(WOD) Thursday May 31st

Hey All,

Sorry for the delay, here’s this mornings workout, I was busy all day and didn’t have the opportunity to post anything today. Today’s workout was written by coach and he loves legs, unlike me, so it was pretty darn tough. If you’re looking to crush your legs (and surprisingly your shoulders) you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

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Life’s Instructions

Before anyone asks the answer is yes. I just “stumbledupon” this and am reposting it verbatim. I’m sure the creator of this will not be opposed to it being spread. I will harken back to this posting in future scribbles, so memorize it, Now. 🙂

With Love,

Life’s Instructions

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
  13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  16. When playing games with ! children, let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
  22. Be a good loser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the
  32. things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
  33. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  34. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  35. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  36. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  37. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  38. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  39. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
  40. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  41. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  42. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  43. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  44. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  45. Become someone’s hero.
  46. Marry only for love.
  47. Count your blessings.
  48. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
  49. Wave at the children on a school bus.
  50. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  51. Don’t expect life to be fair.

Currently Listening To: Overrated – Five Times August

(WOD) Wednesday May 30

Hey All,

Didn’t post yesterday’s workout, it wasn’t too complicated just some back and arms. Today is much more interesting, be it a crossfit, and be it a lot more challenging than originally anticipated. My workout buddies asked that I make a full body workout, so today tears up your legs, chest, arms, back, abs, and heart.

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Memorable Day

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Had a pretty great weekend, went home to visit the family, play in a baseball game, and throw a party. Took a couple hours to set up, got a keg, and had a good time with good friends. The party went well and most of my friends showed up and had a good time. Throwing a big party like I used to in college taught me two valuable lessons: Continue reading

(WOD) Thursday May 24

Hey Guys,

Been a little busy today, but in any case here’s the workout I did this morning. Coach bailed so me and Dewayne made up what we thought would be a short and easy Crossfit considering our main motivator was gone. Turned out anything but simple.

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)Just Do It.

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One of the easiest ways to keep sane and enjoy life is to just do it. There is no time like the present, and nothing is keeping you from doing anything at the present moment (unless there’s a gun to your head). There is nothing more frustrating than walking into a room when there is shit everywhere.

Scenario: Felt really motivated some random afternoon and after drinking a cup of coffee and listening to the Rocky Theme, you feel invincible and ready to take on anything in the world, i.e: cleaning. So you sweep the kitchen, do the dishes, vacuum everything, do the laundry, etc. At the end of the day there’s nothing that you want to do but drink a beer, so you crack a refreshing silver bullet and bask in all the glory.

Problem: One beer turns to six, six turns into friends coming by, Domino’s ordered, pass out drunk, and wake up with an even more grandiose mess.

Solution: As soon as the little voice in your head says, “I should probably clean this.” Do. It. And when you’re done take a nap and enjoy the cleanliness. Next time you make a sandwich, put your dishes in the washing machine (did I mention rinse them off?). Next time you get in from a run put your shoes in their rack and your dirty shirt in the hamper, this will allow the majestic clean nature that is usually a convenience to become the standard.

Enjoy your new pad.

Love,

Mike

Disclaimer: This is in no way, shape, form, language, medium, or sense a hint to either of my two great and always fresh and clean roommates. Total hypothetical situation.

Currently Listening To: Long Hot Summer – Keith Urban

(WOD) Wednesday May 23rd

Good Morning fellow knowledge seekers,

Here’s today’s workout of the day. It’s a crossfit that I came up with on my mile warmup, slightly harder than anticipated but not bad. All you need is a pullup bar, barbell, and a box – today’s focus was on legs, back, and abs. Continue reading

(WOD) – Tuesday May 22nd

Hey Guys,

Our gym is finally back open after giving the workers at school a week off to relax after finals, so today me and two other coaches hit it up to get back in the grind. Today wasn’t a cross-fit day we did traditional standard sets in lifting, here is what we pumped out. Continue reading

Happy Monday

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Embrace Monday! There is no such thing as a case of the mondays, luckily it’s not a disease, so get over the fun and excitement of the weekend and start enjoying getting back to work. Get out of the “daily grind” by changing up your days, be it grabbing lunch outside (as I did today), listening to some different music at your desk, or emailing an old friend you haven’t heard from in a while. Make everyday different so you can enjoy it for a new reason each day. Work should never feel like work and if it does try to find what you truly love and embrace in life and make a career out of that. If you are too old or too stubborn to make a career change then sack up and figure out a new routine that keeps you on your toes and at least somewhat enjoying what you are doing. Be happy you have a real job or occupation and be thankful for the roof over your head and the food on your table. If you were able to go out this weekend and enjoy yourself then get excited about moving up in the world, doing the best work you can today on Monday and enjoying yourself again next weekend. The harder you work today, the more enjoyable you can make tomorrow.

End of ramble,

Mike

Currently Listening To: Trucks driving down the road

Captain America – A Lessen For the Little Guys

I watched Captain America for the first time last night – I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the boo’s from here, but nonetheless it happened so be happy. Early in the movie I was taken back by a comment made by Doctor Abraham Erskine who describes why he has chosen Rogers to become Captain America:

[flashback of how Schmidt takes Erskine’s formula and injects himself with it]
Dr. Abraham Erskine: Schmidt must become that superior man.
Steve Rogers: Did it make him stronger?
Dr. Abraham Erskine: Yeah. But, there were other effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So, good becomes great. Bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.
Steve Rogers: Thanks. I think.

This moment in the movie really touched me and made me realize why certain people influence change and others create animosity. Those raised in humble upbringings who value respect and honor integrity, when given the right chance willwill their way to greatness. Unfortunately in our culture, everyone wants things given to them, especially those who have had their whole lives carved out from fine marble and given anything they’ve ever desired. The great men and women in society have not become great because they got lucky. Each sob story that preaches of rags-to-riches consists of individuals who have created their own luck, built their own destinies. Steve Rogers never asked to be Captain America, but in a certain sense he did. He never wanted to be mitigated to factory work when his best friend was out being a hero, he wanted to give his life up for what he believed in, whether America thought he was strong enough to do so. He never backed down from a fight, never stayed silent when he thought there was justice to be done, and never was frightened of others deemed more powerful than him by the general public. He created his own luck and in doing so became the greatest hero of all time (in literary sense).

So with this, go out, be daring, and create your own luck. If you stay humble and never lose sight of what made you great, you will do extraordinary things.

Mike

Currently Hearing: Sister Hazel, blasting in the living room while I drift out into literary space in my bedroom