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How many times have we heard, "You are not a special snowflake." I used to embrace that saying. Funny: we can agree with a worldview without practicing it. I somehow got to thinking that life is about my actions, about my failures, about my imperfections, about my experiences, about my pain, about my happiness, about me, me, & me. It's not. Life is bigger than we are. And now I realize that acknowledging our place in this world requires a certain courage.

I want to accept life's limitations with grace while periodically pushing against those limitations. Call it a paradox. Instead of running away from the unpleasant, I need to step up, face the facts, and create some good around me. I know that I must be strong to be happy. Strong for me, strong for my family, and strong for a world that needs more strength.

"Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again."

Member Since: 12/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 11,441

My Goals:

1. Knock my 5k time below 20 minutes by mid-winter (2/13/12).

2. Complete a half-marathon by mid-winter.

3. Begin minimalist running this fall. [X]

4. More HIIT sessions[x].

5. Get back to the gym for more comprehensive lifting.

My Program:
As of 10/2/2011, I'm cycling and skating a lot while my foot heals from tendonitis. I try to stretch after each cardio session. Afterwards, I do a circuit lifiting session that kicks my ass. I'll probably restart my jogging program in a couple weeks.

In terms of diet...Oh, healthy diet, you elusive beast. It's either too many calories or too much salt or too little X or not enough Y or...

I need to eat more vegetables and less salt. I'm also trying to get my carbs down a bit. I've been learning to cook way more stuff than before, which should help me cater my diet and save some cash money.

Overall, general awareness and small steps toward healthy living.

Personal Information:
27-year-old male in Chicago, recently graduated from law school.

The tragic story: I had my weight down to the lower 160s along with good cardiovascular endurance and moderate muscular strength. As so often happens, I lost most of the above. And, as we so often do, I now strive to reclaim past accomplishments.

And I will.

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“If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.”
-Hubert H. Humphrey

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    Thanks for your input to my question on whether I should join the YMCA. I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. It's a good thing we don't live in Ann Arbor...though we did live near Toledo for 13 years! Have a great day, and thanks again for your input.

    Oh, and I loved the thought of 5000 cardio machines! Hahahahahahahaha!
    1972 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2012 4:19:10 PM
    I looked it up on YouTube, haven't done them before.
    2373 days ago
    I suppose it doesn't specifically mention whether or not this equaled more muscle gained after the workout. I don't like to operate on assumptions either, but I believe the going theory is that more work performed = better potential for gain. But my point in this was to dispel some myths about shorter rest periods and the silly notion of "locking up" after more than 1 min rest periods and how that might negatively impact performance. It seems false if you believe this abstract.
    2391 days ago
    Thanks so much for your comment on my Spark Page. I hope your foot heals quickly, and wish you all the best in your journey to better health.
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    2425 days ago
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    hey there! it's funny, i have always loved working legs!! and i actually started training for powerlifting, so, of course, squats and deadlifts are heaven for me!! i actually do regular squats in the cage, try to get down as low as possible without breaking another meet in february, so, for now, am working to burn some fat that i have been in denial of having, and then kicking *ss at the meet....hoping for 275-300+ for deadlifts, and 225+ for squats...should be fun pushing myself in the meantime!! have a great day!!
    2437 days ago
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