Project Get Fit 2021 (Part 2): Week 12

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

I didn’t workout on Monday for a number of reasons but did make it into the gym on Tuesday instead. I was able to increase the reps on all the exercises I am doing and I added sit ups back into the rotation.

I skipped Wednesday and worked out on Thursday instead. I was able to add another exercise back into my workout routine and increase the reps on most exercises. I did not increase the reps on assisted pull ups or push ups because of the pain in my shoulder. I don’t want to push too fast and set myself back another couple of months. I also skipped walking on Thursday since my achilles tendon was killing me all day. I have really pushed it this week with a tactical training class on Saturday, a much faster pace on Tuesday than I have done lately and I worked an event on Wednesday that had me on my feet for around four hours. I’ll start back walking soon.

I worked out again on Saturday. I was able to increase the reps on most exercises and added two more exercises back in. Next week I will go back to my full workout but still with lighter weights and fewer reps. I’ll keep increasing reps gradually and then add the weight back.

All in all, other than the pain in my ankle from the achilles tendon I am both surprised and pleased with the progress I have been making.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Sunday Scripture: 1 Peter 1:24-25

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

All the flesh is like grass,

And all its glory like a flower of the grass.

The grass withers, and the flower falls,

But the word of the Lord endure forever.*

And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.

-1 Peter 1:24-25

*quoting Isaiah 40:6-8

Personal Meaning:

We spend so much time and attention on matters of the flesh; our looks, our health, our safety, etc. Many people will do or sacrifice most anything or even everything for the “glories” of the flesh whether that be fame or fortune. Yet these things are as temporary and fleeting as the grass and the flowers that grow and bloom in the desert. They are wilted and dead within a season.

Stevie Nicks was quoted recently saying that if she had not sacrificed her unborn child via abortion the band and its musical legacy would not have existed. A child’s life meant less to her than fame, fortune and notoriety. Yet, none of those things last longer than the blink of an eye.

Salvation and the word of God, on the other hand, are eternal.

Prayer:

Oh Lord,

Help me to keep the temporary and the eternal in priority as I live my life. Help me to do Your will and remain focused on You, Your word and my salvation rather than the fleeting distractions of the flesh.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

My salvation and the opportunity to spend eternity in fellowship with You, my God.

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Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Project Get Fit 2021 (Part 2): Week 11

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

Sunday I walked a mile. Again the pace was much slower than it would have been before COVID but I was able to do it and felt reasonably good afterwards.

On Monday I made it to the gym for the first time in over a month. Despite cutting the number of exercises by over half and the number of reps per set by over half I am so sore it is not even funny. Even after taking Naproxen I feel like I was stuffed in a barrel of rocks and rolled down a ski slope in summer.

I didn’t work out Wednesday for two reasons a) an after hours work function and b) I was still too sore. I did make it back to the gym Thursday. I was able to do a little more than on Monday. I increased the reps on a few exercises and added one exercise back into the mix. I was sore afterwards but it was the good kind of sore not what I experienced after the workout Monday.

I have a training class (first since COVID) on Saturday so this week will be limited to two (gym) workouts. I am pretty sure than totin’ a rifle a my gear around for seven or eight hours under the Texas sun will work a few muscles and burn a few calories.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

War/Battle Belt Configuration

I have been doing some tactical training over the last few months (when I was stricken by COVID). In addition to the skills I have been picking up in these classes, they have given me the opportunity to wear/use my gear. It’s all well and good sitting in your man cave/bedroom/basement watching mall ninjas show you the way super secret operators set up their gear but until you get our and wear it all day while standing, sitting, walking, running and crawling around under the Texas sun you won’t really know how well it works or if you even have the right stuff.

I started out with a Condor Modular Chest rig loaded out with enough stuff I could probably survive in the piney woods for several days without resupply. That configuration was recommended by a YouTuber who seemed pretty squared away and if you are on a long patrol in enemy territory it might make a lot of sense. However, I am not planning any long range recons behind enemy lines. In the Texas summer this thing is HOT, and not in a good way and after a full day out and about wearing it it got pretty darn heavy.

Based on the “parties” I am most likely to attend something lighter and with less stuff stuffed in it would be a better choice. A number of the guys recommended either a minimal chest rig or a “battle/war” belt. After seeing the prices on those fancy dancy little chest rigs I dig out a Condor Slim Battle Belt that showed up at some point that I don’t recall and started playing around with the stuff and how it was organized. I think I finally have a set up I like (mostly).

There are many battle/war belts out there, this is mine.

I have reduced the gear/stuff to a Gerber Principle knife, a kangaroo style magazine pouch holding 2 AR and 2 pistol mags, a blowout/trauma kit, radio pouch (need a smaller one), a holster for G19 (a better one is in my future once we have a little more cash coming in and I find one I like), a sundry pouch/booboo kit, carabiner to my attach gloves and my gloves.

It is reasonably light, nothing gets in the way of my rifle and I can easily draw my pistol without interference. I could probably add a second tourniquet on my strong side without excess bulk or weight and I may just do that.

I should be able to make my next training class and test it out this weekend.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Sunday Scripture: Matthew 5:11-12

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

-Matthew 5:11-12

Personal Meaning:

People hating you, insulting you and persecuting you is a hard thing to think about or accept. It is even tougher to see the bright side of such treatment. Our Lord Jesus suffered this at the hands of the Jewish leaders and the Romans. He took it despite having the power to destroy every single one of them or to deliver himself from the torment. He did so because He knew His suffering would redeem us and allow us to (re)join His father’s family. His reward, His blessing for suffering through this was for us not for Him…

As the world turns further and further away from God we will see this treatment increase. It already is. We need to face this treatment with strength and perseverance not allowing it to steal our faith and focus on God. We can also find hope and confidence that our troubles will increase our rewards in Heaven.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Give me strength and courage in the face of persecution. Help me to rejoice in the eternal rewards that will be gained from enduring temporary hardships faced in this fallen world. Lord, help me to keep my faith through trials.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

The word of God and the freedom to study it, learn it and share it.

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Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Project Get Fit 2021 (Part 2): Week 10

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

Most of this week was completely non-productive. Recovery form COVID and the after-effects kept me from doing much more than the bare minimum in any aspect of my life and exercise was definitely not included in the bare minimums.

Thursday was a little different. For the first time I felt (somewhat) normal. I am still weak and easily winded but my mind is clearer and I have a bit more energy and a bit less of the post-COVID malaise. So much so that Wonderful Wife and I were able to go for a half mile walk. We took is slow but it still elevated our heart rates and we were pretty tired afterwards but it felt good.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Midweek Humor

I laugh, you laugh, maybe the world is a little brighter after some dark humor…

My grandfather finished high school early, convinced his mom to sign a waiver so he could enlist. Worked in a shipyard in a different city until his birthday and joined the US Navy on his birthday.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

 

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Although, to be honest, I missed several weeks of church and Sunday while sick with COVID. I was also not good at keeping up with my Bible study for at least a week of that time.

Self Defense/Hunting

Made an ammo purchase of 40 rounds of 5.56/.223 and 100 rounds of 9mm.

Supplies/Gear

Rotated the emergency pantry and restocked it.

Wonderful Wife and I discussed it and we decided to go ahead and add to our long term food storage. We discussed it with the kids and we will be sending an additional bucket of rice and another of beans to be stored at their houses. We spoke with my mom and she agreed to store an extra pair of buckets at her house as well.

We will talk to our youngest daughter about doing the same for her and her girls. Since they live several hundred miles away it is particularly important for her to be well stocked since it could be difficult for them to make it here in an emergency.

All told this will be at least eight more buckets of food distributed across four households in two cities. I have already bought the buckets and they are here. The lids are on order as are additional oxygen absorbers and food safe diatomaceous earth (DE). I have enough mylar bags on hand. Once everything is on hand we will purchase the additional beans and rice and get to filling them.

Amazon had 2.6 gallon collapsible water storage containers on sale for just under $10. Although I have a number of water storage solutions already, adding a couple of these didn’t cost much and added another way to store water in case of an emergency or a disaster.  Most of my storage solutions are 5 gallons or up so these could prove handy for smaller, easier to transport quantities of water.

Security

No activity this month.

Finances

Even with Wonderful Wife not working we managed to put a little money aside and invest a bit in crypto. We also used a refund check for a cancelled medical procedure and combine it with Credit Card points to make a small purchase of precious metals.

Fitness/Health

This month has been spent dealing with and trying to recover from COVID.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.