Monday, December 05, 2016

A pause

Had jury duty today. Threw off the schedule a little bit. So no formal exercise today. I integrated some walking into the breaks I had.

Changes in diet are hopefully going to help out.

I know this isn't always the longest blog in the world. Still thinking about what to share and do with it. Have to know that I can still be healthy when things stack up against me.

Still thinking on a tagline.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Feeling sore, feeling good

Feeling sore and feeling good about that.

Went to the gym and had a "tour" of the gym from Mariana at the Y. Explained how to use the exercise bikes and treadmill, explaining all of the settings. Then she showed us the machines and wrote out some basic weights to start with. I think I'll use the full body workout she wrote out for a few weeks.

I also did another HIT routine on the bike. I may not make it to the gym tomorrow because of needing to get a blood test and then jury duty. Figured this would be good to take advantage while I was there.

One thing on the treadmill is a fitness test that guesstimates your VO2 max and I asked about that. She said "it's an estimate yet you can still use it for tracking changes." I think I'll do that.

Another thing I noticed is that I'm appreciating tracking some of these things in my health. I'm hoping that I will get my energy back and get on some of the things I've dropped off from.

Diet is changing as well. Going to try and avoiding soda all together.

I remember my old tag line, Keep Lifting, Keep Running. I'm sure I'll change it. Thanks for reading and please give me some feedback in the comments.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Day 2

It has been so long since I've been on here I don't remember how to change the columns on the side. I'll figure that out later.

Worked out today. Glutes and legs a little sore from yesterday. I used the bike for warm up and then did upper body. Short workout below.

Bench Press 3 sets of 20 with 65lbs.
Row machine, 3 sets of 20 with 60lbs.
Shoulder Press 2 sets of 15 and one set of 8 with 45lbs.
Pull downs 3 sets of 20 with 40lbs.

I weighed in at 186.6 lbs.

That's all for today.

Friday, December 02, 2016

New Start

Like many people I've had false starts in getting into shape.

My life has pushed me to HAVE TO get back into shape so here we go!

I did 8 minutes of High Intensity Interval Biking with 3 bursts of 30 seconds. My heart rate went up to 150 beats per minute. I also did a modified deadlift with two 10 pound dumbbells. My glutes were burning from the bike so I thought I would not push the weights super hard. I start jury duty next week so it will be hard to keep up with this and that will be the first hurdle to get over.

I sucked at hurdles in track so maybe I need a better metaphor!

I'll also be doing emotional health and human contact work which while still taking organizing energy will also give me benefit.

Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Getting back to it!

Had some health issues come up.

Going to do the sprint 30-60 seconds and rest 4, or do the bike for 30 seconds, and coast for 2 for sets of 3.

I need something to kick start me back.

Working up my weight routine and will add lots of walking.

This video is important part of that -

For those of you who read this and find any inspiration please let me know here, on FaceBook, Twitter ( magonista66), or in person.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


I haven't posted in a long time. FaceBook seems to be easy interaction and makes blogging seem less important.

I'm still doing knot work, and playing music. I've also started to learn leatherwork. Lately it seems difficult to get into the mood for craft type of work. Luckily I've started taking music lessons and even if I'm feeling sick I can pick up an instrument and go over things I'm learning.

A friend of mine has been encouraging me to check out DDP Yoga and I still haven't acquired any materials. Good thing there is YouTube.

What I've done so far to get back into things is did 4 days of Downward Dog pose and worked up to 5 minutes. I'll stick to 5 minutes a day and figure out another pose to work into.

Now that it's spring maybe I'll clear out enough space in the garage to start lifting weights again or go to the gym with my daughter or wife. I hate the idea of paying for a gym when I have a power rack in the garage but that's just kind of where life is for now.

I'll see if anyone comments on whether I should also talk about music, knots, and leather work here.

I'd like to dedicate this post to my friend Roberto for mentioning my blog, and for my wife and daughter for working out and encouraging me to get back into it. And props to Helen for turning me on to DDP Yoga.

Here's a video that shows the "Down Dog" via DDP's channel.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18, 2013

It's been a long time and I've tied a lot of knots, in rope and in my life, over the last several months. 

I will try to start posting again.

Monday, January 07, 2013

January 7, 2013

Things are still hectic at home and make it challenging to work out. My daughter and I are sticking with the high intensity training mentioned in earlier posts. Saturday I went walking about an hour with some docs wanting to start a neighborhood walking group.

I assume I will be lifting again at some point. 

For my active meditation I am doing some rope work. Mostly I've just chosen to work on Monkey Fist key chains stuff like this example

Keep Lefting and Keep Lifting!

Friday, January 04, 2013

January 4, 2013

So things have been a strange combination of great and hard. Celebrations and deaths in the extended family. 

I've continued to try and keep moving. The sprint and walk routine stopped during my daughter's finals and have started back up. I still have to try to train my doctors to look at my health, and life, holistically. The talk about that seems easy. I can't say much more than that without disclosing other people's problems. I'm just going to say that a lot has to change for my health to get better.

I will continue to do maintenance. Hopefully I can get to some more fuller workouts soon.

Musically I have started to work on learning the "Rhythm Changes" and some other songs. More to come soon!

Keep Lefting and Keep Lifting!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Things seem to be going OK with the workouts. My daughter and I both report that with three relatively short workouts weekly we have both lost our "sugar crashes." 

This is a big deal and feels like it confirms the improved insulin processing described in the literature for "High Intensity Training."

I've been walking more and think that's also helping out. 

At work I'm thinking a lot about how to build on the assets of my community. It is interesting what people expect in regards to "cleaning up a neighborhood." Unfortunately many people still focus on blaming people and ignore the structures which cause problems. It seems that the structures that benefit us at the expense of those "less fortunate" can't be questioned. 

One example recently is the deciding not to put services where people need them. Thanks to Carolyn for writing this opinion piece on UNM axing plans for services.

As they say - You can't have the underprivileged without someone being over-privileged!


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