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Day #1

Unplugged the Xbox. Moved it to the storage room. - Installed "Forest" app on phone as a productivity reminder. - Need to find a way to block Reddit on my Android phone.

Gratitude journal

Cam for making this space available.

GF's enthusiasm towards being back on the right path.

 

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Started this journey

Workout/run

Squat 5x5 110

Bench 5x5 100

Row 5x5 100

Meditation

5 minutes - breath awareness

Reading + taking notes

Chapter 1 - Fifteen Dogs, no notes

Getting to bed before 10pm

TBD

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x

Journal daily

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide.

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts.

What went well today:

Was a zombie in the morning - didn't think any work would get done. - Despite this managed to layout shell for valuation project. - Good progress.

What I could have done to make my day better:

Exercise in the morning or during the day.

Misc accomplishments:

Worked through the holiday.

Brought bag lunch.

Played with dogs for 5 minutes.

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Love that you're here bro. It's gonna be huge and your massive action will contribute a lot to others here as well.

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Day #2

Mediocre productivity at work. - Read google news a little bit too much. - Replacing reddit, need to shut it down.

Gratitude journal

An excellent client meeting. - Thanks to MAB for including me.

 

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Threw my name in to referee the Midget Provincial Tier 1 game on Thursday. - Got it.

Workout/run

Climbing - 1.5 hours - 2 auto-belay, 2 tall top ropes, 2 tall leads.

Meditation

5 minutes - breath awareness

Reading + taking notes

Chapter 2 - Fifteen Dogs, no notes

Getting to bed before 10pm

TBD

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x

Journal daily

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide. Update - Prepared the request - Submitted, but the form timed out, lost the tentative itinerary I put together >:(

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts.

What went well today:

Good climb, felt strong, didn't get completely shut down on the hard route.

What I could have done to make my day better:

Try out "scribing" for lack of better word existing novel. See if it helps to improve prose.

Misc accomplishments:

Brought bag lunch.

Climbed during the afternoon. - Worked Late

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Day #3

Feeling very tired today. Took a long time to really get moving. Ended up progressing all my tasks to where they need to be at work.

Gaming feels like the easier part of this at the moment. There's a constant urge to check my phone, look at news, social media, whatever. Frustrating trying to stay focused.

First time I'm really taking agency over quitting gaming and following the process. It's helping with accountability and is a daily reminder of all the things I'd rather be doing that I'd been neglecting.

Gratitude journal

GF for bringing my skates I'd forgotten to work so I could get them sharpened.

 

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Came to terms with a destructive habit - when upset, I need to get active, doing something positive about it. All I can control is me.

Workout/run

Squat 5x5 115

OHP 5x5 70

Deadlift 1x5 145

Meditation

5 minutes - breath awareness - struggled to keep mind from wandering yesterday.

Reading + taking notes

Taking a break from Fifteen Dogs - the chapters are long, there might only be 5 to the whole book. - Finished The Blood Mirror.

Note: Dropping the "Be in bed before 10PM - not a focus area"

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x

Journal daily

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide. Got the quote - $925 per person for the trip I want to do. Alternative option is $625 per to learn the skills, then do the trip on my own. - Both options more than I'd like to spend. Needs more thought.

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts.

What went well today:

Moved all the bars forward. - Came up with a new blog topic to write in the future.

What I could have done to make my day better:

Worn glasses instead of contact lenses.

Misc accomplishments:

Brought bag lunch.

Spent no money today.

I think on Sundays I'm going to do a weekly reflection - something to keep in mind.

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Hi

I notice you do climbing and strength training. I was thinking of doing some sort of strength training too but I have little to no experience with workouts. What would you recommend for someone starting out and what type of workouts do you think would benefit climbers? My parents got me a rowing machine for my birthday. That is more cardio but it is great for rest days I believe. I have been looking at this full body workout but I don't really have the right equipment. If I was going to invest in some equipment what would you recommend? I have been looking at this sort of thing. Some pushup bars and rings for dipping too. Also I have been recommended a small beginner simple workout which is:

20 pushups

20 squats

20 sit ups

20 crunchies

1.5 mile run

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I'll recommend the most straight-forward beginner climbing workout I know: 4x4's - Trainingbeta explains them very well here: https://www.trainingbeta.com/4x4s/ it's a great site to explore for climbing info and as your training progresses. I have their advanced workout plans I can share down the road if you start pushing into harder grades and want something more structured.

I like Reddit's bodyweight fitness routine and if you can do most of it, follow it, but for beginner strength training I like "Stronglifts 5x5" the most. https://stronglifts.com/5x5/ - There's an app for it for both Apple and Android. You can learn the whole thing in about 10 minutes. You alternate days, and you'll see changes within 8 weeks. I'm actually doing it again now.

As far as the rack you linked, it looks ok, but is limited in function. I'd recommend this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodymax-CF415-Squat-Spotter-Catchers/dp/B00MFP2TMU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487909246&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=squat+rack&psc=1 - It's what I own. You can do all the major lifts off it when combined with a bench. It also has dips handles on the back. For pull-ups, just about any sports store should have one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/GM-Door-Gym-Black-Large/dp/B003TTUGRQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487909584&sr=8-1&keywords=door+mounted+pull+up+bar They don't damage doors and are simple / easy to use.

The simple beginner workout you listed will get you going. - Stronglifts will make you strong - Fast. You'll see the muscles within 8 weeks if you follow the progression, stick with it for 12 or 16 and others will start to comment. - Do 4x4's and you'll fly through the grades in climbing. Remember your fingers are going to take the longest to get strong and finger injuries suck, so watch out for thin holds and if something feels like it's going to tweak, better to just let it go if you're training. If you're projecting... go hard ;)

 

 

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Day #4

Had another slow start to the day. Am I having a gaming hangover? Hard to see. Been feeling sick and it could be coincidental, could be gaming. I'll continue to monitor closely.

Brain fog all morning, struggled through the afternoon with a difficult project.

Gratitude journal

Well behaved hockey players for a smooth provincial game.

 

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Floated dates for a mountaineering trip with my dad and GF. Great progress towards who I want to be here in the mountains.

Workout/run

Worked lines for Midget A provincial game.

Meditation

5 minutes - breath awareness - struggled to keep mind from wandering yesterday. - Struggling with meditation in general.

Reading + taking notes

No reading today. Cut time too tight, going to get some more sleep, see if I can shake this "sick feeling."

Note: Dropping the "Be in bed before 10PM - not a focus area" - reevaluate?

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 1x climb, 2x stronglifts. Still on pace.

Journal daily - So far, so good.

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide. Persuing the alternative option.

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts.

What went well today:

Nice smooth hockey game, performed well.

What I could have done to make my day better:

Put my laundry away.

Misc accomplishments:

Brought bag lunch.

Dressed up for hockey game.

Got taxes 95% done.

I think on Sundays I'm going to do a weekly reflection - something to keep in mind.

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If you're having trouble with breath focus meditation try just saying in your mind: "Inhale, exhale". Do this in sync with your breathing and it is a lot easier to focus. The mind is a muscle so you can start small.

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Day #5

Ended up reading a lot of gaming blogs today. I had been planning to buy a Nintendo Switch for the new Zelda before trying to get my life back. Also reading a ton of Eve Online news. The game fascinates me even though I've never played it for more than a couple hours.  I am going to add into my next weekly goals list to write a "gaming from the perspective of an ecstasy user" type blog. - There are things that are best left alone... and in hindsight it's easy to say. - That being said I put it to use by not even trying "Overwatch or Rocket League" because I knew those games would literally ruin me. - Homeless level ruin me.

The swelling in my hand went down overnight. - Overall feels pretty good and didn't bother me climbing today. - Was a little worried!

Got through a few difficult projects at work today. - Had a challenging client call that seemed to go well. Will need to debrief with the partner on Monday.

Climbing was a mixed bag. Every 5.11 shut me down today. From climbing 5.12 last year it's mentally tough to realize just how much I've let things slide.

 

Gratitude journal

Grateful to have discovered Spotify. (I'm a slow adopter of technology) - Discovered some amazing music in New Volume and One OK Rock - finding more stuff in all genres every day I love. - Recommendations welcome!

@Schwing for the meditation suggestion.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Lead a 5.10a at the end of the day on the tall wall, I was already completely exhausted from the day. 2 clips from the top everything was shaking and my mind went to war. "Fall, just fall, let go, give up..." and another part screamed back "Just try. Fight until you can't fight one more inch, if you're going to fall, why would you give up. PULL," So I pulled... and my fingertips brushed just enough of the next hold to continue, inch by inch, breath by breath, clawed my way to the top. Took a moment to reflect before coming down. It was a good win.

Workout/run

Climbed - Up/down/up warmup on the auto-belay. didn't track my routes. Climbed til T-rex claws were all I had left.

Meditation

5 minutes - breath awareness - tried out the suggestion from @Schwing (I can't figure out how everyone is tagging each other!) - helped to give a simplifying focus. Thanks!

Reading + taking notes

Fifteen Dogs - Chapter 3

Note: Dropping the "Be in bed before 10PM - not a focus area" - reevaluate?

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 2x climb, 2x stronglifts. Still on pace.

Journal daily - So far, so good.

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Watching kajiji for local sales options.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide. Persuing the alternative option.

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Did some work "scribing" then re-writing a scene. Went fairly well. Need to devote more time to it.

What went well today:

Got some labwork done I've been putting off. Keeps life moving smoothly.

What I could have done to make my day better:

Put my laundry away. - STOP PUTTING THIS OFF AHHH

Misc accomplishments:

Brought bag lunch. - Whole week! - Bought breakfast twice... - Pretty amazing week.

Initiated going climbing! - Helping GF towards her goal of being strong for April course.

Got taxes 95% done. - Deciding on weekend whether or not to make RRSP contribution.

I think on Sundays I'm going to do a weekly reflection - something to keep in mind.

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You tag people by type @ and then the letters of their name but you have to wait and look under what you are typing as little boxes will pop up with all the people on the site whose names have the letters you are typing

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Hi, @Simms

About workouts. I live in the middle of nowhere so for the holidays it is very inconvenient for me to get to the gym. When I'm at school I can just walk down the school gym easy. I would have to face all the arseholes in there but what ever. If I was going to lift weights I think I'll go down there when school is on because I don't have room in my house for this equipment. I can do dips in between my kitchen counters but my parents wont let me buy a pullup bar for a door (or let me do pullups anywhere in the house for that matter) because the house is built like a cardboard box. My step dad suggests dumbbells and I looked some stuff up which looks really promising. If I buy this set  do and this workout what do you think? I can buy a squat rack in the future if I decide I want to do stronglifts 5x5 at home and the plus is I have a longer bar option for the dumbbells for it. As for warmups can I just do any full body warmup? Even this one for bodyweight fitness?

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I really like the Rudy workout you linked for dumbbell only work. Great compound lifts that hit every major muscle group. The flys and lateral raises will help you with climbing strength. As far as warmups go... I honestly don't know. I've never done a proper warmup and haven't had any issues.

As far as the set you linked, the trouble with a 20KG set is you're going to outgrow it fast. Ideally you'll be able to increase the weight you're doing in many lifts by 2.5KG per week. Things like flys and lat raises you'll never want to do that heavy, but things like dumbbell squats, stiff deads, even dumbbell press and rows you'll max out with that set very quickly. I know it's a little more expensive, but I'd look at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TNP-Accessories-Dumbbell-Weights-Dumbbells/dp/B01CGDLYTY/ref=sr_1_14?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1488069135&sr=1-14&keywords=dumbells&th=1 If you buy something like that, it should last you 5-10 years, and you'll have enough weight to do squats and deads for many months of development.

Really like the way you're investigating training. One of the most inspiring articles I ever read when I started in the gym was by Henry Rollins about "The Iron" - http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/strength-articles/iron-henry-rollins give it a look if you're ever looking for a motivation boost.

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Day #6

Tired right now. Been a long week. Need to get into work, put it off until tomorrow. - Short overall checkin.

Ended up on reddit briefly looking at specific pages for a specific purpose. Going to treat it as if those were any other web-pages on the internet when they're visited with intentionality and not mindless surfing. - That being said, still going to avoid reddit unless it's the only / best source for something.

Gratitude journal

Checking in with Cam! Great to swap stories, what a journey!

Grateful today for McDonald's. Sometimes... you just need to indulge.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Reffed the Midget Academy girls today. I've reffed a couple games in the past with one of their players and she was playing today, gave her a hard time during warm-ups and she got an assist, good little hockey player! The team pulled off a comeback with less than 5 minutes to go in the 3rd. It was great to see how pumped they were, don't think they've won too many this year.

Workout/run

Midget reffing was the workout today.

Meditation

5 minutes - breath awareness - getting better.

Reading + taking notes

No reading so far. Vegging out.

Note: Dropping the "Be in bed before 10PM - not a focus area" - reevaluate?

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 2x climb, 2x stronglifts. Still on pace.

Journal daily - So far, so good.

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Watching kajiji for local sales options.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide. Persuing the alternative option.

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Did some work "scribing" then re-writing a scene. Went fairly well. Need to devote more time to it.

What went well today:

Managed to get my technology to co-operate with me! Mic and webcam both. Amazing... - Time to start playing with my voice to text software some more.

What I could have done to make my day better:

Put my laundry away. - It's poured out on the bed now... no more avoiding it =p

Misc accomplishments:

Checked in with GF about gaming - climbing goals - finance goals. Making some decisions about paying down student loans.

I think on Sundays I'm going to do a weekly reflection - something to keep in mind.

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Hi

Thank you for the workout advice. I'll buy this set

What is your novel about?

 

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Day #7

This is where it's nice to be tracking things. It's been seven days and it feels like nothing. I feel absolutely exhausted, in a good way. Fell asleep on the couch at 7PM last night... woke up at 11, went to bed then slept onwards to 9AM. Recharging the batteries. And I never fall asleep on the couch... feels like physiological reactions chasing me.

Limited urge to game. Ended up watching some netflix today, a couple old episodes of the next generation I'd wanted to watch for a long time. Chain of Command. - Classics, nostalgia. I wanted to do a larger overall reflection on the week and didn't figure out what that looks like. Managed to run out of time in the day for it. Will revisit the idea later.

Tweaked something in my hand climbing on day 5. It's angry at me again today. - After reading The Iron again, I need to remind myself to respect the wall. Climbing routes I'm not ready for could easily result in not climbing anything harder than a ladder for the next couple months. Make it an intelligent progression.

Gratitude journal

Girlfriend for being supportive in the journey.

Margo Hayes for being the first woman to climb 5.15a - the joy, pain, and disbelief captured by Matty Hong is beyond inspring: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ_Hz2WldJb/

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

Initiated everything, climbing, cleaning, the gym, walking the dogs. Felt like I got way ahead on the week ahead, it'll only make things better going forward.

Workout/run

Squat 5x5 125

Bench 5x5 105

Bent Row 5x5 105

Climbed - Didn't touch anything harder than 5.10c to see where my finger is. - The answer is: unhappy!

Meditation

 5 minutes - breath awareness - simple. effective?

Reading + taking notes

No reading today - few hours left, will see and edit if this changes.

Weekly Goal(s)

Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - Climbed 3x, Stronglifts 3x, reffed 2x midget hockey games 2hrs+ at the rink - New weekly goals to come tomorrow.

Journal daily - So far, so good.

Monthly Goal

Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Watching kajiji for local sales options.

Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan.

Get cost estimate for 11,000er guide. Persuing the alternative option.

3 Month Goal

Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies.

Outline novel.

Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Did some work "scribing" then re-writing a scene. Went fairly well. Need to devote more time to it.

What went well today:

Laundry put away, vacuumed the whole house, climbed, worked out, walked the dogs for an hour. Pretty epic "productivity day".

What I could have done to make my day better:

Attack my book outline. - Stop putting it off - I'm a beginner again - I've been a beginner before, and I can conquer this too.

Misc accomplishments:

The things that went well! - Finally got the laundry outta that list right above here :P
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