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Location: Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Trek to Get in Shape....

...will be long and fraught with peril.

At least, that's what it seems like right now. I went to the gym with a co-worker last night (not the same one from 4 posts ago) and was fully prepared to get laughed at. I managed not to get laughed at (at least not openly) but I was pretty humbled.

Cardio for 30 Mins. on the elliptical.
Back exercises like Seated Row, Roman Chair (ie. torture device) and others.
Tricep exercises - no idea what they're called, but they hurt.

A little bit of free-weights and some pulley machines mixed together. Afterwords I did 10 more minutes of cardio on the elliptical thing-a-ma-bobber.

All in all I felt pretty good leaving. I was sore, but not hurting. I was tired but not exhausted. I think that's how I'm supposed to feel. I went home, called my mom and talked to her for an hour about my decisions etc. She's not super pumped but understands why I want to do it. Then I got a message from Jesse, my friend who recently signed up as a Combat Engineer. We chatted for a bit and I gave him my address to use as a reference on his incredibly detailed military papers. He promised to keep me informed as best as possible, though I probably won't hear from him more than maybe once during the next 11 weeks he's at basic.

After that it was, feeling guilty. Better try pushups. That was a failure, I ended up having to do knee-pushups and only managed seven. Then I showered and did some neck exercises and crunches because I couldn't manage a situp. I've got a damn long way to go.

Sleep was sounding good so I hit the sack early. 10pm baby. I've hardly gone to bed that early since high school.

Good Morning Blog!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I feel good.

Today is the first day I go to the gym, in the start of my plan. No, I havn't talked to a Dr. yet, so I'm mostly going to work on low impact cardio and some upper body.

Because it's my first day there was way more to do this morning in terms of getting all my strip together, swim shorts, towels, mp3 player loaded up etc. Because of that I left my house much later than I normally would, nearly ten past eight.

I walked to work listening to snatches of Coheed and Cambria, Jimmy Eat World and Brand New before I found the LP and Jay-Z Collision Course e.p I put on my player. That got my feet moving and before I knew it I was at work - sweaty in my work clothes. The good thing is, the walk that normally takes me 15-20 minutes depending on pace took me somewhere between 9 and 11 minutes, depending on what clock I looked at, I didn't time it exactly so I'm not sure.

My calves are a bit sore, but my whole body feels good. Can't wat to get to the gym tonight.

We'll see what I think afterwords.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Great Military Adventure - Continues. Pt 2

I've been doing some research, and some thinking. I'm having doubts (I knew I would) about my decision, but then thinking about it, I havn't actually made a decision yet either. I would say I'm about 80% decided.

Yesterday talking with some friends we discussed which aspect of the service I'd be joining, and what sort of job I'd want. I really don't know.

I like the idea of Navy - I love water and have a deep seated urge to see the seas. That being said long deployments don't tend to sit well with loved ones (ie. my wife and future children) so there are of course positives and negatives.

As to Army - well Infantry Soldier and Armoured Soldier both appeal but don't leave one with nearly as many usefull civilian skills when I do decide to leave the Forces. That being said I still plan on completing my BA and teaching - so maybe it doesn't matter as much.

As to physical exercise I signed up at here and they seem to have some good info, even though they are tied into the US Military. I also have my first week at the Gym planned out. I'll be going Thursday and Friday this week, then my regular schedule for 4-6 weeks will be Monday, T uesday and Thursday. I plan on working on Cardio on Mondays, Upper Body on Tuesdays and a combo of full body and cardio on Thursdays, hence the day of rest in between.

After 4-6 weeks I plan to move to 5 days a week with two rest days - probably Saturday/Sunday will be my rest days. I don't have much more planned than that for now. I'll be making a doctors appointment this week and holding off on a nutritionist for a little while while I keep a food diary - so I can see where I'm going wrong.

Back to work. I'm feeling pretty good today though, thanks to my long walks yesterday and my slightly healthier food I've been consuming over the last couple of days I think.

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Great Military Adventure


I've decided (well, about 80% decided) to join the military. I know no-one reads this so I'm finding it pretty safe to think about my feelings about this.

I told my wife last night - she sort of decided me. Here's what I expected.

Me: Well, I've decided I might join the military.
10 second pause
Her: Well - if you think it's going to make you happy.....

What happened.

Me: Well, I've decided I might join the military.
Her: Ok, If it'll make you happy, I'll support you in whatever you need.
Me: Um...did I miss something, you're ok with this?
Her: Sure - not that I'm super happy about it, but I'll support you 100% no matter what.

Wow. I love my wife. That short conversation made me very glad I married the girl I did.

Ok - with that out of the way - down to business. I need to lose about 35 lbs. I weighed myself this morning at a chubby 198 lbs. I'm about 5'5" according to my drivers liscence (168cm) and google's turn any number into another measurement thing-a-ma-jig. That puts my BMI somewhere above 27, or the "you're going to have a heart attack and die" rating, as the BMI people like to think about it.

I need to be able to do 19 pushups and 19 situps to even meet the minimum physical requirements. Right now, I think I might be able to do 1 of each - if I try hard.

I need to be able to run 2.4 km in under 11:00 - 10:13 if I want to meet the "superior" rating.

I need to be able to do 6 chin-ups. I think I might be able to do 0 if I really, really worked at it.

I'm out of shape.

Add to that I'm not sure what my transcripts say was the last grade I completed because of the wierd stuff that went on in my high-school life, though I've started (oooh - one course) my BA at university. So I have 3 credits of University learning - wonder if that counts for anything.

I have a long way to go. I'm setting a six month time frame to make my decision. I'm going to start training my mind and my body as if I'd already made that decision, because in all honesty it's only for the good.

I started my diet yesterday too. Not sure what it is yet, but it's something along the lines of "whatever I want to eat, eat half as much. If I want coffee or pop forget it." I need to see my transcripts, my doctor, a nutritionist and a physical trainer. This is looking like a busy couple of months.

I can do it though. I'll try to keep a semi-regular diary here - a way to track my progress as it were.

Round is a shape too.

Me: I need to get myself in shape. I'm working on a six month pla...
Coworker: You are in shape.
Me: I am...
Co: Sure - round is a shape too.