February 20th, 2020

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Reconnecting with life

Good morning.

Yes, I'm still on holiday, but my alarm woke me up at 5 am and, here I am, a little later, typing this blog.

But I love it. 

Seriously. I love the fact that I can create, share and get your feedback/comments. It's not that I'm on some ego trip 👍 — of course, I might be! — but instead, I love the possibility that each post offers, even if no one reads it.

Life's a bit like that, isn't it?

Sure, it's not perfect (by whose standard?) but it's better than, well, not being here (see Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson). 

In the night I had some strange dreams. One keeps coming up, namely the idea of assuming the skills, powers and attributes of a small cohort of people. This time, perhaps infused with my reading of Ant Middleton's book, First One In, was the skills etc. of the best 100 SAS people in the world. 

Now, why on earth would I want to acquire those skills? What the hell would I do with them? I don't even want to think 🤔 about it. Without wanting to sound a bit loopy, I'd much rather acquire the skills of the best 100 cyclists, or lawyers, or writers not only because I'd have an inkling what to do with all that mastery but it would complement my life and make me rich — LOL. 

But then again, I think of those films where the evil/mad character takes the protagonist's skills and amps them up by a thousand times and, you guessed it, kills him/her-self in the process. 

Ah, where would we be without dreams?

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Vegan prep for the gym

I came across this really neat video which does a good job of explaining how plants can become a great substitute for meat and dairy. 

It's not really about being vegan but more a case of mixing things up in your diet. 

What do you think?


PS. It sort of chimes with the film, Gamechangers.

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My main blog

Once again, I've spent the best part of 30 minutes on a live chat session with Bluehost trying to restore my blog.

If I needed any reason in April 2020 not to renew, then this is it.

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Gym time

(No, it's not my physique — dream on, Ju.)

I'm just back from Ivybridge gym. It was quiet right up until the end when everyone piled in. 

It's great to see so many people enjoying the experience — young, old and all body shapes: it's how it should be, and not dominated by freakishly looking men working nothing else but their chest and biceps. 

To be honest, when I joined in January, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the experience. You see, having trained since I was 15 (1982), there have been times where I've simply given up — years in fact — and I've thought that life is too short to waste time pushing weights. But then again, I enjoy it, despite the fact that my body often objects — haha. 

The thing though that's made it that little bit special is that me and daughter #3 joined together and, without exception, we've not missed a workout together. She's super strong and I know if she wanted to could push a lot more weight — and I mean powerlifting style. Put it this way for a 16-year-old to deadlift 50kg from the off is no mean achievement. 

My wife says it's really special, and I suppose it is. 

Tonight she asked me if my parents ever (a) took me to the gym or (b) showed any interest in any of my sporting activities, and the answer was a resounding no; but I'm not the least bitter: it is what it is. But I see the point she's getting at, namely, I'm interested in Floz and she wouldn't be training with me unless she thought I had her best interests at heart.

Right now, I've no aims or ambition for what I'll get out of the gym. I do feel though it would be good to get back some of my conditioning and strength but then again, I'm not that fussed. Just having the interest and motivation is good enough.



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