Hi, friends. As you can read from the title, I have done a whole lot of Jack Squat today. I was able to get in a good three and a quarter mile run yesterday. That is officially the furthest distance I have run barefoot to date. My feet and legs did fine. I did get a little soreness in both Achilles and my right ankle, which is why I have decided to take today off.
It has been a mostly uneventful day. Last Wednesday I discovered that there was a huge hornet’s nest on the back eave of our house. There must have been dozens of the frickers in it. It has been a miracle that we haven’t been stung to death. As much as I hate to kill things, these creatures are simply too dangerous to leave be. So, I reluctantly planned my assault. Following General Tzu’s advice of “attacking my enemy’s weakness,” I decided to use poison on them first thing this morning, while they were still near paralyzed by the cooler temperature. The attack was swift and effective. They went down with no resistance.
And that was the most exciting thing to happen today. We do have a Tennessee Vols football game to watch this evening. The folks around these parts take college football very seriously. It is almost a religious experience for a lot of my neighbors and my wife. I enjoy it somewhat, but what I really love is watching Denice get so excited about it. She loves her sports.
Last week I did terrible with my eating. I did manage to keep it to one meal a day, and that at least kept me from gaining weight. Next week I am going to do much better. I have a good eating and exercise plan and have every intention to execute it flawlessly. I really need to get my weight down. There’s a reason why you don’t see a lot of fat runners.
If you would like to help keep me honest with my training, follow me on Twitter. If I’m doing what I’m supposed to, you should see a tweet every day that says I ran at least one mile. If I didn’t, feel free to call my lazy ass out.
Till next time.
I’m going to try a new thing. As you see from the title of this post, I going to start doing a regular update post on Saturdays. Hopefully this will get me back in the habit of blogging regularly. I’m going to try to do the same with my Youtube channel. I haven’t posted a video in ages. Anyway, let’s get down to the update.
It’s been several months since I started doing the Wim Hof method. The breathing exercises were a shock to my system. The first couple of days I felt like crap. I was short of breath a lot and in a sort of brain fog. This initial reaction almost caused me to stop doing the method. I’m glad I didn’t. After the first day or two this went away. It was replaced with a boost in energy and mental sharpness. The effects are pretty amazing. In situations were I would normally give into my body (eating junk food and not working out, for example) I now seem to be able to excercise control over it. That, and my retention times have gotten over two minutes. Cold showers are a breeze now. I actually kind of enjoy them. I’m pretty sure I could go even deeper with the method, I just need to put some more time into it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please watch the documentary, ‘Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman.’
I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I have been doing intermittent Fasting for a while now. I’m doing the 20/4 protocol. That means that I only eat between the hours of 3PM and 7PM. ‘IF’ is kind of a popular thing now. It’s great for losing weight. I’ve lost 31 pounds as of this morning. I probably could have done a lot more if I would have been doing hard workouts in my fasted state, but I’ve been going easy on myself. I’ve been averaging about 3 pounds lost per week. It doesn’t seem like much, but it is steady progress that is adding up. I’ve also seen a complete vanishing of the GI problems that I used to have.
I am currently reading the book, Walden Two, by B.F. Skinner. The book is about a fictional utopian community called Walden Two. I heard about this book while I was researching the real life egalitarian/income-sharing community, Twin Oaks, which was initially founded on the ideas in the book. Twin Oaks is one of the oldest communes in the United States. I find them absolutely fascinating. I hope to visit them next year, to learn about their systems and culture.
Denice will be away at a women’s retreat for a few days next week. Hopefully the dogs and I will survive in her absence. I’m really happy that she is taking the time to get out and socialize with her friends. I plan on doing some meetups with some of the groups that I associate with, including a Tiny House meetup that I recently joined. It should be really interesting.