This was by far the busiest year of my life. Let me try to make this in a list format in chronological order:
- Shifted departments at work.
- Traveled to Greensboro for an epic Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding.
- Honeymoon to St. Lucia.
- Moved out of the apartment of 1.5 years.
- Bought a house!
- Moved into that house. (A lot of work)
- Bought a Shicon (Shih-tzu and Bichon) and named him Luke! (After Luke Skywalker)
- Became a Wine Club members at Cooper’s Hawk. (Free bottle of wine each month.)
- Benched 225lbs for the first time in years.
- My niece Abby was born!
- Bought a PS4. My first game system in 5 years.
- Bachelor Party for my friend David.
- David gets married in October.
- Washington DC trip.
- Coming soon this year:
- Bachelor Party for a good friend of mine.
- Another very good friend of mine will be married at years end.
This is a long list. I’m really hoping this year is much more laid back. Now that we are in the house and settled, I think it will be a much less chaotic year. I do have a few personal goals I would like to achieve this year. Again not in any particular order:
- Learn to play the guitar. Aiming for 30 minutes a day.
- Bench 250lbs by years end and get 225lbs for 3 sets of 8 reps easily.
- Drop down to 175lbs again.
- Stress less and relax more. Should be easier this year.
- Listen to music more often.
- Read more books. I like books where I feel like I’m learning something.
There is probably more than I am thinking of here, but this is all that is coming to mind. I have always wanted to know how to play the guitar, especially the electric guitar. It is not an easy instrument to learn, but if I do it every day for 30 minutes to maybe an hour I think I’ll make good progress. Sarah has a list of goals as well. She definitely wants to start eating better more consistently, so that is another goal for 2019.
Panda Express – Chicken Teriyaki, Stringbean Chicken, Veggies
Knob Creek – Gift for my Manager
High Protein Bread and a Bang Rainbow Unicorn Energy Drink. The drink is 5 out of 10. Monster wipes the floor with this drink.
Gift from my manager! Fine Whiskey.
Steak and Sushi.
Zorbas Greek Med Platter.
Big D and Luke.
Zorbas Chicken Salad and huge Roll.
10 eggs with high protein bread.
Another quick update this week. I ended up buying the Playstation 4 last weekend. It was $300 for the system and the games are all dirt cheap at this point, so you can pick up a lot of great games for cheap. Came out to $350 for the system with two games and tax. Not bad for a system that I will likely have for the next 5-7 years. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a fun game in terms of the arcade mode. I have not really played much besides that. Kylo Ren is hands down the best character when playing as the Dark Side. Luke is the best Lights Side user in my opinion. The rest of the characters are average. This includes Darth Vader who is unfortunately pretty slow.
My bench press is still 225lbs for reps of 8, 5, 5. Nothing new here, unfortunately. Everything else is still plateaued as well. I may change up what I’m doing, so it is less heavy strength work and more bodyweight days. Just feels like a good change at the moment, although I will still continue to bench press. I also want to add in daily stretching to my routine, which has felt absolutely incredible to do recently.
Diet has been pretty low carb during the week and high carb this weekend. My best friend Cameron and I had a bachelor party to go to on Friday and we feasted on Kickback Jacks right before (I got Chicken Philly with fries). The party was fun and a much more laid back Bachelor Party then I have ever been to, but due to the lack of sleep and fun we had, I pretty much made all of Saturday a recovery day. It was a beautiful day too, so it sucked not to have the energy to do anything. I also woke up at a very low weight of 174.4lbs this morning. My lowest in recent memory has been around 178.5 lbs. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep, fluid loss or what, but I was very surprised when I saw the number.
Fortunately, today is looking good outside and I have a nice 4 day work week and 3 day week coming up, which I’m really looking forward to.
Meat and Sausage Bowl
Quick Lunch on my rest day
Mezeh 😉 10 out of 10
Papa Johns Pizza at work for lunch
Panera Green Goddess Salad. – I was really craving salad last night. Even turned down my beloved Chipotle for it.
I’m just going to do a quick update this week. No post last week as it was a very busy week at work and I didn’t have a ton of time or energy to write a post.
I have hit somewhat of a plateau in my lifts recently. I have also felt more stressed out recently, which I know goes hand in hand with the gym. My meals at night have been less keto/high protein-oriented and more or less just eating whatever I want. I have noticed a couple of days this week my dietary fat was unintentionally very low. Like 30 grams or so. I definitely felt “off” the next day. I may remedy this with a full week of eating what I think is optimal. This consists of high protein meat-based meals and a low carb content. Let’s see if that jumpstarts me a little bit.
Other than that, the Giants and Hokies are both failing. Giants can’t score points at all and Hokies lost to ODU. Great! (sarcasm intended). Also, my number one draft pick in Fantasy Football, Leveon Bell, hasn’t played a game because he “isn’t making enough money.” Don’t even get me started on this fool. Once Eli Manning is done my interest in football is going to take one hell of a step down from where it is now. If my interest in football is currently a 10, once Eli is gone it will be more like a 5.
I’m also thinking about getting a PS4. Mainly for Star Wars Battlefront 2, which is an incredibly fun game. Kylo Ren is hands down the best character in that game. They are also going to add Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan in future updates, so yeah this game is a must buy. I’ve also had the PS3 for at least 5 years. Considering the system may be a bit pricey at first at $299, it lasts several years and holds its value well. Also, since the PS4 has been out a while, a lot of the games are very cheap now.
Blaze Pizza – 8 out of 10
Turkey meat and broccoli
Steak and Veggies
Lean beef onions and Brussel sprouts
Chipotle Rice Bowl
Kickback Jacks Chicken Philly
Family Pic with Luke AKA Little Man
Kickback Jacks pizza – Chicken and veggies
Aldi – Winking Owl with Viking pour