Another week in the books. My folks safely arrived back in Canada. I’m sure they’re still jet lagged and sleeping as we speak.
Don’t worry mom. I forgive you (just this once) for not reading your son’s latest blog post!
They had a great visit and I’m sure they learned a lot about this part of the world. They knew little about Poland and Poland’s history before their trip. One of the perks of my job is that it has given my friends and family excuses to visit me in different parts of the world. Places that otherwise wouldn’t have appeared on their radar. In my family travel isn’t just about taking a vacation from work. It’s about experiencing and learning about other people and cultures. Okay okay. Enough with all the feel good Tony Robbin’s crap. Here’s this weeks recap:
On Monday we kicked off a new section of the website called “Real Dumbbell Daddies” that featured one of my best friends who lost close to 80 lbs. If he can do that with a family, mortgage and a stressful job….anyone can. What are you waiting for? Get up and start making a difference in your own life!
Barry Choi at Money We Have wrote a great article about cheap airline ticket myths. As someone who has been involved with aviation for a long time, I can say Barry was spot on. As I mentioned in the comments section of his post “Anyone that says they get or know how to get the best deal is lying or misinformed. Even employees of airlines nowadays usually end up avoiding employee standby hassles and pay regular fares. Today airline margins are so slim. There’s a reason why Warren Buffet said he’ll never invest in airlines again!”
Barry must have been reading my mind by publishing another post discussing factors that affect your life insurance premiums. In the next month or so we’ll be reviewing our current policy and it’s likely we’ll be looking at switching companies/policies soon.
Note: I never cared much for life insurance until my son was born. If you have a family I would recommend looking into your current policy if you have one. This is even more important if you’re the only breadwinner in your family. Most large employer’s provide some form of life insurance but it’s usually never enough.
Mark Sisson over at Mark’s Daily Apple answered a reader’s question about exercising in polluted cities. This was pretty informative. Over the years I’ve lived in some pretty “dense” cities and I’ve always wondered how bad it was exercising in that air.
Ever read articles about how “the rich” think differently than everybody else? Well how about an article about how “the fit” think differently than everybody else. Isaac Payne over at The Moose Is Loose listed 11 Ways Fit People Think Differently Than Unfit People.
There’s nothing more I like than meat on a stick. Okay shit let me rephrase that. There’s nothing better I like to eat on the street than meat on a stick. Yeah that doesn’t work either. F@ck it. I like Kabob’s. All types. Chicken, pork, beef, shrimp ect. Summer BBQ season is slowly winding down. Juli Bauer over at PaleOMG posted a fantastic and easy recipe for Orange Glazed Chicken Kabob’s. For those that don’t know, she’s a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and blogger. Her books and blog recipes are fantastic, tasty and most importantly easy! Her latest book is already flying off the shelves. You can find a copy at Amazon here.
When you start loosing weight, you usually start eating less and moving more. You eventually start learning more about food and which one’s works for your body and which one’s don’t. Ever since I lost the equivalent of a tinny Asian man, I’ve often wondered if I’m actually eating enough food to stay lean and strong? Box Life posted a fantastic article addressing this exact issue. Although the publication has a CrossFit focus it will apply to any gym goer or serious athlete.
Anyone here ever feel a tad bit emasculated? For example you’re feeling good. You’ve been killing it in the gym all week. On the weekend you painted your kids room, hauled out and tuned up your lawn mower, and cooked your favourite smoked BBQ ribs for your friends and family on Saturday night. Life good. You’re a guy. Knocking back a couple of beers with those ribs one of your friends starts talking about his buddy. This ‘buddy’ just built a 500 foot deck by himself in a day, after working 12 hours as a firefighter saving orphans from a burning building! Oh and the wood for that deck….he cut down every piece and hauled it himself….by hand! Asshole. For me I actually like it when other men make me feel bad about myself. It forces me to grow. To keep striving to be better. Brett over at The Art of Manliness wrote a great article last year about feeling a little “emasculated”.
Anyone in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or even 60’s here? Do you think as you get older you won’t be able to lift as much? You’ll just continue to get weaker and weaker? Why continue to work out at all right? HORSE SHIT!!!! Regardless of your age, if you’ve ever asked yourself if you’re past your prime, you need to check out this podcast by the boys at Barbell Shrugged. Old Man Strength: How to Train Better With Age. Grab a cup of coffee and watch it before the kids get up. You’re welcome.
Do you ever wonder how much sleep you should be getting? If you’re a new parent do you ever get pissed off when one of your childless coworkers starts complaining “OMG I’m soooooooo tired. I like couldn’t sleep and like went to bed at 12am and like woke up at 7. OMG I’m like such a disaster today.” You’re thinking to yourself “Just shut your mouth and die asshole. What I wouldn’t give for 7 (uninterrupted) hours of sleep!” Ross over at Ross Training gives us his perspective on how much sleep you need. As I wrote in the comments section I use to think naps were for lazy people. Now I rely on them to sneak in any extra shut-eye I can.
Well that should keep you busy reading for a while.
Wherever you are in the world I hope you have a fun and safe weekend.
Ohhhh and I almost forgot…….
Keep the blue side up.
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