I am sorry for the complete lack of posts and reach in here. This is an update while I wait for my class to begin. So, this will be pretty brief 🙂
Twitter & Other Handles: I updated all of my handles from Facebook to others such as LinkedIn to the name @iamspeedyalex. Snapchat does not allow username changes at the moment. So, @iamspeedyalex shows as my display name after I’ve been added.
#SquatEveryDay: I started with an idea to squat every day for 60 days from seeing an interesting set of videos on YouTube where Mike Rashid was doing it from back in 2015. Essays and exams took literally all of my time immediately after Day 1 last week. Today I will be getting in Day 3 of the restarted challenge. I have had a crippling headache since the first Day 1 of the original attempt at the challenge. Today, two of my friends did their Day 1. Isn’t that exciting? More people hopping on the Squat Train!
I’ve made a plan to read a new book every 3 weeks. This will keep me moving quickly into my textual learning and towards a healthier consistency in my knowledge increase. I’m grinding through #365IDEAS by John Sparks right now. The plan is for me to begin a new book, the #AskGaryVee on Saturday.
Dietary Status: I fell off pretty hard from lack of funding for easy follow through on how I used to grocery shop. I didn’t put forth the effort to improve in smarter shopping. I stopped cooking every day, and I stopped paying attention completely to my caloric count. My weight didn’t spike, but with my recent extreme lack of sleep I really could benefit even more from proper dietary nutrition. Even in the least of consuming enough calories to supply my body with at least enough energy to make it through the day. I am back at working towards paying strict attention. Just starting overall caloric counting. I will be paying more attention to the detailing of where and how much comes from what.
I had a few meeting with some social media and branding specialists. Currently working on some business homework and organizing. Taxes, legalities, socials, and relationship building. I am currently refreshing my knowledge in training planning ideas and strategies.
Eventually the posts will be switched to a more business standpoint under the name of @iamspeedyalex @iamspeedyalex is what I’m branding as myself. Having a common name isn’t always a good thing 😉
Unilateral training has always been an interest of mine. I still love typical squats for myself. The “Monkey See, Monkey Do” philosophy in a gym environment isn’t something that I had thought about much. He makes a great point. By the way, Michael Boyle is “mad smart”. I was lucky enough to attend a seminar he spoke and worked with “us” at. The 2015 Perform Better Seminar took place in Austin on Saturday, Valentine’s Day. He was excellent! Check him out.
A recent thread on our StrengthCoach.com site made me realize I need to continue to write about why we don’t squat. I still don’t think people realize that my decision to stop doing back and front squats was not a knee jerk, attention grabbing ploy but rather the culmination of a twenty year long thought process. Our changes were based on years of lifting, coaching and observation. Our decision to switch to unilateral exercises was based on three thoughts:
1- Number of back issues we were seeing in our groups. Our number one mandate is “do no harm”. Although we did not have many serious back issues I would say at any given time in our collegiate strength program a minimum of 10-20 percent of our athletes would be dealing with back pain that limited the athlete and caused us to modify their training. I struggled to accept the idea…
I’m not at my laptop blogging? Well then. I must be somewhere studying, procrastinating, eating, or working out. I’m pretty simple at the moment in my view.
The lack of my cardiovascular strength is pretty sad. It is a lot further behind that I originally believed. Time to focus on building up the strength of my heart and lungs. Since it is so sad I finally got myself to go for a jog through a neighborhood I used to traverse many times through my childhood. It was more of a jog walk jog type of journey this time. After just the initial jog burst I was breathing pretty hard. I found something I can work on. 🙂 The warmth flowing through my body from the blood being pumped from my left ventricle to my entire body to keep it moving felt amazing with the cool breeze. The endorphins were making me feel absolutely fantastic. I was getting an outdoor and workout high. It sure works great for those good feels if you’re not having the best of days.
The chirping of the birds, in between the bursts of jogs, heard from pulling my earbuds out to breathe better was very melodic. I could feel them in my soul. They were very peaceful.
Near the end of the “Journey of the Jog” was heard with the tings of metallic tools ringing in the air from a house remodeling project.
Sad thing was that there were no friendly gestures or smiles from others today which was very disappointing. That is not a good representation of how we, as Texans, are supposed to behave. We are friendly and outspoken to others as long as you aren’t a possible threat to our fellows.
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Blogging 101, Day Nine: Be Inspired By the Neighbors
I left a comment to the post “Day 61 & 62: Sore Legs and Healthy Meal Prep” by Rachel of Mission Trimpossible. Check out Rachel’s blog!
As a certified personal trainer I should always be looking to experience more activities and routes to living a healthier life. Yoga is one that I have been considering trying out. I did the first five days of the “30 Days of Yoga” by Yoga with Adriene. I will be starting it back up from Day 6 shortly. It surely does get me sweating with the holds. It isn’t difficult for me to get to sweating, but holds are something that have always been hard working for my body. No matter the activity.
It was pretty cool finding this blog post talking about the same youtube yoga challenge I had just been put up to. It was fun timing. The Day 6 that I will be starting it back up with was Rachel’s at-the-moment favorite day of the challenge apparently too. So, I am definitely looking forward to starting it back up with that day.
Yoga will be a great thing for my body. I currently struggle with long holds, and my flexibility and mobility are shot compared to how they should be. I might take it up for a good amount of time on and off if it works out nicely as a rehabilitative focus for me and my body. It is quite calming too sometimes. Of course, that is depending on what environment you place yourself in while taking part in it.
Try new things. Live life. Be happy. Be awesome. Hug your parents.
I love the ocean. I’ve always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it. – Siouxsie Sioux
Woke up to two frolicking blue jays playing on the crepe myrtle outside the kitchen window. Today was such a lovely and warm day. Clear and open skies. Not too many days are this nice throughout the year. I wish I took full advantage of it.
The pretty blue jays sure took the sting out of the realization that I fell off from my workout consistency pretty hard since I did not realize that I was going to be in this city for two weeks. A five pound weight gain was discovered today. I need to find a new gym at this location. I need to hurry, and cancel my membership at the 24 Hour Fitness in Houston.
I have not received any update on the possible Gold’s Gym hire yet. I will be getting a hold of them tomorrow morning. My second interview went really well. So, I wonder if they found someone who better filled the position. Even if that turns out to be the case I have no choice but to work towards improving towards being the best. “We da best!”
– Advisor Chill Time Again –
I found a prettyhelpfuladvisor finally on my visit today. Got my Spring classes approved, and not got to go back tomorrow. Apparently, there are no Biology for non-science major classes available in the Spring next year. Seems like it shouldn’t be true so I’m going to be looking into it with the advisor once again. Tomorrow will be the first time that I actually sign for a specific advisor. She was very helpful for me. Friendly too. Also, I cannot find the darn “Submit” button or option that I’m supposed to do to finish the class selection for the coming semester. That is just one other thing we will be going over.
– T W T –
The middle of the week always seems to give me an interesting feeling as opposed to the more common “T. G. I. F.” or “Ugh! It’s Monday again.” mentalities I always see. Fridays and Mondays are just more days to me. The middle days of the calendar week seem to carry less stress for me though. I usually have everything better planned and figured out by those days. There is also the lack of cultural expectancy as compared to Friday for instance. Friday brings with it the expectancy of relaxation with family activities or community party involvement from a majority of people. When you decline invitations to involvements with others saying you’ve got to study or work on something else people seem to have trouble understanding why you would choose “work” over “fun.”
If your work is fun then you will have a good life. Love what you do. Breathe your passion.
Monday once again. 🙂
Are you excited for the week starting too? Another day another opportunity. Get your minion on, because this article is brought to you the Dark Jedi Minion. Cue the scary music with heinous laughter.
I am looking forward to starting off, in addition to these daily posts counting down to the new year, a weekly topic blog. It is another something new for me. We will find out how good it comes along. I already know it will be good. Of course, that is because I will make it that way. I would really love for people to dive into them as if they are in-time conversations.
On a wide swerving side note… I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS TIME OF YEAR! I just updated my phone background to a nice blue Christmas tree wallpaper on the Home screen. I also changed my keyboard theme to a very festive choice. I also changed the font style even though it wasn’t really related to the holiday in any way. It all makes me feel good.
What could possibly be better than being one more Monday closer to Christmas time? The Christmas holiday is being celebrated on a Friday this year. Thank you God it is on a Friday!
My mini-workout for today includes a warm up to start on some speed, agility, and quickness. The main portion begins with a main component, followed by a competitive element, and completed by a fun element. Of course, a cool down is taken advantage of to relax the muscles from the activity.