365 Days of self Discovery: Your Wishes/Dreams/Hopes/Future

4.15.19

Day 5

What new hobbies would you like to try?

  • Kayaking
  • Attend concerts
  • attend professional sporting events
  • fishing – I have done this before, but something I enjoyed and would like to do more often
  • Traveling to various places around the world
  • rock climbing
  • All day/long trail hiking
  • camping
  • yoga
  • stand up comedy
  • meditation – I have done before but would like to make this more of a routine 
  • canoeing
  • geocatching
  • surfing
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • canyoning
  • snowboarding
  • rafting
  • longboarding
  • skydiving
  • hunting
  • golf
  • podcasting

Many of these things I would like to be introduced to, just to give it a go and see what I make of it, doesn’t mean I would like it but I like growing my hobbies and being introduced to other peoples hobbies because then you find out you may be good at something and you meet new people through new hobbies. I am usually pretty open minded when it comes to trying something new. 

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365 Days of Self Discovery: The Past

3.10.19

Day 3

What were the good things you remember from your childhood?

  • Being outside all the time with my younger brother playing sports, riding our bikes, playing with the neighbor kids, and skateboarding
  • My mom taking us to get ice cream before heading to the car wash
  • My mom making it a habit to buy us a cookie whenever we went shopping at the mall — I would always choose M&M and my mom would get peanut butter cookies 🙂
  • Playing basketball ALL THE TIME! lol That was my life most days
  • The holidays always being HUGE, so many people and food
  • Christmas, our Christmas every year was amazing, we would always get whatever we wanted, it was always exciting
  • My mom always being a great cook, she always cooked us a full course meal. We loved her cooking & still do
  • My younger brother and I staying up extremely late playing video games together
  • spending time with my grandma at her house. I would always watch my favorite Disney VHS movie from her HUGE collection (she still has all the Disney VHS movies) and my favorite to watch was “The Lion King”.
  • Going to the park for hours
  • Sledding during the winter
  • playing kickball with my childhood friend and younger brother each summer
  • Dancing in front of the TV in the living room to Backstreet Boys, Usher, NSYNC, etc it was how I learned how to dance — self taught
  • Walking to school with my younger brother – he always walked super slow, it made me pissed off most mornings, lol 
I had some good childhood memories, more than what is listed but to keep things short. I was very smart when it came to school, so I won tons of academic awards & athletic awards sometimes too. Not everyday was a good day, but the good times were great times. 
 
What are some good childhood memories you have?
 

New Squat & Deadlift Program

Week One — Day One

Warm up:

  • Band hip bridges: 4 x 25, red 
  • band clamshell: 4 x 25, red
  • seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 5 x 5 x 70%, 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 70%, 155 lbs

Superset:

  • Barbell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated leg curl (dropset): 5 x 8 , 70 lbs, 60 lbs, 50 lbs, 40 lbs, 30 lbs
  • Seated leg extension (dropset): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs, 70 lbs, 60 lbs, 50 lbs, 40 lbs, 30 lbs, 20 lbs

The new program will still have me doing squats and deadlifts on the same day, it asked for me to do them once a week, but I am choosing to do them 2x a week because I like it. This program is for 17 weeks. The program has me taking every 4th day off, but I doubt I will do that. Hoping this helps to increase my weight in all three BIG lifts. #TrialandError 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 109

12.20.18

Do you easily give up on things? Why is this?

  • Yes and no. I learned at a young age that in whatever I choose to do (sports, music, school activities/clubs) regardless if I was good or not, that I wouldn’t give up but finish til the end & always give it my all. Same with my education, I struggled with reading growing up (elementary school) and so my mom always worked with me to strengthen my reading skills and I was put in a special reading class in order to get extra help with reading — and she never gave up on me and I had to continue working on it (even if most days I wanted to give up) and it paid off, because I became a phenomenal reader and excelled in reading each year after that. I use this same mindset in my adult life but sometimes I have to walk away from something for an extended amount of time to rethink things or to take a break from it in order to come back to it with a positive mindset again. I always TRY, and never give up, but have learned that sometimes taking a break from something can be good for the mind and cause less stress in the long term of things. 
I am sure some of you have given up at least once in your life or have thought about giving up — doesn’t mean you give up easily or maybe it does? Are you the type to give up easily? 

Still working out

Sorry, Not Sorry

Even though I haven’t talked about it, I have been about it (last week I took 3 days away) due to health issues with my tummy, otherwise, yes I have been at the gym and working out. As a matter of fact, I have been doing my bulking phase of the season right now, and plan on leaning out hopefully the middle to end of January — with my schedule the past of couple of weeks at the gym, It didn’t give me much time to blog & when I did blog, I was trying to keep up with my self discovery post considering my workouts are only to keep my accountable and to give me something to look back on .. for my own growth. I didn’t realize how long it had been before I posted my last workout,  but it has been awhile, but I didn’t want you guys to think I gave up on the idea of fitness/health, especially since it is my profession and hobby alike. Thanks for being patience, although, you didn’t have any other choice in the matter. LOL

For the sake of time, I will post today’s workout– and try to do a better job with keeping ya’ll up to date with my workouts, progress and regression alike. 

Warm up:

  • lying leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg
  • back hyperextenion: 4 x 25
  • hip abduction: 4 x 25, 35 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 5 x 70%, 205 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 70% 155 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 6-8, 210 lbs
  • Single leg, leg press: 5 x 8-10 each leg, 208 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine narrow stance squats: 5 x 8-10, 85 lbs
  • DB step ups: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

365 days of self discovery: Day 42

How would you change the world?

  1. I’d make it a place where people could feel safe being who they are without feeling as though there will be consequences or judgement rendered (i.e prevent bullying, body shaming, make places more LGBTQ friendly and open minded, etc)
  2. I’d make treatment for diseases and health conditions more affordable so that everyone could afford treatment without worrying about debt, or losing everything they have (cancers, STDS/HIV, bone & heart conditions, etc) 
  3. I’d have wages match the cost of living everywhere so that people could better afford their living circumstances & it could cut down on homelessness and hunger
  4. I’d spread the importance of exercise and have health providers give fitness counceling to patients (cardiovascular test, muscular test, etc) cutting down on the deaths of inactivity and spreading awareness. 
  5. I’d make better suited laws against rape, molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence, so that families could get the justice they deserved and the victim could feel safe after their attack. 
  6. Pedophiles would not be released , they would be held accountable for the rest of their lives for the crime(s) they commit. 
  7. I’d make college education more affordable by either allowing one year free of tuition (undergrad students) or lessen the cost of education so that more people could afford to get their college education without sinking into debt by the time they graduate or worse, having to drop out because they can no longer afford their education. 
  8. I’d have schools better guarded so that when mass shootings erupt, the students can feel more at ease, and have a better plan of action for each school in case something like this does happen for all grades. 
  9. I’d pay actors and professional athletes less money (instead of millions) maybe I would make sure they still got paid for their talents but not paid to the point where they make more money than some other important professions, I think 6 digits would be comfortable and still be fair vs having some of these athletes & actors being paid millions per contract or commercial, etc. I want the pay structure to still compliment their talents and effort but not exceed a certain amount of money to keep things reasonable. 

These are just some of which I would change, I have a whole listful of things I would want to change that would hopefully be for the better and help many people. As for you, what would you want to change about the world?

A Friday Wednesday Workout

I remember mentioning that I had skipped Wednesday’s bench workout because I was way to tired and needed to get sleep because I would be working both jobs, so I would make it up on Friday. In which I did 🙂

Warm up:

  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs & then back down to 20 lbs
  • Resistance band triceps kickback: 4 x 25, red band
  • Resistance band rows: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (80%) + 5 lbs, 100 lbs & 105 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (85%) + 5 lbs, 110 lbs, 115 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell shrugs: 5 x 5-6, 195 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs then 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Low row: 5 x 5-6, 80 lbs
  • DB shrugs: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs
  • reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar skullcrushers: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar chest press (narrow): 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 5 x 5-6, 50 lbs

Cardio HiiT Seshh:

  • Jump rope: 2 minutes
  • Jumping jacks: 1 minute
  • Burpees: 2 minutes
  • Sprint: 1 minute
  • Spin bike: 14 minutes, gear 6