June 26, 2012

2012 | Day 174: Addicted to You


Troubled Waters

If you’ve ever been in the ocean on a stormy day you’ll know what it’s like out there - how rough, the waves pounding down, pummelling the shore, hard and heavy, even in the deeper waters, debris washing ashore, taken from far out to sea. Storms cast wide nets, troubling not just the shore but the HEART of the ocean itself as well, stirring it into a frenzy of confusion and distress.

But storms are not all horrible - they can be BEAUTIFUL and refreshing, and you find your CALM in the midst of all the chaos, clearing your mind of trouble. Amidst that storm, in all the cacophony of thought and action in and around you, you can find an inner STILLNESS, an inner sense of peace, a cleansing touch to wash AWAY the debris from your life and your heart.

We NEED the troubled waters to learn how to survive. We need them to show us how to stay AFLOAT. We are never meant to be there to flounder and struggle, and if we do such, only so that we discover HOW to swim, to TRIUMPH against the odds and come out VICTORIOUS. Troubled waters are just another test, another obstacle we must battle through in life.

In troubled waters we often FIND ourselves, discover what we are truly capable of, what we are willing to do just to stay alive. For none of us want to drown, even if we might think we do - all we want is to know that we’ll be ok, that we are NOT alone in our struggle. Sometimes we must experience that struggle to UNDERSTAND who we are and what we value in life, what we are living FOR and desire with all our soul.

Troubled waters make us do one of the hardest things in the world to do - look INSIDE ourselves and see what is there. Is it a soul worth saving? Of course it is. Is there anything that needs to be let go of and left behind for good? Absolutely. Is there more than we thought possible hidden deep down in the depths? Yes, just waiting for the right time to reveal itself and come into its own.

Troubled waters give us an OPPORTUNITY to say yes or no to life and determine in our hearts how we will LIVE that life if we choose to save it; to see what we are truly made of and capable of being and BECOMING; to see life from a different perspective, CHANGED from the inside out. Troubled waters CLEANSE us and prepare us for what is to come, the future and all the Blessings it has WAITING.

Quote for Reflection:


Run 3 miles

Skip x 300 revolutions

Arms/Abs (30 sec recovery between trisets and quadsets):
TriSet A -
1. Close-Grip BB Bicep Curls 4 x 6, 5, 4, 3
2. Dips 4 x 6, 5, 4, 3
3. Skip 4 x 100 revolutions
TriSet B -
4. DB Bicep Curls 4 x 21s
5. Rope Tricep Push-Downs 4 x 6
6. Skip 4 x 100 revolutions
TriSet C -
7. Incline Alternate DB Hammer Bicep Curls 4 x 16, 14, 14, 12
8. DB French Press 4 x 6
9. Skip 4 x 100 revolutions
QuadSet -
10. Swissball Crunches (270 degrees to 180 degrees) 4 x 10
11. Ab Rollout 4 x 10
12. Reverse Curls (on floor) 4 x 10
13. Skip 4 x 100 revolutions

Post-Weights Cardio:
Recline Bike 20 min @ 103-105 rpm

Stretch 20 min


Sleep: Finally turned the lights out just after 0130, but did not get to sleep easily, and did not stay asleep long once there, because the cat kept coming in and squawking in my face on every hour.

Mood: Tired but happy.

Energy: Didn't have a lot on waking and felt shattered as, but despite that went out for a run, before heading to the gym to hammer a client prior to my own resistance training. WAS going to do another 3-mile run later tonight, but so shattered that I'm just letting it be and hope I get some decent sleep instead.

Quality of Training: Shoulders so very painful from the word go. Left wrist also very painful - so much that I strapped it up half-way through - and right started "pulling" on the last set of Rope Tricep Push-Downs (from the heavier weight). All in all it was an ok session - definition in delts and arms is looking better; vascularity is excellent; pump was extreme and painful at times; energy was there once I got into it.

Other Notes: I never would have imagined when I wrote The 3 Keys to Fat Loss back in 2008 - as a "guide" re fat loss, since many of those I trained then wanted it, or I got asked about it all the time - that it would become so popular and "in demand". Funny the way things happen - also a blessing though, and after being approached to become the newest Contributing Author for Muscle & Strength, it has now published there as well