“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:
Waist: 37 1/2
– 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.