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

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

Preparing For The Resistance – March 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. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

I attended a weekend-long Warrior Skills Training class this month and that helped toughen me up in every way; spiritually, mentally and physically. Forty eight hours of drills, training, simulated operations, and education combined with living on only what you can carry was truly a challenge. Add the lack of sleep due to long training days and nights sleeping on the cold ground and this was an experience that toughened me up in every way.

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:

See comments above on the Warrior Skills Training but one more addition here. We were using blanks during many of the operations. Which meant that we were aiming our rifles at other human beings, pulling the trigger and producing the same (similar) response as the rifle would make in a real fight (gun goes bang). The same goes for stabbing the torso of a human-like training dummy. All the classroom discussions from all the self-defense classes I have taken over the years about mindset and being “in the fight” took on a whole new level of reality. I hope and pray I never have to use any of this training but the reality check from this weekend will, hopefully, reduce any hesitation I might have when the time comes and help ensure that I have the right mindset at the time.

Physically:

See comments on the Warrior Skills Training I have also been doing OK when it comes to gym time. There is still room for improvement there. My hip seems to be healing and I have more mobility and flexibility than I have in weeks.

Be Smarter

Attended a small unit tactical training class on patrolling, breaking and reacting to contact as well a carbine class focused on weapons manipulation drills.

To top it all off the I was able to attend a weekend long warrior skills training class. We humped all our gear and made camp in the woods. We used that for a base of operations to train for the next 48 hours. Topics trained included night movements and operations, patrols, ambushes, CQB practice sessions, weapons manipulation, camouflage, communications, tripwires for early warning as well as base security operations.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

Made a bulk purchase of the needles I use to administer one of my medications. I am now set on these for the next several years.

I have met my goals for ammo supplies but concern over future availability has me continuing to add to our stocks:
5.56/.223 (400 rounds)

We have slowed a bit over the last month on adding to our food supply inventory. We have continued stocking up, just at a slower pace. I think it is time to kick that back into high gear.

Purchased a bottle of Permethrin. I plan to use it to treat my outdoor gear to repel critters as the weather warms up.

Gear:

In preparation for the weekend training I purchased several pieces of gear including a headlamp with a red light, a red light penlight, a single person tent, and a large backpack/rucksack.

I am still trying to find a radio headset that works for me in tactical situations. I have tried several in ear head sets but I haven’t found one that is durable and stays in place. A buddy runs a set of Peltor headphones and seems to like the setup so I looked at picking up a set…yeah, not gonna happen anytime soon. I did find a (relatively) cheap set of Chinese knockoffs and purchased them. They probably won’t last but I will be able to see if I can stand wearing a full headset in the south Texas heat and humidity. If so, I can start watching for deals on the good ones.

I picked up 5 additional AR magazines. To complete the load out I plan on carrying I needed a couple more. I could have pulled them from stock but there was a sale on them when buying five or more. So…

I purchased a new phone. With the ongoing supply chain issues and ever increasing prices I decided to go ahead and get one now while they are available rather than wait for my current phone to need replacement and potentially not be able to get one or have to pay a much higher price.

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 just before before they topped out.

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.

Purchased two additional 5 gallon gas cans, filled them and added stabilizer. I also topped off the generator after running it and now I have another small can to fill.

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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 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