Lazy Saturday

Hi, friends. As you can read from the title, I have done a whole lot of Jack Squat today. I was able to get in a good three and a quarter mile run yesterday. That is officially the furthest distance I have run barefoot to date. My feet and legs did fine. I did get a little soreness in both Achilles and my right ankle, which is why I have decided to take today off.

20170906_185644It has been a mostly uneventful day. Last Wednesday I discovered that there was a huge hornet’s nest on the back eave of our house. There must have been dozens of the frickers in it. It has been a miracle that we haven’t been stung to death. As much as I hate to kill things, these creatures are simply too dangerous to leave be. So, I reluctantly planned my assault. Following General Tzu’s advice of “attacking my enemy’s weakness,” I decided to use poison on them first thing this morning, while they were still near paralyzed┬áby the cooler temperature. The attack was swift and effective. They went down with no resistance.

And that was the most exciting thing to happen today. We do have a Tennessee Vols football game to watch this evening. The folks around these parts take college football very seriously. It is almost a religious experience for a lot of my neighbors and my wife. I enjoy it somewhat, but what I really love is watching Denice get so excited about it. She loves her sports.

Last week I did terrible with my eating. I did manage to keep it to one meal a day, and that at least kept┬áme from gaining weight. Next week I am going to do much better. I have a good eating and exercise plan and have every intention to execute it flawlessly. I really need to get my weight down. There’s a reason why you don’t see a lot of fat runners.

If you would like to help keep me honest with my training, follow me on Twitter. If I’m doing what I’m supposed to, you should see a tweet every day that says I ran at least one mile. If I didn’t, feel free to call my lazy ass out.

Till next time.

Saturday Update

I’m going to try a new thing. As you see from the title of this post, I going to start doing a regular update post on Saturdays. Hopefully this will get me back in the habit of blogging regularly. I’m going to try to do the same with my Youtube channel. I haven’t posted a video in ages. Anyway, let’s get down to the update.

It’s been several months since I started doing the Wim Hof method. The breathing exercises were a shock to my system. The first couple of days I felt like crap. I was short of breath a lot and in a sort of brain fog. This initial reaction almost caused me to stop doing the method. I’m glad I didn’t. After the first day or two this went away. It was replaced with a boost in energy and mental sharpness. The effects are pretty amazing. In situations were I would normally give into my body (eating junk food and not working out, for example) I now seem to be able to excercise control over it. That, and my retention times have gotten over two minutes. Cold showers are a breeze now. I actually kind of enjoy them. I’m pretty sure I could go even deeper with the method, I just need to put some more time into it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please watch the documentary, ‘Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman.’

I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I have been doing intermittent Fasting for a while now. I’m doing the 20/4 protocol. That means that I only eat between the hours of 3PM and 7PM. ‘IF’ is kind of a popular thing now. It’s great for losing weight. I’ve lost 31 pounds as of this morning. I probably could have done a lot more if I would have been doing hard workouts in my fasted state, but I’ve been going easy on myself. I’ve been averaging about 3 pounds lost per week. It doesn’t seem like much, but it is steady progress that is adding up. I’ve also seen a complete vanishing of the GI problems that I used to have.

I am currently reading the book, Walden Two, by B.F. Skinner. The book is about a fictional utopian community called Walden Two. I heard about this book while I was researching the real life egalitarian/income-sharing community, Twin Oaks, which was initially founded on the ideas in the book. Twin Oaks is one of the oldest communes in the United States. I find them absolutely fascinating. I hope to visit them next year, to learn about their systems and culture.

Denice will be away at a women’s retreat for a few days next week. Hopefully the dogs and I will survive in her absence. I’m really happy that she is taking the time to get out and socialize with her friends. I plan on doing some meetups with some of the groups that I associate with, including a Tiny House meetup that I recently joined. It should be really interesting.