Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
It has only been two days of exploring the richness of 2 Tim 2:11b-13, and already my flesh is complaining at the lack of movement.
"There are more exciting things ahead! Don't waste your time on this! You'll never finish the book at this rate! "
And yet, I linger just a little longer to examine the finer details of what is before me. To grasp the inner workings and to behold the wisdom and power that have made such a thing.
No, flesh, I am not done here yet. Not yet...
EDIT: I guess I should note that I am still on the first part of 11b, "If we have died with Him."
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I have come upon a great abyss. As I read 2nd Timothy 2:11, it is as if in climbing the mountain, I have encountered a gaping chasm, the depths of which cannot be plumbed, and I am faced with a question:
Shall I climb down this depth of God and investigate the massive mysteries concentrated in 11b-13? Or should I throw an anchor to the other side and while passing over attempt to convey what I can only see from above.
I am totally unworthy of the task that is before me, but I must climb down to investigate even if it extends my journey by months.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
I did go to the chiropractor and he indicated that I was "jacked up" (my words, not his). He made quite a few adjustments, but I'm still feeling it today. I am thankful that yesterday and today that I am able to take sick leave to nurse this along. Hopefully I can return to work and working out tomorrow.
Since I am home, I figured I would start posting the next section of the Jonah study: the Timeless perspective.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, so here it is.
But, the big news is that I finally figured out how much weight I was pulling on my favorite machine - the one that I use almost exclusively for my Back and Bi workout. It was half the weight shown on the stack; I was pretty disappointed. On this workout, the Lat pulldowns and upright row are the only exercises that were affected.
The reason for the half weight was the pulley system used:
I noticed yesterday that the pulley was attached to the weight stack, so that meant that it was anchored to the frame and the second pulley combined to make the force that I was feeling 1/2 of the weight I was lifting.
I knew something was not right. So, instead of being 100 lbs away from being able to do a pullup, I'm about 140ish lbs away, and that was disappointing. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get there before the Tough Mudder in June. But, I'll keep pushing, and at least I know how much weight I'm actually lifting.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
I am pumping it up! I still don't think this weight stack is accurate. I think I'll see how the stack at work feels with lat pulldowns. I suspect I'm pulling light, as in the 30 lb hammer curls are probably 20 lb hammer curls. Like I said, it doesn't matter as long as I stick with the same machine and up the weight when I can do all the reps, but still, I'd like to know.
And, I think I wore myself out last week and ended up skipping a 2.5-3 mile run on Saturday. I'll be getting that run in tomorrow, Lord willing, and I've decided that until I settle into this routine, I'll take Thursday off.
EDIT: I forgot I added Back flys. Welcome to the chart, Back flys!
Friday, April 8, 2016
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Incline and decline bench, Indiv. decline flys, seated dips, and tri pulldowns are now at an appropriate weight. I'm still looking for a good Skull crusher weight, but 35 lbs is close.
I added some new things, incline and decline flys as well as a seated leg pull up, which I subbed for the leg pull-in. This leg pull in is harder as I have to fight against gravity to pull my knees to my chest (ok, belly...); the previous version had me sitting on a bench, leaning back and pulling my knees to my chest (...belly...) and then straightening my legs.
Next week, I think I'm going back to three planks of 35 seconds on and 30 seconds rest (35/30). I can tell you that I really felt this in my triceps.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Now that I'm back home for a while and will be using the same machines week to week, I should be able to settle on some weight consistency. I'm still not real sure that the machine that I'm using for Lat Pulldowns and Upright rows is accurate as far as the listed weight. It really doesn't matter where I settle in at because I don't care what the machine says; I care about what my muscles say about the weight.
You know, like "Hey...uh, we've got some strain here..." or "hey hey hey hey, watch it now..." or "owowowowowowowowowowowowowowow....eeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr-AH! one..."