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  1. Day 46: May 5th, 2022 Eating 5x a day is easy. Eating 5 MEALS on the other hand...that's a little different. I haven't had the calories I needed the last two days even though I did eat 5x each day. Sigh. This is going to be more challenging than I anticipated. I figured my hunger would just drive me each day... I've mobilized and stretched each day this week. I've only journaled 1x so far. I have not napped at all this week. I'm still looking for a solid spot at my day job when I'm in the office but I haven't found anything yet. Busy weekend ahead: Son #3 has a baseball game tomorrow night going to Scarborough Fair on Saturday to celebrate Son #1's birthday. I wish I had a medieval Batman cosplay to rock! Wolf
  2. May the 4th be with you... Shout out to my oldest son who turns 12 years old today (holy shitballs, really?!) and to my younger brother who turns 32. Love these guys. I'm very blessed and my heart and spirit are very full. Wolf
  3. You got this, brother! Progressive overload FTW! Wolf
  4. The angel on my shoulder is CONSTANTLY reminding me of this. The devil just shrugs and asks, "shall we fly by the seat of our pants?". You're already a step ahead by recognizing the SHOULDS . You got dis! Following! Wolf
  5. Lol, happy to have ya brother! I mean..... Day 44: May 3rd, 2022 I wrote in my journal yesterday. I worked out. I ate solid and clean(ish). 5x meals. protein shake w/ oat milk protein bar w/ banana 8oz tri-tip steak, roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts Costco hot dog Chipotle: double chicken, black beans, rice, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, medium salsa w/ 2x Chipotle vinaigrette I stretched. Today... I worked out using the garage new Batcave. It was a pull day so I did supersets of: weighted pull-ups and bent over row using 20# DB's as well as DB cross-body curls using 20# DB's with a drop set to regular hammer curls w/ 15#'s. I mixed in some KB swings and a set of single leg deadlift but all in all I got a good pump/workout in about 30 min. To Do List: Journaling Stretching Napping Wolf
  6. The routines range from like 14 min to 50+ min on a full fledge yoga routine. Typically if I do one after my workout, it seems to go better. But you are 100% right that ONE stretch wins over doing nothing. I'll try and keep that in the back of my mind when I'm pressed for time 'Preciate that brother. Figured it was easier on the eyes and represented my outlook on the challenge as a whole: Short and too the point! Wolf
  7. Push myself. Notes & Observations Journaling. Stop waiting for the perfect notebook to do it. You have more than enough sexy leather bound ones to start. Cardio. How the hell do you expect to keep up this "crime-fighting" ordeal if you can't keep up one night a week? The heart and lungs are just as important as your biceps and traps. Mobility. This one is puzzling. You always feel so good after a Smooth Panther routine...why not do them more often? Fuel. 5x a day is doable. I've already started and it amazes me how quick my body adapts and fast my metabolism gets going. I've become a great white shark... Strength. No excuses for Tues/Thurs. I have a good DB set + KB's + weighted vest/pull-up bar. I can get a good workout in before I leave for work. No need to go to the gym. I have my own "Batcave". Wolf
  8. I completely agree! I gotta make a ANOTHER phone call this afternoon before I go into work because the schedule STILL has not been changed. Day 43: May 2nd, 2022 "It's not who I am underneath, but what I DO that defines me." Christian Bale, Batman Begins Another challenge in the books. It's far from being my most crisp challenge to date...BUT, I stuck around for the whole thing, so I call that a victory in itself. Gym days are going smooth. I didn't miss a single day this past challenge...even when I was tired. I did miss a couple other things though: Journaling Cardio Mobility/Smooth Panther I can and NEED to work on those specific things moving forward. See you guys in part 2 Wolf
  9. I called Costco yesterday to speak with the manager who had my back last week. He was very apologetic about the schedule not being changed and said he would personally get this fixed. I also asked to have all this in writing so I have something to fall back on. We'll see what happens but it looks like I'm gonna have to stay on top of this for the time being... Nothing to update since yesterday, really. A sequel for The Batman has been greenlit. THANK GOD. It's been almost 2months since the movie came out and I'm still VERY much obsessed/passionate about it. I will take back what I said about "The Dark Knight" being my favorite Batman movie. The Batman is now my favorite. It's one of my favorite movies of all time if I'm being honest. This takes NOTHING away from TDK. IMO, Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker is still the best comic book accurate villain I've ever seen. TDK re-inserted my love for the Joker. The Batman re-inserted my love for Batman. Wolf
  10. Day 38: April 27th, 2022 People think it's an obsession. A compulsion. As if there were an irresistible impulse to act. It's never been like that. I chose this life. I know what I'm doing. - Identity Crisis It's been an interesting week... Still dealing with schedule conflicts at Costco. I actually had a "Come to Jesus Meeting" with one of the managers last week because when I asked about my schedule and why I was scheduled to come in at 3pm when I can't be at work till 4:30... his response: "Needs of the business." I understand what he means, but Costco hired me knowing the schedule I could work and it's been synergistic for the last (almost) 3 years. This manager I talked with is fairly new. Haven't had any issues with him at all since he's been there. But after he told me that "needs of the business" and "count yourself lucky you've had that schedule " BS I couldn't take it any longer. I went above his head to get things sorted out. Mind you...I'm pissed off to no end right now. It's taking EVERYTHING in me to stifle the raging storm inside... but I'm glad I was able to restrain myself from acting like a fool and handling matters in a professional manner. Things finally settled after I sat down with said manager and his manager. We hashed everything out like adults and things seemed to be good. Update as of today: my schedule is still showing 3-10:30 all next week and the week after is 3:30-11..and this schedule just came out today. *Sigh* I'm really getting sick of bringing up my schedule every other day because communication is ass at my Costco. Gym life is going well. I'm staying consistent at 3x a week right now but still wish I could go 5x. That seems to be the sweet spot for me. I'm eating a lot more veggies these days. I want to journal! I've only done it a few times this challenge. I don't yoga consistently. But always feel so much better when I do. #MakeMoreTime I'm experimenting with 5 meals a day (maybe more honestly) to try and add the calories for weight gain. Let's see how long I can keep it up. Wolf
  11. 'Preciate that my friend. It's good to see you . I will warn you with that deadlift complex...it'll make you second guess a LOT things. Like, "is the sky really blue? did I turn the stove off? Is a shaved ballsack truly worth the effort?" So, good luck, brother! Wolf
  12. I wish I could bring you the parts myself...how cool would that be?! I would just ask for a hug and home cooked meal in return Wolf
  13. Day 30: April 19th, 2022 All men have limits. They learn what they are and learn not to exceed them. I ignore mine. - Batman: Knightfall Last Friday's workout so incredibly brutal (and amazing). I did a heavy leg workout and was wrapping up when I saw my Gym Friends ™ about to start a workout. It was the Crossfit open (not sure which one) of Deadlift ladder 1-10 and back down with burpees over bar the same number of deadlift reps. WOW. I only did up to 5 and back down (with an additional 3-2-1 for good measure) at 185# but I did it. My lower bod was wrecked ALL Easter Weekend and I loved it! This was also the first time I've pulled that much off the ground. I typically do rack pulls at the "2" setting". #VICTORY Church was amazing. We also watched the Elevation Church Easter sermon before we went to actual church and the differences between the two was incredible. The insights. The Power of Resurrection. Denied 3 times. Asked if Peter loved Jesus 3 times. So gooooood! Easter was also the first FULL day off in a week. That was nice too. Back on the grind this week. Everything is looking swanky. Wolf
  14. That sounds very Tank-esque so I'm gonna say that's right and happy birthday to Sra Tanque! Wolf
  15. "Because when life calls for chicken breast...always go for the Thigh" - Tanktimus circa 2018 I'm paraphrasing cuz I don't remember EXACTLY how you said it when Heather was recording you, but I always remember that when eating chicken thighs. Wolf
  16. I'm in agreement with you both. I was tired. I will say, I do listen to my body as often as I can. There have been days where my alarm goes off and I just can't get it together and have no probs going back to sleep. I always regret not going later in the day lol but thankful for not passing out on the spot. If anything , I did a good job leaving my ego at the door and not risking injury by pushing the weight up. Wolf
  17. Day 25: April 14th, 2022 But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place... I'll never come back. - Batman: Under the Red Hood This week has been rough not having my typical schedule. Got off at 11pm last night...woke up at 5:50am and was at my day job by 7:05. I'm off tonight, so that helps a little. I work 12-8:30 Friday and Saturday and then off Sunday for Easter. My Pull Day workout was good. Can I just say.... I don't understand Deadlifts. I mean, I DO understand them, but maybe I don't understand my own body lol. Last time I did deadlifts, I was rocking 225# for 5 reps over 4 sets. I rocked the shit out of those sets. I felt strong. Yesterday, 3 sets of 5 at 205# felt heavy. I'm gonna say it was probably due to being tired...but who knows. The Batman hits HBO Max on Monday and I could NOT be more excited! I am sad I didn't get the see the movie in IMAX or the nicer Dolby theaters but it is what it is. My time is severely limited on a regular basis and carving out time to see The Batman again just wasn't in the cards. The first DLC for Wonderlands hits next Thursday, the 21st. Woot woot! I hit lvl40 and beat the game last weekend but still have so much more to do! Need. To. Add. More. Cardio. Just 1x a week. I got this! Nothing new to report on the "No Vaping" journey. 11 days out and the craving is still strong... Wolf
  18. Day 23: April 12th, 2022 You can never escape me. Bullets don't harm me. Nothing harms me. But I know pain. I KNOW pain. Sometimes I share it. With someone like you. - Batman: Year One Now that I'm going to be in the office Tuesday and Thursday, I can get back to my M/W/F (Push/Pull/Legs) routine. Chad didn't workout yesterday so I had a nice Push Day session. I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love working out solo. I really enjoy the comradery with a partner and someone to spot me incase I'm going for a PR...but I get SO MUCH MORE DONE when I'm flying solo. 9-days since I last vaped. It's sort of killing me but not really, ya know? It comes in waves when it does hit me. Typically it's when I'm driving/commuting to work or when I get a break at work. I crrrraaaaavvvveeee like 3-4 puffs to take me into a euphoria that ends as quickly as it begins. But, I'm staying strong. Gamifying my life has really helped in this particular situation because my mindset is: "If I fail this and give in to my temptations. Batman will know. And if Batman knows....well..." Also, WWJD. I wanted to give up vaping for Lent but didn't and now I'm regretting it. Better late than never I suppose. I'm finishing up an audible called "Batman and Psychology" by Travis Langley and have really enjoyed it. It breaks down the psychological disposition of Batman and his infamous Rogues Gallery, so, if you're into that kind of thing, this book is right up your alley. I'm sucking on my mobility goal. I'm also not journaling (unless you count NF as part of that) or meditating. Other than that, I'm doing good on all my other goals, including getting veggies into at least 1x meal a day. I need to remember to put some emphasis on cardio 1x a week at most too. Wolf
  19. Unless the crotch area is so friggin tight, squatting is a sure way to rip them wide open lol. I learned my lesson once with skinny jeans and that was enough. Part of why I don't like them is the fact I do squat regularly lol This is an outrage, lol. Costco has failed you and I'm sorry, EG Wolf
  20. I think you'll exceed expectations. Actually, let's speak that into faith: you WILL exceed expectations Wolf
  21. I definitely spend more time other nights of the week. Plus, working from home 3-days a week has me there most of the day so they have opportunities to ask questions and all that jazz all day long lol. I just want to make sure and always give them an opportunity to talk to me, about WHATEVER, as they get older, ya know? Thank youuuuuuuuuu! Wolf
  22. Don't get me wrong, slimmer fitting jeans look great. But skinny jeans....NOPE. If I can't bend over to pick up something off the floor in jeans without contorting myself into ungodly positions....then those jeans are NOT for me lol. I think I might copy this tradition.... either way it's a fantastic reason to spend a little extra $$ Wolf
  23. The Witcher, Wolves, Primal Blueprint, and the fact you linked The Bioneer's video is an easy way for me to follow you this challenge! I'm looking forward to you kicking slaying some major booty! Wolf
  24. Day 18: April 7th, 2022 I wear a mask. And that mask, it's not to hide who I am, but to CREATE what I am. - Batman: Broken City I finally got to have a conversation with one of the managers at Costco about all the bullshit that's been going on. It's a lot to type out but I feel better having the convo yet there still needs to be some resolution elsewhere. I'm tired of my schedule being questioned and why I can't work any earlier than 430PM during the week...it's super annoying. I'm hoping to have another sit-down with management today to clear the air on the rest of the things I'm dealing with. The last time I vaped was last Saturday. This has been VERY tough for me to quit so far and I completely underestimated the power of nicotine. The plus side: my little cough I've been dealing with is gone. Also, the obvious plus side is that vaping is NOT good for you. If someone wants to argue that it's "better than cigarettes", then I can see your point but they are still horrible for your health. Declan turned 9 years old on Tuesday! It's still hard for me to believe it. We went through his baby photo's that morning and it's crazy how quickly time has flown! 2 days at the gym this week. I didn't go Monday because of the LOOOOOOONG weekend we had. We ended up hanging out with my buddy Josh and his family all weekend pretty much and it was AMAZING! I really missed that guy. His 5 boys line up nice age wise with mine so that's always a plus and they all get along great! Friday was chill and just a good hangout session. We put up the bounce house we borrowed for Trixie's party for the kids to jump and everyone had a good time. Saturday we all went to the Spring Fling Church event we had (which had more bounce houses), a velcro fly wall and also the blow-up deal with the bungee cords that are attached to your vest. Kids had a blast. Then we all went out to dinner. 2 families = 15 people (including the baby) LOL! Sunday, Josh wanted to stop by cuz he snagged me a "The Batman" hoodie as a surprise (turd!) and then we all hung out again till like 11pm. LOOOOOOOONG weekend but so much fun! Wolf
  25. I love your suggestions! I think taking some time to center myself before I go into the house after a long day is perfect. Considering it's Thursday again, I can use that method tonight when I get home. The Apple-Chamomile concoction sounds pretty solid lol. My kids for the most part are actually pretty chill later in the evening... It's just all the talking and questions and theory crafting they like to do right BEFORE bed. Because I only get one 15-min break at Costco, eating has become challenging. I typically scarf down what I can during my break and eat again when I get home. ..but that's always delayed because I need to get the kids in bed/pray/kiss them goodnight. Sometimes I have to just be like, "guys, I know you want to talk and ask questions but Daddy needs to eat something and then get to bed" and let that be the end of it. I always feel bad but I know they don't take it personally. At least I hope not lol. Wolf
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