Vitality Leading Life's Journey
Vitality is my favorite English word, and with good reason. Within its various definitions, it has everything in which I need to sustain life, and succeed in the things in which I want to do. When I examine its various meanings, it always leads me in the correct direction.
Outside of its own existence or source, life is only recognized through some form of expression or dynamic. A living organism experiences its own life from the internal dynamics of its own being, something not observable from outside - in the absence of an expression or dynamic.
Can there be vitality (life) with no expression or dynamic (internal or external)? By this definition the answer would need to be : "No."
1. exuberant physical strength or mental vigor: a person of great vitality.
2. capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence: the vitality of an institution.
3. power to live or grow: the vitality of a language.
4. vital force or principle.
I surround my entire life, my fitness goals with these rather brief principles in mind.
This is my new Journal and Log here on Muscle and Brawn. My will, desire, and passion, for fitness has not dimmed since I began my journey approximately 6 years ago with the initial goal in losing 45 or more pounds of unwanted weight. I was approximately 45 then and I am now 51 years old. I look and feel better than I have when I was in my prime, and I owe it all to my best friend, THE IRON.
But, make no mistake. I love my wife. And, I honor this love and devotion, by devoting my entire LIFE to the iron as the catalyst in which will allow me to provide physical care for her, when the time comes she is no longer able. I did this for her mother (grandma in which passed July 2nd of this year), and I will do it for her.
For those that do not know me, I am going to impart some personal information, and a very brief fitness goal history.
I am not a power lifter. My heart and my soul in my training is keeping me fit as I age, to enable me to take care of my wife whom has several serious medical issues; however, along the way I set certain agendas and purpose; I make personal goals within endurance, strength and muscle, and low body fat targets. My goal is a well rounded physique with cardiovascular endurance, and staying very lean, as I like the way I feel.
He is a brief history:
Height: 5’ 7”
Current Weight: 168 (BF 7.8%)
I will post my current goals, and approach on training later.
Occupation: Network Engineer, PC Tech, Marketing Developer, Customer Service Specialist: General Manager Major Hotel Chain
Associate Degree: General Studies (FSCC)
Bachelor Degree: Computer Information Systems (CIS), (SLU)
Bachelor Degree (2): Business Management, Minor: Philosophy
Master Degree: Computer Information Systems
College Credits: Well over 190 college credit hours.
Awards: Cum Laude Honor Graduate, National Dean’s List, Business Recognition Award.
Developed and implemented a program for my current employer called HISS: Hospitality Incentive Sales System:
Sub Programs :
A company with “Participative Vision”
Sales Stimulus System (S.S.S.)
Split-Infinitive Points System (S.I.P.S. )
Special Thanks and Recognition System (S.T.A.R.S.)
Customer Improvement System (C.I.S. )
Catch and Hook System (C.A.H.S.)
Employee Referral System (E.R.S.)
On-Peak Sales System (O.P.S.S.)
Penetration Attractants for Off-Peak Season (P.A.O.F.P.S. ) (pay-offs)
Military Service: K.A.R.N.G 6-7 years. (1983-1990); Honorable Discharge
Military Training: Army Basic/AIT, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Rank: Lt. (Officer Candidate School, 1 year) 1986
Law Enforcement Experience: 10 years; earned Medal of Valor in performance of duty.
Law Enforcement Training: K.L.E.T.C. (Class #111, 1990, 2007, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center), Hutchinson, Kansas
Additional Training: Drug Identification, Interview and Interrogation (Barton College), Narcotics Investigations (KBI, Kansas County and District Attorneys Association), Gangs Investigations (MO Southern State College), PR-24 advanced techniques training, Stun-gun tactics and use, Self-defense Training (still on-going, which includes the philosophical side), and others.
Reason Leaving: Physical injury on the job answering a call for service (Medal of Valor); my wife gave me a personal ultimatum, and I chose my wife instead of the love of my career.
Marital status: Married 29 years (once); two children 27, 23.
Years training: 6
Favorite TV show & film: TV Show: House, Pimp My Ride, Yo-momma, Jack Ass (to name a few), Films: The Godfather (I, II), K-9, Turner and Hooch, Kindergarten Cop, Powder, and watching topics on The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, The Military Channel, ESPN Classic, and The Natural Geographic Channel.
2006-2007: (First Fitness Goal Attempt)
Starting Weight 2006: 190 pounds (approximate), "very fat", overweight with man boobs. Body fat very high.
Didn't check so not sure on Percentage.
Ending Weight May-June 2007: 152-154 pounds, over 40+ approximate pounds lost.
Ending Body Fat June 2007: 8%
Goal met: 40 pounds of weight lost. Defined ab core, maintaining/building as much muscle--as possible. Reduce back pain, take care of health and dexterity to be in a position to provide care for my wife as we get older.
June 2007 (Second Goal Attempt)
Weight Starting: 152-154 pounds
Body Fat: 8%
Ending approximate weight: 161-162 pounds
Body Fat: 7.8%
Goal Met: One year (approximately) on a careful bulk to "net" a 7-8 pound increase in overall weight, and dip under 8% Body fat.
Ending approximate weight: 162-166 pounds
Body Fat: 7.8%
Approximate weight: 164-168 pounds
Body Fat: 7.8%
I have literally hundreds of photos of myself over the passed 6 years, for anyone that is interested.
I take my personal fitness goals very seriously and its no joke to me:
I will log my workout routine (s) and diet, motivational quotes, and share my personal life in this blog as I make this journey. In addition, I will begin to make posts to other journals, and be for warned, I am rather motivated in a unconventional way, when I post to a brother/sisters journal, with the purpose of putting a smile, make them laugh, and bring up their spirit.
Today and every day, have peace in your life, and most importantly, Have vitality in living life and within your own lifting goals.
In on this and appreciate your attention to detail.
Good to have you back Chill. Been wondering if you were ok.
Good Morning, Muscle and Brawn.
I am up at 2:45am in the morning, which is tradition for a workout day before going into work at 7am. I give myself an hour or so to wake my old ass up, drink a few glasses of water, have a small breakfast, and a whey powder drink. Workout will begin about 5am.
I got a Android 10 inch Tablet a few weeks ago as a present, that I use to log my workouts, diet, and personal journal. Which is quite different as compared to what I have been doing the last couple of years. I take the tablet into my workout room, and plug in the reps, etc, as I perform the workout. It is the perfect size and works wonderfully well. If you haven't tried this, you may want to consider it, it is just perfect.
I have no idea why I didn’t think about this before, lol. Its like a little book, and its easy to whip out anytime and white stuff down. I never took my laptop into my workouts, because it was just too big and clunky to me, but used it for various fitness and goal duties while out of the gym.
The tablet was given to me as a present from Grandma's son, and though I was adamant on not wanting to take it, he insisted, and he was rather shook that I didn’t want it, though I explained my reasoning. I decided to take it on the condition that I would use it for training and dieting purposes, and taking care of his sister (my wife).
Last couple of weeks I have been having some lower pelvic/lower pain, as the weight on the squat progressed in weight, The issue is that it didn't present itself during the workout, it would present itself at work after I cooled down post workout. Pain was at level 3 (not that bad, just when I bent over), and the pain was where the spine met the pelvis. I began to do lower back stretches, and a couple more lighter weight warm up sets, and lower back stretches after each working set, and the pain as stopped completely--nearly over night. Also paying more attention to form and seeing if I am losing it somewhere in the execution of the movement. Thus far so good.
Im writing this just prior to going in to the workout, and will plug in the workout later in the day. After the training, its fairly close to having to go to work, and will post it after work today, brothers and sisters.
WILL POST IT HERE>>>>>>>>>>>
Upper/Lower (REG) Training ran from 5AM to 6:30AM
Bench Press 6 sets
Military Press 4 sets
Bent Over Row 4 sets
Skull Crushers/DB Curls (Combo, no rest) 4 sets
Side/Front Shoulder Laterals 4 sets
Back Squat 5 sets
Walking Lunges 4 sets
Calf Raises 4 sets
Ham curls/GM combos (no rest) 4 sets
Stationary Bike 30 Minutes High End, Very fast pace
We got this new therapeutic bed, and man is it comfortable. I normally wake up several times, when my wife tosses and turns (due to her muscle spasms), but I didn't wake up or even notice her movement last night. We got it last night, and set it up in the evening, and so far it may be a blessing and just the bed we have been looking for. Later when my wife wakes up I'll ask how she slept and whether she was able to sleep through the night without turning too much.
Wife's facial infection has gotten better (caused from her fibrous dysplaysia), and she is feeling a lot better this week as compared to several weeks in the past. The antibiotics seem to be working this time. She has taken so many over the years, her body has built up immunity to a lot of them, and some haven't worked well. But, this time, it has. So this is good, for my sweety.
Off to workout and then go to work. Its going to be a rather busy day, and I love it when it’s a workout day, I feel so good during the day.
Peace brothers and sisters. Treat everyone fairly and justly, and give one a helping hand today.
You keep strong, and keep going, and I will stop by your journal and see what is up! I haven't stopped by your journal yet, but, how are things going with you?
Thank you for the interest, Steve. Means a lot.
Rate Session a D (See previous post). This workout really sucked major balls, progressed on Military Press and Back Squat, and managed to get rep (par) meaning same reps as last workout, but I always, rest/pause when this happens and rep out one more rep after 30 seconds. Felt no power on the back squat, but worked through it as it is not going to kick my ass, I kick it, is the way it works around here. This is the first one in a long while. No break. Still doing upper/lower extra tomorrow, and then breaking for 2 days, and repeating the process for this weeks training agenda.
I get disappointed on days like today, but, I have been doing this long enough to know the good and the bad tend to iron out, and progression comes in the end when consistently working at it.
So I rock on...........and no power, can peace the f--- out!
Great to see you back posting by the way :)
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