Friday, January 30, 2009

They're baaaaaaaaaaack

I'm going to by Phish tickets today. Never saw them? It's an experience of a lifetime, every time. Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

And we're back!

Great news! I've done stuff in the last couple days! Yep. Feeling good. Tuesday I started the day with some meditating and chakra work in the morn. Read some more Watchmen. Then it was 50 sets with a 12kg VO2 style (PR whew!), then gave 90minute-ish massage, then taught Kettlebells, then took a Kettlebell class where I added another couple hundred snatches to the count. These with a 16kg, and then yum in my tum.
Weds I woke up early, more meditating, more reading-this time a little more of The Tao of Physics, then another massage. It seems that all you guys that are bent on bending stuff can get a little out of whack. This particular client hasn't been able to train! Hopefully we will see Mike at the Dragon Gym again here soon...Let's see, what else yesterday? I went to teach more Kettlebells but was disappointed when I showed up to the gym and it was closed due to snow?!?! Sigh. I should be getting my key really soon.....
So on to the next event: BIKRAM MMMMMMMM. I've done the hot yoga stuff before. I don't think it was Bikram though. This was better (all but the nosebleed as we were about to airplane). Thanks to Will Williams Sr RKC for the recommendation of the spot to hit on the Mainline. I actually liked it so much and they give this deal of unlimited visits for your first week, that I went back to the 5:30am class this morn! Nosebleed shmosebleed (didn't happen this time). I can't tell you the last time I got up that early to do anything physical(formally or informally for that matter).
So now I am off to give some more massages at one of my 3 jobs. This one happens to be 3 blocks from my homestead. It works. Tonight's agenda includes teaching my KB class, maybe taking the one after, and making a house call for another massage. I like to keep busy. Can you tell? I was practically on vacation since the CK-FMS in August up until about 4 weeks ago.

I wish you all a thoroughly thriving Thursday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Simmer down, s**t happens!

So the dumbass in me posted my new blog with an error in the name! Couldn't find my own freaking blog. Great if you want to share, or perhaps oh I don't know, maybe publish another post? Yeah, good job.

It's all good. To err is human, to forgive divine. Alexander Pope is who we have to thank for that one. Well, I've forgiven myself. Do people forgive themselves? If you don't, you should. Forgiveness is not like saying "it's ok that I/you/he/she/it/we/they did whathaveyou" It is really letting go of whatever negative thoughts etc you are holding onto because of the said action. Otherwise you hold onto some poo and it eats away at you. Practice letting go, cutting the cord, moving on...

For instance, I haven't seriously trained in the last 5ish days. (I'm not counting attempts to clean the Beast***, swinging the Beast and windmills with a 24 at 4am) That's the longest by far I have not morphed with a bell or two since I returned to Pennsylvania: Nov 21st! Well, I am trying to forgive myself. While I lived in Colorado I barely worked out. It was horrible. Considering previous to that my lifestyle had me in the gym at least 4 days a week. I wasn't going overboard spending hours upon hours there or anything. But still. Talk about falling off the wagon. I've forgiven myself for my lack of activity. I think.

So everything in cycles. Yes. I know. This just happened to be a cycle where training didn't happen. Get over it. I have three jobs now. That kind of has something to do with it. Ha! It's still a normal workweek in terms of hours. Don't worry. I'm a workaholic by nature. Besides, in less than two hours I'll be bent pressing, deadlifting, and taking another run down the VO2 protocol road. I dig it. Outdoors is even better. Indoors makes my head feel like a tomato about to explode by the time I'm done the last set.

Afterwards I'm giving some bodywork and then teaching my intro/beginner KB class. My mom is showing up for her third class! Rock on Mom!

***Correction: What I thought was a Beast at the time. It was a 40kg. Beers and shots can sometimes cloud your senses...D'OH!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!

Woo Hoo! So I meant to have this up on New Years Day. It just happens to be the Chinese New Year. It's the year of the earth ox. I happen to know that I am a monkey in Chinese astrology. Kinda makes sense. I tend to be a little goofy. If you know me at all, then you know this to be true. Wanna find out what animal you are? Suzanne White can tell you. She is awesome. I think someone else does the daily but she tells it like it is in her books. Sure doesn't hold back reminding you what your faults are. This is no fortune cookie lady. Her book, The New Astrology, combines your Western sign (Scorpio etc) with your Eastern sign (Monkey etc) to offer a pretty darn good interpretation of you and your tendencies. Here's a bit from mine, Sag/Monkey(11/22/80):
"Sagittarians are always freethinkers. They blaze trails and shoot for the future. They are glib and humanitarian. They are direct and cheerful. Much of the above description also fits the Monkey character. So, in some ways, the Sagittarian Monkey is in harmony with both sides of his nature. His outgoing side doesn't have to do daily battle with some introverted tendency to hide under rocks when company comes. Sagittarius/Monkey is comfortable in his skin." Yep.

Anyways, I am currently in the later stages of a GINORMOUS transition period in my life. It's been frickin' sweet. I'm doing what I love and getting paid for it. That is: making people look good (kettlebells) and feel good (kettlebells and bodywork). I put in some time and some money and now I'm beginning to reap the benefits. You may have heard of this guy Pavel. He rules. He and John DuCane formed the foundation of a large portion of my life as I now know it when they established Dragon Door. If you don't know, maybe you need to grab the bell by the horns.