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Strength in Motion (SIM) Day 24: Week 6 Day 4

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ok, so this blog is a bit overdue, but this last week has been pretty big. I was a third of my way through this workout when I got a call that one of our friends passed over from a long battle with cancer. It was a bit of a sudden, expected blow. We went right up to Kyoto to the family's house, where his body was laid out, and people could meet.

At the end of it all, it really helped us focus on what we want out of life, and how to get there. As a result, the rest of the program was put on hold until the other day, where I finally did finish the week. We got a lot of personal things set up for our move home, as well as starting our spring semester.

Tomorrow marks the first full week of teaching, and we are both excited about it all, as this will have the fewest classes we've had and all as schools that are close to home and very high caliber. This will mean less time on trains, and fussing about lessons, and more time on ourselves and getting home in style.

Week seven begins tomorrow, and I'm so amped for it. I've started using my HRM for marking HRs during different exercises and noting what type of training phases I'm spending my time in. I can see in the future marking my recovery time using this method, as I used to with other works, and getting another level out of this program.

Till then, will keep on plugging on and enjoy the journey. Cheers!

  
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LADY_KATHY 8/19/2009 8:48AM

    Sorry for your loss.



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DEECAFFEINATED 4/19/2009 6:44AM

    Darren, so sorry to hear of your loss and I've been missing you and Sydney on the boards. Will have to catch you on the blog or where every you guys happen to check in on your busy days! Wish you the best. Dee

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GOLDENPEARLE 4/12/2009 11:12PM

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend! I have hear that you guys are flying home and that SId has an interview. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to hear Sydney is recovering and feeling better. I love the pics you took [?] on her photos on Sparks she looks beautiful healthy and vibrant.

Keep up the good work...you [and Sydney]have been such an asset to me on my health and fitness walk.

Thanks -- Have a nice evening.

Wendy

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GOLDENPEARLE 4/12/2009 11:12PM

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend! I have hear that you guys are flying home and that SId has an interview. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to hear Sydney is recovering and feeling better. I love the pics you took [?] on her photos on Sparks she looks beautiful healthy and vibrant.

Keep up the good work...you [and Sydney]have been such an asset to me on my health and fitness walk.

Thanks -- Have a nice evening.

Wendy

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GOLDENPEARLE 4/12/2009 11:12PM

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend! I have hear that you guys are flying home and that SId has an interview. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to hear Sydney is recovering and feeling better. I love the pics you took [?] on her photos on Sparks she looks beautiful healthy and vibrant.

Keep up the good work...you [and Sydney]have been such an asset to me on my health and fitness walk.

Thanks -- Have a nice evening.

Wendy

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GOLDENPEARLE 4/12/2009 11:12PM

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend! I have hear that you guys are flying home and that SId has an interview. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to hear Sydney is recovering and feeling better. I love the pics you took [?] on her photos on Sparks she looks beautiful healthy and vibrant.

Keep up the good work...you [and Sydney]have been such an asset to me on my health and fitness walk.

Thanks -- Have a nice evening.

Wendy

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Strength in Motion (SIM) Day 23: Week 6 Day 3

Thursday, April 02, 2009

What a difference a day off makes. After my 3 day marathon of SIM and aikido, I had only aikido yesterday, and so had a good chance to recover. I left today's workout until the p.m., and all together, these factors helped me have a very successful workout.

I'm very happy that my brother now has his workbook, as we are comparing notes on a regular basis, and it's helped me blow through some barriers and up my reps on certain exercises. This is a major benefit I was after with this program. Having someone who you've workout with in the past and you know how they drive themselves keep you honest--me anyway. I found myself looking at my workout sheet for the day and visualizing new goals on each set. I didn't always get the number I had in my mind, but I did get new personal bests, and in the end, that's much more important overall.

Tomorrow marks the end of a very challenging week 2 of the second month. I have learned a lot, particularly, do whatever I can not to skip a scheduled workout. Playing catchup is a great way to burn out, and I'm not into playing that game. Stay the course and reap the benefits.

Well, that's about it for now. Very happy with the learning curve and physical progress in size and ability, and have to remember that as long as I open the book and do the workout, my drive and body will take care of the rest. Enjoy what I do, and do it well!

  
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GOLDENPEARLE 4/2/2009 6:38PM

    Darren! emoticon

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Congratulations on reaching new personal fitness highs ! You are definitely a man with a mission! [I am blessed to have learned so much from you]

Gratefully

Wendy

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PHEEEBZZZ 4/2/2009 11:18AM

    Woohoo ! Congrats on reaching new personal bests, that must be a great feeling. Keep enjoying what you do and having fun (and motivating people like me :) !).

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Strength in Motion (SIM) Day 22: Week 6 Day 2

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ok, so this was the third consecutive workout and boy, it was tough. Having that day of rest after two days is really useful. However, I'm really happy I put forth the effort and got back on track with my original schedule. That said, think I'm a bit happier that tomorrow I only have aikido to contend with, and will enjoy a day off from KBs.

Shish, glad that's done with. Now for that recovery shake and a nice, hot shower!

  
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JIBBIE49 4/1/2009 2:43PM

    Happy APRIL FOOL. I know you aren't one, because you are a SPARKER.

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Strength in Motion (SIM) Day 21: Week 6 Day 1

Monday, March 30, 2009

Feeling much stronger everywhere and it's currently showing in my numbers. My body weight is much the same, and I truly think that, besides the program itself, the foam roller is making a huge difference. I'll get off that tip soon enough, but I just wanted to mention it again and again, flexibility, strength and speed were much improved. Don't get the lactic burn at the same points as before and am able to clear the timed sequences with more ease on certain exercises.

The 2nd week of the month 2 leaves me with a warm fuzzy feeling of what the next 4 months and a bit have to offer. And very happy that my brother back in Canada has finally got his book after a bit of a to-do with AOS, so that we can compare notes and motivate each other.

Great workout. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  


Strength in Motion (SIM) Day 20: Week 5 Day 4

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This was another breakthrough week, this time with the introduction of the foam roller. Within days my strength and flexibility improved more dramatically than I thought, considering I didn't spend all that much time on it. Wasn't even sure it was having an impact as of yet, but when I jumped on it today before my workout, I was easily rolling over spots that, only a couple of days earlier, had me screaming in pain! What's more, lost a kilo of, well, I don't know what, as measurements are still the same and like I say, strength went up.

Was a bit off for a couple of days, however, which might account for the loss. We had a cold snap after a long warm spell, and well, we didn't clean the overhead heater before turning it on. Think a bit of a fungus got the better of me, but liked it in time, so back to full health now, and am looking forward to harvesting out first crop of mung beans from our sprouting tower!

Their colour started to change today, so I've got a dinner lined up with raw mushroom soup, a mung and spinach salad, and a raw nut loaf, with a few sprouts milled throughout. Been really looking forward to it all day, and now that Sid is back from Kyoto, it's off to shower and get things started.

Have a great day all!

  


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