Project Get Fit 2022: Week 19

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

I made it to the gym three times this week and did a little walking. So, from that perspective things went well. The problem being that my shoulder is hurt again and has steadily gotten worse this week.

I have dropped exercises that  could aggravate it and I’m trying to PT it myself from the last time. If that doesn’t work it will be back to the doctor for another shot…

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Know Your Gear/Run What You Train

In one of the most famous stories from the Bible a young shepherd, David, decides to stand up to a monster of a man who was defaming Israel, Israel’s king and (more importantly) the one true God. No one else in the army of Israel was willing to take this man on. David wasn’t even in the army. He was there to bring supplies to his brothers who were.

Young David is confident in his skills and even more confident in the power of God. His brothers, the leaders of the army and the king are not so sure but nevertheless Saul, the king, takes the boy into his tent and equips him with the finest armor and weapons, his own.

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

-1 Samuel 17:38-39

As we see, David gave the new (better) gear a quick shakedown but instead of wearing the top line gear the King has he decides to run his shabby gear that he is used to:

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

-1 Samuel 17:39-40

See, David had trained in his gear. Not against an up-armored giant but against lions and bears that had threatened his father’s sheep. Because he had trained in it he trusted it and he trusted his capabilities while running it.

There are two key lessons here:

    1. Trust in God, despite the odds.
    2. The gear you have and train in is the best gear there is.

Just because some YouTubing, former whatever tells you that if you don’t have the latest and greatest plates made of angels breath and unobtainium your “gonna die in the streets.” Or, that if you don’t have the latest geewhiz gadgets on your rifle you won’t be able to stop the bad guys from taking your goodies from you.

Buy the best you can and spend the money saved to train, train and train some more.

Don’t get me wrong, anytime things get so bad you need to kit up and go to work you have a good chance of getting dead or having your goodies stolen. That’s where is is critical to get right with God and loved ones now…like right now. But, you’ll stand a better chance in decent gear that you’ve trained in until it is like and extension of your own body than the super deluxe stuff that leaves you too broke to train or you can never get around to affording.

Pray up, Stock up, Train up, Team up!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 18

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

I swapped the day to go to the gym because I have a class on Wednesday night. Tuesday was tough. I was tired and really didn’t want to go but I did it. I skipped one of the exercises because my shoulder is hurting but I increased the reps on several others. All in all, I was worn out and it was a struggle to get through but I did and I am proud of that.

Thursday was an even rougher day but I made it through and increased reps on two exercises. One of which I am now exceeded where I was before COVID/injury. Since my should has been hurting I skipped pushups. I’ll do that for the rest of the week and see if they pain goes away or if I need to schedule another doctor’s appointment.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 17

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

Had a great and tough workout on Monday after a good walk on Sunday.

Tuesday was a bust for walking due to my work schedule and a family birthday celebration.

Wednesday was another tough but good workout. Increased the weight on the seated row but, for the most part, I’m trying to keep it consistent for a bit. The shoulder is twinging a little and I felt I was pushing a little too hard on Monday.

No walking on Thursday or Friday but I did make it to the gym. I was able to add some repetitions to the calf raises and I am back where I was before COVID on that exercise. Although I had planned to keep things very stable for the week I did end up increasing the reps on several exercises although I am still taking it easy on any involving my shoulder.

By the time this is posted I will be attending a training session on small unit tactics. It will be a workout because I plan to do it wearing body armor.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Preparing For The Resistance – April 2022

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.

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:

The tactical training I do toughens me up in several ways. First, to keep pushing and focusing when exhausted develops a mental toughness. The scenarios we train, whether force on force, hand to hand or small unit tactics such as ambush, helps to create a mental readiness for when/if we encounter such situations in real life.

Physically:

I’ve done a pretty good job with working out and exercising this month. I am almost back to the level of fitness I had pre-COVID/injuries. Hopefully, I can stay healthy and continue to improve.

Be Smarter

I took a one day self-defense class. I spend a lot of time working with firearms and have even had some knife training but I know that hand to hand is an area of weakness. This class helped me improve in this area, a little. I was a somewhat limited on some of the techniques and had to be careful of my hip.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

I purchased another case of MREs. I primarily use these when I am out in the field training and are not really a part of my long term food storage plan. Still, it is nice to have a few extra on hand, just in case.

Topped off the pantry from the emergency pantry, inventoried it and placed an order to top off what we have used and fill in a few gaps. At this point for most items we are in a good place and can afford to wait for sales and take advantage of them to continue stocking up. However, we are continuing to stock up on long term foods adding more mashed potatoes, rice, beans, flour, sugar and salt.

We are also stocking up on non-food items like cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. This month we stocked up on deodorant and soap.

I have met my goals for ammo supplies but concern over future availability has me continuing to add to our stocks:
5.56/.223 (80 rounds)

Gear:

Wonderful Wife asked me about coms for the family in an an emergency and I explained that I told them what radios to buy but they had not bought them yet. We bought two more UV-5r radios and two extended life batteries. Once I get them programmed I will show the family how to use them and pass them out.

Purchased two heavy-duty tarps on the preparedness tax-free weekend. I also bought new smoke detectors for the house since they were tax-free as well and ours have all begun to fail.

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement accounts and precious metals. I also moved some money out of savings and into precious metals before they topped out and invested a stock dividend into precious metals.

Energy:

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

We took advantage of the tax-free preparedness weekend Texas has and added to our supply of batteries.

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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 16

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

Made it to the gym on Monday and had a good workout. Decreased the weight for my assisted pull ups again. I was also able to increase the weights and reps on several more. In fact, for the Seated Row I exceeded my previous best from pre-COVID/injury.

After the gym I went for a walk and made it just under a mile. So far, no hip or shoulder pain.

Wednesday was a travel day for me and I was running too late in the morning and was too tired in the evening to workout. I did what I could on Thursday morning but I was still worn out so it wasn’t much of a workout.

Friday was another travel day and I didn’t workout.

I am not on the road next week so I should be able to do better.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 15

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

I got a pretty good workout on Sunday doing yard work at my house and at my mom’s after church.

On Monday I made it to the gym. It was another really hard workout. In the last week I have decreased the amount of assistance on the chin ups from 70 to 50 and increased the weight on the seated row from 100 to 140. I am now going with five sets of max reps on both of these to build more muscle/strength faster. I was taking it very easy on these because of my shoulder but it seems to be holding out fine with the harder workouts. I am also being very aggressive increasing the number of reps on squats. My hip seems to be fine with that but I am still being very cautious with burpees and lunges. On the downside I didn’t walk on Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday I was on the road and I have the hardest time getting myself to exercise while on the traveling but I did…

Given the limits of the hotel gym I wasn’t able to do most of my upper body workout but I did all I could. Then I went for a walk. I’m not sure of the exactly distance but it was a round trip of 4 hotels, a self storage place and a parking garage. Just guessing, it was nearly a mile.

We had meetings from breakfast until late in the evening so no walking on Thursday.

Between driving home, a hectic day of meetings, and family coming in for Easter I didn’t walk or exercise Friday but made it into the gym Saturday morning. Still doing OK with the tough workout routine and heavier weights. I was able to add another set of lunges and burpees and I am now exceeding my pre-COVID/injury performance on assisted pull ups. I am on par with where I was with sit ups but there is a long way to go to get back to where I was prior on most exercises.

All in all, a good week. We’ll see how next week goes as I am traveling again.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 14

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

I was still pretty sore from the weekend (self-defense training Saturday/furniture moving Sunday) but still made it to the gym. I am still slowly adding reps where I can and I am not having much pain from adding back the lunges, squats and burpees.

I didn’t walk on Monday, for several reasons, but was back at it on Tuesday. I am holding steady at just under a mile for another week or so.

I walked again on Wednesday and made it to the gym as well. I was able to add a few reps on some exercises and added additional sets to both lunges and burpess. My hip seems to be taking it well.

I walked on both Thursday and Friday. Just under a mile each time. My hip was hurting towards the end on Friday.

I didn’t make it to the gym on Friday but did on Saturday morning. This was the hardest workout of the year. I switched up the assisted pull-ups and seated rows. For both I am going for five sets of the maximum reps I can do. If I pass five reps I decrease the assist/increase the weight. I dropped the assistance on the pull-ups from 70 to 60. On the seated row I increased the weight from 100 to 135. That increase left me shaky after the workout but my shoulder didn’t seem to be affected negatively. I also added a third set to both the burpees and lunges. My hip seems to be taking that just fine. I was also able to increase the number of reps on several other exercises.

I still have a long way to go before I am back to where I was before COVID and my injuries but this week was a big step in the right direction.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 13

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

Started the week on Monday with a walk (still keeping it around 1.2 a mile) and a trip to the gym. Again, I was able to add reps on some exercises. I took less time to recover between sets but don’t think I will continue to do that. It’s good for cardio fitness but I am not sure if getting my heart rate that high is a good idea. Due to the hip injury I have been skipping lunges and burpees although I am adding squats back in (slowly and carefully). Wonderful Wife joined me in the gym as well!

Tuesday I decided to push my walk a little and go for a mile. It was a little tough at the end but I made it and no ill effects the next morning.

I made another mile (or close to it) on Wednesday and then made it to the gym. It was a good workout and I was able to add a few reps here and there as I recover. Most importantly, I added lunges and burpees back into the mix. The first time since hurting my hip.

I kept up doing a mile for the rest of the week and my hip is still doing OK.

I also made it to the gym on Friday. The first three gym week in a really long time. The burpees and lunges don’t seem to be hurting my hip. I was able to add another rep of each but I am taking it very slowly and cautiously.

To top off I attended a hand-to-hand self-defense class on Saturday.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022