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"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
Really great to hear that such a talented writer is being recognised. Remains of the day is definitely worth reading and if you want a dystopian novel on human relationships then Never let me go is a great read too if a bit dark.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
It is so interesting because it is written like a Tolkien fantasy yet there is another story underneath which I haven't figured out yet.
It is some of the best fiction writing I've read in a long time, interesting compelling story where every sentence is necessary and plainly written.
Really great, you should give it a read some time.
In July, a friend invited me to an outdoor men-only fitness workout. I was going to be out of town for a few weeks, so I asked him to remind me when I got back. Four weeks ago, he saw me and reminded me again, so I decided to join him.
Today, I start my 4th week of meeting early in the morning for a 45 minute workout with a group of men. I feel better for the effort, my endurance is increasing even if my weight isn't decreasing (yet).
Every session is peer led; they decide the workout. It is generally a mixture of running and exercises - push ups, squats, jumping jacks, etc.
Today... run for 1/2 mile, then the real run begins.
In a field about 100 yards long, he had a series of sand bags weighing between 32 pounds and 60 pounds. We were told to partner up. Then the first partner went to the 1/2 mark on the field and 'bear crawled' to the end, did 20 'burpees', 20 sit ups and 'bear crawled' back to the center. The other partner lifted the bag to chest level and threw it... again and again until they reached the 1/2 mark. Meet your partner, switch roles.
When your partner takes the sand bag, they throw it until the reach the starting line, switch bags and start throwing it back to the center.
Repeat until you've worked through all of the bags.
My motivation? A former co-worker had two heart attacks and died this Spring; another co-worker had a heart attack that resulted in by-pass surgery - he returned to work on Monday.
Just to make you feel worse, I have vinyards in front of, and behind my house. :P
The local cave / co-op bag in a boxc, for AOC, is 16 euros for 5 liters. The VDP is even cheaper. And there are many decent wines around, like Chateau Neuf du Pape just up the road. A good one of those is 20 euros though.
No good pubs though, the beer is rubbish and the live music scene is zero. Mind you the skiing is only 3 hours away.
Same when I go to most usual work place,
about 50 min in, 40 back (ride hard, (cardio @ avg 95% MHR), into the shower on return)
most common question: what happens if it rains.
my answer: I get wet. (24 C or more in the rain year round, I'm told only the lightning hurts)
admittedly if raining in the morning I bus in, going home - don't care, gonna sweat then shower anyway
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Same here. I've got a 12 mile commute that takes me 45-50 minutes, and it's mostly on a bike path. Unfortunately the local parks department closed the path in September for maintenance, so my commuting season ended early. I could take surface streets, but it's getting late enough in the year I don't have a good balance of daylight vs. traffic.
For a few years, I did regular running up to 30 km per week, but I gradually switched to less time- and energy-consuming things
- swimming 1-2 times per week in an indoor swimming pool in relatively quiet conditions... winter, summer, all year long
- drinking mostly green or white tea without sugar
- nearly no coffee
- also, I say no to beer and to heavy drinks ...
I quit smoking and drinking after 45 years so I had to regain my lung capacity and work on endurance.
My workout is clearing trail with chain saws, brush cutters and mowers and hiking a lot.
I cleared 100 miles of trail last year in 3-1/2 months. This seasons maintenance starts tomorrow.
The group I am working out with, all 'newbies' get a name based on something in their life.
My name is 'Woodchuck' because I choose to heat with cut (so, cut and split by myself), and split by hand. Sledge and wedge!
Motivation: Family history of diabetes and heart disease, personal history of stress, depression, and anxiety. Also some history of obesity in the family, as I'm the lightest adult male in my family at 6'1" and 215 lbs.
Current workout: M-W-F run 4-7 miles, T-Th weightlifting, Saturday run 6 or more with a neighbor. During the spring and summer I commute to work on the bike T-Th, which adds 50 miles of cycling to each week. I sometimes do longer rides on the weekends, 35-100 miles.
This is the ideal schedule. Over the last year it's been less than the ideal due to family health issues, work schedule, and the like. I'm thinking of switching to a Tu-Th-Sa running schedule and a M-W-F lifting schedule. I've been slacking on the strength training over the last few months, I need to take off about 20 pounds, and I'm not getting there with the current routine.
My motivation is that my Dad had a major heard attack at 47, and my brother a triple bypass at the same age. So I try to keep moving and look after myself.
So far it's working. I do a mixture of running (I typically run 5-6 miles, at a pace of around 8:30-9 mins/mile) and walking (usually 4-5 miles), plus some pilates and occasionally yoga. The one time I did a parkrun (5k) I did it in 25 mins and hit an age grade of 67%, which apparently isn't at all bad.
"Why would anyone prefer to wield a weapon that takes both hands at once, when they could use a lighter (and obviously superior) weapon that allows you to wield multiple ones at a time, and thus supports multi-paradigm carnage?"
(TL;DR -> I'm HypoThyrodic, so I have no choice but to exercise... I generally do about 2.5 miles a morning on my bike, there's lots of hills where I live, so it's a great workout. Then I'll have a jog round to the shop to get the morning papers.)
My Motivation is my Health.
4 years ago I started to pass out on the way home from work. At first I thought it was just tired, I didn't actually realize I was passing out, it just felt like I was sleepy, and on a 50 min bus journey, it really wasn't a bad thing anyway, headphones in and have a bit kip.
The thing was, I actually started to realize this was a bit more than just being sleepy, because there was some times that I was thinking to myself, But I'm not tired, and I was still drifting off.
On one journey home, I was drifting off, and I had some mint sweets in my bag, so I ate two of them, and the result was almost instant. My drifting off stopped, within about 5 mins, and bam I was alert and wide awake again.
Anyway long story short, I hot one of the increasingly larger 0's birthday and a doctors letter landed through my door, basically saying, now your X years old, you need to come and get some stuff checked.
So I did.
I know at this point I was slightly overweight, nothing too worrying, but loosing a few kilos wouldn't have hurt, I do spend most of my day sat at a desk.
They drew blood, did some tests etc, and called me back for the results.
I'll never forget the comment the doc said as I walked in the room.
"Hello Mr Shaw, we have your tests and you have the least serious of the 4 most serious disease we test for"
Now at this point, I had no idea what the things where they tested for, but I now know that various cancers are at one end, Diabetes is in the middle and Thyroid issues are at the bottom.
For me this was Thyroid issues (I later found out where hereditary), in my case I'm HypoThyrodic, which means my thyroid doesn't work as well as it should do, or in my case not at all.
The thing with HypoThyroidism, is the clues are very subtle. My Mother has T2 Diabeties, and I thought that (Esp after the mints) that I might be too. It turns out however, that it's nothing like that, in my case it was because my body was literally running out of energy.
The best way to describe it is to imagine a marathon runner, when they "Hit The Wall", whats actually happening inside their body, is there switching from using the energy from food and nutrients they just digested, to energy stored in thier body fat, that small "wobbly phase" is beacuse they suddenly don't have any physical immediate energy to continue (Like a car very low on gas) , and it takes a small moment for the body to switch to the reserve tank.
In a HypoThyrodic person, this switch over doesn't happen, so if I burn more calories than I consume, it's a simple case of Lights out, and that's what was happening on my bus home.
With replacement hormones and a managed diet (Which is what I have to do every day now) it's not a problem however.
The flip side is, because this switch over doesn't happen, it's very, very, very difficult for me to burn off body fat. The Hormone Tablets help because they artificially stimulate body systems to burn some, but it's very slow. If I don't exercise, or maintain at least a reasonable amount of activity in a day, I'll just grow and grow, and I'll grow faster than I can get the weight back off.
So It's not so much motivation, it's more survival, I have no desire to end up being like Jabba The Hut
My morning routine, is usually something like:
10 High Angle Pushups
2.5 Mile Bike Ride (Hilly terrain, On a road bike built for downhill and speed)
1 mile Jog
I work from home mostly, so I'm up about 7am, Grab a banana and a green tea, off out to do my routine, couple of slides of wholemeal toast when I get back, Generally at my desk for about 10am.
I have to admit, it has made me more energetic, and when Iv'e had a good session (Weather's starting to get cold now where heading into Autumn) during the warm weather, I get an amazing amount of productivity.