After several years of, primarily, running and cycling I’ve decided to try getting stronger instead. There are a few reasons for this:
* I believe in having the strength to save myself or my family.
* I wanted to find a way to excersise that didn’t tax my heart so much. No matter what I’ve tried I’ve never been able to get myself out of my Peak HR Zone while running or riding. As a person with high BP I felt this was critical to helping me stay healthier for longer in life.
* I wanted to lose some fat and get a better physique. I’m the type of person who puts on fat around my organs, known as Visceral Fat. This type of fat is actually worse for you and increases your risk of heart attack / disease. Plus, it tends to give me the “bubble belly” look (AKA. “the beer gut”).
So, what am I doing? StrongLifts 5×5, that’s what. It’s a great beginners program that has some heafty roots (*ahem* … a guy named Arnold) where you start light and gradually put on weight. It focuses on only 5 barbell exercises: Squat, Bench Press, Barbell Row, Overhead Press, and Deadlift. Each day (M/W/F) you do three of the exercises (every day you squat). Nice and simple, I like it.
I’ve only just begun, but so far I’ve been digging it. The workouts are shorter and my workout HR is much more in-line with where it needs to be (fat burning zone). I can’t wait to see where this takes me and what result this will have on my running and cycling, which I enjoy and will not be giving up.
Check back for updates!
>Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Neale Donald Walsch
[Work](http://utmsoft.com) has been super busy and therefore everything else I have has taken a backseat… [MILGEEK](http://milgeek.com), [Expanding Ethos](http://expandingethos.com), [Vagrant Bikes](http://vagrantbikes.com), and this site have all flatlined.
I don’t like that fact. But it is indeed a fact.
Over the next couple weeks I’m going to be putting some thought into each and trying to determine if I want to keep them around. I like them all, but if I’m not going to focus on them I need to move them along.
[Vagrant Bikes](http://vagrantbikes.com) could just be a simple thing that just sits there and if someone wants a bike, well, I’ll just build them a bike.
This site I could just make into a holder for my other properties and then it’d take zero time.
[MILGEEK](http://milgeek.com) and [Expanding Ethos](http://expandingethos.com) are the real time suckers… they need content, and probably lots of it. Both concepts I really dig, but just don’t have the time.
I came across [this quote from Terminator 2](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103064/quotes?item=qt0416801) today and thought how fitting it was with regards to me and my son.
I am a terminator.
Since logging out of work on July 3rd at 1pm and starting my vacation I:
* Ran 13.97 miles
* Rode 14.75 miles
* Went fishing with my Dad and caught a 10″ bass
* … and a sunburn
* … and threw the fish back
* Toured [Fredrick Meijer Gardens](http://www.meijergardens.org) (one of my favorite places)
* … and that trip was the first official vacation trip we did as a family
* Cut down a tree in our front yard
* Worked on my side project [Mat Finder](http://matfinder.com)
* … for my side business [utmsoft.com](http://utmsoft.com)
* Got up almost every day between 5-6am
* And best of all, spent lots of time with Reese So, that’s what I did for my week and a few days off…
Wish I could’ve done more!
Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and what started here will indeed have changed the world for the better.
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>Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
>The truest test of a warriors worth isn’t how quickly or often he unsheathes his sword, but what he can accomplish w/out doing so
>Maybe stop trying so hard to find shortcuts to “hack” your life. The best things are hard. Invest in the journey. Just sayin’.
[Why You Should Stop Lifehacking and Invest in the Journey by Rick Roll](http://www.richroll.com/lifehack/why-you-should-stop-lifehack-and-invest-in-the-journey/)
Since I’m wrapping up reading [The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferris](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0091923530/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0091923530&linkCode=as2&tag=m0dd3-20) right now this [blog post](http://www.richroll.com/lifehack/why-you-should-stop-lifehack-and-invest-in-the-journey/) by [Rick Roll](http://richroll.com) is very timely. I like the ideas held within 4HWW and look to implement some of them in my own life, but I have to say, in my opinion this focus and fascination with “life hacking” is a bit disturbing. It also reminds me of something Mike Rowe said to a “Dirty Jobs” fan recently, [check it out](http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/02/mike-rowe-offers-a-fan-some-of-the-greatest-career-advice-youll-ever-hear/), it’s quite profound. I really don’t have anything more to say on the subject, just wanted to share. 🙂