Project Get Fit 2022: Week 12

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

As I expected, the training over the weekend was more exercise than a third trip to the gym would be. A full weekend of training and practicing patrols, ambushes, weapons drills and reacting to contact took everything I had. There was no way I was going to be able to make it to the gym on Monday and, sure enough, I didn’t.

I did make it on Tuesday instead. It was a good workout and I was able to continue to increase the number of reps on some exercises I have been doing. For the first time since hurting my hip I also added squats back into the mix; just a few, performed very carefully. As of Wednesday morning, no significant issues from the squats. In fact, on Wednesday I started walking again. I’m taking it easy, between a mile and half a mile for now.

Worked out again on Thursday and I was able to increase reps on a number of exercises and added another (very short) set of squats to the routine. Walked again today and there was very little pain or discomfort. For the first time this year I feel like I am on the mend physically and making some progress!

I didn’t make it to the gym Saturday but I spent the day trimming trees and hauling the branches and other trash to the dump. I do believe I had a tougher workout doing this than a trip to the gym. At least it feels like it.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Some Steps To Help Mitigate The Chaos

Pastor Joe over at Viking Preparedness released a video on his seven steps to take now that will help mitigate the chaos that is on the horizon; nuclear war, massive cyber-attacks, EMP or zombies…

They are all darn good steps and while I encourage everyone to check out his video I want to share my thoughts on them as well:

Hard-copies Of Critical Documents/Data

You should be doing this whether we are staring into the abyss of a nuclear exchange or not. Yes, there is redundancy in the systems that store our critical data. Yes, this data is (most likely) backed up. Whether from human error (stupidity), technical issues or bad actors electronic data can and is lost on a regular basis. Print hard-copies of critical data including bank records, deeds, loan documents, medical records, etc. More than that, keep them in a safe location, preferably is a fire and water-proof lock box, and make sure all the folks in the house who might have a need know where it is. Put it on your grab and go list for bugging out.

Electronic navigation (GPS) is likely to be one of the first systems taken out. Some of our enemies have spoofing technology that confuse GPS systems and send you down the wrong hobbit trail. The US is already talking about shutting off GPS services for Russian citizens…

Cash

Again, keep it in a safe storage container in a safe location but when the banking systems stop working many retailers will still be taking cash. Don’t think it can happen? Just ask the millions of Russians who used Visa or MasterCard before the war started.

Bugout Bag/Bugout List

If you’re reading this blog you probably have one. If you are like most folks you put it together sometime in the past and have no idea if those meal bars are still any good or if little junior borrowed something out of the bag for his cub scout camping trip without saying anything. get it out, knock the dust off and check the contents. You should have food, water, clothing, tools and gear to get you from point A to point B. Typically, two days is a good rule of thumb but your mileage may vary. Make sure you have one for every member of the family that can carry a pack.

I would also suggest preparing a bugout list as well. Bugout bags should be grab and go…NOW! In many cases you may have a few hours to get out (we did during Hurricane Harvey). Prepare a list items you need to grab in addition to your Bugout Bag, if you have the time. Critical Documents, IDs, cash, precious metals, food, water, gear, weapons, ammo, etc. If you have the time garb as much of the stuff that will help you get through a crisis as you can.

Learn Potential (Nuclear or Strategic) Targets

There has been a lot of Internet guessing and supposition on this. Search if it helps. My rule of thumb is stay away from strategic military targets such as large bases housing combat units and especially any and all associated with US nuclear strike capabilities. Understand that if it an all out nuclear attack, it probably won’t matter much where you are.

Get Your Car Prepped

When bombs start falling or the rioting boils out of control it is a bad time to try and get the oil changed, a tune-up or new tires. Keep your vehicle in top condition to get you out of the danger zone.

Keep the tank topped up too. You may not have time to fill it or may not be able to fill it before running for the safety in them there hills. I consider half a tank to be full on empty. Did you remember to add fuel to your bugout list?

Communications Plan

Have a plan to communicate if everything is working. Have a plan of the cell phone networks are impaired. Have a plan for communications if no communications are available.

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So, these are my suggestions to help mitigate the chaos that could shatter our normalcy anytime soon. What did I miss?  Share suggestions and comments below.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 11

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

I saw the doctor about my hip and shoulder on Monday. X-Rays showed no problems with the bone. He offered a cortisone shot and I was happy to take it. I can walk without pain now and maybe my mom won’t outrun me in the parking lot again. He did say to take it very easy. The shot helps with the pain but overdoing it will just make the injury worse.

Instead of hitting the gym on Monday evening I attended a carbine class and although it wasn’t particularly difficult training it was still a bit of a work out doing weapon manipulations drills for two hours.

Made it to the Gym on Tuesday and it went well. I’m still skipping the leg exercises so the hip can rest and heal. I was hurting a little the next day because I wasn’t thinking about it and tried a lower ab exercise that initially felt fine but on the second set I realized was using the hip quite a bit. The pain was gone by Wednesday.

Thursday at the gym went well also. Again I was able to increase the reps on several exercises. I went for a short walk with two of my grandsons and my hip was giving me problems within a very short distance.

No third gym day this week. I have another small unit tactical training. That will probably be more of a workout than the gym time.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

A Little Reminder From History

In response to aggression in Asia the US implemented massive sanctions on Imperial Japan on July 26th, 1941. The sanctions froze assets within the United States, three-quarters of Japan’s overseas trade was blocked and oil exports to Japan were blocked. At the time over 80% of Japan’s imported oil supply was from the US.

Based on existing reserves Japan had a limited time before the country and the military would grind to a halt.

Japan could “lose face” and give in to American demands to end their wars of conquest or they could step up their offensives to secure needed resources through force and remove US influence in the Pacific.

Their decision was made perfectly clear 134 days later in the form of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on the morning of Sunday December 7th, 1941. The Imperial Japanese forces destroyed 188 planes, damaged 159, sunk six ships including 4 battleships, and damaged 13 more. The greatest cost of all was the more than 2400 Americans who were killed and almost 1200 who were wounded in the attack. The deadliest attack on Americans until 9/11.

I share this so people will understand that economic warfare is still warfare. Some countries will surrender and some will fight back, economically or militarily.

I am absolutely NOT saying we should not have put sanctions on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. I am not defending Russia in any way…

However…

We should all be aware of the potential consequences of those actions and prepare accordingly…

Take care and God bless.

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 10

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

I made it to the gym twice this week. An unexpected trip to San Antonio during the middle of the week kept me out of the gym mid-week. On both day that I made it into the gym I was able to increase reps on several exercises.

However…

I hurt my hip a few weeks ago and it has been bothering me ever since. The training I did last weekend aggravated the injury and I could barely walk for a bit. So, I have had to drop walking and leg exercises from my routine until it heals up.

Overall, not a bad week but not a good one either.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Food!

If you are not already stocking up on food supplies, why not?

It is time to remember the common sense of our grandparents from the Great Depression, store food when you can for lean times and lean times are definitely on the way.

World food supplies over the last few years have been impacted due to a number of issues; poor weather, COVID, supply chain issues, etc.

Ukraine and Russia export much of the food for the middle east and Europe. Russia is a major supplier of fertilizer and the raw materials to make fertilizer. In response to sanctions they have banned the export of fertilizer. China is the other major supplier and they are having production and delivery issues.

All of which increases the cost and decreases the availability of food.

China has been actively buying as much grain as it can to make up for poor harvests and to build reserves.

Today, Hungary, the second major supplier of food to Europe announced they are banning the exportation of grain.

The bottom line is that food prices will be going up even more and we could very possibly see massive shortages in many parts of the world.

I strongly suggest you start stocking up on food.

Take care and God bless.

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 9

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

Another week on the road and another week of relatively little progress at getting fit. I was able to get three good walks in. Two were walking through airports with  my backpack on (indoor rucking!). One afternoon I was able to get a break at work and walked a mile or so through the streets of Minneapolis. When I mentioned my little walks to a coworker who lives there I was strongly cautioned NOT to walk in that direction if I valued my safety.

I didn’t notice any threats on the streets and it was early afternoon and still daylight so…

Did some small unit tactical training this week as well. Running, kneeling, low crawling while carrying a rifle and full kit for several hours was a pretty good workout as far as I am concerned.

So, I guess this week wasn’t so bad after all.

I don’t have any travel booked for the foreseeable future so maybe I can get back into the swing of things and start hitting the gym again.

Wonderful Wife started a 40 for 40 challenge for Lent. Forty minutes of exercise every day for forty days. So far she is doing really well and I am excited that she is doing this.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Preparing For The Resistance – February 2022

I am changing up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

Still looking for ways to toughen up mentally.

Physically:

Total failure in this area. I am doing physical therapy for my shoulder and that’s about it due to work and travel schedules.

Be Smarter

Started checking out MMA/self-defense gyms and sat in on a class. I won’t make a decision or join until my travel schedule slows down.

Did some live fire and move to contact drills.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

We finally completed the reorganization of our emergency pantry to accommodate the increased storage capacity. Based on that we placed orders to begin filling the space. Stocking up on as much food as practical. As part of this we vacuum sealed a number of containers of pasta and put into bins for easier storage over a longer period of time.

We stocked up on some medical supplies including rolled gauze, generic Dramamine and two more CAT Gen 7 tourniquets.

Of course, we stocked up on ammo as well:
5.56/.223 (40 rounds)
9mm (200 rounds)
.22 Long Rifle (300 Rounds)

Gear:

I purchased a tough, low tech watch. I normally wear an Apple watch but there may be times, especially in a collapse, where I may not want to wear (trackable) smart technology on my person. In some cases when hiking or doing other things I would like a tougher watch on my wrist instead of the (far more) expensive and breakable apple offering. This little Timex is pretty tough and was pretty inexpensive.

We bought a hand operated pump (safe for fuel use) and a drill operated pump (not safe for fuel use). We also started topping up gear and supplies for our emergency kits (sill-cock keys, water filters, collapsible water containers, storm proof matches, etc).

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement and investment accounts. We have decided to stop purchasing Crypto at this time. Instead, we will put the money (plus a little more) into precious metals instead. Overall, this slightly reduces the amount we are putting into our investment accounts and increases the percentage in precious metals. A good return from the investments is critical if we want to retire and live in the manner we would like. Precious metals is for wealth preservation and does not provide that return however it should be the safer choice and will preserve wealth even if inflation continues to be a problem and it is a hedge against a market collapse.

I took the dividends from one of our stock accounts and invested that into precious metals as well.

Energy:

Nothing this month.

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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?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 8

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

Spent the week on the road. I should have worked out in the hotel but my days and evening were pretty packed. Next week probably won’t be any better as I am off road warrioring again.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022