July 1st Weekend & Wellness

Friday I worked from 8:00-5:00. No workout and nothing particularly eventful happened today.

Saturday was GLORIOUS though. I had the whole house to myself all day, a rare treat. I had a copious amount of time to devote to self-meditation and introspection. Among other things, introspection and solitude is what I most look forward to on the weekends after a long week’s work. I had some glorious meals on this day, breakfast and dinner… as well as a late night craving. I’m getting progressively better at cutting out the liquid meals and chocolate treat cravings. Finally….

Today, Sunday, I went to church with the family. Almost always fashionably late, we walked in and found a back row seat. This has always bothered me… I don’t understand why my family is stubborn to get involved in church. Especially my brother… He has never been particularly religious and continually pokes fun at the church we go to. I shouldn’t be the one to judge him though, as I often find myself getting less and less involved with “church” as academic endeavors consume a majority of my time. This is NOT to say I have lost any faith thought! I still believe in a higher Power. There is definitely no way around it. C.S Lewis verifies this argument in the opening chapter of his book, Mere Christianity. Aside from church I had a great day watching Grey’s Anatomy, reading medical articles, books, and researching my trip to Boston for this upcoming weekend! Meals, Meals, Meals, were solid, but I had a splitting headache until I settled down for the night.

FITNESS:

I have been consistently using my home made kettlebell whenever I have the urge to exercise. I probably total 150 reps throughout each day.

My weight is looking good too! More on fitness in another post..

 

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Home Made Kettlebell! Best Idea Ever!

Okay, so I am reading Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body right now and I realized how beneficial a kettlebell workout is. The gym I go to doesn’t have kettlebells so I was out of luck there. Online I saw them going anywhere from $25 for a 10lb bell all the way up to $90 for the 53lb bell I need.

Tim Ferriss includes in the book a home made option for the kettlebell:

1 = 3/4″ x 12″ nipple which will make the shaft
2 = 3/4″ x 4″   nipples which will be the handles
1 = 3/4″ “T”    Fitting that connect the shaft to the handles
1 = 3/4″          Floor Flange
1 = 3/4″          Spring Clamp (For safety, I drilled a hole with a drill bit and put utilized a plate and bolt to stop the weights)

A grand total of $25 spent at Home Depot and the end product?   Home made Kettlebell

Being the son of a complete and total handyman (airplane mechanic, stay in the garage all day, guy) I had my father weld the piping together at the handles and base. Pictured here is 25lb + 10lb plate= 35lbs … plus the contraption itself, totaling around 39lbs.

I have slapped on 35lb+10lb plates ~ 49lbs… The piece still holds together nicely and I have no need to go heavier in weight.

Want a graceful illustration? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yev6xc0vSQ

Can I only use it for one exercise? Of course not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrON_uR3C0Y