The Daily Dose 12/18/2017: A Little Heavier

“People ask me, ‘How do I get tougher?’ Be tougher. Next Question” – Jocko Willink


Our son turns one month old today. His arrival has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me, for a number of reasons.

I no longer hope that I’ll find the gumption to become a better man.

I do what I think I should to be a better man, a better husband, and a better father.

Sometimes that entails challenging myself to be alone and cold in the dark. Sometimes it means being under a heavy barbell and not eating garbage food. Sometimes it may mean taking a nap on the couch with Kip snoozing on my chest, while he’s still small enough to do so.

It definitely means, without question, that I must always know the location and state of cleanliness of the pacifier. 😉

I’m learning to be myself, to not worry about what the world is going to think and to just jump out there and do what I feel I should. I’m letting go of my doubts, and this is only the beginning.


Workout of The Day:

BW: 218

Waist: 37 1/2

RHR: 56

– Consistently cutting 2 lbs per week. Waist down 1 in. RHR down 8 bpm. Good.


Supersetted w/ alternating 8 x 35# Hammer Curls, 15 Single-leg Calf Raises

135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 5

290 x 2, belted

3 x 3 x 315, belted

– Playing with my footing here since my ankles and knees are feeling crunchy. Looks like footing resembling the classic Rippetoe stance is working better than anything else for now. Got a little wonky on the last set, but I’m obviously quite tired.


Supersetted w/ 5 x 35# Goblet Squats, 10 Skating Lunges per leg

3 x 3 x 225

– No problemo. Feels good to go a little heavier.


5 x 225, 3 x 275

2 x 315, belted

1 x 3 x 350, belted. No problemo.

– Working on my stance a little bit with these. I’ve been seeing my knees messing up a little bit during the lifts. It also looks like I’ve even got a bit of an arm bend on some of the reps. Looks like the feet a little wide with the elbows touching the outside of the knee in the bottom position is best.

*Taking video of each set has been a total game-changer. It’s really helping with my squat and has shown me some concerning things with my deadlift. I’m sure I’ll learn more on bench, but right now bench is a little too light to tell anything.


Recovery hike/jog with the doggos.

2 miles on the Trail of Tears/Overlook Trail loop that I’ll be using for the NYE Challenge.

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