Workout of the Day

Today I popped into the gym and reinstated the 300 workout. It’s been a few years since I did it. I quickly remembered why I really like that workout. It’s fun and produces great results! I added a great tasting, low fat chicken paddy dish my wife made last night with quinoa and rice along with mixed vegetables. I shall soon post a recipe. Keep looking for the recipe. Below, you shall find the link to the 300 workout. Enjoy!

Make it Fun!
God Bless.


Getting Fit Like BOND, James Bond

So, a couple of days ago I mentioned I would begin the Daniel Craig, James Bond workout. This morning, after hitting snooze on my clock for an hour, I meandered to the kitchen, drank nearly 90 cups of coffee (not really, but you could imagine).  I hit the road and followed the stream of red lights before me driving into work.  I popped into the gym and began the Bond workout.  I started off slow, then began to develop steam and momentum.  (I think the coffee was starting to take effect).  I completed the workout and added several rounds of jumping rope.  What a great start to a great day.  


TO see the links to the workout, check out my previous post about Bond, James Bond.  It’s the most uber, bestest, gnarly post ever!!


Make it Fun!

God Bless.

Thank YOU

Thank you to those who read my blogs.  Thank you to those who stumble in and stick around for a bit.  (I slathered honey on the floor of my blog to make you stick around for a bit).  Thank you even more to those to follow my blog.  As I continue to make time to put thoughts into prose, I will continue to attempt to be encouraging to others.  I will continue to try to bring happiness to these pages.  Thank you for stopping in and clicking like and follow.  


Make it Fun!

God Bless

Ski North Carolina

Last weekend our family went to Ski Beech Mountain for a bit of a get-a-way.  I traveled the highways and byways as quickly as I could without drawing much attention to my vehicle and remaining safe as I had my family in tow and concern for my fellow drivers.  I was excited!  It has been many years since I last skied.  Last time I skied was over a decade ago in the Alps.  What an amazing time that was. I wanted my family to learn and enjoy skiing just the same.

We arrived at Ski Beech Mountain in western North Carolina.  We checked in at the Pinnacle Inn where we rented a condo for the weekend.  The temperature was rapidly dropping as the blizzard that hit the northeast United States worked its way inland.  Winds were approaching 60 miles per hour and the temp was 20 degrees F.  In the eastern half of the US, we were at the highest incorporated township.  My kids wanted to play in the snow however when they stepped out in the wind, they quickly changed their minds. I discussed with them that there are some in our world who live outside in all conditions of weather and to be thankful for all God has given us.  I drew two chords of wood from the front desk, some matches and a fire starter for the fire place.  Now the family was really excited.

We dropped off our luggage and drove back down to a great pizzeria and coffee/pastry store called The Famous Brick Oven.  The place was packed.  We looked out the front windows while waiting for a seat, heating our backs to the fireplace.  I watched the weather channel discuss the ensuing onslaught of snow in various parts of the US.  It was great.  I really enjoy snow.  We snagged a table and were immediately enjoying the atmosphere.  Folks who had been on the slopes all day were making their way in to warm up, some to tie one on, and others to enjoy the great food. There was excitement in the air and it was contagious. Smiles abound.  We ate some of the best pizza ever!

Later, we settled into our lodging, I attempted to start the fire as the family all curled up in the living room, listening to readings of Harry Potter.  Directly in view from the dining and living rooms was the mountain and skiers.  The lifts were in effect as the sky settled and the wind brought much snow with it.  Little “ants” were zipping down the mountain side and I could see the look of awe and wonder on the faces of my kids.  I struggled to start the fire, nearly questioning my own manhood and thinking someone would revoke my Man Card.  It took nearly the entire book of matches from the 60 mph winds.  Never-the-less.  I managed to have a small flame catch for about thirty minutes and just as quick as the kids were asleep, so was my fire.

Saturday, we awoke, had breakfast and set off to the slopes.  Mind you, it’s been over a decade since I last skied.  My family had never.  I figured I could teach them just the same.  There was much jumping for excitement and wanting to hurry to start skiing.  We got everyone fitted.  The staff at Ski Beech were amazingly patient, explained things really well, and appeared to love their jobs!  We headed out to the snow, put each person in their bindings and felt the full effect of gravity.  I gently warned each family member that, yes, they would fall down.  There were many tears of frustration until I spent time with each one, letting them learn in their own way, explaining things so each one could understand and put into practice.  Sure, I wanted to get to the top of the mountain and blast down the black diamonds with my wife and children all zipping along with me.  However, as with all things in life, we learn at different rates and with different methods.  Besides, this weekend was not about me.  I was building memories and trying to expose each member to a new sport.  If they never did it again, so be it.  I just wanted them to try skiing and make up their own minds.

As I coached one at a time while the others warmed up inside and ate lunch, smiles developed.  Confidence built. And frustration turned into bravery.   By the end of the afternoon, we had progressed from the bunny slopes and J-bars to the blue slopes.  We spent more time on our backsides and helping each other up than actual skiing, but I could see the look of happiness on the faces of my family.

When we ran out of dry gloves and clothing, we caught the shuttle back to the inn.  Headed back to the Famous Brick Oven again for dinner then to the room to reaffirm my manhood.  I used far fewer matches Saturday night, and the fire burned larger and longer. Hot chocolate was sipped from mugs and tired eyes watched the slopes peering at the multicolored ants working their way down the slope under lamps on the the mountain.  We camped out on the floor, couch and chairs in the living room.  The weight of being out in the cold and then in the warmth inside, brought a heavy feeling upon all of us.  Our eyes closed and rest ensued.

I again woke before the sun and watched the splendor of the sun slowly embracing the mountains.  The sky broke into a pink, an orange, then later a blue.  Big puffy white clouds clung to the blue.  I borrowed some sleds from the front desk and took the kids sledding.  They continued laughing, smiling and playing.

We headed home.  I had a tremendous weekend.  I knew that shortly, we would be back to our routines of school, work, chores and so forth.  But for a weekend, we had a great time, full of ebullience.  I am grateful for this opportunity, for the memories, and the time spent with my family.  I am grateful for the gifts given to us and blessings bestowed upon us.

Make it fun!

God Bless.

Fit Like BOND, James Bond

Like most people, I go through spells; days I feel like working out and days I do not.  Four years ago I was introduced to the P90X workout.  At the time, I was traveling the globe for a year and wanted to stay fit.  I had some great friends who encouraged me and kept me accountable to keep up the workout plan daily.  I began this in October 2009 and continued until March.  I noted tremendous improvements in my size, energy levels and physique.  Also, I became highly flexible. I was not trying to bulk up, only to gather overall strength.  However, I was bulking up.  My wife loved the photos and kept encouraging me.  In January, I added running a half marathon each weekend, sprint work during the week (usually on Wednesdays).  I added intermittent jumping rope. The great thing about jumping rope is it is highly portable and can be performed most anywhere.  Five to fifteen minutes of jumping rope per day can shred some serious calories.  In March, I alternated P90X with the 300 workout (used for the film 300) and continued running 13.1 miles each weekend.  In May of 2010, I began the second edition of P90X with a mentor of mine until I returned home. To say the least, my wife was very impressed.

During 2010-2012 I found the fitness program Insanity to be very user friendly.  I did not need any weights or pull up bars.  The exercises were all using my own body weight.  All I needed were the disks, a laptop, and motivation.  I would perform one burpee for each day I was out of country, continually adding one more to the day’s tally.  I jumped rope, adding 50 more per day for each week I was traveling and the Insanity program.  My cardio fitness dramatically improved.

Two weeks ago, I began swimming.  The first week was just moving fifteen minutes continually in the pool.  Last week was moving thirty minutes continuously.  Swimming is a great cardio workout and builds tone to muscle.  I have been running intermittently, mostly to the pool from work and then back to work.    When the weather warms a bit and the concern of frostbite erases, then I will hop back on my bike to ride to work and home.

This brings me to why I am writing today.  I have posts pending about great winter sports and events I have performed lately with my family.  As it snowed yesterday, we enjoyed a weekend bout of snow, catching snow flakes with our tongues, dancing in the snow-filled sky, watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and when the kids went to bed, put on the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

Who doesn’t like adventure, action, fancy cars and tuxedos?  As a child, I wanted to be like James Bond, saving the day, protecting people from bad guys.  While I do like each of the Bond movies (in varying degrees), I really like the latest edition with Daniel Craig.  He appears more fit, is more rough and tough and pertains to current events.  A portion of the movie is set in Scotland.  The UK is producing tremendous films and shows.  Shows like Bond, Doctor Who, the IT Crowd, Monday Monday, Gavin and Stacie, Inspector George Gently, Black Books, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost films, and Downton Abbey.   I shall have future posts on these.

As I mentioned, Bond appears more fit in the latest series. Below, you can find several links to the workout plans I mentioned.  I shall begin including the Daniel Craig-James Bond workout in my future workout sessions as I continue to work towards preparing for a triathlon.

May we all work on our physical, mental, and spiritual fitness.

I wish you the best.

God Bless.


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I would love to see individual films expanding on each I the characters. Just last week I was discussing that it would be great to have films on Bobba Fett. I am sort of curious about the character in Cloud City who is bald with a device around his head. Maybe one about Admiral Akbar. I very much am looking forward to all the possibilities!!

The L. Palmer Chronicles

Just as the Greeks were folded into the growing Roman Empire, Lucasfilm has recently been folded into Disney’s empire. As this new owner of an entire galactic universe, Disney has announced that they are Marvelizing Star Wars. In other words, they are using the uber-lucrative and successful business model set up for the Marvel universe: a few Character films that stand alone and work as feature-film-length trailers for the Event film.

It’s tough to deny Disney’s business logic, considering the astronomical success of the Marvel franchise.  With Star Wars films alone, Disney will quickly earn back the roughly four billion dollars they invested in Lucasfilm.

What this also means, however, is that the expanded universe will at last have an opportunity to be portrayed onscreen professionally with a ginormous budget.  It means that new voices and new visions will be added to Star Wars, for good or for ill.  It…

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