It's Not For Everyone

Last fall I had surgery to fix torn cartilage in my knee. It was originally injured when I was 15 years old, then aggravated in June, 2017, and finally blown out in March 2018 while squatting 300 pounds.

I'm not 40 years old any more. :(

That injury and surgery threw me down the "no fitness" well. Finally, this past January (2019), after a week in New Orleans of rich foods and wonderful adult beverages, I reached bottom and returned to the gym.

I've not missed a workout since. I'm getting dialed in on my nutrition as well (shout out to TestMax Nutrition) and it's wonderful. My strength is returning. I'm being very careful to stop lifting heavy -- which is a bummer -- but I'm still enjoying revived health and vitality. My energy levels are up.

Best of all, my mental health and clarity is through the roof good. I don't know if I've ever been happier, more focused and strong. It's a wonderful blessing.

It's not for everyone. It doesn'…

The Big 6-0

I'll be 60 years old this coming May. Where did the years go? Just ten years ago I was 16 and tooling around town in a BMW and enjoying all the lack of responsibility that accompanies high school.

Now I'm old.

Turning 40 and 50 didn't bother me at all, but this one -- 60 -- is really hitting me hard.

But not in a depressing or negative way. No; it's bringing a flood of mental clarity about my remaining years (I'd say 25 if I'm fortunate) and my current life choices. It's much easier for me to prioritize and see the future.

I'm fortunate to be in fantastic health, and I'm determined to remain in great shape. I hit the gym and lift weights five times a week and am, quite frankly, pretty strong. I like and appreciate that.

I guess what I'm realizing is the wisdom that comes with old age. It's pretty cool. It has a calming effect. The sky's not falling, neither The Left nor The Right have The Answers to everything, and I'd rather sit aro…

Easter for the non-believer

I think Frank Schaeffer's book pretty much describes who and where I am, spiritually:

With Easter 2018 here, I feel it's important to consider non-Christians, and why (and what) they might consider for this important day.

Believe. Believe in renewal. Believe in the idea that you can always start over, start fresh, start to build a new life free of the failings of your past.

Forgive. Forgive others to avoid bitterness. Forgive yourself for your past transgressions, mistakes, and lapses in judgement. Forgive your future self -- because you know you'll mess up yet again.

Embrace. Embrace, if not the faith, the very idea of some kind of perfection, existing somewhere, that calls you to be a better person. A kind of unobtainable perfection that is still worth striving for.

Even more than January 1, Easter is the time to expect a better future. It represents rebirth, forgiveness, life. Contemplate a be…

Weight, Ageing, Testosterone

So I’m obese, according to my BMI. BMI is a ridiculously stupid way to measure your weight, health or body composition. It doesn’t take into account muscle mass versus fat.
Nonetheless, I do want to get more lean, back to a six pack instead of just barely making out some sort of abs.
I started with TestMax Nutrition last week, and so far it’s been terrific. The quality and quantity of information given is amazing. The recipes have been terrific. I’m pretty sure this will be easier to stick with than, say, Avatar Nutrition – where you have to keep track of macros. I KNOW counting macros works, but it’s a lot of effort and requires you to constantly be adding information to your phone app.
I got my T levels tested, and while I’m within the proper range, it’s not as high as I want it to be. This nutrition plan, TestMax, is advertised as being able to raise test levels. I’ll get tested again in May and I’ll post the results.
In the meantime, I feel fantastic. Age hasn’t quite caught up to me …

Workout Progress

Heading to the gym now. My goal today is to squat 250 pounds and bench press 205. I’m slowly moving down the comeback road. My goals for the end of 2018 are: Squat 400, Deadlift 400, and Bench 300. 1,100 pounds.

A picture test

Just testing how this Open Live Writer works for posting photos. Here is one of my favorite foods.
I do really like Fruit Loops.


I’m pretty sure I will avoid politics on this blog. No, scratch that; I definitely will avoid political discussion on this blog.

Open Live Writer Test

This is a test; I’ve downloaded and installed Open Live Writer (OLW). OLW started life as Microsoft’s Live Writer, but has since been made into open source software.

It’s a nice tool for creating blog posts on your PC instead of in your browser. Then, when you’re ready, you can simply publish the blog post to your blog.

I’m hoping this encourages me to blog on a regular basis.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure what subject (or subjects) about which to write. My interests include weightlifting and nutrition, self-improvement (I’m just about finished a book!), technology, cooking (probably my number one passion) and H.O. scale slot cars.
Once I’ve picked a subject, I’ll get this blog rolling.

All The Best,
-- Don