call this Self Assisted Chins. At first, you're legs will help a good bit, but as you work on them, you're arms will do more and more work. Do your repetitions slowly; that will help you use your legs less. As you get stronger, you can use just one leg to help. Make sure you go to a dead hang (I love that term), on each repetition. Don't stop the rep short. Every so often, even if you know you can't get it, try to chin your bodyweight. Keep working on it, and eventually you'll get it.
Okay, done with the fitness thing for today.
Today- I worked on Excel homework exercises. I'm obsessing on it, out of necessity. You know, that whole Art Festival screening thing.
Nutrition- Not too bad today:
- Breakfast- Zone Perfect bar
- Midmorn- Oatbran with protein powder and Udo's Oil
- Lunch- Turkey and cheese sandwich, vegetable soup
- Dinner- Lean Cusine sesame chicken, banana, apple
- I still have some Halloween candy left, but didn't eat as much today as the last few days.
Exercise- Lower body, hamstring focus. I did a peculiar routine, something like the thigh routine I did the other day. Leg Curl with one leg-right leg first, immediately to stiff-leg deadlift. Same sequence with left leg. Then, I alternated lying leg curls with different types of lunges. My hip felt better after the workout.
The Awful Truth- I'm scared shitless about the whole Excel/Screening thing this Saturday. Maybe I should backoff on my fiber intake?
Brownie Points- I worked out, even though I had a sinus headache for the second day in a row. It still hasn't gone away. No med work. Ibuprofen helps a bit, but I'm so topped out in that, I try to avoid it as much as possible. It's wrecked my stomach and intestines from years of overuse. It will be the death of me. Morgan and Mogan, you listening?
Intention- I intend on studying more Excel tomorrow. Pass my Excel test- actually not to worried about that part. I intend on working out tomorrow- chest/biceps.
I owe Pope Urban II and apology. It seems that Fatimid caliph of Cairo, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah had the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem destroyed, in 1009 A.D. Pope Urban II was responding to that destruction. Sorry Urban.
Bad Caliph. Bad, Bad Caliph. Destroying churches is a no-no!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
I took this picture last night at Publix. I thought it was really interesting. What do you think? Yes, it's the Ice Cream isle, but that's not what I'm talking about. It just seemed fitting for the subject.
Some people are impressed with financial achievement. Some are impressed with academic achievement. Others are impressed by social contacts. I, like others, am only slighty impressed by those things. Achievements of physical effort impress me. Athletes, especially Olympians are what catch my admiration.
If you are impressed with financial achievement, you might view other achievements in a different way, or not even see them as achievements at all. You might view athletic achievement as a waste of time, if it didn't lead to financial rewards. You might see social achievement as ridiculous, unless it leads to some business. You probably view academic achievement as 'Those who can't, teach,' but someone like Trump, Gates, or Buffet as impressive
If academic achievement is impressive to you, you might view social achievement as lofty, and superficial. You'd see financial achievement as a selfish pursuit, and athletes as mindless jocks. But, you'd be impressed with someone like Story Musgrave, or Marilyn Vos Savant.
If you are impressed with social contacts, you'd be impressed with someone who knew all of the people I just mentioned. You're probably a master of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The phrase, "It's not what you know, it's who you know," has actually made a difference in your life. People with few social contacts are of no interest to you, unless they might know someone important.
Some people are quick to discuss their religious affiliations, or their spiritual enlightenment. It might even be a belief system they always bring up in conversation. They are not impressed with any physical, financial, or social achievements.
Have you ever been in a group, and someone started talking about one of the above impressions, and you were not impressed? I wonder if we assume that everyone is impressed with what impresses us, and can't imagine if different.
In the book, First Things First, Covey, Merrill, and Merrill discuss the four human endowments: The Physical- To Live, Mental- To learn, Social/Emotional- To Love, Spiritual- To Leave a Legacy. If you look at each of the above Impressions, you'll see that each fits in the four human endowments. Financial achievements are part of the physical - to live endowments. We have to have common exchange to get by in this world. Athletics and physical prowes bring about physical competence, and confidence. Our ability, and desire to learn is another endowment that other animals don't seem to poses. The others are pretty much straight forward. If they're not, well, they just aren't impressive to you, and you probably won't get them either way.
The important thing here is the balance. Each of us needs to develop those endowments, and recognize them in others, even if we aren't impressed by them. I'm not particularly impressed with financial achievement, but what I've learned is that I am impressed with the person's passion for what they want to achieve.
What impresses you the most, and why? Do you know people around you that obviously aren't impressed with those things? You probably have difficulty relating to them, and them to you. If you want to connect, learn to enjoy the passion they have for their impressions.
Think about that when you go shopping for presents.
Today- We did Epcot, maybe for the last time this year. Hopefully not. Last year, we made our passes each other's Christmas present. We might not do that this year. We'll see. We hope we can, but it might not be feasible this time.
This is our friend Cheri. She's an artist, and you can go to her webpage; Swede Success Galleries. Epcot has the Food and Wine Festival going on right now, and some artist on display too. Cheri is one of the artists. I thought they should have the artists in a more prominent place, but the wine people have more money.
Nutrition- The only good thing I ate today was dinner- Tuna Steak Salad and Bean and Pork soup. It was good, didn't fill me up, and I should have at like that all day. But I didn't.
Exercise- We decided to delay out leg workout till tomorrow. Probably a better idea, especially at my age.
The Awful Truth- You know; the Halloween candy is still around. I'm trying to eat it fast to get rid of it, but it seems to multiply. I can't eat it fast enough to get rid of it. I didn't do my weekly planning either. Remind me in the morning, if you could.
Brownie Points- I've never been to jail in my life. At least, not yet. I should get credit for that, right?
- Plan my weekly schedule and tasks
- Plan my meals
- Get endurance training in this week
- Fix the pool screens
- Piss off at least one branch of government. Someone has to keep them on their toes.
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Saturday, November 05, 2005
Today, Nancy and I cleaned the back patio. I mean really cleaned it. Pressure cleaned it. With vile detergents which probably harmed the earth, the atmosphere, and every living creature within twenty miles. Don't worry. My farts are worse.
We watched Kingdom of Heaven tonight. It was really good. I don't know why it didn't do as well at the movies. After it, Nancy looked at some history stuff. The movie was very accurate.
All the crap going on in the middle east can be blamed on Pope Urban II. He's the one that sent to first Crusade. It's all his fault. Bad Pope. Bad Pope.
My opinion- They're all wrong. The fact that none of them have won yet, or even got it right shows that.
Anyway, now that I have the whole religion thing cleared up, back to my patio cleaning-
After that, we ate at El Potro. A week without El Potro just ain't right.
Nutrion- Let's just get it out of the way; we still have Halloween Candy left. Talk about funky religions.
- Breakfast- Pancakes.
- Lunch- Tuna sandwich, ritz crackers
- Supper- El Potro - Cheese Enchaladilla, Taco, Rice Beans, and way too many chips
- Evening- Ice Cream.
Looking at my nutritional habits, I should be about 250 lbs. I'm way active, and burn most of it off. But, I'm sure it's not helping my insides much.
Exercise- We were suppose to workout today, lower body, but we didn't. We will try to tomorrow morning before Disney. Can you imagine it? A hamstring intensive workout, before walking around Epcot?
The Awful Truth- There's that whole candy thing, the missed workout thing, the slamming religion thing, the I didn't study any Excel today thing, and of course, the ice cream thing. Other than that, nothing bad.
Intentions- I intend to ignore the world tomorrow, while I'm at Disney.
Other than that, I intend to plan my week out tomorrow evening. I might even try a meal planner again. The problem is; we still have Halloween candy left, and I don't want it to go bad.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
This was Nancy and I last Saturday night at the St. Andrews Night Dinner. Evidently, things like this are a way bigger deal than I knew. After looking over the list of people there, I felt kind of- "One of these things is NOT like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong." That was mostly because of my age, but there were some very prominent people there. Maybe I'll be prominent some day. See my tie? That's the tartan for Clan Campbell. Nancy got the tie for me at the last Highland Games Scottish Festival. It's really nice for a 15 dollar tie.
I'm starting to get some responses from people reading my blog (I abhor the word feedback. That's what you get when the mic is setup wrong). I'm averaging a wee bit more everyday. I think I might have a party when I reach 1000 hits. It will probably just be Nancy, me, and the dogs, but we'll eat some leftover Halloween Candy, watch TV, and have a hoot! Maybe even dance a little jig with the dogs.
Can you tell I'm struggling for things to write about yet?
I'm stressing a bit about the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival screening next weekend. I've got to be ready. NOW, there's and added pressure. Sports Authority is having a mandatory meeting for preparations for Black Friday. That's the day after Thanksgiving. The meeting is 7am-9am. I have to be at screening at by 8am. Maybe I can get there at 8:30am. Sports Authority will just have to put up with it. The funny thing is; If there's a problem, they want a NOTE! I'm going on the assumption it was a joke.
Today- I trained my clients this morning, walked the dogs, worked on some Excel homework, and got to work on cleaning for the judges party. After that, we worked out, cleaned up, and went to our Five Florida Writers meeting, at Donatos Pizza. It was a fun meeting. Usually is.
Nutrition- The last few days, it's been pretty good, except for the massive amounts of Halloween candy. I now realize the fattening holidays don't begin with Thanksgiving. The begin the November 1st, the day after Halloween. I'll have to up my training to compensate. Give the extra food somewhere to go, something to do besides sit on my waist. Today:
- Breakfast- Zone Bar. 1 1/2 hour later- Honey Nut Cheerios. I was still hungry.
- Midmorn- More Halloween candy. Yeah, I know.
- Lunch- Left over noodles and meatballs. Nancy makes good ones.
- Midday- What do you think??
- Supper- Donato's Chicken Veggie Pizza. Hey, at least I got some veggies in today!
- Evening- More you-know-what.
Overall, a nutritionally wretched day. But, there was the veggies.
Exercise- Strength Training this week has been very good. Good workouts. But, I haven't done any Endurance training this week. No intervals, no continous. Some that was protecting my hip, but that's really an excuse. I did fine with 4 sets of dumbbell squats. So, I'm a lazy ass. That right, my clients; we struggle with this stuff too. Just cause we work at the facilities don't make in any easier. Do YOU want to stay at work an extra hour? Yeah, thought not.
The Awful Truth- You did read the nutrtion thing, didn't you? And about the Halloween candy? Oh, and don't forget the whole no endurance training thing either. Pretty dam awful, if you ask me. If I was my own client, I'd yell at my ass!
Brownie Points- Now I'm craving brownies! Thanks alot!
I've noticed that I've been giving myself Brownie Points for getting things done that I was suppose to do anyway. To be honest, I see no problem with this. You'd have to really know me to understand.
Intentions- I intend to come up with something better to blog about tomorrow. Other than that, I have to get ready for Screening. That's about all I'm focused on now.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
- Breakfast- French Toast. Maybe that's why I wasn't feeling good.
- Midmorn- Too many cookies and leftover Halloween candy
- Lunch- Ham Sandwich
- Supper- Some sort of veggie/pasta/chicken dish.
- Night- Popcorn, more leftover candie.
I think I feel diabetes setting in. Can you actually feel that? I'll be back in just a moment; another Milky Way Mini is calling my name.
Exercise- Quadraceps workout. I told you already - didn't you get it the first time??
This is an interesting sequence thats worked pretty good for me. I start with my weakest leg, my right, and do a warmup set on leg extension, immediately follow by dumbell squats with both legs. Repeat the sequence on the other side. Then to Leg Curl. Then, back to right leg-leg extension with fairly heavy weight, followed by dumbbell squats, this time with a heavier weight. Repeat the sequence on the other side. Followed again by leg curl. After 4 sets of dumbbell squats, my traps burn as much as my quads.
It's an interesting feeling to have one leg completely wiped from Leg Extension, and have a fresh leg when you're doing the dumbbell squats. In the past, this has been the most productive sequence for my thights.
The Awful Truth- First off, you already read the part about the cookies and candy. That should have been enough awful truth for anyone, but NOOooooo. I had to add more; obsessing over the Art Festival Excel stuff I was going to do. Once I got started on that, it was hard to hear what Nancy was saying. I get really pre-occupied.
Brownie Points- Getting ahead in class was really nice. To do it with something I'm a bit less confident with was even better.
Intentions for Tomorrow- I have clients, work at Sports Authority, more homework to do, more postcards to send out, so I intend to do those things. I intended to go to Disney, but it's raining.