June 15, 2012

2012 | Day 164: I'm taking back control


The Purpose of Life

We all have a purpose in life. We all have a philosophy as to how we LIVE. Some live to make a difference, happiness simply a “side” benefit if it occurs. Others live to find the happiness in life, instead of for something greater than self. The world is made up of all kinds of people, and it needs those people to have BALANCE.

Being happy is a state of mind, of emotions, affected by far more than anyone could ever possibly describe, and for each individual, being happy means something different than it does to the next person.

Not being happy is not the same as being UNhappy. Those who live to make a difference may not always be happy, but they will likely never be unhappy, for they are doing what they love, and when you do what you love, you have a sense of peace and satisfaction, of fulfilment. Those who live only to find the happiness may never truly know what it is, because if one is never NOT happy, how can they know what true happiness is? And if you ARE happy, what is the point if you have lived selfishly, that happiness true or false, because who can truly be happy being completely selfish?

Everyone is going to have their own opinion on this and I respect that. Life is a balance of souls and always will be. But let me ask: What are YOU doing with your life? What are you LIVING for? What is your PURPOSE?

Quote for Reflection:


a. 4 min jogging
b. 12 x 20 sec sprint/10 sec easy
c. 2 min jogging

Stretch 20 min

Shoulders/Arms/Abs (30 sec recovery between quadsets):
QuadSet A -
1. Alternate Single-Arm Plate Lateral Raises 3 x 20
2. Hammer Raises (each hand with individual plate) 3 x 10
3. Bent Over Plate Rear Raises 3 x 10
4. Skip 3 x 100 revolutions
QuadSet B -
5. Alternate Plate Hammer Bicep Curls 3 x 20
6. Plate Bicep Curls 3 x 10
7. Plate Hammer Curls 3 x 10
8. Skip 3 x 100 revolutions
QuadSet C -
9. Cable Crunches 3 x 20
10. Reverse Curls (on floor) 3 x 10
11. Pikes (on floor) 3 x 10
12. Skip 3 x 100 revolutions

Post-Weights Cardio:
Rollers 20 min in 39x18 @ 103-105 rpm

Joints: Shoulders still very pain, right more than left today (go figure). Popping Aleve like some kids do candy (which is not healthy, I know).

Pump: Painful, especially during QuadSet B.

Quality of Training: Could barely breathe during HIIT (doing it out in the midday heat didn't help either)...Training in the basement today. In a lot of pain during the weights, but pushing through it regardless, determined to pretend I didn't feel anything, not to give in to the weakness. If my body breaks, then so be it - I'd rather deal with a broken body than a broken soul...


Demons and Angels: Pain to Remind You of Your Strength

My first article for The Iron Mulisha is now up. This piece, almost like a Motivational, was inspired by a very special individual, from a conversation I will never forget, ironically on the day that EVERYthing changed, when life suddenly offers you something so very precious you're not sure whether or not to believe that it's real or truly meant for you, your secret heart hoping so as it reaches out to tentatively welcome it. So thank you (you know who you are). This message and that which inspired it - none of it has changed, and if anything, stands truer than ever right now.