NEPTUNE1939's SparkPeople Blog NEPTUNE1939's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Digging Bar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Digging a hole to plant a tree can be challenging especially when you encounter impacted sandstone. Using a pointed shovel does little as would a post hole digger and of course using dynamite would be a bit extreme and hard on the adjoining neighbors. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enter the digging bar. <img src=""... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:53:24 EST Fire Prevention <img src=""> who isn't quite right in the head. <BR> <BR> For the last 2-days have been spent cleaning out all the dead unwanted brush. We have neighbors that don't always heed "Do Not Burn Days" and it is well known cinders can be carried for over a mile when the wind is right. All the pesky weeds, bunch grass, new tumble weed growth and other unwelcome ones were cleared off a 1/4 acre area of our lot. All you... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:57:19 EST No Blog Yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Yesterday time got away from me. Worked in the yard most of the day then DW reminded me of a BBQ we were to attend. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> By the time I got cleaned up it was time to leave. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> We arrived on time and had a fantastic time. <em>4</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> It was past my bedtime before we got home and I crashed. <em>102</em>... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:05:37 EST Tree purchase <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers - all DW and I had a chance to do is water the plants before the 90-degree plus heat struck. So we took advantage of the situation and shopped for more trees at the U.S. Forestry Nursery. We picked up 4-more Seedling Rocky Mountain Junipers <img src="">, a Sequoia Tree <img src=" Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:06:58 EST More Landscaping <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planted another Sequoia Tree today. They seem to do well in our area; of the four planted last year, one did not make it. The one today replaced it. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Have a pleasant day Sparkers. <em>104</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:54:00 EST Removing Tree Stump <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Switched tactics today; I really got tired of separating flood silt from the rock garden so today's focus was removing a tree stump. But worry not I'll complete that project. <BR> <BR> But to continue; we had a Blue Spruce give up the ghost & last year I cut it down. It left a blank spot in our landscape & was an eye sore. So now the stump is gone & hopefully tomorrow DW wi... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:02:21 EST Again Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost finished separating flood silt from our rock garden. Heat stopped my progress today. But I'll <em>386</em> . <BR> <BR> Eat healthy Sparkers. <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:43:35 EST Same as yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Continue removing silt from the rock garden. I'll have several more days of this. At least I'm outdoors and its great exercise. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers <em>213</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:14:14 EST Landscape repair <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was removing the flood silt from our rock garden. It's a slow process; we have a screen atop a wheel barrow & shovel the mess onto the screen. The silt drops into through and wa-la; no more silty rocks. I'll have a few more days to go on this cleanup project. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But the work is great exercise. Keep on <em>386</em> Sparkers. <img src=" Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:21:25 EST Flood Repair Continued <img src=""> Flooding in Minden, NV wasn't as bad <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Good exercise today removing more silt from our rock garden. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Called it quits at noon as the temperature rose. Have a great day Sparkers <em>213</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:06:43 EST Flood Damage Landscape Repair <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This years thunderstorms brought 4-Flash Floods to our area. The culvert on the south side of our fence line was breached & brought a lot of unwanted silt to our rock garden. Today was spent putting the silt ridden rock through a screen; the silt fell into our wheel barrow & the rocks pilled up a safe distance away to be used to refurbish the garden. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I dumped ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:36:34 EST Landscaping <img src=""> Great on a hot day Like today. <BR> <BR> Rested yesterday so I'm back to landscaping. Completed Building up a 3' high dirt mound that will hold three assorted pine trees and laid out the watering system for them. <em>378</em> <BR> <BR> Finished just as a thunderstorm hit with the accompanying rain. <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to enjoy my protein shake. Have a great ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:11:12 EST Planting is complete <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planting complete; now I'm going to sit back & watch the seedlings grow. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <em>104</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:57:43 EST Another Planting Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be the 3rd day of planting. Last year we bought 4-pine tree seedlings from our local forestry department. To give them a better chance to survive the high desert today I transferred them to 3-Gallon planters with Miracle Grow potting soil. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> We put them under the mature trees so they get filtered sun. Come winter time I'll put them in our garage where ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:37:25 EST Another Planting Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Need to take advantage of this warm - not hot - weather. Garden & landscaping is excellent cardio. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day Sparkers. <em>213</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:33:49 EST Tree Planting Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful cloudy day in the high desert arena that's holding the temperature down in the 70's. A great day for tree planting. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Great cardio too. <em>244</em> Have a pleasant day. <em>213</em> <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:41:05 EST Another Dr. Visit for Endoscopy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time truly marches on. It's been 3-years from my last endoscopy procedure. Saw the doc this morning and scheduled the procedure for mid-September. <BR> <BR> Had plans this afternoon to do some gardening but the heat was just too much for this old man. I'll just relax and enjoy the approaching thunderstorm. <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> Just might imbibe in a Long Island Ice tea and await th... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:30:48 EST Laser Surgery <img src=""> <BR> Last year I underwent cataract surgery. On my eye exam last month they noted one new lens was getting milky. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So today they zapped the right eyeball. It took less than a minute which surprised me & I walked out of the eye center with clearer vision. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> It amazed me how un-complicated the procedure was. Only a few drops of some type of numbing med... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:08:23 EST BBQ Time <img src=""> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Today we are attending a BBQ. I'll have to easy on my carbs. <em>4</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day. <em>104</em> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:50:22 EST Relentless day 195, Flood Clean-up, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> Today I clean out the debris from our culvert brought by the flash floods last week. It's a pleasant day for cleanup. Hope all is well with you. God Bless and <em>386</em> <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:52:59 EST Relentless day 194, Back in Nevada, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> Arrived home safely in NV after doing some maintenance on our CA home; now its time for <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Need to do some minor debris cleanup in our culverts that were deposited from the flash floods while we were away. Some of our neighbors who are at a lower elevation are missing the landscaping from their f... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:58:15 EST Relentless day 193, Home Chores Continue, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Well Sparkers we are headed back to Minden in the morning. The work on our CA house is finished for now. I primed the textured ceilings in the hallway and den. We just need to paint them at a later date. <BR> <BR> Had a great time visiting friends over an Italian Spaghetti Western style BBQ complete with a mixed green salad, sourdough buns, fresh slices of beef tomato, pasta, ribs, roast beef, cor... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 19:29:31 EST Relentless day 192, Home Chores Continue, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Ok Sparkers, removed popcorn ceilings from den and hallway Wednesday & Thursday, Water damage to wallboard repaired yesterday, and today I textured both ceilings finishing up at noon. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight we dine at the Fratalanza Club in Oakland, CA where DW in a member. We have friends from Virginia who will be dining with us. The club puts on a great Italian spread. <em>4</em> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:27:05 EST Relentless day 191, Home Chores Continue, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday we removed the popcorn ceilings in our downstairs hallway and den. Today was repairing ceiling water damage to a portion of the den ceiling. <BR> <BR> Last year a <em>27</em> leak was discovered and we had a roofer seal up all the rooftop vent pipes. With that out of the way today we replaced and taped the damaged sheetrock and made preparations to texture the hallway ceiling ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:01:12 EST Relentless day 190, Home Chores, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Our vacation home has popcorn ceilings. They're fine if you like them; but DW does not. So today after my exercise I commenced to rid the den & hallway of popcorn. If you have ever done it you know that it is messy work. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Furniture & rugs were removed as well as pictures on the walls. Tarp was lai... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 18:02:36 EST Relentless day 189, Travel, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers, made it safely to our CA destination & did it without texting. Some won't believe it but it can be done. We even wore our seat belts the whole time while on the road. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We saw a few millennials texting and stayed clear of them. Stopped twice to give our G. Sheppard's a break & once to have a picnic lunch. Driving was pleasant. <em>41</em> <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:30:51 EST Relentless day 188, Trip Preparation, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok Sparkers, finished my routine basic exercises; now it's time to load up our Ford F-350 Crew Cab for tomorrows jaunt to California. We have a vacation home there & it's time to visit the grand kids & friends. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> And of course their will be routine maintenance on the house; you know - the "Honey Do" kind. So along with our 3-G. Sheppard's & 2-cats I'll be packing... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:29:07 EST Relentless day 187, Cardiologost, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Cute. I was a K-9 Handler on a police department & it always amazed me how intelligent G. Sheppard's are. I now have three. I digress; back to today's title. <BR> <BR> The cardiologist gave me a clean bill of health. <em>224</em> <BR> With BP 120/50 I can continue power lifting. <em>104</em> <BR> He also advised that because of the radiation treatment in March 2014 (cancer of the parotid g... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 18:36:44 EST Relentless day 186, Gardening, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Great day for gardening Sparkers. And it's a good way to burn off some calories. <em>104</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:28:16 EST Relentless day 185, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tanya Tucker concert was enjoyable last night. Arrived home at 10:30 PM just as the thunderstorm hit. Good timing. We have more such this morning that started right after a morning walk. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm taking the rest of the week off from power lifting as DW & I are have some business to attend to that is time consuming. Nothing serious folks. <em>41</em> <BR> <B... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 15:51:16 EST Relentless day 184, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No heavy workouts for the next two days. Enjoying the company of friends. We haven't seen for several months. But don't fret; I won't let my equipment get rusty or taken over by spiders. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going out to dinner then to see Tanya Tucker performing at the Carson Valley Inn. <em>244</em> <B... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:15:00 EST Relentless day 183, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weatherman was wrong; can you believe it? No triple digit heat as predicted as storm clouds moved in; now rain & lightning is the forecast. Hope it does; we need the H2O. <BR> <BR> Good exercise today with keeping up with the landscape. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Sparkers. <em>213</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:46:10 EST Relentless day 182, 2x4 Routine, Workout 38, Landmine Press, Block Pull <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kneeling Landmine Press went well; a new 1RM of 140 Lbs. Completed 12 Sets, 74 Reps for a Volume of 5,950 Lbs. I really pushed the envelope finishing up in 30-Min. <em>91</em> , <em>91</em> and more <em>91</em> Temperature was 92 degrees at 11:00 AM. <BR> <BR> The evening session started at 5:10 PM with the temperature a cool 84 degrees. <em>334</em> Block Pull was the seco... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 22:34:14 EST Relentless day 181, 2x4 Routine, Workout 37, Back Squat & Floor Press <img src=""> Dave Tate is an extraordinary powerlifter. <BR> <BR> Primary workout was Back Squat. a new 1RM max of 253 was set; performed 13 Sets, 51 Reps for Volume 7,426 Lbs. After setting a new record I continued squats deloading to 226 Lbs. Completed an additional 1x3x226 1x3x206; on my next set of 206 I completed 1; on the 2nd attempt I ran out of gas & could not rise from the hole. I leaned forward & the ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:38:45 EST Relentless day 180, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life is back to normal without the smoke filled air. Today is catch-up with the landscaping. Enjoy the day Sparkers. <em>244</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:16:06 EST Relentless day 179, 2x4 Routine, Workout 36, Close Grip Bench Press, Deadlift <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At last the air has cleared of the Washington, CA fire smoke. <BR> <img src=""> It was reported today that it was 29% contained. We had a thunder shower late afternoon & I hope it aides the firefighters. <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> But back to the heavy workout: Primary was Close Grip Bench Press; 30 Sets, 138 ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:54:12 EST Relentless day 178, 4th Fire Stand-down from Heavy Workout <img src=""> As of last night it was reported 16,544 Acres had burned & there is zero containment due to rugged terrain and shifting winds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Was a nice camping area in Alpine County. Lake Tahoe is not far away. <BR> <BR> <BR> The air has cleared somewhat but not good enough for a heavy workout; but I still mana... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:56:00 EST Relentless day 177, 3rd Fire Stand-down from Workout <img src=""> Another un-healthy air day <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fire is only 5% contained as it approaches Lake Tahoe area. Many campgrounds have been closed. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The filtered air conditioner makes for comfortable breathing. Our G. Sheppard's though miss there romping in our sage brush. They love... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:32:56 EST Relentless day 176, Another Fire Stand-down from Workout <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another smoke filled Carson Valley. The Washington, CA fire has progressed to Markleeville, CA; that's about 45 Minutes from our City of Minden, NV. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The haze reminds me of LA; thankfully winds will eventually clear the air once the fire is controlled. But winds do not help the fire fighters if its fanning the flames towards new growth. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:50:43 EST Relentless day 175, Rest, Fire Stand-down from Workout <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK Sparkers; the realities in life can and cause a delay in the best plans. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> "Plan A" was to do a scheduled Close Grip Bench Press and Deadlift. Mother Nature had other plans: the smoke from the fire in Washington, CA has caused havoc with the Carson Valley air quality to declare a "Unhealthy Range". <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Warnings were issued to limit outsi... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:09:50 EST Relentless day 174, 2x4 Routine, Workout 35, Bench Press Make-Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my make-up Bench Press day. Things went well until reaching 80% 1RM. I was going for 5 Reps but could only muster 3; attempted a second time and my lift cadence was a tad off and only managed 3-again; the same occurred on my 3rd attempt managing 3-Reps. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Power lifting is grueling and your body will quickly tell you to <em>227</em> with the heroics. ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:16:19 EST Relentless day 172, 2x4 Routine, Workout 35, Front Squat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey Sparkers; with Friday's workout being rescheduled (Dr.'s appointment) to yesterday Things had to be changed up a tad. <BR> <BR> Today's workout was to be Front Squat and Bench Press. But the 23,700 Lbs lifted yesterday put a kink in my exercises plans. I don't have enough gas in the tank for a 40,000+ Lb. Volume in two days. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So this morning the Front Squat... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:39:02 EST Relentless day 171, 2x4 Routine, Workout 34, Block Pull & Landmine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK Sparkers, I'm back at it. No new 1RM on the Block Pull. I did however pull 295 Lbs for 94% 1RM. I need to gradually go up in weight from here on all future workouts. So I'll be putting more emphasis on reps and volume which is a key element in progressing. The 3-1/2 inch Block Pull went for 14 Sets, 62 Reps for Volume of 12,700 Lbs. The morning session took 63-Minutes. <em>104</em> ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:42:23 EST Relentless day 170, 2x4 Routine, Delayed. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers, had to delay my workout today due to Dr. appointment. <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> I'll continue tomorrow. Some things just need to be taken care of. Missed slinging the bar though. Hope your day went well. <em>213</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:43:02 EST Relentless day 168, 2x4 Routine, Workout 33, Floor Press & Back Squat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Internet went down yesterday so this is a delayed blog. <BR> <BR> The Floor Press was the primary exercise. The 1RM is 160 Lbs. Completed the morning session with 22 Sets, 119 Reps for a Volume of 11,580 Lbs. It took 63 Min. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Secondary was Back Squat with 17 Sets, 75 Reps for 10,550 Lbs. At 80% 1RM high bar was 196 Lbs. The afternoon session took 64 Minutes in... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:18:32 EST Relentless day 167, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>374</em> Time to cut off the tree suckers this morning. It's a cool 50-degrees on this first fay of summer; but it won't stay that way long. For the rest of the week the forecast is for the low 90's. <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> This after noon I'll just chill out & enjoy the shade & some Long Island Ice Tea. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Well, ice tea anyway! Stay cool Sparkers. ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:09:23 EST Relentless day 166, 2x4 Routine, Workout 32, Deadlift & Close Grip Bench <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Up to now I’ve been able up increase my 1RM every 16-days; Today Jun15, 2015 I tried for a 315 1RM on the Deadlift. <em>198</em> <BR> The weight lifted off the floor only ½-inch: that equals failure. <em>46</em> With volumes exceeding 10K Lbs per exercise I’ll need to concentrate on increasing the Reps per set to ensure ligaments catch up with muscle growth. <em>58</em> <B... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:29:50 EST Relentless day 165, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> In the 90's again today. DW is headed out if town. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now its time for me to <em>236</em> <em>334</em> <em>33</em> and <em>4</em> with no restrictions. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> almost forgot. I have a heavy deadlifting session tomorrow. <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:13:33 EST Relentless day 164, 2x4 Routine, Workout 31, Bench Press & Front Squat <img src=""> I'm not quite 80 yet & don't intend to hurry up the process. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today's primary was the Bench Press. The DELOAD week paid off as my 1RM went from 118 to 135 Lbs. In total there were 23 Sets, 138 Reps for volume of 10,820 Lbs. Completed morning session in 68-Minutes. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The secondary was the front squat. Had to wait until 6:00 PM due to the heat. Th... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:41:10 EST Relentless day 163, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> A quick way to get your 8-glasses of water. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Great day for a rest. Temperature will be in the ninety's. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>244</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:37:23 EST